Happy (or not so happy) Monday. Did you get the memo about your TPS reports?
Everyone has seen the movie Office Space, and everyone's had a Case of the Mondays as well. Each Monday, I'll go through to world of sports to pick out candidates who may have a bad Case.
This week, I debate the merits of Jim Zorn and the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers and their inability to stop an old man, PGA golfers not named Tiger, and Rich Harden feeling left out.
thought about making this the entire Redskins team, but decided to go with just the coach. Zorn and the 'Skins did the unthinkable yesterday. That's right, they lost to the Detroit Lions. The win was the Lions' first since December 23rd, 2007, and ended a 19-game losing streak. There were already rumors that Jim Zorn's job was in jeopardy, but now that the Redskins are 1-2 with their most recent clunker thrown in against the Lions, Zorn has to keep one eye over his shoulder at all times.
The 49ers had the Vikings beat. All they had to do was not let Brett Favre lead the Vikes to a touchdown, and they had an improbable win. What happened? Maybe the most ridiculous play of Brett Favre's career (hence the Favre picture, and not one of the Niners). He threw a 32-yard pass to a backup receiver in the back of the end zone for the game-winning score with 2 seconds left. Not only did they lose the game, but star running back Frank Gore had to leave with an ankle injury, and was carted to the locker room.
I don't mean the entire PGA, I just mean any PGA golfer not named Tiger Woods. That's because Woods took the Fed Ex Cup yesterday at The Tour Championship. The merits of the Fed Ex Cup are a whole different story for a whole different day, but for those of you unaware, it's basically the same concept of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup format. Why all other golfers have the Case of the Mondays is that Tiger Woods played in just 13 out of 38 possible events before the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs started, 6 less than 2008's winner, Vijay Singh did. I'm not diminishing Tiger's ability, but there has to be a better way for golf to hold a "playoffs".
Have you ever had that feeling that you weren't wanted? I think that's what Rich Harden is feeling right now. Harden recently shut himself down for the rest of 2009, and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that he wants to re-sign win the Cubs. But the Cubs apparently don't feel the same way. Lou Piniella laid out next year's rotation candidates for the Cubs, and needless to say, there was no mention of Rich Harden. It's quite possible that Lou simply forgot about Harden (I mean, he is an old man), but I'm going to guess Lou knew what he was talking about.
So there you have it, this week's candidates for the Worst Case of the Mondays. Who do you think it is? Jim Zorn, the 49ers, the PGA, or Rich Harden...Let me know what you think!