After 20 years away from sports broadcasting, I have spent that time working in Advertising and Publishing. I still have my passion for sports and have decided to use today's technology and mediums to have some fun again, sharing sport opinions and engaging with you. Doing this blog will be my first platform. I'll be adding a podcast and a Twitter feed in the very near future. So, let's get this party started...this one will be a little football heavy.
Cowboys cut RB Joe Randle - He stated DeMarco Murray left some meat on the bone last year. Well Joe, you left the meat, skin and feathers on the bird by earning your release today. He wasn't horrible but not spectacular either and his off the field problems and not handling his demotion well earned him a ticket out. Darren McFadden has taken advantage of the opportunity but history suggests he won't hold up. As much as Dallas' run game has gotten better of late, it won't be as good as last year until Tony Romo gets back and Dez Bryant shakes the rust.
Offensive Coordinators are taking a beating this year with the pink slips. Detroit bounced Joe Lombardi and now Indianapolis fires Pep Hamilton. I think by and large that Head Coaches look a little lame sacrificing the OC's but you can thank the Ravens John Harbaugh for creating the template when he bounced Cam Cameron and promoted Jim Caldwell to the post and they went on to win the Super Bowl in 2013. Interesting that Caldwell as the head coach is dusting off that plan in Indy. At least one head coach got the blame today with Tennessee firing Ken Wisenhunt.
While having a College Football Playoff is a step better than the old BCS, the one thing they carried over from that flawed system is the weekly rankings and that is still flawed. While I know it is solely intent on driving conversation about the college playoff, it just gets nauseating and tiring because it is all about the Power 5 Conferences. I'd like nothing better than to see The American, as one of the lesser Group of 5 conferences, have one of their teams take down a Power 5 in one of the big games on New Years.
Okay, some baseball....Kansas City, World Champions - While the players should get the credit, I think GM Drayton Moore should be getting more praise for building this team. He learned from John Schuerholz in Atlanta and Braves fans wish he would have succeeded Schuerholz instead of Frank Wren.
And finally, from time to time I'll share who I like to follow for sports coverage. My favorite morning show is Steve Czaban on Yahoo Sports Radio. He and his crew have great chemistry and I like that Czabe loves gadgets and technology and promotes the 3 TV setup in the man cave. I have 2 TV's in mine and the wife thinks I'm nuts. The other thing I like is that this show is not always PC, which can occasionally be uncomfortable but most times is refreshing. Another great aspect is that they do not take one topic and hammer it for the whole show. It stays fresh from segment to segment.
Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you'll continue to visit and comment as well. I would request keeping it clean and not resort to name calling. We can disagree on opinions but maintain respect for one another. Cheers!
Jeff Allen worked in Sportstalk radio in Orlando from 1983 to 1996. most notably as the Program and Sports Director at WGTO in the early 90's, anchoring morning sports reports and various sportstalk shows. Now, after many years, Jeff is deciding to have some fun again to share sports opinions through this blog, on Twitter @jeffallen_88 and with his podcast available on iTunes, SoundCloud and TuneIn.