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Sunday, January 15, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:22 pm

This is perhaps the wildest game I have seen in some time.

There have been several bad calls/non-calls (not the least of which being the non-INT and the non-call on the false start/offsides/whatever it was). Then the fumble and the Vanderjagt miss.

I hope that they didn’t have to hospitalize John Cole.

I had no emotional stakes in this game (my Boys are at home), but I was rooting for Indy. Still, I have to congratulate the Steelers. What a performance, especially on defense. The pressure on Manning was quite impressive.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006
As Expected: Bush to the Draft
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:44 pm

Via ESPN Radio it is official: Reggie Bush is headed to the draft.

Hardly a shock. I would have been far more surprised had he stayed.

I think that he should be the Texans’ pick, but then again, no one is asking me…

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Me Guesses the Pack will Continue to Lose
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:31 am

Why do I think this? I am wholly underwhelmed by the resume of the guy they are about to hire to be their new head coach (via ESPN): Packers to hire 49ers’ McCarthy as coach.

The highlights of his resume?

  • He was Packer’s QB coach during the year that Ray Rhodes was Head Coach, and the team went 8-8.
  • He was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2000-2004.
  • He was the 49ers OC this last year.

He also was a QB coach and offensive assistant in KC during the 1990s.

Is is just me, or is that one wholly unimpressive set of credentials?

From 2000-2005 only two seasons did the team he coordinate for have a winning record (in 2000 the Saints went 10-6 and in 2002 they went 9-7).

The only explanation is that the guy might appeal to Favre and therefore be an enticement for him to return. Of course, that may be another reason to say that the Pack will continue to lose, because it seems fairly obvious that it is time to start retooling for the future, rather than hoping for one more good year out of Favre.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
LenDale White Heads for Draft
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 5:15 pm

Via the Sports Network: The Sports Network - I-A College Football

USC junior running back LenDale White declared his eligibility for the 2006 National Football League Draft on Wednesday, foregoing his final collegiate season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound tailback finished the 2005 season with 1,302 rushing yards on 197 carries (6.6 avg.) for 24 touchdowns and 14 receptions for 219 yards (15.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.

He put in quite a performance in the Rose Bowl, and after that I figured he would come out. There is little doubt that he will go in the first round.

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The Football HoF
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:53 am

The Hall of Fame I understand has announced this year’s finalists:

Troy Aikman and the late Reggie White were among the 15 finalists Wednesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

They joined Thurman Thomas and Warren Moon as finalists in their first year of eligibility. Results of the vote will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit.


he two seniors candidates, former Dallas offensive tackle Rayfield Wright and former Oakland coach and current broadcaster John Madden, were chosen by a special committee last August and went straight to the finals. The other 13 were selected from a list of 25 semifinalists.

The other finalists are: linebackers Derrick Thomas and Harry Carson; defensive ends L.C. Greenwood and Claude Humphrey; offensive linemen Russ Grimm, Bob Kuechenberg and Gary Zimmerman; and wide receivers Michael Irvin and Art Monk.

The max is six, the minimum three.

My three locks:

Troy Aikman
Reggie White
Warren Moon

The next three:

Michael Irvin
L.C. Greenwood
Rayfield Wright

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The Baseball HoF
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:35 pm

I will confess to being no more than a casual baseball fan, but it just seems to me that the Baseball Hall of Fame process is screwy, if not screwed up.

For example, surely Jim Rice deserves to be in.

I will confess to being biased in my view as the Pro Football Hall of Fame regularly admits 5+ players a year, so that seems normal.

Here’s the story via ESPN on this year’s ballot: Sutter elected to baseball Hall of Fame

I will further confess that it is amusing to me that the Hall of “Fame” is inducting only the one guy and that the odds he is famous beyond hardcore baseball fans are quite small. It really isn’t truly a Hall of Fame.

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Sunday, January 8, 2006
Young Announces: It’s the Draft
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:54 pm

As expected (via the Austin American-Statesman): Young heading to NFL

Vince Young announced Sunday that he is skipping his senior season as quarterback for the national champion Texas Longhorns and will enter the NFL draft.

“I’ve decided to enter the draft this year and go to the NFL,” Young said in a news conference on the University of Texas campus. “I know that everybody is behind me, and I thank God for that. I won’t let ya’ll down.”

The reward is to high (I can’t imagine he would go any lower than third overall) and the risk of a career-ending injury is too high not to go.

As much as I would love to see him stay at Texas and repeat (something that I think a Young-led Longhorns squad would be favored to do), this is obviously the best move for him.

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Saturday, January 7, 2006
Good Deal
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:45 pm

Via Reuters: Parcells to stay on as Cowboys coach

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Thursday, January 5, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:34 pm

Things went fine on the panel this morning-perhaps more on that later,

But for now, I have to say: Hook’Em Horns!

That was quite a game last night, and quite a performance by Vince Young.

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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Thanks for Nothing, Philly
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:27 pm

Ugh. They had me going there for a while, and then they let me down.

Of course, if Dallas had just had a real kicker in the first game against the Skins, I wouldn’t had to have been pulling for the Eagles today.

c’est la vie.

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Vermeil Retires
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:24 pm

I must confess, I am semi-surprised (via ESPN): Johnson’s career-high 3 TDs send Vermeil off in style.

I expected one more year.

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The Multifaceted Doug Flutie
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:08 pm

Amusing (via ESPN): Patriots’ Flutie converts first drop kick since 1941

It was the league’s first drop kick since the 1941 NFL championship game, according to the Web site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With starting quarterback Tom Brady sitting out most of the season-ending game, backup Matt Cassel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Dwight to cut Miami’s lead to 25-19 with 6:10 left in the game. Flutie, who was listed as the No. 3 QB, came in for the extra point and lined up at quarterback.

After a timeout, Flutie took the snap, dropped the ball and kicked it off a short hop through the uprights for one point. He ran off the field and embraced coach Bill Belichick.

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Hope Hanging by a Fraying Thread
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:05 pm

Dallas’ playoff hopes, that is.

The Cowboys need a win tonight with a Carolina or Washington loss to make it to the post-season. However, the Carolina thing isn’t working out, and to be honest, the odds were better that Atlanta would beat Carolina than the Eagles besting the Skins.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Nebreska Wins the Alamo Bowl
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:01 am

Via the AP: Nebraska Back on the Map After Alamo Win.

A few reactions:

1) How far did Michigan fall this year?

2) Good for the Big XII, which needs some serious improvement, especially in the North.

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Monday, December 26, 2005
Playoff Scenarios: The Dallas Cowboys
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:03 pm

Via ESPN: NFL playoff scenarios:

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth with:
1. A win and a Redskins loss or tie
2. A win and a Panthers loss
3. A win and a Bucs loss and a Giants loss and Giants and Cowboys clinch strength of victory
4. A tie and a Redskins loss

Dallas should be able to beat St. Louis, so at least there are two shots-Washington (especially if Brunell can’t play) and Carolina-that the team could get some help. I don’t count scenario #3 are very likely, as I can’t see the Raiders beating the Giants or the Saints beating Tampa Bay, let alone both happening in the same week.

Of course, the idea that Eagles will beat the Redskins seems slim, and although hopefully the Falcons will win one for pride next week when they host Carolina…

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