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NFL and Philadelphia Eagles Legend Chuck Bednarik Hospitalized
Category: NFL
Tags: Philadelphia Eagles NFL Chuck Bednarik Pro Football Hallof Fame Al Wistert Pete Pihos Steve Van Buren

Chuck Bednarik is currently admitted in a Bethlehem area hospital in Pennsylvania. The condition of the 85-year old Hall of Famer has not been disclosed.

Not only is he a link to the last Eagles team to win an NFL title, but he is also part of the last dominant Eagles teams.

Though the Eagles won the 1948 NFL Championship, famously known for being played in a driving blizzard, they had the first pick of the 1949 draft. They didn't have to look far, tabbing Bednarik out of Pennsylvania University.

While in college, he was named All-American three times. He won the 1948 Maxwell Award, which honors the best player in college football, and finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy while playing linebacker and center.

Bednarik did this after serving in the Air Force during World War II. He flew 30 missions over Germany and was highly decorated.

Not only has he been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, there is an award named after him that is given to the Best Collegiate Defensive Player annually.

When he joined the defending champion Eagles, Bednarik was surrounded by a wealth of talent coached by Hall of Famer Earl "Greasy" Neale. Neale tried to bring him along slowly because he had Pro Bowler Vic Lindskog at center and middle guard, but Lindskog got hurt after five games and Bednarik took over.

Philadelphia dominated the NFL that year. They had the top ranked offense and defense, scoring 230 more points than they allowed. Besides having Hall of Famers Steve Van Buren, Alex Wojciechowicz and Pete Pihos on the team, he had Pro Bowlers like Al Wistert, the man who invented stand up blocking, Bucko Kilroy and Tommy Thompson playing alongside him.

The Eagles repeated as champions that season with a 14-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams, making them the only team in the history of the NFL to pitch a shutout in consecutive title victories.

After winning, the Eagles had to rebuild an aging team in the 1950's. They spent the next decade struggling, never winning more than seven games. But "Concrete Charlie" was a steady force yearly, and went to the Pro Bowl in seven of the first eight seasons that decade.

He missed just one game over that time. Including two games he missed as a rookie, he missed just three of a possible 172 regular season games in his 14 seasons despite never leaving the field.

The NFL began to change in the 1950's. It was custom practice that a player be tough and in shape enough to play both ways the entire game. Soon there were players for just offense or defense during the decade.

Yet Bednarik symbolized the past by continuing to play both offense and defense. When the Eagles reached the championship game in 1960, he was the last to do so.

The season is best remembered by two tackles Bednarik made. The first was on a crossing route pass to New York Giants Hall of Fame halfback Frank Gifford. As Gifford reached out to catch the ball, he smashed into Bednarik at full speed. Gifford retired from the NFL for 18 months because of the hit.

The other tackle secured the championship. With the Eagles leading the Green Bay Packers 17-13, the Packers had one last gasp drive in them late in the fourth quarter. They drove deep in Eagles territory with time running out. Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr passed the ball to Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor.

Taylor caught the ball and was driven into the turf by Bednarik. He stayed on top of Taylor as time expired, sealing the victory. It is the last title the Eagles franchise has won since.

Though he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame himself until 1967, Bednarik has remained close to the Eagles fans and state of Pennsylvania for the most part. He has been outspoken, once calling modern players "pussyfoots" who "suck air after five plays" and "couldn't tackle my wife".

There is no Eagle greater than Chuck Bednarik. He ranks 19th all-time in Career Approximate Value (Weighted) by Pro Football Reference, the top score by an Eagle. Reggie White has a higher ranking, yet he played over half his pro career with other teams.

The NFL Network ranks him the 35th best player ever, and the Sporting News ranks him 54th. He is in the Eagles Honor Roll and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

If you are a fan of football, now is the time to say a prayer for "Concrete Charlie."

10 NFL Quarterbacks Who Might Change Jobs in 2011
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles Denver Broncos Tennessee Titans Oakland Raiders Arizona Cardinals

Since no one gives a shit about the Almost Pro Bowl that NFL commisioner Roger Goodell is selling this Sunday, lets look ahead.

 Mike Vick

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks onto the field at the end of the game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Ge

Though it is hard to imagine Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie not offering Vick a desirable contract, this free agent should get a lot of sumptuous offers around the league after the season he just put together.

Always known as an excellent running quarterback to where he is already second on the NFL list of most rushing yards ever by a quarterback, this four-time Pro Bowler finally showed an ability to play in the pocket folks had been waiting to see since he was drafted in 2001.

The work Vick and assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg put in paid off beautifully for Philadelphia, and some wonder if Vick would want to separate this tandem for a few dollars more. Yet his financial woes are well chronicled after losing most of his money from time spent in prison during 2007 to 2009.

How the league resolves their contract dispute with the players union could have a significant impact on Vick, who will be 31 years old next year. There is a possibility a team like the Oakland Raiders will offer him so much money he chooses to move on.

Lurie might look to match anything thrown at Vick, but having Kevin Kolb under contract in 2011 might have a part in the final decision. Kolb was named the starter in 2010 before getting hurt in the first game of the year and losing his job to Vick.

Wherever Vick ends up in 2011, he will get a substantial increase in pay. 

 

 

 Donovan McNabb    

 LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass  against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) 
 

McNabb fell victim to the madness of King Mike Shanahan in 2010. Both entered their first year with the Washington Redskins expected to lift a franchise that has won little since its 1992 Super Bowl win. Shanahan was a head coach who butted heads with several players, as did his son, who served as offensive coordinator.

Kyle Shanahan's treatment of McNabb was well scoffed all year, but it had an everlasting impact beyond the 16 games of 2010. McNabb came in as the anointed saviour and is about to leave town with the "bust" label attached to him.

McNabb was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles after Philadelphia decided to part ways with maybe the best quarterback it's ever had. He joined a team with a very mediocre offensive line, questionable running game and extremely inexperienced offensive coordinator.

He was never sharp all year, but once was on pace to set a team record for passing yards in a season. He spent the final three games as a third-stringer because the Shanahans wanted to see what the other quarterbacks on the roster could do for their struggling team. Though McNabb was offered a chance to make the Redskins squad next year, he has been told he will not be a starter,

There are teams that would probably start McNabb in 2011. Arizona is one of those teams, and McNabb has had a home in that state for years. He is 34 years old, but many critics think he has several more years left of productive play. He might not make big money like he has in the past, but it would be reasonable to predict he will resurrect his career in 2011.

 

 

 

Kyle Orton                               

 GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos runs out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated 
 

Orton was well on his way to setting career best marks in passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns when he got hurt and missed the last three games of 2010. Rookie Tim Tebow stepped in and played well enough that Orton's future with the Denver Broncos may now be in question.

If the Broncos decide to go with Tebow in 2011, Orton will be a very attractive player on the trading block. He is also under contract for 2011, making him even more desirable. The 28-year-old will enter just his sixth season in 2011, but he has been a full-time starter in four years with two teams and had won 10 more games than he has lost before encountering a disastrous 2010 with a terrible Broncos team that saw them win just four times all season.

Denver got him from the Chicago Bears in 2009 after a blockbuster trade that saw the Bears deal several draft picks and Orton for quarterback Jay Cutler. Since the trade, Orton has thrown for over 500 more yards and has tossed 29 less interceptions with a quarterback rating of about seven points higher than Cutler.

The rebuilding job the Broncos have ahead of them will require an influx of new players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Though it is wise that a team carries two quarterbacks that can win on the roster yearly, one has to wonder if Orton is willing to sit on the bench watching the young Tebow learn when he has already done so well in only five years.

One plus about Orton is his intelligence and ability to secure the football for his team. He has tossed only 48 interceptions in a career that has nearly 2,000 passing attempts. He isn't huge in stature, strong in arm, nor fleet of foot, but Orton has proved himself to be more than a serviceable quarterback. He has shown himself to be a winner, and that may be more than enough for some team to offer Denver draft picks to attain his

 

 

 Vince Young

 JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans grimaces in pain during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by J. Me 
 

Young has had a roller coaster career since winning the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and being named to the Pro Bowl with the Tennessee Titans. He was benched in 2008 because he was not progressing as a quarterback, which led to a mental meltdown, then he rebounded the next year with another Pro Bowl season.

His 2010 year began with him being caught on tape attacking a fan jeering him in a night club. Young then battled through the season being dinged up with injuries as the Titans struggled to a 5-4 record. He hurt his thumb the next week and was replaced during the game. This infuriated Young enough to throw his shoulder pads into the stands and walk out on the team after some cross words to head coach Jeff Fisher both personally and via the media.

He was benched the rest of the year and has been told by the Titans he is no longer a member of the organization, who will decline to exercise a sixth-year option on him. With his contract now expired, Young is a free agent with the label of a malcontent. He had several problems so far in his career that range from being benched to breaking team rules to disappearing for a short amount of time which some feel was blown out of proportion by the media.

Though he has critics that believe Young does not have the talent to be a successful NFL quarterback, he will be just 28-years-old when training camp takes place in 2011. He also had won 26-of-39 regular season starts before this year, which shows he has that winning intangible no coach can teach.

Yet, his mental problems will scare teams looking to upgrade the quarterback position. It is doubtful he will command the type of salary he earned with the Titans until he shows some maturity and sanity, which will take time to prove through demonstration.

The talent is undeniable, as is his ability to win, so he will get offers from someone. What he chooses to do with those opportunities will all be up to Vince Young.

 

 

 

 Rex Grossman

 GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins runs out onto the field for warm ups to the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizon 
 

Grossman started 31 games between 2003 and 2008 for the Chicago Bears and won 19 times. The 2006 season saw him win 13 times as the Bears reached Super Bowl XLI before losing. He was cut by Chicago after 2008 because he gave the ball to the opponents too many times.

After seeing very limited action for the Houston Texans in 2009, Grossman joined the Washington Redskins last year to back up Donovan McNabb. When McNabb struggled, Grossman was handed the starting job for the last three games of the season.

While he was far from impressive, Grossman's 81.2 quarterback rating was far and away the best of his career. Yet, he still makes ridiculous mistakes as shown in his very first snap of 2010 where he promptly fumbled and watched Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions rumble 17 yards into the end zone to put the game away as the Lions won 37-25.

Though he may return to Washington in 2011, thanks to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan liking him and the fact that Grossman is familiar with Shanahan's system after having spent the past two years in it, there is a slight chance another team calls him in hopes he can be its back up.

His days as a starter do appear over, but his services as a reserve attracts teams because of that Super Bowl season .

 

 

 

 

Jason Campbell 

 SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 the Oakland Raiders looks on against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Imag 
 

As crazy as it may seem, Campbell might soon be learning his eighth different offensive system since he started playing at Auburn University in 2001. Though liked by the Oakland Raiders new head coach Hue Jackson, the offensive coordinator last year and compared to Raiders great Jim Plunkett by legendary Hall of Fame Raiders owner Al Davis, he struggled under last year's head coach, Tom Cable.

Cable preferred journeyman Bruce Gradkowski over Campbell, but Gradkowski spent most of 2010 injured. Campbell started 12 games and put up the second best quarterback rating of his career despite throwing to a very young receivers corps behind a porous offensive line.

While some expect Campbell to start in 2011 because he is under contract, there are rumblings the Raiders will go after free-agent Michael Vick. Vick fits the old school Raiders' mold of being once labelled a malcontent, and the Raiders used many of these types of players to win Super Bowls.

The players union contact talks with the NFL may decide the direction Oakland goes at quarterback next year. There is also a chance Campbell would stay on as a reserve if the Raiders sign a guy like Vick to handle the starting job.

Yet there is a chance Oakland looks to trade him if it signs another starter. Campbell has the measurables to succeed in the NFL, and one must admire his intelligence by how he has digested so many different playbooks in just a sort time.

 

 

 

 Carson Palmer

 CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty 
 

Though the Bengals decided not to change head coaches in 2011, it may be time to change their starting quarterback. Palmer, the first overall draft pick in 2003, has been to two Pro Bowls so far but has lost more games than he has won.

Palmer has been the starter since 2004, though he missed 12 games in 2008 because of an injury to his throwing elbow. Many believe he is not the same player since that injury, noticing his passes now lack the zip they once possessed. His 2010 season saw him match a career-high mark of 20 interceptions, as Cincinnati may have been the most disappointing NFL team last year.

After winning the AFC North in 2008, many thought Cincinnati would return to the playoffs. It won just four games instead and again dealt with dysfunction in their locker room. What also stood out was the lack of leadership shown by Palmer, which has to bring into question his abilities to lead a team to a Super Bowl.

The Bengals have a loud-mouthed wide receiver named Chad Ochocinco clowning it up for the media most of his career. They then decided to sign Terrell Owens, a wide receiver more noted for his psychotic behavior rather than his athletic ability. Both are similar in that they demand the ball thrown their way often and will bad mouth anyone who does not agree. They also frequently cry to the media if they feel the ball is not headed their way enough.

Yet, both have aging players who have obviously lost more than a step in their game. This did not dissuade Palmer with trying to force feed the pair much too often at the expense at the team or chance for success. Once Owens was signed, most predicted Cincinnati would lose often because teams that Owens plays on typically lose more than they win.

Cincinnati will have the fourth pick of the 2011 draft, and many feel it will go for a defensive player. Heisman winner Newton and the technically-sound Gabbert are two quarterbacks many experts feel will be the first quarterbacks drafted, and it would not be nonsensical for Cincinnati to at least consider them.

Though just 31 years old, the fading arm strength and losing record of Palmer deserves more scrutiny than it has gotten so far. It may be unlikely another quarterback replaces him in 2011, but that might be the right move for the Bengals. 

 

 

 

 Derek Anderson

 GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals def 
 

Anderson is an enigma. Tall with a strong arm, he put it all together in 2007 and made the Pro Bowl for the Cleveland Browns. He became wildly inconsistent after that, playing a timid game. This caused the Browns to cut him after 2009.

He joined the Arizona Cardinals last year with a juicy invitation to resurrect his career. The Cardinals were full of excellent wide receivers, led by Larry Fitzgerald. Anderson flopped so bad he was benched by a pair of rookies twice throughout the season.

Many expect Arizona to draft a quarterback with the fifth overall selection this year. Anderson, who signed a two-year deal worth $7.25 million last year, will most likely be cut. Though it appears he will never again regain his Pro Bowl form, there could be a few teams interested in him as a reserve because of his game experience. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Alex Smith
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after they beat the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
 

Despite putting up the best quarterback rating of his career in 2010, the Alex Smith Experiment may be over for the San Francisco 49ers. The first overall pick in 2005 has lost much more than he has won so far, and has often been benched in favor of journeymen-types because he has failed to progress much.

The Niners have the seventh pick of the draft this year, and many critics are split on who they will pick. Though Smith is entering the final year of a contract that has handed him $49.5 million, some think a quarterback will be drafted and groomed to take over by 2012 if not sooner.

Smith has played so erratically in his career that the bust label follows him everywhere. His lack of improvement has also brought out more critics and concern. If the Niners stick with him in 2011, it would hardly be a surprise to see him benched yet again.  

 

 

 

 Brett Favre

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings talks at a post game press conference after a 13-20 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
 

Before you start singing "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead," never count out the Hickocrite.

Yes, he has turned in his retirement papers to the NFL offices, but Favre has done this a bunch of times already.

Yes, it appears his legendary career is over, and an induction at Canton will be his next move, but he could be a phone call away from donning his Crocs again at the end of a training camp.

Who knows what his next move is. It is doubtful Favre himself knows.

Besides, what will ESPN do if they can't say his name every 15 seconds? 

Pa. Gov - We've Become A Nation Of Wusses!
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Philadelphia Eagles Minnesota Vikings

It's not only me and the Beeze who think that this country and football has become a bunch of wussies, the governor of Pennsylvania has chimed in with his two cents on the pussification of the NFL and he didn't stop there. As you'll see below Governor Ed Rendell went off over the postponement of the Eagles-Vikings game to Tuesday and then some! Take note of what Visanthe Shiancoe says and keep in mind, he plays in a fucking DOME!

      

The city of Philadelphia is set to host the NFL's first Tuesday night game in 64 years, and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) couldn't be more upset about it.

"It goes against everything that football is all about," Rendell said Monday on radio station 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.

We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?

-- Ed Rendell, Governor of Penn.

Rendell was rankled by the league's decision to move the Philadelphia Eagles' home game against the Minnesota Vikings from Sunday night to Tuesday evening.

The NFL cited the winter storm that wound up slamming most of the East Coast as the reason for the change, but elected to postpone the game before any snow had even accumulated. About a foot of snow fell on Philadelphia, though less than 5 inches was on the ground before the scheduled kickoff at 8:20 p.m. EST Sunday night.

Rendell viewed the NFL's decision as a referendum on the toughness, or lack thereof, of the United States.

"My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country," Rendell said. "I think we've become wussies."

"We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," Rendell added. "If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."

For his part, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was also surprised by the league's decision.

"The roads are bad for East Coast standards," Shiancoe said. "But if this was in the Midwest there would be no way that this would be delayed. No way it would be delayed in the Midwest. No way. ... It's something that baffles me. But I'm not here to make decisions on when games are played."

"People are free to have their opinions on whether or not last night's Eagles game should have been postponed," Eagles team president Joe Banner said. "That decision was ultimately made by the NFL. Any criticism of the Mayor, who was not involved in this decision, is completely unfair."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who called a state of emergency for the city six hours before the originally scheduled kickoff, told ESPN on Sunday that the choice to move the game was not the city's decision but the league's.

Obviously that decision has not sat well with the state's governor.

"What do you think [Hall of Fame coach Vince] Lombardi would say?" Rendell asked Monday. "He would say that we've become a nation of wusses."

The NFL's 23rd Tuesday game will be played at 8 p.m. EST., and televised nationally by NBC. It was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, but was shifted because of the NFL's flex scheduling.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

NFL Front Office Eunichs Look To End The Philadelphia Eagles 2010 Season
Category: NFL
Tags: Roger Goodell Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles Steve Van Buren Minnesota Vikings NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Weather


 

Since Roger Goodell was hired as commissioner of the National Football League in 2006, his reign has been one of blow hard ineptitude. Whether it is his disturbing fellatio on the quarterback position or his faux stance on player safety in order to get a contract signed, the Goodell Era has been an effeminate joke that cares more about money than the actual product on the field.

This type off weak-minded leadership was further seen when he postponed a football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles based on a theory and a further display his NFL is without testosterone or a care about league legacy.

The NFL has called off their Sunday night showdown between the two teams because snow might fall on the City of Brotherly Love. This decision was made before snow had actually had much accumulation and the NFL made a decision based strictly on the prognosis of the man-made machine that called for  blizzard-like conditions.

On this very date 62 years ago, a legend was further enhanced amongst all Philadelphia Eagles and NFL fans. Philadelphia was already well in the midst of an actual blizzard, not a theory as of today. The Eagles were set to face the Chicago Cardinals in the championship game in an era where men were treated like men.

Steve Van Buren, the Eagles star halfback who was in the fifth season of his Hall of Fame career, had to walk 12 blocks down Broad Street after having ridden three trolleys from his home to the Eagles stadium. He then set a then-NFL record by running for 196 yards and scored the only touchdown of the game to help Philadelphia celebrate their first championship.

Goodell's NFL has no heroes like Van Buren because the commissioner wants to be the star of the league. Instead of watching Eagles quarterback Michael Vick show the world on a nationally televised game why he is one of a few candidates for the 2010 NFL MVP award on Sunday night, Vick is now relegated to playing at 4 PM on a Tuesday afternoon.

Not only is the choice of time and day utterly moronic by Goodell, but it could also jeopardize the health of an Eagles team that is currently sitting on the top of the NFC East. They took the lead in their division after an exciting comeback against the New York Giants in a grueling game, and now they will be subjected to an extra short week before closing their 2010 season against the Dallas Cowboys.

Goodell dropped the ball yet again, a prevalent theme of his regime. The game should have been played in snow because the game is football. This isn't a Phillies game, it is an Eagles game. Football is supposed to be played in all elements, not treated like a baseball game that can only take place in acceptable weather.

Minnesota, who is playing for nothing but pride, is looking for this season to end so they can begin rebuilding an aging team. Playing in snow would also give them a head start in getting ready to play in their new stadium. The best Vikings teams ever rolled around in the Minnesota snow, and the franchise has done next to nothing since moving into a domed stadium.

Having these two teams play in the snow not only respects the history of the game of football, but it treats the players like men. Men like Van Buren and his predecessors. But is appears the Goodell NFL is one without respect, dignity, nor manhood. Much like the theories he has based his leadership on over facts, the NFL continues to lose their legacy by following a politician's son with no real understanding of the game he leads.

Deep Thoughts-Monday Edition
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL; Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick; NCAA Connecticut Womens Basketball; Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo


 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Yeah, I know...it is odd to see Deep Thoughts on a Monday. Beeze and I agreed to swap this week, so look for Beeze on Wednesday. I never gave much thought to writing on a particular day, but it is different. If you have read Deep Thoughts, you know that I like to grab and discuss developing stories. Since this is Monday, I almost feel like "stuff" hasn't happened yet. But, as they say...shut up and write; or something like that.

December football is special. I watched several high school championships this weekend. Do you remember a running back at Texas Tech named James Gray? Well his son is a junior at Aledo HS in Texas. They won the 4A division II championship for the second year in a row. Jonathan Gray had a pretty good season. 59 TD's this year. On Friday night, Gray rushed for 325 yards on 26 carries. He also scored 8 TD's. I saw several very talented running backs, but none like Gray. I am not sure where he will play football, but he should have plenty of offers. Wow...

 


 

I missed most of the games on Sunday because of a family Christmas party, but I did get to catch a great kick return. What makes this so great is that it was New England's guard Dan Conolly. Check this out:

 

 

The only thing better would have been for him to score, because then we would have been able to see the fat guy celebration dance!

 

 


 

   

 

I have to admit that I was critical of Michael Vick during his days as a Falcon. I did not think that he was an accurate passer and thought he relied too much on his running ability. I never believed that he would work hard enough to develop the finer points needed to be a top level NFL QB. This season we have seen a new Vick. Many scoffed at the amazing game against the Redskins, as the Redskins are not a good defense. I think that Sunday's game against the Giants will be the game that propels Vick to a different level. This was a game that mattered greatly to the Eagles. Down by 21 points with only 8:17 left in the game Vick put the Eagles on his back and willed them to a victory. Of course the punt return by Jackson was amazing, the reason it mattered is that Vick made it so. After watching Staubach, Elway and Montana orchestrate many late game comebacks, this game had the same characteristics. I really wished that I could have watched this game, I think it was the beginning of another great QB. 

 

 


 

Congrats to Tony Romo on his upcoming marriage to Candace Crawford. If you have not heard, Romo got engaged to the former Miss Missouri recently. I guess since he is not doing much right now, he has time for "other" interests.

   

 

Is it just me, of does she look familiar?

 

 

    

 

I know that Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood and Candace Crawford are different women, but  Romo certainly is consistent...blonde and beautiful are nice traits...

Being an NFL QB does have its perks.

 

It took prison for Michael Vick to make the necessary changes to become a very good NFL QB. WIll marriage change Tony Romo? WIll watching Jon Kitna win with his guys make a difference? There is something missing and I just cannot put my finger on it. Maybe what he needs is a good woman to settle him?

 

 


   

Is this the modern day John Wooden? Does Connecticut's 88 wins equal UCLA's 88?

   

I enjoy watching college basketball, men's college basketball. I have tried to watch the women's game, but I just never enjoyed it. I know that there are very talented athletes playing women's basketball, but it is sort of like watching soccer for me; I just don't have passion for the game.  Geno Auriemma is coach of the Connecticut women's basketball team. On Sunday, they won their 88th game in a row, which is obviously a tremendous honor, as this ties the 88 game winning streak of UCLA. At a press conference on Sunday evening, Coach Auriemma gave a candid assessment of what he thought:

"I just know there wouldn't be this many people in the room if we were chasing a woman's record," the Connecticut coach said Sunday near the end of his postgame news conference. "The reason everybody is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men's record, and everybody is all up in arms about it." 

"All the women are happy as hell and they can't wait to come in here and ask questions. All the guys that loved women's basketball are all excited, and all the miserable bastards that follow men's basketball and don't want us to break the record are all here because they're pissed," Auriemma said. "That's just the way it is." 

Is there a fourth group? People who don't care one way or the other? I congratulate the Connecticut women for a tremendous accomplishment, but this is simply not the same as the UCLA record for me. I am certainly not pissed because they have won as many games as UCLA. I don't see this as breaking UCLA's record because they are not playing men's basketball. Am I crazy? I just don't see this.

 

I feel like crap, so I think I will check it in now...

 

Here is a bit of Jack Handey to take with you:

To me, Judo is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers knock each other down. 

Martha was watching the football game with me when she said, 'You know, most of these sports are based on the idea of one group protecting its territory from invasion by another group.' 'Yeah,' I said, trying not to laugh. Girls are funny.
 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week! Feel free to leave comments...

 

 

 

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