Coaches Corner – 9/24/12

24 Sep

by Yankee Todd

I’m back!!!

I can only imagine the vibe and buzz that the cities of Washington DC and Baltimore have right now! The Nationals have already clinched their spot in the post season and the Baltimore Orioles have gone from a feel good story to a team that has an incredible chance to win the American League East.

My hat goes off to Buck Showalter.

He deserves the manager of the year award but let’s look at his body of work overall.

He built the dynasty that Joe Torre inherited.

He won in a World Series in Arizona.

Now the job he has done in Baltimore is simply unreal.

Baltimore was the pit of the American League East.  How could a team that had the Yankees, Red Sox, and now the Rays seriously compete to ever make the playoffs?

Not only are they competitive, they are a Disney story in the making.  Their record after the 7th inning is “mind bottling” to quote the great Chazz Michael Michaels.  They record in extra innings blows the Vegas odds out the window.

Bottom line, this is Adam Jones team, their bullpen is lights out, and they are hot right now.  Sounds like the recipe for a great post season run.


I feel bad for Darrelle Revis.  Not just for the fact he has to play for the Jets but he now has suffered an ACL injury.  The Jets are in such disarray, even with their less than stellar win against the Dolphins.  It’s only a matter of time till the wheels come off.


I told my father that I honestly believed that if he spent a week in the New York Giants camp with Eli and company, that he could put up decent numbers offensively.

Without Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, in his first career start, caught 9 balls for 138 yards.

Andre Brown, a career journey man who had been cut by both the Giants and Panthers previously, filled in for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw by rushing 20 times for 113 yards and two scores.

Martellus Bennett, who the Dallas Cowboys let walk away last year, has scored a touchdown in each of the first three games.  He has dropped at least two more scores.

With the emergence of Barden and the return of Hakeem Nicks, who I think is now in the category as the best receiver in football, do the Giants have the best group of receivers in the league?

I haven’t even mentioned Victor Cruz or Domenik Hixon.

What do you think?

I think the New York Giants, barring an injury to Manning, have positioned themselves as a legitimate contender to repeat as World Champions.


Why didn’t I get the NFL Sunday Ticket years ago?  The last three Sundays I have cooked chicken wings (Coach Woods – real wings, not those below average wings you enjoy), watched football, and even enjoyed  a Genny Cream Ale!  Wait, can you say enjoyed a cream ale?  Yes, I live in South Texas and found Genny Cream Ale at a grocery store and actually enjoyed it.  A big shout out to my man Mel!!!


While the Syracuse Orange football team record does not reflect it, they are building a much more athletic and deeper team.  They are moving in the right direction.  I hope Doug Marrone is given a fair shot to see his program return to respectability.

Syracuse Quarterback Ryan Nassib will have a career as a back-up quarterback in the NFL, even with a disappointing performance against Minnesota.

I still believe that if Syracuse recruited New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey extremely hard, they would be competitive.  They then could pluck a kid from Texas or Florida and take that next step.


Speaking of college programs on the rise, the University of Texas at San Antonio, yes the UTSA Road Runners, in just their second year of football, are 4-0.  They are averaging 30,000 fans a game and are coached by Larry Coker, yes that Larry Coker who won a championship at the U in 2001.

Keep an eye on the Road Runners.


When the Yankees traded for Ichiro Suzuki, I though Brian Cashman had added a quality reserve to the team.  What I didn’t expect was to see Ichiro circa his first few years in the league.  He is hitting .327 since joining the Bronx Bombers and an amazing .362 against lefties.

Teams always talk about catching lighting in a bottle with trades and players, I think the Yankees have caught a tornado in a bottle.

With Ichiro on fire, Raul Ibanez beginning to swing a good bat, and A-Rod showing flashes of being a dominant hitter, the Yankees have won 9 of the past 12.

Now they need Cano and Granderson to rediscover their offensive abilities.  If that happens, the Yanks, even with all the injuries, could make serious noise in the post season.


Cj Spiller quite possibly could be the most electrifying player in the NFL.  Remember, I picked the Bills to make the playoffs this year.  I also picked the Titans!  Holla!!

Now, CJ Spiller quite possibly could be the best player on the Injured Reserve list.


The Jets, who scored a million points in one game one against the Bills, might not score 40 points the rest of the year.  Knowing that their offense was anemic, the Jets traded for Tim Tebow.

Tebow has been a non factor since joining the team.  They have lined him up at wide receiver and not thrown to him.  When they do throw to him it hits him in the helmet.  When he has run the wildcat, he isn’t a treat to pass the ball so he becomes a glorified running back.

I scratched my head when Tebow arrived in Gotham and I am still questioning it now.


Is anyone outside of Texas following the mess in Lubbock, Texas with the Texas Tech men’s basketball team?  Billy Gillispie resigned as head coach recently.  Allegations and rumors had surfaced that Gillispie physically and mentally abused players during his tenure at Tech.  Recently, a mother of a high school senior wrote a letter to the University saying that Gillispie emotionally abused her son at a Tech summer camp.

Gillispie resigned and sighted health reasons.

I coached a wonderful young man who walked on at Tech @CLTrey5Clark Lammert was one of the hardest working kids I have ever been around.  The thought of a coach physically and emotionally abusing any player is sickening.  @CLTrey has posted on his twitter page – “Tough times don’t last, tough people do!”  Give him a follow on twitter and let’s hope the Red Raiders have an excellent season in spite of their former coach!

@CLTrey5 has a younger brother who signed with the University of Texas.  The 6’10 wing/post @ANDtwenty1 will be lots of fun to watch this year.  Mark your calendars for the first time that the University of Texas plays Tech.  Should be fun!!


The Browns are woeful on offense.  And yes, I do look like Brandon Weeden.   I tell the kids at my school that he is older than me!


Living in Texas, I am forced to listen to countless and endless chatter about how the Cowboys are Super Bowl bound this year.  After their opening night win over the Giants, I nearly vomited as I listened to them celebrate.

With a loss against the Seahawks and a less than stellar performance against the Buccaneers, I can rest easily at night knowing that the Cowboys will be the best 7-9 team that Jerry Jones can buy.


I am looking forward to season 2 of Homeland.  You?

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3 responses to “Coaches Corner – 9/24/12

  1. Aaron

    September 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Surprised you aren’t sending a shout out to Bobby V for destructing the Red Sox… he did more in one year than I expected him to be able to do to that team. lol

  2. Dpd22

    September 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Welcome back Big Bloo!!!!

  3. Jean

    September 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wondering when you were coming back… Going to Baltimore this weekend to see David and originally enjoy a Red Sox Orioles game. What a surprise that we’ll be routing for the Orioles.


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