Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wish I could get paid big money to be wrong about everything too

When a former national championship QB looks back on his college days, you'd assume it'll be with nothing but great things to say. In the case of LSU's Matt Flynn, you'd be wrong. The current Green Bay backup spoke out recently about the level of quarterback coaching he got in Baton Rouge...

“I never really got the individual work on dropbacks and stuff like that, so it’s been very beneficial to me,” Flynn said. “There’s a lot of technical stuff at this level.”

Flynn also referred to his LSU QB coaching on pocket techniques as "just drop back and throw". The QB coach for all but one of Flynn's seasons at LSU was none other than FSU offensive mastermind Jimbo Fisher. Sounds like Christian Ponder's big breakthrough year might need to be moved back a few seasons.

Some stories just don't make sense when you hear them. For me, one that immediately failed the smell test was the wave of "Lenny Dykstra is a financial wizard" stories that ran last year. Everyone who's ever heard Dykstra interviewed or read anything about the man can tell he's a dumbass. He was named as a PED user in the Mitchell Report, nearly killed a teammate in a DUI, and was tied to gambling during his playing days. If even a true financial mastermind like Warren Buffet was struggling with last year's markets, I was supposed to believe Dykstra had it all figured out? Sorry, not buying that even though Jim Cramer insisted I should. Over the past few months, the lie unraveled in stories like this one from GQ. Yesterday, Dykstra filed for bankruptcy and acknowledged he has around fifty thousand dollars worth of assets and over 30 million in debts. I understood how people got taken in by Bernie Madoff - but anyone who was giving Lenny Dykstra big money for financial guidance deserves what they got. Can someone explain to me how, given the events of the past year, Jim Cramer still has a job?

As a member of the Football Writers Association, I'm in on the voting for some of the awards in college football. As a result, I get sent things promoting players for the various honors. Normally it's just emails or a pamphlet. Once in a while someone tries a stunt, like View Masters with a highlight reel disc for Missouri's Chase Daniel last year. Normally the players they're touting are at least clearly among the better ones in the country. Illinois does not appear to see that as a requirement. They've already started an awards promotion website for a QB who threw just four fewer interceptions last year then the three Heisman finalists combined and a receiver with five touchdown grabs and a 69 yard per game average in his two year career. They're not terrible players, but there's nothing there to even justify first team all conference. Perhaps instead of hyping guys off a 5-7 football team for awards the Illini would be wise to focus on team goals?

After mercifully disappearing from the ESPN scene in May, Stephen A. Smith has begun to resurface. He's been opining on his own website, but now he's started turning up on MSNBC as a commentator on general events. Hopefully Smith knows politics better than he knew football, and it will help if he could dial the "angry man" persona down about five notches. I suspect that I will value his opinion on Sonia Sotomayor about as much as I would Dykstra's tip of "Blue Horseshoe loves Anacot Steel".

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