The late John Madden often said, “The instant a player starts thinking about retirement, he is already retired.”
Well, there is a lot of thinking going on right now.
I would wager a fiver that Rodgers is the only one of the three playing football next season. Even money whether it’s in Green Bay or “Elsewhere.”
The Giants and new G.M. Joe Schoen say they’re sticking with Daniel Jones. I’m guessing I’m one of about three people in North America who thinks that’s a good idea and a sound decision. Yes, Jones is wildly erratic, but his skill set is very impressive. Coach him up, put some good players around him and good things will happen.
The following story is uplifting, inspiring and heart-warming. But it is not the least bit surprising. Chiefs fans have raised $255,017 since late Sunday night for Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. All contributions were in $13 increments, symbolizing the thirteen seconds that were on the clock when Mahomes and Company took the field for the drive that sent the game into OT. Whew. Deep breath. I’ve been blessed to have seen games all over the NFL. Fan bases just don’t get any better than the Chiefs’ and the Bills’. If you are among either of them, you are among friends. Think about it. The Chiefs won, breaking the Bills’ hearts in the process. No taunting. No gloating. No cursing. No middle fingers. No, we’ll just send our friends in Buffalo more than a quarter of a million dollars. And counting. Because there are sick kids in Buffalo who need our help. Deep breath…
I’d humbly like to ask you to take a minute to “Google” Tim Van Galder. Or maybe he’s cited by his full given name, Thomas Scott Van Galder. Tim died of cancer yesterday at 77. I had been told recently by mutual friends that he wasn’t doing well. But I really wasn’t ready for yesterday’s news. Here’s the backstory. I was 25 in June of 1980 when I started as a regular weeknight sportscaster for KMOX (now KMOV) TV in St. Louis after earlier stints in Austin and Tucson. Movin’ on up to the Eastside! KMOX was an “O and O,” owned and operated by CBS. I had been married for two months.
Tim was the sports director at KMOX. He was (and remains and will always be) a local legend. Tim could not possibly have welcomed me and my wife more warmly. Tim was a Wisconsin boy who re-wrote all school passing records at Iowa State before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was almost exclusively a back-up, although he did start and win a game against Johnny F. Unitas and the Colts. After a brief stint backing up Joe Namath for the Jets, Tim retired from the NFL, moved back to St. Louis and got a gig at KMOX.
No tie. Ever. Golf sweaters. Frequently no complete sentences on-air, either, although Tim was extremely articulate. And fun. (Let me beat you to the punch. This paragraph is made up of sentence fragments, too.)
I’ll leave it at this for now. Tim and I could not possibly have been more different. But it worked, often magically, although it frequently required large and frustrating adjustments by both of us.
There’s a life lesson there. In this case, the juice was absolutely worth the squeeze.
Until we meet again, TVG.