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Busy time, lots of stuff in my notebook.
SUPER BOWL PREP….The Eagles feel disrespected, because they have not received the national attention the Patriots have in this first week leading up to the Super Bowl. Of course you haven’t. Coach Doug Pederson popping off to bring the attention to him, not on his players. Keep the pressure off them. Of course the Patriots are going after their 6th Super Bowl ring in the Bill Belicheck era. The Eagles last championship was 1960.
NFL COACHING…All the head coaching slots are filled. Am surprised, no interviews for long time Oilers-Titans-Rams coach Jeff Fisher. He did have 167-career wins.
COORDINATORS ON THE MOVE….They weren’t good head coaches, but as coordinators, not bad, so Mike McCoy gets hired by the Arizona Cardinals, after NOrv Turner lands with the Carolina Panhers. Norv will work to improve Cam Newton’s 58% completion percentage. McCoy should work on getting Carson Palmer to reconsider retirement.
GM GONE FROM VIEW….An interesting year for firings of GM’s. It does amaze me AJ Smith was never given a chance to run a club again. His first four years, and his philosophies merited consideration for a second go round.
MIAMI MARLINS SCOREBOARD…They have now dealt away 4-frontline everyday players, starting with Giancarlo Stanton and now the Christian Yelich deal last night. They got 13-minor league players as part of all these trades. Wonder if Derek Jeter will charge minor league prices for the minor league roster he is putting on the field.
WHO BLINKS NEXT….With Milwaukee’s signing of OF-Lorenzo Cain you wonde if this opens the gates for other marquee free agents to sign shortly, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and others. Spring training is 3-weeks away, and there are some 130-veterans still unsigned in free agency.
HOUSECLEANING IN CLEVELAND…Waiting for an implosion with the Cavaliers, now (4-11) in the last month. No chemistry, not a shred of quality defense, and a flawed roster. You think LeBron James stays after this season?
HOCKEY HURTING…The Kings have one of the highest payrolls in the NHL, but cannot score consistently. They are on the outside looking in for the playoffs. That’s what happens averaging 2.7 goals per game. What’s worse, GM-Rob Blake is still saddled with bad contracts he cannot move. The Ducks seem poised to make a playoff run, after having had 12-significant injuries, but they still have a long uphill run to get to postseason.
TIGER TALES….He isn’t the same golfer, but he draws the crowds. Tiger Woods started with a couple of bogeys, nearly had an ace, and finished even par at Torrey Pines in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open. He hit it a ton, good sign, but is iron play and putting was still shaky. He looks different, not as thick as before, his swing is different too, but he seems healthy, and willing to go slowly in this comeback from his fourth back surgery.
MICHIGAN STATE MASSACRE….It’s only beginning in East Lansing, the resignation of the President of the school in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex scandal case with the US Gymnastics Olympic team. Look next for coeds in different sports to come forward at MSU. Might this be as bad as the Penn State sex scandal? Time will tell.