Dennis Allen's firing was completely merited, but it changes nothing. He didn’t ruin a good thing – he perpetuated a bad one, and the bad thing goes back to the second year of the Bill Callahan Era, and if you skip the two best years of the Jon Gruden Era and the start of the first Art Shell Era, it actually goes back nearly 30 years. This is what happens when worshiping the past becomes the future, and when being cutting edge becomes the good old days. Al Davis built this franchise from oblivion, and he undid it so completely that oblivion looks like an upgrade.
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In other words, you can continue to hope if you want, but you’ve run out of any evidence with which to support it. Your mental health almost demands you walk away from them until they get it right, rather than you waiting around hoping that some series of longshots will land. The nightmare you have is now the nightmare you choose.
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Oh, and Deion Sanders and Trent Dlifer add to the chorus of people who say the 49ers want Jim Harbaugh out as coach. Well, here’s a notion – maybe someone who wants him out who isn’t a player is doing some tale-telling to prepare us for the great Armageddon on the horizon.
Put another way, those who are at the facility each day never hear these things, so I’m guessing those who do aren’t quite as connected with widespread player disenchantment as we are led to believe. There clearly is some from above as well as below, but the place is not yet on fire.
This doesn’t mean Harbaugh is safe, or that he won’t want out anyway, but I know four things:
1. The Michigan rumors are stupid.
2. The Raiders rumors are stupider still.
3. The Kansas rumors are spectacularly idiotic.
4. Every opening from here until season’s end will have Harbaugh’s name attached to it. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE DO, DAMN IT!
Frankly, sources tell me he’s most likely to get the Miami job when people decide to turn on Erik Spoelstra for no longer having LeBron James.
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Phil Mickelson’s complaints about Tom Watson in the wake of the U.S. U.S.-ing its way through another Ryder Cup remind us (a) why golf is not meant to be a team sport, (b) it is designed for folks who want to act rich and spoiled to achieve all their wishes at once (as opposed to making them rich and spoiled, which it does not), and (c) it’s hard to admit when your game goes crap in any sport, and the role of a coach is to be the target of your narcissism.
Which I suppose is a wordier way of saying, “Play better, and until then, shut your pie flap.”
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Never mind Geno Smith F-bombing the New York Jets fan base through one obnoxious proxy – the real story was running back Sheldon Richardson, who commented on fans chanting for Smith’s backup Michael Vick:
“Shut up. If that’s the case, produce a child to make it to the NFL; we’ll see what he got.”
I think Richardson just urged the Jets fan base to reproduce in greater numbers, which probably was not his intent.
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Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post finally saw his first no-hitter Sunday after about 35 million games, and took Jordan Zimmermann’s performance personally.
“Baseball press boxes know everything. At least about baseball. So, when a reporter has covered baseball for 40 years, including a decade on the 100-plus-games-a-year beat, plus close to 20 years of attending games as a fan from the age of eight on up, and he has never seen a no-hitter, he gets a nickname.
Great. One more guy who believes in the supernatural power of the jinx, and this time it’s someone who surely knows better. Mythmaking may be stupid and dishonest, but it is powerful.
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Now, concussions, this time the mighty brainpan-bender suffered by Germany’s Christoph Kramer in the World Cup final, explained for ZDF Sportstudio by his championship team-mates, starting with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer:
“He was fine until I saw him acting strange. Then he came to me and said ‘Manu, let me play as the goalkeeper’.”
Then midfielder/defender Philipp Lahm:
“I wasn’t worried at first, he played normally. But things started when he came to me and said he wanted to take the captain band from my arm. I thought, ‘What’s going on here?’ (but) when he wanted to trade shirts with the ref I thought, ‘It’s enough now’.”
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And finally, Washington State’s Mike Leach, talking about your doom to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokane Spokesman Review:
“I'm not really good with technology. All this button pushing and whatnot. I mean, you can just imagine based on what's happened in the last 15 years. Conversations won't happen 10 years from now. There aren't going to be people to talk to, it's going to be this (mimics pushing buttons).
‘Do you want to go out on a date with me?’
‘I don't know, what do you look like?’
‘Well I look kind of like this.’
‘OK, what are your interests?’
‘Well, what do you think my interests are? Looking to this thing and typing into this just like yours are.’
‘Yeah, no kidding, that's what everybody's doing.’
‘Well, where do you want to go?’
‘Well, what difference does it make? Because all we're going to be doing is looking into machines anyways.’
“Well, that's true and in the end, it's going to tough to perpetuate the species. There's no question about that. So we're all going to look in this box and eventually be extinct. That's how it ends.”
Yep, we’re finished. When a professional football coach and pirate says we are too antisocial as a culture, we and our society are a pile of soot.