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Sports Medley Nov. 14, 2014
by Tony Medley
The same old shillelagh?:
The talking heads football world was agog when former Jets quarterback
Mark Sanchez got his chance to take over the high-powered Philadelphia
Eagles offense. When Sanchez came off the bench replacing an injured
Nick Foles to lead the Eagles to a victory, they all agreed that he
could take the Eagles to a Super Bowl, pointing out that he didn’t have
any turnovers, which plagued him in New York. I, too, thought that
Sanchez got a bad rap in New York, but that was because he was playing
under two of the more inept offensive coordinators, first Mark Schottenheimer, then Tony Sporano, neither of whom allowed Sanchez to
throw the ball downfield, so defenses just loaded the box against him.
Contrary to the gush and mush coming out of the mouths of the talking
heads, however, Sanchez did throw a bad pass reminiscent of his Jets’
days, a long pass down the sideline that was poorly underthrown and the
only reason it wasn’t intercepted was that the interceptor barely
stepped on the sideline. So the same old Sanchez didn't completely
disappear. But the
jury is still out. I think that with a good offensive line, a
running game, and a coach who is an offensive genius (unlike Rex Ryan),
Sanchez will be at least as good as the injured Nick Foles, if not
better. But the Super Bowl? No team with a USC quarterback has ever won
a Super Bowl.
Why “analysts” get the big bucks:
With Philadelphia annihilating Carolina 31-7 with two minutes left in
the first half, ESPN Analyst Jon Gruden opined, “Philadelphia is going
to blow Carolina out of here if this continues.”
“A lot of people who ain’t sayin’ ain’t, ain’t eatin’:”
Dizzy Dean uttered this immortal line when criticized by English
teachers for using “ain’t.” But Ol’ Diz never got past the third grade.
ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” co-host Mike Golic, on the
other hand, has no such excuse, having graduated after four years of
education from the University of Notre Dame. In the last U.S. News &
World Report of National University Ratings, Notre Dame was tied with
Brown and Vanderbilt as the 16th best University in the
country, academically, forget football. So the good fathers in Indiana
must cringe when they hear Golic make such statements as “…it was a
wonderful experience for Chris and I” (November 11, 2014), a grammatical
error Golic makes several times in virtually every show.
Bring Back the Replacement Refs Dept.:
So far this year through games of November 10 NFL refs have called 410
defensive holding, illegal use of hands, and illegal contact penalties
vs. 337 for all of last year. To give the refs a little slack, however,
they are merely following orders because the Commissioner’s office
(remember Roger the Dodger Goodell who has disappeared from view since
his disastrous news conference?) is ordering these flags thrown to help
the offense run up the scores in the mistaken belief that the fans love
scoring. In fact, most fans like good football, which includes
effective, hardnosed defense. All these flags are turning the game into
something other than football.