Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Page 2 Quickie: January 7, 2003
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
In the end, this whole Giants non-call
hysteria was everyone's fault -- a complete
process failure, "The Perfect Storm" of
boneheadedness. The ref missed the call. The holder
didn't hit the deck and call timeout. The center
muffed the snap. The coaches' didn't communicate the
contingency plan to the kick team. The offense
couldn't extend the lead. The defense couldn't hold.
Does it suck that technically the Giants should
have had another shot? Absolutely. In a lesson for
everyone, classy, Zen-like Giants GM Ernie Accorsi
explained the proper perspective: The team never
should have been in the position to lose the game in
the first place. 49ers coach Steve Mariucci put the
smirky, maddening -- yet most appropriate -- final word
on this story: "Bummer."
Cal Ripken told ESPN yesterday that he
"absolutely" thinks Pete Rose should "be celebrated in
the Hall of Fame." Here's a different spin on the
presumption that Cal meant Rose should be on the
ballot and voted in, and maybe this will assuage
people on both sides of the debate: Until his lifetime
ban from baseball is lifted, Rose should never be
enshrined; however, what would be wrong with a
permanent Rose exhibition in the Hall "celebrating"
(Ripken's word) Rose's accomplishments as a player?
It's less than giving him full-on Hall status (which
anti-Petes would freak out about), but more than
ignoring him and pretending he didn't do what he did
(which makes pro-Petes the hottest).
Love that Jayson Stark put 10 guys on his Hall of Fame
ballot. (Make your own picks: see "The Big Q").
Consensus seems to be that only Eddie Murray is a
"lock." Gary Carter missed by only 11 votes last year,
so he gets a tentative nod. Ryne Sandberg, one of the
most popular players ever in his home city (not that fan
sentiment matters to Hall voters), is on the fence.
"Chance of injury" has always been a key issue
for critics of extending the college-football season
an extra game or two. Miami super-back Willis McGahee
kept that in mind. Perhaps the only silver lining from
McGahee's horrifying, career-threatening injury is
that the player took out an insurance policy two weeks
before the Fiesta Bowl that will pay him $2.5 million
if he doesn't recover fully enough to pursue a pro
career. Here's hoping a full recovery means he never
has to make a claim.
NFL Coaching Dope
Let's play "Six Degrees of Separation,"
from Tuna to the Bungles: Parcells snagged
loyalist Maurice Carthon from the Lions to be his
offensive coordinator, but quizzically
retained Cowboys defense honcho Mike Zimmer (1), who did such a
great job that Jerry Jones fired his boss, Dave Campo
(2), who finds himself interviewing today for the
d-coordinator position in Seattle, which relieved Mike
Holmgren (3) of his GM duties and should take a
look at in-demand Bills personnel guru Tom Modrak (4),
who may or may not be on the short list of Jags owner
Wayne Weaver (he's not confirming), who intimated that
if candidate Dennis Green wants to be coach AND
personnel guy, he's not paying attention to recent
precedent -- Weaver's dismissal of Tom Coughlin (5),
who would like a second interview with the Bengals
(6), who are looking to make a coaching decision by
the start of next week's college-showcase Senior Bowl