Sports Notes

by Ken Hurst, November 24, 2010

LeGarrette Blount in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers run­ning back who helped to beat the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. He also was the Oregon Ducks running back who punched the Boise State football player after the Boise State team beat Oregon last year. A white Boise State player was taunting Blount, a black player. Blount probably thought the guy was an ignorant po­lygamist or a mountain man Idaho redneck taunting him — either one of whom wouldn’t like blacks, so he punched him.

I once asked a Mexican friend of mine if he’d like to go to Idaho with me to play in my daughter’s big tennis tournament. He replied, “Coach, people of color don’t go to Idaho.”

I thought Coach Kelley of the Oregon Ducks should have suspended Blount only for one half of one football game. Instead, Coach Kelley suspended him for the sea­son. The season suspension dropped Blount from a pos­sible third round draft choice to being an undrafted free agent.

What happened to genius 49er offensive coordinator Mike Johnson and his creative game plans against the Bucks? The 49ers scored zero (0).

Mike Johnson got stifled by Coach Singletary just as coach Jimmy Raye, the previous coordinator, got stifled. Singletary remembers that De Bears in the 1980s won a Superbowl by executing basics, running, blocking, tack­ling and throwing the occasional pass.

But they played in windy Chicago always and for one half of a football season on the frozen tundra that De Bears call a gridiron. They had Walter “Sweetness” Payton at running back, Jim McMahon at QB and one of the greatest defenses ever, anchored by Singletary him­self.

The 49ers don’t.

The surprising thing about the 49ers is that the NFC West is so weak that the 49ers still control their destiny.

I think Singletary considers dyslexia a weakness. Or he would give Nate Davis a shot. The radio talk shows, the SF Chronicle, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, have all said Nate Davis should get a shot at starting QB. But the TV sports guys haven’t even mentioned Nate Davis. The big corporations may not tell the sports on-air guys what to say, but they do know how to hire lap dogs who can sniff out what they should not say.

The late Bob Mathias was raised across the street from the Ball State basketball gym in Indiana. He was a gym rat who had his own key to the gym to practice bas­ketball early in the morning and then to sweep the gym floor afterward.

Tony Dungy coached the Colts in Indiana for several years. He watched Nate Davis play for Ball State a few times and was impressed by Davis’s great play at QB. Dungy has gone Hollywood or he would help Davis. It seems now he helps star players or coaches with their problems. He does help dog stranglers.

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