Trump Talk:LIVE WITH JEFF CROUERE


After watching the video, click here
Sunday, 19 August 2012 23:42
When Mike Ditka wed Bobby Valentine
Written by 

rickywilliamsOkay, you know how this works. Professional athlete of some respect goes into coaching, has some success but gets fired and goes to TV where he becomes a personality. Decides he wants to get back on the field and accepts a plum job as the head man of a prominent team. Then, his desired renaissance declines into the Dark Ages. Guess Who?  If you guessed Mike Ditka, you would be a Saints fan with a grudge. If you guessed Bobby Valentine, you would be a Red Sox fan suffering through a miserable season.

 

     The parallels between Ditka and Valentine seem to grow closer with every game the Bostons fall behind the hated Yankees (not to mention the Rays and Orioles!). The Ditka saga is well-known in New Orleans, how the Saints were goaded by a sycophantic press corps into believing the Hall of Fame tight end who had coached a Super Bowl champion could somehow come in and resurrect what had become a franchise that lost as many games as it won. So what happened but in his three years as Saints boss, Ditka's teams lost more than twice as many games as they won (15-33), and in the course set the franchise back almost to the days of the Aints.

     But they were great theater, weren't they? Trading an entire draft for a talented running back whose Society Anxiety Disorder infected an entire fan base. And who can forget the photo of Rickey's "bride" and Ditka's dreadlocked groom? Yet from a respectability standpoint, it was a time of darkness when Who Dats could only venture out at night lest they be recognized and ridiculed by the enlightened skeptics.

     Flash forward to today. The Red Sox are not even within hailing distance of first place, and their chances of reaching the playoffs for the seventh time in the past ten years are slim. Hired as manager last fall when Terry Francona left after a 7-20 fade, Valentine's team is 13 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and 7 1/2 games out in the wild-card race. Boston hasn't been above third place all season. Twenty-six players have gone on the disabled list, the most for any team since at least 1987. Injuries can't be laid at the manager's door, but even Valentine says he is disappointed with his performance.

     "I'm not doing a good job," Valentine said Saturday. "I didn't get paid to do anything other than get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick in things right down to the end, even be in first place. The team I'm managing is not there. Simple. So my job has not been a good job, if I had to assess." Cries are growing louder for Valentine's  ouster. The unrest is encapsulated in a new website: www.BobbyValentineSucks.com, which is brutal even by Boston standards. 

     bobby-valentine-new-york-mets-espn-929jpg-a416ea3cfd6a1534 largeValentine signed only a two-year contract, so cutting bait after one season would not be a huge financial loss, not that finances ever enter into anything the Sox do. I don't know if Valentine's days are numbered, but if an apparition appears where Big Papi is wearing a wedding dress and Valentine is wearing a dreadlock wig, let it be known that the Apocalypse is certainly upon Red Sox Nation!  


 

 
 






by Jim Miller

Jim Miller's new book, "Where the Water Kept Rising," is now available in local bookstores and at his website: www.JWMillerSports.com

 

 

 

              

  Want more Louisiana news?               

Louisiana News

Louisiana Politics

Louisiana Business

Louisiana Government

             
 Baton Rouge News

Lafayette News

Shreveport  News

New Orleans News

   

 

Signup for Our Newsletter

qr

Scan the QR Code above using your smartphone to signup for our newsletter.

Join Our Email List
Email:  

 

 

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.

 

Read More

latter-blum2

TRUMP TALK

Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1