Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Here are your week 3 results:
The newcomer is kicking our asses, fellas.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
We have two teams, the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders, with one win between them playing each other for… I have no idea. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the inside track on the first overall pick in next spring’s NFL Draft. Neither the Redskins or Raiders will make the playoffs, either.
Maybe the “ick” factor will be enough for the Redskins to get creeped out in The Black Hole? I’ll take the “ick” and challenge DCHomer in this week’s blog challege!
Go Sewage! Go Raiders!
Monday, September 23, 2013
SF Aldon Smith was arrested Friday (20 Sep) for DUI after crashing his car into a tree. When the cops found him, he was passed out, foot on the gas peddle (the wheels were off the ground and spinning like crazy). He had a .15 BAC and the cops found weed on him.
My point? He played Sunday in the loss to the Colts. He had five tackles to add to his league leading 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks (through 3 games). Why did they play him? Hmmm....lemme guess....$$$!!
Why did Washington "clear" RGKnee to start the season after only 8 months of rehab on a severely reconstructed knee? Hmmm...lemme guess....$$$!!
Okay, we are talking about professionals, so I guess making money the motivation is kinda moot--or, would it be redundant? Whatever--we're not talking about the NCAA (the "National Cash Cash-ollegiate Athletic Association"), but when will NFL fans get it that it's not about their cheering and fandom? It's certainly not for the sport of it? How did ABC put it many decades ago: "The thrill of competition?"
It's certainly not anything close to Terrence Mann's speech: "...this field, this game: it's a part of our past...It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again..."
Nah! Not that either. Terrence did get it right on the money aspect:
- They'll come to the football stadium for reasons they can't even fathom....
- They'll arrive at their seats as innocent as children, and pass over $10 for a beer without even thinking about it...
- They'll fork over $50 to park and $15 for a luke warm burger: for it is money they have and peace they lack...
And the owners will watch the game's receipts and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.
God bless free agency!
The brawl started when Sabres enforcer John Scott tried to fight Phil Kessel. Kessel swung his stick at Scott a couple of times to defend himself before the rest of the Leafs tried to jump Scott at center ice. After everyone paired off (not sure), Kessel bloodied some Sabres player I’ve never heard of, Jonathan Bernier and Ryan Miller had a goalie fight, and David Clarkson will likely get a non-paid vacation for leaving the bench to join the brawl.
In summary, the Leafs are in regular season form already. *laughs*
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Early into the second half of today's early games my gut has had mixed results, resulting in the need to start to write a blog challenge post. When the Bengals went up 14-0 on the Pack, my gut looked like a genius. I haven't watched the game but this is the game that was probably just an upset stomach, since the Pack has roared back in this one. (as Brady throws an end zone interception with a chance to put Brent's Bucs away...still leading 17-3)
My gut obviously was taking a nap when it came to what might well be the two biggest upsets of the weekend, although probably no one else picked these either. Where were you, gut, regarding the Ravens vs Texans and especially the BLEEPING Carolina Panthers with a three-score, shutout lead over the NY Football Giants?
The last game that involved my gut was G's Redskins, where the score is currently 17-17 in the 3rd period. Fair to say to this point your boys have played better than you expected, G?
So now that the Pack is up 31-14, it appears obvious I need to eat crow. My stomach's not gonna like that one bit. Obviously the vaunted Bengal defense is not so vaunted or no match for Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense.
The Patriots did not look good at all early in their match with Brent's Bucs but the Bucs couldn't or didn't fully capitalize on the fact that early on their offense moved the ball down the field at least four times on the Pats defense, only to come away with 3 points. Not really gonna brag here because I rarely do anyway and my Pats are far from world beaters at this point. I will say that the Bucs are a better team than their record but what does that really mean? Look at their personnel and how well they play in stretches. Is it coaching or the intangible leadership?
The Carolina Panthers are shutting out the Giants 31 zip. Wouldn't you love it if your gut told you that one and you trusted it enough to bet the bank at Vegas on that one?!
Why haven't I mentioned any details of these games? Because I've been watching the Pats, Sox and the Cup race at NH.
My gut is always wrong regarding the Chargers, ALWAYS. Looks like G was right, at least that his team would lose. Next week's MY-TEAM-IS-WORSE-THAN-YOURS BOWL between G's Skins and RJ's Raiders should be interesting or at least the week leading up to it listening to them proclaim their team is worse. So are you both going to pick your team to lose this game, even though it's a blog challenge involving your teams?
I'm not sure what the moral is in the end but I do know this: Rick, you owe us a crow-eating. Bengals-34 Packers-30. Don't ignore your gut completely.
Dear Red Sox,
Congrats, gentlemen. I just finished watching the game (despite learning of the outcome earlier), and it was a surprisingly rewarding experience. Last year was truly disheartening in that for the first time in my life, I was unthinkably disgusted and indifferent. I basically didn't give a shit, and that was so foreign to me it's hard to explain. I certainly didn't expect that I'd get drawn back in so thoroughly - there was a lot to make up for - but I was wrong. This squad reaffirmed and reignited my passion for the team and dissolved all that which repelled me in '12 with their obvious cohesion, focus, and damned good baseball. They played hard and cared. Win or lose, that's all I ever look for from them.
There are too many people who contributed to point out - many of them the usual suspects - but i'll mention a few: Shane Victorino (the best outfielder the Sox have had in more than a decade), Napoli (clutch!), the young guys (Carp, Nava, Middlebrooks, etc...), the surprisingly solid Drew, and the brilliant Uehara. I even have to give props to my historical piss-mint Lackey - sincerely well done, dude. Most of all, I think Farrell and Cherington deserve the primary credit. Between them they signed the right folks and made sure that they all toed the line, righted the ship, and made them realize that what it's really all about is caring about playing good baseball. That had been lost, and it's a pleasure to see it again.
Looking forward to the playoffs, boys! Well done indeed!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Ever since I bought my pistol crossbow I kept thinking to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to shoot at a target with an opposing team’s sports logo on it?” Today, that became a reality just in time for tonight’s exhibition game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and their division rivals, the Buffalo Sabres.
I found a printable target online and then made obvious modifications. The Sabres logo is the center target. The former Sabres logo, derisively called a “Buffaslug” for it’s banana slug/buffalo hybrid appearance, is centered on the four smaller targets.
Not only can I use this with my pistol crossbow, but it works great for the dart board I have in the hallway, too!
If you want this for your own use:
- Click on the image and a full-size version will open in a new tab in your browser.
- Right-click on the full-size image and save it to your hard drive.
- Use your favorite graphics program (ex: Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro) and open the image.
- Set your program’s printer settings to print graphics “fit to page” so it prints out on one 8.5” x 11” page.
- Print the target and have fun!
It’s a safe bet I’ll be making many more of these in the coming months.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
With that out of the way, here's week 2's results:
Tom – 8
Combine that with week one results and voila:
Get your Thursday picks in before kickoff tomorrow. You can leave your pick as a comment to this thread if you'd like. Congrats to Brent for winning week two and Mike for having the overall lead. Remember, two winners at season's end -- the most right picks and the most weekly wins.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Red Sox have had an incredible season thus far and over the last few weeks it would be hard to argue against them playing like the best team in baseball, and to add extra sweetness they've taken 6 out of 7 games from the Yankees in the last couple of weeks -- games the Yanks badly needed. I worry they've peaked too soon and anything can happen in the playoffs but I'm excited and optimistic. But even if they hadn't played this well, this is a Red Sox team we all can love and get behind, a team with seemingly no unbearable egos, a bunch of grinders who love to play...the baseball version of gym rats. We love this team.
A couple of other tidbits: The Tampa Bay Rays need a new home. After several years of very good and competitive teams, a few trips to the playoffs and one World Series visit, the best this team can draw in the middle of a pennant race is 10,000 people against another playoff contender. I know there really aren't any major baseball markets left but they need to go somewhere else. Mexico City?
I heard what I have to think is an unreal stat on the radio today, although I did hear it on ESPN. Apparently the Astros had a game this weekend where they only had ONE THOUSAND television viewers. I'm not sure how they could ever know exactly how many people are watching but that's just pathetic.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Many pundits are predicting the Oakland Raiders will run the table and join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only NFL team to ever go 0-16. But are they really that bad? Maybe not.
They lost to the Indianapolis Colts, but it wasn’t nearly the mud hole stomping I predicted. I told a number of people not to be surprised if the Colts run up 40+ points on the Raiders. Not only did that not happen, but the Raiders actually had the lead until the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Raiders made a game out of this contest for one reason: Terrelle Pryor.
The former Ohio State quarterback had 217 yards passing, 112 yards rushing, and did something no other Raiders quarterback has been able to do in quite some time – make plays. When all seemed lost on third or even fourth down, Pryor would make a key completion or scramble past outstretched defenders on his way to a first down.
Even though Pryor had two interceptions that killed any chance the Raiders had of pulling off the upset, I’m still very pleased with his performance. Keep in mind this is only his second NFL start. My only concern with Pryor is that he still has a tendency not to check all of his receivers before he starts running. At some point, NFL defenses will catch onto this and be more effective in stopping him.
I hope Pryor makes the adjustment sooner rather than later. I believe he can be a really good NFL quarterback someday, but I’d like it to happen sooner rather than later!
Friday, September 06, 2013
This is some of the funniest crap I've ever read about the Redskins. But the funniest thing is--IT'S ALL TRUE, SCREAMINGLY TRUE!
The following are selected sound bites from "Deadspin's" "Why Your Team Sucks: 2013"
1. YOUR QUARTERBACK: Robert Griffin III, who has all the athleticism of Cam Newton and none of the durability.
Only the Redskins could fuck this up. Only the Redskins could draft such a brilliant young talent, let him get slaughtered on a rec softball league-quality playing surface, and then spend the entire offseason passive aggressively sniping with both him and his doctor. RGIII is the most exciting player in football, yet he is exceptionally fragile, unsurprisingly pigheaded, and is flanked by WTA-quality stage parents. The Redskins—who suck at public relations more than any company has sucked at anything—have mishandled Griffin to the point where I'm now excited for him to finally lose it and tweet out "FUCK SHANNY" and then delete the tweet five seconds later.
b.Albert Haynesworth. The best part was that everyone knew he would tank the second he got paid, and yet the Skins couldn't WAIT to fly him in.
c-f.Bruce Smith/Deion Sanders/Jeff George/Mark Carrier. I miss the days of Snyder openly trying to buy a championship and then failing miserably.
h.Malcolm Kelly. It's amazing how many teams have whiffed on wideouts in the second round. Drafting a wideout in the second round is like putting your hand in a coffee grinder.
i-k.Jim Zorn/Norv Turner/Steve Spurrier
n.Josh Morgan. That's some clutch taunting, right there.
p. Dana Stubblefield
q.Adam Archuleta. Say his name to any Skins fan and they will drive off a highway ramp.
r.Danny Wuerffel. Once upon a time, there existed a LESS talented Tim Tebow.
3. FAN MAIL:
"Remember that one kid in school who was popular only because he had money and nobody ACTUALLY enjoyed spending more than 30 seconds in his presence? And everyone was just about to wash their hands of him completely but then his folks got him a Camaro for his 16th birthday? And then everyone wanted to hang out with him again, right up until the point where he wrapped the Camaro around a telephone pole, at which point everyone felt justified in just writing him off as a complete dipshit for good? The Redskins are that kid and Robert Griffin III is our Camaro."
"If Dan Snyder was drowning in the Anacostia River, I'd throw him a cinder block."
"RGIII's knee will no doubt collapse into itself, creating a black hole and ending all life on Earth as we know it."
"Rex Grossman is still somehow on the roster."
"Go up to Northern Virginia and ask anyone to name their favorite player from the past 10 years and the answer is ALWAYS Chris Cooley."
"I love my dog. She's really great and I'd do anything for her. I'd also put her in a burlap bag and beat her with a brick if it meant not seeing any more fucking wide receiver screens to Santana Moss for a two yard loss."
"In 2007 I snagged the Eagles game from my father's season tickets to bring a college friend from Philly. Two drunk morons decided they'd had enough arguing over Joe Gibbs's play calling, stood up and started some aggravated jawing. Sitting directly behind one, who sat behind the other, we had a front row view as the Redskins fan in the higher row, pushing three bills, decided to spear tackle the other, much skinnier, Redskins fan. They flew into the row below and broke off the plastic seat on impact before their wrestling crashed them down into the next row, crushing the people beneath them and scattering those nearby. After fighting down a few more rows of the upper deck, they landed on another drunk Redskins fan who, instead of getting out of the way, joined in. The melee, which began in the 15th row, turned into one of those cartoon fights where you only see fists sticking out of a tangle of bodies, eventually reaching the bottom of the section where a half dozen security guards showed up and restrained everyone. Immediately after the fight began, McNabb tossed a screen pass to Brian Westbrook that resulted in a scrambling 57-yard touchdown run that put the Eagles up by one with three minutes left. I only saw a split second of the play as the stadium noise caused me to look up from the fight long enough to acknowledge the Redskins were blowing the game. The Eagles would go on to score another touchdown and win 33-25. This was also the last game Sean Taylor (SEAN TAYLOR!!!!!!!11) played."
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
There are just great expressions and reactions in this shot -- the guy in blue on the far right, for instance. Priceless. The kid in red with the glove has a bead on it but the other kid's got his glove in his face. I'm not sure what the guy in the top right is doing with his hands out, since everyone else in the shot makes it obvious the ball is not going anywhere near him.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
“You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.” – Indianapolis Colts safety John Boyett, September 2, 2013.
Make that former Indianapolis Colts safety John Boyett, who was waived from the reserve/non-football injury list this morning after being arrested the previous morning for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting law enforcement.
Nothing like resetting the Arrest Meter on the Pro Football Talk blog to remind us that the NFL is ready to begin it’s new season in two days.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. @MarquetteKing's got a bright future with you guys!— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 1, 2013
Marquette King will do well this season, but I was crossing my fingers Chris Kluwe would win the punting job formerly held by future Hall of Famer Shane Lechler. Hopefully Kluwe will find another NFL team soon. He had a really good preseason, but King has an absolute cannon for a leg.
At least Kluwe won’t have to endure a likely 2-14 season this year and punt over 100 times. That’s what’s in store for the Raiders unless Terrelle Pryor magically becomes Randall Cunningham (loved him!) overnight.