Just Bouncing Around Today…

My comment yesterday about Tim Tebow getting a job that had nothing to do with him becoming an NFL QB generated an e-mail from a former colleague. Here are the salient points:

“In the last 25 years, the Heisman Trophy has gone to 16 QBs. Of those 16 QBs, only Tim Tebow won an NFL playoff game.”

“… only two Heisman QBs have ever won the Super Bowl – Roger Staubach and Jim Plunkett.”

Because my former colleague is very focused on sports history, I have not bothered to do any “fact-checking” here. I do find this very interesting with regard to the way quarterbacking excellence translates from the college level to the pro level…

Speaking of Heisman Trophy winning QBs, Jameis Winston played an excellent second half last night after playing a miserable first half as Florida State ended the SEC’s 7-year stranglehold on the BCS Championship. Winston and Florida State WR, Kelvin Benjamin, pulled out a win in the final seconds last night; there was no miracle at the end for Auburn this time.

However, no one should think back on that game without remembering the game that Auburn RB, Tre Mason, had. He ran the ball for 195 yards against a very good defense – and then took responsibility for the loss because he did not do enough to make Auburn win. Tre Mason is not the reason Auburn lost any more than he is the reason that the swallows come back to Capistrano.

Thinking back on the NFL playoff games last weekend…

    There was a 1-point game, a 2-point game and a 3-point game out of the four contests. Was that sufficiently compelling TV for you?

    Colin Kaepernick may be a “California kid” but he sure did play well in the frigid conditions of Green Bay Wisconsin.

    I wonder if DNA testing would prove that Andrew Luck is descended from Harry Houdini; he seems to be able to escape from just about anything. That was his first playoff victory and all he had to do was overcome a 28-point deficit to get it.

    Andy Dalton simply had a bad game; there is no way to sugarcoat that.

    Nick Foles played well but Drew Brees played better even without a roof over his head.

I have to admit that I was really surprised to see Jeff Triplette and his crew out there for the Chargers/Bengals game. That is the crew that botched the “third-down call” in an earlier Skins game this year demonstrating a serious deficiency in officiating mechanics. If the NFL really awards playoff games to officiating crews based on the merits of their performance during the regular season, the appearance of that crew in the playoffs does not say anything positive about the performance of about ten other crews.

Dan Daly, formerly at the Washington Times, posted this item on Facebook regarding NFL officials:

“Wish we could get an ‪NFL‬ referee to review the Zapruder film — then jog to midfield, turn on his mike and tell us what he thought.‪‬”

Gregg Drinnan reported this one in his column in the Kamloops Daily News:

“One more from [Dwight] Perry [Seattle Times]: “A ‘nickel back’ in an NFL game is: a) An extra DB inserted during obvious passing downs; or b) What the vendor gives you back when you fork over $10 for a beer.”

When the NFL season is over, the Competition Committee will meet to ponder new rules changes/modifications for next season. Here is one that I would like for them to consider very seriously:

    “No player on a team with more than 8-losses on their record shall be permitted to dance or demonstrate after making a play in a game. This practice ought to be embarrassing to the players but obviously is not; this practice is definitely annoying to the audience and that is most important for the league. The penalty for such dancing/demonstrating will be immediate ejection from that game and suspension from the next game.”

Seriously now, if you were watching the Giants/Skins game in the final week of the regular season, did you really need to see anyone on either team celebrating anything? Those two teams combined to lose 22 games during the season; the only thing they should be celebrating is that the season is over and done with.

As I was about to leave on hiatus, London Fletcher announced his retirement after a long and successful career. That got me to thinking about a couple other quality players who might be out of the game – or with other teams – starting next year:

    Arian Foster: When I hear the words “running back” and “back surgery” in the same sentence, I get a bit nervous…

    Troy Polamalu: He only played like the Troy Polamalu we have been accustomed to seeing in a couple of games this year.

    Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito: I am confident that they will not be on the same team next year if in fact either or both are in the NFL next year.

    Aqib Talib: The Patriots allowed him to repair his off-field reputation while demonstrating his on-field skills. He may be looking for a big payday and that might not fit in with “The Patriot Way”.

Finally, here is an item from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald:

“FIU yanked guard Raymond Taylor from a game Thursday over eligibility issues, upon learning he’d withdrawn from the NBA Draft after the deadline. Raymond, you’re 5-6. You withdrawing from the NBA Draft is like me withdrawing from consideration for a Nobel Prize in literature.”

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

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  • Ed  On January 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Trouble with your 8-loss celebration rule – what if you score a TD to get to 7-9 – and it means you win the NFC Least next year? Can we let him play, and suspend their playoff game from TV instead?

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 8, 2014 at 9:50 am


      In the past I have suggested that no team should be allowed into the NFL playoffs with a record below 8-8. In effect, I would be suspending that team’s participation in any playoff game next week – televised or not televised.

  • Doug  On January 8, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I know Greg Cote was not serious, but why should the NCAA care when a player declares for the draft? As long as he does not hire an agent or start accepting money, what’s the problem? Every year guys declare for the draft and sit at home undrafted. Why take away their scholarship?

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 8, 2014 at 9:54 am


      I have no idea why the NCAA removes eligibility from basketball players who declare for the draft. It makes little sense at all. Then again, there are a ton of rules in the NCAA rulebook that make no sense at all… Consider this change that the NCAA made to its rules only a year ago.

  • Rich  On January 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Very sassifyin’ football on tv this past weekend for this viewer, both pro and pro bono (college games where the players don’t accept fees for their services). Also the UNLV game was only broadcast on a pay cable station, so I missed their entire season.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 9, 2014 at 8:50 am


      Agree that last week’s games were entertaining ones. Sorry you missed the UNLV bowl game…

      • Rich  On January 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        No worry. UNLV will probably be in another bowl game in a decade or so.

        • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 13, 2014 at 10:26 am


          Patience is a virtue…

  • Price  On January 11, 2014 at 1:39 am

    FSU does seem to wake up in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Wish they had played this well back in the dark ages when I did my time there.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 13, 2014 at 10:20 am


      That must have been one heck of a half-time pep talk they got…

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