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Tag Archives: McKay
S.T. Game 19. Final spring training game sees Yanks lose 5-3; Couple of rookies make the opening day squad; AAA season starts tonight.
Personally, I think that Pete Carroll is making a big mistake in leaving USC to go back to the NFL. The Seattle deal should come down any hour now. At USC, he has a pipeline to recruits. LA has no NFL team to compete with, so USC, when successful, owns the town, football-wise.
Good weather, the beaches, LA, Hollywood, the (cue the Beach Boys) California girls… what 18 year old high school football star wouldn’t like that? It seems like it would make recruiting easier, wouldn’t it?
Carroll put together one hell of a record in his time at USC. A couple national titles, one near miss thanks to Vince Young. But he follows in the footsteps of John McKay (who found lots of misery—and an 0 and 26 start—in Tampa Bay, where he was 44-88-1) and John Robinson (79-74 in the pros), both of whom won at least one national title, left USC for the pros, got into the NFC Championship game (once for McKay, twice for Robinson), and lost.
Robinson had a second, and not as successful, stint with USC after his pro (Rams) days.
McKay, by the way, had one of my favorite lines. From Wikipedia:
Following yet another Tampa Bay Buccanneer loss in their early seasons, he was asked what he thought of his team’s execution. He replied “I’m in favor of it.”
Also from Wikipedia, it’s noted that McKay forever regretted his decision to leave the Trojans. His son noted that he knew “within the first week he got to Tampa that he’d made a mistake.”
Let’s hope Carroll hasn’t done the same.
As for Carroll, 97-19 in 9 seasons. Those two national titles and seven top-four finishes. (AP). Tough to walk away from. He must be getting one helluva package. Either that or there is something missing for him personally, NFL-wise, where he was 33-31 for the Patriots and Jets.
As for today’s games, let’s just say that the only green and white I will like this weekend is the Celtics (NBA). I can’t root for Philly teams, and as for the Jets…maybe if they had a different coach. Maybe. Rex Ryan seems like a chip off the old block, and I couldn’t stand Blowhard Buddy.
By the way, did you check out the YouTube Video of an Eagles’ employee spitting on the star that Dallas has at midfield? The guy then posted the video on the Eagles’ website. Real classy. I’m no Dallas fan, but still… I don’t know if he’s been fired yet, but he’ll hear it. But then, this is the fanbase who booed Santa Claus. Yup. If you don’t know that story, check it out. December 15, 1968 at Franklin Field.
I had to laugh at the Post this week. They printed a 2010 Tiger Woods calendar. 12 of his affairs all provocatively dressed, many in bikinis. One for each month. Funny. I have tags for posts, one of “players” , one of “ex-players”, and others of in-season and off-season moves, but I never intended it to mean…well, you know.