4 at 4: Monday afternoon links

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 30, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — You'll notice something different about today's "4 at 4." The formation has stayed the same — there's still four points, after all. But given the amount of news generated over the weekend, nearly every point will have multiple links along with it.


1. The college football season has just passed the quarter mark, but two Division I-A coaches are jobless. You probably know one is Southern California's Lane Kiffin, who was dumped at the team's private airport terminal in Los Angeles following an embarrassing 62-41 loss to Arizona State hours earlier. The other coach in the unemployment line is Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni. One week after pushing Michigan to the limit in a 24-21 loss, the Huskies put forth a dismal performance last Saturday, falling at Buffalo 41-12 (!!!) to drop their record this season to 0-4. On Monday, Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel decided to pull the plug on Pasqualoni's tenure.

2. As one would expect, there was plenty of analysis following Kiffin's dismissal. (You can find that here, here and here.). I obviously could have linked to many more; there are no shortage of opinions on the human lightning-rod that is Lane Kiffin.

Pasqualoni? Not so much. Though credit to Hartford Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs, who wrote this following Saturday's loss, and this after the news of Pasqualoni's firing first surfaced.

3. Hey, why should college football steal all the headlines about firing people? The Chicago Cubs made the decision to part ways with manager Dave Sveum on Monday after two seasons at the helm. Chicago lost 41 of its final 59 games and six of its last seven. The Cubs finished this season 66-96, bringing Sveum's two-year record to 127-197.

Just for fun, how about looking at what the ever-patient Chicago media contingent had to say about the Sveum's termination? (Hint: Head for the hills, Joe Girardi!

4. It's hard not to have seen the "Rocky" movies, right? Even for those unfamiliar with the films, most know the scene from "Rocky II" ending with the protagonist (played by the inimitable Sylvester Stallone running up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In case you need a refresher — which you shouldn't, but on the off chance you do — the scene, in its entirety, is below.

Well, I've got good news for everyone: Dan McQuade, a writer for Philadelphia magazine, calculated the distance Rocky ran in that memorable scene. Incredible, incredible work.

As ESPN's Bill Simmons said, "Just send a 2013 Pulitzer to Dan McQuade's house right now."

More 4 at 4:

4 at 4: A quartet of links to kick off the bye week

4 at 4: Links to peruse this afternoon

4 at 4: Auburn off day provides time to catch up on latest news in college football

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