Here we go again...Some how the stomach flu has attacked my house again...The Little Beeze started puking Friday night...Sunday afternoon the baby and our oldest daughter started...Then Sunday night the Mrs....Me, so far only blew a little mud...But I'm fearing the worst...How did this happen again...I blame the kids and their school...Their school that they will be leaving after this year...We have decided to put them in our neighborhood Catholic school...The public schools have been heading down hill the last few years...And our oldest, isn't being challenged at all...She's in 4th grade and reading at a 6th grade level...She's ahead in everything...And the public school as I said, blows!
At first I thought the Little Beeze was sick from all the junk food he had Thursday night at the Lake Erie Monsters game...Yep, the boy and I took in some AHL hockey Thursday night...We got seats right on the glass...
He loved it...He loved repeating all the trash talk the die hard fans were shouting all night...Great section! Great view of the action!
And the Monsters as they have all season, drew well again...At the first intermission, we saw that even Waldo was there...
The boy had Ice cream, and then cotton candy, and water...I had a hot pretzel and a Mountain Dew...That crap along with parking ran us $35...So even minor league sports charge way too much for that stuff, but $35 each for seats on the glass, is great...Little Beeze pounding on the glass and repeating the trash talk he heard, was priceless...
But there was something there that pissed me off...Cleveland's two biggest culinary swingin' dicks both have places at "The Q"...Chef Michael Symon has one of his overrated, overpriced, arrogant, douchebag "B-Spot" burger places there...And Chef Rocco Whalen, from "Fat Chef" crying like a bitch, "I'm fat because mommy kept feeding me to protect me."...And "I'm a stress eater."...Fuck you! Rocco has a Nacho & Taco place there...
Both these egotistical, fucktards didn't have their places open...What, do these cunts only open for the Cavs...Ummm, fuck the Cavs...Pay attention to the numbers...By the end of the year, The Monsters will have out-drawn the Cavaliers...The Monsters are averaging 14,000 a game...Hey dummies, the Quaker Steak & Lube was selling shit tons of wings...I bet if Rocco's Nachos & Tacos was open, he would have made a good buck...Shit I would have hit up some of that shit...But that's what happens when you're an arrogant douche who thinks you're the only fucker in Cleveland who can cook...Both of you cunts can suck a dick!
By the way, the Monsters won 4-3...Not a bad club, considering the injuries, flu, and call ups to Colorado...
Now to what the hot and heavy sports talk in Cleveland is...
Holy shit that looks good!
As my regular readers know, I predicted Griffin to win the Heisman back in July...I've been paying attention to the kid for a few years, and I really like him...I like the fact that he was recruited by Stanford, but decided to go to Baylor for two reasons...He didn't want to wrapped up in a QB battle with Andrew Luck, that could affect the team badly...And he wanted to go to Baylor, to turn it around...To make the program relevant...Well he did that...Now could he do the same for the Cleveland Browns?
I would love to see it...But the Browns aren't talking...And knowing the little that we know, this group in the front office does not like to part with draft picks...And rumor has it, that to get Griffin, they have to move up to the 2 slot...To do that, the talk is giving up both their 1st round picks this year, and next years...Why so much to move up 2 spots? Because the Redskins have a nut-job owner who will sell the farm for a star QB...
Now the Browns have a lot of holes to fill...They need WR's...Yes, more then one...They need a right tackle...Another corner...A safety...And outside linebacker...A running back...Another OL and DL to add depth...A QB wouldn't be bad either...Now some of that shit can and should be done through free agency...
Now, I'm a believer that there is no point in getting your franchise QB if you aren't going to give him the weapons and protection he needs...So no matter who that is, the Browns really need to get those pieces...But Griffin seems to be one of those rare talents that you may never get another chance at...For the critics, did you see, he's not under 6 foot...He measured in at 6 foot 2 inches plus...Oh, and then he ran the 40 in 4.41...But don't be confused...RG3 has always been a throw first, run only when needed guy...So don't stick him with the labels that are always put on black QB's...Kid can make all the throws...
So, I'm all in with doing what has to be done to get RG3 in Cleveland...Shit Brownies, just think of all the #10 jerseys you'll sell! Browns fans will finally have a QB that they are really excited about...Who was the last? Bernie Kosar! And he couldn't run at all!
Monday is the Trade Deadline in the NHL....Everyone is waiting to see if Columbus moves star, captain, franchise leader, and heart & soul, Rick Nash...I hope not, unless it;s to the New York Rangers!
I'll be watching all the deadline deals, while I sit on the shitter...
Have a week...
Later, The Beeze.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!..Albeit a bit late. I’ve been busy. Shut up.
Notre Dame's football season came to a close a week or so ago, so once again it's time for Irish Shu to look back at their season. In the last edition I recapped the first 6 games, so now I'll review the last 7 including the bowl game…get ready for a bit of stone-casting, because I am NOT pleased…
SOUTHERN CAL: Christ, Irish, you had just trounced a decent Air Force team, and then had a bye week to prepare for a Trojan team you proved last year you could beat, and what did you do? You shat the bed! That’s what you did. It was the first night game played at Notre Dame stadium in 21 years and the spotlight proved too bright for them as it ended in a 31-17 loss to the Condoms. They spotted said Prophylactics a 17-0 lead early before George Atkinson III scored for the second time this year on a kickoff return to put a spark into the Irish and start a comeback. The momentum carried into the second half when QB Tommy Rees got hurt, giving way for Dayne Crist to go in and have his chance to prove to his coach that he should have been the starter all-along…and he almost did. Crist completed 4 of 5 passes and drove the Irish to the USC 1 yard line and then…lightening struck. Instead of punching-in for the score that would have tied the game, Crist fumbled and Rubber safety Jawanza Starling scooped-up the loose ball and ran it back for a French Tickler touchdown that stole the game from ND a-la South Florida. USC dominated with nearly twice the yardage and possession time, as well as 0 turnovers to Notre Dame’s 3. In his post-game interview, Pecker Tarp quarterback Matt Barkley might have provided the Irish with some good bulletin board material for next year when he said that the Irish quit on them and let them win after that fumble return…the only problem with that statement being used as motivation is this: he was right.
Now, as a few of you know, I have always claimed to be as loyal an Irish fan as there is…but even I found myself saying “fuck it” after this one. The rest of the season just wasn’t all that enjoyable for me after this loss…but, the season went on so I will, too.
NAVY: The Irish needed to bounce back after the loss to the Sheep Skins and they certainly did in a 56-14 trouncing of the Midshipmen. Notre Dame scored on 5 of its first 6 offensive possessions and cruised against a Navy team that has given them problems in recent years with their option attack…and this in spite of the fact that the Irish turned the ball over twice. Tommy Rees had a pretty good day going 16 of 22 for 227 yards, but it was the running backs that had a career day here as Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray scored 5 rushing TD’s between them. Receiver Michael Floyd chipped-in with one rushing and one receiving TD of his own.
WAKE FOREST: Notre Dame continued to roll in a hard-fought 24-17 win over a pretty good Demon Deacon team that had just beaten a ranked Florida State team a couple weeks prior. The Irish were somewhat depleted with injuries, but the defense nutted-up as Wake Forest had the ball at or inside the Notre Dame 10 twice in the second half while down by a touchdown -- and came away with no points. The Irish O was pretty balanced with 341 total years almost 50/50 between the run and pass…but they still turned the ball over twice in the win.
MARYLAND: The GOOD Irish team showed-up for this one in a “home” game that took place only 20 miles from Maryland’s campus and trounced the lowly Terrapins 45-21…but, then, it’s easy for a team to show it’s best when they’re facing an opponent that finished with only 2 wins on the year. Regardless, the workout was good as the Irish O hung over 500 yards and 6 touchdowns on Maryland. This included a pick 6 from sophomore cornerback Lo Wood. This also was a rare turnover-free game for the Irish.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Continuing their pattern of great play one week and poor play the next, the Irish struggled with poor field position all afternoon, but came up with the big plays when they needed to…and ONLY when they needed to…and survived the Eagles 16-14…over a team that would finish with only 4 wins. To his credit, all-ACC linebacker Luke Kuechly did make things difficult for the Irish and finished with 14 tackles and I, for one, was glad to hear he won’t be back next season as he chose to enter the NFL Draft. The bummer, though, was that the win came at a price. The solid Irish power halfback, Jonas Gray, injured his right knee in the game and was lost for the season.
STANFORD: Well, I really didn’t expect the Irish to win this one, anyway. They spotted the Cardinal an early 21-0 lead as golden boy Andrew Luck had a statement game and tore though the Irish Defense for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns on his way to a 28-14 win. The Irish QB tandem of Rees and Andrew Hendrix actually combined to outdo Luck with 252 passing yards of their own (Hendrix came-on after Rees was injured) but they also threw 1 interception each and Hendrix had only 1 TD pass. Luck could very-well be the best quarterback to come out of Stanford – a program which produced some good ones such as John Elway – and he is another player whom I won’t miss next year. He is, in fact, expected to go to the Indy Colts with the first pick of the upcoming NFL draft.
FLORIDA STATE: This game was a pisser. Notre Dame went to the Champs Sports Bowl and ended what I thought would be a better season the same way they started the season out – by shooting themselves in the foot, repeatedly, and losing 18-14 to a team they had no business losing to. With all due respect to the Seminoles, you were starting 4 freshmen on your injury-depleted O-line and your offense did not even start playing until the 3rd quarter was almost over. Be sure to thank Brian Kelly for allowing himself to be outcoached, and shuffling 2 quarterbacks in and out instead of having the balls to stick with one of them like he should have. While you’re at it, Seminoles, be sure to also thank Andrew Hendrix for throwing an interception straight at Nigel Bradham (no Irish receivers were even close on that play) and giving you a short field to take the lead with…and finally, don’t forget to thank Michael Floyd for dropping what would have been a touchdown pass in the first half that bounced right off his hands at the 20 yard line like so many other passes have throughout his career…considering that, it was impressive he caught the one score he did catch in the 3rd quarter after he juggled it. I really can’t stand losing to Florida teams, either. As awesome as it felt for the Irish to kick the Hurricane’s asses in last years’ Sun Bowl, that’s how shitty it felt to lose to the Semen-Holes this time.
So to wrap it up the Irish football season was, overall, disappointing. This Irish team came into 2011 loaded from top to bottom with one of the best receivers in the country, a solid and experienced O-line, a good stable of high-potential quarterbacks and running backs and a good defense with just enough star players to make at least 10 wins and a BCS appearance happen…AT LEAST! The problem is, they didn’t. They were not consistent on offense at quarterback, in-particular, and special teams were not solid save for 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns by George Atkinson III. What’s worse, they will lose a good group of senior players which include some good O-linemen, a good running back in Jonas Gray, a handful of good defensive players including most of their secondary and of course, one of their best receivers ever in Michael Floyd. I will credit Floyd for this much; he did redeem himself after making some poor choices and getting arrested 3 times for alcohol-related offenses throughout his career, but he held it together for his last season and finished without such incident. He also finished his impressive career in the ND record books with: 271 receptions, 3,686 receiving yards, 17 games with at least 100 yards receiving and 37 touchdown receptions – all #1 in those categories and a few others, as well…but I’m sorry to say I will remember him for being less than sure-handed despite all that. He had many instances of the dropsies throughout his career – he’d better fix that problem if he wants to succeed in the NFL. I wish him well with that. I also wish Dayne Crist well. After Coach Kelly pushed him down the bench after one poor half of play in one game, Crist has transferred to the Kansas Jayhawks to play one more year…and he will be reunited with their new head coach in Charlie Weis, who recruited Crist to Notre Dame…I wish you well, Dayne, and you certainly deserved better. It is encouraging, though, that both linebacker Manti Te’o and Tight End Tyler Eifert have both announced that they will come back for their senior year...you will both be needed.
One other comment for Coach Kelly – you don’t do yourself or your team any favors by making rude comments about the players you recruited vs. the players you didn’t. Try using your head before you use your mouth next time. Good teams need unity. Good luck with your recruiting – sounds like the incoming class could be another good one if you can hold them to their commitments.
As for my other teams and how they did:
MONTANA GRIZZLIES: After an uncharacteristically off-year, the Griz bounced back and are among the FCS elite once again. They finished 11-3 and made it to the semifinal round of the FCS playoffs before they lost to then-undefeated and top-ranked Sam Houston State by a field goal…Sam Houston went on to lose to the new FCS champion in North Dakota State just yesterday…by the way, does anyone remember Nate Montana? He was a Notre Dame backup who transferred to my Griz for a chance to play more…too bad he didn’t get that chance. He didn’t get above 3rd string there, either. Oh, well.
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Their first year in the Big Ten wasn’t entirely disappointing, but I’d have liked to see them at least compete with both Michigan and Wisconsin and not get beaten by Northwestern. They missed their chance at a 10-win season when they lost the Capital One Bowl to South Carolina, but there’s no shame in losing to a good SEC school when 2 teams from that conference are playing for the national championship…I have mixed feelings about that, too, though. The Huskers STILL need a better passing game.
COLORADO STATE RAMS: POOH! Yet another 3 win season for my once-good-but-now-lowly Rams and Coach Steve Fairchild was fired for it. The reins have now been turned over to Jim McElwain who was the Offensive Coordinator for Alabama. We’ll see if he can do any better. Good luck, coach…and good luck to my brother who recently moved to Fort Collins to start a new life with his lady friend in Irish Shu’s former stomping grounds. Go get ‘em baby bro!
CUSTER COUNTY COWBOYS: my hometown high school team came into the season as the defending state champions in their class. I thought it might be a rebuilding year as they turned to a sophomore quarterback with no experience, but he did pretty well, considering, and so did the team as they made it all the way to the state semifinals before losing to Billings Central – a team they run into about every year in the playoffs, it seems. Good year for the Cowboys, nonetheless.
WHEW! Long blog and overdue, as well. Fellow You Gabbers: You all have an awesome 2012! I’ll keep reading your works…Take care, all.
Once again, Greetings fellow You Gabbers!...and just like that, the 2011 college football season is now half-over.
It is now time for Irish Shu to look back and assess how things have gone thus far for my beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
The short version?...they’re a step down from where I predicted they would be at this point as far as results are concerned, but they’re right about where I expected them to be as far as progress, execution and gelling-together. I had predicted they’d be at 1 loss right now and they’re at 2. They could just as easily be an undefeated team right now if only they’d had their shit together when they came-out of the gate….I know, I know, “and if the queen had balls she could just as easily be the king.” Whatever. The breaks happen as they do and it is what it is…okay, that’s enough clichés for now.
Looking at it game by game:
SOUTH FLORIDA: I was, indeed, nervous about this game…and for good reason, as it turned out. The Irish had a tough first test against Coach Skip Holtz (aka Lou Jr.) and a Bulls team that was a favorite to win the Big East crown. The game was twice interrupted by the stadium being evacuated due to lightening storms which was a bad omen in itself. On top of that the Irish struck their own thunder by committing 5 turnovers to South Florida’s 0 – the most costly of which came on ND’s opening drive when running back Jonas Gray fumbled while driving to the end zone and USF’s Kayvon Webster scooped up the loose ball and ran 96 yards for a score that would set the tone for the rest of the game which ended in a stunning 23-20 Irish loss. Ironically, Notre Dame finished the game with double the total yardage of South Florida…an advantage nullified by those costly turnovers as well as an inability to finish drives on offense. A quarterback switch from starter Dayne Crist to Tommy Rees did not help the outcome and it is still baffling, to me, that Crist lost the starting role after playing only one half and never got it back.
MICHIGAN: ACK!!! Notre Dame beat Michigan’s asses up and down the field nearly all game long and dominated in both time of possession and total yardage only to lose 35-31 to the honey badgers...er, I mean Wolverines because they just didn’t give a shit! (kidding – that reference is for the Beeze – he’ll get it!). No, it was because of the damn turnovers, again. The Irish had 5 in this game to Michigan’s 3…and they almost won, anyway, but the defense forgot to finish the damn game and let quarterback Denard Robinson drive for 80 yards in just 3 plays and 28 seconds to score the winning TD with just 2 seconds left in the game. Dipshits! FINISH THE DAMN GAME NEXT TIME! ASSHOLES!!! I hate losing to Meat Chicken, can you tell?
MICHIGAN STATE: The only thing that would have pissed me off more than losing to Meat Chicken would be losing to Sparty in the same season…fortunately, that didn’t happen. Notre Dame FINALLY got it together and beat the Spartans 31-13. NOT an easy team to have to bounce-back against but despite 3 turnovers and a pretty good day by State senior QB Kirk Cousins, they got it done. This time, it was Sparty who got snake bit as they had a better game than the Irish, statistically (except in the running game – they only had 29 yards which is well-short of what is typical for them), but were also done-in by penalties and 2 turnovers; the more costly of which was an interception by cornerback Robert Blanton who returned it 82 yards to the Michigan State 12 with under 4 minutes left to seal the win. Another helpful big play was an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from freshman running back George Atkinson III. Again, this was a much-needed win against a team which, at this writing, is ranked #15, is fresh-off a win over the same honey badgers that beat the Irish in Ann Arbor (and just didn't give a shit), and has not lost a game yet to anyone other than the Irish.
PITTSBURGH: This was another game I was nervous about because it was on the road against a pretty good Pitt team that I thought would go in very motivated to make a good showing for Tony Dorsett and John Majors – 2 Pitt icons who walked out of the tunnel with the team at the start of the game. Pitt did put-up a pretty solid fight, but lost 15-12 to an Irish team that really didn’t put it together until they needed to. A 4th quarter drive by Tommy Rees that saw him go 8 for 8 and finish with TD and 2-point throws, both to tight end Tyler Eifert was nearly the only successful drive he could put together against a Pitt defense that came-in with the nation’s 119th-ranked pass defense. Other than that, a second-quarter, 79-yard scoring run by Jonas Gray were the only big plays the Irish offense could muster…but as it turned-out, it was all they needed. The Irish defense did the rest as they kept Pitt running back Ray Graham in-check and held Pitt to just 12 points. Credit Rees for this much though; Pitt’s D keyed on the great Irish receiver Michael Floyd and double-teamed him throughout thus limiting him to 4 catches for the game, but Rees grew-up and managed to find his other receivers when he couldn’t find Floyd. The Irish win also came in spite of 2 turnovers to Pitt’s 0…it also peaked my interest that, 5 nights after this game, this same Pittsburgh team bounced-back and THROTTLED by a 44-17 score the same South Florida team that beat the Irish in their opener. College football is, indeed, strange sometimes.
PURDUE: Despite this game being at Ross-Aide, I didn’t think the Irish would have much trouble with Purdue and, indeed, they did not. Simply put, Notre Dame’s offense really started to peak in this game, the defense played as-usual, and they simply had too much talent for the Boilermakers as they dominated in a 38-10 rout that easily could have been even more lopsided than it turned out. The biggest improvement was that they FINALLY managed to finish a game without turning the ball over. Rees finished one of his better games 24 of 39 for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns as he picked-apart a Purdue D unit that couldn’t contain the Irish receivers.
AIR FORCE: The backs of the odd-numbered Air Force players’ jerseys say “service” above the numbers instead of the player’s last name. The backs of the even-numbered players say “freedom”. We certainly thank ALL of our military personnel for both their service and our freedom…but after this game, the backs of the Falcon’s asses had a huge footprint on them. 59 to 33 – the most combined points ever scored in a game at Notre Dame Stadium in a game that showed just what the Irish offense can do at full potential. 7 Irish players scored touchdowns in this game and, for the second game in a row, the Irish did not turn the ball over. There was some bad news despite the rout – the Irish defense let the Air Force option attack torch them for 363 rushing yards, most of those coming around the ends…something that future opponents will take note of. The Irish did throw-in a new wrinkle; that of sophomore quarterback Andrew Hendrix and his ability to run…and he did that for 111 yards and almost a touchdown in change-of-pace duty. The reason I originally predicted this game as a loss is because I thought the Irish D would not be up to the task of shutting down the option…well, they weren’t, but luckily the Irish O was clicking on all cylinders to more than pick up the slack.
So, now that the first 6 games are in the books we look ahead to the remaining games that come after the bye week. The 2 upcoming games against the Pac 12 opponents in USC and Stanford appear to be the toughest…not that there aren’t some other teams there that couldn’t bite them, too.
My big concern is with special teams. George Atkinson III has been a pleasant surprise on some kickoffs, but there has been little to celebrate other than him. Punt returns have been poorly handled if handled at all. Michael Floyd has stepped into the job, but hasn’t taken off with it yet. And what’s up with David Ruffer??? The guy came into the season as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist after going 18 for 19 on field goals last year and now he’s only made half of his attempts this year. We’ll see if he can right the ship.
Team health, however, has been a bright spot as injuries have been minimal – a sprain here, a bruise there and not much else. Let’s hope that keeps up.
We’ll see how the rest of the season plays-out. GO IRISH!!!
PS I gotta hand it to B.O.B. – on my last blog when I predicted how my Montana Grizzlies would do, he said “look out for Sacramento State!” He was right. The Hornets have handed the Griz their only Big Sky Conference loss so far and they may make more noise in that league yet. We shall see.
The Philadelphia Eagles face the Washington Redskins this Sunday in a game that can only be described as an encounter where their 2011 season is on the line. If this team has any Super Bowl aspirations, a fifth defeat could cripple their dreams.
Philadelphia is fighting history this weekend as well. If they finish the weekend at 1-5, the team must realize only the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals reached the playoffs after starting a season as poorly.
That Bengals team started the season 1-6 before rattling off seven straight wins behind Pro Bowl players like Lemar Parrish and Bob Trumpy. They would lose the first playoff appearance in franchise history against the eventual champion Baltimore Colts.
The offense has yet to really click for the Eagles yet this season. While ranking third best in the NFL in total yards gained, they have been struggling to consistently score touchdowns and rank 11th in total points scored. The offensive line, an issue that mostly has haunted head coach Andy Reid since he took the job in 1999.
It has to burn Reid's heart at this issue. He has won 60 percent of the 197 regular season games with Philadelphia, which makes him the winningest head coach in franchise history, but blocking is an area he is supposed to be an expert in.
Reid played offensive tackle in college, then got into coaching immediately upon graduating after his 1981 senior season. He coached the offensive line until the end of the 1996 season. His Eagles teams have produced just five Pro Bowl blockers since he took the helm, with only one that Reid drafted and developed, not something the head coach probably foresaw.
Philadelphia looked smart last year by trading quarterback Donovan McNabb and going with Michael Vick in his place. Vick, though known for a mobility that made him the NFL's top rushing yards leader by a quarterback in league history last week, has taken a tremendous pounding in 2011 because of Philadelphia's offensive line woes.
Vick has battled injuries and missed time this year, something the Eagles thought they had a contingency plan for by signing free agent Vince Young. Young has been to the Pro Bowl quarterback twice since being drafted in 2006, but he was not healthy enough to play when Vick went down.
Blocking isn't the only reason Vick has suffered. Though he is still learning how to be a pocket-passer, Vick has a propensity to hang onto the ball too long and take many unnecessary sacks.
The Eagles rushing attack is led by an excellent 5.8 yards per carry average from halfback LeSean McCoy, yet the Eagles still are ineffective in short yardage situations where a powerful running game between the tackles is needed. None of Reid's teams have ever excelled in this critical area.
If the offensive trenches weren't enough of an issue for Reid, his defensive lines haven't been much better in his Eagles career. Philadelphia has had a habit of getting tiny pass rushers who were weak against the run, often contributing to the reason Reid has yet to win a Super Bowl despite 119 regular season victories and nine playoff appearances in his previous 12 years.
Jeff Lurie has been a great owner since buying the Eagles in 1994. He is known for his loyalty as much as the generosity he has displayed to charitable causes. Reid's coaching staffs have shown a solid continuity for the most part, which can be seen with defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
Castillo has been with the Eagles since 1995, holding jobs in many areas. After coaching the offensive line since 1998, he moved over to defense this year. Critics are not only pointing to Philadelphia's poor run defense, others are looking at a secondary that has yet to meet expectations.
After spending a ton of money to sign free agent cornerback Nnamde Asomugha, as well as trading for Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Lurie bit the financial bullet by retaining the services of Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Not only has the secondary given up way too many touchdowns on so few passing attempts, ranking 30th in that category, the group is not creating turnovers.
The Eagles tried to address the long-standing issue in their trenches by signing two high profile free agents in Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins. While the duo has already racked up a combined 12 of the teams 16 total sacks, they are also a reason the team ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed and last in rushing yards per attempt up the middle of the defense.
The team took a gamble this year by going with a bunch of underwhelming or unproven linebackers this season, and are losing big so far. Not only has the group mostly stunk in run support, they have been even worse in pass defense.
The fact the Eagles safeties haven't played great hasn't helped either. Kurt Coleman has struggled at free safety, which hurts more due to the fact Nate Allen has yet to play as well as he did in his 2010 rookie year.
Despite Lurie shilling out millions to Vick, Young, Asomugha, Babin, Bryant, Steve Smith, Ronnie Brown, and others, the results have yet to be met by a group trying to get acclimated with each other on the fly in a season truncated because of a players strike. Yet history shows pouring money into players does not equate to championships.
Whether it is the 2010 Miami Heat, the Ted Stepien Era with the Cleveland Cavaliers, or even the 2011 Boston Red Sox, the examples are plentiful. Sometimes the angle of spending a lot of money works, as George Steinbrenner showed by winning seven titles in his 37 years of owning the New York Yankees.
The season is not yet lost for the Eagles, especially if they defeat a division rival that Reid has triumphed over 15 times in 24 attempts. The Redskins, who are coming off their bye week, need this game to stay on top of the NFC East while trying to increase their lead with their second division win in as many attempts.
Washington will probably attempt to run the ball down the Eagles throats with their trio of excellent running backs. If they succeed, Philadelphia could see their 2011 season begin to end as the game clock expires.
The City of Brotherly Love is starving for a football title in the NFL, having not seen their team win a championship since 1960. They are known as passionate fans, so a let down by their beloved Eagles may lead to a large insurgence of fans calling for the firing of Reid.
With their season on line, let alone the Eagles careers of guys like Reid and Castillo, the team has their backs against the proverbial wall and must begin to come out swing like Philly legend Rocky Balboa. Hopefully their thrust will not be fictional like Rocky was.
Yooooooooooo! For doze of yous dat forgots about me, I iz 7thStoneFromTheSun, da distant cuzin of 3rdStoneFromTheSun Yo, I did suck las weak in my procrastinashuns. I went 7-6, and I now iz 46-31
Lets get too it!
Saint Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers
OK, I know a lots of yous mugs tought da Rams mite go two da playoffs dis yeer. But dey will now bee 0-5, sumfin not many saw cummin.
37 Rams 21
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Da Jags never shuld have gone da cheep route and dumped quarterback David Garrard, cuz it iz cleer Blaine Gabbert aint reddy. Da Steelers will expose dat truth even more.
23 Jaguars 7
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
As 3rd says, dem Igglez have spent like a billion dollars and iz 1-4. I'm picking da Skins running game hear, but dont bee shocked if suckass Rex Grossman trows da game away two Philly.
27 Eagles 24
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
Game of the Week
Yo, dis aint 1950 so dont rub yer eyes in disbelief. Dis iz da game of da weak! Both teems got good defenses and quarterbacks picked furst in dere drafts. I tink it mite cum down too who runs da ball best, if dat iz a hint.
But Yo! Who hear saw dese teems a combined 9-1 cummin into dis game?
23 49ers 21
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
I'm not in love wit Matt Ryan or da Falcons pass defense so far dis yeer, but they can win if dey run da damn ball. Cuz Carolina sure as fuck don't.
30 Panthers 28
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
Da Colts blow chunks yo. Dey couldnt even beet da shitty Chiefs. Put dem down at 0-7.
34 Colts 17
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Eli Manning cemented his spot as one da most overrated players ever las week. Da Bills are a helluva lot better den da Seahawks, and dey will go downstate and leave 5-1.
34 Giants 24
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Derrick Mason just joined da Texans, who iz strugglin all of da sudden, and iz facing a teem he spent six seasuns wif. Da Ravens will enjoy da fact star linebacker Mario Williams wont play for Houston again dis yeer.
27 Texans 20
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Just keep winning baby! R.I.P. Al Davis
31 Browns 23
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
Tony Romo mite trow four 400 yards against dis crappy Pats secondary, but his teem has no answers for Tom Brady.
37 Cowboys 28
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Just when it looked like da Bucs was turning da corner, they laid a egg of shit las week. Dis alloud da Saints two sit on top of da NFC South. New Orleans iz ranked 28th in yards given up per rushing attempt, but rank fourth best in rushing attempts against dem cuz teems are trowing so much trying to play catch up.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees should enjoy facin a dissappointin Buccaneers defense, whose seasun mite be on da line hear.
34 Buccaneers 23
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Get out da No Doz Sunday nite. Dat iz if you dont like smash mouth football in da Black and Blue division. Da Bears knead dis cuz da Packers and Lions are starting to run away in da race for da NFC North title.
24 Vikings 17
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
Dis piece of crap MNF game iz a perfect reasun da New York City media kneads to shut da fuck up about dere overrated talent and why we knead to start ignoring dese boobs. Capeesh?
Da Jets suck! Mark Sanchez sucks dirty donkey balls and dat Jets defense looks old. Rex Ryan has been gettin his fat mouth closed a lot dis yeer so far. I dunno if he iz puttin his foot in his mouth or his wife's, but he should STFU until he has a reesun to talk.
Da Dolphins basically got Matt Moore and Sage Rosenfels as dere quarterbacks, which aint awesum. Both is sound reserves at best, but we will sea. I tink Miami better run rookie halfback Daniel Thomas 25 times against dat suspect Jets defense.
But da Jets will put 8 in a box cuz dey dont respect da Dolphins quarterbacks, which iz da rite move.
23 Dolphins 14
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Detroit Lions
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Buffalo Bills
5. San Francisco 49ers
6. New Orleans Saints
7. San Diego Chargers
8. New England Patriots
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Washington Redskins
11. Tennessee Titans
12. Atlanta Falcons
13. Oakland Raiders
14. Houston Texans
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Chicago Bears
17. New York Giants
18. New York Jets
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Philadelphia Eagles
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. Seattle Seahawks
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Arizona Cardinals
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Carolina Panthers
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Cleveland Browns
29. Saint Louis Rams
30. Denver Broncos
31. Kanas City Chiefs
32. Indianapolis Colts
OK, I iz outta dis peace! I iz gunna lay down wif dis hunny I met at da bar and have her feed me grapes as I watch da games.
As dey say in Ol' Messico = A.M.F.
Well, that's the best thing I've seen all weekend!
Seriously, the past week pretty much sucked...Wednesday night the Little Beeze started getting sick...Fever, cough, congestion...We kept him away from the baby, and our oldest daughter...Because if she gets sick, she gets it ten times worse then anyone else...Luckily, they were okay...Unfortunately, Thursday night I started feeling like shit...Then the wife came home with a piece of metal stuck in her tire...
I pulled it out and put the donut on...I figured I'd get the tire fixed Friday...Friday morning I woke up feeling awful, with my wife telling me her tire was flat...WTF!...So I got the kids up and ready in a hurry...Took the wife to work dropped the oldest at school, and the sick boy, and the baby at the sitters...Then I dropped the tire at shop...Onto work...
Saturday morning came, and I was rocking a 102 degree fever and I had a double to work...I called my boss to see if there was a way out, but he didn't answer...He did work a long Friday shift and probably washed all the pain away with a 12-pack of Miller High Life...So I loaded up on Day-Quil and vitamins and went in...Thankfully he came in a couple hours later, got some one to cover the night shift, and sent me home...
I got home, poured some cough syrup down my throat, got in bed, and turned on the TV...Notre Dame was at Pitt...I was barley paying attention, when Tommy Rees threw another of his many interceptions this season...I rolled over and fell asleep in disgust...I woke up around 5:30PM had some soup, talked to the wife and kids a bit, and then I laid down with the baby for another nap...It wasn't until after 9:00PM when I found out the Irish won an ugly game...I'm glad they won, and I'm really happy to see the defense nutting up again...But it's time to get Tommy Rees out of there...The turnovers are a killer, and he's not built for this offense...
And let's be honest...The Irish have two losses, they aren't going anywhere...Yeah, if they keep winning, they land in a good bowl game, but this team isn't going to make the noise that we hoped...So let's get the kids in there...I prefer Crist over Rees, but Andrew Hendrix is build for Kelly's spread offense...And freshman Everett Golson has a strong arm and is a great runner...He is what Kelly recruited for this offense...So let's see what they can do...
Because of all the sleep I got during the afternoon and evening, I caught most of the Arizona State vs. USC game...I loved the way ASU played, and seeing USC lose is always good...
Now to Sunday...I did a lot of sleeping in the morning...Then just hung out with the kids...Did a bunch of make up school work with the Little Beeze...And then there was the Browns game...They didn't have Hillis, just their best player...Apparently he was sick too...
So I just heard a local TV anchor tease the Browns coverage saying, "The Browns get a huge win over the Dolphins!" (in that douche tv voice) Ummm ass-hat, they came from behind, in the last minute, to beat a horrible Dolphins team 17-16...That's not a huge win! They squeaked it out...They got lucky...They should be happy their defense played well...Although, again it was the Dolphins...And Colt McCoy looked like crap all day, until that final drive...And can some one please tell me how and why Brian Robiskie is on this team...How did he start the season as one of the two top WR's? Just for all you stat-hounds out there who are wondering why I am dumping on him...Dude has zero receptions...Please get the fuck off the field!
The Patriots lost to the Bills...Holy fucking shit Batman! The Pats showed they are one dimensional...They better learn how to run the ball or more teams are going to upset them like the Bills did...
Oh, and did you see Michael Vick pissing and moaning because, as he says, “Everybody saw the game, I’m on the ground constantly. All the time. Every time I throw the ball, in all my highlights and just watching film in general, every time I throw the ball, I’m on the ground, getting hit in the head, and I don’t know why I don’t get the 15-yard flags like everybody else do. But I’m not going to complain about it, just making everybody aware and hopefully somebody will take notice. The ref has to do his job and I’m not blaming the referees by any stretch. I’m just saying everybody on the field should do their job.”
So after he complains, he says, he's not going to complain...Never mind that you and the Eagles complained about this last year too, including sending video to the league to review....After he calls out the refs, he says he's not blaming the refs...Either that concussion was worse then we thought, or this fucking guy is an idiot!
Is Vick treated unfairly? Is Vick treated unfairly because he is such a running threat? Is Vick treated unfairly because the refs are dog lovers...I don't know if any of those are true...I'm just confident that Vick is being a bitch because he knows he's fragile...Fucking guy has always gotten hurt, and will continue to...
The last thing I'm going write about is Jim Thome and the Cleveland Indians...The Indians announced Friday that they would be putting up a statue of Thome, at the spot where he hit the longest home run in the history of Jacobs Field...I don't call it Progressive Field....I have to say, I'm not real excited about this, unlike many other Cleveland Indians fans...I refer back to THIS!
Yes, Thome was a huge part of a great period of Indians Baseball...And yes, I would say his numbers earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame...But I'm just not sold on the statue thing...The Bob Feller statue we have makes sense to me...Jordan in Chicago...Orr in Boston...Those make sense...But a statue for a guy who hasn't even retired yet??? Who left the team after saying he'd stay??? I just can't get behind it...And gashes, I don't think honesty makes me less of a fan...
And if Cleveland Rocks so much, read this...THIS!
Proposed ordinance 347-11 in the city of Cleveland, states in no uncertain terms that any entertainment venue; that's bars, restaurants, taverns, concert halls, coffee houses, etc. in a local retail district (which is pretty much all of them) may have not have live entertainment beyond unamplified acoustic instruments, or any other entertainment that exceeds the volume of unamplified acoustic instruments.
Doesn't sound like rockin' to me assholes!
Have a week...
Later, The Beeze.