Time for Carroll and Harbaugh to swap rosters

Time for Carroll and Harbaugh to swap rosters
February 6, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Our Senior Insider won't be impressed with Pete Carroll until he wins another Super Bowl, but this time with Jim Harbaugh's roster.


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The Seattle Seahawks just signed former 49er reserve quarterback B.J. Daniels to a reserve/future contract, which moves the teams closer to the moment where they just say the hell with it, swap teams in their entirely and test the notion of whether Pete Carroll can take his and beat yours and then take yours and beat his.

Either that, or Allegiant is running a Valentine’s special.


This is customer service with a capital, “Go Pound Salt, You Old Cripple.” From the Newcastle Chronicle, an elderly and disabled woman who hadn’t missed a Newcastle United home match in 13 years gave her ticket to her son so that he could mind her grandchildren at the match. He sat in the disabled area seat with the children, was kicked out of the grounds, and when the woman went to club at their behest to find out why her season ticket was suspended, they confiscated it entirely and said the ticket had been sold to someone else and that she’d have to re-buy the ticket at full price to get back in.

In sum, the only way Newcastle could have handled this with less aplomb is if they’d sent her to Sochi.


The New Orleans Pelicans will now play their games in the Smoothie King Center . . . apparently because Al’s Bail Bonds on Poydras Street dropped out of the bidding.


The firing of general manager Chris Grant came as little surprise to people who still are even vaguely aware of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and not just because they lost at home by 11 to 80 percent of the worst Los Angeles Lakers team in modern memory.

“This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement. “We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group.”

Funny, but last time something momentous happened to this team, Gilbert took out a hysterically shrill newspaper ad.


This year’s NBA All-Star dunk competition looks more interesting than usual: Paul George, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Ross, and Ben McLemore.

Then again, being more interesting than usual in this context pretty much means not having dead people as the dunkers, so take this with the usual metric ton of road salt.


Richie Incognito is starting to break under the strain of the nothingness as Ted Wells continues to dither over the Miami Dolphins bullying report for a fourth month and still is a good two weeks away from completion, re: this tweet:

“Paul, Weiss, Rifkind -- Really taking your time on this one. Not like my career and life have been in the balance for 3 months.”

Well, Rich, Jonathan Martin is back at Stanford finishing his degree, so he’s not expecting much either. Sit back, relax, and learn to roll with the lack of punches. This is what the folks in HR like to call a long lunch.


And finally, next year I want every college coach in America to be asked questions only about the recruiting classes of his archrivals and future opponents. Enough with the “I love this class, I love these kids, we did really really really well.” Let’s have some “Those kids So-And-So got are just awful. Reprobates and stiffs up and down the line. He couldn’t recruit a dog to a steak dinner.”

I mean, if we’re going to get secondhand smoke, let’s see it in different colors.