56-85 over a season and a half.
Archive for the ‘Firings’ Category
Well. Well well well. Well. Yes, I am happy about Ohio State winning; as my regular readers know, I have ties to the Ohio area.
Since I don’t have cable, I mostly followed the game on FARK until I dozed off after halftime (yesterday was a rough day at work). From what I can tell, it might be a good idea for Ohio State to spend some time in the off season working on HOLDING ON TO THE DAMN BALL!
I don’t have a lot to say about the John Fox “firing” right now, except that I think it will be interesting to see how things play out after the Superb Owl. I may have more to say once this week’s TMQ goes up.
Obit watch: Roy Tarpley, former center for the Dallas Mavericks. As my regular readers know, I’m not a basketball fan, but the Tarpley story is sad and worth noting:
He was suspended by the NBA after five games in the 1989-90 season after being arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. In 1991, he drew another suspension after a second DWI arrest and, a few months later, had a third violation and was banned from the league for violating the NBA’s drug-use policies.
He returned to the Mavericks briefly in 1994 but then was permanently barred in December 1995 for violating terms of his aftercare program.
We hope everyone had a good Christmas – or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, a good version of whatever seasonal observance you do celebrate.
In this week’s TMQ, the purge.
No, not that one (though we commend to your attention the “The Purge” episode of “Phil and Lisa Ruin the Movies”), but the annual NFL coaching purge, or as we call it, “Bloody Monday”. After the jump…
In other news, am I allowed to laugh maniacally at the idea of Gary Kubiak coaching the Jets?
This is your official NFL firings thread, which will be updated through the day as more people get the axe.
Jim Harbaugh was well reported yesterday (I was out and about). Technically, they’re making noises like it wasn’t a firing, but I still count it as one.
Marc Trestman and Phil Emery (the general manager) are both out in Chicago, according to “sources”.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Sacramento Kings (who are a basketball team) have fired coach Michael Malone.
Updates to follow.
Edited to add 12/16: It took a long time for the team to make an official announcement, but they finally did.
“Philosophical differences”? So, what, Malone was a Kantian, and D’Alessandro is a follower of divine command theory?
Noted for the record: Bo Pelini out at Nebraska. He was 67-27 overall, and his teams never won less than 9 games a season.
And it has been a bad few days for defensive coordinators: Ellis Johnson out at Auburn, Mike Breske out at Washington State (along with linebacker coach Paul Volero), and Mark Snyder out at Texas A&M.
This isn’t quite a firing, but ESPN is reporting strong speculation that the University of Alabama at Birmingham is going to eliminate their football program. More here.
NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:
The Raiders play Kansas City at home on Thursday. I’m a little nervous about this one.
And in other news, Philadelphia is the only team that has a chance to finish the NBA season 0-82. (Currently, the 76ers are 0-9.)
For the record: Will Muschamp out as coach of the University of Florida Gators. The Miami Herald is representing this as a resignation; reading between the lines, it sounds like he jumped before he could be pushed.
I love this time of year. The leaves are changing, if you live in one of those places. Around here, the temperature is getting to the point where you can consider doing stuff outdoors, or even dining on a patio if that’s your thing. The NFL season is picking up.
And we have our first NFL coach firing: Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders won four games in each of Allen’s first two seasons and recorded an 8-28 mark during his two-plus seasons. The Jacksonville Jaguars at 6-30 are the only team with a worse record during that span.
Allen also has the distinction of being the first coach hired and fired in the Mark Davis era.
I have a great deal of confidence in the Raiders ability to remain winless this coming week. The question I have is: what happens the following week? Do they get the dead cat bounce against the Chargers? I wouldn’t put it past them. Perhaps I should keep an eye on the line…
Apparently, nothing that firing Charlie Weis won’t cure.
He was 6-22 overall, and 1-18 in conference. I’m pretty sure this is the first major school coach firing of the year. (Corrections welcome if I’m wrong.)
They’ve actually been doing better this year; the various sites I use have been projecting around 92 losses this season.
Better, but not better enough.
Apologies for the extended radio silence. The past few days have been busy.
As many of the Whipped Cream Irregulars know, Sunday was my birthday, as well as Easter. This will not happen again until 2025.
Anyway, Mike the Musicologist came up late Friday night, rented a Silvercar, and we drove down to San Antonio on Saturday to do some gun shopping, tour Ranger Creek (which will be the subject of another post), and have dinner with Andrew and Lawrence at Bohanan’s (which may be the subject of another post).
I spent Easter Sunday with family, eating an excellent ham from the Noble Pig and a very good cake baked by my sister. (I don’t remember which cookbook she got the recipe from, but I thought it was very good; perhaps she’ll post here and update.)
Then on Monday, MtM and I took the Silvercar to Dallas, where we did some more gun shopping (including a stop at Cabela’s, but not that one), had a very good lunch at Chop House Burgers, and did some shopping for tacky souvenirs of pre-revolutionary America at the 6th Floor Museum shop.
So Saturday through Monday were jam packed. (For the record, I did not buy any guns. Though I was really tempted by the Sig Sauer 1911 22 at GrabAGun. I was also tempted at one of the San Antonio gun stores that had a couple of Nylon 66s, but I just can’t bring myself to pay $350 for one, even if it did have a scope.)
(Edited to add: Also, $1,300 for a K-22, even if it was an early post-war gun with the box, seems really really high.)
Anyway, I’m back and trying to get caught up on blogging. Profuse thanks to MtM for organizing the weekend.