Dreams Blog

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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