The Saturday Sitdown

Former Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey had a reputation as a great evaluator of talent.

But when he lobbied Browns management to keep Freddie Kitchens as head coach for another season, he essentially fired himself. While it’s certainly understandable that Dorsey wanted to support his hire, the fact remains that Kitchens appeared “over his head” all season. Add some questionable draft decisions, including moving up to grab Antonio Callaway and making Baker Mayfield the overall No. 1 pick two drafts ago, and the writing was on the wall that Dorsey needed to join Kitchens on the unemployment line…

Remember when Jordan Speith was the hottest golfer on the planet, and Justin Thomas was a good player but just considered Jordan’s little buddy sidekick? Wow, has that narrative changed. With his win at the Tournament of Champions, Thomas has now won three of his last seven starts and has passed Speith for career PGA Tour Wins with 12. Couple of Side Notes: Thomas joins Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Sneed as the only four golfers to win 12 PGA Tournament before the age of 27 (Nice Company) and of the last 12 tournaments won by Speith or Thomas, Thomas has accounted for 11 of them…

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg’s rant about University of Michigan fans was dead on target. Greenberg said that Wolverine fans are wrong in their criticism of Jim Harbaugh, and they are delusional to think they are an elite program. Among other points was that Michigan has not won an outright national championship in more than six decades, and the legendary Bo Schembechler never won a national title and went 5-12 in bowl games.  With Michigan losses in 18 of the last 22 and the Ohio State – Michigan series, Greenberg noted that the series is not a rivalry any more than hammer vs. nail is a rivalry…

Life imitating art:  Bizarre is the only way to describe the Dallas Cowboy’s attempts to fire Jason Garrett last weekend.  According to Jay Glazer, who is well connected in NFL circles, Cowboy ownership told Garrett at least three different times since last weekend that he was not getting a new contract and was out as the Dallas head coach, only to have Garrett refuse to accept it and continue to lobby for the job. About the only thing comparable to this is the great Stephen Root’s portrayal of bumbling, refuse to be fired Milton Waddams in the movie “Office Space”…

Starting this afternoon, I consider this to be the best 60 hours of the year when it comes to football.  Between 4 p.m. today and midnight on Monday, we get the eight best NFL teams in action against each other AND a College Football National Championship game…

It’s not the easiest position to play, but if you are a proficient NFL quarterback, you can play a long time and make a lot of money – even in a backup role.  Enter Josh McCown.  Josh was a rookie in 2002. He handed the ball off to a now 59-year-old Emmett Smith for his last touchdown of his NFL career in 2004, and last weekend at age 40, he was running around an NFL field in a playoff game (albeit not quickly). In the interim between his rookie year and today, he has made in excess of $50 million while starting an average of 4.1 games per year in his 17 seasons…

Example of a rich person deciding to splurge  “Screw it…I’m buying that Ferrari…” Example of me splurging…”Screw it, I’m getting an appetizer”…

Both men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton and women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau have their respective Florida State teams in the Top 10 nationally. It’s not only impressive, but it would have been a pipe dream 20 years ago, when basketball generated nearly no interest in Tallahassee.  Florida State as a basketball school, who’d ever think that would happen?...

While playing golf at Royal St. Cloud on Sunday afternoon, my playing partners and I witnessed the phenomenon of seeing the moon shining brightly during the day. We started to discuss it and that caused me to do some research. Found out that it’s not really a phenomenon at all. It turns out that with the right equipment, the moon is visible every day from some place on earth. It’s really based on the position of the moon and how bright the sky is.

“Sometimes to see the moon you’d have to look through the Earth and we can’t do that,” Scientist John O’Meara said. “When we see the moon during the day, it’s because the moon is in the right spot in the sky and it’s reflecting enough light to be as bright, or brighter, than the sky.” Now I know…

If you read my football picks this year, you know I was pretty good picking winners. but lousy against the spread, so I think I ignore the spreads this week and just tell you the winners (or not):  Baltimore over Titans; Kansas City over Texans; Green Bay over Seahawks;  and my two upset picks, Vikings over 49ers AND Clemson over LSU for the National Championship.

Y’all have a Great Week.