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Sports Friday with Hal: The NFL Week Three
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes

 

Greg Hardy.

Ray McDonald.

Adrian Peterson.

Jonathan Dwyer.

 

There, that’s it. Not talking about those idiots anymore. They’re taking away from this fantastic football season and that is a shame.

 

So many great games to date, so many great games to come:

 

Matt Ryan is back to being elite. No he’s not. Wait, maybe he is. Tune in next week because with Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, and Roddy White that offense SHOULD be putting up sick numbers. Heck of a performance in week one and now week three (as it is on in the background) tearing apart Tampa Bay. Breakout star tight end Jordan Reed has been hurt and 2011 fifth round draft pick Niles Paul (who had four receptions last year, eight the year before, and just two in 2011) pulls down eight passes in week two for 99 yards and a touchdown. Crazy!

 

That RGIII injury? OUCH. My ankle hurt just seeing the replay. How about Kirk “Kissing” Cousins stepping in and the offense playing better without Griffin? Robert Griffin III looked efficient but not spectacular. Cousins had a big-game kind of day and just looks right for the role sitting in the pocket and finding everyone EXCEPT DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon seemingly. Yes, it was Jacksonville (why oh why did I go on record about the “huge improvement on defense” for the Jags?) but impressive none the less.

Speaking of the Jaguars, owner Shad Khan (cue the William Shatner cue the Star Trek II “KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNN!” clip) fired manager number three in just over a year across the pond as disappointing Fulham was relegated last year and losing to Nottingham Forest (yah, that’s as bad as it sounds...being beaten by the merry men!). I would not want to be head coach in Jacksonville with that track record for an owner. The Jags are 0-2, scored 27 total points in two games, have given up 75 points, top wide receivers Justin Blackmon and Ace Sanders are suspended, tight end Marcedes Lewis is on injured reserve, second-round draft pick Marqise Lee is out with a hamstring injury, and week one star receiver Allen Hurns is doubtful to play with an ankle injury. Current top receiver Cecil Shorts has not played yet after pulling down 66 catches last year and is still questionable for Sunday. That is rough. At least they’re sitting first-round pick Blake Bortles rather than run him out with no receivers to throw to on Sunday.

 

Super Bowl rematch in week three? Yes! Denver looking shaky but still winning both games...Seattle losing to San Diego as the Chargers picked apart the defense. Did not hear much in the offseason about Seattle’s losses on the defensive line, but Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett can’t do it all every week. Bruce Irvin needs to show up--he’s skated as a first round pick in 2012 for the Seahawks due to their other great personnel moves. Irvin is on the hot seat now. Chris Clemons and Red Bryant in Jacksonville, Clint McDonald in Tampa Bay … that’s a lot of players lose in the middle of the defensive line. Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane are run-stuffers, linebacker K.J. Wright does not rush the quarterback, and youngsters Jordan Hill, O’Brien Schofield and veteran Kevin Williams have not contributed much in the pass rush. Are there cracks in the defense in Seattle? Stay tuned.

Speaking of Thursday Night Football on CBS...

I LOVE IT!!!  Nothing better than primetime football on free TV.

 

The commercials for Tea Leoni in “Madame Secretary”?

Not so much of a fan. I predict six episodes and it is never seen again.

 

The Cincinnati Bengals have been the most complete team looking strong on defense (shutting down the Falcons last week looks even better with the Falcons destroying Tampa Bay Thursday Night) and doing enough on offense without wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert hurt last week. Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard are a dynamic duo at running back and getting back to health makes Cincinnati a favorite...up until the playoffs when Andy Dalton will find a way to lose the game. That said, the Bengals--in week three--and being 2-0 are already having trouble getting to the 85% threshold to avoid a blackout? Seriously? Thumbs down, Cincy...not like anyone is going to watch the Reds trying to hold off the Cubs for last place in the NL Central these next few weeks!

 

OK, that’s all for today. Have a great weekend, all!


 

NFL Week 3 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

 

Thursday September 18th

Buccaneers (0-2) @ Falcons (1-1)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Falcons by 6

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Rams 19-17, Falcons lost to Bengals 24-10

Fast Fact Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 5-1 at home against the Falcons has thrown 7 TDs and Zero interceptions

So its barely 3 weeks into the season, this game has the urgency of a playoff eliminator game. The Bucs got zapped by poor clock management late against the Rams and lost after a ten second run off was assessed after having no time outs for an injury occurring with 8 seconds to play. The Falcons went to the Nati and were dominated by the Bengals. So on a short week turnaround the Bucs are in mortal danger of being relegated to irrelavence before the 1st day of autumn and the Falcons having their shootout win over the Saints written off as a fluke. Josh McCown still seems to be struggling to effectively move the Bucs offense which is a shame since their defense is really shining under the tutelage of Lovie Smith. Meanwhile the Falcons defense is looking more and more suspect and while Matty (Ice) Ryan seemed to throw a bushel of passes, his offense can keep up with a porous defense giving up mass yards and points.  As much as I should know better, and think that this will be the game that the Bucs make the breakthrough. The Falcons are always tough at home and the Bucs have struggled in the ATL

Pick-Atlanta

 

Sunday September 21

Chargers (1-1) @ Bills (2-0)

Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, NY 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite ills by 2½

Last Week Chargers defeated Seahawks 30-21, Bills defeated Dolphins 29-10

Fast Fact The Bills have only gained 28 first downs in two games, 2nd fewest in the NFL

The Chargers bounced back nicely to thump the defending Super Bowl Champs but have the arduous task of coming cross country to face a Bills team that is looking like a real handful on the defensive side of the ball. Their offense? Well, they keep scoring points because the defense keeps handing them the ball. I really can’t trust either team because they have way too many flaws. I think the win over the Seahawks was huge fluke. I think the theory coming across country to play an early game will hurt them. I think the surprising Bills keep raising eyebrows

Pick-Buffalo

 

Cowboys (1-1) @ Rams (0-2)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Cowboys by 1

Last Week Cowboys defeated Titans 26-10, Rams defeated Bucs 19-17

Fast Fact The Rams are picking the worst time to be facing DeMarco Murray who leads the league in rushing. Murray has had his two best career games against the Rams setting the franchise single rushing mark in one of them.

The Pokes got a stellar rushing day from DeMarco Murray and steamrolled the Titans, the Rams got away with a win after some poor clock management by the Bucs let them escape with a close win. The Rams rushing defense is plumb awful and the Pokes are looking for reasons to not have to lean on Tony Romo or that precarious defense too much. Look for a steady diet of Murray to trample on the Rams.

Pick-Dallas

 

Washington (1-1) @ Eagles (2-0)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 6½

Last Week Washington defeated Jags 41-10, Eagles defeated Colts 30-27

Fast Fact Washington has a 7 game road losing streak the longest current in the NFL

RGIII went to the sidelines with a busted ankle and is out for a while (Big shock). Kirk Cousins stepped in and played a nearly flawless game leading Washington to a happy home opener win. The learning curve goes back to steep as they face a bitter divisional rival. The Eagles again spotted an opponent a double digit lead then roared back to win. Cousins gives Washington a stable element to their offense and they will need it to keep the Eagles high speed offense off the field. I don’t think that they have the chops to do it and the Eagles will continue to strengthen their divisional lead.

Pick-Philadelphia

 

Vikings (1-1) @ Saints (0-2)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Saints by 10

Last Week Vikings lost to Patriots 30-7, Saints lost to Browns 26-24

Fast Fact The Saints have averaged 35.1 points in their last ten home game a figure that Vikings haven’t reached in their last 38 road games

The Vikings had zero offense after an initial touchdown drive and seemed to shoot themselves in the foot at every opportunity. They are catching the Saints at the absolute wrong time, angered after a second narrow road loss they return home where they have won their last ten. With no Peterson to keep the Saints high octane offense off the field, the Vikings are in deep deep trouble. This game could get very ugly, even as a big Vikings fan. I’m not myopic enough to think that the Vikings have anywhere close to enough to keep this competitive. I won’t insult my beloved Vikes by making them a lock to lose.

Pick-New Orleans

 

Texans (2-0) @ Giants (0-2)

MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 2

Last Week Texans defeated Raiders 30-14, Giants lost to Cardinals 25-14

Fast Fact The Texans have allowed a total of 20 points in their first two games, fewest in the NFL

The Texans started 2-0 last year then lost their last 14, but the look nothing like the 14 loss mess from last year playing crisper and more aggressive on both sides of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t have to play lights out, he manages the offense nicely and the rugged JJ Watt led defense are tough, the G-Men are just a mess on both sides of the ball. Is it possible for Eli Manning to play any worse than he has? Running for his life from Watt and company, we might see worse.

Pick-Houston

 

Titans (1-1) @ Bengals (2-0)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 7

Last Week Titans lost to Cowboys 26-10, Bengals defeated Falcons 24-10

Fast Fact Call him Mr. Clean, Bengals QB Andy Dalton has yet to throw an interception or be sacked in two games.

The Titans got run over by the Pokes solid running game and looked clueless against their so-so defense. They will have more trouble with a rugged Bengals defense that is looking tougher and tougher to solve. I think that road win the Titans sprung on the Chiefs two weeks ago isn’t the real definition of the team, and while Paul Brown Stadium isn’t the rowdy venue that Arrowhead is, the Bengals are super tough at home as of late. The Bengals continue to open eyes and quiet doubters with a solid win

Pick-Cincinnati

 

Ravens (1-1) @ Browns (1-1)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 1½

Last Week Ravens defeated Steelers 26-6, Browns defeated Saints 26-24

Fast Fact The Browns are one of four NFL teams that have yet to commit a turnover

Blurb The Ravens throttled the Steelers and face their third straight divisional opponent, the Browns rallied nicely to upend the Browns and have renewed confidence in their offense. The Ravens are a tough team to figure. When they balance their offense like they did last week they roll deep when they are pass happy like the 62 passes Joe Flacco threw in week 1 they usually lose. I still can’t trust the Browns even at home and even though the broke a long losing streak to the Ravens late last year. Something tells me that the Ravens will win a slugfest

Pick-Baltimore

 

Packers (0-0) @ Lions (0-0)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 2 ½

Last Week Packers defeated Jets 31-24, Lions lost to Panthers 24-7

Fast Fact Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has won all 9 meetings with the Lions that he has finished the game, the Packers only loss to Lions in the Rodgers era was when the Packers QB was knocked out with a concussion

The Packers came home and rallied to win a thrilling shootout with the Jets while the Lions looked nothing like their impressive opener as they fell flat in Carolina. The Packers weak running defense shouldn’t be really worried as the Lions have really had no running game to speak of. The Lions need to get Matt Stafford rolling early but they can’t afford to get into a shootout. I can’t trust the Lions in this game, home game or not.

Pick-Green Bay

 

Colts (0-2) @ Jaguars (0-2)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 10

Last Week Colts lost to Eagles 30-27, Jaguars lost to Washington 41-10

Fast Fact Colts QB Andrew Luck and Coach Chuck Pagano lost back to back games for the first time

Blurb This game is a huge mismatch. The Colts are not an 0-2 team they lost two tough games. The Jags are an 0-2 team, they had a second half meltdown in Philly and a total beatdown in DC last week. Luck will find the going much much easier against a still suspect Jags defense. The Colts are the better and will show it in spades

Pick-Indianapolis

 

Raiders (0-2) @ Patriots (1-1)

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Patriots by 14

Last Week Raiders lost to Texans 30-14, Patriots defeated Vikings 30-7

Fast Fact Pats coach Bill Belicheck netted his 200th coaching win last week and can move into a tie with Marty Schottenheimer with a win this week

The Raiders just look plain bad and heading across country again won’t help a bit. The Pats won going away but their offense was spotty at best. The Raiders got ran on and thrown on by a decent Texans offense last week at home. The Pats in their home opener might make them very bad hosts. Brady hasn’t been Brady so far but he will look more like it against a bad Raiders squad and the Pats defense will tax the young Raiders QB and offense

Pick-New England (Lock of the Week)

 

49ers (1-1) @ Cardinals (2-0)

University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, AZ 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite 49ers by 3

Last Week 49ers lost to Bears 28-20, Cardinals defeated 25-14

Fast Fact The Niners have not scored a single point in the fourth quarter in either of their first two games

The Cards looked crisp in spite of not having Carson Palmer in easily downing the G-Men. The Niners had their home opener on lock before blowing a tire and losing. Drew Stanton looked good in a no turnover performance but playing against the Niners is a wholly different case. Even though the Cards are tough at home in their desert fortress, the Niners are still a tough team and I just don’t think that Stanton will get it done.

Pick-San Francisco

 

Broncos (2-0) @ Seahawks (1-1)

CenturyLink Field, Seattle 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Seahawks by 5

Last Week Broncos defeated Chiefs 24-17, Seahawks lost to Chargers 30-21

Fast Fact This is the first time since 1997 that a regular season matchup of teams featured the previous years Super Bowl combatants

The Broncos are taking their show on the road for the first time this season and as cruel fate would have it they are heading into the lair the team that humiliated them in the Super Bowl last February, and this is the same team coming off an embarrassing waxing by the middling Chargers. Peyton Manning is putting up the kind of numbers that you would expect but one has to wonder if he will have a Meadowlands flashback in the mind numbing din of Century Link Field. The Broncos defense is improved but is it enough, I call this game a near draw last year (boy was I wrong there) I think the Seahawks home field advantage is the difference.

Pick-Seattle

 

Chiefs (0-2) @ Dolphins (1-1)

SunLife Stadium; Miami Gardens 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Dolphins by 3 ½

Last Week Chiefs lost to Broncos 24-17, Dolphins lost to Bills 29-10

Fast Fact Chiefs QB Alex Smith is the NFL’s lowest rated passer

The Chiefs played tougher than expected for the environment but fell to the Broncos, while the Dolphins sputtered offensively in Buffalo. I just don’t trust either team to be sure, the teams might be missing marquee running backs with Knowshon Moreno out for the Fins and Jamaal Charles gimpy for the Chiefs. Both QB’s are suspect at the very least. But when in doubt go with the home team

Pick-Miami

 

Steelers (1-1) @ Panthers (2-0)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Panthers by 3

Last Week Steelers lost to Ravens 26-6, Panthers defeated Lions 24-7

Fast Fact The Steelers have been outscored 50-9 over the last 6 quarters

The Steelers offense has been nonexistent over the last six quarter and the Panthers have played more efficient that I gave them credit for. This is a tougher game to call than it would seem, I’m highly suspicious of the Steeler offense in general and yet I’m not sold on the viability of the Panthers defense or their offensive capabilities especially their running game. In another coin toss game that is destined to be wrong, Ill again go with the home team shining a bit brighter under primetime lights.

Pick-Carolina

 

Monday September 22

 

Bears (1-1) @ Jets (0-0)

MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Jets by 3

Last Week Bears defeated 49ers 28-20, Jets lost to Packers 31-24

Fast Fact First ever meeting of a team that rallied from 17 point deficit to win and a team that had blown a 17 point lead and lost, in the previous week

Wait a minute who was that cat throwing darts all over the big blue jean last Sunday night and sending the good folks of Santa Clara home unhappy. That couldn’t have been Jay Cutler who found Brandon Marshall again and again to rally the Bears to an improbable win. The Jets however took a perfectly good winning formula and flushed it in blowing a 17 point lead at Lambeau. I just don’t trust the grinning jeering Rex Ryan and I don’t trust Geno Smith. The Bears have a number of problems that a decent team could expose but the Jets are too inconsistent to do that. Cutler should be able to pick his way through the Jets sometimey defensive pressure and get the ball to his dynamic receiving corps, meanwhile Smith will have his hands full with a withering Bears pass rush that frustrated Colin Kaepernick into a bevy of errors.

Pick-Chicago.

 

 

Last Week: 6-10 (Lock Correct, Upset Incorrect)

Overall: 17-15

Locks: 2-0

Upsets: 1-1

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL

The NFL has gone through the roughest period in league history of the past few weeks. Let’s face the league that seems to have it’s crap together has gotten diarha. The league is facing an image problem that makes congress look like choir boys. Ow we all know that a lot of players in the league are just not good guys they have been a lot of arrests over the past few years mainly petty crap and substance related offenses just young guys being stupid.

Last year a young man from the Chiefs committed suicide do to domestic problems.Then Ray Rice,beating the crap out of his girlfriend, Adrian Petersen beating the crap out of a 4 year old and a host of 5 or 6 other guys now waiting out the legal fall out of their misdeeds.against girlfriends and spouses alike. The league that controls everything can’t seem to control their most important element their players.

Let’s face it we all know a lot of these guys aren’t angels  and have bad and shady pasts Aaron Hernandez for instance. Let’s also face it if this stuff didn’t find it’s way to the media Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen would be playing on Sunday. The fact is in today’s society people are looking to expose what they perceive aswrong doing and in both these cases as in others this exposure should be brought to the attention of at the very least the authorities.

But where do we cross the line where does it go to far and like I say I don’t think it went to far in these cases. We have seen countless stories of a bus driver taking a snooze and some one takes a picture and sends it to his boss . the guy looses his job maybe he worked a second job or Overtime and is taking a cat nap tobe more efficient with passengers on board..

I guess that is our society today we are able to hide be hind a twitter handle or a blog name and make a snap judgment without all the facts. The case in hand the NFL needs to do a better job of screening some of these kids coming in the league. They need to get them help before it explodes into the mess they are dealing with now. This is probably not the first time Ray Rice or any of these other guys hit a omen this is the time they got exposed same for Pedersen.

The NFL has a cack in the shield and I’m not sure they know how to handle it. They suspended a bunch of players with charges pending maybe that is a way but it seems reactionary to instead of proactive. This like the government changing a law because of one incident happens at th state level all the time. The league needs to be proactive in preventing this stuff and I’m just not sure if they can. They can control a lot of things but they can’t control human nature. I think the rash of suspensions are reactionary partly so they don’t have a repeat of the mess over the past couple of weeks and partly due to some major sponsors voicing there not liking the way the league is handling things. Anhuser Busch and Nike have told the league they aren’t pleased and I’m sure a few others as well.

Let’s face it we like the game and we will all be watching our teams on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. But league has developed an image problem far worse than the NBA ever had and they just aren’t sure how to handle it. Eventually it will all go away and be forgotten at some point but for now I wouldn’t want to be the sheriff.

O H Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Brees Belichick

Hello gabbers and thanks for checking in today.

New segment part 2…Harry’s disgusted.

In 69 words-

The Vikings reinstating Adrian Peterson and saying they will let the judiciary process play out is saying that he’s too good of a talent to let this incident get in the way of our goal. The Raddison is pulling their advertising from the Vikings in light of Peterson’s return.  Peterson injured his 4 year old son, that he only sees 10-15 days per year, unintentionally… with a stick.  

I wrote this blog before the Vikings, under pressure from sponsers, reversed their position on Peterson. He will still get $800,000 per week but won't be allowed in the Vikings facility.

Week two of the NFL season had plenty of off field drama, my opinions of these things is simply spelled out in 69 words above.

On the field........

On the field there was some great football played.

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers took it to the defending SB champs and beat Richard Sherman and the Seahawks 30-21.

Ageless Antonio Gates pulled in 3 TD passes from Rivers in the win..

Rex is not happy

Marty is in deep shit

The Jets seemed to find their mid season stride by timing out in Green Bay…blame Marty , Rex or Karma, it really doesn’t matter they just seem to finds a way. They are kind of the AFC version of the Lions.

 

Jordy Nelson gave Oldharry’s Natural grass and bad weather fantasy team a boost over Lanz’s Dukes of York. 209 yards receiving and that adds up to some solid bonus points…sorry Lanz

The play of the weekend award goes to Patriots DE Chandler Jones.

A blocked FG attempt and subsequent 59 yard TD return to go along with 8 tackles and 2 sacks.

The Pats o line kept Tom Brady clean with only one sack.

 

The still unbeaten teams after week 2 are:

Cincinnati

Arizona

Denver

Houston

Buffalo

Carolina

 Philadelphia

The most surprising Bills are 2-0 after beating the Bears in week one and pummeling the Dolphins 29-10 in week two. The road ahead for the Bills isn’t an easy one:

San Diego-       just beat defending SB champs Seattle last week.

At Houston-     off to a 2-0 start

At Detroit-        explosive offense with Stafford and Cal Johnson

New England-   Tom Brady has a 22-2 record vs Buffalo

 

The surviving Dolphins are gathering to put this years pin poking voodoo session round table together to finish off the teams left unbeaten. They will be putting the 2% milk to toast on ice awaiting the last to fall of this years pretenders

 

Milestones:

-Patriots head coach Bill Belichick won his 200th NFL regular season game 30-7 over the Vikings on Sunday.

When asked about the 200th Bill said, “ I didn’t plan on this when I got into coaching, it’s really something…I guess what it really means is that I had some great players playing for me”

The only other active NFL head coaches with more than 100 wins are

Tom Coughlin        158

Jeff Fisher             157

Andy Reid             141

John Fox              109

 

- Wrapped In Belichick's 200th win was Tom Brady's 149th win pulling him into 3rd place alltime behind Farve and Manning

 

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Peyton Manning now has 497 TD’s just 11 behind all time leader Brett Farve.

The closest active QB’s behind Peyton are

- Drew Brees at #4 with 366 and

- Tom Brady at #5 with 361.

 

Speaking of Brees

 

-Drew Brees 51,651yds. passed John Elway 51,475yds. and moved into 4th place all time in total passing yardage.

 

Top 10 all time list passing yards

1.Brett Farve              71,838

2.Peyton Manning       65,475

3. Dan Marino             61,361

4. Drew Brees             51,651

5. John Elway              51,475

6. Tom Brady               49,547

7. Warren Moon           49,325

8. Fran Tarkington        47,003

9. Vinny Testaverde      46,233

10. Drew Bledsoe         44,611

 

In the Harry family league I squared off against son #2. I had to get rid of Peterson and replaced him in my lineup with Shane Vereen and move Reggie Wayne into the flex position I moved Vereen from. With some injuries, suspensions etc. I was still able to win 168-109 and stay unbeaten.

Life in the Subdivision:

You just never know what the kids will bring home next!  I’ve always been a purveyor of letting my kids do what they want as long as they don’t break things or hurt people. All of them are independent and self sufficient which is what our parenting plan was when we started out. Last weekend #4 son, the one who told us we needed to be tested for a trembling disorder after taking the shaky truck for a spin, came home with a new yard ornament.

He says it (an old 24’ Boston Whaler with no motor) will be sold within a week and he will fix the trailer and get $600.00 for it. I said ok, what did you pay for the arc?

Boat and trailer…$150.

Number 3 son said later that day, “ ok the Boat isn’t gone until Nov 1st…you want the over or under Dad?”

 I took the over.

The Ditkahs rocked the lanes last week taking game one by 43 point and game 3 by 25 after dropping game 2 by 10. A solid overall win which brings us to 8-8 after two weeks. I had an ok night, started out with a 156 followed with a 192 and finished with a 177.  

Until next week Gabbers and don’t forget Lanz right over there >>>

Musings From The Hoodwood 9-16
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL NBA MLB

Kershaw is the odds on favorite to win the Cy Young....and the NL MVP???

 

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where your humble scribe is dodging the mailman trying to deliver AARP cards…but seriously folks.

 

Leading off: Roger Must Go

I’ve been a vociferous and vocal critic of Roger Goodell almost since he became commissioner. I thought him a poor follow up to the legacies left by Pete Rozelle and Paul Taglibue. I think so highly of Rozelle his name shares my fantasy league trophy. I liked Paul Taglibue. He was understated, yet quietly forceful. He took the lead after 9/11 in postponing the NFL’s game for the coming week and the other leagues that were playing followed his lead. I think Goodell is a camera hog, I think he likes to hear himself talk. I think he has an over aggrandized sense of self. Goodell thinks he is the Lawnmower man of pro football. Why can you just hear Der Kommisar bellowing “In pro football…I am God!” he’s a bully, he’s snarky and I don’t like him. My suspicions of Goodell were heightened after the near lockout in 2012, and further exacerbated by the bountygate scandal where he acted with scorn and contempt to the parties involved and a few of his rulings were eventually reduced. He wanted to be the sheriff and the NFL’s  “Big Daddy”, the face of the NFL. The owners who are his collective boss have determined that as long as he’s bringing in the loot, he worth keeping. The NFL makes money hand over fist and can shot call to the point of object arrogance. Think I’m joking, you have to check out the tome of demands that the NFL drops on a prospective city that wants to host a Super Bowl. I read some of this and started thinking “Who the fuck does the NFL think they are?” But then again they are the NFL, and they get what they want when they want and no one says a thing.  After the increasing messes that are the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald violence scandals, many are questioning his leadership and if he needs to step down. I for one think his attitude and arrogance are highly detrimental to the game. I know it more and more about safety but the game has really gotten to be no fun and Goodell is the cause of it. He’s ruining the game that I love and he really needs to go.

               

B-Squad is A Team and wins FIBA World Cup

The critics knocked the US men’s national basketball that was headed to the World Cup, No Durant, No LeBron, no Kobe no KLove, Paul George falling victim to a horrific injury, et al. The Americans looked ripe for the upset as they head to Spain for the FIBA basketball world cup. But the Americans charged through the round robin and the knockout stage and despite getting tested here and there and falling behind 15-7 in the finale, roared back to whomp the Serbian team 132-96 to clinch their 4th straight international title. The USMNT hasn’t lost a game since they were humiliated by Greece in the 2006 Worlds which were the forerunner of this tournament. That was 86 international games ago. The Americans have won two Olympics tourneys and two worlds, The talk that the US had to send their super-duper stars to win and if they didn’t they ran the risk of getting beaten by the better international teams like Spain and Serbia, but the Spanish squad didn’t even make it to the semis getting ousted in the quarters. I think that hiring of Coach K to run the squad was probably the smartest move that Team USA made. They ran the national team like a pro team and made the players commit to playing on the team for a set period and the star power drove the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Teams, and the 2010  and 2014 World squads had some star power but played more a team oriented format. There were pros and good names to be sure but Kyrie Irving’s 32 points to lead the finale wasn’t LeBron or Kobe. But it was a winning formula.

 

RGIII: Hess down again

Does that really surprise you now? RGIII is fast turning into an NFL version of Derrick Rose, he can’t stay healthy and seems to have an entire city waiting on his performance to be more than just a game or two.  Washington got hammered by the Texans and RGIII played an ineffective game, be came out nicely in the 2nd game against the Jags, but the bad luck of RGIII came up when he badly dislocated his ankle on a rollout and could be out as many a 6-8 weeks. Washington is thanking its lucky stars that he didn’t suffer a season ending injury

 

Can Kershaw pull the daily double?

After the horrific injury to the Marlins Giancarlo Stanton that ended his season, the focus of the NL MVP now returns to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, despite being pushed by the Reds Johnny Cueto for the Cy Young, Kershaw should be a lock to win 3rd Cy Young in 4 years, He is fast closing in on 20 wins.  But there are some that think a pitcher should never win the MVP. Unless in rare rare exceptions (it’s happened 10 times since the Cy Young Award was created in 1956) like Bob Gibson and Denny McClain in 1968 when Gibson had a microscopic 1.12 ERA and McClain won 30 games for their respective pennant winning teams. Or be dominant like Roger Clemens was in 1986. I think Kershaw fits into this mold. The Dodgers have rarely lost when he takes the mound. Consider that since June 1 the Dodgers are playing at a .947 pace when Kershaw takes the mound. That’s Koufax numbers if not better.  Kershaw should take both awards home and deserves to.

 

Phat Dap

To the auspicious college debut of Gunner Kiel of my beloved Alma Mater Cincinnati. Kiel, who was the 2011 High School Mr. Football in Indiana was first committed to Indiana then LSU then signed with Notre Dame after a year of being buried on the depth chart of the National runner up, Kiel transferred to Cincinnati at the recommendation of his then coach Brian Kelly who had previously coached at Cincy after having to sit out a year under the archaic NCAA transfer rules, Kiel made his first collegiate start last Friday against Toledo having not have played competitively since January 2012 one would think he would be rusty. He only threw for 418 yards and a school record tying 6 scores. Kiel could rewrite the record books and he’s only a sophomore…

 

Head Slap

To yours truly, it’s not often that I give myself one but Sunday, I decided to listen to the spec on ESPN that said that Brandon Marshall was NOT going to play against the 49ers Sunday Night. I benched him and not only did Marshall start, he scored…3 FUCKING TIMES. Of course his points would have given me a fighting chance to win. The irony here is that the league this team is in 0-2, being victim of Matt Ryan having a monster week 1 meanwhile my other team is 2-0 despite being near the bottom of the league in scoring…

 

Until next post fellow sports fans!

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