Thursday, December 28, 2006

Watching AI with the Nuggets

My dad just watches stone faced. He then lets out a breath and says "It's great to see him playing with good teammates, I just can't stand that baby blue uni on him".

My friend Meredith said she cried the first time she saw him in a Nuggets uniform.

I just feel relief. There's a sadness when I watch him, but a little hope that he can find happiness and success with the Nuggets. I feel like I am talking about a friend who is out of rehab for drug addiction. He's just a basketball player. He just got traded; that's all.

In my earlier post on AI I forgot one of my favorite moments when AI won the MVP of the All Star game and in his acceptance speech he kept praising Shaq and how it was great to play with him. It was such a sly dig on Kobe and how he pushed him out of LA. Clever.

I'm watching the Mavs-Suns right now which is finishing with a blistering trade off of baskets. Dirk nailed the game winner with a hand in his face from 18 feet out. Now for AI and the Nuggets.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

AI and more Barber vs. Jones

The AI trade is supposedly in the works, with Denver sending over Andre Miller, an expiring contract worth 7 mil of cap space, and 2 first round picks. Thank you Isaiah Thomas for instigating a fight that made Denver more eager to make a deal. I think this is a so-so fit for AI, but gosh, the two first rounders are nice. With the lottery pick the Sixers will earn themselves, they will have 3 first rounders. This could turn into Greg Oden worthy material. Trade all 3 picks for the rights to him. I am sad to see AI, and hopefully, the Sixers fire Billy King before he can screw up draft day.

After my Barber/Jones blog post, I found out this Monday that football outsiders is doing a posting on the same subject. I look forward to it. After watching the Falcons game, I can only believe that the Cowboys "start" Julius Jones because Jerry Jones is behind him more than Barber. Barber's TD run where he broke 2 tackles and made a 3rd guy miss was a Walter Payton type punish-the-tackler-for-touching-me runs. Barber just knocks the sh*t out of guys. It also does not help Julius Jones' case when he does not make any cutbacks (Barber does), gets tripped up by a DB (not likely with Barber), and runs with Barbaro's blinders on. on one run, Barber turned it upfield instead of going out of bounds, stiff armed a DB and knocked him over for 3 more yards. After his 2nd TD, they showed him on the bench fired up and Parcells came over to give him the hand shake. Parcells obviously likes him, let's hope Jerry Jones doesn't phuck this up.

Lessons from watching SaNF/SuNF/MNF

I've got a AI and Barber/Jones post coming up, but here are ten lessons to take away from the weekend's evening games:

10. Run on sentence warning: Mike Vick is your college friend who had a 4.0 in the first semester frosh year, while partying like a rock star, leading your intramural flag football team to the school championship & hooking up with the hottest chicks, who was asked to leave the school for poor grades a year later, rallied to come back for one half of a semester where he was his old self, only to be asked to leave again due to an alcohol related assualt, visited you for a great weekend of pick up basketball, drinking & picking up girls, and never was seen from again. You graduated with tons of stories about him, but he was a ghost. As time went on, fewer people rememebred him vividly. A legend for one brief moment. Vick has sooo much talent, and can be so good, he just only offers us glimpses of what could be from time to time. I remember the guy who carried Va Tech to the championship game, and single handedly kept them in the game, where is that QB? Take note Vince Young.

9. Marion Barber's YAC must be a high percentage of his total rushing yards. He will not be stopped on the first hit. Not gonna do it.

8. DeAngelo Hall sucks. When a 34 year old TO can burn you without breaking a sweat, and then spit on you, you have lost "it". The "it" being the ability to line up against #1 WRs.

7. The Chargers had a goose egg from their QB and still were romping the Chiefs. The 4 week breather for Roid Boy Merriman and Castillo's short injury break might be a blessing in disguise for this defense as they prepare to possible play 18-19 games.

6. Herm Edwards is going to destroy Larry Johnson because he wants to win now, which he should realize is an impossibility with a QB coming back from post-concussion syndrome, no WRs and a flimsy defense.

5. TO will be a Chief in '07. They have no WRs, he will probably be cut from the Cowboys after this season, and Herm already expressed interest in TO last offseason.

4. Michael Turner reminds me of pre-injury Najeh Davenport when he was backing up Ahman Green. He's big, runs with good vision & power, and could be another team's feature back and "grinder". The Chargers should use him a bit more these next two weeks when they have games in the bag to rest LdT. He should get paid this offseason, and the Chargers will receive a nice draft pick in return.

3. Peyton Manning is amazing, and if he doesn't win a Super Bowl, it's ok with me. One man cannot control the other side of the ball. If Desmond Howard does not have an insane Super Bowl, Brett Favre would have been hearing the "Marino talk" for the last few years. Taking a pay cut might help build the defense, but look at where that got Tom Brady.

2. The Bengals forgot that the Colts could not stop the run and did not pound the ball enough early in the game. This is a common theme to their season, where they forget they have a guy who has rushed for nearly 3000 yards in the last 2 seasons.

1. If the Cowboys slip into the playoffs as a wild card instead of the division winner, which can still happen, people should be asking Parcells why he did not go with Romo from week 1.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Lessons learned from the Saints-Cowboys SNF Game

This is an established fact but Gerry Austin is a nut gobbler. He will not overturn a call unless it is so obvious that retarded viewers can see it.

10. Julius Jones can score TDs. He just needs there to be no defenders within 5 yards of him.
9. Drew Brees takes no prisoners. He was heard saying to the Dallas D: "Birthmark? Yeah, lick it, bitch."
8. Sean Payton plays Madden, onside kicking with a lead is a classic User vs. CPU move.
7. The Dallas safeties need eyeglasses. Maybe those goggles Kareem used to wear could help them judge the path of the ball.
6. The Saints will keep Deuce for only one more year unless he restructures his contract. Once Reggie hits 23, it is his show. Reggie Bush + zone blocking scheme = many glorious TDs
5. Reggie Bush + open space + incoming DB = broken ankles
4. Daunte Culpepper has a better agent than Drew Brees. For the millionth time: How the phuck did the Phins choose Daunte over Drew?
3. Tony Romo does not equal a more beefier Jesus Christ.
2. TO is an even bigger gaywad than thought. Crocodile arms are not what he gets paid $10 mil to show off. Oh yeah, when was the last time he dove to make a catch? Bitch.
1. When a coach grooms a Qb for 3 years, he can devise a defense to stop him regardless of the defensive unit.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Allen Iverson is leaving, I am crushed

I remember when Pat Croce held up the Iverson 1 jersey when the Sixers won the lottery and the right to pick the 'troubled' but dedicated Allen Iverson out of Georgetown. Allen was an exciting guy to watch in college, but his full potential was unknown. Was he going to be a new type of point guard, would he have to move to shooting guard, could he lead a team to a championship? Well, after 10 years, we've discovered that he completely broke the mold for 'type' of player, moved on to become a dangerous shooting guard, and he did lead a team to the pinnacle only to be rebuffed by one of the greatest tandems in talent the NBA ever saw (Shaq-Kobe).

Allen Iverson was one of the quickest players I have ever seen live, and what most impressed me was that he never took a night off. When the team struggled, you could see pain on his face. When he got teary eyed when the Sixers got knocked out of the Finals or Team USA did not win the Gold in '04, you knew he loved the game. Iverson cut across all racial lines of 'fandom' as middle aged white folks thought the tattoos might be 'too Negro', but his passion and effort were too strong for 'those fans' to not appreciate and love. Iverson had the look of a little kid on the court, when the Sixers were winning, and in an era of overpaid superstars, who mail it in some nights, Iverson lived and died for the game, his team, his city. The eyes are the window to the soul, and you could always tell with Iverson just how he was feeling on the court with one shot of his face. He was a joy to cheer on and watch.

My 3 favorite memories of Iverson are a mix of on the court and off the court.

3. The game 7 in the Raptors/Sixers playoff series in 2001. That 2001 season was a special one, but Iverson turned it up in the playoffs. Vince Carter had answers for the Answer that series, but in game 7, Iverson picked up the slack and carried the Sixers over the Raptors. All of this from the shortest guy on the court.

2. Iverson's entire special on ESPN that followed him for a week. Between the jokes about his hair stylist being gay, and he was "cool wit dat, ya know?" and the footage of him in the gym not to work out but to taunt his teammates, I was laughing most of the time. He even mnaged to look stoned a few times. It seemed like Iverson went about his non-basketball business so calmly and slowly because he was saving every ounce of energy for his games. It was a nice glimpse into his odd off court life.

1. The practice press conference. One of the funniest sports related interviews/press conferences ever. This is right up there with the Jim Mora "Playoffs" and Dennis Green "crown their asses" press conferences. He says practice non-stop. He starts to laugh after a while because of how much he is saying it. "Franchise player and you talkin' 'bout practice".

I hope that he does go to a decent team, and give them the edge to go over the top. The Bulls could be a decent fit. I also like the package of picks/players the Bulls could send our way. I want that number 1 pick from the Knicks. Between their lottery ping pong balls adn the Sixers' when both teams miss the playoffs, the chance to get Greg Oden is alive and well. As a Sixers fan, I have no doubt Billy King will screw this up. Get as much as you can, because it is not often you have to say goodbye to a superstar. Thank you Allen Iverson.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Thursday Night's a Great Night for Football: Browns vs. Steelers

My pick is Steelers to cover. This is another Thursday night game, so go with the home team. Don't fight it. I missed the first bit of this game getting a xmas tree, but my first question is: Did Najeh Davenport lose weight or is he just not wearing that stupid neckroll anymore? I do feel bad for Najeh because he got injured when he should have been paid off in free agency. Back to back freak injuries will do that to a man's career.

The new ref pants look like snow pants the Cobra Kai would wear.

If either team played as prognosticators had predicted before the season started, this would have been a good match up.

Winslow or Shockey? I go with Shockey; he just seems more rounded. Winslow also might be crazier than he is, which negates the "Shockey is a head case" argument people use when comparing Shockey to top tight ends in the NFL.

Top TEs in the NFL: 1. Gates 2. Gonzalez 3. Witten 4. Shockey 5. Winslow... Last: Jeremy Stevens. Let's just say, this might be Gonzalez's last year in that top 5.

Collinsworth said my very thought about why the Browns should air it out "What have they got to lose?" No Playoffs, and you might as well just throw that stupid play card thing out and phucking wing it.

Joe Jurevicious knows how to do his job; it's why he's still getting paid in this league despite sub-par speed and leaping ability. To last a long time in this league as a WR, you need to run routes extremely well, find holes on zones, and catch the damn ball. Blazing speed and amazing ups get you drafted but don't get you paid, ask Bethel Johnson.

Wind caught that FG the Browns attempted. Did the designers of that stadium make it impossible to kick FGs on purpose because the Steelers special teams have been weak for years?

NBA has a bad reputation, but the NFL has way more thugs, wifebeaters and rapists in it.

I'll never say this again but stop running the ball!!!!! The Browns do not have the horses up front to take care of the Steelers front 7.

To think of firing Romeo Crenell after 2 years is dumb. His biggest free agent signings have been injured this year, and he has 5 SB rings. 5! The man knows his shit. Back the phuck off! If he were at Notre Dame, they would have given him a 5 year extension already. Wait... he's black. They'd send him packing back to Compton.

Northcutt has 3 drops. Bitch. WR screen, how hard is it to turn and catch the ball. I hate WRs.

Ever think Cowher likes to run the ball too much? Like they could maybe slip in a play action pass when the other team puts 8 in the box, maybe? He knows you can do that right?

Great run here by Parker. He takes a pop from two Browns, bounces back two steps from the hit, then shifts it in high gear and peels around the right-hand side, gaining 4 yards. His motor is always running.

I've said it before: Big Ben is like a mobile Bledsoe. Evades the rush, is agile, has a cannon for an arm, and can make that holy sh*t throw ever so often. Like Bledsoe he also makes that Oh Sh*t throw. I blame his on concussions and near death experiences.

Steelers should switch to Field Turf like the Patriots. Their field is in awful shape. Hold on, they didn't lose to an inferior division rival at home and have their franchise QB bitch non-stop.

Dallas/Atlanta on a saturday night. Hmmmmm, I now think Dallas can cover since it won't be a short week Thursday game.

Big Ben has time tonight, he looks calm, he isn't trying to do too much, he just checked down to Davenport instead of trying to go for the home run (anti-Bledsoe).

For those wondering, Willie Parker was a 3rd stringer at UNC. Yup, the powerhouse known as North Carolina football.

Anderson forced a pass and the safety sitting back in the deep zone read it the whole way. he just stepped up and picked it like he was in the school yard.

Steelers need to get some Offensive Tackles. If they fix their line, with their defense, the Ben/Willie/Santonio/Hines combo, and a 3rd place in the division schedule next year, they should be a playoff team in '07.

I feel in love with a girl from Pittsburgh in college, she wore a lot of wonderbras. I was not impressed.

Joey Porter is really phucking entertaining and insane. One thing I'd like for him to do though is find a product to endorse. Like show up to endorse shaving cream or something. Just a 30 second rant from Porter about getting your face looking fresh. Maybe an ad about douche.

Collinsworth made fun of Winslow by mentioning the soldier interview. Then he mentioned it again when James Farrior popped him.

When guys like Kellen Winslow and Kobe Bryant act all tough and ghetto, does anyone remind them that they grew up the rich and pampered sons of professional athletes? I mean, based on socioeconomic conditions they have more in common with the Hilton sisters than with the childhoods of the average pro athlete. Nice wheels on Edwards for that TD. He is way more jacked than I remember him at Michigan.

A Charlie Batch sighting, now I know it is time to shut the tv off. Goodnight.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dallas Cowboys Question: Barber or Jones?

If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan, right now you talk about being a "Romosexual". What you should really be talking about is the shift the team has taken with who they are using at RB in crunch time situations. The Cowboys have developed an affinity for using Marion Barber when they need to chew up clock to ice a team, on 3rd downs, and inside the 10. Thanksgiving was the first week they decided to use him more than Julius Jones and that continued versus the G-men. Does this signify a shift in the coaching staff's choice for featured RB? Does it signify a shift as to who they will keep in the long term? I thought I'd ask two guys who know the NFL well what they thought.... Mr Salisbury, Mr Clayton, are you ready.

Clayton: Ready.
Salisbury: Bring on the dork, he's going down.

SOBL: Alright gentlemen, we know Romosexuality is sweeping the nation, but as far as the other guys in the backfield, who do you think will get crunchtime carries the rest of the year and in the playoffs Barber or Jones?

Clayton: The Cowboys will lead with Julius Jones, depending on the flow of the game they may alternate Barber in on 3rd downs, but Jones is still there man with big play capability.
Salisbury: Are you done yet, bitch? Are you kidding me? If I am Tony Romo, I want to give Barber the ball. Coach Parcells put me in and yanked Drew, the same could be said for Julius. Big play capability, *spits*, I haven't seen him break one yet this year. This is the NFL, produce or get out.

SOBL: Some people have argued that Coach Parcells is using Barber a little bit more right now to rest Jones for the playoffs as Jones has proven to be fragile while in the NFL, agree or disagree?

Salisbury: That is a load of crap. Parcells is using the man that is producing, and this is a shift for the better of the Cowboys. He wants a guy in there who rises to the occasion, who breaks tackles, who doesn't run out of bounds but knocks a man over. Barber is that man, I see Julius Jones skipping along not taking pops.
Clayton: Enough already Captain Backup. Did all of those years in Canada freeze your brain as well as your balls? Sure Barber does have a high replacement value over an average back, thank you Football Outsiders, but those numbers are inflated by all of the touches he gets inside the 10. If Jones had as many carries inside the 5, he'd have the same TD total. Parcells is a master of pacing and knowing how to motivate his players. Going to Barber more right now saves Jones legs for the playoffs, who has never played a full season, and motivates Jones to step up his game.
Salisbury: Professor, Jones has only 6 fewer carries inside the 10 than Barber but Barber has 9 more TDs. You use faulty logic, nerd nuts!
Clayton: Look, your faggy ass couldn't handle the NFL, didn't you have a terrible career and throw 3 picks in the playoffs whenever your team made them despite your pathetic attempts to imiate the statue of liberty in the pocket.

SOBL: Ok, cool out, everybody just cool out. Let's keep this professional. Long term, who do you see the Cowboys keeping?

Salisbury: Barber. Vision, power, catching and blocking ability. He plays with a fire that you need to succeed in the NFL.
Clayton: Barber, but in addition to the douchebags reason, Barber is 2 years younger than Jones and age works against a RB. I fucked your sister Salisbury, she has the same haircut as you.
Salisbury: Really? You must be the guy with the small dick she was complaining about last time I visited. Don't start crying over the phone or I'll smack you.
Clayton: I'd be the first guy you hit in your whole career.

SOBL: Thank you both. I agree with you that a shift is evident, but I feel it might have to do more with savings Jones' legs for the postseason. Parcells admitted this in an interview earlier in the year. Both men are under contract through 2009. Jones does have the option to void the contract after next year if he meets minimum playing time requirements. Barber is rarely taken down by the first guy, which is the opposite of Jones. Once they address the problems of the O-line, having a RB who has good vision, makes great cuts and breaks tackles is what you want. A speedster can be found on the cheap to complement a hard runner with good vision, ask Michael Bennett.

I'd love to see Dallas decide on one of them and give the guy an extension, but who knows with Jerry Jones at the helm.

My pick tonight is the Steelers, they are home tonight.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday Night Football review

Are you ready for the football? I am, in fact, I am torn over the disapointment of USC's loss to UCLA and the Cowboys pulling out a gutsy win in the Meadowlands. They haven't won a game like that on the road in years. I'm watching tonight's game because I want to size up the Panthers, who should be in the playoffs and worry me despite Dallas drubbing them in Carolina by 20+, and I just was in Philly. My pick tonight is Carolina to cover.

- Please destroy the film prints for Rocky 6. There will be a generation of kids growing up who think Rocky is an old man, Brett Favre was an INT prone crackerjack and Michael Jordan was a chump who played in Washington.

- Julius Peppers is my wife's favorite name in the NFL. 2nd and 3rd are LaDainian Tomlinson and Laverneus Coles.

-Philly booing on the first drop.... and the 2nd drop. Oh yeah, this could be fun.

-The Iggles deal with the devil ran out at that Super Bowl vs. the Pats.

-In the direct tv ads, Jessica Simpson looks vampire-ish, really weird skin. Still, she's a vampire I'd bang with her cape still on.

-I was in Philly last weekend and it is the Beirut of sports. No hope. Fans are destroyed.

-Westbrook is a glorified 3rd down back. You never see him carry defenders. He can't get you that yard on 3rd and 1, and he doesn't close games for the Iggles. A fantasy football HOFer.

-This year's rookie RBs look impressive 10 games into the season: Addai, Bush, Maroney, Williams. LenDale White is out there too, but he just isn't getting the carries yet.

-Who is older Weinke or Delhomme? Weinke, by 3 years.

-Why were the Iggles coverign Steve Smith with one man. Single coverage inside the red zone, stupid!

-I want to flip to somethign else, but the prospect of watching Philly fans go apeshit is too much to resist.

-Garcia looks bad with his throws. He's not getting set, not hitting them in stride, and throwing to a lot of empty areas of the field.

-A player had a kidney stone. I repeat an NFL player under 60 years of age had a kidney stone. Not Kornheiser.

-Garcia can thank himself for that Peppers near INT. He threw it so bad even Julius was not able to snag it.

-The Iggles used to own O-line/D-line battles. Not anymore. Their O-line can't hold anything anymore. Garcia is running for his life and doing a good job of evading the rush.

-Julius Peppers is that once a generation guy. Has a DE ever lined up wide to be thrown a fade pass? Never. He draws double teams or is just HELD by o-linemen. Great instincts for the flow of plays like draws or counters. He can drop back in coverage. Scary part is, he does all of these things exceptionally well.

-Philly chicks are reject Jersey girls..... with 20 extra lbs.

-Mangum. Seriously, change your name. It sounds like a porn name.

-Can the Iggles blitz anymore. They are not bringing the heat to Delhomme. That usually works vs. Jake because he just chucks it up to the side of the field with Steve Smith. Not a good tactic with teams that zone blitz.

-Bears vs. Rams next Monday. Can the Bears just field their defense the entire game? "No no we're punting on first down to give you the ball, do your best...shh guys, I think they're buying it, keep Rex on the sidelines"

-Jeff Garcia looks like the leader of a cult or a Scientologist.

-The Iggles O is bad. No holes are opened for their backs, Westbrook doesn't run well between the tackles, Garcia isn't hitting anyone tonight. Hey, Kornheiser just ripped into Garcia.

-The over/under on % of high school seniors who think Rocky Balboa is real: 60. In Philly, 90%.

- Can someone kill Stallone? Arnold clearly won the battle between them. He's moved onto being a 2 term governor of the most populous state in the USA, and Stallone is stuck playing out Rocky storylines.

-Stallone admitted to the Rocky character going to his ego for 15 years. Funny. Even funnier he joked that Rocky 7 is he dies to fight Apollo in heaven. Between these lines and Stallone openly cheering for the Iggles, he's been an entertaining booth guest.

-Garcia continues to look bad. His throws look rushed, off balance, and his reads are wrong. His timing is off, and maybe it's just lack of time with his WRs to work on routes... Nah, it's the cult keeping him at the compound.

-Horrible call by the Panthers O on 3rd and 6. Where was the 8 yard curl to Keyshawn?

-3 highlights of Runyan on Peppers. 3 straight holds. I can't believe Strahan let Runyan out of his cage to play tonight. Strahan must have half of his total sacks thanks to Jon Runyan.

-Westbrook jumped out of bounds 3 yards short of the first rather than turn it up field, take a hit, and maybe get the first..... you know Marion Barber III wouldn't have done that. (shaking head, with lips closed tightly)

- Iggles blitz, Panthers pick it up, Delhomme panics and throws a bad ball. He just doesn't look calm back there.

-Oh my God, Stallworth just made a one handed catch while being molested by the cornerback. Flag there please, even though he caught it.

-McNabb and Brady have the highest QB rating in the red zone. You don't say? Two guys with no running games have a high value in a rating system where TDs are given huge bits of worth?

-Panthers have 5 drops I have noted. They need some Mangum on their hands. hardy har har.

-A draw would've worked against that blitz. I guess if Dawkins can still blitz, the Iggles D isn't totally dead.

-Chuck D tribute to Ali at halftime. I know the current heavyweight boxing division is a joke, but how is a new guy going to get exposure or respect when the emdia continously performs image fellatio on one and only one boxer.... who peaked 30 years ago.

-Delhomme underthrew Key by 2 yards and Key has to make the defensive play. Did Jake not take his crazy Bayou pill today?

- Delhomme picked up one thing from Eli, the horrible intentional grounding when it is obvious he was going to get hit. Lame. Just put your balls in a jar and mail them to Oprah.

-At least Delhomme's groundings didn't turn into picks like Jake Plummer's irrational throws.

-Steve Smith for MVP. Catches it in traffic, bounces off the defender, gets 10 more yards, and oh yeah, the safety is the one on the ground. Yeah Michael Lewis, you are a punk and must bow down to the power of Steve Smith.

-First Budweiser clydesdale christmas ad. It's 30 years old at leats but still does the trick. That advertising exec deserved his paycheck. The first and last to do so.

-Doesn't Steve Smith need a nickname: The Dragon..... the Assassin... 2 fast 2 furious... Jules

-Key gets the TD and does some gay looking pose. The boo birds are out again, for the Iggles or for Key? I vote for it being for the Iggles.

-Is Key a HOFer? No. Nope. Could Steve Smith end up in the Hall? Maybe. He's still so young (27), and with how bad the Panthers look without him, could win an MVP award someday when the media decides not to give it to a QB/RB.

-Garcia bought time and foudn Stallworth. Great job by garcia to evade the rush. An extra 2 seconds can allow coverage to breakdown.

-Deangelo Williams has pretty big legs, and he keeps them churning when he is being tackled. Keep feeding him the ball to wear that D down.

-Classic Keyshawn: 8 yard in with a one hand push off, first down. He just moves chaisn folks; he always will.

-My mom thinks AJ Hawk is ugly. He's a phucking linebacker Mom.

-What's with the criticism of Garcia not going deep (haha), was McNabb known for bombs or for that pussy west coast passing? Oh yeah, pussy west coast passing.

- Joe Theisman just did an awful Rocky impersonation. It's as bad as my Bill Cosby.

-I don't get the Philly love affair with AJ. Did they miss his entire time with the Dolphins. He sucked dorsal fin.

-I liked Philly. Good city, easy to get around. It needs more exposure.

-4th quarter - Can the Panthers close a game? If they feed Deangelo the ball, hey can score a TD and escape with a win.

- Deangelo got 9 on his first carry. Keep feeding him.

-Is Michael Jordan planning some ad with Dr. Pepper for this whole 23 advertising campaign? He's such a shill he would do it for the $$.

-Garcia has great athletic ability as evident by that side step of Julius Peppers, he just doesnt have it in his arm anymore. As I type this, he hits Reggie Brown in stride, deep for 6.

-Iggles fight song sucks. San Diego Super Chargers is much better and the king is the Redskins fight song.

-Jake Delhomme threw it up for grabs the moment the blitz came. INT. Stupid stupid move. Heck, even Vince Young doesn't do that.

-The refs are letting Runyan grab Peppers nonstop. This is pathetic.

-Is Tirico drinking or feeling up some chick? He just pronounced Tapeh as Too-pay.

-Theisman told Kornheiser he had his back homey. WTF?

-Football history note: Joe Theisman changed his name's pronounciation to match Hesiman so Notre Dame could promote him for the award in an easier manner "Theisman for Heisman".

-Steve Smith just roached Sheldon Brown. Great block. Key is shaken up because he caught the ball after sprinting 25 yards. He doesn't run well, never did.

- Great run by Deangelo Williams. side steps left, jukes right and darts upfield for 8. Good vision to go with his legs.

-Great call with the reverse to Smith inside the 20. People know it is coming, but he is so quick that he can make one guy miss and the blockers don't have to put a helmet on every defender. He just makes plays in open space.

-Kornheiser called Jake out for the INT. Good job Tony. To break it down: Jake threw it tot he wrong spot. He overthrew his WR who is 6 foot 5. Like everything, there are two sides to the tale. On the receiving end, Lito Sheppard did an excellent job reading the trajectory of the ball, Keyshawn did a terrible job. Keyshawn also mistimed his jump. had he not jumped when he did he could have gone back to the ball to break it up. He didn't and now the Panthers need to win next week vs. the G-men. Maybe the Iggles aren't dead after all.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Cutler

Sorry but this is why when you are still in a slot for the wild card, you do not turn the reins over to a rookie. This is ridiculous. The Broncos should have run the season out with Plummer, and then moved to Cutler for next season. This is just wrong. Wait, Cutler just dropped a bomb on Seattle.

damn you USC

damn you. total letdown game. punks.

Friday, December 01, 2006

My return and Thursday Night Football

I've been gone way too long. I apologize but outside life got in the way. My quest to be the first person to finish a Madden Franchise/NCAA Dynasty is also in the way. 34 years down, 6 more to go. I thought I'd mark my return with a rundown of the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Ravens and Begals. My pick is Bengals to cover as everyone should be betting on the home teams in these match ups unless the home team is the Lions or Cardinals.

- Carson palmer throws the prettiest deep ball in the NFl. Vinny Testaverde used to, but not with the same zip Palmer does. Vinny just floated spirals every throw. Carson has arm strength.

- Is the Under Armor spokesguy still in the NFL, or is he protecting his own house?

-The NFL is blessed right now with 4 young and potential HOF safeties. Polamula, Reed, Taylor, Roy Williams. I think the best of them will be Sean Taylor, and he will fulfill his destiny..... just for another team.

-Housh is the go to guy on 3rd down, Chad Johnson is the loud mouth. Sounds like TO and Terry Glenn's relationship. I hate these diva WRs.

-The NFL needs a "Rasheed" rule for the bitching for contact motions/whines from WRs.

-On the Ravens' defense, I'd take McAlister, then Reed, then Adalius Thomas, closely followed by Bart Scott, then Ray Ray. This is not a rebirth year, it's a year where everyone else makes him look better than he really is.

-Palmer's incompletion in the end zone hit his man in the hands. He had no where to go witht he ball and still fit the ball through the window and hit his man in the hands. Impressive.

-I am impressed with the versatility of Adalius Thomas. It's like he's the NFL version of Lebron as far as versatility.

-I love McNair, always thought he was good at hitting his deep throws, and I see McNabb going down his path with all of these bang up injuries he has. The sad part about McNair is he seems more like Chad Pennington now. Every throw looks like it takes a ton of effort, never goes down field, but McNair has more arm strength than Chad. Heck, my mom has more arm strength.

-NFL Network should have hired both Gumbel's so they could have "Gumbel to Gumbel".

-The Browns are r-tards if they fire Romeo Crennel after such a short tenure. These things take time folks. Give him time, and give hima team where the top two free agent signgings do not get injured early.

-Remember Deion's song "Must be the Money". I remember him performing it on SNL years back. What a douche.

-Where is McNeese St? Is it between Candyland and Narnia?

-Phuck Billick and his offensive genius rep. He coached an offense with Randy Moss, Chris Carter and Robert Smith. How hard is it to gain 4000 yards in a season with two hall of fame WRs and a pro bowl RB?

-Dexter Jackson is still int he NFL, the same Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson? No way.

-Sam Eliot doing voiceovers is awesome for commercials. He needs to say "hombre" in every ad though.

- I take it back, McNair can scrmable better than Pennington.

- Justin Long is sucha horrible name for an actor. You just know Justin Longenuff will be a porn name some day.

- Cleveland/Pittsburgh next week for NFL Network, sorry NFL Network.

- If Ozzie Newsome got rid of Billick, the Ravens could make the leap on offense. It just isn't working for them and hasn't ever.

- Stover shanks the kick, capping my fantasy year which has seen two of my top 3 picks go down with long term injuries (McNabb and Brown).

- 3rd and longs are killer for McNair and the Ravens. They get no separation, and McNair's wheels are not Vince Young/Mike Vick fresh.

- Screen pass please Bengals, just one.

- WRs blocking are a sight to behold, what pathetic blockers. WRs are like pampered sorority girls playing football.

- When a team calls the flea flicker, do the players giggle in the huddle?

- Can we all admit that B.J. Sams' returns and the D has made the Ravens O look good the last few weeks?

- Every McNair throw looks like it takes all his might to toss it..... very much like Chad Pennington. His out pattern throws look horrible. If the Bnegals DBs did not have stone hands they'd have 2 or 3 picks right now.

- So many NFL cheerleaders are butterfaces. I'd still fuck them but 80% or so are butterfaces.

- The Docs who cleared Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees for the Dolphins are the same oens who cleared Eric Lindros to play for the Flyers. Maybe the guys who Steve Young got to clear him to return to the NFL.

- Housh and Chad Johnson seem stronger than the normal NFL WRs.

- The Ravens LBs give them incredible flexibility in defensive scheming and playcalling. With their speed and coverage abilities, they can cover TEs, RBS and even WRS, and blitz if called upon.

- Why do the Bengals forget they have Rudi Johnson? Why?

-McNair throws a ball that bounces 2 yards in front of Mason. Color me not impressed with their playoff hopes.

-Best defensive ficker of all time: the man with the one bar facemask, Kevin Butler of the Bears. He was a safety in college and routinely made tackles in coverage.

-Lindsay Lohan should hire the PR guy who rehabbed Ray Lewis' image. Miracle worker.

- McNair with the Ravens is like Plummer with the Broncos. Once he gets into a situation where he has to win the game himself, can't do it. Not anymore.

-Collinsworth explaisn the D playcalling; thank you for doing your job.

-The Bengals read the play action roll out, they just whiffed on McNair.

- Ravens can't run against a good D, can't stretch the field. Their luck has to change soon.

-I love the joke amongst New Yorkers in the know that Reggie Jackson and Joe Namath slept with all of the women the other guy was 'suppose' to sleep with.

- Zone blitz, dropped INT, dumb Bengals. Why blitz a guy who is 14-27 for 104 YARDS on 3rd and long? No reason.

-Besides the media, who likes the Ravens? Does anyone know a Ravens fan?

- McNair threw a duck on 3rd and long for a successful conversion. A miracle of sorts for this anemic offense.

- If Ozzie Newsome is a god at finding defensive talent, why can't he find anyone on the offensive side of the ball?

- The Ravens should be in the hurry up needing two TDs. Is Billick, self sabotaging the team? Is he that big a douche?

- McNair is missing open receivers by 3-5 yards each throw. 4th and short, they somehow don't convert. hmmmm, could a team just play conservative against the Ravens D, not have any turnovers and win by forcing the Ravens O to mount an 80 yard drive? I think so.

- Phuck Stover and Rudi Johnson for killing my fantasy team this week, phuck you guys.

- Val Kilmer scored a TD for the Bengals, nope it's just a muff recovery. A recovered muff.

- McNair gets the bomb to Mason, givign my fantasy opponent 10 points right there. Phuck you McNair. You couldn't hit sh*t all night and now you find him with a great throw. This is on top of the Bengals dropping their 5th coulda-woulda-shoulda INT.

- What did we learn tonight: The Ravens have an awful O despite improved performance the last few weeks. The key is not to set them up in short field situations or jump out to a lead so they can go "Plummer style" on them (aka Cowher style). It is not over in the AFC North, but it is close. The Bengals looked good here but have an incredibly difficult road ahead of them with Denver and Indy. Thursday night match ups favor the home team big time so put $$ on them. Carson Palmer is truly back from the knee injury, so think twice before drafting McNabb high next year in fantasy drafts. He'll have more time to rehab than Palmer did before the season, but Palmer's mechanics are much better than McNabb's yet it still took him 10 weeks. Oh yeah, McNabb also has a blah supporting cast compared to Palmer's.