Valentine Hire Good for Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox hired former ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine as manager for the 2012 season. This is a good hire on many levels. First of all, the Red Sox needs an ass-kicker in the clubhouse.  Former manager Terry Francona was a players’ manager, and Boston needed a change in the clubhouse culture from…

Del Rio Just Wasn’t Good Enough

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was fired after 8 1/2 seasons this morning, according to sources. I can’t say that I am surprised. Under Del Rio, the Jaguars were stuck on mediocrity.  The Jaguars were 69-73 under Del Rio, with a 1-2 post-season record.  The Jags have not made the playoffs since 2007,…

Meyer Hire Great, but Risky

In what was perhaps the worst kept secret in college football, ESPN analyst Urban Meyer accepted the head coaching position at Ohio State.  The financial terms call for $40 million over 7 years (I am definitely in the wrong line of work). This is an outstanding hire on several fronts for Ohio State.  First of…

Syracuse Did What Penn State Should Have Done

Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired by the university over allegations of sexual abuse on ball boys.  After a third victim came forward and in the wake of a damning – but legal – recorded conversation with Fine’s wife, Syracuse had to break him off. Bravo, Syracuse University. The school didn’t mess around…

To the NBA: Way to Come to Your Senses Fellas!

Well whaddaya know, there will be an NBA season after all. The NBA owners and its players association came to a tentative collective bargaining agreement Saturday morning in an attempt to save the 2011-2012 season.  While it is not official (the players and owners have to vote on it), commissioner David Stern is confident that…