Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Should've seen this coming when they announced we'd see Bucco Bruce again this year

Tampa Bay has decided to bench Byron Leftwich as their quarterback in favor of starting Josh Johnson. Let me get this straight, Raheem Morris. Thus far you have:

1. fired your offensive coordinator within two weeks of the season opener
2. needlessly dragged out your QB choice through the end of preseason when everyone knew you intended to start Leftwich
3. been outscored 30-0 in the first quarter this season

so your reaction is to change things again, and do so not with your first round pick but with a second year guy who's never started a game and said two weeks ago you told him he was a career backup? Is this entire Tampa Bay season some sort of elaborate prank?

While the Dolphins season isn't as embarassing as Tampa Bay's, the results are the same three games in. Losing Chad Pennington for the season isn't going to help this year's record, but it may be better for Miami longterm. They aren't going to be a playoff team, even with Pennington, so this will give them some idea if Chad Henne can do the job or whether they need to consider other possibilities next season. For Pennington, this is probably it - at least he got the satisfaction of sticking it to the Jets last season.

Donald Trump has always irritated me. The man presents himself as the epitome of wealth and taste, but he's been a lot better at hyping his supposed wealth than he has been at running businesses. His casinos in Atlantic City have been financial wrecks for years. Numerous stories have been done on "Trump properties" where he lent his name to condo ventures and suckers bought in only to find themselves in real estate nightmares. Now a new documentary on ESPN makes the case (correctly, in my view) that Trumps's arrogance and ineptitude killed the USFL. Naturally, Trump is firing back that the league wasn't up to his lofty standards and making it clear he doesn't care that it died. Had they stayed in spring, the USFL could have been very successful. It was fun to watch and had innovations like instant replay reviews and the two point conversion that the NFL later adopted. Future Hall of Famer like Reggie White, Jim Kelly and Steve Young were among its players as well as coaches like Steve Spurrier, Jim Mora and Marv Levy. The only thing "third rate" about the league was Trump's delusion about moving the league to the fall as a way of forcing the NFL into a merger so he could have an NFL franchise in NYC on the cheap. The least the jerk could do is admit his error, but that'll never happen.

I use Twitter as an aggregator for information. It's very helpful for breaking news - for example, I knew about Stafon Johnson's injury long before it hit websites thanks to a couple of the outlets I follow. Some of you who read the blog have tracked me down and opted to follow me on Twitter at heathradio. I appreciate the effort, but I don't send out messages and have no plans to change that anytime soon. I'm fascinated that athletes love to send out messages, particularly the ones who are crazy enough to rip the teams they play for or their coaches. Texas Tech had multiple guys pull that stunt this week, so Mike Leach has shut Twitter down for the entire team, effective immediately. Less than an hour after UF beat Kentucky, Randall Cobb of the Wildcats shared this thought: "embarrassin somethin gotta change real quick...". As Leach showed, what might change is Randall not being able to Twitter any longer.

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