Artist: Miles Davis
Tune: So What?
My depression is lifting. I have read and heard a lot of stuff. There is some degree of finger pointing, which is normal and to be expected. Now someone needs to do the autopsy. What happened and why? No, Hillary Clinton wasn’t a perfect candidate. Do we need to run a perfect candidate, Barack Obama, all the time in order to win a national election? Obama was so good that the GOP had to make up stuff – Born in Kenya, was a Muslim, hates America, etc.
I have been watching Dallas Cowboys games all this week. With modern technology, you don’t have to listen to the news if you don’t want to. Ever. No MSNBC. No FOX News. No CNN. It was necessary in order for me to decompress. I needed to reassess.
So, we have been through this before. Progressives have lost elections which they (we) were supposed to win (see John Kerry verses George W. Bush). Where do we go from here? What do we need to do, not just to win an election, but to truly help the American people?
Everyone has talked and talked about the Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers are clearly a better team. They are solid. They tackle and block better than anyone in the NFL. The Denver Broncos have a GREAT, spirited defense which has carried the Broncos to where they are this year.
Although I can see many ways that the Panthers can win the Super Bowl, I really only see one way for the Broncos. They have to continue to play great defense and crush the run. They have to stop Cam from running and hold Jonathan Stewart. Then they will have the ability to lock down the Panther receivers. The Broncos offense can not turn the ball over.
If the Panthers force turnovers, this game is over. If the Panthers are able to move the ball on offense, this game is over.
If the Broncos win, it will be because of Wade Phillips coaching the greatest game of his life.
I’m looking forward to GREAT game. (Hate blowouts in the SuperBowl.)
Now, today, we are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the NFL. 5 or 6 coaches seem to be on their way out. Chip Kelly is already gone in Philadelphia. I think that Jason Garrett is safe in Dallas. Tom Coughlin is out in New York. (I kind of feel sorry for him. Without JPP and Victor Cruz, whose career I think is over in the NFL, there was no way from him to really put a winning team together this year.) San Fransisco is a disaster. I have no idea what’s going on there. Chuck Pangiano is rumored to be leaving Indianapolis after being unable to get on the same page as the GM.
In order to win in the NFL, you need a quarterback who can throw strikes in the 4th quarter. You need an offensive line that can protect the QB. You need a running back who can get first downs in the 4th quarter and NOT fumble the ball. Finally, you need a group of receivers who know how to get away from press coverage and catch those high velocity strikes in tight windows. Finally, you need a defense that will bend but not break. Although this formula is easy to write down, it is hard to find the right personnel. Look at the Atlanta Falcons. They looked great for about 6 weeks this year. Then they fell apart. On the other hand, the Lions looked awful at the beginning of the year, then fired several coaches and played with fire the last 7 weeks.
I’ll type some more on the NFL this evening. For now, I’m going to sit back and enjoy an afternoon of football!