Eric Bieniemy is head coach material – that he isn’t one is a travesty

Posted on February 6, 2021Categories SportTags ,

This Sunday’s Super Bowl has been shaped by black coordinators. But the top jobs are usually offered to young, white coaches There was no saucer-eyed staring, no hemming and hawing, no fevered talk about biting off anyone’s kneecaps. But then again Eric Bieniemy has always looked at ease in the spotlight for a man who never seeks it. Beaming in from Kansas City for his Super Bowl media day news conference earlier this week, the Chiefs offensive coordinator was the … Continue reading “Eric Bieniemy is head coach material – that he isn’t one is a travesty”

Tom Brady, the Super Bowl and the aging athlete’s mind-body problem

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Like the Buccaneers quarterback, I played well into my 40s. But eventually you have to confront a future in which your physical skills are no longer enough Professional athletes are mayflies. The mayfly rises magnificently into the air on translucent wings, only to die within 24 hours. According to the NFL Players’ Association, the league average playing career lasts 3.3 years. That’s not long considering the many years of grueling daily training, various physical injuries, and social sacrifices athletes endure … Continue reading “Tom Brady, the Super Bowl and the aging athlete’s mind-body problem”

Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Six Nations and a shambolic show

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Who hit a hat-trick? Which ground filled up? Who misbehaved? There will be 25,000 fans at the Super Bowl on Sunday (and 30,000 cardboard cutouts), making it the smallest ever attendance at a Super Bowl. What is the highest ever attendance?91,654103,985176,222222,543 Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0 this week, equalling the record they already share with Leicester City for the biggest win in Premier League history. What is the all-time record for the top flight?10-0, held by Sunderland12-0, held jointly by … Continue reading “Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Six Nations and a shambolic show”