Friday, April 03, 2009

The Weak Ender

Since our gal Diane was in the hospital last week, and was subjected to Cowgirl, let's honor her request with a little Ashley Judd. Who, incidentally, was on ESPN this week talking about the hiring of John Calipari.

Now, you should never bemoan a coach for taking a higher paying gig when it presents itself. But come coach, you are taking Memphis to the Final Four on a regular basis. And even if favors from Judd are part of the package, why make this move.

There are some that believe that Kentucky is one of those hallowed coaching spots. Whatever. Those fans have unrealistic expectations and there is nothing that will ever be enough.

Why do this to yourself?

Maybe it's the challenge. Maybe it's the ego. But winning a national championship at Memphis would be more impressive than consecutive titles at Kentucky.

Sometimes the grass isn't always greener. Which leads us to ...

Hopefully Jay Cutler remembers that he is the one who wanted to be traded when Devin Hester is dropping passes. Honestly, can you think of one other receiver for the Bears? That is who Cutler will be throwing to.

But who got the better end of the deal? The Bears, obviously. Cutler isn't going to throw for 4,500 yards, but he's going to make Matt Forte and Greg Olsen much better players. The offense will be more efficient and the team will finally have a leader on offense that it has lacked since Jim McMahon left.

Cutler's reputation takes a little bit of a hit with the fans. But Brian Urlacher told reporters that he understood Cutler's plight. Hey, the majority of players are whiny a-holes so they have Cutler's back. Will the Bears fans give him that rope? Don't be so sure. Cutler can throw interceptions, too.

And you remember what happened to the last gun-slinging quarterback the Bears had. So this is a good move, just don't expect the Bears to be the Air Coryell Chargers.

The Broncos, however, are screwed. Everybody remembers the Herschel Walker trade and the way Jimmy Johnson turned that bounty of picks into three Super Bowl titles.

Nobody talks about how the Rams took those picks from the Eric Dickerson trade and then watched the franchise fold after the 1994 season.

Watching the way Pat Bowlen and Josh McDaniels perform, you can probably expect the later. At least the Raiders will have company in the cellar. The Chargers or Chiefs are going to be spotted four wins next season.

You might have seen this on Deadspin, but hey, it sounds like me. The is the best standup ever.


buckyor said...

Kentucky is college basketball's answer to Notre Dame. Favors from Ashey Judd are the only reason to take that job.

Diane said...

Hey- this almost makes that four inch scar worth it.

Thanks, THN!!!

WCT said...

But come coach, you are taking Memphis to the Final Four on a regular basis. But come coach, you are taking Memphis to the Final Four on a regular basis.

really? check those stats again...

Robbie said...

I don't know if the Donks are going to be that bad. We haven't seen what Kyle Orton can do with a halfway decent wide receiver yet.

THN said...

Final Four appears to be a touch strong. Memphis should be there this year. But hey, maybe he is doing the right thing then. It just seems like he's not going to get that much of an upgrade in talent because he was already pulling in studs.

THN said...

Maybe the Broncos do like Orton. Maybe they see a lot of what they saw in Matt Cassel. But to me, the rest of the team looks like garbage. Brandon Marshall is hurt and will be out until training camp. And there isn't a guarantee he will play because he could end up suspend for half of the season, making Eddie Royal the No. 1 receiver.

buckyor said...

Eddie Royal is Jerry Rice compared to the wideouts in Chicago.

Bain said...

I'd rather have an ace quarterback throwing to a bunch of tomato cans than visa versa.

I'm a Packers fan.

(The two statements above are either totally unrelated or wildly ironic, depending on which bus you rode to the museum.)