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Now that the Green Bay Packers have won the Super Bowl and brought home the Lombardi Trophy home (the actual shiny one), I can’t help wondering if they can repeat. Yes, folks, it is never too early to speculate about next year.
It’s difficult for a team to go back to the Super Bowl year after year. That’s a good thing because it keeps things interesting for teams and fans alike. But teams have done it, and since the Green Bay Packers are a strong, young team, I can’t help wondering if they can return.
Here are some reasons why they will make it back.
The Packers were saddled with injuries this year, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Extra playing time for second string players helped secure a Super Bowl win after veterans Charles Woodson and Donald Driver got injured, and will help them next year as well. While you never want your key players on the sidelines, at least the Packers still have guys that can take up the slack.
More on the Packers return after the jump >>
There was a report indicating Mike Brown’s tenure in Cleveland might be coming to an end
. The implication essentially was Brown isn’t creative enough offensively to keep LeBron happy and that a coaching change might help LeBron’s decision to stay or go after next season. It went on to say that Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert supported such a change. I’m guessing rumblings like this
had a lot to do with said rumors.
And according to Cavaliers insider, Brian Windhorst, that’s exactly what these rumblings are: rumors. Bad ones, at that.
More on Mike Brown’s fate after the jump >>
Even though his previous employer doesn’t want him around any longer, that doesn’t mean Billy “The Man They Call ‘Clyde’” Gillispie still has a couple of reasons to remain in the Bluegrass, and apparently, it has nothing to do with that multi-million dollar house he owns
, either. Oh well, who can fault the man for hanging around when Kentucky’s hot co-eds — especially the one on the left — are still eager to be one of his sycophants?
I wonder if Gillispie and Calipari have exchanged notes on coaching at UK, or perhaps even Kentucky Derby picks?
H/t to Kentucky Sports Radio for this brilliant find.
For the first season
, anyway. During his initial press conference for Florida International, Thomas reveiled his first campaign with his Panther would be done pro-bono. Actually, Zeke is donating his first-year salary back to his new employers. Whatever it takes to wash away any bad tastes or bad blood the hire generates, I guess.
The ink hasn’t even dried on the Florida International/Isiah Thomas partnership and some Internet entrepreneur is getting the fun started early with “Fire Isiah
” t-shirts. It helps (or doesn’t, depending on your point of view about the hiring) that Florida International’s abbreviation plays into the whole Fire Isiah “movement” that will undoubtedly hover over Thomas as long as he remains employed.
Although, if he makes get the Panthers into some postseason activity, his employers won’t care what the outside thinks of their coach — even with damning documentation like this. A couple of highlights from Thomas’ post-playing career, save his semi-successful stint with the Indiana Pacers (131-115, three playoff appearances):
- Bankrupt the CBA
- That Knicks lawsuit/harassment excitement
- Endless love between Thomas and Stephon Marbury
- Whatever the hell happened with the overdose incident
This is the man Florida International wants to supervise and lead their student-athletes.
Who knows? Maybe Zeke will channel his National Championship acumen from his days playing for Bobby Knight. Better yet, maybe Knight will take a position on Thomas’ coaching staff. Now wouldn’t that just be the keenest thing ever?
Thanks to the observant eye of Darren Rovell for the t-shirt find.
Apparently, the lack of door love
has negative effects. Just ask the University of Arizona, who saw their head coaching job offer get turned down
by Tim Floyd. Maybe next time, Arizona’s athletic department will allow their back door to be featured while they are entertaining their next coaching prospect.
In other coaching news, Bruce Pearl turned down Memphis’ offer in order to stay in Knoxville — if there ever was one to begin with; although, Pearl just signed a six-year extension to stay in Tennessee — and the University of Georgia finally found their replacement for George Felton in Mark Fox.
Apparently, finding a coaching replacement, even for high-profile jobs like Arizona, is harder than ever. Memphis, meanwhile, is absolutely floundering since John Calipari’s announcement to take the Kentucky job. Rumors of transfers and de-commits now plague a team that was on the cusp of an extended flirtation with college basketball greatness. Now it’s back to the drawing board for program that’s still looking for a new head coach.
Or, “The Other Wildcats Want Tim Floyd.” Either one would work. In case you don’t know what I’m babbling about, the Arizona Wildcats have offered their head coaching position to USC’s Tim Floyd — on a non-interim basis — although, unlike a recent hire for another Wildcats team, there was no “door love
” waiting for Floyd to make his decision
. No “The Door” Facebook pages
or anything remotely close to the Calipari/Kentucky hubbub we just sat through.
Nevertheless, the west coast Wildcats have targeted their man, viral popularity explosions of athletic department doors be damned. As long as Floyd can continue to get the O.J. Mayos and DeMar DeRozans of the world, everybody concerned should be pleased — provided he accepts their offer to leave Los Angeles.
Apparently, Floyd has 24 hours to accept or decline Arizona’s offer.
The University of Kentucky got their man
— much to the chagrin of Pat Forde
and a whole bunch of other writers and bloggers, apparently — as the administration introduced John Calipari to the Kentucky masses this morning as the new coach of the Kentucky basketball team. In light of the worst-kept secret in college basketball coming to pass, I doubt the Kentucky faithful give one damn about what the Pat Fordes of the world think.
***We interrupt this schedule report to bring you this breaking news***
According to MJD at The Dagger, Calipari has already been fired by the University of Kentucky.
We’ll have more on this news as it comes in. Now, back to your regularly scheduled reading: