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Deep Thoughts 9-10-14
Posted by Jefft02 on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:57:46 AM

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. One of the things that I enjoy about writing a blog is being able to get rid of the thoughts that sometimes get stuck in my head. You know how you hear a song and a few hours later you continue to hear that song? Yeah, I know…it is annoying. Although writing helps to clear out the clutter, sometimes there are things that I cannot write away. Last Saturday morning I got a call from a friend that was a parent of a player that I used to coach. We go way back and it is always a fun visit whenever we chat. It quickly knew by the tone in his voice, that this would not be a fun visit. The news he was calling to share was that a former baseball teammate of my son was killed with his sister coming home from college for the weekend. I have had a few of these phone calls over the years…and it is always the same feeling of shock. After receiving the news, Julie and I just sat silently, soaking in the sadness. When a tragedy occurs, what do you do? Send flowers? Call with condolences? I have come to the conclusion that there is not one single action or word that makes any difference. I have really been busy with work recently, but I find that in the few spare moments, I find myself thinking of Ryan. I see that grin and realize that I will never see it again. Pat and Michelle, my prayers are with you…

 


 

I am sorry to start with a topic so heavy, but it was something that I needed to say. Since this is a sports blog…I better dive into sports. In Uncle BOB’s great blog yesterday…he touched on something that I had to discuss. The 49ers made a trip to Dallas last weekend and although it was a road game, there was plenty of red in the stands. Now this is not the first time this has happened. A few years back the Bears hit Dallas and had a huge group of Bear’s fans invade Jerry’s house. While it was definitely funny, I do think that there is a logical explanation for the 9er fan showing in Dallas. The reality is that Texas is full of folks that have moved here from California. I know that Austin has a very large contingent of 9er fans and it is just a bit more than a 3 hour drive from here to Dallas. So all that red in Dallas we saw, were SF fans taking the opportunity to see their team without having to travel west. That is the logical answer, but I am sure hoping that Jerry took note of all that red. If the Cowboys play like I expect this year, Jerry may be seeing red for a different reason...as in empty seats. I have heard a few Dallas fans say that the defense did not play that poorly. Okay, I guess that is true…but with the turnovers the Cowboys gave San Fran, the 9ers did not have to do much to salt this game away. I think most of us expected a shoot-out, but Tony Romo did not look like the Romo of old. We talked all last summer about Peyton Manning’s neck surgery. Somehow Romo returning to form from his back surgery slid under the radar. I have Romo in a couple of my fantasy leagues and I promise you he is parked on my bench until I see more arm strength than he displayed on Sunday. In addition to the weak passes, Romo threw into triple coverage for one pick and then committed the cardinal sin of throwing late across the middle for an interception in the end zone. If this is what Romo has this year…Dallas is in deep dew. Speaking of deep doo…do you remember the photos of Jerry Jones with the dancers a few weeks back? Well the girl that took those photos has apparently accused Jerry Jones of sexual harassment. Reportedly, Jerry touched her breasts and made her touch his happy place. Jones allegedly told her to keep quiet…or else. I wonder if this is being “misrepresented” as well? It sounds like the NFL needs to suspend Jones for a year or ten! Cowboy fans can only hope…It is going to be a long year.

 

 

                                                                           That is her Bill, right over there...

 

 

                                                              Does anyone see anything wrong in this picture?

 

 


 

 

 

 

Last week I wrote about the improved Texas defense in their win against North Texas State. I knew that losing their senior leader at center and their starting QB would make beating BYU difficult. To compound the problem, both offensive tackles were suspended during the week leading up to the BYU game. When you see the final score of 41 to 7, you naturally think…Texas what happened. In reality, the defense played well in the first half to hold the score to 6 to 0. There is a great quote by Vince Lombardi that I think is pretty appropriate here. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all”. The Texas defense simply got worn down in the 3rd quarter. Because the Longhorn offense was unable to move the ball against BYU, the defense was on the field way too often. Once the damn burst, the game was quickly over. Hey, the Cougars are a pretty damn good team. Listening to guys talk about BYU, they think they have their best team since Detmer was the QB. Detmer was really good, but he could not run with the kid under center now. Texas will have to regroup quickly as they tackle a talented UCLA team next Saturday. As I mentioned last week, Swoopes better shine while he has the chance as the freshman currently wearing the red shirt, is the real deal. I don’t know if Texas will stay with Swoopes or not, but Strong better take the training wheels off of that offense quickly. The underneath passing and running game allowed the BYU defense to stack the box and make each rushing yard very tough to come by. I was really hoping that last week might be 13 to 6 or something and the defense returned a fumble for a TD. That was the recipe that I thought might see the Horns winning.

Charlie Strong has been committed to molding the Texas team in his image. He has been consistent in his approach and given no slack to those that did not follow the rules. This is great and I am sure we would all love to see more college coaches take this approach…but I think Beezer asked the question about how long Texas fans would be patient. I was talking to a friend at work that was calling Charlie Strong, Coach Weak. He did not appreciate the way that he blamed the Saturday loss to BYU on the players. He felt like there was some blame to go around for the coaches as well. Beezer…I think that the answer to your question is…not long.

 

 


 

 

 

Ray Rice is now public enemy number one. You cannot turn on a football game without someone weighing in regarding Rice’s elevator mugging. When I saw the headline about the new video, I thought to myself…didn’t we already do this? Hey it is wrong to hit someone you love and it was also wrong for Rice to skate with a two game penalty. But…does it seem odd to anyone else that Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL? So there is a video of rice hitting his fiancé now…how did everyone think she got knocked out? Rice did not come out and say he hit his fiancé, but we all knew. Does a video of the event suddenly make it any more or less horrid? I don’t get it, but this thing obviously has legs. The other thing that has me scratching my head is, didn’t Goodell just come out and say a first offense was a 6 game suspension? So why is Rice suspended indefinitely? The Ravens have the right to terminate a contract if they choose, but should Rice not be allowed to sign with another team after 6 games? You know what I think? I think Goodell is worried about his job. There can be no other explanation for this. The sheriff is running scared. He has seen what happens when the media grabs hold of something like this. You know what else…I think he should be scared.

Now, I am not going to pat TMZ on the back for running with this awful event. It is sickening to me that any media group would profit on the back of a woman being knocked out. From what I have heard, TMZ acquired this video for $250,000. Does anyone else wonder why the NFL did not seek out this video when they were originally determining a suspension for Ray Rice? $250,000 is nothing for the NFL. Seriously, that is like a nickel in the floorboard of your car. The NFL with all of their resources reached out the New Jersey DA for evidence. They never approached the casino about acquiring the video. In fact, TMZ said that they contacted the NFL to let them know that they had a video of the attack in the elevator. The NFL never returned the call. Just let that sink in for a minute. This is either stupidity or arrogance…I cannot decide. Another explanation is that Goodell is simply a cheapskate. Remember, the NFL is now asking entertainers to pay them for performing during the super bowl.  When you consider the expense and effort that MLB went to take down ARod, it is odd to see how blasé professional football has been with regard to their investigation of Rice. Remembering Qwazier’s point about Pinktober…the NFL will spend more money on pink next month than they spent trying to uncover truth in the Ray Rice incident. That pretty much lets everyone know how much regard the NFL has for women…and for me, that is something that should cost someone a job.

Word out late this afternoon is that someone in the NFL office cofirmed receipt of the video tape with the NJ police officals on April 9th. This just keeps getting worse for Goodell and company. Someone will have to lose their job over this mess...



That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

"One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no,' I said. 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late."

 

I wish outer space guys would conquer the Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little beds with my name on it.

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

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Sep 13th 2013

You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

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You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

Enjoyed DT...good stuff.

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Sep 13th 2013

You are so right about 9-11. I don't know if the scars will ever heal. I posted some tributes on my FB page as I did last year.  I got a few responses, but not as many as I thought I would. It's sometimes hard to remember what life was like before 9-11. But I know one thingis  for sure, I will 'never forget'.

I like the Aggies at home, too. Hope the game lives up to the hype. I do think that it could be a high scoring game, though. A&M will let it loose, but I'm afraid their defense will have their hands full with the Crimson Tide offense.  Sadly, I'm more interested in this game than the Texas-Mississippi game. The state of the Longhorn Nation is in disarray.

I know it's only one game. But it has to be sweet to win your first game as an NFL coach on the road in a conference match-up. Congrats, Coach Kelly. I didn't see the Skins-Eagles game as I was working. Didn't catch any highlights either. I caught a bit of the Cowboys game, some of the Saints-Falcons game,  a good amount of the Niners-Packers game, and the second half of the Chargers-Texans game. Haven't really immersed myself into football yet with my baseball team in the hunt for October. 

There are some young studs out there playing QB in the NFL. Look how many of them have started since they were rookies. I watched an ugly second half in NE tonight. Geno Smith was horrible in his second start. The Jets are definitely not intimidated by the Patriots and arguably should have won tonight. It blows my mind to think how many championships have slipped away from the Jets due to an inconsistent offense, and poor performances from their QB's since Favre was there. The defenses in the Ryan era have played winning football. They have deserved so much better.

Enjoyed DT...good stuff.

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