Sports Medley: The
Spanos Chargers join The Kroenke Rams 16 Jan 17
by Tony Medley
What has Los Angeles
done to deserve sports owners like Stan Kroenke and, now, Dean Spanos?
Kroenke’s abysmal football judgment has been chronicled here, so I won’t
repeat it. But if there’s anybody whose record indicates less
understanding of football than Kroenke, it’s Spanos.
In 2007, after the
Chargers had completed their best season ever at 14-2, Spanos summarily
fired his coach, Marty Schottenheimer, apparently because he lost a
close game in the first round of the playoffs. Since then their record
Like Kroenke, Spanos
dumped a future Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees, in 2006 in favor
of Philip Rivers. Former star Charger running back Ladanian Thomlinson
said that had the Chargers kept Brees, they would have won the Super
Here’s a list of the
owners/decision makers that make Los Angeles sports teams
Los Angeles Rams;
The Buss Children,
Los Angeles Lakers; their record of consistent failure and desecration
of a hallowed franchise speaks for itself;
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; the name of the team alone is silly
enough but this is the guy who signed washed up, over the hill sluggers
Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols to 10 year hundred million dollar
contracts and has seen the team descend into near oblivion;
Everybody who has
acted as general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers
since Peter O’Malley’s craven firing of Al Campanis in 1987, creating
the Campanis Curse that has kept the Dodgers out of the World Series for
30 years (the team Al put together won the 1988 World Series), with the
possible exception of Ned Colletti who actually knew something about
baseball, and who was fired by the latest in this line, Andrew Friedman,
who thinks that statistics are more important than ability.
Now, Spanos joins the
Put them all together
and they might make half a brain when it comes to knowledge of sports.
Los Angeles needs Spanos’ Chargers like it needs more drought. If I were
king, the NFL would never set foot inside Los Angeles City Limits, and
I’m not alone.
over the line:
Blaming the San Diego Mayor for the Spanos move, Jim Grey of Fox Sports
said “This Mayor in San Diego, he really should be shot.” Really?
Someone on a national network advocating, however hyperbolic, that
someone should be shot? And what was the Mayor’s sin? According to NFL
hack Grey, “They wanted to tax the people who use the hotels. He went on
the side of the hoteliers until the last three weeks.” Wait a minute!
The Mayor went on the side of the people who use the hotels, not
the hoteliers (the definition of which is “hotel proprietor; somebody
who owns or runs a hotel”). Why should I, as a visitor to San Diego,
have to pay for a new NFL stadium for San Diego? It’s outrageous and
unreasonable. But, according to sportscaster Grey, any person defending
the concept that visitors to San Diego hotels should not have to pay for
an NFL stadium in San Diego “should be shot.” Anybody who misdescribes
something, obviously intentionally (if not intentional, then Grey is too
stupid to be on television), and says something so inflammatory, should
be severely censured, if not fired (I’m more benevolent than Grey in
ensuring that the punishment fits the crime).
Baywater Babe hits
CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson asked the New England Patriots Deon Lewis,
“Deon, you’re the first player in postseason history to have a receiving
touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and a kick return for a touchdown. What
does it say about the trust that Tom Brady and this team have for you?”
It’s bad enough that sports networks put these poor ignorant women on an
athletic field to ask questions of the players (Erin Andrews excluded;
she’s a pro who knows what she’s talking about and asks intelligent
questions). The least they can do is to have somebody who knows
something about the game feed them questions that are meaningful. All of
these idiotic questions asked by these inadequate women insult the
viewing audience. It’s time the networks stopped judging sideline
reporters on the size of their breasts and attractiveness of their faces
and get people on the sidelines who can ask appropriate questions. Sex
appeal sells, but not on the sidelines of an athletic event.
NFL Playoffs Round
Green Bay at Atlanta:
Atlanta is one of the few teams I hadn’t seen play this year, but they
were impressive in annihilating Seattle. Green Bay has the best
quarterback in history and terrific receivers, even without Jordy
Nelson. This one is a toss-up. I don’t have a clue who’s going to win,
so I’m not picking, but it should be a barn-burner.
Pittsburgh at New
Pittsburgh has one of the best quarterbacks, the best runner, and the
best receiver, plus a good defense. New England didn’t look that
impressive in beating Houston last week, but has Tom Brady and Bill
Belichick. I’m going with Pittsburgh.
For the record, I’m
7-2 going into this weekend, including the NCAA title game of Clemson