“Saying Alot-They Are-So Am I.”
What I Heard-What I Think on a Thursday.
Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner is taking hits from lots of sides. He told Fox-TV the NFL went the extra mile to try and keep the Chargers in San Diego. What he should have added was that Dean Spanos did not. Yes the league threw 300M into the pot to try and help finance a Stadium. Spanos never negotiated, tried to jam thru his own stadium measure, and lost. But he didn’t lose. The NFL is letting him move to LA to reap more riches, after he tried to rape San Diego. Goodell should have never allowed the NFL to give Spanos the “option” to go to LA, after they rejected his attempt to go to Carson. Bet he’d never say that.
Poinsettia Bowl says goodbye. Tough to put on two bowl games and fill the stadium in less than one weeks time. And yet that’s what the Holiday Bowl people did by launching the Poinsettia Bowl twelve years ago. Nice effort, not the greatest results. But it’s just not here, it’s around the country, where all these second level bowls play before crowds of 15-to-25,000. Sure it’s a reward for kids and teams and alumns, but it didn’t count for much in the big picture. 40-bowl games this year, scuffling to find (6-6) or (5-7) teams to play. Too many games, with a watered down meaning. I do like the idea the Holiday Bowl will zero in on their successful game, and maybe push for some unique intersectional games, like the Notre Dame-vs-Navy game coming up in 2018. Salute the San Diego Bowl people for trying.
Matt Slauson is honest as they come. He says what alot of Chargers players feel, the sadness in having to move to Los Angeles. The Chargers roster, in the midst of rebuild, doesn’t really have much experience on it. The young players have been here for 15-minutes, and a bunch of them will be gone before next season. The young guys have no link, no feel, probably not much knowledge of the heritage of Chargers football. But you can feel their disappointment, when Slauson used the term “fake excitement” when referencing how the team is supposed to feel moving to LA.
Phil Mickelson keeps talking, and keeps making stupid statements. Now he tells the fans to ‘toughen up’ to the type of criticism he leveled last week, that the voters let his friend Dean Spanos down by voting down Measure C on the stadium. Lefty should understand the loyal fans were made to feel ‘unwanted’ by this greedy owner, after 56-years of support, not the other way around. Of course Phil will enjoy sitting in the owners skybox watching a game in future years, while San Diego fans are left with empty feelings in an empty stadium. Phil should know all the facts before he opens mouth and winds up inserting foot.
Kalie Kissola plays for the San Diego Gulls. He is in the NHL tonight, less than a year removed from a great college careere at St. Cloud State. The Anaheim Ducks just called him up, to give him a taste of NHL life. It’s tough for the Gulls, because the roster is a revolving door with all these callups, but what it does, is give hot young Ducks prospects, a sneak preview of what it is like to play in the show, especially if they are needed for the end of the season playoff push, or the postseason games. GM-Bob Murray has a special blueprint, to reward the young Gulls with a look see at life in the NHL, and to get them ready for when the real call is made.
DJ Pumphrey is too small to be an NFL running back. At least right now, at (5’9-169), what he weighed in at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. But he is dart-and-dash quick, has good hands, and projects now as a third down receiver and a kick return guy. A year from now, after a season in NFL weight training programs, he grows to 180-keeps his quicks, he will probably run the ball.
Tee of time at Torrey Pines, and everyone of the big names has a question mark attached to their scorecard. Tiger Woods, coming off the back surgeries. Phil Mickelson off double hernia surgery. Jason Day, ranked number 1-in the world, expressing concern about back issues, at age 30. Ow-Wow.