The Irish And Wishing Folk Well In Their Future Endeavors...
Here We Go Again...
- Another big name hire by the Irish, more folk in South Bend praying someone can get this right again. My Dad tells me there was a time as a kid when I was forbidden from watching ND games on his television. (We're talking late 80s here.) Brian Kelly leaves Cincinatti for Notre Dame and in a rather ironic twist, someone from Central Michigan will take over at Cincy. (Brian Kelly was the last to do it, Bearcat alum, say hello to your new head coach Butch Jones.) What do I think about this? Well...after watching The U on ESPN, I realized a few things. One train of thought states that college football's better when the Irish, Canes, Sooners, etc. are nationally prominent. The U appears to be back around after a few years in a coma state, USC's been back since Pete Carroll's come in and OU's kinda faded ever since Texas figured out how to beat them in the Red River Rivalry. Notre Dame's got a network contract, but then again, so does virtually every big name squad in the SEC.
Notre Dame is well...Notre Dame. It can write its own ticket and if it wins 10 games no matter what, they're GUARANTEED a BCS Bowl bid. I believe if anyone can turn this around, Brian can. Weis was nothing more than a coordinator with Super Bowl rings. He's proof that for every Pete Carroll or Butch Davis, there's always that one NFL guy who can't make the transition to the college game. Speaking of transitioning, it's...
Update Your Resume Time!!!
This is the portion of our ranting, where I take time out to wish folk well in their future endeavors since they're more than likely done with their present profession. Starting with... Eric Mangina
- Good news, you coached a Browns team that actually beat Pittsburgh. Bad news...Randy Lerner may have been serious after all about listening to the fans and hiring a football czar to run shit. Which if Holmgren is the man who's hired, you're probably gonna have to update your resume after losing most of the team and co-signing on having the only playmaker left (Braylon) traded mid-season.
- Surefire sign to know your days as a QB are numbered? The #3 guy on the depth chart jumps you after the starter goes down. Now this isn't to say that JaMarcus isn't a good QB, this is just saying his days in Oakland may mercifully be over with.
- Perhaps this is premature unto itself, but let's call a spade a spade here. Your team's winless and you've had to justify to the media that your team are winners. Ahem, not to ask the obvious, but what have they won? Even when they won the division two seasons ago, they figured out a way to lose their first playoff game with 13 PRO BOWLERS!!!
- The folks over at the Four Letter Network haven't mentioned it yet, but I'm going to. When the only saving grace to your season is the fact that Tampa's gone back to being the Yucs...something's wrong. When "Steve Smith" is no longer condusive to meaning "Carolina's WR" but "NYG's #1 WR"...something's wrong. When Jake Delhomme, who led the Panthers to a Super Bowl this decade is a healthy scratch for Matt Moore...something's SERIOUSLY WRONG.
- Okay, this isn't really serious, but come on Mike!!! Your team's losing to the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns a year after winning the Super Bowl!!! Your team lost to the BROWNS!!! You were outcoached by ERIC MANGINA!!! MANGINA DAMNIT!!! Consider yourself lucky I can't find my Steelers sweatshirt or...or...wait a second, I'm not even a fan. (And nights like last Thursday more than justify why I'm not. :P)
Tiger's First Marriage, Tiger's Aura Of Invicibility...Tiger Period.
- Congrats Tiger, not only do you not win a major this calendar year, but you manage to get yourself caught up in a tale of infidelity to boot. But...it gets worse...
According to sources close to Elin, a divorce is 100 percent on. Now, this isn't a Maury "I'm 99.99 percent sure" with some degree of doubt, this is "on like a pot of neck bones" ON. You've managed to commit the cardinal sin and compiled it by taking "an indefinite leave from golf". Me thinks the last thing you need to do right now is stay hidden and let other folks either speak for you or draw their own conclusions. Yahoo kinda nailed it on the head and you should take a page from Kobe. Come out, admit you fucked up and let us see how contrite you really are. Then, come April, put the golf world on notice that it's still your game and they're all just competing for first and second loser. Win a few more majors, get closer to Jack's mark and this will all be as Knight said, a blip on the radar down the line.
- He came back after being resigned to the bench in Memphis only to leave a bad situation for an even more fucked up one. You're starting for a Philly squad that may be marginally better than the one you willed to the Finals eight years ago. Problem? The rest of the East has gotten significantly better. (Alright, that's a slight lie, but there's truth to it too. Boston, Orlando and Atlanta are much stronger than Philly.) So we ask...
A) Do I think he should've stayed gone? Yes, until he got his mind right and was set on if he truly was ready to walk away. I think a lot of the "waffling" from athletes comes from being forced into making decisions they truly aren't ready to make.
A1) Do I think he should've waited for a better situation? Y-E-S. There's nothing more I loathe than seeing great players spend the twilight of their careers on crap teams that are nowhere near championship material.
B) Do I think he can still go at a reasonably decent level? I'm not so sure really. As an Iverson fan, that's as far as I'm willing to go with it.
Don't go away though...