Odds & Ends-Volume 12

Is it just me,or is having Dave Feldman on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area’s 49ers Postgame show a conflict of interest?

Feldman, who came to CSN Bay Area in July after serving as sports director at WTTG, the FOX affiliate in Washington, D.C. since 2001, is a friend of current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. The two were also teammates on the basketball team at Palo Alto High.
Feldman was hired to not only to anchor the postgame show,but also the channel’s Sportsnet Central, their version of SportsCenter.

I feel like CSN hired him simply because he is old buddies with Harbaugh and that they want to be as biased toward the 49ers as they can be since they broadcast the team’s postgame show (The Raiders’ postgame show is on Comcast Sportsnet California). Some may not feel this way, but when Feldman himself made mention in a promo about his coming to the station that he is chums with him and it makes you wonder if hiring him is more than “bringing him home to the Bay Area”.

I’m sure Feldman is a professional when it comes to his job and I don’t know much about him other than what I’ve told you,my big worry is that he may be afraid to be critical of his old high school friend or the 49ers in general if they don’t live up to expectations,which in 2012 are very large. His impartiality when it comes to his old friend remains to be seen and will be watched closely by this sports blogger.

Memo to schools everywhere: Let kids wear football jerseys to school!

I saw a story on the news last week where an 8-year-old kid in Greeley,Colo. was not allowed to wear a Peyton Manning Broncos jersey because the #18 he wears was affiliated with gangs. I understand that schools want to avoid any conflicts with any students, but it’s just a jersey. You can’t let some gang dictate your dress code. If you do that, you lose twice. Plus, this is an elementary school, how many 8-year-old kids are even in gangs?

I should also 13, 14,18, 31, 41 and 81 are also outlawed in this school district. So if you’re favorite player wears one of those numbers, you’re shit out of luck,kids. By the way,how is 31 a bad number? It’s my favorite. Hmmm…

Isn’t it too soon for a Joe Paterno movie?

According to deadline.com on Friday, Al Pacino is being tapped to play the legendary Penn State football coach in a possible future film. The movie is to be based on the biography Paterno,written by Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated. No word on whether it will be a theatrical release or an HBO release or even a basic cable movie.

I gotta say it’s a little too soon for a movie about Paterno and the recent events surrounding Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal. If it’s maybe two or three years down the road, that would be fine,but it hasn’t even been a year since the story broke, the university fired Paterno, Paterno died, and the statue was taken down.

If anything,I want to see a movie about the SMU scandal more than I do about Paterno. That would be pretty cool. The ESPN 30 for 30 about that was great.

Can someone please make a 64 yard field goal?

I admit, David Akers’ 63 yarder against the Packers on Sunday was fantastic, but guess what? It’s happened three times before that! It’s starting to not impress me as much. And by the way,Niner fans, I’m not hating on Akers’ record tying field goal at all,I’m just saying it’s been done before. By Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), and Sebastian Janikowski (2011). I really would like to see this 42 year old record get broken, and something tells me it’s going to happen sometime in the next couple of years. If all these guys are tying the record, is it going to be that much harder to make a field goal that is one yard longer? There are 32 kickers in the league, I think one of them can make it happen.

The Cleveland Browns being asked not to honor former owner Art Modell before Sunday’s game against Phildelphia by his family was the absolute best decision that could’ve been made. Modell passed away Thursday at the age of 87.

Many Browns fans still harbor hate for Modell to this day for moving the team to Baltimore in 1996 and being renamed the Ravens,leaving the city without NFL football for three seasons until the Browns returned in 1999 (The city of Cleveland kept the Browns’ name, team history,colors,and uniforms). It would’ve been a complete disaster had the Browns held a moment of silence or any other kind of remembrance for Modell. Fans would’ve booed during that and that to me would’ve been disrespectful to him and his family.

A death in the family is a difficult enough time for families and it would’ve added insult to injury to people who didn’t deserve it,and Cleveland fans have been a hostile bunch in the past. Bottlegate anyone?

By the way, you can catch me and my friend DJ Mappquest on Sports Madness, this Tuesday from 6-7pm Pacific Time on kssu.com, Sacramento State Student Radio.

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