Time for some blogosphere pollution ...
Is the age of accountability starting at One Bills Drive, at long last? Pro personnel director John Guy, who has presided over the current era of futility, was shown the door on Tuesday. Is Tom Modrak next?
Perhaps he ought to be, since Guy's departure is affirmation of the principle that if you don't get results at your job, you get a pink slip. In what world would Modrak not be in the same boat? If you're going to clean house, why wash the floors and vacuum, but stop when it's time to wipe a lifetime of dust off the surfaces? Must be there's some term still left on his deal.
The real head-scratcher here is that Guy was reportedly interviewed for the GM post. I understand that Guy's contract was up, which I'm sure played a big part in his ouster, but what's puzzling is that in December there was someone who thought it might be a good idea to have Guy running the football department, and now a month later, he's not good enough to be a lesser player in the front office?
Read between the lines, and it reeks of Ralph Wilson half-assing his way through the Rooney Rule. Makes you wonder then, if interviewing Perry Fewell and Leslie Frazier for the coaching job were token runs at placating the league's insistence on giving minorities a shot at the job.
• The coaching situation in Buffalo may be a joke, but the Oakland Raiders are a flaming trainwrecks. It's widely known that the Raiders, aka football's losingest franchise of the past decade, are on the lookout for a coach, the latest to turn down the gig being Jim Harbaugh. Problem is, Al Davis hasn't bothered to give lame duck Tom Cable his walking papers. Sheesh, it's nice to know things could be worse here in Buffalo. Between Wilson and Davis meddling and Bud Adams flipping off fans, the Deans of the AFL have lost a lot of respect with us. Lamar Hunt, we hardly knew ya.
• The Pro Bowl is set for January 31 in Miami. Hate the idea. At least in Pro Bowls past, you might expect to see players from the two Super Bowl teams. Now, no coach in his right mind allow his players to participate a week before the biggest game of the season and risk injury. It's a lose-lose proposition for the fans: would they want to see a Peyton Manning sidelined when the Colts play in the Super Bowl? Then again, wouldn't they want to see the AFC's best quarterback play in the Pro Bowl? Must be the league figured out it could make more scratch by moving the game before the Super Bowl. What else these days motivates the league offices and players union?
• Who booked the Who for the Super Bowl halftime show, anyway? Now, I love this classic act as much as anyone, but the Who died when Keith Moon did, and its corpse was cremated when John Entwistle unplugged his life amp. I guess heralding The Who is more attractive to audiences than "Pete Townshend & Friends."
• Does anyone else find those Fox robot/player graphics creepy and annoying? I hate them. As much as I'd like them to turn those things into scrap metal, this is the kind of "creativity" that passes for imaginative these days. It's brilliant marketing by Fox, though, which knows a thing or two about reaching the lowest common denominator.
• I always scoffed at people who said "goaltending is everything," but this year's Detroit Red Wings are proving the theory to be true. The Wings, in danger of missing the postseason party for the first time since 1991, simply haven't gotten the tending to secure valuable points. Jimmy Howard is doing his best, but he's failed to provide the stellar netminding needed to grab enough wins in the rugged Western Conference. I'm sure Detroit would like to believe Wheatfield's Tom McCollum is ready, but developing young goalies is a long-term project, not a short-term fix.
• It's almost February, meaning the baseball talk will start soon. For teams like the Royals, Pirates, and Marlins, it'll be over before it begins, underscoring the need for a salary cap. Fans there can enjoy emerging stars there for a few summers before the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, and the league's other big players scratch outrageous checks to snag them away. At least tickets are still cheap in those cities.