Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This and That. Oh and some of That Too.

On the bright side in New Jersey, today is our first true spring day! Just gorgeous out, sunny 70 degrees with a light breeze. Too bad I can't hit the links. I will hit a bucket though.

Monday makes you wonder where mankind is headed. Just a tragic event and so so unnecessary. Anything that needs changing can be discussed. There is no need for an action that hurts so many innocent people that have no say in the discussion or the power to make a change anyway. Why go to those measures?

Only 8 more shopping days until the draft. Every top prospect has been probed and had their check up from the neck up. Probably at a dozen team sites. As exciting as it would be to be a top draft choice, it must be a pain in the ass to have to hop on all those flights and go to all those team offices to be asked the same questions. Do they get to fly first class? Could you imagine being 6-5, 310 lbs in coach? With only one small sandwich?

So Philbin had a pretty good week. Two feathers in his cap!

First, he is named to the Coaches Subcommittee of the NFL Competition
Committee. John Madden is the Chair so he will have the teleprompter. Philbin joins Coughlin, Frazier, Reid, Smith and John Harbaugh at the table. They will meet via conference call to discuss such glaring issues as:
"that ref is horrible week after week"
"how come we gotta go there every december"
"have you guys ever been to the XYZ Bar in XYZ City"
"I hate that hotel, their room service stinks"

Second, Philbin will be speaking at the NFL Career Development Symposium at the Wharton School of Business May 6-8. This is a pretty big deal when you think about it. He will be speaking to candidates for NFL Head Coaching and GM positions. For him to be asked to do this he must be well respected around the league. But will he fly to Philly first class or coach?

Starks is still MIA.  Randy, if you are reading, please put your personal contract issue on the back burner. Ireland isn't going to negotiate with you until at least half the season is over and you better have some stats built up by then. Get your butt into camp, get working, set the tone for a good start to the season and then you will get all you want. But right now, you have no negotiating power. You are locked into a one year prove it contract so accept your situation. As my old boss used to say, "Your raise will become effective when you do!!!"

Only 8 more shopping days! Cannot wait! DVR is all set. I love watching the draft. Switching between ESPN and the NFL Network. Who thinks what about whom's picks and the value of them. Who graded out best by each division and/or conference. The productions are getting better and better every year. The amount of information they get onto the screen in just moments is...well, as we say in Jersey...Forget about it!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971


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