Friday, January 26, 2007

Making the Right Pick the Wrong Way
First of all, I couldn't be more excited that Mike Tomlin is the third Steelers coach of my lifetime. He is dynamic, young, energetic and brings a fresh perspective to a team that sorely needs one. I like that the Steelers now have elements of the Cowher regime (LeBeau and Arians) and some new elements.
It's like I've always felt about the U.S. Government--despite my own political biases, it is almost always better that one party not sweep the Presidency, House and Congress. The Black and Gold checks and balances are in place.
For instance, I don't know how sentimental Dick LeBeau or Kevin Colbert is about Joey Porter, but I'm glad that Tomlin will be judging him soley on game film. When a guy is about to demand Top 5 linebacker money, it's best to judge with your brain and not with your heart.
And while I think the Rooney's made the right decision, I have to question the way they went about it.
First of all, I don't understand why money had so much to do with the decision. Art Rooney II told the Post-Gazette early this week that part of the confusion with Russ Grimm was that the Steelers talked money with both Grimm and Tomlin and that Grimm may have had the wrong idea.
Fine. Even if that seems a bit unordthodox, misunderstandings happen.
But something else bugs me. Tomlin got a reported $10 million over 4 years--a figure that isn't overwhelming, but certainly fair for a first-time head coach. Grimm couldn't have commanded much more money. He's been passed over by other teams in the past. It's unimaginable that he would have demanded more than $12 million over those four years.
So were Tomlin and Grimm so even in the eyes of the Steelers brass that they were willing to play Let's Make A Deal with their decision? Sure, I might grab a $1 Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy's for lunch because I only have a buck. But if I can afford the double with cheese, I'm paying. No sense in being hungry all day.
It's the coach of one of the most stories franchises in sports. Not lunch. Why are you counting pennies right until the end?
Which leads me to the biggest problem: Why rush the decision?
Grimm and Tomlin weren't going anywhere. By last weekend, they were already passed over by the Dolphins (Tomlin) and the Cardinals (Grimm). If the Steelers were a.) so unsure about their choice that money was still an issue and b.) so unsure of Grimm that Tomlin could bowl them over and get the job, then why not wait a few more weeks to talk to Ron Rivera too?
I know the Senior Bowl was this week. But don't tell me that sending Colbert and Lebeau is a worse than risking a less-than-thorough coaching search. Why rush your biggest decision in 15 years and end up looking unprofessional in the process?
The Rooneys are untouchable in Pittsburgh. They have done so much good for the city that they probably deserve some slack.
With my limited knowlege of their candidates, I would have chosen Tomlin too. I think it's better to grab a talented guy a year or two early than miss out on him.
But if he isn't ready and he doesn't work out, there will be a lot of criticism. And, if so, I think it should fall on the front office, for conducting an odd and unneccessarily hurried decision.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Sonny and I have been discussing making changes to the site. We are going to basically start recruiting a few more participating writes and switch to a general sports/culture site. Of course it will be Pittsburgh scented...(what would smell actually be? what do old people and rednecks smell like?) but we will be adding some other features like music and movie write ups etc, etc. Hopefully we will attract some new readers and entertain current readers even more. (that shouldnt be to difficult)

so stay tuned.

F*ck Kansas City!

jim

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Do You Think?

So, this is a new feature I am thinking of trying out. Kind of a rip off of Bill Simmons ramblings and Peter Kings 10 things...Except I am forming them into a question, like some bastard version of Jeopardy minus Money, contestants and 1 sweet moustache. I am looking for your feedback as well, hence the questions. It will be 99.9% football related and .1% Sports/culture related. If it sucks, I'll stop after this one, if not, i'll probably still stop...somebody's gotta come up with something for the site eh?

Do You Think the Fiesta Bowl was the greatest football game ever played?

I mean, my god, there were more "this f'ing game is OVER" moments in the last 10 minutes than in all the other bowl games combined. Boise has it with 2:30 left, it's OVER. Oklahoma accidentally burns it's last time out while play is stopped now it's reeeeeally OVER. Oklahoma goes in for a TD in like a minute 28-26...2 pointer incomplete! it's OVER! no, penalty, re-play the down, CAUGHT! TIE GAME! another penalty! on Oklahoma! they can't bounce back, it's OVER.
re-play the down, ball is tipped! it's OV--caught! good conversion tie game. Zabransky throws a KILLER INT pick 6, Oklahoma leads it's OVER! Boise isn't going away, but down to just :07 pass to the middle of the field, ugh, it's...HOOK AND LADDER!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! Tie game. Peterson takes the first play of OT 25 yards for the score, now it's gotta be OVER! Boise St 4th and 2, QB goes in motion!? what? WR throws to the back of the end zone....OH MY GOD! SCORE! wait, this can't be, Boise, coming out to go for 2, all or nothing, STATUE OF LIBERTY!!!!! IT'S GOOD!! BOISE ST WINS!!!

I mean, seriously, I can't believe what I have just witnessed. I dare anyone to come up with a better game ever, Stanford Band, Immaculate Reception, Music City Miracle. See, the difference is that this had the crazy ending x50, it was also a battle for the other 58 minutes, just a great, great, great game.

whew!

Do You Think the Steelers OT win in Cincy was the best meaningless game in team history?

Sonny posed that quiery to me Sunday, good question. a better question is so what? It was nice to end Cincinatti's season again, my god, I hate Carson Palmer.

Do You Think Bill Cowher is done?

This is going to be beat to death in the next day or 2, so sorry, but it seems relevant for our site and all.

Do You Think Oklahoma's Cheerleaders would have a group thing with me?

nah...me either.

Do You Think The Bears are going down in the first round?

I do. look at it right now. the Giants finished 8-8, were awful all year, they are currently the lowest seed, I don't think they are even touching Philly, but my point is this: the G-Men had the Bears down and out on that Sunday night game until the inexplicable 3rd and 22 draw play first down for Thomas Jones, then it was curtains. If a team can get a 7 -10 point lead and then just kick away from Devin Hester and just run the ball 2-3 times every set of downs consistently, which, obviously is not that easy, there's no way Grossman, Griese, Wade Wilson or Kordell Stewart are bringing them back...We live in Pittsburgh, we all know when a QB just doesn't look right going into the postseason. Not Good Times in Chicago...and you know what? the fans know it too.

Do You Think the Chiefs can down the Colts? if so, Do You Think Peyton Manning will ever even sniff the Super Bowl?

I feel one of those opening take the wind out of the whole place drives coming, where LJ carries 8-10 times, they throw 5-8 yard outs to the WR's maybe work in the TE's and pound one in. They go up 7-0, it's over. does that sound a bit over the top? try me. Peyton Manning will be playing tighter than, as Borat would say, "A Man's A-nus" The most important thing in this game is who wins the coin toss. mark my words.

Do You Think Marty Schottenhiemer can blow the Chargers chances at a Championship?

I don't think Marty Schottenhiemer, Marty Morningweg and Marty Jannety combined can screw this up. The Chargers are that good.

Do You Think Dick Clark made it to zero yet?

ok, that was bad. I felt really bad for Dick, but I assume he wanted to be up there, seeing him like that made me want to cry, then I go and make a tasteless joke. I'm #1, I really am.

Do You Think Jeff Garcia is gay?

Just throwing it out there. David Cross has a great stand up bit about that voice, i'll try and find the transcript or something. Not that it matters or anything...hey, I followed a Stroke joke with another stroke joke.

Do You Think I should cut my losses and end this?

yeah, me too.

Happy New Year!!!