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SB Losers Clothes the Fourth World

Via the NYT: Far Away, Super Bowl’s Losers Will Be Champs

In some parts of the world, the Seattle Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Buffalo Bills are the last great football dynasty and Tom Brady is some frustrated quarterback from New England who can never win it all.

It is sort of the Earth-2 of the NFL. Where is this place?

the 288 T-shirts and caps made for the team that did not win — will be hidden behind a locked door at Dolphin Stadium. By order of the National Football League, those items are never to appear on television or on eBay. They are never even to be seen on American soil.

They will be shipped Monday morning to a warehouse in Sewickley, Pa., near Pittsburgh, where they will become property of World Vision, a relief organization that will package the clothing in wooden boxes and send it to a developing nation, usually in Africa.

This way, the N.F.L. can help one of its charities and avoid traumatizing one of its teams.

“Where these items go, the people don’t have electricity or running water,” said Jeff Fields, a corporate relations officer for World Vision. “They wouldn’t know who won the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t even know about football.”

It’s the charitable equivalent of burying the stuff in a deep, dark hole.

And this is just cold (but, kinda funny):

The Bills, losers of four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s, at least have a following in Romania.

[Cross-Posted at PoliBlog: Deportes]


Irvin Makes the Hall of Fame

Via the AP: AP Wire | 02/03/2007 | Irvin in, Tagliabue out for Hall of Fame

Michael Irvin wrapped his arms around Thurman Thomas in the kind of hug that new Hall of Famers share. Somewhere, Paul Tagliabue could only envy their emotional display.


Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He was selected to five straight Pro Bowls and picked for the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1990s.


Irvin and Thomas were joined by Bruce Matthews, Roger Wehrli, Charlie Sanders and Gene Hickerson.


Also failing to get enough votes were Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, Andre Reed, Richard Dent, Bob Kuechenberg, Fred Dean, Ray Guy, Russ Grimm, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman.

Inductions will be Aug. 4-5 in Canton, Ohio. The Steelers and Saints will play in the annual Hall of Fame game.

Of those on the list of inductees I am unfamiliar with Wehrli, Sanders and Hickerson.

I think Irvin clearly deserved entry and I suspect that Tagliabue will get in soon.

[Cross-posted at Poliblog: Deportes]

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Garrett Named Dallas OffCoord

Via the Star-Telegram: Cowboys name Garrett offensive coordinator.

I must confess, I am intrigued by Garrett’s potential, but have to wonder if we haven’t returned to the Bad Old Days where Jerry basically is the de facto head coach (the Switzer, Gailey and especially the Campo years). If Jerry is going to hire the staff and then hire the HC, then one has to wonder who the real boss is.

And God help us all if TO has no respect for the HC (assuming he stays–and I hope that Jerry sees that TO isn’t worth the money he will earn next year).

[Cross-posted at PoliBlog’s Deportes]


Jason Garrett in the Cowboys’ Mix

Former backup QB (and hero of Thanksgiving Day 1994) is in the Dallas coaching search as a possible OffCoord or even HC. Details here.

Garrett is currently the QB coach at Miami and might be in line for the OffCoord position their as well.


BREAKING: Parcells Out

ESPN Radio is reporting that Dallas Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells is going to retire.

More when I have the info. I will update info on the situation here.


Fire Major Applewhite!

Are the boosters in Tuscaloosa already upset?

Well, no, not exactly.

All I can say is that this is borderline stalking via blog.


Rick Gosselin on the ‘Boys Future

I have a report and assessment here. It would appear that he thinks that Parcells is gone, that Jerry is looking to return to the GM role and that Romo is a “turnover machine.”



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