Scott Fowler’s quick takes on the week in sports:
▪ MOM TO THE RESCUE? One of the strangest stories from the first NFL weekend came courtesy of Marshawn Lynch’s mom, who called for Seattle’s offensive coordinator to be fired in a Facebook post.
Delisa Lynch claimed that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the “worst playcaller ever” and that he called for an unsuccessful handoff to Lynch on fourth-and-1 in Week 1 to make up for calling a pass at the 1 that was intercepted and lost the Super Bowl for Seattle in February.
Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll took the comments in stride, with Carroll saying: “I haven’t seen the actual comments, but mom looking after her kid – there ain’t nothing wrong with that.”
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No, there’s not, and Delisa Lynch actually does have a point. The Seahawks outsmarted themselves on the goal line in the Super Bowl. Throwing the ball there was an unnecessary risk that Bevell and Carroll have been flayed for repeatedly.
She made that point badly, though. It’s one thing to talk to the coach in private about questionable decisions, especially when the kid is, say, 12 years old. It’s another to scream from the Facebook mountaintop when your son is a grown man that one of his coaches should be fired. That’s just silly. Marshawn Lynch needs to have a talk with his mom and tell her she doesn’t need to fight his battles for him.
▪ CLEVER CHECKERS PROMOTION: Remember View-Master? You held a piece of plastic to your face. Then you looked at pictures of 3-D images on cardboard reels, going onto the next one with the satisfying click of a lever.
View-Masters are nothing if not nostalgic, which is why the Charlotte Checkers have hit on an excellent promotion for their opening night this season (Saturday, Nov. 7) as they return to their old home at the newly renovated Bojangles’ Coliseum. There will be a View-Master giveaway that showcases the history of hockey in the building dating back to the sold-out first game in 1956. Single-game tickets for opening night go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.
▪ WHO SAYS I’M FINISHED? For all those who thought Peyton Manning on the field had already made a permanent transition into Really High Voice Peyton Manning, Thursday night’s comeback win over Kansas City was evidence that he’s far from done.
▪ SKIP, SKIP, SKIP: Do we really need 3,000 “one-day fantasy football” ads during every NFL game? We all owe a bouquet of roses to the genius who invented the DVR.