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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL and more nFL

First of all I would like to thank IHM for filling in last week and he doing his usual great job. We had a great vacation last week with a couple of other families from our town. We all had a great time up on the coast of Maine. I walked 4.5 miles every morning with my friend George . an hour and half with just good adult conversation. Before we started our days with the wives and kids.

The final all important third preseason game is over and done with. We still don’t have a clue sure we know Wes Welker won’t be playing anytime soon or shouldn’t be playing anytime soon. Three concussions in 10 months it’s time to walk away. As a matter of fact how many more has he had that haven’t been reported or that he has played with? Welker has had a noble career as a Dolphin, Patriot, and Bronco. It’s time to leave the game no questions asked no failure just time to save yourself for later life.

Sam Bradford is out for the season as well. After going down against the Browns last week. Again that all important preseason game. Michael Sam is still a Ram and the poor reporting from ESPN was just horrible. Sending a female reporter that violated Rams media protocol and then reports that a player told her that Sam waits to take a shower is just hard hitting reporting. This is the biggest non story there is Sam made the 75 man roster and ESPN was ready if he got cut. We didn’t need to no any more. I think people haven’t even thought about Sam other than the media especially ESPN keeping that story alive. Then again now that Johnny Football is number2 in Cleveland there really isn’t much to keep in the headlines.

The Seahawks were fined about 300k and100k of that was tacked on to Pete Carrol for violating the NFL’s contact policy in mini camp. This is the second time in two years. The Seahawks will lose a couple of days of OTA’s

The Patriots have traded Logan Mankins a typical Belichick move. He has down this with Lawyer Malloy and Richard Seymour. Mankins was a high paid offensive guard 6.5 million.and the spin is he doesn’t block as well as he once did. In return the Patriots get Tight End Tim Wright which gives Brady another weapon if he stays upright. According to Jason Cole of the Bleacher report Brady is upset. Mankins was a Teddy Bruschi, Troy Brown type Patriots. That guy that was what the Patriots stood for the guy that kept things in the locker room. The guy the young guys went to for advice , the guy who also told the misfits to keep it in check. He will become Tampa’s top O lineman but leaves a void with the Patriots.

How about that moron kid from USC who jumped off a balcony and said he was saving his nephew from the bottom of an apartment building pool. He already has admitted that he made that up. USC had suspended him from the football team. Eventually, we will find out what he really was doing and I’m guessing it wasn’t anything good.

It’s almost back, Lil Lanz will be back with his Pee wee  Hockey team. First practice next Wednesday and first game next , We picked up his game jersey and socks the other night. The league went to a lighter jersey and moved back to our towns traditional colors of Red and Gray. The boys will be wearing Red Jersey’s with their names on their backs Black Hockey Pants and Gray Socks with Red and white stripes not sure how the new ensemble will look but the kids seem to be excited about it.

That’s all I have spending afew more days in the North Country this week,.

 

O H Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL hit's and concussions

Hello Gabbers and welcome back to Thursday.

This week we are going to dissect Thursday…the 5th day of the week, the 4th day of the work week, the day after hump day and the day before TGIF. Ok that’s out of the way.

The NFL enters into irrelevant week of the pre season aka as preseason game 4.

Yes there are cuts to be made and the have nots are waiting like vultures for the haves to make the cut they need.

One teams garbage is another teams playmaker as the saying goes.

As we witness the final battles for roster spots some veterans get the axe and some camp surprises get a legit shot at their dreams to play in the NFL.

Injuries during camp are always going to happen; Sam Bradford, Wes Welker, Cam Newton

Arrests

and suspensions are a large part of what shapes a roster going into the season. Bill Belichick has two guys with 4 game suspensions, WR Tyms and DB Browner, both will start on suspension and pics therefore not take one of the precious 53 but will be able to be activated on week 5.

BB gets to see how it goes for 4 weeks before choices need to be made on these guys and who they would replace on the roster…these things usually play themselves out with injuries or poor performances.

Sorry NFL, BB has out smarted you again.

It is sad to see Wes Welker go down with his 3rd concussion in 10 months, this is one tough guy but he bravely takes those hits and gets right up. Rumor has it that he suffered at least one concussion in NE but managed to avoid getting diagnosed and stayed on the field. I saw the hit and subsequent Peyton tantrum, very entertaining but I think the hit was clean. Swearinger led with his shoulder and what else could he do. But Swearinger is a punk like suspended Brandon Merryweather so I guess I’d be in his face too.

Sam “bad luck” Bradford creates another dilemma for the Rams. Here they are in what is probably the best division in the NFL. They have high hopes and have had a ton of 1st round picks to use the past few years. They thought QB wasn’t a need so they went other directions…now here they are looking at a season of Shaun Hill under center or…or they could trade for the likes of Mark Sanchez or perhaps Ryan Mallett to try to compete.  

Hill at 34 has had a varied road to being named the starter.

Undrafted in ’02 he signed with the Vikings.

He spent ’03 playing QB for the Amsterdam Admirals and then back to the Vikings thru ’05 but never saw the field, From ’06-’09 he hung his cleats with the 49ers and actually completed his first NFL pass in ’07.

He signed with the Lions in 2010 and left at the end of the 2013 season signing on with the Rams.

How many wins? or another early pick? but either way another year of frustration for Rams fans

The earthquake out South  BOB land Cali was one of those eye openers. I have no idea what that’s like. In the NE we get an occasional fast moving hurricane and some blizzard type snow but earthquakes, volcanoes, wildfires, major floods and big tornadoes (we get an F-1 twister in MA every once in a while) those things don’t usually occupy much of our thoughts. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and those that sufferd loss of home and business.

Looking forward to another Gab fantasy football season, relax it's for fun and pick well. 

And most important... have a nice Labor Day weekend and again I say relax.these two antique lounge chairs were collected by my wife and refinished by oldharry himself. Both made in the 1940's they are sturdy and comfortable. The cushions were on sale at Lowes last weekend. I will be relaxing!

Musings From The Hoodwood 8-26 NFL Preview Pt.3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where the fantasy teams are getting ready to get back to the championship ways

More of the NFL Preview Lets look East where the more things change…

AFC East

New England Patriots

2013: 12-4 Champs lost to Denver in Conference Championship

Coach: Bill Belichick 163-61 in 14 Seasons in New England, 199-105 in 19 Seasons with Cleveland & New England; 218-114 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Stevan Ridley needs to be more a force in the running game, 774 yards won’t be enough to balance the load of the offense

Fast Facts: Belichick’s 163 wins is more than triple the wins of the next winningest coach Mike Holovak

The Patriots have had one losing season in the Belichick tenure his first the 13 straight winning seasons, they had 18 winning seasons in the 40 years before Belichick arrived

The Patriot Way: The Patriots have been the class of the division and are a shoo in for at least 10 wins, as long as Brady has his health, the Pats are the team to beat. Their defense is still suspect and their running game has always been subpar but they are the Pats and there isn’t a team in the division that matches up well enough to beat them out.

Miami Dolphins

2013: 8-8, Missed Playoffs

Coach: Joe Philbin, 2nd  Season in Miami 8-8 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Ryan Tannehill, he has to see his peers in Dalton, RG3, Luck and Wilson have all made the playoffs and he hasn’t come close

Fast Facts: The Dolphins have missed the playoffs in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Before this they had never missed the playoffs more than 4 seasons in a row

The Dolphins have only had a 1000 yard rusher 12 times in their team history

Big Fish or small tuna: Pushing past the mess that was the Martin-Incognito the Dolphins are a decently talented team, but lack a big name on either side of the ball. Tannehill is on the spot to assert himself more on the offense while a non-descript defense needs to play better.

 

New York Jets

2013: 8-8 Missed Playoffs (worst season since 2005)

Coach: Rex Ryan 42-38 in 6 Seasons in New York 46-40 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Ryan, he can’t have another mediocre season and get away with it in Gotham

Fast Facts: The Jets 290 points were the 4th fewest in the NFL in 2013, the three teams scoring fewer points had 10 wins combined

Gotham Gridiron: The Jets are an overhyped mediocre squad, they might get up for the Pats but they fall asleep at the switch way too often, I’m not convinced that the grinning jeering Ryan will ever change and that the Jets will do nothing to change their perception.

 

Buffalo Bills

2013: 6-10 Missed playoffs

Coach: Doug Marrone 2nd Season 6-10 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: EJ Manuel, the Bills QB needs to grow and fast, the

Fast Facts: The Bills are the only team in the NFL to have not played in the playoffs in the 20th Century (Even the Browns and Raiders have made the playoffs since the turn of the century, in 2002)

B-Lo Football: The Bills are stuck in a rut, they are in a weak division but don’t have the chops to pass the other teams in the division much less take on the Pats. They have the tools to be sure, but one can’t be sure if they can put it all together. The loss of their long time beloved owner puts the team’s long term future in western New York in doubt, but the Bills are just stuck in a bad situation.

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

2013: 7-9 Wild Card lost to New Orleans in Wild Card Round

Coach: Chip Kelly 2nd Season 10-6 in 1 season in Philadelphia

Man on the Hot Seat: Nick Foles, the job is his as the Eagle QB how will he handle it?

Fast Facts: The Eagles haven’t had a losing season since 2006

Philly Phootball: Chip Kelly and the fastbreaking Eagle offense are not to be trifled with. Start with the accurate Foles at the helm and dangerous running backs Shady McCoy and Darren Sproles seemingly everywhere, the Eagles will score points. They are good enough to win a weak NFC East again but how deep can they get in January?

New York Giants

2013: 7-9 missed playoffs

Coach: Tom Coughlin; 90-70 overall in 10 seasons in New York, 98-73 overall, 170-137 in 17 total seasons overall in New York and Jacksonville

Man on the Hot Seat: Eli Manning, if he throws 25 interceptions again 2 rings or no he and Coughlin might be unemployed

Fast Fact: The Giants have never had back to back losing seasons during Coughlin’s tenure

Big Blue Football: If there was a rebound waiting to happen, it’s the G-Men. I still have yet to embrace the laconic style of Eli Manning but I can’t count a Coughlin coached team out.

Dallas Cowboys

2013: 8-8 Missed playoffs

Coach: Jason Garrett 29-27 overall in 3+ seasons in Dallas

Man on the Hot Seat: Jason Garrett, HA! You thought I was going to say QB Tony Romo. Romo can only do so much the Pokes mediocrity is Garrett’s responsibility

Fast Facts: The Cowboys 3 straight 8-8 seasons are the longest .500 streak in team history

Big D Football: The Pokes and their fans talk big but the reality is that a solid offense can only cover up just so much for a horrid defense that is marginally better than the putrid squad of last year. Jones can bluster all he wants about respect but the Pokes are no better than a 9-7 team, and in a loaded NFC that won’t get them to the playoffs.

Washington

2013: 3-13 missed playoffs

Coach: Jay Gruden, 1st Season

Man on the Hot Seat: Robert Griffin, III. After a poor sophomore year the electric QB needs to make a stand

Fast Facts: Only the Vikings gave up more than Washington’s 478 points last year and only Jacksonville had a bigger point differential…and the Vikings beat Washington last year                                                    

Capital Football: A new regime in DC and old problems, a so-so running game, a defense that gets no better and continued problems with the development of RG3, who is the starter but if Washington starts 1-3 again…uh oh.

Ill add more as the day goes. Until next post fellow sports fans…

 

 

 

I'm Just Saying.....Fantasy Football Draft
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Fantasy Football

Yesterday I had my fantasy football draft. I think this was the hardest I ever had to work in selecting a team. My draft day strategy changed several times before draft day even arrived. I knew I had the 5th pick in the draft (we do it just like the NFL, based on the previous seasons won/lost record) so I had time to over analyze. In the league I’m in you have to pick 2 QB, 2 K, 2 Def, 4 RB, 5 WR/TE. So Gabbers, here is my draft in the order I picked them:

TE Jimmy Graham

WR Julio Jones

RB DeMarco Murray

RB Zac Stacy

RB Frank Gore

WR Michael Floyd

D Carolina

K Mason Crosby

QB Nick Foles

WR Reggie Wayne

QB Ben Roethlisberger

D New England

RB Bernard Pierce

K Greg Zuerlein

WR Marqise Lee

 

Notes: This draft was the first time I ever drafted 3 RB in a row.

Adrian Peterson was taken first

Jamaal Charles was taken second.

Peyton Manning taken third.

LeSean McCoy was taken fourth.

Marshawn Lynch was taken in the second round.

Seattle was the first defense taken and that was in the fourth round.

I took the first kicker in the eighth round.

WR’s Boldin and Evans were not taken.

Meaningful Weekend?
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL preseason

 

Sunday is a bad day for your favorite blog subject if it happens to be an NFL wrapup. I know. Week 3 of the preseason, when we get the dress rehearsal, to the rescue! Yeah, we'll miss two games, but 14 out of 16 ain't bad.

Are any trends starting to show? One may be exiting, that being the new age of the 'athletic' QB. A few years ago they flooded the drafts. Today, it's becoming clear that if anything but escapability is involved, hospitals are involved too. NFL defenses are too big and too fast, and they adjust. One-time prize fleet-footed rooks are learning to live in the pocket... with mixed results. And in several cities, rookie backup quarterbacks are lighting things up. Bridgewater, Mettenberger, Bortles... but notably, so far, not Manziel.

The flag plague has monopolized attention, but the injury plague is still with us. Ask the Rams and others.

Let's divide this into categories, just to be cute...

Meaningful Routs

NE 30 CAR 7: Don't let the score fool you, it wasn't that close. Tom Brady began the game with two 3-and-outs, then watched (not happily, btw) Ryan Mallett lead the team to 3 points on the third drive. Brady would finish the game 17-21 with a 20-0 lead partway through the 3rd quarter in a tight-endless offense. Gostkowski drilled a 60-yarder to finish the half. Garoppolo looked good again mopping up. Carolina's powerful defense was mauled at all personnel levels. Until old pro Joe Webb showed up late in the game with the scrubs, so was the offense. On one of his few scrambles, Cam got a scare. Also of note was Brandon ("I didn't come here to play safety") Browner at corner for New England --- in scrub time.

SEA 34 CHI 6: In their first fairly serious contest of the year, Seattle made the first half look like the Super Bowl, exiting with a 31-0 lead buoyed by a 59-yard FG at the halftime gun. This time it was understandable as their opponent was the Bears, who are clearly in trouble. Seattle continues to look like a lock in the NFCW. The Bears, meanwhile, look headed for the NFCN basement if they don't hit someone (the Lions?) on the way down.

GB 31 OAK 21: The Pack looked good, but Raji is gonzo. Like NE with Wilfork (et al) last year, they'll still win the division. Like NE last year, after that it'll hurt. Despite Oakland scoring 14 in garbage time, this game was never anything resembling a contest. Seventeen starting QBs since Rich Gannon. The poor Raiders. They once prided themselves on being the bad boys. They must have been very bad boys.

PHI 31 PIT 21: After the first two weeks of the preseason, I don't think too many people figured the Eagles' front line would just dominate the Steelers' front line. But they did. Absolutely. So much for the AFCN dogfight. So much probably for the NFCE dogfight too.

MIN 30 KC 12: Is it a meaningful rout? Jamaal Charles didn't play. Neither did Bowe. But still, for a Vikings team that's still a big question mark, winning big without Peterson (and with both QBs playing well) against a supposed contender (and on their field) is a big deal. The Vikes so far are looking a good deal better than the Bears or Lions. The Chiefs so far are looking a good deal better than no one in their division. Ok, Oakland.

TB 27 BUF 14: This is meaningful because two teams on the snide met and looked very similar except at one position, that being quarterback. Last year Mike Glennon officially turned the fading Captain Comeback into General Gonzo. He looks to have improved since then, how much yet to be determined. But EJ Manuel looks less and less like a high draft pick (most were surprised at how high he went) and more and more like a long-term project. He seems to telegraph his passes, not an easy habit to break at this late stage. Looks like the Flutie Curse may be alive and well in Buffalo.

STL 33 CLE 14: When two doormats meet it's usually uneventful. Not this time. The result is meaningful because the Rams throttled the Browns without Sam Bradford (and several other guys). The real meaning may lie in the pyrrhic nature of the win though, as Bradford and those other guys all went down with injuries of varying severity. Bradford got hit (not hard) on his rebuilt knee, and limped off the field. The MRI was 'inconclusive' (what does that mean exactly?) and will be retaken. It can't be positive. On the Browns' side, both QBs were mediocre again. In fact, the Browns have been just that so far in the Pettine regime. It's not the fast start fans were hoping for in any department.

Close But Perhaps Meaningful:

NO 23 IND 17: The story of this game is that the Saints look pretty good. They dominated the first half, which was all that mattered here. The Colts probably expected better but didn't get it. With Carolina looking disheveled and Atlanta not exactly impressive, the Saints look like a preseason lock for the NFCS. The Colts are favorites in the AFCS, but Houston may be on the rebound and both Tennessee and Jacksonville seem improved. Will this be the year that rebuild reality finally strikes Indianapolis?

HOU 18 DEN 17:

It's not that Denver held a 17-7 halftime lead. That required two Manning bombs in 67 seconds as the half drew to a close. The odds are against that happening on a regular basis. It's not even that Houston pretty much owned the 2nd half. What's possibly meaningful? Wes Welker went down with a concussion. For him, that's not good news. Clowney didn't play due to an undisclosed injury. That ain't good. Foster didn't play for no given reason. To sum up, minus two star players the Texans were pretty impressive, especially on D, against what's supposed to be the conference powerhouse. In Denver too. That may indeed be meaningful.

BAL 23 WAS 17:

It's not like most people don't think the diminished Ravens are still a rung above the Skins, but with RG3 coughing up yet another furball (short stint, 27 QBR) and Kirk Cousins playing most of the game at a 119 QBR clip, Griffin is beginning to look more and more like a guy who relied on his legs at Baylor a tad more than folks had assumed. It's a crossroads for him now. Meanwhile, Flacco & Co. had no such issues, each QB posting a QBR of well over 100, which doesn't help vindicate the Skins D either. Gruden's got his work cut out. These guys eat coaches. Knute Rockne might not stand a chance.

Close And Perhaps Meaningless:

TEN 24 ATL 17: It's not really meaningful that the Titans pulled out a win over what hopes to be a revived NFC powerhouse, nor that the first-string first half ended at 17-10 Atlanta. Nor that Matt Ryan had a good night (so did Locker, actually). What's meaningful may be that the Titans second string on down dominated the Falcons subs in the second half. Without Ryan, Atlanta was punchless. But on the Tenny side Mettenberger continues to look good, and that's meaningful for a team looking toward the future.

MIA 25 DAL 20: The Fins outscored the Boys in garbage time. Actually, most of the game was garbage time from an analytical standpoint. Romo and Tannehill had a duel in which both guys end up on the ground. Romo got sacked 3 times. Tannehill forced an awful pick. Nothing came out of this game except the fact that these teams are well matched. Which benefits neither.

DET 13 JAC 12: Take away an 86-yard scamper by Reggie Bush and the Lions didn't have much to show for their effort besides the win. For Jacksonville, both QBs looked pretty good as Bortles continued to impress as backup. Technical win for the Lions, perhaps a moral one for the Jags, who need to score more to become the tough out they look capable of being.

NYG 35 NYJ 24: Take 22 Jets and call me in the morning. Actually, the Giant effort wasn't nearly as pretty offensively as it seems, with Eli tossing two picks that weren't (one dropped, one called out of bounds). Kurt Warner and NFLN seemed inclined to focus more on Eli's shortcomings than on the 35 points. Meanwhile, Geno was named starter for the Jets. Few outside NY care at this point.

 

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