Julius Randall made a lot of noise this week that Knicks fans are making a lot of noise, mostly when they’re booing him or his teammates. The irony of Randall doing so in a place — Madison Square Garden — that is famous for noise, at least when the Knicks are going well, was probably lost in the heat of a hot moment over Randall. It was a dumb act Randall gave his fans a thumbs-down gesture, probably because he thought last summer was too good for the Mets.
Randall acted like a hothead. But he’s a hothead who has at least put some points on the board in big city, especially last season when he was his team’s MVP, and was one of the most valuable players in the league and brought back the Knicks.
So he had a bad week, not acting like an adult in the process. So he will recover from it and so will Knicks fans. They need each other. Randall finally got up on Friday and apologized.
It’s different with Joe Judge, like he’s a young head coach, and someone who in his time coaching the Giants hardly put any marks on the board.
The judge is supposed to be the big one in the room, but unlike last Sunday in Chicago, acted with an 11-minute rant that was as deafening as we’ve gotten from any coach or manager in town lately. In the process, he put himself and the veterans to shame. It was as if the embarrassment of the Giants’ season had finally and officially dissipated at their postgame press conference.
The only thing he didn’t do was a sign that read, “Please. Don’t. Fire. Me.”
By now you must have read or heard some highlights of the judge’s crazy and self-proclaimed performance. Here are just a few that inspired ESPN’s Dan Orlowski, one of that network’s most knowledgeable NFL commentators, named judge “Timmy Tuff Nuts”:
– “I can tell you that we have more players here who are going to be free agents next year, well, they are coming to my office every day begging me to come back. I know. I know. I know the players we coached last year, still calling me twice a week to tell me how much they want them to still be here, even though they’re being paid elsewhere . OK? So I know we have the right basic pieces.”
– “This ain’t a team that’s a handful on the sidelines. This ain’t no clown show outfit.”
– “A few years ago, before I came here, when I came here and I sat down with all the players, and I wanted to know how it was here and what we had to change, from their mouths – to a man, Every player looked me in the eye and said, ‘Joe, it’s not a team, they don’t work hard, we’re out of the playoffs, everyone quit, everyone tapped, they stopped showing up at captains’ meetings. Gave, ‘That stuff. Right? He tapped out.”
A lot of this is, of course, an absurd version of things.
The judges want the world to believe that even though his team is now 10-22 since he has replaced Pat Shurmur, there are practically players who want to come to MetLife Stadium and for him and for the Giants. want to play for free. He wants you to believe that his 4-12 team is somehow better than the Washington football team against whom the Giants finished their season on Sunday, as his players have a hot moment of their own this season. Wasn’t and get on edge in it, the way some of Ron Rivera’s players did.
Judge wants you to believe that Shurmoor’s Giants—his win-loss record was one game worse than Judge’s after 22 games—left it at that, even though they were John Mara and Steve Tisch fired Shurmoor, Before that they were winning two of their last three. by the way? We were told that when they hired Schurmoor to replace Ben McAdoo, another MetLife guy was a surprise, because they needed an adult in the room. Compared to what we saw from the judge last weekend, Shurmoor was more adult than Father Time during his Giants tenure.
There are two reasons to bring the judge back next year. One is that the Giants can’t find themselves in another coach after just two seasons. I’m sorry, but who passed that law? Secondly, it is not all the judge’s fault. No one I know, certainly any ardent Giants fan I know, has ever suggested that it was all the judge’s fault. Is he responsible for such defeat? He is not. But they certainly haven’t done anything to stop it this season.
He was actually saying what the Marx Brothers once famously said in “Duck Soup” last Sunday in Chicago (which, incidentally, is a pretty good description of what we’ve seen from the Giants this season. . ):
“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”
It’s also not in dispute that the bulk of the blame for this duck-soup of a season is laid on the office door—but not for much longer in general manager Dave Gettleman’s office. This is the kind of general management the Giants were getting into in the ’70s, when fans were famously chartering a plane featuring the message – “15 years of lousy football – we’ve had enough” To fly over the Giants Stadium.
But that doesn’t absolve the coach of responsibility, even with all the injuries the Giants have suffered this season, including the elimination of quarterback Daniel Jones a month ago. And that doesn’t change the impression that the judge seems in over his head, or out of his depth, despite the fact that Owner clearly convinced himself that he was hiring Bill Belichick on training wheels. Because Judge coached special teams in New England.
There was also a point last Sunday when the judge oddly referenced the ’18 Patriots (which ended up winning the Super Bowl), part of his subject matter that those of us out there will ever have any idea Not what is happening inside. This was after his suggestion that all those Patriots coaches were concerned about being fired that year:
“From the outside, we were all terrible.”
On what planet did people think they were “all” terrible? On what planet did the entire coaching staff think they could all be fired from a team that eventually went 11-5 and beat the Rams in the Super Bowl? But the judges who were inside were inside. He’s in now, and who are we supposed to believe, in him or our own eyes?
What are John Mara and Steve Tisch going to believe next week? their coach?
Or their own eyes?
Should Saleh make a fourth-bottom mistake, A-Rod is no Peyton (or Allie) and Rafa slams NovaX…
Robert Saleh didn’t make a rant last Sunday after the Jets blew that game to touchdown Tom and the Books.
But he didn’t do much good for himself, either, essentially throwing his offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur under the bus when Zach Wilson filled in on that fourth-and-a-long-2 when the first one wins away. Gone is the Jets season.
Please remember that the Jets did this by running out of timeouts.
So are we clear?
Saleh was on headset, just as Adam Gase was when the Jets were in that bonehead defense that produced a Hail Mary victory for the Raiders a few years ago.
Saleh is the head coach.
What was stopping him from giving the right instructions to his rookie quarterback?
I like the idea that ESPN now believes that Alex Rodriguez may be part of the kind of manningcast that we got from Peyton and Allie this season.
One big difference:
People like Peyton and Allie.
This from the great Rafa Nadal about Novaks Djokovic’s conditions in Melbourne:
He said, ‘If he wanted, he would have been playing here in Australia without any problem. He made his own decisions and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but there are consequences as well.”
And this one from Rafa too:
“From my point of view, all I can say is that I believe what people know about medicine, and if people say we need to get vaccinated, then we need to get vaccinated. That’s mine. The outlook is there. I went through COVID. I’ve been vaccinated twice. If you do, you won’t mind playing here.”
You know who I expect will be his 21st major at the Australian Open?
Now Laura Ingraham is mad in Australia for the way she is treating Djokovic.
What, does she think there is a need to rebel about it, or something?
Here’s what really happened with Antonio Brown and the Books this week:
No one got any higher position.
But all established a decidedly nuanced legal position.
Brown performed the most famous in-game strip-tease since Michael Ontkin in “Slap Shot”.
It’s starting to look like Antonio and Touchdown Tom are heading to couples counseling.
It’s well established that Aaron Rodgers, once he talks, can have a long day.
But he is the NFL’s MVP this season.
Liked by, very much.
Keep praying for my friend Dick Vitale, one of the nicest people I know, one of the kindest, most generous.
And someone who came along at the same time as John Madden, as my friend Bob Ryan pointed out, and changed college basketball on television the way Mr. Madden changed pro football on television.
And do you know anything?
College basketball needs to grow more.
And got it from the great Dickie V.
James Patterson’s debut novel with Mike Lupica, The Horsewoman, is on sale Monday.