Super Blog Tuesday: Coaches in dour-off, Mr. Quiggly; plus Cristobal, Gingrich, gnikaeps drawkcab & more
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SUPER BLOG TUESDAY: BELICHICK, COUGHLIN IN DOUR-OFF: In the Patriots' Bill Belichick and Giants' Tom Coughlin -- Coach Ebullience and Coach Vivacity are pictured -- this Super Bowl has the two NFL head coaches who were most apt to be off snarling grimly in the film room when God was handing out personality. A four-pack of other thoughts for Super Blog Tuesday: 1. Last year's Skechers Super Bowl commercial featured Kim Kardashian. This Sunday's Skechers ad will feature a French bulldog named Mr. Quiggly. Sounds like an upgrade. 2. Scouts Inc. ranks all 106 players in this SB and No. 106 is Giants defensive end Justin Trattou. So my money on Trattou-for-Super Bowl-MVP is not looking good. 3. Giants safety Antrel Rolle, the ex-Cane, said, "We are expecting to win this game Sunday" -- and in New York it got displayed like a guarantee. Gawd. What hath you wrought, Joe Willie? Nowadays in the buildup to a Super Bowl the most perfunctory expression of confidence is shot up with media steroids and vomited as an implied guarantee. 4. Rome called. They want their numerals back.
DOLPHINS: ON COACHING STAFF, SOLAI: One name among the new assistant coaches jumped out at me. You how great it would be if you could combine the talents of all-time Dolphin defensive greats Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor? Miami just did. The team's new assistant quarterbacks coach is Zac Taylor. Speaking of the Dolphins, somebody explain why Paul Soliai is a Pro Bowl defensive tackle in a 3-4 defense but apparently expendable if the team converts to a 4-3 alignment? Makes little sense. Talent is talent. In both systems you need a wideload to take up space and tackle people. If the Dolphs won't spend to keep him in free agency, fine. But don't let him walk and blame it on the new alignment.
ON CRISTOBAL STAYING (FOR NOW): Here is today's column by me on Mario Cristobal deciding to remain as FIU football coach. I am a bit harsh on him, perhaps. I just think recent dalliances with Pitt and Rutgers portray Cristobal as a coach willing to listen to outside offers and looking for his next stepping stone. No crime in that. But it's tough to preach loyalty when you are sort of wearing a 'For Hire' button on the lapel.
FLY ON THE WALL: GINGRICH STRATEGY SESSION: Chief advisor: "Newt, our poll numbers are trending down. We need to do something to verify to voters that you are presidential, measured, sound ... the common-sense candidate. Any ideas." [Long pause] Gingrich: "Moon colony!"
TEEN WITH ODD TNELAT: Click here to see and hear a teen girl instantly repeat any word backward. For instance, you say, "Congress," and she immediately says, "Ssergnoc." I find this girl's odd skill to at once be both evisserpmi and suolucidir.
R.I.P, WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league has folded says it won't play in 2012. The Boca Raton-based and absurdly named magicJack franchise previously had disbanded. This was a team and a league studded with U.S. World Cup stars like Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. If this women's soccer league could make it in America, will any, ever?
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