Oddly enough despite being a passionate NFL fan, I probably won’t watch the game either. My problem is that I start to care about the NFL draft on Monday and I go strong all through the off-season and keep it up until about week 15 of the NFL season before I burn out. By the time the Super Bowl week hits, I can’t handle anymore football which means I only pay a passing interest in the game itself unless Denver is in it. In other words, I’ll be back caring about football on Monday.
San Francisco 49ers
According to Yahoo! Sports
A stadium proposal for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California, is apparently planning a facility that could fit two home teams, according to ABC7, leading to speculation that the Niners and Oakland Raiders could move to Santa Clara together.
This could make the proposal more attractive to Santa Clara voters who would have to put less of their tax dollars into the stadium if another team were there to offset some of the supposed $937 million in costs it will take to erect the thing.
I am not sure what to think about this.
- The New York Jets and the New York Giants have successfully shared Giants Stadium for years and will continue to share their new stadium. Two different fan bases means that home games have a much different feel. Let’s be honest, a Oakland Raiders home game is never going to be confused with a San Francisco 49ers home game (49ers fans can read and walk upright). Two NFL franchises in one stadium makes a lot of financial sense.
- Are there two worse stadiums in the NFL than Oakland Coliseum and Candlestick Park? Just read the Wikipedia entries on both of them (although according to Sports Illustrated, they are not the two worse fan experiences in the game, that honor goes to the St. Louis Rams), they are two really poorly designed stadiums from a previous era. Now common sense will dictate that the new stadium will be much improved but I think there is a reasonable chance that the new stadium could be so bad, it brings about the apocalypse. Apparently building world class stadiums is not something Californians are comfortable with.
- More realistically with the current economic climate in California, the stadium won’t see any public money. No offense to the 49ers or the Raiders but right now is a hard time to ask the state for funding for a sports franchise, especially two incompetently run franchises. I am not saying it won’t happen but its been a hard sell so far for voters to buy in. One stadium/two teams is a lot easier sell for many than a billion dollar stadium now and a billion dollar stadium a decade from now when Al Davis’ corpse threatens to move his team again.
I was watching America’s Game today, the episode on the 1980-81 Superbowl Champion San Francisco 49ers. Randy Cross, Dwight Clark, and Ronnie Lott were all talking about how everything was Joe Montana’s fault. A bad snap, Joe Montana would say, “I pulled out too early”. An interception where the receiver was in the wrong place and Joe would say, “I made a bad pass”. Everything was Joe Montana’s fault. Now the coaches knew the truth but the players would do anything for a guy who would take the blame for their mistakes.
Now this isn’t revolutionary, a lot of great players have lived this out and the response is always the same. Their teammates deeply appreciate it and the effect is the same, when Joe Montana would make a throw that was too high or in the right place, the receivers would fight and scratch to go get it, knock it away from a defender or do whatever they had to do during a game.
My question is why along the way have the JaMarcus Russell, Jay Cutler, and Jeff George’s of the world never learned this. Over their career, they have constantly tossed offensive linemen, receivers, and running backs under the bus with confrontations on the sidelines or as JaMarcus Russell did this year, blame them for his lack of success.
They have agents, advisors, coaches, and teammates and you have to think that one of them said, “Hey, stop glaring at your receivers when they drop a pass. It makes them look bad and embarrasses them.” Despite that, many have no idea that team sports are won and lost as a team and their lack of emotional intelligence hurts their team and their careers.
How many QB’s won Super Bowls who had teammates who hated them? Even the wild and out of control Raiders of the 70s and 80s liked each other.
One of the things that the New England Patriots reportedly place a high priority on when drafting players in character. Character makes players coachable, makes them get along with their teammates, helps them handle adversity, and also keeps them out of trouble with the law or NFL rules. In other words it allows the team to concentrate on football, not the drama that surrounds the players I mentioned.
What I also can’t believe is that there are still franchises who place so little emphasis on these qualities and really think that talent is everything. It isn’t. At the same time I can’t believe that agents aren’t getting these guys coached by the greats that have gone before them. For years some of these stars have gotten along with having more talent then everyone else but now everyone has talent. It’s now an age of hard work, intelligence, and desire will win you games. If I was an agent, I would have my client sit down less with rappers and new media consultants and more with guys like Archie Manning, John Elway, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, and Dan Marino and see what the learned about leading a team, being loyal, and the work it took to play the game. It was Roger Staubach who called up John Elway and said, “hit the weight room kid if you want to survive playing the way you do.” With Russell it may as well be, “stay away from the Eggo’s in the morning” but I am sure they would have things to say before he ate away his career.
Well the Denver Broncos are 5-0 after beating the New England Patriots in OT on Sunday. You have no idea how much this messes with me. Emotionally I was prepared for a 5-11 record and now they are 5-0. I am not sure how to handle this. Do I start to believe that Denver could contend for a for a playoff spot or do I stand firm with my 7-9 best case scenario. Say whatever you want about Josh McDaniels but he ability to bring disgruntled receiver, Brandon Marshall back into the fold has had a big impact on this season. Could you see Eric Mangini patching up a relationship like this?
While we have seen the Patriots replace coordinator after coordinator and not miss a beat, has the loss of Josh McDaniels hurt Tom Brady?
How much fun can it be to be a Cleveland Browns fan. First they hired the most socially dysfunctional coach this side of Mike Keenan because he was an offensive genius and then they start 0-4, change their QB’s and then still stink. Finally they win a game but they win the game 6-3. Their QB, Derek Anderson was 2-17 or 23 yards which is slightly worse than what Napoleon Dynamite’s, Uncle Rico could do if given the chance. For the record, this is far worse than what Brady Quinn ever did.
This is painful for me to stay as I really like Mike Singletary as a player and as a coach but until he gets his temper and intensity under control he will continue to hurt his team. Of course Dre’ Bly hurt the team in his own way when celebrating while making an interception. Of course his team was down 25 points at the time. In his defence, Bry decide to speak in third person. “Dre’s going to be Dre’,” Bly said. “When I make plays, and I’ve made a lot, I express myself.” He made so many places in Denver they cut him. What an idiot.
A little closer to home, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies walked all over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. If I am UBC, I may put off my move to the NCAA until I can be competitive consistently in the CIS. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ offence woke up scoring five touchdowns en route to a 44-7 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds. Questioned for their lack of offence in first few weeks of the season, the Huskies entered the game with just three touchdowns and 55 points in their first four games of the season.
Other quick hits… I can’t believe that the Tennessee Titans are 0-5…I am glad to see that the Cinncinnati Bengals are doing well. Part of me wonders if they are more stable because of Chad Ochocinco finding a community on Twitter…
I really like the San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary but he is signing his own pink slip if he thinks that Michael Vick is his best bet at QB. A quarterback needs to be a leader and Singletary is deluding himself if he thinks that Vick will ever be a leader after he was convicted of dog fighting. Will team mates follow an inconsistent QB who hasn’t been a great teammate, a great passer, and whose team improved after he left (now part of that was the disastrous regime of Bobby Petrino). Michael Vick is a coach killer and Mike Singletary would be far better off with Shaun Hill or even better, a Matt Cassel.