129 Interceptions and Fumbles in 72 Games
109 Touchdowns Thrown, 61.2 Completion Percentage, 84.0 Quarterback Rating
When the Denver Broncos selected Cutler in the first round of the 2006 draft, they thought they had their quarterback of the future. Especially after he made the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Then the Broncos suddenly traded him to the Chicago Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton, first- and third-round selections in 2009, and a first-round pick in 2010. The reviews on Cutler have been mixed since.
His first year in Chicago saw Cutler lead the NFL in interceptions thrown. While he reduced his number of interceptions in 2010, Cutler led the league in number of times sacked and yards lost off those sacks. Though his turnovers decreased, Cutler threw an interceptions seemingly every game with a 4.1 interception percentage with the Bears.
While Cutler led the Bears to the 2010 NFC Championship Game last year, he still throws a ton of interceptions. He also endured a wrath of criticism for taking himself out of that championship game after spraining his MCL, even though Bears head coach Lovie Smith stated he made the decision to take bench Cutler.
Cutler hasn't really justified that big trade yet, and he has already tossed four interceptions this year. The plus side is that he is entering the second year under offensive coordinator Mike Mart's system.
The down side is that the Chicago offensive line has been horrendous at times.. If they improve, giving Cutler more time to throw, perhaps he quarterback will decrease his turnover rate and show Bears fans why their team mortgaged so much of their future on his arm.
Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings
215 Interceptions and Fumbles in 165 Games
234 Touchdowns Thrown, 58.9 Completion Percentage, 85.6 Quarterback Rating
It wasn't long ago quite a few thought McNabb was headed for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, especially after earning his sixth Pro Bowl in 2009. Then the wheels came off.
After being the second overall pick of the 1999 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, he started six games as a rookie. McNabb then proceeded to carry the franchise on his back the next decade. He is the Eagles all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns by a quarterback.
He was then traded to the Washington Redskins before the 2010 season, where he ended up being benched for the final three weeks of the season. Not only were there whispers that his productive playing days were over, some claimed he was out of shape and couldn't grasp the new offensive system he was playing under.
Washington decided to trade McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings at the end of the season. He has continued to struggle, as have the Vikings, to an 0-4 record so far in 2011.
His quarterback rating not only has gone down the past two years, but the 15 interceptions McNabb threw last year was a career high mark. He will be 35-years old soon, but some critics are wondering if his days as an NFL starter are about to end sooner than expected.
McNabb has endured his share of criticism since being drafted. Not only did a bunch of fans boo his selection that day, but he has had critics question his competence. McNabb has handled everything with dignity and class, and his selection in 1999 rivals Champ Bailey and possibly Torry Holt as the best first round draft pick that year.
If Father Time has indeed caught up with McNabb, he won't go down without a fight. He still ranks ranks fourth best all-time in career interception percentage in NFL history. He was the NFC Offensive Player of the Year after leading Philadelphia to Super Bowl XXXIX.
History shows quarterbacks nearing the end of great careers mostly never turn it on again, but people like Kurt Warner, Y.A. Tittle and others have showed it does happen. McNabb, who last year said he wanted to play for many more years, and the Vikings certainly hope he has some greatness left in him.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
91 Interception and Fumbles in 58 Games
55 Touchdowns Thrown, 57.7 Completion Percentage, 73.8 Quarterback Rating
Ever since Smith was the first overall draft pick in 2005, he has been on most lists as the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. He was probably put on the field too early, but the 49ers could not afford to give him time to sit and learn his position.
Yet Smith has only lasted a full year at starter once so far. He also may be running out of chances to be the starter, especially since the raw and athletic Colin Kaepernick was drafted this year. It hasn't always been Smith's fault that he he has yet to show why San Francisco drafted him, because he has been sacked 142 times in his career.
With the best receivers at his disposel in his career, Smith's 2011 season has seen him complete a career best 67.3 percent of his passes so far. He also has tossed just one interception, despite having no running game so far. New head coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, has had a positive impact as the 49ers shot out to a 3-1 record.
Sometimes it takes a quarterback a few years to learn and get it all down. Canton has men like Len Dawson, Dan Fouts, Bart Starr and others as proof. So there is still a chance Smith can end up having a career comparable to those legends.
Tavaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
44 Interceptions and Fumbles in 40 Games
29 Touchdowns Thrown, 59.3 Completion Percentage, 77.2 Quarterback Rating
Jackson was drafted in second round of the 2006 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He ended up starting in 19 games his first three season, but stayed on the bench mostly behind Brett Favre the next two.
He left Minnesota after 2010 and signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson not only has good receivers like Mike Williams and Kevin Boss, he rejoined former Vikings teammate Sidney Rice.
It is his first season in a new system, as well as the first time in his career he is the anointed starter. He already has five touchdown passes, which means he will pass his career high of nine soon if he stays healthy. But Jackson has already tossed four interceptions as well, which has helped the 1-3 Seahawks rank 29th in scoring so far in 2011.
Since Seattle can't seem to get their rushing attack going yet, they will rely heavily on Jackson. After being played too early at the beginning of his career, he should be as ready as he might ever be. Jackson's entire career has been played under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, so system familiarity will not be a reason to hold him back.
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
71 Interceptions and Fumbles in 45 Games
46 Touchdowns Thrown, 54.6 Completion Percentage, 71.8 Quarterback Rating
The Chicago Bears used a first round draft pick on Grossman in 2003. He did start seven games in his first three seasons, but the Bears started him all of 2006. He played decently as the Bears defense led the team to a Super Bowl before losing.
He lost his starting game after seven games the next year, and was released by Chicago after 2007. After sitting on the Houston Texans bench for a season, he followed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to the Washington Redskins and ended up starting the final three games of 2010.
He is now the starter, but it may not be for long. Grossman still makes innumerous mistakes every game he plays, often forcing passes that often hit the defenders in the chest. Though he is in his ninth season, Grossman often plays like a rookie who has had minimal experience at the quarterback position.
With his high turnover rate, it will be interesting to see how long the Redskins will put up with him. They are a team rebuilding, but their 2011 schedule has had some luck in the fact that Washington has faced opponents bereft by injuries already.
At their current 3-1 record, it may be unlikely Grossman is benched even though the media has begun whispers a change is on the Redskins horizon. If this happens, it is probably the last legitimate shot Grossman will have as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
63 Interceptions and Fumbles in 35 Games
35 Touchdowns Thrown, 54.5 Completion Percentage, 71 Quarterback Rating
Some fair-weathered fans might not like this selection of a guy who played college ball at USC, where he won a national championship, then has led a New York team a game within the Super Bowl each season since the Jets drafted him in the first round of the 2009 draft.
They basically gave up a second round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns, along with three players no longer in Cleveland, to get a player who became the first rookie quarterback to start for the franchise since their inaugural season. Both critics and fans of Sanchez have pointed to his lack of collegiate experience since that day.
Being a player in a fish bowl like New York is a double-edged sword. While a player may be severely overhyped much of the time, every move made is also met with scrutiny. Sanchez has handled this situation well so far.
Some call him a newer version of Trent Dilfer, a quarterback who once rode the Baltimore Ravens running game and defense to a title in 2000. The Jets are similar to that Ravens team in that their rushing game and defense is the main reason they reached the AFC Championship the previous two years.
Sanchez still makes a ton of mistakes, but he is in just his third season and was never allowed to sit and learn his position because of the $50 million he was given in 2009. But the Jets are winning, and that is all that matters at the end of the day. No matter who is manning the quarterback position.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
153 Interceptions and Fumbles in 109 Games
162 Touchdowns Thrown, 58.2 Completions Percentage, 81.1 Quarterback Rating
63-44 Record, Super Bowl XLII Champion and MVP
Manning made a few waves before he even played in the NFL after the San Diego Chargers used the first pick of the 2004 draft on him. Refusing to play with the Chargers, he was dealt to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers.
Manning started seven games as a rookie, splitting the duties with veteran Kurt Warner. The Giants were encouraged enough by Manning's performance to allow Warner to move on to the Arizona Cardinals.
While Rivers has gone to three Pro Bowls, as opposed to one for Manning, the Chargers have yet to reach a Super Bowl. Manning, despite leading the NFL in interceptions thrown in 2007, rode a strong rushing attack and smothering defense to Super Bowl XLII.
In a game most remember for a 32-yard prayer Manning heaved to David Tyree, who snagged the ball with one hand, the quarterback was awarded the Super Bowl MVP after two short fourth quarter touchdown passes helped New York win 17-14. That is enough legacy for most quarterbacks to hang their hat on.
Manning has two areas that both greatly help and sometimes detract from his true abilities. While playing in the fish bowl called New York, he is the little brother of future Hall of Famer Petyon Manning. His family has a rich legacy that carries him and often shades the reality of his skills.
Manning is coming off a 2010 season where he led the NFL in interceptions thrown for the second time in his seven seasons. Now entering his eighth year, he has thrown just two so far despite having several teammates hurt and many changes made to the Giants roster.
He may be the third best NFL quarterback in his own family, but Manning believes he is an elite player. That confidence will hopefully increase his completion percentage while reducing a high turnover rate.
Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders
94 Interceptions and Fumbles in 69 Games
72 Touchdowns Thrown, 61.1 Completion Percentage, 83 Quarterback Rating
It has been a wild ride since Campbell began playing college football. It seems he has played in a new system under a new offensive coordinator annually. He has also played behind some porous offensive lines, leaving him vulnerable to being frequently hit.
Since being drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Washington Redskins, Campbell has been inundated with tons of plays by several different coaches. He has been reunited with offensive coordinator Al Saunders this year, a man Campbell played under the first two seasons of his career.
After starting seven games as a rookie, Campbell has basically started since. He has proven to be pretty tough and durable over this time. He was making progress in Washington, but ended up getting traded for a fourth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders after the Redskins signed free agent Donovan McNabb.
He was benched by since fired head coach Tom Cable for three games, all of which Oakland lost, before coming back to lead the Raiders to their best record since 2002. While the Raiders rushing attack has been the star of this team, Campbell has tried to work hard and develop a repertoire with his young wide receivers.
It may seem Campbell has been around forever, but he will be only 30-years old soon. Oakland is headed in a good direction and have the right man for the quarterback job, but must get better play from the blockers and receivers to help him out.
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
37 Interceptions in 36 Games
31 Touchdowns Thrown, 60.7 Completion Percentage, 75.7 Quarterback Rating
Henne was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2008 draft. After sitting on the bench as a rookie, he has started since. The results have been mixed.
While Henne's progress has slightly been slowed by the single-wing formation, also called "Wild Cat," his team frequently ran the first two years of his career, he also continues to make mistakes in his reads. Miami got him an upgrade of receivers to throw to, but his completion percentage had shown no improvement.
Despite having a good size and strong arm, his ability to check down to secondary receivers and not force passes to covered receivers has held Henne back. After having veteran coach Dan Henning teach him at the beginning of his career, Henne is now in his first season under Brian Daboll as his offensive coordinator.
With head coach Tony Sparano seemingly in his last season with the team, Henne appears to likely to have a new coaching staff in his future. Whether that is with the Dolphins or not will be determined later, as will be his future as a starting quarterback in this league.
Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
10 Games Played and Four Turnovers
11 Touchdowns Thrown or Rushed, 50 Completion Percentage, 82.1 Quarterback Rating
How can such an untested youngster make this list? When he is an overhyped entity, courtesy of the media and zealots whose view of him extends beyond the gridiron.
Critics say Tebow is basically a fullback at this stage of his career, and Denver has run him 44 times already in a career that started last season after the Broncos used a first round pick to acquire him. Despite a terrible 2011 preseason that obviously showed he isn't ready, his legion of fans cry his name all game.
The media has peppered Denver head coach John Fox with more Tebow questions than questions about the Broncos team, exacerbating the hype. Even with the Broncos coaches and players showing support for starting quarterback Kyle Orton, the media and a few fans keep harping on Tebow.
Tebow may not be ready until 2013, if the recent preseason was any indication of his progress, but that will not stop the factions who impatiently want him out there now. There used to be a time a quarterback would sit and learn how to be an NFL quarterback, and time is something Tebow needs a lot of.
Yoooooooo! Dis iz 7thStone again! Yo, I didn't dat hot las weak, going 11-5, I iz now 39-25 overall
Letz get two it, I tolds yous I iz on da run.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills
Yo, I get dis fealin dat Fred Jackson will run over dat week Eagles run defense, making dis a wire job where yous flip a coin.
Bills 30 Eagles 28
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Yous got to teems wif too new quarterbacks dat ain't exactly lighting it up yet. Da run game, which has carried dese squads, will make da differense if dem quarterbacks keep stinking.
Vikings 23 Cardinals 20
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Expect like 80 passes in dis one, but I like Drew Brees here.
Saints 37 Panthers 28
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
When too turds hit da toilet at once,one has to float two da top furst.
Colts 24 Chiefs 20
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
I just dont tink much of da Raiders defense. Capeesh?
Texans 27 Raiders 24
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Too rookie quarterbacks here, but I'm liking da Bengals defense more den da Jags defense.
Bengals 21 Jaguars 17
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants
Da G-Men wont have Brandon Jacobs, but I'm tinkin dat Ahmad Bradshaw will get over 100 yards rushing dis weak.
Giants 28 Seahawks 24
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Yo, dese defenses are good. But dem Steelers are long in da toof. I'm thinking the quietyly red-hot Matt Hasselbeck will bee da edge.
Titans 23 Steelers 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers
I like da Niners defense and pass catchers, but I tink da Bucs got da better QB and RB.
Buccaneers 27 49ers 23
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Da fact iz...da Jets ain't lookin two good lately. Not sayin dem Pats look like world beeters, but dey got a much better quarterback in Tom Brady.
Patriots 31 Jets 20
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
I bet both Kyle Orton and Philip Rivers get 300 yards passing, but Ryan Mathews makes da difference.
Chargers 30 Broncos 21
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Game of the Week
Da Falcons haven't been clicking yet, and this game iz a good measuring stick of how good dey will bee in 2011. Da Pack are da class of da NFL right now and Atlanta's defense has given up at leest 30 points in three contests alreddy.
Call me crazy, but I don't tink Green Bay goes 16-0 in 2011. This will be loss number one, if Michael "Burner" Turner gets off.
Falcons 37 Packers 35
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Da Motor City will be Detroit Rock City Monday night, as dey proudly root on da Lions. Chicago will make it close, but Detrot celebrates at da end wif da las undefeeted teem in football.
Lions 34 Bears 27
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Detroit Lions
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Houston Texans
5. Tennessee Titans
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. New England Patriots
9. New Orleans Saints
10. Buffalo Bills
11. San Diego Chargers
12. Atlanta Falcons
14. Washington Redskins
14. New York Giants
15. San Francisco 49ers
16. Chicago Bears
17. Oakland Raiders
18. New York Jets
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Philadelphia Eagles
21. Miami Dolphins
22. Arizona Cardinals
23. Cincinnati Bengals
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Cleveland Browns
26. Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Seattle Seahawks
28. Saint Louis Rams
29. Minnesota Vikings
30. Denver Broncos
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Kansas City Chiefs
OK, I iz outta dis peace! I iz gunna get a peace off dis chick I know now.
Is it time for a name change, Lions on the move, NBA, Rays and more in this weeks edition of……………
Wow, it has been just over one-year since I started Rants and Raves. I have had a great time doing this week-in, week-out. I hope to continue for quite a while. But I have decided to change the name of my blog, from Rants and Raves to….Drum rolls please……
Da-Dah. So starting next week, my blog will be called Random Thoughts. I hope you will continue to enjoy my blogs.
It is amazing that the Detroit Lions had two consecutive weeks of coming back from 20 point deficits to win a game. They just might be the team to beat.
No wait, the Green Bay Packers are the team to beat. Oh, I'm so confused. Can anyone help me??
I, for one, am on record to say that I don’t care if there is no NBA season. Can’t believe that the Owners and Players waited until the last minute to sit down and talk about the collective bargaining agreement. It’s all about the $$$. Too bad it’s the fans that get screwed in the end. It will just mean that the prices of seats, food, drinks and stuff in the team shop will go up.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if all sports reduce prices 15%.
Tampa Bay Rays had only 28,299 fans for game 4 of their wild card against the Texas Rangers. When will MLB realize they made a mistake by putting a team in Tampa. Maybe that’s the problem. The team is actually in St. Petersburg.
Do you really think that Albert Pujols is going to leave the Cardinals?
Cubs should go after Fielder. He could hit 60 home runs for the Cubbies.
Let’s go Islanders!!! They have a young team. Just hope they finally make the playoffs.
Favre just can’t keep his mouth shut, can he? I just hope Rogers leads the Packers to another Super Bowl win. Then Rogers would have twice as many Super Bowl wins then Brett.
I don’t think there is a clear winner for the Stanley Cup this year. Since the Sporting News is saying San Jose I will go with the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals.
Rehab is going well. I can now walk to blocks with a walker.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It's another warm day here in paradise. Each day that passes brings just a small amount of cooler weather. It actually rained in Texas this past week, but of course...Austin did not see any of this rain.
As my wife is a breast cancer survivor, I am thankful each day for the research being done to save women from this terrible disease. 1 in 6 know someone that is affected by breast cancer. Mothers, wives, sisters...think about that. I am extremely happy to see the NFL jump on this band wagon last Sunday.
As October presses on, baseball playoffs move forward as well. One team has made the next bracket and that is the Texas Rangers. As pleased as I was to see the Ranger win, I was just a bit sad to see the Rays season end. I have to admit that I love the way that Joe Maddon manages his Ray's. What a determined, single minded group of grinders the Rays have become. Good pitching and defense and a never say die attitude served the Rays well this year. The Rangers lineup was ultimately too much for the game team from Tampa. Napoli and Beltre have proven to be huge additions to the Ranger team. But what has surprised me the most has been the Texas starting pitching. Everyone assumed that the Rangers had no shot when Cliff Lee signed with the Philly juggernaut. So far, so good...but the next test will be even tougher. I heard that today was the first sellout of the 'Trop" since opening day...that is sad Tampa.
The Tiger's had a chance to finish off the Yankees on Tuesday, but the Yankees won big to go to five games. I really thought that the Tigers had a good chance to end the series, but the Yankees refused to go quietly. Good luck Tigers.
When the Yankees game turned south, I switched over to see how Harvey's boys were doing in the desert. The first two games were tough for the DBacks, but I had a feeling that Gibson's team would respond tonight. It was a blowout for the snakes and perhaps will be just what they needed to go on a run. I have a feeling that the Brewers just have a bit too much fire power with Braun and Fielder, but we shall see.
A funny thing happened to the unbeatable Phillies. They lost a game. The Cardinals have played the big boys from Philadelphia straight up, but have to face Roy Oswalt next. I have to think that vacation comes soon for the Cardinals. Like the Rays, the Cards played well down the stretch, but just are facing a very good team in the Phillies.
This year, being a Dallas Cowboy fan is tough. Through my eyes, this team should be 4 and 0. But in reality, Dallas is 2 and 2. I really think that this season is a crossroad for Tony Romo. He has proven he has the talent to be a top tier QB, but he has not proven trustworthy. That is an odd word to use when discussing a football player, but for me it is the most important responsibility that a player must earn. Trust does not come with a great 40 time or terrific bench press. Quick feet and excellent balance do not earn trust. Trust is earned through successful execution of a game plan and the ability to win. Each player must earn the trust of his coach. But there is no position where trust is more important than QB. There have been marginally talented QB's that have won with good teams. These QB's are said to have the ability to "manage" a game. This means that when you are in the red zone, you throw the ball away rather than trying to make a pass with a small chance of success. What I have witnessed this year is a QB in Romo that does not know how to manage a game. There is no question that Tony Romo knows the offense and the plays. Romo has the respect of his players and coaches and is a leader; but they can no longer trust him. As a fan, I understand that playing QB in the NFL is an extremely difficult job. All QB's have bad days, but this is not the situation with Romo. With a 24 point lead in the 2nd half, Dallas was comfortably ahead of Detroit. I suppose that some of the blame for this loss must go to Jason Garrett for calling pass plays. But, it is a double edged sword in today's NFL. The game now is a passing game. In the old days, you take the air out of the football and run the ball. Take time off the clock and play defense. This is what a Landry, Knoll or Knox would have done. Many have said that Dallas will never win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo at QB. I now trust this to be true.
As disappointed as I was that Dallas lost, I was cheered somewhat that Detroit is 4 and 0. One thing about being at the Gab and having friends in different cities across the US is that it gives me a reason to care if Detroit wins or loses. Of course I would have rather that Dallas won the game, but after seeing Detroit lose for so long, it is good for Detroit and the NFL to have the Lions be relevant again. Besides, they have a Texas boy playing QB. I have to say that Calvin Johnson is a beast of a receiver. I can only wonder what the hell Rob Ryan was thinking when he made the ridiculous comment about Johnson being the 3rd best receiver on the Cowboys team. Dude...his name is Mega-Tron. You don't have a receiver that even has a nickname...nuff said.
As you can imagine, Austin has been abuzz this week. I have been guardedly optimistic about this Texas team...a 5 and 7 season has a way of doing that. I have told anyone that would listen to wait until after the Oklahoma game to get excited. Last time I checked, Rice, BYU, UCLA and Iowa State were not ranked. I know that Iowa State was undefated until last week, but they have not played anyone. Now we will see how good Texas is. My honest opinion is that we won't beat OU with 2 QB's. The old saying if you have two QB's it is because you don't have one good one. That may be bit unfair, but it is rare that a QB committee is successful. I really like the direction of this Texas team, but mercy we are young. Malcolm Brown appears to be the real deal. I love how he finishes runs. He always gets two more yards after he is hit. Texas must run the ball to be successful and the game this week in Dallas is no exception. If you ever have the chance to attend this game, do it. It is difficult to describe and even more difficult to remember. If Texas wins, it will be because they scored a couple of defensive TD's.
This probably looks very arrogant and I guess to some degree it is. What I take from this is that so many of the players on the OU team are from Texas. It is one reason that this game is so heavily contested.
Fans don't take kindly to losing this game. It's okay dude, let it all out.
Did I mention that this game was a huge party? The entire weekend is a blast. My father in law told me that when he was a student at Texas that there were guys throwing chairs off their balcony into the crowd. Crazy times...
It is a simple cheer. Before, during and after the game the cheer is the same. Sunday, not so much...weak of voice and spirit, fans drag themselves home.
I almost forgot the Texas State Fair. Many head to Dallas each year and never get to the football game. Here is a photo of "Big Tex" welcoming visitors to the fair. Food is a huge draw for many attending the fair and I think that you would be amazed how many different foods that are offered deep fried, here are a few:
Bacon Peanut Butter and Jelly
Fried Coca-Cola Fried Beer
There is really nothing that is not fried. I hear this year that they have added deep fried biscuits and gravy...oh boy, just what a growing boy needs.
It is correctly said a win is a win...and indeed this is true. Last Thursday, Westwood played the Pflugerville Panthers. Last year, I was surprised how easily we beat the Panthers, and assumed we would easily win again this year. I guess that was an incorrect assumption. Westwood played like they were coming off a big win and played poorly for much of the first half. If not for a fumble return, Westwood would have trailed 10 to 0. The offense managed to move the ball twice inside the 20, but were stopped on 4th down plays. Since the last stop occurred with 16 seconds left on the clock...it was a bit strange why we did not kick a field goal. So, we went to halftime down 10 to 7. This was the first game that we did not lead at the half.
The offense emerged energized and scored 24 points in the second half. In truth, Pflugerville ran the ball down our throats. Simple smash mouth football. When the dust settled, the Panthers managed to rush for 370 yards. Of course they only completed one pass, but still. As I watch this season develop, it is clear that Westwood has an undersized D line and power running teams give us trouble. Although we won, there was quite a bit of controversy regarding this game. As this was a locally televised game, many folks tuned in to watch the undefeated Warriors play. Pflugerville had driven to the 1 yard line with time running down. The first QB sneak failed, so of course they tried again. It appeared that the QB scored when he thrust the ball across the goal line the second time. Westwood swatted the ball away and fell on the ball. After a brief conference, the refs awarded the ball to Westwood. Replays at home reflected a different picture and the texts began. I never want to win on a disputed call, but with more than a minute left, who knows what would have happened. Would they have kicked the extra point or simply tried to power over a two point conversion. There is no instant replay, so the play stands, but I really hate to win that way.
Pflugerville tried an onside kick with about 5 minutes left in the game and Blake recovered. Funny thing, the "hands" team was not on the field or he would not have been there. I just shake my head as he has great hands...
Next week is an open date...
Here are a few videos:
The special teams coach had been on Blake's ass to hold his blocks longer...is this long enough, coach?
Desmond Wyatt scores again...
This is the power football that ground out almost 400 yards. Old school football here...
Blake recovers an onside kick. Nice play kid...
Westwood comes away with the ball...somehow.
Ben being Ben...what a weapon he is. Game over...
That's all I have for this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey to ponder:
“If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that's what really throws you into a panic.”
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink, feel shame! Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work, and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver”
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.
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...