31 December 2010

Let's Go Bowling- New Year Style

Happy 2011 to everyone!

#16 Alabama and #9 Michigan State:
·         Alabama will Roll Tide through State, winning 21-17

#21 Mississippi State and Michigan
·         Denard Robinson will have 100 rushing yards, 250 passing yards but Mississippi State will win the game 37-31.

Florida and Penn St.
·         Florida will send Urban Meyer out on top.  Florida 27-10.

Rose Bowl, #3 TCU and #5 Wisconsin
·         TCU will come out firing, but Wisconsin will stand up and shut the door.  Wisconsin wins 47-35

Fiesta Bowl, #7 Oklahoma and Connecticut
Connecticut will figure out why everyone else thinks this is a joke.  Oklahoma 49, Connecticut 17.  They would better served asking the women’s basketball team to help out in this game.

2010 Year in Sports Review- Part Two

1.        “The Decision”

o   At 12:01 AM on July 1st, 2010 NBA Free Agency officially began and the headliner was coveted free agent LeBron James.  Teams like the Knicks, Nets, Heat, Bulls, Mavericks, Clippers, and Cavaliers were all possible teams to land the superstar.

o   In what many called a “spectacle,” LeBron James announced his choice for the 2010 season in what was called “The Decision.” 

§  “In this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,” has been a highly quoted and highly hated quote from the superstar’s free agency announcement.  LeBron has been ranked by Cleveland fans above Art Modell’s efforts to relocate the NFL Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.

o   Several NBA icons have made statements, including “His Airness” Michael Jordan, saying he would have never contacted his rivals from other teams like Magic (Johnson) or Larry (Bird) to play on one team together.  He said he “wanted to defeat those guys.”

o   When asked about the fallout from his highly controversial tv announcement, LeBron said “There’s always – you know, a race factor.”  Later James said if he had it to do over, he would have handled it differently. 

2.       Tiger Woods Fall from Greatness

o   In 1996, golf was taken by storm with two words, “Hello world.”  Tiger Woods was on the scene, and the golf world has not been the same since.  However, 2010 was unlike any other for the famous golfer from Cypress, California.

o   At the PGA Tour Headquarters on February 19th, 2010 Tiger Woods addressed the media, publicly admitting that he had been unfaithful to his wife, and said he believed he was entitled to do whatever he wanted to do, and that, due to his success, normal rules did not apply to him.  He said he realized he was wrong.

o   February 27th, 2010 Gatorade ended its sponsorship with Tiger Woods.

o   April 29th, 2010 Woods admitted to over 120 affairs on his wife, to include his neighbors 21-year-old daughter, whom he knew since she was 14 years old.

o   After sitting out much of the beginning of 2010 after announcing his marital infidelities, Tiger Woods returned in 2010 to Augusta National for the 2010 Masters Tournament.  His break lasted nearly 20 weeks and he finished the tournament in 4th, and missed the cut at his next event, the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship.

o   Woods and wife Elin Nordegren officially divorced on August 23rd, 2010.

o   Woods ended the season ranked #2, and finished without a win in 2010.

3.       Brett Favre’s Streak Ends

o   The Year was 1992, the day, September 27th, and the top movie in the box office- Batman Returns grossing an amazing $86,922 and spending 101 days at the top.  The top song was Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s Let’s Talk About Sex, spending 4 weeks at number one.  Bill Clinton’s camp was working hard for the eventual President-to-be.

o   The week before, Coach Holmgren, in the second week of the 1992 season, benched starting quarterback Don Majkowski and starting Brett Favre in the second half.  In his first play as a Packer, Brett Favre threw a pass for -7 yards- to himself after it was deflected and caught.

o   297 consecutive starts later, with the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre sustained a shoulder injury and was marked as inactive against the New York Giants, bringing the current streak to an end.

4.       Wimbledon Marathon Thriller- John Isner and Nicholas Mahut

o   Attempting to win his first match of 2010, 23rd seed John Isner matched up against qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

o   Isner broke the record for most aces in a match, previously held by Ivo Karlovic at 78, setting the new record at 113 aces, ahead of Mahut’s 103.

o   The match began at 6:13pm British Summer Time on June 22nd 2010 and at 9:07pm the game was suspended due to darkness.  They resumed the next day at 2:05pm, and at 5:45 officially broke the record for the longest match ever played.

o   At 9:10pm the match had to be suspended once again due to darkness with the final set tied at 59 games each.  Play resumed at 3:43 once more on June 24th, 2010 and John Isner eventually won at 4:48, the final set lasting an amazing 8 hours, 11 minutes.

o   Isner won, 6-3, 3-6, 6(7)-7(9), 7(7)-6(3), 70-68 with the total match time at 11 hours, 5 minutes.

5.       FIFA World Cup: Team USA and Landon Donovan

o   At the FIFA World Cup, Team USA went in to a third and decisive game against Algeria after tying matches against England and Slovenia.  Team USA’s All-Time National Team Top Scorer, Landon Donovan was able to score the game winning goal through extra minutes for injury time, also giving them the win of Group C, and the 1st time that Team USA had won its World Cup Group since 1930.

o   Team USA lost in the next round to Ghana 2-1, and were later ranked 12th

6.       Butler Bulldogs in NCAA Finals
o   Playing their games in the Horizon League and going 18-0 during regular season play, the Butler Men’s Basketball team picked up a #5 seed heading in to the NCAA Tournament in the West Region.  In just his third year at Butler, head coach Brad Stevens lead his Butler Bulldogs to wins over #12 UTEP and #13 Murray State advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

o   In the Sweet Sixteen Butler drew #1 seed Syracuse, pulling off the upset and beating the Orangemen 63-59 to set up an Elite 8 matchup against #2 Kansas State.   Once again, the Butler Bulldogs were able to stay alive, pulling off the win over Kansas State 63-56.

o   Reaching their first ever Final Four in school history, Butler matched up against Michigan State in Indianapolis for a shot at the NCAA National Championship Game.   Against the wall, Butler took it down to the wire, squeaking out a 52-50 emotional win over the Spartans.

o   In what could be described as a game for the ages, Butler faced up against powerhouse Duke Blue Devils for the National Championship.  In a game that went back and forth for the entire game, Butler fell short in their Cinderella story 61-59 when a half-court shot by Gordon Hayward bounced off the back iron.  This was the most watched game in 10 years, bringing in 23.9 million viewers.

7.       Jimmie Johnson wins an unheard of 5th consecutive NASCAR title

o   Coming in to the 2010 NASCAR season, Jimmie Johnson was the defending 4-time Sprint Cup Champion, a feat never accomplished by anyone before.  In 2010 Jimmie picked up 2 poles, 17 top-fivers, 6 wins with 1326 laps led.  He picked up a DNF at the Daytona 500 and the first race in Talladega. 

o   He also picked up his first career victory on a dirt oval, winning fellow driver Tony Stewart’s charity race, Prelude to the Dream. 

o   Jimmie Johnson also picked up $6,535,067 for 2010, his smallest season paycheck since 2002.

8.       Cam Newton and the NCAA Allegations

o   Cameron Jerrell Newton, from College Park Georgia elected to take his talents to Gainesville, Florida and be a Gator.  However, after sitting behind the Tim Tebow he transferred to Blinn College, leading his school to the National Championship! (OK, it was the National Junior College Football Championship).  After his time at junior college, he was recruited to Auburn University by Gene Chizik, making his debut for Auburn this year.  He became only the third college football player to throw for 20 TDs in a season and rush for 20 TDs (major college football).

o   However, it was reported that his dad, Cecil Newton, had been offering Cam to other colleges in exchange for money.  It was reported that he dad had told Mississippi State that Cam would play there in exchange for $100,000-$180,00.  The NCAA launched an investigation, bringing back talks of Reggie Bush and his scandal. 

o   On December 1st, 2010 after much of the season had been played, Auburn University ruled Cam Newton ineligible after having found evidence that Cam’s father did in fact solicit money in exchange for Cam Newton’s athletic services.  The next day, the NCAA ruled Cam was eligible to play, citing that Cam had no knowledge of his father’s actions.

o   Cam Newton was awarded the Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 11th, 2010

9.       USC and Reggie Bush Saga

o   June 10th, 2010 the NCAA announced major sanctions against the University of Southern California because it ruled that Reggie Bush had received lavish gifts and benefits while as a student athlete.  The ruling resulted in USC being given four years of probation, vacating 2 wins from 2004 season, including the Orange Bowl, all of its wins in 2005, and were banned from post season play in 2010 and 2011 and will lose 30 scholarships over a three year span.

o   July 20th, 2010 USC President released a statement that any all images or likeness of Reggie Bush would be removed from the school facilities to include his jersey, murals, and the school’s copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

o   It was reported on September 7th, 2010 that the Heisman Memorial Trust was planning to strip Bush of his trophy, but on September 14th, Reggie Bush voluntarily forfeited his award and sent it back to the Trust.  This resulted in the first ever vacation of the award. 

10.   Mike Vick Reemerges

o   Having not played a meaningful game since 2006 after being found guilty of dogfighting charges and serving time in a Federal Prison, Mike Vick got his first NFL start in Philadelphia on September 21st, 2010, and in his second game as a starter against Mike Vick led his team to a 28-3 win over Jacksonville with 291 yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.  In a match up against his biggest advocate, Donovan McNabb, on Monday Night Football, Vick three for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns, rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.  He hooked up with DeSean Jackson on an 88 yard TD pass in that game as well.   The game was so good it earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame asking for his jersey to display it after he became the first player in NFL History to for three touchdowns and rush for two more in the first half of a pro football game.

30 December 2010

Chris Johnson Upset over Pro Bowl Snub

"I actually think my stock and value have gone up. If you look at the whole situation, my value hasn't gone down," Johnson said Wednesday. ... Johnson called his [Pro Bowl] exclusion "bogus" and said he thought he was a lock. "I know I am a victim of my own success. People expect me to rush for 2,000 yards every year."

Chris Johnson obviously is an idiot.  Who cares how many yards he rushes for?  Fans vote for the Pro Bowl- not the players.  What he fails to realize, fans remember his childish antics to the start the season, threatening not to play if he didn't get more money because he earned it with ONE GOOD season last year.  What did he do this year? NOT A DANG THING.  He didn't deserve to be in the Pro Bowl- fans want to see someone come out every week with a positive attitude, a winning attitude (even if they lose), and fans don't want to hear you need more money.  You make more money than the average fan will see in a lifetime, and you're telling us you're poor?  Get a clue.  Better luck next year.

2010 Year in Sports Review- Part One

2010 brought us a lot of sports moments that were breathtaking, amazing, and will be talked about for years to come.  As the end of 2010 ticks down, were going to recount the top 20 moments in sports for 2010.  This is part one, with 11-20 and a few honorable mentions.

11.    San Francisco Giants first World Series Title:

o        The San Francisco Giants had 5 World Series Titles, but none since moving to the Bay Area.  In 2010 the Giants won the NL Western Division Title for the first time since 2003 even though they trailed the Padres for much of the season in the standings.  As the Giants made their post push in September, they coined the phrase “Fear the Beard” for relief pitcher Brian Wilson.  The Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves to set up a NLCS matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies and their Aces.  Winning the series 4-2 and setting up a date with the Texas Rangers for the World Series, a matchup that highly anticipated between 2 time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and 2008 CY Young winner Cliff Lee, who was undefeated in post season play.  The Giants ended up winning the series in convincing fashion 4-1, with Edgar Renteria being named World Series MVP.

12.     New Orleans Saints winning Super Bowl XLIV:

o        In 2006 the New Orleans Saints reached their first NFC Championship game, only to lose to the Chicago Bears.  However, in 2009 they reached it again, this time winning and setting up a 2010 play date with the Indianapolis Colts for Super Bowl XLIV.  Capturing the heart of many because the tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina, the Saints went on to beat the Colts.  With what many call the biggest moment in Super Bowl history, the Saints led off the second half with an onside kick, a very gutsy call by Coach Sean Peyton.  Lead by eventual Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees the Saints won 31-17, giving the city of New Orleans it’s first ever Championship.

13.    MLB Perfect Games and the game that wasn’t:

o        A Perfect Game is defined by Major League Baseball as, “A game in which a pitcher, or combination of pitchers, pitches a victory that a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base.

o        Officially in 2010 there were two pitchers who recorded perfect games, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay.  The two were pitched a mere 20 days apart, the shortest amount of time in MLB History between perfect games.  Halladay became the first pitcher to ever throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season, throwing a no-hitter in his first ever post season game, in the Phillies NL Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.  He’s also only the second player ever behind Sandy Koufax to win the CY Young the same season as throwing a perfect game.  Neither of which are more famous than Armando Galarraga and his perfect game that wasn’t.  With 26 straight outs for the Tigers, Galarraga forced Indians shortstop Jason Donald in to a groundout at first.  Galarraga moved over to field the play; catching the ball an easy one step ahead of Donald- but umpire Jim Joyce, an MLB Veteran official missed the call, ruling the runner safe.  Galarraga retired the next batter, and after the game Joyce apologized to Galarraga saying he “thought” the runner was going to get there.  The Commissioner- err, I mean, the old fart who doesn’t have a clue- Bud Selig chose not to overturn the call and award the Perfect Game to Galarraga after hearing Joyce say it was the right thing to do. 

14.   University of Connecticut Women Huskies break John Wooden’s record:

o        It’s said, there is no such thing as “perfection” when it comes to sports, only the ability to hold off imperfection for a certain amount of time.  The Connecticut Huskies Women’s Basketball Team surpassed the UCLA Bruins coached by legendary icon John Wooden and the steak of 88 consecutive wins this year beating Florida State.  What’s said to be the most impressive part is that 87 of the 89 wins came by at least 10 points or more, and often over ranked opponents, with an average winning margin of 25 points for the streak.

§         The streak is being compared to other historic streaks now, such as:

•         Cael Sanderson’s 159-0 record as a collegiate wrestler at Iowa State from 1999-2002.

•         Kenyon College’s Division III swimming and diving championships starting in 1980 and still currently going strong at 31 consecutive.

•         Oklahoma’s football team that reeled off 47 straights from 53-57.

15.       Lakers and Celtics with one for the ages:

o        With the highest TV rating for an NBA Finals since 1998, the Lakers and Celtics went down to the wire in Game 7 of the Finals before Kobe Bryant emerged with his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP.  With a rematch of the 2008 NBA Finals where the Celtics had come out on top, this was to be the first full strength battle for each side, until Kendrick Perkins went down for the Celtics with a knee injury.  This was also the first Finals to go to 7 games since 2005, and only the fourth since 1985.  Going down to the end, the Lakers pulled out the win 83-79 on the back of Kobe Bryant’s 23 points and Pau Gasol’s 18 rebounds.  The win gives the Lakers 16 NBA Championships, one behind the Celtics 17 in Boston.

16.   NFL Rule Changes:

o        In hopes of keeping the NFL up to par with the ever growing Lingerie Football League, the NFL instituted new rule changes for the 2010 season, some of which were done midseason while play was going on.

§         Plays will be whistled dead as soon as ball-carrier loses his helmet.

§         Defensive players can not line up directly over the center

§         Personal fouls going in to halftime would be accessed on the opening kickoff of the 3rd quarter- no untimed down

§         More 15 yard penalties for defensive players leading with helmet or spearing a defenseless player, which is defined as: Player who just threw a pass, player attempting to catch a pass, player in the process of grasping the ball, player attempting a kick, or my favorite- any player on the ground at the end of the play.  Who doesn’t love a good pile on started by a lineman leading with his helmet?

§         There’s also the new rule that is called the “Cowboys Stadium Jumbotron Rule,” and loose ball striking a video board, guide wire, or sky cam, will be ruled a dead ball and the play will be replayed from previous spot- Thanks Jerry.

17.   Gilbert Arenas packing the “heat”:

o        In a card game dispute gone wrong, Gilbert Arenas brought 4 firearms to the Washington Wizards locker room.  Teammates said Gilbert left the 4 firearms in Javaris Crittenton’s locker with a note that read: “Pick One.”  Gilbert was suspended for the remainder of the 2009-10 season on January 4th.  December 2010 Gilbert was traded to the Orlando Magic for Rashard Lewis.

18.    Yankees lose icon George Steinbrenner:

o        Bought the Yankees in 1973 for 8.8 million dollars from CBS and was reportedly worth 1.6 billion dollars early in 2010 before his passing.  Nicknamed “The Boss” because he was known to meddle in on-field mechanics of the teams, he passed away at the age of 80 years just one day after the 81st All-Star Game.  As the owner of the Yankees “The Boss” brought home 7 World Series Trophies to the city of New York, and 11 pennants.

19.    Nevada upsets Boise State 34-31 in OT:

o        Riding a 24 game winning streak, and a 35 game regular season winning streak, and 10 straight wins over the Nevada Wolfpack.   Boise State, riding an undefeated season record, rolled in Nevada for should have been a win and a BCS Bowl game, and were shocked on the “kick heard around the world.”  Kicker Kyle Brotzman missed two kicks late, one in regulation to win the game, and one in OT to extend the game, sealing the fate for the Broncos and ending what would have been another BCS controversy for the National Championship.  Death threats ensued for Brotzman. 
o       The loss also cost Nevada at least 1 million dollars.  Had Boise State remained undefeated, and reached a BCS bowl, each school in the WAC would have received a portion of the BCS bowl game earnings, which was estimated at more than 1 million dollars per school.

20.   Ben Roethlisberger controversy:

o        In March of 2010 Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in Georgia.  The college girl ended up dropping her charges when there wasn’t enough DNA evidence to convict Roethlisberger, however, the police sergeant who investigated the report, was also seen getting his photo taken with the Super Bowl winning quarterback that same night.  Roethlisberger was eventually suspended by the NFL for four games due to violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Honorable Mention
.   Alex Rodriguez 600th homerun
.   Brittany Griner’s right hook on Jordan Barncastle
.   Mark McGwire admits to taking steroids- finally
.   MLB Icons- Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr retire

29 December 2010

To Rest Or Not To Rest?

So here we are, just a few days after Christmas and time for a new year to begin.  We’re also on the eve of the NFL Playoffs, and teams are beginning to take shape for the postseason.  As usual, the Lions and the Bills won’t be playing in the postseason, just like we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing- or not seeing.  However, teams like Philadelphia, New England and Chicago are in the post season, having locked up their spots already (seeding is still being determined though).  Now, if you’re a fan of these teams, and you would like to go see them play in the final week of the season, how do you feel about knowing the players you love to watch, and obviously going to see, may not be playing?  Teams like Philadelphia and Chicago are talking of sitting their stars in hopes of resting them for the postseason play. 
Do you has a fan support this practice?  Me, personally, I don’t like it, and I think any one wishing to start in the post season should be required to play 2 full quarters of football on the last week of the season.  Now, I’m not an owner of an NFL team, so I understand we see it different, but the fans are the ones who buy the tickets to the game, the fans are the ones who stand in lines in the pouring rain to buy tickets, gear, or get autographs of their favorite players.  Fans are the ones who subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket in order to see their favorite players make that amazing play that will certainly be on Sportscenter’s Top Plays.  It’s not the owners spending money on tickets, t-shirts, or stadium dogs to pay the players salary.  Fans pay the salary, fans pack the seats, and fans are the ones paying for that horrible outfit the owners buy for their wives.  So, I think the fans should be- scratch that- fans deserve to see their favorite players on the field for part of the game.

Why do I pay $300 for a ticket to see Chris Redman in Atlanta? Todd Collins in Chicago?  Brian Hoyer in New England? WHO THE HECK IS BRIAN HOYER?  Admit it- Brian Hoyer’s parents go to the game to see Tom Brady.  I’m not going to spend money to see second string players play- that’s just stupid. 

So, I want to hear it- how do you feel as fans?  Do you support your team’s choices in resting players, or do you want them to play and get your full dollar worth of them?

28 December 2010

NFL MVP- who do you have?

As the last week of the NFL comes up on us, there’s a lot of chatter about who’s going to be the NFL’s MVP this season.  I’ve heard several analysts on ESPN saying that Tom Brady deserves, not Mike Vick.  They all say that Mike Vick should be given the “Comeback Player of the Year” award and not the MVP, because Brady does more with less.  Seriously?  Brady does more with less?  Are they idiots, or do they really believe what they are saying?  When’s the last time the Eagles won a Superbowl?  Last time I checked, Tom Brady has two Cadillacs in his garage as gifts for winning Superbowl MVP- and a third ring as well.  Mike Vick has his ring too, wait- that was an ankle bracelet- but it’s gone now.  There’s no way Brady does more with less.

Tom Brady has had targets from Deion Branch, Randy Moss for a short while, and Wes Welker this season, along with new additions Aaron Hernandez and Danny Woodhead along with running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis.  Who does Mike Vick have- DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.  Jeremy Maclin is a good receiver to have- don’t get me wrong- but with only 890 yards so far on the season, he’s not beating anyone down the field.  Who really does more with less?

Let’s look further.  The Patriots rank 12th in the NFL for passing yards per game with 235.1 and the Eagles are 8th with 254.2 per game.  Rushing for the Eagles is 3rd with 149.7 where the Pats sit in 11th with a 119.5 per game average.  Defense is just as good for the Eagles with a 22nd passing yards per game at 227.1 and 9th rushing at 103.3 where the Pats are 30th overall in passing yards at 262.0 and 16th at rushing with 112.3.  Who’s doing more?  Still not convinced?

Keep in mind, Mike Vick missed a few games due to injury- but for the season he’s averaging 234.9 yards per game passing with a long of 91, 20 TDs and 5 INTs.  He’s been sacked 28 times too for a passing percentage of 63.2.  Brady has a passing percentage of 66, 34 TDs and 4 INT for 235.1 yards per game.  They are very close on passing yards per game, but Brady does beat Vick on TDs, but rushing the ball, Brady has 31 carries for 30 yards- mind numbing huh?  He’s a force in the backfield.  He has a long of 9 yards and 1 TD.  Vick has 92 carries for 613 yards rushing with an average for 6.7 per carry and a long of 35 with 8 TDs.  He’s also rushed for 35 first downs on the season.  Brady also has no 1000 yard receivers nor a 1000 yard rusher- Vick has both, a 1000 yard receiver in Jackson and a 1000 yard rusher in McCoy. 
Now, you’ve seen the FACTS.  You tell me, who’s doing more?  Who should be MVP?  My vote is Mike Vick for Comeback Player of the Year AND LEAGUE MVP.  Give Vick the credit he’s earned this year and stop stroking Tom Brady- his team has been this good every year since 2001.

I want to hear what you think- leave a comment and tell me- Vick, Brady, or someone else, and why?

America's Team No More

At the request of a very good friend of mine- this one is for K.  For many years when I was growing up, the Dallas Cowboys were known to be “America’s Team.”  With players like Dorsett, Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin, and Staubach they were a team that could come out on any given Sunday and beat anyone.  They were loved by many, cheered on by more, and were certainly a franchise that was paving the way for others.  Now, what are they?  They are a joke in the NFL for the most part who play their home games at a state of the art stadium designed to distract the fans from the fact they suck.  It’s sad really, when an NFL game on national TV spends more time talking about Tony Romo’s ex-girlfriends than they do the play of the team on the field.
So, if the Cowboys are no longer America’s team, who is?  One could argue it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers now, with their American Military attitude of never being scared of a fight, and running over people.  It’s exactly what they do, just like the good ole Red, White, and Blue blooded men and women serving do- the Steelers never shy away from the big stage, from the dog fight at and of the game, or from the gut wrenching loss to their foes.  But no, the Steelers are not America’s team either.
We can not forget 9/11 and how we were inspired, how were a country that came together as one- just like the Patriots did on their first Super Bowl victory.  Who could forget that, the team being introduced as a whole team, not individuals.  They were the underdogs in the fight, with not a chance in the world of winning, and they did- riding the arm of a quarterback not many outside of Michigan had heard of- Tom Brady.  Even so, the Patriots can’t be America’s Team, because America’s Team can’t have the celebrity girlfriends of their quarterback draw more attention than the team- and we all know how much attention Giselle gets, right?
So who else do we have?  The “Who Dat” Nation and the New Orleans Saints? Why? What have they done? They won one Super Bowl, a few years after their city was destroyed by a hurricane? What’s so special about that? They knew good and well they could be in harm’s way some day, kind of like people in who live at the base of a volcano know they are playing with fire.  Nope, sorry New Orleans, you’re not America’s Team either.
Sadly, America has changed so much.  From a country that used to be proud stand out from the rest, we laughed in the face of those who threatened us, to a country now that makes it legal to be illegal, a country that says everyone gets rights even those who don’t belong here, and while we’re at it- let’s give them medical care and charge the hard working men and women of the country. 
America’s Team will be a team built on hard working men, who know that it takes a lot to win, but don’t give up just because they lost a few games, then lost a few more, then lost a few more.  What better team to lead the nation of the Red, White, and Blue, than a team who’s colors have bleed blue for years? A team built tough, with a strong family line of owners, never sold, never given up on?
America’s Team is the Detroit Lions now.  Laugh if you will.  Detroit has long been known to be the Steel City, a city where Ford comes from. Ford Tough.  Detroit has songs written about the hard working men and women of the auto industry there.  America overcomes when She is down, just like Detroit did when the auto industry took a major hit a few years ago. Just like the Lions, the city never quits, even if the fight looks overwhelming.  The Lions might not be hoisting Lombardi trophies in the air each year, but the last time I checked, America doesn’t hoist trophies on the battlefield either.  We hoist the brave men and women who serve our country, we hoist their caskets, their memories, their sacrifices….. because they never gave up… and neither do the Lions.

27 December 2010

LeBron- can he ever get it right?

So, LeBron was eager to his high school boy fame on TV this summer.  He was eager for his 15 minutes of fame that all high school kids dream of... but he turned it in to a 1 hour fiasco.  All he did was turn himself in to a joke in the NBA.  Even Paul Pierce busted on LeBron when the Celtics went to Miami and won this season, saying he was glad to take his talent to South Beach, now on to Memphis. LOL.  Later on, he said, he handled it wrong, and if he had it to do over, he would have done it differently.  Yeah, right- SPOILED RICH KID.

Looks like LeBron is up to it again.  He comes out a few days ago, talks about how the NBA should contract- get rid of small market teams and scrub players, put all the good players on teams together and let them play.  He's been blasted by other people for saying it, even today, the Nets coach said the stars don't have to align.  Now, it appears LeBron wants another mulligan.  He released a statement today, saying he didn't mean it.  Can LeBron ever say and do something, and stand by it?  I mean seriously?  At least if you're going to be a man- act like one LeBron and stand by what you say and face the music for it.... stop trying to run from it, and stop hiding behind others for your mistakes.


Minnesota Jokes

So the Vikings get one great year out of Brett Favre and do what ever sensible front office person would do, and bring him back for a second year hoping for similar results.  We all know what happened when he returned, HE SUCKED.  Plain and simple, Brett didn't have this year- and chances are, he never will again.  His career, albeit a Hall of Fame career, is over in the NFL.  Brett has amazed us with falling down, injuries, scandals, penis pictures, and lately concussions.  Time to hang it up Brett and move on Wrangler commercials full time, or join the cast of Two and a Half Men.

So, now there is rumors that the Vikings are interested in Donovan McNabb?  Really?  I mean, don't get me wrong, Donovan is still better than 2/3 of the league- but what about the QBs they have on the bench, who have been waiting for their own shot at the NFL?  Why not get a young QB who can be there for more than 2 years? They spend the money on players at the end of the road- why not trade up in the draft and get a QB for the future?  Just a thought.

NCAA and the BCS

So by now, we all know that the NCAA and BCS have their hands so far in the cookie jars, they can't even deny it.  Who's ever heard of a rule that says you can be suspended for violating rules, but, you're eligible to play in postseason play?  Seriously?  Does the NCAA expect us to believe it's not playing favorites with Ohio State? If these so-called rules were fair, AJ Green wouldn't have been suspended at Georgia for 4 games this season, or otherwise, Cam Newton would have been ineligible all season.  Truth is, if the NCAA doesn't get paid, they won't let anyone else either.

Clearly, the NCAA has showed us what the NCAA stands for:  National Championships are Asset Attained.  If you have the assets, they have the championships.  The BCS is right there with them, in the Big Conference Salaries.  College sports are no longer an "amateur" sport- everyone is getting paid hand over fist- and they cry foul when the athletes do it.  If they wanted to be fair, MAKE IT FAIR.  Have playoffs, stop making fortunes on student athletes who don't get enough money for a haircut and a nice dinner out on a Friday night with their friends.

Let's just be honest, shall we.... the NCAA is clearly not living up to their creed... they are the pot calling the kettle black, the wolf in sheep's clothing, they are the problem with college sports.  If you're going to say players at Ohio State committed a violation- then rule fairly- They aren't allowed to play- PERIOD.