A Unique NFL Event…

Today marks the anniversary of a unique NFL event. On this date in 1973, Fred Dryer playing defensive end for the LA Rams recorded two safeties in the same game. Actually, they came on two consecutive possessions by the Green Bay Packers in that game. You would probably not be shocked to learn that the Rams won the game that day.

I used that bit of NFL history as a way to segue to an idea that I have for the Rams’ team of 2009. This 2009 iteration of the squad is pretty awful; there are plenty of empty seats for their games; lots of merchandise has gone unsold. And so, I am going to suggest another of my marketing ideas – – proving that I never took a marketing course in my life – – to try to rev up interest in the team and to loosen up a few wallets in the St. Louis area. Here is how it goes:

    1. The team introduces a new mascot. It is not a “Ram”; rather, it is a female ovine creature.

    2. Playing to fan predilections regarding the team, they name the new mascot “P-Ewe”.

    3. They sell “P-Ewe Dolls” by the bazillions…

The NFL has decided that it does not want Rush Limbaugh as part of its ownership fraternity. I am not going to get into any arguments here about whether or not he is a “victim” in that decision nor whether the NFL has allowed people with lesser reputations in as owners in the past (can anyone spell Leonard Tose?). What I want to suggest is that the fans of the Washington Redskins are pretty fed up with Danny Boy Snyder as their team’s owner and I want to pose this question seriously:

    In a free choice, would Redskins’ fans trade Danny Boy for Rush Limbaugh as their owner tomorrow? Washington DC is hardly a “red state”. Nonetheless, I am not sure how that “referendum” would turn out…

Speaking of Redskins’ fans – a group of people as a whole who seem to think they are entitled to winning football every year – their moans and cries of anguish need to be put into perspective. The Redskins have not been champions since 1992 but they have had some winning seasons and they have had playoff appearances.

    Memo to Redskins’ Fanboys: Get over yourselves. Imagine how it must be to be Pittsburgh Pirates fans over the same time period.

Do you believe in genetics? If not, consider this set of facts.

    Henry Hynoski is a good sophomore blocking fullback for Pitt who can also carry the ball when needed.

    Henry’s father was a fullback at Temple about 30 years ago.

    His sister was a college basketball player.

    One of his uncles – probably a grand-uncle – played major league baseball in the 1930s.

    He has two “cousins” who also played college football in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Might I suggest that there are “athletic genes” that are running through that family?

The Florida State academic fraud scandal – – the one that looks as if it might cost Bobby Bowden 14 wins on his coaching record – – has had new information come to light. Based on “Freedom of Information” requests – or whatever they are called in Florida parlance – Florida State released hundreds of pages of documents that were related to the NCAA investigation into the matter. Forget for a moment whether or not Bobby Bowden should or should not lose those wins from his record; focus on the events that transpired within Florida State UNIVERSITY, an institution presumably still interested to a degree in higher education:

    1. A “learning specialist” who worked with the team said that she tutored some FSU athletes whose reading level was second grade. Yes, those players were victims to some degree of the school systems that passed them through their grades; but still, there is not much rationale for an institution of higher learning to admit these young men to said institution if they are still only able to read Dr. Seuss books. After all, some professor might accidentally assign them Dr. Zhivago.

    2. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, FSU President, T.K. Weatherell, committed to paper an opinion to the effect that “We don’t really believe they cheated. They got inappropriate help.”

    3. If you ever needed an example of a distinction without a difference, all you need to remember is T.K. Wetherell’s statement here…

Maybe this is merely coincidental, but since the Cleveland Browns got rid of Braylon Edwards, their QB, Derek Anderson, has only completed 11 out of 41 pass attempts. Lest anyone conclude that I think that Braylon Edwards is some kind of transcendent player who should never have been traded, please note that the Jets have gone 0-2 since they added the services of Edwards to their 2009 endeavors…

With the Broncos win last night, Josh McDaniels has won the first six games of his NFL coaching career. Mike Martz did that when he inherited the reigning Super Bowl champions. I do not know if anyone else ever did that – – and I am too lazy to do the research to check it out. Nonetheless, Colts rookie head coach, Jim Caldwell, has won his first 5 games this year and had a bye week last week. Therefore, he could match McDaniels and Martz next week…

Richmond Virginia will have a new AA baseball team next spring. They decided to name the team the Richmond Flying Squirrels. What’s up with that? Also under consideration as a team name was the Richmond Rhinos. So, what is the connection between “Richmond” and “Rhinoceroses” other than alliteration? Do they have one in their zoo?

Finally, here is Dwight Perry’s comment from the Seattle Times regarding the Richmond Flying Squirrels:

“Richmond’s new AA baseball franchise will be called the Flying Squirrels.

“So when is Rocky Colavito and Moose Skowron Night?”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…

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  • Tony  On October 21, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Unless a team name is iconic to the city or region, I don’t worry too much about it. If you ask “Why Richmond Rhinos?”, I’d ask “Why Cincinnati Bengals?” or “Why Princeton Tigers?” Jungle cats aren’t exactly prevalent on either the east coast or midwest…

    Although I still think it’s funny that they never changed the name of the Jazz when they moved to Utah.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On October 21, 2009 at 11:06 am


    You are certainly correct about the lack of large feral felines in New Jersey or Ohio. Nevertheless, Richmond had an opportunity to pick any name they wanted and they chose Flying Squirrels and considered Rhinos.

    You might think that the capital of a state that provided more than a few US Presidents and a city that was highly involved in the Civil War might have come up with something better than either “Flying Squirrels” or “Rhinos”.

  • Ed  On October 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Yeha, but can’t you see the scoreboard when Richmond is behind – a magician “Hey, watch me pull a rally out of my hat!”

  • Rich  On October 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Wasn’t Leonard Tose the guy that sued some Atlantic City casino for letting him gamble a fortune away?

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On October 27, 2009 at 10:08 am


    Please send that idea to the folks who run the Richmond Flying Squirrels. That might be the only fun way for them to work that stupid mascot idea into the run of games for the season.


    Leonard Tose was indeed “that guy”… Evidently, he was a kind and generous man but never really grasped the fact that he was gambling away his football team – – and make no mistake about it, that is what he did.

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