Dreams Blog

December 29, 2011

Thank You

Thank you, readers, for visiting with me in the “toy department”.

Have a Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Serene New Year!

Giants-Jets Week 16

There were two different Jet QBs playing against the Giants (8-7). The first Mark Sanchez was the QB who played while the Jets (8-7) were ahead. The second Mark Sanchez played while the Jets Trailed. S-1 was calm, confident, and cool. S-2 had happy feet, called the wrong plays, and didn’t throw to the right receiver.

“Easy Eli” was only 9-27 throwing the ball but seemed to knock the Jets off their game plan by throwing to Cruz 3 times for 165 yds. The Giants “D” collected 5 sacks, a safety, 2 INTs, and 1 forced fumble, while pushing the Jets to commit 10 penalties in the 29-14 Giants win.

Interesting Goings-On

I find this time in the NBA’s year very interesting. The stances and positioning that’s being done by the league players, the GMs, AND the league’s management is on a par with those being done by the members of the Mergers and Acquisitions Departments of Wall Street firms. One of the biggest differences between the two, however, is that salaries for the players have been written about without very many unknowns. While the business people’s salaries are held pretty close to the vest.

When I think about the “Bigs” like Dwight Howard, I recall how Al McGuire referred to them as- “Aircraft Carriers.”    

Acorns FromThe “Oak-man”

Ian Begley (ESPN.com)reported that Charles Oakley talked about the Knicks and said,

“Oakley picked the Knicks to win 48 to 50 games.
‘If Carmelo [Anthony] does what he’s supposed to do, and everybody else does the same, then they’re going to have a successful year,’ he said.
Less than two months earlier, Oakley questioned the Knicks’ credentials in a scathing critique of D’Antoni.
So why the change of heart?

Two words: Tyson Chandler.’”

Tebow-Mania                                                                                                                          I think that all of that noise about Tim Tebow and his successes is like the noise we heard about the “Wildcat” offensive play. The play burst onto the NFL scene and was hot stuff for a short time. While it was enjoying its time in the spotlight every NFL team “had to” run the play- until, that is, defenses made adjustments to stop it.

Tebow’s lack of passing acumen will push through and deposit him back on the bench.  

NFL Playoff View

As we near this year’s race toward the Super Bowl, I’m not looking too hard at teams with the most wins. Historically, it’s the team that gets hot enough at the end of the season to take the big prize.                                                                                                                                        Up in smoke

Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said that, “The Orange Bowl has turned down a planned sponsorship deal with Camacho Cigars.                                                                                                              When it came time to put it to a vote, bowl officials say, it was close but no … nah, too easy.”                                                                                                                                  Urban Renewal                                                                                                                     Ohio State hired Urban Meyer as its new football coach, replacing Jim Tressel. It was during Tressel’s tenure last year that O. State had 12 victories and a Sugar Bowl victory voided. Tressel had been caught in lies, signing false reports, and used players whom he knew had cheated. Meyer has been hired to clean up the football program at Ohio St. but remember Meyer had 30 of his Florida players arrested in less than six years but IS known to be a great recruiter who won two national championships.                                                                                                                      Ryan’s View                                                                                                                         What convinced Nolan Ryan to pass on the pursuit of C.J. Wilson and Mark Buhrle but to go after Yu Darvish?                                                                                                                                 Ryan has Darvish penciled into be the number three starter for the Texas Rangers, behind Lewis and Holland. Are you ready for all of the noise that will most likely pump the volume heralding  the pitching match-up between Darvish and Ichiro of the Mariners? That game will probably be the first game of the season for Monday-Night-Baseball.                                                                                                  Mother’s Day                                                                                                                         Jerry Greene (ESPN.com) asked his readers to give him some suggestions on how a small market NBA team would be able to hold on to a Super-Star. One suggestion was for the team to, “Name your facility after your star’s mother- The Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks Arena.”                                                                                                                                                     Sports Marriage Trouble                                                                                                       Jerry Greene’s readers gave him some clues for pro-athletes to know their marriage is over. Here are just a couple: “The tag on their Christmas present reads ‘From the plaintiff.’”“ Their wife is talking about Kris and Kim’s marriage and says, ‘They really deserve credit for sticking it out so long.’”                                                                                                                                          Just call him Iron Mic                                                                                                              Announcer Michael “Let’s get ready to rumble” Buffer will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Just one question: Will they make him introduce himself ?                                                                                                                                                    They Said It                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) forwarded these:   “Writer Alan Ray on Dallas nearing the end of the NFL regular season: “The Dallas Cowboys organization has two more games to iron out the wrinkles. And that’s just Jerry Jones’ plastic surgeon.”                                                                                           Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to NFL Radio on New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle’s statement last week that the Giants would beat the Redskins 99 times out of 100: “I mean, 99 out of 100 times they are going to beat us? And we beat them two in a row this year? I’m not going to the casino with him any time soon.”Greg Drinnen (Kamloops Daily News) about Ryan Braun’s suspension for misuse of testosterone:“Braun said he’ll comment soon,” writes Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-and then Greg wrote: “After Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell showed up drunk for a DUI hearing, Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out: “Memo to NBAers: ‘Order in the court’ does not mean ‘What’ll you have?’ ”                        

  Incorrect Pick                                                                                                                            According to Dwight Perry, one of the worst college basketball predictions for the entire year came in April when CBS picked Butler over UConn in the NCAA men’s title game. “ There hasn’t been a forecast this flat-out wrong since General Custer was minus -7 ½ at the Little Big Horn.”


  

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

December 22, 2011

 

 

Jets-Giants Week 15

Both of our teams lost. The Giants (7-7) lost to the Redskins (5-9) 27-10. The Jets (8-6) were manhandled, AGAIN, by the Iggles 45-19.

Neither team choked but the Giants left their enthusiasm home and the Jets continued to think that the Eagles were QB’d by Joe Montana.

The G-men gave up 3 INTs, allowed 3 sacks, and had 2 drops by Nicks that looked like sure TDs.                                                                                                                           The Jets had 2 INTs, 4 sacks, lost 2 fumbles, gave up 420 yards, and didn’t take advantage of Philly’s 5 fumbles.

Positive Reactions                                                                                                        Gwen Knapp (SF Chronicle) pointed out some valid objections by the MLBPA to the test results for HGH use and high levels testosterone presence. She wrote, “The naiveté will not die. Nine of baseball’s MVPs had been linked to performance-enhancing drugs, yet when reports surfaced this weekend about a drug case against the 2011 National League MVP, Ryan Braun, countless commentators and fans expressed shock.

His lawyers and other handlers will play off this naiveté. They’ve already started. Expect distortion of the fact that, according to ESPN, Braun is accused of failing not solely one, but two completely different tests showing that he had introduced testosterone into his body. One detects elevated levels. The other determines whether the testosterone was produced naturally.                                                                                                              Basketball and football have yet to see even one MVP formally linked to performance-enhancing drugs (although Dana Stubblefield, the 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was caught in the BALCO investigation). That fact is far more shocking than the fact that Braun has been implicated, along with nine other baseball MVPs.”                         Sally Jenkins (DC Post) added, “Do you swallow something when you don’t know what’s in it? Not if you have an IQ above room temperature. So why should NFL players, or any other athletes for that matter, be expected to swallow the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) method for HGH drug testing without independent scientific verification that it’s reliable, or fair, or applicable to them?                                            The union has taken the brunt of public criticism for the delay in implementing an HGH test, but WADA is equally to blame for its lack of transparency and refusal to answer some basic questions the union is asking — questions that Congress and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also should be asking. Questions such as: Is there enough independently published medical science that validates the test? How was it devised, and its parameters established?                                                                                                 One of the primary things the NFLPA is asking for and hasn’t gotten is the population study WADA used to develop the test. WADA claims to detect HGH by measuring isoform ratios in human blood: If you show a ratio beyond what WADA scientists consider your natural limit, you are considered guilty of HGH use. But natural limits can vary significantly among people. If you’re an NFL player, you don’t necessarily want to be compared with a Romanian gymnast.                                                                               The NFLPA quotes Martin Bidlingmaier, co-founder of the HGH test, who has said that gender, age, body composition, injury history, type of sport, diet and the effects of chronic exercise could all be relevant, and the ratios should be based on “a suitable reference population.” Is WADA’s reference population suitable for 300-pound NFL players? Is it suitable for 6-foot-6 NBA players? Whom did WADA conduct its trials on? Downhill skiers? How big were they, where do they live, what were their diets, their living conditions, their habits? WADA has only provided the NFLPA with some summary info, and not the study itself.”                                                                            

Sentence

Gwen also reported that the sentence for Barry Bonds’ conviction for felony obstruction of a Grand Jury’s investigation was published. He didn’t receive a life sentence in a “Super-Max.” He WAS sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $4,000 fine.

Compare that to the $50million+ of OUR money spent on the case and ask yourself- was it all worth it? I don’t think so!

Apparently Bonds doesn’t think it’s over because he’s appealing his conviction. He doesn’t want to lug around the tag of a convicted felon.

That’s the type of tag that survives even after death and might even extend into the  MLB-HOF voting years. I feel that might be the real reason for the appeal. 

No Positives                                                                                                                 Michael Hunt (Milwaukee Sentinel Journal) gave us a view from a Brewers fan’s slant on the Braun hoo-haa, “What if Braun is merely the victim of circumstance? What if, for example, in being treated for a medical condition instead of trying to give himself a competitive advantage at his job, Braun put something in his body that made the dope-testing machines flip like Ozzie Smith?                                                                                 Braun and baseball have been embarrassed by the way the news got out before either side was prepared to deal with the bombshell. There is nothing to do now except wait on more definitive results.                                                                                                           There is the practical, if not cynical, viewpoint posted in a blog by former MLB pitcher Dirk Heyhurst, who is no Ryan Braun. Yet Heyhurst might not be stretching it when he contends that crime still pays in baseball.                                                                           “It sure does,” he wrote. “If it didn’t people would be less inclined to commit it.” Other players might think that way, but I don’t believe Braun is so self-absorbed that he would trade a couple of months back home in Malibu while his teammates sunk without their best player.                                                                                                                    Braun came up as a cocky kid, but since becoming the face of the franchise he has been careful to never publicly put himself above the team. He took a below-market contract to keep him in a Brewers’ uniform essentially for life, but still it is more than $135 million guaranteed over the next decade we’re talking here.                                                     Nevertheless, it has not been in Braun’s personality to coast. He works longer and harder at his craft than most players I’ve seen, in spite of his riches. He left money on the table. These are not characteristics of someone looking for a shortcut.                                                That’s why I’m still willing to give Braun the benefit of the doubt. This could all be one big mistake.                                                                                                                                 Time will tell.”                                                                                                                    

 

Dreams Blog

December 16, 2011

Giants-Jets Week 14

The Giants (7-6) broke a 4 game slide by beating the Cowboys (7-6) with another bit of last minute heroics, 37-34. Jason Pierre-Paul reached up and blocked a last second FG attempt. JPP had some game- aside from the FG block, he had 6 tackles, 2 sacks,1 forced fumble, and credit for 1safety. Eli was 27/47, 400 yds. Jacobs ran 19times for 101yds; Nicks caught 7 for 154yds & Cruz was 7/83.

The Jets (8-5) routed the Chiefs (5-8), 37-10. The rout was so complete that the Chiefs only had 4yds in the 1st half. Shonn Greene rushed 24-129yds and had 3 reception for 58yds. Sanchez was 13/21, 159yds with 0 INT.

Met Blunders’

I think that you must start with the Wilpons when you begin assigning blame for the Mets’ predicament. The saying is that when you think that something seems too good to be true. It probably is. The Wilpons thought that they could achieve great investment returns by giving money for investments to Bernie Madoff. How’s that working out, guys?

You also have to put ex-GM, Omar Minaya into the mix because of the HUGE contracts he gave to players not worth the money.

Mets fans will probably be looking at the next 2years as a re-building period. At least they are rebuilding- not sitting tight.

In closing- I don’t think it was a bad thing to let Reyes walk. Was this a case of addition by subtraction?

More On Pujols

Pujols will be 32yrs. old this season and is said to be a “rickety” 32, at that. For a long time now, there have been rumors that a few years had been shaved off Pujols’ birth certificate- but that might be just a big bowl of sour grapes. 

Robbing Peter To Play Paul

Three teams had agreed to a trade that had the Lakers getting Chris Paul and sending Pau Gasol to the Rockets, sending Goren Dragic, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Lamar Odom to New Orleans. But, NBA-Commissioner “King David” Stern wearing his Hornets’ (the team owned by the NBA) cap stopped it by saying it was a basketball decision to keep Paul with the Hornets-even after Paul told the team he wouldn’t sign any contract extension and would become a free agent July 1st allowing him to just walk away.

Odom was confused (as am I) and said, “They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.” J.A. Adande (ESPN.com) on those four players the Hornets would have received: “The Hornets would have received Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic. That’s one of the most versatile players in the league, a guy who averages 18 and 10, a proven 20-a-night scorer, and a point guard who, if nothing else, has shown he can have a 23-point fourth quarter in a playoff game against the Spurs. You can compete for the playoffs with that team. You’re going to tell me that’s worse than the package of Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and draft picks that the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony?”

We’ll be waiting for the next shoe to drop. I don’t think we’ll have a long wait.     

Bowls Having Traditions

I’ll only pay attention to The Rose Bowl, The Orange Bowl, The Sugar Bowl, and the Cotton Bowl.

The rest of the johnny-come-lately bowls seem to have been created as marketing tools for the Bowl’s sponsor.

Don’t get me wrong the “Big Four” also do the same things but have been around for more than eighty years.                                                                                                          Pujols

Even the Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, couldn’t believe the contract that Pujols signed with the Angels.

There were reports that the only hold-up in the contract’s signing was the no-trade clause, reportedly for five years. That would make Pujols a 5/10 player (10yrs. in the majors with 5yrs. on the same team) giving him, in effect a 10yr. no-trade deal. Pujols is 32 and at the upper edge of his prime.

We’ll be watching to see if there’s any time lost because of injury or falling off in his numbers as the contract continues.

Pujols leaving St. Louis, where he was looked at by everyone as the “Stan The Man.”

Yankees Shortstop

Phil Rogers (ChiTrib) wrote about the Yankees winning bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima. “The Yankees’ successful bid to get signing rights for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is a sign manager Joe Girardi will rest Derek Jeter more in 2012, possibly using him once or twice a week as the designated hitter. Defensive metrics once again ranked Jeter as the weakest fielder among big league regulars, just ahead of error-prone Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.”

Boxing Black Eye

I watched the light welterweight title match between Lamont Peterson and Amir Kahn held in Peterson’s hometown, Washington D.C., that was won by Peterson in a split decision. Two of the judges had Peterson ahead by one point (judge: Nelson Vazquez 115-110,  judge: George Hill 112-113,| judge: Valerie Dorsett 112-113).

The fight was ultimately won by Peterson because the referee, Joseph Cooper, deducted two points from Kahn for pushing (?). In my mind, the pushing was warranted because of Peterson’s fouls (low blows, head butts). Cooper also waved off a first round knockdown of Peterson.

I had Kahn winning by two.

They Said It

From Dwight Perry (Seattle Times)- “Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, shuddering at the thought of Donald Sterling landing Magic star Dwight Howard: “Dwight bolting Orlando for the Clippers would be like your wife leaving you for Arnold Horshack.” From Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) “Maybe he was celebrating the end of the lockout: Warriors guard Charlie Bell shows up drunk in court for his DUI hearing. Memo to NBAers: “Order in the court” does not mean “What’ll you have?”                                        Dwight passed this along, “The teams listed 6-7-8-9 in the final BCS rankings (Arkansas, Boise State, Kansas State, South Carolina) are not going to BCS bowl games. Teams ranked 10, 13, 15 and 23 (Wisconsin, Michigan, Clemson, West Virginia) are,” wrote Carl Steward of the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. “Makes complete sense to us.”

 

Giants-Jets Week 14

The Giants (7-6) broke a 4 game slide by beating the Cowboys (7-6) with another bit of last minute heroics, 37-34. Jason Pierre-Paul reached up and blocked a last second FG attempt. JPP had some game- aside from the FG block, he had 6 tackles, 2 sacks,1 forced fumble, and credit for 1safety. Eli was 27/47, 400 yds. Jacobs ran 19times for 101yds; Nicks caught 7 for 154yds & Cruz was 7/83.

The Jets (8-5) routed the Chiefs (5-8), 37-10. The rout was so complete that the Chiefs only had 4yds in the 1st half. Shonn Greene rushed 24-129yds and had 3 reception for 58yds. Sanchez was 13/21, 159yds with 0 INT.

Met Blunders’

I think that you must start with the Wilpons when you begin assigning blame for the Mets’ predicament. The saying is that when you think that something seems too good to be true. It probably is. The Wilpons thought that they could achieve great investment returns by giving money for investments to Bernie Madoff. How’s that working out, guys?

You also have to put ex-GM, Omar Minaya into the mix because of the HUGE contracts he gave to players not worth the money.

Mets fans will probably be looking at the next 2years as a re-building period. At least they are rebuilding- not sitting tight.

In closing- I don’t think it was a bad thing to let Reyes walk. Was this a case of addition by subtraction?

More On Pujols

Pujols will be 32yrs. old this season and is said to be a “rickety” 32, at that. For a long time now, there have been rumors that a few years had been shaved off Pujols’ birth certificate- but that might be just a big bowl of sour grapes. 

Robbing Peter To Play Paul

Three teams had agreed to a trade that had the Lakers getting Chris Paul and sending Pau Gasol to the Rockets, sending Goren Dragic, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Lamar Odom to New Orleans. But, NBA-Commissioner “King David” Stern wearing his Hornets’ (the team owned by the NBA) cap stopped it by saying it was a basketball decision to keep Paul with the Hornets-even after Paul told the team he wouldn’t sign any contract extension and would become a free agent July 1st allowing him to just walk away.

Odom was confused (as am I) and said, “They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.” J.A. Adande (ESPN.com) on those four players the Hornets would have received: “The Hornets would have received Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic. That’s one of the most versatile players in the league, a guy who averages 18 and 10, a proven 20-a-night scorer, and a point guard who, if nothing else, has shown he can have a 23-point fourth quarter in a playoff game against the Spurs. You can compete for the playoffs with that team. You’re going to tell me that’s worse than the package of Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and draft picks that the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony?”

We’ll be waiting for the next shoe to drop. I don’t think we’ll have a long wait.     

Bowls Having Traditions

I’ll only pay attention to The Rose Bowl, The Orange Bowl, The Sugar Bowl, and the Cotton Bowl.

The rest of the johnny-come-lately bowls seem to have been created as marketing tools for the Bowl’s sponsor.

Don’t get me wrong the “Big Four” also do the same things but have been around for more than eighty years.                                                                                                          Pujols

Even the Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, couldn’t believe the contract that Pujols signed with the Angels.

There were reports that the only hold-up in the contract’s signing was the no-trade clause, reportedly for five years. That would make Pujols a 5/10 player (10yrs. in the majors with 5yrs. on the same team) giving him, in effect a 10yr. no-trade deal. Pujols is 32 and at the upper edge of his prime.

We’ll be watching to see if there’s any time lost because of injury or falling off in his numbers as the contract continues.

Pujols leaving St. Louis, where he was looked at by everyone as the “Stan The Man.”

Yankees Shortstop

Phil Rogers (ChiTrib) wrote about the Yankees winning bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima. “The Yankees’ successful bid to get signing rights for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is a sign manager Joe Girardi will rest Derek Jeter more in 2012, possibly using him once or twice a week as the designated hitter. Defensive metrics once again ranked Jeter as the weakest fielder among big league regulars, just ahead of error-prone Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.”

Boxing Black Eye

I watched the light welterweight title match between Lamont Peterson and Amir Kahn held in Peterson’s hometown, Washington D.C., that was won by Peterson in a split decision. Two of the judges had Peterson ahead by one point (judge: Nelson Vazquez 115-110,  judge: George Hill 112-113,| judge: Valerie Dorsett 112-113).

The fight was ultimately won by Peterson because the referee, Joseph Cooper, deducted two points from Kahn for pushing (?). In my mind, the pushing was warranted because of Peterson’s fouls (low blows, head butts). Cooper also waved off a first round knockdown of Peterson.

I had Kahn winning by two.

They Said It

From Dwight Perry (Seattle Times)- “Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, shuddering at the thought of Donald Sterling landing Magic star Dwight Howard: “Dwight bolting Orlando for the Clippers would be like your wife leaving you for Arnold Horshack.” From Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) “Maybe he was celebrating the end of the lockout: Warriors guard Charlie Bell shows up drunk in court for his DUI hearing. Memo to NBAers: “Order in the court” does not mean “What’ll you have?”                                        Dwight passed this along, “The teams listed 6-7-8-9 in the final BCS rankings (Arkansas, Boise State, Kansas State, South Carolina) are not going to BCS bowl games. Teams ranked 10, 13, 15 and 23 (Wisconsin, Michigan, Clemson, West Virginia) are,” wrote Carl Steward of the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. “Makes complete sense to us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

December 9, 2011

Jets- Giants Week 13

The 7-5 Jets beat the Redskins (4-8) by a score of 34-19 but the game was a lot closer than is indicated by the score. NY scored 21pts. In the last 4:49 to pull out the win. DC was responsible for its own loss by fumbling 3 times, losing 2, allowing 2 sacks, and 1 INT. They ran for 100yds and passed for 221.

Shonn Greene was 22-88 on the ground and caught 2 more for 26yds.

The Giants (6-6) almost beat the Packers (12-0) but fell short when Green Bay kicked a FG with no time on the clock for the 38-35 win- but an L is still an L. The Giants were behind 28-24 at the start of the 4th quarter but came back to go ahead with a minute left.

A Realistic View For Chris Paul

What are the chances that Chris Paul will be able to come to the Knicks via trade? There are two chances- slim and none because the Knicks don’t have anyone for whom a trade  would be possible.

So, the Knicks will probably have to wait a year until Paul becomes a free agent. Even though Paul has expressed his desire to come to NY, now, to form a “Big Three” with Stoudemeyer and Anthony.

Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com), on the other hand, said the Knicks should pursue Dwight Howard “even if it means offering Amare or Carmelo to the Magic.”

Yankees Prospects

Gio Gonzalez – 25yrs old, lefthander, 38-32 in 4yrs with the A’s, 200IP/Season for last 2 yrs, 1.41WHIP, 8.6/Kper9inn, 1.94/K-BB

Jonathan Niese- 24yrs old. lefthander, 22-23 in 4yrs w/Mets, 320IP last 2 yrs, 1.46WHIP, 7.6K/9inn, 2.56K-BB

The DH

Some teams feel that the DH is a good slot in which to give a regular position player a day off from having to play the field. Still others want a thumper in that slot (see the Red Sox). The rest will pencil in a low-cost veteran player.

Thumpers are good if they consistently give you good numbers.

Why One MLB-MGR Will Do Better Than Another Directing The Same Team

Sally Jenkins (DC Post) cited research psychologist Robert Hogan’s answer, “The academic study of leadership has failed, and the reason is that it focuses on the leader, when the appropriate focus is on the followers. When we flip the examination of leadership on its head and look at what followers will follow, we get a better idea of what quality we’re talking about.                                                                                                     According to Hogan’s research, followers want four things: integrity, confidence, decision-making and clarity. But just as important is what followers don’t want: irritability, moodiness, untrustworthiness, indec­i­sive­­­ness, needless micro-management and excessive authority. They perceive these things as incompetent, and pretty soon the leveling mechanism kicks in and there is a subtle rebellion.”

Look how the NY Football Giants made out after Coach Tom Coughlin changed his demeanor on the sidelines and on the practice field- Can you say Super Bowl?

Starters

In MLB it seems that the “Steinbrenner Method” of trading for good players and signing free agent players is more economically sound than wasting big bucks on draft choices who don’t pan out.

“HOW-EVAH” in football, good players rarely leave the teams that drafted them because owners will pay to make sure they don’t leave. This year’s College draft might be the time for the Giants to look for a replacement for Eli so the successor might have enough tutoring time to mature into a winning QB.

It was Violence Week in pro football

Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) told us that: “Ndamukong Suh suspended, Rolando McClain arrested, Joe Kapp crowned heavyweight champion of the GBA (Geezer Boxing Association). Not to detract from Kapp’s KO, but longtime pro-wrestling photographer Mike Lano, of Alameda, says of Angelo Mosca, “He always pulls faux stunts at our annual reunions of retired pro wrestlers.”

— A staged fight? Say it ain’t so, Joe.”                                                                                 Old money                                                                                                                            “Winning players in this year’s Canadian Football League Grey Cup,” reported Dwight Perry (Seattle Times), “Got $16,000 apiece, with losing players pocketing $8,000.                                                                           “That’s not bad when you compare it to $15,000 winning share and $7,500 losing share in the Super Bowl,” wrote Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express.

“The 1967 Super Bowl, that is.”                                                                                                                       

Bearish On Brett

Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said that, “The Bears after losing QB Jay Cutler for the season, might reportedly bring Brett Favre out of mothballs.                                          Not that Favre old or anything, but he keeps referring to the Falcons as “Mylata.”

Good Grief                                                                                                                             Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) said that, “Parents of young children will recognize what happened when the NCAA allowed UCLA to accept a bowl invitation with a 6-7 record. It’s the collegiate version of giving out trophies for participation.”

Cotto-Margarito                                                                                                                                                               

Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 knockouts) who got his revenge against Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs), belting his bitter rival throughout nine rounds until a ringside doctor ruled that the wounded Tijuana fighter could no longer continue.                                                                                                                                         Fight promoter Bob Arum described Cotto’s effort as “brilliant … he fought like a human,” meaning he battled with raw emotion that contrasts his usual stoic demeanor.
Arum added Cotto might next fight middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but Floyd Mayweather Jr. also is a possibility.”

Product Placement                                                                                                          Seahawks RB , Marshawn Lynch scored a TD and was seen scoffing down a handful of Skittles when he got back to the bench. The Skittles people gave him a two year supply of skittles along with a dispenser for his locker. Jerry Greene (ESPN.com) asked: “Shouldn’t he — wait for it, wait for it — demand they sweeten the deal?”

Critters 2, Hunters 0.                                                                                                       Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us about these animal hunters, “Doctors in Brigham City, Utah, had to remove 27 shotgun pellets from a duck hunter’s buttocks, Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV reported, after his dog apparently stepped on the gun’s trigger while the man was setting up decoys.                                                                                                                         And in Monroe, Ore., the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported, a man shot himself in the foot trying to shoot a squirrel — after the varmint ran up his left leg.”