Bradshaw early—and disliked for most of their time together. To Bill Belichick, who ran off Bernie Kosar and was 20-28 in his first three years in Cleveland and who was affected by more than just the quarterback. And now Kelly, 26-21 in his first three seasons, fired with one game left. Not comparing Kelly to what two four-time Super Bowl champs accomplished in football, but simply making this point: How do you know the future? How do you know which coaches will survive the early potholes to make greatness happen? You don't. Just as I don't know if Kelly would have ever been great in Philly, or will be great in his second go-round wherever.
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Chip Kelly was fired during his first losing season in three years as Eagles coach.
Finally, I leave you with this: Jeffrey Lurie has been the poster boy for patience in the NFL. He kept an ill-equipped Ray Rhodes after a four-win season, and he kept Andy Reid for 14 years, and Reid never won a Super Bowl. Lurie is a patient man. But he wasn't patient with Kelly. Lurie knew something. Something happened that was untenable, and Lurie acted. I don't like it, but I’m not in his shoes. We'll see how it works. For those saying the Eagles will be fine with the best coordinator or best young coaching phenom ... cool. But remember: Chip Kelly was as imaginative a coach as has come into the NFL in years. We're seeing a different game now, with lots of deep passing and an emphasis on the strong-armed quarterbacks. Kelly recognized that. He was on the verge of making Sam Bradford realize his potential.
But something happened. A few things, maybe. And as with Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco last year, and Bel... http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2015/12/29/chip-kelly-fired-philadelphia-eagles-nfl-mailbag
CLEVELAND — A grand jury declined on Monday to charge a Cleveland patrolman who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun, capping more than a year of investigation into a case that added to national outrage over white officers killing African-Americans.
In announcing the decision, Timothy J. McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, said he had recommended that the grand jurors not bring charges in the killing of the boy, Tamir Rice, who was playing with the gun outside a recreation center in November 2014.
Mr. McGinty said the fatal encounter had been a tragedy and a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications.” But he said that enhancement of video from the scene had made it “indisputable” that Tamir, who was black, was drawing the pellet gun from his waistband when he was shot, either to hand it over to the officers or to show them that it was not a real firearm. He said that there was no reason for the officers to know that, and that the officer who fire... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/us/tamir-rice-police-shootiing-cleveland.html
With four major rail companies operating in my hometown, trains were an integral part of life. When the Ice Follies came to Cleveland each year, my mother, knowing that as a kid I loved ice skating, would buy tickets for the excursion train car that would take a group of us Youngstowners the 70 miles to Cleveland and back to see the ice show, restaurant meals included. Wow!
Arriving in Lompoc in 1964, I noticed there were — albeit no longer in service — two classic-looking train stations, one in town and one at Surf. One could catch the train at Surf via a flagstop, but that soon came to an end. Both stations were torn down — big mistake, I figured. The one at Surf was replaced by a block building for non-passenger use, but was soon gone.
With the advent of the Surfliner, Lompoc travelers could again board a train at Surf or make use of the Amtrak bus in town, which connects with the Surfliner going south in Santa Barbara. One may also catch the Coast Starlight in Santa Barbara or in San Luis Obispo via the Surfliner.
I’ve ridden the Surfliner to the Burbank Airport, and it’s incredibly easy, to San Diego and to the Los Angeles Union Terminal, where in 1949 my sister and I disembarked from Ohio via Chicago to visit a great aunt. We rode the Southern Pacific one way, the Union Pacific the other on famously-named trains. Dining cars had linen table cloths, silverware and vases of flowers. What a way to see America! In recent years I’ve taken the Southwest Chief cross-country, L.A. to Chicago and back.
Now, here’s the rub. Some underdeveloped countries have better train service than the United States. Japan has bullet trains, Europe as well and at convenient times. Swiss trains run on time to the very second. China’s train ... http://lompocrecord.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary/forward-view/falling-behind-in-the-great-train-race/article_5c53b4f9-f0ba-5c4b-82a4-397df2c6c60f.html