Random thoughts: Was Taggart the 5th-best hire?

by Gary Shelton on December 17, 2017 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Reggie Bush says he's done, done, with the NFL. Bush must be on West Coast time. The NFL came to that conclusion a year ago.

– Interesting the way Sports Illustrated graded the college coaching hires in the off-season. According to SI, Nebraska got the highest grade at 4.6 by hiring former UCF coach Scott Frost. FSU was fifth in hiring Willie Taggart at 4.0. Florida was ninth with Dan Mullen at 3.8. UCF was 14th with a 3.6. And Texas A&M, with Jimbo Fisher, was 17th at 2.4. Just for the sake of discussion, Arizona State was 18th with a 2.0. My thought? Shouldn't Taggart be above the hirings at Oregon State and South Alabama?

– The Jets' Jeremy Kerley must have watched Ghostbusters too many times. Asked about a positive drug test, Kerley blamed “ghosts,” I think he should have blamed Moe and Larry.

–  The XFL, where “He Hate Me” turned into a league slogan, may live again. Vince McMahon, rumors say, is going to revive the league. While he's at it, he could issue eight-track tapes, Betamax and New Coke in the Bad Idea Hall of Fame.

– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he might run for president in 2024. Canada, on the other hand, will institute a cover charge.

– Did you see a couple was married on the field before their Colts played the Broncos? Gee. What do you get a couple whose team has nothing?

– For those of you who wanted the Bucs to take Eli Apple instead of trading down and taking Vernon Hargreaves, there is this. Apple was disciplined for texting on the sideline while inactive. Sometimes, you don't have a good choice.

– I don't know about you, but I liked that four Boise State receivers turned into the Temptations (on three: everyone spins around!) before a snap against Oregon.

– Speaking of SI, seven writers picked the Birmingham Bowl. All seven picked USF.

– If you're like me, you had three reactions to Marcus Mariota's mom making him apologize for being mean to those reporters. 1) The Titans should sign Mom as linebacker. Now. 2. I hope Mariota got his dinner before being sent to his room; 3). Can anyone elses imagine a Chunky Soup commercial in the offing?

– Jack Nicklaus said he's not interested “at all” in watching Tiger Woods' comeback. I always knew that, eventually, Nicklaus' golf game and mine would have something in common.

– The Colts have a coach's wish list that starts with Nick Saban, as if he had nothing better to do than coach the Colts. Isn't that like wishing for Kathy Ireland to be the team's placekicker?

– Someone left the Bucs' game plan in the photo copier: It reads “start slow...make it interesting in the start of the fourth quarter...fold at the end. Don't rush the quarterback and lose Julio Jones time and again. If need be, repeat.”

– Jeremy Roenick played golf in Arizona and ran into a large rattlesnake. I played golf in Arizona once, and the fact I didn't hit a snake is proof they don't climb trees.

– This just in: In the world of Star Wars, the Bucs' franchise would be Team Jar Jar Binks.

– According to the fan vote, the Bucs shouldn't be allowed to even watch the Pro Bowl.

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