Posts for Tag: football

Bay Area loses another legendary innovator - Raiders owner Al Davis dead at 82

"Al Davis was unique, a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend."

This phrase would hold true for Al Davis or Steve Jobs. The Bay Area, especially Oakland, lost another legendary figure today. One of the true innovators of American sports, Al Davis forwarded the game of football and helped make it the true national pastime and possibly the biggest sport in the world. Like Steve, he had a public persona - hard nosed, unyielding, always striving for excellence - and a private one people rarely knew about - loving family man, fiercely loyal, generous. Rest in peace, Mr. Davis.

Racial stereotyping but funny as hell

If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.

The above quote is from Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania regarding the moving of the Eagles/Vikings game from Sunday to Tuesday due to the snow storm hitting the East Coast. <sarcasm>Of course, all Asians are "very good at calculation"</sarcasm> but it was pretty damn funny. I'll give him a pass for at least being witty in his semi-racially insensitive remarks.

Cal football makes big turnaround in the classroom

...fresh data released by the NCAA showed nearly three-quarters of Tedford's first recruiting class graduated — a 48 percent increase over the team's average from the previous decade.

Cal better do whatever it takes to keep Tedford around. Besides being a good coach on the field, it looks like he's actually doing a better job off the field. Most college football players will never play professionally so it's good to know that Tedford is graduating more and more of his players. There's still room for improvement but at least the trend is pointing in the right direction.