REAR ENTRIES: Opinions Are Like…
December 29, 2011 at 11:35am by Scott • 4 Comments »
PEREIRA HAMMERS GRUDEN: Former head of officiating and current Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira has a reputation of being a voice of reason and a cool head when others are shouting about how had the officials on the field suck. But some things are so loud and infuriating that they can even crack the great Pereira’s calm exterior. Jon Gruden is one of those loud and infuriating things.
I am not a fan of Gruden’s. Not today, not yesterday, not when I worked for the NFL and not when I was working on the field as a side judge. He was a loudmouth as a coach who constantly disrespected officials and he is a blowhard in the broadcast booth who spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I respect his knowledge about the X’s and O’s when it comes to coaching and playing the game of football, but I have very little respect for him when it comes to officiating and his knowledge of the rules.
Gruden disrespectful to officials? The hell you say. Shit, he disrespected officials from the stands when he was watching his brother play arena ball. The only thing Gruden didn’t do on the sideline was chuck batteries at officials, and after all his time in Philadelphia, you know that was a hard temptation for him to resist. So, yeah, I get Pereira’s objection to Gruden as a person. But everyone knows Gruden isn’t on MNF for his encyclopedic knowledge of the rulebook. He’s there for color, and that’s what he’s bringing. Gruden, like most real fans of the game, thinks the NFL has pussified football beyond recognition and laments the days when guys like Ronnie Lott and Jack Tatum could patrol the middle of the field and lay dudes out for trying to catch a ball in their zone. And Gruden has a platform on which to voice those opinions, so he does. And so does Pereira. The difference is that Gruden’s opinion is usually fun to listen to whereas Pereira’s makes him sound like the cantankerous old asshole who calls the cops when someone drives by with his radio too loud.
[Banner pic: Pereira being treated very respectfully by Bill Parcells.]
WE NEED DUNGY PT 2: Just in case you thought Pat Yasinskas was the only delusional sportswriter who would opine out loud about the return of Tony Dungy, here’s Gary Shelton‘s take on the exact same thing.
“I’m not coaching,” said Dungy, 56. “I’m not looking at coaching. I’m not thinking about coaching. I had a great job in Indianapolis, but I wanted to be home more. That hasn’t changed. It’s not going to change.”
But, but… what about all the fat writers swinging from your dick? Don’t they get a say?
“You hear about just about every job that comes open,” Dungy said. “Usually, it’s from someone who is not officially with the organization. Sometimes it’s a head hunting firm that wants to gauge your interest. I’ve never been interested. I’ve had people say, ‘You write the check out’ or ‘You write the terms out.’ It doesn’t have any draw to me.”
Isn’t there any chance at all you’ll come back to not win another Super Bowl?
“I miss the players. There are times I miss the excitement of winning…”
Stop right there! That’s plenty to get us through the next coaching regime. Thanks, we’ll see you in a few years, Tony.
ATLANTA WILL PLAY TO WIN: According to Mike Smith, the Falcons will not rest any starters and will treat this upcoming game against the Bucs like any other game, which is actually a compliment to the Bucs because they could very easily rest their starters and still win by 30.
“It’s business as usual around here,” Tony Gonzalez said. “We’re going to try to go out and win a football game against a really good team that beat us earlier in the season.
Much earlier. Much, much earlier. Like, not even the same season. That game could have actually taken place in a parallel universe.