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Random acts of senseless sporting

Your weekly dose of (in)sanity in this (in)sane sports world

January 17, 2010
By B.J. LISKO, Salem News Sports Editor

Are you watching the NFL playoffs? I am because I have to. But things seem pretty weak so far. I mean, I know the NFL is salivating to see Peyton Manning vs. Brett Favre in the Super Bowl. So if you think pro sports are fixed, bet on the Colts and the Vikings. Because if it's the Jets and Saints, no one is tuning in at all.

Watching the PGA this time of year makes me physically ill. It doesn't have anything to do with the tournaments or players or anything like that, it's seeing how gorgeous the weather is in Hawaii and wanting to grab the clubs and hit the course. All we can do around here is swing at a golf dome in Girard. Blah.

Shocker of the decade: Mark McGwire used steroids. Gee Mark, do ya think?

Pete Carroll became the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. It was kind of a jerk move on his part to USC who treated him like a God. Carroll didn't really blow anyone away in the pro ranks as a head coach (33-31 record). He was far better as a coordinator. I'm not sure if his style of coaching translates well to professional athletes. His prankster nature and easy going personality works for college students, but might seem laughable to someone with an ego and a multi-million dollar contract. Jim Mora got a bum deal. I know the Seahawks weren't good, but he took over a team that needed serious work. I don't know what canning him after one season accomplishes other than to put him in line for a job with the Browns if Eric Mangini stinks it up next year.

Despite coming up short in the post-season again, Donovan McNabb is returning next year to the Eagles. Seriously, isn't he like 100 now? Can you remember who the Eagles starting quarterback was before Donovan McNabb? Ron Jaworski maybe? My Wikipedia says it was Bobby Hoying, Coy Detmer and Rodney Peete all splitting starting duties. There's a triumvirate of power for you. McNabb came in the same year the Browns drafted Tim Couch and now he's coming back for season No. 12. Sorry Donovan, it's gonna be another year where you make the playoffs then promptly lose. Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb win a lot of games and they're both future Hall of Famers. Problem is they just don't win a lot of important ones.

"I'm not here to talk about the past."

We'll you're talking about it now McGwire, you swine.

'til next time ...

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