Monthly Archives: November 2006

Down Memory Lane With Green

Dennis Green’s (likely) final visit to the Metrodome led to a great column from Jim Souhan rehashing all the crazy stuff that happened in Denny’s decade at the Vikings’ helm. Some highlights:

8. Built one of the best coaching staffs in recent league history when he joined the Vikings, hiring Tony Dungy, Brian Billick, Monte Kiffin, John Teerlinck, Tyrone Willingham and Willie Shaw.
10. Molded Mike Tice into a head coach.
11. Molded Sean Salisbury into a football “analyst,” Green’s most brazen offense, along with choosing Salisbury to play over Rich Gannon in the 1992 playoffs, picking a future MASH (Most Annoying Screaming Head) over a future MVP.

See, Denny was a source of much comedy even before the “they are who we thought they were” thing. But notice that everyone’s gone to shit- Green, Moss, Culpepper, etc.- since they left the Vikings.

Hot Stove Heat

I’m enjoying this year’s baseball offseason as much as I always do, though it’s really hard to believe some of these crazy contracts ($50 million for Gary Matthews? $100 million for Carlos Lee?) It amazes me that executives, across sports, have yet to grasp the concept that it’s not smart to sign a guy to a long-term deal for big money when, in his contract year, he had the first good season of his career. Call it the Carl Pavano Rule.
The Twins really need to get a pitcher or two, and I support the idea of trading for Jason Jennings and maybe signing a bottom-of-the-rotation veteran. A DH would be great too, as long as he’s not Barry Bonds.
As for the Phillies, they signed Adam Eaton today for reasonable money, meaning they have five good starters at the end of November (how many teams can say that?) They still need to get rid of Pat Burrell, and you’d think some team would look at his stat sheet and get the mistaken impression that he’s a good player. I mean, his contract is about half Juan Pierre’s!
I’ll have more when the winter meetings kick around next week, although unlike Gleeman, I’m not actually going.

Strike?

The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild, which represents the Inquirer, Daily News, and various other papers (but not my own), may go out on strike as soon as later this week, although a settlement and/or extension remains possible.
Philadelphia Weekly has even reported that the newspaper owners have advertised for replacement workers. If asked, I’ll say no; I’m not about to commit career suicide, nor do I particularly wish to stab my fellow journalists in the back like that.
(The Guild does have some non-editorial employees in my office, but no pickets are planned there.)

And… We’re Back

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I enjoyed having four days off, and a weekend of food, football and fun that included a trip to Atlantic City. I capped off the weekend last night by taking in the WWE’s Survivor Series at the Wachovia Center, my first live wrestling in several years. I had fun, but I think wrestling has passed me by at this point.
A few other notes from the weekend:
– Apparently Becca and I aren’t the only Steve and Becca around.
– The latest Vikings embarrassment: they almost lost to the Cardinals before preventing a last-second touchdown. Had they lost, Childress would totally have been entitled to a “just crown their ass”-type speech. As for the Eagles, Childress is lucky he got a head coaching job last offseason, because had he stuck around this year, he’d be radioactive.
– As for the Turkey of the Year column, I agree with all the nominees, but it’s hard to agree with the winner: University of Minnesota womens’ basketball coach Pam Borton. I’m sure she’s deserving, but I don’t see how a performance that only affected the 10 people who watch Gophers womens’ hoops is more turkey-worthy than, say, Fred Smoot or Koren Robinson.

Film Critic Quote of the Week

“Fast Food Nation feels like it was made by Avril Lavigne and Lou Taylor Pucci’s know-it-all, activist college students, wedded to the notion that flailing about in a misguided effort for change is the same thing as actually accomplishing something. This isn’t filmmaking; its an op-ed column in an Alt-Weekly.”

Andrew Dignan, summing up my thoughts exactly on House Next Door. See also a serious film discussion of that “Let’s Go to Prison” movie.