Posted on: October 4, 2008 10:07 am

Will the next Iowa coach please stand up?

If embattled Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz cuts loose his Offensive Coordinator and gets somebody else in there, I say give him another year, but if he's too proud, loyal or dumb to do that, here's what I'm thinking.  There are 3 ways to go: get a guy with ties to the school, grab a hungry young guy coaching at a lower level, or grab a hot shot assistant from a successful program.

Ties to the school:  The alumni would love former QB Chuck Long, and you wouldn't recognize the offense after half a season.  You wonder if Dan McCarney would like another shot after getting run out of Ames a few years back.  Beware, however...his offensive scheme was pretty vanilla, even when it was the Seneca Wallace Show.  I'm not sure Mike Stoops would consider a move from Arizona anything other than a lateral.

Hungry young guy looking for a shot:  These guys are everywhere (MAC, I-AA, etc.), and I personally think if you want to hang onto a guy for 10 or 15 years, this is where you look.  But since there are so many, the next Jim Tressell doesn't necessarily stick out like a sore thumb so choose wisely.  Ship Holtz is a possibility, and Greg Schaino from Rutgers may have worn out his welcome there but is a quality coach.

Hot shot assistant:  A  good place to look is a program like Utah that has a history of coaching guys "up" and getting more out of less year in year out.  This is what Iowa fans originally liked with Ferentz years ago as he started to turn around a program with a bunch of guys who were basically ignored by big time programs.

My darkhorse:  Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech.  I would love to see the Big Ten try to defend the Triple Option.  Will never happen, but how fun would that be?

Posted on: August 2, 2008 11:16 am

All about Manny

Don’t be too quick to label the Red Sox “losers” with the trade that sent Manny Ramirez to Los Angeles. In the days to come, you’re going to start hearing a lot about Manny you’ve never heard before, and I’ll be shocked if any of it is good. Check out Gerry Callahan’s column on Everything you hate about pampered, overpaid, narcissistic, ego-maniacal ballplayers, Manny does it all with ease. I think you’ll start hearing some players and coaches speak out as well. Even with all the homers and clutch knocks over the years, this guy is a piece of crap, and any team who coughs up anything close to $100 million to lock him up for 4 years is throwing their money away.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2008 8:11 am

Cubs & Brewers, Manny

If you’re not watching the Cubs/ Brewers series this week, you are missing some great baseball. Two tortured franchises from two great sports towns separated by 100 miles of Interstate 94. Hang out on the message boards for a little while and you can see what the series means to the fans. It’s a fitting extension of the near century long “anti-lovefest” between the Packers and the Bears. Both the Brewers and the Cubs made critical upgrades prior to the trade deadline, and both teams have a legitimate shot of going all the way. But with the Cardinals lurking just a few games back, there’s a chance that both teams could miss the playoffs entirely. Every game, every pitch, is HUGE. It feels like the playoffs already in Milwaukee. You don’t get this very often in July, so tune in.

Looking for one last big payday, Manny Ramirez is actually hoping that the Red Sox don’t pick up his $20 million option for 2009. He’s going to get his wish, that is for sure, but how many teams out there have $100 million burning a hole in their pocket that they want to throw at Manny for a 4 year deal? Are there ANY? At the end of the 2012 season, Manny will be 40 years old, and he barely passes for a left fielder now. Throw in all the baggage and the junk we don’t see, and I just can’t envision too many GMs out there in a hurry to make that deal.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2008 9:46 am

Manny, Favre, Cooperstown

The guy can rake, but Manny Ramirez doesn't run out grounders, doesn't run out lazy fly balls. Doesn't show up to the White House with the rest of the team (you gotta do that no matter what your politics are, Manny). The hair, the uniform that's 3 sizes too big, the helmet caked with pine tar and dirt. He is baseball's equivalent of Randy Moss with a side of Dennis Rodman. And he's all weepy and whiny with the two 1-year, $20 million club options at the end of his contract. Yeah that's right have to earn those. What a piece of garbage. It's a shame they gave him Dwight Evans' number.

If Brett Favre was pulling this after 16 great years with MY team (the guys in purple across the river from Wisconsin), I might look at this whole thing differently. The thing I never got over was the news conference where he was shaking and blubbering all over the place. Was tough to watch. A month later, he's sending text messages and leaking info to the media. Was he ever serious about retiring? Ridiculous. No matter how this lands, HALF of Packer Nation is going to be pissed, until they start the season either 7-1 or 1-7. Then they'll all have the same opinion.

Rich “Goose” Gossage officially receives his plaque in Cooperstown this afternoon. Does anybody else out there consider it completely ridiculous that the writers passed on the greatest reliever of his time, perhaps the best ever, for 7 YEARS before voting him in? Goose was dominant in his position for 10 years, the most feared reliever of his time, a no-brainer first ballot Hall of Famer. The writers usually get it right, but they screwed up with the Goose, and they’re jerking around Jim Rice too. Why?

Posted on: July 25, 2008 11:55 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2008 6:07 pm

Sabathia, Favre, Pirates

Two things I know about C.C. Sabathia:  (1) His second half is going to put the Beermakers in the playoffs and earn him a 9-figure contract; and (2) the team who signs him to that deal (5 years, maybe 6) won't be a bit sorry to see him go at the tail end of the contract.  He won't fall off the map like Barry Zito did, but his is a BIG GUY and the body will break down.  Enjoy him while you can, Beermakers....the Yankees will toss another $10 million above your top offer without even thinking about it.

Closed circuit to all the Packer fans still clinging to Brett Favre like a piece of driftwood:  the Aaron Rodgers Era is about to begin.  Brett is done and in the long run, you'll be better off.  Ted Thompson will wind up losing his job over this either way, but my hat is off to him for sitting tall in the saddle throughout all this nonsense.  I KNEW Brett would pull this, even after the blubbering news conference.  It's all about Brett, always has been, always will be.  And he's just getting warmed what happens when he shows up to training camp.

The Pirates got robbed in the Marte / Nady trade.  The Yankees were desperate for LH relief, Marte is absolutely filthy, and they didn't have to cough up anybody to get him.  There's a reason the Bucs haven't sniffed the playoffs since '92.  Next to go will be Jason Bay, for whom I'm told the Pirates will cut loose for a bag of broken bats.

Bad news if you took Canada and the 50 point spread:  USA wins 120-65.  LeBron nursed the ankle, never took off the warm-ups. 

Category: General
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