And then everyone lost their shit (Source: nfl.si.com)
In the wake of Seattle’s Monday Night shellacking of the Saints, it had become abundantly clear that Russell Wilson had grown more in his second year as a starting quarterback than RGIII, Colin Kaepernick, or maybe even Andrew Luck.
In perhaps his most memorable performance to date, Wilson went 22 for 30 for 310 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. On top of that he also ran for 47 yards and seemed in complete control of the game from start to finish. If at the end of the game the ESPN postgame crew had said, “This was a statement game for Russell” or “He has positioned himself as one of the best quarterbacks in football” I could have agreed with all of that.
Instead, they took it a bit too far. Continue reading
Welcome to our new feature: Coaches Being Assholes!
Okay, it’s probably not going to be a real feature. But we’ve been packed to the brim by shitty acts by coaches lately. We’ll start in basketball, where two former players-turned-coaches did acts that some people would call savvy and most of us would call fucking shady as hell.
Kevin McHale intentionally stood in between Tim Duncan and his teammates during an inbounds pass at the end of a quarter. Duncan tried to get him to move, but after moving back to his bench, he stood next to Duncan again. Whether it was to impede Duncan’s play or get a whiff of his musk, McHale’s acts are somewhere between cheapass coach and creepy uncle.
Then there was Jason Kidd, who had no timeouts left in a close game and wanted to run a play. So he did what any asshole coach would do: he told one of his players to bump into him while he was holding a cup of water so it spilled over the floor, then tried to call a play while it was being cleaned up. He got fined and his team still lost, so it sure paid off! (Side note. It’s become the vogue thing to name scandals like this, so I’ve come up with a pretty good one: Watergate! Everyone likes putting -gate at the end of scandals, right?)
But the one most relevant to this blog, and the one that seems to be the getting the most attention, is Mike Tomlin’s dance move during Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return. And with most things, there is overreaction on both sides. So let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way, and then focus on what should be done about it.
What an asshole. (Source: Huffington Post)
The season has a little over half left, the term “playoff picture” is starting to get busted out, and both the Jaguars and Bucs won a football game – so what have I decided to write about today?
The most uninspiring exhibition game in pro sports! It’s the Pro-Bowl!
I have actually gone out of my way to cover the Pro Bowl in year’s past, creating a drinking game for the blog and even live tweeting it on multiple occasions.
After the Cowboys’ 49-17 loss to the Saints, this is probably going to feel like piling on. But I think it needs to be said.
Earlier this year, when Jerry Jones fired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, I was pretty shocked. I looked at his defense, which was middling but plagued with injuries. It wasn’t the best defense in the world, but it definitely wasn’t the sole reason the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs last year.
And so I wrote this article, where I bashed Jerry Jones and subtly bashed Rob Ryan (I didn’t mean it, Rob – luv u bby). My main problem then, as it is now, is that Jerry Jones picked Rob Ryan as the scapegoat because he felt he had to. He looked at his coach and figured he wasn’t ready to fire Garrett yet. And despite Romo throwing three interceptions in the division clinching loss to Washington, Jerry decided that Romo wasn’t the problem, and in fact was worth an enormous contract.
Money much better spent, obviously.
I noticed in the past week that my Facebook newsfeed is inundated with Cowboys hate. Which makes sense – the Saints play the Cowboys, and a lot of my friends are Saints fans. Some of the statuses are funny, and a few of the pictures made me laugh quite a lot.
Like this one!
But after thinking about it for a few days, it dawned on me that this wasn’t a new development. My New Orleans friends didn’t spend the week before posting funny Jets pictures (and believe me, there are plenty). No, those 9gag creations only come at the expense of a team that really inspires hatred in a fanbase. So I guess it would make sense that I see these teams on my newsfeed: the Falcons, the Patriots…and the Cowboys?
Really, why do we hate the Cowboys? Continue reading