What have you done for me lately?

Being a huge sports fan, there are a lot of things that have or currently do irk the shit outta me. One thing in particular that has bugged me over the years has been the hiring and firing of coaches. To me it just seems like there are not a lot of long tenured coaches that have been in the current position they are in for at least 10 years or more. It just feels like when a new coach gets hired, he instantly is stuck with the mentality in his head that he needs to take home the title in four or five years. In other words, what have you done for me lately that should make me consider keeping you around longer?

I absolutely cannot stand when these newly hired coaches are being hired and before the even start their upcoming seasons at the helm for their respective teams, their head is in a noose, just in case some things go totally awry right off the bat (pun intended for those baseball managers. I sometimes understand when a franchise that is not know for any consistent, recent, or relevant success in their history, that they want to find the “savior” to bring their team back to prominence and promise. I sometimes understand that there a rich, history-filled, franchises in professional sports that just simply know how to win, regardless of their coaches and personnel. I even sometimes understand that when things are not going well for a team in the middle of a season because of the turmoil. But why is the coach ALWAYS the center of it all and the first one to get the hook?

Let’s start with those rather not so good teams in sports where they are “just there”. They show up, compete, do their job (sort of), blah blah blah, you get the rest of it. These are teams where they haven’t exactly had the most winning, the best players or the best coaches to begin with. First of all, if you wanna re-build and turn your franchise around, it begins at the top. Right? Your front office people have to make the right moves. Some teams that come to mind right away for me are the Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, and Jets in the NFL, Bobcats/Hornets (Charlotte franchise), T-Wolves, Kings (though they’re kind of going somewhere slowly) in the NBA, Mets, Padres, and A’s in MLB, and for you hockey buffs, the Thrashers/Jets, Sabres, and Coyotes in the NHL. To me, these are simply just teams who struggle to make the right moves on all sorts of personnel levels. Over the last few seasons for majority of these teams, I’ve noticed they can their coaches after just a few seasons. Talk about giving him a chance to do his job…..these teams have a lot of balls to bring in a guy, give him the notion and title of turning the franchise in the right direction, and then give him the heave-ho. A lot of these teams that fall under this category often start from scratch. You can’t keep re-building every 2 or 3 season if you want to have ANY long term success.

For you Lakers and Celtics of the world, you Yankees and Cardinals of the world, Steelers, Cowboys, Niners, and Packers of the beloved shield, and the Original Six of hawkey. I look at you next. I give much more leeway to long storied franchises in professional American sports. They’ve had lots of chances to have the right players and coaches come walking through the door and have cashed in plenty of times. That being said, these teams are not afraid for a second to give their team leaders a pink slip and politely asking them to leave as head coach. The Celtics made a big move in 2007 bringing in 3 highly coveted and high profile names, won their championship, got old, and went on to newer things. Now they’re re-building. The Lakers…..I don’t know what you’re doing. You have Kobe. He’s frickin Kobe for God’s sake. Build around him until he retires. Look at the Spurs! Don’t just recycle coaches year after year. Find the right compliment of players that can work with Kobe and the coach and go from there. It’s okay if you float around .500 or something along those lines, that’s the whole damn point of the experiment.

Okay Knicks and Bears, I’m talking to you now. So much turmoil and anger in house, you completely forget about your performance on the field or the court. Are you all really that self-centered? Are you all so swamped in the pool of money and talent that you take it for granite? When I see teams like this, I feel bad for the coaches. I know what’s coming, sometimes sooner rather than later. Drives me insane. Believe me, I hate the Bears and most Chicago teams. But part of me really felt bad for former head coach Marc Trestman. He had a loaded and talented but unbelievably inept offense, an incredibly poor performing defense and disputes between coaches. How can all of that lead to HIM getting fired? Now look, I am entitled to my own opinion as is everyone, hence why I made this, but if there’s turmoil with my team because players are being selfish assholes, not liking the coaches, or cooperating on all levels, then I’ll give YOU the boot. and a lot of this falls of the front office people making the hire and fire as well, especially in the NBA where it is soooo superstar driven. Wouldn’t you think you want to talk with your current key players under contract about what they think about having a certain person as their coach, i.e. Derek Fisher? Fisher is a proven champion on the court, leader in the locker room as a player, and good coaching potential. You’d think him and president and former coach Phil Jackson running the show, they’d make all the right moves. Instead, they have blown the team up and will begin rebuilding now. Glad to see as a sports fan, they did it sooner rather than later. But I swear to God, if he gets fired within the next year or two, count on me having a sports meltdown.

There’s my very opinionated piece on coaches in professional sports. Tell me, what have they done for you and your favorite teams lately?

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Who really should be “America’s Team”?…..I say Nobody

The Dallas Cowboys have been coined by many as “America’s team”. But why? I mean, they haven’t done a damn thing except hog the national TV spotlight on FOX 13 out of the 17 weeks, build the ‘Taj Mahal’ of NFL stadiums that’s hosted everything but my birthday party yet (they haven’t called me back yet), and bring mediocre football to not only Dallas, but all the NFL for a good what, 10-15 years now? They are a piss poor representation of the term “America’s team”.

I hate the phrase for one, because it pretty much takes the other teams in the league away from any attention whatsoever. God forbid they actually just demolish and remove some franchises from the shield, because according to the NFL and the rest of the world, Dallas is the only one that matters. As long as they are winning, getting into the playoffs consistently and taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy every other year or so, everything is hunky dory right?……..Ummm, timeout there. As if their ego was not huge enough, because Jerry Jones just had to top everyone one more step on the ladder. Pretty sure you were already doing that pre-JerryWorld, and while your cathedral you call home, where you went a disapppointing 4-4 this season, the one season in about 15 years where you had some promise. I guess it doesn’t matter that you have things like each NFC division being up for grabs every year because the NFC is loaded, including your own division. C’mon Big D, you lost the division three times in the last three seasons, each season to every other team in your division at least once! And you had a comfortable position and outlook into the postseason each of those years. Instead you fall flat on your face and blame everyone for your faults. Let’s face it, for being America’s team, to me, you’re more of a disappointment than teams like the Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers, etc. You put that own damn title on yourself, that huge target on your back and just continue to let people fire away at it. Nice job. Absolutely masterful. Dallas has zero room to bitch and moan about everything that has happened the last few weeks too in the NFL playoffs. You got a gift from the NFL God’s because they probably felt so bad for you, you finally made the postseason, the NFL just HAD to keep you going. And then for the NFL to come out and say they missed 7 or 8 calls on us during the game? Bull. Shit. Not only is the NFL throwing their entire referee staff under the bus, but that suddenly makes everything all better for you classless sore losers? Get a hold of yourself. And then Sunday’s game in Green Bay. I’ll be honest, I thought they had no chance up in the frozen tundra. But Dallas made it a good, respectable, watchable game. And then all hell broke loose…….of course it was Dallas, of course it was Dez Bryant. Dude, you dropped the ball, end of story. The ground caused you to lose control. You know damn well that rule has been implemented and called correctly on a consistent basis according to the rulebook for a good 5 years or so now, thanks to Mr. Megatron himself, Calvin Johnson. Whether you agree with the rule or not, you have to agree with the call. They made the right decision. So don’t go bitching all offseason about how you got fucked over. Newsflash, your referees fucked us over. They’re not just going to give you the game, or at the worst a re-match. Well, they might. Because you are America’s team right?

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I thought I hated Dallas plenty, but even more so now.