Random thoughts: Freeze dials up trouble

by Gary Shelton on July 23, 2017 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Personally, I was shocked — shocked, I tell you — that Hugh Freeze did the phone-a-friend call with a professional escort from Tampa. I would have thought Freeze went in on the coaches' plan with Rick Pitino. Who knew a young miss would get him canned at Ole Miss?

– I wonder if Rae Carruth feels good about O.J. Simpson getting out?

– Just asking: As Michael Phelps readies to take on the shark, does the winner get Fonzie?

– So let me get this straight. Did Ole Miss fire Freeze, or did the school merely escort him out?

– One of the six coaches that the Sporting News says that Ole Miss should be interested in is former USF coach Skip Holtz. I'm sure the coaches at Chattanooga, Nevada and UConn – the only three teams Holtz beat in his last year at USF – would agree.

– There was a Tampa Bay flavor to thebiglead's list of the best seasons by a backup quarterback in NFL history. In third place was Randall Cunningham, who replaced future Bucs' quarterback Brad Johnson for the Vikings. Jim Harbaugh was fifth after replacing ex-Bucs passer Craig Erickson with the Colts. Doug Williams, then of the Redskins, was seventh for his Super Bowl win over Denver. Vinny Testaverde was eighth. Jeff Hostetler was 18th on the list for replacing Phil Simms and winning Super Bowl XXV in Tampa Bay. And that doesn't even include Randy Helberg.

– Doug Williams was only seventh?

– Some idiot named Ryan Phillips got personal with former Bucs' and Colts' coach Tony Dungy, who had the audacity to have his own opinion. Dungy ranked Tom Brady too low, which most of us would say is too low. But does that mean he's “delusional” and “insane” because some hack who has never been in a press box disagrees. Check your credentials, ace. I missed your Hall of Fame bust.

– By the way, Brady won the competition. So the only reason to jump Dungy was a differing opinion. Isn't that kind of the point?

– Dante Fowler Jr. went ballistic after a guy criticized his driving, knocking off his glasses and stepping on them and throwing a bag of alcohol into the lake. No, Dante. Throwing away a man's bag of groceries isn't called “a sack.”

– Jameis Winston? Jalen Ramsey? Ndamukong Suh? Nope. The top selling jersey in Florida is … Tom Brady. I wonder if Dungy has one.

– In the SI all-time mock draft, there were 11 Bucs chosen, but only four Bucs' legends: Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and John Lynch. The rest included players who stopped by for a minute: Darrelle Revis, Randall McDaniel, Tim Brown, Joey Browner, Reggie Roby, John Carney , Tim Brown and Sean Landetta. Anthony Munoz also finished his career in a Bucs' training camp but was injured. That means no Ronde Barber and no Simeon Rice. Tony Dungy was one of 13 coaches picked.

– No Josh Freeman, either.

– And no Booker Reese.

– And no Trent Dilfer.

– Sometimes, you can't make this up. A Nevada brothel has offered O.J. Simpson a job as a greeter, but the prostitutes are threatening to boycott if he's hired. Hugh Freeze is okay, evidently, but not Simpson.

– NFL.com suggests that the Cleveland Browns could make the playoffs if they had Jimmy Garappolo at quarterback. Guys, he has two starts in his career. He's a quarterback, not a faith-healer.

– Those who keep pushing for Colin Kaepernick to be signed, and who allege a blackball, make me chuckle. The guy won three games the last two seasons. He isn't Joe Montana.

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