Happy Now???

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Go ahead . . . celebrate.

To all the whiners who couldn’t get the game won in regulation, lost in overtime and blamed it on losing the coin toss, congratulations.  The NFL has appeased you by changing the OT rules for playoff games.  Bought you that ridiculous rubber frog you couldn’t live without so you threw tantrum after tantrum on the store floor until big papa finally caved in and gave you what you wanted.  Now life is better . . . until you lose the frog ANYWAY.

Seriously.  What’s next? 

Will the Cleveland Browns campaign for a change to five downs because they can’t get it done in four?

All because it’s not fair.  WAHHHHHH!

Or maybe the opening coin flip will turn into the best out of three because the loser ended up losing the game 59% of the time.  That’s the percentage of teams that win the game in overtime after winning the coin toss.  Is it really that big of a difference?  And I don’t want to hear the “but the winners of the coin flip close out the game on the first possession 34% of the time” argument.  The losers then have a chance to win it the other 66% of the time on their first offensive drive.  And whatever happened to may the best team win?  Defense plays too, you know.  Who’s going to make a play when the team needs one?  Who’s going to make a mistake?  Will the kicker shank it anyway?  Neil Rackers, Nate Kaeding or Mike Vanderjagt anyone? 

Here are the rule changes:

Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If the game becomes tied again after that next series, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules.  Should the team winning the toss immediately score a touchdown, then the game is over.

So the NFL wants to eliminate the ability to win by a field goal on the first OT possession.  I get it.  But what if the defense has a momentary break down and one big scoring play wins the game on the first snap?  That type of quick ending is okay, but the defense giving up a drive of 30  or 40 yards for a field goal attempt isn’t?  What kinda sense does that make? 

The coin flip NEVER decided a winner.  A team’s inability to get it done in four quarters and defensive breakdowns in overtime have.  If you don’t want to leave it to “chance” then take care of business. 

Geez.  I hope hockey doesn’t sell out and revise their sudden death overtime . . .

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The Eagle Has Landed . . .

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

BUT WILL IT BE A CRASH LANDING???  Only time will tell on this one.  With Michael Vick signing with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, the city of brotherly love is frothing with feedback, both good and bad.  After an initial HOLY CRAP reaction as the news smacked me in the face yesterday, I didn’t even give a second thought to Andy Reid welcoming another lightning rod for controversy after surviving the T.O. experiment, the Eagles seem like an OKAY fit . . .

Stable organization and coaching staff – CHECK

Loyal fan base who for the majority, wouldn’t jump ship – CHECK

Team who knows how to deal with adversity – CHECK

Solid quarterback situation – Ummmm . . .

Wasn’t it the Philadelphia fans who lobbied for the end of McNabb’s injury-plagued career as an Eagle last season?  Or most seasons as of late?  Wasn’t it Andy Reid who benched his beloved Donovan in favor of the wet behind the ears second year QB, Kevin Kolb?  Solid at the quarterback position they are NOT.  I don’t care if he signed an extension to try and quiet the get rid of  Donovan chatter . . . McNabb will constantly be looking over his shoulder now.  And with the knee jerk Philly fan reaction, the second that chunky soup slurper throws a couple of interceptions, chants for Michael Vick will be heard through out the city.  Here are a few more thoughts on the Eagles’ new toy:

WHY?  Just wondering why a team one win away from the Super Bowl last season would want to add such a controversial player to the mix . . .    

Since he IS there – why not use him as a kick returner?  All I keep hearing about is the wildcat offense . . . and they can obviously use his talents with that formation, however he would be electric as a return specialist as well.  He’s going to need touches – you can’t keep legs like that standing on the sidelines with a clipboard . . .

As soon as Vick makes a sensational play, all the negative talk from the “disgusted” fans will die down.  That’s how sports fans are . . .

This is what I have to say to all of the “how dare the NFL let him back in the league – what is that teaching our children?” commentary – Why are you letting the NFL teach your kids?  Why not use it as evidence that people make mistakes, suffer the consequences, learn the necessary lessons and can still work hard to be successful? 

Wonder if Michael Vick will change his hotel alter ego name from Ron Mexico to Ben Franklin?

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WTF & A Must Win . . .

Posted on June 9, 2009. Filed under: NFL, NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IN THE WTF CATEGORY:  Dallas Cowboys’ Owner/GM/President/Sideline Gargoyle, Jerry Jones, decided to announce last Thursday that “I did not think [Owens] was disruptive to the team. As a matter of fact, you have a huge percentage of our team — coaches and teammates — that thought his personality was a positive thing.”

Um. Okay.  So why did you release Terrell Owens, oh Master of Valley Ranch?  Don’t even answer that.  It’d be bullshit anyway.  And what’s even more disturbing is the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported Jones as saying to a reporter, “Would you beat me up too bad if I brought back Adam?”  Yes, as in Adam Pacman Jones.  That report has since been denied

But with his publicity hungry, drama loving tendencies, can we really put anything past Jerry Jones?

A MUST WIN:  Ah, no crap Kojak . . . with Lord Stanley 60 minutes away from awarding his treasured Cup to the Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins must rebound from a performance in Game 5, that could only be classified as public humiliation, to stave off the only thing that would feel worse . . . watching Detroit and that damn Marian Hossa hoist the Stanley Cup on their home ice.  Again . . .

What needs to be done?  Stay on the ice and out of the friggin’ penalty box, number one.  Are you kidding me with three 10 minute misconduct penalties and a total of 48 penalty minutes???  Let’s stay focused.  Not frustrated.

Will Detroit Take Home The Stanley Cup Tonight Or Will It Come Down To A Game Seven?

Will Detroit Take Home The Stanley Cup Tonight Or Will It Come Down To A Game Seven?

Don’t let the return of Datsyuk stop you from playing “your game”, CROSBY.  Since according to every single player and coach after the loss, the Pens “didn’t play our game”.  Well, it’s time to find it.  Now or never.

And what about adding a hungry, fresh legged Petr Sykora back in the lineup?  He was instrumental in last year’s Finals and has been a healthy scratch for most of the playoffs.  I am sure he is itching to get out there and make a difference.  Lastly, and obviously, Marc Andre “The Flower” Fleury has to forget the last game.  No excuses as wilting for five goals is unacceptable, but he had no offensive OR defensive help and if he steps on the ice without confidence, he will be slapshotted alive.

And it won’t be pretty . . .

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John Madden Follows Brett Favre Into Retirement . . .

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

YOU COULD SEE IT COMING . . . The moment Brett Favre retired for real, you knew John Madden wasn’t far behind.    Without the favrelous one on the field, is football even worth watching?  Not for the Godfather of video games.  Check this out and be sure your volume is up – it’s hysterical:

That is of course, courtesy of Mike and Mike, ESPN Radio and Frank Caliendo.   Good stuff.

All kidding aside, if John Madden doesn’t Brettire instead of retire and is really gone from the broadcast booth, he will be sorely missed.  At least by me.  I learned all the nooks and crannies of the game of football from him.  He is a unique personality and I will always remember he and Pat Summerall calling Dallas Cowboys games and Madden giving play-by-play of the offensive line’s sweaty pants race.  And him still being bitter about the immaculate reception . . .

I wonder if the turducken will live on?

My husband always said that Madden was Mr. Obvious, but that’s how I became a football afficienado – listening to him repeat himself over and over again, talking in circles, and cracking jokes.  

And BOOM! now he’s gone . . .

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2008 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Will Be Back

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


One of James Harrisons Most Memorable Moments, Tackling A Cleveland Browns Fan Crazy Enough To Run On The Field

One of James Harrison's Most Memorable Moments, Tackling A Cleveland Browns Fan Crazy Enough To Run On The Field


or maybe his new nickname will be PLATINUMback . . . The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that James Harrison will return to the Steelers to the tune of $51.75 Million over the next six years and $20 Million in bonus cash.

This record-breaking deal is worth more than any other defensive player’s contract in Steelers’ history and second only to Ben Roethlisberger’s whopping eight year, $102 Million pay day.  

So on the morning of the Pirates’ home opener, the Steelers steal the spotlight in the football partisan Pittsburgh public with their much anticipated announcement that the league’s most dynamic defender will be donning the black and gold for the prime years of his career.  Coincidence?  You decide . . .

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Time To Change The Unis . . .

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Life, NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HELLO MCFLY . . . On the heels of Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver, Donte Stallworth, being charged with striking and killing a man while driving drunk, you would think people might learn a thing or two about designating a driver. 


Leon Hall With Then Proud Head Coach Marvin Lewis.  Now?  Not So Much . . .

Leon Hall With Then Proud Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Now? Not So Much . . .

Last night, cornerback Leon Hall successfully brought the rains to the year-long arrest drought in Cincinatti Bengal land, by being charged with suspicion of DUI.  I love how it’s reported – suspicion of DUI – what more proof do you need?  The guy’s blood-alcohol level was 0.149 – almost twice Ohio’s legal limit of .08!  He was driving VERY drunk.

Now the Bengals are back in familiar territory.  Maybe they’ll play better this year . . . Since 2000, the players of that organization have had 24 run-ins with those who serve and protect.  Granted, Chris Henry lays claim to several of them, however that number is ridiculous.  What is going on with their scouting or player development?  There’s something missing in the Queen City and I’m not talking about Lombardi trophies.

IS IT THE UNIS?  Bright orange and stripes are just NOT working out for the Cincinnati Bengals anymore.  In fact,

Now They Won't Be Mistaken For Bengals Fans, Right???

Now They Won't Be Mistaken For Bengals Fans, Right???

the colors are so reminiscent of prison gear that a nearby county jail in Kentucky switched the inmates’ attire to pink.  HOT pink.  The warden doesn’t want an escapee to blend in with the fans at Paul Brown stadium . . .

I think it might be time for a new look, Cincinnati.  Hey, the Lions might do it . . .

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Quick Hitters . . .

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: NFL, NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , |

SNEAKY SNEAKY NFL . . . Beware what you post on Facebook or MySpace, potential NFL draftees!  Teams are

Will You Be My Friend?  Im A Huge Fan . . .

Will You Be My Friend? I'm A Huge Fan . . . SIKE!

designating personnel to create ghost profiles of attractive, come hither-type, female fans to gain access to a player’s personal pictures, information and interactions.  In effect, an online trojan horse that lets loose NFL information mongerers the second the player clicks accept and according to one source, “works like magic” . . .

COME HERE STICK BOY . . . Did you know that hockey has “stick boys”?  That may be a dumb question, but cut me a little slack.  I have just recently began to follow hockey, well the Penguins anyway, the past few years, and I was surprised to read that like baseball has bat boys, hockey has stick boys.  Kinda sounds funny . . . And where the hell do they fit in on the bench?

MADDEN CURSE TO CLAIM TWO . . . Possibly.  There are rumors that the Madden 10 cover sweepstakes may end up with two “winners” instead of the traditional single player immortalized as the guy everyone is watching to take his rightful place on the IR.  Word on the street is that Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu would be the cover buddies.  But we will find out on April 24th as the world holds its collective breath for the unveiling of a damn video game cover.

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Crybaby Cutler Goes To LOVIE Land . . . Duh

Posted on April 3, 2009. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , |

THE PERFECT MATCH . . . Where else would an immature, entitlement minded, young gun quarterback unhappy in his current situation want to go?  In fact, where would such a quarterback be more than excited to go than to a team that hasn’t had stability from the quarterback position with a supportive head coach named . . . LOVIE?

It’s obvious . . . I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.  The Chicago Bears have had a turbulent recent history with quarterbacks and Jay Cutler steps right in as their first Pro Bowl quarterback since 1985 when Super Bowl Champ Jim McMahon was shaking up Chi-town.

He’s already a hero to the fans and hasn’t stepped one foot onto Soldier Field.

DA Bears – and will we EVER stop calling them DA BEARS?  Over my dead polish sausage – gave up their first round (18th) pick and third round (84th) pick in the 2009 draft, plus another first rounder in 2010 and their latest starting QB, Kyle Orton for Jay Cutler and the Broncos’ fifth round pick this year.

Did GM Jerry Angelo overpay?

The Chicago Tribune quotes Brian Urlacher as saying, “They gave up a lot. Cutler must be pretty good.”

“I guess we got better as a team,” Urlacher added, “But I will say this: I think Kyle Orton is a good quarterback. He’s a great teammate. I hope he does really well in Denver.”

Therein lies the question . . . what type of teammate will Cutler be?  What kind of leader?

AND who the hell is Cutler going to throw to?

Chicago still has eight picks in this year’s draft, only missing out on the first round – and with Cutler in the fold, who wants to put additional first round money on the books anyway?  With picks to work with, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith have to land receivers to catch Cutler’s rockets. 

Crybaby Cutler has a confidence that’s shaken, and was looking for a warm, fuzzy, womb-like environment from his head coach to support his fragile ego.  He got just that in Lovie Smith who has a history of supporting HIS QUARTERBACK . . .

Shhhh, it’s okay . . . it’s all LOVIE now, Jay.  It’s all LOVIE . . .

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Broncos Honor Crybaby Cutler’s Trade Demands???

Posted on April 1, 2009. Filed under: Life, NFL | Tags: , , , |

WHAT A JOKE . . . The first thing I thought after I heard that the Denver Broncos are deciding to honor Jay Cutler’s request for a trade, is that it’s an April Fool’s joke.  If not, the joke is on the Broncos.  Jay Cutler is a whiny, spoiled brat that has been throwing a tantrum through out this entire “they don’t want me” saga.  And they are giving in to his demands. 

Crybaby Jay Cutler

Crybaby Jay Cutler

Actually, now that I think about it, the joke will be on whatever team trades for him.  If he is doing this crap now, why wouldn’t he do it again the moment he doesn’t get along with a coach or player on the next team?  I wouldn’t even want the “Can’t Win A Big Game Anyway” Cutler on my team.  Crybaby.    

Remember that the NFL is a business.  Bosses get fired or move on every day – especially these days – and employees have to transition into working under the next regime.  Sure, you had a great relationship with your previous manager, but now you work for someone new.  There is an acclimating period when there is any shift in power.  Just like learning an new offensive system, you have to learn how to get along.  Doesn’t Cutler understand just how lucky he is to be employed making millions?  Doesn’t he realize how many people are out of work, with nothing better to do but watch this ridiculous soap opera, livid at the ME ME ME attitude? 

The whole situation is a microcosm of our society.  Aren’t we sick of dealing with the demands of the entitlement generation in every industry?  In any situation?  It’s too hard to adapt.  Do I have to?  I don’t want to . . . Wah Wah Wah. 

No wonder Bus Cook is Jay Cutler’s agent.  Cook happens to have another drama queen as a client. . . Brett Favre.

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T.O. is Told to G.O.

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , |

So it has come to this . . . THANK GOODNESS 

Ever since the implosion that took place last December at Heinz field where Pitsburgh’s 10 fourth quarter points were topped off by Deshea Townsend’s pick six of Tony Romo’s errant pass directed to Jason Witten, and I am a Dallas Cowboys fan who witnessed it first hand, I knew Terrell Owens was going to crack.

It’s kinda like this – you’re cruising down the highway and all of a sudden TING!  A random pebble that flew out of a dumptruck driven by someone who just didn’t care enough to secure his load properly, hits your windshield and now there’s an itty bitty nick staring you in the face.  And it won’t be long until just the right bump in the road or frigid morning urges that itty bitty annoying nick to become a huge crack running across the glass threatening to split your windshield in two, destroying your ability to see clearly and drive anywhere . . .

After that day in Pittsburgh, T.O. (otherwise known as the nick) began to slowly crack the windshield of the Cowboys in two.  He went from crying over Tony Romo, sobbing “that’s not fair.  We lose as a team.  That’s my quarterback” . . .

To accusing Romo and Witten of clandestine game planning and play creation designed to keep him out of the offense and then recruiting teammates to take his side.  With their playoff lives on the line, in a win and in situation, the drama culminated in an embarrassing ass whooping handed to them by the Eagles.  The flippin Philadelphia Eagles of all teams!  

This had to happen.  Jerry Jones obviously had to be persuaded to make this move because he just swallowed a cool 9 million dollars against the salary cap.  Plus, I do believe Jones actually wanted to see the divisive receiver succeed and feed the ego machine that is T.O.  Remember, Jerry Jones has a PR fetish and loves superstar marketing pawns and T.O. is that media magnet that gives him the chills. 

You did good, Jerry . .  you did good.  

On the flipside, the Cowboys save 3.1 million bucks because of a bonus Terrell Owens was due to receive in June and can begin repairing the fiber of the team that has been shredded.  Like it was in Philadelphia.  Like it was in San Fransico.     

Now the door is open for wide receiver Roy Williams to step up and earn the #1 spot vacated by T.O.  Hopefully Williams hasn’t been poisoned by buying whatever Owens was selling last season and he will come to camp wanting to prove that he can be a reliable and exciting receiver.  I also hope he can outperform Owens on third downs, where he only caught a paltry 35% of the passes thrown in his direction last year.  Dallas needs a clutch receiver who won’t drop the ball.  Or destroy the lockerroom chemistry, for that matter.

The bottom line is that T.O. is on the downside of his career.  After his worst statistical season of his career, and granted Brad Johnson’s three starts at QB didn’t give him too much of a chance to rack up the stats, but at 35 years old, it is a good a time as any to part ways. 

A word to the wise . . . any team considering signing Owens better be sure their load is secured properly and their windshield is immune to those annoying little nicks.  They tend to crack at the most inopportune times . . .

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