Eli’s Giants (1-6) won and Peyton’s Broncos (6-1) lost
Josh Freeman’s debut for the Vikings was very Bradyesque on Monday night…
(that’s this years Brady and not the HOF Brady)
The Kansas City Chiefs are the last of the unbeaten at 7-0
Gronk finally suited up and played for the Patriots. 8 catches for 114 yards.
The Tigers and Dodgers are left to try to figure out what happened in series they were supposed to win.
Koji Uehara ALCS MVP
Bostons beloved mayor Mumbles Menino is hopeful the Red Sox will bring home the World Series Cup…like they did in 04 and 07…we knew it wouldn’t be long before he embarrassed an entire region.
The 97 win Cardinals and 97 win Red Sox are meeting in the WS
Game one will be in the books when this goes to press so the results may not be in.
The weather forecast is for cool showers, temps in the mid 40s at 8:07 EST
32 year old Adam Wainwright 19-9 2.94
29 year old Jon Lester 15-8 3.75
Thursday’s match up will most likely be an interesting matchup between guys at completely different stages in their careers
22 year old Mike Wacha vs 35 year old John Lackey
Frosty Fenway will be in the low 40’s good for pitchers but not for hitters
The breaking news is that Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz 12-1 1.72
may not be back to full strength for his scheduled game 3 start in St Louis on Saturday. The Red Sox will probably move Jake Peavy up to this start and hope Clay can pitch on Sunday. If not then regular season 5th starter lefty Felix Dubrount 11-6 may get the game 4 start. Jon Lester has been great on full rest but pitching on 3 days rest isn't in his skill set.
Buchholz had an 80 game stay in the DL this season and even though he was 12-1 with the sub .200 era his durability has always been a question.
At 6'4" 188 lbs Clay has 95 heat but would rather work the black with his 91 two seam and a variety of cutter, slider, curve and change to keep opposing hitters off balance. He's usually sharp thru 4-5 but fades quickly and leaves the ball up in the zone.
NFL MVP watch:
Peyton has 25TD’s and 4 picks 2565 yards thru 7 games
On record breaking pace for 57 TD’s and 5,800 yards passing
NFL top 10
Kansas City 7-0
San Francisco 5-2
New Orleans 5-1
Green Bay 4-2
New England 5-2
San Diego 4-3
new segment: He's got some splainin’ to do
Bill usually respectfully requests an explanation by the officials when he’s not sure of a call.
Is it possible Brady struggles really are Belichick’s fault ?
We already know that Tommy can't throw the ball and catch it too…but some of those throws... nobody could catch. Where is the accuracy…where is the confidence.
The O line has been a sieve and Tom gets knocked down but he gets up again
Are the Patriots doomed by the injuries to Jerrod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Aqib Talib on defense leaving them with the likes of Chris Jones, Joe Valaino, Jamie Collins and Marquies Coles to hold down the fort?
The Patriots loss in OT vs the Jets via that controversial call on Chris Jones push of his teammate in violation of the new NFL
“don’t push your teammate into the opponents center rule”
sent jubilant Rex Ryan to the podium saying “ we got the break…about time we got the break” if Ryan bided his time and alerted the refs that the Pats were violating this rule than, hats off to the big dope. Rex finally got BB on this one. The Jets played well, took advantage of the Pats weaknesses and deserved to win.
Bill obviously had been ignoring the rule and didn’t expect to be caught. Arrogant and with no excuse Bill expected it to be treated like pass interference on a Hail Mary play…flags stay in pockets.
My take, it’s a rule and although it hasn’t been enforced prior to this play it’s still a rule and was violated and hence the 15 yards was the correct call.
It’s hard for this die hard fan to admit that the Pats are in a dog fight just to make the playoffs. Most teams and fans would be ecstatic to be 5-2 at this point but the Patriots spoiled fans aren’t used to this mediocrity. I arrogantly looked at the schedule before the season and said, 13-3 and a bye!
What do I know, I picked the Red Sox to finish 4th
Trivia question for today…From the ’04 championship Red Sox and Patriots teams, name the active roster players on today’s teams that were on those teams.
One last thought,
Should Indianapolis change the city name to Allpeopleapolis ?
thanks for reading and commenting and enjoy the WS...go Sox
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I realize that fall is a favorite time for many of you. To be honest, as much as I try to hang onto the summer…fall is without question the most pleasant time of year to be in Austin. For those of you in the northern 48, the best thing I can compare this time of year is summer in Ontario Canada. I remember a fishing trip I made to Ontario with my father and brother…mid 80s during the day and 50s at night. That is exactly what it is like here now. Some of you may never want to come to Texas, but if you do…the ACL music festival is a terrific reason to visit. The ACL is two weekends in October and is a perfect combination of music and weather. Here are a few videos about ACL that I thought some might enjoy. Some of you may wonder what is up with the bats in the second video. Austin is home to a colony of Mexican free tail bats that pour out from under the Congress Ave. Bridge at dusk to go munch on bugs and such…actually a pretty cool thing to see.
Did you notice not a tumbleweed in any of the videos. No cactus, no guys riding horses and shooting things. Of course that is part of Texas, just not part of every day life. We are all guilty of stereotyping to some degree. One great thing about YGS, is that it allows us to see what day to day life is like in parts of the country... that we do not have the chance to visit. I am going to continue to post pictures and videos for everyone to see what it is really like in Austin, Tx. For the record, we do have bats...they just do not fly in formation like the video!
Moving onto sports…as a Cowboy fan, watching the shootout at Jerry’s Corral last Sunday, was both exciting and painful. It was awesome to see the Cowboys come roaring back, but in the back of my mind, I just had a sense that the Broncos would win. Of course Tony Romo will take the rap for losing the game last Sunday, but without Romo at QB, they would have never been in the game. The more I watch Denver, the more convinced I am that they really are the class of the NFL this year. Of course, that does not mean that they will win the Super Bowl, but with Miller poised to return to the Denver defense…it is difficult to see what team might take them down. I suppose that Seattle at home would have a chance, but that game is not on the schedule. We are watching epic QB play from Peyton Manning. Only time will allow us to see just how special this Manning led offense is. This season has been like a good book. Each chapter makes you want to quickly turn the page. I can’t wait to see what week 6 has in store.
I struggle with regard to Tony Romo. He has a rap as a choke artist in the big game. Would you be surprised to learn that Romo’s fourth quarter QB rating is 102? This is a full 10 points higher than Tom Brady. Since 2007, Romo has thrown 19 4th quarter interceptions. Eli Manning and Drew Brees have 32 during the same time span. The reality is that the one thing these other QBs have done is win a Super Bowl. Romo is like a temperamental race car that always breaks down at the wrong time. He is great, until he is not. To be fair, it takes more than a good offense to win Super Bowls. The QBs mentioned above all had great defenses and special teams when they won their championships. I always look to Bill Belichick to see what he is doing. The Patriots have been as explosive as any team in the past few years, but how many SBs have they won? In case you did not notice, BB went back to defense this year. Of course, it would have been a good idea to keep Wes Welker, but improving the defense is what BB saw was needed for the Pats to win the SB. When you look back on those SB Patriot teams, they were full of great defensive talent. What if the Cowboys had been able to stop Denver from scoring that last TD and Dallas could have actually run the ball like they used to with Emmitt Smith. That is how you finish a game…you make a stop and then you grind out the clock. In this day of passing offenses, a running game is still needed to win…
One thing that I think was wrong is that Jason Garrett came out this week to say that Romo should have checked down to Demarco Murray. If I am Romo, I am pissed. Maybe he should have checked down, but he does not need to read his head coach broadcasting this to the press. Bad form Jason Garrett.
As most of you know, I have good reason to be all in when it comes to breast cancer awareness. I think it is great that the NFL uses pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. I dig the pink accents on the uniforms, but I have to say that pink flags for the refs are just too much. With all of the pink towels the players were wearing last Sunday, it was simply too confusing. I guess the NFL agrees as I read on Tuesday that the refs will go back to throwing the yellow flags. Good thinking…
Josh Freeman signed this week with the Vikings. Did you find it odd that Leslie Frazier comes out on Tuesday to proclaim that Christian Ponder has a bright future? Uh, come again…it is clear that Freeman chose to come to Minnesota for one reason…to be the starting QB. Of course, he can’t come in cold and start, but does anyone really believe that Freeman won’t be behind center when he gets up to speed? Maybe Coach Frazier meant that Ponder had a bright future somewhere else or maybe in whatever he does after football? If I am Ponder, I am thinking…don’t pee on my leg and tell me it is raining. I actually like the signing of Freeman. It is clear that Ponder was just not the answer for the Vikings. The funny thing is Ponder would probably be a great back up QB. If Freeman can come in and stretch the field just a bit, AP will enjoy much more success running.
Is Geno Smith the real deal? Did we just the birth of a franchise QB in New York? I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how well Smith threw the ball on Monday night. Compared to Sanchez, Smith had to be a huge lift for the Jets and their fans. In watching this game, I came away with something else. Mike Smith is a terrible game day coach. Just before half time, Atlanta had a chance to kick a chip shot field goal. Smith decided to go for it on 4th down. The play was an incomplete pass in the end zone, but because the receiver was completely mugged, pass interference was called. Because Atlanta had not called time out, they were left with a 1st and goal with just seconds left in the half. Did Smith use this reprieve and take the three points? No, he called a run up the middle that was stuffed by the Jets. Dumb move, Coach Smith. With news out that Julio Jones may be out for the year, it may be a very long year for Atlanta. Odd as the Falcons were thought to be one of the teams to beat this year. I am not sold on Geno Smith yet, but my money is that he is one Smith that will still be in the league next year.
Do you remember who Pat Dye is? Dye is an old guy that used to Coach football at Auburn. In case you missed it, there has been a conversation about different candidates to make up a panel to decide which four teams will play for the D1 college football championship. When told that Condoleezza Rice was a candidate, Dye had this to say:
"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said. "Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt."
"I love Condoleezza Rice and she's probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?"
This sort of reminds me of another woman thought to be incompetent in a predominantly man's job. My father was a mechanic, my uncle's were mechanics, my brothers were mechanics...there are very few things that a woman cannot do as well as a man and frequently they are better.
I agree that Condoleeza Rice was not the first name that came to mind when I thought about qualified folks to serve on this panel. But, I did not realize that Ms. Rice was the daughter of a football coach and absolutely loves the game. Since this panel does not actually have to put on the pads, I really cannot say why a woman could not be on this panel. To be honest, I would have a much bigger problem with an AD from a school or a commissioner from a conference serving on this panel. In fact, perhaps we do need some folks not directly affiliated with the college game be included. If Rice is qualified to be Secretary of State, she can certainly figure out who the best four college football teams are. I am sure that this will not be the biggest decision that she has made in her life.
Truthfully, I have to wonder why anyone is sticking a microphone in front of Dye these days. After Dye’s comments this week regarding Condoleezza Rice, it may be a long time before Dye is heard from again.
They should go as douche bags...
It has been almost a week since the Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State by one point. Yeah, it was an ugly win and Texas was lucky to win. As a fan watching a game, it is tough to watch your team struggle. What is even more difficult is listening to David Pollack and Jesse Palmer rip your team throughout the game. I understand that broadcasters have to describe what they see, but these guys really seemed to delight in taking shots at the Longhorns. One of the comments that really got me was that supposedly a Big 12 coach said that if you get Texas down that they will quit. To me this was a cheap shot. It was conversation that has no way of being documented. Of course, they did not use a name for the “source”…that might actually have ramifications. Hey, I will be the first to say that Texas has serious problems on defense and that Mack Brown will have his hands full in their next game against Oklahoma. But, I will also rip Pollack and Palmer any chance I get. What they did was completely classless for me. I don’t know if a school has the option of requesting a crew no longer do their games, but if they do…I hope Texas exercises this option.
There has been great baseball this week. The Tigers pulled out a tough game 4 that has them set with Verlander to go in game 5. I have said several times that I do not think that Benoit is the right guy closing for Detroit and it almost cost them game 4. After Johnny Peralta’s big home run, we are reminded why Leland is willing to suffer his defense in left field. Without that bomb, I am not sure that the Tigers were not done.
After watching the Red Sox eliminate the Rays, I have come to the conclusion that Shane Victorino is the key piece for the Sox. It seems that he is the guy getting a big hit or getting hit by a pitch that sets up the Sox to score that big run. There was a great conversation about what a professional hitter is and Victorino is a guy that is exactly that... a professional hitter that knows his role and loves to play the game.
Wednesday will tell us who will be playing the Dodgers. The Pirates and Cardinals should be a terrific game. I will be pulling for the Pirates, but the Cardinals are damn tough. This game is a coin flip for me…
I know that everyone is sick of hearing about the government being shut down. Each side blames the other and it is really an ugly mess. I ran across the following bit regarding Congress and figured everyone would enjoy…
Congress may be deadlocked and polarized, but ordinary Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents — almost equally agree on one thing: they like Congress less than hemorrhoids.
Some 85% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and they have a higher opinion of witches, hemorrhoids, and cockroaches, according to a survey released by the Public Policy Polling Institute on October 8.
Pollsters gave a sample of registered voters a thirty-one question survey asking them to compare the legislature with a number of other potentially unpleasant or annoying phenomena.
Categories ranged from controversial individuals to more abstract concepts like Wall Street and hipsters (both of which earned higher praise than legislators).
Overall, those surveyed preferred a range of annoyances to the House and Senate, including jury duty, toenail fungus, zombies, public radio fundraising drives, and potholes.
Even the DMV and the IRS are more popular.
However, America's senators and representatives are not exactly at the bottom of the pile.
Americans still dislike Miley Cyrus and her twerking a bit more, for now, and would still take Congress over Vladimir Putin or serial killer Charles Manson.
Anthony Weiner is still also quite unpopular.
The survey did not account for combinations of factors, such as whether Americans would prefer Congress to a witch with hemorrhoids or twerking at the DMV. There also were some undecided on certain issues.
For example, about 13% of those surveyed could not choose between Congress and dog poop.
That is all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
Remember, kids in the backseat cause accidents; accidents in the backseat cause kids."
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. After reading about Cardinal safety Rashad Johnson losing the tip of his middle finger last Sunday, I got to thinking about tough players that I have watched or heard about over the years. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of players that have revealed themselves as tough.
In reading about tough players…Ronnie Lott’s name always seemed to be mentioned. He also lost the tip of a finger, but what is incredulous is that he instructed the Dr. to amputate the finger. His finger had been terribly mashed while making a tackle in the playoffs and simply had not healed properly, so the amputation was performed to allow him to be ready for the start of the next season. It is one thing to suffer an injury, but to choose to lose part of a finger to be able to play is pretty damn tough.
Jack (Hacksaw) Reynolds is another player that has to be mentioned as he suffered a broken leg and played the last three games of the 1979 playoffs by having his trainers tape up his broken leg. Yep…that is tough.
A favorite tough player of mine is Don Meredith. I think I remember reading that over his career, he broke 17 bones. I know that in the 1968 playoff game against the Browns, he checked out of the hospital and played…despite a punctured lung, broken ribs and pneumonia.
An old time Steeler that was as tough as anyone was Ernie Stautner. All you have to do is read this game account from Andy Russell to realize Stautner’s toughness…
“Ernie Stautner comes in the huddle, and his thumb is broken back against his wrist. There's a tear near the break, and his bone is sticking out. He has a compound fracture of the thumb. He takes his thumb in his hand and wrenches it down into his fist. Doesn't show it to anybody. Doesn't say anything.
So he stayed there for the rest of the series, and then we came off, and I'm watching him because I'm the only guy who saw that he had a compound fracture. I saw the bone. So I'm figuring now he's going to ask for the doctor, and he may have to go to the hospital because this thing could get infected, and he says, “Give me some tape.” So they throw him some tape and he just starts taping this huge ball. He makes this big fist. Then we go back in. He plays the entire game. Never misses a down. I'm just astounded, and he's using this hand that is broken as a club. He's beating people with it. After the game, we go into the locker room and he says, “Hey Doc, I think I got a problem.”
Another favorite player of mine was Walt Garrison. As you would expect from a real life cowboy…he was also a very tough player. In a playoff game in 1970, Garrison broke three ribs in the first quarter and continued playing after he was carried off the field. He rushed for over 100 yards, caught several passes, and helped the Cowboys continue their path to the Super Bowl. Garrison has also played through a separated shoulder, a severely broken nose and a broken collarbone. Teammate Charlie Waters recalls the time that Garrison accidentally cut his thumb with a knife so that it was dangling from his hand. Garrison wrapped his thumb in tape and played the next day, rushing for over 100 yards.
So, yes…while the game is still pretty tough today, I don’t think it compares with the NFL of yesteryear. It should be mentioned that Rashad Johnson did not play with his injured digit. Of course, when the end of your middle finger is ripped off…there is surely going to be a search for the source of the blood. I knew that my son was pretty tough when he suffered a bruised liver and a couple of broken ribs in 8th grade and finished the game. We had no idea the ribs had been broken until a week after the injury and did not realize that he had injured his liver until we got to the hospital. I happened to be on the sideline and asked him if he was okay. He grabbed a drink of water and went back into the game. In 9th grade, he played the first half of a game as he was suffering an appendicitis attack. His coach figured out that something was wrong and at halftime, we headed to the hospital. I sure miss those games, but don’t miss the emergency room visits.
As fans, we glorify the toughness of sports. It is what I think we appreciate most of all about football. The gladiator mentality is slowly leaving sports and our society in general. I think football and probably hockey give athletes a toughness that serves them well the rest of their life. I do however, worry about concussions and the long term effect on players…especially players that begin playing while young. It is something that I think may in time eliminate youth football. As a parent, I am torn…but I am glad that my son was able to play football.
I saw a picture today that brought a smile to my face. Can you imagine going to your son’s first football practice and finding out that Joe Gibbs is one of the coaches? What was even funnier to me is that Gibbs was serving as an assistant for his son. But you know what, from what I know about Joe Gibbs…that does not surprise me one bit. I found a comment by Gibb’s son very interesting…he would not let them play until they were in 7th grade. When his son asked why it was okay for his grandsons to play youth football, Gibbs replied…”because I am coaching them.”
Tuesday night, The Book of Manning aired on ESPN. In case you missed it, you should make it a point to watch it. I loved the show and very highly recommend it. Everyone knows that Archie Manning played professional football, but I had forgotten how athletic he was. After watching Archie being pounded as a Saint, I suppose I should add him to my list of great tough players. The show featured plenty of football, but what I really got from the show was how dedicated a father that Archie is. I also did not realize that Archie’s father committed suicide when he was a sophomore in high school. I know that the Manning family took much heat for his trying to prevent Eli from going to San Diego. But, after watching this show, I understood better what Archie was doing. Archie’s father wanted only for Archie to be a good guy…he certainly succeeded in my opinion.
This year, the Manning brothers are headed in different directions. I have never seen Peyton play better than he has this year. Watching Peyton shred the Raider defense, it was as if the defense just gave up. Instead of trying to disguise their coverages, they simply parked their safeties deep so that Peyton would keep handing the ball off to his trio of running backs. It seemed to me that the Raiders were willing to allow the 5 and 6 yard gains as opposed to allowing Manning to beat them through the air. There is something different about watching Peyton play. I am not sure I have ever seen a QB that is as good at reading defenses as Peyton. It is almost not fair to watch the talent Manning has to work with. It has to burn Brady’s ass to look at the weapons available to Peyton. Seattle and Denver do not play during the regular season, but I have a hunch these two teams may be playing later this season. I am not sure how good Seattle is, I guess we will see after this weekend in Houston.
I felt pretty good about the Cowboys chances this year. I really did not think that the NFC East would be as tough as in years past. Honestly, I don’t think that the Giants, Eagles or Skins have a solid identity. The Eagles are adjusting to a new offensive system. The Giants don’t have a running back to run the Coughlin typical game plan and Washington is not the same without a healty RG3. Dallas has a real chance to separate themselves from the division…if Murray can stay healthy. I love what Kiffin has brought to the Cowboys defense. It has been forever since the Cowboys have been this aggressive on defense. It is a very good thing that Romo does not have to throw for 350 for the Cowboys to win. I have a feeling Cowboy haters will have a bad year.
I want to finish with a few random sports thoughts…
We can debate the schedule for Ohio State and other D1 schools, but why in the world do you go for a first down on 4th and 4 when you are up 55 to 0? No idea what Meyer was thinging about.
Have you ever seen running backs decide who gets the carry from the 1 yard line by doing rock/paper/scissor? Hilarious.
Admittedly, I am a hockey novice. I caught a minute of a video on Pardon the Interruption that had Phil Kessel using his stick to fend off a giant attacker. I could not see who the attacker was, but it was clear that Kessel wanted no part of him. Wilbourn argued that he is a scorer and that he was within his rights to protect himself from a much bigger guy. Kornheiser said Kessel will get a long suspension. My money is that Kornheiser is right. What do you think?
Apparently there was more to this story than I thought. The goon that went after Kessel was sent out to get him on the faceoff. Kessel's teammate Clarkson came off the bench to defend Kessel. It was announced today that Kessel was suspended for the remainder of the preseason, but because Clarkson came off the bench, he actually is allowed to play during the remaining preseason games, but is suspended for 10 games once the regular season begins. I guess hockey officials agreed with Wilbourn that Kessel was defending himself.
Have you ever heard of a replacement nose being grown to replace a damaged one? I had not either. Those Dr's in China are getting pretty freaky...
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.
"If you're a cowboy and you're dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would really make you mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine."
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...