Dreams Blog

November 13, 2015

D’a Teams
Both of our teams won this weekend despite being out rushed and out passed.
Jets 28 Jags 23- They sacked the Jags 6 times, INT’d 2, and caused 3 fumbles.
Giants 32 TB 18- they, too, were outrushed, out passed and won because they had 2 INT’s and JPP was like Godzilla in the 4th quarter. He made a big difference. In the outcome.
Bills 22 Jets 17
It’s pretty hard to do well when you keep dropping the hammer, supposed to be used to hammer out a victory, on your foot. The “Neon Green Guys” fumbled twice and threw two INT’s.
Comments On Thursday Night From The SC
However, I wanted to check out my thinking here and “consulted with” – actually “exchanged e-mails with” – an old friend who has covered the NFL professionally for more than 4 decades. Basically, his assessment was similar to mine:
“For one thing, it will never happen for a very simple reason: No one sits home and watches TV on Friday night. People DO sit home and watch TV on Thursday night. The NFL goes where the eyeballs — and advertisers — are.”
He added something to his note that summarized my inherent frustration with Thursday Night Football but I had never thought of it in this way:
“… it doesn’t change the real problem which is screwing up the normal schedule. One thing that helped make the NFL so popular was its rhythm. Games were played on Sunday with a full week in between. There was a natural arc to it and it allowed the players to heal and the coaches to prepare. Now the schedule is staggered and it is impacting the quality of play all across the board. The Thursday night games are usually lousy but the league will keep playing them because (a) people tune in and (b) the ad money is huge.”
SC On Missouri Football
The SC told According to reports, the cancelation of the game against BYU this week would have cost the Missouri Athletic Department $1M. The players should learn from that quick response to their stance that there is truth in the adage:
MONEY TALKS!
Perhaps the way to achieve that goal – if that is truly a goal the players want to achieve – is to wait for one of the major revenue events to commence and for the players at that moment to choose to withhold services. It would take Herculean coordination effort to make the following happen but imagine for just a moment the following scenario:
It is a Sunday night in mid-March and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee has just announced its seedings for March Madness.
The media is focused on who got snubbed and who got a seeding they did not deserve. Monday morning arrives and that frenzy of outrage is fully expressed.
Then, comes the announcement that the players on the 68 teams are not going to take the floor. There will be no games; there will be no television; more importantly, there will be no television revenues…
Maybe this action will demonstrate the levers and the fulcrum that players can use to force negotiations on things they want to have happen.
And like the campus protesters who have won their point now, if the players choose to use those levers, are they ready to accept the consequences and the accountability that will come from their success?
I think the resignation of President Wolfe is not much more than a symbolic happenstance. Without concrete steps that actually change things for the better, it will be a footnote of history. I think the football players at Missouri demonstrated to athletes at other schools that perhaps it is time for the players to take heed.
Keep Your Head Down
The Sports Curmudgeon said, “I ran across these two items in Gregg Drinnan’s blog, Keeping Score:
“LeBron says that Kevin Love will be the ‘focal point’ of the Cavaliers’ offence,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “Someone tell him what it was like when Ringo sang lead.” . . . “The Dallas Cowboys have brought in Charles Haley to talk to Greg Hardy,” Littlejohn writes. “Isn’t that like bringing in Freddy Krueger to talk some sense to Jason?”
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “While taking shots at Tiger Woods in his new book, caddie Steve Williams says, “It was like I was a slave.” Except, he could have quit at any time… and made about $8 million “slaving” over Woods’ bag. Other than that, his analogy holds up.
After the World Series, it’s safe to say there’s very little danger of free-agent Daniel Murphy being overpaid.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Stacy Lewis, who broke the LPGA record for season earnings ($1,832,425) without winning a tournament in 2015, had six runner-up finishes.
She credits it all to her stubbornness, her perseverance — and wearing her lucky Buffalo Bills socks.
A Bucks-Nets game was delayed because a fan threw a pickle on the court.
Obviously someone didn’t relish the refs’ calls.”
Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin offering to QB the Cowboys until injured Tony Romo returns in Week 11: “With his WWE background, Austin certainly would know about play fakes.”
At Fark.com: “While you were courageously working on Monday with a paper cut, Andrew Luck was working on Sunday with an abdominal tear and lacerated kidney.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Roger Goodell bans public from sharing photos or video of NFL player victims without league’s express, written consent.”;
Whoever designed the Washington Nationals’ upcoming calendar mistakenly put Fenway Park on the cover of it.
So credit the Nats with the first error of the 2016 baseball season.
From the Oxford (Miss.) Police Department, after Ole Miss’ 53-52 upset loss last Saturday: “Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911.”
Misplaced Criticism
Some ultra-left media types are railing against critics of the movie, Trumbo. Trumbo had been, correctly, blacklisted by the moving picture industry because of his work, as a communist-party member, against the United States. Those media-types spent their ink ripping the vehicles while ignoring the message and said that US patriotism was un-sophisticated, FEH!

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