11.30.07

Whitlock Thinks He’s Caught Sean Taylor’s Real Killer

Posted in Hip Hop, Sports Journalism at 6:46 pm by

The Miami police, it seems, should be trying to track down an organization Jason has dubbed “the Black KKK”. From Big Sexy’s latest Fox Sports.com column :

Let’s cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner’s office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren’t checking W-2s.

Rather than whine about white folks’ insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we’d be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.

But we don’t want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people’s hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant.

Our self-hatred has been set to music and reinforced by a pervasive culture that promotes a crab-in-barrel mentality.

You’re damn straight I blame hip hop for playing a role in the genocide of American black men. When your leading causes of death and dysfunction are murder, ignorance and incarceration, there’s no reason to give a free pass to a culture that celebrates murder, ignorance and incarceration.

Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it’s not OK to “super man dat ho” and end any and every dispute by “cocking on your bitch,” nothing will change.

Does a Soulja Boy want an education?

I don’t claim to be an expert on crime or race, but I’m still having trouble getting past the proliferation of guns having something to do with people being shot to death. Of course, I do realize handguns and hip-hop were introduced at exactly the same time, and without the latter, the former would cease to exist — as would all other social problems!

The Newest Member Of The New York Mets Is Not An Anti-Semite…

Posted in Baseball, Religion at 6:34 pm by

….he’s just curious. From CSTB, September 20, 2005 :

From the Associated Press :

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday suspended clubhouse credentials for a prayer service leader after a flap over comments about Jews.
Club officials said Jon Moeller (above) will not be allowed access to the locker room while the team investigates. Meantime, the Nationals have asked the Christian ministry Baseball Chapel, which oversees clubhouse prayer services, to provide a replacement.
An article published Sunday in The Washington Post described outfielder Ryan Church asking Moeller if Jews are “doomed” because they do not believe in Jesus ” to which Moeller reportedly nodded.
In a team statement issued Tuesday, Church said, “I am not the type of person who would call into question the religious beliefs of others.”
Team president Tony Tavares said the reported remarks “do not, in any manner, reflect the views or opinions of the Washington Nationals franchise.”
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, who leads Washington’s oldest Orthodox synagogue, Ohev Sholom Talmud Torah, said, “The Nationals did a good job about bringing hate into the locker room.”
Herzfeld said he met with Tavares for about 30 minutes Tuesday after denouncing the reported remarks at a news conference outside RFK Stadium. He described the meeting as productive, but said he would continue to follow the situation.
Another Jewish leader, Rabbi Ethan Seidel of the Tifereth Israel synagogue, said, “Yeah, no one likes to be told they’re going to hell, but Christians have been saying that for thousands of years.”
The offending passage in question from Sunday’s Post :
The players not only pray, but they also discuss personal matters — marital tension, addiction issues, family illnesses, financial stress — drawing sometimes surprising lessons. (Ryan) Church was concerned because his former girlfriend was Jewish. He turned to Moeller, “I said, like, Jewish people, they don’t believe in Jesus. Does that mean they’re doomed? Jon nodded, like, that’s what it meant. My ex-girlfriend! I was like, man, if they only knew. Other religions don’t know any better. It’s up to us to spread the word.”

Dean Of American Sports Blogging Dismayed By The Younger Generation

Posted in Blogged Down, Will Leitch Sucks at 5:22 pm by

David Colon of The Gil Meche Experience has already noted the heavy irony of Deadspin’s Will Leitch tisk-tisking over his alma mater’s sports page going all TMZ on the likes of Jake Peavy.

And funnily enough, Will parlayed his experience at the Daily Illini and the Sporting News into a full-time job reposting drunk athlete photos.

Today’s no-good kids aren’t cutting their teeth on serious journalism like Will. They’re just going directly into drunk athlete pics. I wonder where they got the idea this might be a fun or lucrative thing to do?

In the meantime, the biggest, most widely-read chunk of the sportsdude blogosphere is almost entirely dependent on sub-FHM (or in some cases, copped from FHM) visual stimuli in order to generate any traffic whatsoever. If you’re waiting for Leitch to take a bold stand against such lazy minds, don’t hold your breath.

Much the way Leitch thought the kid who got the OJ interview scoop for ESPN was worthy of ridicule, he’s awfully selective in these instances.

In any case, Kyle Orton should be thrilled to know someone is standing up for higher standards.

A True American Hero, Sadly Outlived By George Hamilton

Posted in The World Of Entertainment, Vroom Vroom at 4:18 pm by

From the AP :

Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel’s death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Not A Bad Drummer, But He Was No Tim Toms

Posted in Free Expression, History's Not Happening, Rock Und Roll at 3:07 pm by

Hot Shit College Student writes, “I typed in “chicago” and searched by date, hoping to find something poking fun at the Kerry Wood signing, or the Bulls sucking, etc. Turns out youtube is turning into CSTB lite, because I ended up with a clip of GG Allin shitting on stage and throwing it at the audience.”

Though I understand HSCS’s analogy between the Cubs bringing back Wood and the Bard Of Hookset flinging his own poo at paying customers, that still didn’t fully prepare me for this clip.

Wally Matthews Won’t Have Lastings Milledge To Kick Around Anymore

Posted in Baseball at 2:04 pm by

So much for the thought Da Edge might be a crucial component in a Joe Blanton deal. From the New York Daily News’ Roger Rubin.

The Mets dealt outfielder Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church on Friday.

Schneider, a solid defensive catcher, is now the likely starter. Ramon Castro, who was recently re-signed, is the likely back-up. Johnny Estrada, recently acquired for reliever Guillermo Mota, could be used in a deal or non-tendered.

Church had 15 home runs and 70 RBI this past season. He, along with Carlos Gomez and Endy Chavez, will compete for time in right field and occasionally spell Moises Alou in left field.

Rubin’s a quality reporter and was no doubt in a hurry to compose the above item. So he can be excused for failing to mention that Omar Minaya was abducted yesterday and was replaced on an interim basis by Frank Cashen.

This Is What The D-League Looks Like At 11am Central Time

Posted in Basketball at 12:23 pm by

A little early for me to be doing this, to tell you the truth. And perhaps a little early for the Toros, too, currently trailing Sioux Falls, 62-50 at the half. Recently demoted from the Spurs, Darius Washington has 4 points so far in his D-League debut, while former Syracuse standout Damone Brown has 16 for the Skyforce.

If Quinn Snyder doesn’t have to wear a tie to the game, then neither do I.

(UPDATE : Toros 114, Skyforce 109. Washington finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, and was easily the most talented guy on the floor.  He’s unlikely to cost Tony Parker much playing time in the near future, but there’s at least one team playing in midtown Manhattan that could use a PG this competent.)

Smush In A Rush

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 11:22 am by

And suddenly, Kwame’s birthday cake robbery seems dignified by comparison. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Michael Cunningham :



Heat coach Pat Riley said guard Smush Parker (above) would be inactive while the team investigates an allegation that Parker twisted a woman’s arm during an argument over a valet parking fee.

Yomara McKenzie, 41, told police Parker injured her left arm Tuesday morning at a condo building at 355 Biscayne Blvd. According to a Miami police report, Parker was told he owed a $12 fee but said he paid the night before. The valets could not find a ticket for the car.

McKenzie’s attorney, Ron Guralnick, said he would file a complaint with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this morning. Guralnick, a personal injury attorney, said he also would file a civil suit against Parker “for assault and battery, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.”

Parker’s agent, Bill Ceisler, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. On Wednesday, Ceisler said Parker, in a hurry to make Heat practice, didn’t have cash on hand and couldn’t find a working ATM within walking distance.

Police said Parker, denied his keys until the debt was settled, knocked over a podium out of frustration. McKenzie then told Parker he would have to pay for damaging the podium, the police report said.

Parker, 24, tussled with McKenzie in an attempt to retrieve the keys, according to the report. Guralnick said McKenzie went to the hospital Tuesday and was treated for “severe scratches” on her left arm, reported a “tingling sensation” in her fingertips and also complained of back and neck pain.

Messin’ With Sasquatch : Vancouver 2010′s Mascots

Posted in olympics at 10:58 am by

Decent stuff as Olympic mascots go, but without wishing to tell the Vancouver 2010 organizers how to do their jobs…what, pray tell, happened to the fourth member of the above gang, the guitar-wielding, spoken-word reciting Shithead? Surely an effort to recognize British Columbia’s rich cultural heritage is incomplete without him?

Lisa Loeb Is Turning Over In Her (Career) Grave

Posted in Baseball, Rock Und Roll at 10:19 am by

Though Kuff & The Buttheads’ musical salute to Xavier Nady did eventually grow on me, I’m sorry to say I’m just a little underwhelmed with the above homage to John Maine.

On the bright side, these guys have yet to unveil a song about Brian Lawrence.

Damn You, TV Guide

Posted in Gridiron, The World Of Entertainment at 10:06 am by

Keith Olbermann and Kelsey Grammer’s appearances on last Sunday’s “The Simpsons” were worthy of mention, but what about long-suffering Ryan Leaf?

11.29.07

The Boston Massacre : Where Not Giving A Shit Happens

Posted in Basketball at 9:10 pm by

Celtics 82, Knicks 37 (2:44 remaining, 3rd quarter)

Even Bill Belichick thought Doc Rivers should’ve given his starters the rest of the night off.

Only a person unfamiliar with the recent fortunes of these two teams would be surprised by the likely result, but the abject lack of effort on the part of the visitors is nothing short of mind blowing. Even during the most brutal moments of John MacLeod or Stu Jackson’s tenures did we didn’t witness a Knicks squad so throughly outclassed, but never in my lifetime have I seen a professional team trailing by 30 more with nearly a half to be played, that completely gave up trying for rebounds, fighting for loose balls or showing even the smallest bit of pride in their alleged craft.

For all the abuse Rivers has received in the past, I’ll say this much ; the C’s are running away from New York like Secretariat at Belmont, and the likes of Glen Davis and Eddie House are still throwing themselves all over the floor. The Big 3 are most assuredly All-Universe, but Boston’s bench would run rings around Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry most nights.

I am wondering, however, just how big the Celtics’ margin has to be for Scot Pollard to remove his warm-ups. If ever there was a time for Pollard to come up with a cheap double-double, this had to be it.

There’s no shame in being beaten, thumped even, by what is arguably the best team in the NBA. But for Isiah Thomas’ charges to not even show up for a nationally televised game against this historic rival is mortifying. And it oughta bug the hell out of Celtics fans who purchased tickets for a game featuring an opponent other than the Washington Generals.

(UPDATE : Celtics 104, Knicks 59. Only via a Nate Robinson three-pointer at the buzzer — after Boston allowed an intentional 24-second violation to turn the ball over — spared New York their lowest point total in franchise history. Postgame, Kevin Garnett acknowledged Quentin Richardson’s tough talk, and yeah, were it not for Q running his mouth, Boston might’ve only won by 40).

Political Candidates Beware : Raul Mondesi Is One Fickle Motherfucker

Posted in Baseball, politics at 8:37 pm by

This story reminds me of a scene in the Robert Redford vehicle “The Candidate”. Or perhaps the Urge Overkill video, “The Candidate”. Or perhaps, none of the above. From the November 23 Dominican Daily (link lifted from Dodger Thoughts)

Former Los Angeles Dodger slugger and now deputy Raul Mondesí after a meeting with president Leonel Fernandez yesterday decided to continue backing the ruling PLD party and the reelection bid, just hours after vowing to support opposition PRD party presidential candidate, Miguel Vargas.

The newspaper El Nacional said deputy Mondesí “who won his seat after resigning from the also opposition PRSC party- met with Vargas on Wednesday and said he was willing to support his candidacy, but Fernandez invited the ex big leaguer to the National Palace just hours afterwards, when he again vowed to support the re-election.

Vargas said in the two meetings which the former outfielder requested, Mondesí had expressed his disgust with the PLD, for alleged broken promises.

Yesterday, from his native San Cristóbal, in statements by telephone to Radio Z-101FM, Mondesí admitted he was displeased with the PLD, but said as a friend of Fernandez he supports his reelection bid.

He later repeated the statements on the same station to the journalist Consuelo Despradel: “I can meet with whomever, but am friend of the President and support the reelection,” he said, but denied having met with Vargas.

The rumors of Mondesí™s disgust with the PLD and decision to support Vargas spread from San Cristóbal throughout the week, including his threat to turn over his 12 billboards picturing the former L.A. Dodger together with Fernandez to Vargas™ campaign.

Rhetorical Battle With Heartless, Gutless Prick Turgid, But Not Surprising

Posted in Firearms, Free Expression, Gridiron, Sports Journalism, Sports Radio at 8:10 pm by

Hey, at least Leonard Shapiro never wrote that Sean Taylor lead his team in bullets intercepted. From the Washington City Paper’s Dave McKenna :

A huge huddle of Redskins fans have been taking out their grief over Sean Taylor™s death on Len Shapiro for his Tuesday washingtonpost.com column headlined, œTaylor™s Death Is Tragic but Not Surprising. Shapiro says he™s gotten hundreds of emails since the article appeared.

œThis is the most I™ve gotten for anything since I started doing the column, Shapiro says. œEvery time I click over, there are three or four new ones, many of them starting with ˜Mr. Shapiro, you heartless, gutless prick.™

The outcry, which has a hater/non-hater ratio of about 100-to-1, has caused Shapiro some second thoughts.

œThe headline [which Shapiro didn™t write] was a little tough, and a lot of the readers didn™t get past the headline, he says. œAnd if I had it to do over, I probably wouldn™t have been quite as cynical about Taylor™s transformation. I probably shouldn™t have used the words ™so-called.™

Shapiro has also taken a beating on WOL-AM™s sportstalk show, The Sports Groove. John Mitchell, a sportswriter for the Washington Times, went on the air Tuesday night and quickly nailed Shapiro with a one-two punch, calling him both a œracist, conniving skunk and a œracist, conniving dog of a skunk.

Last night, the barrage against Shapiro continued, as Sports Groove host Mark Gray boasted that he had invited the writer on the show to rebut the haters, of which he is a proud ringleader.

Shapiro tells me he was unaware of the invite, but he™ll be glad to discuss the situation with Gray.

Eli’s Old Coach Defends Skittish QB

Posted in Gridiron at 6:57 pm by

In what has to be a more pleasant development for Eli Manning than an expression of empathy from Rex Grossman, the former received a big vote of confidence from, uh, the man partially responsible for tutoring the erratic Giants QB. From Newsday’s Jim Baubach.

“I think resilient is a proper word right now,” former Ole Miss head coach / current Tennesee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe said today by telephone. “I’ll tell you why Eli is resilient. Eli is a guy who is accountable. He’s accountable to himself. He doesn’t pass the buck. It’s square on his shoulders. He understands it’s important – regardless of whether it’s all his fault or not.”

But what about the laid-back way Manning carries himself on the field, in the huddle, on the sideline. In the wake of his four-interception performance, fans have expressed a strong desire to see Manning break out of his mold and show more emotion, to show outwardly that he cares.

“I see that demeanor that is exposed to people, but I also know Eli,” Cutcliffe said. “And I’ll tell you this: You don’t take things on your shoulders without being a tough guy. He’s not a soft guy. People take quiet as being soft. That’s not the case at all.”

“Eli is a man, and he knows how to step it up when he has to,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s just a little quiet. I guess if people can find fault in being a little quiet then he’s guilty. But it’s not soft. I’ll go in the foxhole with him. He’ll fight until the fight is over with him. I know that from knowing him for a good part of his life.”

“He, probably like a lot of us, just sometimes is a little hesitant to talk to much. He’s just more of an action guy.”

I’m not sure at what point in the call Baumbach explained he was asking about Eli Manning rather than Eli Wallach

The Man’s Harassment Of Tony La Genius

Posted in Baseball, The Law at 6:00 pm by

Much as I’d like to presume Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa just needed a little more rest last March, surely he knows better than anyone else exactly how many stray cats and dogs are killed each year by drunk motorists?

Let Me Be The First To Suggest Sascha Baron-Cohen For The Part Of Pedro Gomez

Posted in Baseball, The World Of Entertainment at 5:33 pm by

Richard Dreyfus as Victor Conte? Robert Iler as the Giambino? From Variety :

Ron Shelton has been set by HBO Films to direct a pic about San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds that will air on HBO.

HBO Films has acquired rights to “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports,” a book by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who broke numerous stories about the nutrition company accused of distributing illegal steroids to athletes including Bonds, Oakland A’s and New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi and Olympic gold medal sprinter Marion Jones. Shelton will write the script with his œTin Cup writing partner John Norville as soon as the writers strike ends. The film will be exec produced by Ross Greenburg, the HBO Sports president who exec produced Roger Maris biopic œ61*, and Michael Greenburg (œStargate SG-1), who™s now exec producer of Score Prods.

A Surefire Method For Austin Residents To See Tonight’s Packers/Cowboys Game : Impersonate An Elected Offical

Posted in Gridiron, politics, Sports TV at 4:16 pm by

Time-Warner subscribers wishing to view this evening’s Green Bay/Dallas tilt are shit out of luck, but the same cannot be said of those being lobbied by AT&T, writes the Austin American-Statesman’s W. Gardner Selby.

State legislators, family and staff members are invited to the Alamo Drafthouse South on South Lamar Boulevard to watch the game, with food and drink tossed in ” courtesy of AT&T.

“We couldn’t invite the public to something like that,” AT&T spokeswoman Jodi Bart said Wednesday without elaborating.

Invitations sent to legislators promise a “high-definition demonstration of our incredible new video product U-verse,” which is competing with cable and satellite TV in the Austin area.

Tracy King, AT&T vice president for public affairs for the Western region, said U-verse became possible because of telecommunications deregulation approved by the 2005 Legislature.

Separately, the Texas House Committee on Regulated Industries will hear testimony Dec. 10 on the dispute between the NFL Network and cable providers.

There was no word Wednesday on whether the committee chairman, Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, will be at the Alamo tonight.

Cliche’-Crazed Minny Scribe Claims The Red Sox Are “Favorites” In The Santana Chase

Posted in Baseball at 3:29 pm by

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Charley Waters

A little birdie says the Boston Red Sox have become the favorite in the Johan Santana trade sweepstakes.

The Twins would receive four players for the Twins’ two-time Cy Young Award winner, including center fielder Coco Crisp, 28.

Others would be shortstop prospect Jed Lowrie, 23; left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, 23; and right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson (above), 22.

Before a deal could be made, the Red Sox would have to have time to negotiate a contract extension with Santana, 28, who can become a free agent after next season and could have a market value as high as $150 million over six years.

Lowrie did not play in the major leagues this year but is considered ready and is a good-fielding shortstop who also can hit. Lowrie had a slugging percentage of .500 at Class AA and Class AAA this year.

Though not possessing the ability to speak with birds, the Boston Herald’s Tony Massarotti has a bit more information to offer :

The bottom line is that Ellsbury, Buchholz or Lester could be in any package for Santana, but that two (or more) of them will not go in the deal.

According to one major league source, the Twins are looking for a package of players that includes a pitcher, a positional player and one or two prospects. In the case of the Red Sox, Minnesota™s requests translate into something like this: Buchholz or Lester; Ellsbury; and one or two minor leaguers, perhaps someone like Justin Masterson.

Is that a lot to pay? You bet it is, which is why the deal hasn™t happened yet.

Yankee president Gene Michael told ESPN NY’s Max Kellerman earlier today the Bombers are willing to part with Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy in order to obtain Santana, though you’d have to figure one or both would be on offer for a serious discussion to take place.

Possibly a smart bit of dumpster diving on the part of Tampa in signing former Angels/Tigers closer Troy Percival to a two-year deal. After missing all of the 2006 season and retiring in April of last year, Percival looked pretty sharp for Memphis before compiling a 1.80 ERA in 40 innings for the parent Cardinals later in ’07.

Michael Caracciolo Tribute Act Plugs Irrelevant College Football Game

Posted in Gridiron at 2:31 pm by

For perhaps the first and last time, we’ve heard Colin Cowherd described as “quirky”.

Greenland’s Hoops Suckiness Confirmed

Posted in Basketball, Blogged Down at 12:37 pm by

I don’t get it.  Can’t the Suns or Spurs send a qualified scout to Godthaab for a few years?

ATHF’s Carl On Mangino : One Onion Ring Away From Exploding All Over The Drumline

Posted in Free Expression, Gridiron at 10:29 am by

“Catch that new Dan Dierdorf video?” asks David Roth. And while, yeah, it’s been all over the place, I’m pretty worried that if Carl keeps up this kind up of free web video commentary, nobody’s gonna shell out for The Kid From Brooklyn’s new pay site.

Perhaps Not The Best Spokesperson For The NRA

Posted in Basketball, Firearms at 10:01 am by

The General wasn’t shooting at James Simpson’s house. It was his friend. Besides, they didn’t start firing until 7:45 am. And they don’t have to move. Unless you’re polite. In which case, they still might not move.

Does anyone doubt that having a camera crew follow Bobby Knight 24-7 would result in something almost this fantastic on a regular basis?  The man has already demonstrated that heavy-shit-goes-down on visits to the salad bar, gymnasium, etc.   What could possibly be happening when Knight is in line at the DMV? Looking for a parking space at Costco?

I’m willing to bet after a day or two you’d have more interesting footage than the entire season of “Knight School”.

Grating Minds Think Alike : Cowherd, Brick On Taylor’s Death

Posted in Gridiron, Sports Radio at 9:36 am by

What were the odds that a pair of sophisticated, erudite social commentators like Fox Sports Radio’s J.T. The Brick (above) and ESPN’s Colin Cowherd would have virtually the exact same thing to say, particularly when it involved their own questionable judgement?

Both radio hosts took yesterday’s comments by Arizona CB Antrel Rolle that his childhood pal, the late Sean Taylor had “been targeted for years” as validation they were justified in openly speculating about the nature of Taylor’s killing.

“Who you gonna believe?” bellowed The Brick, “the Miami chief of police or the guy’s buddy?”, forgetting of course, that said buddy was in Tempe at the time of the killing and has no more firsthand knowledge of the crime than you or I.

“I’ve always said that reasonable people can reach a conclusion before all the facts are in” huffed Cowherd earlier today, before using Rolle’s remarks as a way of patting himself on the back.

“It wasn’t an accident!” proclaimed Cowherd, who perhaps has difficulty distinguishing between a home invasion (rarely accidental) and something more circumstantial.

“This is talk radio,” explained the Brick’s colleague, Tom Looney last night. “We can’t wait ’till all the facts are in. We have to speculate.”

Given the very deep backgrounds all of these men have in criminal investigation, I’m sure their listeners cannot thank them enough.

Coming to the WWL: BCS Idol

Posted in College Spurts, Lower Education at 4:07 am by

Austin American-Statesman sports editor John Bridges muses on the process that made Mike Sherman (above) the second highest paid employee of the State of Texas:

Usually, state jobs in Texas must be posted for 10 days. A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne was able to get a special exception by deeming his opening an emergency. The emergency? Recruiting.

Never mind that Sherman is going to spend the next five weeks coaching for the Texans.

Here’s a suggestion to end all the doubletalk: Establish a National Firing Day, similar to National Signing Day.

At the stroke of noon on this magical day every December, coaches can be fired and hired. Sell the broadcast rights to ESPN. Available candidates could be seated in a soundproof room, squirming like Brady Quinn on draft day. There might even be room to let in a couple of black coaching candidates.

It’s really no more ludicrous than the current process ” a process that rightly has the Black Coaches Association and state Sen. Royce West raising questions about minority hiring practices.

They would like for colleges to follow the NFL’s lead and at least include minority candidates in the conversation.

Shoot, at this point, it’ll be progress if there is more than one candidate of any color in the conversation.

Byrne said that Sherman was the only coach interviewed for the A&M job; Ole Miss probably just left Nutt an offer on his voice mail. (“This is Houston. I’m probably on the other line with another school. If you’re an AD, just leave your best offer at the tone.”)

But we can cut Byrne some slack on the minority-hiring thing. He said that he had never met Sherman until he walked into a Houston hotel room Friday night.

Given how much time he’d spent on the matter, perhaps he was surprised to see that Sherman was a white man.