Sports thoughts in a Thanksgiving Day after

By Steve Sell
November 27, 2015

Random thoughts bouncing around inside my head with nothing to block them as the brain is on vacation...

• Will everybody finally realize now that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t going to mount a great charge to make the playoffs? For goodness sakes, they’re 3-8 and it appears Tony Romo’s fragile collarbone may keep him out the rest of the year. For whatever reason, some pundits keep thinking they’re going to run off a streak and sneak in.

• The Chip Kelly era at Philadelphia appears to be in its final days. The Eagles, for the second straight week, quit during a game as they gave up 45 points to Detroit on Thursday after giving up 45 (at home, no less) to that renowned offensive juggernaut Tampa Bay. It’s obvious his players despise him and since you can’t fire the whole team, they’ll get their wish. I just can’t imagine this experiment lasting another year.

• Has anybody noticed, but only four teams in the AFC have better than .500 records? There are five in the NFC. That means just nine of 32 teams in the NFL are winners. No wonder there’s talk the NFL product is about as lowly regarded as it’s been in a long time.

• I’ve never figured this out. Why does KSHSAA play its championship football games on Thanksgiving weekend? A lot of families like to be together for the five days. Players have to cut short their holidays to practice on Friday and play on Saturday. Just eliminate one round of playoffs and it can end earlier.

• There’s the good Wayne Selden for the Kansas Jayhawks and the bad Wayne Selden. Just think how good they would be if the good Wayne would show up more than just sporadically.

• I thought Perry Ellis had gotten beyond the point of where he curls up into a ball against taller players. He had one field goal against Vanderbilt’s bigs on Wednesday, though he did grab eight rebounds. Ellis has to be a consistent 15 and 8 guy if the Jayhawks are to make the Final Four.

• Without Fred VanVleet on Thursday, Wichita State looked like just another run-of-the-mill team. I thought WSU’s No. 9 preseason ranking was based more on recent performance than actual talent, but the Shockers’ lack of size and experience was exposed by USC. Gregg Marshall had better be careful with Ron Baker, as he’s working him into the ground (39 minutes on Thursday).

• I didn’t remember to watch it, but Texas Tech’s victory Thursday over Texas assured the Longhorns a second straight losing season under Charlie Strong. Can anybody say “buyout?”

• KU basketball fans need to show some restraint. I’m sure they’re excited about Cheick Diallo finally getting eligible, but it’s a bit early to anoint him a savior. He does give the Jayhawks the rim protector that they’re missing, but from what I saw of him in All-Star games, he’s very raw offensively. Definitely not a one-and-done player unless he gets some bad advice.

• The worse the weather, the better it is for Kansas on Saturday in its football game against Kansas State. It can be the great equalizer. If it’s just cold, though, the Wildcats win in a walkover.

• There’s a report today that some 5-7 teams could possibly receive bowl invitations because there’s not enough .500 teams or better to choose from. What that tells me is that there’s way too many bowl games. The count is 41 and 20 years ago the number was 18. Can you say “watered down?”

• Ezekiel Elliott’s recent public undressing of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after the Buckeyes lost their first game of the season to Michigan State and Brannen Greene jawing with KU basketball coach Bill Self that earned him a six-game suspension are further proof the college athlete is feeling more empowered and that our society is shifting its values the wrong way. These instances came on the heels of the Missouri football team uniting to force change at the school’s administration. I haven’t heard of any sweeping changes at Mizzou since the firing, it’s like it’s all gone away. I blame everything like this on social media. Sometimes I wish I’d never heard of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like. Even the ‘60s were a better time than the tinderbox our country has become.