Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fun from the mailbag...

Frequent emailer Bob M chimes into today:

This one is intended to be funny and as such I think it's pretty good. Cook, a Chicagoan, is usually very supportive of the Colts. Clearly he's as fed up with the Favre-love in the media as anybody.
You know, since the Colts lost I have added minimum 20 hours a week back to my life for the little things, like work productivity, reading, sleeping. I would have preferred three more weeks of sleep deprivation and 2 a.m. Internet searches for the latest, but sometimes the fans need downtime too. Enjoy the off-season.

He also threw us this Boston/NY link.

Joel gives us this gem:
Wow...Mad Jack has a coaching tree!
Speaking of coaching trees, it's hard to pinpoint where you put Jack...he was Ditka's conditioning coach with the Saints; then Billick's LB coach with the Ravens; then Fox's D Coordinator with the Panthers. Hmm...I'd venture to say that it was under Billick that he first made his name, which would technically put him in the Dennis Green tree. Which would make him just one branch away from Tony Dungy. Holy crap.

I love Wikipedia...a couple facts I never knew about him:

1) His middle name is "Lebron." Can that really be true?
2) He retired when he lost his starting job to rookie linebacker Zach Thomas.
3) Mad Jack's college roommate was Sean Salisbury.
The Jags apparently did not exist from 2000-2003

Thanks man, that is amazing stuff. Lebron, huh? Sounds like a new nickname is brewing...I don't know...King Jack? As for the Dungy/Del Rio connection, they do have one, but I can't remember it. I remember when he was first hired in Jacksonville, that Tony always gave him big hugs for some reason. They know each other well from somewhere, but the link is escaping me. Can someone help me out on this? Did Mad Jack play LB for Tony in Minnesota or something? Could King Jack be the bastard child of the Dungy coaching tree? Say it ain't so...

UPDATE: It's TRUE! King Jack did in fact play for Tony in Minnesota! There goes the "coaching tree" argument for Tony making the Hall of Fame. Jack Del Rio in your tree sort of ruins the whole concept. Lovie Smith would have to win about 3 titles before he would make up for that...

Here's a good piece by John Clayton about franchise QBs...


Dave said...

I know you don't regularly offer commentary on Peyton's many commercials. But I'm a little disturbed by the latest one with he and Eli in the Double Stuf Racing League!?! What are your thoughts?

Also, maybe you've done it before but if you're hurting for material this offseason maybe you could give some occasional commentary on the commercials with a youtube link and such. But, wow, DSRL?

Deshawn Zombie said...

I think that it's sort of hilarious. Peyton's look of manical self-agrandization as he declares, "We're making history!" cracks me up. I think the over all campaign is sort of dumb though. Basically it's a good idea with poor execution

Bob M. said...

When do these spots air? I have yet to see them! (Then again, I tend to turn off the set for commercials during games to keep my little kids from seeing the latest spot for CSI: Severed Hands In A Blender Unit.) I'll seek them out on youtube for now.
I may get a "pass" for SB commercials because they're fun, until the annual ad budget is blown on a 30-second spot and my wife hits me in the head with a frying pan. Note to self: buy her aluminum pans next time--cast iron hurts like hell.

Dave said...

Bob...look here:

...and then click on the double stuf racing league link. That should be enough, so you won't want to watch the commercials. I'd be embarrassed to be a Colts fan.

HeatherRadish said...


A Lick Race with the Manning Brothers?

It's like Penthouse Letters with Oreos!