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In The New NFL, Sometimes Winning IS Losing!

5 Jan

Winning can never be a bad thing, right?  After all, in the NFL, winning is the assignment.  It’s the name of the game.  Just win, baby!

Except, sometimes winning can blind you to things in sports.  If you somehow pull off a victory or more victories than expected, it can fool you into not making needed changes. 

That’s true whether you’re 11-5 or 5-11.   Take Dallas.  They’ve the NFC East Champs.  They are 11-5 and they seem to have left behind the kind of bad football they’ve been known for at the end of the season.  All of which means that Wade Phillips’ job just may be safe.   Only Jerry Jones knows for sure.

Let’s say the Cowboys even go so far as to win a game or two in the playoffs, let alone get on a run and win the Super Bowl.  Each additional playoff win makes it that more likely that Phillips is staying put in Dallas.

That’s great for Phillips, but maybe not so great for the franchise.  Now, I hate the Cowboys as much as any Giants’ fan, but even I can’t lie about the fact that Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan are far better coaches than Wade Phillips.

Why do I mention Cowher & Shanahan?

Because they are two available head coaches that Dallas could bring in to replace Wade.  Worse yet for Dallas and their fans, Shanahan is most likely going to be taking the Redskins job very very soon.  Once Shanahan gets the Skins turned around, Dallas will be faced with facing off with Shanahan twice a year.  Who would you bet on in a tight NFL game – Shanahan or Phillips?

No question about it.  Shanahan.  Yet, the Cowboys will be stuck with Phillips.

So, clearly winning can mess up the future of a franchise.  But what if your franchise admittedly doesn’t have much a future?

The Browns are a mess.  Yet, somehow at the end of the season they’ve managed to win four in a row.  Eric Mangini, who it seemed the players hated, even gave him a victory Gatorade bath after their last game.  So, maybe the players have come around (or maybe they were trying to give him a pneumonia we’ll never know for sure).

But, with Mike Holmgren coming in as the Czar of all things football for Cleveland, the four game streak is going to make it much tougher to fire Eric Mangini. 

Mangini should get credit for the streak and for hanging in when it seemed like he was hanging on by a thread.  Eric Mangini is not, however, the best coach the Browns could hire.

Will Mike Holmgren see that or will he be seduced by the win streak?

As the Boy & Browns prove, winning can be a bitch…

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Another Amazing Week In Sports, Politics & Nonsense!

24 Jan

What an utterly amazing week to be alive to blog!  Unfortunately, other obligations AKA my paying job, got in the way of being able to write too much.  I realize that given these uncertain times I should feel lucky to have a good job.  And I do.

I also feel lucky to have this blog and to be able to present my thoughts on the week we all just got through together. 

Here goes!

Another Giants’ receiver gets shot!  Seriously what are the odds of the guy who replaced Plaxico Burress on the Giants roster also getting shot so soon after Burress accidentally capped himself?  Better than back to back Big Blue championships, I guess.  Here’s hoping Taye Biddle gets better soon.

Jeff Kent – when you look at his numbers even after accounting for the slugging era he played in, they are very impressive for a second baseman.  As a Mets fan, I saw quite a bit of Kent in the 90s.  He never struck me as a Hall of Famer.  Maybe that early impression is what keeps me from seeing him as Cooperstown-worthy now…

Alonozo Mourning – Zo has once again decided to retire.  Somehow this one feels more real.  After battling through kidney problems and leg issues through the years, I think he’s done.  Does anyone remember how limitless the Charlotte Hornets future looked way back when they had the young versions of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson playing for them?  Maybe the young & current version of Chris Paul will deliver on that long ago promise for the franchise that fled Charlotte for New Orleans…

Brian Schottenheimer – I don’t get it.  What’s the big deal whether he comes back to the Jets as their offensive coordinator?  In three years with the Jets, Marty’s son has produced the 25th, 26th and 16th ranked offenses in the NFL.  This gets him serious consideration for the head job?  And this merits the Jets’ brass losing sleep over whether he’ll be happy to return?  Maybe it’s just that they figure if they keep Shottenheimer and the current offense in place the odds are better Brett Favre will return?

Rex Ryan – Maybe it’s cause he’s a twin and I have twins.   Maybe it’s cause he’s Buddy Ryan’s son and for some reason I always found Buddy entertaining despite my being a Giants’ fan.  I don’t know.   But, for some reason, I like Rex Ryan and feel like he’ll do a nice job with the Jets.  If nothing else, his press conferences are already better than Eric Mangini’s.

Goodbye Guantanamo! – The new president carries through on his promise to close Gitmo.  Good riddance!  Call me crazy but simply “disappearing” people just doesn’t seem real American to me.  Feels like we all ought to have more faith in our system than to resort to that kind of third world dictatorship kind of move.

Goodbye Torture! – Barack Obama delivers again!  Nice first couple of days for him by the way.  So far so good, but we’ve got a long way to go.  Thanks to President Obama, now the US will not be allowed to torture suspects anymore.  Another good move. America should not tolerate torture.  Beside not being in keeping with our constitution, it’s not all that effective.  How about just making them sit through a full episode of the “Color Honeymooners”?  Yikes!

Pope’s On Youtube – He’s got his own channel there.  How long til he’s got his own development deal with some cable channel?

Mark Ivaroni Fired – Is every NBA franchise going to fire their head coach this season?  And will it make any difference in Memphis anyway??  Especially when you hire Lionel Hollins for the THIRD time to coach your franchise.  What’s he going to do different this time??  Third time!  I’m not making this up!

New York’s Got a New Senator – And it’s not a Kennedy.  Would have been poetic to see Caroline Kennedy take the seat her uncle once held.  But, after her disastrous couple of weeks in the spotlight think we all learned why she’s stayed private all these years. You know, uh, you know….

Manny Ramirez – Being a pain in the ass can cost you a lot of cash.  Now, not even the Mets are interested in one of the game’s very best hitters.  As a Mets’ fan, I’m very worried about the pitching rotation and just don’t think they have enough hitting.  Manny could go a long way toward solving half their problems.  Course, he’d add a whole other set in the process but that’s just Manny being Manny.

Mark McGwire  –  Not only does his brother Jay introduce him to roids, now he outs him.  Would I love to be a fly-on the wall at the McGwire family reunion!

Herm Edwards Fired – Had to see this coming when the Chiefs brought in a new GM.  And although Edwards isn’t saying it, I will.  Clark Hunt has a lot of nerve firing Edwards after signing off on the youth movement that put the Chiefs at 2-14 last year.  If Edwards had known he had just one year to work with, maybe he’d have rethought going young.

Who’ll Bail Out The Veteran NFL Coaches? – Maybe it will be the Chiefs who are rumored to be pursuing Mike Shanahan.  It’s amazing to me to see all these young guys getting hired for head coaching jobs this year while big names like Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher may be sitting out next season. 

Let’s take them and a few others case by case:

Mike Shanahan – Not surprised KC would want him.  After all, they had to play against him for so long and know how good he is.  Am surprised that he’d go somewhere so quickly after Denver, especially without being able to have Denver-type control.  Really thought that once again he’d replace Wade Phillips.  This time in Dallas.  If Jerry Jones were smart and Shanahan were interested, he’d make sure history repeat itself.

Jon Gruden – Tampa’s entire roster seems to be dogging him in the press, but you have to believe he’ll get another chance.  When he does, he’ll win again.

Marty Schottenheimer – All Brian’s dad ever has done is win.  Ok, not in the playoffs so much.   Still, I don’t buy he’s not one of the top 30 coaches in the pro football world.  Don’t see Norv Turner really lighting things up in San Diego either…

Bill Cowher – he strikes me as the least interested in coming back this year.  Still, think the Jets blew it by not overwhelming him.

Dan Reeves – He wants back in.  So much so that at age 65 he’s interviewing for the offensive coordinator spot for the 49ers.  Like Marty Schot, he’s another guy who has done nothing but win.  Unfortunately, both he and Marty may never get a crack at a top spot again.  Here’s hoping they both do.  The ultimate of course, would be to see Reeves get another team to the Super Bowl only to watch them get crushed by Marty’s first ever Super Bowl team. 

Denny Green – I’m just throwing him in here.  I haven’t even heard he wants to coach again.  But, with the Cardinals going to the Super Bowl, it’s worth noting that Green brought in some of the guys who have gotten them there.  You may have heard of one of his guys.  Kurt Warner??

Deep breathe!  Think that was everything I wanted to get out.

Thanks for taking a look!

Cowboys & Ray Lewis? Perfect Together!

21 Jan

Sports Illustrated is reporting on the rumors section of their website that the Cowboys are interested in Raven’s linebacker Ray Lewis, who is in the last year of his deal with Baltimore.

When I think of perfect matches, I can think of no better ones than Dallas and Ray Lewis.  Is it cause I think he’ll fit in well with the Dallas defensive scheme and help put them back in the playoffs next year?

Nope!

For me, as a Giants’ fan, it all comes down to hatred.  I hate the Dallas Cowboys.  If the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica played the ‘Boys with the very future of our planet dependent on the outcome of the game.  I’d probably root for the Cylons much as I love this green/blue ball we all make our home on.  So you see, I have a completely irrational deep hatred for the Cowboys.

And what team is it that I second most disdain in the NFL?  Glad you asked.

It’s the Ravens.  Is it cause they kicked Big Blue Butt in that Super Bowl a few years back?

Well, that’s not my favorite memory, but no I’m over that.

The reason I dislike the Ravens so much is for one reason and one reason only.  Two words, one man.  Ray Lewis.

What’s my problem with Ray Lewis?  Just this, it seems to me that the nation and our media has completely blocked out Lewis’ involvement a few years ago in a homicide.  Yes, he went through the system and yes he, as a result, has the right to play for the NFL.

It doesn’t mean I have to like or root for him though.  Fairly or not, I can’t shake the thought that Ray Lewis beat a rap he richly deserved.  Guess that’s between him and the hereafter to sort out.  But in the meantime, I’ll never be able to root for Baltimore until Lewis is no longer a part of the franchise.

If Lewis ends up in Dallas that would be great for me as I don’t believe that at his age and with the current Dallas roster that Ray Lewis will do much to take the ‘Boys to the next level.  So, I could not only have the convenience of having my two least favorite people/teams to root for all as part of one organization.  But, I could take pleasure in watching a declining Lewis and the Cowboys fail together. 

That!  Would be truly fun to watch!

Does that make me a bad person?

Keep It In The Family NFL Head Coaches! Which Father & Son Duo Are The Best?

7 Jan

It’s not always a bad or good thing when a child follows in their parent’s footsteps career-wise, but it’s not an uncommon thing.  All over America and for all different reasons, sons and daughters follow their parents into the same profession.  Everywhere that is, except the NFL.

By my unscientific count, there have been exactly four father/son combos that can proudly proclaim that each man had made it to the mountain top and served as an NFL head coach.

The four families (that sounds vaguely like a mob reference, right?) are the Shulas, the Moras, the Nolans and the Phillips.  Each man and each family had a different story and differing rates of success. 

Here’s how Full Contact ranks them on their COMBINED body of work from worst to first:

#4 – THE NOLANS – Dick (Dad) and Mike (Son)

Three Division titles total.  All from Dick’s San Francisco tenure (68-75).  Dick Nolan was about a .500 coach for San Fran, but he did manage to capture 3 straight division crowns.  After that, he had three straight losing seasons and was let go.  Next stop for Dick was New Orleans in 1978, which of course is a death sentence for any coach.  And actually, in context Dick did pretty well, going 7-9 and then 8-8 in his second year (which must have been a minor miracle).  Unfortunately, in Nolan’s third year, the Saints got off to an 0-12 start and Dick Nolan was finished as a head coach.  Interesting side note, Nolan was a master of the tie game.  During his eight years in SF, his teams tied FIVE times.  Tying that much, even Donovan McNabb would know the overtime rules!

Mike Nolan has the unique pleasure of actually having coached the same NFL team as his dad.  Not only that, but Nolan, coached San Francisco in a suit much like the coaches of his dads’ generation did.  Unfortunately for Mike Nolan, his three and a half years with the Niners much more closely resembled his Dad’s last three years in Frisco rather than Dick’s glory days.  Mike finished with nothing but losing records and a .327 winning percentage.  In fairness to Mike Nolan, he is still young and he may yet coach again in the NFL as a top man.  If he does, perhaps he can improve the Nolans standing on this list.

#3 THE PHILLIPS – Bum (Dad) and Wade (Son)

Two Division titles.  One by Bum and one from Wade.  Both coached multiple teams and both sport over .500 records during their combined TWENTY years in the head spot (yes, I know two of those years Wade was a head coach for only a few games on an interim basis).

Bum Phillips was a charismatic character who in the late ’70s built his Houston Oilers into a serious threat to Chuck Noll’s Steeler Dynasty.  The Oilers never quite managed to “kick the door down” as Phillips insisted they would, but they did have good success.  The Oilers won 10 or more games in four of Phillips’ six years in Houston with only one losing season.  In ’78 and ’79, they won two playoff games each year before ultimately being booted from the tournament.  Plus, the Oilers had Earl Campbell and Phillips has to get some points for that alone.  I’ve never enjoyed watching anyone else run as much as Campbell.

Anyway, in ’81, Bum Phillips left Houston after ’80’s 11 win campaign, to take over…  New Orleans.  I think you know how the rest of this story goes.  After two four win seasons, Phillips got the Saints to mediocrity by going 8-8 in ’83 and 7-9 in ’84.  But, it didn’t last.  In ’85, Phillips left with the Saints at 4-8.  He too, like Dick Nolan, never coached in the NFL again after handling the ‘Aints.  It’s a pity cause the guy could coach.  He won at a .611 clip in Houston and still managed to end his career about .500 (82-77) despite coaching the Saints. 

While it took his dad some time to get his first top job, Wade got his first opportunity at a much younger age and it was courtesy of his father.  He went 1-3 in 1985 finishing up for Bum in New Orleans.  Wade’s first real opportunity wouldn’t come around until ’97 in Denver.  A respected coordinator, the move to the top spot was a bit bumpy, but he did manage to go .500 in his two seasons in Denver.  In, ’98, Wade took over in Buffalo and went 10-6.  He followed that up with an 11-5 campaign the next year.  In 2000, he went 8-8 and was gone.  Not a bad run, but he’s probably still most remembered in Buffalo for needlessly pulling a successful Doug Flutie out of the starting QB role come playoff time for Rob Johnson, who flopped.  In ’03, Wade was the interim guy again in Atlanta and went 2-1.  Then, came Dallas and we all know how that’s working out.  His great first regular season (13-3) in ’07 ended in crushing playoff underachievement.  And this past season, the Cowboys who were favored by many to reach the Super Bowl, went 9-7 and didn’t even make the playoffs.  Yet, Jerry Jones still has back.

Our conclusion?  Dad was the real deal, he just shouldn’t have gone to New Orleans.  Wade?  He’s a great coordinator, but no more.  No matter what Jerry Jones thinks…

#2 – THE SHULAS – Don (Dad) and David (Son)

This one was the pick that was toughest for us.  Clearly, by the numbers, the Shulas own this competition.  There’s back to back Super Bowl Championships.  A perfect season.  Several other Super Bowl appearances and about a gazillion wins and division titles.  But remember this was about the best father/son combo.  We’re looking for a father and son team who both could coach.

Don Shula is clearly the most accomplished head coach on this list.  He had success in both his stops – Baltimore and Miami.  He got his first shot at the young age of 33 and made the most of the opportunity to coach the Colts from 1963-69.  He went 11-1 in ’67 and ’68 saw him go 13-1 before losing Super Bowl III to Joe Willie and the Boys.  In Miami, it only got better.  The Fins were AFC Champs three years running from ’71-73 including those two back to back Super Bowl titles.  Shula coached for 33 years, 26 of them with the Dolphins.  He won over 300 games.  Won at a .678 clip for his career (surprisingly he was more successful in Baltimore at .725 versus .659 during his longer stint in Miami).

It’s fair to say that Don Shula’s last ten years in Miami where his most mediocre despite the presence of one Dan Marino.  It’s perhaps even fairer to point out that at the height of his relative mediocrity, three of Shula’s last ten teams won ten or more games.

Speaking of mediocrity, some hate to fall to that level while others curse that they never managed to attain it.  Such is the case with Don’s son David.  Like his father, David Shula got his first coaching job at a really early age.  Unlike his father, David was clearly not ready.  In five years in Cincinnati (92-96), David Shula’s teams went 5-11, 3-13, another 3-13 and then jumped up to 7-9.  In his last year, the Bengals started out 1-6 and that was the final nail in the coffin.  David Shula never got another shot.  My guess is that he never will.  The only defense I can give is that Cincinnati in the early 90s was probably as bad for your coaching career as New Orleans was in the 70s and 80s.

Don Shula is one of the great coaches of all time.  David Shula, well…. He probably got his first shot too young cause of his family name and was also put into an losing situation in Cincy.  No one was going to win in that town with those teams.  But that all taken into consideration, the Shulas must go down as the second best father/son duo.  David simply did not do enough to merit ranking them number one despite all of his father’s achievements.

So who’s # 1?  How about these guys!

#1 THE MORAS – Jim (Dad) and Jim (Son)

Four Division titles.  Jim Mora (the Dad) is probably most remembered for his classic line “playoffs?!  You’re talking about playoffs?!” that is nicely re-purposed for comedic effect in a current beer commercial.  But, Dad Mora could flat out coach.  Sure, he had a tendency to overload himself and implode which resulted in self-inflicted wounds to his career, but the guy was a winner (at least in the regular season).  AND, he won in places where people just didn’t win.

Going through this post, New Orleans has come up several times as a coaches grave yard.  Jim Mora WON in New Orleans.  He did so at a .557 rate no less.  In Mora’s ten plus years with the Saints, his teams routinely made the playoffs.  In fact, by the early ’90s, some viewed the Saints as likely Super Bowl material.  This was astounding stuff.  No one had ever had that much success in the Big Easy.  Mora lead squads won 10 or more games four times between ’87 and ’92.  The Saints were actually a force in the NFL.  After ’92, the Saints got decidedly mediocre until a 2-6 start in ’96 and Mora’s unbalanced reaction got him removed.

In 1998, Jim Mora took over the Colts and went 3-13.  In year two, Indy went 13-3 and won their division.  In 2000, Indy went 10-6.  They followed that up with a 6-10 season and that was it for Mora’s head coaching career.  (Check out the pattern of Mora’s Indy W-L record, it’s oddly dyslexic from year to year:  3-13, 13-3, 10-6, 6-10). He finished up with 125 victories at a .541 winning percentage when you factor in his time in Indy.

Of the sons, Jim Mora is tied with Wade Phillips for the most divison titles: ONE.  Jim Mora (the son) took over the Falcons in 2004, another franchise that destroys good coaches, and surprised everyone by going 11-5 and winning their division.  That’s as good as it got, year two was 8-8, and 2006 was worse at 7-9.  Then, Mora made some noise about other coaching jobs he’d be interested in and Arthur Blank let him go for the very wise choice of Bobby Petrino.  Then, Michael Vick, went to jail and the whole think collapsed.  (Shockingly the Falcons have recovered very quickly from all this).

Anyway, back to Jim Mora the son.  Many people felt he got kind of a raw deal and that he was actually a quality coach.  Apparently, the folks in Seattle felt that way and named him the Seahawks coach in waiting.  Now that Holmgren is gone, we’ll find out what Jim Mora can do in his second stint at the top.  For the sake of the Mora family honor, let’s hope he keeps them at the top of this list…

Hope you enjoyed this post and would LOVE your comments on our rankings!

Coach This! A Chrystal Ball Guide To Who’s Coming & Going!

9 Dec

Perhaps only the Pittsburgh Steelers, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Braves have truly learned the value of continuity.  Every other pro sports franchise these days either can’t find the right guy to hire or doesn’t give that guy enough time and support to really turn things around.

With that volatility in mind, here’s some quick thoughts on various pro coaches, their futures and recent pasts:

Marty Schottenheimer– Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage, the current coach/GM combo for the Cleveland Browns are in a lot of hot water.  One year after their breakthrough 10-6 campaign, the word is one or both of the two are likely goners.  And who’s rumored to take over?  None other than Marty Schottenheimer, who started his long and distinguished regular season career with the original Browns back in the ’80s.

Marty is a winner and has been everywhere he’s been, except for the playoffs.  The Browns may have overachieved last year, but they do have talent.  Wouldn’t it be something to see Marty Schottenheimer bring his career full circle by wrapping things up in Cleveland with the Super Bowl title he’s chased so long?  Stranger things have happened!

Wade Phillips– He’s got to be done now, right?  This past Sunday is a perfect example of Phillips’ head coaching legacy.  Up ten with nine minutes to go and he lets Offensive Coordinator/HC in Waiting Jason Garrett start winding down the clock way too early.  What should have been a huge road win and boon to Dallas’ playoff hopes ends up as another crushing defeat and Dallas will likely miss the playoffs.

Phillips is apparently a great defensive coordinator.  And, if he wants to stay in the NFL, that’s what he’ll be next year.  He’s finished running Jerry Jones’ squad.

Norv Turner – He’s Phillips’ flip side.  Turner is a great offensive coordinator who just can’t get it done as a head coach.  San Diego has way more talent than their record shows.  With Turner at the helm that’s not a surprise.  By now the league has caught on and neither Phillips or Turner will be a head coach anywhere other than in their current jobs.

Dick Jauron–  After starting the season at 5-1, it’s all gone down hill for the Bills.  Based on that strong start, Buffalo extended Jauron’s contract.  What has Buffalo brass got to be thinking about that extension right now? 

I never understood the urgency.  But, maybe it’s cosmic payment for Jauron.  After all, he did a decent job in Chicago and got bagged there kind of unfairly.  (He got screwed over)  So, this could be the way the football gods make it up to him and his family.

PJ Carlesimo– A great college coach, who loves the NBA lifestyle too much to return where he really belongs.  Apparently, he’s a great NBA assistant and was very popular in that role in San Antonio.  Somehow he loses his people skills when he gets that head coach title.  Rule number one in the NBA is don’t alienate your franchise number one draft choice, especially when he’s going for 20 a night in his rookie year.   PJ forgot that.  And now the NBA will forget his name for future coaching openings.

Eddie Jordan– I can’t believe the  Wizards were stupid enough to fire him.  If I were a GM looking for my next NBA head coach, I’d have Jordan’s digits on speed dial.  The guy has won in places that no one wins.  As a player, he led Rutgers to a Final Four.  As an assistant coach, many felt he deserved more credit than Byron Scott for the lowly NJ Nets fortunes turning earlier this millennium.  Leaving Jersey for another perennial loser in DC, Jordan managed to regularly get the Wizards to the playoffs before being dismissed.  Some day, Eddie Jordan will win an NBA title as a head coach.  And that day will come before the Wizards franchise grabs its next title.

Kevin McHale– What a great player and what a horrible GM.  His reign of terror in Minnesota goes on unabated.  There’s no logical explanation for his lasting so long there even if he’s a massive b-ball icon in the state.  It’s bordering on the ridiculousness of Elgin Baylor’s time with the Clips or Mike Millsbury’s time with the NHL’s Islanders.

Now, however, McHale may be close to done.  Ownership fired the ‘Wolves head man and today word came out that McHale will be stepping down from his executive duties to take over as coach for the long term.   Only McHale can save himself now.

Hmmmm….. That move didn’t work out too well for one Isiah Thomas.  To be fair, McHale pulled this stunt once before and manged to go about 19-12.  For the Timberwolves these days, that would be a HUGE improvement.

So what’s the take away?

Everyone finds their level in life and in sports.  Great coordinators or assistants aren’t always great head coaches.  As a GM, it’s your job to know the difference.

If you’re a GM and you’ve got an Eddie Jordan at the helm, then be patient.  But, not so patient that he ends up turning into undeserving lifer like a Kevin McHale.

Cowboys, Giants And More Government Aid Than You Can Shake A Stick At!

15 Oct

It’s been crazy at work, so I , thought I’d just jot down some quick thoughts that have hit me over the head lately…

Being a Cowboys Fan is like being a soap opera fan – Myself, I hate hate hate the ‘Boys.  But even I can see that this week, has been one crazy ride for the Dallas faithful.  Losing to the Cardinals the way they did, only to suffer a bigger loss with Romo going out for a month or more.  Pac gets into a fight.  Jerry Jones chickens out of doing anything about it only to have the NFL banish Pac yet again.  And then, Roy Williams comes gift wrapped courtesy of the Detroit Lions.  Oh, and the Phillips guy is still your coach.  If I was a Cowboys fan I wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry…

The Giants Loss Is A Good Thing – I AM a Giants fan (and now you know why I hate hate hate the ‘Boys).  Never like to lose, but I think this loss will serve them and their fans well.  A respected NY area columnist actually wrote before the loss that the Giants were one of a precious few legitimate Super Bowl contenders.  I hope he’s right, but the football guy inside me tells me that there’s a good chance they got on a fantastic role last year and that Eli is not better than his bro just yet (which a lot of locals are claiming…).  Time for Big Blue to stop worrying about defending their crown and just get back to play good team ball.

Manny & The Sox – The Sox got rocked again tonight and now face big odds in their fight to banish the upstart Rays.  That series against the Yankees in ’04 not withstanding, it’s REAL tough to come back from 3-1.  And last time I checked Manny and his Dodgers were in the same hole as his former team.  Why is it that people don’t realize when a breakup will mean bad things for both?  Manny and Sox remind me of countless bands and a few romantic couples who just can’t seem to realize that when they’re together they’re magic and when they’re not, they are something less.

As a big time Sox fan, I want to believe that we got a great younger & cheaper player in Jason Bay who will ultimately prove less of a clubhouse distraction than Manny and allow the Sox to use some of the Manny money in other needed places.  Tonight, my faith is a little shaken, but I’ll still be rooting for a miracle in this series.

Parenting – what a great job.  And what a tough job.  My kids are great.  I love them.  And I don’t think I’ll ever stop worrying about them.  I’m sure many of you feel the same way.  No new news there.

The Bail Outs – As a center left kind of guy, it’s amazing to me how quickly so many free market Republicans have quickly become socialists.  How is it that their unending faith in the power of free markets has crumbled so fast?

I, like John McCain says, don’t know that much about the economy.  But, I do know this…  While it’s probably true that not addressing it would’ve eventually effected a lot of us on “main street”, it’s interesting to see politicians only move fast when the fate of millionaires in on the line.  Maybe that’s cause that’s who is really paying their salaries.  As I said, I’m for the buy out, but I’m distressed that rather than just talking about temporary measures on taxes, the discussion isn’t focusing much (as far as I can tell) on putting back in a few “dreaded” regulations to make sure this doesn’t happen again.  And who out there doesn’t believe there’s some people getting mighty rich off of this?

John McCain – another day and another promise.  To be fair, Obama is going at about the same rate.  Now, McCain is going to guarantee “all savings” for six months once he gets in office.  This is after, he buys up a ton of bad mortgages and god only knows what else.  We can’t afford all this from him or Barack Obama.  Where’s the straight talk?

Bail Out – Part Deux – As a guy feeling the pinch like many of you, I do have sympathy for people about to lose their homes.  That said, while I do think predatory lenders had a lot to do with getting people into houses they couldn’t afford, I can’t quite shake the feeling that when we bail out individuals on their mortgages, we will certainly be bailing out some people who clearly took advantage of the broken system.  I can’t help but think, what about me and millions like me and my wife?  We struggle to pay the mortgage each month, when do we see a rate reduction??

Grammer – mine is bad so late at night.  Deal with it!

Good night to all!

Tidewater J

More Important Than McCain! The NFL Is Back!

5 Sep

If summer has to end than at least we can console ourselves that it’s time for some football.  And I’m not talking that rinky dink distantly related cousin know as college football.  I’m talking NFL, baby!

Just a few thoughts, as it’s late and I’ve just finished a long McCain post. 

First, as a Giants’ fan.  What a great night!  After all the doubting and injuries to the D-Line, Big Blue comes through even after being the only team unable to convince someone to come out of retirement (Michael Strahan).  It pains me to say it, but I still don’t think they’ll be defending their Super Bowl crown come February 09.  But, I’m going to keep rooting for them to do it no matter what!  Comon sense and you can’t stop me!

This has been a weird start to the NFL season already.  Maybe the NFL is trying to match the kind of drama we’ve seen in the presidential race so far.  Here’s a few odd ways to kick off the season.

OK – the biggest one first.  Favre in green is one thing.  Farve in Jet green is unbelievable.  Still not going to turn out too well though…

The last name “OCHO CINCO” will be on an NFL jersey this year.  I thought Chad Johnson made a lot of noise about never playing for the Bengals again.  I guess he just meant under the name “Johnson”.

Detroit signs Rudy Johnson formerly of the aforementioned Bengals only to have him show up and accuse the guy he’s replacing at RB, Tatum Bell, of stealing the contents of his luggage.  Whatever happened to going the Steve Smith route and just punching out your teammate?

And here’s a sure sign of the coming end of the world.  Several credible sports columnists have clearly begun smoking crack and have predicted that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super Bowl.  Their predictions gloss over Donovan McNabb’s injury tendencies.  Plus, even if he stays healthy, who’s he throwing to?  He’s got no wide receivers.

Finally, Dante Culpepper who not long ago posted one of the greatest QB seasons ever, decided to retired.  He claims that teams aren’t giving him a fair shot.  I loved Dante during his time in Minnesota and I do think he’s got a point that there are other guys in the league getting shots that have never achieved the things he has.  However, he’s ignoring his two bad knees and two bad seasons in Miami and Oakland.  Finally, he’s proof positive that when you act as your own agent or lawyer, you’ve got a fool for a client.

No matter, I’m sure it won’t be too long before Culpepper un-retires.  Maybe he can replace Brett Favre in a year or two when he bails out on the Jets!

And here’s wishing a happy football season to all (except the Cowboys and their fans)!  Did you really expect anything less from a Giants’ fan?

PS – Does anyone else find it odd that the Miami Dolphins are now led by a tuna?  Sorry, it’s late and I’m lacking the judgement to resist.