DECEMBER 6, 2010, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, New York Jets at Foxborough to play the New England Patriots. Both teams are 9-2, fighting for first place in their division, let alone the AFC. The players hate each other, the coaches hate each other. If you are in the vicinity of New England, I suggest you get some tickets because this is going to be the matchup of the season. The seasoned veteran Tom Brady against the up and comer Mark Sanchez. Everyone (including myself) has been talking about how the Jets haven’t won a quality game all year (except against the Pats). Their last 5 games have been come from behind-ers. They lost to Green Bay, they lost to the Ravens. Other than the Pats, the only tough game left is against the Steelers. I thought they were supposed to have a tough schedule this year since they made it to the Conference finals last year? The Pats on the other hand keep doing it. They trade Randy Moss for a late pick and don’t miss a step. They beat Baltimore, San Diego and Indy and have one tough game left against Green Bay. Other than Tom Brady and Wes Welker, I’m hard pressed to name any other players on this team… Sorry, they have old man Deion Branch too!
I was “perusing” this week’s games to see if I can “supplement” my income. One game that stood out is the Philadelphia Eagles at the Chicago Bears with the Eagles being favored on the road by 3.5 points. MY LOCK: TAKE THE BEARS. Here’s why: the Eagles and the rest of the country are on this Michael Vick high. They almost lost to the Giants last week if it weren’t for Manning’s bonehead fumble. Frankly, I’m not sold on Mike Vick. Sure he’s exceeding everyone’s expectations but they were set so low that anytime he completes an average pass, everybody ooohs and aaaahs. It looks like Vick starts games hot but fades in the fourth quarter. The Bears on the other hand have quietly put together 7-3 season. Credit Lovie Smith for getting these guys to believe in themselves. Their defense looks like the defense from the Superbowl team a few years back. Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Julius Peppers…. Wow, talk about scary. 2 out of 3 of their losses this year have been by 3 points. So take my advice, and take the Chicago Bears ’cause there’s no way the Bears are gonna lose at home, not this week at least. You can thank me later.
Today, head coach, or shall I say ex Brad Childress was “let go” by the Minnesota Vikings. I have 2 words for the Vikings organization… TOO LATE. After being waxed at home by the rival Packers, the Vikings have sunk to 3rd place in their division with an ugly 3-7 record. They are 1 game ahead of the Lions and 4 games behind both the Pack and the Bears. Why wasn’t this move made 1 month ago, when they could’ve salvaged their season? Their wins have come against the Cowboys, Lions, and Cardinals. Who would’ve thought that the Brett Favre of last year would turn into a pumpkin this year. That’s karma for Brett and the Vikings. Brett should have come to training camp this year. He has been out of sync with his receivers all year. Chilly and the Vikes should’ve never bent over for Brett. They sent players to recruit him sent the head coach to the airport to pick him up. Are you kidding me? The Vikings forgot that their most important player wasn’t Favre, rather it was Adrian Peterson. Now they’ve wasted this year, AP’s legs and any chance to make the Superbowl in a weak NFC. Good luck Chilly, I’m sure you’ll find a job somewhere, just not as a head coach.
How’s that for a catchy title? And just for the record, it’s nasty meaning bad, not nasty as in 2 Live Crew Nasty As You Wanna Be! How do you get blown on by the Indiana Pacers? Eric Gordon (the little engine that could) is clearly not leading this team. He is probably the most talented player on this team and it seems that all he cares about are his points. 5-17 shooting from the field? He’s shooting under 19% from the arc and under 80% from the charity stripe. Clean it up, you’re supposed to be a shooting guard. I’ma talk a little about Blake Griffin. Did you see that dunk last night where he shitted on Anthony Tolliver of the T-wolves! That was sick. But unfortunately, I’m a little disappointed in this guys season. He is clearly the most athletic player on the team. But he seems to lack basketball skill. I know he’s averaging just under 17 points and 11 boards per game but it seems like most of his buckets are dunks. He is a heinous, and I mean HEINOUS freethrow shooter (55% on the year). I don’t think Vinnie Del Negro was the right coach. He lacks experience and for a young team like the Clips, they need a veteran coach that’s been to the promised land (and in the case of the Clippers, the promised land is anywhere but the cellar of the league). As for the rest of the roster, there’s only a handful of guys that would make it on a winning NBA team. Over their last 4 games, they’ve managed to lose to the Pistons, Pacers, NETS, and T-Wolves. I can’t even stomach watching 1 quarter of Clipper basketball. And while I’m dogging the Clips, I just wanted to say that they need new play-by-play guys. Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith are quite possible the worst color commentators. Then again, it’s gotta be hard working the Clippers year in and year out. I’m guessing it takes a toll on your psyche. 1-11. What a way to start your season…
It’s official, Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies has been awarded the National League Cy Young award. He had a great regular season, going 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts. He threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season. What makes it more remarkable is that he’s doing it at the age of 33. Not old but definitely on the back 9 of his career. I know you’re not supposed to include the post season but if you did, I might lean a little towards that kid up in the ‘frisco Bay. Lincecum won the games when it counted (not to say that Halladay didn’t) and if it wasn’t for his pitching and out-dueling the immortal Cliff Lee, the Giants wouldn’t have one the Series. Hats off to Halladay, it’s too bad he didn’t get out of Toronto earlier.
Just when you thought that Randy Moss would take a team to the next level…BOOM! Wrong again. They didn’t need him in New England after he kept mouthing off about his contract. He turned the Minnesota Vikings into a bigger circus, if that’s even possible. Then they released him too. And now in his debut with the Titans, they lose to the hapless Miami Dolphins. Sure, the Titans didn’t have Vince Young and Kerry Collins got injured in the game but they still had enough fire power to win this games. I’m a big believer in team chemistry and locker room cancers. Randy Moss is about to join the Terrell Owens club of “plenty of talent, but no takers…” There is no specific event that triggered Moss’ fall from grace. He wasn’t happy in Minnesota when they had Chris Carter and Dante Culpepper. He wasn’t happy in Oakland (understandably so). He barked up the wrong tree in New England and got traded for a measly mid-round draft pick. He couldn’t get it together in Minnesota and now this. I got a feeling that Jeff Fisher is going to regret this decision in a few weeks. Moss is a sure fire hall-of-famer but his reputation is being tarnished. It’s a good thing this is the MLB where players are judged on their character along with their stats. Look what happened to Albert Bell. Stay tuned next week for the continuation of this soap opera, the saga continues.
So I’m sitting here and watching the Indy v. Bengals game with my 6 day old son Leo. That’s right, 6 day old. Born on 11/8/10, at 7:52 a.m., this 8 lb bundle has brought me nothing but joy. I’m not a Colts fan, not sure if he’ll be one…ever, or if he’ll even like football, or…gulp….sports. But I am a Peyton Manning fan, a player that is the true definition of sportsmanship, class, and drive. I’m guessing that my son and I will be spending a lot of time with each other over the remainder of my lifetime (or at least I hope). Words can’t explain the pleasure this baby has brought me over the last 6 days. It makes all the sleepless nights (past and future) and dirty (and do I mean DIRTY) diapers worth it. I don’t want to get emotional, but sometimes when you’re this happy, there’s nothing better than sharing it with the world. Who knows, maybe we’re looking at the next Manning (as long as its not Cooper…)
Quick, name me 5 San Francisco Giants’ starters (position players only)!!! Let’s see, Barry Bonds, J.T. Snow, Benito Santiago… ummmm… that guy that batted after Barry Bonds that always looked angry, and oh yeah, Jeff Kent. Just kidding, this group of Giants is a far cry from those that I cheered against in the 2002 World Series. These guys are actually likeable. How can you hate Tim Lincecum, he’s like Jeff Spicoli from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Feel good story for Edgar Rentaria. I’m glad that Pat Burrell’s batting woes continued. Does that guy ever smile? It’s safe to say that Burrell didn’t contribute AT ALL to this Championship. He struck out 3 more times today, which gives him 11 strikeouts in 13 at bats. That’s gotta be a record. Don’t ever say pitching doesn’t win Championships. I don’t know how the Braves didn’t win more in the 90s with the Maddox/Glavine/Smoltz combo but with the Lincecum/Cain/Bumgardner combo, these kids should be back to the playoffs next year and date I say, repeat? Congrats to the Giants, the City and since I live in Cali, congrats to the state. Too bad for Cliff Lee, he went from ALDS hero to the goat, earning to losses in the series. I guess that’s what happens when you go up against the arguably the best pitcher in the Majors. I’m sure Lee’s heading to the Yankees next year, which should bring the Rangers back down to earth. Listen, as long as the Red Sox lose, I can sleep at night.