Happy Thanksgiving – - A Day Early

Since I am unlikely to do a rant tomorrow, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Moreover, since I am unlikely to do a rant tomorrow, I have a bunch of “stuff” on my clipboard that I want to dispose of today in no particular order. If you are having a ham as part of your Thanksgiving feast, consider today’s offering as a preview of the hash you will be making from your ham leftovers.

Tomorrow’s NFL games will feature the Detroit Lions (winners last weekend) and the Oakland Raiders (winners last weekend). Nevertheless, those are two bottom-feeding teams in the NFL and somehow I am still supposed to give thanks for the entertainment they will provide. That will not be easy…

The Giants play the Broncos tomorrow night on NFL Network. The Broncos started out with 6 straight wins and have lost the last 4 games. Here is a fact not worth remembering:

    Since the NFL went to a 16-game regular season schedule (1978), only two teams have started a season at 6-0 and failed to make the playoffs. (Washington Redskins in 1978 and Minnesota Vikings in 2003.)

However, if the Broncos do not make the playoffs this year, I’ll bet fans in Denver remember it for quite a while…

You cannot fire the players and the Jets just hired a new coach before this season began. Therefore, if you live next door to Jets’ GM, Mike Tannenbaum, you might want to retrieve any tools you may have lent him just in case he quickly puts his house on the market right after the Holiday Season…

Given the record of the Cleveland Browns, the turmoil surrounding the team and some less than perfect coaching decisions this year, Eric Mangini stands a chance of staying less than one year in his job. The Brown hired him on 7 January 2009. The regular season ends on 3 January 2010. Connect the dots…

You did not have to be a graduate of a “Lip Reading College” to know what Rex Ryan was saying on the sidelines when the Pats were up 31-14 in the final minute of the game and they sent Randy Moss on a fly pattern. He was dropping F-bombs the way his cardiologist wishes Ryan would drop pounds. In a press conference, he tried to minimize what he felt about that situation, but as Warner Wolf always says, “Let’s go to the videotape…”

Speaking of potential job openings related to the NFL, juxtapose these two stats.

    1. In the 2009 season, there have been 13 kickoffs returned for TDs by all of the NFL teams.

    2. Four of those thirteen kickoff returns for a TD have come against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Now, if you aspire to be a special teams coach, polish your résumé and send it to…

Josh Freeman – the Bucs’ rookie QB taken in last year’s first round – came back to Earth last week against the Saints. His stat line looked much more like a rookie QB than his lines had been looking. Last weekend he was 17-33 with 1 TD and 3 INTs…

While I was typing that last paragraph, Mark Sanchez just turned the ball over again. Against the Pats, he had 1 fumble and 4 INTs…

In the second half of the Sunday night game, the Bears faced third down seven different times. They got a first down on exactly zero of those seven times. For the record, that is really not good…

I read that Donald Fehr is now “working with” the NHL Players Association. That means that Donald Fehr teams up with Gary Bettman in two key leadership roles for professional hockey in North America. Good luck with that…

Major League Soccer has crowned its champion for 2009. Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy on penalty kicks at Qwest Field in Seattle. Congratulations to Real Salt Lake. However, if anyone wishes to argue that this club might compete favorably in some of the better foreign soccer leagues, please consider that Real Salt Lake’s record in MLS for the season was 11-12-7. Talk about a team that got hot at the right time…

Three lacrosse players at Sacred Heart University stand charged with the gang rape of a young woman. Under no circumstances would I countenance gang rape or any form of rape. Nonetheless, the echo of the Duke University Lacrosse allegations rings in my brain. Those allegations unraveled rather quickly. I will wait for more information before making any kind of comment on what happened there. If that means that I have wrongly attached less credence to the purported victim’s claim that I should have, I will apologize in advance. More information please…

Greg Cote had this summary of the Allen Iverson job search in the Miami Herald last weekend:

“Remember when Allen Iverson wrote on his Twitter site: ‘God chose Memphis?’ Didn’t quite work out. ‘Even I make mistakes,’ Tweeted God.

“Iverson remains an unsigned free agent. His evolving new nickname: The Wrong Answer.”

Here is another line from Greg Cote over the weekend that gives you a glimpse into another basketball situation not necessarily “bound for glory” [cue Woody Guthrie]:

“FIU [Florida International University] basketball started 0-3 under new coach Isiah Thomas, with Tulsa’s coach accusing Thomas of ‘bizarre’ behavior for motioning that Tulsa, with a big lead, should sit its starters. Otherwise, good times.”

Finally, here is something from David Whitley from FanHouse.com. He is predicting the NFL’s reaction to a news report:

“Italian art collector Giovanni Tozzetti announces he has found Galileo’s finger, which was cut from the genius’ corpse in 1737. The NFL warns Tozzetti he will be fined $250,000 if he gives the finger to NFL fans.”

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

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  • Ed  On November 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Re: the cratering Broncos

    Curm, you have apparently not heard of the Kern Kurse. The first 6 games of the season, the broncos had Brett Kern as their punter. They were 6-0, and cut him. The 0-6 Titans picked him up.

    Since then, the Titans are 4-0, and Denver is 0-4.

    Probably the only non-Saint/Colt who is 10-0 this year.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Ed:

    Indeed I had not heard of the Kern Kurse.

    The Broncos must have consulted with an exorcist this week because they won on Thursday despite “the Kurse”…

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