Enter the Warzone, your first stop for second guessing.
• One day later, Pete Carroll insisted the Seahawks never call a pass play “thinking we might throw an interception.”
At the 1-yard line in the final minute of the Super Bowl would’ve been a great place to start.
• Carroll will never be able to explain not running the football for the simple reason that it defies explanation. Except this: Smart coaches sometimes make dumb decisions.
• For those curious, your friendly correspondent missed the first quarter while horsing around in the woods with a 10-year-old, listened to the second quarter in his truck radio and watched the second half at a sports bar in Sonora called “Shotz.”
He gives the place a thumb’s up, despite the owner’s aggravated assault on the English language.
• Johnny Manziel checks himself into rehab. A Ravens defensive lineman keeps a pet alligator. Conspiracy theories abound over why Seattle didn’t give Marshawn Lynch the ball.
Can’t wait for Day 2 of the NFL offseason.
• What pick-up line does an NFL Hall of Famer use to solicit prostitutes?
Together we make football.
• Before she introduced guest speaker Chris Herren on Monday afternoon, Buchanan High principal Ricci Ulrich told the assembled student body: “I have no doubt that what Chris shares with you this afternoon will captivate your attention.”
There’s an understatement.
• You know Herren’s personal story and anti-drug message are hitting home when teenagers are made to feel comfortable enough to stand up in front of 2,500 of their peers, microphone in hand, and share their own heart-wrenching stories of substance abuse and depression.
“I’m going to say you’re not going to end up like your dad because you have the courage to stand up and talk about that,” Herren replied to one of them.
• Asked during a news conference about his favorite Fresno State memory, Herren immediately brought up the “human tunnel” of fans Bulldogs players used to trot through courtside at Selland Arena.
“How can they not make that tunnel anymore?” Herren asked. “It’s a Fresno State tradition!”
• Didn’t have the heart to tell Herren that any human tunnel built at Save Mart Center would look more like a trellis.
• Safe to say the typical Fresno State fan is more upset over Alex Davis’ suspension than the subsequent 23-point loss to Colorado State.
• Mountain West player of the week Raven Fox is a pre-business major. With a name like that, you’d think pre-veterinary medicine.
• After Tyler Johnson’s box score-filling performance the other night (13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks, two steals), the Heat will have to sign the rookie guard for the remainder of the season or lose him to another team.
• Unlike Paul George or Greg Smith, Johnson did not have the skills (in George’s case) or genetics (in Smith’s) of an NBA player before he got to Fresno State.
Johnson did it the hard way. He made himself into one.
• Since Wednesday is national signing day, here’s your annual reminder that the number of stars next to high school kid’s name isn’t as important as how he’s coached and developed in college.
Exhibit A: Logan Mankins.
• It’s wonderful McDonald’s will be accepting public expressions of love to family members as a form of payment.
Especially considering people who eat their food typically have a shorter life expectancy.
• Clovis West High alum Heidi Watney of the MLB Network was a late add to Saturday’s Hot Stove Gala lineup.
If you needed extra enticement to go …
• For no particular reason: Rudy Gobert
• Among our newest followers on Twitter is Fresno State’s creative writing program. You can’t make this stuff up.
• Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole and saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.
Unless you live in California, where winter has gone MIA.