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If you haven’t yet become aware of the situation last night involving Oklahoma State basketball player Marcus Smart, you will. Smart got tangled up under the basket, heard something from the crowd, then shoved a Texas Tech fan named Jeff Orr.
Let’s be clear: Smart did the opposite of his namesake and did something stupid. He should have walked away no matter what was said. But the conversation that has ensued and the way the story has grown on Twitter this morning makes me yearn for the old-school days of solving a problem with common sense.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video. The analyst is right in saying he should have been ejected.
Every year, there are two events that supposedly define the futures of the nation’s football players: National signing day, which is today, and the NFL draft. These are the times at the nation’s school yards where captains pick players for their teams. If you’re picked, supposedly you’re golden. If you’re not, likewise you are supposedly out of luck.
But history says otherwise. Every year you can go back and find a 5-star recruit or a first-round draft choice that didn’t pan out. Likewise, you can find walk-ons and undrafted players who turned into stars.
The one I will always remember, and every athlete who did not get a scholarship offer today should think about, is a former Virginia Tech quarterback named Nick Sorensen.... Continue reading
Call it a New Year’s resolution. But this year I’ve decided I want to delve further into statistics and numbers before offering an opinion where those numbers and facts are available.
This is mainly because I’m so tired of national media people just pulling an opinion out of their backsides because they personally like or dislike someone.
First crack at this is the hiring of Jay Gruden. Already on Twitter I’ve seen one national writer by the name of Jim Trotter from Sports Illustrated say “Bengals fans, rejoice. This is a great day for you. Your team would still be playing if Hue Jackson had been your coordinator last week.”... Continue reading
Let me preface this by saying I don’t think this will ever happen.
But what if you could trade Robert Griffin III and get back all the draft picks you traded for him. Essentially take a mulligan, start over, and try the whole process again.
Would you do it?... Continue reading
It was a hot August night in 2010 when Briar Woods took the field. Starting at quarterback was a young man who barely looked bigger than the large number 7 on the front of his jersey. He was listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, but that looked only to be true if he were weighed in his uniform and had just finished eating a couple of triples from Wendy’s.
Then on the first play of the game, the horse Briar Woods expected to ride all season – star running back Michael Brownlee – went down with a leg injury and would be lost until the final games of the season.
Things, as they say, just got real for freshman starting quarterback Trace McSorley.... Continue reading
Today, we all get to read about the many things the Washington Redskins need to change, from benching the QB, firing the coach, replacing the offensive line, replacing the secondary, firing the defensive coordinator, etc.
In short, if the Redskins were a factory, the pundits will suggest we burn it to the ground, collect the insurance money, then start over. All for a product that only a year ago won 10 games and won the division.
Yeah, that's not going to happen.... Continue reading