Monthly Archives: November 2011

College Football Coaching Changes 2011

It is hardly unusual to see a whole bunch of college football coaches relieved of their duties at the end of a college football season based on under-achievement on the field. This year, the change processes started early with mid-season firings of Mike Locksley at New Mexico and Mike Stoops at Arizona. Then came a […]

A Bunch Of Stuff Today…

Long-term readers of these rants know well that I admire the writings of Scott Ostler in the SF Chronicle. Based on a comment in one of his columns last week regarding the things he is most thankful for, I have to conclude that his verbal artistry exceeds his culinary artistry: “[I am thankful] For my […]

A New NBA CBA In The Wings…

The sports event of the weekend has to be the handshake deal reached between the NBA and whatever the NBPA should be called now since it currently exists in a different form than it used to. If the players drop their legal actions and then the handshake deal wins ratification from the requisite numbers of […]

Mythical Picks – NFL – Weekend of 11/27/11

In order to get these picks on the street in time for the trifecta of games on Thanksgiving Day, the lines for weekend games will need to be early ones. Whatever; these are only Mythical Picks anyway. And so, I shall begin with a review of last week’s prognostications. I liked the Lions – 7 […]

Mythical Picks – NCAA – Weekend of 11/26/11

The Linfield College Wildcats won their opening round game in the Division III football playoffs last weekend beating Cal Lutheran by a score of 30-27. That brings Linfield’s record for the season to 10-0 and the Wildcats travel cross country this weekend to face Wesley College in Dover Delaware. Wesley record this year is 10-1; […]

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a warm and safe Thanksgiving day in the company of friends and family. Sports fans can gorge themselves on 4 good football games tomorrow in addition to whatever culinary goodies appear on the table. Nevertheless, the holiday is more than food and football. At its best it is about friends and […]

NBA Economics

In golf, they call it “going to school” when one player watches an opponent putt on a green to see how fast the green is and how the ball might break on a given trajectory. I wonder if the folks involved in the baseball labor negotiations – – the ones that just resulted in a […]

Rainy Day Musings…

There is a window out to the world here in Curmudgeon Central and today that window looks out on a cold and rainy day where almost all the leaves on the trees have fallen and the grey clouds are thick and low. The weather forecast is for this to continue for at least the next […]

Did You Watch The President’s Cup?

Well, I suppose everyone was riveted to their TV sets this weekend watching the President’s Cup. I know it was played far away and that all you could see were tape delays unless you were up at night with the owls and the vampires; but come on, this was the President’s Cup; everyone had to […]

Recommended Reading

Great columns inform you and entertain you at the same time. This column by Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will make you think for a few moments. It deserves to be read in its entirety.