Tagged with "Manning"
Deep Thoughts 10-9-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: ACL Peyton Manning Tony Romo Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder Geno Smith Pat Dye and Condoleezza Rice David Pollack and Jesse Palmer suck...

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I realize that fall is a favorite time for many of you. To be honest, as much as I try to hang onto the summer…fall is without question the most pleasant time of year to be in Austin. For those of you in the northern 48, the best thing I can compare this time of year is summer in Ontario Canada. I remember a fishing trip I made to Ontario with my father and brother…mid 80s during the day and 50s at night. That is exactly what it is like here now. Some of you may never want to come to Texas, but if you do…the ACL music festival is a terrific reason to visit. The ACL is two weekends in October and is a perfect combination of music and weather. Here are a few videos about ACL that I thought some might enjoy. Some of you may wonder what is up with the bats in the second video. Austin is home to a colony of Mexican free tail bats that pour out from under the Congress Ave. Bridge at dusk to go munch on bugs and such…actually a pretty cool thing to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you notice not a tumbleweed in any of the videos. No cactus, no guys riding horses and shooting things. Of course that is part of Texas, just not part of every day life. We are all guilty of stereotyping to some degree. One great thing about YGS, is that it allows us to see what day to day life is like in parts of the country... that we do not have the chance to visit. I am going to continue to post pictures and videos for everyone to see what it is really like in Austin, Tx. For the record, we do have bats...they just do not fly in formation like the video!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving onto sports…as a Cowboy fan, watching the shootout at Jerry’s Corral last Sunday, was both exciting and painful. It was awesome to see the Cowboys come roaring back, but in the back of my mind, I just had a sense that the Broncos would win. Of course Tony Romo will take the rap for losing the game last Sunday, but without Romo at QB, they would have never been in the game. The more I watch Denver, the more convinced I am that they really are the class of the NFL this year. Of course, that does not mean that they will win the Super Bowl, but with Miller poised to return to the Denver defense…it is difficult to see what team might take them down. I suppose that Seattle at home would have a chance, but that game is not on the schedule. We are watching epic QB play from Peyton Manning. Only time will allow us to see just how special this Manning led offense is. This season has been like a good book. Each chapter makes you want to quickly turn the page. I can’t wait to see what week 6 has in store.

 

I struggle with regard to Tony Romo. He has a rap as a choke artist in the big game. Would you be surprised to learn that Romo’s fourth quarter QB rating is 102? This is a full 10 points higher than Tom Brady. Since 2007, Romo has thrown 19 4th quarter interceptions. Eli Manning and Drew Brees have 32 during the same time span. The reality is that the one thing these other QBs have done is win a Super Bowl. Romo is like a temperamental race car that always breaks down at the wrong time. He is great, until he is not. To be fair, it takes more than a good offense to win Super Bowls. The QBs mentioned above all had great defenses and special teams when they won their championships. I always look to Bill Belichick to see what he is doing. The Patriots have been as explosive as any team in the past few years, but how many SBs have they won? In case you did not notice, BB went back to defense this year. Of course, it would have been a good idea to keep Wes Welker, but improving the defense is what BB saw was needed for the Pats to win the SB. When you look back on those SB Patriot teams, they were full of great defensive talent. What if the Cowboys had been able to stop Denver from scoring that last TD and Dallas could have actually run the ball like they used to with Emmitt Smith. That is how you finish a game…you make a stop and then you grind out the clock. In this day of passing offenses, a running game is still needed to win…

 

 

 

 

 

One thing that I think was wrong is that Jason Garrett came out this week to say that Romo should have checked down to Demarco Murray. If I am Romo, I am pissed. Maybe he should have checked down, but he does not need to read his head coach broadcasting this to the press. Bad form Jason Garrett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As most of you know, I have good reason to be all in when it comes to breast cancer awareness. I think it is great that the NFL uses pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. I dig the pink accents on the uniforms, but I have to say that pink flags for the refs are just too much. With all of the pink towels the players were wearing last Sunday, it was simply too confusing. I guess the NFL agrees as I read on Tuesday that the refs will go back to throwing the yellow flags. Good thinking…

 

 

Josh Freeman signed this week with the Vikings. Did you find it odd that Leslie Frazier comes out on Tuesday to proclaim that Christian Ponder has a bright future? Uh, come again…it is clear that Freeman chose to come to Minnesota for one reason…to be the starting QB. Of course, he can’t come in cold and start, but does anyone really believe that Freeman won’t be behind center when he gets up to speed? Maybe Coach Frazier meant that Ponder had a bright future somewhere else or maybe in whatever he does after football? If I am Ponder, I am thinking…don’t pee on my leg and tell me it is raining. I actually like the signing of Freeman. It is clear that Ponder was just not the answer for the Vikings. The funny thing is Ponder would probably be a great back up QB. If Freeman can come in and stretch the field just a bit, AP will enjoy much more success running.

 

Is Geno Smith the real deal? Did we just the birth of a franchise QB in New York? I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how well Smith threw the ball on Monday night. Compared to Sanchez, Smith had to be a huge lift for the Jets and their fans. In watching this game, I came away with something else. Mike Smith is a terrible game day coach. Just before half time, Atlanta had a chance to kick a chip shot field goal. Smith decided to go for it on 4th down. The play was an incomplete pass in the end zone, but because the receiver was completely mugged, pass interference was called. Because Atlanta had not called time out, they were left with a 1st and goal with just seconds left in the half. Did Smith use this reprieve and take the three points? No, he called a run up the middle that was stuffed by the Jets. Dumb move, Coach Smith. With news out that Julio Jones may be out for the year, it may be a very long year for Atlanta. Odd as the Falcons were thought to be one of the teams to beat this year. I am not sold on Geno Smith yet, but my money is that he is one Smith that will still be in the league next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you remember who Pat Dye is? Dye is an old guy that used to Coach football at Auburn. In case you missed it, there has been a conversation about different candidates to make up a panel to decide which four teams will play for the D1 college football championship. When told that Condoleezza Rice was a candidate, Dye had this to say:

"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said. "Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt."

"I love Condoleezza Rice and she's probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sort of reminds me of another woman thought to be incompetent in a predominantly man's job. My father was a mechanic, my uncle's were mechanics, my brothers were mechanics...there are very few things that a woman cannot do as well as a man and frequently they are better.

 

I agree that Condoleeza Rice was not the first name that came to mind when I thought about qualified folks to serve on this panel. But, I did not realize that Ms. Rice was the daughter of a football coach and absolutely loves the game. Since this panel does not actually have to put on the pads, I really cannot say why a woman could not be on this panel. To be honest, I would have a much bigger problem with an AD from a school or a commissioner from a conference serving on this panel. In fact, perhaps we do need some folks not directly affiliated with the college game be included. If Rice is qualified to be Secretary of State, she can certainly figure out who the best four college football teams are. I am sure that this will not be the biggest decision that she has made in her life.

Truthfully, I have to wonder why anyone is sticking a microphone in front of Dye these days. After Dye’s comments this week regarding Condoleezza Rice, it may be a long time before Dye is heard from again.

 

                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

                                                                             They should go as douche bags...

 

It has been almost a week since the Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State by one point. Yeah, it was an ugly win and Texas was lucky to win. As a fan watching a game, it is tough to watch your team struggle. What is even more difficult is listening to David Pollack and Jesse Palmer rip your team throughout the game. I understand that broadcasters have to describe what they see, but these guys really seemed to delight in taking shots at the Longhorns. One of the comments that really got me was that supposedly a Big 12 coach said that if you get Texas down that they will quit. To me this was a cheap shot. It was conversation that has no way of being documented. Of course, they did not use a name for the “source”…that might actually have ramifications. Hey, I will be the first to say that Texas has serious problems on defense and that Mack Brown will have his hands full in their next game against Oklahoma. But, I will also rip Pollack and Palmer any chance I get. What they did was completely classless for me. I don’t know if a school has the option of requesting a crew no longer do their games, but if they do…I hope Texas exercises this option.

 

 


 



There has been great baseball this week. The Tigers pulled out a tough game 4 that has them set with Verlander to go in game 5. I have said several times that I do not think that Benoit is the right guy closing for Detroit and it almost cost them game 4. After Johnny Peralta’s big home run, we are reminded why Leland is willing to suffer his defense in left field. Without that bomb, I am not sure that the Tigers were not done.


After watching the Red Sox eliminate the Rays, I have come to the conclusion that Shane Victorino is the key piece for the Sox. It seems that he is the guy getting a big hit or getting hit by a pitch that sets up the Sox to score that big run. There was a great conversation about what a professional hitter is and Victorino is a guy that is exactly that... a professional hitter that knows his role and loves to play the game.

Wednesday will tell us who will be playing the Dodgers. The Pirates and Cardinals should be a terrific game. I will be pulling for the Pirates, but the Cardinals are damn tough. This game is a coin flip for me…

 

 


 

 

 

I know that everyone is sick of hearing about the government being shut down. Each side blames the other and it is really an ugly mess. I ran across the following bit regarding Congress and figured everyone would enjoy…

 

Congress may be deadlocked and polarized, but ordinary Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents — almost equally agree on one thing: they like Congress less than hemorrhoids.

Literally.

Some 85% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and they have a higher opinion of witches, hemorrhoids, and cockroaches, according to a survey released by the Public Policy Polling Institute on October 8.

Pollsters gave a sample of registered voters a thirty-one question survey asking them to compare the legislature with a number of other potentially unpleasant or annoying phenomena.

Categories ranged from controversial individuals to more abstract concepts like Wall Street and hipsters (both of which earned higher praise than legislators).

 

Overall, those surveyed preferred a range of annoyances to the House and Senate, including jury duty, toenail fungus, zombies, public radio fundraising drives, and potholes.

Even the DMV and the IRS are more popular.

However, America's senators and representatives are not exactly at the bottom of the pile.

Americans still dislike Miley Cyrus and her twerking a bit more, for now, and would still take Congress over Vladimir Putin or serial killer Charles Manson.

Anthony Weiner is still also quite unpopular.

The survey did not account for combinations of factors, such as whether Americans would prefer Congress to a witch with hemorrhoids or twerking at the DMV. There also were some undecided on certain issues.

For example, about 13% of those surveyed could not choose between Congress and dog poop.

 

That is all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

 

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

 

Remember, kids in the backseat cause accidents; accidents in the backseat cause kids."

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

 

 

When Athletics Becomes a Form of Art...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Jerry Rice Joe Montana Peyton Manning Tom Brady

 

Some opinions are undeniable fact...

 

I have been housing two such opinions, er facts, for a while now...

 

They're undeniable...

 

You are not allowed to disagree...

 

If you do...

 

It’s like two plus two equals five...

 

You will be wrong...

 

Because as much as I have hated his team over the years...

 

As much as they dismantled my Rams during their haydays...

 

Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver of all time...

 

If you even try do disagree with that, your keyboard won’t work...

 

Sorry, but your keyboard and I have an agreement...

 

You can only type facts...

 

And that’s a fact...

 

Not even close...

 

Rice is the best...

 

I feel better now...

 

But the next fact is starting to get a bit shaky...

 

It may have to get unfacted by the fact police of whom I am the Chief...

 

The greatest quarterback of all time is...

 

Juh...

 

Juh...

 

Spit it out, dvt...

 

Joe Montana...

 

At least that’s what I have been spouting for the last thirty-some years...

 

Didn’t think that would ever be on shaky ground...

 

Until this year...

 

Okay...

 

He may never win as many Super Bowls...

 

But I have never seen a quarterback like Peyton Manning...

 

Actually, he isn’t a QB...

 

He’s the Owner...

 

He signs the checks...

 

He tells John Elway what to do...

 

“Yes sir, Mr. Manning...”

 

“Anything you say, Mr. Manning...”

 

Just watch the guy...

 

Like I said...

 

He’s not a quarterback...

 

He’s The Maestro conducting the symphony orchestra...

 

Just watch him as he waves his magic wand...

 

No wait...

 

He’s Air Traffic Control...

 

Directing his 747s as he lines them up for the next play...

 

Definitely not a QB...

 

A multi-tracked Bohemian Rhapsody recording...

 

The defense could swear there’s a whole slew of him...

 

He’s the Magic Johnson of the NFL...

 

But you can’t even call him an athlete...

 

He’s a fine piece of art...

 

A genuine Pey-casso...

 

And the Smithsonian's waiting to hang HIM up when he hangs IT up...

 

At this point, it doesn’t matter if he only has one ring...

 

And if I can’t call him the greatest QB ever...

 

How about the greatest regular season QB ever???

 

I can live with that...

 

With all due respect to my Patriots’ friends...

 

And Tom Brady...

 

But since Peyton’s been with Denver...

 

He’s on a completely different level...

 

Neck surgery???

 

He's just like the commercial...

 

New and improved...

 

Just when we thought he couldn't get any more newer...

 

Or any more improve-der...

 

Whatever the case...

 

Peyton’s place in history is about as lofty one can go...

 

 

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

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Deep Thoughts 9-25-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: What is NFL tough? Archie Manning Peyton Manning Eli Manning. Joe Gibbs coaching pee wee football

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. After reading about Cardinal safety Rashad Johnson losing the tip of his middle finger last Sunday, I got to thinking about tough players that I have watched or heard about over the years. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of players that have revealed themselves as tough.

 

 In reading about tough players…Ronnie Lott’s name always seemed to be mentioned. He also lost the tip of a finger, but what is incredulous is that he instructed the Dr. to amputate the finger. His finger had been terribly mashed while making a tackle in the playoffs and simply had not healed properly, so the amputation was performed to allow him to be ready for the start of the next season. It is one thing to suffer an injury, but to choose to lose part of a finger to be able to play is pretty damn tough.

 

 

 

Jack (Hacksaw) Reynolds is another player that has to be mentioned as he suffered a broken leg and played the last three games of the 1979 playoffs by having his trainers tape up his broken leg. Yep…that is tough.

 

A favorite tough player of mine is Don Meredith. I think I remember reading that over his career, he broke 17 bones. I know that in the 1968 playoff game against the Browns, he checked out of the hospital and played…despite a punctured lung, broken ribs and pneumonia.

 

An old time Steeler that was as tough as anyone was Ernie Stautner. All you have to do is read this game account from Andy Russell to realize Stautner’s toughness…

“Ernie Stautner comes in the huddle, and his thumb is broken back against his wrist. There's a tear near the break, and his bone is sticking out. He has a compound fracture of the thumb. He takes his thumb in his hand and wrenches it down into his fist. Doesn't show it to anybody. Doesn't say anything.

So he stayed there for the rest of the series, and then we came off, and I'm watching him because I'm the only guy who saw that he had a compound fracture. I saw the bone. So I'm figuring now he's going to ask for the doctor, and he may have to go to the hospital because this thing could get infected, and he says, “Give me some tape.” So they throw him some tape and he just starts taping this huge ball. He makes this big fist. Then we go back in. He plays the entire game. Never misses a down. I'm just astounded, and he's using this hand that is broken as a club. He's beating people with it. After the game, we go into the locker room and he says, “Hey Doc, I think I got a problem.”

 

Another favorite player of mine was Walt Garrison. As you would expect from a real life cowboy…he was also a very tough player. In a playoff game in 1970, Garrison broke three ribs in the first quarter and continued playing after he was carried off the field. He rushed for over 100 yards, caught several passes, and helped the Cowboys continue their path to the Super Bowl. Garrison has also played through a separated shoulder, a severely broken nose and a broken collarbone. Teammate Charlie Waters recalls the time that Garrison accidentally cut his thumb with a knife so that it was dangling from his hand. Garrison wrapped his thumb in tape and played the next day, rushing for over 100 yards.

 

So, yes…while the game is still pretty tough today, I don’t think it compares with the NFL of yesteryear. It should be mentioned that Rashad Johnson did not play with his injured digit. Of course, when the end of your middle finger is ripped off…there is surely going to be a search for the source of the blood. I knew that my son was pretty tough when he suffered a bruised liver and a couple of broken ribs in 8th grade and finished the game. We had no idea the ribs had been broken until a week after the injury and did not realize that he had injured his liver until we got to the hospital. I happened to be on the sideline and asked him if he was okay. He grabbed a drink of water and went back into the game. In 9th grade, he played the first half of a game as he was suffering an appendicitis attack. His coach figured out that something was wrong and at halftime, we headed to the hospital. I sure miss those games, but don’t miss the emergency room visits.

As fans, we glorify the toughness of sports. It is what I think we appreciate most of all about football. The gladiator mentality is slowly leaving sports and our society in general. I think football and probably hockey give athletes a toughness that serves them well the rest of their life. I  do however, worry about concussions and the long term effect on players…especially players that begin playing while young. It is something that I think may in time eliminate youth football. As a parent, I am torn…but I am glad that my son was able to play football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw a picture today that brought a smile to my face. Can you imagine going to your son’s first football practice and finding out that Joe Gibbs is one of the coaches? What was even funnier to me is that Gibbs was serving as an assistant for his son. But you know what, from what I know about Joe Gibbs…that does not surprise me one bit. I found a comment by Gibb’s son very interesting…he would not let them play until they were in 7th grade. When his son asked why it was okay for his grandsons to play youth football, Gibbs replied…”because I am coaching them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday night, The Book of Manning aired on ESPN. In case you missed it, you should make it a point to watch it. I loved the show and very highly recommend it. Everyone knows that Archie Manning played professional football, but I had forgotten how athletic he was. After watching Archie being pounded as a Saint, I suppose I should add him to my list of great tough players. The show featured plenty of football, but what I really got from the show was how dedicated a father that Archie is. I also did not realize that Archie’s father committed suicide when he was a sophomore in high school. I know that the Manning family took much heat for his trying to prevent Eli from going to San Diego. But, after watching this show, I understood better what Archie was doing. Archie’s father wanted only for Archie to be a good guy…he certainly succeeded in my opinion.

 

This year, the Manning brothers are headed in different directions. I have never seen Peyton play better than he has this year. Watching Peyton shred the Raider defense, it was as if the defense just gave up. Instead of trying to disguise their coverages, they simply parked their safeties deep so that Peyton would keep handing the ball off to his trio of running backs. It seemed to me that the Raiders were willing to allow the 5 and 6 yard gains as opposed to allowing Manning to beat them through the air. There is something different about watching Peyton play. I am not sure I have ever seen a QB that is as good at reading defenses as Peyton. It is almost not fair to watch the talent Manning has to work with. It has to burn Brady’s ass to look at the weapons available to Peyton. Seattle and Denver do not play during the regular season, but  I have a hunch these two teams may be playing later this season. I am not sure how good Seattle is, I guess we will see after this weekend in Houston.

 

I felt pretty good about the Cowboys chances this year. I really did not think that the NFC East would be as tough as in years past. Honestly, I don’t think that the Giants, Eagles or Skins have a solid identity. The Eagles are adjusting to a new offensive system. The Giants don’t have a running back to run the Coughlin typical game plan and Washington is not the same without a healty RG3. Dallas has a real chance to separate themselves from the division…if Murray can stay healthy. I love what Kiffin has brought to the Cowboys defense. It has been forever since the Cowboys have been this aggressive on defense. It is a very good thing that Romo does not have to throw for 350 for the Cowboys to win. I have  a feeling Cowboy haters will have a bad year.

 

I want to finish with a few random sports thoughts…

 

We can debate the schedule for Ohio State and other D1 schools, but why in the world do you go for a first down on 4th and 4 when you are up 55 to 0? No idea what Meyer was thinging about.


Have you ever seen running backs decide who gets the carry from the 1 yard line by doing rock/paper/scissor? Hilarious.

 

Admittedly, I am a hockey novice. I caught a minute of a video on Pardon the Interruption that had Phil Kessel using his stick to fend off a giant attacker. I could not see who the attacker was, but it was clear that Kessel wanted no part of him. Wilbourn argued that he is a scorer and that he was within his rights to protect himself from a much bigger guy. Kornheiser said Kessel will get a long suspension. My money is that Kornheiser is right. What do you think?

Apparently there was more to this story than I thought. The goon that went after Kessel was sent out to get him on the faceoff. Kessel's teammate Clarkson came off the bench to defend Kessel. It was announced today that Kessel was suspended for the remainder of the preseason, but because Clarkson came off the bench, he actually is allowed to play during the remaining preseason games, but is suspended for 10 games once the regular season begins. I guess hockey officials agreed with Wilbourn that Kessel was defending himself.

Have you ever heard of a replacement nose being grown to replace a damaged one? I had not either. Those Dr's in China are getting pretty freaky...

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:

 

 

Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.

 

"If you're a cowboy and you're dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would really make you mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine."

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

 

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 9-11-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Never forget 9-11 Bama vs Aggies Chip Kelly Peyton Manning and other great QBs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Today is September 11th. Like December 7th, this is a day that will live in infamy. As I sat down to write my blog today, I began to realize how similar the attack on Pearl Harbor and the attack on New York were. We were totally unprepared for each attack and the loss of life sent our country into a sense of rage and grief. For me, there is one difference…September 11th has left scars that I am not sure will ever be healed. With Pearl Harbor, we fought a war and defeated our enemy. The enemy in the September 11th attack is an elusive foe. In fighting the war on terrorism, we have changed. We lost more than life on this day in 2011; we lost the identity or our nation. We have given up some of our independence and freedom in an attempt to protect our country from terrorism. When I found out that my wife was traveling on business this week, I was not happy to learn that she returned on the 11th.  There is always the fear that further attacks are lurking. On this day, I will remember the lives lost those years ago and I will mourn those lives and the liberty that has been stolen from us. Damn you Al Qaeda.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Next Saturday, the Crimson Tide travels to College Station to try to exact some revenge for last year’s loss the Aggies. In the past 10 months, Coach Saban’s staff has had much time to ponder the best way to slow down the fast paced offense led by Johnny Manziel. There are many reasons to dislike what Manziel represents, but the reality is that he is a perfect fit for Coach Sumlin’s hectic paced attack. I enjoyed reading an article today that portrayed Alabama as the old school method of coaching the game. The slower, plodding game plan allows each team a chance to regroup after each play. The new style of fast paced offense is the exact opposite. Sumlin and other coaches want to press the pace of the play so that they literally wear defenses down. This contrast of styles will be on display Saturday, with the experts viewing Bama as a 7 ½ favorite. I am no expert, but I do know something about the aura of Kyle field. This is a tough place to play and I think the home town dog Aggies beat Bama again. It will be close, but I like the Aggies by 3. Now, if Manziel were to go down…all bets are off. It is rather funny that Saban won’t be the bad guy on Saturday… This should be a fun game to watch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The faced pace of college football hit the NFL on Monday night when the Eagles faced Washington. Chip Kelly’s Eagles used a fast first half barrage to take a comfortable half time lead. Michael Vick looked good running the offense and he if can stay healthy will have perhaps the best year of his career. Of course, that is a big if as Vick has had a tough time staying on the field. RG3 looked rusty in the first half, but led the Skins to rally in the 2nd half that fell just short. The NFL is pretty good at making adjustments. It will be interesting to see how defenses are able to adjust to the frantic Eagles.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

                                                                                           

 

 


This is looking like a great year for QBs. Peyton Manning reminded us that he is still an elite QB…but there are many others. As I sit here thinking…has there ever been so many explosive offenses? Even Terrell Pryor proved that he is capable in his opening game for Oakland. Running backs really fell short in the first week…but, that just makes watching week 2 so much more intriguing. I have wondered out loud the past month about who Tom Brady would be throwing to this year. I worried about Amendola’s ability to stay healthy and it looks like he is out for week 2. Edelman certainly seems able to fill part of the void, but losing Vereen means that BB will have to come up with a different plan against the Jets. But honestly…as long as Brady is the guy behind center, I guess it will be okay in the end. I have to admit to being suckered into thinking that Sudfield was going to be a big part of the offense. I suppose he could still have a part, but at some point in the next few weeks, Gronk will return. It is also clear to me that of the new QBs…the kid in San Francisco is the best. I was blinded by the media’s constant comments about Crabtree being out hurting Kapernick’s receiving options. This guy is the real deal and I am not so sure that he can't make average receivers great. Oh...and remember that Vernon Davis is not bad. Now I think everyone is beginning to appreciate why Harbaugh felt he had to bench Alex Smith. This should be another great week for football! I am very much looking forward to the 49ers vs Seahawks...

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

 

 

“I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."

 

 

“When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.”

 

 

 


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 4/10/13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Texas Bluebonnets Houston Astros Bo Porter Justin Upton Metta World Peace John Unitas flap Flacco/Manning

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Last week, I mentioned the heavy rain we received and the hassle of our flooded home. The upside of the rains is the benefit to the wildflowers this month. If you have never been to the Texas hill country, April is a great time to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm (usually) and the bluebonnets are on display. As the month goes along, the vibrant blues are joined by the bright red of the paint brushes and the yellows and pinks of other flowers. But for my money…the bluebonnets are worth viewing.

 

A sea of blue...

 

 

 

Here is the mixture that begins later in April...

 


 


 

 

Much was written before the 2013 season about the anticipated ineptitude of the Houston Astros. I was more than a little surprised that the Astros won on opening day against the big bats of the Texas Rangers. Of course, until last night…that was the only game that the Stros won. Houston is on pace to set an all time record for strikeouts. But of course, Chris Davis is on pace to hit 120 HRs as well. Basically, one week does not make a season. When Bo Porter was hired to be Houston’s manager, he was an unknown to me. I did not know him as a player or have any idea of what kind of manager he would be. I think we got a pretty good glimpse of what sort of manager he will be Monday night. Each manager expects their hitters to have a plan in each at bat. For each hitter there is a different plan. The Yankees and Red Sox have made a living of plate discipline. If you don’t throw strikes, they don’t swing. This must be what Porter is trying to impart to his young team as he removed JD Martinez from the game on Monday night for swinging at the first pitch. Monday night, Porter and Martinez sat down and had a long discussion. Martinez admits that Porter is the most direct manager that he has ever played for. By removing Martinez, I think Porter got his team’s attention. While there will continue to be struggles this year, if Porter can get his team pulling on the same end of the rope…it is a huge event for this young team. Tuesday night saw the Astros explode on Seattle. The 16 to 9 thumping of Seattle was their 2nd win and was exactly what this group needed. Of course, I suspect that the pitching rich Mariners will provide more resistance the rest of the series, the victory is significant. The high strikeouts don’t bother me as much if you mix in the long ball. The Astros had to know what they were getting when they added Chris Carter and Carlos Pena. Hopefully for Astros fans, Tuesday night was a sign of things to come and not an anomaly. And hey...they have as many wins as Toronto, with much less pay roll.


 

 

 

Don’t look now but Justin Upton is comfortable in Atlanta. I have listened to several ex players discuss Upton the past few years. It seemed like the DBacks were just not happy with Upton. Despite his early success, there always seemed to be trade rumors. The guys on the MLB channel felt that once Upton was removed from the situation in Arizona that he would be able to realize his full potential. I remain somewhat skeptical, but since I have the Braves as my fantasy pitching staff this year, I am very hopeful that I have finally picked a great staff. I suspect that the Braves and Nationals battle for supremacy of the NL East all season. I know the Reds and Giants will have something to say, but I really think one of these NL East teams will be in the WS this year. Maybe those predictions of Upton for MVP are not so outrageous?

 

 



 

 

Did you happen to see that Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) returned from a torn meniscus after 12 days? Wow…that really is crazy. Of course, when discussing someone named Metta, crazy is a good word. When reporters asked Artest about his quick return, his answer was…”I am just too sexy for my cat”. Wow…this is one very strange guy...but of course we knew this!.

 

 

 

 



 

 

I think any real football fan recognizes the name of Johnny Unitas. He was truly the beginning of great QB's known for clutch play. I read this week that there is an argument brewing within the Unitas family over which QB should play John Unitas in the upcoming movie, "Unitias We Stand". Joe Unitas has chosen Joe Flacco and John Jr. and others think that Peyton Manning is the logical choice to play Unitas. John Jr. went as far to say that Flacco is goofy. I have nothing against Joe Flacco and have to give him props for winning the super bowl last year...but, Peyton Manning would definitely be my choice. After watching Manning in his Colts helmet all those years, I don't see how anyone else would be better. Who would be your choice to play Johnny U?

 


 

I saw today that the Lions are putting Jason Hanson into their ring of honor. I have nothing against kickers, but wonder if any kicker is worthy of a spot in a team's ring of honor? Maybe it is just me, but special teams are called such for a reason. It helps to have a good kicker, but to put them in the ring of honor? I figure that our Gab's Lions fans will definitely weigh in on this...

 



 

I am going to "borrow" something from SI today. Do you remember the spot that they use called signs the Apocalypse is upon us...

Did you grow up riding a bike? I know that I did. It was a great form of transportation and also provided great exercise. Hyndai engineers have developed something called E4U. This "egg" goes up to 20 mph. I think someone at Hyndai needs to be slapped. Actually, I have a better idea. We should send fired basketball coach Mike Rice to Hyndai to be the research and development "coach". Maybe he can motivate them to research in a different area...

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        The music sucks too...

 

 

 

 

I am sorry that my post got up late today. I fell asleep writing m blog and had to finish this morning...

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey...

 

It's probably not a good idea to be chewing on a toothpick if you're talking to the president, because what if he tells a funny joke and you laugh so hard you spit the toothpick out and it hits him in the face or something.

A funny thing is if you're out hiking and your friend gets bit by a poisonous snake, tell him you're going for help, then go about ten feet and pretend YOU got bit by a snake. Then start an argument about who's going to get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That's why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke.

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

 

 

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