“I’m their dad.”

Pete Carroll says he considers himself the “dad” to his Seahawks players.

That explains a lot. If you think having Pete Carroll as your football dad is even a remotely good thing, just ask the poor kids at USC that he put down by forfeiting games, incurring sanctions … and then deserting.

Senseless Death of Chris Henry

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is dead.

Henry was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being found on a residential road “apparently suffering life-threatening injuries,” according to police.

Police said a dispute began at a home about a half-mile away, and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee was driving away from the residence.

Police said at some point when she was driving, Henry “came out of the back of the vehicle.” They wouldn’t identify the woman, and no charges were immediately filed. (AP)

In Charlotte, North Carolina, investigators continued to try to find answers to why Henry and his fiancée had argued, why she left her house in a pickup truck with Henry in the back, and whether a witness was correct that Henry yelled he would kill himself if the fiancée didn’t stop the vehicle.

Bengals players were still stunned Friday by the loss of a teammate and friend, but they pressed on with preparations for Sunday’s 4:15 p.m. game in San Diego with the Chargers. A victory clinches a spot in the NFL playoffs.

Henry’s untimely death and the sudden loss of Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer’s wife will provide a great deal of inspiration for the team with its nine wins and four losses. — kypost.com

A tragedy like this puts the NFL in perspective. Though football fans treat the NFL with seeming life-and-death intensity, it is, after all, only a game. The significance of this one event transcends all of the on-field heroics and failures of the NFL. Sports will go on. Most of the public will eventually forget Chris Henry. But those who loved him as a person will never forget.

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Yankees in the World Series … Again

Yankees in the World Series … again. So I won’t be watching the World Series … again. Yes, I’m a sports fan and a baseball fan. But when the Yankees are in the Series, it’s not baseball. It’s Hollywood. It’s a story when the franchise with the most overwhelming advantages of any team in history doesn’t make the Series.

Sports pundits gloating when they pick the Yanks and are proven right? It’s like betting that a corrupt politician will be elected … You’re bound to be right.

When the Yankees are back, as they inevitably always are, baseball is boring … again.

It’s a Bad Day When You Lose, 89-17

Yep, it’s a bad day in the NFL when you lose by a 72-point margin. Never happen you say? A lot of fans are homers. I contend this is the purist form of fan, those who are faithful to the teams where they live … or where they lived. There are a bunch of people in the San Francisco Bay Area who root for both the Forty-Niners and the clutsy Oakland Raiders.

Faithful fans stick with their teams through good and bad. No one was surprised when the Raiders had a 44-7 put up on them. They may be the worst team ever. But Niners fans were caught off guard by the 45-10 drubbing they took at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.

Put them together and Bay Area fans lost by a combined 89-17. Now that’s a bad day.

Bankrupt Cubs Need to Resurrect Double-Play Trio

The Chicago Cubs filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday, exactly 101 seasons after their last World Series win.

Tinker to Evers to Chance, where are you when the Windy City needs you?

Tinker to Evers to Chance

Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
A Famous 1910 Poem by New York Newspaper Columnist Franklin Pierce Adams
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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double–
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

“Pricking our gonfalon bubble” means popping the balloon of pennant hopes for the writer’s beloved New York Giants. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were a renowned double-play combination who helped the Chicago Cubs win four National League pennants (1906-08, 1910) and two World Series titles (1907-8). The Cubs could use them today.