Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, that is exactly what I felt when I watched the Detroit Red Wings take on the San Jose Sharks last Thursday night. The Sharks came in with only 3 losses on the year. The Red Wings were a not too shabby 5 losses also. So, nonetheless, it was going to be a good game.
The Red Wings stomped the Sharks 6-0 just like Roy Scheider blew up Jaws at the very end. GO WINGS!!
The Hot Stove season is in full force in major league baseball! This is a time of the year where I really look forward to spring training. Each team is able to wheel and deal in order to make them better for next season.
The Yankees have made the biggest splash so far with their signing of CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. These are both very impressive signings. Assuming that they are able to sign Andy Pettite before spring training, they will have a starting rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettite, and Chamberlin.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, are in the hunt to sign Mark Teixiera. He is the most wanted position player on the market this off season. There have been rumors that the Red Sox have walked away from negotiations because he is asking for too much money. I don't believe it.
The reason why is Teixiera's agent, Scott Boras. Boras is notorious for telling teams that his clients have offers on the table for a lot more money than they actually do. I'm sure that Boras did that with the Red Sox and they called his bluff. My guess is that Teixiera is going to sign with the Red Sox within the next couple of days.
I also believe that the Red Sox are going to get a starting pitcher also. From what I've been hearing, the leading candidates are Derek Lowe and Ben Sheets. Personally, I'm pulling for Lowe, he's more of a big game pitcher and isn't as injury prone as Sheets.
Either way, I believe that the Sox and Yankees will be duking it out for the pennant when the season winds down.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Let's start off with the Detroit Pistons. They traded Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson.
I really like this trade. For the Pistons, they are getting a proven star in the NBA. Iverson has been one of the league's top scorers for his entire career. He does have the reputation for being a bit of a renegade player who does what he wants when he wants. But Rasheed Wallace had that reputation also when the Pistons acquired him a few years back. And that trade brought the Pistons a championship. This Iverson trade reminds me of that. Another good thing about getting Iverson is that his contract expires at the end of this year. I don't really see him sticking around in Detroit after this season so that would allow Joe Dumars to use that money to stockpile the team with talent.
The Pistons are losing Billups, who has been their leader during the regular season for years now. But, he seems to have disappeared during the playoffs ever since they won their championship. Also, Billups still has 5 years remaining on his contact and many millions of dollars still left to be paid to him. That is now the Nuggets problem. Antonio McDyess was a steady player off the bench for the Pistons, but his game has been deteriorating for a while now. And the final piece of the puzzle in this deal is Cheikh Samb, a 7-footer who hasn't played for the Pistons yet.
All in all, I really like this trade for the Pistons. It gives them an improved team for this year, and if Iverson leaves next summer, they will have plenty of extra cash to acquire some more people and continue to improve the team.
And now onto the Lions. They signed the recently retired Daunte Culpepper to a 2 year contract. I only have one question for them...
Culpepper retired recently because he was not happy with the offers that he was getting. According to his agent, Culpepper only had a couple of offers from teams as a backup qb.
For those of you who don't know much about Culpepper, I'll fill you in on what he's been up to these past few years.
He had some good years in Minnesota, but was prone to injuries. After the Vikings, he went to Miami and stunk up the joint while constantly fighting injuries. After the Dolphins didn't want him back, he went to Oakland and did the same thing (stunk up the joint while being prone to injuries).
So, his last few years were spent with a couple of the worst teams in the NFL (Miami and Oakland). He was so bad there that even they didn't want him back. So this past off season he tried to find a new team. NOBODY wanted him to come in. Only a couple of teams offered him a chance to compete for a back up job. Culpepper didn't like the offers and decided to retire.
So the Lions, who are the worst team in the NFL, decide that given their current situation, bringing Culpepper in is the best thing that they can do right now.
All that I can say is "Wow".
Bringing in Culpepper is one of the stupidest things that they could have done. Why would they bring in an aging, injury prone quarterback when they are trying to rebuild this franchise? They need to start playing the younger guys, no matter how bad they seem right now. There is no hope for the future of the Lions if they don't realize that players who were good 5 years ago, aren't good now.
From top to bottom, the Lions have to be the biggest idiots in the world at evaluating talent. If they had any brains at all, they would have just played out the season with their younger guys and watched to see if they had anything to build off of with them. Then, after they go 0-16 and get the #1 pick in the draft, use it wisely and improve your team for next year.
But, history does have a way of repeating itself, so the Lions will probably draft the wide receiver out of Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree with the first pick in the draft.
Even though my new team, Kansas City, is really bad this year, I am not frustrated because I do see some signs of life with them. It may take a few years, but I guarantee that the Chiefs will have a winning record before the Lions do. Mark my words...
Monday, October 27, 2008
First off, I now have a favorite NFL football coach. Hall of Famer Mike Singletary was named the interim head coach of the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend and coached his first game on Sunday. Although the Niners got beat by the lowly Seattle Seahawks 34-13, I firmly believe that he's got what it takes to be a successful NFL head coach.
For a guy that's never been a head coach before, he sure hit the ground running. In the second quarter, he benched starting quarterback J.T. O'sullivan after he threw his second interception of the game. Then, in the fourth quarter, starting tight end Vernon Davis (a former first round pick) got an unnecessary roughness penalty after he slapped the facemask of a Seahawks defender after a 7 yard reception. The following is an excerpt from the Associated Press article on NFL.com about what happened when Davis went to the sideline...
Davis tried to avoid his coach as he ran to the sideline, but Singletary got in his face and gave him an earful before sending him to the bench. Singletary said he was upset by what he considered a nonchalant attitude by Davis, who did not seem to understand why his coach was so upset.
Singletary later walked over to talk to Davis on the bench, yelling some more at the former No. 6 overall pick in full view of his teammates. Then with 10:41 remaining in the game, Singletary went back to Davis and told him to go to the locker room. Davis started walking before being called back to get his helmet. He then waved his helmet at the crowd as he left.
"I'd rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team," Singletary said. "It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
Davis wanted to talk to his coach after the game, but Singletary advised against it.
"I told him he did not want to talk to me," Singletary said. "I assured him, 'You do not want to talk to me right now.' "
I sincerely hope that Mike Singletary is able to get a full time NFL head coaching job after this season. I hope that the Detroit Lions are aware of this...
Now, back to baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies are now 1 game away from winning the World Series. The Tampa Rays are experiencing something similar to what the Red Sox experienced during the ALCS. Their heavy hitters are not hitting. Evan Longoria is 0-16, Carlos Pena is 0-13, and ALCS MVP B.J. Upton is only 4-16 with 0 home runs. Combine that with the Phillies bats coming alive (Ryan Howard hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 last night) and that makes it all the more difficult for the Rays to win. Unless the Rays start hitting, this series will end tonight.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Chicago Blackhawks fired head coach Denis Savard today...AFTER 4 GAMES!!!
Hours after winning their first game of the year against the Phoenix Coyotes, Savard was let go. The Blackhawks were only 1-2-1 on the very young season so far.
Since I am still new to the game of hockey, I decided to do a little bit of research. Savard was 40-34-8 while having a bunch of young hockey players take a lot of minutes. This was their first 40 win season since the 2001-2002 campaign. Over his Blackhawk coaching career, Savard posted a record of 65-66-16 over parts of three seasons as a coach.
It seems to me that Savard had the Blackhawks heading in the right direction. But then I thought to myself, "was it personal?". Unless Savard did something so horrific in the past three games, it couldn't have been personal. The new owner has been there for a little over a year and if he didn't like/want Savard as coach, then he would have made a change already.
But why make a change now? The Blackhawks management had to have known that they wanted to make a change in the off season, or even during pre season games. Why not make a change then?
I just don't understand why they would wait until this early in the season to make a change. With a hockey legend like Scotty Bowman in the front office, I would think that they would be smarter than that.
Joel Quenneville is the new head man on the Blackhawks bench. He has been around and will bring a wealth of experience the this young team. Previously, he had been working as a scout for the Blackhawks.
It will be interesting to see how this change affects the Blackhawks this season. I for one, will be paying attention.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees' longtime ace and current pitching coach, told how he came to believe in the power of foul-line avoidance. He said that a Yankees coach, Jim Hegan, told him one day before a game with the Twins that it was a silly belief, and that stepping on the foul line would have no effect on his performance.
Stottlemyre thought he might have a point, and cavalierly stepped on the foul line as he went out to face the Twins. Here's his account of that day's game in "The Baseball Almanac":
"The first batter I faced was Ted Uhlaender, and he hit a line drive off my left shin. It went for a hit. Carew, Oliva and Killebrew followed with extra-base hits. The fifth man hit a single and scored and I was charged with five runs. I haven't stepped on a foul line since."
The Twins made the World Series that season, and Viola learned that Dornfield didn't have a ticket. That prompted Kathy Viola, Frank's wife, to call Dornfield up and offer him tickets to Games 1 and 7. As SI reported, "With the banner proudly unfurled, Viola won both games and was named Series MVP."
Monday, October 6, 2008
I'd just like to take a moment here to apologize to the Boston Red Sox. It was my fault that they lost last night. It was my fault that they did not clinch the division series.
How could I, a sports fan in Kalamazoo, have any affect whatsoever on a Boston Red Sox game? Plenty.
As some of you may know, I can be superstitious when it comes to sports, especially baseball. When I was working Battle Creek, with the Michigan Battle Cats, I thought that I was a jinx on the team in the playoffs. In fact, no team that I ever worked for had won a playoff game. So when the 2000 Midwest League playoffs started, the Battle Cats were playing at home for the first two games of the opening round of the playoffs verses the Fort Wayne Wizards. I was at the game, but I didn't watch one pitch. I spent most of the game either underneath the grandstand or simply looking down at my feet. Most people outside the baseball community would say that this was stupid, but when the Battle Cats won those games I was even more convinced. When the series shifted to Fort Wayne, the entire front office staff decided to go. I stayed behind because if I went, I was sure that they would lose. So I stayed behind and listened to the game on the radio in my parents car in the driveway (I don't remember why). I was busy that night and wasn't able to start listening to the game until the 4th inning. Well, the Battle Cats won that night to clinch the series! So, naturally when the next series came about, everyone traveled to the game except for me. And I wouldn't go out to the car to listen to the game until the 4th inning. And guess what! The Battle Cats didn't lose another game for the rest of the playoffs! They won the Midwest League championship and I got a ring!
What does this have to do with the Red Sox/Angels game last night? Well, my normal routine is 2 chicken strips with ranch dressing at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the chicken strips in the toaster oven until the second inning (with the Red Sox already down 1-0). Then I forgot to set temperature on the toaster oven, so they weren't done when the timer went off.
So I set the temperature again and went back to watching the game. During that time, the Sox retook the lead, 3-1. Then Angels catcher Mike Napoli came to the plate just as the timer for my food went off. Normally, I don't like to miss any of the game. I'll wait for commercials to go and do anything. But, I didn't want my chicken strips to burn, so I figured that I'll hurry up and just get them. WRONG DECISION!! During the 30 seconds that it took to get my food, Mike Napoli hit a two run home run to tie the game!! I only saw it on replay.
That's just a coincidence, you say? Well, a couple of innings later I came back out from the other room to watch the rest of the game in the living room. While I was switching rooms, Mike Napoli was up again. And guess what!?!? During my room to room switch, that guy hit a solo home run to put the Angels up 4-3!!! Coincidence? I think not. So I made it a point to sit in one spot for the rest of the game and not leave the room for anything. And it started to work because the Red Sox were able to tie the game.
Alas, my efforts were too little, too late. So I'd like to apologize the the Boston Red Sox. And I promise to never again sway from my superstitions during the playoffs again. The chicken strips with ranch dressing will be baked and ready to consume by the time that the first pitch is thrown.
Also, for those keeping track at home, I went 3-0 on my college picks and 12-4 (my best week ever) on my NFL picks. That gives me a cumulative record of 53-29 on the season and a success rate of 65%.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." - Babe Ruth.
The Babe sure said a mouthful, huh?
Tomorrow starts the 2008 baseball playoffs. The playoffs are what a team works for beginning in February during spring training. This is the goal of each team. It doesn't matter who had the best record, because once the playoffs start, all bets are off. The slates are wiped clean and everyone has a new life.
Sure, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim clinched their division almost a month ago. And the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins still need to play a one game playoff to determine the Central division winner today. But that doesn't mean that one team is a sure thing to defeat another.
Did anybody outside of Colorado expect the Rockies to blow through everybody in the National League playoffs last year into the World Series? How about the 2005 Chicago White Sox? Or even the 2004 Boston Red Sox? After 86 years of futility, they finally won the World Series!
This year has the potential for a lot of stories. The Chicago Cubs, who haven't won the World Series in 100 years, have an impressive lineup and pitching staff that has the potential to win it all this year. Or how about the young Tampa Bay Rays? They have been the laughing stock of the major leagues for all ten years of their existence, but now have a legitimate shot at winning it all. The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have to be taken into consideration also, as they are trying to become the first organization since the New York Yankees in 1999-2000 to repeat as champions.
This is the time of the year when every pitch, every hit, and every managerial decision can make or break you. This is the time of the year when a fan can rejoice one minute, and mourn their team the other. I think that former manager Chuck Tanner said it best, "It's hard to win the pennant, but it's harder losing one". Tanner was speaking about players and managers, but I believe that this especially applies to fans.
So to all the fans that have their teams in the playoffs, I wish you good luck. The games start tomorrow, so be sure to break out you lucky hat, eat your lucky chicken wings, sit in you lucky chair, or whatever you do to help your team out.
To all of the fans that don't have teams in this years baseball playoffs, the Red Sox start against the Angels at 10pm tomorrow. There is always room in Red Sox Nation for new members.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Have you ever heard the saying, "Two wrongs do not make a right"? Most people would agree with this saying. After this weekend, I am going to disagree with it wholeheartedly.
Each Friday I make predictions on college and pro football games. I like to think that I know enough about the games to make educated guesses as to who will emerge victorious each Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend, I predicted that my favorite college football team, the Michigan Wolverines, would lose by a large margin to the #9 nationally ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan was 1-2 on the year and was playing many freshman who were playing their first Big Ten conference game. To my surprise, the Maize and Blue shocked the nation and upset the Badgers 27-25. I am usually disappointed when my predictions are wrong, but not this time. If I had it my way, Michigan would win every game that they play, but that's not logical. So I was very happy to be wrong on Saturday.
On Sunday, I predicted that my favorite NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs, would lose and lose big to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were playing very well this season so far and their quarterback, Jay Cutler, was really coming into his own as one of the elite quarterback's in the league. The Chiefs, on the other hand, were winless on the season and have been playing musical quarterbacks all year long due to injuries. Once again, I doubted my favorite team and they proved me and the rest of the country wrong! The Chiefs earned their first win of the season by defeating the previously unbeaten Broncos 33-19!
The Chiefs, like the Wolverines, are a very young team. I was not expecting much from either of them all year long. But, like I said before, I was never happier to be wrong.
The rest of my picks were just above average. I went 7-5 so far with my NFL picks (I have the Steelers beating the Ravens on MNF). Also, I was 2-1 on my college picks. That leaves me with an overall record of 36-23 on my football picks.
Finally, I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers out to Buccaneer kicker Matt Bryant and his family. For those that don't know, Matt's 3 month old son, Tryson, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last week. Matt flew back from the funeral to kick in this game for his son. I watched some of the game yesterday and saw Matt point to the sky after each field goal and extra point that he kicked. I am very impressed that he was able to play in the game yesterday. You can hear more from Matt Bryant in the post game press conference here http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80b31686.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
This past week seemed to fly by, but it's time again to make some picks for this upcoming football weekend! The Big Ten conference schedule starts off this Saturday with Michigan facing Wisconsin and Michigan State taking on Indiana. Our hometown Western Michigan University will travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Temple Owls.
Without further adieu, here are the picks...
- Wisconsin over Michigan - The Badgers are currently ranked #9 in the associated press poll. The Wolverines will have a hard time scoring 9 points.
- Michigan State over Indiana - The Spartans are playing well and I expect Javon Ringer to run all over the Hoosier defense.
- Western Michigan over Temple - Temple is a basketball school, football is not their forte.
- Carolina over Atlanta - Atlanta is a young team on the rise, but Carolina is too much for the Falcons.
- Cleveland over Cincinnati - Neither one of these teams are very good right now. Cleveland is the better of two bad teams in Ohio.
- Jacksonville over Houston
- Denver over Kansas City - Damon Huard is back at quarterback for the Chiefs. At this point, I'm hoping for the #1 draft pick from the Chiefs next season.
- New Orleans over San Francisco - Although the Saints are hurting in the wide receiver department due to injuries, they still have too much offensive firepower for the 49ers to contend with.
- Arizona over NY Jets - Even though they let me down last week, I still believe that the Cardinals can beat Brett and the Jets.
- Green Bay over Tampa Bay - Even thought Brian Griese is playing well for the Bucs, I will take Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in this battle of the Bay's.
- Tennessee over Minnesota - Both of these teams are going with new quarterbacks now. I'll take Kerry Collins over the Vikings Gus Frerotte.
- San Diego over Oakland - The Chargers finally got their first win of the season last week against the Jets. They are now on a roll and will pound the Raiders.
- Buffalo over St. Louis - The Rams are attempting to see if a blast from the past (Trent Green) can revitalize their team. It won't work. Buffalo will win in a blow out.
- Dallas over Washington - I picked the Cowboys to lose last week against Green Bay. I won't make that mistake again.
- Philadelphia over Chicago - McNabb is healthy, and that is bad news for the Bears.
- Pittsburgh over Baltimore - The Steelers will rebound from last weeks loss to the Eagles.
So there it is, your week 4 picks. I hope that everyone has a great weekend! Go Chiefs!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Yesterday the Detroit Lions took the first step towards reestablishing themselves as a legitimate NFL franchise. Matt Millen was fired as President, CEO, GM and whatever other position that William Clay Ford appointed him to. Millen was fired after posting a 31-84 record in just over 7 years at the helm of the Lions.
For Lions fans, this was a long time coming. The season before Millen was hired (2000), the Lions posted a 9-7 record. In the seasons that followed they finished 2-14, 3-13, 5-11, etc.
Millen was a great player in his time with the Raiders, and then went on to a career as a broadcaster, where he developed a reputation for telling it like it is. But he had no business taking the job with the Lions.
Lions fans have been calling for Millen to be fired for many years now. They have even staged "Millen Man March" in protest of the extension the he got a few years ago.
Since he was fired, Matt Millen has not spoken to the press. But Chris Mortensen of ESPN spoke with Patty Millen, his wife. She said that she was glad that he was no longer in Detroit and that he was out of "football prison".
Well Patty, your husband built that "football prison" brick by brick and would be considered the warden of this prison that you talk about.
So, Millen is gone and all is well in Detroit, right? Not quite. Firing Millen was only the first step towards turning this franchise around. There are many things that the Lions need to do. I've taken the liberty of putting together a to-do list for them.
- First, the Lions need to fill Millen's position with somebody that has a proven track record of putting together a winning football team. This doesn't have to be somebody with a well known name, just a good football personnel person.
- Fire Marinelli and bring in a reputable coach. The Lions had a good coach in Mariucci, but Millen had his hands tied when he forced Mariucci to play players that he didn't want to (Harrington).
- Trade Roy Williams and Jon Kitna now! Roy Williams looks like he doesn't want to be in Detroit any longer. His contract is up at the end of this year anyway. Does anybody really think that he will resign in Detroit? Not a chance. Trade him when his value is at his highest and get what you can in return. Trading Jon Kitna will allow the Lions to find out if Drew Stanton has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback or not.
- Make sure that whoever replaces Millen will have the guts to tell William Clay Ford that he needs to but out of football decisions. Yes, Ford is the owner and writes the checks, but he is not a football guy. He needs to let the people that he hires do their jobs.
This should get the Lions started on turning things around. Just be aware Lions fans, replacing Millen was a good move. They need to replace him with a legitimate NFL personnel person to make this a great move. If they go out and hire Terry Bradshaw or Howie Long to take Millen's spot, then they are right back where they started.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles last night 7-3 in the final game to be played at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers will move across the street to their new ballpark next season.
Although I am a Red Sox fan and normally love to see the Yankees lose, this time I wanted to see them win. First and foremost, I am a baseball fan. I love the history that baseball has to offer. Watching a game at Yankee Stadium was like taking a trip through time. All time greats like Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Dimaggio, and Maris all played at this hallowed ballpark.
I believe that many people, especially New Yorkers, are having a hard time today. Yes, their Yankees are moving into a state of the art facility that will rival some of the best ballparks in the league. But also, they will be demolishing Yankee Stadium, the place that they called home for so many years. I imagine that people have many memories of that place.
When the Detroit Tigers played their last game at Tiger Stadium, I felt a little sad. Yes, I was excited for them to move into Comerica Park. But I was also going to miss the original Tiger Stadium. If definitely had its faults, but it was a classic ballpark. It was a park where so many people in this state saw their first major league ball game. I know that it was for me. And when I saw the pictures of Tiger Stadium with a big hole in the side of it after they started the demolition process, I felt like I wanted to cry.
Yankee Stadium will be demolished soon also, and I can imagine that a lot of New Yorkers will go through a lot of those same feelings when the time comes. But you've got to look forward to the future. New York has a brand new ball park, and quite possibly, a new look team next year also (if Hank Steinbrenner has anything to say about it).
Now for the rest of the weekend in review;
- The US won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999. And they even did it without Tiger Woods. I watched some of it and I now have a new favorite golfer, Boo Weekley. If any of you watched it, or saw highlights, you probably saw Weekley galloping down the first fairway "Happy Gilmore" style riding his driver between his legs and whipping it like a quarter horse. He also gave a great comment when asked about the adrenaline that was keeping him going throughout the competition, "I feel like a dog that somebody done stuck a needle to and it juiced me up like I've been running around a greyhound track chasing one of them bunnies." I have a new reason to watch golf now, and his name is Boo Weekely.
- The Boston Red Sox have a 6.5 game lead in the Wild Card with 7 games left to go which gives the Red Sox control over their own destiny. Barring a meltdown of epic proportions by the Sox and Rays, the Red Sox will be in the post season as the wild card.
- I didn't do so well in my football picks this week. I was 2-1 on my college picks and 8-7 so far with my pro picks (I have San Diego beating the Jets tonight). That makes me 5-2 on my college picks and 27-17 on my pro picks for the season.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It sure is a good thing that the Detroit Lions got rid of Mike Martz after last year, huh? That offense that he was trying to run doesn't work at all, huh? He was definitely the reason why the offense tanked last year, huh?
After two years as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, they fired him during the off season. It didn't take long for Martz to find work again, as the San Francisco 49ers hired him to be their offensive coordinator.
Today, the Lions came in to face Martz and the 49ers. This game had a lot of hype because it was the "new look" Lions facing their former offensive coordinator.
The funny thing is that Martz has the 49ers running the exact same offense that he ran in Detroit. The EXACT same offense. So you would think that Detroit would know what was coming, right? WRONG!! San Francisco torched Detroit 31-13. What is even funnier is that the knock on Martz in Detroit was that he ignored the run too much. Detroit was an efficient passing team, but was near the bottom in the NFL in rushing. Well, San Francisco out rushed Detroit 182-116.
But the Lions problems were his fault though, right Ford and Millen?
I can just imagine a conversation between Martz and Millen/Ford. It would probably go something like this;
Martz: Hey Matt and William Clay! Do you two like apples?
Millen and Ford: Well sure we do.
Martz: Well my team just ran up and down the field on your team. How do you like them apples!?!?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
- Michigan State over Notre Dame : Even thought the Irish beat up on Michigan last week, I'm still not convinced that they are back to form as the Notre Dame of old.
- Auburn over LSU : This is my upset of the week in college. I believe that the #10 ranked Tigers will upstage the #6 ranked Tigers
- Western Michigan over Tennessee Tech : Honestly, I don't know a thing about Tennessee Tech.
- Atlanta over Kansas City : I know, I am a KC fan. But with the Chiefs qb struggles (because of injuries, Tyler Thigpen will be their 3rd starting qb in as many weeks), I've got to go with Atlanta.
- Buffalo over Oakland : The Bills have made me a believer in them.
- Chicago over Tampa Bay : I don't think that Griese is the answer for the Bucs
- Carolina over Minnesota : Switching qb's isn't going to help the Vikings
- New England over Miami : The Matt Cassell show continues in NE
- New York Giants over Cincinnati : The Super Bowl champs are too much for the Bengals to handle.
- Tennessee over Houston : Switching to Kerry Collins at qb was the best move the Titans could have made.
- Arizona over Washington : This one is just a gut feeling.
- Denver over New Orleans : Denver's Jay Cutler is quickly becoming an elite qb
- San Francisco over Detroit : Mike Martz gets his revenge for being last years scapegoat in Detroit
- Seattle over St. Louis : The Seahawks aren't that good, but the Rams are that bad.
- Cleveland over Baltimore : The Browns will wake up and defeat the Ravens
- Indy over Jacksonville : The Jags are too beat up to win this one
- Philadelphia over Pittsburgh : In one of the better games this week, the Eagles topple the Steelers in a shootout
- Green Bay over Dallas : Dallas was (and still is) my Super Bowl pick. I believe the the short week will hurt them in the long run.
- San Diego over New York Jets : The Chargers will get their first win over the year against Brett Favre and the Jets.
Well there you have it folks. Good luck to your teams this week and I hope that you all have a great weekend! Go Chiefs!
"I believe in the guy I hired (head coach Rod Marinelli) and I believe in the staff we put together and I believe in the players we have on the field. If you want to point a finger at anybody for that stuff, it's on me. I'm fine with that because I believe in what's out there.''
"Do what you're coached to do and play to your capability and we'll be fine. I still believe that and that's not going to change.''
"I guess I wouldn't be surprised, I really haven't thought about it. I'm more concerned with this (pointing to the workout) than any other part.
"Since I've been here, sure. Obviously. Like I said earlier, I'm the one who hired the guy and I believe in him 100 percent, I believe in him now more than I ever have. That guy is exactly what you need.''
"Because he's consistent. You see that and it's not changing. He's a straight line. He'll do what he believes is the right thing to do and what he's doing is the right way. The players we picked we did for a reason, the same reasons still exist. The staff is in place for the same exact reason.
"Yeah, sure, all the time. You'd have to talk to him, but here's my take - he has high expectations. When you have high expectations, you also get frustrated, too, and there are answers you want, too.''
This past summer, a group of NBA players went to Beijing to represent our country and play in the Olympics. They considered it an honor to play for the United States. People in the military are willing to put their lives at risk to fight for this country.
We are so lucky to live in the greatest country in the world. A country that gives us so many freedoms and choices. So we honor our country by flying our flags and standing at attention when the star spangled banner is played.
Apparently, that doesn't apply to Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks. In this clip on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1llOTCAyf0, Howard is at a charity flag football game. There is someone on the field going around to some of the players. While the national anthem is being played, Howard looks into the camera and says "The Star Spangled Banner is going on, I don't celebrate this [expletive], I'm black".
But this isn't the first time that Howard has gotten into trouble. Last spring he admitted to a Dallas Morning News reporter that he liked smoking dope. He only fueled the fire to this story when he decided to call a Dallas radio station during the NBA playoffs and talk about it. He next got in trouble for inviting teammates to an after hours birthday bash (in his honor) after his coach told the team not to go party. This past July he got arrested for street racing in North Carolina. And if we got back to his college days at Wake Forest (where he went to school for free because he plays basketball), he was publicly criticized when he condemned the war in Iraq.
The Mavericks need to do something about this situation. In every arena of every game that Dallas plays this year, all eyes will be on Howard to see if he is standing at attention during the playing of the National Anthem.
I personally would like to see some sort of mentoring system for young athletes. All too often, we see young athletes get their first taste of fame and fortune and turn into total morons. With a seasoned veteran watching over the young superstar, they would be able to show them the ropes, give them advice on handling certain situations. It's kind of like Crash Davis and Nuke Laloosh in the movie Bull Durham. Nuke had a million dollar arm, but a 5 cent head. Crash was brought in to mentor him.
It's sad to see a player like Howard do stupid things. He's got all the talent in the world, but he seems to think that he's untouchable. Yes, he's making almost 10 million dollars a year to play basketball and he's one of the best players on his team. But what he doesn't understand is that professional basketball is a business, and the owner of the team (Mark Cuban) is getting tired of all the negative publicity that Josh Howard is bringing to the team. It will be interesting to see what Cuban does with him.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I was at the hospital when my brother came out to tell us all the good news. Having known him for 27 years now, I have never seen him happier. Congratulations Ryan and Jessica, and welcome to our family Kylie!