Crazy Stuff Today

Remember at the beginning of the NFL season when Rex Ryan said that he figured he would be coach of the Jets for 10-15 years and then – perhaps – ownership might think that it was time to get a new coach. That is a paraphrase; but he said something very close to that. Well, last week, Jets’ owner, Woody Johnson, said this:

“The record says what’s going on . We’re a 3-6 team. Are we happy? Are they happy? Are the players happy? I know the fans aren’t happy. The answer is no. We’re not happy. We’re not happy with 3-6.

“I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season. We haven’t had one of these in a while. I’m not happy about it, yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected.”

So, here is the question:

    Is this kind of a statement from a team owner better or worse than the dreaded “vote of confidence”?

The good news here is that the Jets won over the weekend so the NYC media will not be scrambling to throw that set of quotes in Woody Johnson’s face and asking for a follow-up.

Sometimes, life imitates art. If you will allow me to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the definition of “art” to the limit, then sometimes life imitates Reality TV. Here is an example…

Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens were married last week. That is not terribly unusual; both are top-shelf athletes and both went to the University of Washington. How could that possibly be similar to Reality TV? Well, consider:

    A. Hope Solo has claimed that she went on the Today show drunk after playing for US Women’s Soccer National Team in a previous international competition.

    B. She once questioned the integrity of game officials and the management of Women’s Professional Soccer League itself.

    C. She tested positive for a banned substance prior to the London Olympics and received a formal warning for that test.

    D. Jerramy Stevens has a long history of arrests regarding assaults including one allegation that he drugged a co-ed at Washington and then raped her.

    E. The day before their marriage, Stevens was arrested for assaulting his fiancée when her brother called police to Solo’s apartment. According to a Seattle Times report, police needed to use a stun gun to break up an altercation.

    F. For a lot more detail on Jerramy Stevens’ behaviors at the University of Washington, read Scoreboard Baby by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry.

Kris Humphries and one of the Kardashians managed to find a way to stay married to each other for 72 days. Carmen Electra came to her senses and realized that she had actually married Dennis Rodman after only 9 days. To beat the Kardashian/Humphries nuptials, this marriage will need to last until last January. Let the cameras roll; this is Reality TV.

There is another story out there about a former athlete who has been in difficult circumstances for a while now and recent news says that things are not getting any better in the short term. OJ Simpson remains in a Nevada prison on a conviction for felony robbery. Last week, TMZ reported that OJ owes the State of California back taxes to the tune of $300K going back to 2000. In addition to that “new” indebtedness, OJ also owes the IRS money for underpayment of taxes from 2007-2010 and the amount in that matter is $179,435.07.

If you round those two numbers off the $480K, you have to wonder how much prison labor at $8.00 an hour it will take to pay it off. Well, in case the batteries in your calculator are dead, let me say that it would take 60,000 hours to earn $480K; at 2000 hours per year, that would mean he would have to spend another 30 years in jail to earn it all back.

Not a good prognosis…

Oh, by the way, I do not have any details on this; but I have to believe that the family of Ron Goldman who won a civil lawsuit against OJ for the wrongful death of Ron Goldman has liens remaining on OJ’s assets and future earnings.

Last Friday, the NHL lockout negotiations tried to imitate Théâtre de l’Absurde. Plays written for this “art form” contained the message that humanity and existence were meaningless and without any purpose and so in these works all communications between and among humans were meaningless and/or non-existent. The NHL and the NHLPA have been “communicating” in their negotiations for several months now but the communications have not been meaningful or fruitful. Last week, the NHL suggested a way that they could become meaningless and non-existent.

The NHL suggested that the two sides take a two-week break from any negotiations. That would mean that they would not talk to each other; and by not talking to each other, there is no way that the issues that separate them today might find a path to resolution. The positions that exist on both sides will be frozen in time and will not move until the two sides come back to some kind of forum that resembles a negotiation session where there might be give-and-take between the parties.

The players have said they prefer to continue the negotiations. Compared to the NHL suggestion of taking two weeks off, the players come out looking like certified geniuses.

Finally, here is an item from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:

“AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc., the world’s largest bowling-alley operator, filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 11 years, citing debts up to $500 million.

“Creditors, in keeping with the theme, say they’ll be lucky to get a 7-10 split.”

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

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  • Ed  On November 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Doesn’t OJ have an NFL pension that was a fair chunk of change? I seem to to recall Goldman went after that, but for some reason they could not attach it. I am sure the IRS can.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Ed:

      Given OJ’s tenure in the NFL, he must be eligible for a pension. However, I have never been sufficiently interested in the financial aspects of that mess to try to track down details. I am not a lawyer, but I am confident that if the IRS or the State of California wants to get a chunk of that pension they will be able to do so.

  • Doug  On November 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    The Jets. Oh yes, the Jets.

    The problem the Jets have is they cannot seem to beat good teams. They were OK against the Rams yesterday, but the Rams are, well, the Rams.

    But, the Jets, who have the Patriots next, do not have a bad schedule facing them beyond next Sunday. I could see the Jets ending at 9-7, but that may not be good enough for the playoffs. Do coaches get fired for not making the playoffs? You betcha!

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Doug:

      Just a guess here – - but if the Jets rally to finish 9-7 they will not fire Rex Ryan or the GM (Tannenbaum) even if they miss the playoffs.

  • Rich  On November 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Now that the election season is over, and Woody Johnson’s pick lost, he has more time to concentrate on his second favorite avocation. That is the success of his football club. That does not bode well for Rex.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Rich:

      Do any of the sportsbooks in Las Vegas have prop bets on which NFL coaches will be fired between now and 1 March 2013? I cannot find any online but it would not surprise me if there were a few of those props out there…

  • Rich  On November 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t know about the coaching prop bets, Curmudgeon, but thanks for the excuse for this correspondent to visit a casino or two.

  • Rich  On November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I think the line just moved on Ryan’s job prospects.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Rich:

      Agreed! The Jets were embarrassingly bad last night. Then Ryan’s post-game statements were another chapter in “not getting it”.

      They will not rally to finish 9-7; they will not make the playoffs; as a result, I think that Ryan and Tannenbaum will be looking for work come January.

  • Rich  On November 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

    One New York writer, breaking down the Jets’s breakdown, made a comparison to the Rich Kotite era. Ouch!

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Rich:

      Wow, that is a stretch. Do a Google search on “Rich Kotite Jets” and read some of the entries there about how that team just fell apart. I think Rex Ryan is a mediocre coach at the very best, but I do not have him in “Rich Kotite territory”.

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