1. Joe Thomas needs to relax.
The NFL Network analyst filled in Good morning soccer on Friday morning and went after Jim Irsay and the Colts to hire Jeff Saturday as interim coach. However, Thomas’ tirade was so over the top and bizarre that I’d predict most people who watch the clip will end up hoping for Saturday’s success.
Thomas came out of the gate hot and accused Irsay of hiring his “drinking buddy”.
We all know that there is no coaching experience on Saturday. That has been made clear all week. But Saturday played 13 seasons in the NFL and has covered the league for ESPN for almost 10 years. So to reduce Saturday to just being Irsay’s “drinking buddy” like he’s some random guy in a bar is idiotic.
Irsay is also recovering from alcoholism, so this definitely wasn’t the best analogy for Thomas.
Thomas went on to say that Saturday’s hiring was “one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life” and that Saturday “is not blameless for taking the job.”
So on Saturday the opportunity to become a coach should be turned down because people like Joe Thomas are angry that he has no experience? Who is Thomas or anyone else who should tell Saturday to turn down a job? Blaming Saturday makes this feel personal to Thomas. There is no law on the books that says someone has to have coaching experience to get an NFL coaching job.
The Colts’ season is over because they are 3-5-1 and led by a totally incompetent quarterback. That Saturday being used for the last eight games is in no way a big deal, shape or form.
Thomas then rambled for two minutes about not being able to spend time with your kids as a coach and shared a weird story about giving your kids ice cream. Wuite, to be honest, I had no idea what all this had to do with Saturday.
Thomas then concluded his bash session, saying Saturday’s hiring was “the most outrageous thing I can ever remember happening in the NFL.”
For real? The most outrageous thing in NFL history? It’s hard to take Thomas’ argument seriously when it’s so exaggerated.
2. It’s not that we needed another reason to prove why Ernie Johnson is one of the all-time best when it comes to sports media, but the way he shamed Charles Barkley for not having big ones on Halloween Distributed chocolate bars was perfect.
3. Al Michaels gave a nice shout out to those who bet on the over/under of 41.5 in Thursday’s Falcons-Panthers game.
4. You know how I kept saying that Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel should be your new favorite sport person? Here’s another proof.
5. My colleague Jon Wertheim has written a great feature story on ESPN’s Robert Griffin III. Here’s an exception to a few memorable moments Griffin had at college football games this season.
Two weeks later, he called the Washington-Michigan State game. When Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, Griffin called it a display of “Big Penix energy.” In the same game, Griffin referred to Michigan State’s offside penalty as a “premature snapulation.” Speaking of pushing boundaries… Referring to Antonio Brown’s recent exposure of his genitals in a hotel pool after Seattle beat Detroit 48-45, Griffin noted on Twitter, “AB showed more D than the Seahawks and Lions today.”
He knows the subject of his sexual innuendo is coming – anticipating the flash, so to speak – and anticipates the question. “Something is up. In case anyone has noticed, there hasn’t been any of this for the past three or four weeks [sexual references]. And the reason is that I don’t intend to; it is not calculated. I didn’t dig through Michigan’s depth map and say, ‘Ooh, their third-string quarterback’s name is Orji!’ … But Oklahoma has a quarterback named General Booty. what should i call him? General B? When he’s ready to get in the game, well, Booty gets loose on the sidelines. Play into it. Have fun with it. But never play that much into where it’s overdone, where people can’t see the game because it’s too sexualized.
6. Brand new SI Media Podcast fell today and it features a conversation with The ringtoneis Kevin Clark.
Clark weighs whether the Colts hired Jeff Saturday as interim coach and whether the angry reaction from all sides was overblown. Clark also shares his thoughts on Amazon Prime Thursday night soccer TV show, the issue with NFL pregame shows, what’s going on with Aaron Rodgers right now, whether the NFL should delay the trade deadline, why he’s passionate about hot chocolate, and more.
Clark will be joined by Sal Licata of WFAN Radio and SNY TV in New York for their weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment. This week the boys are talking about anarchy on Twitter thanks to the new verification system. You read recently SI Media Podcast Reviews, share their weekly NFL “Best Bets” and more.
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