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January 30, 2015

Next Week
I’ll list my top 3 Super Bowl TV ads.
Rooting Interest
I asked Dwight Perry if it would be OK to root for his Seahawks and he said, “Go on, go ahead. Explain it this way: Russell Wilson is on his way to becoming the Derek Jeter of the NFL.”
I’m going to ask if you would, only, remember this score 31-27. I’m not saying who’s the top number, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
NE-Gate
I know that there’s a lot of talk saying both teams played with the under-inflated balls but it was no secret that the Colts were going to run with the ball more than pass it and the Pats were going into the air. Brady was 21/28,174 and Luck was 12/33,129.
HMMM, pretty good passing percentage for Brady. A more inflated ball would have cut down on that. Keep that in mind.
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) wrote, “We should have been suspicious when Bill Belichick presented Tom Brady the game ball and he folded it and put it in his wallet.
Upon hearing about the underinflated footballs, 873 present and former NFL quarterbacks slapped their foreheads and said, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
“Quietly, Brady has been replaced as chairman of the Macy’s Parade.
“Richard Sherman may have gone too far, essentially accusing Brady of Eddie Haskell-ing.”
Good Point
Bob Molinaro said, “As college basketball officials crowd around TV monitors searching for in-game overrules – and as I quickly reach for my remote – I grow nostalgic for the days when a missed call was part of the deal. Why should errors be treated differently in the final two minutes? We’re talking about games. Entertainment, in other words. Bad calls happen, then life goes on. If only the games would.”
Here Comes Da Judge
Bob Molinaro (Pilot.com) wrote, “Fans of the NFL and decent sportsmanship have no reason to worry that the Mysterious Case of the Patriots’ Underinflated Footballs won’t be adjudicated quickly and with integrity. As long as Roger Goodell is on the job, what could go wrong?
Richard Sherman couldn’t wait for the Week of Words to talk the talk. ‘I think people get a skewed view of Tom Brady,’ he said. ‘That he’s just a clean-cut guy that does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone. We know him to be otherwise.’”
New Jets
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “Ryan kept faking it with Geno Smith, kept trying to persuade people to ignore the mounting evidence and take his word for it that Smith would someday soon become a big-time pro. Bowles? The best he could do on Smith was a description of him as “a great college quarterback,” and until Smith’s play demands something more, that’s the way it should be.
Like his hopeless predecessor, John Idzik, Maccagnan isn’t a personality that will light up too many rooms. Unlike his predecessor, Maccagnan has a history of evaluating talent, not budget lines. He should have a decent idea of what to do with the $40 million in salary-cap space at his disposal, and with the sixth overall pick in the draft.
Now the negatives. The Jets still don’t have a viable quarterback, or a viable set of cornerbacks to defend against viable quarterbacks. “I have to get in and look at the film and see what the problems were,” Bowles said, “whether they were schematically or whether they were physically.”
Memo to Todd: They were both.
One And Done
The Sports Curmudgeon talked about the NBA’s drafting problems, “College basketball has become a “one-and-done” proposition with regard to the top draft picks. What that means is that NBA teams with picks in the “Top 5” are selecting kids who may not yet be 20 years old as franchise saviors. Many of these players have never had to play against others with comparable – or even superior – talent and skills. Most of them are not nearly ready physically to turn around a franchise. And that does not even begin to take account of the maturation level to deal with being a professional athlete on a bad team.
Please do not interpret the above as wistful nostalgia for the days when college basketball players went to school and stayed 4 years before going to the NBA. That is not what I am advocating or contemplating. What I am saying is that if a team were going to adopt a “tanking strategy”, it would have had a better chance at success under the “old college basketball environment” than it does under the current conditions.
Not So Nice Game
Dan Daly told us about the 1965 Pro-Bowl. “The Pro Bowl 50 years ago certainly caused a stir — the likes of which hasn’t been seen since and may never be again. In the third quarter, Browns quarterback Frank Ryan suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was slammed to the ground by Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti, and Ryan claimed it was retaliation for something that had happened in the NFL title game two weeks earlier.
The backstory: With 26 seconds left in the championship game — and Cleveland leading favored Baltimore 27-0 — Browns fans stormed the field and took down the goal posts. The officials were all for calling it a day at that point, and so were the badly beaten Colts. But Ryan wouldn’t go along. Cleveland had the ball at the Baltimore 16, and he wanted to score one more touchdown.
Naturally, this didn’t set well with Marchetti and his mates. When the Pro Bowl rolled around, Gino was still steaming about it — and was quoted in various newspapers as saying he wanted “one more shot” at Ryan.
Old Habits (Dwight Perry- Seattle Times)
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was at it again on CBS’s “Late Night with David Letterman,” refusing to use the word “Michigan” when discussing his team’s No. 1 nemesis.
But as Mike Bianchi pointed out in the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel: “Meyer used to do the same thing (during his Florida tenure) when asked about the Gators’ biggest rival — the Gainesville Police Department.”

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January 23, 2015

If You Ain’t Cheatin’ You Ain’t Tryin’
Does anyone else think that the denials from Belichick and Brady sound like those we used to hear from Gaylord Perry?
Affordable Super Bowl
Dan Daly wrote about SBII, “The face value of a Super Bowl ticket runs anywhere from $800 to $1,900 these days, and prices on the secondary market reportedly range between an arm ($2,000) and a leg ($20,000). So I thought you might be amused by what it used to cost to go to the game — from soup to nuts.
An ad appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before Super Bowl II that offered air transportation (“via United and Eastern Air Lines”), three nights in a Miami hotel, six meals, a cocktail party, transfers and “other features” for — wait for it — the low, low price of $196 (tax included). You flew out the Friday before the game, which pitted the NFL’s Packers against the AFL’s Raiders, and returned the following Monday.
What a deal.
Wonder if Wayne Travel Service is still offering it. (Or is it just the price of gas that’s dropping to nostalgic levels?)
Yankees At First Look
Wallace Matthews quoted Brian Cashman, ““This year will be different, that’s for sure, “General manager Brian Cashman said this week. “This spring will be more important than most because there’s a lot of new guys and a lot of guys we don’t know all that much about. There’s a lot of players we have to get to know. Clearly last year there was a big focus on our captain, who’s no longer here. This year the focus will be on all the new guys.”
“I think ever since they renewed [Cashman, who received a new three-year contract], he’s had some ideas about building the team, getting younger and more versatile, and I think they’ve done that,” said the baseball executive. “Does it work? Who knows? I think the whole season comes down to two questions: The starting pitching and the hitting.”
But Cashman disputes the notion that this year’s offseason represents any sort of philosophy change by an organization that has always operated under the Big Bang Theory of baseball. He said the reason the Yankees built through barter rather than bucks this season was strictly due to circumstances.”
Maccagnan-Speak
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “Maccagnan didn’t have too much to say about his quarterback situation. Asked if he likes Geno Smith, he said, ‘I do like Geno in terms of aspects of his play,’ adding that he hasn’t had enough time to form a definitive evaluation. Maccagnan said he’s looking forward to getting acquainted with Smith.”
We have to look at what wasn’t said. He didn’t say what aspects of play, to what he was referring or Smith’s off the field behavior for that matter.
A New Direction For The Giants
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote: “Ben McAdoo has been hired to run the Giants’ offense, it’s worth taking note that this is the Giants doing something they don’t normally do. They’re taking a chance on a fresh, new face with ideas that differ from theirs. They’re dipping their staid blue toe into new waters, mainly out of an admission that what they were doing for so long had stopped working. It’s a pretty big deal, and however it works out, it speaks to the state of the franchise right now. After 10 years of Manning and Coughlin, they don’t believe their run is coming to an end, but they’re at least admitting to themselves that they’ll need to try something different if they want to be right.”
I like Coughlin’s Spagnuolo hire but I would have liked Pepper Johnson better.
Cote’s Notes
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) said that the Knicks are in danger of being relegated to the D-league and that Curt Schilling said he didn’t get voted into the MLB Hall of Fame because he’s a Republican. Or, there’s also the remote possibility voters just didn’t think he was good enough.
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (PilotOnline.com) wrote, “Hit the pause button: Let’s hold off writing Peyton Manning’s career obituary. It’s unlikely that Manning is finished – not when he’s due $19 million in base salary for showing up next season. You’d expect a pizza pitchman of his repute to have an appreciation for that kind of dough.
If you want to win a bar bet, ask if anybody can tell you who coaches the Atlanta Hawks, currently atop the NBA’s Eastern Conference and on a 10-game winning streak. Mike Budenholzer, a former apprentice under the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, is the mystery man – and early leader for Coach of the Year. Full disclosure: I had to Google the Hawks to discover Budenholzer’s identity.
Even taking into account that Rex Ryan usually wins the news conference, it’s amusing how the blustery self-promoter could introduce himself to Bills fans as their savior, seeing as how he left the Jets after a four-win season to join a franchise that finished with nine victories.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) Headlines
“This from Darren Rovell (ESPN): “Pizza Hut spokesman- we are not paying QBs who say ‘Hut’ at the line of scrimmage.”
“Scientists can gauge the slightest slowing of Earth’s rotation enough to know that we need to add an extra second in 2015, but what is and what isn’t a completed NFL pass still can’t pass the eyeball test?
“Times columnist Larry Stone, via Twitter, after the Mariners acquired lefty pitcher Mike Kickham: “I’d suspect their plan is to use Kickham when they’re down.”
“Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, after NASCAR driver Kurt Busch claimed his ex-girlfriend is a CIA-trained assassin: “Gentlemen, start your cuckoo clocks.”
“Times desk editor Scott Hanson, on Washington State’s new defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch: “So I’m guessing he’ll make his players practice on Christmas.”
“Tiger Woods, on hand to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn ski in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, got a front tooth knocked out by a swinging TV camera.
We assume he’ll be replacing that divot.
“Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, on throwing 19-yard TD pass off a fake field goal in the NFC title game: “It was a moment I won’t forget, even though I don’t remember it all right now.”

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January 16, 2015

Jets News
I’m happy that the Jets didn’t waste any time getting their lined up on the run way. I’m happy with Bowles but I don’t know about Maccagnan. He’s a let’s see how the draft goes guy. On Maccagnan- “Well, at least they didn’t hire a bean counter/paper pusher, a la John Idzik. Maccagnan is all football. He worked the past few years as a front office executive, coordinating the Texans’ college scouting, but he also spent a lot of time on the road in a scouting capacity. This is what the Jets need — a GM whose roots are in player evaluation. Have you seen their roster? It’ll take a sharp personnel guy to fix their many problems. The last time they had a GM with a football background was Terry Bradway (2001-05). The Jets tried to sell Idzik as a “football man,” but he was in over his head. One of the concerns with Maccagnan is that he has no experience with salary-cap management and contract negotiation.”
On Bowles- “The party’s over. Bowles is known for his laid-back demeanor, so no, he won’t be showing up for a news conference in a wig. He’s an even-keeled coach, which Ryan wasn’t. Jets owner Woody Johnson wants to change the environment around the team, and he believes Bowles will bring a steadiness that was lacking and maybe a little tough love. Make no mistake, he’s not a tyrant — his former players in Arizona speak of him reverently — but he’ll tear into the players if necessary. In an October game against the Washington Redskins, he busted up a whiteboard at halftime because he was angry with his players.
Despite losing several starters in Arizona, he was able to adjust with different personnel, and the Cards finished fifth in points allowed.”
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) reported that Bowles was looking for Kacy Rogers to be his DC and Chan Gaily to be his OC. I like Rogers but have doubts about Gaily. Bowles might want to have Gaily act as a tutor for him, being a first time HC. Gaily could also work with Geno Smith to improve at QB.
Triangle, THAT!
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The triangle offense may have a credibility problem with younger players in the NBA.
At least, that’s what New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher thinks.
But Jackson’s disciples haven’t had much success. Former assistants Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw have a combined record of 84-198. Fisher is 5-34 -Rich- the worst in the NBA this season to start their Knicks coaching careers.”
They’re not playing a triangle defense. To be successful the “triangle offense” needs a competent center, an accurate three-point shooter, AND a talented point-guard.
More Trades
Marc Stein (ESPNNY.com) told us, “The New York Knicks are actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani as part of their ongoing roster clear-out, according to league sources.
Jackson has made it clear that he is committed to building through the draft and free agency and has spoken several times this season about changing the culture of the franchise. The trade of Smith to Cleveland, which required the inclusion of Shumpert, was evidence of that.”
The Report Is In
The Sports Curmudgeon told us that Greg Cote wrote, “An independent investigation found NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was not aware of the Ray Rice video when meting out his initial punishment. Which sort of means Goodell was both exonerated and called incompetent at the same time.”/
Jets GM
Mike Maccagnan, from the Houston Texans, was Rich Cimini’s (ESPNNY.com) recommendation for the job. He wrote, “Ultimately, the job comes down to finding talent. It’s difficult to say how much input Maccagnan has had into the Texans’ drafts; all we can do is judge the outcome. A recent study of the 2009-2013 drafts, conducted by USA Today, rated them 15th in the league. Obviously, they hit the jackpot with J.J. Watt (2011). Nearly all of their first- and second-rounders from 2009 to 2012 have panned out, but their two most recent drafts haven’t yielded much at all. The last five drafts have produced only one Pro Bowl player — Watt, who could be an all-time great.
The Texans haven’t used a high draft pick on a quarterback since 2002, when they drafted David Carr No. 1 overall in the franchise’s first year. If hired, Maccagnan is the anti-Idzik in that he has no experience with the salary and negotiating contracts.
Too Much Info
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) told us that, “The College Football Playoff crescendo between Oregon and Ohio State was so big it was covered by not only ESPN but also by ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com. That’s according to Mort Schmidlap, ESPN Director of Wretched Excess.”
Perry Patter
Scott Ostler (Seattle Times) wrote, “Some news stories come complete with their own punchline:
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, charged with speeding, reckless driving and DUI in Georgia, told the arresting officer he was going 99 mph on a freeway because he was late — getting to his child’s parent-teacher conference.
And … Dartmouth suspended 64 students for cheating — in a sports-ethics class
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after Florida State QB Jameis Winston said his team’s 39-point playoff loss to Oregon “could have went either way”: “Sounds like Winston went the other way heading to math class.”;
ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, fired as Golden State’s coach after last season, on why he deserves some credit for the Warriors’ 29-5 start: “You cannot disrespect the caterpillar and rave about the butterfly.”
Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after ex-Miami fullback Rob Konrad swam nine miles to shore after falling out of his fishing boat off the South Florida coast: “So much for him being a former Dolphin.”;
Brooklyn Nets officials are denying a Bloomberg report that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhoro no longer wants to own the team.
So it’s merely coincidence, then, that they’re suddenly calling themselves the Nyets.
Brendan Alert
Dwight told us to, “Hide the knives-
Celebrating his 74th birthday on Sunday: pro rassler Abdullah the Butcher.
Just a guess here, but no one gets in his way when he goes to cut the cake.”

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January 9, 2015

Giants Sidelines
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The Giants announced Fewell’s ouster Wednesday as part of a “restructuring of their defensive coaching staff.” Defensive backs coach Peter Giunta also will not return next season, the team announced.
The Giants’ defense ranked eighth in the NFL in total yardage in 2013 but took a major step back in 2014 amid season-ending injuries to three of its top four cornerbacks, middle linebacker Jon Beason and defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers.”
I’m rooting for Pepper Johnson or Steve Spagnuolo, but more for Pepper, to get brought in.
NFL Games On TV
Fan interest in watching pro-football on television spiked after CBS broadcasted “The Violent World Of Sam Huff.” This was the first time that real-time sights and sounds were seen and heard by “Joe-Fan.”
I still remember Sam Huff covered in game dirt saying to an opposing player, “If you do that one more time, number 63, I’m gonna break your nose!”
That was it for me. I was hooked.
There has recently of talk about preventing permanent injuries to NFL players as well as poor post-game player behavior. The Sports Curmudgeon talked about the leagues reaction, “I think Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald has cracked the code on NFL disciplinary measures: “The NFL has a tougher personal conduct policy. Now, when players mess up, they will get both wrists slapped simultaneously.”
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) wrote, “Normally I don’t root against the Cowboys, but I’m making an exception. Don’t want to be subjected again to the owner’s box tableau of Jerry Jones and his BFF, Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, doing their awkward — and borderline dangerous — victory hug.
What is that dance, the Texas Mis-Step?”
Conspiracy?
I’ve been pretty clear as to how I feel about the Dallas Cowboys. I want to know why all of those strange decisions made by NFL refs seem to always go the Cowboys’ way.
This time a Dallas defender ran straight into a Lions’ pass receiver knocking him down. Two officials threw an interference penalty flag, but after a quick conference with the other zebras the flag was picked up. No penalty. Two minutes later, Dallas had a 4th and 6 on the on the Lions’ 42, Romo calls a pass. Lions’ DT Suh is held and tackled to the ground-no penalty.This put the Cowboys in position to go ahead 24-20 for the win.
All I could say was- JEEZ.
The guys were giving me the business about this. From Bob Molinaro- “I had no dog in the fight, but I find it mystifying that the wisest minds of our age – talk-show hosts – strenuously downplayed the importance of the Great Picked-Up-Hanky Incident in the Cowboys’ playoff victory over the Lions. The wise men argue that one play or a single egregious call can’t determine the outcome of a game. But this flies in the face of everything we longtime couch potatoes know because bad calls can and do alter results. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to understand that.”
Dwight Perry- “Conspiracy alert
Coincidence? Jethro Pugh, the former Dallas defensive tackle, passed away within 10 days of:
The Cowboys’ first playoff game in Green Bay since the 1967 Ice Bowl.
AND Elly May Clampett.”
Kerr Was Smart
Steve Kerr saw what was ahead of him if he gave into the offer from Phil Jackson to become the Knicks’ coach. Bob Molinaro (pilotonline.com) unretired and wrote an opinion. “Close call: Knowing what we do now about the debacle that is the New York Knicks – 5-34 after a loss Thursday night – it’s hard to believe Steve Kerr may have seriously contemplated accepting Phil Jackson’s coaching offer before making the soul-saving choice to lead Golden State (28-5).
Meat Head Of The Year
Alvin Cross- “Alvin Cross was out of jail on probation and was looking for some “weed”. Evidently, he fired up his mobile phone and sent out a text message to someone – or some ones – he thought might be able to hook him up. The problem is that the text message went to his probation officer. There was not a lot of ambiguity in the text message; according to reports, it read:
“You have some weed?”
The probation officer naturally notified the police who got a warrant and searched Cross’ residence where they found cocaine – but interestingly, there was no mention of any marijuana. Cross went back to jail and had a year added to his time there for drug possession and added time for violation of probation.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “In soccer circles, this is what you call obstruction.
Germany’s MSV Duisburg has moved its winter training-camp headquarters away from the Turkish resort of Antalya Lara after learning that 400 Russian models were booked into the same hotel for a beauty pageant there.
As the team’s website explained it: “We want to calmly prepare for the second half of the season :)”
“Florida basketball player Jacob Kurtz inadvertently tipped in the game-winning shot at the buzzer for rival Florida State last week.
When Gators coach Billy Donovan said “we beat ourselves,” he wasn’t kidding.
At least Kurtz has a kindred spirit in Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, who — while trying to land a left to the head of the Senators’ Jared Cowen during an NHL scrum — inadvertently punched himself in the head.”
“Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after Big Ten basketball teams lost nonconference games to Texas Southern, Incarnate Word and the New Jersey Institute of Technology: “The only thing left is to lose to a driving school.”
Headlines
At Fark.com: “76ers suffer their first home win and fall into a tie with the Knicks.”
Brad Rock of Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, after Jazz guard Trey Burke went 0 for 11 on three­-point attempts against the Hawks — and three teammates went a combined 7 for 12: “If it ain’t Burke, don’t fix it.”
Name game
Nick O’Leary — the No. 2 tight-end prospect in the NFL draft and the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus — played for Florida State.
Sorry, but shouldn’t a chip shot off that old block be a California Golden Bear?”

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January 2, 2015

“Black Monday” Reactions
The Giants from Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) – “The Giants should be looking at absolutely everything and everyone with a critical eye. It makes no sense that the job status of GM Jerry Reese, with his draft record, isn’t even questioned. It shouldn’t be automatic that Coughlin, who has won playoff games in only two of his 11 Giants seasons, returns just because the Giants don’t want to be a team that fires coaches. And if performance dictates otherwise, it shouldn’t be a slam-dunk that Fewell or special-teams coordinator Tom Quinn comes back just because Coughlin likes coaching with them. Huge decisions loom about player personnel, of course, at the end of all of this. They can’t get lulled to sleep by the fact that the offensive line was a bit better in December than it was in September. All offensive lines are. The Giants’ line still needs better players. They need to overhaul the pass rush — the Giants’ sack total was inflated by a strong finish — either around a re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul or around a viable playmaking replacement. They need to address safety and linebacker, look honestly at the run game and decide what the best thing is to do about Manning and his contract.”
The Jets from Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) – “Owner Woody Johnson is rebooting, and not a moment too soon. Not only did the Jets miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but there also was dysfunction within the organization. There were conflicting agendas and clashing philosophies — coaching staff versus management, offense versus defense and run versus pass. The franchise needs a fresh start and a strong leader who can galvanize it.
Ryan never had a chance this season. He was handed a poorly constructed roster by Idzik, who failed to supply his head coach with the necessary tools to win. Isn’t that the GM’s job? Ryan coached most of the season with third-rate cornerbacks, hampering his ability to run his style of defense. It was gross mismanagement by Idzik.”
Doug Marrone
Doug Marrone is reportedly a candidate for the Head Coaching position with the NY Jets and is a neighborhood guy-not just a local guy. As such he has a lot going for him in my eyes but I’m still concerned with his career coaching record of 40-42 with Syracuse and Buffalo.
Hopefully, Woody Johnson will bring in Rich Mueller from Philly as GM and be a good personnel guy in the draft.
A Bobby Layne Tale
I wonder how today’s conduct police would have liked to write about Layne. I don’t think Bobby would have cared a lick.
Dan Daly wrote about a game in 1958 between the Steelers, with Bobby Layne and the Chicago Cardinals. “Bobby Layne and Co. racked up 683 yards that frigid December day – 472 passing, 211 rushing. It was so ridiculous that a running back, Tom “The Bomb” Tracy, threw a 72-yard touchdown pass. But here’s the best part, the part no one remembers: Layne played with a wicked hangover. World class. On national television, no less.
“Bobby drank, no doubt about that,” Art Rooney says in Ray Didinger’s book, Pittsburgh Steelers.
“The greatest day Layne ever had with the Steelers came the last day of one season at Pitt Stadium against the Cardinals. It was snowing like crazy. There couldn’t have been more than 5,000 people at the game because you had to be an athlete to get up the hill to that park on a dry day, let alone in snow and ice.
“A local sportswriter, Bob Drum said, ‘I’m telling you, I was with him last night, and there’s no way he’ll even make it to the ballpark, let alone play.’
“This was unusual for Bobby, but it was the last game of the season, and he was blowing off steam. Bobby showed up at the stadium, and he looked awful. Well, Bobby went out and had himself a day you had to see to believe. The footing on the field was so bad everybody on both sides was falling down except Bobby. He was staggering all over the field and picking up unbelievable yardage. I never saw him have another day like it.”
Layne never did have another.
Back To School
Dan Daly saw Harbaugh return to coach Michigan, his alma mater and wrote: “Even in the ’40s, when there was no free agency, no scouting combine, no drug testing (and its accompanying surprises) — not to mention minicamps and OTAs — you had NFL coaches saying, “Who needs it?” and going back to college ball. One of the more notable examples is Adam Walsh, who guided the Rams to the 1945 championship and, two years later, was so sick of owner Dan Reeves’ intrusiveness that he decided to reclaim his old job at Bowdoin College in Maine. (Yes, the Division III Bowdoin Polar Bears.)”
Wha-D-Say?
Carmelo Anthony was asked about his injury and he answered, “I’ve had multiple conversations with multiple people. Regular people, people who have had similar situations as me, and everybody has their own opinion. I take everything in stride and when that time comes, I’ll take it into consideration.”
Did he just say, “I feel a lot more like I do now than I did before?”
Melo also said that Coach Fisher is keeping the team from crumbling. Dwight Perry added- “
Apparently Anthony’s working definition of “crumbling” is something worse than 5-29.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Derek Jeter’s magic lives!
Penn State kicker Sam Ficken — assigned the just-retired legend’s Yankee Stadium locker for last Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl — booted the game-winning PAT, snapping a 30-30 tie with Boston College in overtime.”
Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News, after the 49ers’ Frank Gore had 15 pizzas delivered to the team’s media room Monday: “From now on, every local writer will refer to him as ‘Hall of Fame-bound running back Frank Gore …’ ”;
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after some rocketeers in Michigan launched a porta-potty high into the sky: “If the Redneck Games had a space program, this is what it’d look like.”