Thinking out loud...
Judging by postseason accomplishments, Torre > LaRussa > Cox. But Cox had a better career winning % than both Torre and LaRussa. The Yankees were more aggressive than anyone in getting the best talent on the field, but maybe that shouldn't count against Torre. Plus, Cox's Braves were good enough to win it all in several of those seasons and they simply stunk it up in the playoffs. And maybe that should be what ultimately matters. Cox came to my mind first for the Rushmore, but I think you're right, Torre deserves that 4th spot after all.
OG, while I agree with the message on RG III's shirt, my understanding is that the league has a policy against displaying personal messages during certain game-day events. So long as that rule is consistently applied, I have no problem with him having to turn his shirt inside out. Honestly, I think he should have been dressed better than that to begin with anyway.
The Hawks aren't getting more attention for their private-now-public conversations because 1) the owner has already agreed to cash out with over a 100% return...I mean...sell the team due to non-PC comments he made, and 2) the media is more obsessed with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson right now than Danny Ferry. Plus, the NFL is in-season and the NBA is not.
Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Bill Belichick, Bobby Cox (gets the edge over Joe Torre).
JMC, I saw the WRCB video a while back. However, I thought on the video he said he does NOT intend to offend with his cartoons, which I thought was surprising because it's a complete lie.
Jay, you might need 2 Rushmores for today's topic. One for game shows and one for sitcoms.
"No soup for you!"
"Book 'em, Danno"
Chas, agreed that AD will be a top 5 player in the NBA sooner than later.
"Is that your final answer?" has to be on the TV catchphrase Rushmore.
Tasteless cartoon from Bennett today. Dude has a sick sense of humor.
Kyle Korver: [Luol is such a good guy. And he's been through so much in life that I don't really think this has really even phased him. He told me that he didn't think that Danny or anyone with the Hawks was racist. He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out. It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball.]
Well said. Too bad Ferry is taking so much heat over this.
A good read:
[Then TMZ published a nasty video. Goodell panicked, and, rather than demonstrating leadership, buckled under to the politically correct. I doubt many players in the league, not to mention owners, have any confidence in his leadership. Goodell is a goat, a gutless wonder, a coward.]
I know it's football season, but Team USA won the weekend.
Not sure why Barkley (a former NBA player) is on anyone's NFL pregame show. Desperate for ratings, I presume. I know it has been years since I've turned on a pregame show.
The liberal clowns in the media typically like to exploit things like the Peterson case to conclude that all spanking is wrong. However, the reality is that spanking is a reasonable form of punishment when done reasonably. That said, I think Peterson went too far in his approach this time, but I don't think he needs to serve jail time for this. In a society where more dads than ever don't give a flip about their kids, let's at least be glad that he is involved with his and support his effort to be a good parent to his child going forward.
Ray Rice should easily win his appeal. It would be a very dangerous precedent for the league to uphold a double punishment for the same offense.
I rarely do this, but I turned the Mocs game off before the backup QBs got in the game. Too busy on Saturday with other things. It was a blowout win (as expected), but I could tell that the offense is still having some issues.
It appears that Ferry was paraphrasing what he'd read from a scouting report, though what Ferry said was no worse than what was written about Deng. Within the story linked below, you can click on an additional link to see the scouting report in question.
Kicking a FG in OT when you have the ball first is the right call 99% of the time. This past Saturday was no exception.
The biggest beef that Kareem had with Levenson's email was that he theorized (among other theories) that the number of blacks at games were scaring away more white people from coming. But then he later said that if that were true, the whites are being racist. So if anyone is offended by those comments, it ought to be the whites because it appears that he is unfairly labeling a lot of the no-shows as racists.
Levenson's goal was to increase racial diversity at the games in order to help make more $$$. (What? Increase racial diversity and Adam Silver has a problem with it?) Flip the races in the comments Levenson made, and you'd have an entirely different response from Silver.
Let's remember that Ferry was simply reading a scouting report to his fellow employees. But if someone associated my kid with being two-faced and him being Southern, I'd have a bigger issue with the "two-faced" accusation than the Southern association. People shouldn't be fired for simply making a stupid comment. Otherwise, I think we'd all be out of a job.
I read that a DMN guy labeled the Cowboys as the "Kardashians of the NFL." Wow.
Jay, did you see any problems with the Levenson letter? What about Ferry's comments?
If there was no cover-up about the tape, Goodell will still be with the NFL next year. Rice should also be with the NFL assuming no more assaults. Again, not sure why he's indefinitely suspended right now. The 2-game punishment came BEFORE the new policy. Either way, there's no reason for him to be sitting out more than 6 games for this. Of course, that means a team will need to pick him up, but running backs are injury-prone and I think someone will want him before the end of this season for sure.
Even Adam Silver (yes, that Adam Silver!) said that what Ferry said was not a fireable offense. I'm absolutely shocked. If I were Deng, I'd be most upset that a scout called my character into question. Ferry clarified that the comment was about being "two-faced." Maybe it's true and maybe it's not. If Deng wants to defend himself, fine. Otherwise, this should never have been a big deal to begin with. No discipline was needed for Ferry at all.
Jay, you made a point on the radio yesterday that the NFL is acting differently in the Rice ordeal because there's a videotape. But I believe that it's actually the general public that is acting differently because there's a videotape. That's why the Rice stuff is still in the news. Think about it, there's not a peep from you about the McDonald or Hardy cases. And it's because there's no videotape! Rice shouldn't be treated any differently simply because there's a videotape for all to see.
The prosecution team in the Rice case declined to pursue a tougher punishment for Rice than his pre-trial diversion, no jail time, and a chance to get this off of his record. So is Roger Goodell supposed to pick up the slack? No. And I think he was trying to be fair by also considering Mrs. Rice's views and the fact that she is willingly sticking with him even now.
But since an additional video has now been released, the general public can't let this go, even though the Rices have been more than ready to move on with their lives. And now Goodell is second-guessing himself and is basically giving Rice double jeopardy by punishing him even more (with the indefinite suspension) even though no new crime has been committed.
Instead of more punishment or banishment for Rice, Goodell could make something good out this (and satisfy the general public) by including domestic violence awareness/prevention as part of the rookie training each year (if it's not already). Maybe a similar thing for veterans as well. And for Rice, require him to perform speaking engagements to various sports teams across the nation during the offseason about domestic violence and why it's wrong.
Other than that, let the man serve his 2-game suspension, and then let any team sign him if they want his services. Believe it or not, the Rice story is capable of having a happy ending.
My understanding is that the NFL did a relatively thorough investigation, but maybe they did not. Agreed that if they could have acquired more info/evidence and didn't, that's on them. But I disagree that they put their head in the sand. Issuing a 2-game suspension means they clearly addressed the situation at hand. But as said before, if the Ravens could have done more, they should have. Let them decide if they want a known wife-beater representing their team. If the fans don't like it, they should stop coming to games.
Goodell changed his stance because he lacks confidence in his ability to make good decisions. Period. Assuming he did his homework in this and got advice from trusted folks around him, he should be able to make as fair of a decision as possible. Instead, he has let the general public cloud his judgment after the fact, and he wishes he could have a do-over. Not a good sign for a leader.
Agreed that the NFL's indefinite suspension after Rice got cut is odd. Again, I think it's simply a sign of weak leadership.
BL, good question.