Wow. Thanks.

So. Yesterday’s Modell piece got some traction.

Art Modell has no Hall of Fame credentials.

Are we doing this again? Yes, we’re doing this again and we’re doing it comprehensively. It’s a lunar eclipse at high tide plus Halley’s comet set of coalescing events: Modell’s HOF vote occurs in two Saturdays (Feb. 2), months after his death, and with the Ravens in Super Bowl week. The drumbeat to vote him in from all places uninformed...

Mike Lombardi: the post-Belichick years

Alrighty. LOMBARDI TALK!! Can we find something to like in his history? Can we overcome the reflexive suspicion of ‘football people’ commanding us to trust them? Welp. That’s today’s goal. Let’s hit it. [First, bookkeeping: I want to link to the Lombardi-Browns draft compilation I put forward on Frowns for reference. Here tis. It’s ugly. We’re not talking about that...

Kosar needed to be cut.

So it looks like Cleveland-hates-Lombardi will be a thing for a bit.  That’s fine, it lets Kanick save some bullets.  There won’t be much college basketball here and sparse pre-season baseball content… and god help me if I’m doing another seven round mock draft like last year.*  No. But..  How bout an Oscar preview?!!  And I surely wish to record...

Jim Nantz and the fraternity you don’t belong to.

Jim Nantz had a 15 minute interview with Bull and Fox yesterday.  Nantz’ reason for coming on local radio was obviously to present a recommendation on behalf of his friend Mike Lombardi in the face of a fair amount of disdain for Lombardi’s past record as a personnel guy in the NFL (and also notable commentary on Lombardi’s interpersonal compass)....

The definitive review of Joe Banner in Philly

We’re gonna get to Norv Turner and Mike Lombardi.  But in today’s Lombardi press conference, Joe Banner went to great lengths to differentiate between assembling talent and building a team.  He stressed that there is a big and important difference, one that Lombardi understands.  This got me thinking. Just what the hell are you talking about with that jive?  And...

Cool it on the Asante Samuel luv, Dierdorf.

Dan Dierdorf was uniquely bad last week wasn’t he? Some color announcers are disturbingly hacky in telling us what we already know. I’d long thought, ‘That’s just the job.’ That the Network Color Analyst Manifesto starts: Be sure to let the viewers know that instant replay overturns must be based on irrefutable evidence; then be sure to define irrefutable. But...

Clearing the decks.

No strong opinions on the Manti T’eo saga here.  We have a rich heritage of poor decision-making here and making judgements on or sport of others’ personal missteps is something we avoid.  My take is that it’s sad for T’eo to be so publicly embarrassed, disappointing to observe the Piranha-like tendencies of our sporty commentariat, and only moderately interesting in...

Chip Kelly interview with Banner lore…

Just to induce vomit…a birdie in the know told me that the Chip Kelly interview went sour because Banner’s pleasant, salesman side is actually still somewhat reminiscent of a penis. This is from a friend not prone to hyperbole on Jan. 9. I won’t get too out front on this.  It’s probable Frowns was/is working on fleshing out this lead...

Kiper Mock: Bjoern Werner to Browns. Yes, Bjoern Werner.

Draft talk time is here again.  Plenty of time to dig into to this.  But Kiper is out with his Mock Draft 1.0 today.  We get Bjoern Werner. ?????? Bjoern Werner?  Two tackles in the Orange Bowl Werner.  Invisible against a MAC offensive line that was 50 pounds lighter than FSU’s Bjoern Werner.  Werner over 3 TFL always disruptive against...

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