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Thursday's List of 13: Random thoughts after an odd Wednesday
13) As Wednesdays in March go, this was an amazing day for news; the Jets give up two draft picks for Tim Tebow, guaranteeing that they will own the backpages of the NYC tabloids in August, but will it help them own them in December/January?
12) Roger Goodell put the hammer down on the Saints, suspended Sean Payton for a year, the GM for half a year and the assistant head coach who would’ve taken over for Payton for six games. Saints also lose a couple of second round draft picks, which is a severe penalty.
11) Where do I start? The penalties in New Orleans are as much about lying to the league as they are about the bounties. Moral #1 of story: Don't mess with Roger Goodell. He's serious about protecting the NFL's integrity.
Not serious enough to suspend Bill Belichick for Spygate, though.
10) Drew Brees can't be happy; will the team re-sign him before the GM goes on his half-year suspension? Does he even want to be there anymore?
9) Who will coach the Saints? Who will make personnel decisions? You can divide the head coaching position to an extent, letting the coordinators run just their side of the ball, but who makes the key strategic decisions? Who decides when to go for it, when to use an onside kick? Tough call.
8) As for Tebow, how will the Jets use him? As a Wildcat QB, or as a genuine threat to Mark Sanchez?
They just gave Sanchez a contract extension, so its hard to believe they’re out to undermine him, but they have to know Tebow’s presence will create media mayhem if Sanchez struggles at the start of next season.
7) New York papers have to love this, and what about the NFL schedule makers? Their heads have to be spinning like Linda Blair's in The Exorcist; they're probably adding Jet broadcasts and subtracting Saints broadcasts from the national TV schedule, as we speak.
6) Elsewhere on this strangest of spring days Shaka Smart shunned Illinois and will stay at VCU. Good for him; he’s happy and you don’t mess with happy.
5) One of the names mentioned for the Illinois job is Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin, who has done well in his two jobs, but has never been in the NCAAs- his Volunteers went scoreless for the last 6:00 Monday, as Middle Tennessee ended the game on an unlikely 15-0 run.
Some of these guys keep getting better jobs without actually achieving anything at their previous stop. In my opinion, Martin owes Tennessee more than the two years he’s worked there; his program is making progress. Bolting for Illinois would be a strange thing to do.
4) Duquesne’s basketball program takes a huge hit with three transfers, including their best player, PG McConnell. Kid’s dad says he loves the coach, but he just wants to play at a higher level. If he loves the coach so much, why did he transfer, making it likely the coach will get fired next year? The A-14 is a pretty high level.
Where this kid winds up is going to be very interesting, because poaching of mid-major players is becoming more prevalent in D-I hoops, and it stinks.
3) Arizona State’s leading scorer is also transferring, but because his mother has been diagnosed with cancer and he wants to be closer to their home in Minnesota. We wish the family well.
2) Nebraska is whiffing badly on their coaching search, having already been turned down by the coaches at Wichita-Colorado-Gonzaga; now they’ve turned their sights on the Colorado State coach, who should stay in Fort Collins one more year, because the Rams will be tough again next season. Nebraska is a bad basketball job; they should’ve kept the coach they had.
1) Seriously, someone needs to explain why Belichick was never suspended for Spygate; if Payton gets a year, spying on your opponent before a Super Bowl has to be worth eight games. At least. The commissioner can talk all he wants about integrity, but blatant cheating went unpunished, at least as far as the head coach of the cheating team was concerned.
But a bounty system opens the NFL to lawsuits from injured players, and the league obviously wants no part of being sued anymore.
As a wise man once said, “If you don’t think its about money, remember: Its always about the money.”
Its Porky. Welcome my friend. Glad to have you onboard. A lot of great cappers here. I guess one way to find out is to check the monitor. ON the top towards the right is the monitor drop down button. We have our own monitor here for anyone that wants to post their picks. This way you can see how they are doing or what their picks are.
With such a great bunch of guys and gals its hard to determine who is hot or cold at any particular time and honestly you do have to follow a few guys to see what and who you like.
Dont mean to be vague but not sure how else I can answer that. Best of luck.