Friday, October 12, 2007

When The Going Gets Tough, The Lions...Fold

There have been more than a few eyebrows raised over Washington tight end Chris Cooley’s comments that the Lions quit during the second half of their loss Sunday to the Redskins.
There shouldn’t be. Wasn’t it evident to anybody who watched the game? That was, to say the least, an uninspired effort. It was the second time this year the Lions turned in one like it. The other was, obviously, at Philadelphia.
Of course, that is an indictment of Lions head coach Rod Marinelli. Such a performance flies in the face of his message, which is, above all else, to play hard every snap.
I have no issue with Marinelli not calling out his team publicly. Bobby Ross used to do that and it was a disaster. But his message isn’t getting through to his players. Not when the going gets really tough. And it is, to say the least, disappointing.

Random Thoughts

- Two things factors would really help the Lions when they return from the bye week. One is incorporating Kevin Jones more into the offense. The other would be throwing Calvin Johnson the football at least a half-dozen times per game.

- With all due respect to Michigan’s Michael Hart and Michigan State’s Javon Ringer, the best running back in the Big Ten is Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall. He is vastly underrated and easily the biggest factor in his team’s surprising success. Illini quarterback Juice Williams, however, is overrated. He isn’t as mobile as advertised nor is he an accurate passer.

- What the Colorado Rockies are accomplishing is one of the greatest stories in baseball history. Has anybody noticed? Does anybody care? If it were happening in New York, what do you think the response would be?


Anonymous Danny said...

Pat, it is incredible that the Colorado Rockies story isn't getting more coverage. I hadn't really followed them much until the one game playoff. But they just keep finding a way to win, and convincingly as well.

If it were NY it would be the greatest story in the history of the world. LOL!



2:59 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I agree that the Rockies winning their last 18 out of 19 is incredible - The post season is the right season to get hot. Like The Tigers did in 2006 after losing game 1 to the Yanks. Okay that was only eight games straight - but it indicates to me that the Rockies run the chance of running out out of Gas. And if the AL comes out as strong as i think - it may well look like the Rockies hit a brick wall in the series.

Are we calling the NLCS a done deal already?

Baseball is great. And Pat - enjoy this weekend - my bet is this type of weekend is what you live for - and the Lions have the bye.

4:53 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

If it were in New York, they would already have a monuments for the Rockies players. I still can't imagine they will win the entire shooting match, but you never know.

5:46 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
This will be a glorious weekend for me. Sports, sports and more sports. God Bless HD TV, the DVR and all channels they have available these days.

5:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The blog is awesome...look forward to it every MTW. Must be tough keeping up with new programming schedule; congrats on move to FM!

Go Spartys! Great football day!

Observation...Izzo during sideline interview. I'm sure there was a nip in the air, but how many layers did Izzo have on? Doesnt matter...he is the man!

Even though I'm a small school kid...great day to be a spartan fan!


9:39 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

T bone,
Thanks for the kind words. Big game for the Spartans Saturday in Columbus. Impressive win on Saturday.

5:21 PM 

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