Coach’s tirade gains supporters

On Wyoming’s “Military Appreciation Day,” Cowboys football coach Dave Christensen expressed his gratitude to Air Force by dropping a dozen F-bombs on Falcons coach Troy Calhoun during a postgame tirade that has become popular on YouTube.

Wyoming suspended Christensen for one week and fined him $50,000 for his actions, but the colorful – or off-color – coach can be our wingman any day.

Upon learning of Christensen’s punishment, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy rushed to his defense, saying, “Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 40!”

Former NFL coach Herman Edwards didn’t have a problem with Calhoun’s tactics, saying “Hello? You play to win the game!”

Former NFL coach Dennis Green also got in on the indignation, saying, “They are who we thought they were! And we let ’em off the hook.”

Asked about the Cowboys’ chances to become bowl-eligible, former NFL coach Jim Mora went ballistic.

“What’s that? Ah – playoffs?!? Don’t talk about – playoffs?!?” he said. “You kidding me? Playoffs?!? I just hope we can win a game!”

■ CHICAGO SAUSAGE KING – Can you believe Sunday marked 10,000 days since “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? We can’t believe someone discovered the actual day on which Bueller skipped school, but we’re glad Larry Granillo gave us an excuse to revisit the classic 1980s movie.

By researching the footage shown in the film from a Braves-Cubs game, Granillo – a former writer for “The Hardball Times” – determined Bueller’s day off was June 5, 1985, when Atlanta beat Chicago 4-2 in 11 innings at Wrigley Field behind a two-run homer by Rafael Ramirez.

Braves right fielder Claudell Washington hit the foul that Bueller caught in the 11th, when the game was tied 2-2 – not scoreless, as the pizza guy told clueless principal Ed Rooney, who asked, “Who’s winning?”

Disgusted, the pizza guy says, “The Bears.”

The game took place on a Wednesday at 1:25 p.m., which gave Bueller, his girlfriend Sloan and pal Cameron ample time to enjoy their lunch at Chez Quis, where they stole a noon reservation from Abe Froman, “The Sausage King of Chicago.”

■ THEY SAID IT – Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder, on comparing his 1998 team to this year’s squad: “I’m 73 years old. I hardly remember what happened yesterday, let alone 1998.”

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, on his team’s high number of turnovers and how they’re losing possessions: “We’re doing it every way you can do it. If we were a sex manual, it’d be a best-seller.”

■ GIANT REPLICA – Don Martini, a 75-year-old retiree, invested $20,000 and eight hours per day over two years to build a detailed replica of Giants Stadium – which was demolished in 2010 – in his New Jersey garage.

The massive shrine, which is 20 feet long and 17 feet wide, is accurate in every aspect but two – it has 65,000 seats compared to 80,000 in the original stadium, and Jimmy Hoffa is nowhere to be found buried beneath the end zone.

COMPILED BY TODD DEWEY
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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