It’s one of the most exciting times of the year in sports, with the NFL Conference Championships on tap this weekend. In this week’s all new episode of Wise Kracks sports betting podcast, cohost Jon Orlando and I revisit last weekend’s games and we chop it up with Hall of Fame football coach, John Beam.
This was one of the best divisional weekends in NFL history. Period. It was all smiles on Wise Kracks this week as we review the the divisional playoff games and look forward to this weekend’s games.
Hall Of Fame Coach John Beam
We’re excited to welcome Coach John Beam to the show. With the NFL Playoffs wrapping up, it’s a fantastic time to have a guest with so much football knowledge and experience, not to mention a truly inspiring story.
Beam is a Hall of Fame coach who has been coaching for over 40 years. At Skyline High School, he won 15 league championships, 11 section championships, and four undefeated seasons. He became Laney College’s head coach in 2012, and his Eagles are featured on Season 5 of the smash Netflix Show, Last Chance U. John discussed his efforts to get his players prepared both athletically and academically.
“We take kids that weren’t even going to get a sniff at Division 1,” explained Coach Beam.
Coach Beam talks about the rewarding nature of what he does and how he is fulfilled by seeing his athletes succeed on and off the field. In this far-ranging interview, Coach Beam also shows a lot of support for Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s been getting a great deal of negative media attention lately.
“The guys win games, at the end of the day, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?” stated Coach Beam.
The media will keep talking about the 49ers needing to replace Jimmy, but he’s continuously gone on to be successful and win games. His stats may not reflect a top-tier quarterback, but he continuously gets the desired result, which is a win. Coach Beam agreed with Jon and I that the NFL desperately needs to change its overtime rules.
“I think the Rules Committee needs to look at it and, in the playoffs, both teams should have an opportunity,” stated Coach Beam when talking about the NFL’s overtime rules.
Bills’ Critical 13-Second Error
Did the Bills make a critical mistake by not kicking a squib kick? With 13 seconds left, the kickoff by the Bills ended up being a touchback with no time being taken off the clock. Many argue that a squib kick could have taken a large portion of time off the clock hopefully keeping the Chiefs out of field goal range. But with those 13 seconds, the Chiefs walked down the field in two plays, got into field goal range and kicked a field goal to tie the game.
Former quarterback Tony Romo was also very critical of the Bills’ decision to rush for defenders rather than only rushing three on the final play leading up to the tying field goal. I was extremely interested in hearing what our special guest Coach Beam had to say about this.
“They’ve already thought it out,” said Coach Beam when talking about the kickoff play call. Beam explained that NFL teams have such a robust coaching and analytics staff, every possible play has been studied, practiced and is done intentionally. We will never know if kicking a squib would have changed the game’s outcome. However, everyone agrees that the NFL overtime rules need to be adjusted to allow each team to have the ball as winners are often decided by a simple coin toss.
Sanders And Clemens Snubbed For MLB Hall Of Fame
Jon and I were very disappointed by the MLB’s Hall of Fame voting results this week and discussed why we were disappointed. Both Barry Sanders and Roger Clemens were snubbed for their final year of eligibility to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The snub is a result of both of the players’ careers being tainted by the use of steroids. I think if they make an exemption in voting for Sanders and Clemens, then they need to make one for Pete Rose. Many fans are split on this decision, and an exemption will most likely not be made for either Sanders or Clemens.