Dan Wetzel

  • 'The rebuttal' provides rare glimpse inside Tiger Woods' mind

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

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    Golf Digest, in the spirit of satire and winter magazine sales, let its iconic writer, Dan Jenkins, pen a fake interview with Tiger Woods in its latest edition.

    Jenkins is one of the funniest writers of all time, from newspapers, to magazines, to best-selling books, to Hollywood screenplays. He's 84 years old. He's covered more than 220 major golf championships. He's been a close friend to Ben Hogan, President George H.W. Bush and lots of other famous people not named Tiger Woods.

    For any number of reasons, he doesn't care much for Tiger, who, it should be noted, has for years steadfastly declined to sit down for a real interview with Jenkins.

    So Jenkins wrote a fake interview full of his trademark one-liners, often zinging Woods on rumored aspects of personality, i.e. he's a lousy tipper. Whether the jokes are funny are up to the reader.

    It was titled: "Not True, Not Funny."

    Both sides have their points.

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    Interesting.

    Who knows?

    This is at least … something.

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  • RG3's fall from grace as stunning as his meteoric rise to stardom

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Less than two years ago some believed Robert Griffin III could change the way the United States was governed.

    Not just change the football fortunes of the Washington Redskins, not just change the bottom line for Nike or Subway or anyone else who'd jumped in with a pleasant, charismatic and dynamic quarterback, not just change how his position is played, in his case with 4.3 speed and an accurate arm.

    No, he could change American governance.

    RG3 was such an overnight superstar that when it came out that he – young, black, exciting – might be a Republican, political types wondered if he could serve as an outreach for the party into a pool of voters it rarely attracts.

    Griffin has never confirmed his political preferences, but it didn't stop some from believing that he could swing elections locally and federally, if not just become the candidate himself.

    "I think we will see RG3 run for office someday very soon," Sarah Davis, a Republican state representative from Houston, predicted back then.

    "We're focused on San Francisco," Griffin repeated, nine separate times.

    So he's got Bill Belichick's vote.

    And no one seems to like him anymore.

     

     

  • Dan Wetzel's College Football Podcast: Let's talk QBs

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com, Fox Sports 1 and the author of the book “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” joins the College Football Podcast this week. There is no one who covers the whole spectrum of football, from high school development and recruiting, through college and into the NFL draft, like him.

    [ Listen to all of Dan Wetzel's college football podcast here ]

    Topics include:

    • Chip Kelly and would he ever return to the college level. Or more accurately, why would he?

    • The trouble fans and some media have in assessing the willingness of coaching candidates to jump, and the value of specific jobs in both the hiring and recruiting process.

    • The change in how high major colleges are able to hire promising candidates, and why so many coaches are content staying put.

    • With that said, straight out speculation and predictions regarding whom Florida and Michigan will hire as their new head coaches, with a focus on the specific appeals of each job.

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  • Roger Goodell was right to drop hammer on Adrian Peterson; now NFL needs to educate

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    There was no way – no way at all – Roger Goodell was going to pass on the opportunity to come down stronger than a Texas judge.

    Certainly not on an issue such as child abuse, certainly not when so much of the public was rightfully aghast at Adrian Peterson unapologetically whipping one of his children with a tree branch, certainly not after Peterson escaped any meaningful legal punishment after agreeing to a plea deal in Montgomery County, Texas, and certainly not when the NFL commissioner is desperate for an issue to make him look strong yet caring.

    Goodell acted Tuesday in an entirely predictable manner, announcing Peterson is suspended indefinitely without pay via a hardened "open letter" to the star running back. Peterson will not even be considered for reinstatement until April and that will be contingent on “the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision.”

    So, April is the best-case scenario.

    “Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

    One thousand percent of childcare experts disagree.

  • Caldwell in prime spot with Lions thanks to Whisenhunt's pass and a lesson from Joe Paterno

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Dassault Falcon 900 was all set to go, fueled up and with a flight plan to San Diego in place. The Detroit Lions were ready to go pick up Ken Whisenhunt and hand over a roster that featured Ndamukong Suh anchoring the defense, and Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson the offense.

    This was in January, after the Lions had just somehow, someway missed the playoffs under head coach Jim Schwartz. They had a 6-3 record in mid-November only to lose six of their final seven. In each of those six games, Detroit led in the fourth quarter, often late. If they avoided blowing just half of those, they win the NFC North. Instead they kept imploding, the product of unforced errors and undisciplined play. It was a recurring nightmare and Schwartz couldn't survive, leaving behind a prime job in an unlikely locale.

    Over the past 56 seasons, the Lions have won just a single playoff game and that was in the 1991 season. They've had just one winning season since going 9-7 in 2000 and in 2008 famously finished 0-16. This is the NFL badlands.

    A coach, who desperately wanted the job, but watched the Whisenhunt jet saga without a pang of panic.

    Here's what's undeniable:

  • FIFA corruption should not stop U.S. from bidding on 2026 World Cup

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    The United States' bid to host the 2022 World Cup featured 21 modern stadiums of at least 66,000 seats in a wealthy, stable, progressive, media-and-marketing-rich, suddenly soccer-mad country where nearly all conceivable infrastructure was already in place, assuring minimal environmental impact and waste.

    It lost, decisively, to a Middle Eastern country where temperatures soar into the 120s, everything needed to be built (with migrant labor where thousands would die) in a nation that, while very rich, has a brutal record of human rights violations.

    It was Qatar 14, USA 8 in the fourth and decisive round of voting. America never really stood a chance.

    The process was deemed corrupt even before the final vote, with suspicions of bribes and backdoor contracts everywhere. Eventually, even FIFA began to confront the realities of both labor abuse and the fact that extreme heat isn't conducive to high-level play, let alone athlete and fan safety. Eight years out and it is a mess.

    Look, FIFA is the worst – a clown show that would be funny if it wasn't for all the cheap coffins holding poor third world laborers being shipped from Doha back to Nepal.

  • Russia, Qatar reportedly will keep World Cup after FIFA 'investigation'

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    FIFA is set to release a summary of its "investigation" Thursday into how the bidding process that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar were so corrupt that … well … it awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

    To the surprise of no one, nothing significant is expected to come of it, according to multiple reports in the British media. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still be held in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

    Perhaps this "investigation" will help FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his global web of cronies to sleep well at night, able to rectify that they picked a country (Qatar) that is currently trying to fend off allegations that it allows funding to ISIS, has such a loathsome track record of human rights that homosexuality is illegal and, by its own government findings, is on pace for 5,000 poor, migrant workers to die constructing opulent stadiums and outrageous infrastructure.

    Other than that, FIFA did a great job with the bidding process.

    FIFA is perfectly predictable, of course, so the results of the investigation are of no surprise.

    Better to keep that quiet.

    What, you think you can shame Vladamir Putin?

  • Dan Wetzel's College Football Podcast: Stop the fussing

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    November is a month for angst and worry in college football – when national and conference title dreams end, when the arguments for those that remain get more heated, when the games produce additional pressure.

    It's good to take a moment to remember what's great about the sport and not get sucked into the wailing over who will get in the playoff or who will get fired or who will do what to whom. There are only a couple weeks left, people, so enjoy them.

    At least that's the argument of the ever-entertaining Spencer Hall of SBNation.com, Every Day Should Be Saturday and the legendary column "Hatin' Ass Spurrier."

    [ Listen to all of Dan Wetzel's college football podcast here ]

    So we discuss any number of lighthearted topics, interspersed with the more serious stuff. This includes:

    • Whether Will Muschamp can defy all the odds and make like the coyote in the Road Runner cartoons and survive the season still employed by Florida.

    • There's a shout-out to the trophy given to the winner of UAB and Memphis, which is a Slab of Ribs.

    Games broken down:

  • Big Ten's latest marketing ploy: manufacturing a rivalry

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    The Big Ten is trying to let the rest of college football know it:

    A) still exists, and B) is still important.

    You can't fault the effort. It has to do something. The top of the league is actually strong (seriously) but Ohio State needs some marketing to get itself in the playoff.

    Part of the league's perception problem is because of years of non-conference losses and part is due to the unintended consequence of the Big Ten Network doing such a fine job broadcasting games that really shouldn't be broadcast. Such as last weekend when Penn State visited Indiana in the sporting equivalent of finding a body floating in Griffy Lake.

    So the conference is falling back on its default position and inventing something rather than just counting on the merits of this weekend's excellent Nebraska-Wisconsin game to stand on its own.

    And what better way to convey importance, significance and meaning than handing out a trophy after … well … damn near any game you win?

    In this case, meet the Freedom Trophy, presented to the Nebraska-Wisconsin victor each year … or until the league expands again and they rarely play.

    Some of these rivalry trophies are downright awesome.

    This is great stuff.

  • Urban Meyer has Ohio State back where it belongs after win over Michigan State

    Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. – All week, his players said, Urban Meyer had walked around reminding them. Not so much of what Michigan State did to Ohio State eleven months ago, when an upset in the Big Ten title game ended the Buckeyes' national dreams and left Meyer picking at a cold, postgame pizza, the picture of forlorn.

    That was part of it but that wasn't the important part. Revenge is too easy, too fleeting, too reliant on what someone else did to you, rather than what you do for yourself.

    This was about what Ohio State is, what it stands for, why they all came together in Columbus in the first place – players and coaches – all drawn to a tradition of not just excellence, but relevance.

    Urban Meyer didn't come out of retirement and head to the Midwest to play second fiddle to anyone. All those players that bought into his system, either the ones he inherited or the ones he recruited, didn't either. The entire relentless exercise is about winning championships, winning big games, winning in ways so that no one can ignore you.

    Given the chance to be underdogs, the chance to claim everyone was picking against him, Meyer preached the opposite. There was no woe is us.