Cowboy Fan Hubby took a circuitous route to earn his degree at the University of Texas, so we had tickets in the student section for football games for a lot of years, and I had plenty of opportunity to observe the behavior of the native fan base there. Countless games I attended over the years went something like this: the stands would have a healthy portion of empty seats until about mid-way through the first quarter when the over dressed co-eds and their dates would meander in from their pre-game parties. Once seated, one of the guys would pull a flask out of his boot and they would begin criticizing the play calling on the field. Very often, the conversation would begin something like this, “I would never have…” or “When I played…” I would passively listen as the males in the group essentially let it be known that they had been football players in high school and therefore had a command of the game. As the contents of the flask went down, the bravado would go up until the group generally got either bored or just overly anxious to get the post-game party started and would trickle back out about mid-way through the fourth quarter. A working-girl-outsider, I was probably a little overly cynical, but I always wondered why, if those ex-jocks were so talented, they weren’t down on the field instead of up in the stands criticizing the actual players and coaches. That was probably a bit harsh on my part because I wasn’t sensitive to the underlying sensitivities, but I don’t doubt I read into it correctly that these were young men trying to impress young women with tales of their glory days which manifested into how much smarter they are about the game as opposed to the high paid coach on the sideline. And we all know the saying it’s not hubris if you can back it up? Well, what I over heard over and over in the stands in Austin was hubris, no matter what drove it.
Trey Wingo, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins discuss QB Tony Romo’s role in game planning for the Cowboys this season.
Mike Reiss discusses the reports that Rob Gronkowski will have a fourth surgery on his left forearm next week.
Brian Dawkins reacts to Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe’s prediction that he will lead the NFL in receptions and touchdowns in 2013.
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said his team will not pay for any renovations to 26-year-old Sun Life Stadium after the Florida Legislature ended its session without passing a funding plan that would help the team remodel the stadium.
Dee also said the prospects of the team staying in South Florida are not good at this time.
The Dolphins have been trying to lure the Super Bowl back to the area but that seems unlikely without the $400 million in renovations the team seeks. Miami was expected to vie with Houston for Super Bowl L in 2016 and Super Bowl LI in 2017. San Francisco’s new stadium, expected to open in 2014, is also on the list of potential sites.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez speaks to the media for the first time since New York drafted QB Geno Smith and vows to be the opening-day starter.
The SEC and ESPN announce the 24/7 SEC Network, set to launch in August 2014.
Dan Graziano comments on the race held today between Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy as well as Vick’s future with the Eagles.