Dreams Blog

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?”
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.”
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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