In the spirit of the NFL, I want to honor those who have been devastaed by Breast Cancer. May there be a cure found soon for this scourge of a disease.
Welcome to the tantrums, where this week we celebrated the Big Crush grape harvest with some wine and horsey do-vers. Mrs. B.O.B. and I wanted to attend, but she had to work then attend the Keith Urban concert afterwards.
Freaking Beeze and B-dub killed it yesterday!!!
Rant of the Week – “God Bless You”. OK, if you haven’t heard this one yet there’s a teacher in a high school not too far from Casa de B. O. B. who decided that if somebody sneezes and you respond with “God Bless You”, this jack off takes points away from your overall grade. This clown says it isn’t about religion, it’s about the disruption in class. Yeah right! Dude, just focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic – nobody cares about your political agenda.
This is more in Doug’s roundhouse, but up here we have a rash of kids being home schooled. We’re fortunate in my area that we haven’t been infested with gang-type shit, and with a lot of the distractions that other kids deal with elsewhere. So could it be people aren't sending their kids to public schools because of shit like this dumb ass teacher? Are we to that point where home-schooling is the way to go?
MLB – Wild Card Edition. Beeze mentioned yesterday that he just wasn’t interested in the MLB playoffs. Neither was I until the finals came in yesterday. Seems pretty competitive to me, and I'm gonna try to make it a point to watch a game or two this week.
NFL. Joe Namath vs. Rex Ryan? Much ado about nothing – they’re both right.
Oh, and B-More bitch slapped the Jets and that's always a good thing. Crab Cakes for everybody! Seriously, that was a great game - if you're a defense.
Did Arizona get screwed on that Victor Cruz play? It would appear that the Giants think they got a break.
Hey Philly you fucking ingrate fans – you turn on Andy Reid by saying that Andy Reid isn’t a leader and that it’s a good thing that he wasn’t in charge of the D-Day invasion? You fans suck! Look you morons, if it wasn't for Andy Reid your asses wouldn't have been to a Super Bowl, nor would they have been to what, six NFC Championship games?
Detroit is 4-0 and that should be celebrated, but if they keep spotting those big leads, they're gonna do it against a team that actually has a killer instinct. Megatron can only bail you out so much.
Pittsburgh @ Houston. I was on and off watching this game, and I want to say that Houston made a statement, but to only win by seven against a weak O-Line, I’m not sure I can do that. Besides, Houston gets hurt too much.
New England @ Oakland. Unbelieveable. New England went into the Black Hole and did the Raiders like they were their prison bitch. Come to think of it, the Coliseum during a Raider game is usually...Uh, cancel that thought because if I go there, I'm probably subject to a drive by. Just when you think that the Pats lack of running is gonna kill them, they break out at least a little bit of a running game. Vince Wilfork intercepting a pass and running it back is funny as hell! But just like I said about Jason Witten last week, how the hell doe Wes Welker get so wide open ALL THE TIME?
Hey Cam Newton, yeah you're doing good but these endzone celebrations are stupid, and to do one after one of Chicago's defenders took one of your passes and returned it for a touchdown makes you look even more dumb. Look at the scoreboard bitch - you're 1-3!
Atlanta's secondary still sucks! The only reason you fools won is because Pete Carroll went for a 61 yard FG attempt at the end of the game. Hell, with that secondary of Atlanta's, I would have thrown one into the endzone, you would have had a far better chance.
All this football, I think I'm forgetting something. What could it be? Hmmm...Oh yeah, Tony Romo. This dude is footballs equivalent to LeBron James. Good enough to get you a lead, bad (or dumb) enough to give it back and then some. Probably a good guy, but it's time for Jerry Jones (oops, I meant Jason Garrett) to sit him, or at least put Kitna in during the fourth quarter.
College Football. As crazy as this sounds, Washington State is 3-1 and headed for a date with UCLA down in the Rose Bowl. Can anybody here say that they knew Wazzu would be sitting in this position? They’ll come back down to Earth after UCLA when they face Stanford.
Air Force @ Navy. Two weeks ago, I was talking about how Navy was so disciplined. How does Navy’s QB bring his team all the way back from being down to Air Force BIG TIME, only to run smack after a TD in overtime and get a 15 yard unsportsmanlike that is missed by the kicker?
Beaver Report. 1600 folks showed up when the Beavers made the 15 minute short trip over to Sierra College to face the Wolverines, and I’m not gonna lie, this was a HORRIBLE (Bill Walton emphasis) game. The Beavers went up big in the first quarter, and the Wolves done lost their minds with late hits which were intended to take out the QB, smack talk, and beating the shit out of each other in fisticuffs on the damn field OVER PLAYING TIME! But rather than pointing to the scoreboard, the Beavers decided to join in the party. They're good kids, but they friggin' woof too much, and it pisses me off! The refs had no control, and the coaches could have stood to rein their players in far earlier than they did.
The Beavers had a big ole Samoan OL catch a tipped pass, run with it, hurdle a defender, and go ten more yards before he got stripped. I’ll hopefully have pics of that next week. Dude had us absolutely in stitches and it was the funniest and most entertaining part of the game! John Madden was right in “The Replacements” – it’s always fun to watch the fat guys run with the ball! He’s quite the athlete and I mean that sincerely.
Mustang Football. The Mustangs made their longest roadie of the season to face a fired up and game squad up in Marysville. The Indians certainly were improved from last season and the boys were lucky to get out of there with a win.
Music – . Gotta go back into the time warp for this one.
NBA. I know we don’t talk about this much here, but I had to go here for two points. Hey Union, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade want you all to torch the season? When is the last time the Court Jester made a smart decision that benefitted anybody but himself?
Screw the NBA, I want to talk about a great Basketball player – Arvydas Sabonis, who last Tuesday had a heart attack in Lithuania, was rushed to the hospital and apparently was out of danger. Here’s to a speedy recovery for one of the very few Centers who had the ability to deal with Shaq, and by all accounts a really nice guy!
Douche Bag of the Week – Rob Ryan. I’m sorry Jeff, I tried to avoid this, but when you say stupid shit, you earn the spot. This dude is some defensive guru right? You would think that he is smart enough not to tempt fate by baiting Mega-tron but no – this ass clown goes with the “Charles Johnson is the third best receiver that his defense practices against.” How stupid is that? Jim Schwartz made it a point after the game to say he was happy that he had the third best receiver on the Cowboys making plays for him. Rob, just STFU!
Yep, it was Birthday Weekend here at the Beeze Household...Friday was mine, and then Sunday was the Little Beeze's Birthday Bash...You can read all about Friday's events, RIGHT_HERE...Then Saturday, Mrs. Beeze took me out for an amazing DINNER!
Then Sunday came along...For the second year, we had the Little Beeze's party at PUMP_IT_UP...The kids love the place, and it means I don't have to have all these people at my house...That would mean cleaning before, and after the party, and making food...Plus this year, we paid extra for them to do the goodie bags...They did better than I would have...If you compare time and money, we would have spent just as much having it at our house...Plus there's a time limit, so it pushes those unwanted, straggler relatives out the door for you!
Here's the boy putting on a show for the camera...
Here's him getting his favorite present...
Yes, two hours of craziness, but they all had fun...
-Now, to the Sports...After the Party I put on the Browns game, but I quickly turned it off...If they didn't piss me off enough last week with THIS_BULLSHIT, (Apparently that then they went out this week and got their asses beat by the Titans...Unreal...Last week everyone is all hyped up talking about how good the defense is, and then they get knocked around by the Titans...And Shurmur, the Head Coach/OC and his "West Coast Offense" can eat me...This ain't the west coast offense we all no and love...
Why don't you start running the Spread-Option-Read to show us just how much you're really in over your head...And Fatty Holmgren, you walrus looking fuck, you get some of the blame too...People here like to say, "In Holmgren we trust." Why? n He has consistently failed in the front-office...People in Cleveland see Super Bowl Rings, but don't realize 2 were as an assistant coach and one as a head coach...None when he was in the front office...
-Other NFL news...Hey Philly, suck my ass..."Dream Team" really Vince Young...You fucking cunt, too hurt to ever play, not even good enough to play, and you hyped this team that can't pass block, and can't stop the run...With 3 high-priced corners who aren't doing shit and tackle like Deion Sanders...Drop Dead!
-Romo slipped back to his old ways of fucking up, oh and the Lions did their come from behind thing again, to stay undefeated...AWESOME!
-The Steelers look like shit! Love that!
-Let's rewind to Saturday's games...My boy Robert Griffin from Baylor continued to put up huge numbers, but his mates on defense couldn't hold Kansas State offense, and the Baylor Bears took a loss...Ohio State looked like dog shit against Michigan State, in a thrilling 10-7 loss...
But I was geared up fro the prime-time games...ND at Purdue...The Irish just took them apart...Tommy Rees had his first turnover free game, but you have to chalk some of that up to the fact that Purdue sucks...It actually could have been worse for the Boilermakers, but Rees continued to struggle in the red zone...
Wisconsin welcomed Nebraska to The Big Ten, by giving them a pink sock, live on ABC! And on CBS, Alabama reminded Florida that this year the SEC is all about Alabama vs. LSU...All the prime-time games ended up being a letdown...Blowouts get boring...
-Looking for some Baseball coverage...Sorry, no such luck...I have lost all interest...
-The NHL gets started up Thursday, and even though I love Hockey, the season, just like Baseball, is too long...They start too soon, and they end too late...
That's all for now...It was a busy weekend, now I gotta get ready to get back to the grind...Oh, but I'll give you a quick video, of the Baby Beeze, barging at the remote control...
Archie Goodwin decides to sign with Kentucky and in his words, he is because it is a business thing. What does this mean in that context? Remember, the Hogs lost a scholarship due to players not graduating for the 2012 class.
And coach Calipari has publicly stated to recruits, that they are coming there to play basketball and not to be a student. That means they will not graduate. So why hasn't the NCAA done anything about these comments but feel compelled to make an example of the Razorbacks?
So if you get a player like John Wall, you will need a real student to count against his loss when he bolts for the NBA. But how can you really have that many walkons when you have five players signing in the first round? You can't. For us real students who actually study and are trying to make a better life for ourselves, we see the hypocrisy. We know that the NCAA infractions committees are essentially employees of the offending schools. Sure they give sanctions from time to time but why are the offending parties allowed to continue such practices?
Why is Calipari allowed to cheat, then leave for another program, while sanctions are levied against those schools, after he leaves? I am mad because Arkansas is being raped by pillaging programs, and coaches who won't be there when sanctions finally do happen. Like Pete Carroll at USC and the list goes on and on and on.
Now the NBA is on strike and I personally want to see the entire season lost. If they miss even one game, I will not watch one single contest. I want to stop subsidizing jocks who leave fatherless children around the country. With all these fatherless children, I guess child support payments could be quite expensive.
On a positive note, the Arkansas Razorbacks have three starting running backs on three different teams. Darren McFadden has rushed for games of 171 and 150 yards this season and it seems that the writers grudgingly give him credit for that, outside of Arkansas. He was cheated out of the Heisman twice because of media indifference and the stiffy they have for Coach Petrino. His numbers were staggering in college, while sharing time with Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis and Michael Smith.
Felix Jones has struggled at times this season but is the feature back in the Dallas Cowboys lineup. In his last game he turned it on an rushed for 115 yards. He is an inspace runner and has been going inside a lot. He is also having to deal with a reworked offensive line but he is a big play back and very special in that capacity.
Of course how could anyone forget Peyton Hillis? He is the guy that brings character to a team. He is self-effacing and not a troublemaker/ He has politely won over the Browns fans and is kind of like former Bucs back, Mike Alstott. He is much faster than Mike though and would have been an all time rusher at Arkansas, if he had of started there. Probably would have succeeded at Wisconsin too.
Anyway I just had to get that off my chest. The Hogs are my favorite team and I am partisan. I bleed Cardinal and White and oh by the way, Tyler Wilson smashed Mallet's single game record passing for 510 yards! Jarius Wright had 281 yards receiving and this helped Arkansas to a 42-38 comeback win at our third home field at Dallas Stadium. Like us or hate us, Wooooo Pig Sooie!!
LeBeau was a fifth round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1959 draft, the was the 58th player picked overall. LeBeau did not make the Browns team, and was cut in training camp. He would then be picked up by the Detroit Lions.
He played six games in his rookie year, mostly on special teams, did recover the first fumble of his career that season. In 1960, LeBeau earned the starting job at cornerback opposite newly acquired Hall of Famer Dick "Night Train" Lane. The Lions defense also had Hall of Fame middle linebacker Joe Schmidt, Hall of Fame safety Yale Lary. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Alex Karras and Pro Bowl safety Terry Barr.
LeBeau picked off four passes his initial season. The next three seasons, LeBeau and Lane formed the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. LeBeau picked off four balls in 1962. He scored the first two touchdowns of his career that year, by interception and fumble recovery.
In 1963, LeBeau picked off five passes and returned them for 158 yards. He also returned one interception 70 yards for a touchdown. LeBeau would then make his first of 3 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances in 1964. That season also marked Lary's last in the NFL, and Lane played only seven games. LeBeau still managed five interceptions that year.
The 1965 season was the last year for both Lane and Schmidt. LeBeau picked off seven passes and returned one for the last touchdown of his career. LeBeau's last Pro Bowl season was in 1966, when he intercepted four passes.
LeBeau picked off four passes in 1967 by bookending Hall of Fame cornerback Lem Barney. He did this while under new head coach, and former teammate, Joe Schmidt. LeBeau and Barney would then team up for the next three years as one of the best cornerback tandems in the league.
The 1970 season saw LeBeau have a career high nine interceptions. At 34-years old in 1971, LeBeau would intercept six passes. The 1972 season would be the last year as a Detroit Lion for LeBeau and Schmidt. LeBeau was moved to free safety that year, and would not intercept a pass for the first time since his rookie season.
LeBeau only retired from the NFL as a player after 1972. He went into coaching in 1973 for the Philadelphia Eagles as a Secondary Coach. He stayed with the team until 1975. He then held the same duties with the Green Bay Packers from 1976 to 1979.
In 1980, he moved to the Cincinnati Bengals. He served as their secondary coach and a defensive coordinator with the Bengals until 1991. LeBeau then served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to 1996.
This is when LeBeau would gain notoriety for inventing the now commonly used "Zone Blitz" defense. The Steelers defense featured such greats as Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson, Pro Bowl linebackers Greg Lloyd, Hardy Nickerson, Levon Kirkland, Chad Brown, Kevin Greene, Jason Gildon and strong safety Carnell Lake. They would go to the Super Bowl after the 1995 season.
In 1997, LeBeau returned to the Bengals as a defensive coordinator. He would then be named head coach of the Bengals in 2000, holding that job until 2002. LeBeau then worked for the Buffalo Bills in 2003.
He returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004, and is still the defensive coordinator of the Steelers today. In 2005, the Steelers won Super Bowl XL. LeBeau is one of the most respected coaches in NFL history and is called "Coach Dad" by his players.
Dick LeBeau's playing career alone may have had him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the first player from the 1959 NFL Draft to make it into Canton. He is a member of the Detroit Lions Legends and his 62 interceptions are the most in the history of the Lions.
Butz was the fifth overall selection of the 1971 draft, chosen by the Saint Louis Cardinals. His career got off to positive beginnings, as he started 10 of the 12 games he played as a rookie.
Then Butz suffered a devastating knee injury of the first game of the 1972 season. The Cardinals believed his playing days were over, so they released him. The Washington Redskins quickly signed the huge defensive tackle.
After being brought along slowly by Hall of Fame head coach George Allen, where Butz started in 16 of the 40 games he appeared in over three seasons, he was elevated to a starters job in 1978. He would remain there the next 11 seasons.
Being 6'7" 291, he was an immovable object in the middle of the defense. While stuffing running backs was his specialty, Butz also batted down a ton of passing attempts. If that wasn't enough of a distraction for opposing quarterbacks, he was also a good pass rusher despite drawing multiple blockers most plays.
The 1983 season is considered his finest year. Butz was named to his only Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro nod after being named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Kansas City Committee 101, an award chosen by 101 NFL sportswriters and sportscasters. He had a career best 11.5 quarterback sacks that season.
He was the Redskins model of consistency. After becoming a starter, he missed three games in 11 years. Butz missed five total in his 14 years with the Redskins. Besides having 59.5 career sacks, which is most ever by a Washington defensive tackle, his 203 games played is the fourth most in franchise history.
Dave Butz is a member of the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team. Not only did he constantly make the Cardinals regret giving up on him, Butz made Redskins fans joyful by helping their team win two Super Bowls. He is one of the 70 Greatest Redskins ever.
Creekmur lasted until the 26th round of the 1948 draft when the Philadelphia Eagles used the 243rd pick on him. He did not make the team, so he was out of football until 1950.
The Detroit Lions offered him a tryout that year, which turned out to be a great move. He earned a starting job at left guard that season and went to the first of eight consecutive Pro Bowls. The 1951 season saw him honored as First Team All-Pro, something he would garner in six of the next seven years.
Creekmur moved to left tackle in 1952, where he would stay the rest of his career. While noted as a fierce run blocker, he was equally exceptional pass blocking. He kept Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne upright.
Layne also happened to be a player Detroit got from another team off that 1948 draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bears with the third overall pick that year, who would trade him one year later to the New York Bulldogs. He was traded to the Lions the following season.
Layne was known for taking his linemen out each week for expensive dinners to thank them for keeping him healthy. Creekmur would later note that Layne was his favorite quarterback to protect.
Detroit would go to four title games and win three of them behind Creekmur. He retired after the 1958 season, but was coaxed back in 1959 to play eight straight games despite not having any time to practice and get in shape. He retired permanently after that season.
Not only is Creekmur inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his six First Team All-Pro nods are the most ever by a Lions offensive lineman. It is also tied with Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Dutch Clark as the most ever by an offensive player in that franchises long history.
Lou Creekmur is the best blocker in Lions history and his toughness is legendary. Creekmur broke his nose 13 times playing football, but he never missed a game and always was great. Not bad for a guy who nobody wanted on their team for the first few years he was out of college.
Blanda was a 12th round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1949 draft. His final two seasons pf college football was played under legendary coach Bear Bryant. Blanda is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.
Blanda then went on to play pro football under NFL founder and Hall of Famer George Halas. The two did not get along.
Blanda was given $600 to sign with the Bears, but Halas took the money back after Blanda made the team.
He kicked, punted, and quarterbacked his rookie year. Blanda started the next season with the Baltimore Colts, but found himself back on the Bears for the final 11 games of that season.
While mainly used as a kicker for three years, he spent the 1951 season also playing linebacker. Blanda intercepted the only pass of his career that season.
Blanda earned the starting job at quarterback in 1953, and led the NFL in attempts and completions. He started seven games the next year, and led the NFL in yards gained-per-games played.
He would accomplish that feat two more times in the AFL. Blanda was then mainly used as a kicker until 1958. He decided to retire because of his difficulties with Halas.
He said that Halas no longer seemed interested in the NFL and the game had passed him by. Blanda was quoted to have said, "Halas was too cheap to even buy me a kicking shoe."
After sitting out of the 1959 season, Blanda decided to play for the expansion Houston Oilers in the fledgling American Football League. The Oilers would go on to win the first AFL Championship with Blanda at the helm.
The Oilers repeated as AFL Champions the next year, as Blanda was named to his first All Pro team while leading the AFL in passing yards, touchdowns, and several other categories. He also set a record for fewest receiving yards in a career, when he caught a pass for negative 16 yards.
He would be named an All-Pro the next two seasons as well. He led the AFL in attempts and completions from 1963 to 1965. Blanda also led the AFL in interceptions thrown from 1962 to 1965.
At 40-years old, Blanda joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967. He was named to his last All Pro team, this time as a kicker, helping the Raiders get to Super Bowl II.
He led the league in extra points attempted and made in four of his first eight seasons with Oakland. He led the NFL in scoring in 1967 with 116 points, and had a career high 117 points the following year.
His biggest year in Oakland was in 1970, when he would be named the Bert Bell Award winner for Player of the Year. Blanda had actually been released for a short time in preseason, but was quickly brought back.
That season, Blanda had to come off the bench four times to replace Darryl Lamonica, the starter, due to injury. Blanda led the Raiders to three comeback wins and a tie.
He then had the come in for an injured Lamonica during the AFC Championship game. He booted a 48-yard field goal, and went 17-32 for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but the Raiders fell to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Colts.
In 1973, at 46-years old, Blanda scored 100 points. He then retired after the 1975 season at 48-years old.
Many fans may know that the Hall of Famer Blanda retired with an then-NFL record 2002 points, but he also holds several other records.
He shares the record for seven touchdown passes in a game, owns the record for most seasons played, and most seasons scoring a point (26). He's also the first player in history to score over 2,000 points, the oldest person to ever play in the NFL and in a title game. Blanda has thrown the most interceptions in a season.
He still has attempted and made the most extra points ever. While playing the fourth most games ever, he still has the fifth most points scored ever. His 26 seasons played and most years of scoring a point are also records.
Brett Favre broke his record of 277 interception in 2007, and Drew Bledsoe broke his record of 68 passing attempts in a game during the 1994 season.
George Blanda is truly one of the legends of the game of football, as a kicker and quarterback. Many Raiders will always remember him coming off the bench and leading Oakland to thrilling victories.
Brown was a 27th round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1959 draft. He only was on the roster for one game in his rookie year, and did not accumulate any stats.
He then joined the Philadelphia Eagles the next year. He played very sparingly, but did have a 79-yard kick return on 11 attempts.
The 1961 season would be the year Brown got his chance. He led the NFL with 29 kickoff returns and 811 yards. He scored on a 105-yard return, which still stands as an Eagles franchise record and is the seventh longest in NFL history. He also scored the only punt return touchdown of his career on just eight returns.
Brown led the NFL in all-purpose yards in 1962 and 1963. In 1962, Brown caught 50 balls and averaged an impressive 16.3 yards per catch.
He led the NFL in kickoff returns and kickoff return yards in 1963, with 33 attempts for a career high 945 yards. He was also named to the Pro Bowl from 1962 to 1965.
He led the league with a yards per rushing average of 5.4 yards per carry, as he ran for a career high 861 yards in 1965. Brown became the first ever to score on two kickoff returns in one game during the 1966 season, which is still a NFL record that he shares with nine others.
Brown got injured in the seventh game in 1967 and missed the rest of the year. He joined the Baltimore Colts the next year, and helped the Colts win the NFL Championship before they went on to lose in Super Bowl III. He retired after that season and has enjoyed a fine acting career. Brown was in both the movie and TV version of M*A*S*H.
Timmy Brown rushed for 3,862 yards and 31 touchdowns, while catching 235 passes for 3,399 yards and 26 additional scores. His 14.5 yards per catch is very impressive for a running back, and he also averaged 26 yards on 184 kickoff returns. Brown's five career kickoff return touchdowns is tied for the eighth most in NFL history.
Maynard was drafted in the ninth round of the 1957 draft by the New York Giants. Though he did not make the team that year, he did play the next year for the Giants. He was used as a return specialist mostly, taking 24 punts and 11 kickoffs for 401 yards. Maynard also caught five passes and ran the ball a career best 12 times as a reserve halfback.
He was released after that season, so Maynard joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1959. The fledgling American Football League was born the next year, so Maynard left the CFL to join the New York Titans.
He was teamed up with felow wide receiver Art Powe. Powe, who is a member of the AFL's All-Time Team, was another receiver rejected by the NFL the year before. Powe had been an 11th-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, but was also just used as a return specialist.
The duo lit up the AFL for the three years they teamed up. Powe had 204 catches over that time, leading the league in receiving yards and touchdown catches once, before going to play with the Oakland Raiders.
Maynard was equally as dangerous, grabbing 171 balls for 1,935 yards and 22 scores over that time. The Titans weren't a very good team, so the franchise was often on the verge of bankruptcy trying to compete against the Giants in the same city.
Renamed the Jets in 1963, the franchises fortunes began to change for the better after drafting future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. He and Maynard soon developed an excellent repertoire and Namath often looked the way of his favorite receiver when the team needed yards most.
Making his first Pro Bowl in 1965, Maynard led the AFL with a career best 14 touchdown receptions. Namath became the first quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards in 1967, and Maynard's career best 1,434 yards and 102.4 yards receiving yards per game, both of which led the league, was a big reason why. He also averaged 20.2 yards on 71 receptions while scoring 10 times.
This set the stage for the Jets magical 1968 season. Maynard led the AFL with a career best 22.8 yards per catch average, while also leading the league with a 99.8 yards receiving per game average. He piled up 1,297 yards and caught 10 touchdown passes.
In the 1968 AFL Championship, Maynard burned the Oakland Raiders secondary for 118 yards on six receptions. Not only did he score the first touchdown of the contest, he also scored the last. That latter touchdown won the game for the Jets 27-23.
The Jets then faced the NFL's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Tired of hearing the media constantly tell him the Colts would dominate, Namath made his famous guarantee that his team would win. Baltimore was so intent on stopping Maynard, Namath used him as a decoy and targeted George Sauer instead.
While Maynard did not touch the football, the strategy worked. New York won 16-7, an important moment in AFL history that ultimately forced a merger between the leagues. It is still the only championship season in Jets history.
The 1969 season was not only Maynard's last Pro Bowl year, it was his only First Team All-Pro nod. He averaged 20 yards on 47 receptions. His production began to decline over the next three years, so he joined the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1973.
After one catch in two games, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League in 1974. The Texans were later renamed the Shreveport Steamers because the WFL was struggling financially. He retired after that season.
Not only is Maynard inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is a member of the AFL's All-Time Team. Maynard is one of 20 players to play the entire 10 seasons the AFL existed, and he is one of seven to have played his entire AFL career for one franchise. He is also one of just a few players to play for the NFL, CFL, AFL and WFL.
Maynard was once just one of only five players to record more than 50 receptions and more than 1,000 receiving yards in five different seasons for many years. He left the game with the most receptions and receiving yards in pro football history at the time. He is the first receiver ever to exceed 10,000 receiving yards.
He still is the Jets all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns caught. His 18.7 career yards per catch average is even more amazing because Maynard dealt with the 10-yard chuck rule and caught balls from over a dozen different quarterbacks.
Known for his sure hands, Maynard also was had great improvisational skills when running routes. He is easily the greatest receiver in Jets history, let alone one of the best in pro football history.
In the final round of the 1947 draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Lahr. Just six players were chosen after him. He did not make the team, but he was the last of 16 players from Case Western Reserve University to play in the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns had him try out in 1949 and he made the team. His rookie season found Lahr used in assorted ways, where he caught his only career pass and scored his only offensive touchdown off of nine rushing attempts.
Safety was the position he would make his mark quickly. He had four interceptions his rookie year as the Browns won the All-American Football Conference title for the fourth and final time. The AAFC merged with the NFL the next season.
Cleveland dominated the NFL in 1950 and Lahr was certainly a big reason why. He snagged a career best eight interceptions, two of which he returned for two scores. He led the league in scores off of interceptions that year.
When Cleveland beat the New York Giants in a 8-3 defensive struggle, Lahr picked off a pass that helped preserve the win. It helped substantiate the Browns as a legitimate powerhouse as well as showed the three AAFC teams belonged in the NFL.
He came up big in the Browns first title win. The Los Angeles Rams had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin, but Cleveland picked off five of their passes that day. Lahr led the way with two, as the Browns prevailed 30-28.
Lahr led the NFL again with two touchdowns off of interceptions in 1951. Cleveland mowed through the league with one loss behind the top defense. They scored five times off of 58 turnovers that season.
The Browns faced Los Angeles again in the title game, where Lahr had an interception and two fumble recoveries. The Rams won the game 24-17 on a 73-yard bomb from Van Brocklin to Hall of Fame wide receiver Tom Fears late in the fourth quarter.
Despite 22 interceptions in his first four seasons, Lahr did not get to the Pro Bowl until 1953 after gaining a career best 119 yards off of five interceptions, He scored the final touchdown of his career in 1954, as the Browns won another championship.
Cleveland repeated as champions in 1955 as Lahr had another five swipes. In his first seven seasons, he had piled up an impressive 34 picks and never had fewer than four in a season. He stayed with the team until 1959 before retiring.
His 44 career interceptions are still the second most in Browns history, and his five touchdowns off of interceptions is still the most in franchise history. He is a member of the Browns Legends and should soon find himself inducted into the newly created Browns Ring of Honor.
Morrall was a first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1956 draft. He was the second player chosen overall that year.
He was mostly used as a punter in his rookie year. He did start four games when the starter, Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle, was injured. Morrall was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers after that year, and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 1957.
After starting the first two games of the 1958 season for Pittsburgh, Morrall was traded to the Detroit Lions for Hall of Famer Bobby Layne. There, he backed up Tobin Rote, Jim Ninowski, and Milt Plum until 1964. During the 1963 season, Plum was injured early in the year and Morrall ended up starting 11 games.
Morrall tossed 24 touchdowns on 2,621 yards. Both totals would be the second highest of his career. He was hurt early in the 1964 season, and missed the rest of the year. He was then dealt to the New York Giants during the offseason.
He started the entire 1965 season, and threw the longest pass of that season for 89 yards. Morrall started seven games the next year and threw a pass that is still franchise long of 98 yards to Homer Jones, the man who invented the spiking of the football after a score.
He was replaced by Gary Woods as the Giants went 1-12-1. Morrall soon became a reserve behind Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. He then was dealt to the Baltimore Colts in 1968, where his career would be reborn.
Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas was injured in the last preseason game and was out for the year, so Morrall became the starter. He led the Colts to a 13-1 record after throwing for a career high 26 touchdown passes with a career best 2,909 yards.
He led the NFL in touchdown passes, touchdown percentage and yards gained-per-pass attempt. He was selected to his last Pro Bowl and was named the 1968 NFL MVP. The Colts would go on to lose in Super Bowl III. With Unitas healthy again, Morrall started three games over the next two seasons.
In 1970, the Colts would win Super Bowl V when Morrall was called upon again after Unitas was injured early in the game. Morrall helped the Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13.
Morrall started the first nine games of the 1971 year, leading the Colts to a 7-2 record. He was then injured and replaced by Unitas as the Colts would go on to lose to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship game.
The Colts then cut Morrall, but he was claimed by Miami. Dolphins head coach Hall of Famer Don Shula had coached him on the Colts' 1968 Super Bowl team, so he knew what kind of player he was getting.
The move paid off early into the 1972 season, when Hall of Famer Bob Griese was injured during the fifth game.
Morrall started the next 12 games and helped lead the eventual Super Bowl Champion Dolphins to the only perfect season in modern NFL history. He took them to the AFC Championship game, but was replaced by Griese.
Morrall was named the AFC Player of the Year in 1972, and he also won the first Comeback Player of the Year Award that year. He started one game the next year, as the Dolphins repeated as Super Bowl Champions. Morrall retired after the 1976 season at the age of 42-years old.
Though Earl Morrall started only 102 of the 255 games he played over 21 years, he won 60 and tied three. He also was an important part of four Super Bowl teams and has to be considered one of the best firemen in NFL history.
Taylor was drafted in the 15th round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also selected in the fifth round of the American Football League's draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
What happened next is part of both AFL and Chiefs lore. Taylor was brought into the Eagle camp to try out, but legendary Chiefs scout Lloyd Wells had other ideas. Wells had successfully stolen Hall of Fame talents like Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas and Willie Lanier from the NFL.
Taylor was being watched closely by Eagles personnel to prevent him from talking to Wells, but were unsuccessful. In a moment called the "Babysitting Incident", Wells coerced Taylor to sneak out the Eagles facility and sign a contract with the Chiefs.
It turned out to be a great move for Kansas City because Taylor became the big-play receiver the needed. He made his first Pro Bowl in 1966 after having the best year of his career.
Taylor led the league with a 22.4 yards per catch average on 58 receptions for a career best 1,297 yards. He scored eight times, including one on a league leading 89-yards catch.
He led the AFL with a career best 11 touchdown catches the next year, as well as grabbing a career high 59 balls, then spent the next three seasons battling injuries. Yet he was there when Kansas City needed him most, which was seen in the 1969 season.
The Chiefs won the last AFL title that year, which propelled them into Super Bowl V. Taylor led all Chiefs receivers with six catches for 81 yards. He sealed Kansas City's 23-7 victory in the fourth quarter with a catch that covered 46 yards en route to a touchdown.
The 1971 season saw Taylor return to the Pro Bowl and earn his second First Team All-Pro nod after grabbing 57 passes for a league-leading 1,110 yards. He made his final Pro Bowl the next year after getting another 57 receptions.
After a decline in production over the next two seasons, he suited up for one game in 1975 before retiring. He was more than a productive receiver with a propensity of making a big play, Taylor was also a fierce competitor who is one of the best blocking wide receivers to ever play the game.
This fierceness was seen in a game against the Oakland Raiders in 1970. Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson was speared by mammoth Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson as he laid on the ground. Taylor attacked Davidson, which provoked a bench-clearing brawl.
Not only is he a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, Taylor is still all over the teams record books. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards and touchdown catches. His 410 career receptions still ranks third best in Kansas City history.
Wells was a huge reason the Chiefs got their only Super Bowl win. His famous encounter with Taylor helped give the team the best wide receiver that team ever had wear their uniform. Taylor also made the NFL regret not keeping a closer eye on their prospects.
Retzlaff was drafted in the 22nd round of the 1953 draft by the Detroit Lions, where he was the 265th player chosen overall. The Lions cut Retzlaff in training camp, so he went back to college and worked as an employee of the school for a year. He then enlisted in the United States Army for almost two years before coming back to again try out with the Lions.
Detroit sold his contract to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1956, where he would spend the first two seasons of his career as a reserve fullback. Though he did not have a rushing attempt over that time, the Eagles coaching staff noticed his excellent receiving skills.
Moved to wide receiver in 1958, Retzlaff exploded onto the NFL scene. He went to his first Pro Bowl after leading the team with 56 receptions. After a solid 1959 season, Retzlaff became part of Philadelphia lore.
The 1960 season is the last year the Eagles have won an NFL title. There were eight Pro Bowlers on that squad, which included Retzlaff, and four future Hall of Famers in Norm Van Brocklin, Sonny Jurgensen, Tommy McDonald, and Chuck Bednarik.
While all three Eagles receivers went to the Pro Bowl that year, Retzlaff led the team in receptions and receiving yards. He would catch 80 passes over the next two years, but he got hurt in 1962 and missed six games.
The Eagles asked Retzlaff to move to tight end in 1963, where he excelled immediately. Making the Pro Bowl until the 1965 season, he led the team in receptions and receiving yards each season.
The 1965 is considered by many his finest year in the NFL. Retzlaff set career best marks of 66 receptions for 1,190 yards and 10 touchdowns. Not only was he given his only First Team All-Pro nod, Retzlaff was the recipient of the Bert Bell Award for NFL player of the year.
He was 35-years old in 1966, an advanced age for an NFL tight end. Despite having another productive season, Retzlaff decided to retire at the end of the season after 11 years.
Dubbed "The Baron" and "Pistol Pete" by his teammates, Retzlaff bled the Eagles colors. He loved his peers so much, he was the second ever National Football League Players Association president.
He was also the second general manager in Eagles history. Not only has the franchise retired his jersey number, Retzlaff is a member of the Eagles Honor Roll.
Retzlaff still ranks second in Eagles history with career receptions and receiving yards. He also ranks fifth in touchdown catches. His five Pro Bowls is tied with McDonald and Mike Quick as the second most ever by a Philadelphia receiver.
Philadelphia got real lucky Retzlaff came along when he he did. Pete Pihos, the legendary Hall of Fame end of the Eagles, had just retired in 1955. Buck Shaw and his coaching staff also deserve credit for switching his position.
His experience as a fullback made him an exceptional blocker and a threat once he caught a pass. Retzlaff averaged over 16 yards per catch in his career, never averaging less than 15.4 yards in the last eight years of his career.
While the spectacular and diminutive McDonald got most of the press, which was also shared with Pro Bowl tight end Bobby Walston, Retzlaff was consistent. He led the Eagles receptions six times throughout his career.
Not only could he split the seam of a defense by being a deep threat, Retzlaff went and got the tough pass over the crowded middle of the field. He missed just 12 games in his career, showing the toughness and durability he exemplified.
The main reason Favre lasted until the second round of the 1991 draft is because teams were concerned about reports of a hip condition he had. The Atlanta Falcons used the 33rd overall selection on him.
He got into two games as a rookie, throwing two interceptions off of four attempts. Green Bay then hired Ron Wolf as their general manager, who then began trying to acquire Favre.
Wolf had been working for the New York Jets before that and had planned on drafting Favre until the Falcons snagged him one pick before the Jets could. New York took Browning Nagle instead, and the quarterback stayed in the NFL until 1996.
Giving up Green Bay's first round pick of 1992, a running back named Tony Smith, the Packers obtained Favre's services. Smith, who was out of the league after 1994, happened to be Favre's teammate at Southern Mississippi University.
What happened next is often compared to Wally Pipp. Pipp was the first baseman of the New York Yankees who sat out a game and never got his job back because Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig would man the position for the next 17 seasons.
Green Bay had a Pro Bowl quarterback named Don Majkowski, but he got hurt in the third game of the season. Favre took over and stood out immediately, making the Pro Bowl. It was the third straight year Majkowski got hurt, so he was released after the season and was out of the league at the end of the 1996 season.
Favre began a career where he went to the Pro Bowl in nine of his 16 seasons with the Packers. He not only had the respect of his peers, the media loved him. He would be named NFL MVP three times.
The 1996 season was his most successful. Favre led the NFL with a career best 39 touchdown passes while tossing just 13 interceptions. Green Bay would go on to win Super Bowl XXXI, where the gunslinger tossed a pair of scores in the 35-21 victory.
He led the NFL a third straight year in touchdown passes in 1997, something he would do one more time in his career. The Packers reached the Super Bowl again, but would lose 31-24 despite Favre's three touchdown passes. This would be the last time in his career that he took a team that far.
After setting a ton of NFL and Packers records, Favre decided to retire after the 2007 season, his last Pro Bowl season with Green Bay. He then decided he wanted to play again, but the Packers opted to go with Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback.
He was traded to the Jets and got off to a good start, tossing a career best six touchdowns in the fourth game of the season. He would make the Pro Bowl that season, then decide to retire again.
The itch to play quickly returned, so Favre decided to suit up for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. He went to his 11th and final Pro Bowl after having maybe the best season of his career. The 40-year old tossed a career low seven interceptions against 33 touchdowns. His 4,202 yards thrown that year was the third highest total of his career.
After taking the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game that year, he decided to play in 2010. Unfortunately for him and Minnesota, he played like a 41-year old quarterback. He got hurt, which ended his streak of 297 consecutive starts, and missed three games that season. He retired for good soon after.
Favre owns several records, like most consecutive games started, most touchdown passes thrown, most passes attempted and completed. and most wins by a quarterback. He is the only player named NFL MVP by the Associated Press three straight years and he is a member of the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team.
There is the other side of his gunslinger attitude that most likely prohibited him from winning more than one title. Favre owns the NFL records for most interceptions thrown, most fumbles lost, most turnovers ever by a player, and most times sacked.
Yet he did take his teams to five conference championship games and two Super Bowls in his career. Pretty good for a guy given up on early in his career because people thought the avascular necrosis in his hip would prevent him from attaining the greatness he later achieved.
Yoooooooooo! Dis iz 7th again! Yo! I GOTS too make dis quik cuz sum of yous fuggazioz mite remember I owed a lot o cash on sum missed markers las yeer and has peoples lookin four me. Capeesh?
I got hammered las weak. I went 7-9, so I iz now 28-20.
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
Yo! I TOLD yous da Lions iz four reel! Yo, let us hope Ndamukong Suh brakes sum more of Tony Romo's ribs.
Lions 34 Cowboys 13
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Drew Brees iz on fire, in case yous didnt notice.
Saints 37 Jaguars 24
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Chris Johnson better come back two da Titans.
Titans 17 Browns 16
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Buffalo 4-0? Who hear called dat?
Bills 31 Bengals 21
Washington Redskins @ Saint Louis Rams
Da Rams knead dis. Da Skins run defense iz havin issues. I hate Rex Grossman, but 3rd mite hate me if I pik against his teem.
Redskins 30 Rams 28
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Da Igglez is slammed wif injurees and loss of confidence. Dey get sum back hear.
Eagles 27 49ers 16
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
Both teems suck. Capeesh?
Vikings 28 Chiefs 17
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
Dis game skares any bookie. Pittsburgh looks back and da Texans defense played like it was 2010 las weak.
Steelers 37 Texans 31
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Cam Newton will trow near 50 balls cuz Carolina forgot the run game. Chicago's defense will be reddy.
Bears 24 Cardinals 21
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Falcons will rebound. Capesh?
Falcons 34 Seahawks 17
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals
So, if Kevin Kolb wants to get his fans behind him...he better tear up dat torn up Giants secondary.
Cardinals 31 Giants 30
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers
Yo! Iz yous serius?
Packers 38 Broncos 20
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders
Game of the Week
Yooo! Da Pats kant stop da run. Capeesh? Da Raiders kan run!
Da Raideras kant stop da pass and da Pats gort Tom Brady. Capeesh?
Dis will be close.
Patriots 27 Raiders 24
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
OK, da Bolts looked like dey should las weak. Ride em.
Chargers 21 Dolphins 20
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens
Yo! Dis iz usually game of da weak material. I expect low scoring, but dat Jets offense ain't very good.
Ravens 20 Jets 13
Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I dont kare uf Painer or Whistler's Mother is playin, da Colts stink wifout Peyton Mannng.
Buccaneers 27 Colts 10
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Detroit Lions
3. Buffalo Bills
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Houston Texans
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Oakland Raiders
10. New England Patriots
11. San Diego Chargers
12. New Orleans Saints
13. New York Jets
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. New York Giants
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Philadelphia Eagles
18. Chicago Bears
19. Washington Redskins
20. San Francisco 49ers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Cleveland Browns
23. Carolina Panthers
24. Miami Dolphins
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
26. Arizona Cardinals
27. Cincinnati Bengals
28. Minnesota Vikings
29. Saint Louis Rams
30. Denver Broncos
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Kansas City Chiefs
OK, I GOTZ two roll. I heard frum dis littul bird dat dey knows where I am at. I iz goin too lay low at dis gurlz house. Lay her low two. Capeesh?
I have to admit that I am struggling right now. I am struggling to find anything out there worth writing about outside the incredible collapses suffered by the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, and all of their fans and players. And I do mean suffered.
No one who cares about the game and follows their team with the loyalties of those two fan bases goes through something like that without adequately summing up the experience with the word “suffer”.
And that is who is hurt the most in the affair. The players will still collect their massive paychecks and most will immediately head to their second homes and golf excursions. Meanwhile, the fans, the ones who invest so much heart and passion are left in shock, wondering what went wrong.
Personally, I used to blame things like this on mojo, that unspecific spirit that encompasses a sports team and its fans like a parachute, kept afloat by the hope and good vibes. But if the winds of change start to blow, and fans add to the misery by casting doubt and fear into the mix, then the season can be quickly blown off course. In the past, it would have been easy enough for me to pile a season like this on the bad mojo that fell on the Red Sox right out of the gate, creating a weak foundation with which to build a season upon.
But not this year.
Hell, as much as I want to, I can’t even pin this one on the Yankees.
In truth, neither the Braves nor the Red Sox had the pieces in place to be serious contenders even if they managed to squirm their ways into the playoffs. Both had holes that became even more evident once the games started to matter more and more. Lack of pitching depth, timely hitting, and above all clubhouse leadership shone like a beacon in the night and we all knew what was going to happen as if we had skipped to the last page of the story.
In the end, both teams got what they ultimately deserved to get and ultimately what Major League Baseball needed to befall them. Both would have been easy pickings in the playoffs, robbing the game and its fans of the experience of a worthwhile post season. Nobody wants to see a team that limps through the final month of the season taking away a slot from a team that well deserved the honor for persevering when the situation called for them to step up and perform.
So as fans, we move on. We have the luxury of other sports to take our minds away from those struggles and help bring us back down from the ledge before the next season starts. We have the ability to play virtual General Manager throughout the offseason and rebuild that excitement with the move the team makes to correct the mistakes of the past. But mostly, we have the ability to decide not to dwell on the failures of what is ultimately just a form of entertainment that has run its season’s course and will return again in the spring.
And when all else fails to appease us, we have the ability to fall back on that one redeeming adage: