All hail the commissioner. Bow in fear to the guardians of our beloved games because these benevolent despots have carte blanche to do almost anything. Just keep that TV money rolling in and fans turning out in droves and team owners would probably elect Fidel Castro. Read More
Running around the airwaves:
- ESPN personality Chris Berman, or “Boomer” as his close friends call him, will become a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. It is amazing the face time this guy gets, not saying he doesn’t deserve it, because he does. He is bigger than life. Congratulations Boomer! Read More
It isn’t just players who have trouble when a team changes quarterbacks. Jimmy Raye, the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, admitted at minicamp this week that it was chaos when Alex Smith replaced Shaun Hill last season. Read More
Evidence suggests Al Davis is no longer working alone in making personnel decisions for the Raiders.
Davis would never admit that, of course, but the drafting and trading decisions this offseason don’t seem like the work of the same man who drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey last year, traded for cornerback DeAngelo Hall or signed wide receiver Javon Walker as a free agent. Read More
Hurry! Get your draft grade in now! You can’t call yourself “expert” writer-anchor-talk show host-fan unless you’re able to pass judgment on the talent and performance of 200-plus new NFL players from about a hundred colleges in over a dozen conferences that you’ve never seen play ... by the time they leave the podium! Or at the very least, by the time their flights land in their new cities! Read More
To suggest that Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger should be suspended from the NFL for the unimaginable behavior that led to his second sexual assault accusation in a year would hardly be original. Save for the Dream Team of attorneys that helped him avoid actual criminal charges in Milledgeville, Ga., last week, I can find no one who actually believes Roethlisberger should not receive a hefty ban for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Read More
If anyone could ever find a way to deal with a ridiculously bad situation by scrapping it and replacing it with a worse one, that someone would have to be the eternally masochistic National Football League.
Or congressional Democrats.
But that’s another story.
Congratulations, NFL — you’ve done it. Read More
If JaMarcus Russell wants to remove his name from the list of all-time busts, he needs to take a look at the careers of the great Raiders quarterbacks.
In order, I’d rate the best this way: Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett, Rich Gannon, Daryle Lamonica. Only Plunkett and Lamonica had strong arms, but all four had great leadership qualities. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that ...
- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, one the most well-liked personalities in baseball, admitted last week to testing positive for cocaine at the age of 56. Asked to explain his bizarre behavior, Washington said his eyes aren’t as good as they once were, and that he thought he was ingesting flaxseed powder. Read More
Call it what you want: great TV, great theater, a soap opera, true confessions, a great golf tournament, whatever! The return of Tiger Woods at the Masters will be huge news and it will be heavily watched. Sean McManus, the head man at CBS, ordered Champagne for everyone in the building when he was informed Tiger will come out of hibernation on CBS. Read More