Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It has been an interesting week. After several years of being dismally slow with work, the demand for mortgage loans has me hopping. It has been years since I have been this busy and I find that the extra business to be a welcome challenge. I think that this portends great news for country’s economy. The housing market was a huge reason that things were slow to improve. I suspect that we are all in for a period of prosperity. The timing for me could not be better. Last Saturday, my son finished his high school sports career. At the end of this month, he will graduate from high school. For the first time in many years, my wife and I will have an empty house…yahoo! It is funny, but this was not something that I was really looking forward to. I am not sure what I expected, but strangely…it is almost relief. Having the freedom to make decisions on where to live or what to do with the rest of your life is pretty cool…almost an epiphany of sorts.
A picture for a fallen teammate. A collision in right field left senior 2B Ryan Smith with a ruptured spleen. He made it back to watch the last game.
This is the first time I have been to this stadium. It was built in the early 60s. It was 392 to straight away centerfield and there is a pole in play. Notice the hill down the right field line. A very odd field, but it had sort of a good aura to it. Called Nelson Field.
A different view of Nelson Field.
The 2013 seniors of Westwood HS.
After the last game...
The moms with their boys sweaty hats.
Blake with Coach Bratcher and JR
As I mentioned last Saturday was “senior night”. In past years, this was a brief ceremony before the game. This year, we celebrated after the game. It was emotional, but primarily it was fun. This group of guys has played together for four years and more in some cases. We have grown very close to the parents and will miss the social aspects of the games. I love football, but the many baseball games allow you a chance to get to know folks. As I write this, I realize that this is part of the appeal to the game of baseball in general. With football, you are packed in a stadium, there are cheerleaders a band and the atmosphere is charged with emotion and adrenaline. With baseball, there is ebb and flow to the game that provides fans a chance to discuss the game that they are watching. I was having a conversation with Carl Spackler the other night. He said that as he has watched so much baseball the past few years that he is seeing another layer to the game that he did not see before. This is the game that I love. It is what makes baseball such a compelling game for me. I am not sure I could choose between baseball and football, but I will say what my son always did…my favorite sport depends on what season it is.
I was watching the MLB channel Tuesday night. There was a left handed batter at the plate and he hit a high hopper to 3B. It looked like a play that could be made, but although the 3B did not bobble the ball, the runner was safe. Back in the studio, Billy Ripken made a very astute comment. He said that a third baseman has to charge the ball to make the play, but because of where he was positioned, there was really no way he could get there. Ripken went on to say that with all of the intel that managers have, sometimes they over think the game. With the left handed batter at the plate, the second baseman was almost to the bag and third sacker was easily 25 feet off the line. This is a pet peeve and one that I saw at the high school level too often. For whatever reason, the coaches think that playing the 3B way off the line is the best alignment. A slow roller down the line or even a medium ground ball down the line was impossible for the fielder to play. It certainly was a conversation that we had frequently watching games. In football there is a base defense. I wish that baseball would consider a more traditional approach sometimes.
Did you happen to see the end of David Price’s win Monday night? He threw a fastball that was clearly a strike. He started to walk off the field, until the umpire called the pitch a ball. He sort of let out a grunt, then turned his back on the plate, composed himself and threw the exact same pitch. The hitter swung and hit a come backer to Price that he easily fielded and ended the game. He slowly walked toward the dugout, but halfway there, he realized that the home plate umpire Hallion was staring him down and approaching him. Hallion said, “throw the ball over the fucking plate”. Price took offense at this and has filed a complaint. Hallion said that Price is a liar. Price took to twitter to explain what happened. In his words, “not even my dad talks to me that way”. When I first read about this incident, I thought that Price was being a douche bag. When I watched the replay, I changed my mind. Price did not show up the ump when he missed the strike. The ump made a bee line for him instead of walking away. I don’t know what he said, and to me it matters not what he said. The problem I had is that the umpire pursued conflict and is at fault. I got to thinking about all of the things that managers and players say to umpires. Generally that let them throw a few expletives before giving them the heave ho. Umpires as rule as a very patient lot. Maybe Hallion had a bad night or maybe he does not like David Price. The bottom line is that he did not walk away. To me, this is much more the issue than saying “throw the ball over the fucking plate”. I would say that there is a pretty good chance that MLB brings some punishment for Hallion. Hopefully, it is not for what he said, but for not remaining neutral.
I got a chuckle this week when Oakland had a Josh Hamilton appreciation day. Remember it was Hamilton’s dropped fly ball that allowed Oakland to win and move forward to the playoffs. A’s fans threw Butterfingers to Josh on his day. Now that is funny.
I read this headline on Tuesday…Geno Smith fires agent after fall to the Jets. Does that mean that Smith was unhappy he was drafted later than he expected or because he went to the Jets? In just a few years, the Jets have really fallen far. I saw a great 30 for 30 detailing the NFL Draft of 1983. Of course that was the one that Elway, Marino and Jim Kelly were taken. Although there was much to enjoy in the show, what stuck with me was that Jim Kelly was pissed that he was drafted by Buffalo. He was so pissed, that he signed to play in the USFL. But, after a few years in the USFL, he decided that Buffalo was not such a bad option. I certainly don’t think that Geno Smith is Jim Kelly, but I think he is certainly better than Sanchez. The Jets are a mess…
I saw that a high school in rural Georgia is having their first “mixed” prom. This headline stopped me. What? As I dug a bit deeper, I read that this rural high school made the prom a private affair and only those that were invited could attend. This year, four girls (2 black, 2 white) decided to do something about this. They organized their own prom and invited everyone to attend. This event has caught the national eye. Disc jockeys from Atlanta and Texas have volunteered to do the prom for free. Photographers from Savannah and New York are taking pictures for free. The Wilcox superintendent is supporting the mixed prom and said that it is an embarrassment that this has not happened sooner…you think? He also said that they would do a survey of the students about changing the prom in the coming years. He suggested that the school would begin to run the prom and make it “integrated”. Supporters of the private prom maintain that it has nothing to do with race, but that there are different traditions and tastes in music. Yeah…right. But who decides the names on the invitations? It is beyond sad that in 2013 that a group of high school kids have to show adults the right way.
I have been reluctant to discuss Lance Armstrong. I have never been a big bike racing fan, but was a big fan of what Lance Armstrong did for cancer. It has been tragic to witness how far he has fallen. In truth, there is no justification for his cheating… that is what it is. I do however have a problem with the government suing Armstrong to recover some of the sponsorship money that they donated to Armstrong when he rode for the US Postal group. Let’s be honest, in a sport rife with cheating does the government really deserve a refund? Armstrong fulfilled his role and earned his money, in my mind. It is almost like sponsoring a billiards player, then acting surprised that alcohol was being served in the pool hall. Am I missing something? Of course, Armstrong deserves whatever he gets….but it is pretty ugly to see the government piling on.
So, golf has all of these ridiculous rules, but when one of their players (Vijay Singh) admits to using deer antler spray, they don’t do anything? Greg Norman had strong words for professional golf this week. He said that if golf is serious about being clean that they need to get rid of the urine tests and begin to do blood testing. He has a really good point. Why is a sport that has such strong feelings about honor dragging its feet?
That’s all I have this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
"I think a good product would be "Baby Duck Hat". It's a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties."
“The next time I have meat and mashed potatoes, I think I'll put a very large blob of potatoes on my plate with just a little piece of meat. And if someone asks me why I didn't get more meat, I'll just say, "Oh, you mean this?" and pull out a big piece of meat from inside the blob of potatoes, where I've hidden it. Good magic trick, huh?”
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The 2013 edition of the NFL draft produced immense numbers of surprises, but most of them were of the negative variety. The first round really told the whole story. The later rounds just tied up some loose ends.
It wasn't the most dazzling first round, but it sure wasn't predictable either. While last season's top two picks were cast in stone long before the draft, this season's were both offensive tackles. The team picking first, Kansas City, ate the entire clock making a decision. Were they entertaining trade offers? This year it doesn't seem likely.
Was this really the year of the irresistible offensive lineman (6 OTs, 2 OGs and 1 C), or is that just a barometer that tells you NFL evaluators had decided by consensus that this year was a skill desert? One clue might come from New England. Always known for trading down, Bill Belichick dumped the 29th pick to the Vikings for four lower picks (including their 2nd rounder). With the Patriots ranked #1 on Cold, Hard Football Facts' Offensive Hog Index, it's no mystery what he would have done with the #1 pick. He might not have gotten more for it, either. It was a great trade for New England as the Vikings chose to continue their rebuilding program via the first round with 3 high picks. Now, all they have to do is sign them somehow. There's not much question what the mastermind of New England thought of the draft pool, despite seemingly strong needs for both a wideout and DB from a first round that produced a number of both. It's possible he had one or two targets that were snapped up. That would explain the late trade. But it tells you clearly that this draft had a very short --- maybe nonexistent --- elite list.
Is this really the age of the read-option 'athletic' quarterback? Or even of the young quarterback, period? Tell that to Geno Smith, the Brady Quinn of 2013. The first round was stunningly void of QBs --- well, except for E.J. Manuel, the DE-sized signal caller from FSU. No one considered him first-round material, let alone #16. Leave it to Buffalo. But, disregarding that coup, you could almost see the snubs coming with the mad flurry of quarterback dealing that dominated free-agency news. Everyone seemed to want an old pro. Or even just a pro. Anybody but a draftee. The Patriots got peppered with offers for Ryan Mallett even during the draft, with every QB but Manuel still available. You have to wonder if Barkley and Jones are kicking themselves for staying in school. Both wound up in a year when they weren't snowed under by phenoms, and it still didn't help. In the 1-year big picture, theirs were the most shocking falls.
In a shorter timeframe, Geno Smith's flame wasn't the only one to flicker. Manti Te'o, despite a great comment on NFLN as the Bears prepared for the 20th pick ("Will it be Hawaii 2-0 with Te'o?") was left in the lurch too, this despite everyone feeling he'd be a predictable cure for defense-first Chicago's case of Urlacheritis. But da Bears, like so many others, went with an OT in Kyle Long, another member of Howie's tribe. In their case it was probably a good choice. Their playoff chances are directly linked to a vertical Jay Cutler. Maybe they're getting the idea. It's taken painful proof.
The Cowboys got in on the festivities by trading their #18 pick to the Niners for the 31st pick plus a third-rounder. With that pick they took... a center? Wisconsin's Frederick may prove an NFL mainstay for all we know, but the Boys seemed to have pressing needs elsewhere. The Niners, meanwhile, addressed a free-agency hole in the secondary with highly regarded LSU safety Eric Reid. The Niners came in with an absurd 13 picks.
The Rams were another winner, it seems, filling the hole left by Amendola with explosive Tavon Austin from UWV, then grabbing Georgia's Ogletree to bolster a defense that already led the NFL in sacks. They already have a team that can play with anybody in the NFCW (4-1-1 last season). Now they need to learn how to beat somebody else. Might be coming. SF and Seattle may not be running away with the division after all. The RG3 trade bonanza is paying off.
Finally, the Jets are worth mentioning. Aren't they always? With a mystery offense (as in "What offense??"), they signed Alabama CB Milliner to replace the departed Revis with #9, then took Missouri DT Richardson with #13. Good players, but fans may already be googling when the last 0-0 tie took place.
The most interesting angle to all this is still the quarterback situation. This was supposed to be the nexus of the coming-out party for the read option. Colleges are going to it in droves. Big fast players with good arms are easier to find than classic field generals, and in high school and college it works. The media have been hyping it to death. Yet is it a trend, or were Cam Newton, RG3 and Colin Kaepernick just so good at the entirety of the position that they made it seem that way? Granted, this draft had no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin, but lots of drafts don't have Lucks or Griffins. Maybe the league saturated itself in a quarterback drafting frenzy over the past few seasons? Maybe the league is having second thoughts about the great revolution at the position? Maybe all of the above? Maybe none? What to think.
And again, what about Matt Barkley and Landry Jones? Toss in Ryan Nassib? As alluded before, the first two were among the elite a year ago, almost certain first rounders even with Luck and Griffin owning the top spots. Their motivations for staying in school are unknown, but if either had anything to do with edging higher in the first round amid diluted competition, it wasn't a good career move. As of the end of the third round, neither was taken. Neither was Nassib, who by the end of 2012 was considered the top pocket passer in the draft.
Smith and Te'o, both first round mystery orphans, went in the second round, Te'o to a likely productive career in San Diego where he's already being compared to Junior Seau (SD has a fixation with the South Pacific). That may be a reach, but his situation looks worlds better than that of Smith who, despite the media hype, not only remains a question mark in terms of his NFL capabilities (see Pat White) but also finds himself in a 'competition' with Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, David Garrard, and Greg McElroy. At least that's the current word from the Jets, who gave Mark Sanchez a huge contract and then proceeded, instead of looking for new weapons to help their highly paid veteran of two AFCC games, to give him four 'competitors'.
It could be argued that Jones and Barkley have their less-than-scintillating senior campaigns to blame for their respective falls from grace, and it makes sense. Barkley's tossing his embattled coach under the bus couldn't have helped his cause, even though he was probably right. Or have Sanchez and Leinart poisoned USC's reputation as a pro quarterback factory? Perhaps Nassib, out of Syracuse, was considered too much of a reach. And Manuel's first round selection is something of a throwaway aberration in any analysis.
Still, the only two QBs selected in the first three rounds were not pure pocket passers. The three biggest such entrants went unchosen at all. It could be argued that run-option is still gaining steam. But if so, it's not much steam. The fourth round saw teams jump at the remaining fallen first-rounders, and at bargain prices.
It seems most likely that the lack of general respect for this year's QB crop along with (1) the saturation of the position in the last few drafts and (2) doubt among the front offices as to the fate of the rule book have combined to produce a perfect storm that swept this year's QB class out to sea. Will the league make running QBs fair game in the open field, eliminating the slide and the sideline liberties? Or will it make them even more untouchable? One false move could nearly obsolete an entire class of quarterbacks. Of course, a few false moves in the false name of either 'player safety' or 'excitement' could obsolete the entire game as we know it. My take? We already can watch Canadian football if we want to.
Speaking of player safety, there's one more factor in why this largely became a hawg draft. Injuries have skyrocketed in recent years. The big guys take the biggest pounding. Depth is a must. You can only carry so many skill players, especially quarterbacks. It's not like it wasn't an offensive draft. But this year the linemen, the real core of any offense, got their due.
The final factor in analyzing the form of this year's draft can be seen in the quarterback pattern. Teams went haywire pre-draft soaking up loose veteran QBs. With some exceptions, most franchises may have sensed a talent glut at a number of positions throughout the league, and an unexciting draft class may have suffered the consequences. Or maybe it was all perfectly normal. Despite this supposed new age of football, it certainly looked like a draft from long ago. In a more stable era, linemen and linebackers were frequently the top dogs of a draft. Skill players, and especially quarterbacks, were regarded with very critical eyes. Except for the occasional Namath, most were drafted as possible backup/apprentices if at all. Even Norm Van Brocklin was drafted to back up Bob Waterfield. Perhaps the last few years were the aberration, not this one?
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It is less than a week before Christmas and I am just not feeling the holiday spirit. Beeze wrote earlier this week about being in a dark place and I am fighting the same issue. I have tried to avoid the details of the tragedy in Connecticut last week…I just don’t care to know the specifics. This event has left me empty…and sad. I know what comes next…the blame game. Politicians will use this to trumpet gun control. I know this will happen, I have seen it again and again. I was at my son’s high school today. They spent a year adding a new wing to the school with a very large hall that connects the various sports…now they are talking about closing the entrance because of what happened. We have all seen the changes to our lives since September 11th…and this event will bring more change to our future. There have been many great things that happened in 2012, but what will be remembered are two school tragedies: Penn State and Sandy Hook School. I have no answers. I feel like a spectator to a bad dream.
Did you watch Monday Night Football? I could only stomach about one quarter. I love football, but not bad football. The Jets had a pretty good team a few years ago, but I just don’t see much talent on this Jets team. With decisions like signing Tim Tebow, it is no wonder that the Jets are short on talent. Gruden told the story on Mark Sanchez when he said, “when the cornerback never gets out of his back peddle…you just cannot make that throw.” Sanchez is no longer a rookie and should be better than he is. The Jets and Rex Ryan gambled this season on Sanchez and lost. Now that they have decided on McElroy as their starter, what happens to Tebow? CFL? Jacksonville? I still say that Tebow would be an awesome TE somewhere. There will probably be a day that he will have to make this choice if he wants to play in the NFL. The Jets are done…if Ryan is back next year, I will be surprised.
Do you remember what the rap has always been on Tony Romo? “He can’t win in December.” Truthfully, that was a fair criticism…since he has struggled to win in December. This year…not so much. Dallas is 3 and 0 for December. The wins have not been pretty, but the have managed to put themselves in a position to win the NFC East. As much as I hope they are able to win out, I just don’t think that they will be able to close out the season. Dallas has been devastated by injuries this year. Defensively they are a shell of what they were in September. It is no coincidence that the Cowboys offense improved with the return of Murray. But, I am not sure they can score enough to grab a win in the last week against Griffin and the Skins offense. I do have to say that Dez Bryant impressed by playing last week with a broken finger. Teammates appreciate playing through injuries when others recommend another path.
Okay, so try to find a relevant Astros picture...
The past few years have been difficult to be an Astros fan. With all of the big trades reshaping teams, what did the Astros do? They acquired Carlos Pena to be their DH. Oh that will help…beginning in 2013, Houston moves to the AL West to play with the Angels, Rangers, As and Mariners…I am looking forward to another baseball season, but not watching the Astros get whacked. Thanks Selig…
I read a very interesting article today in this month’s ESPN the Magazine. There was much discussion regarding the baseball HOF and which steroid players might be voted in. As the article says, the time is upon us to begin to decide what to do with great players that have been guilty or suspected of steroid use. Another question I found very pertinent is whether they believe that the voting process should be changed. Of the 48 asked this question, almost 40% said that they felt that a change was due…more than I expected. But my favorite item was something called, the Hall of 100. This list was to represent the greatest 100 players in baseball’s history…period. Here is the criterion that the panel used to make their list:
0-20: A fine player, but he should not be in the discussion of the top 100 of all time
25-40: Great, but not great enough
45-60: I can live with him being in the top 100, but I don't agree
65-80: Definitely a case for the 100
85-100: This person is definitely in the top 100
Babe Ruth (I agree).
Willie Mays (I can’t argue this either).
Barry Bonds (not surprised).
Ted Williams (for the Sox fans).
Hank Aaron ( I might have him a spot higher).
Roger Clemens (this will create a discussion…but he was a stud).
Stan Musial ( good place for him).
Mickey Mantle (my favorite)
Lou Gehrig (I might have had him 10).
Greg Maddux (I loved Maddux, but higher than I would have put him).
Rickey Henderson (Rickey likes this spot).
18, A Rod
23. Randy Johnson
27. Johnny Bench
30. George Brett
31. Cal Ripken
32. Bob Gibson
33. Roberto Clemente
35. Nolan Ryan
38. Derek Jeter
47. Al Kaline (for the Tiger fans).
83. Mark McGwire
90. Craig Biggio
94. Jim Thome
95. Sammy Sosa
100. Phil Niekro
Here is a sprinkling of key players that I thought were significant. What do you think of the list? I found it to be a very thought provoking list. Did you notice that Ichiro is not on this list? Does this mean that he won't make the first ballot? For those of you interested...here is the link: http://espn.go.com/mlb/feature/video/_/id/8652210/espn-hall-100-ranking-all-time-greatest-mlb-players
That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
SOMETIMES THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD is so overwhelming; I just want to throw back my head and gargle. Just gargle and gargle and I don't care who hears me because I am beautiful.
I THINK MAN INVENTED THE CAR by instinct.
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More excitement in the ACC, who’s going who’s coming, wasting air time, MLB HOF ballots, who should be in the Hall of Fame, and a lot more in this weeks edition of…….
I don’t know about you but I put on several pounds. This year I did not go the Turkey route as my mom was out of town (she usually does the holiday cooking) and my wife and I can’t see wasting Turkey since we really only eat a slice or two for Thanksgiving. So, my wife made me my favorite meal, veal parmesan. It was great and I had two big pieces.
I hope you Gabbers had a safe, but wonderful, Thanksgiving.
By now you already know that Morehead State Eagle’s coach. Sean Woods, received a one game suspension for shoving guard Devon Atkinson in the back. I only hope that Coach Woods only follows Bobby Knight it winning games and not following Knight in the kind of demeanor that eventually got him fired from Indiana University.
On November 8th the Jacksonville Jaguars hosted a military appreciation night against the Indianapolis Colts. This event had the fans applauding for a while.
Sam Gordon, the 9-year old football wonder, has joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Walter Payton, Michael Jordan and Lou Gehrig as she has now been featured on the cover of a Wheaties box. In her first year in the “Gremlin age group” of the UTE Conference, she had 35 touchdowns and 1,911 rushing yards,
What a waste of TV air time as the New York Jets were humiliated at home by the New England Patriots. I know the NFL thought, when they made the schedule, that this was going to be an outstanding game. Little did they know. The bad thing is I watched the game on a full stomach and had to throw up on more than one occasion.
New York Giant TE Martellus Bennett saved a mans life this past Sunday after the football game. Check out what ESPN had to say about it.
I am not, by no means, a Notre Dame fan. But, I have to give them credit in their win against USC. I thought after USC tossed a 53-year pass and it was 1st and goal, I’m like oh yeah, USC is going to tie it up. But to the credit of the Irish defense they stuffed USC and did not allow them to score. So now we know at least one team, Notre Dame is in the National Championship. Who will the other team be? That will be decided by the winner of the Alabama versus Georgia winner.
Louisville will be leaving the Big East and joining the ACC in 2014. The Cardinals will be a welcome addition to the ACC as they have a very good basketball program and their football program is on the upswing.
Has anyone noticed but the Big East will not have the New York and New Jersey TV market as Rutgers and Syracuse will be gone from the conference.
Marvin Miller, former union head of the Major League Baseball Players Association passed away at the age of 95. He was hated by MLB owners and loved by the players, but one thing is certain, he changed the sport for the betterment of the players.
"All players -- past, present and future -- owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and his influence transcends baseball," current union head Michael Weiner said. "Marvin, without question, is largely responsible for ushering in the modern era of sports, which has resulted in tremendous benefits to players, owners and fans of all sports."
Highlights of Millers Tenure:
• MLBPA executive director from 1966-82
• Negotiated first collective bargaining agreement in professional sports in 1968
• Helped players negotiate right to arbitration in 1970, leading to free agency in 1975
• Guided players through three strikes and two lockouts
• Minimum salary was $6,000 when he joined MLBPA in 1968; was $33,500 when he left in 1982; was $480,000 in 2012.
Let The Debate Begin!!!
The steroid era of MLB Hall of Fame begins in earnest as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are on the HOF ballot for the first time. We all know that Mark McGuire (has never received more than 24% of the vote) has been stymied as has Rafael Palmerio (has received no higher than 12.6% of the vote. All these players have the statistics worthy of election to the Hall Of Fame, but have tested positive or have been suspected of taking illegal substances.
Other first time players on the ballot are Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling. These players will join Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, who were among the highest vote getters from last years voting.
Well, now that were finished with that...I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday...Last night I did post a THANKSGIVING_MESSAGE...I hope some people took my suggestion to stay away from the Black Friday madness...It seems the whole point of Thanksgiving gets lost these days with our insane need to compete to get more stuff...
What? What? Too soon?
So Turkey Day always brings us some bonus football...While many people like the Tradition of the Lions and Cowboys each having a game on this holiday, I don't...The Cowboys are always on National TV, and I'm sick of it...Whoever said they're "America's Team" is a dolt...If they're "America's Team" then why the hell do we have 31 other NFL teams...Let alone all the NCAA teams...I was so happy when the NFL added the third game...And this year, it was the Patriots at the Jets...
Boy to the jets love trying to get more media coverage...Too bad they get the coverage for all the wrong reasons...
Wow...Who knew the Jets could make people forget just how bad the Browns are...The Patriots crushed them 49-19 and it wasn't even that close...
As for the early games...The Lions and Texans had a good game that went late into OT, before the Texans won 34-31...And Texans fans should thank the refs and one of the dumbest rules I have ever heard of...'If you challenge a TD call before the booth reviews it, it can't be reviewed'....What the fuck kind of asshole loop-hole is this?
As for the Cowboys vs Redskins...While I really like RG3, I didn't watch it...Not just because I'm sick of the Cowboys...The kids, my brother, and I were out side playing a little ball ourselves...Not to sound corny, but I'll take that over the NFL any day...The weather was great, and they're talking snow Friday night, so we made the most of the day...
Now I've dumped on the Browns all year, and I've avoided watching many of their games...But this week I have to tune in, as they take on the Steelers...Not because of how I hate the Steelers...Not because I suddenly have high hopes that the Browns can win...It's because of THIS...The Browns want to combat the famous Pittsburgh Terrible Towel, by handing out white flags...WHITE FLAGS!?!?!?! Are fucking shitting me...Is there an award for dumbest front office and PR department? If there is/was, these fuck-tards win hands down!
That's it for now...Thanksgiving done, but that just starts the big Holiday season of giving...