Okay, I sit here writing this with the Steelers and Jets game on in the background, and it's looking like the Steelers are going to win...The Packers won the early game, but I have nothing for ya on that one...I slept through the whole game...I woke up this morning feeling like a lump of shit, and it didn't get better after 3 Motrin, and more sleep...What did this to me...Was it the Mexican food the wife and I had yesterday at Si Senor...I don't think so, it was petty damn tasty, and the wife was okay...Maybe it was the fart my wife ripped while she was giving me a blow job!
Who knows, but after sleeping through the Packers and bears game I'm feeling a bit better...I didn't expect the Bears to win...They needed to play a perfect game against a very good Packer defense, and a hot Packer offense...
It's late in the Steelers/Jets game...When it's over maybe I'll say something about it...But first, let me pimp something I'm doing on Fridays...I started it a few weeks ago, and I want let people know it's out there...I do my Monday Moaning...Wednesday I do the Hump Day Hits...Fridays I'm doing the FINGER_POP...Some quick blasts of things that are on my mind, and then some great asses to look at, and that could use a good finger pop!
Okay, The Steelers won, and some things were just summed up on Twitter...
danieltosh "Congratulations Rex! You still haven't won anything! Now shut up and go hibernate for the winter with your "foot" in your mouth."
opiesthumb "Roethlisberger was thinking about how many girls he was gonna fuck without their consent tonight"
KrissyBalls "Yep, this only means that #bigben will be partying at the community college tonight."
puddleofaids "Getting sick on how many times ill hear "Black and Yellow" over the next two weeks. Iccckkkk..."
andylevy "All you college girls in and around the Pittsburgh area stay out of the bars tonight, y'hear?"
opiesthumb Roethlisberger "This is for you fans. Im gonna fuck each and every one of you whether you like it or not"
I love it when Twitter starts blowing up on a singular topic!
Okay, prediction time...I don't need the two week build-up...I don't care what the line is...I don't care what big, fat, Peter King has to say...I don't care what 'I ignored my son' Tony Dungy has to say...I don't need the two weeks of talking heads trying to fill our heads with bullshit...The Packers will win the "Super Bowl" Bet the kids college fund on it!
Moving on from this football shit...The NHL "All-Star" Game is coming up in February, and if you didn't know, they have changed the format...AGAIN...Yes the NHL has tried to mix it up before, but this time, it's really different...
The NHL picked two Captains...Nicklas Linstrom from Detroit and Eric Staal from Carolina...They will draft their respective teams, instead of fan voting and all that other bullshit...The Alternate Captains have been added and will help with the selection process...Mike Green from Washington, and Ryan Kesler from Vancouver will be Staal's alternates...Patrick Kane from Chicago and Martin St.Louis from Tampa Bay will be Linstrom's alternates...
I'm really interested to see how this plays out...Will St.Louis push for his teammate Steven Stamkos...What if Kane's Teammates Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews are on the board then? Will Kesler push to get of the Sedin brothers on team Linstrom? Will Staal go after friend s from Thunder Bay, or his goalie in Carolina Cam Ward? What about his brothers? This could be something exciting for the NHL, but it could also end up a mess...I don't understand ditching the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format...We shall see...
Just saw on Twitter that fitness guru Jack Lalanne died at the age of 96...
OpieRadio "Jack LaLanne dead at the age of 96! He will be cremated in a blender"
Last thing for now...The wife got me the complete series of "The Wire" on DVD for Christmas...One of the best shows ever! I got her to start re-watching it with me, and she's getting why I love it...Here's a classic scene from season one...
Now I'm going to watch another episode and go to bed...
Reality TV has given us some rather interesting shows of late. If not interesting, then revealing. We have shows about gangs and even a former gang banger, who tries to stop them from shooting each other. Sadly, we have middle class white kids who feel they have to emulate this behavior. Little wannabe Eminems and Snoop Dogs, who brandish guns and take hard drugs.
Recently a new show came out, about prisons and inmates who are trying to encourage teens to take another path. 'Beyond Scared Straight'.
This show is all well and good and the message is right, but at the same time, we have musicians, actors and athletes who needed that same message when they were young.
Young hoods are getting increasingly brazen. I know they follow music and when that music incites violence and murder and when athletes have tats and get caught with guns and when these athletes make millions, what kind of message is that.?
Sure, a few will reconcile that they aren't really so hardcore and these inmates just might scare a few from going all the way bad. But the prevelance of gangs everywhere is kind of chilling.
Delonte West - This is the guy arrested for gun charges while with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who allegedly slept with Lebron's mom.
So what is this message? It doesn't take an FBI profiler to figure out what this guy is possibly thinking but we do see kids acting out and hurting everyone.
Maybe instead of Inmates going off on them, we should introduce them to Billy the Exterminator. Billy's company is named Vexcon.. hahaha. We are vexed by cons.. How fitting.
Anyway, with that said, I think it is about time for schools to take back control of kid's behavior. Stop prescribing drugs to anyone who is a bit ruly and demand that athletes, no, all students behave a certain way, with respect. No free passes because because you can dribble or run a 4.3 forty. Learn to read and write and parents learn along with your kids, if necessary.
Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Larry Bird, Wes Unseld, Otto Graham, Bart Starr, Norm Van Brocklin, Elgin Baylor, Larry Wilson, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, Mike McCormack, Pete Retzlaff, Dick Szymanski, Mike Reinfeldt, Stew Barber, Bucko Kilroy, Matt Millen, Eddie LeBaron, Dwight Clark, Gene Shue, Mike Dunleavy, Phil and Tony Esposito help represent Group A.
Ozzie Newsome, Jerry West, Joe Dumars, Mitch Kupchak, Wally Walker, Danny Ainge, and even the influence of Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux can be put into the category of Group B.
Group A is a list of some of the greatest athletes ever to take jobs running professional teams via the front office, only to fail at finding any of the successes they did as players. Group B is the smaller more exclusive list of great athletes who won championships even after replacing their uniforms for a coat and tie a front office executive often wears.
National Football League legend John Elway is back as a Denver Bronco for the first time since retiring after the 1998 season when he became the oldest quarterback to even win a Super Bowl. Now he returns to a franchise that has been struggling to win consistently for several years, hoping his influence upon arrival can propel the franchise to the excellence it enjoyed when he played for them.
Elway's story up until now has been well publicized. The son of a successful collegiate coach, he attended college for four mostly exciting years that had little success. He was an All-American who won the Pac-10 Player of the Year twice and once finished second in the Heisman Trophy race despite never leading his school to a single bowl game.
The biggest moment in his career at Stanford would be in his last game. As Stanford kicked off leading California University 20-19 with little time on the clock, "The Play" transpired. With several laterals and the steamrolling of the Stanford marching band on the field, California returned the kick for a winning score. Ironically, Elway's father was named head coach at Stanford two years later and lasted five seasons. Jack Elway is the only Elway to lead his team to a bowl game.
Selected with the first pick of the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway refused to sign with the Baltimore Colts. He played summer baseball with the New York Yankees until the Colts buckled by trading Elway to the Denver Broncos.
The move worked out for Denver. The Broncos posted a .500 or better record in in six of the previous years, including four years with 10 or more wins. Elway started 10 games as a rookie and won four times. He would have just two more years where he posted a losing record until he retired after the 1998 season.
Elway led the Broncos to five Super Bowl's over his 16 seasons, winning twice in the final two years of his career. He went to the Pro Bowl nine times while throwing for over 51,000 yards and 300 touchdowns, chipping in over 3,400 rushing yards and 33 more scores before being the very first Bronco inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He has enjoyed a post-retirement life where he ran several automobile dealerships, restaurants, and even an Arena League football team successfully. Elway majored in economics while attending the prestigious Stanford University.
Now he is being asked the run the Broncos. Unlike several sports legends who failed trying to handle this type of job before him, Elway grew up breathing football almost daily because of the fact his father was so heavily involved in the game. He spent his childhood moving a few times as Jack Elway climbed the coaching ladder to build his resume by being an assistant at the University of Montana and Washington State University before becoming head coach at California State University, Northridge.
Denver is opening a new era, but still have luxuries in some respect despite such a poor showing last year. Quarterback Kyle Orton had a career year before being injured towards the end of the year. His replacement, Tim Tebow, was a first round pick last year and performed well in his few starts. Whether Denver trades Orton or keeps both will be a question that may not get answered until draft day.
Elway spent his rookie year learning from Steve DeBerg before taking over.DeBerg had served the same role for Hall of Famer Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers before moving on to Denver. After leaving the Broncos, DeBerg mentored future Hall of Famer Steve Young with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Elway knows the value of that type of learning but realizes moving forward is necessary.
If Tebow is handed the keys to the franchise by trading Orton for more draft picks on top of the draft picks they received by acquiring Orton for Jay Cutler, Denver could find themselves in the thick of a battle for the AFC West crown next year. If they feel it prudent to retain Orton, they keep a man who threw for over 3,600 yards and 20 scores in just 13 games during 2010.
Denver is expected to lean heavily on improving the defense now that John Fox has been named head coach. Fox is a defensive oriented coach who won a Super Bowl ring as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants before taking the head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers. In nine years with Carolina, he took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC Championship appearances.
When Fox was a defensive backs coach with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers, as well as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Raiders, Elway faced his schemes as a player and knows what Fox can give Denver. Most experts feel the Broncos will use their first pick, the second overall in the draft, on a defensive player. They also have two selections in the second round.
Though the task of rebuilding the Broncos may not be as difficult as some other NFL teams, Elway is expected to complete the task. The franchise has not made the playoffs since 2005, but "Captain Comeback" spoiled their fans when coming into town in 1983. Denver went their first 18 years of existence before making the playoffs in 1977 and had three total seasons of post season glory before Elway was drafted.
He took the team to the playoffs in 10 separate years, and the team has experienced just four more years of such success since his retirement. He was used to such pressure as a player, as have most of the legends who later took over teams from the front office after retiring as players.
Though the list of failure is long for legends, those few who have succeeded prove one can find glory by pushing buttons behind a desk. Newsome won his Super Bowl ring as an executive while never getting the chance as a player. History might be against Elway in his quest, but he has generally spent most of his professional athletic career coming back when the chips were down with circumstances slightly crumbled around him.
While Denver fans brace for his moves to get the team better, Elway is also on the verge of possibly putting the NFL on notice by certain roster moves. Champ Bailey will soon be 33-years old and entering his 13th season in a career that will eventually find him in the Hall of Fame. While Bailey is still an excellent player opposing teams rather not challenge, he is a free agent and is is questionable Denver will offer him the $9 million salary he earned annually during seven years spent with the Broncos.
What Elway decides to do with Bailey and other free agents is certainly worth watching as much as his first draft as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos, which has him overseeing the general manager and head coach of the team. He is expected to have a prominent hand in who and how the team drafts and builds the roster even though he readily admits that "I don't have that kind of experience to be able to pick those players day in and day out and such".
What the team does will be credited to him much like other legends who went to the front office. As the AFC West improves in trying to be the powerhouse it once was, Denver is attempting to set a pace of their own as well. No one should discount John Elway or the impact he could have, but this has been said before when so many great athletes before. Which group Elway will join gets decided over time, but Broncos fans must thank their captain for once again coming back trying to win.
On with the picks :
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
The oldest rivalry in the NFL has met 180 times in the regular season yet just once in the playoffs in 1941. Chicago holds an edge in both categories, yet the series is so tight knit the Bears have scored just 131 points more than Green Bay and the Packers have won three more titles than the Bears.
How Green Bay reached the NFC Championships this season has been an amazing story. As they suffered more injuries than any other team, coaches Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers have kept the team winning thanks to a deep roster of talent built by general manager Ted Thompson.
While is it well documented the Packers goes as quarterback Aaron Rodgers goes, it should be noted he threw five more touchdowns and five less interceptions than Bears quarterback Jay Cutler this season.
Defense is where it is really at in this game. Green Bay has given up the second least amount of points scored this season while the Bears ranked fourth. The Packers ranked fifth best in yards allowed while Chicago ranked ninth.
Chicago is stout defending the run, but they ranked 20th against the pass. Green Bay ranked fifth against the pass yet 18th against the run. The Packers also had more sacks and created more turnovers than Chicago.
It seems simple on paper. Green Bay must stop Bears 1,000-yard rusher Matt Forte and Chicago needs enough defensive backs to stop Rodgers and the plethora of weapons at his disposal. Cornerbacks like Corey Graham, D.J. Moore, and Zackary Bowman will be major players trying to cover James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and possibly Brett Swain.
Though I picked Green Bay to lose to Baltimire in the Super Bowl before the season began, I picked again the Packers last week in Atlanta. As the Ravens left the playoffs, Green Bay continued. This week wont find me betraying them again, though I expect another taut thriller to the end.
Packers 20 Bears 16
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
All season we have listened to the Jets talk Super Bowl and watched them back it up on the field. As they ready to go into Pittsburgh, there has hardly been a whimper from them. While both teams respect each other, they have met this season.
The Jets won 22-17 a month ago on Pittsburgh thanks to excellent defense and special teams. Of the four losses the Steelers have incuured this season, three came on their home turf. Of the ten road games the Jets have played this season, which includes the playoffs, they have suffered just two defeats.
Defense reigns supreme this week in the NFL, and two of the leagues toughest defenses will battle for the AFC title. Both are spectacular at stopping the running game. The Steelers have the top run defense in the NFL this year while the Jets ranked third. Pittsburgh gave up the fewest points this year while the Jets ranked sixth.
While the teams will both try to establish the run game, both teams were very close in most categories this year. It may come down to who passes the bll best, an area both teams are average at best in doing. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisber has the experience, with his two Super Bowl rings, over Jets second-season signal caller Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez has a sore throwing arm, Roethlisberger has a sore foot.
Special teams and turnovers should stand out in the evenly matched scrum. The Jets used a kickoff return for a touchdown by Brad Smith to help propel them to victory over the Steelers a month ago, a feat they would like to repeat again,
Hall of Fame coack Dick LeBeau and Rex Ryan will match defensive wits and one almost had to flip a coin on a prediction. I am going wih the Jets because they are due. They also are the only team to face the remaining three teams alive in the playoffs, but lost to Green Bay and Chicago earlier this year.
There’s something to be said about the solitude of shoveling the driveway after, or sometimes during, a snowstorm. It gives a person clarity, time to think about what’s been on their mind but unable to come out through the noise of everyday life.
In essence, I took that clarity this week and wrote today’s post while pushing 8 inches of snow and sleet from one side of Vermont to the other. Enough can’t be said about thinking of the fruits of one man’s labors while reaping your own.
So there I am, and for some reason or another I can’t remember, I was thinking about all of the discussion surrounding the on-again, off-again Carmelo Anthony trade talks. You know the ones, where Anthony is supposedly going to New Jersey, but has his entourage dropping hints to the media about his desire to only play in New York so that he doesn’t have to man up and make a selfish fool out of himself like LeBron did.
And that’s exactly my take on it. Sure, Carmelo may not be saying much to the media, but its all an image protection ploy. In reality, Anthony is playing the part of Pinocchio, who should be going to school like he agreed to but instead is looking to take the quick ride out of town to Pleasure Island where life will be so much “easier”. Well Carmelo, Pinocchio turned into an ass at the end of that segment and you’re likely to come out of this in the same light.
Truth be told I can’t remember a time in my life where I’ve had to endure so many stories of unhappy athletes forcing trades or gearing up for free agency two years ahead of time. I know we live in a new world of constant updates, both in the traditional media and in the instant media that Twitter has become, so maybe it is just a product of our generation where these guys just have more avenues to express their grievances. Then again, maybe it is a product of the generation these guys grew up in, where they no longer aspire to follow in the footsteps of their favorite players growing up, just to out earn them during their careers.
Regardless of what has changed over time, one thing is still a staple of all sports; The Contract. Each and every athlete signs one, whether it be on draft day or while peddling themselves to the team with the most magic beans. My irritation is simply with the fact that no one honors them any more. They wanted the long-term stability by signing a big deal, but for some reason they feel that the team shouldn’t be entitled to that same protection?
Want to be a man and a role model Carmelo? Don’t cower behind lesser men playing the Cat’s Paw for you. Simply come out and announce to the world that you’re going to do what those around you refuse to do; honor the contract you signed and honor those other 11 guys that suit up with you night in and night out. Impress them by pulling Geppetto from the whale and winning an NBA championship for Denver.
Only then will you convince the world that you aren’t LeBron. Don't be that guy.
Are the Jet’s classless?? Brandi Favre a druggie?? Does Lawrence Taylor plead?? These questions, and more, are answered inside this edition of Rants and Raves.
What’s up with the Jets? After the Jets defeated New England, 28-21, several Jet players made very classless statements. One of which was from Bart Scott:
Do you think this was appropriate? I don‘t. But then again, their coach, Rex Ryan doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.
On the heels of the New England sass talk, comes the gushy, kissing up to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Come on Jet Players and Coach Ryan, pucker them lips and kiss the Steelers ass.
Brandi Favre, the younger sister of you-know-who, was arrested along with five other people in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The police found a meth lab in a condo complex, after witnessing a drug purchase near the place. The five were taken to a hospital for decontamination before being sent to jail. Hazmat teams went into the condo unit to dispose of the chemicals.
Speaking of a Favre, Brett turned in his retirement papers to the NFL. Yeah!!
Lawrence Taylor finally plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the May 6th arrest for felony statutory rape. He will be sentenced to six years probation, but, he must also register as a sex offender.
Now isn’t this the LT we would like to remember?? The man who led the G-Men to two Super Bowl titles, in 1987 and 1991, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. You bet we do!!
Do you really think the Denver Nuggets will get a better deal than what the New Jersey Nets are offering?? Come on Denver, wake up!! Two #1 picks, Derrick Favors, Devon Harris and several other players and yet your considering the Knicks low ball offer?? Is there an NBA conspiracy?? Is David Stern involved in trying to get Melo to the Knicks???
In the Nets smartest move of the season, Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov delivered the bombshell to the media on Wednesday night, he said nyet to Carmelo Anthony.
"I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now," Prokhorov said. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I'm instructing our team to walk away from the deal." "It's my decision," said Prokhorov, who said the Nets were given permission to speak with Anthony but never got a "straightforward answer" on the specifics of that meeting. Prokhorov said he never heard from Anthony. "Maybe he sent me an e-mail, but I don't have a computer," Prokhorov said. "Maybe the carrier pigeon got lost."
The Nets have five 1st round picks in the next two years and plenty of cap space. If the Nets GM Billy King plays his cards right the future looks bright.
The heir-apparent to Mariano Rivera is now a New York Yankee. Rafael Soriano has agreed to a three-year, $35 million dollar deal. Rumors are circulating that it was Rivera who went to bat for Soriano. Rafael is 11-20 with a 2.73 era in 9 seasons. He has 88 saves (in which 45 were last year with Tampa Bay) and has played for Atlanta, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Rafael Soriano has options after the first and second years of the deal.
Speaking of the Yankees, if they are really serious about getting another pitcher, how about Seattle’s Felix Hernandez. Yeah I bashed him about winning the Cy Young, but that’s because he was no where near 20 wins and remember Steven Carlton was on a team that was offensively challenged and he won 27 games. Can you imagine Hernandez stats on the Yankees, with their offense?? 27 wins easily. The Yankees can give up one of their prized catchers (they have 2, and the third one ain’t bad either), some pitchers, and a position player or two.
Jaguars are in desperate need of a lock down defense back. They will use their first round draft pick on one, and you can rest assured another pick in the 3rd or 4th round. How about taking the best lockdown back in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha, and sign him to a $15 million a year contract.
Here is a clip of the United States Ceremonial Team:
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Video by: Bart Scott - Bigser9 on Youtube, US Ceremonial Team - Drill4life on Youtube