The Saturday Sitdown

As a former FSU Athletic Department employee who worked under Coach Bobby Bowden, I have a ton of mixed feelings about the firing of Willie Taggert as head coach.  I wanted him to succeed in the worst way and frankly there are about 18 million reasons why FSU probably thought long and hard about dismissing the second year head coach earlier this week.

After the firing, a lot of emotionally-charged posts appeared on the Internet, suggesting Florida State did not give Coach Taggert enough time or a fair shot at turning the program around. On the other hand, Seminole faithful had become exasperated with the silly mistakes (undisciplined penalties, inability to line up correctly, horrible line play, breaking huddles with nine players, etc., etc., etc.) the team continued to make, game-after-game-after game. Add to the fact that his 2019 recruiting class was not up to FSU standards, and Coach Taggert had failed to land a quarterback prospect for a second year in a row. It added up to a program that was regressing, not improving from an already lesser state. Cory Clark of the Rival publication “Warchant,” wrote an excellent piece which he basically addressed all aspects of the situation and concluded the administration simply could not afford not to make the change (here’s the link if you want to read it: https://floridastate.rivals.com/news/clark-fsu-was-left-with-no-choice-but-to-make-a-change-  )

The most important thing to take away from this was nobody wanted this to happen, but as the losses mounted and attendance kept shrinking, something had to be done….

I don’t mean to brag, but I have an incredible ability to forget what I am doing, while I’m doing it.  The wife says I have the attention span and discipline of a golden retriever puppy…

Here’s some free “Social Media Advice” to former Cleveland Browns Defensive Back Jermaine Whitehead:  Upon review and serious reflection on the topic, I’m going to go ahead and advise you that using Instagram and Twitter to threaten to kill fans who criticize your performance is probably bad public relations and is not in your best interest….

Just spit-balling here, but I am going to go out on a limb and guess that Broadway Joe Namath – despite what he says on his commercials – has never called his Medicare supplement plan to ask for a ride to his doctor’s office or to request a nutritious meal be delivered to his home…

Being a former sports public relations guy, I sort of get the notion of making two related announcements a couple of days a part in order to get a double publicity exposure, but the moves the Pittsburgh Pirates make continue to baffle me. How do you fire your manager, wait a month, and then fire your general manager?  Seems to me that the GM is going to want a say on whom the new field boss is going to be and both should have been fired on the same day or in the reverse order.  An inept front office is just another in a long list of reasons why this team hasn’t played in a World Series since 1979…

I have had an absolute  ball watching St. Cloud High School volleyball make a run all the way to a Class 6A Regional Final, where they lost a tough 5-set match to Winter Springs. The spirit and joy this team plays with is a direct reflection on their fireball coach Ettie Singleton.  With just one senior on the squad, her team finished with a 21-5 mark…

Looking for job security?  Then being mayor of Orlando would be a good gig for you. Buddy Dyer’s re-election with 72 percent of the vote rivals some of the 99.5 percent wins by South American dictators. If my research is right, the last Orlando mayor to lose a re-election bid was J. Rolf Davis in 1956…

This “Load Management” idea where NBA players schedule random days off to preserve themselves for the post-season is getting somewhat ridiculous. Sources said part of Kawhi Leonard’s demands before signing with the Clippers including taking 20 games off during the regular season may make sense to both him and the organization, but it is blatantly unfair to the fans (The NBA is a star-driven league so please don’t tell me fans are buying tickets to see the team). If a guy is a hurt, he’s hurt, and if they are being cautious of bringing a player back too soon from an injury, I understand it. But to deny the ticket-buying public and a nationwide audience a chance to see Leonard go head-to-head against Giannis Antetokounmpo simply because a healthy Kawhi wanted a vacation day borders on fraud. Without trying to sound like the “Old Get off my Lawn” guy, the fact remains Wilt, Bill Russell, Michael, Kobe and Shaq never took vacation days during the regular season.