Category Archives: Topical Rants

An alternative viewpoint to be sure. Here I take the time to single out specific issues that just annoy me.

Misplaced Anger

I have said that the NFL was tone deaf in the way it dealt with the Ray Rice discipline matter from the time the announcement of the 2-game suspension hit the streets. I have said that the prosecutor(s) in Atlantic City, NJ should be ashamed of themselves for their leniency in that case. I said […]

Turmoil In The Sports World

Recent events endanger my status as “the sports curmudgeon”; I can foresee lots of perfectly normal folks adopting that attitude if things keep breaking as they have. How can one be merely a fan – or even just an open-minded observer – of the sports world given the bizarre events of the last week or […]

NFL Predictions 2014

Demonstrating my immunity to embarrassment, it is time again for my NFL analysis and predictions. The season is about to get underway and I will try to forecast how the regular season will end. I will leave these words on the website; they will not mysteriously disappear – unless the whole website crashes and burns […]

Ex-Jocks Behind A Microphone

Last weekend, I had a chance conversation with someone in the neighborhood who is a displaced Chicago White Sox fan. I mentioned something about a recent Nats’ game that had been on the local cable network. That led my neighbor to express displeasure with the Nat’s color announcer on the local cable telecasts, F.P. Santangelo; […]

World Cup/Olympic Construction In Brazil

You still have time to make your travel plans. On June 4-6 this year, the World Pork Expo will happen at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. There are a dozen flights a day from Chicago to Des Moines or you can fly to KC and drive about 200 miles to the event. There […]

NFL Draft Analysis – 2014

For new readers, let me do a reset here. I like college football and I watch a lot of college football from the comfort of my easy chair in front of a TV in the Fall. I keep a sheet of paper next to me and make notes on players that I think can play […]

College Athletes = College Employees?

A recent ruling by a subset of the National Labor Relations Board held that college athletes should be considered employees of the university. The athletes – football players at Northwestern to be specific – demonstrated that they put in significant time and effort in the name of the university and that their time/effort generated significant […]

Ten Worst NFL Coaches – Part 2

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are the “second five” on my list of the ten worst NFL coaches since I have paid attention to the NFL. As before, the folks are presented alphabetically… Rod Marinelli has had one head-coaching gig in the NFL. He led the Detroit Lions from 2006 through 2008. […]

Ten Worst NFL Coaches – Part 1

Lately, it seems as if everyone wants to talk about who should be on the “Mount Rushmore” of whatever slice of the sports world is of interest at the moment. I do not like “Mount Rushmore” arguments because in order to “leave someone off” the mountain, you have to disparage their accomplishments – and the […]

L’Affaire Incognito/Martin…

Three months after Jonathan Martin walked away from the Miami Dolphins locker room saying he was bullied, the NFL’s independent investigator, Ted Wells, delivered his report on what happened there. You have read about the findings; I will summarize them here: The bullies were Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry – all offensive linemen […]