Morning Cup Of Joe

January 15th, 2021

Welcome to your Morning Cup of Joe, an eye-opener to help Joe’s readers ease into their busy workday with a few football links, wacky news and a pleasant distraction.

Distraction of the Day

The list of names of assistants Urban Meyer is linked to bringing to Jacksonville should frighten all 27 Jags fans out there. If you are Trevor Lawrence, do you start thinking about throwing your weight around demanding a trade to the Jets? This has “train wreck” written all over it. [Jags Wire]

The Jets have their man: Robert Saleh. [CBS]

Wanna know why Adrian Peterson can’t walk away from the game? [Yahoo!]

Jalen Ramsey vs. Davante Adams, who ya’ got? [NFL]

Storm brewing in Seattle with Russell Wilson? [TheBigLead]

MLB hires a major stat geek to try to rid MLB of stat geeks. Here’s what you do: Strikeouts count as two outs (if a guy strikes out with two out, he is ejected from the game like targeting in college football). Bunts count as a double (or triple if the guy makes it to second — the way some teams shade players in the outfield, this is not crazytalk). Stolen bases? Dudes get a $5,000 bonus for each steal. Break up a play at second? $15,000 bonus. Move the runner over on an out, $1,000. No wall shall be closer to the plate than 320 down the lines and 415 in center. And any time a friggin’ announcer uses the terms launch-angle, exit velocity and/or spin axis, he gets his wet hand shoved into a light socket. Baseball, your submission to statistical litter and mocking and dismissal of smart fundamentals chased Joe away, likely for good. You will have to prove big-time Joe should return (with his wallet). #RantOver [Outkick]

Who is the piece of human debris that stole Macho Man’s motorcycle? [WKRG]

This time it is apparently no drill: Howard Frankland Bridge to close this weekend. [WTVT]

23 Responses to “Morning Cup Of Joe”

  1. mg Says:

    Wilson made Butler famous.

  2. Leighroy Says:

    The jets definitely won the HC hiring matchup with the jags. My point a couple weeks ago about Meyer being a CEO coach further emphasizes the need to have strong foot soldiers. None of these guys are that. Yikes! Bail now, Trevor, bail now!

  3. D-Rome Says:

    Baseball, your submission to statistical litter and mocking and dismissal of smart fundamentals chased Joe away, likely for good. You will have to prove big-time Joe should return (with his wallet).

    I agree with you. The funny thing to me is that you can blame “baseball” but you should be blaming the Rays. The Rays way has killed my passion for baseball with a variety of trends they started. I don’t root for it even though they are my home team. I like the opener strategy but that’s pretty much it. Banning the shift would be a great first step to getting me back as a fan.

  4. Jason Says:

    So that’s what happened to lol.

  5. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Seattle has always been a running team, and that is what Pete Carroll wants to get back to.

  6. D-Rome Says:

    I’m a huge wrestling fan, or used to be. I find it very strange that of all people in the wrasslin’ business over the past 25 years to take possession of Macho Man’s bike that it would be Sonny Onoo.

  7. Bradinator Says:

    Jags fans should sue for “malpractice”. Saw Charlie Strong’s and Linehan’s names in there. Good God this will be awful. Poor Trevor.

    I believe Robert Saleh is going to be a good HC. That said, he went the clueless Jets. Their front office is just bad and has been for years.

    Baseball. I’ll pass. Stopped watching years ago. Until there is a salary cap to even things up, it’s just silly.

    It is not a giant surprise AP is a bonehead. Just the depth of it is astonishing.

  8. Razor Ramone Says:

    Used to see Macho Man all over town when my kids were little, he always had time for them. Great guy.

  9. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    I was a baseball fan, key word was.

    I knew Adrian Petersen was hanging around way too long.

    This just in! Pittsburgh officials have found 12 points that went missing in Sunday’s AFC playoff game. Pennsylvania’s governor has declared that the Steelers are now the victors. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has backed this decision in a 5-4 vote.

    Ohio’s governor has sued on behalf of the Browns but US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has declared that Ohio and the Browns have no standing. He muttered something about 45 killing 43’s mother.

    The 12 missing points consisted of a touchdown, an extra point, a record 120 yard field goal and a safety. The missing points were apparently mailed in under the new (C)ovid protocols and were located on Monday about 4am. New score is now official 49-48 Steelers win.

    Twitter and Facebook has banned all pro Cleveland discussion and Baker Mayfeild’s account is permanently suspended.

  10. Patrickbucs Says:

    I’ll take Davante Adams all day and night.

  11. Joe Says:

    Used to see Macho Man all over town when my kids were little, he always had time for them. Great guy.

    For about seven years Joe lived on Treasure Island. Ah, the days (and nights). Macho Man lived out there and you’d see him from time to time. Quiet guy (really!) but always had a kind word or two if you struck up a conversation.

    If memory serves, didn’t he do a lot of work with Admiral Farragut’s football program? Didn’t have any kids going to school there but it was a local small school and he helped out.

  12. Leighroy Says:

    The shift is more a symptom than the disease. Batters can’t do anything but pull home runs or strikeout these days, so defenses have adjusted accordingly.

    Frankly all the other stuff about baseball bores me. 12 pitching changes, still the lack of a true pitch clock, batters box girations and re-velcroing their gloves 4 times per at-bat, it’s all a guaranteed cure for insomnia. Golf on TV is more exciting these days!

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Baseball has become unwatchable because of “metrics.”

    The game used to be slow. Now it’s cold molasses. All the BS cat-and-mouse games between pitcher and batter are terminally boring. There needs to be a 10-12-second pitch clock from the time the pitcher gets the ball from the catcher. One batter can drag on forever. A violation is a ball. And a limited number of throws to keep a runner close to the base with the violation is the same as a balk.

    There needs to be a rule limiting the number of pitchers used in one inning. This bullspit of bringing in a pitcher for one batter needs to stop right now. AND there needs to be a time limit, maybe 4 mins. max, from the time a new pitcher is called in and he pitches to his first batter.

    I remember the days when a Bob Gibson would throw within seconds of a batter entering the box, and when excellent games took a little over two hours. I saw a game as a kid between Denny LeMastrer & Sandy Koufax that took less than two hours and there were no relief pitchers.

    The WS with the Rays was unwatchable because of the Rays’ manager. He frickin’ blew it.

    IMO, baseball is as boring, maybe more, than World Kickball aka soccer.

  14. Joe Says:

    batters box girations and re-velcroing their gloves 4 times per at-bat,

    Ugh, that IS irritating.

  15. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    1st…I am NOT a fan of Urban Meyer….BUT, it’s hard to argue with his success.

  16. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:


    Yes he was affiliated with the Farragut football program and even paid to upgrade the weight training facility. Great guy.

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    Ghost- In order to resolve the matter, Governors of both states will now have trial by combat to declare the winner.


  18. Cobraboy Says:

    D-Rome Says:

    Banning the shift would be a great first step to getting me back as a fan.

    I have no problem with “the shift.” The REAL problem is lack of skill of batters.

    I played baseball through college. I was not a heavy hitter, but always had a high batting average, and was constantly on base. My “heroes” were Matty & Felipe Alou, Manny Mota, Pete Rose and Joe Morgan. Why? Those guys didn’t have huge power, but had amazing bat control and could “hit ’em where they ain’t.” Many a bloop single drove home the winning run.

    (My fatal baseball flaw is I couldn’t consistently hit a curve.)

    A great hitter would easily exploit a shift. When I see a shift and the batter hits into the heart of it, I think “What a dumb-a$$. All he can do is pull? Cripes, the entire right side was there for the taking.”

    IMO, many pitchers look more effective in today’s game because batters only look for the bomb, and lack the bat control and discipline to hit to all fields.

    Baseball has turned into Home Run Derby, and it’s too long and boring.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    I’m not against the Shift- there are strategies to take advantage of it, – what I dislike is eliminating the physicality of plays at 2nd, 3rd base and home plate.

    And the WORST display of analytics I’ve ever seen was Cash taking out Snell in a World Series with an epic pitching performance in the balance with the top of the order coming up and Snell having struck them out 6 times in 6 previous at bats – and the reason?- we don’t let pitchers face same batters a third time- just ruined a great game.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    I know links are not allowed on JBF, but I just read the Rams will be awarded multiple additional draft picks because of the recently implemented “diversity in hiring” practices of the NFL.

    Under this rule, if a minority is hired from a staff for a HC or GM job elsewhere, the poached team gets the picks.

    The Rams get an extra #3 pick in the next two drafts. If they lose another, coach or ops guy, they get a third #3.

    Maybe there is good reason for Buc fans to hope Bowles gets a HC job elsewhere.

  21. Joe Says:

    The REAL problem is lack of skill of batters.


    A good hitter would hit opposite of the shift. But, stat geeks in the front office don’t want that. smh

  22. Mike C Says:

    I agree Joe, I also believe the MLB playoff format is a joke, less regular season and a NHL style playoff format would serve the sport well all on its own.

  23. gp Says:

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t like watching baseball.
    Never gave it much thought though.
    Thanks for naming several!


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