The Challenge is on.....the 2013 Fall Cook Off, is all about the Buffalo Wing!
Bring on your best Wings, the one true sports food, and let us judge your recipe! Here's the deal: you post or e-mail me your recipe for your favorite wing, the ultimate sports comfort food, and I will do my best to faithfully reproduce your wings. I will submit your wings to my panel of judges (my 20 - something sons & wing afficiados) and between the 3 of us, we will pick the best wing. The winning chef will be announced in 2 weeks, just in time for the Thanksgiving football holiday, and will weat the coveted Sun Tzu YG Cooking Master apron for the next 12 months.
So do not delay...really, don't delay...it takes time to get everything together to make your dishes! Last year's chili cookoff was a lot of pressure to get it done in time (I only gave myself one week...not too bright). Next week, I will celebrate the best chili and mango salsa you will ever taste! My family demands the salsa often. If you didn't make it last year, now will be the time.
(One side note, my doctor has mandated that I give up meat...not just red meat, but poultry and pork too, making me a "pescatarian." But really, how much fish can one man eat? I am looking forward to breaking the ban with these wings!)
And now...on to sports - A Good, Bad & The Ugly type of edition:
You have to give the Red Sox a lot of credit for delivering a World Championship to Boston in 2013. They were absolutely terrible last year. They dumped all their high priced talent on the Dodgers and went about the business last off season of building a winner...and wow, did they ever succeed! I went back and looked at my pre-season picks and had both the Red Sox and Yankees out of the playoffs...well, I was half right. Hats off to the Red Sox, who played a feisty Card team aggressively with both power hitting and dominant pitching.
The Good or The Bad, depending on your point of view....
Last weekend, the Lions zipped down the field against Dallas to pull off a stunning victory in the closing seconds capped off with Matt Stafford's touchdown when everyone on Dallas thought he was going to spike the ball. Everything went right for the Lions who are now definitely in the mix in the NFC North at 5-3. The Bad....Dallas thinking they had won the game when there was still time on the clock. They managed to not kill the clock when the Lions were out of time outs after the 2 minute warning with a variety of stupid mistakes. Equally bad, the commentators were waxing poetic on how the Cowboys had the NFC East wrapped up with this win. The Cowboys will never win a title under Jerry Jones...and I love it!
Honorable mention for good or bad...
The Capitals & Flyers played a game in time warp last night as the frustrated Flyers (led by Coach Craig Berube, former NHL tough who I loved by the way) went full donnybrook after the Capitals went up 7-0 last night. Great fun!
And The Ugly...
The Colorado Avalanche put Semyon Varlamov in goal last night after being arrested for beating and kidnapping his "girlfriend!" On top of that, he won 3-2 at Dallas. OK, we live in an innocent until proven guilty country, but it sounds like a fairly brutal situation. It's not like the Avs don't have options in goal. I think it was an Ugly example of winning taking such a big priority over sensibilities in Sport.
So with that, I will wrap up - AND send me your Wings!!!
You can literally spend hours of too much free time there...
Here are some of my high school favorites from his collection...
Abington Galloping Ghosts (PA) -- Honors early football great Red Grange, nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost," who was a teammate of a former coach at Abington. After a visit by Grange to the area in the 1950's, the high school decided to name its teams after him.
Africentric Nubians (Columbus, OH) -- So named because of the school's focus on African-American culture. The Nubians were an ancient African tribe.
Alva Goldbugs (OK) -- This name was inspired by the school's principal in the 1920s. He was a great admirer of Edgar Allan Poe and especially liked Poe's "The Gold Bug." He conceived the idea of awarding paper goldbugs to outstanding and talented students. The name was soon applied to Alva's teams.
Amarillo Golden Sandstorm (TX) -- They are also known as the "Sandies." The name is based on a blinding sandstorm which blew through a 1920 baseball game, stopping play. The AHS baseball coach urged his team to play as if they were a sandstorm that could stop any opponent's play.
Aniak Halfbreeds (AK) -- Apparently chosen because most of the residents are of mixed heritage: Anglo-American and Inuit. The students have resisted efforts to change the mascot. I've been asked a number of times to add this mascot to this collection. It's here to show that not all distinctive and unique names are universally seen as positive.
Bad Axe Hatchets (MI) -- Seems to be an example of word play using the area's name.
Belfry Bats (MT) -- I imagine this choice was influenced by the old phrase "Bats in the Belfry."
Benson Bunnies (Omaha, NE) -- There are a number of stories about the source of this name. The first states that after a loss on Benson's hole-filled football field in the 1920s, a rival coach groused, "We didn't come to play Benson, we came to play the bunnies." The second story says the name was created after a local writer thought the basketball team looked like rabbits hopping as they moved around the gym floor. A third story states the the site for the school was filled with bunnies before the building was erected.
Beth Chana Academy Skirts (Orange, CT) -- This is an Orthodox Jewish school for girls. When in public, Orthodox Jewish law requires young women to dress modestly - with skirts that fall below the knee.
Bowling Green Purples (KY) -- For the main school color.
Bret Harte Bullfrogs (Angels Camp, CA) -- Close to where Mark Twain rented a cabin where he wrote his story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
Cairo Syrupmakers (GA) -- One story says this mascot was inspired during a rainy football game, when the owner of a local syrup plant helped out the home team by giving the players ponchos that had "Roddenbury Syrup" written across them. Another story says a newspaper reporter referred to the Tigers as "the syrupmakers from Cairo" in a game story, probably because there was a syrup plant in Cairo at the time. The mascot is depicted as a syrup pitcher. The term is often shortened to "Maids" for the girls or "Makers" for the boys.
Centralia Orphans (IL) -- I've heard a number of stories about how this name came to be attached to Centralia teams. One story has a writer calling the Centralia athletes "Orphans" because of their ragged appearance in the state basketball tournament: a sportswriter wrote that the Centralians "played like champs but looked like orphans." Another story says the players were called "Orphans" by local residents because of their cheap and well-worn uniforms. A third story says that CHS Coach Arthur Trout named the team after his favorite movie, the 1922 silent classic 'Orphans of the Storm.' The girls at Centralia are called "Orphan Annies," possibly for famed coach Ann Murray, but more likely as a replacement for their earlier name, "Orphanettes."
Chester Hambletonians (NY) -- Named after the horse Hambletonian, the famed race horse (for whom the harness race is named). He was born and is buried in Chester.
Colon Magi (MI) -- The city, birthplace of famed magician Harry Blackstone, has been designated "the Magic Capital of the World." The school uses a rabbit for a mascot.
Compton Tarbabes (CA) -- At one time, the campuses of Compton College and Compton High School were on the same site - the very site that Compton High School is on today. Compton High School adopted the mascot name of "Tartar Babies" because the college's teams were known as "Tartars"- but the local press shortened the name to "Tarbabes." The mascot is "Baby Tartar," who wears a diaper and carries a big sword.
DeKalb Barbs (IL) -- They might have chosen this name because the first practical barbed wire was produced in the city. The city had a large barbed wire manufacturing plant from 1874 through 1938.
Doane Stuart Thunder Chicken (Albany, NY) -- This is a mythical animal, of course. It stands 6 and a half feet tall, is yellow and orange, and brandishes a lightning bolt. It's also known to play the bagpipes. The school gym is known as the "Chicken Coop."
Dunn Earwigs (Los Olivos, CA) -- The earwig was officially adopted by Dunn's student body as the school mascot in 1978-79. It had been used by the school's boys' soccer team as early as 1975, according to school legend. No one is certain why the earwig was selected: possibly as a joke, possibly to recognize the many earwigs that live in the Santa Ynez Valley (where Dunn is located), or possibly to honor the resiliency of the insect. The mascot is not universally supported by Dunn alumni, but efforts to remove the earwig as the school mascot have been rebuffed over the years.
Eastern Christian Honey Badgers (Elkton, MD) -- The mascot was adopted when the school began operating in 2012, likely because this fierce animal became a popular culture sensation in 2011.
Effingham Flaming Hearts (IL) -- This nickname was coined many years ago. The name was derived because Effingham is geographically in the "Heartland of America." The "Flaming" part was added to give the nickname more flair.
Elkhorn Antlers (NE) -- Seems to be an example of word play using the school's name.
Everett Seagulls (WA) -- Everett's football team played Cleveland Tech in 1921 in a game billed as the national high school championship. When a seagull glided in a figure-eight pattern over the field, it was seen as a good-luck symbol. Everett won 16-7, then adopted the seagull as its new mascot.
Frankfort Hot Dogs (IN) -- In 1956, Frankfort high school adopted the Hot Dogs moniker. Rumor has it a sportswriter from Lafayette said during a game "the players looked like a bunch of hot dogs out there." The name is symbolized by an angry dachshund. The town's signature event is the Hot Dog Festival, named in part for the school's mascot.
Franklin Electrons (Philadelphia, PA) -- More than likely for namesake Ben Franklin's work with electricity.
Freeburg Midgets (IL) -- I've heard two stories about this name. The first one states that in the early 20th century, Freeburg had a very successful basketball team, yet no one on the team was taller than 5 feet 10 inches tall. Sports writers started referring to them as the "Midgets." The second credits an announcer for coining the name for Freeburg's short basketball team.
Freeport Pretzels (IL) -- The town had two major economic products: beer and pretzels. Since the "Brewers" was deemed inappropriate for a high school mascot, the school went with the other choice.
Gann Academy Red Heifers (Waltham, MA) -- Gann is a Jewish school, and the Red Heifer is an important sacrificial symbol in Judaism.
Glendale Dynamiters (CA) -- The school also uses "Nitros" and "Lady Nitros" as a nickname, for the nitroglycerin found in dynamite. A stick of dynamite is on the school's crest.
Green Mountain Valley Gumbies (Waitsfield, VT) -- I think this selection of the famous green claymation character Gumby as mascot may have been inspired by the "Green" in the school name.
Hamlin Pied Pipers (TX) -- Derived from the famous story "The Pied Piper of Hameln." The middle school's teams are called "Mice."
John F. Kennedy Catholic Lancers (Burien, WA) -- The nickname of "Lancers" is not necessarily a unique mascot for a school, but in this case, it is distinctive. President Kennedy's code name given to him by the Secret Service was "Lancer." Thus, the school chose the Lancer as its mascot to honor the late President.
Call me old fashioned, but I have no problem with the Washington Redskins name and logo...But lately, it's become the trendy topic...The latest PC cause that every dolt wants to get behind...Even while the government has shutdown, and we sit on the edge of a possible economic collapse, because our politicians act like children, and could give a fuck what the people think, our President took time to give his two cents, on how the Redskins name is offensive....The fact that he's going to fuck around and waste time on that question is offensive...And the fact that a media member thought at this time, that asking the President about the Redskins was an important question, is offensive...
Then there was Sunday Night Football, and Bob Costas on his soap box again...
It wasn't just Costas...That gas-bag Peter King suddenly has a problem with the Redskins name...Now refusing to write the word...Others in the media are piling on...But I'm calling out Costas and King...These two fucking blowhards have been covering football for at least 30 years...Now, suddenly, when it's the big trend, when the topic is getting a bit of traction, these guys have a fucking epiphany...Now Redskins is a slur...Now Redskins is Offensive...This team was started in 1932...Now we're offended...
Costas compared the team name to others, including the Vikings and the Cowboys...Last I recall Vikings weren't the nicest of people...They did quite a bit of killing didn't they? Maybe we should be offended by that...And holy fuck, the Cowboys...Cowboys killed Indians, AKA: Redskins...SO shouldn't we find that offensive...Dan Snyder needs to tell the NFL, 'Okay, if that prick Jerry Jones changes the Cowboys name, I'll change the Redskins name.' We all know Jerry would tell Goddell to go fuck his mother over that...
This country has become far too sensitive...Hey, half my family is from Ireland...The Notre Dame Fighting Irish name doesn't bother me...I don't take as some asshole stereotype that all Irish people do is fight...We drink and eat potatoes too!
And why aren't King and Costas screaming for all the high schools in this country to change their Redskins nickname...In the Southwest there are at least 30 high schools with the Redskins nickname...Many on Indian Reservations...If you twats really want to go all Politically Correct, then go all the fucking way in...Don't just go after the big name with the big money...Go get all the little guys too...But Costas and King won't do that...That's not trendy and sexy...I just heard King on Mad Dog Radio, get asked that question, and he hid behind this...
"I don't write about that. I don't cover the Chicago Blackhawks, or Cleveland Indians, I don't cover High School Football. I write about the NFL, so I can only speak about Washington."
What a big, fat, pussy stance! Typical of that gas-bag King! He should change the name of his website to "Monday Morning Fat Fuck!" (I'm totally buying that URL)
I'm sorry...Maybe the term Redskins is offensive...But there is no law...There is now ruling or writing that says we aren't allowed to be offended...People get offended...People get their feelings hurt...It's called life...Knuckle up...I'm fine with that logo and name up top...I'm not liking this idea...
As for the Cleveland Indians, and the mighty Chief Wahoo...Yeah, maybe he looks like a drunk, smiling red-faced Indian...Again, over-sensitive...It's a cartoon....And people are upset...Christ...Look at this comparison...
Now look at that...Does the Chief really look as over the top racist as the "Jews" and the "Chinamen?" Personally, they could have gone harsher on the Chinamen to really push their point...But the pussied out...And lets be honest...Look at those two...Those would sell like hotcakes if they were minor league teams...BOOM! I've got it...Time to make my Millions...I'm Starting a minor league baseball league...(yeah dropping league twice that quick felt weird)...Every team is having a cartoonish, "offensive" logo, to go along with their ethnic slur name!
Am I going too far...I don't think so...Some one has to try and balance out all this PC Bullshit!
"Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky."
—Alan Moore in The Mustard magazine (January 2005). Moore is a British writer, most famous for his influential work in comic-books and graphic novels. (Watchmen, V for Vendetta)
Alabama - This week's Game of the Century featured the Crimson Tide vs. Texas A & M. Among the many things leading up to this game, there was the constant babble from the talking heads about how this game was the chance for revenge for Bama over the loss to the Aggies last season.
I really wish those talking heads would stop referring to the game this way. It isn't. Alabama may have lost to the Aggies last year, but they got the national title. And the season ended. This is a new year. No revenge possible.
As for the game, I was out running errands when it started but was listening on the radio. In the beginning, Texas A & M was just shredding the Bama defense. It was almost too easy for Manziel & Company on their way to a 14-0 lead. This had shades of last year written all over it.
But things settled down a bit and then A.J. McCarron started getting his offense on track and led the Tide to three scoring drives.
On an A&M drive, the refs called a penalty on a pass play against Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton Dix and it really ticked me off. They called him for "targeting" which is an ejection from the game penalty. Watching the replay you could see that it was an utterly BS call. Dix was playing tight D and made a move to intercept the ball.
But what made the call even worse was the replay booth overruled the ejection of Dix, saying there was no foul on the play. But under the rule, the penalty yardage still stays in effect. So instead of a third down play after an incomplete pass, the Aggies got 15 yards and a first down for a thoroughly blown call by the refs.
It didn't end up hurting them on the scoreboard but it was just a bad bad call. Thankfully Bama led 28-14 at the half and then scored another TD (a 73 INT return) to go up 35-14 before the Aggies broke up the Tide's 35 point streak with another touchdown of their own.
Not to be outdone, Alabama got another score to go up 42-21 by the end of the third.
But the fourth quarter started off pretty much like the first quarter as Manziel led the Aggies to two scoring drives, including a stunning 95 yard TD pass from Manziel to Mike Evans. Evans was the stud receiver all game long for A&M.
That TD pass came after T.J. Yeldon fumbled the ball on the 1 yard line as Alabama drove for a score.
But A.J. McCarron directed another cool as a cucumber drive that culminated in a TD pass to Jalston Fowler for a 49-35 lead.
You'd think with just over 2 minutes left in the game, that would be big enough, but given the lack of pass defense by the Tide's defensive backfield today, you shouldn't have been surprised to see Manziel deliver another TD drive to cut the lead to 49-42 with 15 seconds left.
For those in the know, this means A&M would be trying for an onside kick. It didn't work as Bama got the kick and ran out the clock to at long last seal the victory.
Defense was a myth in this game. In fact, the 42 points the Aggies score was the most given up by Alabama since Nick Saban took over as coach.
Manziel threw for 464 yards with 5 TDs and 2 picks. He was also the Aggies leading rusher with 98 yards. He may be a jerk of the first order but the SOB sure can play.
If you don't know the name Mike Evans don't feel bad, the Alabama defense apparently didn't either. He caught 7 passes for 249 yards and a score against Bama and it looked they couldn't be bothered to remember he was torching them each time he caught a ball. All those yards and he only found the end zone once. Meanwhile, Malcome Kennedy had just 57 yards receiving but had 3 TDs.
As for Bama, their offense carried the day behind 334 passing yards and 4 TDs from A.J. McCarron (pictured below). The offensive line did a great job of protecting him too. He wasn't sacked at all.
T.J. Yeldon had great numbers with 25 carries for 149 yards and a score but he lost a fumble on the one yard line. On the TD he made, he got called for an unsportsmanlike penalty for making some sort of "show me the money" gesture followed up by a throat slash move. I can only imagine that Nick Saban (pictured below) probably wants to make him walk home.
Bama's defense gave up 628 yards in total offense, while A&M gave up 568 yards. Alabama's defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is really going to have to figure out something should these two teams end up meeting again.
Boston College - I was hoping for better, but I can't say that I was really all that surprised to see the final score (the game wasn't on TV in my area that I could find) of the BC game against USC be a 35-7 blowout in favor of the Trojans.
BC (2-1) managed just 184 yards of total offense. Chase Rettig threw for just 83 yards and lead back Andre Williams had 38 yards on the ground. The one score for the Eagles came late in the game on at 29 yard TD run by Tyler Rouse.
The Eagle defense did get two sacks in the game but were otherwise used and abused for 521 yards of total offense by USC.
So it is back to the drawing board for the Eagles.
In other game news from yesterday:
The Minnesota game against Western Illinois saw the Gophers win 29-12. It isn't the result of the game that interested me but rather a story that came out of off the field action. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill apparently suffered a epileptic seizure at halftime while still on the field.
If I remember correctly, this is the third time he's had a game day seizure. While you obviously can't do anything to force him to leave his job due to his condition, you do have to wonder how long the coach can endanger his health this way. While there is medical staff around to provide aid, if game days help provoke the seizures wouldn't it be time to consider stepping down?
Louisville beat Kentucky 27-13 and Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater had what for him qualifies as a pedestrian day with just 250 passing yards and 1 TD pass.
Another off field story at a game also made me wonder: In the Rutgers 28-10 win over Eastern Michigan, the school retired the number of Eric LeGrand. You remember LeGrand right? He was the Rutgers player who was paralyzed in a game a couple years back. And now for the first time in the 144 year history of the school, they retired a football player's number.
Look, I'm as impressed by his recovery to this point as the next guy, but I think retiring his number is a bit much. It is terrible that he got hurt in a game, but retiring numbers should be reserved for players who established legends ON the field. Yes I realize that I will be in the minority opinion on this and probably be looked at as kind of a dick for saying it but come on people, we are rewarding too much for too little in all aspects of sports and life these days.
Chicago Sky - The best season in team history continued to get better and better this past week as the Sky rolled off three more wins to improve to 24-9. They beat the Mystics 93-79. Their offense was led by 22 points from Elena Delle Donne and 21 points from Epipphany Prince.
Against the Phoenix Mercury, Delle Donne (18 points) hit a back breaking game winner at the buzzer to win 70-68. Prince had 21 points. You can see the game winning score from Delle Donne below:
On Friday night, they continued their winning ways by knocking off the Atlanta Dream 87-82. It was Prince leading the way with 29 points for Chicago. Delle Donne scored 18 points while Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Unfortunately, in their season finale last night against the Minnesota Lynx, the Sky came up short in their quest for the #1 overall seed in the playoffs. They lost 79-66 to finish 24-10. Fowles had 17 points and 11 boards to lead Chicago. Delle Donne had 14 points and Prince finished with 10.
New York Liberty - The New York Liberty will finish out of the playoffs this season. They lost their two most recent games to end their flickering hopes for a "second season" spot this year.
September 10th was their final home game and it served as fan appreciation night AND as a means of honoring Katie Smith before the game. She's retiring after the season after 17 pro seasons.
ESPN had a really well done video piece on Smith leading up to the final home game. You can check that out here:
As for the game against the Mercury, it was a valiant effort but the Liberty came up just short, 80-76. Smith (pictured below) led the offense with 17 points while Alex Montgomery had 13 points and Kelsey Bone finished with 11 points. Plenette Pierson added 5 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists.
(with her parents)
On Friday night, the Liberty visited the Indiana Fever and despite leading for a while in the game fell 66-63 to drop their record to 11-22. Delisha Milton-Jones scored 18 points to lead the Liberty. Tamera Young had 10 points and Smith (pictured below, from Getty Images) had 10 points.
As anyone who has read my ramblings knows, I'm a huge fan of Katie Smith. On the occasion of her retirement tomorrow, I wrote up my own appreciation piece. It's loaded with details, pics, links and commentary. I hope you'll take the time to read that piece which is located here: http://yougabsports.com/pt/Exit-Stage-Left---A-Legend-Leaves/blog.htm
By the way, Nike did a shirt that was given out to the fans at the final home game. I've got lines on a couple of shirts thanks to Liberty fans who know what a big fan of Katie's I am.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Well I tried but there's always some high school action going on each day of the week it seems.
Wareham Field Hockey - After a 1-0 loss to Bourne, the team is 0-4.
Wareham Boys Soccer - The team is 0-4 after losing to Dighton-Rehoboth 4-1.
Wareham Girls Volleyball - The team fell to 1-4 after losing 3-2 to Dighton-Rehoboth.
ORR Football - The team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 35-6 win over case. Raekwon had a 23 yard TD run.
Upper Cape Girls Soccer - The Lady Rams blew a 4-1 lead but ended up beating Blue Hills 5-4 for their first win of the season (1-3).
Wareham Girls JV Soccer - No news to report as far as game results but it looks like I'll have to try and attend a game now that I've learned another ex-player of mine, Gabby, has been added to the JV team. Not bad considering she hasn't played in a number of years and is actually still in the 8th grade. But I'm sure she'll be a great addition to the team. Way to go Gabby!
While still taking no public stand (not that I think or expect them to), the IOC announced this week that Tokyo Japan will host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Also announced was that wrestling (which had been kicked out earlier in the year) had been voted back in as an Olympic sport.
This news was a big sigh of relief for those of us that aren't even huge Olympic wrestling fans. It just seemed wrong to take out an original and still relevant sport from the Olympic games.
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
While watching the Patriots game last Sunday, I completely forgot about the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony which was being held in the afternoon. For some reason I thought it was a nighttime ceremony.
I ended up catching the rebroadcast on NBATV and a couple things that caught my notice was the speech from Gary Payton and a line from Rick Pitino's speech. I know there was a lot of talk about how Payton's speech was one of the best. But when I watched it, I thought he came off as a bit arrogant. Not quite as bad as Michael Jordan's speech but it just didn't feel as if he had what I would think would be proper deference to the magnitude of being inducted.
Pitino's speech included the line that "Coaches don't get to the Hall of Fame, players put them there." I thought it was a great acknowledgement of a true fact that the coaches are only as good as the players that suit up for them.
As for my favorite moments, one was bittersweet and one was my pick for best induction speech.
The best induction speech was from Dawn Staley. She was a three time Olympic gold medalist, played in 3 Final Fours at Virginia where she was player of the year a couple of times, and was a star in the WNBA. She crafted a superb speech tied into the time at the Olympics when she was selected to be the US flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies. It was just a great speech. You can see it here:
The bittersweet moment was the long overdue induction of ex-UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Now 83 and in terrible health, he could barely speak and his wife read most of his statement during a pre-recorded segment. His long and eventual winning battle against the NCAA cost him an earlier induction is what most people believe.
It was great to see Tarkanian get his proper due, but it should've come when he could speak for himself.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
I'm sure some will see it as a sign of a spoiled fan base, but the fact the Patriots are 2-0 is not sitting well with the fans or some of the press.
The utter lack of a cohesive offense (particularly the passing game) has set tongues to wagging in New England.
The Patriots beating the Bills despite a defense that generated no pressure on Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel was lucky to say the least. Sure receiver Danny Amendola did well as did Julian Edelman. But Stevan Ridley got benched for an inability to hold on to the ball. Shane Vereen had a huge game in his place.
But the 23-21 win over the Bills came at a big cost. Vereen broke his wrist and is probably out until at least Week 11. Danny Amendola injured his groin in the game and he was out for the Jets game this past Thursday.
With Julian Edelman having a career high 13 catches, the Patriots were able to not stink on offense just enough to beat the Jets 13-10. The run game was pathetic and the passing game was so bad that Tom Brady couldn't contain his bad body language when receivers ran bad routes or dropped passes. Brady finished with 185 yards and a TD pass.
The key to the win over the Jets was the defense coming up with a lot of pressure against the Jets QB Geno Smith. They got 4 sacks and picked Smith off three times.
At this time, the receivers are a joke. Brady didn't even target a tight end for the entire Jets game. And the rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins mostly reminded you of that Jerry Glanville one liner about the NFL standing for "Not For Long". Despite catching that Brady TD pass, Dobkins was pretty terrible otherwise. Between he and Thompkins they got targeted 17 times and caught just 5 passes.
Really, I could be that bad, why aren't I getting a contract offer?
The first week of fantasy football saw me split the two matchups. The team that features Peyton Manning as my starter won in the league's biggest blowout of the week while the Tom Brady led team lost a comeback game due to the Monday games.
Fates Warning has released another song from their upcoming CD Darkness In A Different Light. It's called "I Am" and you can check it out below:
Movies - The remake of the movie Robocop has released the first trailer for the new movie. You can check it out here:
TV - The USA Network show Burn Notice ended its seven season run this past Thursday. For the most part I enjoyed the show (there was an early season that I tuned out but came back to the show). And unlike a lot of shows that give a bad final episode, I thought the series finale was quite good. It tied up the story in a nice fashion and even managed to work in the two lines most associated with the series as a nod to their beginnings. It was a job well done.
The HBO show The Newsroom will end its season tomorrow night and it should be a blowout finale. While there has worthy and unworthy criticism of the show, the past two episodes have been lights out awesome. Episode 7 "Red Team III" was particularly noteworthy as I saw a lot more positive talk about the episode online than I've seen for most of the other shows.
Books - I finished a couple more books this week. They were the C.J. Box novel Blood Trail, which was fantastic and I also finished the Lorna Barrett book Bookplate Special. Unfortunately, that one was merely adequate in terms of entertainment value.
I also picked up two more books. Thanks to my BJ's Warehouse membership, I got to two trade paperback versions of novels for the same price as the mass market paperback cost and don't have to wait the extra few months to read the stories. The two books in question were the James Patterson and Marshall Karp novel NYPD Red and The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer.
In sad news, author A.C. (Ann) Crispin died on September 6th at the age of 63 after a long fight with cancer. While probably not familiar to most people, she was quite well known to those of us who read the Star Trek and Star Wars universe novels. She wrote a quite well received trilogy featuring Han Solo as well as writing one of my all-time favorite Star Trek novels. It was called Sarek and was about Spock's father. Quite a brilliant read I thought. She was also one of the creators and driving forces behind the website Writer Beware which kept aspiring writers up to date on publishing scams.
She made a final post on her Facebook page on September 3rd and I wanted to share it here: "I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive but I probably don't have an awful lot of time left. I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care and am surrounded by family and friends."