That 3-2 Dream.

I don't see Tom Brady Throwing A TD to Little Johnny Moynihan in 2027.

I don’t see Tom Brady Throwing A TD to Little Johnny Moynihan in 2027.

Are there less sons of professional football players in the NFL than in other sports?  The other night the Giants played a game where Bruce Bochy was managing his son, who was pitching to Tom Gordon’s son, it was all quite incestuous. Obviously the case of a father and son on the same team (see the Griffeys) is extraordinarily rare, but in baseball it seems like fathers at least coach, or coach against their sons on a somewhat regular basis.  This is something else that doesn’t necessarily happen in the NFL.  It’s so hard to be an NFL head coach it seems like being a player is almost a disadvantage? Oh, you weren’t a graduate assistant under a Bellichick protege and then a “quality control assistant” during your twenties? Sorry, back of the line with your Pro Bowls and Super Bowl rings.  It’s certainly better to be related to an NFL coach if you want to coach than to play the game professionally.  If you grew up watching pops draw on napkins, you can ride that all the way to glory, or to the head job with the Jets.  YOUR CHOICE.

The question is, is it smart to coach kids, or is it just better to interfere with the actual coach from the sidelines?  Certainly no one can just let their child be coached, right?  You must have some opinion, so why not offer it up in an official capacity? Of course, you could be a terrible coach, in which case, you probably want to save the other 12 youngsters and just ruin your own kid with your terrible theories and techniques.  A real conundrum, not unlike trying to figure out the National Football League, a sport where the Saints can lose to the Browns, yes those Browns.

NFL Pick ‘Em Standings: 

  1. Grossy, 3-2
  2. DC, 5-5
  3. Kraft, 4-6
  4. Big Dub, 4-6


The “Ken Griffey Jr.” Pick of the Week:  Grossy, Philadelphia +3

Well, this could be my only lead of the year.  If you remember my pick, I talked vaguely about poor defense for both teams (that happened!) and then I made some arbitrary comments about just taking the points when in doubt.  That’s ANALYSIS.  I also said I don’t much like Foles, which is still the case after Darren Sproles strapped the team on his back Monday night. Sproles and the refs put on quite a show.  I’ve always been fond of Sproles, for fantasy purposes, going back to his SD days, but watching him play regular football is still quite entertaining.

The “Pete Rose Jr.” Awful Pick of the Week:  Kraft, Tampa Bay (-6) 

Kraft, as the resident expert on all horrible Florida football, gets judged quite harshly on these games.  As a professional handicapper, he’s expected to have all the hot tips on the Bucs and Jags.  If there is going to be a week where Jacksonville doesn’t get outscored by 11 TDs in the 2nd half, I expect Kraft to have his finger on the pulse.  Now, I’m not so sure.  I guess he didn’t see Austin Davis coming.  Then, who did?


The 3-PT D.A. of the Week:  MATT CASSEL!

Eli ONLY threw two interceptions this week (not bad, kiddo!) and really I couldn’t do that to him every week, though the humor of it I think would have eventually settled in.  We are running out of time to enjoy Matt Cassel.  The Vikings have themselves in a really awful PR spot right now with the AP situation and it might appease the fans and take some attention away from the negatives if they just said, “Hey Look, Bridgewater!”  Also, Matt Cassel is terrible and shouldn’t be a starter in the league.  It was a D.A. symphony from Cassel, who threw 4 INTS (1 returned for a TD), was sacked six times, and managed to complete barely 50 percent of his passes.  Checking the abacus, that’s about 50 D.A. points.  BOOM.


The Return of the Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top 10.

  1. Denver, 2-0. Great Regular Season Team.
  2. Seattle, 1-1. 1/2 free pass for getting Gates’d.
  3. Carolina, 2-0. Great D. High Water Mark.
  4. Philadelphia, 2-0.  Awful D. Great “scat” back.
  5. Cincinnati, 2-0.  Sanu over Dalton?
  6. Buffalo, 2-0. For laughs, High Water Mark.
  7. Houston, 2-0. Still laughing, High Water Mark.
  8. San Diego, 1-1.  They beat Seattle!
  9. New England, 1-1.  They beat the Vikings!
  10. Arizona, 2-0.  Wins against the Giants don’t count.

10 thoughts on “That 3-2 Dream.

  1. Annnndddd next up to bat for the NFL Abuse Arrest; Jonathan Dwyer. There’s a good chance they just trot someone knew out every week for this stuff. Jesus. What will make it worse will be the absolute and horrifying overreactions by teams and the league now. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be action, but immediately suspending someone indefinitely until a legal process plays out seems a little reactionary right? For example, the gloria allred thing that just happened with Brandon Marshall, where she basically revisited something that happened in 2009 for NO apparent reason. What happens when people inevitably jump on the chance for a little fame or something by crying wolf? Kind of crazy, maybe let the whole justice system play out? I dont know, just a thought.

  2. Well, the NFL doesn’t seem to be able to handle anything on a case by case basis. They want everything to be a standard and that’s why they look like idiots while you try to compare the severity of marijuana use vs. domestic violence. I think in some instances, the action prior to due process is justified. For example, who really cares if AP is found guilty of anything, you can look at the pictures of what he did and suspend him based on that. The trouble I think is that everyone wants to follow suit, or not look like they are being softer than another team–not taking something as seriously. It’s all reactionary, but I think that goes back to the policy being poor in general.

    • Yeah but the severity seems out of touch. Using AP, is what occurred-what appears to be misguided belief in how to discipline your kid and an overzealous, and inappropriate, disciplining-worth a full season suspension, etc? Is there any other job where this would occur? I’m not defending anyone here, I just think there’s a better way than immediately going to a kangaroo court and putting every player onto I definitive leave.

  3. Do ordinary people lose their ordinary jobs when there is high-profile publicity about them being accused of having committed a crime? Absolutely yes. Try being a sales representative charged with sexual assault and having that reported in the papers. You are NOT going out to meet prospective clients.

    Is child cruelty a relatively serious crime in the spectrum of crimes? Yes.

    Is the NFL handling it well? No, because they are making the policy up as they go along. But they’re a private employer and they are sensitive to public and client (read: advertisers) pressure, just like any other employer.

    • First, “ordinary people” wouldn’t have a high profile publicity incident for something similar to AP. Additionally, there are certainly plenty of examples of people committing crimes-or more importantly, being accused of them-and not losing their jobs in similar instances. And to point out, without defending him, there seems to be a large contingency of people who wouldn’t define his actions as “child cruelty”. Does he need counseling about parenting skills, reprimanding, etc? Absolutely. Do I think there’s a line and he crossed it? Yes. Do I also think this is an overreaction and that people were up in arms about Rice (and deservedly so)? Definitely.

      • So you think 2 news articles in a country of 350M people backs up your claim? I think it bolsters mine. And again, there’s no saying that they will be unemployable forever as ppl are saying for Ray Rice for example. And you’re using one examples that is far afield from what’s being used here. The sexual assault/molestation of a child is entirely different than the proposed circumstances. Unfortunately, corporal punishment of children is largely-along with domestic violence-a crime that goes far too often unreported and accepted socially. But I digress. The reality is no “normal” person would be remotely under this microscope nor punished this way. If you want to argue that the players should be held to a higher standard then fine. But don’t purport that society reacts the same way to incidents of domestic violence/child abuse. It’s more often then not accepted as a “family issue” and “private” instead of being handled by employers.

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