City successfully battles fallout from freezing weather
The New Orleans Saints were in a funk. For three straight seasons, they won seven games and lost nine. In the NFL, that classifies as a rut, a bad rut.
So how did they get out of the rut in this magical season that has seen them win 11 regular season games, the NFC South Division title and a first-round playoff game?
Sports broadcaster extraordinaire Dick Enberg died during the Christmas holidays – December 21 to be exact – at the age of 82. He brought so much joy to my life, his passing shouldn’t go without comment.
So, of course, my first comment: “Dick Enberg, is gone. Oh my!”
Three things I don’t understand about football:
• Why do you have to be tall to run successfully with the ball? I mean, the idea is to make the other guy miss, right? Why do you have to be six-feet tall to make the other guy miss?
New Orleans Saints fans these days should decide whether they prefer their glass half-empty or half-filled.
This is, of course, ignoring the fact that most New Orleanians will tell you straight-up they prefer their cocktail glass filled to the brim.
Let’s try another opinions column in the old Twitter-style, 140 characters at a time...
• NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo is a doofus. Should have been fired yesterday. #PeterPrinciplewins again.
• Just go ahead and give Alvin Kamara NFL Rookie of the Year. Guy is insanely terrific. #somuchfuntowatch
The problem with writing this syndicated column is often timing. It must be written for distribution by mid-morning on Monday and doesn’t appear in most publications until Wednesday or Thursday.
Much can happen in the interim that can make what was typed on Monday seem like old news two days later.
The revolving door in college football coaching keeps revolving. Salaries keep escalating.
The average salary of an SEC head football coach is $4.1 million per year. And we can expect at least four of those jobs to change hands this year.
One wag’s opinion on a number of subjects:
• Not to belittle Mississippi State’s monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.