A Strongly Worded Diplomatic Note

Yesterday, I addressed the idea of a rule change for the NFL regarding fake injuries to stop the clock on no-huddle offenses. I got a suggestion from #1 son that instead of having a fixed time period until the injured player could return to the field, the “injured player” needs to stay out of action until there is a change of possession. That would be fine with me.

I also got an e-mail from a former colleague asking if there is anything in the current rulebook on such fakery. Here is the best I can come up with:

“The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty. Coaches are urged to cooperate in discouraging this practice.”

That is about as effective as a “strongly worded diplomatic note” would be to some petty dictator who refuses to allow “free and open elections” in his basket-case country…

Sebastian Coe is a former track and field world record holder in the mile and is also the head honcho of the London Olympic Games Committee for the 2012 games. It appears as if the Honourable Sebastian Coe – - he is also the Baron of Ranmore – - has been taking his life peerage seriously and has been studying up on ways of speaking that do not offend others. Recently, he was asked about the riots that gripped London and some other parts of England last summer. Here is what he said to the NY Times:

“I’m not convinced in any way that was a political demonstration or this was a manifestation of distracted or disaffected urban youth. People sitting on pavements trying on different-sized Nike trainers and being photographed in front of plasma television sets, it doesn’t immediately strike me that this was the Martin Luther King movement. This was some fairly unstructured late-night shopping.”

I am only a bit surprised that Baron Coe did not “deplore” such “unstructured late-night shopping”. Or that he did not refer to the perps as “giving themselves a five-fingered discount…”

According to an AP report yesterday, the University of New Mexico fired head football coach, Mike Locksley, in mid-season and will name the team’s defensive coordinator as the interim coach. Last weekend, New Mexico lost a home game to Division 1-AA, Sam Houston State, giving them a season record of 0-4 and that must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. In addition, there was an incident wherein a New Mexico football recruit was pulled over for DUI while driving Coach Locksley’s car just before kickoff in that game. As you might suspect, the recruit was underage in addition to being “lubricated at the wheel” – - so to speak. Hitting that weekend exacta ended Coach Locksley’s tenure at New Mexico – - but I am a bit surprised that he was there as long as he was. Consider:

    This was Locksley’s third season in Albuquerque. After last weekend’s loss, his record was 2-26. It was 2-22 at the end of last year, but that was good enough to keep him on the job…

    In his first year at New Mexico, his record was 1-11; and in that first year, a former secretary accused him of sexual harassment and he was accused of assaulting one of his assistant coaches. But his record on and off the field then was good enough to keep him on the job…

Oh, by the way, the defensive coordinator who will take over as the interim coach is the same defensive coordinator that masterminded the defense that yielded 48 points to Sam Houston State last weekend in the loss that ended Mike Locksley’s tenure there. In the Lobos’ four losses this year, the defense has yielded 173 points. Bonne chance

Here is a news item involving Brett Favre and football that mercifully has nothing to do with him making an NFL comeback. This Saturday, Favre will be the color commentator on the radio broadcast for the Southern Mississippi/Rice football game in Hattiesburg, MS. Favre said that he is not considering a career in broadcasting but that he wanted to do something to support Southern Miss football and this opportunity fell in his lap. Favre said he wanted to check out the view from the press box…

Here is an interesting perspective from Bob Molinaro in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot:

“Random thought: If he coached in Canada, LSU’s Les Miles would be known as Fewer Kilometers.

Did you know that the FedEx Cup competition ended last weekend? Whether you knew or not, it is now “Quick Quiz” time…

    No Googling allowed, what sport is involved with the FedEx Cup?

    In 50 words or less, describe how one qualifies to compete for the FedEx Cup.

    In 50 words or less, describe the scoring for the FedEx cup competition.

    Who won this year?

    Who won last year?

Honestly, the entire process of using numbers and metrics to keep track of everything associated with the FedEx cup makes the annual BCS Shenanigans and Sleight of Hand Activities seem perfectly logical and above board…

Finally, here is some straight talk and bottom-line analysis by Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News:

“According to [British Columbia Football Conference] statistics from last Saturday, the Kamloops Broncos recorded only five first downs in their 77-4 loss to the visiting Vancouver Raiders, who totalled 11 touchdowns. . . . In the game of football, you know you’re in trouble when the other team has more touchdowns than you have first downs.”

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

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  • anthony  On September 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Coaches will “cooperate in discouraging” the practice of feigning injuries as much as the NFL will cooperate in discouraging HGH use.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On September 28, 2011 at 10:02 am


    You are absolutely correct!

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