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Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but..........
13) If I’m coaching the Carolina Panthers, I don’t name a starting QB, I just alternate Clausen/Newton by series, the way Dan Reeves once did in Denver with Tommy Maddox/Shawn Moore (actually he did it each play, but we’d go for each series). It would give Newton experience while also allowing him to be coached during the game.
Panthers desperately need to develop Newton as a QB, but no way is he ready to play full-time (he was 6 for 19 at Cincinnati this weekend), so script how much playing time he gets and let the more experienced Clausen fill in the gaps.
12) Speaking of the Bengals, was there any doubt they were cutting Jordan Palmer after his older brother Carson walked out on them? Jordan Palmer was the Jeremy Giambi of the NFL; there to appease his brother. He wasn't even any good when he played at freakin' UTEP.
11) SI.com estimates that 23,000,000 Americans play fantasy football. Its more mainstream than gambling, and as a result, players/coaches get asked lot of questions that pertain to people’s fantasy leagues. It’s a big reason why the sport is so popular, and players/coaches need to understand that the sport’s popularity is what is making them very wealthy.
10) In 1990, Las Vegas had less than 60,000 residents; last year, it had 223,394. Now it also has the most foreclosures in America. Nowhere in America has the recession hit harder than Nevada.
9) Why would anyone pay $20 to tour the Cowboys’ new stadium? It’s a football field tucked inside a nightclub/restaurant/movie theater/luxury hotel. Over 700,000 tours were given last year. I don’t understand.
8) Will NBA coaches still get paid if there is no season this winter? And if so, what the hell do they do all winter? Are they allowed to go scout college games?
7) Interesting storyline for Sunday’s SMU-Texas A&M football game; if the Aggies bolt the Big 12 for the SEC, SMU is going to be one of the teams considered to replace them in the Big 12. Lot of SMU boosters have very deep pockets.
6) Bernie Brewer was more fun when he slid down his chute into a mug of beer, like he did at old County Stadium. Sliding onto a generic ramp at Miller Park just isn’t as much cool. The park is sponsored by a freakin’ beer company; get a mug in there.
5) When ESPN televises a high school football game between a team from Cincinnati and a team from Florida, who foots the travel bill? ESPN? Nike? Under Armour? Do these high schools have booster clubs with that much money? My guess is that ESPN picks up the tab, but I don’t know that for sure.
4) Local telecasts of NFL exhibition games are just brutal to listen to, even though they’re generally done by guys who work network telecasts. They’re like infomercials for the home team, with the owner or son of the owner “dropping by” the booth to chat up the announcers. Its seriously enough to make you reach for the mute button, but you don’t want to, because you’re hoping against hope someone says something that may drop a hint as to how the team is developing. So far, not much luck there.
3) This might sound weird, but one of the big decisions a new coordinator has to make is where to watch the game from; does he choose the sidelines, where he has contact with players, but can’t see the action as well? Or does he go upstairs and see exactly whats going on, but lose lot of the personal contact with players? It’s a dilemma for some young coordinators.
2) OK, I get that the Cy Young Award is for pitchers, the MVP for everyday players, but what about closers? They’re pitchers who might go out there every day, and they’re extremely valuable. Seems to me they’d fall on the MVP side of the ledger.
1) Let me see, last week my friends up north had an earthquake, a hurricane, and my sons fantasy baseball team was ousted from its playoffs. So I'm thinking this week figures to be better for many, no?