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Sports Medley: “Hard
Knocks” and the Rams 6 Sep 16
by Tony Medley
The Rams on “Hard
The HBO TV show, “Hard Knocks,” used to show a team during the training
season and the vigorous practices each team endured, along with the
agony of cutting players. This year, though, featuring the Rams, 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. This year’s
series is one of the worst shows ever seen on television, whether due to
the way the Rams are coached or HBO’s ineptitude is unknown.
One thing did shine
through. And that is that the Rams head defensive coach, Greg Williams,
comes across as a profane barbarian. I did not hear him utter a sentence
throughout the entire series that did not contain multiple F-bombs. His
way of teaching is apparently to just yell. If this is the only way the
Rams can get through to their players, they are in bad shape. It not
only says a lot about Williams and Head Coach Jeff Fisher, it says reams
about the quality of players they are coaching, if that’s the only way
to communicate with them.
Even worse, however,
is that the Rams seem at sea in their method of weeding out the wheat
from the chaff. In the last exhibition game there was only one player
who stood out on the team, and that was defensive lineman Morgan Fox,
who made several sacks and was all over the field, in on almost every
play. Fox, who played in Division II in college, was cut the following
week. Apparently the Rams made their decision based on for whom he
played in college than the quality of his ability in training. What’s
the point of exhibition games if the players who perform well are cut?
But this is the same Rams that demoted and then cut loose future Hall of
Fame quarterback Kurt Warner immediately after he led them to two Super
Bowls, so nothing much has changed.
UCLA, USC, and the
UCLA still has no offensive line and its defense isn’t good enough to
make up for that, cocky quarterback Josh Rosen couldn’t have made UCLA
fans very confident. No longer “inexperienced,” his performance in the
first half was lowlighted by a stunningly irresponsible “pass” when he
just threw the ball up for grabs while being tackled, resulting in an
interception and a score. UCLA was completely outplayed by unranked
The SEC should thank
its lucky stars for Los Angeles football teams because except for
Alabama annihilating USC and A&M beating UCLA (in a game that was much
more one-sided than the overtime victory seems), other SEC teams lost
more than they won.
Another Baywater Babe
interviewer on ESPN?
Darren Cahill interviewing Rafa Nadal after defeating Andre Kuznetzov,
asked these two superficial, uninformative questions that are an insult
to the viewing audience:
“How pleased were you
with your tennis?”
“It’s great for us
seeing you play at this level. At the French Open you had to withdraw;
you weren’t able to play Wimbledon; you play so very well down in Rio
but here in Arthur Ashe playing in this type of crowd what does it mean
to you to play in this tournament and also to play at this type of
ESPN shows its
disdain for tennis:
But that wasn’t the nadir of ESPN’ s coverage of the U. S. Open to date.
With Lucas Pouille leading Rafa Nadal two sets to one, and serving, up a
break at 2-1 at deuce, a critical point, in the 4th set, ESPN
switched the audio from the play by play of the match to an interview
with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and showed the interview and the match on a
split screen, so two key points in the match were played without any
audio whatsoever from the match. If that weren’t enough, with the game
still at deuce they completely cut away from the match to show a
full-screen interview with Tsonga. When they finally went back to the
match, Nadal had broken Pouille’s serve to even the set, which he went
on to win, thanks to the break of serve nobody saw, to force a fifth
set. Would anybody at ESPN break from a key third down in the Super Bowl
to show an interview? What did tennis ever do to ESPN to be treated like