Bucs Happy ESPN Execs Have Acid RefluxOctober 2nd, 2011
One thing that drives Joe crazy is when — often New York types — try to belittle or brag about a sporting event based on TV ratings.
Unmitigated feces is what that is. If sports were based on TV ratings, there would be only two or three sports in existence with roughly about eight teams total.
There is nothing, not one thing, that is more overblown in sports than TV ratings. Guess who cares about TV ratings? Maybe the 32 owners in the NFL, Roger Goodell, and perhaps a dozen suits at TV networks. That’s it. Joe doubts there are 50 people walking the face of the earth whose jobs are on the line based on TV ratings.
Look, in the age of 500 channels via satellite, if Joe wants to watch a football game and few others do, Joe will just whip out his credit card and buy the damn game, real simple.
Joe just knows the suits at BSPN are crying their eyes out because hyper, happy-footed, impatient Peyton Manning is not playing Monday night and Joe just can’t be happier.
First, if it’s bad for BSPN, it’s good for sports fans. Second, there is no quarterback Joe cannot stand to watch more than Manning and his constant jumping around and his histrionics. JUST CALL THE DAMN PLAY AND RUN IT! All this jumping around. All this pointing. All this hollering. JUST STOP IT!
But of course, the main reason Joe is happy Manning is not playing is the fact that it gives the Bucs a much better chance of winning the game with Curtis Painter behind center for the Dolts.
It seems the Bucs are of the same frame of mind, so writes Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.
On the surface, it’s a big break for the Bucs. But Barber knows that kind of thinking can get a young team in trouble.
“We’re going to prepare for them as if they’re the team that dominated the NFL for so many years,” Barber said. “(Painter), obviously, is green somewhat. But the offense is still the Colts offense. You just don’t want him to get hot against us.”
The Colts are having a tough time adjusting to life without Manning, 35. No surprise there. The four-time league MVP never missed a game until this season and had a savant-like ability to call plays and dissect defenses.
Barber is correct. The Dolts will not go winless. Some team at some point this season will get tripped up by the Dolts. They do have talent.
Simply put, though it sounds like a broken record it bears repeating: Stop the run. If the Bucs can stop the run, the Dolts and Painter will not beat the Bucs. It’s that simple.
Meanwhile, Joe is so happy the BSPN executives are upset that Manning is not playing, he hopes they have have to seek counseling. Maybe that will change things at the four-letter, though very doubtful.