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Jets- Week 15-A

The 7-7 Jets lost 10-7 to the 7-7 Falcons and Ryan was a realist when he said the Jets were out of the playoffs even though they have a chance- albeit a small one. There were a lot of hands in this loss pie. Sanchez allowed himself to be sacked twice while throwing three INT’s. The FG team made one, missed one, fumbled one, and had one blocked. I don’t want to say any more about this game but I can’t believe that Ryan played zone at the end of the game. He knew where the pass was going and said if had to do it over he’d play zone again. He’d lose again, too!

Giants- Week 15-B

The 8-6 Giants beat the 4-10 Redskins 45-12. What more has to be said? The Sports Curmudgeon did say, “As if that were not bad enough (the score), there was “The Play”. After Moss’ catch in the final seconds of the first half, the Skins lined up for a field goal attempt with 2 seconds on the clock. Just before the snap, seven players shifted to the left sideline in a strange formation leaving a snapper, holder, kicker and WR, Malcom Kelly near the ball. The Giants simply called time out to stop that nonsense.”

Uncle Bud’s Special Committee

MLB-Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a special committee to “analyze ways to improve” baseball- in other words fix it. My suggestion is that they curtail the wasted time between pitches. The batter adjusts his batting gloves(tug,tug,snap,snap,swing,swing) and the pitcher paws at the mound, rubs a baseball up, and constantly looks into home for a catcher’s signal. There should be a time limit with a ball or strike called for infractions.

Cleveland’s Brown

The Sports Curmudgeon forwarded this observation by Brad Rock in the Deseret Morning News: “Reports say a woman in China identified only as ‘Mrs. Wang,’ purchased an 18-month-old Tibetan mastiff in September for a reported 4 million yuan (about $585,000).

“That is almost four times the previous high for the purchase of a dog, unless you count what Al Lerner paid for the Cleveland Browns.”

Clothing Mishap

Norman Chad sided with the late Al McGuire, who once said, “The only mystery in life is why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”

ND’s Search

Chad said that coaching ND football “is the third-most important job in America behind president and Ryan Seacrest.”

He added, “I hate to debunk the legend of Knute Rockne, but facts are facts. Everyone reveres Rockne’s 105-12-5 record at Notre Dame from 1918 to 1930. Yet in the 12 years before Rockne’s arrival, five coaches compiled a 78-8-6 mark in South Bend. Heck, Red Klotz would’ve gone 9-1 with those teams back then.” And George O’Leary was the only ND coach never to lose or tie a game.

Irish Eyes

ND’s new football coach, Brian Kelly, may prove to be a good coach but his words don’t always ring true (you can tell he’s a politician’s son). In his opening press conference he praised ND’s allegiance to academics after he tried to have those entry standards relaxed.

Knight And Day

Mike Bianchi, of the Orlando Sentinal, was never a big fan of Bobby Knight. “But I absolutely love the guy now. He’s the only ESPN analyst with the guts to call out John Calipari for being the shady character that he is. Said Knight of Calipari earlier this week during a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame: “We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching. You see we’ve got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.” Bravo, Bob, simply bravo.”

Raider Aim

The Sports Curmudgeon passed this along. “It seems appropriate to insert an item from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times right about here:

“A man in Bloomington, Minn., was arrested for throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin during a book-signing appearance, but neither throw hit its intended target. Here’s hoping Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell has an airtight alibi.”

Head Case

Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle pointed out some inconsistencies with some NFL thinking “The NFL is donating $1.5 million to 11 organizations doing medical research. Of that chunk, amount donated to concussion research: $0. Doh! The most hated and feared man on any NFL sideline will be the doctor assigned to determine if a bell-rung player can return to action. Football already has the Turk. Now every team will fear its sideline plug-pulling Dr. Kevorkian.”

Plugged Drain

Shouldn’t February’s Waste Management Phornix Open be staged in Flushing, NY?

Molinaro Marinara

Bob Molinaro said on HamptonRoads.com: “Can’t we just cut to the playoffs? The NFL regular season is starting to drag, so imagine what an 18-game schedule would feel like. An expanded season guarantees a lot more meaningless games. “It goes without saying that, if hired, Mike Shanahan will be introduced as the Redskins’ latest savior, while the team and media go real easy on the fact that he was fired in Denver after the Broncos failed to make the playoffs three years running.”

NCAA Expansion

I was reading that the NCAA and their TV cronies might expand the field of the annual basketball tourney to 96 teams. I hope they all have winning records.

Great Line

Before he went on vacation (probably to go surfing), Bruce Jenkins wrote in the SF Chronicle, “Great line from Bryan Burwell in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; “For the past two weeks, I have listened to people who ought to know better scold Woods for behavior many of them have indulged in for years.”

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