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JONFINEPRODUCTIONS.COM NEWSLETTER  9/17/20
GOD BLESS….My heart goes out to my friends in the Lake Area who endured major destruction at the hands of Hurricane Laura.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  We strongly urge readers of this newsletter to donate to a worthwhile Hurricane oriented charity in the Lake Area.
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TODAY’S COLUMNS: ….Scott delves into a potpourri of topics…Dennis takes the week off….…Jon gives his thoughts on a number of topics ….Please scroll down below.
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OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ONE AND ALL AS WE TRY TO MAKE OUR WAY SAFELY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.  WE STAND WITH THOSE THAT ARE PEACEFULLY PROTESTING AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACISM.
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GOOD NEWS…..Denham Springs HS Football broadcasts will return to the radio (Family Radio-91.9 FM) and the Internet (JonFineProductions.com) on October 2, when the Jackets are slated to open up their 8 game season.  This will be the 25th year that Jon Fine Productions will be producing these broadcasts.  Josh Ward will be the play-by-play announcer, with Andy Duckworth on color commentator. I’ll be involved with pre-game, halftime and post-game.
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NOT GOOD NEWS……Sports Radio-1310-KEZM Sulphur-Lake Charles is off the air—a victim of Hurricane Laura.  That means no Sulphur HS Football broadcasts. Owner Bruce Merchant hopes the station will be back on the air one day, but that is a good bit down the road.------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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THE WIZARDRY OF OS
By Scott Osborne
Assistant Basketball Coach at Central High School

After 6 months of digging and scrounging for things to write about, the dam broke this weekend and there is too much to cover.  I apologize for the lack of depth, but I am going to hit on a number of topics quickly.
Excellent win by the Saints to open the season, but that was clearly the product of being the more seasoned team.  The Saints continued their pattern of not playing well in the opener.
I am glad Sean Payton called himself out after the game.  I was scratching my head most of the game as I could not figure out what matchup advantages the Saints were trying to exploit.
I loved the trick play at the end to ice the game, but my jaw was on the floor trying to figure out why the Saints would not take a knee and let the game end.  I was triply befuddled as to why the Saints would leave Kamara and his 75 million dollars on the field with Thomas and his 100 million dollar contract when the game was no longer in doubt.  The result was Michael Thomas injured with a high ankle sprain. 
Many are praising the defense, but the pass interferences count.  That is a huge amount of yardage given up.  The Saints had 4 pass interference penalties!  Only New England had more than two in week one. 
Many have criticized Brees’ play (Drew included), but Brady did not play well.  I suspect the Saints will be more challenged in their pass defense by everyone on the schedule other than Denver, Carolina (twice), Chicago, and San Diego.
The situational defense is still poor.  At the end of halves allowing receivers to catch the ball and get out of bounds should be a rarity.
I know it sounds like a lot of criticism for a comfortable win over the team everyone has picked as their darkhouse.  Do not get me wrong.  I am very happy with the win.  The special teams were magnificent.  The defense was not as bad as it has been in opening games in the past.  The offense was really bad though.
Nevertheless, for an opener without a true off season, it is a good start to the year.  It is clear though, the Saints have a long, long way to go.  I would feel a lot better if Davenport, Ruiz, and Baun would be able to play next week.
Moving on from the Saints, I would be psyched if I was a Bengals fan.  Bureaux is a rookie quarterback who started in the season opener on a team that won two games last year.  He had zero preseason games or practices with other teams.  Joe was 3 plays away from a much better game than his quarterback efficiency rating shows. 
Most importantly, Burrow had his team in position to win at the end.  But here we go again with pass interference.  I would have no problem with the call on AJ Green if it was not for the last time I watched a play in the NFL in a game that counted I did not see the Vikings end the Saints season on a more egregious move to gain an advantage go uncalled AND unchallenged.
So to answer your question...NO.  I am not over it.
How about those Tigers, though?  Edwards-Helaire is going to be fabulous in the Chiefs offense.  Patrick Queen has Saints fans, like me, pulling our hair out.  Linebackers like Deion Jones, Devin White, and now Queen are running around making plays all over the field.  The Saints struck gold with Demario Davis, but the rest of the linebacker core would look a lot better with some of these former Tigers.  Hopefully, Ruiz will make me feel better about this fact soon.
I would talk about college football, but the ACC is hard to watch and there wasn much else.  I am very happy for the Ragin Cajuns.  Their first road win over a top 25 team.
One more week for the JV and then it is time for the SEC to get going.  There is even a tiny, tiny relief from the heat in the air. 
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HEY REF
BY DENNIS DEARIE

Dennis takes the week off.
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FINE IDEAS
By Jon Fine

He just wanted to help people.  That’s why Dak Prescott decided to go public with his family’s battle with depression.  Prescott has had a recent bout and has battled through it to perform at a high level with the Dallas Cowboys.  Prescott’s brother succumbed to it, recently committing suicide.
Depression is an illness.  Those that are depressed have a chemical imbalance in their brains that makes functioning difficult, if not close to impossible.  Nature vs nurture?  Some feel that depression is biological.  Others feel it is environmental.  Many feel it is nuanced, whereby a person might be pre-disposed to being depressed, with one’s life’s circumstances dictating the degree that one will be depressed.
It was great to see the Sunday Night Football announcing team relaying Prescott’s story with compassion, comprehension and dignity.  Hats off to Michelle Tafoya, who first broke the story early on in this past Sunday night’s telecast.  And, kudos to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth for their sensible followup commentary.
This was in stark contrast to the boorish insensitivity of Charles Barkley, whom on TNT’s NBA coverage, recently mocked Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers star, who had been struggling in the playoffs and spoke out about his battle with depression.  Shaq showed a stunning lack of awareness.  EJ and Kenny Smith didn’t provide any voices of reason.  This group needs to get educated.  They did a major disservice to George and numerous others who are afflicted with depression/anxiety/mental illnesses.
I don’t have his athletic ability, nor his bank account.  But, I guess there are a few things I do share with Dak Prescott.  We both are Louisianians (Dak by birth, me by being a “galvanized Yankee”) and are involved in sports.  And, like Dak, I, too, go through bouts of depression.
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The Chicago Cubs recently picked up Billy Hamilton, cut by the New York Mets.  Hamilton went 1 for 22 in the Big Apple.  He might have been waived by the Mets due to what happened after one of his few times on base as a Met. Hamilton was caught stealing third base, with no one out, an egregious sin.—It is an age-old cliché.—You never make the first or third out at third base.  If you attempt to steal third base and there are 0 or 2 outs, you better make it.  Hamilton did not.  A short time thereafter, he was out of New York.
Why do I bring this up?  Since I’m critiquing sports announcers this column, I have to take issue with what I heard the night that Hamilton was thrown out at third.  The next batter hit a home run.  The sportscaster said that if Hamilton had not attempted to steal third, it would have been a two run homer   This is fallacious logic.  If Hamilton had remained at second, the whole scenario changes.  Heck, the pitcher would have been pitching from the stretch, not the full windup.   From the psyche of the pitcher, the pitch sequence, to the approach of the next batter, everything changes.  The odds are pretty strong that there would not have been a two run home run if Hamilton had not made his foolhardy attempt to steal third base.  What would have happened?  Who knows.  But, you can’t just make the assumption that a home run would ensue because the circumstances of the game would have been radically altered.
I can excuse this logic if it comes from a young fan of the game or a rookie sportscaster.  To hear it from Scott Van Pelt on ESPN was astonishing.
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Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans saw a ratings drop of 13 percent from last year’s Green Bay vs Chicago season opener.
This is counter-intuitive.  This year’s matchup was more appealing than last year’s game.  It featured the new face of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, and the defending World Champion KC team vs a Houston team that has star power (Deshaun Watson  and JJ Watt).  Plus, the nation should have been jacked up for the delayed start to the NFL season, so there was a tremendous buildup for this game telecast. 
I’m wondering if there is any substance to the theory that a sizeable—a minority, but possibly a substantial-- portion of sports fans was boycotting the NFL because they don’t like the Black Live Matters/Social Justice/Kneeling posture the league has embraced.  Is there any other plausible explanation?
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Take out Boomer Sooner and Hook Em Horns and the rest of the Big 12 might go 500 if they played in Louisiana High School Class 5A Football…..Just kidding….I think.
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Louisiana Tech was getting a lot of love late last week.  On Thursday night, one of the defensive stars for the Chiefs was rookie DB L’Jarius Sneed.  Then, on Friday night, it was Paul Millsap who led the Denver Nuggets stunning comeback in Game 5 of their Western Conference matchup with the LA Clippers.  The Nuggets would follow suit in Games 6 and 7, surmounting large deficits to rally from a 3 games to 1 deficit and win the series in 7 games.  Millsap’s play in Game 5 is credited by many as the turning point in the series.
La Tech, in many courses of study is superior, academically, to LSU.  Yet, no one, in their right mind, would compare their athletic program to that of Louisiana State University.  Yet, in the for whatever it is worth category, Tech has produced the best football player in either school’s history—Terry Bradshaw.  And, in women’s basketball, there is no LSU player who compares to Kim Mulkey.  Yes, very few people compare Karl Malone to Shaq.  But, one can make an argument that Malone is higher on the list of all-time NBA greats at power forward than O’Neal is at Center.  Of course, some geriatrics (including yours truly) maintain that the greatest power forward in NBA history might be Bob Petit.  His alma mater?  LSU
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This will be the last column that I write for the next few weeks, maybe longer.  Short-term, I need to be devoting a majority of my attention to putting together Denham Springs HS Football Radio Broadcasts that my company produces.  This will be occupying most of my time in a condensed period prior to the season opener on Friday, October 2.
Long term, I have to evaluate if my time is better served resuming writing this column or devoting more time to my EBay store, ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides.  It might be better serving you—the customers of ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides-- by spending time improving ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides rather than writing this column. 
Either way, I do want to thank those that have responded positively to FINE IDEAS.
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