Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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NFL 2009 2-week report
by Tony Medley
Two years ago I was about the only person
outside of New York City
who thought that the Giants could beat both Green Bay and New England win the Super Bowl.
Last year I was probably one of the very few who gave Arizona a chance to
even be in the Super Bowl, much less win it. Well, the Giants beat both
and New England
to win the Super Bowl, and
Arizona won the NFC playoffs
and came within less than a minute of winning the Super Bowl.
So maybe it’s time to pick my team for 2009.
And the winner is…The New York Jets!
Well, maybe they won’t make the Super Bowl.
After all, they are laboring under a big disadvantage; no team with a
USC quarterback has ever won the Super Bowl (I haven’t researched it,
but I don’t think a team with a USC quarterback has even made the Super
Bowl). And the Jets’ USC quarterback is a rookie, no less. So why do I
like the Jets?
There are two idiocies in sport that I can’t
tolerate. One is the fools in baseball (and they comprise every manager
in major league baseball) who think pitchers can no longer pitch nine
innings. This results in two games within a game; the game between the
starting pitchers, which lasts for around 7 innings, and then the game
between all the inferior pitchers who replace them.
The other idiocy is the fools (for
grammarians, “is” is correct here because “is” refers to the “other
idiocy,” not the fools) in football who constantly employ the “prevent
defense” in the waning minutes of a close game, with a three man rush
and 8 defensive backs. “Prevent” in “prevent defense” actually refers to
But the Jets now have a coach, Rex Ryan, and a
defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, who loath the prevent defense as
much as I.
Two examples. In the opening week of the
had New England
on the ropes. But in the closing minutes it employed the prevent defense
which let Tom Brady sit back in the pocket and wait for his receivers to
come open and Buffalo
lost. The next week Miami
on the ropes, controlling the ball for 75% of the game. But at the end
with QB Payton Manning in a two minute drill, Miami only rushed three
men and Manning drove his team to an extraordinarily easy touchdown to
win the game.
On the contrary, when the Jets had New England
down this past weekend and Brady was trying to come back at the end of
the game, the Jets blitzed him every time. Brady’s timing was thrown all
akilter and he didn’t have time to wait for a receiver to come open
(further, of course, is what I pointed out two years ago; Brady is a
pocket passer. If you force him out of the pocket, he’s less than
ordinary). Result? Buffalo
lost games they should have won and the Jets won the game they were
entitled to win. Buffalo
lost because of institutional stupidity. The Jets can go all the way
I wrote about this in picking the Giants two
years ago. The only defense against a quarterback is to rush him. Any
great quarterback, given time to pass, can hit receivers. It’s only when
he doesn’t have the time that he’s ineffective. The only team in
professional football today that realizes that is the Jets, so they are
my team, and they have the talent to win, even with a rookie quarterback