Wednesday, January 13, 2010
On Modern Concepts I Find Dubious
There are many things to be said at this point--most of which are said rather well right here by Dan Wetzel--but this is the one that intrigues me the most: Lane Kiffin named his child "Knox." As in, Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee, a school that we now know Kiffin never particularly felt attached to at all. Which means Lane Kiffin will manipulate his own children in order to breed a false sense of attachment. This is not just "intense"; this is pathological. I now believe that Kiffin is the modern-day incarnation of Jackie Sherill, except without that last lingering shred of integrity. And I, for one, cannot wait for the moment when Kiffin derails his career by attempting to castrate a bear as a motivational ploy before the UCLA game.
Do you realize that there are people on the website known as Trip Advisor who actually review vacation resorts based on the weather? It's true. I have seen this. There are people who rate a hotel poorly due to a surfeit of cumulus clouds. I honestly do not understand how these people manage to survive on a daily basis.
3. Pass Interference
Could somebody please inform me the last time anyone, anywhere, at any level of football, has been whistled for offensive pass interference? Every time I presume it is inevitable, every time a receiver horse-collars a DB and spins him about like a rodeo calf and spits in his ear and yanks his pants halfway to his knees, I think, "There is no way they can call this on the defense." And the call goes against the defense. Was offensive pass interference quietly rescinded in the off-season? If I were Darrelle Revis, I would arrange for a picket line at Ed Hochuli's doorstep. Justice!
(Edit: I didn't see the Ravens-Patriots game this weekend, but commenter Matthew points out that Randy Moss was flagged on Sunday. This doesn't surprise me, as Moss is one of the few receivers who seems to attract penalties. Also, I discovered this, which is a database from the 2008 season, when 65 offensive interference penalties were called, as opposed to 157 defensive.)
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