Archive for December, 2010

Will Jason Garrett become the Dallas Cowboys’ permanent head coach?

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

So far, Jason Garrett appears to be the anti-Wade Phillips–not necessarily a bad thing.

A road win for the Dallas Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts and the slumping Peyton Manning? Not too shabby. Manning must be cursing himself right now and lamenting not facing the Cowboys when Wade Phillips was still head coach; then, he would’ve faced a punchless defense he could’ve easily lit up.

So far, Jason Garrett is 3-1 as the Cowboys head coach. His sole loss came in a near-comeback win on Thanksgiving Day against the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees–who was thought to be too short and have too average an arm to be a successful NFL quarterback.

When Dallas first hired Garrett to run the offense, it seemed a matter of time before some other team would hire Garrett to be head coach. This season, many Cowboys fans felt Garrett’s play calling was far too conservative. His stock fell.

And now as the head coach, he seems to be doing very nicely.

Dallas seems more disciplined (evidenced by their new dress code and by their defense actually making stops now) and is winning games despite having a career backup quarterback in Jon Kitna at the helm. The discipline really is needed for a team that this season was, frankly, overconfident and overrated.

Could Garrett end up becoming Dallas’ next great head coach? Time will tell. All I know for sure is that Jerry Jones probably won’t be bugging the NFL to let him hire himself as Dallas’ head coach. Or to sign himself to a contract to quarterback the team.

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Down to the Final Four on Hell’s Kitchen

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

My guess is that Russell will win.

Russell, a man I’ve grown to both deeply dislike but yet respect.

I’m not sure why, but I don’t despise him as much as I did a few weeks ago when he made racist comments toward the Russian-born Boris. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown to respect Russell: he obviously has a passion for cooking, scored a perfect 100 on the look-and-taste test, does not panic when under pressure and when he’s been on the chopping block, he excels in the kitchen.

Yes, Russell is a jerk, but he’s a jerk who happens to be an excellent, creative, driven chef.

Trev? Far too much of a conniving whiner to be a winner. I suspect Russell will try to maneuver in the next episode to put himself up against Trev in the final: in a head-to-head matchup, Russell will beat Trev. Frankly, I’m surprised Trev is still around.

As much as I detested Sabrina, I’m surprised Trev’s still around.

Nona? I think she and Russell will compete in the final.

I love that Nona, a southern girl, is in the Final Four. I think she’ll make it to the finals.

Twine Girl (her name’s Jillian, which I have tough time remembering; but her eyebrows are either plucked as thin as twine or are tattooed as thin as twine) seems to be too unstable.

Jillian, a.k.a. “Twine Girl”

Yes, Russell lost the cooking challenge where few seemed to like his octopus dish. However, it was a bold move by someone who just had no desire to create food in the normal realm. Interestingly enough, the winner of that challenge, Gail, ended up getting eliminated due to her subpar performance in the kitchen.

Chef Ramsay, every so often, shows off his human side. And when he has to have a one-on-one with a candidate, he speaks to them with genuine compassion. I look at him as a benevolent drill sergeant who is trying to teach professional chefs to become world-class chefs. Unlike Simon Cowell, he does not shoot cripples for sport.

That being said, the show is a reminder to me that as much as I love to cook, I would prefer it strictly as a hobby. No professional aspirations. To be a professional-grade cook (or even a short-order one, you have to be able to cook delicious, creative food under hectic conditions.

Richard Zowie loves to cook as a hobby and thinks sometime it would be fun to go on Hell’s Kitchen just to see how long he would last. Post comments here or e-mail Richard at

Coming soon on From A to Zowie: 2010 review

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Soon, I will start doing a madcap recap of the events of 2010. There is plenty to lampoon, although I wonder just how funny it will really be to joke about the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and all the havoc that caused on the fishing industry and on wildlife.

Can anything funny really come out of poking fun at the failed marriages of Christina Aguilera and Eva Longoria?

I don’t really think so.

So, in the coming weeks I will be working on 2010 in review and will post it here.

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