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Titans Win One for the ‘Dinger

October 5th, 2011 · No Comments

So I guess I should have known better then to not pick my team again, especially after having fallen for that trick against the supposedly superior Baltimore Ravens. Yet with the ‘Britster (Kenny Brit) gone for the season on IR, Chris “GIMMEE!” Johnson - the $53m Man still trying to find the Hole and perennial (NFL West) Road loser Matt Hasselback at the helm, I did the unthinkable and coyly chose the upstart Cleveland Browns to prevail at home; BUTT! Guess who won? As the league’s active elder Statesman for signal callers apparently “Schooled” the young Colt on the opposite side of the field enroute to a 31-13 victory - having thrown three Touchdowns before giving way to his protégé.

While I’m guessing the “W” was even sweeter for the 36yr old Hasselback against his former mentor, tutor and coach “the Walrus,” aka Fuzzy Zellar, Err Mike Holmgren…

And in a further twist of irony who was that ex-Seahawk Safety who had an interception and then ran it back 97-yards for a TD in the game? Oh yeah it’s Babs - Jordan Babineaux; another member of Holmgren’s Superbowl losing ’06 Seahawks squad…

Yet the game was even more symbolic I suppose - since long time Tennessee Titans Coaching Staff and former Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger died less than 48-hours prior to the game in Mexico while undergoing experimental treatment for his life ravaging cancer at age 58 - having fought the disease for nearly one year. As the popular Heimerdinger served stints as Tennessee’s, Denver and New York Jets Offensive Coordinator before being let go on February 8th…

Yet I have to say I’m overly disappointed by the Titans Front Office unceremonious firing of the long-devoted staff member; as I realize it was just business and he was dumped as part of the Housecleaning of ex-Head Coach Jeff Fisher and his staff… But really Tennessee - was that the best you could do?

As the following example of Franchises treating players right sticks in my ‘Craw, when NFL Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice was allowed to rejoin his Superbowl winning San Francisco Franchise for one day in order to retire as a 49er.

And I guess I remember this since the ageless wonder was dealt to Seattle in the twilight of his career - when at the time the only Seahawk player with his number retired; another Hall of Famer named Steve Largent allowed Jerry to utilize his No. 80 for his duration at Seattle.

Then in August, 2006 Rice signed a one-day contract with his initial Pro Football Team - the 49ers for 1,985,806.49, albeit the check was simply a ceremonial one with NO money actually being exchanged. As this was all part of the Fanfare to enable the perennial Pro bowl Wide Receiver to retire officially as a 49ers player.

And ironically, the halftime ceremony to mark said occasion occurred upon November 19, 2006 vs. the visiting Seattle Seahawks; Jerry Rice’s final NFL Franchise he saw playing time with. As karmically the game featured his ex-Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach Mike Holmgren, who also was instrumental in the Green Bay Packers drafting Matt Hasselback and then bringing him to Seattle…

Thus, obviously I don’t know all of the details - and perhaps Heimerdinger wouldn’t play ball with Tennessee? Although I highly doubt this; as why couldn’t they have offered him some sort of honorary retirement including a Halftime ceremony? After all the man continued working for the Titans even after having been diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment…

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