As you’ve surely noticed, posting has been a bit sparse around here for, oh, say, the last year. We’re not dead, just older. Plus, speaking for myself personally, I found Larry Williams’ blog to be so thorough and so high in quality that it was largely a waste of time to try to write something that would cover the same ground and be of lesser quality. But now his blog has gone premium. And with it goes my easy access to information and my excuse for not posting more often.
On that note, here’s some news:
- SI notes that Chansi Stuckey is making an impact in Cleveland after his trade from the Jets.
- Speaking of the Jets, you may have heard that they brought back Justin Miller to return kicks. That’s true. But after only a month he has again been let go.
- Thursday night’s late game should have your attention. Oregon State (#13) goes 40 miles up the road to face Oregon (#7) for the next installment of the “Civil War”. This game has two top-15 teams, a heated in-state rivalry, and the winner goes to the Rose Bowl. This is a compelling game.
… and some opinion
- Bobby Bowden is out at Florida State, and from my view from the couch, it’s about damn time. It seems everyone else in the world thinks he deserves at least another year, if not coach-for-life status at FSU. I don’t think he deserves another year, and I bet that if he was named coach for life that he’d quickly become the victim in a suspicious death.
I understand that teams ebb and flow. Yes Penn State did hold on to JoePa during some down years earlier this decade and Penn State recovered quite well. However, I don’t see that happening for Bowden. To explain why, I’ll use a cliche. JoePa lives to coach, whereas Bowden coaches to live. JoePa strikes me as being an intense guy who just wants to coach. Bowden strikes me, at this point, as an old softie who only ambles about the sidelines because he fears that he’ll face the same post-coaching fate that met Bear Bryant.
Bobby Bowden did deserve to go out on his own terms and he did deserve just one more year to have a farewell tour. Unfortunately that year should have been about 3 years ago. I don’t think Bobby Bowden knows how to quit, and that has served him well throughout his career, but that means that he has to leave it up to someone else to make the decision of when he’s done.