The Witty Lizard

Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

The Witty Lizard - Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

NCAA Sanctions

These sanctions are devastating, probably worse than SMU. Penn State may not recover for 20+ years. It’s a rough situation for the current players, probably unfair. All of that being said, it might not be enough.

Football isn’t all about winning. Lou Holtz made a great point when he said that BCS football is out of control. The size, money and power is out if hand.

Crazy is really the only word that comes to mind. I have talked several times about the rabbit hole. Obviously, this is a unique situation and I don’t mean to imply that these things are rampant in college football. However, Paterno and Penn State with out question exhibited an over riding and pervasive lack of control at best and total lack of concern at worst. Either way, they deserved what they got.

Thus closes the book on Joe Paterno as anything other than a footnote in football history. Good riddance.

Fun with Science

Brandon Weeden and clay pigeons, this is really cool. He said it took him seven tries, which doesn’t sound all that crazy considering the shear velocity of a clay pigeon.

Connecting on for out five is amazing. But practice helps I’m sure. Regardless, Weeden is a stud and this is just fun to watch.

Thursday Links

This needs to be read aloud on the floor of Congress… MotherJones

It’s a brave new world… The Economist

Please, just one or two, or thirty… NY Times

“Sources of Federal Tax Revenue” tells the whole story here… MotherJones

Baahahahahaha, that’s all I got… NY Times

Death to Word = fawesomwe… Slate

Read this, please… Stop Stealing Dreams

I just don’t understand the Republican problem with this… The New Republic

Why shouldn’t people have health insurance? The New Republic

Intriguing thesis, God and America, duh… The New Republic

The original was a classic, this shorter update sounds good… Grantland

Wes Lunt = The Man… NewsOK

I wish I was “just a guy”… Pistols Firing

Sucks for everyone else in London… O’Colly

It’s about time someone did a story, well done Larry… NewsOK

Mr. Tannehill pay attention… The Big Lead

This just in, these guys are GOOD… BBTIA

Helluva a future… Star-Telegram

Solid but not spectacular, which is what they need… Blogging the Boys

No imput or relevance, that’s epic, but I hope He’s being honest… Cowboys Gab

Excitement and commitment… Just Blog Baby

2012 schedule is not easy, but is any in the NFL? Silver and Black Pride

He is a great soundbite… Grantland

Thursday Links

I have always hated saves… Grantland

I’m starting to think Lunt may be the man… Tulsa World

Blake Jackson might be the best of the class of ’12… ESPN

OSU baseball is flat terrible, time to make a change… NewsOK

Axl Rose is a douche (and I love GnR)… LA Times

Political reform? The hell you say… The New Republic

The world is shrinking… The Economist

A cure for hangovers would be amazing… The New Yorker

Population and tax revenue are directly related… Mother Jones

Damn these were fun days… NewsOK

Pretty solid guesses… NewsOK

Absolutely awesome, and impossible… Kegs ‘N Eggs

Very intriguing… The Economist

Will never happen, although it should… The Economist

Wow, that’s all I got… Slate

I’m pretty stoked by these moves… Star-Telegram

I really hope this works out, for many reasons… Sports Illustrated

More good advice from Mark Cuban… Blog Maverick

CJ Wilson is an idiot… BBTIA

Spending is a bit out of whack… Mother Jones


Thursday Links

Shit, did he say “dynasty”… ESPN

QB battles are what message boards were invented for… NewsOK

This will carry on all summer I’m sure… Tulsa World

Spring Football is here… NewsOK

They are really not good…

I like Napoli, but can’t get my head around a long-term deal… BBTIA

Hamilton’s weird stuff yet again… BBTIA

Really? Did we thinks he was going to be perfect?… BaseballDo

Mich Leach is back in the saddle… Seattle Times

A marketing plan that’s not entirely honest, no way… The Economist

Interesting argument for economic growth… Huffington Post

This is from 5 months ago but this man fascinates me… Seattle PI

It’s the market stupid… The New Yorker

This explains a lot about what’s broken… The New Republic

Mark Cuban is awesome… Huffington Post


Holy Hell?!?

Redskins’ Mike Shanahan puts legacy on line with blockbuster deal to draft QB Robert Griffin III – NFL – Yahoo! Sports

What in the world is Shanahan thinking? Let me preface this post by reiterating that I hate all things Baylor, but this is madness. The Redskins have officially put the entire franchise on the back of a guy who never played in a BCS game. That in and of itself is not the end all measure of a QB, but it does speak on some level to the winning the RG3 has done in college. I can buy the Heisman, he had a monster year, but the future of a franchise is a bit of a stretch.

The point is this is a guy who wasn’t sure if he would get drafted as a QB or as an athlete when the year started. Suddenly, he is the #2 pick? Even if they think he’s the franchise, to trade three #1’s and a #2 is crazy for any one player. I hope he is the greatest thing ever, or at least as good as Donovan McNabb was, but this just reeks of desperation and utter madness.

Oh, and remember, he never beat the Pokes….

In a related note, does Blackmon goes to Cleveland? And what if they take Weeden with their #2? The offseason is always a lot of fun.

Friday Five

NFL Quarterbacks

  1. Brett Favre
  2. Johnny Unitas
  3. Fran Tarkenton
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Dan Marino

What can you say about Favre? He holds every significant passing record, both good and bad. He played for 20 years, 11 of those years were pro bowl years and 3 times he was 1st team all pro. He was a gamer and a winner, 45 game winning drive and 30 come from behind victories not to mention his 186 career wins. Tough, strong armed, unorthodox and a winner, Favre gets my vote.

Johnny U, although a player from another era, is near the top of the leader boards. He comes in at 8th in career TDs and 13th in career yards, not bad for a guy that is 5000 attempts behind Favre. He compiled 3 MVPs and 5 first team all pro nods. Probably the first of the ‘golden boy’ QBs, he helped usher in modern football.

The forgotten one is Fran Tarkenton.  He took his team to three Super Bowl, not winning any. It’s unfortunate that his lack of championships gets him left off most lists like this. However, for me it is impossible not to include him. Tarkenton owned every passing record when he retired. He is in the top five in most categories still, and top ten in every one. Further, Tarkenton was a gifted runner, surpassed only by the likes of Vick and Cunningham. That his is not considered a winner is wrong, 5th in all times wins, 5th in comeback victories and 6th in game winning drives, sounds like a winner to me.

Peyton Manning is a machine. The fact that he is still playing (kinda) and that he plays in the era of 50 attempts per game, people tend to dismiss his accomplishment. In 13 years, he has climbed to leader boards with a ruthless drive. Manning is in the top three in wins, comebacks, game winning drives, yards and TDs and he’s done it in 7 fewer years than Favre. It will be interesting to see how the drama surrounding him this year affects his ascent up the boards and his legacy.

Marino held most of the passing records for years until some guy named Favre came along. He still holds the records for comeback wins and game winning drives. Marino remains either 2nd of 3rd in all the other categories that are significant to this discussion. Like Tarkenton, his lack of championships tend to push him down most people’s lists, but if I need a big throw or a game winning drive, there might not be any better that Marino.

That’s my list, I could be wrong, but probably not.




Thursday Links

The Paradoxical China… The Economist

Obama is a putz… The Economist

Unleash the crowds… Slate

Red Sox are confusing me too… Grantland

Ranger stuff… BBTIA

Profar is looking like a stud… Texas Rangers

Things they are a changin’… NewsOK

Hasn’t this been going on forever? But still good stuff… Star-Telegram

SEAL Team 6, enough said… NY Times

William Wallace please stand up… NY Times

Big 12 (-2) expansion on the horizon? ESPN

I love this hire… ESPN

I agree with most of this… Just Blog Baby

Random Dallas Cowboys stuff… ESPN

Dude is a beast… ESPN

Great writer, intriguing story… Grantland

How ’bout less Xbox, just a thought… NY Times

Don’t I wish… NY Times