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The autumn wind is a pirate…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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…

What’s wrong with Kansas?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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.)

Your loser update: week 4, 2014.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

So much for it being Tampa Bay’s year. But that sounds like it was a wild game. (I missed it, being out and about and all that.)

Elsewhere in the world, Gregg Easterbrook is chomping at the bit.

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Jacksonville
Oakland

Well. Well well well. Well.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

ESPN analyst Bill Simmons has been suspended for three weeks after he made profane comments about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a podcast.

Original hattip on this to Jason Snell at Six Colors.

This is getting a great deal of attention, but there’s one aspect I want to point out: the ESPN Ombudsman’s page has disappeared from the site. Attempts to access it, either from the “ESPN Ombudsman” link (under “ESPN Feedback”, bottom left corner of the ESPN homepage) or direct links to columns (such as the one linked by Romenesko today) redirect to a generic “ESPN Blogs” page.

I’m not sure if this should be ascribed to malice or stupidity, but it is an interesting coincidence.

Edited to add, 9/24/2014 9:17 PM: Probably stupidity, since the Ombudsman’s page is back now. In that vein, this makes for interesting reading.

TMQ Watch: September 23, 2014.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

What does this have to do with this week’s TMQ? After the jump…

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Your loser update: week 3, 2014.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Running just a little behind: spent pretty much the entire day yesterday having fun with friends. Which I needed, but which was also not conducive to blogging.

Anyway, NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Jacksonville
Oakland
Tampa Bay

So the two teams I picked are still in the 0-16 hunt. And I’m starting to think that this could be Tampa Bay’s year, again.

TMQ Watch: September 16, 2014.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

This week’s TMQ, after the jump…

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Your loser update: week 2, 2014.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Oakland
Kansas City
New York Football Giants
New Orleans
Tampa Bay

TMQ Watch: September 9, 2014.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Might as well jump right into the first TMQ of the regular season

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Your loser update: week 1, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Like Ebola or toenail fungus, we have returned for another year of the loser update.

Are there any teams that we think have a chance of going 0-16 this year? We haven’t given this a lot of thought, but off the top of our heads, maybe Oakland or Jacksonville?

In the meantime, NFL teams that actually still have a chance to go 0-16:

New England
Cleveland
Baltimore
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
San Diego
Oakland
Kansas City
New York Football Giants
Washington
Dallas
Chicago
Green Bay
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
St. Louis

TMQ Watch: September 2, 2014.

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Yes, we know. We’re still a little behind. Our schedule was thrown off yesterday because we actually went “golfing”. (Technically, we went to a driving range. Yes, we know that seems odd; it was a corporate outing, and we were in it more to be social than to hit balls.)

Anyway, haiku after the jump….

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How ’bout those Astros?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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.

In a clear showing of who is in charge of the club, the Astros on Monday fired managed Bo Porter as well as bench coach Dave Trembley, just days after reports arose of tensions between Porter and his general manager, Jeff Luhnow.