It figures

Well, this was inevitable. Mark Teixeira has signed with the Yankees for a reported eight years and $180 million. . . . This should push the Yankees payroll to around a gazillion for the 2009 season.

This should just about cap off the Yankees' latest spending spree. Unless of course they now sign Manny [Ramirez] like I assume they will. Best not to leave things to chance.

Once a Cowboys fan . . .

I never experienced this kind of frustration or chagrin growing up a Cowboys fan in the early '90s. Perhaps it was because those teams won three Super Bowls in four years, but even then the dropoff was immediate after 1995 and the Cowboys began their frustrating string of playoff disappointments. From 1996 to 2000 I remember every year thinking to myself that no matter what, the Cowboys always had a chance with Troy [Aikman], Emmitt [Smith] and [Michael] Irvin on the field. Yet each year became a test in futility as the team grew older and handicapped by salary-cap hell.

Through it all I remained steadfast as a fan even though all those around me were wavering in their loyalty. I heard things like the team was a disgrace, the players spoiled and I even heard some say that perhaps Troy and Emmitt's time were up and the Cowboys would be better off going in a new direction. The next six years showed us just how tough it is to replace the nucleus of a team, no matter how worn down they might have become.

A play to define a season

A tease of something good only to come up just a it short at the very end. That was the final play of the game, that was the season.

The Eagles offense we suffered through most of November watching returned today. They were shut out in the first half, got a field goal after a big play where the Redskins had a defensive lineman covering Westbrook, and that was that. The only other drive where the Eagles offense showed anything was the final one ... and that led to nothing.

Jets in trouble

When Eric Mangini took the helm of [the Jets], he stated that a core philosophy of his program was to make his team like a 'chameleon' of sorts, adapting to its opponent every week to give the team what was, in Mangini's opinion, the best chance to win that week.

This approach proved beneficial in his first year as the Jets took advantage of a soft schedule and accumulated ten wins (including a huge win up in Foxborough) using an unpredictable offense of motions, shifts, and short passes along with a serviceable defense that changed its approach every week and moved around lots of personnel, making it tougher to game plan for.

For a playoff team, their talent was rather underwhelming, and thus Mangini's 'chameleon' approach made them more competitive. In Year 2, the preseason loss of Pete Kendall made the offensive line anemic and this prevented the Jets from getting any sort of rhythm in the passing game from the start. The team lacked the personnel and leadership to be consistently competitive.