Category Archives: Daily Rants

My daily (or whenever) contributions to what is currently going very, very wrong in the sporting world.

City Of The Big Shoulders…

After the Chicago Bears stunk out the joint at home – again – last week against the Dolphins, there was not a lot of peace and harmony in the Bears’ locker room. People heard loud voices through the door and they were not trying to organize a team clambake for their day off. Brandon Marshall […]

Odds And Ends…

In the middle of last weekend’s Keeping Score blog entry by Gregg Drinnan, I found the following tidbit: “When the Kamloops Blazers gave goaltender Bolton Pouliot to the Portland Winterhawks the other day — call it an early Christmas present — it brought back memories of Jan. 19, 1983. That was the day the WHL’s […]

The Percy Harvin Trade…

The Percy Harvin trade from Seattle to the Jets generated a lot of commentary late last week, as it should have. The swap has the potential to generate waves in a variety of dimensions. The Jets’ organization is not particularly stable about now. Rumors and intrigues swirl around the head coach and the GM; the […]

Washington’s Sports Fans

If you do not live in the DC area, it is probably difficult for you to understand the degree to which Washington sports fans – and the Washington sports media – is devoted to front-running. Every team and every player – particularly a new player – is absolutely the greatest thing since foie gras until […]

A Step In The Right Direction

The NFL and NFLPA agreed on a testing regimen/protocol for human growth hormone (HGH) testing and finally implemented it. Testing began the week of October 6 and here is the rough outline of how the testing will go: Every week, five players on 8 teams will be selected for testing. No testing will be done […]

A Bit Of This And A Bit Of That…

The NFL announced that Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February – ignoring my advice and an Internet petition to get “Weird Al” Yankovic to do the show. Not surprisingly, I do not know Katy Perry and could not tell the difference between Katy Perry and Perry Como, Perry Mason, a […]

Thursday Night Football…

A headline at CBSSports.com this morning says: Arian Foster rips ‘Thursday Night Football:’ No one likes it Recently, Bob Molinaro had this comment in the Hampton roads Virginian-Pilot: “Numbers game: If the string of lopsided scores from the NFL Thursday night games is any indication, the mystical forces that control the football cosmos strongly disapprove […]

Good Intentions…

As the NFL continues to try to get itself on a positive side of the issue of domestic violence, the league announced recently that it will offer educational programs for players that center around socially acceptable behaviors and socially unacceptable behaviors. Good for the NFL; such programs cannot hurt. Nonetheless, count me as cynical on […]

One Step At A Time…

Back in September, I wrote that one of the major difficulties with the job that Roger Goodell has developed for himself was that he had to be “The Disciplinarian”. In that piece, I argued that the role of disciplinarian does not mesh well at all with the more fundamental responsibilities of a commissioner: A. Grow […]

Recommended Reading

Ever wonder whether or not a coaching change makes a big difference for a team? Ever wonder what factors influence the success of a new coach? Ever wonder whatever happened to …? Dan Daly in his new blog, Pro Football Daly, had done the research on the more than 100 new coaching hires in the […]