Sports: The Way It Is
I could not tell if Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was wearing purple earplugs for the crowd noise in the Superdome or because Prince’s Vikings fight song was still ringing in Favre’s ears.
Early reports are that Favre has unretired and then retired. You would think after all these years he would be able to get the order of the two straight. (This is a joke – not to be taken seriously.)
After the New Orleans Saints won the NFC Championship Game, I was proud watching former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell in the middle of the celebration. During Super Bowl Week, I plan on interviewing him first.
Let’s stop gushing at the alleged greatness of Reggie Bush. Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Bush totaled 108 yards on nine touches. In the NFC Championship Game, he touched the ball nine times for 41 yards with one fumble and a receiving touchdown. In my opinion, Maurice Jones-Drew is three times the player Reggie Bush will ever be.
According to David Garrard’s agent Phil Senich, Garrard has been selected as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s replacement in this year’s Pro Bowl. Along with Tennessee Titan Vince Young, Garrard will backup AFC starter Matt Schaub. Garrard and Jones-Drew are the only two Jaguars selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
What happened to forgive and forget? It has become more like rip and spit. Even with Joe Cullen’s two arrests during the 2006 preseason while with the Detroit Lions, I welcome his potential hiring to the Jaguars’ coaching staff. Cullen could bring an added spark to a defense that finished the 2009 season with 14 sacks. Not-so-fun fact: During the 2009 regular season, two NFL players finished with more sacks than the whole Jaguars defense – Denver Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (17.0) and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (14.5).
On Thursday night, I intently watched my first NHL game of the season. The Washington Capitals crushed the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. I know for a fact I won’t be watching an entire hockey game until the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game of the week: the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team visits the University of North Florida at the UNF Arena on Friday, January 29. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Ospreys, losers of their last three, are hoping to avenge last Monday’s 62-55 loss to the Dolphins. UNF is calling Friday’s game “White-Out the Dolphins.” All Ospreys fans are encouraged to wear white.
During a guest radio appearance on Inside the Game, UNF men’s basketball head coach Matthew Driscoll was asked about a report that UNF and JU have difficult times recruiting the Jacksonville area. As to why certain players choose UNF, Driscoll said, “Sometimes you choose the thong over the one-piece.”
Colleague and recent UNF graduate Wesley Mitchell, who is the voice of the Episcopal Eagles football team, was hired two weeks ago as part of the Jacksonville Suns’ ticket sales and media relations departments. Mitchell’s drive is only matched by his love for sports.
It is pleasant to see former NFL running back Tiki Barber, who played his last season in 2006, has remembered the fundamentals of not fumbling the football. In a recent Ritz crackers television commercial, Barber held onto the kickoff and then began dancing. Since Barber finished his career with 22 lost fumbles, I am not surprised he started to dance.
For any sports fan, I recommend the independent comedy Big Fan. Comedian Patton Oswalt stars as a New York Giants fan who is harshly impacted by his favorite player’s actions.
By far, the best line in the movie is when a sports talk radio host says, “…Derrick Harvey having four sacks in eight games…” I am still laughing because of the brilliance of that – planned or unplanned. In 25 starts for the Jaguars, Harvey has 5.5 sacks.
If the Colts win the Super Bowl, how much will Colts fans complain about not completing the first perfect 19-0 season?
Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio. Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show.
Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.
You can e-mail Richard at Richard.Miller@jaxobserver.com