Could Parcells be the Saints Man?

As of today the secret is out on who the New Orleans Saints want as their “replacement” coach for Sean Payton.  It’s none other than Bill Parcells, Payton’s mentor.  At first the name sounds a little far-fetched.  But on second thought, it may not be so “out there.”

Parcells has been out of coaching since 2006.  Yet he has stayed in the game as the President of the Miami Dolphins until last year, and then as a commentator on ESPN.  Yet give me one person who has the intestinal fortitude to tell Parcells the game has passed him by.

Doomsday Has Arrived for the New Orleans Saints

The NFL announced today its sanctions against the New Orleans Saints. And boy, do they hurt.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a press conference today that Head Coach Sean Payton will be suspended for the entire 2012 season starting April 1st without pay and will be fined $500,000.

General Manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended the first 8 games of the 2012 season starting after the Saints last preseason game.

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be suspended indefinitely. Assistant coach Joe Vitt will be suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2012 season.

Jets LB Latest to be Upset

This is the off season of mal-content for the New York Jets.  Wide receiver complaints about the quarterback, complaints on the offensive coordinator, the head coach no longer issuing bold and brash predictions.  Now the defense will be heard from.

Not the defense arguing its case, but the actual defensive side of the ball.  This time it’s coming from All-pro linebacker Bart Scott.

It seems Scott is concerned with the way he is being used.  Scott is frustrated with regularly being removed from the field on third downs and the Jets plummeting to an 8-8 record after they were expected to be in the Super Bowl.  Instead it was the Giants representing New York by winning the title and that doesn’t make Jet fans happy.

Goodell Still Wants 18 Game NFL Season

It’s one of those nasty little subjects that just keep coming back, like a bad penny.  This time the subject is the 18-game NFL season and the bad penny is Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell is making the rounds of the NFL teams again, rousing the possibility of an 18-game season.  The players almost unanimously turned it down during the lockout last year, but Goodell has never been one to take no for an answer.

So here he is again, earlier this week, on ESPN radio 1050 am bringing up the subject.

Assigning Blame

In sports, as in life, when a team fails it becomes everyone’s job to assign blame.  There has to be a reason why they lost.  It has to be someone’s fault.

The sports media assigns blame one by one so that they have enough stories to fill 24 hours of programming and writing.  The players blame so it doesn’t fall on them.  The player’s wives blame so it doesn’t fall on their spouse. On and on it goes down the list until eventually everyone is to blame.  And in truth, everyone is to blame.  Teams win and lose as teams, not individuals.

Gisele Bundchen Blasts Pats WRs

Give Gisele Bundchen points for sticking up for her husband, Patriots QB Tom Brady.

While waiting for an elevator at Lucas Oil Stadium after the game, Bundchen was heckled by some Giants fans and she responded with the falling rant:

“My husband can not f—— throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,”

Wide receiver Deion Branch and tight end Aaron Hernandez dropped passes on New England’s final drive while the normally reliable Wes Welker was visible upset over his crucial drop late in the fourth quarter.

The Four Big Plays In The Super Bowl

Once again Eli Manning got the better of the New England Patriots by making less mistakes and more plays than the Pats. Here are some of the big moments in the game:

Safety
The Pats first offensive play could not have went worse as Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding while in the end zone, a penalty that cost the Pats two points. And the safety had big ramifications. Without it, the Giants would have been trailing by 17-13 on their final drive. Instead, the Giants were down 17-15, and needed only a field goal to go ahead.

Down To This

If you have read any of my previous writes, you know I am a fan of the New England Patriots and have been for many, many years.  So, this is a big weekend for me.

For the last 2 weeks, I have not watched any coverage of the game at all.  No sports media talking heads.  I have avoided Twitter.  I have kept my Facebook time to a minimum.  I just did not want to hear all the haters hating.  It’s just what happens when a team like the Patriots is in the big game.  The haters are many and the only way to further a story is to make the Patriots the underdog, make Tom Brady struggling, talk ad nauseum about Gronkowski’s ankle injury.  But in reality it doesn’t matter.

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