Welcome to the tantrums where I come to you live from Lake Tahoe, but will be on the way home today. We have finally just today broken away from the 90 degree temps. Today it will be 84, then tomorrow we finally get seasonal into the 70s and possible rain for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Yeah Baby!
MLB Playoffs. This Kansas City run is amazing. Literally two games away from the World Series? And could the NLCS get any more exciting?
MLB 2015. When I think of next season, I think of up and comers and improving teams and all the great storylines on the diamond and how they will build on a fantastic 2014. However, one thing that has gone unmentioned (thankfully) but has started to get a TON of press is coming out of (Surprise!) New York and that’s A-Fraud.
NFL – 10 questions/thoughts.
Don’t nobody lie, you all know that the first thing you thought of when Katy Perry was announced for the Super Bowl Halftime was “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION.”
J. J. Watt is ridiculous. Can we just go ahead and give him a new award:Player of the Year?
Congrats Buffalo, you now have an owner committed to keeping your team there, but I sure don’t understand your team.All that talent and you just can’t put it together…
San Diego fan wonders why many don’t take their team seriously. Example one:Sunday vs. Oakland. C’mon San Diego, it should NEVER have gotten to that.
Speaking of Oakland, how very Raider fan of you fans egging San Diego’s bus on the way in.
Tampa letting Atlanta and now Baltimore do them like that makes me wonder what is going on? Are they tanking?
I wonder if the Factory of Sadness got all drunk and crazy after whoopin some Pittsburgh ass.
Damn Miami, your defense played damn good solid ball and in the second half you had some great offense, but that last drive was a stinking heartbreaker.
Hey Dick Sherman, how did DeMarco Murray’s ass taste as he dragged you across the end zone.
Bob Costas, could you swing any more off of Dallas’ nuts?
CFB – 10 thoughts. Another week of “You gotta be kidding me, right?”
My four playoff teams right now: Florida State, Miss St., Ole Miss, Baylor. But Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Sparty are knocking on the door. If FSU beats Notre Dame next week, they will be a lock for the playoffs.
SEC: Give the devil his due, the SEC West deserves praise and with Arkansas and Kentucky rising up, it’s gonna be hard to shout down the obnoxious honks. Another big day in the State of Mississippi, and right now the Egg Bowl is looming VERY large in the playoff picture, though Miss St., still has to get by Bama, who just BARELY got by Arkansas (causing a Saban meltdown) and that is a major hit to them. Meanwhile, Georgia shocked a whole lotta people by laying the wood to a ranked and not terrible Missouri team, but as we all know they’ll blow it.
PAC 12: UCLA – it’s all mental with them.Speaking of mental, we get to the two schools who faced each other Saturday Night:U$C/Arizona was one hell of a game. The cheaters had this game in the bag and promptly gave it back at the end, only to have the Arizona Kicker lose it and their #10 ranking and potential talk of playoffs with three missed FGs, including one with 17 second left that would have won the game.
ACC: Notre Dame had a chance to silence the haters with a big performance, and they allowed UNC to drop 43 on them and Gholson had 3 turnovers? That one’s gonna hurt the Domers chances, and now they head to Tallahassee. Clemson/Louisville was an underappreciated game – that’s for sure and I’ll go out on a limb and say that Clemson is the best two loss team in CFB.
Big 12: Texas/Oklahoma was a lot better game than anticipated, and Baylor struggling is no surprise to me, especially against TCU, but coming back against a #9 team may just give them something for their resume. Kansas gave OK State a game too?
MWC: I’m shocked at the fall of Fresno State, now 3-4 after losing to UNLV?
Big 10: The rest of the league really doesn’t matter, but hey Sparty, did you really let PURDUE hang 31 on you? Yet another team where things are gonna come back to bite em.
Big 10 #2: Michigan actually won a game, beating Penn State, and meanwhile Minnesota is now 5-1 after beating Northwestern. Indiana has the offense but they have got to find a defense somewhere.
Other non-Power Conferences: East Carolina just keeps on winning and the rest are pretty weak.
Next Week: Utah/Oregon State, K-State/Oklahoma, Texas A&M/Alabama, OK State/TCU, Notre Dame/Florida State, Duke/Virginia, Stanford/Arizona State, Washington/Oregon, and Kentucky/LSU.
You know who was the happiest team of all this week? Alabama because they are right back in the mix.
Can we get Clemson/Alabama in a bowl game?
West Hills Update. The boys are on a bye this week and ranked #18 in California, so Jerry came home and watched his alma mater online. Sioux Falls is 6-0 and ranked around #20 in D-2 and took care of the “Battle for the Key” in Sioux Falls with their third straight win over Augustana 23-12. His old JC team is #1 in the State and #5 in the nation, and the high school is struggling hard.
Good Story #1: While I am not a fan of any of the performers slated, The “Concert for Valor” for vets on November 11th in that city referred to as our Nation’s Capital, there will be a concert put on by HBO that will be available on cable, even if you don’t have HBO.
Good Story #2: Last Tuesday, the Utah Jazz signed little man J. P. Gibson to a one day contract. J. P. is 3’6” tall, five years old, and is battling Leukemia. Utah not only had that kid in for a workout, they dressed him out, and put him on the floor for one play in the Utah open Scrimmage at the arena to show off his skills, and the little guy has a few, and confidence after the dunk:
Did you catch the end? Little man was so cool that he just strolled back up the court like he belonged. J. P. is gonna beat this freaking disease, I can just feel it and I hope in 15 years or so we are hearing his name called again in the NBA. Great job to the NBA, Utah Jazz, and all the others. Class act!
NBA. Karma got Kevin Durant who fractured his foot and is out 6-8 weeks. KD my man, you can’t roll with Justin Bieber and not expect something bad to happen. Cut the cord dude…
Douchebag of the Week (DBOW). Carmelo Anthony is like the gift that keeps on giving. This moose twit decided to run with the “I think I’m the most underrated superstar.” First off Carmelo, what makes you think you’re a superstar – the fact that you jack up a bunch of shots and play little to no defense? Or is it those numerous playoff appearances you’ve led New York to? Secondly Carmelo, there are a lot of folks out here that think you are the most OVERrated player in NBA History.
DBOW Honorable Mentions? Josh Hamilton, I would be the first to bash LA fan of any kind, but you of all people bashing them? I’m thinking you just need to ignore the criticism.
An example of Hollyweird? Here you go: New Kids on the Block were honored with a star on the Hollyweird Walk of Fame.
Hey Dick Sherman, your Campbell’s Soup commercial is pretty lame.
That “Concert for Valor?” Yeah, uh, where is Gary Sinise and the “LT Dan Band?”
Yep...The Bulldogs keep rolling along...They've been creeping up the charts...Well, lets just get right to it...My top 10 teams this week in College Football...
1. Miss State...They jump over Florida State...Why? Because their schedule to this point blows FSU out of the water...They turned the ball over 4 times, and still smoked Auburn...
2. Florida State...They've stayed undefeated...Done what they have to so far...Big game this Saturday with the undefeated Fighting Irish...
3. Ole Miss...The state of Mississippi must be out of their fucking minds...Both their teams just rolling through the SEC...
4. Baylor...Tough team...Down big, and came back big to beat TCU...Could everyone stop talking about TCU's tough defense now...They just gave up 61 points to the Bears!
5. Notre Dame...I would have put my guys in at 4, but Baylor has been more impressive, and the Irish, who's defense has looked so good, just gave up 43 to North Carolina...
Now it just becomes a log jam of 1 loss teams...Oregon, Michigan State, and Auburn would land in the 6, 7, and 8 spots, in no particular order...Then I'm going with Kansas State at 9, and Georgia at 10....
-So this week, the NHL season got into full gear...and one of the oddest things to happen was NHL Analyst, Mike Milbury, a former Coach/GM, and player, saying that "it's time to grow up," and get rid of fighting in hockey...Just to be clear...He did admit to enjoying a fight or two in his day...Yeah, if it wasn't for fighting his career would have ended sooner...
Ok...Now, just so you know, the guy that said "it's time to grow up," is the guy at the top of the screen in this video, in the stands, hitting a fan with his shoe...Fuck you Mike Milbury!
I could except some one else saying lets get rid of fighting...If Gretzky said it, no one would be shocked...But you...You're dick-bag!
Fighting in Hockey is fine...Captain America himself, said so...Yep, The guy who single handedly took Russia out of the Olympics, T.J. Oshie dropped the gloves this week...Oshie can fight...But he's not a fighter...And the guy he fought, Mats Zuccarello isn't a fighter either...just a little runt, who can get under your skin, and won't back down...
And how about this scrap...gotta be the top fight of the opening week...
So lets, recap...Because I just had 3 Moscow Mules after a long week...Milbury= Dick-bag...Hockey= Great! Fighting in Hockey= Good.
Miss State= Shocking the SEC and the world...
Notre Dame= Needs to play a fuck-ton better to beat those cock suckers at FSU this week...
The signal caller has probably always been the most important player on the football team, even back when he didn't throw all that often. In fact, he may have been even more important in times gone by since he called his own plays. The first quarterback who famously did not was Otto Graham, derided despite his excellence by his peers for that very reason. Paul Brown didn't have helmet radio, so he used 'shuttling guards'.
Of course, since the Green Bay Packers began under Curly Lambeau to throw the ball a lot (for then), the importance of the quarterback was enhanced. Within a decade, the dominant pair of QBs, the Manning and Brady of their time if you will, were Sammy Baugh of the Redskins and Sid Luckman of the Bears. Both had offenses still heavily predicated on running, but they threw the ball routinely and were famous for it. Both also played safety when the bad guys had the ball. Baugh led the league in passing, punting and interceptions one year. The quarterback arguably never had more skills. The closest analogy in the postwar era was probably George Blanda, who also was a star place kicker.
With the passing of World War II football changed, and the air show became bigger. The Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles and brought with them Bob Waterfield, a brilliant passer. Soon he was joined by arguably an even more brilliant talent, Norm Van Brocklin, who would lead the professional version of UCLA (which is what the Rams were, really) to incredible scoring totals in a league still baffled about how to defend their razzle-dazzle, bombs-away offense. In 1950 they averaged nearly 39 points per game, actually scoring 70 and 65 on consecutive weeks.
In another league Paul Brown was cultivating the team that actually foreshadowed modern football the most. His Browns, led by Otto Graham, won all 4 AAFC titles. When the league folded and they joined the NFL, they beat those 39-ppg Rams in the title game. They would win 3 NFL titles and play in the championship game their first 6 years in the league, all with Graham. Over his 10-year career in two leagues, he won 7 titles and reached the title game every season.
As the late 50s brought in widespread televising of games, the quarterbacks got more famous. That makes it hard to tell whether or not they got better. But the forward pass was bigger than ever, and the TV exposure turned Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Y.A. Tittle and many more into household names. By the end of the decade, the upstart AFL had the most famous of them all in Joe Namath.
The more recent decades most of us either remember, know someone who remembers or see enough highlight-edited history to recognize the figures as if we did know them.
And, of course, it always begs the grossly unsatisfactory question "who was the best?"
The best at what?
And that is the angle of this capsule summary. Nobody could do everything. What are some realistic categories that permit us to at least filter things down to a few per? I don't know, but I'll give it a try.
Here's a category that begs to be put into the old 11-man days, prior to the 50s. Paul Brown is generally credited with using more specialists and platooning. After he showed up, the age of Mr. Everything, the Sixty Minute Man, was coming to a close. We have two entries.
1. Sammy Baugh: There may have been tougher guys, but none who were huge stars. Baugh was a superstar who not only endured punishment few see anymore, but had to dish it out too on defense. And punt. Through it all, and he surely played hurt as a result, he threw the ball for as-yet-unseen yardage and led his team to titles.
2. Sid Luckman: Nobody was tougher than the Bears, and Luckman led the offensive blitz that hammered Baugh's Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 championship game. In fact, the Bears and Redskins would meet 4 times between 1937 and 1943, splitting the difference. In a telling moment from the 1943 title game, Sammy Baugh had to leave with, of all things, a concussion --- sustained while tackling Sid Luckman, of all people.
B. Most Revolutionary
This had to come in the 50s, when the game changed so much. Right? Maybe. But there were so many revolutions in football, you have to consider each one.
1. Sammy Baugh: The tough guy just happened to be the first quarterback to make passing an exact science and a truly major part of the offense, one that defenses had to plan for. Usually it was in vain. The rest is, of course, history. It worked.
2. Otto Graham: Besides winning at an unheard-of clip, Graham also had the once-dubious distinction of having his plays called from the sideline, something done almost without exception today.
3. Johnny Unitas: Once people saw his two championships in the late 50s on TV, courtesy of the opponent being the New York Giants (without whose presence the telecasts would have been less likely), his name became a household word. In two seasons, he had vaulted pro football to heights nearing those of college ball and become the symbol of football excellence. His name still evokes that image.
C. Most Talented
There's a tough one. Talented at what? Baugh could do everything. But we stick mostly to the talents that traditionally befit a quarterback. He still shows up.
1. Joe Namath: Controversial? You bet. He'll never be accused of being the hardest worker, the most polished, or the most successful. He will be accused of being a bum. But Namath was probably the most heralded talent of all time coming out of college, and his pilfering by the AFL for unheard-of money turned out to be a bargain. Never playing on a truly powerful team, he nevertheless led the Jets over the Colts in the biggest championship upset imaginable, establishing the AFL and earning himself the gratitude and respect of his AFL foes in so doing. You have to have seen him to believe any of this. It was said he could throw from goal line to goal line in practice. He came out of Alabama not just the nation's premiere passer but also its premiere scrambler, a talent that cost him both knees. Yet photos exist of him in a normal standing position throwing a perfect spiral over an onrushing Oilers defensive line --- with his feet a full 3 1/2 feet off the ground. And knee braces on both legs. Talent was his middle name.
2. Sammy Baugh: That man again. What else do you do with a guy who could pass, defend the pass and kick --- all at league-best level? The passing part was in a class all its own in his day.
3. Norm Van Brocklin: The Dutchman took the league by storm in the 50s, winning a couple of championships as bookends to a career dotted with monstrous passing totals, even for today, in an era when offensive linemen couldn't even extend their arms and receivers could be bounced around anywhere until the ball was airborne.
4. Peyton Manning: He doesn't throw many perfect spirals. He isn't mobile. He always has great protection and an all-star receiving corps. But his accuracy and brillliant reading of defenses have generated ball movement unseen before he showed up.
D. The Winner:
You'd think the stats would take care of this, but they really don't do it completely.
1. Bart Starr: He was never considered the best in the league even in his best years, but he sure won at a clip no one else could match then. Yes, the Packers were really good and had a great coach. But Starr, perhaps the ultimate system quarterback, managed it all perfectly and threw well too. He appeared in a full six NFL championship games in 8 seasons and won 5.
2. Otto Graham: So why isn't Graham, who won 7 titles in 10 seasons and played in every title game, the winner here? Technicality, perhaps --- his first 4 title games (and titles) came in the AAFC.
3. Tom Brady: 7 AFC title games, 5 Super Bowl appearances, 3 rings, and an unmatched W/L and divisional record push Brady past rivals who have won 1 more Bowl.
4. Joe Montana: 4 for 4 in Super Bowls, Joe was heralded as the best of all time for a while. He wasn't. He had mediocre seasons. But he sure came up big a lot, making the Niners the dynasty of the 80s.
5. Sid Luckman: His Bears were a tad better than Baugh's Redskins over his tenure, and if not for the advent of World War II likely would have won at least one more title with him. Another sports casualty of that monstrous conflict, unnoticed among all the actual casualties.
6. Terry Bradshaw: It's almost uncanny how little credit Bradshaw gets for leading the Steelers to 4 rings in the 70s in 4 tries, a la Montana. They said he was dumb. He wasn't that dumb.
7. Peyton Manning: Huge W/L, lots of division titles, a couple of SBs and a ring make him a winner along with his other accolades.
E. Best Field General:
Things like helmet radios, hand signals and even shuttling guards take away from some deserving moderns in this category.
1. Johnny Unitas: Maybe he's not the most deft playcaller in history, but he sure called his own plays without any help whatsoever. He won a lot of games. And he's the prototype. No one has a more inspirational name at the position since he played. He earned it with leadership and excellence.
2. Peyton Manning: The quintessential signal-caller and audible expert might pass his Colt predecessor except for a curse he didn't ask for --- his helmet and its radio. And somehow, even his name doesn't ring 'leadership' like Unitas. Maybe it's just the phonetics.
3. Tom Brady: Just barely behind his heralded contemporary Peyton Manning, Brady has become just as adept at reading defenses and changing plays --- and generally with far less talented support. In the new millenium, nobody has come close to these two eternal rivals.
F. Most Inspirational Leader:
That's easy to understand, totally subjective to pick. Then again, all of this is subjective more or less. That's what makes it fun. Who wants to crunch numbers? What is this, the BCS?
1. Johnny Unitas: There are bigger winners and more precise passers. Nobody ever was more inspirational or more of a leader. Maybe Sammy Baugh. We have to leave him out of something, don't we?
2. Bart Starr: You can bet that when the pressure was on, and it was for these guys more than for almost anybody else, they felt comfortable knowing who was behind center and won more because of it. His do-or-die sneak in the Ice Bowl is the stuff of legend.
3. Tom Brady: Has anyone ever taken over the reins of a floundering former contender from an all-pro quarterback and turned them into an overnight dynasty? This guy did it. You could say Peyton Manning too, but he's always been surrounded by an all-star offense. Brady hasn't.
4. Joe Montana: Like Starr, he inspired confidence in his talented teammates that things were never hopeless. And 4 times, they truly weren't.
G. Mr. Clutch:
Is there a difference between this and the last category? Not huge, but opportunity only knocks enough times for a few.
1. Joe Montana: No, he didn't win every year, and he had his failures too, but never in the biggest game. That's his calling card.
2. Bart Starr: If not for the fact that Starr's teams ran the ball far more than throwing it, he might be on top.
3. Tom Brady: For a while it looked like Brady was headed for shoo-in status in this category. Then the realities of the salary-cap era hit. The earlier guys were practically guaranteed a more consistent roster over a longer time. That helps.
4. Otto Graham: In one of the original pass-oriented offenses, a quarterback who wins at the clip of 3-for-6 championship games in the NFL and 4-for-4 in the AAFC (not chopped liver by the way) has to be clutch.
5. Bobby Layne: Graham would have won a couple more titles if not for the Lions, led by this guy. He beat the dynastic Browns (once after Graham left) 3 times in 4 tries. Since the day he left Detroit they haven't won at all.
6. Terry Bradshaw: If not for the fact that he was a cog in a stacked team with an unbeatable defense, he might rank higher. Then again, without that he might not rank at all.
Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s grumble with IHM. We’re down to our final four in MLB, the NHL had it’s first faceoffs of the season this week, and professional and college football are in full swing… so let’s get right down to business.
The Royals and Orioles get things underway Friday night in Baltimore, and much to my chagrin if the Orioles are in the game at all, I’ll hear that hideous Seven Nation Army chant. Big Game James Shields (sorry DVT) faces off against Chris Tillman, in what is by the numbers a fairly even matchup. The Royals bring speed and solid timing, while the Orioles bring the power bats to the matchup. Ned Yost was still a player back in 1985 when the Royals last won a championship, while Buck Showalter seems to have been managing forever now… but always seems to find a way to win. It’s a pretty even series, but gun to my head I’ll take the Royals to win it… they just seem to have that “it” factor about them.
The Giants and Cardinals… two teams that everybody always picks against yet they always seem to get farther than expected… face off for the National League pennant. I keep telling myself I am going to stop picking against the Cardinals, yet I keep picking against them the next year. This time, I won’t make that mistake… I’ll take the Cardinals in six, setting up an all-Mizzourah World Series.
Of course, with all the tensions in the St.Louis area, you really have to wonder how that will affect the series. After the Mike Brown incident was finally starting to cool down, now another “black teeeeeeen” has been shot… some reports say he fired three shots at the officer, some reports say he was only “armed with a sandwich”. Either way, we’re back to looting and rioting in the streets down that way. Pardon me if I’m more inclined to believe the first… especially given the suspect’s past criminal record. Will the unrest reach the World Series stage? Or will the Orioles and Giants both pull off wins and help us avoid that issue altogether? Only time will tell, but if my predictions are right, we’ll be getting an answer to that question.
While I am still a little angry with the NHL over the second strike in a decade, it is good to have hockey back. The Wings started their season off with a 2-1 win over the Bruins Thursday night, and got a solid performance out of Jimmy Howard. The biggest question, are the Wings still legit contenders? Personally, I do not think so… I don’t think Howard can bring you to a Cup, and their superstar players are just too injury prone. They might get into the playoffs somewhere in the 5-8 range, but I don’t expect much out of this team this year.
Moving on over to the NFL, what in the hell is up with Adrian Peterson? The guy knows he’s facing some fairly serious child abuse charges, and decides to smoke the hippie lettuce anyhow. Talk about stupid. Now he faces another arrest (though they are still deciding whether or not to charge him for violating probation) on top of what he’s already set to go to trial for on December 1st. Oh, and memo to AD… saying it was “a little weed” doesn’t make it any better… or make you any brighter.
Oh, and Roddy White... nobody gives a fuck about your fantasy team! Sure as hell not the swollen ass of Adrian Peterson's son!
The Lions aren’t the only team likely to be missing their #1 wideout this Sunday… the Bengals A.J. Green will be unavailable for this week’s game against the Panthers, putting even more of a strain on an already injury plagued Bengals team. WR Marvin Jones is uncertain, and TE Tyler Eifert is also out.
Calvin Johnson has missed the entire week of practice, although coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t made a “public decision” yet as to whether or not he will play this week. Personally, I sit him out a minimum of two weeks to try and get him right for the rest of the season. To all of those out there who own Johnson on their fantasy teams, I say sit him this week… even if he does play, it might just be a repeat of last week, where he caught one pass for seven yards and went to the locker room, never to return to the field.
In other Lions news, the team seems to have solved their kicking issues in signing ex-Broncos Pro Bowler Matt Prater. The team lost last week 17-14 thanks in large part to an 0-3 day from Alex Henery, who is now standing in the unemployment line.
So this week in the NFL, we’ve seen two pretty significant fines; Julius Thomas was fined $8,200 dollars for an illegal chop block that injured Cardinals DE Calais Campbell, who is expected to miss at least three weeks now, and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 for wearing the wrong fucking brand of headphones (the NFL has an agreement with one brand, while Kaepernick has an agreement with another brand). Now what does that tell you about the league’s “commitment to player safety?”
As for the Super Bowl this year... how about a Katy Perry halftime performance? Sound fun to you? Bubblegum pop crap about kissing girls and liking it? Once again, looks like it's the perfect time to go take a long, relaxing dump and clear a little room for another plate of nachos for yours truly! When is the league going to learn that the majority of it's fan base could not care less about a halftime performance?
This one falls under the kind of NCAA/kind of NFL news category; Georgia RB Todd Gurley has been suspended from the team while he is being investigated for possibly being paid for autographs… allegedly between $8 and $25 per signature. Sounds like the NCAA to me… angry at a kid for trying to make a few dollars without the NCAA getting their cut. Honestly, I hope Gurley is out for the rest of the year because of this… and stays healthy and enjoys a long, lucrative NFL career. Yet another reason why I loathe that organization more and more with each passing week.
Speaking of pathetic organizations that underserve the people they are supposed to be helping, let’s talk about the VA for a minute. Now, we all know that there have been massive issues with veterans benefits and care for a long time now… much longer than Obama has been in office, for sure. It doesn’t exactly make it any better that the story has “faded to the back” of the nation’s collective minds now that so many other controversies have been brought to the fore front by the media since then, but NOTHING has been done to fix the issues that were once front page news. Now, Obama’s rendition of the VA is sending out letters to veterans in need, attempting to strip them of their rights to keep and bear arms. Now, if you ask me, a veteran of the United States of America has MORE of a right to keep and bear arms than anybody on this green fucking earth! It is despicable that the VA is even attempting to do this, and I am absolutely appalled by what is happening here. Here is an example of the letters being sent to vets, asking them to sacrifice their second amendment rights in exchange for the health services they so badly need.
If THAT doesn’t piss you off, you are either minus a brain or minus a pulse.
That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Enjoy your weekend, Gabbers.
Yeah, don’t ask. I was AWOL last week. Wrote up my blog as usual in GoogleDocs (gotta be able to write anywhere anytime) and then somehow thought I had posted it Thursday night. Went to bed. Went to work. Went out Friday night to the Providence Bruins (minor league hockey). Had the usual crazy busy weekend. Went to the Gab Monday am to check the blogs and realized ***holy shit*** what did I forget!?!?!?
Much apologies, so enough with the mea culpa’s and on to the NFL this week:
Adrian Peterson continues to dominate NFL news as now he is potentially in violation of his criminal bond in violation of his criminal bond. This could--depending on the levels of a drug test--put him in violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy or--if he was already an offender it bumps him up a level. As far as character it is a strike if he is going to be incarcerated with his bond rescinded. For Peterson, it is another strike in the eyes of the public opinion.
In New York, the Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in a fight for his job as the 1-4 Jets play the two teams from the AFC Championship last season in the next seven days. Sunday Peyton Manning could have a chance to break Brett Favre’s touchdown record with the Jets horrid secondary. On Thursday night Sexy Rexy faces his nemesis (and complete opposite in dealing with the media) Bill Belichick. If the Jets cannot figure out a win, they could be 1-6 and how exactly do you keep a coach who has been consistently bad the last three years?
The Jets have second year quarterback Geno Smith missing meetings off the field while at a movie and offering a lame excuse about the time zones. Rather than bench his quarterback, Ryan sent the wrong message and started him against San Diego. Does anyone think Manning or Brady miss practices while sitting at a movie stuffing popcorn down their throat? The only movies those two watch is in the film room breaking down the opposing defense.
Michael Vick played in the second half but there was no controversy since he stunk just as bad as Smith. Now Ryan is sticking his neck out as he did last season when the Jets celebrated finishing .500 and saving their buddy, the head coach, his job by winning the last two games. They celebrated like winning the Super Bowl after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. That is the sign of a team that is never going to win anything important anytime soon.
The idiot move of the week was the Lions fan who shone a laser pointer at the Buffalo Bills players. Instead of a punishment, he was awarded by being banned from Ford Field and not having to watch head coach Jim Caldwell stand passively as a talented team stands to potentially lose its two best players: Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. Suh is a free agent and someone will overpay for the talented but petulant star. Johnson, despite signing a 7-year deal in 2012, is carrying a cap charge over $20 million next year. With his ankle injury limiting him, the Lions front office must be thinking what they can do with the money allocated to him and Donkey Kong since Megatron’s health issues could lead to some thinking about rebuilding the team in multiple positions with the surprising play of Golden Tate and the development of 2014 draft pick tight end Eric Ebron.
The 2015 NFL Draft is already getting interesting as projected top running back Todd Gurley had just two jobs this year a Georgia: stay healthy and keep your nose clean. Health is not an issue, but now he is suspended indefinitely due to an investigation into whether he violated a rule (of which there is no real explanation yet as to what the rule actually is). Now this is no guarantee of him dropping out of the draft or anything, but it is a dumb move by a kid who is already costing himself money in the next year. At 230 pounds and faster than anyone that size should be, he is still going to be a high draft pick. Talent trumps all else in the NFL, after all.
Denver Broncos lost the disappointing running back Montee Ball for a few weeks to injury after Denver oddly failed to re-sign Knowshon Moreno. Ball’s groin injury opens the door for Ronnie Hillman to start. A third-round pick in 2012, the short, fast, back has yet to make an impact in the NFL. Fumbling issues derailed any playing time for Hillman, so he has some work to do Sunday to keep hold of the job. First job, hold onto the ball. Peyton Manning is not going to deal with any back fumbling away a chance to win.