Please, oh please, let someone beat the Jets. I can’t stand the New York Jets. And it’s not the all of the players. It’s what the team stands for… arrogance, swagger, and unsportsmanlike conduct. I hate Ladanian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie. I can’t stand Braylon Edwards. And Shonn Greene is getting on my nerves. I hate the way they flew around the field flying around lake airplanes. But I have no beef with Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes and the rest of the gang. I’m even beginning to like their coach Rex Ryan. I mean after watching him these two past playoff games, he just wants to win, and like having fun doing it. Sure he’s classless but you can tell that he’s the kind of coach players wanna go to battle with. That, plus every other word that comes out of his mouth is a profanity. With all that said, I still hate the NY Jets, and I think the clock is about to strike 12:00 on them this coming Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rule is if you beat a team in the regular season, it’s a lock to lose to them in the playoffs. For all of you who remember, the Jets barely beat the Steelers on December 19. Now, next Sunday will be the game of the year. A showdown between a team that punches people in the mouths (Steelers) and a team that needs to be punched in the mouth (Jets). If you’re in the area, grab some tickets, as the game’s not sold out yet. In the meanwhile, for all you Jets’ fans and players, don’t forget, you still have 2 more games to win.
Clearly sarcastic on my behalf. Jets strengthening coach SAL ALOSI stuck out his knee during a punt return, causing Miami Dolphins’ gunner Nolan Carroll to fall down. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The story of the game should have been how the Jets choked away an easy win and how they’re not as good as everyone thinks they are. Instead, you got one of Rex Ryan’s cronies executing the biggest bushleague move I have EVER seen in football. It’s unprecedented. The funny part is that I’m not surprised by this move coming from Jets’ personnel. I actually liked this team. They have some real players. But for some reason, after going on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this past offseason, they’ve turned Hollywood. Sure they made it to the AFC Championship game last year…kudos. But this year, they’ve beaten 1 quality team, and have many last second victories. Commissioner Roger Goodell better come down hard on the Jets and this Alosi guy. We want a suspension and a HUGE fine. What an idiot! And how do you lose to the Dolphins? That’s 2 losses in a row. At Pittsburgh and at Chicago over the next two weeks. Can someone say, 4-game losing streak!!!
Could the NY Jets be the real deal? I hate to say it, let alone think of it. I’m not gonna crown ’em yet. Sure Mark Sanchez is proving Pete Carroll and all the naysayers wrong. He makes plays when his team needs them and rarely makes mistakes. Ladanian Tomlinson appears to have drank from the fountain of youth because on Sunday against the Bills he decided to reel off 133 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Braylon Edwars, since his little D.U.I. incident a few weeks ago, is averaging 86 yards and 1 td in the last two games. They lost their first game of the season to the Ravens. They’ve won 3 straight since including games against rivals Patriots and Dolphins. Now if they beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, I might start jumping on the bandwagon. If there’s 1 high profile game you wanna watch next weekend, it’s this one. Witness a star quarterback in the making. How does that chant go? J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS?!?!?!
The most anticipated game of the opening weekend and all we got was a 10-9 struggle. Sure the Ravens won, we’re happy about that. We’re happy that the Jets couldn’t do shit on offense. 74 passing yards for “phenom” Mark Sanchez. I’m not sure I’ve written it down before but I’ve said it many times to date, Mark Sanchez is going to have a not-so-spectacular year. He’s not the quarterback y’all think he is. He is no Brady, Manning, Brees, or Rogers. Frankly, he’s no Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb or even Carson Palmer. I’d even take Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning over him. This kid is average at best. He won’t lose again, but he won’t win one for you either. The Ravens, on the other hand, got the victory. But I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed with the 10 points. This team was supposed to be much improved offensively. They signed Anquan Boldin and Houshmanzadeh, 2 marquee receivers. Add them to Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and that 2 pronged running attack of Ray Rice and Willis McGahee and these guys should easily be putting up gaudy numbers week in and week out. I’m gonna chalk this one up to a combination of the Jets’ D and first game jitters. But I better see some fireworks next week at Cincinnati.
With the NFL season about to start, it’s time to pick my Superbowl favorites. But first we have to differentiate from the pretenders I’m not going to analyze every team but there are some out there that people need to get over. The NY Jets for example are one. Having been a USC fan for ever, I can tell you New Yorkers that the Mark Sanchez you saw last year isn’t going to get better. They got hot and lucky at the end of the season and made a respectable run in the playoffs. But if you want my opinion, they won’t even make the playoffs this year. The Vikings are another team that will end up with a disappointing season. Even if Brett Farve comes back, there’s no way he’s gonna play better than he did last year. Assuming he doesn’t get too banged up in the regular season, I have a feeling that the Vikes aren’t going to be that offensive juggernaut they were in 2009. Everyone’s picking the Cowboys to go all the way this year. Clearly they haven’t realized that their #1 WR Roy Williams is an overrated diva. Marion Barber has taken a beating over the years and it showed last year. Their quarterback Tony Romo is a B+ at best and their coach, Wade Phillips is a joke. As for the rest: the Falcons and Ravens(not there yet), Chargers and Patriots (window closing fast), and the Steelers (too many off-field issues).
I hate to be THAT guy, but I love the Colts and the Saints to repeat. Hear me out. The only thing both teams have done over the offseason is get healthier. All the offensive weapons are there. Each team has the best quarterback in their respective conferences. Both teams play in the dirty South where they’ll be able to rack up some easy wins and gain home field throughout the playoffs. I do have one sleeper pick, the Green Bay Packers. I have to acknowledge my mancrush on QB Aaron Rogers. He’s quickly become one of the smartest and accurate passers in the game. The key to winning in this league is a stud at the helm. A solid defense is huge, but look at the last few Superbowl winners: all quarterbacks at the top of their respective games.
NFL season is right around the corner and for those of you who gamble on football spreads, there’s no better time. Aside from Monday Night Football, the games are all on Sunday giving you all week to research and prep for your “locks.” While there are thousands of online gambling sites, one of my favorites is PointSpread.com. They even have preseason spreads just in case you can’t wait till the regular season kicks off in September. Are you ready for the football?!?!?
Enough about the Jets… So they had a good year last year… They exceeded everyone’s expectations. You know what that means? That means that everyone expected them to suck and they made the playoffs. Now everyone’s talking about who’s town is it, the Jets’ or the Giants’? Let’s see, the Jets let the league leader in rushing yards walk away (Thomas Jones) and signed a has been in Ladanian Tomlinson. They have a rookie quarterback who is sure to hit the sophmore wall. Their #1 receiver Braylon Edwards is the epitamy of a pre-madonna. I do like their rookie runningback Shonne Green though. On defense, the Darrelle Revis and newliy acquired Antonio Cromartie might possible be the sickest cornerback combo since Deion Sanders and well, Deion Sanders. On the other hand, we have the NY Giants. Superbowl Champs from a few years ago. They still have Eli at the helm and Bradshaw/Jacobs combo at runningback. Their d-line is probably one of the top in the league with Justin Tuck and Osi Uminyiora. They could use some help in their secondary and lack any threats at WR. The only reason why the Jets get more love is ’cause they play in the crappy AFC East where they face the Dolphins and Bills 4x a year where the Giants have to play Dallas, Philly and even Wasington. Oh well, wise man once told me “you’re only as good as your last game.” I wouldn’t hold my breath with either of these teams next year, Minnesota and New Orleans still own the NFC and in the AFC, I’ll still put my money on the Colts and Brady and Co. I’ll give it to the Jets though, they do have a more promising future. The Plaxico fiasco in NY is still haunting the Giants.
Who is Jacquizz Rogers? Well, maybe you should ask the former #1 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans. On Thursday night, they traveled to Corvallis to play the Oregon State Beavers. That’s the unranked Oregon State Beavers. The so called “best defense” in the country was shit on by Beavers running back Jacquizz Rogers; 186 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. 5’6, 180 lb freshman runningback. I’ve never been so disgusted before in my life. The defense couldn’t stop anything. It seemed that every time O-State ran the ball in the first half, they got a first down. They even missed a gimmie interception in the endzone. Don’t even get me started with the Trojan offense. Steve Sarkissian was just as guilty with those stupid “direct halfback snaps” that seemed to work for the Miami Dolphins over the weekend. Horrible play-calling led to this mostrous upset (SC was favored by 25). As for “super” Joe McKnight, how do 7 carries for 10 yards sound? National Championship dreams down the drain. Thanks for coming SC. Just another argument for those Pac-10 haters to make in support of the SEC. Did I mention that even Stanford beat the Beavers in their first game of the season. Looks like another Rosebowl appearance for the Trojans this year. Whoopdittydoo…
I was there. Waiting all off-season for this game. THE USC TROJANS hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. #1 v. #5. Will Beanie Wells play (no)? Will that inexperienced USC offensive line be able to contain the Buckeyes defense? Was Mark Sanchez’ stellar play in week 1 just a fluke? Only one way to find out.
7:00 a.m. PST, College Gameday with Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreet. The fans were there, Trojans, Buckeyes, you name it. We even got some Gators and Cougars. Go figure. The atmosphere was electric. Smack talking all over the place. It was evident that it was going to be a rough night for the fans of one of these two teams. Everyone was waiting for 9:00 a.m. to come around, ready to hear Corso’s pick. What costume was he gonna pull out of his secret bag? Then, as if he could foresee the future, Corso spoke:
Trojans to win!!! See, that’s him in the middle in the Trojans battle gear. From then, it was all down hill for the Buckeyes and their fans. By noon, even the Ohio State Buckeyes’ mascot Brutus was seen attempting suicide. Poor Brute, he never stood a chance. 5:00 p.m., gametime. No Beanie Wells, no chance in hell. Ohio State drives, puts up a field goal, leads 3-0, and… well, that’s it for their highlight reel. SC quarterback Mark Sanchez, 4 tds and 1 pick. RB Joe McKnight, 12 rushes fro 105 yds. Oh yeah, that SC defense, only 30 yards of offense for the Buckeyes in the second half. Thanks for coming. See you next year at the Shoe…
Play of the game, a pick and 48 yards td return by lineback Ray Maualuga to put them up 21-3. They don’t call him “Sting Rey” for nothing. And trust me, this one’s gonna sting Ohio State for at least one year.
Time for the biggest game in college football this season. Time for the biggest game in Trojans’ country since the Rosebowl against Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns. Time for the biggest game in Ohio State Buckeyes history and the Big Ten. Let’s stop this “Beanie Wells is doubtful” bullshit. Everybody in Ohio knows he’s playing. Everybody in LA knows he’s playing. If Jim Tressel needs to con his players and have Beanie show up on Saturday and “pick up” his team as a last minute motivational tool, then he’d better head back to Ohio right now. Enough of the shenanigans, the reverses, the options, the fake injury reports. SC’s ready. The fans are ready to go. I’m gonna be there, right on top of the tunnel. So when SC is done beating the Beanie out of the Well, the fans are gonna razzle the Buckeyes all the way to the locker room. Weanie Wells is going to wish he never got on the plane to LA. He’s gonna wish he redshirted this year.
The key to this game, defense. And who has the best in the corp. in the country? SC DOES!!! Brian Cushing and Ray Maualuga. Heard of them? How about Kevin Ellison and Taylor Mays? Not ringing a bell. Maybe an Everson Griffin? These guys will all be playing in the pros in a year or two. I’m not gonna even get into the offense. Not enough time. Jim Tressel better have a couple (hundred) aces up his sleeve. The flickering reputation of the Big Ten is riding on this game. The Big Ten is weak is what every sports announcer, analyst and frankly anyone with half have been preaching. They haven’t won an important game in years. They’re light years away from the Pac-10, SEC, and Big 12. Some might even say the WAC is a tougher conference (yes, even the WAC). As for the Buckeyes, no pressure ladies. This weekend will come and go. You’ll be in the same position as you were, an overrated team that can’t win an important game. Next time, try scheduling a game with a team in your league, like…Youngstown State or something. I hear they’re the next up and comers.
If you were worried about the USC Trojans this year, worry no more. On Saturday, the Trojans traveled east towards Virginia to play the Cavaliers; and boy did they play them, to a tune of 52-7. This is the best I’ve seen the Trojans in 2 years. Sure, the Cavaliers are not a top-ranked team, or even a ranked team for that matter, but hey, they were supposed to put up a bigger fight than that. The running game was rolling, 218 yds and 4 tds. The passing game led by QB Mark Sanchez couldn’t have been more precise, 338 yds, 3 tds and one pick (which wasn’t his fault by the way). The defense, well, they showed by they’re the best in the country. Next up, Ohio State in two weeks. As for the Buckeyes, sure they spanked Youngstown State, but at the expense of their Heisman RB Beanie Wells. I hope this won’t slow him down for the showdown in So. Cal. in 2 weeks. We don’t want any excuses.