Archive for the ‘football’ Category

Random Thing That Amuses Me

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The name of this top-ranked high school football recruit: Chauncey Gardner.

I’m just going to assume all my readers know why I find that name amusing. And how often do I get to use the “football” and “Peter Sellers” tags for the same post?

ESPN Shutting Down Grantland?

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Though the site itself is still up, EPSN has announced that it is shutting down Grantland, it’s longform sports and pop-culture essay site.

Which is a shame, since Grantland sucked considerably less than ESPN’s regular site, which TO READ THE REST OF THIS SENTENCE, SIGN UP TO BECOME AN ESPN INSIDER! Grantland did a lot of interesting, in-depth analytics stuff and essays that were actually worth reading.

This is probably part of parent company Disney’s program of cost-cutting at ESPN, despite the network being their undisputed cash cow.

And as long as I’m slinging random sports news…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Two random updates:

  • Texans kicker Randy Bullock has been released after missing two extra points and a 43 yard field goal against Tampa Bay. The Texans are signing veteran Nick Novak to take his place.
  • NBA guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls has managed to break the bone around his eye. Given his previous long history of injuries, maybe Rose should consult with specialists to see if his home is built over an old Indian burial ground…
  • College Football Broadcast Or Conceptual Art Piece?

    Saturday, October 4th, 2014

    You make the call!

    I mean, I wouldn’t put it past Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst to slip Katy Perry 10 grand…

    How A Professional Media Outlet Does Things

    Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

    So Sports Illustrated, the website that a few months ago decided “Hey, let’s make our site look like ass!” has released it’s Superbowl and MVP picks. Let’s take a look at these two screen shots I grabbed today so you can see how a real professional website works:

    SI 1

    SI 2

    Evidently Tom Brady is going to be Defensive Rookie of the Year, as well as Coach of the Year, thanks to his awesome Lorem ipsum skills. At least so say the numerous clones SI hires as sportswriters…

    Remember: Sports Illustrated is run by professionals. Do not attempt this at home…

    Bum Phillips, RIP

    Friday, October 18th, 2013

    Former Houston Oilers football coach Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr. has died at age 90. It’s pretty much impossible for anyone who didn’t grow up in Houston during the “Luv Ya Blue” era of of the Earl Campbell Oilers to tell you how much Phillips meant to the city. He may be the most beloved NFL coach never to even reach a Superbowl. Bud Adams firing Philips (and then trading Campbell to New Orleans for a sack of doorknobs) was one of the many, many, many things Oilers owner Bud Adams did to earn the enmity of the city he would eventually deprive of the Oilers.

    Philips was an ornery cuss, but a classy one, and 100% Texan. He will be missed.

    Edited to Add: Oiler player tributes to Bum. “Everybody loved Bum.”

    Texas 36, Oklahoma 20

    Saturday, October 12th, 2013

    Well, no need to torment myself watching the UT/OU game, I thought. No chance the Longhorns win playing the way they have this year, I thought.

    Texas 36, Oklahoma 20

    The only sure thing about this UT team is that they’ll do the opposite of what I expect them to.

    New defensive coordinator Greg Robinson has completely turned that unit around. And Mack Brown just might keep his job.

    When You’ve lost Earl Campbell…

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    Legendary running back Earl Campbell says that it’s time for Mack Brown to step down.

    “Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen,” Campbell said. “I’d go on record and say ‘yes I think it’s time….[it’s] very hard because Coach Brown is a very good man,” Campbell said. “I just hope he doesn’t stay…he’s done some great things. The program, he brought it back, and we don’t need it to get run down where somebody has to start all over again.”

    So how many years of grace does winning a National Championship give you? At Auburn, they fired Gene Chizik two years after winning a national championship (which also happened to be their first). That seems more than a little injudicious. Tennessee gave Phil Fulmer ten years after winning a National Championship. (And neither’s successor has set the world on fire.)

    I was not among those calling Mack brown to resign when the team went 5-7 in 2010. Knee-jerk reactions to transient adversity are seldom warranted. But Brown has had several years to right the ship of one of the most institutionally powerful teams in Division 1 football, and has not managed to do so. Ultimately, Alamo and Holiday bowl wins are not enough for a man getting paid $5 million a year.

    Maybe it’s time for a change.

    Shooting at Kansas City Chiefs Facility

    Saturday, December 1st, 2012

    I know the Chiefs are sucking pretty bad this year, but shooting up the place won’t help.

    Arrowhead Stadium is on lockdown and one player has reportedly been shot.

    Putting this up mainly because I’m not seeing anything on Google News yet.

    Live updates at the Arrowhead pride blog.

    Update: Police are saying it was a player killing his girlfriend, then committing suicide at the facility. Unconfirmed reports are that player was linebacker Jovan Belcher.

    Update 2: Confirmed? “A team source tells Jason La Canfora that LB Jovan Belcher was involved in a shooting at the team’s facility.”

    Update 3: Confirmed: ” A player on the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend early Saturday before shooting and killing himself at the team facility, according to police. The Kansas City Star, citing police, identified the player as 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher.’s Alex Marvez reports that a Chiefs source has also confirmed Belcher as the player.”

    Update 4: There’s a lot of strangeness to this murder/suicide. First, Belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend overher her staying out late at a concert. Second, Belcher reportedly drove to Arrowhead stadium to thank coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli for everything they had done before killing himself in front of them. I know some things should be said in person, but I think in this case both of them would have preferred an email.

    Only good news? Belcher and his girlfriend’s infant daughter is safe, though obviously orphaned.

    Disasters of Event Planning

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

    November 16 next year, there will be a UT home football game (against OSU) and a Formula One race in Austin on the same weekend.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    The biggest winner? Hotel and motel owners in Bastrop.

    If you plan on attending either of these events, you might want to make your reservations now…