Here’s an NFL football related
What do you call two fired football coaches and a
Hey, … no fair looking at the headline.
Okay, not a great riddle because one of the above
coaches, Bill Cowher aka The Chin, resigned. He did not get fired. Art
Shell, the middle guy who coached the Oakland Raiders was fired. The
other guy, Nick Saban, did not have sex with that woman.
Another riddle: What do you call a guy who says he’s
never going to leave his team; This is his dream job; Says he plans to
retire here; Says other folks are blowing smoke? Dennis Franchione? No.
Larry Brown? No. Nick Saban? No. The correct answer is… a coach.
The bit of irony about Saban’s repeated
protestations about not leaving the Dolphins after being asked over and
over, point blank, was he taking the Alabama job, is that only a week
before former Chilean strongman, Pinochet, died. And we all know what
happened with the 91-year-old Pinochet, don’t we? You don’t? All during
the week, much like Nick Saban, Pinochet protested that he wasn’t
dying. He kept repeating “No, I’m not dying” and then when he finally
kicked it they couldn’t close the casket. His nose was too
Nobody has measured Saban’s nose but he did sign a $
32 million contract (8 years) and even Gepetto wouldn’t sneeze at that
Some say the sports segment of our society is in an
arms race for coaches and facilities. And of course when you say arms
race, you think ammo and you can’t think ammo without mentioning Shell,
as in Art Shell, the latest coach to be discharged by Raiders owner Al
Davis. Davis liked Shell, a Hall-of-Fame offensive tackle, who
previously coached the Raiders for five years to a 54-38 record.
Offensive, being the key word, Davis expected Shell’s teams to generate
an offense. Instead Davis was offended when the Raiders went through
eight games without scoring an offensive touchdown with Davis, being a
little feisty owner type guy and Shell a 6’8 hulk of a coach, someone
had to go. Someone had to take it on the chin. Which brings us to…
The Chin, Bill Cowher. More Chin than a San
Francisco phone book. Old Jutting Jaw himself, certain to win a jut-off
even if Kirk Douglas comes out of retirement. Cowher wants to take off
a year to be near his family and watch his daughter play basketball
near Raleigh, N. Carolina. Good for him. The winters in Pittsburg and
Cleveland and Baltimore can survive without the need to slam its wintry
forces against a jutting protuberance.
Saban’s $ 4 Mil a year contract has shocked many,
including Congress, who plan to ask the NCAA how coaches can have the
audacity to be making so much more money than congressmen. We suspect
some of these congressmen are from Tennessee and Georgia and Florida
and other states with schools having Alabama on its schedule. The main
item the House Ways and Means Committee is investigating: Whether
athletic departments with $ 100 Million plus budgets should keep their
tax-exempt status? If that happens, schools all over will be saying
“Whoa, Tide, Whoa.”