Friday, December 31, 2004
I do not necessarily have a favorite college football team, but I do like some people within the sport. I like Jeff Tedford, so I like Cal football. Never been a huge Lloyd Carr fan, but for some reason I love Michigan football. I thought that I wouldn't mind Jim Tressel and that Maurice Clarett was a liar, but now hopefully Tressel will get hit by a bus soon. Same can be said of Frank Beamer by the way. Yet, I will not reserve this time for those two doucebags, but rather another scumbag of a coach that has infested the college ranks; Steve Alford, head coach of the University of Iowa Basketball.
I wanna first go over a few things that have been passed around the website.
Meanwhile, Dikembe Mutombo's elbows have done a lot of damage over the years. Left in his wake were 25 affected players, five broken noses, 20 stitches. The log:
Thursday, December 30, 2004
I'm sure teams will be fighting over him. My first piece of gambling advice ever: If he ends up as a team's starter (hopefully with the Dolphins) take the under for wins.
1. MLB owning them.
This all started with an e-mail a got from Bryan:
I remember hearing the same suspicions a few years ago when the Sox traded for Cliff Floyd. The Expos gave the Marlins Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, Justin Wayne, Donald Levinski, and Carl Pavano for Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, Claudio Varagas, and some cash.
Less than a month later, the Expos traded away Floyd for Sun-Woo Kim and Seung Song. The Red Sox got Floyd for a song! Literally. Sorry, couldn't resist.
I don't think the people running baseball are competent enough to rig trades to make a better World Series. They've screwed up everything with the Expos, so it's not too much of jump to assume that they simply screw up the trades.
Whatever our opinion about how legitimate thesetrades were, MLB is moronic to put itself in this situation. A league owning one of it's teams is a severe conflict of interest, so baseball is asking for controversy, mockery, and questions of integrity of the game.
I don't remember the details of how MLB ended up owning the Expos/Nationals, but it should have never happened. They should have gave the previous owners a few months to sell the team, and if there were no buyers they should have closed the team down and send all the good players to the Red Sox.
2. Moving to D.C.
Washington DC does not deserve a team. They support the Redskins (a little too much), but they don't support the Capitals or the wizards. A team in Washington will also hurt the Orioles. I know Peter Angelos is saying this just to get some money out of MLB, but he does have a point. There's a lot of people who live in DC and Virginia who drive up to Baltimore for a game (I was one of them). Put a team in DC, less people will drive to Virginia. Baltimore games were also on local television in Virginia. Baltimore television money would probably be hurt by competition too.
A while ago I said they'd be better off moving to Portland. Portland supports the Blazers with passion, that area of the country is growing, there's good computer money in the area, and it would give the Mariners a natural rival.
3. Local governments paying for stadiums.
The National deal is in jeopardy because city council people don't want to pay to build a stadium. I hate the idea of taxpayers paying for building stadiums. I know this is a controversial subject, and maybe we'll get into this in more detail later. I just think we can make better investments with our tax money.
4. Bad signings
Last year there seemed to be a market correction and contracts seemed to make more sense. This offseason has been crazy, and most pundits are blaming two teams: the Mets and Nationals. The Mets gave too big of a contract to Kris Benson, and that made everyone else pay too much for pitching. The Nationals gave too much to Christian Guzman, and that made everyone pay too much for shortstops.
So those are some of my issues with the Nationals. To end on a positive notes; I'm looking forward to all the headlines comparing the struggles of DC's baseball team with our national government. More Incompetence in Washington!
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
I say No. It's too bad an offense sometimes goes without touching the ball in overtime, but I'm not quite sure if you can say it's unfair. Football isn't offense versus offense. It's a team game where special teams, offense, and defense all matter. If a team's defense can't stop the other team from scoring, then they don't deserve to win and they don't deserve a chance to tie.
I can see how an offense could feel cheated because they never got a chance to touch the field, but they were let down by their teammates and that's a part of football.
Some good ideas:
- No NBA team would be allowed to have a lights-out, music-up starting-lineup intro unless its record was at least .500.
- Sunday games in any pro sport would start no later than 4 p.m. There would, of course, be no Saturday night baseball games. Anywhere. Ever.
- It goes without saying that all World Series weekend games would start at 1 p.m. local time.
- The 3-point shot would be abolished. This is the worst thing basketball has done to itself in the past 50 years.
- A bonus of $500,000 would be given to the NBA coach whose team leads the league in scoring.
- A deduction of $500,000 would be made from the paycheck of any NBA coach whose team does not average at least 80 shots per game.
- Troy Brown would catch the winning touchdown pass and make a game-saving interception in the Super Bowl . . . but Tedy Bruschi would be named MVP.
- Paul Pierce would study some old Kevin McHale tapes and notice that there is a lot to be said for running the lane and getting an easy 2 points.
- This one's for you Kris: The US would win the World Cup. (Just to see what the haughty Brits would write.)
- Kobe Bryant would win the next 10 scoring titles, but the Lakers would never make the playoffs.
- No overtime football game could be decided by a field goal. The game is about seizing territory, not placekicking.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Jermaine O'Neal, returning from a 15-game suspension in the same game, was given a loud and sustained ovation by Pacers' fans. We'd have sent ESPN's sideline reporter into the stands to ask the following question: "What for?"
For undermining the team? For his criminal assault? Did they appreciate how his absence devalued their tickets? It wasn't as if they were issued a rebate during his suspension. Or were they honoring him for bringing the Pacers and the NBA into national disrepute?
And it wasn't as if O'Neal were returning from bereavement leave or an injury or something as socially sensitive as say, drug and/or alcohol rehab. He was returning from a suspension for violent, criminal behavior. And he was given a hero's welcome.
If you open up Pennington's head today, you will undoubtedly find a snickering Bill Belichick inside it. Fireman Ed should have audibled to T-O-T-S, TOTS, TOTS, TOTS.
--Steve Serby, NY Post
But what's the point? As long as the Jets continue to act like an elite team without once ever proving that they are an elite team, as long as they keep coming up microscopically small whenever a legit team is anywhere in the same building with them, what's the use?
--Mike Vaccaro, NY Post
Chad Pennington, the $64 million quarterback, is becoming predictable. He turns into the $64 quarterback whenever the Jets face an elite team and attempt to prove they belong in the league's top tier.
But Pennington and the Jets should win easily in St. Louis. Why? The Rams are a bad team and the Jets have no trouble with bad teams. It's the good teams they can't beat.
--Gary Myers, NY Daily
The Jets, on the other hand, seem to have a page in their playbook dedicated to rolling over.
...Chad Pennington, little big mouth...
--Vic Ziegel, NY Daily
Fabric softener!?! So that's how all those hip hop dudes get the chicks.
-- In a good commercial featuring Snoop Dogg.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
It is so refreshing to see them bounce back and make the Jets look silly on their own turf, after the Monday night debacle. Being a Pats expert, I told everyone this would be similar to the Rams game on November 7th. A terrible loss the week before, followed by a strong performance is what the doctor prescribes them. People retorted saying the Jets are stronger than the Rams, which is true, yet even I didn't expect them to manhandle Pennington and move the ball the way they did. Forget that garbage score near the end, this game was a punch in the stomach to their arch rivals.
Coughlin sounds like a jerk, but the Giants roster needs a major overhaul. These are the same players who gave up on Jim Fassel too. Coughlin stepped over the line a few times in attempting to fix the attitude of a losing team. Nonetheless, it's tough to feel bad for players who anonymously complain to the press.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
You know what? Brett Farve sucks, the Packers fans don't know shit and everything in New England and Boston is the bomb. Stay in your little insulated world, don't venture into territory you know nothing about. If you think the Patriots will ever win a Super Bowl again, you are much more naïve than I thought......Kris in Key West 81 degrees
Happy Holidays Kris!
Friday, December 24, 2004
First, an explanation for the title of this post: on December 24th, I make my annual trek to Walgreens or CVS to buy those last second presents for people I forgot about. They're always lousy gifts, but at least I made some effort. So with that thought, here are some thoughts:
- Sox lose one guy with a labrum problems (Pedro) and replace him with another (Wade Miller). At least Miller is about $10 million cheaper. With all this talk about labrums, don't be surprised if many young Bostonians grow up to become shoulder surgeons.
- Saw the Spurs last night. Barring injuries, they're winning the championship.
- If I remember right, Troy Hudson was supposed to be a good defender. Parker blew by him with ease whenever he wanted to.
- Is Brent Barry able to make a normal pass? I'm waiting for his no-look-behind-the-back inbound pass.
- Karl Malone is pathetic. Last year he went to the Lakers, thinking that Kobe and Shaq would give him a ring. That didn't work out, so this year he's waiting. Once he decides which team will give him the best chance to win, he'll sign. He'll earn his championship ring as much as Greg Kite earned his.
- Two good signings: Varitek with the Sox, Eckstein with the Cards. Both got too much money, but what else is new?
- Mets sign Galarraga. Great guy, great player 5 years ago. Imagine how good this Mets team would be in 1999, especially after they get Sosa.
- Moises Alou is joining his dad again as he signs with the Giants. If Felipe is anything like my old little league coaches, Moises will be batting leadoff and pitching every game.
- The A's gave up trying to beat the Yankees and Red Sox, so they gave up their pitching for prospects. I guess I agree with this. Billy Beane better have good judgment about prospects though.
- I'm getting ready to rant about NBA refs again.
- I've also been meaning to publish an e-mail sent to me from Bryan about the Nationals being run by MLB. I've been putting off posting it because I wanted to add my two cents about how much of a disgrace this whole situation is.
- Speaking of disgraces; why do NBA teams hire wrestling announcers to be the public address announcers? Listen to the PA guys in Miami, Detroit, and Indiana. Is it too much of a stretch to make a connection between these announcers' conduct and how fans sometimes cross the line in how they treat visiting teams?
- Thanks to everyone who e-mails and replies to my posts. Keep sending stuff in, and those who haven't yet, as Dick Vermeil would say, "take the diapers off and go play."
- Merry Christmas, time to go to Walgreens.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
- Belichick was asked about the horrible Brady interception when he threw while being thrown to the ground. He was asked this right after the game, and if it was me, I would have trashed Brady, saying he sucked, etc. Belichick did not do this; he said there were several bad plays and you can't blame the entire loss on that one play. He doesn't get too excited after wins or too excited after losses (at least in front of the media). This is why he coaches in the NFL, and I coach Madden Football.
- Mike Martz on his quarterback: "It's tragic for this football team, for that position to hold this whole football team hostage, but that's where we are." The only way this sentence would make sense would be if the word, "position," was in reference to the coaching position. You don't trust your quarterback, but you throw the ball eight of your first nine plays instead of running with future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk or even Stephen Jackson. And they were playing a team with a terrible run defense.
- Read the first two bullets again. Which coach would you rather play for?
- Pennington versus the New York media is not a fair fight. Is this something Pennington should really be concerned with?
- Mariucci was quick to console the long snapper who blew the game. Again, would you rather play for him or Martz?
- I'm annoyed with the Pats, but credit has to be given to Miami coach Jim Bates. His players played hard and his game plan exploited the Patriots secondary. For some reason, Vermiel and Martz couldn't figure out that Troy Brown can't cover tall receivers.
- The Browns and Dolphins are in similar positions. Interim coaches and the franchises are messes. Bates's team is still playing hard. Robiskie's team gave up. Guess which one of these coaches might have a future in the league. I like to blame a lot on coaches, but if I'm a general manager of another team, I'd stay away from most of those Browns players who are showing absolutely no professional pride.
- Remember when Shanahan and Holmgren were coaching geniuses? Maybe Elway and Favre had something to do with their success. Will Belichick be successful when Brady leaves (hopefully in about twenty years)?
As a Cub's fan, it kills me that Clement is gone. Clement was arguably the best pitcher the Cubs had last year. Possibly it could be said it was Carlos Zambrano, but Clement could have been 20-5 last year.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Then there was Brady. He must have spent the afternoon at South Beach because he played like he was drunk. His performance was Bledsoesque.
For the last month the Pats have played some sloppy football, and it finally caught up to them. They better wake up before facing the Jets.
Sunday, December 19, 2004
I know it's unfair to match up college kids against professional athletes, but is it really fair to match up players coached by Mike Martz against players coached by any other coach in America?
Theory 1: This was an emotional game with incosistent officiating, and Packer defenders took several minor cheap shots against Leftwich. Darius saw this as payback.
Theory 2: By throwing too high, Favre put his receiver in a very vulnerable position. The proper play for the defender is to hit the player hard enough so the ball comes out. This year when defenders do their classic hard hits, a flag is usually thrown, no matter how legal the hit was. Did Darius avoid leveling the receiver with his body and then stupidly clothesline the receiver instead? Just a theory.
Theory 3: He was going for the ball.
When the Packers play poorly it's the refs fault. In Green Bay, when a ref calls an obvious offsides or false start, fans boo as if the ref just assaulted their mothers. Their reaction is even more comical when you consider that Green Bay and Saint Favre usually are helped by poor officiating.
Green Bay is a bad team (for every NFC team, subtract five wins from their record to see what their record would be in the AFC). Green Bay is not bad because of officiating. They're bad because Sherman's a terrible coach, Ahmad Green always fumbles at the worst possible times, and Favre is several years past his prime and makes about ten "rookie mistakes" per game.
Also, is there a dumber gimmick than the cheesehead?
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
Raptor's perspective: They got rid of Carter, so it's a success. Chris Bosh is an exciting young player, so it's good to get a malcontent like Carter away from him. But could they have gotten more? As Celtics fans can tell you, getting extra draft picks can be good (this year:Jefferson, West, Allen) or not so good (Joe Johnson, Kedrick Brown, Joe Forte). Eric and Aaron Williams are good role players and Alonzo probably won't play for them, but this trade isn't about improving this year's Raptors. It was about getting rid of Carter's attitude and contract and probably setting the Raptors up for some more trades.
Good trade for both teams; each team was going nowhere so why not make a trade? The Nets are taking on more risk because of Carter's baggage and contract, but it may be worth it, especially with the East so weak.
When I started to realize Pedro might leave, I thought I might cheer for him. Pedro pitching in his prime was the most entertaining athletic performance I have ever seen. Plus, he did accomplish much for the Red Sox. So, I thought, maybe I should wish him well. Forget it. This week reminded me that I should forget about athletes as people and just appreciate what they do on the field.
The Red Sox paid Pedro over $90 million, management let him get away with way too much (midseason vacations, showing up late, or not showing up at all), Theo Epstein surrounded him with players that gave him a World Series Ring. So he should be thankful, right? Read this article.
I have no problem with Pedro leaving for more money. Who doesn't like more money? However, no athlete admits they went to another team for more money. It's always respect. Here's some of what he said, followed by my comments in italics.
...Martinez also criticized the negotiating tactics of Red Sox officials.... Theo Epstein, who he called "arrogant."
Jason Stark wrote about Pedro's negotiating tactics. I won't criticize him for his effort to get more cash, but lets just say Sox management, along with other owners they're friendly with will avoid Pedro's agent. As for Pedro calling someone "arrogant;" that's like Kris from Key West accusing someone of being a soccer fanatic.
He wanted more money than Schilling: ..."Schilling is 38, I'm only 33," he said. "The fact that I had an off-year doesn't mean that I can be below Schilling. Still, with an off-year, I'm way over Schilling as a pitcher and I've pitched pretty much like Schilling the last few years, if you're going to talk about durability."
I saw Pedro pitch the last three years, I saw Schilling pitch the last three years, Pedro, you are no Curt Schilling.
"I'm a proud man and I think I deserve a little respect for the work I've done," he said. "I felt disillusioned and hurt by the way the Red Sox let me go so easily."
Where's my violin? The Sox let him go easily. Sure, read the Jayson Stark article.
"I felt good this year and I feel good now," he said. "I don't know where rumors about my health started. I didn't have a bad year, but it wasn't the norm for me."
Let's see, you missed a big chunk of a season because of a shoulder injury, and since then, your velocity as decreased, your pitch count decreased, you only pitch greatly when you have extra days of rest, and your statistic have worsened. Those damn rumors.
"My goal now is to stay healthy and get the Mets back to the World Series and win it," Martinez said.
I hope your season ends during spring training. Am I being disrespectful and arrogant?
By Derrick Z. Jackson | December 17, 2004
ONLY 12 of the 56 college bowl football teams should be allowed on the field in my ninth annual Graduation Gap Bowl. Those 12 are the only ones, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, that have a graduation rate of at least 50 percent for both black and white players and a racial graduation gap of less than 15 percentage points. The NCAA gives colleges six years to graduate scholarship athletes.
Here are the calls by the head referee of the Graduation Gap Bowl.
Graduation Rates 65 percent or more and racial gaps of less than 15 percentage points.
Boston College (78 percent overall). White 82, Black 74
Notre Dame (77) W 76, B 76
Southern Miss. (66) W 64 B 67
(Navy does not give athletic scholarships, but has campus- wide male grad rate of 86 percent, 88 percent for white males and 75 percent for black males)
Graduation Rates of at least 50 percent for both black and white players and racial gaps of less than 15 percentage points.
Purdue (63) W 65 B 59
Virginia Tech (58) W 64 B 54
Southern Cal (58) W 65 B 52
Marshall (58) W 63 B 63
Miami (57) W 57 B 56
Boise State (54) W 61 B 50
Hawaii (53) W 52 B 64
North Carolina (53) W 57 B 50
Overall Graduation Rate of 65 or more percent, but racial gaps of 15 or more points.
Syracuse (78) W 91 B 69
Virginia (75) W 93, B 63
Overall Graduation Rate of 50 or more percent, but racial gaps of 15-20 points.
Wisconsin (56) W 65 B 45
UCLA (55) W 66 B 47
Ohio St. (52) W 63 B 43
Bowling Green (50) W 58 B 40
Texas A&M (50) W 59 B 44
Overall graduation rate of 50 or more percent but racial gaps of 21-25 points.
Toledo (62) W 77 B 56
Cincinnati (60) W 47 B 68
Texas Tech (60) W 73 B 50
Michigan (57) W 70 B 47
PERSONAL FOUL (GRABBING THE FACE MASK)
Overall graduation rate of 50 or more percentage points but racial gaps over 25 points.
Iowa (58) W 64 B 38
Connecticut (54) W 68 B 41
Ala.-Birmingham (54) W 69 B 41
Georgia (53) W 73 B 40
Miami (OH) (53) W 67 B 31
Iowa St. (51) W 63 B 36
Overall graduation rate of under 50 percent.Florida St. (49) W 71 B 43
Alabama (49) W 63 B 45
Wyoming (49) W 59 B 38
Georgia Tech (49) W 63 B 43
Auburn (48) W 74 B 40
California (48) W 59 B 42
Troy (48) W 48 B 49
West. Va. (46) W 56 B 33
Okla. St. (45) W 57 B 41
North Texas (44) W 58 B 38
Oregon St. (44) W 50 B 40
Ariz. St. (44) W 59 B 34
Colorado (43) W 60 B 29
Louisiana St. (42) W 61 B 35
New Mexico (42) W 50 B 38
Florida (42) W 56 B 36
Minnesota (41) W 60 B 27
Utah (41) W 38 B 31
Tennessee (38) W 67 B 30
Northern Ill. (38) W 47 B 24
Louisville (35) W 53 B 27
Oklahoma (40) W 48 B 35
Memphis (40) W 59 B 29
Fresno St. (40) W 39 B 43
Texas (34) W 36 B 33
Texas-El Paso (34) W 34 B 38
Pittsburgh (31) W 48 B 21
Derrick Z. Jackson, an Op-ed writer for the Boston Globe does this article twice a year -- for bowl season and for March Madness. Maybe it just me, but I always find this schockingly entertaining or entertainingly shocking.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
So much to write, but I need sleep and tomorrow's pretty busy. I'll try to catch up this weekend.
There is no way he could be considered the most overrated linebacker in the league, because he is not even a linebacker. At New Mexico where he played college, he was a safety. He converted into a linebacker, and a damn fine one at that.
...Perhaps you've been enamored by all those 72-70 games the NBA has been infested with the past 10 years or so. Perhaps you like coaches standing up, calling every play, choking the athletes, stifling their creativity. Wow. You must have thought you'd died and gone to Hoop Heaven the past decade or decade and a half.
But the rest of us were too busy dozing to pay much attention. The NBA from the mid-'90s on was agonizing for us to watch.
It's not just a matter of fast breaks. It's a matter of simply caring about offense at all. There's been so much preaching over the years about defense, defense, defense that it was easy to forget that the object of this game is to put the ball in the basket, not prevent someone else from doing so. Sure, there has to be a proper balance between the two in order for the sport to be played properly, but there can be no denying that over the past several years most coaches have been much happier when the other team had the ball than when their own team did...
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
To make things worse, Safeco Field is a pitchers' park. How many would-be homeruns that Sexson hits will be caught on the warning track?
So many players are being paid too much this offseason. Those agents who had been shouting about collusion should shut up now.
...Remember, in 17 starts on normal (4 days') rest, his 2004 earned run average was 4.995, or 5.00; his three outstanding postseason starts were on seven, eight and seven days' rest, while his weaker start was on a fifth day of rest. And, remember, he didn't pitch on four days' rest from June 13 to July 27 and was given 10 days off at the All-Star break. From 1997 through 2002, Martinez had by far the best strikeout-walk ratio in the game but in 2003-2004 he ranked ninth. He led all major league pitchers in lowest OPS year after year, but in '04 he was ninth in the American League, right behind Freddy Garcia and Jake Westbrook. When Red Sox fans howl about their rivalry with the Yankees, remember, in the past two years, the Red Sox were 24-16 against the Yanks when Pedro didn't start, 3-9 when he did....
Another Gammons gem: ...Someday they'll [Mets] figure out fans want winners, which entails performance, not promises and glowing talk-show praise leading into a Jets game.
One last gem:..."We would have spent three years with a great deal of anxiety," says one member of the [Sox]front office. "Pedro is very good, but losing Pedro and Derek Lowe means we have to replace 400 innings and a 4.60 ERA."
Credit should be given to Fisher and Vermeil. Their seasons are over, but the players still played hard. Contrast that to teams like the Giants, Seahawks, and Vikings, who even when they had a shot at the playoffs, played uninspired football.
Some thoughts on players: Al Michaels and John Madden kept going on and on about how Drew Bennet must be exhausted. If that was true, he needs to get in better shape. It's not like he's playing defense. I don't remember Jerry Rice ever slowing down at the end of one of his monster games.
He's only a backup, but it seems that near the end of every season, Antowain Smith starts running through people. Dillon's amazing season should not make Pats fans forget about how important Smith was to their success (especially the first Super Bowl win).
Certain injured players look absolutely miserable when watching from the sideline. Steve McNair is the captain of that group.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
As for the Mets, they gave him too much money and too many years; his shoulder problems could come back in April and his career could be over. Of the next 4 years, there's a very good chance an injury could keep him out for at least half a season. However, the Mets are a desperate team, and I guess they think it's a risk worth taking. If he stays healthy he'll be a Cy Young caliber pitcher. While he'll enjoy pitching against weaker National League lineups, he'll miss the Red Sox great lineup and great bullpen. Another plus for the Mets is the publicity. Lately no one has cared about the Mets, now the New York media must be salivating -- I can't wait to read the papers tomorrow.
Back to the Sox, with Pedro leaving they have some money to play with. The Godfather was right a couple of weeks ago when he said they need some young pitchers. So, what do the Sox do? Sign 42-year-old David Wells to join 38-year-olds Tim Wakefield and Curt Shilling. Epstein is supposedly rebuilding the farm system -- the Sox need some pitching prospects now. All the other free agent pitchers are question marks. There's also the possibility of a trade (maybe for Tim Hudson), but I don't want the Red Sox to ruin their farm system just for a quick fix.
The year Roger Clemens left, the Red Sox gave too much money to Steve Avery. Luckily, a year later they were able to land Pedro. My point is don't make a trade or a signing just to make fans happy. Even if it means waiting a season, you're better off being patient to make the right move, not the first available move.
Good luck batting against the Yankees in interleague play Pedro.
First, Notre Dame's perspective: As Weis worked his way up he was successful at everything he touched. When he was a receivers coach Terry Glenn has his best year, when he was a tight ends coach, Ben Coates had his best seasons. Then, in the Bledsoe/Brady year, the quarterback coach died, they didn't replace him, so Weis ended up doing a lot of work with Brady. We know how that worked out.
I see Weis's strengths being developing talent and recruiting. If I'm a high school star, I'd be impressed with a coach who has Super Bowl rings and developed pro talent. Weis will be telling several recruits, come to Notre Dame and you'll be drafted in the first round. His NFL connections mean a lot.
There are some questions about Weis. Some in New England have been critical of his play calling, saying he's too reckless. Also, he has NO head coaching experience, so we don't know about his organizational skills, and how he'll handle the press and distractions. He does sound like Parcells in press conferences though.
Bottom line, Weis will make Notre Dame a top 20 team. They have recruiting restrictions -- unlike other college programs I believe Notre Dame requires that their players can read. I don't know if he'll overcome those restrictions to make Notre Dame national champs in the near future.
From the Patriots perspective: I don't think this will be a major distraction. Players knew he or Crennel would probably leave, so they shouldn't be surprised. Game planning on the other hand could be a problem. Fans are lead to believe that all NFL coaches work 20 hours a day getting ready for Sunday. Weis will be doing Notre Dame work in his "free time." Maybe he can sleep during the games. Notre Dame distracting Weis from game planning is a legitimate concern.
As for next year, the Pats have a replacement for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel ready (Eric Mangini) and, of course, Belichick is deeply involved in the defense. The Pats offense seems to be run completely by Weis. No one knows who is replacement will be, and a bad offensive coordinator can ruin a team. However, having Brady around makes me less nervous.
One last thing, the Pats should be happy Weis is going to the NCAA instead of another NFL team. For one, I'd be nervous if he coached the Dolphins; he knows everything about the Pats and some Patriots might try to join him. Remember what Parcells and Belichick did to poor Bledsoe and Pete Carrol.
Another last thing, Belichick gets a lot of good information from college coaches who used to coach for him. For example, Randal Gay is now a competent starting cornerback for the Pats. He was a backup for LSU who had some injury problems. How did Belichick know to take a chance on him? The head coach of LSU, Nick Saban, who used to coach for Belichick told him to. Weis will basically be another scout for Belichick.
So, good for Charlie, good for Notre Dame, hopefully not so bad for the Pats. Now let's see if Crennel can get a job.
- Bengal fans should be very excited about their future. Good coach, possibly great quarterback, good receivers, and a good running back. Before yesterday, the Pats were completely outplaying teams. The Bengals played just as well as the Pats, sometimes better, but the Pats made the big plays.
- Carlson Palmer looks like the type of quarterback who will make plenty of big plays in the future.
- Okay, the Bengals were good, but the Pats defense needs to play much better.
- Last week I wrote about the importance of Daniel Graham and the Pats running game. He didn't play yesterday and the Patriots did not run well against a weak run defense.
- Poor Jeff Wannstadt is a bad announcer too.
- Why does it always seem that it's the Jets who are always fooled by trick plays?
- Patrick Ramsey is this weeks nominee for dumbest quarterback in the league. His team in tying field go range he throws a prayer which two Eagle defenders end up fighting for.
- Troy Brown leads the Patriots in interceptions.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
...Malone, wearing cowboy boots and a hat, eventually took the child to Vanessa.
Malone hugged Vanessa, and then Vanessa asked as Manley recounts this part of the story "Hey, cowboy, what are you hunting?"
"She said it twice," Manley said, "and Karl answered the second time, 'I'm hunting for little Mexican girls.' "
Vanessa then later told Kobe that Malone had come on to her, and said several inappropriate things. She also told Bryant that she had called Malone's wife and asked Kaye to get her husband away from her. This is when Kobe got mad, calling Malone and yelling while Malone was relatively silent, never denying the allegations.
Bryant, the article proclaims, preferred to keep the story out of the press but the New York Post reported this week that Malone was seen giving Vanessa a big hug, and then "somehow Malone managed to cross Vanessa" and got on her "frosty side."
Saturday, December 11, 2004
As you may have noticed, I have a low opinion of many NFL coaches. Fisher isn't one of them. His teams play smart and tough, and they don't let adversity bother them. Plus, I like the type of coach who has the guts to do on-side kicks in the first half.
There are many NFL teams that are praying Fisher gets fired because which ever team he coaches next will definitely improve.
David Wells, Red Sox - The first thing I thought when I heard this is that the Sox believe that either Pedro, Arroyo, or Pavano will not be in the starting rotation next year. I'm guessing this means Pavano will end up on the Yankees. As for Wells, e-mailer Brian wrote "Why, besides a good postseason record,would anyone want David Wells? He's fat,drunk,and the most out of shape athlete I've seen."
They gave Wells way too much money. He could be good but it's just too big of a risk for that type of investment. Supposedly, he got into shape last year, and he has the type of ego which usually makes players successful in a market like Boston. Then again, fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.
Jarret Wright, Yankees - The Yanks have been burned by their recent trades for and signings of young pitchers. Wright was a bit of mess in Cleveland, then the Braves straightened him out like they seem to do with all pitchers. It's the right idea for the Yanks to go after a young pitcher, but there's a chance he could follow the Jeff Weaver tradition, I hope.
Woody Williams, Padres - This is the type of signing I like -- a one year deal to a veteran that should bring stability to a staff with good young pitching. And if it doesn't work, it's just one year.
Al Leiter, Marlins - See above post. Another good signing but I thought he would get a better contract than Wells. Maybe the teams with money think he should be a full time announcer.
Denny Reyes, Rudy Seanez, Padres - If I'm a midmarket team, these are the types of players I'd go after. They'll either help you become a winning team, and if they don't, contending teams will give up good prospects for them late in the season. Example: the Astros getting Bagwell for journeyman reliever Larry Anderson.
Matt Mantei, Red Sox - A one year deal so if it doesn't work, it won't kill you. If it does work, wow-- a starter gives the team 6 innings, Timlin and Embree in the 7th, Mantei in the 8th, Foulke in the 9th.
Vinny Castilla, Nationals - Worst free agency signing of this offseason.
Friday, December 10, 2004
We can worry about the salary cap later, but I'm thinking about packaging Pierce with Gary Payton. Teams should want GP because he's a veteran and his contract ends at the end of the year.
I'm struggling with what type of value those two players. Could the Kings possibly give up Bibby? Could the Bulls package Hinrich and Chandler? How about Jason Kidd or Baron Davis?
I need more ideas. I already said Paul Pierce may become Boston's next Drew Bledsoe, but a more accurate comparison will hopefully be Nomar, after a good trade.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
I liked Nomar until last year. Some say he never recovered from his wrist injury, others thought teams were figuring out how to pitch to a guy who swings at the first pitch every time. Then there's the rumor of steroids. Forget the growth of Barry Bonds. Compare Nomar's rookie year body to his SI cover body. Not much has been said about Nomar and steroids because people generally like him, but if his names pops up in some scandals I wouldn't be surprised.
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Nomar now gets a one year deal for "only" $8 million. Looks like a good deal for the Cubs and if Nomar has a great year, he might get a big contract next year, but he'll never be offered $60 million again.
- The Sonics just ended San Antonio's 21 game home win streak and is now 16-3. I guess it's time for me to find out who else is on this team besides Ray Allen.
- Phoenix is also 16-3. Thank you Steve Nash. The best way to make a team a contender is to get a star center. Since there's only about two of those, the next best thing is to get a good PASSING point guard. Do you think Amare Stoudemire's happy with Nash as a teammate? He's averaging five more point per game and his shooting percentage has risen from 47 to 56.
Bad for the Diamondbacks. This team couldn't afford Curt Schilling so they basically gave him away. Now they can afford an overpriced third basemen? How many championship teams are built around third basemen? Glaus strikes out a lot, played only 58 games last year and batted .254. The Angels, who haven't been cheap lately, forfeited a chance to gain a first round draft pick by not offering him arbritation. So a well financed team is afraid to take on one year of Glaus with an arbritation contract, yet a financially struggling team offers the same person $45 million. There's better ways to spend the money.
Bad for Troy Glaus: Glaus is leaving a well managed team with talent to go to a poorly managed team (they don't even know how to do background checks when hiring managers) that's giving away its best player (Randy Johnson). Troy either really loves golf or no other team offered him anywhere close to $45 million.
- Eli Manning Demands Trade to San Diego Chargers
- San Francisco Chronicle Reveals Barry Bonds' ATM Password
- Unsexy Female Tennis Player Booed Off The Court
- Peyton Manning found strangled to death in his house ... Only clues are two Isotoner gloves
- George O'Leary turns down Notre Dame
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - A touchdown catch will cost Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jay Riemersma the rest of the season and a chance to possibly play in the Super Bowl....
It should say:
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - The Patriots will cost the Pittsburgh Steelers, including tight end Jay Riemersma, a chance to possibly play in the Super Bowl.
Benjamin Disraeli once said, "There are only three types of lies. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics." Let's look at Barry Bonds' statistics and see where he exactly lays in that statement.
If you look at his career numbers you will see that his numbers peaked in the year 2000, his 15th season. Here are Barry Bonds' stats in the 14 years prior to the 2000 season. 2010 hits, 445 home runs, 1299 RBI's, a .288 career average, .407 on base percentage, and a .561 slugging percentage. Those my friends, are hardly Hall of Fame numbers.
Let's now look at the previous five years for Barry Bonds. 720 hits, 258 homeruns, 544 RBI's, a .339 batting average, .535 on base percentage, and a .782 slugging percentage. Those are Hall of Fame Numbers. But you are talking about a guy that averaged 32 homeruns in his first 14 years, and 51 over the next five.
I did all of that with a simple calculator, these are not that hard to find out. Bonds has used steriods, and just because everyone else may come forward to admit it, does not make it any less of an offense. That is what I used to say when my parents caught me smoking, everyone else is doing it, why can't I?
I agree with the Godfather, kick him out of the game, he is no longer needed. Bonds is a pud, plain and simple.
"It's not really fair to hold it over the guys' heads that are here," Bryant said. "The guys that we have here are working hard, practicing hard every day. It's kind of tough for them to be looking over their shoulder, wondering if he's going to come back and then everybody is going to disappear.
"They are here giving me 110 percent. It's really not fair for us to sit around and speculate how long this is going to go on. I mean, you can't sit up here and speculate for the remainder of the season whether or not he is going to come back. I mean, that's not fair to the guys that are working here."
Just make a decision Karl, are you gonna come back to throw some more cheap shot elbows and to turn the ball over on the most important possesion of your career or not?
The problem is Celtic veterans play like kids too. Paul Pierce never played with an All Star veteran, so a person that he would respect never told him to shut up, to stop whining, to actually pass, etc.
This year Gary Payton's saying something: ``He needs to make some changes, but it's been like four years that he's been taking those type of shots and stuff like that,'' Payton said. ``Now he has to understand that that's got to go. He's getting a little deeper into his career - he's more than seven years deep - and those shots are not going to make it for you. You can be the man here scoring 20 or 30 points, but you're not going to win basketball games, you know what I'm saying? He's going to learn. I think he's going to have to learn the hard way. It's going to take somebody like myself to keep talking to him, but he'll get the picture. I know he doesn't feel good after these games. I know he doesn't. So he's going to look at it and he's going to figure out what's going on.''
Asked how much easier Pierce's life would be if he'd tune in to the running game, Payton shook his head and rolled his eyes.
``A lot easier,'' he said. ``A lot easier because then he'll get more (wide-open) shots off penetration. If they keep seeing me penetrate, they're going to start sucking in. His man is going to start leaving. He's got to understand that. He's been so used to him on the ball, making tough shots and doing his thing. He don't understand it can put a lot more years on his basketball career if he gets these wide-open looks and doesn't tear his body up.''
Hopefully, Pierce will listen.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
Sheffield still has value to the Yankees. He is not damaged goods the way Giambi is. If it had been Sheffield talking and talking in front of that grand jury the way Giambi did - or Roger Clemens when he was a Yankee, Clemens being another guy who has at least been asked the question about steroid use - do you really think the Yankees would be lining up a battery of high-priced lawyers like blitzing linebackers to go after him?
Giambi, a world-class dope about dope, is different. He's got knees made of matchsticks. He had that parasite, or whatever he had. He has a tumor on his pituitary gland, or so they say. He gave them a confession. And he hit .203.
"Look," a good baseball source said yesterday, "there are no virgins in this whorehouse. The Yankees can't possibly expect anybody to believe they hadn't heard what everybody else had heard about Giambi and steroids, before they paid him all that money....
- When calling a defense "great," don't just look at stats. More important than stats is coming up big when you need to. Baltimore's up by 17 going into the 4th. A "great" defense doesn't go on to give up 24 points.
- The Jags are up two points with less than two minutes left and the Steelers have no timeouts. A "great" defense doesn't allow the Steelers drive for the winning field goal.
- Speaking of the misuse of the word, "great," that's how ESPN was describing Fred Taylor's performance. On stats alone he wasn't great (27 attempts for 76 yards). And, like with defense, what you do in important situations is more important than stats. The Steelers have no timeouts right before the two minute warning. If Taylor runs for a first down on third and three the game's over. He didn't, he's not "great."
- If Josh Scobee hit that 60 yard field goal to win the game that would have been great.
- Sunday Night football announcers make me want to vomit.
- Last week I was meaning to post something about the importance of the Denver San Diego game. I thought if Denver won, inexperienced San Diego might take a momentum hit and Denver good go on to win the division. I forgot Jake Plummer was involved.
- Auburn QB Jason Cambell looks one hundred times smarter than Plummer.
- I'm still not impressed with the Eagles. They have absolutely no competition.
- Mike Sherman should have been fired last year just because of that one game against Philly. If I took stats on this, Sherman would be the league leader in causing me to say, "Why the Hell is he doing that?"
- Sherman would lose to a four-year-old in Madden Football.
- The NFC teams that would scare me the most in a Super Bowl probably won't make the playoffs. Carolina and Tampa.
- Even when the Falcons win they don't look good. Vick is a great athlete. I don't know if he's a good quarterback.
- From ESPN's Len Pasquareili: Pats erstwhile "nickel" defender Troy Brown, better known as a wide receiver, copped his second interception of the season on Sunday. That's as many interceptions as noted cornerbacks Sam Madison (Miami), Charles Woodson (Oakland), Ahmed Plummer (San Francisco), Mike McKenzie (New Orleans), Gary Baxter (Baltimore) and Donnie Abraham (New York Jets) have combined.
- That commercial where Grandma is taking a photograph with a stapler: are we sure she's giving the family a hint to buy her a camera, or is she really senile?