Joe Santoro
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June 13, 2013
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Joe Santoro: Tebow will do well with the Patriots

The New England Patriots are the perfect fit for Tim Tebow. If any NFL organization can get the most out of Tebow, it is the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick fending off the media, coordinator Josh McDaniels running the offense and Tom Brady in firm control of the starting quarterback job. There will never be a Tebow controversy in New England. Brady and Tebow will be a flawless quarterback couple and will complement each other on the field. The benefits of this move will reach off the field as well. With their clean-cut, All-American image, down-home charm, winning smiles and good looks, the two quarterbacks could go from the red, white and blue Patriots to the Republican presidential ticket in 2020.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy should be suspended for two months. Kennedy is the reason why the Diamondbacks’ game with the Los Angeles Dodgers this week turned into a hockey game. First of all, Kennedy hits Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch. Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke then retaliated, like he is supposed to do, by hitting the Diamondbacks’ cleanup hitter Miguel Montero in a safe spot in the back. Kennedy then tosses a pitch at Greinke’s head and a brawl erupts. The situation was over the second Greinke hit Montero but Kennedy tossed lighter fuel back on the grill by throwing at Greinke. Kennedy deserves a huge suspension. The best part of the brawl was watching Mark McGwire lock up with former Carson Senator Matt Williams. Now that would be a fight worthy of a $79.95 pay-per-view price tag.

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The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play two games in Australia next month that will count as regular season games. That is so wrong on so many levels. First of all, why do they have to be regular season games? Will the good folks Down Under really be able to tell the difference between a regular season game and a spring training game? Secondly, it is silly to force teams to fly in an airplane only a slightly shorter distance than the Apollo 11 crew just to sell some tickets in Australia. Does major league baseball really need the revenue that badly? The only thing that will make it worth it is if Kennedy and Greinke can throw boomerangs at each other.

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If Jason Kidd is even mildly successful as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets next season, it will only prove once and for all that coaching is entirely overrated at the NBA level. Kidd has never coached anywhere in his life. And now he’s a head coach in the NBA, a month after he retires as a player? That would be like naming Albert Rosette or Chris Barker the coach of the Wolf Pack football team. Then again, maybe the Nets are onto something here.

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Coach David Carter has quietly added toughness, grit and interior defense to his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team this spring. It is still to be determined whether any of the new recruits will ever land on the All-Mountain West team but you can be reasonably certain that they will rebound, defend and push people around in and around the basket. After two ugly seasons in the last three, the clock might be ticking on Carter’s job at Nevada. It’s good to see that he isn’t going to go down without a fight.

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Two of Carter’s mentors, former Pack coaches Trent Johnson and Mark Fox, are also sort of on the same downward slope right now. Johnson is just 51-75 over his last four years at LSU (three years) and TCU (last year) and seems to be leveling off as a coach. In 13 seasons Johnson is just 237-205 for his career ad has just three 20-win seasons. He hasn’t taken a team to the NCAA tournament since 2009. Fox has gone a mediocre 65-63 in his four years at Georgia with just one winning season and one NCAA tournament. All three — Johnson, Carter and Fox — are solid coaches. That’s not the issue. But coaching in the Western Athletic Conference is not the same as coaching in the Pac-12, SEC, Big 12 and even the Mountain West.

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The University of Kentucky football program has given a verbal offer to a seventh grader. That’s what college sports has come to. Grown men preying on seventh graders. College coaches shouldn’t even be allowed to talk to elementary school kids, let alone wave scholarship offers in front of their young, fresh faces. It’s sad. Who was the last big-time recruit to go to Kentucky? George Blanda? Even a seventh grader knows that.

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It is a bit surprising that the San Francisco 49ers aren’t the runaway favorite to win the Super Bowl this season. The Baltimore Ravens will be lucky to finish .500. The Green Bay Packers still don’t have a defense. The Dallas Cowboys still believe Tony Romo is a star quarterback. The New England Patriots have resorted to signing Tim Tebow. The 49ers are the obvious choice. They won’t lose more than three games all season. They would have won the Super Bowl last year if not for a blown non-call by the officials and four ridiculous play calls by Jim Harbaugh down near the goal line. Colin Kaepernick will have as many Super Bowl rings as a starting quarterback as Steve Young by this time next year.

— Joe Santoro writes a weekly sports column for the Sierra Nevada Media Group.


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