Feast Or Famine?

The Washington Redskins’ acquisition of DeSean Jackson could turn out to be a “feast or famine” deal for the Skins. There is history regarding player movement between these two teams and not all of it has worked out well for the Skins. Consider:

    In 1964, the Eagles’ owner signed Joe Kuharich to be the coach and GM. Recall that I had Joe Kuharich on my list of the ten worst coaches in NFL history about a month ago. Well, he was not a great GM either because in his desire to purge the Eagles of players who were tied to the “old way of doing business”, he traded Sonny Jurgensen to the Skins for “Stormin’” Norman Snead. The Skins made out like bandits on that deal. Jurgensen is in the Hall of Fame; Snead is probably best known for his uncanny ability to find an open defender and to get him the ball.

    Not satisfied with getting the short end of the QB trade here, Kuharich also exchanged defensive backs with the Skins. He sent Jimmy Carr to Washington in exchange for Claude Crabb. Carr was not a great defensive back, but he was a solid player. All you need to know about Crabb is that he was taken in the 19th round of the NFL Draft the year he graduated from college. So, that is two “feasts” for the Redskins.

    After the 2001 season, Jeremiah Trotter and the Eagles could not agree on a contract and when the Eagles put the franchise tag on him negotiating positions hardened. The Eagles released him and the Skins signed him to a deal. He spent two “undistinguished” years in Washington before the Skins released him and he then went back to the Eagles for the veteran minimum contract. Not a good deal for the Skins…

    In 2010, the Skins sent two draft picks to Philly for Donovan McNabb. That “marriage” lasted 8 weeks until Mike Shanahan benched McNabb with about two minutes to play in a game against the Detroit Lions and sent in Rex Grossman. [For the record, Grossman fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Lions returned it for a TD.] After weeks of innuendo and leaks, the Skins designated McNabb as their #3 QB for the balance of the season and then they sent him to the Vikings to close out his career. So, that is two “famines” for the Redskins.

Meanwhile, out in the Bay Area, the Niners are preparing to move into their new stadium in Santa Clara. The local townsfolk passed an ordinance regarding proper decorum in the new stadium and its parking areas and the Niners issued a set of rules for its fans to follow based on the local ordinance. When I first read a report on this, my reaction was along the lines of “So, why is this even interesting? The team is telling its fans to obey the law; nothing to see here; move on.”

Then I read some of the rules and wondered if the ordinance writers or the team execs had ever been to an NFL game or to a tailgating event. Here is a sample:

    “No person shall throw, discharge, launch or spill any solid or liquid object including footballs, baseballs, Frisbees and other such items in a manner that disturbs public order or causes a threat to public safety.” This rule specifically applies to the parking areas where tailgating happens. No spilling? Seriously?

    “No person shall explode, set off, discharge or otherwise release or cause to be released any smoke bomb, fireworks, stink bomb or other substance which is physically harmful or otherwise irritating, offensive, repugnant or disgusting to the eyes or sense of smell.” This will definitely hurt the sales of chili-dogs in the stadium.

    “No person shall urinate or defecate except in a designated lavatory facility.” Is it necessary to state this? When you invite fans to come to your house to watch a game, do you put a sign up to this effect pertaining to your living room?

    “No drums, or other musical instruments.” Damn, I was planning to bring a baby grand piano to the game…

    “No person shall behave in so disruptive, unsafe, noisy, boisterous or profane manner as to disturb spectators or participants at any stadium event so that assigned personnel must address the person to cease or prevent a recurrence of the disruptive, unsafe, noisy, boisterous or profane behavior.” I ask again; have any of these folks ever been to an NFL game?

Those folks in Santa Clara are serious about this. The ordinance prescribes a $100 fine and up to 6 months in jail for a first offense and the fine can be up to $1000 for any subsequent offenses.

After the University of Dayton beat Stanford in the basketball tournament to advance to the Elite 8, there was a great headline in the Dayton Daily News:

“Tree down, three to go”

Some folks have been worried that baseball games might take up to 4 hours if replay rules are expanded. To allay those fears, here are two suggestions to keep the games moving along:

    Once a batter steps into the batter’s box, he must stay there except to run to first base after hitting the ball.

    Once a pitcher puts his foot on the rubber, it has to stay there except to make a pick-off move.

Finally, here is a comment from Brad Dickson of the Omaha-World Herald:

“Khloe Kardashian denies reports she’s dating L.A. Dodgers star Matt Kemp. I think that would be a wise first step for Major League Baseball to regain its popularity — have a player date a Kardashian.”

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

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  • Siggurdsson  On April 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs — 16-inning, 4-3 win for the Buccos — lasted 5 hours and 55 minutes. No reports that excessive replay reviewing was a factor…

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On April 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm


      Indeed, 16-inning games tend to “run long”…

  • T.C. LaTorre  On April 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    WOW……it’s nice to know that the PC Police are alive and well in Santa Clara. Yeah, we need a rule to tell us where not to crap.


    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On April 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      T.C. Latorre:

      You have been warned. Take care of your bodily functions in approved venues or face the wrath of the local gendarmes

  • Ed  On April 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Sounds like a great location – No Fun League, No Fun Location…. laid back California….

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On April 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm


      Actually, Santa Clara – and the entire area proximal to San Jose – is a nice venue. The local city fathers seem to have indeed gone “round the bend” with some of the qualifications in this ordinance.

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