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The Best? At What?
Category: FEATURED
Tags: best NFL quarterbacks

 

The signal caller has probably always been the most important player on the football team, even back when he didn't throw all that often. In fact, he may have been even more important in times gone by since he called his own plays. The first quarterback who famously did not was Otto Graham, derided despite his excellence by his peers for that very reason. Paul Brown didn't have helmet radio, so he used 'shuttling guards'.

Of course, since the Green Bay Packers began under Curly Lambeau to throw the ball a lot (for then), the importance of the quarterback was enhanced. Within a decade, the dominant pair of QBs, the Manning and Brady of their time if you will, were Sammy Baugh of the Redskins and Sid Luckman of the Bears. Both had offenses still heavily predicated on running, but they threw the ball routinely and were famous for it. Both also played safety when the bad guys had the ball. Baugh led the league in passing, punting and interceptions one year. The quarterback arguably never had more skills. The closest analogy in the postwar era was probably George Blanda, who also was a star place kicker.

With the passing of World War II football changed, and the air show became bigger. The Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles and brought with them Bob Waterfield, a brilliant passer. Soon he was joined by arguably an even more brilliant talent, Norm Van Brocklin, who would lead the professional version of UCLA (which is what the Rams were, really) to incredible scoring totals in a league still baffled about how to defend their razzle-dazzle, bombs-away offense. In 1950 they averaged nearly 39 points per game, actually scoring 70 and 65 on consecutive weeks. 

In another league Paul Brown was cultivating the team that actually foreshadowed modern football the most. His Browns, led by Otto Graham, won all 4 AAFC titles. When the league folded and they joined the NFL, they beat those 39-ppg Rams in the title game. They would win 3 NFL titles and play in the championship game their first 6 years in the league, all with Graham. Over his 10-year career in two leagues, he won 7 titles and reached the title game every season.

As the late 50s brought in widespread televising of games, the quarterbacks got more famous. That makes it hard to tell whether or not they got better. But the forward pass was bigger than ever, and the TV exposure turned Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Y.A. Tittle and many more into household names. By the end of the decade, the upstart AFL had the most famous of them all in Joe Namath.

The more recent decades most of us either remember, know someone who remembers or see enough highlight-edited history to recognize the figures as if we did know them.

And, of course, it always begs the grossly unsatisfactory question "who was the best?"

The best at what?

And that is the angle of this capsule summary. Nobody could do everything. What are some realistic categories that permit us to at least filter things down to a few per? I don't know, but I'll give it a try.


A. Toughest

Here's a category that begs to be put into the old 11-man days, prior to the 50s. Paul Brown is generally credited with using more specialists and platooning. After he showed up, the age of Mr. Everything, the Sixty Minute Man, was coming to a close. We have two entries.

1. Sammy Baugh: There may have been tougher guys, but none who were huge stars. Baugh was a superstar who not only endured punishment few see anymore, but had to dish it out too on defense. And punt. Through it all, and he surely played hurt as a result, he threw the ball for as-yet-unseen yardage and led his team to titles.

2. Sid Luckman: Nobody was tougher than the Bears, and Luckman led the offensive blitz that hammered Baugh's Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 championship game. In fact, the Bears and Redskins would meet 4 times between 1937 and 1943, splitting the difference. In a telling moment from the 1943 title game, Sammy Baugh had to leave with, of all things, a concussion --- sustained while tackling Sid Luckman, of all people.


B. Most Revolutionary

This had to come in the 50s, when the game changed so much. Right? Maybe. But there were so many revolutions in football, you have to consider each one.

1. Sammy Baugh: The tough guy just happened to be the first quarterback to make passing an exact science and a truly major part of the offense, one that defenses had to plan for. Usually it was in vain. The rest is, of course, history. It worked.

2. Otto Graham: Besides winning at an unheard-of clip, Graham also had the once-dubious distinction of having his plays called from the sideline, something done almost without exception today.

3. Johnny Unitas: Once people saw his two championships in the late 50s on TV, courtesy of the opponent being the New York Giants (without whose presence the telecasts would have been less likely), his name became a household word. In two seasons, he had vaulted pro football to heights nearing those of college ball and become the symbol of football excellence. His name still evokes that image.


C. Most Talented

There's a tough one. Talented at what? Baugh could do everything. But we stick mostly to the talents that traditionally befit a quarterback. He still shows up.

1. Joe Namath: Controversial? You bet. He'll never be accused of being the hardest worker, the most polished, or the most successful. He will be accused of being a bum. But Namath was probably the most heralded talent of all time coming out of college, and his pilfering by the AFL for unheard-of money turned out to be a bargain. Never playing on a truly powerful team, he nevertheless led the Jets over the Colts in the biggest championship upset imaginable, establishing the AFL and earning himself the gratitude and respect of his AFL foes in so doing. You have to have seen him to believe any of this. It was said he could throw from goal line to goal line in practice. He came out of Alabama not just the nation's premiere passer but also its premiere scrambler, a talent that cost him both knees. Yet photos exist of him in a normal standing position throwing a perfect spiral over an onrushing Oilers defensive line --- with his feet a full 3 1/2 feet off the ground. And knee braces on both legs. Talent was his middle name.

2. Sammy Baugh: That man again. What else do you do with a guy who could pass, defend the pass and kick --- all at league-best level? The passing part was in a class all its own in his day.

3. Norm Van Brocklin: The Dutchman took the league by storm in the 50s, winning a couple of championships as bookends to a career dotted with monstrous passing totals, even for today, in an era when offensive linemen couldn't even extend their arms and receivers could be bounced around anywhere until the ball was airborne.

4. Peyton Manning: He doesn't throw many perfect spirals. He isn't mobile. He always has great protection and an all-star receiving corps. But his accuracy and brillliant reading of defenses have generated ball movement unseen before he showed up.


D. The Winner:

You'd think the stats would take care of this, but they really don't do it completely.

1. Bart Starr: He was never considered the best in the league even in his best years, but he sure won at a clip no one else could match then. Yes, the Packers were really good and had a great coach. But Starr, perhaps the ultimate system quarterback, managed it all perfectly and threw well too. He appeared in a full six NFL championship games in 8 seasons and won 5.

2. Otto Graham: So why isn't Graham, who won 7 titles in 10 seasons and played in every title game, the winner here? Technicality, perhaps --- his first 4 title games (and titles) came in the AAFC.

3. Tom Brady: 7 AFC title games, 5 Super Bowl appearances, 3 rings, and an unmatched W/L and divisional record push Brady past rivals who have won 1 more Bowl.

4. Joe Montana: 4 for 4 in Super Bowls, Joe was heralded as the best of all time for a while. He wasn't. He had mediocre seasons. But he sure came up big a lot, making the Niners the dynasty of the 80s.

5. Sid Luckman: His Bears were a tad better than Baugh's Redskins over his tenure, and if not for the advent of World War II likely would have won at least one more title with him. Another sports casualty of that monstrous conflict, unnoticed among all the actual casualties.

6. Terry Bradshaw: It's almost uncanny how little credit Bradshaw gets for leading the Steelers to 4 rings in the 70s in 4 tries, a la Montana. They said he was dumb. He wasn't that dumb.

7. Peyton Manning: Huge W/L, lots of division titles, a couple of SBs and a ring make him a winner along with his other accolades.


E. Best Field General:

Things like helmet radios, hand signals and even shuttling guards take away from some deserving moderns in this category.

1. Johnny Unitas: Maybe he's not the most deft playcaller in history, but he sure called his own plays without any help whatsoever. He won a lot of games. And he's the prototype. No one has a more inspirational name at the position since he played. He earned it with leadership and excellence.

2. Peyton Manning: The quintessential signal-caller and audible expert might pass his Colt predecessor except for a curse he didn't ask for --- his helmet and its radio. And somehow, even his name doesn't ring 'leadership' like Unitas. Maybe it's just the phonetics.

3. Tom Brady: Just barely behind his heralded contemporary Peyton Manning, Brady has become just as adept at reading defenses and changing plays --- and generally with far less talented support. In the new millenium, nobody has come close to these two eternal rivals.


F. Most Inspirational Leader:

That's easy to understand, totally subjective to pick. Then again, all of this is subjective more or less. That's what makes it fun. Who wants to crunch numbers? What is this, the BCS?

1. Johnny Unitas: There are bigger winners and more precise passers. Nobody ever was more inspirational or more of a leader. Maybe Sammy Baugh. We have to leave him out of something, don't we?

2. Bart Starr: You can bet that when the pressure was on, and it was for these guys more than for almost anybody else, they felt comfortable knowing who was behind center and won more because of it. His do-or-die sneak in the Ice Bowl is the stuff of legend.

3. Tom Brady: Has anyone ever taken over the reins of a floundering former contender from an all-pro quarterback and turned them into an overnight dynasty? This guy did it. You could say Peyton Manning too, but he's always been surrounded by an all-star offense. Brady hasn't.

4. Joe Montana: Like Starr, he inspired confidence in his talented teammates that things were never hopeless. And 4 times, they truly weren't.


G. Mr. Clutch:

Is there a difference between this and the last category? Not huge, but opportunity only knocks enough times for a few.

1. Joe Montana: No, he didn't win every year, and he had his failures too, but never in the biggest game. That's his calling card.

2. Bart Starr: If not for the fact that Starr's teams ran the ball far more than throwing it, he might be on top.

3. Tom Brady: For a while it looked like Brady was headed for shoo-in status in this category. Then the realities of the salary-cap era hit. The earlier guys were practically guaranteed a more consistent roster over a longer time. That helps.

4. Otto Graham: In one of the original pass-oriented offenses, a quarterback who wins at the clip of 3-for-6 championship games in the NFL and 4-for-4 in the AAFC (not chopped liver by the way) has to be clutch.

5. Bobby Layne: Graham would have won a couple more titles if not for the Lions, led by this guy. He beat the dynastic Browns (once after Graham left) 3 times in 4 tries. Since the day he left Detroit they haven't won at all.

6. Terry Bradshaw: If not for the fact that he was a cog in a stacked team with an unbeatable defense, he might rank higher. Then again, without that he might not rank at all. 

While I was away...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB NHL golf NFL

A lot has happened since I last posted up here, fellow Gabbers and the reason deserves some explanation.  Frankly speaking, all of the non-sports sports news put me into a bit of a writing funk.  Every day it was another athlete or coach making news for all of the wrong reasons.  Whether it was Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice or some other maroon (in Bugs Bunny speak) claiming the talking points for the day's sports news.  Well, I had enough...it was depressing.   And what better way to snap out of that sports malaise than a sports event binge!   I went to the 18 inning game 2 Nationals - Giants game followed up by the Monday Night Redskins - Seahawks game...nothing like some good sound defeats at the ballpark to bring things back into perspective!  We are fans because we love our teams, win or lose.  And it is the teams we love...not really the individual players who in reality (and most definitely proven lately) we barely know.  Yes, the players make it happen and we want the best players on our teams and hope they are good people who take care of the families, help out in the community and such, but as far as we as fans are concerned, we want them to be great when they step into the arena.

So with that perspective in mind, and with the air cleared for me...I'm back.  Go Redskins, Let's go Caps, Yesss Wizards and as for the Nationals, well, they still will be the favorites to win the NL in 2015 - and I will be there, God willing, to root them on. I will just have to admire those World Series tickets as a happy, wishful thought.

A few things happened that I think are worth mentioning....

Over the last 20 years, the Euros have won 7 of the 10 Ryder Cups, golfs best international event.  (as a note, this spans the Tiger Woods era).  After this event, the US team embarrasingly took to public bickering, lamblasting team captain and golf icon, Tom Watson.  Watson eventually came forward and said the loss was his fault - not true by the way - and tried to put the matter to bed.  The bottom line for U.S. golf is that the Euros have passed us by, just like they have in tennis.  Good heavens, what's next?!  basketball?!   They better figure out how to get along and play like a team or it may be a long time before the Ryder Cup (or maybe any international sports trophy) routinely resides in the ol' US of A.

I can't let the MLB playoffs go unnoticed...part of being a fan is the agony of defeat.  I felt confident that I would at least have an NLCS game to go to tonight, little did I know that if I wanted that, I would have to have scalped a ticket in Baltimore!  The Nationals pitching was again excellent but a team can't win when its lead off man and 3 & 4 hitters are hitting less than 50% BELOW the Mendoza line.  That is hard to believe...Werth & Roche hitting below .100!  At least Harper and Rendon showed that the youthful core of the team can hit in October.

Of the 4 teams left standing, I am picking Baltimore and St. Louis to meet in the World Series.  That would be a special match up!

Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it...see you next week (from Tokyo)...sayanora!

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Royals Tigers NHL Red Wings NFL Lions

 

Hello Gabbers, and welcome to another weekly installment of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Let me start by saying it was a crazy week in both College Football and Major League Baseball, with heavy favorites such as Alabama, Texas A & M, Tigers and Angels all falling in their respective games and series.

Seriously folks outside of Baltimore and Kansas City, who would have thought these two teams would be meeting for the to face the National League in the World Series? Honestly, the Tigers didn't deserve to win their series, their bully basically choked and was pitching batting practice to the Orioles hitters. Dombrowski made a pretty good move by acquiring Soria, but for some reason it just didn't work in this series.

I made the comment to a few of my friends at work after the series was over, and I mentioned to one of them how poorly Brad Ausmus managed Game 1 and 2. His moves during those two games reminded me of Jim Leyland, he pulled Scherzer after 98 pitches and the bully proceeded to give up 8. Verlander being pulled in the 6th was okay, because he was getting his ass rocked that day and didn't seem like himself. Ausmus went to the well once to often with Soria, Chamberlain and Choke-Zero, and he got burned. Maybe Dombrowski will get the hint this offseason, and sign a few free agent relief pitchers.....

But let's give the Royals and Orioles their dues, they outplayed and outpitched the Tigers and Angels during their series, and deserve to be playing each other in the ALCS. Good luck to both teams, it should be an interesting series.

In the National League, I really thought the Dodgers and Nationals had a legitimate chance of facing each other in the NLCS. Great pitching, great hitters and poof just like that the Cardinals and Giants disposed of them like we do our trash on a weekly basis. Hell if hadn't been of ex-Tiger Doug Fister and Ryu, both teams would have been swept. Who would have thought Kershaw would have blown up twice in the same series? Bet you Dombrowski is kicking himself for trading Fister, the Tigers sure could have used him this year....

Thursday night begins another season for the Detroit Red Wings, as they face off against Sully's Bruins. With the apparent youth movement in Detroit (mostly because Mr. I is spending it on the Tigers), this year could be the year the streak finally ends. I would like to see it continue, but they will be leaning on a Sheehan, Tatar, Nyquist and others to move the streak to 24. With Datsuyk starting out injured, even though he should be back really soon. The first few weeks will be rather interesting to say the least.....

I would have loved to have said something good about the Lions this week, but after Henery looking like Nate Freese last week missing 3 field goals which cost them the game, and the Lions playing to the Bills level, loving that Lions defense still. I have been considering playing Teddy Bridgewater this week......

How can a team look like Super Bowl contenders one week, and then revert back to themselves the next? Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. Couldn't score another touchdown, and looked like a really bad high school team offensively. Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. I guess you get were I am going with this........

Well that's all I have for the week, don't forget to turn left and give a shout out to Hal....

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES RETURN
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NFL Draft Football NFL Regular Season

Happy Friday!

 

Yeah, don’t ask. I was AWOL last week. Wrote up my blog as usual in GoogleDocs (gotta be able to write anywhere anytime) and then somehow thought I had posted it Thursday night. Went to bed. Went to work. Went out Friday night to the Providence Bruins (minor league hockey). Had the usual crazy busy weekend. Went to the Gab Monday am to check the blogs and realized ***holy shit*** what did I forget!?!?!?

 

Much apologies, so enough with the mea culpa’s and on to the NFL this week:

 

Adrian Peterson continues to dominate NFL news as now he is potentially in violation of his criminal bond in violation of his criminal bond. This could--depending on the levels of a drug test--put him in violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy or--if he was already an offender it bumps him up a level. As far as character it is a strike if he is going to be incarcerated with his bond rescinded. For Peterson, it is another strike in the eyes of the public opinion.

 

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In New York, the Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in a fight for his job as the 1-4 Jets play the two teams from the AFC Championship last season in the next seven days. Sunday Peyton Manning could have a chance to break Brett Favre’s touchdown record with the Jets horrid secondary. On Thursday night Sexy Rexy faces his nemesis (and complete opposite in dealing with the media) Bill Belichick. If the Jets cannot figure out a win, they could be 1-6 and how exactly do you keep a coach who has been consistently bad the last three years?

 

The Jets have second year quarterback Geno Smith missing meetings off the field while at a movie and offering a lame excuse about the time zones. Rather than bench his quarterback, Ryan sent the wrong message and started him against San Diego. Does anyone think Manning or Brady miss practices while sitting at a movie stuffing popcorn down their throat? The only movies those two watch is in the film room breaking down the opposing defense.

 

Michael Vick played in the second half but there was no controversy since he stunk just as bad as Smith. Now Ryan is sticking his neck out as he did last season when the Jets celebrated finishing .500 and saving their buddy, the head coach, his job by winning the last two games. They celebrated like winning the Super Bowl after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. That is the sign of a team that is never going to win anything important anytime soon.

 

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The idiot move of the week was the Lions fan who shone a laser pointer at the Buffalo Bills players. Instead of a punishment, he was awarded by being banned from Ford Field and not having to watch head coach Jim Caldwell stand passively as a talented team stands to potentially lose its two best players: Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. Suh is a free agent and someone will overpay for the talented but petulant star. Johnson, despite signing a 7-year deal in 2012, is carrying a cap charge over $20 million next year. With his ankle injury limiting him, the Lions front office must be thinking what they can do with the money allocated to him and Donkey Kong since Megatron’s health issues could lead to some thinking about rebuilding the team in multiple positions with the surprising play of Golden Tate and the development of 2014 draft pick tight end Eric Ebron.

 

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The 2015 NFL Draft is already getting interesting as projected top running back Todd Gurley had just two jobs this year a Georgia: stay healthy and keep your nose clean. Health is not an issue, but now he is suspended indefinitely due to an investigation into whether he violated a rule (of which there is no real explanation yet as to what the rule actually is). Now this is no guarantee of him dropping out of the draft or anything, but it is a dumb move by a kid who is already costing himself money in the next year. At 230 pounds and faster than anyone that size should be, he is still going to be a high draft pick. Talent trumps all else in the NFL, after all.

 

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Denver Broncos lost the disappointing running back Montee Ball for a few weeks to injury after Denver oddly failed to re-sign Knowshon Moreno. Ball’s groin injury opens the door for Ronnie Hillman to start. A third-round pick in 2012, the short, fast, back has yet to make an impact in the NFL. Fumbling issues derailed any playing time for Hillman, so he has some work to do Sunday to keep hold of the job. First job, hold onto the ball. Peyton Manning is not going to deal with any back fumbling away a chance to win.

 

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OK, this time it’s posted! :)

 

Have a great weekend, all!

 
OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ditka NFL Manning Brady

 

As I put together my thoughts on this week’s sports blog my mind keeps going to the serious problems in the world.

Many Christians are being executed for standing up for their faith in Iraq.

Beheadings by the Islamic extremist terrorists has become common place in both Iraq and Syria.

Ebola outbreaks are getting out of hand around the world even in the US and now in Spain.

Our government is supplying weapons to moderate extremists if that descriptive name is even possible.

Anti Semitism in Europe is at a dangerously high level.

Our best and most loyal ally in the volatile Mid East region has national security problems that are being ignored by the administration because of the president’s personal feelings about Israel.

A US Marine, arrested in Mexico 6 months ago, remains in prison there because our president’s personal feelings about Marines apparently.

Our Vice President continues to insult and then apologize to our allies around the world.

My writing these thoughts in a public forum is probably dangerous, I could be targeted by the IRS or the Secret Service or the Administration’s Special PC police for my harsh and irreverent words…Lets see if they are listening…”REDSKINS”   I said “REDSKINS”

 

And now my public service message:

My point in the above is that it's inevitable that our Military will continue to be placed in danger around the world so please take a few minutes of each day and pray for those who have volunteered to fight to protect our freedoms and our lives

 

Now back to sports;

Because of the heat one Thomas Brady has been taking lately I’ve been thinking about the longevity of NFL QB’s

The NFL rules committee has made life easier for QB’s to stay upright and reduce the hits they once took. Deacon Jones will not slap you upside the head…Bret Farve played into his 40’s, Peyton Manning is 39, Tom Brady is 37

Playing a lot of consecutive games takes a good QB with good health, loads of luck and a good relationship with his coach.

As the resident Stat Man I can’t help but give this list of leading consecutive QB starts including both regular season and playoff.

 

1. Bret Farve                        321                 9/1992   -   12/2010

2. Peyton Manning               227                  9/1998    -    1/ 2011

3. Eli Manning                    167                 11/ 2004      current

4. Philip Rivers                   142                  9 / 2006     current

5. Tom Brady                      128                    9/ 2001    -   9/ 2008

6.Ron Jaworski                      123                 9 / 1977   - 11/ 1984

7. Joe Flacco                         114               9 / 2008       current

8. Joe Furguson                      110               9/ 1077   -    9 / 1984

9. Dan Marino                         99                10 / 1987   - 10 / 1993

10. Tom Brady                       94                 9/ 2009       current          

 

   Everyone here at the Gab is familiar with these guys or at least there names, as an older guy, I can say I’ve seen them all play. I can tell you they share a few common traits;

   They were all basically pocket passers. They all have the reputation of being tough enough to take a good hit, smart enough to throw the ball away when necessary, pocket presence to where they could feel pressure and take a step up and get rid of the ball, also all possess strong arms to go with field leadership qualities. They all played thru slumps and bumps so there are no wimps here either.

   Some learned to adjust to their aging and changing bodies and diminished skills, some did not.

Bret Farve was a tough son of a gun but never wanted to admit his feet were slower and his arm weaker as he aged. He is the leader in the club house with games played and seasons ended on a pass that he should have stuck in his pocket. The gunslinger reputation is cool as long as the gunslinger can still sling…in the end Bret could not.

    Peyton Manning is the guy I most respect when it comes to tweaking his game as he aged. Peyton understands his body and it’s limitations and operates within those parameters. 55 TD’s at age 38 was not a product of good luck and good receivers, it was a product of the field general running his offense with good weapons and an understanding of their capabilities not just his own. Will Peyton win another SB in his career? Who knows but will it matter for this 1st ballot sure fire HOF QB? I don’t think so.

    There are better QB’s than Peyton but he is top 5 all time without a doubt and probably top 3. As much as I hate seeing his mug on the field ( I’m a Brady guy)I have to admit that he has transcended the time and took the strong armed rookie and matured into the respected veteran who’s name will always be associated with what the NFL wants to portray as it’s face, a genuine roll model type.

Peyton is a family man with a sense of humor and a great ability to motivate those around him.

   Can Tom Brady learn what Peyton knows? Tom is right behind Peyton in age and as he said, he wants to play until he’s into his 40’s or until he just plain sucks.

   Not blessed at this time with a good offensive line and knowing that the word has been out since the 2007 Giants SB win over the Pats, Get in Toms face and make him uncomfortable and you can beat him.

    The Patriots need to make that transition, Tom works best out of the shotgun like Peyton, Tom reads defenses well and has a quick release. Tom needs to take the tempo back and dictate not react to defensive pressure. It was what we saw Sunday night in Foxboro. Still possessing a strong arm and a load of confidence Tom can get the Pats back on track if…if BB and Josh McDaniel learn what Peyton knows… Give me time and I’ll give you wins.

    These QB’s are generals, you just can’t use Tom as a second lieutenant. Tom’s success comes from making things happen and not from waiting for them to happen.

 

The NFL had but two unbeaten teams going into this past weekendArizona had to play old Peyton and Cincinnati had to play old Tom…no unbeaten teams remain and the corks in Miami were popping early this year.

 

Milestones:

-Peyton Manning 503 TD passes just 5 behind the all time leader Bret Farve

 

-Tom Brady, 50,000 yards passing. 6th place all time.

Tom is 1243 yards behind the Bronco’s great John Elway.

The Patriots play the Broncos in week 9 in Foxboro. Tom would have to average 311 yards per game to pass Elway playing vs the Broncos.

It is possible but unlikely seeing how Brady’s high water mark for this season is 292 yards.

The next 3 games will tell the story as the Patriots play Buffalo, NY Jets and the Bears leading up to the Bronco’s game. It will more likely happen when playing the Colts or Lions in mid November.

 

-Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots place kicker moved into 2nd place

All time in Field Goal % with his 5 for 5 day on Sunday.

Stephen has a record of 221 made of 256 attempts for a 86.3%

He trails only Mike Vanderjaqt whose record is 230 of 266 and 86.5%

Dan Bailey of Dallas has a 90.826% but has only 99 career attempts.

 

The Big Shakeup

Week 5 NFL rankings

1. San Diego 4-1 and this weeks patsy is the 0-4 Raiders

2. Denver 3-1 and this week it’s the horrible 1-3 Jets

3. Seattle 3-1 and this week it’s the 4-1 Cowboys

4. Philadelphia 4-1 and this week…the 3-2 Giants

5. Cincinnati 3-1 and they take on the 3-2 Panthers

6. Dallas 4-1 with a big test in Seattle

7. Indianapolis 3-2 next up the 3-2 Texans

8. Arizona 3-1 should right the ship vs Washington

9. SanFran 3-2 take on StLouis on Monday

 

Eight teams are tied at # 10, interchangeable parts

 Kansas City 2-3  have the bye before going to San Diego

 New England 3-2 and a trip to 3-2 Buffalo

 Green Bay 3-2 Travel to 2-2 Miami

 Detroit 3-2 Lions face Minnesota

 Baltimore 3-2 faces Tampa Bay

 Buffalo 3-2 host 3-2 NE

 Carolina 3-2 goes to visit angry Bengals

 Houston 3-2 sees Indy Thursday night

And you could probably throw in the Giants and Steelers too

On the other end are 

The worst 5 stinking teams looking for the first pick in the 2015 draft

32. Oakland     0-4

31. Jets            1-4

30. Jacksonville 0-5

29. Tennessee    1-4

28. Tampa Bay   1-4

 

 

The Ditkahs swept thru another night of bowling and pushed our record to 30-10 to move into a 2nd place tie. Jake and Chris again carried the team bowling 646 and 631 respectively.

 

Me and the lovely Mrsharry are heading off on a road trip to Maryland to visit our daughter and her hubby. I can’t wait.

I need someone to take over this coveted spot on Thursday Oct 16th

I would greatly appreciate the help.

If you can … let me know, and let the big dogs Sully and Beeze know too.

 

Have a great week and don’t forget to read Lanz

Over there to my right

 

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