Gotta love the gigantic flags on display at the various venues Sunday...this one in Washington
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the patriotism isn’t limited to one or two day out of the the year!
Lots to discuss this week, then I got to get to work on the picks which will be seen on Friday. But first our national anthem. Hats off, please!
Few people can belt it out like Jim Cornelison, he and Wayne Messmer have done some of the most inspirational anthems that I have ever heard. Ok now lets chat
Leave it to the NFL to turn out a few games that no one saw coming. You are damned liar if you said you saw Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing 4 TD’s against the Chiefs in Arrowhead. Its been decades since Ive seen Arrowhead that quiet. I think most everyone saw the Texans beating the Colts but could a team look so fucking bad getting its ass beat like the Colts did. Gary Kubiak obviously called the dogs off in the second half, cause they could have hung fifty on the hapless Colts. Never has a team needed one player for its psyche more than the Colts need Peyton Manning. The thing that irritates me the most watching that game is being reminded that Kerry Collins had the game of his life against my beloved Vikings in the 2000 NFC title game and has been little more than the vice president of the bum of the month QB club. (Rex Grossman is the president, but more on him in a minute) Collins looked old and slow and if the Colts want to have any kind of chance at being a contender they have to right the ship and fast.
The Ravens and Steelers were supposed to be in a slugfest, problem is the Ravens did all the slugging. It has been a long time since I’ve seen the Steelers so punked out . I was quite annoyed though at listening to Mike & Mike this morning chide the Ravens for running up the score, warning that the Steelers would remember that and it could come back to bite them. What a crock of bullshit. Teams like the Cowboys and Steelers give off this “Be afraid of us” aura and when they run up the score and whomp on hapless opponents, its expected and they lord it out loud how “dominant” that they are. But when they get took back of the woodshed, the wonks cluck their tongues and whine that teams are running up the score and that they should have some respect. No one says shit when the Steelers are running up 51-0 scores or when the Pokes are winning 44-14. If they can dish it out, law of averages will come back around.
The Bengals were supposed to be the punch line to the start of a promising Browns season but instead turned the joke on the Browns by rallying to beat the Browns. Andy Dalton may not survive the season but what he showed early may give Bengal fans some hope.
But the real showshocking rookie was Cam Newton who acted a damn fool in his debut 421 yards 2 TD’s in the air and one rushing. He made some grown ass man throws on Sunday. I was shocked to say the least. He’s still got some awful mechanics and he made some ill-timed throws but Carolina had to be happy with their first pick. Newton is showing a lot of promise. On other side of the field Kevin Kolb made a strong debut for the Cards, their offense will have no trouble scoring points but their defense is paper thin. They were able to get away with it because the Panthers are still well the Panthers. But they wont get away playing defense like they did for very long. I knocked Rex Grossman but he was quite respectable in the Redskins upset of the Giants…and yes that was an upset. The Giants should be ashamed, they were favored to win easily and Eli Manning just stunk it up. Im still annoyed that I thought the Eli was ready to make a name for himself and be the Manning who was winning games that they were supposed to win, instead he looked so much like the lost little boy making dumb throws. The Giants are in real danger of fading away from the collective consciousness of the New York football fan. Speaking of New York…
The overratedness of Romo…
Ive been called a hater, but Im just don’t buy into the collective thought of Tony Romo being anymore than a so-so QB. Yeah, yeah I know he had a monster 2007 throwing for over 4200 yards and 36 TD’s and a monster 2009 with over 4400 yards and yeah I know his 95.6 QB rating is outta sight. But he’s no winner. The man-gina that is Colin Cowherd has an unabashed bromance/man-crush on Romo and vociferously defends him. I think of him as a poor mans Eli Manning, Manning at least has a Super Bowl ring and has won big games. More often than not, Manning will make the dumb head scratcher throw. Romo is the same way but without the backing pedigree of big wins. His interception late in Sunday’s loss to the Jets left many asking “Why???” Romo is living in the large shadow of Troy Aikman, someone Ive never been a fan of but was someone who more often than not could be counted on in the clutch. I cant say that about Tony Romo, gaudy numbers or not, he has not proved to be an elite QB to me. People keep trying to make excuses for him, but the fact remains that he’s not a young buck QB anymore. At 31, he has had too many excuses made for him and why he cant get over the hump as an elite QB. Look at the tape, would Rodgers, Brees or Brady made that dumb throw? I doubt it. Come on you Romo boosters defend your man and his lack of game. I double dog dare you.
Speaking of overrated…Notre Dame’s nightmare
I am not shy about my loathing of Notre Dame and its coach Brian Kelly. Yes, I am bitter that he jilted my alma mater before the biggest game in school history for that self-righteous group of fakes in South Bend. I wont apologize for being gleeful at the fact the Notre Dame is not only 0-2, but blew a 24-7 lead to Michigan and lost 35-31 before a record crowd at the first night kickoff at the Big House. Do I feel sorry for Kelly? Hell, no. He gets what he deserves and the uppity Irish fans who acted insulted that they weren’t a top ten team are now in real danger of being 0-5. They get Michigan State who are a lot better than when they pulled the okey-doke on the Irish last year to knock them off in OT. They then go to Pitt and Purdue before getting a lollipop game against Air Force. If you thought BK’s head was going to pop like an overripe melon in the first two weeks, how do you think he will be if the Irish are 1-4 or 0-5? Notre Dame fans are fickle and will turn fast. Ask Fat Charlie who went from a step from sainthood to finding For Sale signs in his front yard outside of two years. BK will find how easy he had it in Cincinnati real fast and Im enjoying every minute of it.
I Don’t Hate but…that song gets on my nerves
I made a roadie over the weekend to see my alma mater play at Tennessee and for a brief moment, it looked as if my beloved Bearcats were going to stand toe to toe with the Volunteers and slug it out. The jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead behind an electrifying run by Isaiah Pead and despite being caught asleep at the switch on an onside kick after the Vols first touchdown, were very much in the game having rallied smartly to knot the score at 14 at the end of the first. Unfortunately the Vols did most of the punching in the 2ndand 3rdquarters and the Bearcats fell 45-23. Tyler Bray shredded the Cats for 405 yards passing and the Vols outscored the Cats 31-9 in the final 3 quarters. The thing that I expected but didn’t figure it would irritate me as much was the almost continous playing of Rocky Top. I mean geez they play that fucking song at every turn. I’ve been to Neyland Stadium for a few games and know that Rocky Top is the schools fight song, but I guess I blocked it out most of the time for the other games cause it seemed like it was on a continual loop. If anyone plays that song anywhere in my vicinity they might get cut…
MLB’s suddenly frantic races
In cities like Detroit, Philly, Phoenix and Milwaukee they are marking time till they book playoff spots. Though the Brewers are quietly hoping this last charge by the Cards is more bothersome for the Braves in the wild card race than for a NL Central pennant. There are some still tight races. In the AL West the Angels are trying to stay within arms length of the defending AL champ Rangers. They want to make that last three game series in Anaheim be a winner take all showdown for the division crown. Meanwhile the Yankees are trying to shake the Red Sox and Rays, the latter just coming on relentlessly enough to make the Red Sox panic. You usually see Sox Nation panic when they play the Yanks but the Rays have pushed them hard enough where a playoff berth is no longer the foregone conclusion that it was six weeks ago. And don’t think that the Bombers are secretly hoping that the Rays not the Sox get the Wild Card so that they can avoid their nemesis who has owned has a decided 11-4 on them and get the Rays who they have played more evenly this season going 6-5 and having 7 more games to play them. The Red Sox are clearly panicking as they see the Yanks pull away from them and the Rays creep closer. The margin is 3 ½ on both sides. This will be an interesting 3 weeks to be sure
Phat Dap/ Head Slap
Dap to Alan Moore who kicked an extra point for NAIA Faulker’s 41-19 win over Ave Maria. This wasn’t just some pimply faced walk on living a dream. Moore is a 61 year old grandfather of five. Here’s a real old schooler for you, he made his kick straight on not soccer style which is the norm nowadays. Moore is the oldest player to not only get into a college game but score. The Vietnam vet actually played for Jones College in Mississippi in 1968 before joining the Army. He served his country then worked in construction before retiring in 2009. He decided to try his hand at kicking after watching his alma mater play last year. Hats off to an old vet still making good kicks.
Head slap goes to Serena Williams, not for her straight set loss to heretofore unknown Samantha Stosur of Australia in the US Open final Sunday but for her needless tantrum at chair ref Eva Asderaki who cited Williams for a code violation during the early part of the match with Stosur. After ripping what she thought was a winner and yelling “Come on!” to herself, Asderaki awarded Stosur the point ruling that she was reaching for a backhand shot and was distracted. Now was the call a bit suspect? Yes, but Williams melted down, yelling at the chair and throwing insults at Asderaki calling her a hater and telling her to “Don’t look at me.” Now this wasn’t on the level of Williams’ tantrum in the 2009 US Open where she blistered a line judge with a profanity laced tirade after being called for a foot fault in her loss to Kim Clijsters. She got docked $82K for that. Instead she got a minor $2K fine for this outburst. I understand being intense and wanting to win, but Serena just looked like a sore loser. Though it was early in the match, it was clear that the call bothered her enough to rattle her off her game and give the unheralded Stosur enough of an edge to win her first major, something that deserves dap in itself. Serena should know better and really made an ass of herself…no pun intended.
And Finally your Bandits Football Update!
The Chocolate City Bandits got their 2 time GMFL title defense off and winging with a 114-64 win over the Tourch. Tourch head coach Montez Watson openly bragged that there was a new sheriff in town and the Bandits wer e yesterdays news, but behind 41 points from Drew Bledsoe and 25 points from Kenny Britt, the Bandits were never threatened. “Guess it’s the same old bad guys in Black, beating the pants off the pretenders…old news”
The Butler County Bandits were defeated by Team Butters 81-57 as Wess Welker had 25 points. The Bandits will hopefully bounce back in the HHFL.
As stated earlier, the weeks picks will be posted on Friday and hopefully will be better than last week…until next post fellow sports fans!