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Thoughts on Events the Week of November 16

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 26, 2020

President-elect Biden: The numbers confirmed the obvious again this week, that Biden won the election, by more than six million votes and 306 in the Electoral College. Simultaneously, Trump and his crack legal team of low functioning morons threw frivolous lawsuits at the wall because that’s all Trump knows how to do, literally.

The suits were all thrown out, frequently to be replaced by new, even more frivolous ones, but the numbers did not change nor will they, and Trump is out.

Joe and I were never concerned about this nonsense, but some were. The media, for instance, confirmed continuously that Biden had won, but cased each report in equivocal language, such as “apparently,” and “unless things change,” stirring up uncertainty where none exists. Is that responsible journalism?

Reaching across the aisle: I like President-elect Biden’s tone and his stated intent to try to work with Republicans to get something done. Perhaps his many years in the Senate may help in getting some Republican Senators to cooperate with him in a period of restored good faith. Or, perhaps some Republicans will decide after this election that obstruction may not be the best strategy.

But I wouldn’t count on it.  Biden was there and remembers the all-in commitment of Republicans to obstruct every minute of, and every proposal submitted by, the Obama administration, even including Republicans’ own ideas if Obama agreed they had merit. I don’t see that many Republicans have any incentive to compromise, given Trump’s current grip on his base.

So, I have two pieces of advice for Biden at the beginning of his adventure. First, hope for, but do not count on responsible governance from Moscow Mitch. He has the principles of, well, Trump. Have a plan B and be ready to pivot to it quickly.

Second, have no sympathy for Trump, and for God’s sake don’t pardon him as Ford did with Nixon. (I’m still pissed off about that, and that was in 1974!) Trump’s behavior post-election alone deserves prosecution, not forbearance. We will never reduce corruption until people start going to jail.

A case in point: Trump requested a recount in Michigan, which would cost almost $8 million dollars. But Trump requested only a “partial recount” of the districts around Detroit, for the discounted prices of only $3 million. Why? Because those are the districts with the greatest concentration of black voters. Does this sound like the request of a serious, non-racist candidate?

I wouldn’t let Trump get away with it. I would have insisted he pay the full amount for a full recount, including all the Republican leaning districts.

An early prediction: I expect that Trump’s hold on his base will erode surprising fast after he leaves office, which will open up possibilities down the road, and it won’t be as far down the road as you might expect. Many will just want to forget about him as they were with George W. Bush, who most Republicans wish had never happened. Second, seeing Trump’s prosecutions will tarnish his brand fatally.

Worst state: Trump has behaved as despicably as he ever has during his term. Since November 3, his every speech has been aimed at overturning the results and destabilizing our democracy. Even so, post-election, the worst states began behaving in ways supporting Trump that were as bad or worse than Trump himself.

Of particular shame falls to South Carolina because Lindsay Graham. Graham was caught trying to suppress the vote in Georgia, which is not even his own state and an extremely important on in determining control of the Senate. Is there nothing a politician can do and still not go to jail? All the wrong people are going to prison.

Football Thoughts – Week 10

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 19, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners had a bye week, so nothing to report about them. Nothing else happened in the Big XII to warrant mention. The Texas Aggies moved up to #1 so my Aggie daughter is happy. Missouri had to postpone its game due to Covid-19, which will distress my friend and Mizzou alum Peter.

It looks like the season is unraveling as I predicted, however. By my count, 15 games will be postponed or canceled next weekend due to Covid-19 concerns, in addition to those canceled this week. Some games can be made up, but each week there are fewer open dates left to play postponed games. Already some schools are matching teams whose scheduled opponents are having Covid-19 issues and playing what amount to pick up games.

I’m not sure what will happen to bowl games, but the greedy university presidents will drag four teams to a playoff, no matter who they are, including possibly teams from the Big 10 and Pack 12 conferences, but it won’t be the same. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it.

NFL: My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, had a bye week so they couldn’t embarrass themselves again. New York beat the Eagles and Detroit beat the Redskins, so Dallas is still in the hunt for the conference championship.

All the news was about my new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, and quarterback Kyler Murray, because they beat Buffalo on a last second “Hail Murray” pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the endzone to win the game.

Murray lost a game he should have won against the Miami Dolphins the week before and he wasn’t happy about it, including with his coach’s play calling. I won’t say Kingsbury coached his team out of a win (but he did).

Murray is not used to losing and he doesn’t take it well. I was pretty sure he would find a way to win this one, no matter what, and somehow, he did. Thursday night the Cardinals play the Seahawks in Seattle and I can hardly wait.

In the comparison and contrast between Murray and OU’s other recent Heisman Trophy winner and #1 draft choice, Baker Mayfield, I grade it a push. Murray’s win was more dramatic, but Cleveland won its game over Houston 10-7, and Mayfield had his challenges to overcome, in his case, terrible stormy weather.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady I also graded a push. Brady won his game against Carolina handily, but New England also won its game against the Baltimore Ravens, a tougher team.

Most of the other top tier quarterbacks, including Rodgers and Brees, played well, but Brees suffered an injury that will keep him out for several games.

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 9

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 19, 2020

Two key election results: First, of course, Biden sent Trump packing with a landslide victory. How do I know it was a landslide? Because it was the same exact electoral college margin as the last election, which Trump himself called a landslide. In this particular case, he was right.

But more important in the long run is that, despite the hysterics promulgated by Trump, his minions, sycophants and journalists, and that the Postmaster General trying to sabotage the office he manages, the election went off just as elections should.

Many people adjusted their voting behavior due to the virus. More people voted early, by mail in, drop off or in person. Poll workers showed up and bravely did their duties. Ballots were carefully counted. There was no fraud, of course, and voter suppression was minimal and unsuccessful. People paid no attention to Russia or China or Iran and voted based on what they saw and heard from the candidates.

No knuckle dragging mouth breathers shot up polling places with K-47s. We should all, well, most of us, be proud and relieved.

Kipling: If you can keep your head while others around you are losing theirs…. you are the president-elect. Biden gave a presser this week and was inundated with questions from worried journalists about Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Biden was the calmest person in the room. “Patience,” he counseled. We need this in a president.

A modest, simple, but brilliant proposal: I’m sick and tired of bad apple police persons using our black citizens for target practice. Channeling President Trump, the punishment cannot be worse than the crime, and it is worse if, for example, police pull a person over for a traffic violation and then shoot him. This is nuts.

 If I were chief of police, this would be my rule: Police officers may not shoot any person suspected of any crime except a capital crime, above the waist unless he or she is brandishing a weapon. And by weapon, I mean firearm. Knives and clubs are not that big a threat.

If a suspect is acting in a threatening manner, or trying to run away, shoot them in the leg or let them run away. We are not going to shoot people over non-capital offenses under any circumstances.

Body cameras must be on at all times during all stops. If your body camera is off when a shot is fired, you will have no limited immunity whatsoever.

There, that ought to do it.

Worst state: Every state, even the five worst state candidates, behaved better than the federal government this week, so no award. And, I’m reserving judgement on adding another state of the list of worst candidates until January 20 so I can observe how states behave between Trump’s defeat and when he is tossed out on the curb.

Football Thoughts – Week 9

Posted in Sports - football, mostly, Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 12, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat the breaks off the Kansas Jayhawks 62 to nine. This is as it should be. Kansas is truly awful and will be for a while. But the way OU won was impressive. I may have been too critical too soon. (What can I say? I’m a spoiled Chinaman.) The team has gotten a few players back recently and it is showing on both sides of the ball.

I’m off defensive coordinator Grinch’s case for now. The defense played with spirit and effort. As important, I’m seeing a plan for the defense evolving here. I’ve seen new, young faces in the defense, and they belong to taller, heavier players.

Things are lining up such that with a little luck, OU could be playing for the conference championship. Oklahoma State beat Kansas State, which was helpful but not definitive. OU plays OSU in two weeks, which should tell us a lot more.

Notre Dame got a break and played their one hard game against Clemson when Trevor Lawrence was out and won the game.

OU moved up to #18 in the rankings. There are still four Big XII teams in the top 25, two of which – Oklahoma State and Iowa State are ahead of us. Texas is at 21, but we’ve already played and beaten (I just love writing that) them.

It’s odd seeing some of the teams ranked ahead of OU, such as Marshall and Coastal Carolina, but they won their early games. and we did not.

The Pac 12 began football play a week or two after the Big 10. I feel the same way about the Pac 12 as the Big 10. If the presidents want the revenue, ok, but the teams should not be in the rankings. It’s unequitable.

NFL: My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, put up a decent fight, but lost in their usual fashion to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Technically, these losers could still win the NFC East, because all the other teams in the conference are as bad as the Cowboys this year (the Giants beat the Redskins this weekend). But it isn’t going to happen. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, the coach came out looking rather good this week. The Patriots beat the Jets, though just barely, 30-27, when Cam Newton drove them to a last-minute field goal. It’s pretty clear, though, that the Pats have some rebuilding to do, particularly on defense.

Meanwhile, Brady and the Bucs got clobbered by the Saints 38-3, with Brady having an uncharacteristically very bad, horrible, terrible day.

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Panthers, though not by much, 33-31. The Chiefs keep winning, but not looking as immortal as last year.

The comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray was not on full display again this week, because it was Cleveland’s bye-week and Mayfield was idle.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals lost to Miami 34-31 on what was easily the most entertaining game of the week. It was a shootout between two gifted, young quarterbacks: Murray and Miami’s rookie Tua Tagovailoa. Tua won this round in what I am sure will be a years-long rivalry at the top level, but in fairness to Murray, he led the Cardinals down for a field goal to tie the game at the end, but the kicker missed it.

It was clear that Murray disagreed with the coach’s decision to go for the kick rather than 4th and one. I can’t fault Kingsbury for kicking. It was a close call. But it does show the flaw in the coach because he had gone on fourth down several times previously in the game but choked on this one, showing too little faith in his quarterback.

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 2

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 10, 2020

The election: It certainly wasn’t a blue tsunami, nor even a blue wave. In fact, other than ridding the White House of its most despicable and unqualified occupant in history, very little changed. This is unfortunate because our system needs serious reform, and because the results of the election could portend more years of governmental dysfunction instead. I have no idea in which direction post-Trump politics may tilt, but if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate, theirs will be the reaction to watch.

It’s hard to imagine that the Republican Party will, based on the results, feel much incentive to abandon its obstructionist tactics. Moscow Mitch will apparently still be ruining the Senate, and remember, having been denied a second term today means Trump could run again in four years. (Spoiler alert: ain’t gonna happen.)

We can only hope that at least some Republican Senators will take their oath of office more seriously going forward. It will be interesting to see if their loyalty continues when Trump starts facing serious legal issues when he leaves office.

I do not feel as euphoric about Trump’s defeat as I hoped I would. It’s distressing to realize that almost half the people I come in contact with are xenophobic, misogynist, religiously intolerant, racist bigots. (Maybe more since I live in Arizona, which, even after this election is just pinker, not really purple.)

Trying to find a rosier big picture, I see two winners from this election: the rest of the world and America. I say this because the rest of the world has been holding its breath and crossing its fingers hoping we would come to our senses about Trump and we have, at least for now. And America won by accepting Kamala Harris, a bi-racial daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, suggesting we have made at least some progress.

One thing I must admit about myself at this juncture, and of which I am not proud, is that I have let Trump take up too much space in my life. I need to change this. I do not want to risk my health over Trump any more than I already have.

I contemplated shutting down my blog after the election, but I can’t do this just yet because I am still too curious what is going to happen in the near future. But I do intend to reduce my blogging and focus my thoughts more broadly.

Worst state: This designation is not terribly important at this moment in time. I suppose the cup should go to whichever state follows Trump down the rabbit hole of resistance the most. Early candidates include Texas because Ted Cruz, South Carolina because Lindsay Graham, and Kansas because Mike Pompeo. Let’s lump them all together this week.

Also, I have decided to remove Arizona, my own personal residence, from the list of worst state candidates. This is not because Arizona elected another Democratic Senator and threw out an undeserving incumbent, nor that it may swing to
Biden, though I’ll believe it when I see it. No, it’s because Arizona has enlightened election laws, including for easy registration, early voting, and vote by mail, which were vividly on display this election.

So, I’ll select another state to replace Arizona next week. I’m still leaning toward Wisconsin. In order to be a worst state, it’s not enough to be blood red (there are many competent red states), the state has got to be crazily red, which the current list of  worst state candidates –  Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina and Alabama exemplifies.

Football thoughts – Week 8

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 7, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners blasted Texas Tech 62 to 28 in Lubbock and restored some of my faith. The game was more or a drubbing than the score indicates. OU led 48-14 at the end of the first half and played reserves for almost all of the second. Half of Tech’s points were scored in the second half.

The defense played with better effort. More important, OU got a couple of players back from a dubious suspension that no one seems to want to talk about. Perkins on defense really helped, and Stevenson on offense won co-offensive player of the week. OU moved up from the top 25 to the top 20, at 19th.

Texas stunned #6 Oklahoma State and West Virginia beat Kansas State. Two Big XII teams – Iowa State and OSU – are ranked higher than OU. Still, it is now possible to see a path for OU to win the conference championship (though not to the playoffs), probably with a championship game repeat against ISU. We shall see.

NFL: Since my new favorite team – the Arizona Cardinals – had a bye week, I checked on my erstwhile favorite team – The Dallas Cowboys. Like OU, Dallas got a couple of players back and looked a little better, but they still lost in their usual way to the Philadelphia Eagles.

My big take away from this game had to do with coaching. At the beginning of the third quarter, after stinking up the place in the first half, Dallas started running Zeke Elliot, and it was working. The Cowboys got well into Eagles territory running the ball and when they got there, they quit running Zeke and ran trick passing plays, which backfired.

In my football world, when something is working, you stay with it until the opponent proves it can stop it, and then you look from where they had to get reinforcements and go to that spot next. This coaching staff couldn’t coach an offense across the street with a green light.

Dallas could not win another game this year, or, on the other end of the spectrum, they could still win the NFC East Division. I’m taking the under on this because Dallas is a dependably underperforming team.

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, the Quarterback got the best of it again this week. New England lost to Buffalo and Cam Newton did not play well. Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their game, but the lowly New York Giants gave them all they wanted. You just can’t get up for every game and Tampa Bay looked flat for this one. San Francisco lost to Seattle, of course, and it looks like Garoppolo is out for the season. This reflects badly on Belichick, who wanted Garoppolo to replace Brady, but Jimmy G just can’t stay healthy and Brady is still winning.

In the Kyler Murray – Baker Mayfield competition, as mentioned above, Murray had a bye. But Mayfield didn’t gain any advantage because the Browns lost to the Raiders 16-6 and looked bad doing it.

In games involving the newest rookie qbs, Tua won his first game starting for the Dolphins by upsetting the Rams, and Burrow looked good in Cincinnati’s win over the Titans.

Aaron Rodgers lost to the Vikings. Russell Wilson, as mentioned led Seattle over the 49ers. Mahomes won. In the NFL, the quarterback play determines who gets to the playoffs.

Thoughts on Events the Week of October 26

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 2, 2020

The Supremes: Amy Coney Barrett was elevated to the Court faster than Hamlet’s uncle married Hamlet’s mother after he killed Hamlet’s father. As Horatio said to Hamlet about this too-rapid sequence of events, “Indeed, my lord, it did come hard upon.”

Make no mistake, though unseemly, even despicable, Barret’s confirmation was not unconstitutional. What was unconstitutional, was Moscow Mitch’s denying a hearing to President Obama’s nominee to another Supreme Court seat a year earlier.

Should Biden win the presidency, and should Democrats win the Senate, Moscow Mitch and the Republicans must pay for this abuse of the Constitution, and I mean severely. As far as I am concerned, Republican Senators deserve everything the Democrats give them, and then some…so long as it is Constitutional.

Final Election Result Due Dates, by State:  As part of his efforts to corrupt our election and suppress the count, President Trump insists that the winner must be called on Election night. This is utter nonsense. No rule or law requires any state to certify its count on election night.

Formal certification requirement dates by state range from earliest (Delaware on 11/5) to latest (California on 12/11). The rest fall somewhere in between, with most clustered near the end of November. Certification dates for some significant states include Pennsylvania (11/11); Florida (11/17); Georgia (11/20); Michigan and Minnesota (11/24); Wisconsin (12/1); and Texas (12/3).

In fact, no results from any state are, or ever have been, official on election day. What we get are projections based on tv networks’ algorithms, or final, but not yet official, counts from states who finish their counts on election night.

That said, it is possible that there may be enough wide-margin projections sufficient for the networks to declare a winner on November 3. Wouldn’t I love to see that, because it will mean that Democrats will almost certainly have taken the Senate as well. I’m giddy with anticipation.

Another thought to consider: Florida is a state that allows early votes to be counted as they come in, and Florida is on the east coast, so it may be that the state will have its projection ready election night. If Biden wins Florida, it’s hard to see him losing the election.

Black Lives Matter…for target practice: Police have shot more of our black citizens heartlessly and unnecessarily. I will blog a solution to this next week as we are waiting for election results.

Halloween: This year in this country we are seeing such a horror show that I didn’t even notice it was Halloween until a sweet and thoughtful friend and neighbor brought me some candy and a card. I didn’t even think to send a card to my granddaughter. Shame on me.

Worst state: I was wrong. One worst state has tried egregiously to suppress its vote: Texas. Governor Abbott, a smarmy pig part if ever there was one (sorry, Walter) issued an executive order that there can only be one drop off box in each county. (As a point of reference, Prescott, AZ has added six additional boxes.)  

This is such a blatant attempt at voter suppression that I was sure the Texas courts would nullify this rule, but it didn’t. This is Texas, after all. So, Texas deserves and gets the worst state cup this week, and this is why I think people who are expecting Texas to go for Biden are kidding themselves. The same for Arizonans.

Football Thoughts – Week 7

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 29, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners won their game against TCU and looked surprisingly good doing it. They played with energy, even on the defensive side of the ball. I saw some new faces on the field, which means there has been some shaking up, and also a reminder to me that OU is in a mildly rebuilding year. Fortunately, some of the new players looked really good. Mims, a true freshman, won Big 12 honors this week. Boomer Sooner.

OU has crept into the top 25, though just barely, at #24. Think about it. Usually we are in the top five, not top 25. As it stands, there are now four Big 12 teams in the rankings and three of them are ahead of us. Unfortunately, two of those teams have already beaten us. The top ranked Big 12 team is Oklahoma State, at #6. The only chance OU has to win the conference championship is for OSU to knock off the other rivals and for us to beat OSU. Hope springs eternal.

The Big Ten began playing this weekend. I did not play football in college. I ran track. It was a long time ago, but when I competed, a runner could not jump into a race half-way through it and win a medal. I understand why greedy university presidents would want the revenue, but I don’t think Big Ten teams should be allowed in the rankings.

NFL: My Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins in a humiliating fashion, 25-3, in other words, by more than three touchdowns. This team stinks on ice. It is saddled with clueless coaches and underperforming players. The Cowboys have officially settled into seemingly perpetual mediocrity (I suspect they haven’t hit bottom yet), and the Jones boys are responsible for it, and what’s worse, seem to be okay with it. So, hell with them and on to my new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals.

In the best game of the weekend, the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks, 37-34. It was an excellent game that went into overtime. Interestingly, Arizona led in this game for only four seconds when they kicked the game winning field goal at the end of overtime.

It was enjoyable to watch Kyler Murray and the incomparable Russell Wilson duke it out. I never bet against Wilson, but in the end, Murray won this match up.

In the comparison and contrast I am following, Baker Mayfield also had a great day, as the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals in another shootout, against rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, by the same 37-34 score. Mayfield scored five touchdown and had a 143.5 QBR. Excellent. Murray still has the better team, but the Browns took a step forward.

In the feud between Belichick and Brady, it was all Brady this week. Brady and the Buccaneers beat the Las Vegas Raiders handily, 45-20, as Brady threw for 369 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, one of which he ran in. He had a 136 QBR.

Meanwhile the Patriots were trounced 33-6 at home by the San Francisco 49ers, in which Cam Newton, who is clearly still suffering from the effects of Covid-19, had to be benched.

The only solace for Belichick is that Jimmy Garoppolo, who he wanted to replace Brady with at New England, was quarterbacking the 49ers team. The Pats, heavily damaged by the virus, are also in what has to be considered a rebuilding year, so this feud will play out over two or perhaps even three seasons.

In other games, the cream is rising to the top.  Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and racked up a 141 QBR in Green Bay’s win over the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 43-16. Patrick Mahomes had a so-so day, but to be fair, the game was played in the snow. The Baltimore Ravens were tested by the lowly Philadelphia Eagles 30-28. Lamar Jackson had a so-so passing day with about 200 yards, but he also led the team in rushing with 108 yards.

Red Flag Alert: in both the college and pro leagues, games were “postponed,” due to Covid-19 cases.

Thoughts on Events the Week of October 19

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 29, 2020

Presidential debate: The second, and thankfully the last, face-to-face-debate between soon-to-be President Biden and soon-to-be-unemployed President Trump took place. This debate was in some ways similar and in other ways very different than the first one.

The debate was different in that President Trump stayed relatively calm. Of course, he was helped in this because the Debate Commission changed the rules and muted the mic of each candidate when it was time for the other to speak, which made it impossible for Trump to butt in incessantly on Biden as he did in the first debate.

It was the same in that almost every word that came out of Trump’s mouth was a lie. In fact, by my count, Trump lies appreciably more in this debate than the previous one. He’s hoping some voters may be fooled by his lies, and he knows that his base doesn’t care if he does.

Covid-19: Just as scientists predicted, the virus has begun surging, with a capital “S,” as the weather, and the patience of stupid people, is cooling. Spikes are particularly large in Midwestern (cough, red) states, which were somewhat spared during previous outbreaks except in nursing homes and packing plants. I don’t know about you, but I’m staying out of packing plants, and the Midwest, for a while.

To be sure, more than just Midwestern states are experiencing surges. In fact, as of this writing, 37 states are seeing record cases.

Trump campaigns in Arizona: Trump made two appearances here – in Prescott and Tucson – to infect or indirectly contribute to the infection of many of his base. I was surprised Trump stopped in Prescott, the reddest town in the state. He is surely going to carry Prescott, if not the whole state.

Worst state: Surprisingly, none of the worst states are among those most egregiously attempting to suppress their vote, so I am going to do as the FBI should have done and not call out any state this close to the (cough, Comey sucks) election.

As previously mentioned, I am considering removing Arizona from the worst state list and replacing it with another. A primary reason for this is not because Republican Senator McSally is about to lose to Democrat Kelly, or that even President Trump is on thin ice here (though I’ll believe he will lose Arizona when I see it).

No, it’s because Arizona has admirably clean and fair early voting laws and practices. In fact, Arizona began counting early mail-in, drop-off and in-person votes on October 20, so we should know results here relatively early on election night.

There are a few worthy worst state candidates to replace Arizona, but I’m leaning toward Wisconsin, whose state Supreme Court partisanship might make the Supreme Court blush, and Senator Johnson is an embarrassment to democracy, but I will reserve final decisions until after the election.

Football Thoughts – Week 6

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 23, 2020

Despite the enormous pressure from greedy pasty white guy NFL owners, and even more greedy university presidents, my bet with myself that the football season will not be able to finish due to Covid-19 is looking better and better. Several college and professional games were “postponed” this week over the virus, and as we are coming into colder weather, as predicted by models, cases are beginning to spike seriously again.

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners were idle this week, so nothing about them.

The rankings are beginning to sort themselves out. Eight ranked teams were upset, such as Florida State’s upset over #8 North Carolina, which had no business being ranked this high in the first place. Speaking of which, the great pretender, Notre Dame, beat 1-3 Louisville 12-7 on four field goals!

Oklahoma State v. Baylor was postponed. (See above.)

NFL: Jones boys. Fire every god damned one of them, including yourselves. Fire that out of work head coach you hired, that out of date defensive coordinator, that wunderkind offensive coordinator who is a wunderclunker, and enough players to get the others’ attention. That 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals made me long for the good old mediocre 8-8 years, because this team, isn’t going to win even eight games at this rate.

Still, inconceivably, Dallas could still win the NFC East, which it leads with a 2-4 record, though I no longer expect it.

In the comparison and contrast between OU’s successive Heisman Trophy winners and first round draft picks, it was all Kyler Murray this week (see above). Murray wiped up the floor with Dallas, and the Pittsburgh Steelers wiped up the floor with Baker Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns. Murray has a better organization and team around him, whereas Mayfield has a team around him that endangers his life every time he takes a snap. Mayfield is tough, but he is getting beaten up to the point of injury.

(It was recently fired coach and GM of the Houston Texans who traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for a third-round draft pick. This trade has helped Arizona and Murray immeasurably, and was such a stupid trade that it should have gotten O’Brien on the spot.)

Similarly, in the feud between Belichick’s New England Patriots and Brady’s Tamp Bay Buccaneers, it was all Brady this week. Brady outdueled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers handily.

Here again, Brady has the better team. I’ve long thought of the Packers as “Rodgers and the Seven Dwarfs,” and last Sunday, when Rodgers had a bad day, the Packers looked hopeless.

To be fair, New England has been particularly bedeviled by Covid-19, which struck several players, coaches, and staff, including quarterback Cam Newton. It has caused a postponement, roster problems and disrupted their practice schedules.)