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Mayweather a bore, Go World of Outlaws
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Tags: Racing Boxing Mayweather Kinser . Myers Jessica Simpson

Thoughts from an Island Girl

 

Floyd Mayweather is indeed a talented boxer but his trash talking ways are indicative of a self-promoting culture.    The fight last night ended in a controversial 4th round knockout.  

 I know Ortiz was angel here,  but part of Mayweather's appeal to so many,  is his brazenness.  

 There is an expression about the nut not falling too far from the tree.   Floyd's father was training another boxer who was fighting against Manny Pacquiao a year or so ago.    Just like his trash talking son,  he made a total ass out of himself.    And if that wasn't bad enough, he went after Freddie Roach.   In essence calling Roach an old man.    That was funny on it's own.  

 

But at the end of this interview Freddie is leaving the ring and he goes down to the seating area where two young Filipina girls are standing. What you don't see is Freddie saying  he is old,  but he is okay,  with two young beauties,  it was really okay.  lol.    The Mayweather's are self-promoting.   Kind of like OchoCinco.    However I must give him credit for doing stuff with the American military.   At least he isn't doing punk stuff like Soulja boy.   At least he seems to care about the soldiers.    So good on him.

Also the World of Outlaw season is coming to an end soon and it looks like Jason Myers will win his second championship in a row.   However that didn't stop 20-time champion Steve Kinser from winning his 9th feature of this season and around 570 career wins already.   He is currently 2nd in season points to Myers.

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I was going to put this video with Jessica Simpson,  but this song is better by this old video.  

Have a nice week everyone!!  Yes and I like the lazy song by Bruno Mars.. lol

 

NFL Sell Out : How Pandering To The Offense Has Ruined Quality Of Play
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Tags: NFL Washington Redskins Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs

Week one of the 2011 NFL season saw five games where both starting quarterbacks on each team exceeded 300 yards passing. Some may say the sloppy defensive play stems from a truncated preseason caused by a players strike, but this is more an indictment of the direction the game is headed.

In 1978, the NFL made two huge rule changes that have drastically changed the game of football. The first was to allow offensive linemen extend their arms and grab defenders, as opposed to the chicken wing style of blocking that had been allowed since the beginnings of the NFL.

If that wasn't enough, they set receivers free to basically prance around the gridiron without care. The 10-yard chuck rule had been lessened to a paltry five yards, making the receivers jobs much easier while their statistics ballooned.

These two rules have caused an offensive explosion in the NFL, basically turning quarterbacks the face of the game because these rules benefited them most. It is akin to when Major League Baseball lowered their mounds, shrunk the ballparks, then juiced the ball and players to increase scoring in order to lure the novice fan who had been avoiding the game for years.

The strategy has filled the National Football League's pockets like no other sport on the planet. Already a tax-free organization that had enough power to push their blackout rules through the Senate, Congress and White House in one day, this insanely rich league saw the rules cashing in ability and took it further.

The game today basically has turned a quarterback into something besides a football player. The position is a gilded image the NFL is hell-bent on protecting because that is what they deem to be their cash cow.

Not only is a defender not allowed to hit the quarterback too high or low, he cannot hit them too hard. If he lands on a quarterback, a penalty and fine are on their way for putting too much of his body weight upon the golden boy.

The term "put a skirt on them" has been used to describe an NFL quarterback for decades now. Others think the NFL may as well put flag football rules as the protective bubble the league so desperately seeks for this position.

Defenses have been castrated beyond recognition. If a team wants to play defense as the way NFL Films often hails in historic clips, they will be fined and suspended without fail. Not only has the aura of a great defense been lessened drastically, but the personalities that go with them have been greatly tempered.

It is as if the league ignores the fact defenders can come off the edge while dragging a mammoth blocker who has been clawing at them since play commenced. Despite this, the onus is on the defender to somehow pull up and not lose momentum, risking serious injury to legs especially, and lay the quarterback gently as if it were a newborn infant.

Rules that prevent clotheslines and head shots make sense, especially now that the NFL is being forced to look at head injuries. This is something they ignored since the inception of the league. While the NFL reluctantly is making adjustments, they do so with a smile as they continue to ignore all of the countless alumni of their league that have been suffering for decades.

Yet the two rules in 1978 have pretty much destroyed football as a competitive sport. It has become more an indoor track meet in hospital clean environments these days. Defenses tend to just be warm bodies providing temporary obstacles these days, instead of having a fair chance to compete anymore.

I had a discussion with Pete Rozelle in 1978. Rozelle, then the NFL commissioner, bristled at my questions of why these rules would even be allowed. Especially since it so blatantly punished the defenses and gave that side of the football much less opportunity to compete.

I thought Rozelle would understand my position, considering his background. He helped fight racism as a publicist at the University of San Francisco in 1951, the last year the school played football, where 11 members of the football team went on to the NFL. Three are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame while five were Pro Bowl players. Rozelle joined the Los Angeles Rams soon after.

While with the Rams, he saw the team have two Hall of Fame quarterbacks split plays on the field in Bob Waters and Norm Van Brocklin. Besides having a powerful running game, the Rams passing attack was lethal. with Hall of Fame receivers Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch and Tom Fears.

The Rams had just won the 1951 championship, where the two quarterbacks ranked first and second in passing that season. Van Brocklin threw for 554 yards one game, a record that still stands today.

When Rozelle continued to be evasive giving specific answers, I decided to end the conversation by pointing out how the American Football League showed a game could accrue a ton of yards and points without castrating the defense. Rozelle, now with a red face filled by anger from mentioning the hated AFL, called me a jerk and that was the end of my chance to discover what the league's thought process was.

Rozelle was later replaced by Paul Tagliabue, a lawyer whose only athletic expertise came from playing basketball at Georgetown University. Tagliabue continued to tinker with those two rules, especially when it came to trying to help the receivers and quarterbacks.

He did such a job that now Jerry Rice is called by NFL Films the greatest player in NFL history. Rice, who constantly ran the five-yard slant pass in a dink-dunk offense that smartly took advantage of the rules, was a quick player with average speed and a tremendous work ethic. Put Rice in the 10-yard chuck rule, his 1,549 career receptions could possibly be at about 600 instead

When the NFL started out, it was a running game. One where ball carriers were not tackled until they stopped moving, meaning they could continue to crawl for more yards after contact. Scores, as expected, were generally low-scoring affairs..

The college game was the more popular sport, but that changed in 1925 when the Pottsville Maroons beat Notre Dame University in an exhibition game. Despite beating the Fighting Irish and their famous "Four Horseman" backfield, the champion Maroons were stripped of their title even though that win brought the NFL legitimacy. The reason given was that commission Joe Carr had told the Maroons not to play, while the team claimed Carr had given his approval.

Passing the football came into vogue in the NFL when the Washington Redskins drafted Sammy Baugh in 1937. Baugh is considered the innovator of the passing game in the NFL. He was so successful, the Chicago Bears drafted Sid Luckman two years later and the passing game was on its way.

Baugh, for all of his successes, had just two years of over 2,500 yards passing. In 1947, he set career high marks of 210 completions on 354 attempts for 2,938 yards and 25 touchdowns

He never passed for over 2,000 in any of his other 14 years, which includes winning two of three NFL title games. Baugh also played safety on defense for six years, grabbing 34 interceptions.

He still holds the NFL record for average yards per punt average in a career, and was inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1963. While holding extreme importance to the NFL passing game, his numbers greatly pale to those quarterbacks who enjoy the rule changes of 1978.

Washington was also lucky to later have another quarterback to take the passing game of the NFL to even a higher level. Sonny Jurgensen set many team records in his career, and still holds on to a few this day.

Jurgensen was first mentored by Van Brocklin with the Philadelphia Eagles, serving as his backup on the Eagles 1960 title team. He was traded to the Redskins in 1964 for Pro Bowl quarterback Norm Snead, who had grown up nearby and was the second overall selection of the 1961 draft.

Jurgensen, who passed for 3,723 yards in 1961, exceeded his career high total by 25 yards previously set in 1967. He had a span of over 400 passing attempts three times over four years, highlighted by the 508 attempts he had in 1967.

Washington's head coach that year was Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham. His strategy was to throw the ball often, which is seen by the team-leading 91 carries halfback A.D. Whitfield had that year.

Jurgensen was part of a trio that would later get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wide receivers Charley Taylor and Bobby Mitchell combined for 130 receptions and 1,856 yards. Tight end Jerry Smith had 67 receptions for 849 yards himself, becoming the first team ever to have their two wide receivers and tight end to have at least 849 yards each in one season.

Taylor led the NFL in receptions, while Smith was second in both receptions and touchdown catches. Mitchell was fourth in NFL receptions that year.

Joe Theismann, not Baugh or Jurgensen, is still the Redskins all-time leader in career passing yards. He was at the helm when the NFL made those three key rules changes in 1978.

His passing yards totals increased in 1981, exceeding 3,300 yards in three of the next four years. The one time he didn't was in the 1982 strike season, where he helped the Redskins win their first title since 1942.

Theismann's career high passing yards mark of 3,714 yards has been passed by Redskins quarterbacks Jay Schroeder and Brad Johnson. The team has had 12 different quarterbacks lead the team in passing since Theismann's career ended in 1985.

Washington isn't alone as a team that has struggled to find a long-term quarterback over the years. Sid Luckman, who retired way back in 1950, is still on top of the Chicago Bears list for career passing yards.

Chicago isn't the only team whose passing yards leader never was fortunate to play after 1978 and enjoy the rules that ultimately changed the game. Hall of Famers Len Dawson, Bobby Layne, Joe Namath and Luckman are the only quarterbacks whose careers ended before the 1978 rule change and still lead their franchises in career passing yards.

Layne left the Detroit Lions in 1958 after just over eight years with the team, where he led them to three NFL titles in four attempts. Credited with inventing the two-minute drill, Layne is second to Luckman in longest-running leader in passing yards for a team.

Namath is credited by some as the man who led the way to forcing the NFL to merge with the American Football League. Not only because the AFL was deemed to having a more exciting brand of football with their wide open passing attacks, but also due his famous guarantee the preceded the New York Jets defeating the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

Namath was called "Broadway Joe" during this time where he was king of New York City. He was in movies and modeled, but he also had a gun for an arm. In 1967, Namath became the first professional quarterback ever to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season.

His brand of football helped bring the AFL more popularity than it had ever experienced since their 1960 inception. The NFL was known for a hard nosed running game before then, but the league tried to match their rival that season through the arms of men like Jurgensen and Fran Tarkenton.

Dawson joined the Kansas City Chiefs, then the Dallas Texans, in 1962. He led the Chiefs to three AFL titles, one that is still the longest championship game in professional football history, and two Super Bowl appearances.

His 1969 season saw the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV, the last AFL game ever. He retired after the 1975 season, having played 19 seasons total.

Tarkenton's Hall of Fame career ended with the Minnesota Vikings in 1978. He spent 13 of his 18 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, retiring with a then-NFL record of 47,003 career passing yards.

Yet it was his final year where he threw for a career best 3,468 yards, which also happened to lead the NFL. The "Mad Scrambler" had exceeded the 3,000 mark just once in his career before then, getting 3,088 with the New York Giants in 1967.

Tarkenton also led the NFL in attempts and completions in 1978. Enjoying the new rules that made his job easier, he exceeded his career best mark of attempts by 147, while surpassing his best total of completions by 82.

Some quarterbacks, who were there for the rule change in 1978, still lead their organizations in passing yards. Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowls, joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970 and stayed there until 1983.

Despite all of Bradshaw's successes, it wasn't until after the rule changes of 1978 that his statistics picked up exponentially. He had passed for over 2,000 yards just three times in his eight previous seasons, yet that quickly changed after his job became easier.

He made two of his three career Pro Bowls after 1978, which also includes his lone First Team All-Pro nod and NFL MVP award in the 1978 season. Bradshaw passed for at least 2,887 yards the next four year, which includes a career best of 3,724 in 1979. After suffering an injury in 1983, he retired.

Kenny Stabler joined the Oakland Raiders in 1970. He won a Super Bowl and the 1974 NFL MVP with them.

Yet his 1979 season saw Stabler throw a career best 3,615 yards. He had never exceeded 3,000 yards before that. Stabler's season high in passing attempts was 310 attempts, which happened in his MVP year. Starting in 1978, he had 904 attempts in his final two years as a Raider.

Ken Anderson joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 1971 and stayed with them until 1986. His lone First Team All-Pro year came in 1981, where he set career high totals in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.

He led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl that year, where he set Super Bowl records in completion percentage and total completions in the Bengals loss. Anderson then set an NFL season record for completion percentage in 1982.

Perhaps no quarterback enjoyed the rule changes more than Hall of Famer Dan Fouts. The rule change coincided with the San Diego Chargers hiring head coach Don Coryell, revitalizing Fouts' career.

Coryell, whose offensive genius is still seen in every NFL offense today, ushered in an era simply called "Air Coryell". Fouts not only had Hall of Famers Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow catching his passes, he also had the services of Pro Bowler wide receivers like John Jefferson and Wes Chandler.

Fouts joined the Chargers in 1973 and had never thrown for more than 2,535 yards before Coryell's arrival. He exploded on the NFL from 1979 to 1981, exceeding 4,000 yards passing all three years. He twice led the NFL in attempts and completions as well.

The 1981 season was his best, where he set career high totals in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He may have surpassed these totals in 1982, if it were not for the players strike shortening the season to nine games. Fouts retired after the 1987 strike-shortened season.

Steve Bartkowski joined the Atlanta Falcons in 1975 and stayed there until after the 1985 season. Jim Hart joined the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1966 and stayed there until 1983. Brian Sipe joined the Cleveland Browns in 1974, lasting there until 1983.

All three enjoyed their best statistical seasons after the 1978 rule change. Sipe threw for 4,132 yards in 1982, Bartkowski had 3,829 in 1981, and Hart had 3,121 in 1978. Hart is the only one of these three to go to the Pro Bowl before 1978, which he accomplished four times.

The other 21 NFL teams have career passing leaders who joined their teams after the 1978 season. Of the 20 players who own the most career passing yards in NFL history, only Tarkenton, Fouts, Hart, and Johnny Unitas had their careers start before 1978. Unitas is the only one who never experienced the pleasurable rule changes quarterbacks now enjoy.

It isn't just the quarterbacks whose statistics have been greatly jaded since 1978. The receivers have enjoyed way more credit that they deserve perhaps. Of the top 40 players in career receptions, just Hall of Famer Steve Largent had his career start before 1978.

Joiner, Harold Jackson, Stanley Morgan along with Hall of Famers John Stallworth and Fred Belitnikoff are the only receivers in the top 100 in career receptions whose careers started before 1978. Belitnikoff retired after the 1978 season.

There are only six players in that list of the top-100 receivers who never enjoyed the 10-yard chuck rule in their career. Hall of Famers Don Maynard, Charley Taylor, Raymond Berry, Lance Alworth, Bobby Mitchell and the underrated Lionel Taylor, who should be in Canton, are those players.

While the modern fan might try to say the athlete today is superior, that is true in athleticism only. In regards to football ability, that can be debated more because fundamentals of the game were so much more important then.

The players of the past held a second job, not paid so much that they could afford to train every day of the year like the modern athletes are able to now. Those past players had to make time to get into shape to prepare for training camp, which usually meant after they had worked eight hours at their primary job.

Then there is the obvious observation that the human race grows each generation. Players who weighed over 300 pounds were not too plentiful until the last few decades. Now it is common for players to weigh that much, and there are quarterbacks now closing in on that size.

The rule to help blockers cannot be argued for or against too well. The older player was subject to head injuries because they were taught to lead with their heads. The modern blocker gets to extend his hands to prevent this, but is basically allowed to hold every play.

Raymond Berry told me that this change made in blocking in the primary reason for the increase in offense. He explained that this gives a receiver and quarterback extra time to get open, giving them a tremendous advantage.

He used an example of a 15-yard out route. Berry said this play, that might have taken five seconds to run in the rules before 1978, now can last up to six or more seconds because the quarterback and receiver are afforded longer opportunities to exploit a defense.

With timing being so important between the quarterback and receiver, the extra time to delve into the opponents can mean more yards for the offense. Berry, who is known for the fantastic timing he shared with Johnny Unitas, is also a former head coach who led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl in 1985.

Technology has also been implemented. The debate of whether it helps or not can last a long time. While now medical personnel can examine the entire body of an athlete better, there are also more cameras to examine every inch of the gridiron. The equipment players have used has been improved gradually ever since the NFL began play.

Human error is a rich part of NFL history, but this factor is now lessened by instant replay. The problem with instant replay is it can stop the game and cool down athletes, making them more susceptible to injury.

While the NFL smartly seeks to improve their brand, sometimes the lure of cash detracts from actual achievement. Loads of fans today, many who no concept nor concern for history, think the game today is better than it has ever been.

The novice fan today wants the 45-42 final score over the 17-14 tally. Much like how the baseball fan of today has been conditioned to want home runs hit over no-hitters thrown, the football fans wants a ton of touchdowns made each Sunday.

The memories of greatness achieved, when football was truly a hard sport to play for everyone involved, of history fades further into the past as the modern player posts obscene statistics helped by rules. Statistics that dwarf predecessors who had to actually earn their accolades without being helped out by the league's front office nor rules to carry them further down the gridiron.

With Tagliabue's student, Roger Goodell, now at the helm, it will get worse before it gets better for football purists. Purists who now basically have the defense sitting on the sideline with them as the offense runs their plays unabated.

Whether the 1978 rules changes helped the NFL or not is subject for debate. The modern fan will point to the cash now raked in without realizing this league has been pulling big gates in for years no matter what the dollar is actually worth. The Rams still hold attendance records set during that era Rozelle oversaw.

The fickle fair-weathered fan of today may be content with the pandering of the offense because it results in more scoring, but the idea of bring back even the 10-yard chuck rule could show them players actually earning their accolades while being fairly defended.

But fairness left the NFL long ago. The importance of cash overrides actual competitive play now. It just furthers the saying, "This isn't your fathers NFL". It's yours now. Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoooooooo! Dis iz 7thStoneFromTheSun! FINALLY!

 
Yo! Las weak was week. Capeesh? I guess I did two much farmasuedikals cuz I fourgot how two pick a winner an took a beeting!
 
I went 10-6 las weak, not grate. Lets due better dis weak!
 
 
Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints
 
Man! Da Bears smoked dem Falcons last weak! But dey did it passing. Dis weak dey need two due it runing cuz da Saints cant stop da run.
 
Drew Brees will be desperate not too start out 0-2 in 2011, so he will be firing da ball. Chicago stops da run reel good, and I bet Bears leader Brian Urlacher is dedicating this game to his recently deceased mother.
 
Though it iz possibul Brees goes nutz. I see Matt Forte running for over 100 yards while da Bears defense shuts down da Saints when it counts.
 
Bears 24   Saints 20 
 
 
 
 
 
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
 
Da Browns let me down last weak losing to da Bengals. If dey cant beet a team whose starting quarterback, Kerry Collins, hasnt been wit da teem a month...I might not pick dem again all yeer. Peyton Hillis should run da ball 30 times against a cruddy Colts run defense.
 
Browns 17    Colts 13 
 
 
 
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
 
While da Bucs got a young and rising quarterback in Josh Freeman, da Vikes got a sinking quarerback in Donovan McNabb who iz lookin more washed up than Brett Favre.
 
Adrian Peterson will get a lot of touchez, so day young Buccaneers defensive line will knead to purform big. Da Bucs haven't run da ball well yet, and dat includes preseason.
 
Dis defensive battle will cum down two who makes da big mistake. Capeesh?
 
Buccaneers 24    Vikings 20
 
 
 
 
 
Green Bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers
 
OK! Cam Newton went krazee last weak! Big Time! He set a record for most yards passing in a NFL debut. But da Panthers didn't run da ball well, and dat iz the strength of da offense.
 
Green Bay will look too titen up da pass defense that got smoked last weak, so we will see if it iz good enuff to repeat as champiuns. Da run defense looked OK tho, so da Panthers two awsum halfbacks need two step up.
 
If dey dont, da rookie Newton will have too throw all day again. But da big deel iz Carolina lost there bese player in middle linebacker Jon Beason. He got hurt las weak and is out four da yeer! Da iz a crusher.
 
Packers 34  Panthers 17
 
 
 
 
 
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
 
I feal sorry for da Seahawks cuz you know da Steelers iz mad and reddy to tear off faces. Dis will get ugly rite away.
 
Steelers 38   Seahawks 10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
 
Titans star Chris Johnson is struggling to get back in two playing shape. Blame Tennessee owner Bud Adams for draggin his heels durin Johnson's holdout.
 
Da Ravens are tryin to keep dat momentum dat smashed da Steelers last weak, so da defense will be reddy. Haloti Ngata is a beast bro!
 
Ravens 27   Titans 14
 
 
 
 
 
Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions
 
Detroit looked good last weak against a tuff Buccaneers teem. Kansas City got destoyed by a Buffalo Bills teem no one tinks iz any good. What makes is badder is da Chiefs already lost star safety Eric Berry to injury four da yeer.
 
Lions 30   Chiefs 21 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
 
Both dese teems won las week, but da Jets offense stunk most of da game againt a mediocre Cowboys defense dat is banged up. But da Jets defense is one of da best in football.
 
Da Jags rely on halfback Maurice Jones-Drew two win. As grate as he is, I just cant sea da Jets lettin him go nutz dis weak.
 
Jets 14   Jaguars 10
 
 
 
 
Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo Bills
 
We will see if da Buffalo Bills iz four reel now, a week after putting up 41 ponts against da Chiefs. Oakland beet a bad Denver teem, so dey also got sumfin to proove.
 
Raiders 27   Bills 20
 
 
 
 
Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins
 
Yeah, da Cardinals won las weak. But dey didn't look all dat grate two. Da passing gane iz good, but I cant sea Beanie Wells doing well against Washington. Larry Fitzgerald and da Arizona tight ends will need big games.
 
Tim Hightower will want payback four being traded to da Skins by da Cards a few months ago. Da Cards got a good run defense, which dey showed las weak. Dis iz da key point to da Redskins attack, tho Rex Grossman will chuck da ball a lot against a secundairy dat was lousy las weak.
 
Whoever runs best wins cuz you know both will toss it often. Watch special teems two.
 
Redskins 31   Cardinals 27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
 
It iz simple for da Niners. Frank Gore needs too run da ball well. Da 49ers got a lot of good receivers, but no quarterback dey can relie on.
 
Dallas got a beet up defense, mostly in da secondairy. Da run defense and offensive line is suspekt two. Tony Romo don't look two smairt ether.
 
49ers 23   Cowboys 21
 
 
 
 
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
Game of the Week
 
Yo, you tought last weak was nuts when da Pats and Phins put up 933 yards in da air? Get reddy for dis weak! Capeesh?
 
Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are to of da best quarterbacks in da game now. Dey will be dueling in dis one. Capeesh?
 
Da run defense iz good four New England cuz dey gave up just 39 yards last weak. Da Bolts gave up 114 yards on just 18 carries too Minnesota running backs last wak, so dey need too get better. Both have secondairies dat are OK, as are da pass rushes on both sides.
 
Da too gunslingers iz da key hear. Yo! I like Rivers a lot! Dat guy iz speciul! But Brady is just legendary alreddy. Enjoy dis one kids.
 
Patriots 38   Chargers 34
 
 
 
 
 
Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins
 
If you iz a Texans fan, yous gots two bee happy about last week. Dey looked like a well oiled machine and is four reel. Dat blanced offense iz now joined by an improved defense.
 
Miami iz relying on draft bust Reggie Bush two bee there main running back, which aint good. Capeesh? Dey will need to throw for 400 yards again to win hear.
 
Texans 31   Dolphins 20
 
 
 
 
 
Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
 
Yo! I rather bee in a coma den watch dese too lousy teems...or hear dem retards chanting four a third string quarterback to show dey know NUTHIN about football.
 
Broncos 24   Bengals 23
 
 
 
 
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
 
Atlanta got a reality check las weak, so dey better fire it up. While Philadelphia won las weak, dat run defense is not good. Michael "Burner" Turner needs more den da 10 carries he got last weak, where he gained 100 yards.
 
Da big story is da return of Ron Mexico to Atlanta. Michael Vick's an ex-Falcon who was a lighenin rod of controversee after going to three Pro Bowls and getting in trouble wif da law andcommunity about seven times in his six seesuns in Hotlanta.
 
Atlanta's defense was not good las weak so Vick needs to be good to keep dat going. Vick's blocking is baloney, so he will need too keep on his toez and run often. I tink he will ignore all da barking in da stands and lick dem.
 
Eagles 34   Falcons 31
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Louis Rams @ New York Giants
Da Rams best too offensive players are hurting, though quarterback Sam Bradford sez his hand feels better. Saint Louis also lost cornerback Ron Bartell four da seesun.
 
Da Giants know a ting or too about losing cornerbacks four da seesun. They lost four before da regular seesun even started, assuming rookie Prince Amukamara's foot injury is worst than we are led to believe.
 
Da run defenses will be tested. New York did a good job las weak while da Rams got torched four 237 yards on 31 attempts. Running da ball iz what the Giants do best, so dis could beda area dat gives dem da win.
 
Giants 27    Rams 24
 
 
 
 
OK, I gots two go. I heer dis new bar opened las weak and is full of smokin hot gurlz.  Yous alls knows dat 7th iz all bout da gurlz. Capeesh?
 
As dey say in Ol' Messico = A.M.F.


 

 

 

Five Minute Frags - Stupidity Brewing
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Milwaukee Brewers Prince Fielder Francisco Rodriguez

 

Many of you know that I have a love for baseball. It’s pretty much all I write about and it’s pretty damn close to all I talk about. Despite the way the Red Sox are currently playing, I love the urgency of September and the ensuing races, and I love the glory that October brings. What I cannot stand is when the sanctity of the playoff chase is spoiled by selfishness and greed.

So obviously, my feathers are a bit ruffled by the current state of the Milwaukee Brewers.

While my Red Sox are seemingly giving away their chances at the post-season, Milwaukee is also going through a September swoon, having lost 4 games on their division lead and letting the St. Louis Cardinals back into the race. They still command a 5.5 game lead in the NL Central, but what once looked insurmountable to the Cardinals is certainly that much more in their reach. These are the situations that are supposed to pull a team together, scrapping as a whole to do whatever is necessary to control their own destiny.

Yet for some reason, leaving everything on the field has taken on a whole new meaning in Milwaukee. While Boston is questioning how they will build a pitching rotation from scratch and stop the bleeding, the Brewers are being torn apart by contract talks and hurt egos.

It’s playoff time. It is time to nut up and put the personal grievances and aspirations aside and focus on what is important; your team. I’m speaking specifically to Francisco Rodriguez and Prince Fielder.

Rodriguez started the week off publicly ranting that the Brewers lied to him about how they’d use him after he was acquired at the deadline from the New York Mets.  With John Axford already on the roster and being one of the most consistent closers in the game, Rodriguez has been deployed primarily as a set-up man, much to his dismay. The Brewers tried to quell that uproar just after acquiring him by promising to not act on his vesting option and letting his enter free agency at the end of the season. That apparently isn’t good enough for K-Rod and he’s chosen to voice his displeasure in the middle of the pennant race.

Fielder on the other hand is being a bit more subtle. This large mound of hamburger is scheduled to be one of the most sought after free agents on the market this winter, likely fitting in just behind Albert Pujols. Fielder chose this week to make a comment to the media saying that he fully expects this season to be his last in Milwaukee. Of course, this is obvious to any person that follows that game, knows the art of free agency, and detests what Scott Boras brings to the table as Fielder’s agent.

Both of these comments has left General Manager Doug Melvin and team manager Ron Roenicke to scramble and tell the media that the team is fully focused on the pennant race. I have news for the two of them; focus isn’t the Brewers biggest issue right now, its running mouth syndrome. Both of these gentlemen, regardless of their motives, desires, or agent recommendations, need to STFU.

If K-Rod is irritated with what he perceives as a raw deal, he just needs to find another place to take out his frustrations for the next month and a half. His father –in-law may be a good starting point, as it has done him wonders in the past. If Fielder wants the world to know that he is willing to go to the highest bidder, wait for World Series like every other Boras client does. Then you can announce it to a worldwide audience and get the notoriety a move of that magnitude deserves.

In season, contract issues and personal grievances need to be handled behind closed doors or in front of an arbitrator. Any breaking of this code should be punishable by a fine or suspension. It is detrimental to the team, to the game, and to the fans.

The people that pay their hard-earned money to fund your team and pay your salary don’t want to know why you don’t want to be there. They want to see you perform on the field and smile to the camera.

Most of all, they want you to show up to work like they have to day in and day out, and do your damn job.

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Miami Miami Hurricanes Big East ACC

 

The mighty Hurricanes were falling even before the scandal occurred. Find out what ScottJax77 found in this surgery full edition of Rants and Raves.

 

By the time you read this I will have already had my hip replacement surgery and am recovering in the hospital. I wrote this last week and submitted it for my regular posting. I will be discharged from the hospital on Friday so I won’t be able to respond to at least the weekend if I am not in any pain, yeah right no pain.


I was waiting until the dust settle before I wrote this because it had nothing to do with the illegal activity by the Hurricanes. 

The Miami Hurricane program was going down hill long before the scandal occurred. At one time the Miami Hurricanes ruled the roost. They were the bad boys of football on and off the field. For the most part, they got away with a lot of the allegations off the field until now. But this isn’t about the Hurricanes off the field mess. This has more to do with the Miami Hurricane’s football program on the field mess.

This mess happened many years ago. In a decision that can’t sit well now, Miami President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Paul Dee decided at the last minute to bolt the Big East. "It has been a bizarre, strange, and goofy process," Shalala said. "But it has allowed us the opportunity to give ourselves some distance, so that we got a view of who we are, where we are and where we want to be." She also mentions the Big East's financial guarantee was "a lot" higher than the ACC's.

I bet they discussed the situation with then coach, Larry Coker, to see if the pasture was greener on the other side. Maybe they thought it would be a piece of cake in the ACC. One thing for sure it wasn’t about the $$$. Ha, Ha,Ha. 

The records speak for themselves:

Miami was in the Big East from 1991-2003 (13 seasons). 

128-29 .815 overall record
66-11 .857 Big East Record
No losing record in any season in the conference
8 Big East Championships
1991 and 2001 National Champions
3 times #1 in AP final polls
1 time #1 Coaches final poll
In top 20 in all 13 seasons in conference

They ruled the roost as evidenced by their record. They even made the other Big East teams better because they had to keep up with the Hurricanes.


Miami joined the ACC in 2004.

55-35 .571 overall record 
30-26 .536 ACC record
1 losing season
Never finished 1st in the ACC.
In the top 25 3 times in 7 years.

Recruiting isn’t a factor. Miami consistently is in the top 25 year-in, year-out.

What a bummer.

In the long run, it might have made more sense to stay in the Big East and make more $$$ as the Big East Conference could have generated a lot of money with a dominate football program.
 

Deep Thoughts *
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Playoffs approach NFL Patriots Cowboys; Texas High School Football

 

Hello again and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Well, it is mid September and it is still 100 here in Texas. We have been sweating through this hot fall with no AC for the past week. Hopefully, we will have things back in order in the next few days. The fire that has destroyed so much of the area east of Austin is 70% contained now. It is crazy how much damage this fire has done. 1500 homes have been destroyed and the death toll is really not known as several folks are missing. We are hoping that things begin to cool a bit and some rain would not hurt.

 

  

 


I have been so pumped up about football that I suddenly realized that there is one helluva finish brewing in the AL East. The Yankees and Red Sox were cruising along when the Rays decided to make this a 3 team race. I know that Red Sox fans were happy to see the offense get back to form tonight. They scored 18 against the Blue Jays, too bad they can't carry a few of those runs over to tomorrow. The Cardinals are also trying to make things interesting closing the Wild Card distance with the Braves. I have watched the DBacks and TIgers this year thinking that they just did not have enough pitching to win in the post season. While you can never have enough starting pitching, I may have underestimated the Tigers. I don't see anyone in the NL being able to stay with the Philles, but you never now. The Phillies have lost two in a row to my Astros (I certainly did not see that coming). Of course with Halladay going tomorrow, they stand a very good chance to clinch their postseason spot. The Phillies look almost bulletproof, but I remember a Seattle team that I thought would blow through the post season too. The next two weeks will be a nail biter for several groups of fans. Good luck to your teams and I will have a great time watching. As we all know, this is the time of year that pitching really matters.

I feel compelled to say congrats to Mariano Rivera for saving his 600th game tonight. Even if you are not a Yankee fan, you still have to tip your hat for the professional consistency of Mo. He still looks 30 and has been pitching for 15 years. Amazing...a sure fire first ballot HOFer. Also, congrats to Justin Verlander on winning his 23rd game. He has pitched lights out this year and should be the unanimous AL Cy Young winner this year.

I am adding this late as I was just now able to locate the video. Here is something that I have never seen in a baseball game before. A foul tip that sparks when colliding with Avila's mask...strange:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Video-Foul-tip-causes-sparks-to-literally-fly-f;_ylt=AisZYz4tvP3LRWNyMdvKkc45nYcB?urn=mlb-wp19467 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Now that I have given a brief discussion to baseball, it is time to dig into some football. The experts told us that the lockout would gravely affect the offensive performances early this season. Yeah...not so much! It seemed like every game I tuned in had a QB throwing for 300 plus and several TD's. Cam Newton does B-Dub proud and throws for 422. Brady could not let a rookie get all of the press, so he tops 500. DAMN! Oh, by the way Brady and Welker are pretty good players. I am sure that even Johnny Monkey was impressed by that performance. Of course from what I heard, JM was too busy to watch the game. I think I have something that will ensure that we don't have to worry about any more damn monkeys.

 

If he is the stud he says he is, I am sure he can figure out how to use them...


Frag wrote a great blog last Friday about Peyton's Place closing. While I agree that it is conceivable that he might not ever play again, I had to comment on Peyton's place among great QB's. Tom Brady is a terrific QB, perhaps in the top 5 all time, but when Brady went down with the blown knee, the Pats plugged in Matt Cassell and kept on winning. If you saw any of the Colts game last weekend, is there any wonder about how important Manning is to the Colts. It blows my mind that the Colts did not have a plan B since they knew Manning was having spring neck surgery. Perhaps without the lockout, they would have had taken a different approach? I do know that with Kerry Collins as QB, winning 5 games will be difficult.

 

 

I was especially interested in seeing how Dallas played against the Jets on Sunday night. This game looked to be a tough first game for the Cowboys and as a Cowboy fan, I was nervous. If you saw the game, you saw an aggressive Dallas team take it to the Jets. Witten breaks free for a long run and appears to score. This was the nail in the coffin for the Jets, but replay showed Witten down before scoring. Now, I know you know what happened, so I won't recap the complete collapse of Romo. As a Cowboy fan, I have been much more a fan of Romo than the majority of folks. I see a mobile QB with a quick accurate release. But finally, I am done defending Romo. I am not sure how to explain it, but the guy just does not have the moxie to succeed in pressure situations. I somewhat blame the play calling for not running the ball from the 2 yard line with time running down, but the interception he threw to end the game was unexplainable. Tony Romo shines brightest when it does not matter. He somewhat reminds me of ARod a few years back. If the Yankee's got a good lead, then ARod could blast away. If they needed a long ball, he folded. ARod was able to more or less overcome that choker label, but I am not so sure about Romo. I know many of you do not think that Dallas will do well this season, but I continue to see more good ahead than bad. The defense played very well and the offensive line played surprisingly well. I think that what Dallas needs to do is have Romo play for three quarters then bring in Kitna. If Kitna was playing QB in the 4th quarter, Dallas beats the Jets. What a strange deal...but I know that many of you loved the ending.

 

 



Last year, the Texas Longhorns began life after McCoy and Shipley. The result was a disastrous year that caused a complete overhaul of the Longhorn coaching staff. With Greg Davis finally gone, Longhorn fans eagerly awaited the infusion of new offensive ideas from Boise State's Bryan Harsin. The early results against BYU looked sadly familiar to last year's team. After Garrett Gilbert started the game against BYU with two interceptions, he found himself on the sideline watching the game. Case McCoy and David Ash spent time alternating at QB and played well enough for Texas to win. It was obvious that McCoy already has a favorite receiver...some kid named Shipley. Jaxson Shipley is Jordan Shipley's brother and looks to be just as talented as his older brother. I have never seen a dual QB system work too well, but it is sure better than what Gilbert was delivering. I really do feel bad about Garrett Gilbert, but Mack Brown has to put the best player on the field. Gilbert sort of reminds me of Chris Simms a few years back. An All everything in high school, but he was never able to achieve the potential that he brought to Austin. I keep talking about Westwood's Ben Johnson. This kid is a better runner than any of these guys and has an excellent arm to boot. He has committed to play baseball for Texas, why not let him do something else in the fall?


 

 



 

 This is the capital just over the trees. Austin High plays at House Park. It has seen football since the 40's and maybe earlier. My father in law used to play on this field.

 

Speaking of Westwood and Ben Johnson...Westwood had a big game against Austin High School last Thursday evening. Going into the game, I figure we were probably a 3 TD favorite. The game began pretty much as I expected. We got up 21 to 3 when disaster hit. Rolling to his right, Ben Johnson was tackled low as he threw down field. As the seconds ticked by and he did not get up, the crowd grew very quiet. He managed to hobble off the field and even came back to throw a nice completion on the way to 28 first half points, but his night was through. The score at halftime was 28 to 9 and the game was almost safely in the bag, but as we know, it is not over until it is over. Austin High has a star of their own. Caleb Jones...remember the name. His dad is Robert Jones, formerly of the Cowboys. This kid is big and very athletic, sort of reminds me of a Plaxico type. Great hands and a terrific leaper. On the second video, watch him illegally lateral to his brother. Ref called it a TD...it was a great play.

The second half was frustrating. we moved the ball very well, but two interceptions prevented us from scoring. Our sophomore QB, Bear (yes that is his real name) ran the ball well. He had 140 yards rushing, but also had a fumble. Jones had several big catches and suddenly it was late in the fourth quarter and we were down 30 to 28. A fine defensive stand allowed one last drive. On 4th and 7, Bear found a receiver across the middle for a nice 20 yard gain. A QB keeper took the ball down to the one, and the field goal unit went out to win the game. The ball sailed through the uprights with 6 seconds left in the game. Final score Westwood 31 Austin High 30. Way more exciting than it should have been, but as they say...a win is a win. Last week, we lost our starting running back to a broken hand. Blake's friend Tanner stepped up. He ran well, but missed a few blocks. Ben has a slightly hyperextended knee that was badly bruised. He should be able to play this week, but we probably won't need him until next week.
 

 

 

Tanner's first varsity TD.

 

 

 

Caleb Jones laterals for a TD (yes ref, it was forward).

 

 

Ben goes down...oh no!

 

 

 

More Caleb Jones...

 

 

Rambling Bear...

 

 

And it is good...go crazy!

 

That is all that I have for today, but here is a bit of Jack Handey for the rest of your week...

 

 

If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope he likes enchiladas, because that's what he's getting.  

 

One day I decided to go see the mean guy on our street that everyone was talking about. But when I got to his house he said that he wasn't the mean guy and that the mean guy lived over there. "No, you idiot! Thats MY house!"  

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...


 

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