Into Someone’s Life A Drop of Rain Must Fall ……………………

Well  havoc  was  wreaked within  One  Buc  Place  as  the  Glazer family  saw  fit  to  fire  their  coach  Jon Gruden and  General Manager  Bruce  Allen.  The  abruptness  of  the  firing  and  the  expediency  of  it  was  not  lost on  some.   In  some  areas  it  was  completely  unexpected.  And for   some  it  was  a welcoming   wish  for   what  they  believe  was  Gruden’s   comeuppance. If  nothing  else  it  was  felt  he  was  deserving  of  the  fate.  

 

 

 

 

Much  was  expected  of  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as  they  headed  down  the  final  stretch  of the  season in the  month  of  December.  Leading  the  NFC  South  with a 9-3  record  the  team  all  but  laid down  and  succumbed  to  the  unthinkable  losing  their  final  four  games,  failing  to  make  the  playoffs.  If that  wasn’t  enough  Gruden’s demeanor  if nothing else  was  that  of  a man  who  felt  he  wasn’t  at  fault. If  there’s   anything   that  perhaps  personifies  what this  team  has  been about. It  has  been the inconsistency  of  the  team  under  Gruden’s  tenure  since  their  Superbowl  win .   There  has  been   just  as  many  peaks  and   troughs  with  the  team   as  there  has  been  in  the  stock  market.  And  if anything   for  the   Glazer  family  that’s  certainly  not  what  they’d   envisaged   from the  coach  when  they  lured  him  away from the  Oakland  Raiders  for  a  slew  of draft picks  and  $8m in compensation  that  benefited  the  Raiders.    A  king’s  ransom  was  paid  and  though  it has  paid dividends.  After  time  the allure of  the  transaction definitely  lost its  luster.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Dominik far  left   along  with  Raheem Morris  the  new  coach of the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers    second from  right  ..............................

 

 

Mark Dominik(left) the  Buccaneers’  new general manager  is  seen  here  alongside  Bucs’  ownership executive  vice  presidents Edward and Bryan Glazer (center) new coach  Raheem Morris (second from the right) and  far  right  Joel  Glazer. picture  appears   courtesy of  getty  images/   Paul   Mason ………………….. 

 

 

 

 

 

For  vice-president  Joel  Glazer  and  his  father  Malcolm  the abruptness of  this  all came  about  with  a  seismic quake  that  took  the  NFL completely  by  surprise.  So  Gruden  now  becomes one  of   four  coaches  that’ve  won  the  Superbowl   and  have   either  retired  or  been  fired  this  season.  He  joins  Mike  Shanahan ,  Tony  Dungy and   Mike Holmgren   who all  have  one  thing  in common.  They’ve  seen  the  highs  and  lows  that   the  game  brings.  And  Dungy  if  one  remembers   was  the  person   replaced   by  Gruden.  Somewhat  ironic  one  might  think  that  Dungy  leaves  the  Indianapolis  Colts   under  his  own  steam   whilst   Gruden  is shown  the  door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though  there’d been speculation  as  to  who’d  take  over   from Gruden. The  likely  candidate  has come  from within, in-house.   The   Tampa Bay  Buccaneers  made  it  official  in the  naming  of  defensive  coordinator  Raheem  Morris  to  the  take  over from  Jon Gruden.    And  the  vacancy  of  the  general manager’s  position  would  also  be  filled   from  in-house by Mark Dominik.  Morris at  32  years  of  age  is  highly thought  of   within the  Bucs’ organization  and  learnt  his  craft under  the  watchful eye  of Monte   Kiffin.    Kiffin  departed  to  join  his  son  Laine  in  a similar  position  with  the  University  of Tennessee.   One  can assume  that  either   there was  a tumult   erupting   within  the  organization.  Or  in fact that  changes  had  to  be   made   from  within   because of the   failures  within   the  franchise  not   just  on  the  field   but  managerially  also.

 

 

 

Raheem Morris  introduced  to  the  convened  press  as  the  Buccaneers'  new  head  coach  ...................

 

 

Raheem  Morris  having  been  introduced as the  Buccaneers’  new  head  coach  takes   questions   from  the  convened  press.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Matthew  Gould  ………………… 

 

 

 

 

 

Recruitment  wise  the  team  has had  some  hits  and  misses   but  there’ve  been  more  misses  than  hits.   And  it did  not  augur well   when  there  was  a  great  deal  of  discontent  between  the  coach  and  his  Pro-Bowl  quarterback  Jeff  Garcia.  The  ongoing  saga  and the   denials   by  Gruden  as  to  whether  or  not  the  franchise  was  in  pursuit of  Brett  Favre  only   added  to  much  of the  confusion.   And  if  there’s  been  one  thing  indicative  of  the  franchise  it  has  been  the  failure  to  develop  a  quarterback  for  the  future.  Year  in  year   out   it  has  either  been  a   recycling  project  by  the coach.  Or  he’s  looked  from  within  to  see what’s  available.  And   one  states  that  the  cupboard   was  bare.   It  wasn’t  an  understatement  !  Not  only  was  it  bare   but  talent wise  it  lacked   credibility.    The  names  of  Luke  McCown, and Brian  Griese  aren’t  exactly  what  one   consider  to  be  world  beaters  let  alone  put fear  into the  hearts  of   opposing  teams.   But  that’s  what   Gruden  felt   would  save  the  day   for  the  franchise.  It  has  been  ever   dependent   over the  years   on  its   defense   to  keep  it  in  games.    But  on the  offensive  side  of  the  ball  where   Gruden  was viewed  as  somewhat  of  a  genius.    Rarely   had  we  seen  anything   that  placate   the   situation  in  terms  of  the  ineptitude shown  at   times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  complete  lack  of   a  running   game though  it  can  be   said  that   injuries  to  Carnell  Williams  and   Earnest  Graham played its  part.   We  also  saw very  little  from  the  likes  of   Michael  Clayton  of  whom  it  can  be  said  if  he wasn’t  catching  the  ball.  He  could  be  relied  upon  for  a  timely   block.  But  the  body  of  his  work  has  been  negligible   since   his  entry  into  the  NFL.   What  has  been  even  more  glaring  has  been  the   team’s   failure  to   convert  on   third   downs.  Statistically  the   team  was  in the  lower  half  of  the  league.   And   its  most  potent   offensive  weapon  for  much  of  the  season  has  been  the  play  of  wide   receiver  Antonio  Bryant   and kicker  Matt  Bryant.  And  though  some  will  throw  in  the  name  of  Clifton  Smith. If  we’re   to  believe  that  Gruden  is  such  a  genius   then  why  is  it   that  he  wasn’t able  to  work  with  the   tools  in  his  tool  bag ?    After  all  isn’t  a  master  craftsman  able  to  work  with  whatever  he  has  at  hand ?   This  may  well  be  one  the   reasons  why   the  Joel Glazer  sought  the  path  he  did  in  making  the  decision  to   relinquish  Gruden  of  his  position as   the  coach.    As  to Bruce  Allen  once the  decision  was  made  to  let  the   coach  go.  It   seemed   only   plausible  that  the  ownership  would  seek  to send  the  general manager  packing  as  well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As  to what  the  future  will   hold  for   Gruden  it  is  open  to  conjecture  and  speculation.  He  will in  all  probability  get another  coaching  position within  the  NFL.  But  we’ll   just  have  to wait  and  see  where  his  ultimate  destination   may  be.  Fans of  the  franchise  may  well  see  this  as  a sad  loss  for  the  organization as  voiced  by  the  Glazer family.  But  Gruden’s   time   at  the helm  was  enough  for  all  of   us  to  see  that  the  franchise   was  heading  nowhere.  The  inconsistency   was  one  thing   but  Gruden himself  in  no  way  sought  to  alleviate  the  problem  and take  accountability  for  his  faults  and  that  of  his  coaching  staff.  Rather  he’d  prefer  to  lay  the  blame  elsewhere.

In The Name Of The King , Long Live The King It’s Good To Be The King ……….!

 

 

So LeBron James  wants  to become a global marketing  icon ? I’m not at a loss to hear this as I’ve  always thought it  somewhat prophetic to hear many of  the NBA’s biggest  stars  liken themselves  as the next  big  thing  in their  own way.  

 

 

 

 

Lebron James  shoots  the  layup in a  game  played  against  the  Memphis  Grizzlies   ....................
LeBron James shoots the layup in a game played against the Memphis Grizzlies ....................

 

LeBron James   shoots  the layup  in  a game played  against the  Memphis Grizzlies. picture  appears  courtesy of  nbae/getty images/ Joe Murphy …………..

 

 

 

 

 

As it now stands James is  leading, as  only  he  can. He  has  the  fans there in Cleveland eating  out of  his hands.  And across  the  league  he’s  either liked or disliked  as the case  may  be.   Somehow  I’d  hazard a guess  that were  he  on  a team supported  by the naysayers   then  their  resolve  and  attitude might  be  somewhat different.. I’m  not  an apologist  for  James  as he’s  entitled  to  attain the  riches  that  the  game  and  the  NBA  has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

So  in 2010  James  will  become a free  agent  and  franchises  across  the  league  will  be  scouring   to placate  James  and offer   him a  king’s  ransom.  But  for  now  the  player  has  some unfinished  business with the  Cleveland  Cavaliers.  As  for  the  franchise itself  they’ve  got to placate the  player  and  his  wants.    Now  as  we  all  know  there’s the  talk  that the New York  Knicks   covets  the  player. Much  like  Paris Hilton craves  a  new  BFF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now  as the game  stands  and   the  desires of the  NBA  and  their  wish to  see  the  resurrection  of the  franchise.  It  begs  the  question will  James  succumb  to  the  temptations  and  the  allure  of  the  Knicks’ organization and  in particular  the  Big Apple.  Truth  they  say is  stranger than  fiction.  And  if  there’s  any  truth being  told  then is it coming  from  the  lips  of  the player or  from  those who  only  wish  to  create  the  rumors that’ll  further  drive the  story  ?

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle  Lowry  of the  Grizzlies  tries  to  drive  past Delonte  West  of  the  Cavaliers  during  the  game  ...................
Kyle Lowry of the Grizzlies tries to drive past the Cavaliers' Delonte West during the game .............................
 
Kyle  Lowry of  the Memphis Grizzlies   tries to  drive past  Delonte West of the  Cleveland  Cavaliers.  The  Cavaliers  would  go on to win  the  game  102-87.  picture appears  courtesy  of nbae/getty images/ Joe  Murphy ………………

  

 

 

 

James   has now  been  surrounded  with  the  requisite  players   whom the   hierarchy  of  the  Cleveland  Cavaliers  feel  will be  enough to supplant  the  Boston Celtics  this  year as  contenders  within the  Eastern  Conference.  But  for  the  moment  it is Boston  whom  the  rest  of  the  Eastern  Conference  are  chasing  in  terms  of  conference   supremacy.  The Orlando Magic  this season   under  the leadership  of  Dwight  Howard are making  some  noise within  the  conference.  And  their  record  speaks   for  itself  as  it’s  now  the  second  best  within  the  conference  percentage wise.

 

 

 

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You Were Told Not To Do It So Why Disobey ……….?

 

   

The Boston College  Eagles  saw fit  to fire  their football coach Jeff Jagodzinski .One could question the  temerity of the  AD  Gene De Fillippo to  fire  the  head  coach. But  he  was implicitly told  not to interview  for  the  vacant  head coaching position with the  NFL’s  New York Jets.

 

 

 

 

And  as much  as one could  view this  a restraint  of  trade.  The AD  was  quite  within  his rights to act in such a way. But what ought one  to  make  of  Jagodzinki’s own desire to coach within the  NFL.  It’s every  college coach’s  ambition  to aspire  to  coach in the professional ranks.  As it now stands  the  Jets  are  still in their  search  process  for  what  they deem to be  the  right candidate.   They’re  holding  interviews   but  as  of  yet an  official announcement  has  yet  to be  made.    With the fallout that  has taken  place  since the abrupt firing  of   Eric Mangini and  the  apparent  abrupt end  to their  season.   One can only  surmise  that  the Brett Favre  saga ,  trials and  tribulations  may  well  be over  with the  franchise.   He’s stated that  it  is  his  intention  to  think  over  his  decision  carefully.    If  it’s  anything  like  those of  the  past  concerning   his  on  and  off   decision  making  as  to  his  career.  We  may   well  be  in  for  the  sort  of  idiocy  not  seen   Gov Sarah  Palin sought  to  allay  us  with the  fact that  she was  ready  to  serve  as  Sen. John McCain’s  vice  Presidential  running  mate  when seeking  the  presidency.

 

 

 

 

 

Boston College  AD Gene De Fillippo makes the announcement  that head  coach  Jeff  Jagodzinski  would be fired ................

 

 

 

Boston College  AD Gene DeFillippo makes the announcement  that  head  coach Jeff  Jagodzinski had  been fired after the  coach  interviewed for  the  vacant  head  coach’s position with the New York Jets.  DeFillippo  had warned  his  coach  that in  seeking  the  position  he  would  be  fired  with  cause. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Steve  Savoia …………………………..

 

 

 

 

 

As to Jagodzinki’s  future  it is wholeheartedly felt  that he  may  well  find  his way  back  into the  college  ranks.  From the  NFL  standpoint  it’s  hard  to  say  whether or  not he’ll be hired a franchise  within  the NFL.  Bearing  in mind  that Jagodzinski is  still  under  contract  having signed  a five year  deal  which he was just  two years into.  It  begs  the  question  where’s  the  loyalty ?   Players  have  to  sit out  a year  should  they  seek  to  leave  a Division 1-A program for  elsewhere.  No such  thing  when it  comes  to  a coach  who  eschews  such  things.  Perhaps finally  this  is the  sort  of  thing  whereby  when  you’re  obligated to a  contract you honor  it.

 

 

 

Jeff Jagondzinski  the now former coach of  the Boston College  Eagles ..................
Jeff Jagondzinski the now former head college football coach of the Boston College Eagles ................

 

Jeff Jagondzinksi the now  former  coach  of the Boston College  Eagles.  Jagondzinski sought to interview  for the  vacant position  with  the  New York Jets. Having  been  warned  by the  AD that he  would  be fired  were he to  go ahead with  and interview  for the vacancy.  picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Adam  Hunger………. 

 

 

 

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Is There Still A Question To Be Asked …….?

 

Well last night the evidence  was there  for all to see. The  game was  hyped up to such  an extent that in the end it  was  nothing  more than  a poorly  executed game. Not  because of  the lack  of talent on the field. But  because of the fact  that both teams were  gunshy.

 

Tim  Tebow hugs  teammate  John Brantley  after the team's  24-14 victory over  Oklahoma in thenationalchampionship  game.......
Tim Tebow hugs teammate John Brantley after the team's 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the national championship game ................

 

 Tim Tebow hugs  teammate John Brantley  after  the  team’s 24-14 victory over  Oklahoma in the Fedex National Championship game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark Humphrey …………………

 

 

So  this is  what became of  the  Fedex National Championship played  infront of  a  sold out crowd  and televised  nationally  by  Fox.  The two  teams  Florida  and  Oklahoma had to live  up to the preceded  hype.  So much was expected  and  they  failed to deliver but at the end of the day the  Gator  fans won’t  be  at a loss .As  their  team  eked out a 24-14 victory to  raise  the  national championship  trophy  for the  second time in three years.  It also  culminated  for  the  second  win  of  Urban Meyer’s  young  career  as coach of  the University  of Florida.

 

 

Bob Stoops  talks  Nic Harris(5) during  the  national championship  game ..............
Bob Stoops caoch of Oklahoma talks with his player Nic Harris(5) during the game ...........

 

 

Bob Stoops  of  Oklahoma talks with his player Nic Harris  during  the game played at Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fl. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Chris O’Meara ……………………….

 

 

 

By now across the country  the  argument  is  being  made that  there  ought  to a plus one  game in order  to find the de facto national champion.   A  game  between Utah and Florida  would be desirable but  as  we all  know  that’s unlikely  to happen at  this  juncture.  So it’ll be  left to the  likes  of  the  BCS  and  Associated Press  to come  up with  possibly  their  own champions.  There’s  nothing  like playing  King  Solomon at this  juncture. If  only to make things seem a lot fairer in appearance.  But then again  this  isn’t  a situation  of the teams’  making but  that  of the BCS Committee ,  the  major  football  conferences and  the  television broadcast  networks.  They’re  the ones profiting  from  this  all.  And  thereby  denying  the public  a  true national champion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last  night’s  game whilst entertaining  in  part  was in  no way   the spectacle  that one remembered  when  USC  and  Texas  faced off  against each  other.  And thereby  putting  on a display  that’ll  go  down  in the annals  of college football history.   Last night’s  game paled in significance when measured  against the  Vince Young performance, inspired play  and individuality  shown.  But  that  was  a game  that  was  special  by its  own merits.

 

 

 

Urban Meyer is  presented with the  Assoc Press National Championship  tropy  by  the  Assoc Press Sports Enterprise Editor JohnAffleck ............
Urban Meyer coach of the Gators is presented with AP National Championship trophy by John Affleck Editor of the AP Enterprises ...............

 

Coach Urban Meyer of Florida is presented  with  the AP National Championship Trophy by  the Associated Press Sports Enterprise Editor John Affleck. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Humphrey  ……………….

 

 

 

 

 

Though  we had  the  two  most  recent  Heisman Trophy winners  facing  off  against each other in the guise of  Tim Tebow of Florida and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Plus  a slew of other young  college  players  that  some day  may well grace  the  professional  stage of the  NFL. Tebow put  on somewhat  of  a virtuoso performance  last night.  And  if  there  was  any doubt  that he  doesn’t  possess  what  it takes  to  become  a successful  player and quarterback   within the NFL.  I  for one  think  that with  last  night’s performance  those  fears may  well  have  been allayed.  His  stature and leadership on the  field  was  unquestionable.  And  he  led  by  example  and  motivated  his  teammates.

 

 

Sooners' fans react to their team scoring  during  the  championship  game. The patrons  were at a bar in Norman , Oklahoma  ..............
Oklahoma fans react to a score by their team during the championship game ..........

 

Oklahoma fans react to a score by  their  team during  the  championship  game.  The  patrons were at  a local bar in Norman , Oklahoma . picture appears courtesy of  ap/photo/Alonzo Adams ……………….

 

 

 

Bradford fell  short of leading  his  team  but he showed the  promise  of  what  many  do believe  will be another one of  the  desired  quarterbacks in the  college  game that should  he  decide to declare  for the draft . He  might  well  be  a first round  pick. If nothing else even if  the game was  somewhat of a disappointment  for  some. It  did provide the  fans  with  something  to  think about. The  thought may  well  be …….is  this  really  the  best  that  the  BCS  has to offer  ?   The answer  lies  in the fact  that at this  juncture  Commissioner  John Swofford and  his members  feel that this  is still the  best  way forward.  I like  to think  of it as the  fact that  it’s not  so  much the  competitive nature  of the  game.  But  merely  the  fact that  of  the  large amount  of  money  that  falls  into the  coffers of  the conferences. That it’s hard to change  the  attitude therein.

 

 

 

 

 

For  the  BCS football is first and foremost a  business.  And  if  they  should  try and  tell  you the opposite , you know  that  it is  a lie.  They  wouldn’t  want  it  any  other way  at this  juncture. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tophatal ……….