Tag:Daily Shoutout
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:14 am

The Daily Shoutout: Franco sounds like a fool

OPENING HIT: I remember Franco Harris as a Pittsburgh Steeler. He was smart and studious as a player -- everything he's not being now.

I'm not sure what Harris is doing.

I'm not sure Harris knows what he is doing. He's no longer the smart Steeler but something else. Loyalty is good but loyalty can also be dangerous and we're seeing that with Harris. In his stubborness to defend Paterno he's forgetting about the victims. Let me say that again. He's forgotten about the victims in all of this.

“A lot of the answers that we want from the university aren’t coming forward," Harris said on Thursday. "When they do say something, even today, what I most recently heard, they think we’re dumb. They want us to believe it was in the best interest of the school to fire Joe Paterno. No way was that in the best interest of the school.”

Actually, it was. The school had to clean house including Paterno. Remember, Franco, Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period all under Paterno's watch.

Who else was going to pay the price? The janitor.

Yes, I remember Harris the Steeler. He was a smart player.

A lot smarter than he is now.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:10 am

The Daily Shoutout: Penn State whining

I've read and heard it everywhere. Penn State players are angry at not being consulted over the hiring of Bill O'Brien. Penn State former players are mad they weren't consulted. Some say they are done with Penn State. Read this and tell me it doesn't cause you to shake your head.

Do these spoiled brat whiners get what the hell has happened to Penn State? How few coaches of quality wanted a tarnished job? How there needed to be a break from the past? How O'Brien brings NFL credibility to a program that currently has none?

Todd Blackledge said O'Brien doesn't do it for him. Those were his words. Didn't do it for him. Blackledge is another delusional alum who doesn't understand how low the program has sunk.

O'Brien is a solid coach and many of the people in the NFL who know O'Brien speak highly of him.

Yes, Penn State is lucky to get him. Damn lucky.

The reaction from former players shows why Penn State got into so much trouble in the first place. The whiny, insular nature of these criticisms shows a total lack of perspective about just how bad it is there. Again, these complainers don't understand how that program is still highly radioactive.

There needs to be a total housecleaning and I'm told by a person close to O'Brien might do just that.

Good for him.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:31 am

The Daily Shoutout: Houston D gets burned

OPENING HIT: Never believed in the Texans. Thought they were a soft team and when they lost half of their roster to hamstring injuries and busted legs and various other ailments but kept winning with a seventh third string quarterback, thought maybe I was wrong. Then came the Colts game on Thursday night.

Any team that considers itself a serious playoff threat doesn't lose to Dan Orlovsky. They don't let Dan Freaking Orlovsky drive the field on them in the final minutes of the game.

It's hard to kill the Texan offense. It's been critically wounded by injuries. But the defense is another story. That was just terrible. It was borderline inexcusable.

The critics of the Texans now have new rounds of ammo. No way you can take this team seriously when it loses against a team that previously had one victory.

Good luck, Houston.

CONCUSSIONS: I think we're going to see a lot more of these in the future.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:57 am

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

OPENING HIT: Remember when the Buffalo Bills were the toast of football? They had beaten the New England Patriots and were called by some one of the best in the NFL. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a Harvard grad. Heard that over and over. Stevie Johnson was Jerry Rice wrapped inside Calvin Johnson wrapped inside Andre Reed. The Bills were going to kick the crap out of the world.

Now, there's this. The Bills were booed during Sunday's loss to Miami. There is speculation in the media that the Bills, despite signing Fitzpatrick to a new and filthy rich, fatty cat contract, might look to draft another QB. The Bills started 4-1 and then 5-2 but have lost their last seven games. They're a wreck.

The Philadelphia Eagles are probably the most disappointing team of the year but the Bills are a very close second.

The big question is this: what the hell happened?

The Bills are a classic example of the media overstating a team's early success, extrapolating it over an entire season, instead of waiting and seeing just how good they were. They did have one nice win against the Patriots but many of those early wins look suspect now. They beat Oakland, Kansas City and Philadelphia early. We now know those weren't such quality victories.

I don't know what the lesson is. Maybe there is none other than this.

Same. Old. Bills.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:32 am

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

OPENING HIT: This story brought back some memories. I remember when the NFC East scared opponents. The division stood for brutal, nasty football and few teams in the NFL could match its intensity. There were Joe Gibbs' Washington Redskins and Bill Parcells' New York Giants. The Hogs, Lawrence Taylor, harshness, cold weather, dominance, numerous Super Bowls, Reggie White, Michael Irvin--it was glorious. If you grew up a fan of one of these teams you had bragging rights for years.

Now look at the division. As writer Mark Maske points out the 2007 Giants are the only NFC East team in the past 15 years to win a Super Bowl. That's pretty pathetic. How bad has the division become? The 5-8 Philadelphia Eagles could still win the division. That's just horrible.

Why has this happened? It's pretty simple: coaching turnover. The Cowboys and Redskins in particular have plowed through head coaches with only Andy Reid of the Eagles being one of the few stable coaching forces in the division. Many NFC East teams have also diverted from what they used to do best which is play strong defense.

The NFC East has gone from one of the elite to one of the worst.

And that makes me a little sad.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:07 am

The Daily Shoutout: Union leader bonus

OPENING HIT: Does DeMaurice Smith deserve a $1 million dollar bonus? Um, hell yes.

The Washington Postfirst reported the NFLPA is mulling over the possible bonus and I’m told the story is accurate. Frankly, don’t see why there’s a debate.

Think about what Smith did. The players made out like bandits. They’re going to be splitting $9 billion in revenue, there are better health benefits, and most of all there is labor peace for a decade. Players have jobs, high paying jobs, for a long time. Yes, there was a lockout and yes, there still needs to be HGH testing, the way there is now in baseball (supposedly), but the end result was a deal and lots of cash for his membership.

You don’t think Roger Goodell is going to get some sort of extra money in his pocket for what was an equally solid job? Um, hell yes.

All Smith’s critics ever said about him was that he was headed to politics. He was using the union for some sort of mayoral/gubernatorial/Congressional
/Presidential run. That still may happen but so far it hasn’t. Smith has been nothing but a solid union leader.

Does Smith deserve a $1 million bonus?

Um, hell yes.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:10 am

The Daily Shoutout: Deja blu all over again

OPENING HIT: The NBA and its players broke off talks yesterday and the language, well, frightened me. Not because it was harsh or threatening but because it sounded freakishly similar to when the NFL and its players were working on their new CBA. I mean, scary. The same expressions of frustration. The same accusations of lying. The same threats from owners. The same notion from players that owners want to shut down the season. Scary.

And the same reaction from the media and fans. It's the NFL all over again. Deja blu.

I mean, totally identical. The difference with the NFL was that the NFL had more time. Their deadline was a preseason game. Their clock ticked much differently. The NBA will soon cut into vital regular season games in a sport that has far less popularity.

What's perhaps most stunning is how the NBA didn't learn from the NFL's mistakes. The NBA's players and owners are doing the exact same thing the NFL did but from a far riskier perch.

So here we go again. But this time, will anyone care?

RICK NEUHEISEL: I heard several weeks ago that members of Neuheisel's staff was looking to the NFL as a possible escape route fearing everyone would get canned at the end of the season. Well, they had better intensify that search because Neuheisel is getting canned.
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 1:35 pm

The Daily Shoutout: No one Sucks for Luck

OPENING HIT: No one does it. Let's get that straight and end the stupid talk. No team wants to lose to get Andrew Luck. No player wants to miss a tackle or drop a pass so they can get him. That's not how athletes work. No general manager will fail to make a personnel move so the teams sucks more. Won't happen.

None of that has ever happened in modern football history. And it won't happen now. It's a ridiculous notion. Absurd, dumb, insulting and did I mention absurd?

The idea that any player on, say, the Miami Dolphins would purposely screw over the team to get Luck, I mean, if anyone thinks that, they don't know NFL players very well.

Think about the level of conspiracy that would have to happen for true Luck Suckage. A front office, head coaching staff and players would all have to be in unison to coordinate the suckage. That would be impossible. That would be beyond impossible.

Yet despite all of this logic there remains conversation in the media -- a lot of it -- about how teams may do this. Suck for Luck.

The only thing that sucks is the entire notion.

UFL: Executives and coaches in the league, knowing it's only a matter of time before it collapses, are looking to the NFL and hoping to land there. Good luck.

REX RYAN: Like him a great deal. Good coach. Good man. But he continues to become a caricature of himself.

Category: NFL
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