Blackhawks, it starts with a change at the very top. Everything else is fiddling at the margins.
I say this as a Lions fan who faces the same issue with the Ford Family (though Lions had no long history of success just crappy leadership).
Ricketts was smart with Cubs. He brought in the right people in areas where knowledge and experince was required.
ND is satisfied with mediocre
But at some point he needs to look in the mirror and realize there are no more Herschel Walker for a shitload of draft picks trades out there, and Jones wasn't the architect of that trade.
He's a terrible GM, and until he realizes that, the Cowboys are fooked. He's done more to turn stuff over to his kids and football guys, but he still has too much influence in the process. That 90s dynasty wasn't his doing, it was Jimmy Johnson architecting the trade of Herschel Walker.
Or was it the 89 season where that trade went down and they got Aikman in the draft?
They got Emmitt Smith and bunch of other pieces for Walker.
It was in October 1989 when the trade went down in Johnson's first year.
Good in the 70s and the late 80s to early 90s. Since that time have been mediocre at best except for a couple seasons where they teased and people thought they were on the right track, none more so than 2012.
Run by morons who keep raking in the dough, but with a fan base that is becoming increasingly apathetic.
Sticking with hockey, you could add the Maple Leafs to that comparison.
But the Canadiens fit, including the French name. Shamrock Series at Stade Olympique, peut-être?
really worked, and this one doesn't either.
And I didn't claim this one does. But the Bears have retained just enough history and tradition of an elite NFL franchise to keep making money off of it, long past the time that they consistently played at an elite level. It would be fair to say ND is already in that zone, and is more likely to stay there for the foreseeable future than to downgrade the football program either to FCS (like the Ivies) or well below that (like Chicago, which is now D-III).
As a ND and Bears fans, I certainly am.
It's the best way to stop the comparisons. It worked for the Cubs.
ND is as close to make a run this year as I am to banging Scarlett Johansson.
Talk about perfect disparities.
The Cubs had somewhat random playoff runs in 1984, 1989, and 1998. Each was bookended by losing seasons. In fact, from 1973-1992, the Cubs had only 2 seasons above .500, and both were division championship seasons.
The Cubs were more successful in the '00s, actually managing 6 seasons above .500 with 3 division championships, including only the second consecutive postseason appearances in Chicago's MLB history (last year was the third; the White Sox never have done it). The randomness was on the other end, as they finished in last place in 3 of their 4 losing seasons.
But it wasn't until they hired Theo Epstein that the Cubs had both a commitment to consistent winning and the management in place to pull it off. ND hasn't had that since Ted and Ned retired, although the signs of decay didn't become apparent until the 1994 fall-off and alarmingly obvious in 1997 and beyond. Now it seems all ND can hope for is a random great season like 2012, or even a random good one like 2015. We've had only two top 15 seasons in 20 years, and only one run of consecutive elite bowl appearances (2005-2006, both losses of course).
GFY with your lectures about lecturing. Trust me, if I were to whine comparably about the flaws I see in posts by you and others, I'd have virtually no time for anything else.
and that would be a fair summary of my miserable sports fandom since I hit puberty.
Wait a minute...
It is an amazing parallel.
1. Easier to turn a basketball program around than football
2. Can still be considered the flagship basketball program in the Big N/Midwest
3. Despite its shortcomings, still recruiting at a high level
4. Nothing to keep them away from surging back to national basketball elite (academics, probation, et al)
5. A coach away in basketball means a coach away in fortunes
Beat reporters in Indianapolis will have some backpedaling to do. Doyel said he was staying no matter what.
Doyel then went on to write an article saying that alumni and fan persistence got Crean fired.
More ominous for the ND comparison is that Crean was fired 6 years after his last losing season. He was below .500 his first 3 seasons and above his last 6, although only 4 of those teams made the NCAAs and none went past the Sweet 16.
I'd also forgotten that he's a Harbaugh-in-law.
"Huge Midgets!"...5'8" guys walking around.
(This is borrowed from a Jeff Rothpan skit famously presented on The Bob and Tom Show.)
I can see the similarities.
There was always one student at dorm parties who you didn't want to take control of the music. I am picturing him being in charge of the ND stadium sound system.
That the music they play over the stadium p.a. is music that old people think young people think is cool. I wish I could cite who posted it, because it is a great description.
And I agree. You would think there's some adult somewhere in the hierarchy who would finally say we need to back off this stuff. You would think.
So it played over and over and over.
And I believe we lost didn't we?
Fair bet over the last 20 years anyway.
And I remember the USC players getting more juiced with the music than our players. There was the Crist fumble on the goal line play and Kelly quitting on the team with three minutes left.
I left the stadium that evening wondering if what I just saw was the beginning of the end. Other than the intervening 2012 season, I'd have to say yes for sure now.