Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Frappe's First Super Bowl Post of 2007

posted by BiCoastal Bias

I know you've probably been checking this page every day since a week ago Monday, waiting for the Frappe to give you the ins and outs of this year's super bowl match up. If that's true, we are truly sorry, lil' frappehead. But you have to realize that this is for your own good.

You see, the Super Bowl is one of my favorite events of the year, probably just like you. It's the one day that celebrates what it truly means to be American: we throw parties where we eat junk food that came from a can or bag, and we watch a game that is typically slightly less interesting than the overt marketing going on simultaneously.

But of course, the real problem lies in that we all get a little sick of hearing every back story possible in the excruciatingly long two weeks leading up to the big day. Case in point is this ESPN page 2 article: Why I'm rooting against Peyton.

Eric Neel wants us to believe that "...if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl almost everything that makes him interesting to me dies..." So basically, Neel likes pulling for the complex loser; if Peyton wins, Neel will no longer care about him; therefore Neel is rooting against Peyton so that Neel can root for Peyton once again sometime in the future.

This is what happens to the minds of sports writers when they are given a weekend with no football.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Intrinsic's Conference Championship Picks

posted by IntrinsicBent

First off a little disclaimer. These picks are not intended for use in gambling activities.

I know it's tempting because of the fact they're locks, but refrain just the same.

The Patriots will find a way to win this.

When looking at the teams to pick the guy you wish their team would win for, it'd have to be Quarterback Tom Brady on the Patriot side of the line. If the Colts win you'd be happy for Head Coach Tony Dungy.

It's a lock.

In the other conference, my pick to win is the New Orleans Saints. This isn't a sentimental pick, although there'd be nothing wrong with that.

Saints' quarterback Drew Brees is performing very well and will be lining up against a Chicago Bear defense that is limping.

Frappe historians will most likely point out that last week I held no hope for Bears' quarterback Rex Grossman to perform well under playoff pressure. He proved me wrong for the week, but I have no reason to believe he can string two solid playoff games together.

Sorry Bears, this is not 1985.

How to Classify Patriots vs. Colts

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Now that the two are meeting in yet another AFC playoff game, the time has come to classify what might be the best current rivalry in the NFL. The history of Patriots vs. Colts will take a clear cut direction following Sunday's AFC championship.

The initial tendency is to try to turn this into a Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry. Two teams who hate each other, while one team continually tops the other in head to head play. I just don't think the Patriots and Colts meet this mold, mainly because New England's dynasty has been built on a payroll well below the league's salary cap. However, if the Patriots win yet again tomorrow, they will look more and more like the Yankees of the NFL, especially if their post game celebration ticks off even more of the league.

On the other hand, if the Colts win a classic tomorrow, this rivalry turns away from the baseball comparison I just proposed. Assuming the Colts win in a style that will make for a great NFL Films special, this match up takes on a much more Celtics / Lakers, Bird vs. Magic flavor. When you think back on that old basketball rivalry, it no longer really matters which side you were on, you had to admit that the games played were beautiful. The Patriots and Colts have the same potential, but only if Peyton can prove that it's a level playing field when it's a playoff game, and if he fails tomorrow, he's running out of games to do it in.

So Frappers, what have I missed? If this game turns out to be an ugly bloodbath, where each team brings out the worst in the other and we the spectators lose, maybe this rivalry will compare best to the Democrats vs. the Republicans.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Burying Barry

posted by SubversiveTheory

There's major conniving and manipulation going on in Major League Baseball, and the lightning rod is Barry Bonds.

Bonds is to current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig what Pete Rose was to Commissioners Bart Giamatti and Fay Vincent.

It's without question that the MLB is trying to harm Bonds' reputation and run him out of baseball altogether before he beats Hank Aaron's all-time homerun record and in their blind eyes becomes an albatross to the league.

The San Francisco Giants organization is weak kneed and afraid to get their hands dirty and risk looking bad to their fans.

So they come to terms with Bonds in principle and then stall until after an alleged Bonds' failed drug test for amphetamines surfaces (gets leaked).

Why can't baseball recognize Bonds' contribution and welcome in the new era of the modern athlete?

I'll tell you why, baseball is firmly controlled by the very old guard.

Disclaimer: Subversive Theory’s opinions and well………..theories are not the opinions of Blogger, The Sports Frappe, it’s owners, or advertisers. The Sports Frappe bears no responsibility for the thoughts, feelings, or posts made by Mr. (Ms.?) Theory.

This Tape Will Self Destruct............

posted by IntrinsicBent

Michael Vick has many talents. He combines running, throwing, and creating pseudonyms (ie Ron Mexico) from the quarterback position like no other.

It's now being reported that he possibly has another title. Covert mission impossible style smuggling agent for the rastafarian nation.

Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick is under investigation for an incident at Miami International Airport Wednesday morning in which a water bottle he allegedly possessed contained a secret compartment that held an undetermined trace substance and smelled like marijuana.

Contents in the water bottle described in a police report as "a dark particulate and officials describe a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana," are being analyzed by Miami-Dade Police.

Vick was not arrested and caught his scheduled flight to Atlanta. It's safe to say if this was you or me, we'd still be face down on the cold Miami Airport floor.

Here's more:

According to the police report, Vick drew suspicion when he refused to part with a bottle of water at a security-screening checkpoint. Bottled liquids have been prohibited at most U.S. airports for months for security purposes. Vick eventually threw the bottle in a waste container but his initial reluctance caused TSA officials to examine the bottle, described as a 20 oz. bottle of Aquafina water.

Intrinsic's Translation (this is similar to what Madden does by drawing on your screen): Vick was told he couldn't take liquids onto the plane as per TSA law and he threw out something like, "Do you know who I am?" or maybe simply "I'm Mike Vick".

When the big chick in the skin tight government issue slacks was unimpressed, she asked for the bottle with an outstretched hand reaching in his general direction. At this Vick brought the bottle to his waist and probably turned so his body blocked Big Mama's attempt to strip him of the ball.....er............bottle.

When the combination of TSA attention and the barking dogs approaching with a crave for the sticky icky, Vick tried to get cooperative, tossed it in the trash, threw his hands up with a smile and probably said something like, "It's all good" and tried to get back to his place in line.

The TSA agents circle around the H2O receiving bin with their xray wands drawn and someone bravely reaches in and grabs the Aquafina. Then I envision a scene similar to the one at the chimp cage at the local zoo when someone throws a foreign object into their enclosure. There is a lot of shrieking, and circling the bin as they throw around the bottle and look at it, finally finding the secret compartment.

End of translation. (No offense to the TSA intended, of course)

I'm sure that the good folks at Aquafina are verrrry stoked about this free publicity. When were they going to roll out this secret agent bottle promo to the general public?

Back in my day they simply called the bottle that carried liquids with the secret compartment.....................a thermos.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

There Is No Rivalry

posted by IntrinsicBent

Where's the alleged rivalry in tonight's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat?

The Heat own scoreboard in having the better record in head to head matchups against the Lakers since Shaquille O'Neal was traded in 2004.

They have the ultimate scoreboard in that they drew first blood in getting a championship ring since the dominant franchise of Shaqobe was dissolved.

The first few matchups were intriguing to see if the guys would outdo one another on a team, individual, or even pre-game hello categories. The league did a good job of isolating the games to be played on Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, and even once on Halloween.

It's no longer a Shaq v. Kobe matchup. It's a Dwyane v. Kobe showdown. And that seems to be a surreal passing of the guard between a young veteran with huge mileage on his body (Kobe) and a slightly younger version of himself that seems to will himself to victory with his whole team on his back.

Shaq's matchup is against his own body that most would agree he himself neglected.

So for those of you keeping score at home, it breaks down as follows:

Heat win in head to head play.

Heat win the first to get a ring category.

Shaq 4 rings - Kobe 3

Long term advantage in Shaq forced trade - Lakers

Hip replacement surgeries by coaches this season:

Phil 1-Riles 1

Adrian Peterson Is In

posted by IntrinsicBent

According to Oklahoma University's website today, running back Adrian Peterson has decided to forgo his final year at OU and enter the NFL draft.

As a freshman in 2004, Peterson was a Heisman finalist behind that year's winner Matt Leinart.

This is a good decision for the hard working Peterson. The average life expectancy of an NFL back is somewhere around 2 years. Peterson experienced injuries this past season which may knock him down a few positions.

His career at OU consisted of heavy carry counts and hard hitting.

Is it possible that the Houston Texans might try to recover from last year's drafting debacle and choose Peterson?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Disrespectful, or Just Fair Game?

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The Patriots beat the Chargers today in a match up that was too obvious for even Intrinsic to pick right. When the best postseason team of the 21st century squares up against the worst postseason coach of the 20th century, you’d expect Vegas to close the line for fear of losing all those lopsided bets.

This was probably one of the most intense football games I’ve watched all year, although far from the best played one. As the game wore on, it became clear that this one was personal for a lot of the players out there. I have no idea why, there are very few connections between these two teams, but the tension became visible with Drayton Florence’s unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter.

In the end, this was less an amazing comeback victory for Belichick and company as it was a gift from Schottenheimer’s band. The game breaker came on a San Diego interception in the fourth quarter. Marlon McCree picked off a fourth down pass from Brady with about six minutes left. Most any football fan knows that strategically, it makes a lot more sense for a defender to knock down a fourth down pass than catch it, though it doesn’t usually make a significant difference in the game. Unless of course, the defender then fumbles the ball back past the first down marker, which McCree subsequently did.

This is where Marty Schottenheimer turned a very bad play for his franchise into a very, very . . . very bad play. For some reason, Marty wastes a challenge on the fumble call on the field, a call that looked fairly obvious from every camera angle possible. The fumble led to New England tying the game . . . the wasted time out led to a few less chances for Phillip Rivers to put San Diego in field goal range.

To cap off all of this intensity, in the post game interview, Tomlinson calls the Patriots disrespectful for mimicking Shawne Merriman’s celebration dance at midfield. Then to boot, he says “They showed no class, and maybe that comes from the head coach.”

I have no idea why he chose to finger Belichick on this one. But regardless, I find this perceived slight fascinating. First of all, I find it somewhat disrespectful for a linebacker to do a “spasmodic dance” after every single hit he lays on a quarterback throughout the season. So when the opposing team clowns your moves after beating you, I call that fair game, not a lack of class. It’s not like there is ever a play where someone gets to sack Merriman and give him a piece of his own medicine. I realize LT was probably speaking out of frustration more than anything else, but when someone as soft-spoken as him starts throwing around insults, we’re going to listen.

But anyways, maybe LT felt the need to pick on New England’s coach for fear of letting slip a criticism of his own. At this point, I’m sure San Diego will be looking for a new headmaster this winter. It’s too bad, because I actually love the type of game Schottenheimer’s teams play; I’d just never trust him at the helm during an elimination game.

Intrinsic's Football Picks Of The Week - Sunday

posted by IntrinsicBent

Back again with your lock picks for today's games.

The Seahawks will reveal that the Bears are not ready to advance. Grossman will flounder, and probably get the hook before the game is over. The Seahawks will show that although they've looked like Seagulls at points during the season, that they have been here before. Deciding factor: Holmgreen over Lovie.

The Chargers will run over the Patriots in today's game. As much as many of you love Belichick and his Montanaesque quarterback, three letters will be the key to the Chargers' win.


How can you stop Ladanian Tomlinson? Belicheck will outdo Marty, but LT will overcome the Patriots.

Believe It.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Intrinsic's Football Picks Of The Week - Saturday

posted by IntrinsicBent

Most of you will think I'm nuts on these........but let it rip.

1st Game - I believe that Peyton Manning will bust his playoff curse and the hostile Ravens' defense and crowd to win this one.

2nd Game - I believe this game will be a nail biter with the Saints eking out a victory over the Eagles in their new stadium home and continuing their Cinderella season.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

David Beckham Is Coming to America

posted by MoneyMouth

Judging by the World Cup this past summer, I have a feeling that this news will have little interest to you, the frappe readers. But since my contract says I get to write about “what I want, when I want,” I have no need to justify this soccer blog to anyone. Not even the boss.

The news today is that David Beckham, England’s superstar soccer player, has decided that starting in August of 2007 he will be playing with the L.A. Galaxy instead of returning to his current team, Real Madrid. His contract is worth a reported 250 million dollars and will probably only be for a short 5 years. I’ll give you sometime to reread that last statement and pick up your jaw off the keyboard. It’s okay to excuse yourself in search of a paper towel.

The 5 year, 250 million dollar contract would easily be the biggest contract in MLS history, let alone sport’s history. That’s right. David Beckham, a soccer player, will sign the biggest contract in the history of the world of sports. I’m suddenly hating my brother for making me think Pop Warner football was cooler than playing soccer (even though it was, is, and always will be).

And although most clueless-to-soccer Americans will want to talk about the insanity of this contract, the real story is the fact that a European superstar decided to play in the MLS. You see, the MLS to world soccer is like the CFL to the NFL: it’s not nearly as good. That’s not to say there aren’t any good players in the MLS, because there are, namely those that play on the U.S. team. However, David Beckham will be the first international stud to play in U.S, and I don’t use the word stud lightly. The dude can’t even walk into a bathroom without being bombarded by fans. And did I mention he’s married to Victoria Adams (a.k.a. Posh Spice)?

Unfortunately for soccer fans, this doesn’t mean a whole lot for the immediate future of soccer in the United States. Beckham will arrive with a lot of fanfare and coverage. His first game will presumably be televised on ESPN, but not that many people will tune in. Those who do will change the channel when he doesn’t score in the first 15 minutes. It’s sad but true. The United States still isn’t ready to jump fully behind the sport of soccer. And since Beckham is 31, his skills are on their way down and his efforts to raise American interest in soccer won’t be very successful.

However, it’s not all dark and gloomy for soccer’s future. American soccer fans can only hope this is the first of many European stars who seek refuge from the limelight on U.S. soil. If this is the beginning of a long history of players coming over to the MLS, then we definitely have something to smile about, and the "soccer groundhog" might come out from his hole a little early this time around predicting an early spring.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It's Time for a Change

posted by MoneyMouth

While IntrinsicBent has done a good job of explaining the HOF elections that have just taken place, yours truly still has a bone to pick with the voters.

Every year I hear the faint grumbling from a handful of sports writers that the Hall of Fame voting is messed up. And not just kind-a, sort-a messed up. I mean, messed up like the Chiefs-not-getting-a-first-down-until-the-3rd-quarter-of-a-playoff-game-against-the-Indianapolis-Colts messed up. I think we call all agree that’s pretty jacked. For most of my life I have simply brushed off their comments and figured these guys who vote the way they do probably do it for a reason and so it’s best to leave it alone. That is, until now.

You see, I can understand voting certain ways. Handing in a blank ballot as a protest to the use of steroids is pretty legit. Those two dudes are definitely making a statement, albeit a quiet one.

I can also understand voting and not voting for players like Mark McGwire. As far as stats go, you can make a case for the guy. As far as recent speculations, well, we might need to hold off on giving him the nod into Cooperstown.

What I can’t understand is how so many players who I would guess are basically automatic are left off of so many ballots. And it’s not just one or two idiots either. It’s usually around a dozen of these fools. Tony Gwynn, who probably deserved more votes than Cal Ripken, was left off 11 ballots (not counting the two blanks)! That’s 11 voters who didn’t feel like the best career average hitter (.338) who started his career in the last 75 years next to Ted Williams deserved to make it into the hall of fame. I’d tell Knowledge Droppings to get these 11 stooges on the phone just so I could ask them if they had a pulse, but that presupposes the kid actually knows how to work a phone.

If Gwynn and Ripken can’t make it into the HOF unanimously, then who can? Well, I think the answer is no one, unless we finally fix this voting system.

Oh, and for all you haters who are sticking to this messed up system and ignoring its flaws, then you can kindly explain to me how a legitimate voting system results in 6 votes for Jose Canseco. I’ll be waiting.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

This Just In

posted by IntrinsicBent

The elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced this morning with little surprise.

Iron man Cal Ripken Jr. and heavy hitter Tony Gwynn were ushered in on their first year being on the ballot.

As current conventional wisdom holds, Mark McGwire led a group of players from the 1990's with a very dark cloud hovering over them. He's the first big name player from the alleged steroid era to be judged and made an example of.

This subject will not go away anytime soon, so expect to hear about it anytime the subject of baseball comes up.

Imagine Santa Claus being convicted for stealing your stereo system while he's in your house leaving gifts. That's basically McGwire's purported crime.

Everyone with any sense of adventure got caught up in 1998 when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa traded bombs as they chased Roger Maris' single season homerun record of 61. It was a huge deal. Many thought that record would stand the test of time and never be duplicated or broken.

Enter the herculean (literally) super heroes that were McGwire and Sosa. You were either a kid, or felt like a kid as you watched and rooted as they traded homers. You made sure you kept up via Sportscenter, box score, news, or the water cooler on a daily basis.

The race ended with McGwire breaking the record, hugging his son at home plate, hugging the Maris family, hugging Sosa and trying to do that chest slap/sky point with him, and then speaking to the world from a platform that included everyone mentioned in addition to his son, ex-wife, and her husband. All you needed was a campfire, marshmallows, and a guitar.

The next time McGwire was speaking to the world feels like when he was testifying at the grand jury with other players and doing some weak Michael Corleone impersonation pleading the 5th.

Mix this with Sammy Sosa turning in Sammy Hagar type offensive numbers after testing kicked in and Rafael Palmeiro going down in flames, and you have the roadmap back to today's HOF announcement.

Cal Ripken Jr. singlehandedly pulled baseball back from the strike scarred abyss. Tony Gwynn was Ted Williams 2.0 in a small market where he never was in the burning white hot part of the spotlight.

The steroids issue is a tough wound that will only be soothed with time. Much time. Of the top 8 career players with the best plate appearance to homerun stats, Babe Ruth is the only non-90's player, some would say non-steroid, era player.

You have to have a minimum of 73% of the Hall of Fame votes in order to get in. Ripken received 98.5% the 3rd highest percentage ever, Gwynn received 97.6% the 7th highest percentage ever, Goose Gossage missed with 71.2% on this eighth year of being on the ballot.

Mark McGwire received a paltry 23.5% of the vote. And is still on the wrong end of the conversation.

On a sidebar, two ballots were turned in blank. The Sports Frappe is officially demanding one of those votes be given to it. We are steroid free, and able to check boxes on a form.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Scoreboard: BCS

posted by IntrinsicBent

The Old Skool representative of the Frappe is done.

I've hated on the BCS system that is one part Matrix, one part coin flip, and one part popularity contest far too long.

You will no longer read takes from me that cry out for a playoff system.

I'm done.

There was nothing wrong with tonight's matchup that possessed compelling story lines, #2 beating #1, or likable winners and losers.

USC would not have beaten the team that Florida had out there tonight.

Boise State could not have run enough Statue of Liberty, Center Sneak, Flea Flicker, or Hidden Ball plays to stave off the defense that the Gators ran amuck with.

I've seen prison movies that were less stressful than the Gators tonight.

Not bad for a team that basically backed into the game. If USC would have been able to beat their cross town rival, they would have most likely been in tonight's game.........and lost.

My only dissapointment was that there were no athletes proposing marriage, no broadcasters blowing said athlete's proposal, and that one dude on the Gators' sideline that used to run it with the Cowboys and Cardinals didn't break out into Samba.

Smashmouth Football

posted by IntrinsicBent

The BCS Championship Game between Florida and Ohio State is very physical.

I'm not talking about the high scoring explosive first quarter that's coming to an end as I write this.

I'm referring to the aggressiveness in the tunnels. For some reason I focused in on an elderly gray haired man that unwisely found himself smack dab in the middle of the torrent of Florida Gators rushing onto the field. I saw him get bumped numerous times and then get the crazy eyes as they kept flooding up behind him. Then thankfully, the camera cut away. I don't need to see violence against the aged when I'm only tuning in to see collegiate violence.

You feel me?

It doesn't end there though.

Ohio State bumrushed the field shortly after my senior friend got mauled. I didn't see it happen, but I saw a law enforcement officer picking himself up and trying to collect his smokey hat from the ground. It appeared like he was the victim of a jump-in, but I think he too, only got tunneled.

Smashmouth style baby.....before the coin toss. You gotta love that.

From Preseason to Postseason

posted by BiCoastal Bias

So the Wild Card round of playoffs is over, and there are no wild cards left. Has this ever happened before?

I don’t know, this wasn’t a rhetorical question, I’m actually curious about the answer.

This is a nice time to remind you Frappers about our preseason Super Bowl picks, (as if you’d forgotten). Money Mouth and I still have both our choices in the running, which gives us instant cred in the blogosphere, (sorry I can’t say the same for Intrinsic).

But as many of you know, the BiCoastal Bias is quick to admit when he’s wrong, (just like he’s quick to refer to himself in the third person). For instance, I am quite willing to admit that Vince Young has made me look like a fool this season.

A lot happens during the regular season, and I’m no longer sticking with my choice of New England and Chicago to play the big game. Chicago should have no problem getting by Seattle this week, but I really doubt their ability to outplay the winner of Philadelphia and New Orleans.

And New England, well, we all know what a fan I am of Bill Belichick, but this team just doesn’t have the defense to keep up with their mediocre offense.

So who are my postseason picks for the Super Bowl? I’ve got Philadelphia beating Baltimore. The same picks Money Mouth had 4 months ago . . . dang it.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Everything Old Is New Again

posted by IntrinsicBent

I have to say I’m no stranger to this phenomenon. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

Styles come and go and then come again. Still have stacks and skinny ties? Hold onto them, eventually your kids will want to wear them.

It’s the same thing in the sports world, for better or for worse.

This week the Big Unit returned to the desert and the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he experienced his biggest team success in winning a Series. There has been no breaking news about Curt Schilling coming back too. I guess it IS better to burn out than fade away after all.

One of the NBA’s favorite nomadic sons is returning to one of his 8 previous employs. Larry Brown is now the Executive Vice President for the Philadelphia 76ers. Rumor has always had it that he was at times hard to handle by upper management. Guess in his case, being difficult helped to climb the ladder. This is probably just a title manipulation to keep the Pistons on the hook for their settlement payments for his last coaching contract. He can amuse himself with puppet mastering and teasing ownership about returning to coach from the owner’s box.

Andy Pettite is returning to pitch for the New York Yankees, after being a Starting Injury for the Houston Astros. He did talk Roger Clemens into joining the ‘Stros who in turn talked the ‘Stros into bringing his son Kobe into the organization as a minor league player. What a tangled web.

The Oakland Raiders sent Art Shell back to not being a Head Coach in the NFL. They never did seem to get their time machine concept up and running that was going to return them back to the 1980’s glory era.

My favorite retro move though has to be the reinstatement of some old leather. NBA Commissioner David Stern sucker punched PETA and returned to the good ole original ball made out of that organic matter better known as the hide of a cow. That officially makes it the new old ball.

Finally, I’d now like to speak to a specific segment of the Frappe Nation. The Mulletheads. Go ahead and cut that boy down now. I know, I know..........business in front..........but that one’s not coming back.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

This Is Your Brain On Drugs

posted by IntrinsicBent

Here’s a life lesson for you kids. Don’t do drugs.

Don’t be caught RUI (Reporting Under the Influence).

I thought the report I read on NFL.com was a joke, hoax, or prank, but I guess it’s not.

Read this excerpt of an article by Adam Schefter:

“An outside-the-box idea for Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, who requested suggestions from the media during his press conference:

Interview Deion Sanders for the vacant head coaching job.

Sound ridiculous to hire a former player with no coaching experience? No more ridiculous than hiring former NBA player Avery Johnson with no coaching experience. All he did was lead the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA championship series. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thought outside the box, and was rewarded for it. Huizenga could be as well.

Deion would love to break into coaching, love to do it in Miami and would succeed in that area just as he has succeeded in all others. If Huizenga is unwilling to take my word for it, fine. But he should talk to Sanders and see for himself.

Certainly established coaches haven't worked for the Dolphins, and Sanders couldn't do any worse. And the guess is he'd do markedly better.”

Deion also played baseball at the Major League level. Should we let him manage a team and be the first Two Sport skipper?

You cannot Coach an NFL team with zero coaching experience under your belt.
Look at the great College coaches that went from the College to pro ranks only to choke in the workaholic, seven day a week work environment (Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, etc).

There’s a long list of coaches with solid NFL Coordinator experience that didn’t get it done (Dave Wanstedt, Buddy Ryan, etc).

There’s no way that Deion or anyone else can just strap on a whistle for the first time and roll into the locker room and have success.

The modern day pro football team has a huge playbook, huge salaries, huge egos, and huge behavior disorders to contend with.

There is ownership, coach, media, publicity, agents, and player segments to manage and protect your staff, players, and self from.

The Avery Johnson example is weak too. Johnson was a player coach with Dallas and also sat under the tutelage of then Dallas Maverick Head Coach Don Nelson.

Certainly established coaches haven't worked for the Dolphins, and Sanders couldn't do any worse. And the guess is he'd do markedly better.”

Sanders could do worse. And he would.
Superstar success in one area of life does not ensure success in others. Think Magic Johnson and Talk Show or Michael Jordan and Baseball.

Come off the ledge Mr. Huizenga. The media will not help you.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

You Can't Trust An Offensive Minded Coach

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The big news out of the sporting world today concerned which NFL coaches are leaving their respective teams.  I’m not actually going to blog about that per say, but I am going to talk about coaches, and that opening felt like it made for some kind of attention getter.

I think one of the more understated issues when it comes to evaluating football coaches is that each of them falls fairly easily into one of two categories:  offensive minded and defensive minded.  It is almost always simple to categorize a head coach as one of the two; even if his play-calling doesn’t give it away, chances are he was an offensive or defensive coordinator before he was a head coach.  There is rarely a coach who falls in the gray area.

In the last ten years, the trend in the NFL has been to match teams with coaches that will compliment their strengths.  The best example occurred in 2002, with Jon Gruden taking over at Tampa Bay, and Tony Dungy moving from Tampa Bay to Indianapolis.  Dungy is a defensive minded coach, and had created an amazing defensive team in Tampa Bay.  Gruden is an offensive minded coach, which appeared to give the Bucs the extra intangibles they needed to win the Super Bowl the very year he took the helm.  Meanwhile, Dungy joined forces with Peyton Manning to form a unit that has continually forced members of the ’72 Dolphins into cardiac arrest ever since.

The majority of NFL (and probably NCAA) head coaches fall on the defensive side.  This makes sense, because we all know “defense wins championships.”  As some of you may remember, the BiCoastal Bias has a great deal of respect for Bill Belichick, who only NFL coach to win three Super Bowls in four years; and it’s little surprise that he is a defensive minded coach.

But how does this affect the game?  I would claim that defensive coaches make more predictable decisions.  For instance, a defensive coach is much less likely to go for it on fourth and short in a tight situation, for the simple reason that he trusts his defense and believes they’ll win the game on that side of the ball.  

An offensive minded coach, on the other hand, can be much harder to nail down – and this is what made the 2007 Fiesta Bowl an instant classic.  After scoring a touchdown in the first over time, a defensive minded coach wouldn’t even consider going for two.  A defensive coach is going to tie the game with the extra point, and trust that his defense will out play the other team’s defense in the second overtime.  

For the sake of football lore, I’m glad Boise State’s Chris Petersen is an offensive minded coach.  After scoring a touchdown on a fourth down play, he decides to go for the win, with a statue of liberty play no less.

We can’t quite say that offense won Boise State a championship, but we can say that offense won this year’s Fiesta Bowl.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Fiesta Bowl 2007

posted by BiCoastal Bias

If you missed the Fiesta Bowl tonight . . . I’m sorry.  You missed a game that was so much more than a game.  The very match up demanded media attention well before bowl season began.  Undefeated Boise State became only the second non-BCS team to get into a BCS bowl; Sooner fans claimed that a certain squad of referees screwed them out of a national championship bid.  Clearly both of these teams had something to prove.

The first 58 minutes played out with like a typical, exciting college bowl game; featuring a classic touchdown drive followed by three tries at a two point conversion due to penalties.  It was only now that things got ridiculous.

The last minute and thirty seconds of regulation featured an Oklahoma interception returned for a touchdown; and a fourth down fifty yard hook and ladder touchdown by Boise State.  This led us to where we thought we were going a couple minutes ago: overtime.

Oklahoma got an easy seven on their first possession.  Boise State pulled out all the stops to get their touchdown.  Their scoring play started with a direct snap to the running back, and what appeared to be a flood left turned into an end zone pass.

Here is where I could no longer believe what was happening: Boise State went for two.  Apparently they were just tired of playing – sort of like when I go all in at a poker table I’m just bored of sitting at.  I actually found myself frustrated at Boise’s choice, because this meant the game would be over, and I just didn’t want it to end.

So Boise lined up with trips right.  They faked a screen to one of the receivers, while quarterback Zabransky handed the ball off statue of liberty style for an easy score to the left.

To cap it all off, Boise running back Ian Johnson proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend during the post game interview.  Like I said, some games are more than a game.