*Coaching is not for everyone. Two more got fired recently. The Carolina Panthers of the NFL sent Frank Reich packing after their 1-10 start, and the NHL's Minnesota Wild pink-slipped Dean Evason after the team only won 5 of its first 19 games. And the carousel moves inexorably on.
*Sports Illustrated, a formerly excellent magazine that featured top writers, recently published articles by fake, AI-generated writers. The writing was on the wall after the sports journal started putting fake women on the covers of its once iconic Swimsuit Edition. Now, it appears the writing is fake, as well.
*What the Minnesota Vikings Joshua Dobbs did last Sunday was truly miraculous. He was effectively the team's 4th-string quarterback, having been obtained in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals just 5 days earlier. He was thrust into the game against the Atlanta Falcons early on, after the club's starting quarterback was knocked out. He hadn't taken a single snap with the first team in practice and had never taken one from his center, Garrett Bradbury. The squad's best offensive lineman-- Christian Darrisaw-- was out injured...as was Justin Jefferson, the Viking's superstar wide receiver. On top of all that, the team's number two receiver was hurt during the game, as was one of its top running backs. Dobbs, who literally didn't even know many of his new teammates' names, led the team to a come from behind victory with seconds left...and to the most points it has scored all season. Incredible. It's anyone's guess if he can be effective long-term, but that performance was something to behold. He studied aerospace engineering in college, and "externed" with NASA. He has subsequently been dubbed "Passtronaut." The Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
*Congratulations to the World Series champion Texas Rangers! A wild-card team, they got hot at the right time and won it all.
*Losing Kirk Cousins is a devastating blow to the Minnesota Vikings. The more so because their offensive line and defense were just starting to gel. I think picking up Joshua Dobbs was a good move. Predict he will start within 2 weeks.
*RIP Coach Bobby Knight. Like Trump, he could be "mean" and/or controversial. He also won at a nearly unprecedented pace. More importantly, he turned young men into confident, effective achievers and leaders. Wish we had more, not less, of that.
*So, some of the lights went out in Seattle's "Climate Pledge Arena" during a recent Kraken-Rangers NHL game. The building uses only renewable energy sources and has numerous solar panels. Is it often sunny in Seattle? And most games are played at night. LOL. The arena bills itself as the wokest on Earth. Good luck with that. Hopefully it won't biodegrade or compost itself before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in April. LOL.
*Michigan State University is apologizing after an image of Adolf Hitler appeared on a Spartan Stadium video board Saturday night prior to its game against the University of Michigan. A large image of the Nazi leader appeared on the stadium's largest scoreboard alongside a trivia question answer about his birthplace. Unfortunate in any case, even more so given the timing.
*Anyone else noticed the caliber of play in the NFL isn't what it used to be even a few short years ago?
*Referees threatened to flag Colorado's Travis Hunter for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for falling to both knees and praying after scoring a touchdown against Stanford. Hunter had just missed several weeks with a lacerated liver. Yet refs allow all sorts of ridiculous, grandiose "look at me and how great I am" types of post-touchdown celebrations every game, every week. This was unwarranted and disgusting.
*It's an all-Texas American League Championship Series in Major League Baseball. The Houston Astros, facing the Texas Rangers, are making their seventh consecutive appearance in the ALCS. Truly incredible.
*The NHL opens its season tonight. Yay! Let's Play Hockey!
*Neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox are in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs. However, the World Champion will likely be very familiar. Expect the Houston Astros to defeat the Baltimore Orioles for the American League pennant and the Atlanta Braves to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League crown. Bet on the Braves to win it all. Again.
*Is anyone else getting sick of Taylor Swift being one of the major focuses of Kansas City Chiefs' NFL football games of late? Network cameras constantly cut to her in skyboxes, etc. Sure, she's cute, but enough already.
*"Coach Prime" and his Colorado Buffaloes are finding the going a bit tougher now that they are facing top-shelf opposition. After losing 42-6 to Oregon, they face mighty USC this Saturday. Perhaps an ego check for Coach "Prime" will be in order.
*Starting in 2024, college football will be dominated by the SEC and Big
10- 14- 18. How many of the 12 teams vying for the National Championship via the College Football Playoff will be from those conferences? 6? 7? 8? More? Will this be good for college football?
Sept. 25:*Both the Vikings and Chargers head coaches should have been fired after their last game. Brandon Staley actually went for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 24-yard-line with under two minutes left and the Vikings trailing by 4...with no time outs remaining. Unconscionable. Kevin O'Connell wasted 20+ seconds off the clock by not having his quarterback spike (clock) the ball with less than 50 seconds left in the game. Nor did he have two calls ready. And his players seemed to have no sense of urgency whatsoever. Inexcusable.
*It's sad to see what's happened to the New York Jets after Aaron Rodgers went down for the season after only four plays. The team has a Super Bowl caliber defense, but no viable quarterback to lead them. They have to have their eyes on a better option than Trevor Siemian.
*Now that the Minnesota Twins actually have two solid starting pitchers, can they break their major league record 18-game postseason losing streak? They won't have to face the damn Yankees this year, so maybe there's a chance. Their odds would be better if Royce Lewis were to return from his injury.
*My Proposed New Vikings Stadium Street Names:
*Hail Mary Road
*Love Boat Boulevard