Stan Fis­chler: Sports ad­vice from ‘The Maven’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Stan Fis­chler MSG Net­work Hockey An­a­lyst Au­thor-colum­nist­com­men­ta­tor Stan “The Maven” Fis­chler re­sides in Boiceville and New York City. His col­umn ap­pears each week in the Sun­day Free­man.

Ad­vice to Jets Fans: Your fa­vorite team is play­ing to­day. Your club is 3-7 and you’ve had a mi­graine sea­son. To­day they play the Pa­tri­ots. Two pos­si­bil­i­ties: Don’t watch it. But if you do, keep as­pirins handy.

FIRST OC­CA­SIONAL FREE SPORTS AD­VICE COL­UMN:

* Ad­vice to Jets Fans: Your fa­vorite team is play­ing to­day. Your club is 3-7 and you’ve had a mi­graine sea­son. To­day they play the Pa­tri­ots.

Two pos­si­bil­i­ties: 1. Don’t watch it; 2. But if you do, keep as­pirins handy and hope for Thanks­giv­ing Week­end mir­a­cle.

* Ad­vice to Rangers Fans: 1. En­joy the ride and be thank­ful you have a gen­eral man­ager who could land a Jimmy Ve­sey and Bran­don Pirri; 2. Don’t worry about win­ning too much in the first half of the sea­son; as I know some of you do.

* Ad­vice to Gi­ants Fans: Hope that the Cow­boys come down to early and, re­mem­ber, that there’s a chance for a wild card berth.

* Ad­vice to Yan­kees Fans: Pray that Brian Cash­man ac­quires start­ing pitch­ing; such as some­one like Ja­son Ham­mel of the Cubs who’s avail­able as a free agent.

* Ad­vice to Mets Fans: Write let­ters to Sandy Alder­son, im­plor­ing to open his wal­let for Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes.

* Ad­vice to Bar­tolo Colon: Find a copy of that hit tune “You’re Too Fat For Me.”

* Ad­vice to the Chicago Cubs and their fans: Be pre­pared to wait an­other 108 years.

* Ad­vice to the Cleve­land In­di­ans: Wait ‘til next year.

* Ad­vice to base­ball com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred: Stop with these over­long games, al­ready. Fig­ure some­thing out or we’ll all be fall­ing asleep by the sev­enth in­ning.

* Ad­vice to base­ball fans who need a good book for the hol­i­days: Find Wil­liam Mead’s “Even The Browns.”

Coached by George Halas, the NFL Bears merely im­proved upon a play that had been part of the grid scene since the early 1900s. Al­though it’s hard to fig­ure, such plays as the sin­gle wing, dou­ble wing and old Notre Dame shift had be­come stan­dards, Halas saw bet­ter pos­si­bil­i­ties with the T-For­ma­tion.

TRIVIA COR­NER:

WHICH PRO­FES­SIONAL FOOT­BALL TEAM PER­FECTED THE T-FOR­MA­TION?

The Chicago Bears, 1940. Coached by George Halas, the NFL Bears merely im­proved upon a play that had been part of the grid scene since the early 1900s.

Al­though it’s hard to fig­ure, such plays as the sin­gle wing, dou­ble wing and old Notre Dame shift had be­come stan­dards, Halas saw bet­ter pos­si­bil­i­ties with the T-For­ma­tion.

He set the Bears’ quar­ter­back di­rectly be­hind the cen­ter. Be­hind the quar­ter­back was the full­back, along with two half­backs par­al­lel to the line of scrim­mage. As the 1940 sea­son un­folded — dur­ing which Chicago lost only three games — Halas em­ployed the TFor­ma­tion more of­ten be­cause the foes were flum­moxed by its cre­ativ­ity.

It never bet­ter proved it­self than on De­cem­ber 8, 1940. That was the date — long b be­fore the Super Bowl — of the NFL Cham­pi­onship game. Halas’ T-For­ma­tion worked so well that his Bears tri­umphed by the un­likely score of 73-0!

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