Monday, April 30, 2012

Fat Coaches & Fat Little Girlfriends

Mark Mangino has accomplished more than most college head coaches.  He took a bad or mediocre division I program in a very tough conference to a BCS Bowl Game.  The University of Kansas football program really ramped up under Mangino, not just for one season.  He really turned things around for the Jayhawks.  The problem was, Mangino's turbulent coaching style and anger management issues derailed it all.  Mangino was sacked, embellishing his pattern of blustery outbursts as his calling card.

After he was dismissed from U of Kansas, I wrote an article explaining what I thought Mangino must do to salvage his career.  It has been a few years now and Mangino has yet to coach again.  There has never been any indication he has interviewed anywhere either.

The obvious path would be for him to re-invent himself, rehabilitate his image. My guess is, Mangino is being stubborn. He must have it all figured out. I mean, look at him.  He's an immensely fat guy who can't possibly be in the best of health due to such obesity.  He cannot contain his emotions around his players, tries to motivate by belittling people.  Who am I - a sometimes blogger from California, the land of hippies - to offer advice.

Well, maybe he's right.  I have never coached football.  However, I do know that a fat football coach berating his players is sure to turn away potential new job opportunities.  Maybe he should should follow the model of his former rival. A man who also built a dormant Big 8 or Big 12 program into a powerhouse.  AND, a man who also belittled his players.

Mike Leach truly delivered at Texas Tech.  Sure, he's unorthodox in his approach but he got the job done.  Is Mangino under the impression he is of the same class as Leach?  While we do not know what, if any, other job opportunities Leach was considered for, we do know he landed the head job at Washington State.

Say what you will about Washington State but the program and its legacy fits Leach's style perfectly.  Washington State has always played a wide open, spread attack.  Remember, Dennis Erickson coached there and impressed enough to be hired as Jimmy Johnson's successor at U Miami. Nowhere is Leach better suited than to revive the dormant WSU program.

Laugh all you want at Ryan Leaf (and we all do of course) but no one would even know who Ryan Leaf was to begin with if not for an outstanding career at Washington State that enabled him to be drafted so high.  Other players have come out of the WSU program who fared much better in the NFL.  Mark Rypien won a Super Bowl when he had his chance.  Drew Bledsoe, Timm Rosenbach, Steve Broussard was an excellent running back.  There's more.

Mike Leach will succeed at Washington State once he gets the players to fit his system.  Mark Mangino on the other hand appears to be losing opportunities to repair his legacy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Loose Women, Guys with Money and Bad Decisions

You know what's really funny is no matter how well guys think they have it figured out, they still don't see what goes on in the minds of some women. Admittedly, we are prone to think with the wrong head so that is the problem. We'll never get past that.  It's because you're a horndog. You have needs. If you are smart, you'll do the needful and look out for yourself.  Or, you can end up with a family or child support or both.  Good luck with that one unless you make good money.

It gets a lot more dicey for guys with serious money. Money makes guys arrogant and think they are in control. Look at dimwits like Dennis Rodman. He's now in middle age, broke and he owes zillions in child support because he thought he was too manly to look out for himself when helping himself to whatever slutmeat who offered themselves to him. He looks like a demented puketard. Poor Dennis, all that money he earned as a pro athlete was squandered.

Dennis is of course a poster child for bad decisions but the list goes on. Our most recent shining example is former Arkansas Razorbacks head coach and middle aged man, Bobby Petrino who was under the impression a 25 year woman was with him for his looks. Or maybe he thought his sexual prowess earned him the booty. No Bobby, she was into you because she was shameless with her body and knew you had lots of expendable income to share once she wrapped you around her finger. From the sound of things, ol' Bobby had lots of expendable time as well to keep in touch with his sex bunny.

Poor Bobby, it's all unraveled now. Who would've thunk it could happen to them? Not Brett Favre, who now carries the mantle of shamed former NFL star on his shoulders.

Certainly not Warren Sapp, the loudest mouth on the planet in his slide from wealthy man to destitute. How can you earn millions or even hundreds of thousands and have nothing to show for it?  Warren, all you had to do was wear a bag on your willie. I'm sure all of his conquests were extremely large and fertile women.They had to have been to handle Warren's lard duff bringing the nasty.  I'll lay odds all of Warren's conquests had child support on their minds from the minute they met him. No Warren, none of those beasts you called sex partners was concerned with anything but the payout.

On the flipside to all of this is the much reviled Bill Belichick, a reputed horndog who has the smarts to protect his own interests. Just find a gal who understands the arrangement, do the legalese beforehand and stick with her. She gets what she wants and you get what you want.

Don't use the example of Rex Ryan and put your fetishes on YouTube.

If only Rick Pitino hadn't been thinking big mac...

Don't worry Jano. Somewhere there is a woman who does not find you repulsive and you won't need to be thinking GHB.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What Would You Do If You Were Jano?

The tale of Sebastian Janikowski is an odd tale. Perhaps it wouldn't be so odd if Jano chose to speak publicly a little bit more and explain himself. He occasionally will speak with Raiders beat writers but it is rare and his comments are not extensive. He prefers a low key presence. Yet, his public actions are hard to ignore, creating more speculation and controversy around himself.

Jano's ability as a field goal kicker has never been in doubt. Even when he missed field goals he should have made, it was clear to see his potential was enormous. Bobby Bowden was always inclined to let Jano be Jano, even though he had numerous brushes with law enforcement. Jano was arrested four times while a player at Florida State including felony possession of GHB. That's about as much of a red flag as you can get. Was Jano so hard up to get laid he had need to drug women? An enduring mystery. Only a sinister individual would even think of drugging women. There must have been women willing to get with Jano despite his lack of manly appeal. Jano is an ugly dude but he is not that ugly where no women would go for him. So what's up with the GHB Jano? Not once has he ever attempted to explain himself.

Jano's patterns of run-ins with the law continued as a professional "athlete". He has been arrested three times since the Raiders drafted him in 2000 and even added a few more legal incidents to his resume. Even when he was not being accused of a crime he ended up in court. The most hilarious of which was a video recording made by the late Darrell Russell, former Raiders troublemaker teammate. Russell was goofing around with a video camera and introduced his friend Jano who let out a "wooop!". This made it into evidence at one of Russell's criminal trials.

Bad judgement defines Jano. The locations where all of his indiscretions occurred speaks volumes. It's pretty clear Jano likes to party. In all likelihood he tries to be low key about his presence at nightclubs but maybe it's the dome. He is easily picked out of a crowd. The most telling incident occurred at a San Francisco nightclub that ended with an ambulance taking Janikowski to a hospital. A police incident report stated Janikowski might have taken GHB, although it was not clear whether it was by choice. Perhaps he intended to administer it to an unsuspecting woman but ended up dosing himself instead? Again, Jano hopes the incident disappears and says nothing in his own defense.

Jano has gotten into fights at restaurants (maybe someone told him he sucked?). He also got upset with a woman taking pictures of him in a nightclub and ended up in legal trouble for unlawful imprisonment.

So it is clear Jano is not a bright bulb. BUT, you don't have to be to smart to get paid by Al Davis. So now Jano is a multimillionaire for having a spotty career. If you hang around long enough, you pile up points as a field goal kicker so don't look at the records as anything much. The only end result of note is Jano must have a lot of cars blasting hip hop music, shiny custom rims and custom everything. I am willing to bet Jano has lavish digs in which to entertain his hip hop friends, play video games (what else would Jano do with his free time?) and of course own the highest end golf equipment money can buy.

and....that's about all there is to Jano.

I don't maintain rigid attention to such details but I have to wonder if Jano has ever made an appearance at any local establishment to sign autographs, meet fans, make himself a positive presence. Jano lives in Castro Valley, California which is a suburb near Oakland and San Leandro, home of the famous Ricky's bar and grill. Many Raiders players and coaches have showed up at Ricky's to mingle with fans. Same for John Vela's locker room, which was "the" Raiders merchandise store prior to The Raider Image chain opening. Still Vela's Locker Room has managed to stay in business and always has autograph signings with former and current Raiders players. Never Jano, even though he lives less than 15 minutes away. Public appearances would be a good way to show a gesture of appreciation, good will and bonding with fans.

Jano's only quality is being physically gifted with a strong leg. It took him two decades to hone his field kicking ability. He still can't tackle for beans though, making him pretty useless on kickoff returns. In fact, other than kicking field goals, Jano is a pretty useless overall.