1. The Falcons want Pete Carroll to be their coach. Why would they want him and why would he want the job? Big-time college coaches make crazy money now, and it’s so much easier to win at the college level. Carroll was bad in two NFL jobs before, and I doubt he’s gotten much better by being away from the league for so long. Maybe Carroll is using this to get USC to pay him better—that’s all I got for a rationale. (Also, Atlanta just hired a college guy and look how that turned out. College football is to pro football as bike riding is to the Tour de France. And steroids aren’t too helpful for coaches.)
2. The Pistons looked horrible last night against the Mavs. But that happens, especially on the road. My biggest question for Flip—why didn’t you get the bench more involved considering how cold everyone was? Herrmann came in at the end of the first half and completely shut down Dirk. Then he’s benched all third quarter while Dirk goes five for five and puts the game away. We’ve got good bench guys—get them in there.
It’s definitely a pet peeve of mine when people completely overreact to one regular season loss. The great thing about pro sports is that the talent differential between teams isn’t as extreme as at the college level. The Bobcats at their best are going to be mediocre over the course of this season, but they still feature a few of the basketball players in the world. It’s not shockshockshocking that they might beat a good team now and again.