November 20, 2006

WOW, HE REALLY IS BILL BELICHICK JR.:

Early onside kick call worst move of Mangini's young coaching career (Ian O'Connor, 11/20/2006, USA Today)

Between his mind-numbing meetings and his mind-numbing film sessions, Eric Mangini must have found a minute or three to read his own headlines. Read them? Shoot, he probably even admired them. Mangini is human, after all, no matter how desperately he would like you to believe otherwise.

Manginius. Yes, it has a cute ring to it, especially when the Jets' coach is making Bill Belichick, football's leading mad scientist, look as dumb as the grudge he's holding against the Patriots protege who headed south in every literal and figurative way.

It had been a glorious week for Mangini, who did everything to Belichick but wipe that doomsday expression from his face. The NFL had a fresh challenger to the intellectual throne, a coach who might be smart enough to lead the Jets away from their rich tradition of dysfunction and woe.

You think Mangini didn't get caught up in his own coronation-to-be? Then go ahead and explain that onside kick he attempted Sunday to start the second half, the one that gave the Bears the same life Tom Coughlin gave them last week on this very field.


And folks wonder why Americans don't trust intellectuals?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 7:31 AM
Comments

If it had worked, he'd have been hailed as an even bigger genius.

Let us by all means beat every aspect of creativity out of our schools, our politics, our sports.

Americans hate sedentary intellectuals who never try their ideas. Coaches who explore new ideas don't fit in that same category.

Posted by: Bruno at November 20, 2006 2:29 PM

Which is why intellectuals do stupid things, so that you'll think they're geniuses.

Posted by: oj at November 21, 2006 12:05 PM
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