Sports Medley: Dump
Kroenke (If Only that were Possible) 5 Dec 12
by Tony Medley
Stan Kroenke is, to
me, a Los Angeles villain. Although I had been a 50 yard line Rams
season-ticket holder for decades, I was perfectly willing to have the
NFL stay away from Los Angeles forever. There are reasons that the NFL
is a pretty despicable organization, but that’s not why Kroenke occupies
a spot in my pantheon of villains. It is because he brought the Rams and
the NFL back to Los Angeles.
I always considered
Los Angeles to be the only true major league city in the United States
because it did not have an NFL franchise. I don’t personally know
anybody who wanted, or even cared about, having the NFL back in Los
Angeles. It was a chorus of sportswriters and sportscasters and
politicians who kept bemoaning the fact that there was no NFL team here,
not the ordinary citizen of Los Angeles, who couldn’t have cared less.
The Rams have drawn
flocks of fans to their first few games here and they have telegraphed
their ignorance of the game they think they love by yelling, “We want
Goff!” Sportswriters and sportscasters joined the chorus. None of them
realized that the problem with the Rams isn’t at quarterback. Now
they’ve got Goff and they are silenced and perplexed that the Rams are
just as bad, if not worse, than they were with Case Keenum at
I’m not saying here
that the Rams shouldn’t start Goff. The season is a disaster; might as
well let the kid play and get some experience. The risk is that he gets
massacred because of his horrible offensive line that can’t protect him.
Enter Kroenke again.
He announces that he has signed inept coach Jeff Fisher for another two
years. Last week I detailed the dismal record of UCLA football coach Jim
Mora and wondered what more evidence could be required to convince UCLA
athletic director Dan Guerrero that he wasn’t the answer to UCLA’s
football program. So Guerrero came out, like Kroenke, and gave Mora a
vote of confidence. Mora will make $21 million through 2019 plus
$930,000 in potential performance bonuses. And you wonder why the State
of California has unfunded debt and liabilities of $400 billion when a
person like this with a record of increasing failure can be paid that
kind of money and stay in his job?
Turnabout is fair
play, so here is Rams coach Fisher’s miserable record as Rams head coach
and director of player personnel:
Wins Losses Ties
2015 7 9
2016 4 8
That’s 30 wins, 45
losses in five years, a winning percentage of 40%, and, like Mora, he’s
Here’s what I said in
the first week of September about the TV show “Hard Knocks” that
followed the Rams in practice, “…it showed a team that mostly engaged
in silly childish games with balloons and such, and trips to amusement
parks with their significant others and children. It seems as if there
was so little practice that only about half of what HBO showed was
actually devoted to football.”
It should have been
an embarrassment. The show certainly indicated to me that the Rams were
going to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year, and that’s the
way it’s turned out.
With the loss to the
Saints two weeks ago, Fisher became the second most losing coach in the
history of the NFL, with 163, passing Tom Landry (winner of 2 Super
Bowls, 5 NFC Titles, and 13 division titles) who took 418 games to lose
162 and was a leader in losses due to longevity, not incompetence.
Fisher managed to lose 163 in only 336 games.
After being decimated
by the Patriots Sunday, he is now only one behind the all-time leader,
Dan Reeves. And for this, Krazy Kroenke rewards him with a two year
extension through 2018. Why is Los Angeles saddled with all these
decision-makers who reward failure and don’t know their elbow from third
base about sports?
Speaking of stupidity, what is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doing in a
game with four minutes left and his team leading 26-3? In football
anyone can get seriously injured on any play. There is no earthly way
the Patriots could have lost that game in the last four minutes, yet
there was superstar Brady out there risking injury playing the last
throwaway four minutes. In addition to protecting Brady from being
injured playing these meaningless minutes, why wouldn’t any coach use
this opportunity to let his backup quarterback and other bench-warmers
get some playing time? Just because a coach wins a bunch of Super Bowls
doesn’t mean he’s got any common sense.