Shanoff's W.U.C.: Grimes, Torre Not Models

Today's Calls: Micah Grimes vs. Covenant, Super Bowl Hype vs. Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Torre vs. A-Rod, Alexei Kovalev vs. Montreal, Duke vs. Wake, Louisville vs. Big East, Spurs vs. Lakers and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: "It just happened" didn't get Covenant (Dallas) girls' basketball coach Micah Grimes fired, although it was a woefully inadequate explanation for his team's now-famous 100-0 "win" over Dallas Academy. ↵

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↵"I ... disagree with the apology," Grimes said in a message posted on a youth basketball website. "We played the game as it was meant to be played." ↵

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↵Covenant had done everything right in the wake of the "100-0" game -- apologizing, forfeiting. That the team's coach refused to go along with that -- and was fired for it -- creates that single compelling focal point for our national annoyance. Oh, and extends the story. ↵

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↵I suppose there is something tangentially ethical in standing up for what he believes in, putting his job on the line to do it. But what happens when what he believes in, itself, is unethical? ↵

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↵With Grimes' newfound (even extended) national infamy, you just know that someone -- Comedy Central? Extra? Kimmel? -- will hire the ex-coach to ask questions of the Super Bowl players at tomorrow's annual Media Day lunacy. ↵

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↵Speaking of which, it's Super Bowl week. Albert Breer's Top 10 story lines will catch you up on the unrelenting themes to watch this week (don't worry: they will be unavoidable). I'm not a fan of Whisenhunt-vs.-old-team, but I love "Can anyone stop Larry Fitzgerald?" (Hmm: Here's one interesting analysis.) ↵

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↵Joe Torre rips the Yankees in his new book (which, in an awkward gimmick, describes Torre in the 3rd person, so I can't help thinking of Joe like Seinfeld's "Jimmy"). But the player that gets the worst of it is A-Rod. ↵

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↵In everything from his nickname "A-Fraud" to the anecdotes of his self-absorption, Rodriguez comes across a lot more as pathetic and needy than he does as arrogant. ↵

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↵I'm not saying A-Rod didn't bring this mockery on himself (he IS easy to mock); however, it makes you wonder why Torre didn't do more to try to "coach" him up. Aren't A-Rod's personality and performance failings in part attributable to this "players' manager" who seemed to make little attempt to inspire him? ↵

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↵(Torre image damage control is already underway: He called Brian Cashman to talk over the book's allegations that Cashman threw Torre under the bus. You can't have it both ways, Joe: Either you're a good guy or you write a tell-all book trashing your former colleagues.) ↵

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↵CBB Weekend Lessons: ↵
↵*Duke is No. 1 (until they lose to Wake on Wednesday). ... ↵

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↵*Best team in the Big East, based on big road wins this weekend? I'll take Louisville over UConn. ... ↵

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↵(Is Marquette for real? Ask me tomorrow after they play in South Bend vs. a Notre Dame team that just saw that oh-so-proud 45-game home win streak end humiliatingly on national TV. ...) ↵

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↵*What's wrong with Georgetown? ... ↵

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↵*Game to remember when filling out brackets in March: Xavier winning at LSU. ... ↵

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↵*YouTube Moment: Chase Budinger. (Aubrey Coleman does say he's sorry.) ... ↵

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↵*No, seriously: Washington??? ↵

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↵NFL Coaching Carousel: The 49ers hire Mike Vick! No, wait: They interviewed ancient Dan Reeves for offensive coordinator. Which has led to all sorts of speculation that they are doing that, in part, as a precursor to importing Michael Vick when he is eligible to return to the NFL this fall. ↵

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↵It's not a bad strategy: It's not like the 49ers are set at QB. Here's something else to consider: I bet there will be several suitors for Vick; to bring in the guy who traded up to draft him might carry some weight with Vick. That, and the West Coast is a long way from Atlanta ... and East Coast media. ↵

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↵NBA Instant History: The Lakers would like to remind you that they are the best team in the West -- and should be considered the favorite to win the NBA title. They cruised past the Spurs -- the next-best team in the West (and 6 games behind the Lakers in the standings). Let the East wannabes like Cleveland and Orlando stay focused on Boston (and the Celtics on holding them off); the Lakers will happily meet the survivor in the Finals. ↵

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↵Things get so much worse for Eddy Curry. ↵

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↵NHL All-Star Game: Meaningful for Montreal, at least. If you want a celebration of hockey, there is no better place on the planet -- no place where fans appreciate pro hockey more. And, if it was as much a celebration of Montreal's love of hockey as it was a celebration of the NHL itself, how great was it that the game's hero was Canadien All-Star starter and All-Star captain Alexei Kovalev who also was the game's MVP? ↵

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↵By the way, who needs Sidney Crosby when you have Alexander Ovechkin and the SuperSkills amazingness? ↵

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↵But the All-Star Game was perhaps eclipsed -- at least for casual observers -- by a new meme: Should the NHL try to reduce fighting? Gary Bettman is going to look at it, and it's not like NHL is MMA. But there's no denying that fighting is part of the sport's allure, not to mention its DNA. I think most players would say it isn't out of control. ↵

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↵BCS Watch: The Mountain West wants in. The MWC has picked a good moment to lobby for entry into the BCS cabal. They have a nice built-in slogan if they want one, too: If you can beat 'em, join 'em. ↵

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↵They have a pretty good case to make: Utah finished as the No. 2 team in the country, and the MWC clocked the Pac-10 in their head-to-head matchups (and, as Pac-10 fans will remind you, they went unbeaten in bowl season). Here's the reality: The MWC will not be let into the BCS "automatic-bid" group. However: The league earned enough cred this season that any MWC champ with a great season will likely find themselves with an at-large BCS bid. ↵

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↵Rather than deal with the hassle of changing the BCS contract to include the MWC -- what happens in a "down" year for the MWC? -- I would prefer to see the BCS cabal expand the selection criteria to allow the highest-ranked non-BCS team to be automatically included, regardless of that ranking. ↵

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↵(I would also like to see the automatic inclusion of as many non-BCS teams in the Top 12 as there are; no more Boise State or TCU exclusions, even though they are obviously BCS-worthy -- well, at least as BCS-worthy as an overrated "name" runnerup from a "big" conference.) ↵

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↵CFB Senior Bowl: The Pat White Show. After a week of hearing how he wasn't NFL material, it was refreshing to see Pat White do what he does best -- win bowl games: 95 yards and a TD, plus 2 scoring drives. And, hopefully, at least a few quieter critics. So will the Pat White Show turn out to be a finale anyway? ↵

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↵(Why are fans the only ones who see the genius of having a dedicated roster spot for a Pat White/Tim Tebow-type who can specialize in "Wildcat" formations inside the red zone? It's not like it's crazy; it seemed to work pretty well for the Dolphins.) ↵

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↵Sports Media: The Arena has a new (and very handy) post listing all of the teams, athletes and sports bloggers with a presence on Twitter. If you're on Twitter -- or thinking you're ready to try it out -- it's an interesting place to find new names to follow. (Remember, you can follow me at twitter.com/danshanoff.) ↵

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↵The Last Word: RIP Kay Yow: Condolences to friends, fans and admirers of one of the great coaches in college basketball history. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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