Very disappointed in the comments I heard today from legendary coach Barry Switzer about the fact that he wouldn’t “recruit a white quarterback”. Switzer was speaking in response to a question evaluating the pro prospects of Johnny Manziel, and he was in no way “bated” into his response. I think he 1) Apparently thought that it was alright to make a racist comment about white quarterbacks because he is white and 2) didn’t realize how stereotypically offensive his comments were to quarterbacks. Both of these are completely unacceptable. I’ve always been a fan of coach Switzer, but he was just very, very wrong here. We had a good discussion on this topic during the last hour of the Sports Wrap podcast.
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Looks like I’m not the only one who thinks Johan Franzen has to be big if the Red Wings are to make a playoff run without Henrik Zetterberg and have a shot at hoisting the Cup again. Haven’t done that since ’08, been too long. BTW, the Mule racked up a hat trick in the 6-1 win over Ottawa last night.
Now that the NFL scouting combine are in the books, a nation full of draftniks will begin furiously churning out their mock lists and debating on who the Houston Texans should take with number one overall selection next May. From this vantage point, the decision is clear. We all know that Houston needs a quarterback and we also all know that the “safest” thing an organization can do is to draft a quarterback when they’re coming off the worst season in the NFL. Not coincidentally, this usually gives the new coaching staff and/or new management, which is so often coming in at the same time as a franchise has the number one pick, just a little bit more time if not the complete benefit of the doubt.
Think about it, when quarterbacks are drafted high and they fail, the organizations are rarely blamed. Fans will be making fun of Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, and others for years to come. When was the last time you heard anybody make fun of the San Diego Chargers for drafting Ryan Leaf? You don’t, it’s almost as if the team is the victim when the high round bust is a quarterback. Any other position, and it’s the team that gets the blame when the pick doesn’t go right. It probably hasn’t been six months since the last time you heard a crack or snide remark, for example, about the Detroit Lions drafting Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. All this is said to say that it usually makes sense when you’re 2-14 sitting at number one to go ahead and draft that precious QB. Continue reading
Just saw this pic today of Jimmy Clausen sporting his four High School championship rings to his presser announcing that he was going to Notre Dame and sparking intense euphoria among Fighting Irish faithful that some college football fans might still be experiencing now in the three weeks since this year’s eiditon of the ridiculously over hyped National Signing Day results. Oh, for those of you who don’t remember, Clausen didn’t lead the Irish to four championships…in fact they didn’t win any and in one of his seasons posted a 3-9 record. I’m not bashing Jimmy Clausen-hell I liked Jimmy Clausen-just a word of caution to my fellow college football fanatics. Turn your passion and expectations to the NFL draft, where its much more likely that the hype and expectations will pan out just like the experts predict.
Though I didn’t get to see the game tonight, reports of Detroit’s 2-1 OT victory on the road over Montreal was made even better with the news that Johan “The Mule” Franzen had 2 points. This was a big victory against a division opponent that I feel the Wings have the potential to catch even with Henrik Zetterberg out for the rest of the regular season. To me, Franzen is the key guy. We have a lot of talent and I’m developing a huge man crush on Gustav Nyquist, but Franzen is the only tested vet who has the talent to carry the team for long stretches yet has not done so the past couple of sseasons. He’s missed a good portion of the season with his concussion issues, but assuming he can stay healthy down the stretch, that could turn into a positive with him having fresher legs. Detroit needs everyone to step it up and there is plenty of talent, but I look for Franzen to be a point a game guy on average the rest of the way if the Wings are to make the playoffs and then make some noise. Call me crazy, I think he can do it.
The Detroit Tigers were one of the more active teams in MLB during the offseason, both in terms of who they brought in as well as who they traded and/or let go. Their most heralded move was unquestionably the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler that also brought (supposedly) future payroll flexibility. Detroit’s most baffling move-to many in Tigers Nation including this blogger-was the trade of steady (and relatively cheap) starter Doug Fister to the Nationals. But, their best move, and the only one that can clearly be called a definite upgrade at this point, is the signing of closer Joe Nathan.
There is no doubt that the waving in of the closer is the single event that most frqeuntly caused Tigers fans to break out in an immediate collective cold sweat. No one needs to be reminded of the ALCS Game 2 and Detroit blowing a 5-0 lead after Jim Leyland went to the ‘pen. Continue reading