During this very topsy-turvy 2010 NFL season, two of the preeminent storylines have involved the disappointing play of the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. As a result of this collective underachievement, both of the teams’ head coaches have been relieved of their duties prior to season’s end. Monday, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf gave Brad Childress his walking papers and two weeks ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sacked Wade Phillips.
Besides all the obvious football related shortcomings, one amazing coincidence involves the two former coaches’ connection to iFollo.com.
Tuesday night, retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was eliminated from this season’s edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Warner and dancing partner Anna Trebunskaya were sent home as the show trimmed its list of competitors to a final four. While this is considered big news in the reality TV world, within the sphere of pro football, it’s interesting to note the lack of news that emanates from a team after Warner moves on from their roster.
“The mullet isn’t just a hairdo, it is definitely a lifestyle.”
Prior to the 2010 season, this quote was the all-encompassing credo of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. For the last several years, the gregarious All-Pro boastfully paraded his signature style on the gridiron, in the media and throughout his private life, both in Minnesota and while at his offseason home in Scottsdale, Arizona. This level of bravado made him one of the most feared players in all of pro football.
As the San Francisco Giants celebrate their first world championship since 1954, it’s interesting to look back at the team’s home opener to consider how April optimism morphed into October glory.
In what seems like forever ago, the April 9 game vs. the Atlanta Braves opened with a spectacular F-18 flyover on a perfect San Francisco day.
The pre-game festivities continued with a memorable ceremonial first pitch thrown by 49ers legend Jerry Rice to 49ers great Steve Young. After catching the ball from behind home plate, Young sent Rice out for a pattern and subsequently hit him with a deep baseball toss. What a way to start a season!