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Doug FlutieFor years, Doug Flutie has been known most for his “Hail Flutie” play back in his Boston College days.  That will surely be one of the most talked about plays for many generations.  The 1984 Heisman Trophy winner now has something else to be remembered by.

Earlier this season, in a meaningless game versus the Miami Dolphins, Flutie executed the first drop kicked extra point since 1941.  There wasn’t a soul in the stadium - aside from the Patriots - that expected that play.  Hence, the net to catch extra points and field goals wasn’t set up.  A lucky fan made off with a heck of a souvenir - one for the record books.  Flutie deserves to have this token of history back and the guy deserves to be compensated.  What does he want?

1. Payment of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ($100,000.00) DOLLARS [lawyer’s capitals] on delivery of the football.

2. A guarantee of eight (8) season tickets for 25 years in the end zone (preferably sections 142 or 143).

a. The season tickets will be paid for annually by my client at the then going price for season tickets. The Patriots would not be expected to pay for the tickets.

3. Delivery by the Patriots to my client sometime in September, 2006, of a Tom Brady Patriots’ football jersey signed by all the team members as of the beginning of the next football season.

You would have to be an idiot to request that of any organization.  The Pats have declined the “offer.”  Now this moron holds a piece of history that no one will care about in a few years.  Heck, we already have it on film.  That’s enough for me.  Patriots should release a statement of their own: “Shove it.”


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Detroit Lions logoForget all the talk about Super Bowl XL being in Detroit, let’s talk about the hometown team - the Detroit Lions.  I know you Detroit fans hate Matt Millen with a passion, so I hope to give you some optimism for next year.  Firstly, there has been a coaching change, even though some fans may say ex-coach Steve Mariucci wasn’t really the problem.  The new head coach coming in is a relative unknown. He is Rod Marinelli, a former Tampa Bay defensive line coach.  Lions also recently hired Donnie Henderson as their defensive coordinator, formerly of the New York Jets.  They also have their eye on Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator.  There has to be some excitement over the coordinator moves at the very least.  Well, those moves will only be as good as how the players perform on the field, and with that being said, they’ll most likely acquire a good player from the draft at the #9 position.  According to NFL Draft Countdown, they have Lions choosing a USC product and you can’t go wrong with those guys. Winston Justice, who played right tackle for the Trojans is one of them.  If not, USC RB Lendale White should still be on the board as well, if the Lions decide the injury prone Kevin Jones is not the answer.


Tom PendersEveryone at some point in their life has wanted to kill the ump.  This is beyond a bad call or even bad moral judgment.  Tom Pender, Houston’s coach, collapsed on the floor Monday night with 52 seconds left in the first half.  Officials thought that he was reacting to a call that had been made as UAB’s Wen Mukubu drove to the basket and was fouled by Oliver Lafayette.  It has been a ritual in the past that coaches have made spectacles of themselves on the hardwood after a whistle.  In those cases a technical foul is given.  So the initial response of the officials was the correct one.

But what happens when the coach in question is 60, has cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart condition, and has a defibrillator implanted in his chest? Pender was carried off in a stretcher, thankfully returning in the second half.  Houston officials attributed what happened to Pender to his heart condition and dehydration.  Knowing this, why didn’t the officials reverse the Technical Foul imposed on him?  I mean, even the meanest boss won’t keep you at work when you’re sick.  Hopefully they will get their reputations smeared all over the media.  You can include me in that group.


Saints Go HomeThe Saints and the NFL have come to an agreement in where they will play next season and it looks like they are going home.  After lots of speculation about San Antonio and Los Angeles, looks like they will be going to their regular facility just outside of New Orleans and expect to play the majority of regular season games at the Superdome.  Wasn’t it in shambles?  Apperantly the damage that was reported to be unrepairable has suddenly been

misleading

mistaken by Saints’ officials previously


Larry BrownThe New York Knicks lost again last night to the Orlando Magic, dropping their record to 7-20. With this loss, they are now tied for the second worse record in the entire league, and have already played 18 different starting lineups. This year many Knick fans were hoping for a shot at the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, but this is now pretty much a long shot, with no help in sight.

Larry Brown has to take a large portion of the blame for their disappointment. I thought he would be heading this team at least in the right direction, but right now they are clueless on the court, and the team has no identity. My biggest gripe with Larry Brown’s coaching is that he hasn’t even set on a rotation yet. All 15 players on the roster still don’t know their roles for the team, and Stephon Marbury has convinced me he is not an effective leader. I was hoping that Marbury’s circumstances in New Jersey and Phoenix weren’t entirely his fault, but his track record now speaks for itself.


New Orleans HornetsThe season did not start well for the New Orleans Hornets, the hurricane floods had forced the team move their home games to Oklahoma, their neighbors to the Northwest. Byron Scott was introduced as the team’s new coach last year, after Tim Floyd’s one year stint. Scott inherited a team that included Baron Davis, Jamal Mashburn, and Jamaal Magloire. Things went south pretty quickly with injuries and they went from a playoff contender to a team heading straight to the lottery. Fans were perhaps wondering if they were actually worse off with Scott under the helm rather than Floyd, who has had an abysmal NBA coaching record.
in his own right.

Click to continue reading Coach Byron Scott Has The Hornets Surprisng


Pittsburgh
The last placed Penguins with new rookie sensation Sidney Crosby may have to change their address after the ‘06-07 season, when their lease at Mellon Arena expires.  Penguins already have such a good history in Pittsburgh, they used to have a cool nickname for their stadium- the Igloo, but Mellon Arena is the oldest and smallest arena in the National Hockey League.  It’s been tough sports-wise for the city of Pittsburgh since 1992, if it weren’t for the NFL Steelers.  In 1992, the Penguins wrapped up the season by winning their second Stanley Cup championship.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listed seven cities—Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Portland, Winnipeg, Quebec, and Hamilton (Ontario) have all expressed interest in getting an NHL team.  To me, there is already enough confusion: Hartford Whalers changing their name to the Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets turning into Phoenix Coyotes, the Quebec Nordiques relocating to become the Colorado Avalanche etc etc…  For those reasons alone, I hope the Penguins are able to stay in Pittsburgh.


Stan Van Gundy RetiresIn a stunner for Miami, Stan Van Gundy will announce his retirement today at an 11A.M. press conference.  The Heat coach is expected to leave immediately due to ‘family reasons’.  It is not sure who will replace him as of yet, but after stating his involvement in the team’s day-to-day activities, Pat Riley is expected to lead the team for the remainder of the season.  As for the Heat, now they have a key player back in Shaq and possibly a coach that is as tough as nails.  Let’s see if this is enough to turn around their thus far disappointing season.


Herman EdwardsNew York Jets coach, had his weekly press conference on Wednesday.  He has been routinely asked why the Jets haven’t opened up the playbook, and the continued conservative approach on offense.  Here was his reply:

“We’re doing the best we can do. It sounds real good, ‘Open it up, go for broke, go do this, and go do that,” he said. “That gives you the best chance of getting blown out in a game, trying to play that way. It’s not like you throw caution to the wind. Go out there, run double reverses, trick plays. We’re not some circus team.”

It’s refreshing to see there is still some fire left in the belly, most were wondering if Edwards was just packing it in for the rest of the season.  Now Jet fans know the reason behind the madness on offense.


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