Friday, June 10, 2016


Saw a clip of Chuck Pagano talking about the team's running back and I had to wonder...What ever happened to ChuckStrong? You know the hashtag and catch phrase that became popular around the Colts head coach and his battle against Leukemia. This team has been so bad of late, with no protection for the HOF quarterback Andew Luck, that it's become more appropriate to say SUCKSTRONG...can we start a new hashtag until this team improves?


Thursday, February 25, 2016


Meet Stan Wilcox, hardly a household name, but about to go down in the annuls of Florida State University as one of the most notoriously bad Athletic Directors in the school's history. You'd think the guy that showed college football legend Bobby Bowden the door would hold that title, but off the top of my head, I cannot even remember his name.

No, Wilcox may soon hold that title after indubitably bungling the Jameis Winston affair--in case you missed it, that was a PR nightmare for the school run by ES(EC)PN not FSU--and purportedly ready to sign basketball coach Leonard Hamilton to a contract extension. That would be a huge mistake and possibly seal Wilcox's fate as an also-ran.

Hamilton is NOT ACC-caliber coaching material. He's proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. He was moderately successful at Miami, despite going 73-87 in the ACC (45%). He did take them to the Sweet Sixteen in his final season there before jumping ship and coming to Tallahassee, where he is a smidge better at 48% in conference play. He took FSU to the Sweet Sixteen a few seasons back and has had some signature wins vs. Duke and UNC at home. Save for a couple of great seasons, he perennially underachieves with the talent he's given. This year is a perfect case in point.

He lands All-Americans Bacon and Beasley and starts them as Freshman. They show NBA-caliber talent for the first part of the season, overshadowing XRM, the team leader, in games against the likes of Southeastern Louisiana and Charleston Southern. Nothing against those particular teams, but they aren't Duke or North Carolina, either. An early season loss to Hofstra, in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, should have signaled what was to come--another lackluster performance in the ACC. And when the postseason was on the line, after three seasons of missing the Big Dance, what did Ham's team do? They folded, going on a four-game skid. Tonight they make that five at Cameron Indoor Stadium vs. Duke.

You miss the NCAA Tournament four consecutive years, spending two of those at .500 in conference and slide to the ACC basement and you GET A CONTRACT EXTENSION??? In what world does that balance the scales? Forbes even called Hamilton the 9th most overpaid college hoops coach!

This could stain Wilcox's legacy just as much as the Winston PR nightmare circus--don't even get me started, as it'd take TWO blog posts! Is the man just a frat-house buddy with Hamilton? I don't get it. But the growing chorus from the FSU faithful is #FIREHAMNOW. If Wilcox doesn't get that message loud and clear, it could well become #FIRESTANNOW.

/end rant

Sunday, October 4, 2015

State of my teams, early 2015

Week 4 of the NFL Season and Luck is beat up physically and mentally. An injured throwing shoulder will most likely keep him out of today's game at home vs. Jacksonville. Hopefully, the fans still show up and scream and yell, but I'd totally forgive them if they stayed home. The silence from the front office, even in the face of ESPN reports that there's a growing rift between the coach and the GM, is deafening. Why hasn't Irsay addressed the glaring issues? And why hasn't he fired GM Ryan Grigson? The "experts" on CBS' NFL Today just raked the Colts' front office over the coals, asking "Why wouldn't you protect your franchise player?" It's the question that's been hanging in the air like a thick, black cloud all season. WHY DID YOU draft or pickup offensive skill players instead of solid lineman in the offseason? WHY WOULDN'T YOU pour millions into protecting Andrew Luck? He could throw touchdowns to his grandmother, for Christ's sake...but give the guy some TIME!!!! He's gotten beat up in three weeks this season. He's made some really poor decisions, but I think that's from his brain getting jostled! The O-line play is pathetic! I've never been as disgusted with one single player as I was with O-lineman Thornton (G, #69) last weekend. The pass protection, the run blocking, the overall line play was a "D" at best for the entire unit. And it's been that way all year. We went from AFC Champs in everyone's estimation to Division CHUMPS! Now, Andrew Luck is hurt...and everyone's pointing the finger...from OC Hamilton to Coach Pagano to Owner Jim Irsay. Ultimately, Irsay does bear the responsibility! But he needs to put down the bottle and fire his GM. Ryan Grigson is going to leave Luck out to flap in the wind? I say "GOOD DAY, SIR!!!!"

Oh, and the Colts are 1-2. They came back last week to win late in the game...and in the process may have lost their franchise QB for several weeks.

The problem with my Noles, despite a 4-0 start against nobody's--from Texas State to Wake Forest--can be boiled down to one guy: DC Charles Kelly. His porous defense last year was hardly excusable, with no improvement from game 1 to the CFB Playoff Game vs. Oregon. But I decided to give him a pass for his first year. He's a smallish guy. What, did he play defensive back or something? I want a Derrick Brooks, a Shadetree Jones or someone of that girth and intensity on the sidelines...not some smurf with a scowl! And what of his porous defense? Well, in the last two weeks, we've given up more passing yards, playing a weak prevent zone most of the game. Linebacker play is improved over last year, I'll give him that...but I wonder if that's more our talent there being improved. I just don't like his schemes, the lack of D-line pressure or the percentage of blitzes. AND I FREAKING HATE ZONE DEFENSE!!! That rarely works...and the few times it does is because of great pressure up front. We DID pitch a shutout at Boston College, but C'MON, it was BC! We've played nobodies...and yesterday nearly lost to Wake Forest. Had they not shot themselves in the foot inside the red zone or settled for so many FG's, we surely would have lost up there in the rain! I know it's early in his second year, but I've grown impatient with the little guy. About ready to start the "FIRE CHARLES KELLY!" chant at the next home game.

On the offensive side of things, I'm quite disappointed with the dropoff in Everett Golson's play and decision making. He's a fifth year senior, for crying out loud, but too often he plays like a rookie. Yesterday was no exception. His first series of the first game was a thing of precision and beauty. His passes were lasers and ropes, right on target! He's never looked as good since. I don't get it. Maybe there's a reason Notre Dame wasn't sorry to see him go?

Okay, I'm done venting. Hopefully, the rest of the season bodes better for both of my teams. Otherwise, it's going to be a VERY long year.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Will we be Luck(y) again?

Today is a big day and a huge national stage for Luck. Will he shine brightly, again, as he did against Peyton Manning's Broncos? Will Tom Brady and the Pats pose a much bigger challenge?

I'll be glued to a multitude of TV sets today, that's for sure. LETS GO BLUE!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Could there be a new QB wearing a garnet #5 jersey? I sure hope so!

I SAY #bringitbraxton!!!

Apparently ( article) Jalen Ramsey agrees!

GO NOLES IN 2015!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Forgive me for detouring from the subject of this blog for a moment. I'm engaging in a very important campaign to help stop women's cancers dead in their tracks. I need your help. Please join the fight to #kickcancersass by visiting my new Facebook page: KICK CANCER'S ASS and sharing it with your friends. Together we can put a stop to the disease effecting so many women in our country. Thank you for your support. Now back to football!