Running off at the typewriter …
Well, it's already official. New Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell has only been on the job a couple of days and he's already as big a dummy as old Jacksonville Jaguars GM Gene Smith. Caldwell, in only his second day on the job, closed the door on the Jags acquiring Tim Tebow.
The most irrelevant, uninteresting franchise in the NFL turns its back on a hometown hero — the most beloved athlete and biggest celebrity to ever come from Jacksonville. It would be understandable if the Jags, like the Broncos last season, were getting ready to sign Peyton Manning, but that's far from the case. The Jags, for crying out loud, were 2-14 this season and currently have Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as their top two QBs. If they could acquire Tebow, build a system around him and somehow find a way to win, they'd be the most talked-about franchise in the league. And if they didn't win — oh well. Then they'd just go back to being the same old irrelevant Jags. When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.
Unfortunately, the Jaguars are just another cookie-cutter NFL franchise who are unwilling to do things differently. They'd rather fail with a conventional quarterback than take a chance on winning with an unconventional one.
And please spare me the rhetoric about how the Jags don't need the dog-and-pony show that comes with Tebow. Why not? Without Tebow, they're just a bunch of dogs. Give me the pony, too. Who doesn't like a pony? Ponies are fun!
Sadly, I'm afraid this marks the end of Tebow as an NFL quarterback.
If his woebegone hometown team won't even give him a legitimate chance to be a starter then nobody will. …
SHORT STUFF: How decisively was Notre Dame destroyed by Alabama on Monday night? Let me put it this way: It was so bad that Touchdown Jesus lowered his hands and put them over his eyes. Even he couldn't bear to watch. … And is it just coincidence that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly decided to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles after that Bama beatdown? Nick Saban must be one bad hombre. He beat Urban Meyer so badly, Meyer quit at Florida a few days later. And now he's beaten Notre Dame so badly, Kelly is thinking about high-tailing it to the NFL. … Speaking of Urban, did you see where former Gator running back Chris Rainey was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being arrested for hitting his girlfriend? Yes, the same Chris Rainey who threatened to kill his girlfriend via text message at UF but was allowed back on the team by Meyer. It's pretty sad when an NFL franchise has more ethics and principles than one of our institutions of higher earning, er, learning. …
It's sad and tragic that former NFL superstar Junior Seau committed suicide a few months ago, but it's incredibly presumptuous for all the pundits to blame NFL-induced head trauma for Seau's depressed condition. The fact is most people who commit suicide never played a down of football in their lives. Seau had relationship issues, prescription drug issues and financial issues. Isn't it just as likely that any one of those factors had as much to do with his depression than concussions did? …
Rob Chudzinski being named the new coach of the Cleveland Browns is what I like to call a Nancy Pelosi hire — not very sexy. … Can you believe everybody cast their ballots and nobody got voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Hey, that sounds like a Florida election! … Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick says he could beat any other NBA player in "Jeopardy." Isn't that like me saying I could beat Jerry Greene in the 110-meter high hurdles? … And isn't it time we started referring to A.J. McCarron as Katherine Webb's boyfriend? … Finally, the NHL lockout is over. Now we can get back to watching football! … Mary Lee, a 16-foot, 3,500-pound Great White Shark whom scientists tagged and named in Cape Cod, was said to be swimming off the coast of Jacksonville earlier this week. Hey, Jags, see what happens when you stiff Tebow?
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Move over, Bear Bryant.
No, he doesn't have the legendary aura or the cool hat, but he has three national titles in four years and four overall when you count the natty championship he won at LSU.
Yes, the Bear won six national championships and 13 SEC crowns during his career, but let's be honest: In the Bear's day, there weren't a zillion schools out there who had the resources or desire to compete for national championships. The Bear didn't have to worry about Boise State or Kansas State or even Florida or Oregon.
Back in the Bear's day, there weren't scholarship limitations and big-money TV deals that evened the playing field and allowed so many different schools to compete at the upper echelon of college football.