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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Stupid is as Stupid Does
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:09 pm

Via Jeff Quinton: Ricky Williams fails drug test

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The Kudzu Files linked with Ricky Williams: Idiot
Friday, February 10, 2006
The MNF Trade
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:47 am

Too funny: Al Michaels deal reunites Disney with original animated character

A four-time Emmy Award winner, Michaels agreed last July to stay with ABC/ESPN as the Monday game switched to the cable network next fall, but he asked to back out and instead will broadcast Sunday night NFL games on NBC with John Madden, his partner on ABC during the past four seasons.

As part of the deal, NBC sold ESPN cable rights to Friday coverage of the next four Ryder Cups through 2014, and granted ESPN increased usage of Olympic highlights through 2012 and other NBC properties through 2011. NBC, in turn, gets expanded highlight rights to ABC and ESPN events.

Plus:

By granting Michaels his exit papers, The Walt Disney Co., ABC’s parent company, will get back a piece of its history from NBC Universal: the first animated character created by Disney and the forerunner to Mickey Mouse.

His name was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and the cheeky bunny was created in 1927 by Disney and his chief creative partner, Ub Iwerks, at the request of Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures.

The very notion of making a trade for an announcer, is quite amusing.

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Thursday, February 9, 2006
The MNF Booth: The ESPN Version
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:47 am

Via the Houston Chronicle: ESPN: Tirico, Theismann, Kornheiser in Monday Night Football booth

ESPN announced today that Mike Tirico will be its play-by-play voice for Monday Night Football next season, signaling the apparent departure of Al Michaels to NBC, where he is expected to join John Madden on NBC’s new Sunday night package.

[…]

ESPN said Tirico will join former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann and Washington Post columnist and Pardon the Interruption co-host Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night booth. Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporters.

Interesting about Michaels-actually having him go with Madden to CBS is just fine with me, although it will be weird to have MNF without him.

Tirico should do a good job, so not problem there.

I am quite pleased to hear that Mr. Tony is going to be in the booth-he is one of my favorite sports analysts, so that should be cool.

Now, if only they could find something to do with Theismann…

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Monday, February 6, 2006
Speaking of the Commercials…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:24 am

….James Joyner reviwed them live last night.

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Super Bowl Commercials 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:10 am

Forget the iFilms link I posted last night. Should you feel the need for Super Bowl commercials, go here.

However, I must confess, aw quick perusal of the list does not bring to mind anything from last night that was all that fantastic.

I stick with the Nimoy/Aleve commercial, because do so recognizing my Trek bias.

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Sunday, February 5, 2006
Super Bowl XL
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:07 pm

Ok, not one for the ages, but a decent games. Had Seattle been able to score a TD in that 3rd quarter drive rather than the holding penalty and the INT it would have been quite a game.

Congrats to the Steelers. Despite the fact that I still hold some animosity towards the team for those 1970s Super Bowl wins over Dallas, I must admit that they are a likable, so congrats to them and their fans.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006
Seattle’s Pretty Good…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:56 pm

…better than I expected, in fact. (A sentiment I suspect I share with the entire roster of the Carolina Panthers and their staff).

Now its on to two weeks of hype.

I wonder how many stories there will be in the next fortnight that compare the storied history of the Steelers with the, well, pathetic history of the Seahawks?

And what’s the over-under on how many times Holmgren will be called a genius or how many times it will be pointed out the Shanahan still hasn’t won, let alone visited, a Super Bowl post-Elway?

A bonus parting question: as a fired Head Coach, does Mike Tice get any tickets to scalp?

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Roger Staubach has a Blog
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:44 pm

Roger Staubach, the football hero of my youth, has a blog: Monday Morning CEO.

It is a mix of business stuff and football. The most recent post references both the U.S. Supreme Court and eminent domain and the NFL playoffs.

Interestingly it’s powered by WordPress.

I was trying to find an online version of the NFL Network commercial with Roger and Roy Williams (which is quite cool) and came across the blog.

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NFL Picks
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:21 pm

I made my picks for today over at Arguing with signposts where I am lending a minor hand to Bryan as he takes comps.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Steelers@Colts
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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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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