Wish I could have this ref for my next flag football game...
Or this one, I like the thick curvy females just as much..either one could blow my whistle for any infraction...
Ok, enough of the eye candy...
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where its warmer here than in Chandler, Arizona…but that wont last.
Leading Off: Game of the Century???
The Supposed game of the century was played this past Saturday and it didn’t even come close to living up to the hype. It was to be fair a tense, taut defensive battle but it seemed like neither coach was willing to gamble. Nick Saban looked like he was just hoping that Trent Richardson would bust off a long run to boos the Tide’s otherwise lackluster offense while Les Miles was just hoping that he wouldn’t have to resort to a gadget play or three to win the game. In the end, it was the fact that the Bayou Bengals had a more reliable kicker than Bama did and LSU won 9-6. Im glad I didn’t have to listen to the man-gina that is Skip Bayless whine that field goal kickers should not have decided this game. If we waited till one of those team scored a touchdown, we’d be still playing as Im typing this column.
The 2nd Glance: Would you want a rematch?
Bama players talked tough about how they would beat LSU if they faced them again. The reality of the situation is that they didn’t beat them when they had the chance. They won’t get a chance at a national title and shouldn’t get a rematch. Ok you no playoff boosters, now if got your asses in a corner. If every week is a playoff as some wonks like to repeat ad nauseum, then the Crimson Tide just got eliminated. They had their chance to knock off the nations top ranked team. They were at home with some 100,000+ fans behind them and they couldn’t win the game. So step to the line with the one loss hopefuls and don’t speak unless called upon. The wonks are saying that Bama lost a close game and deserves a rematch. Hey if we had a playoff, and Bama fought its way back to a rematch with LSU, I have no problem with that, but to give not only a team in the same conference but the the same division a free pass back to the title game cause they are in a big name conference? That’s about some bullshit.
In the 3 Hole: Mizzou/WVU Moving days?
The SEC made it official they will take Mizzou as their 14th team to come in to the SEC. The Big 12 could care less as they have already replaced A&M and Missouri with TCU and West Virginia from the Big East. HOLD UP! Wait a minute! The Big East, tired of getting raided for teams finally is putting its collective foot down with the Mountaineers. Its making Syracuse and Pitt who are jilting the Big East for ACC wait the full 2 ¾ years before it can leave its suing West Virginia to force it to stay in the Big East the same amount of time. The Panthers and Orange have some vested interest in WVU winning its lawsuit because they would jump quick too if given the chance. Meanwhile the Big East is losing its eastern identity as it invites Boise State and possibly BYU to its ranks. BYU who is more interested in the AQ status that the Big East is trying to hold on to and that it couldn’t get even though they are trying to pose as a Mormon version of Notre Dame suddenly make the Big East more of a geographical joke than the old NL division that had the Cards and Cubs in the East, while Atlanta and Cincinnati were in the West. This frenetic conference jumping is getting old fast.
Battin’ Cleanup: Shame in Happy Valley
The details are lurid and repulsive. Its one of those things that you hope are not true. The details of a former assistant football coach at Penn State sexually abusing numerous boys makes you just plain sick. You wonder what people knew, you hope to hell that the otherwise irreproachable Joe Paterno knew nothing about it and if he did was reporting it as soon as he did. If the allegations are true I hope the sack of shit coach gets put in a cell with some real pipe hitters. If it isn’t true, I hope whoever made the allegations can sleep at night. This is some shit that you don’t make up for fun.
5th Street: Bengals keep on keepin on
At the beginning of the season, many people snickered when the Cincinnati Bengals were brought up. I heard quotes like “Are they a pro team?” and “They are a sure bet to go winless.” That went by the boards in the first week when they thumped Cleveland. I saw many a Bengal fan joyous with relief “We’re not gonna lose ‘em all!” But a funny thing happened on the way to the debate if the 2011 Bengals would be the worse team in franchise history, they shook off a couple tough losses to the Broncos (still a head scratcher) and the Niners (No shame, the Niners are 7-1) and have ripped off the longest winning streak in 23 years. The Bengals have won 3 division titles since that streak was pulled off. Lets keep it real, The Bengals have had nine different seasons where the won 5 games or less the entire season! I did make a mistake when I said that only Paul Brown has a winning coaching record. He actually didn’t going 55-59-1 from 1968-75 Bill “Tiger”Johnson was 18-15 in 2+ seasons succeeding Brown but quit after the Bengals started 0-5 in 1978. That was a job that Bill Walsh should have had, but I digress. Forrest Gregg who took the Bengals to their first Super Bowl after the 1981 season was 34-27 coaching from 1980-83. Marvin Lewis who is now the longest tenured coach in the Bengals history has 66 wins two better than Sam Wyche who coached the Bengals to their other Super Bowl appearance. Both Gregg and Wyche both lost to the 49ers coached by Bill Walsh whom Paul Brown passed over to give the reigns to Johnson…go figure.
6 ways from Sunday: Bearcats rising
I know they are in the Big East but come on, give some dap to the Cincinnati Bearcats. Not only is the football team at 7-1 in the drivers seat in the Big East (such that it is now) and ranked #18 in the AP poll and #23 in the BCS poll but the basketball team has its first preseason ranking since 2004. How you like that. I say this to tweak the nose of those fuckin’ criminals in Lexington that keep squawking about how their football team could still trample “Lil Ol’ Cin-Cinnatuh” and their basketball team has no time to play Cincy but they can come to Cincy to play a “home game” to reward their fans in Northern Kentucky. Tell you what Calipari keep your fuckin’ criminals down there in Lexington…we have to deal with the stench of that criminal Pitino in conference games.
7th Inning: Kyle Busch-American Idiot
I would normally give a head slap for this but I had to rail some. Kyle Busch is an idiot plain and simple. Look I get the fact that there are some adrenaline fueled moves in any sport and that the high speed breakneck pace of racing can flare tempers but what Busch did was not only downright stupid it was foolhardy, dangerous and could have gotten someone killed. This past Friday Busch and Ron Hornaday Jr. were doing some serious grinding in the outlaws world of racing truck series. I think truck racing is stupid but who am I to tell rednecks what a sport is. (To be fair, I have no beef with stock car racing) Busch angry about a bump that Hornaday did deliberately ran his truck into the rear panel of Hornaday’s truck. Keep in mind that he wasn’t parked or going 35 mph on pit road this was during a caution early in the race! Hornaday slammed into the retaining wall, and Busch went with him. Hornaday thankfully walked away from the accident and Busch was initally unrepentant about his actions. NASCAR was swift and harsh with its punishment, parking Busch for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races, in which Busch is the Chase for the Cup and pretty much eliminated from any kind of contention.Busch was also fined $50,000 Its bad enough that Jeremy Mayfield once a promising young driver has lost his ride and had gotten arrested for possession of methamphetamines, Busch’s stupid thoughtless actions leaves a bad taste and black mark on an exciting sport. Though Busch was predictably apologetic over the weekend and is on probation for the last three weeks of the season, NASCAR should have parked him for the rest of the season, maybe even for good.
8th Inning setup: NBA running out of time
Now all of sudden, the fracturing begins. Just as the owners are gleefully hoping the NBA players are seemingly coming apart, the spectre of missed checks and lost income looming bigger. There is some talk by the big money players and agents for decertification and a long nasty lawsuit but it seems that the rank and file are looking to play ball. In principle the players are in the right, the owners have spent themselves stupid and now want the players to cut their salaries to ease their burden, but the players want some concessions as well. I think its funny to see Michael Jordan who now owns the Bobcats as a hardliner. He was one that was leading the charge for decertification of the players union in the mid nineties and was represented by one of the big money agents. Now he one of the owners that are basically saying 47% of basketball related income is all you will get and you better take that. I ve basically resigned myself that all the basketball that I wll see is of the college and high school variety this year.
Bottom of the 9th: Tebow and Romo legions rejoice! But Rodgers is the real deal
Well both ESPN and Colin Cowherd got their wet dreams on Sunday both Tim Tebow of the Broncos and Tony Romo of the Cowboys led their teams to wins. Both games were ugly, Tebow rushed for more yards than he threw and was aided by the propensity of Raiders QB Carson Palmer to throw untimely picks. The Broncos dropped a 38-24 stunna on the Raiders who are fast falling apart after a 4-2 start. Suddenly the Bengals look more and more smart for hustling the Raiders out of a 1st and 2nd round pick in the upcoming NFL drafts. Meanwhile in Big D Tony Romo did shine, but he didnt shit himself as the Pokes ambled to a win over a sad sack Seattle squad. I didnt listen this morning but you can be sure that Colin Cowherd was sporting wood singing the praises of his man crush. The QB that everyone should be jocking hard? Aaron Rodgers. As a diehard Vikings fan, it pains me to say it but damn, Aaron Rodgers is the shit! I watched him toy with the Chargers weak defense and throw for four scores. I respect Rodgers ten times more than I did Brett Favre. There is just something about the way he came up, struggling and unheralded and now with the chance to make it on his own is shining bright. Anyone that thought the Rodgers was a streaky lucky one season wonder looks damn foolish right now.
Overtime/Extra Innings/Shootout: Smokin' Joe and Magic 20 years after
Im adding this in after the column goes to press, The flags in Hoodwood are again being lowered in deep respect for the passing of Joe Frazier who lost his battle with cancer late Monday night at 67. Frazier who was a Gold Medalist and Heavyweight Champ was one of the most respected fighters in the game, he was simply a legend that should have gotten a lot more dap a respect. Though Im an Ali fan, I thought what he did to Frazier in the way of taunts and derision was silly and stupid. In the end Ali had nothing but deep resepct and admiration for his counterpart in 3 legendary fights.
20 Years ago, I was just about to head out to an evening class when I heard the news. Magic Johnson, who behind Michael Jordan was one of my favorite NBA players announced he was HIV-Positive. Like many people, I thought that Magic was on a short ticker. I admit that I cried as I drove to class that evening. Though many derided Johnson for his freewheeling, almost cavalier sex life that got him that status. I for one admired, Magic's open honesty and responsibilty for his situation and the way that he has crusaded for HIV and AIDS education and awareness. 20 years later, Johnson is still with us and a highly respected commentator on basketball, and successful businessman and philanthropist. Heres to continued life for the man that is truly Magic.
The 19th HolePhat Dap/Head Slap
Patrick Peterson of Princess Katie’s Arizona Cardinals who snapped their six game losing skid with this thrilling 99 punt return in OT to beat the Rams. Check the ill spin-o-rama at :14
To Mark Sanchez of the Jets that while lined up on the outside on a wildcat play flinched like a scared rabbit when Drayton Florence of the Bills jumped at him as the play started…Watch Sanchez flinch like a punk.
The less that is said about my picks or my fantasy teams the better. I’ll try again on Sunday…Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!
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