Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Four examples of this last night:
1/ Jose Theodore. The kid was good once upon a time. Anybody who saw the highlights from his disastrous performance last night against Chicago can see that Pierre LaCroix's last big move is going to handcuff this club for years. He let in three goals, including two by Marty LaPointe, that make Ty Conklin look like Glenn Hall. I kid you not.
2/ The Chicago Bears took the Monday Night Football stage after a week of comparisons to the Super Bowl team of 1985 and articles asking if this will be the team that matches the 72 Dolphins with an undefeated season. Facing a typical Arizona team (terrible) with a rookie quarterback, the Bears proceeded to fall behind 23-0 while their own young quarterback turned the ball over an astounding six times. While the Bears' offence scored a total of three points their defence and special teams scored 21 points from the last ten seconds of the third quarter on and then Arizona's kicker missed a makeable field goal at the end of the game. Peter King calls it one of the worst choke jobs in sports history. That may be but nobody is comparing these Bears with that '85 team this morning.
3/ John Tortorella (pictured above) is about to get the axe, I would say. He's a pretty good coach but at some point, like so many of these guys, I'm thinking he began to think he was a genius. Not sure how he'll blame last night's disaster or the terrible starts of St. Louis and Richards, for that matter, on John Grahame . When he spent last year's playoffs trashing Grahame (publically giving your team a built in excuse for losing ranks up there amongst the worst coaching moves one can make, methinks) you knew his time was coming.
4/ And finally, your Edmonton Oilers. After coming out guns a blazing this season to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with (which they are) they spent a good part of Saturday night allowing Roli to bail them out. They got away with it. Last night they shortcutted again apparently. Roli held them in there but no two points this time. A good lesson to be learned - good press is nice but it gets you nowhere when the puck drops.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:47 AM