Friday, January 16, 2009

And then there were Two

Two, as in how many active coaches in the NFL have Superbowl rings, following the firing of Jon Gruden.

It certainly seems that the success of first-time head coaches (see: playoffs) has infused the NFL with the same prescient lightning-strikes-thrice strategy as Hollywood piggyback blockbusters (see: volcanoes, asteroids).

Active Head Coaches with Rings
Coughlin, Giants, 2008
Belicheat, Patriots, 2002, 2004, 2005

At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Holmgren (1997) and Dungy (2007) walked away. Shanahan (1998, 1999) and Gruden (2003) were fired. Outrageous!

Before the season, I predicted the 8-8 Washington Football Team would go 8-8, 9-7 if they were lucky. And I hoped that Zorn would be granted a second year to coach the team. I had no idea what an audacious hope that was. Thanks Dan Snyder!

In other news, in three days a new American President will be taking office in the White House which was built, 215 years ago, by slaves.

It is as if our nation, a powerfully-built adolescent among the toddlers and seniors of the world, has achieved a sudden moment of insight. Like when Teen Wolf learned to control his powers.

1 comment:

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

It IS just like Teen Wolf.