With Friday marking the 10th anniversary of the last home game played by an NFL team in Los Angeles, Rick Majerus picked a bad week to quit just three days after agreeing to become...
With Friday marking the 10th anniversary of the last home game played by an NFL team in Los Angeles, Rick Majerus picked a bad week to quit just three days after agreeing to become USC’s basketball coach.
Especially after he proclaimed it “his dream job” and announced: “I’m not into this for the short haul.”
“The only thing that compares to it is the time Larry Brown accepted the chance to come back to coach UCLA in 1988, and on the return flight to Kansas changed his mind,” wrote Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register. “Larry, meet Rick. If there were an NCAA title game for waffling, you two guys would play in it.
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“John Kerry could referee.”
Added Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Daily News: “Maybe next time Rick Majerus should aspire to something a tad grander, say first man on Mars. He’d probably stay longer.
“Sometimes a person can graduate from eccentric to flat-out head case, and it looks like it’s time to name Majerus valedictorian.”
Jack Ham, the Hall of Fame outside linebacker, professed no surprise when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discovered that 21 of the 46 players who appeared in a game for the Steelers’ 1979 Super Bowl team still reside in western Pennsylvania.
“I was in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, and a lot of those guys were still there,” Ham told the newspaper. “I think in Oakland, a lot of those guys are in jail, so they would still be close.”
The write stuff
Postal employee Paul Drouin, 57, to the Ottawa Sun, on playing in a 50-and-over hockey league: “We’ve got lawyers and window washers, but everybody is equal on the ice or when you go for a beer. If we were the UN, there wouldn’t be any problems.”
Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press, on former tennis vixen Anna Kournikova tying the knot with singer Enrique Iglesias: “In a twist of irony, we should note that Kournikova previously had serious romantic trysts with NHL stars Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure at least, before she locked them out.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, on the free-market influence in professional sports: “The players change teams, the teams move from city to city. The only thing that stays the same is the uniforms. We’re literally rooting for laundry.”
What would you call it if the 7-7 Seahawks somehow earned a shot at the Colts in Super Bowl XXXIX?
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org