Weekly links is back and what a weird week for San Diego football fans.
Dean Spanos is finally taking the Chargers to Los Angeles and he has become a national laughingstock. It felt like only San Diegans were aware of what a dork the guy is but the announcement of the move displayed that all football fans are fully aware.
Even other pro sports team were mocking the Chargers … ouch. And you could almost hear that spineless public relations director yelling “Take a chill pill” if you recall that silly incident from the 2012 season.
My favorite thing I ran across was some Los Angeles writer giving a rundown of the organization and wondering if the move to Los Angeles could affect the Chargers’ on-field play in 2017.
Ummmmmm, they are 9-23 over the past two seasons, dude. And they were the only team in the NFL to lose to the dreadful Cleveland Browns.
If moving to Los Angeles is going to affect the record, the Chargers will BE the Cleveland Browns.
Happiest team about the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles is the soccer team that will share the StubHub Center with the Chargers.
That’s because the LA Galaxy are guaranteed to still be the highest-scoring team playing in that venue.
OK, on to the links.
It will be interesting to see how the Dallas Cowboys fare against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Quarterback Dak Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott (NFL-best 1,631 rushing yards) haven’t looked like novices during a 13-3 season. But how will they handle the playoff pressure?
Prescott has handled everything well while going from projected third-stringer to making Tony Romo forever irrelevant. But the playoffs are a completely different animal and things can go wrong quickly.
You might recall Dan Fouts’ first career playoff game as the leader of the Don Coryell Chargers. He threw five interceptions and the heavily favored Chargers lost to the Houston Oilers.
If a Hall of Famer like Fouts could fall flat on his face, so can a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State.
Not to forget that Aaron Rodgers is hotter than lava (you bet lava made it into my lead) and is an experienced veteran of the playoff wars. Rodgers has thrown 18 touchdown passes without being intercepted over the past seven games.
Here is the stellar Packers-Cowboys preview — http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/NFL/2017/01/12/Green-Bay-Packers-vs-Dallas-Cowboys-Aaron-Rodgers-Dak-Prescott-under-the-microscope/9991484249346/
Now that it is mid-January, it is time to start figuring out which college basketball conferences are good and which ones are pretenders.
I haven’t yet figured out where the SEC stands but I know what direction I’m leaning.
Kentucky is pretty talented but we saw South Carolina collapse late last season to be relegated to the NIT so it is hard to take the Gamecocks seriously.
Which brings me to Florida.
I’ve had to watch the Gators play a few times lately and write about them because I’m paid to do so and their record (13-3, 4-0 SEC) appears to be better than the sum of its parts.
In Tuesday’s 80-67 victory over Alabama (now that school is a pretender), it was Florida’s ninth-leading scorer playing the hero. Some guy named Keith Stone and his 14-point effort improved his scoring average to 4.6.
You can say it is a good quality when a team can have its ninth-best player lead them in scoring. But the other fact is that teams like this typically start displaying their true colors in mid-February.
They don’t tend to get better — and often will decline.
Florida has one good scorer in sophomore KeVaughn Allen. Senior Canyon Barry (son of Rick) provides scoring punch off the bench but it isn’t a team that scares anyone.
The Gators play Georgia (I’m leaning toward pretender for the Bulldogs) on Saturday and I will be watching closely.
Here is the stellar Georgia-Florida preview — http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/no-23-florida-goes-for-7th-straight-vs-georgia/
The Los Angeles Rams hired a coach who turns 31 years old on Jan. 24.
That’s correct — 31 years old. Not 41. Not 51. Not 61. Heck, not 71.
Sean McVay was hired by the Rams to turn around their fortunes and perhaps he’s too young to know that’s nearly impossible. And since Kroenke the Donkey owns the team, is there anybody anywhere that wants to see the Rams win?
McVay is the youngest coach in NFL history as I’m sure you figured out. He was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins.
The fun part about stories like this is you see a report and you start writing and reporting like a madman. It took just 15 minutes to write this breaking news and that includes doing all the research on McVay’s background and searching for statements from McVay and the Rams.
This story was out on the national wire 20 minutes before the Rams even released the news themselves.
That is part of the fun as you never know what you might have to write on a moment’s notice.
So now I’m well-versed on Sean McVay.
Oh, there is a player on the Rams who is older than McVay. Now that’s funny.
Here is the stellar breaking news story — http://www.sportsxchange.com/tsxfiles/?page_id=211&max_colums=60&story_id=156335