Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Congratulations To Jay….Gurden?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Nicely done by Washington’s NFL team on their own website:


So when who I can only presume is Jay Gruden is announced this afternoon as the new head coach of the team, it’ll shift the list of the 100 NFL Head Coaching Hires I talked about the other day.

So with Gruden’s hiring (he was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator), 65 of the last 100 NFL head coaching hires have been NFL assistant coaches (17 promoted from within). The average age of the last 100 has been 48.76, and the median age has been right on 48. (They’re getting slightly younger – the last 50 averaged 48.04 as of their date of hire, the previous 50 were about a year and a half older.)

60 of the last 100 have been fired, and in an average of 3.49 years. The trigger is getting quicker, too. The most recent 30 firings happened in an average of just 2.8 years, while the previous 30 lasted 4.1 years.

These numbers will shift a bit again when the last few remaining openings are filled, but the takeaways are these: Being an NFL assistant coach is far and away the number one way to become an NFL head coach and you’d better win pretty quickly because owners have little patience.

1982 World Series Replay Game 2

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

blog_1982_world_series_replay I’m replaying the 1982 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers using the APBA Baseball game. After St. Louis’ 9-3 win in Game One, the pressure was on the American League champions to gain a split before the series shifts to Milwaukee. What happened? Find out after the jump.

Fun Facts About The Last 100 NFL Coaching Hires

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

With Tampa Bay’s official announcement of their hiring of Lovie Smith as their new head coach, I thought I’d publish something I worked on a while back but never got around to making public: data on where NFL teams look (and to whom) when hiring a new head coach.

Just because round numbers are fun, I keep a rolling list of the last 100 full-time NFL coaching hires (not interim guys) to see what attributes teams look for, how long they keep coaches around and stuff like that. I found the results interesting and hope you will, too. They’re after the jump.

Kemo Sadly

Friday, July 5th, 2013

There’s a moment about an hour into Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger where Johnny Depp‘s Tonto turns to the titular masked man and says, “Don’t be stupid.”

If only someone had thought to tell Verbinski that.

The latest update of the story of the Masked Rider of the Plains is, quite literally, the single dumbest big-budget film I’ve ever seen. Poorly written (it makes the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – by the same screenwriters – look like literature), poorly cast, poorly acted and poorly directed, it’s a train wreck of a film in which the train wrecks are actually the best parts.

You could not have found a worse Lone Ranger than Armie Hammer if you’d opened the phone lines and taken the ninth caller. There’s a reason he’s hardly been in anything you’ve ever seen, because he’s terrible. A federal prosecutor from back east who returns to his Texas hometown (which looks suspiciously like Monument Valley, Utah), Hammer’s John Reid survives an ambush by a gang led by the evil Butch Cavendish (the normally excellent William Fichtner, who is hampered by a hackneyed script) and seeks revenge. There’s a train baron and and an unnecessary plot device bookending the whole two and a half hours of this dreck, but little redeeming in it until the familiar William Tell Overture kicks in with about 30 minutes left.

It’s at that point that the Masked Man goes from effete lawyer to swashbuckling superhero faster than a silver bullet. It’s like the last half-hour belonged in the actual film and the first two hours were just a massive prank – complete with contemporary references out of place in 1869 and a Depp performance straight out of 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

“Never take off the mask,” indeed. Someone might recognize that you had something to do with this.

Star Trek Cash In To Darkness

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Star Trek Courtesy
The alternate timeline device in 2009’s reboot of the Star Trek franchise gave director J.J. Abrams license to take the series anywhere he wanted.

Unfortunately, he apparently wanted to take it to 1982.

(Spoiler alert – you might not want to go past the jump if you haven’t seen this one yet.)


Here’s Why Attractive Women Should Think Twice About Instagram

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A particularly lecherous comment left on a model's instagram photo

Somebody Please Help Chris Dingman

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Tampa Bay Lightning TV analyst Chris Dingman probably wishes he could get a mulligan after this line coming out of a feel-good community heroes segment on last night’s Sun Sports telecast of the game against the Flyers.

And She’s Thrilled You Chose That Photo

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Congratulations to Kira Hurley, signed this past week as a backup goaltender for the New York (nee Cape Cod) Bluefins of the Federal Hockey League. She’s a former All-American at Clarkson who has played professionally in the old All American Hockey League. Those of us old enough to remember Manon Rheaume salute you.

No congratulations go to the FHL itself for choosing potentially the worst possible photograph with which to illustrate the story.

The Stadium That Never Was

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

A proposed stadium for Phoenix from 1986

I found this piece of the past while looking for something else in my office’s archives today: a proposed domed stadium intended to lure an NFL team, circa 1986. This project, which would have been included the usual hotel/restaurant/other development stuff we always hear attached to stadium proposals today, would have been built in southwest downtown Phoenix. It never was, obviously, and I can’t find any information on when the whole thing went up in smoke. (As it happens, the St. Louis Cardinals moved here anyway and played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe for 18 seasons before University of Phoenix Stadium opened in Glendale in 2006.)

The design resembles what eventually became CenturyLink Field in Seattle (except for the complete roof – a necessity here). I don’t know if they hoped it would house JUST an NFL team or an NFL and, eventually, an MLB team (tough to tell the dimensions on that drawing and if there would have been enough space inside for a proper baseball field, and the chances of building two domes in downtown wouldn’t have been great).

I just found this piece of history that never came to pass was interesting.

This Made Me Sad

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Yes, there are people who actually believe this. I can’t for the life of me imagine the world inside their heads.

These are The Worst People In The World.