Archive for May, 2008

Dress Shoe Shopping With TCU’s Football Coach

I had lunch with TCU’s excellent football coach, Gary Patterson, at Railhead BBQ in Fort Worth.  I found out the man loves dress shoes like Carrie Bradshaw from the HBO show Sex In the City.

We were having lunch with Tom Mantzel the president of Zelli Shoes in Fort Worth.  

Mantzel’s store is near the restaurant and we made a trip over after we finished out meal and let me tell you, he’s got some amazing Italian handcrafted shoes. 

Next thing you know Coach Patterson and I are trying on shoes and buying a few pairs.  I got a sweet pair called Verona.   I can wear these with a suit, shorts, or dress slacks.  I got ’em for a steal!

I also bought an ostrich belt.  It looks very nice.  Coach had me all hooked up.

I ordered another pair off the Zelli Shoes website.  Get them wholesale versus retail!

Coaches like Les Miles of LSU, Mike Ditka, and Jeff Fisher of the Titans are loyal customers of Zelli Shoes.


T. Newman Deserves His Deal, Marion Barber’s I Don’t Get

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves to spend money on stars.

Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman got a 6-year contract extension.  The deal is reportedly for 50 million and 22.5 million is guaranteed. 

I would be shocked if Newman gets to the end of this deal.   He’s 30 now.  Not many corners are 36 so if the Cowboys get three good years out of the deal they should be happy.

I like T-New.  He is a classy kid and I am happy for him.   Jones took care of him.

Now the deal for Marion Barber, III was not smart in my opinion.  Barber has only started on NFL game and Jones rewarded him with a 7-year contract for 45 million. 

Barber made the Pro Bowl, but geez, he got paid for 16 games as a backup. 

If he is worth 45 million why did they have to use a first round pick on a running back and a fourth round pick on a running back in the April NFL Draft?

Barber will get 21 million in the first three years of the contract.   I sound like a hater, but he’s never gained one thousand yards in the NFL. 

Hey, it ain’t my money.  It’s Jerry Jones’.   Oh yeah, when is T.O. going to get paid.  He is in the final year of his contract.

The Media In Hockeytown Are Worried About The Stars

The Stars have won two games and now the peeps in Detroit are worried about a choke job.

Read this one in the Free Press.

Steve Schrader wonders if the Wings lost their mojo.  He writes:  “It’s not like Wings fans haven’t been burned before.

So, we’re not saying any of this is going to happen in tonight’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Dallas, we’re just saying, what if …

… the Wings lost their mojo?

… Marty Turco comes up with another really good game?

… Chris Osgood has a bad game, something he hasn’t done yet? Would the Wings be tempted … nah, they couldn’t go back to Dominik Hasek now.

… the Stars are all confident and full of themselves after Saturday’s big win at the Joe?

… Brett Hull has been right all along, and he really is a hockey genius?”

Ace Free Press columnist Mitch Albom is sweating too.

Add Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News to the list of chicken littles.

It would be fun if the Stars forced game seven.  Game six is tonight in Dallas.

Boston Globe Legend Slices Up Bill Beli-cheat

Bob Ryan writes what he feels.  I had a great talk with him at the Final Four about why it was a mistake for Boston College to leave the Big East for the ACC.

Well the longtime Boston Globe legend brings the heat and truth to why Bill Belichick is hated and why the organization will remain so as long has he is the head coach:

“The sports community now associates the Patriots with cheating. The three Super Bowl championships are, and forever will be, under suspicion. The thought will never go away.”

Ryan does a great job in crafting a piece of why Belichick does what he does:

The rest of the world only knows that Bill Belichick thought he was above the law.

What we have here is a football version of Watergate.

“Bill Belichick is Richard Nixon. Brilliant. Tormented. Paranoid. Controlling. Highly suspicious of the media.

Watergate was overkill. There was no need for it. Like, was Richard Nixon ever really in danger of losing the 1972 election to George McGovern? Spygate was likewise unnecessary. Belichick was, and is, a great football coach. Why did he not trust his own genius to win games honestly, especially after winning his first Super Bowl? Was he that obsessed with victory? Weren’t all those hours staring at tapes enough? Did he think he had a divine right to victory? Clearly, something was churning inside that head.”

Look you have to read this if you love football and good writing.

Why Is Avery Johnson Still Out Of Work

My man, Mike Fisher, of sure cuts up the Mavericks former head coach in this story.

I wonder how personal this one may be getting between Avery and owner Mark Cuban, who has big time say on what appears on

Fisher pulls out the butcher knife writing:

Is Suns GM Steve Kerr’s slap-of-omission of Avery Johnson an accident, a slip of the tongue, a brain-cramping oversight?

     Or is Kerr’s view fueled by his first-hand knowledge of one of the NBA’s worst-kept secrets — a tale lowlighted by bantam-rooster ego, harsh locker-room words, and finally, Naked Greco-Roman Wrestling — that could be a small part urban legend and a large part of The Lil’ General’s unfortunate legacy?

     Quote from Kerr on Phoenix’ ongoing coaching search: “I’m in charge of hiring the right person. … What’s interesting is that there are no obvious candidates now. It’s not like there are really prominent former head coaches out there.’’

    No “right persons”?  “No obvious candidates”? No “prominent former head coaches out there”?

    Yessir, that is interesting.

We were long ago tipped to one of the reasons Kerr might have that view of Avery as a coach non grata: Steve Nash has a voice in that organization, just as Dirk Nowitzki has a voice in Dallas. Nash and Nowitzki are best friends who listen to each others’ voices. So when Nash is pitching in by doing his due diligence on coaching candidates, and he calls Dirk to find out what went down in Dallas. … well, you get the picture.

     And then there are X’s-and-O’s issues, and matters of “fit.’’

     But there might be another reason.

     According to the lore (and it seems most people inside the NBA know it, and chuckle about it), the year was 2000. Avery Johnson was a season removed from his finest moment, hitting that game-winning shot to help the Robinson/Duncan Spurs to a title. He will always get credit for being a vocal and inspirational leader of that team, but. …

     “This is MY team! This is MY team!’’ Avery squawked as he marched through the visitors’ locker room in Cleveland wearing nothing but a towel and too much pride. “This is MY team!’’

Now I will back Fisher up on the Avery’s act getting old in San Antonio.  I had Avery supporter and confidant tell me the same thing.


What is not written is why Cuban keeps having fallouts with head coaches who win 50-60 plus games a year for him.  Now that story would be an interesting one to find out.

Why Is New Cowboy Zach Thomas Laying Low

Zach Thomas was signed in the offseason and the Cowboys got rid of Akin Ayodele at linebacker. 

Zach didn’t play much for the Dolphins last season.

Thomas only played in five games.  He suffered a concussion against the Cowboys in Week 2.

At 34, he is no spring chicken, but head coach Wade Phillips loves him.  He’s got a lot to prove in Big D.  Like not getting his bell rung and proving he can play three downs.

Mickey Spagnola of caught up with the former Texas Tech Raider.

Why Players and Coaches HATE The Media

John Tomase of the Boston Herald wanted to break the story. 

He wanted to break the story that the New England Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams walk through practice before Super Bowl XXXVI.

Tomase broke the story…but it was a lie.   He was wrong and has ruined his name in sports crazy Boston.   His name is trash in the Patriots organization.

He tries to explain his actions, but in my mind, it just goes to show you want athletes and coaches hate the sports media.

It is a must read. 

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