Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On Modern Concepts I Find Dubious

1. Lane Kiffin

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.

2. Crowdsourcing

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 Was offensive pass interference quietly rescinded in the off-season?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.)

(Photo: US Presswire/Yahoo)


Your escalator operator said...

I'm on board with 1, 2 and especially 3. Revis got hosed Saturday - at least once, blatantly so - and the announcers said nothing. Refs are lucky it didn't change the course of the game, but the call was horrendous.

Gregory said...

So because of a couple idiots on a travel site, you have a problem with the very idea of crowdsourcing? Do you also find the forward pass a dubious concept because of Vinnie Testaverde?

Michael Weinreb said...

No. But Jeff George gives me pause.

Matthew said...

Randy Moss got called for offensive pass interference in the Pats-Ravens playoff game.