Countdown cleansing: Mora, Bowden and Wrestlemania!

The Count's also getting a little pudgy.

The Count still can't believe Michael Stipe just sat in the corner (losing his religion?).

Sorry. Until this morning’s blog on long term projections of Tech and Georgia football, I hadn’t blogged since the Georgia game Saturday. I was off Sunday and then it was a soul-cleansing day for the Chosen Peeps (as well as relative religious hanger-ons like me) and I required 24 hours of prayer and fasting before my soul was allowed to go back to square one. Actually, I should come clean here. It wasn’t quite 24 hours of fasting. I sort of blew it with the two, post-sundown beers at the Steve Wynn/Baseball Project show Sunday night at The Earl. But then I compensated for that with two more post-fast beers at the Steve Wynn/Baseball Project show Monday night at 40 Watt in Athens, where, by the way, every R.E.M. member was in attendance and every one played (Mike Mills, Bill Berry, Project band member Peter Buck), except for Michael Stipe. He sat in the back of the room, just being Michael Stipe. I know. With those Day of Atonement beers, I’ve got no shot at a nice room in the afterlife. The Count tells me I might as well get used to the smell of brimstone now. But on the subject of cleansings, let’s count down, shall we?

10. The real Jim Mora returns

Maybe he should turn the hands around and put them over his mouth.

Maybe he should turn the hands around and put them over his mouth.

Jim Mora had some spectacular public meltdowns as Falcons coach, and went completely psycho with the it-sure-sounded-like-he-was-serious radio interview when he said he wanted to be the Washington Huskies coach –while the Falcons were scrambling to stay in a playoff race. But his greatest undoing here was he got too close to his players, which ultimately led to a lack of discipline and accountability in the locker room. Well, it appears Mora has gone in the other direction now. Kinda, sorta.

9. Somebody must’ve kicked him in the head

After Seattle lost to Chicago, 25-19, Sunday, ostensibly because Olindo Mare missed two field goal attempts, Mora threw the kicker under the bus. Excerpts: “No excuses for those,” Mora said. “If you’re a kicker in the National Football League, you should make those kicks. Bottom line. End of story. Period. No excuses … Not acceptable. Not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable.” He’s right, but that’s not the point. The Seahawks have a lot of problems other than their kicker. Secondly, a coach just doesn’t do that — a point somebody must have made to Mora later, because the next day be backed off his comments and praised the kicker, adding, “I think I let the emotion of the game get to me in my answers about Olindo.” Really? You, Jim? Some guys are just not made for being a head coach. Methinks Mora is one of them.

8. Bowden: wrong recruits, wrong playbook

Bobby, they're telling you to go that-a-way.

Bobby, they're telling you to go that-a-way.

More cleansing needed: Forgive some FSU fans what they must be thinking about Bobby Bowden. Florida State destroys BYU, then loses at home to South Florida, half of whose roster is within a three-hour drive of the FSU campus (quarterback B.J. Daniels went to high school in Tallahassee). Bowden and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher are getting hammered again by fans and media. Here’s the best summary I’ve seen, from Chris Humphrey’s blog in Tampa’s Creative Loafing: “Daniels looked exactly like the kind of kid Florida State used to make famous. The crafty kid who could dismantle an opponent not only with his arm and his legs, but with his mind and his will. Now Daniels wears USF green and there wasn’t a Seminole in the stands who wouldn’t have preferred him in garnet. Heck, half of them probably would trade Bowden for [South Florida coach] Jim Leavitt at this point.”

7. I miss Freddie Blassie

I admit it. I watched wrestling on a small black-and-white TV on a UHF channel in my room on a UHF channel when my mom thought was asleep. And how come the ref was never looking during the eye-gouging!?! I bring this up because the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Atlanta is bidding for Wrestlemania XXVII in 2011 for the Georgia Dome. Gary Stokan of the Atlanta Sports Council said, “This has the potential to be a huge economic impact,” and I suppose this is where Snooty Sports Fan asks the question, “How much money can a trailer park and a Shoney’s bring in?” But, sorry. It’s fake but it’s funny and entertaining and I’m all for it. Here’s part I of a past “title” match between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior.

And if that’s just enough enough for you, here’s two more links, via YouTube.

LINK: “Part II: Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior”

LINK: Part III: Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior.

6. With Wrestlemania, you get Divas!

It's just another boring SEC vs. ACC argument.

It's just another boring SEC vs. ACC argument.

These are some of the WWE Divas. There are many. This is one of the few photos I figured I could post without getting suspended (but I can’t stop you from Googling). Besides, they’re wearing college jerseys in this shot, so I figured, hey, I’ve got the college sports argument working for me. “But, Julia! I had to run it. I got the SEC and ACC into one blog item! Page views! Nice shoes, by the way. Yes, I am a pig. But I think admitting that up front puts me ahead of the curve before next year’s spiritual cleansing.

5. Parcells pays the price (sympathy anyone?)

Umm, can I get a do-over?

Umm, can I get a do-over?

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington is injured. Again. He won’t be coming back. Again. A few weeks ago, I played Hindsight Is 20-20 Theater and remarked how Bill Parcells should be catching heat for passing on Matt Ryan in the draft. That heat just got turned up. The only drops if Chad Henne, a second-round pick, can rescue the 0-3 Dolphins. (By the way, is Miami the first team in NFL history replacing one Chad with another? And do you want that distinction?) I just heard Chris Mortensen say this on ESPN: “Dolphins fans want to see something out of Chad Henne. Otherwise, guess what? They’re going to be talking about Matt Ryan for a long time in Miami.” Where have I heard that before? By the way, here’s why Parcells never should have counted on Pennington. His games played stats since 2002: 15-10-13-3-16-9-16-3.

4. Latest from the Twitterati

Terrell Owens has been pounding Rodney Harrison in interviews and on Twitter for past steroid/HGH use. (Just one: “So Rodney, I’m thinking if u overnite it 2day, I’ll get em by 2morr @ noon. Better yet, mark it Priority!! I “really” wanna b a CHAMPION like u!!”) Personally, I have a far greater concern. Owens didn’t have a catch Sunday and he’s the third receiver on my Fantasy League team. Dude, I don’t get points for your Tweets.

3. Twitterati, part II

Twitters you'd like to read: @nflcommish: "NFLPA better take this offer or they can stick it!"

Tweet you want to see: @nflcommish: "NFLPA, take da deal or u can stick it!"

I’ve vented several times in this space about the Twitter thing getting way out of hand. The NBA is considering coming down with a policy, and the NFL could follow. (By the way. Commissioner Roger Goodell has a Twitter page. Could be fun during CBA talks, but I’m not getting my hopes up.) Anyway, here’s the latest: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has banned his players from going on Twitter after some players took shots at the program — and him — following Saturday’s loss to Houston. One, sent by player Marvin Williams said, “Wondering why I’m still in this meeting room when the head coach can’t even be on time to his on[sic] meeting.” Sweet. For the record, scholarships are not automatically renewed.

2. Brooking must’ve been out that day

Laughed at Rick Reilly’s piece on the written test given to the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, in which he posed some of the questions to players. Here’;s an exchange with Keith Brooking. “Reilly: List three lean proteins.” Brooking: “Like, foods?” Reilly: Uh, yes, foods. Brooking: “Tuna fish. I don’t know, man.” Didn’t he go to Georgia Tech?

1. This just in: Raiders are a mess

The Dynamic Duo: Lane Kiffin and Al "The Creature" Davis.

Dynamic Duo: Lane Kiffin and Al "The Creature" Davis.

Remember when Oakland head coach Tom Cable reportedly broke the jaw of assistant Randy Hanson in a training camp fight? It turns out some of the Raiders players snuck a laptop computer out of the facility and gave it to the banished Hanson so that he could give them tips. John McGuinn, Hanson’s lawyer, said, “Al Davis doesn’t know he has been providing detailed coaching for these guys, and randy has not gotten any credit for it.” Yeah, well. I think he knows now.

62 comments Add your comment

T-Bone

September 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

As an FSU fan, I agree with your point on dissatisfaction with Bowden. But Humphrey is wrong about BJ Daniels. The Noles didn’t bother going after him because they had their eyes on a far greater talent: EJ Manuel. You’d think a Tampa blogger would have a clue about FSU recruiting. Sure, a lot of talent comes out of the panhandle, but FSU miraculously still has the ability to recruit nationally.

Rich

September 29th, 2009
1:40 pm

Florida was famous for chads in 2000, and are now so again nine years later. The question is, when it’s all said and done, will they want these Chads to hang?

Rich

September 29th, 2009
1:43 pm

Oh, and by the way Jeff, since you touched on pro wrestling, stop by and check out Georgia Wrestling History sometime, where regular AJC blogger Chef Tim Dix and I host the Sports Buffet as one of our site’s nightly radio shows.

Red Shirt

September 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

Did you ask Steve how things are going at the Mirage these days?

Hollywould

September 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

Jeff, You forgot your weekly Auburn jab. Trying to get on the bandwagon now? C’mon, after UT goes down there is still a place for you. War Eagle

T-Bone

September 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

Murpheys is apparently clueless about FSU recruiting, which is shocking given the fact he’s from Tampa. Instead of getting BJ Daniels, the local 3 star recruit that year, the Noles got a 5 star recruit by the name of EJ Manuel from Virginia. Sure, BJ looked great on Saturday, but he’s not on the same talent level as EJ.

josh

September 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

Hogan should have won!!!!!! Fixed LOL

Jason

September 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Jeff, 80,000 people were at Ford Field for Wrestlemania 23 and left somewhere in the neighborhood of $29 million spent in the city (what the city did with the money after that, I can’t say). Considering the GWCC isn’t exactly booming with conventions right now, doesn’t it make sense to go after this?

P.s. The coverage of Wrestlemania XXIV was on the front cover and the sports section of the Orlando Sentinel. But they’re probably losing money too, so what do they know?

The American Dream

September 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

Wrestlemania will be the greatest thing to hit this city since Sherman. I have to get into shape so that I can get back into the ring against my old nemesis: The Nature Boy. Meanwhile, I am wrestling tomorrow night at a slighty smaller venue: the pool room of Smokey’s Tavern in Lavonia, Georgia. The match will be at 7:00 PM. $2 admission at the door; $1 admission if you bring your own beer to the event. I will be wrestling a guy who sort of looks like Jeff Shultz. This guy’s name is” “Winey Sports Writer Masked Man #4.” Maybe it is Shultz? Well if so he will receive my dream elbow drop. If anyone would like an autograph from the American Dream you can stop by my room at the Red Eagle Motel in Hogansville, Georgia, between the hours of 3 and 4 pm. I can usually be found sitting near the plastic kiddie pool. Man am I excited. Can’t wait for Wrestlemania in my own backyard. Watch out Nature Boy!

Chris Humpherys

September 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

Jeff,

Thanks for the shout out on #8. That seems to be the sentiment here in Florida. Most Seminoles would like to see Bobby hand over the reigns.

If you liked the Bowden piece, I have plenty more where that came from on sportschump.net

Would love to be added to your blogroll is you’re so inclined.

Thanks.

Chris Humpherys
sportschump.net

MiltonDawg

September 29th, 2009
2:44 pm

Good Stuff JS- i miss the glory days of WWF- Hacksaw Jim, The Road Warriors, Sting (old school with the star, not the “Crow” Brandon Lee character), and KoKo BWare..classic stuff. I met Ric Flair- what an A-hole. ACC vs SEC cheerleaders- i’ll be biased on this one and except both!! I’m trying to write FOX to do an Al Davis reality show called Al being Al..we’ll see.

The Rain

September 29th, 2009
2:47 pm

This was a complete waste of time. Were you sitting on the can when you thought this up? Garbage Journalism!!!

Rich

September 29th, 2009
2:57 pm

Milton – Click here for an interview GWH did with Duggan recently.

For an interview Tim and I did with AJC’s Dave O’Brien on the debut of the Sports Buffet back in March, click here. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard his impersonation of Dusty Rhodes.

Tim’s been trying to get Jeff to come on, and maybe if enough folks here beg, maybe he’ll cave and do a show with us. Maybe we can get Ol’ Schultzy to do some Hulkamania rap.

All I'm Saying Is...

September 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Take a chill pill, The Rain. This is a blog which is not journalism. Blogs are to journalism what sports talk radio is to the truth. If you really want something close to journalism, buy the print edition. Although both blogs and print are covered by the first amendment, you’re more likely to get sued by someone if they read a lie in a newspaper than online primarily because there are over 100 million web sites versus 1,500 newspapers.

Funny stuff, Jeff. Keep up the good work. Only next time, try to save the excessive back-patting—did you do it so much with respect to Pennington and passing on Ryan because it’s warranted so infrequently?

I still prefer the wrestling days of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes and Abdullah the Butcher with Gordon Soley [sp.] doing the announcing.

LET’S GO BRAVES!

Bill E. Goat

September 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

If EJ Manuel were worth the lofty acclaim he recieved as a recruit he would be playing. Either that or FSU coaches have gotten absolutely terrible at coaching. I’d say it’s a little of both based on the recent results. I wonder when FSU fans will figure either out? They think they keep getting all this talent but fail to realize recruiting is most times a crapshoot. It would also help to keep players eligible or get them qualified to enroll. FSU has had a lot of trouble with both lately.

The English Nanny

September 29th, 2009
3:07 pm

It’s “hangers-on,” not “hanger-ons.”

Paul H

September 29th, 2009
3:11 pm

Hollywould: 87 teams and some high schools would be 4-0 with Auburn’s schedule so far. There’s your Auburn jab.

Beautiful Monte

September 29th, 2009
3:17 pm

I’m wondering why Marvin Williams has a “scholarship” to a major university when he can’t spell.

We won’t even get into the issue of a why a player would think that it’s O.K. to disrespect his coach in a public forum.

Given the combination of poor spelling skills and lack of common decency, Williams is probably just another punk from the hood.

Jon

September 29th, 2009
3:25 pm

Monte, take your bigoted butt back to the trailer. Your cryptic words don’t fool anyone. And it’s freaking twitter, spelling bee champs don’t spell correctly on there!

gdawginkalamazoo

September 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

Jason, all that Wrestlemania money Detroit collected we now know that it went to fund the following: Kwame Kilpatrick’s booty calls on public time. He figured public time should be public money, right? and then the rest went to fund both his girlfriend and his legal funds. Oh and don’t forget the million dollar fine he had to pay “back”. Plus the plane ticket Detroit bought him to go live in Texas.

Is just me or does Kiffin look scared in that picture? That or Al Davis tooted and Kiffy is trying to hold it together.

Hollywould

September 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

Paul, jump on anytime you want. We don’t hold grudges. War Eagle

TIDETALK12

September 29th, 2009
3:29 pm

Enter your comments hereI I saw Freddie Blassie out in his front yard watering his grass at his home somewhere around Atlanta in the 1960’s. I was with my Grandmother Taylor who told me not to be scared that he would not hurt me. Very popular guy at the time. In 1965 I had a choice, I could go with my parents and sisters to see the Beatles, or go to see wrestling at the old city auditorium. I chose wrestling- Sputnik Monroe vs Dick The Bruiser. What a night of entertainment for a 14 year old boy.Walked to the event from the Henry Grady Hotel. Were any of you there!

trouble funk

September 29th, 2009
3:32 pm

I can’t stand Bobby Bowden either but legends like Bowden and Joe Pa deserve to go out on their own and not run out by PUNKS like you guys.

Fair and Balanced

September 29th, 2009
3:40 pm

So Jeff does that mean the season-ending injuries to Harry Douglas and Peria Jerry are some sort of karma payback for something the Falcons front office did?

Brad in Jasper

September 29th, 2009
3:40 pm

Even after the four neurotic UGA games, can’t say I wholeheartedly agree with the assumption of Tech in November. Jumping on that prediction for either team seems 50-50, depending on who shows up.

I never get tired of the Kiffin/Davis photo, or any Al Davis pic for that matter. Captions really aren’t needed with that bird.

Old Dawg

September 29th, 2009
3:55 pm

Al Davis looks like Keith Richards with no hair.

Rectal bleeding

September 29th, 2009
4:04 pm

Beau Bock

September 29th, 2009
4:05 pm

When are you going to write about Jerry Glanville again?

Atlanta Nole

September 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

@ Trouble Funk: Seriously? You must be a fan of the Ag School in Hogtown. Legends like Bobby deserve to leave on their own terms when they are running the program into the ground? He wanders around the sidelines without a clue and every time he tosses on a headset trouble brews. Bobby got his statute and stained glass window and now it is time for him and his minions to leave.

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

September 29th, 2009
4:09 pm

Shultzie,

As always your Count Coundown rules my Tuesdays! Love the Freddie Blassie reference! Been a life long fan of this “Sport of Champions” since I was a little tyke! I can remember countless summers going to see Georgia Championship Wrestling at the Carroll County Fairgrounds! Would love to see you follow up with all of the former NFL players who parlayed their careers into sucessful wrestling careers. Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd and Ron Simmons come to mind. Last, love the term Twitterati!! Any chance I can use that in my next column on here??

Rich

September 29th, 2009
4:21 pm

Good to see so many wrestling fans on board here. Feel free to visit Georgia Wrestling History anytime. We are revamping a bit, but our nostalgia section should be back up very soon. Check out our radio shows, too, as we often have some of the folks you might remember, as well as some of today’s crop.

Oh, and don’t forget, Schultz: we want you to drop the Sports Buffet and break bread with us.

Rich

September 29th, 2009
4:22 pm

By the way, Jeff, the countdown is great, and a must-read every Tuesday. You never let down.

eat your vitamins

September 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

No one else will give me an answer, so I pose the question to you, Schultz:

WHERE IS THE WRESTLEMANIA VENT???

Bill Weston

September 29th, 2009
4:24 pm

I met Al Davis once and asked him to please sign a Raider helmet for me in a very polite manner. He told me to get away from him because he did not want to be bothered with that crap. Needless to say that gave me reason to hate Al and the Faders. May they never have another winning season.

Ric Flair

September 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Wooooooooo!!!!

GoodTraction

September 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Who shot Sonny Clusters? Joe N or whatever you want to call yourself – bring on some more “when we was . . .”

Reid Adair

September 29th, 2009
4:54 pm

I was a bit surprised when I saw Jim Mora Jr.’s comments on ESPN Sunday night. Good grief! Definitely talk about going too far in the other direction!

And professional wrestling? I agree 100 percent. It’s fake, but it’s entertainment. Nice shot of the Divas in the college jerseys. That clearly took some time and effort on your part to select such an appropriate picture.

Ric Flair

September 29th, 2009
4:59 pm

Space Mountain, baby! Space Mountain….. Get to know me!

Einstein

September 29th, 2009
5:06 pm

Sounds like FSU is evaluating talent like UGA…Richt/Bowden, birds of a feather. Or, are they just not able to coach them up? As a life-long Dawg fan, I just don’t understand how we can consistently have top 5 signing classes and be so mediocre on offense and terrible on defense. Or, maybe is it because we have become inbred in our coaching staff, just like FSU. Anyway, just my opinion. Peace.

UGASlobberknocker

September 29th, 2009
5:09 pm

Rich gets the prize for most clever comment…they may indeed be hanging a few more chads in Miami pretty soon.

Alan Parkins

September 29th, 2009
5:18 pm

Enter your comments here

When will it be the likely time for Bobby to step down ? Or will he have to be dragged kickin’ and screamin’ out of Tallahassee ? God knows this team and the program is a shell of itself !

Paddy

September 29th, 2009
5:23 pm

TBone..EJ has more talent than BJ. EJ didn’t play because Ponder is a better qb. BJ played and beat the Noles. That sort of shoots your theory does it not. Just think what would have happened if the Bull’s first string qb would have played. Can you say rose colored glasses?

Pago Flyer

September 29th, 2009
5:42 pm

What ev er happened to Mr. Wrestling 1 and Mr. Wrestling 2?

BigHittas

September 29th, 2009
5:47 pm

Tell it like it is Shultzie!

Maybe Jimmy More-uh can coach for the little (formerly big) tuna next year?

Weird Al Davis could enter the wrestling arena and fight Vince McMahon in a Texas steel cage match where no man walks out?

Rich

September 29th, 2009
5:56 pm

Pago …

Tim ‘Mr. Wrestling #1′ Woods died on November 30, 2002, at the age of 68. Johnny ‘Mr. Wrestling #2′ is alive and well, living in Hawaii, but he did just do a brief stint of appearances here at some locally run independent shows over the last month during his annual trip to the mainland. He’s been a good friend for years, and appeared on one of our aforementioned shows earlier this year. Go to GWH and dig up the archive. You’ll be glad you did.

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 29th, 2009
6:04 pm

I was watching Rasslin in the days of Ed Capparel and Promoter Paul Jones. Great to see a reference on here to Sputnik Monroe. He had a brother Rocket Monroe and wasn’t there one more brother? I liked it when it was a battle of good versus evil but don’t care for the Vince McMahon stuff, too cartoonish. For me, it all finally died with the passing of Gordon Solie.

Three lean proteins? Lean beef, lean pork, chicken. Next question.

If Tom Cable were a player instead of a head coach he would have already been suspended. Could it be Roger Goodell is trying to get on firm footing for an Al Davis lawsuit?

Sunshine

September 29th, 2009
6:07 pm

Jeff, you are still getting paid to do this? Shaking head.

Rich

September 29th, 2009
6:08 pm

Hillbilly …

Yes, there was Sputnik, Rocket, and Flash. I was friends with Sputnik up until he died just a few years back, and am still friends with Rocket, too, who remains in the Atlanta area. We actually ran a tribute site to them as an extension of GWH. As noted before, feel free to check out the site.

JSS

September 30th, 2009
6:42 am

Sting in the WWF? Never happened… He performed exclusively in the old NWA/WCW territories… Rich and Chef Tim Dix drop names, but they always leave big voids in their info… The old Fred Ward promotion out of Columbus was one of great NWA territories on the 2nd level of the old wrestling promoters. Unlike Billy Graham in Florida, The Sheik in Detroit, the Von Erich’s in Texas, and the Crockett’s in the Carolinas, Wards promotion was a step below those.

So Jeff Schultz, did you watch the old “Wrestling from the Olympic” programs or the Mexican wrestling programs?

Rich

September 30th, 2009
6:57 am

JSS – Feel free to go to GWH. No name dropping going on at all. Just trying to point out something someone like yourself might enjoy.