The Saturday Sitdown

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One thing I heard way too much of prior to last Sunday’s Super Bowl was how much Kansas City’s Andy Reid “deserved” to win a Super Bowl title.

 

When it comes to pro sports, you win championships with a combination of talent, scheming, chemistry and desire. Sports history is full of great players and coaches that never won a title, but I don’t believe any of them “deserved” a championship. As William Munny said in the movie, Unforgiven: “Deservin’ has nothing to do with it.” 

Congrats to Andy and the Chiefs, for going out and taking the title…

 Read an interesting piece concerning the upcoming labor negotiations between the NFL owners and players. The NFL has a few issues it needs to resolve with the players’ association before they can get a new collective bargaining agreement approved. One of the biggest sticking points is the owners’ desire to go to a 17-game schedule and an extra playoff team, which they want badly and which the players are balking at. While the owners can pay lip service to “making the game safer” all they want, expanding the schedule by playing and extra game is a priority to them but the players will not approve without getting something more than a 17th game check from the owners. According to the article, the one thing that could swing the pendulum in this battle is if the owner’s agree to remove marijuana from the prohibited drug list. While a lot of players may use it recreationally, there are also a lot of other players who prefer that drug to the highly addictive pain pills that are legally prescribed.  By removing weed from the list of drugs tested for, the NFL does not have to endorse its use, they simply will no longer test for it…

 I opened up a Can of Worms the other day. The worms just sat there on the table. Was somewhat disappointed that the predicted chaos and mayhem never materialized…

 In the Talk About Your Bad Beats Department:  Depending on when the prop bet was placed, the over/under on the number of yards Patrick Mahomes would rush for in the Super Bowl started at 27 yards and went as high as 34.5 in the time leading up to the Super Bowl. With seconds to go in the game, Mahomes’ rushing total was 44, which means any bettor that took the over had a winner. Except on Kansas City’s last possession, Mahomes drop back and took a knee on three straight plays and was credited with a -15 yards rushing to finish with 29 yards. With more money placed on the over than under total, Vegas bookmakers estimate those three kneel downs saved sports books more than $200,000 that they did not have to pay out…

 Is Mahomes really this good? …Guess here is that this stat will say, yes.  Mahomes’ quarterback rating on third and 15-plus yards to go this season was 95.6. The NFL average quarterback rating for all other quarterbacks on fourth and 15 or more yards to go was 4.1…

 Tip of the hat to St. Cloud senior Kailen White. At last week’s FHSAA Weight Lifting Regional, Kailen won her weight class with a 145-pound bench press and a state-record tying 180-pound total in the clean and jerk. Kailen competes in the 110-pound division. If my math is correct, that is the equivalent to a 250-pound man being able to bench press 355 pounds and and that’s some kind of strong…

 Little upset that the wife accused me of dilly-dallying the other day – I was clearly lolly-gagging…

 Heard this stat the other day and it blew my mind.  A total of 50 people have votes for the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. In eight years as quarterback, Russell Wilson has led Seattle to the playoffs seven times. He has taken him to them to two Super Bowls and one World Championship. He has the second highest quarterback rating in NFL history. He has never missed a game. He is 86-41-1 as a starting QB, averaging more than 10 wins a year.  His 76 wins in his first seven years were the most in NFL history. He has had 21 come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter and 28 game-winning drives on his last possession. And in eight years, eight ballots for MVP, and 400 total votes cast, he has not received one single vote for MVP…Not one…really?...

 All-time hits leader Pete Rose has petitioned MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office to lift his permanent ban for betting on baseball that was imposed more than 30 years ago. Among other things, Pete’s attorneys pointed out that “Rose's lifetime ban is "vastly disproportionate" when compared with MLB's punishments of players who took performance-enhancing drugs and the players involved in the sign-stealing schemes by the 2017 Houston Astros.” Guess there is nothing that will come of this and Rose’s advisors should have pointed out to Pete that the childish argument of “Well they did something bad too” defense doesn’t work all that well with parents, led alone professional sports commissioners…

 Y’all Have a Great Week.