Football season is underway and it’s time for us regular folks to make some money. After running through this weekend’s NFL and NCAA football games, I’m ready to let you in on my “LOCK” of the week: the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos. It’s a pick ’em. After the way the Broncos torched the Raiders last week (I know, it’s the Raiders), I’m beginning to believe the Jay Cutler hype. This guy is turning out to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league. We all know about that Mile-High mystique. Denver’s not the easiest place to play in. Plus, don’t think that the Broncos forgot what happened the last time these two teams met when Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers began trash tralking at the end of a meaningless win over the Broncos. As for the Chargers, they struggled against Carolina last week. LB Shawne Merriman is officially out for the rest of the season. Plus, the Chargers are notoriously slow starters. Frankly, I’m not sold on Rivers. It’s payback time for the Broncos and hopefully payday for all you who like to dabble in the art of sports betting. Well folks, there you have it. Put the house on it or just put a $20 spot on it, it’s your call. You can thank me on Monday. And remember, I accept tips…
O.J. Simpson arrived at a courthouse Thursday for a hearing to determine whether he will face trial on charges he and others robbed two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. What he will be convicted of still remains to be seen. If convicted of kidnapping, he could face a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction could mean mandatory prison time. Either way, Simpson’s future not looking too good. Three of Simpson’s co-defendants have either pleaded guilty or have agreed to do so and are expected to testify against him. Maybe he should think about a pair of ‘cement shoes’ for his co-defendants… I mean, no testimony, no jail, right? Just a thought.
Not looking too good for Mr. Juice. Another co-defendant has come out and said he will testify against O.J. Simpson and four others in the alleged hotel room theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers. Walter Alexander has told a judge he will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and could face between one and six years in prison. Between you and me, I hope this guy is convicted and sent to jail for a very long time. He is an embarrassment to his university and to the NFL. Maybe the new O.J. at USC (O.J. Mayo) will leave a better legacy behind and represent his school in a better way…….. say by not killing or stealing…!?
The inventor of the horse collar, SS Roy Williams, has been fined $12,500 by the league for using the illegal technique on the Chicago Bears’ TE Desmond Clark this past weekend. The tackling technique where the defensive player grabs the offensive player from the back of the shoulder pads and pulls him down has beeen outlawed since 2005. While the move was a cause of several injuries, you can’t help but wonder whether the league is getting soft. From banning helmet to helmet contact to protecting the passer, the NFL has instilled several new rules to prevent injuries. I understand that they’re trying to prevent serious injuries but I thought this was the gridiron; a tackling, hard-hitting, full contact sport filled with tough guys like Ray “the killer” Lewis, Troy Polamalu and Brian Urlacher. The state of the game is changing, for better or worse probably depends on which side of the ball you play on. I wonder what old schoolers like Ronnie Lott or the real LT would say if they were playing ball now?
With his next touchdown pass, Brett Favre will hit #421 and surpass Dan Marino on the all time passing TD list. He has also resurrected his Green Bay Packers this season and led them to a 3-0 record in an NFC North that’s up for the taking. Now I gotta be honest with you, for the past two years, I’ve been waiting, alright hoping that Brett Farve would retire so the Packers could move on and rebuild around Cal phenom Aaron Rogers. But after seeing how Favre wears his heart on his sleeve and how he has led his team of nobodies to the top of the NFC, I’ve decided to take my foot outta my mouth. In a league congested with modern day athletes, you almost forget that there are some athletes play the way it’s supposed to be played, “to win the game,” (ala Herm Edwards). With that said, move over all you Lambeau bumpkins, I’m jumpin’ on the wagon! This might be Brett’s final year and what better way to end it than a cha…ssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, don’t jinx it.
Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears announced that Brian Griese would get the start at quarterback over Rex Grossman on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Bear fans everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. How bad had things gotten for Grossman? Bad enough that there was an uproar to start Griese. This is the same Brian Griese that was run out of town in Miami, so basically it’s a case of starting the lesser of two evils. The Bears don’t need somebody to throw 80 yard bombs. They just need someone that won’t lose them games the way Grossman was this year. Grossman’s fate was sealed before the season even started. After his performance in the Super Bowl and the pre-season, fans and media alike were calling for his head. There was no way he could succeed under these circumstances. I won’t say anything negative about Grossman, all that has been beaten to death. I will say he’s handled all the adversity with class and I hope he can get his head straight. This isn’t a case of Ryan Leaf, too much talent but a head case. Grossman just isn’t the most gifted quarterback, however, the Bears did make it to the Super Bowl last year, and who knows, if Griese can right this ship, the Bears and their defense might just make it back again. The NFC is weak and ripe for the taking.
Hey Norv…stick to coordinating. I said it, you said it, everyone said it, why would you hire Norv Turner as your head coach when you had a team that was on the threshold of a Super Bowl? Norv Turner who was a loser at Washington, a loser at Oakland, and now a loser in San Diego before he joined the Chargers his career record was 58-82! It’s like giving the keys of your brand new Rolls to an 8 year old. It’s so frustrating to watch. The Chargers were a well oiled machine last year, reeling off 14 wins. They have the best player in the league in Tomlinson. They have an up and coming young quarterback in Philip Rivers, and a defensive stopper in *Shawne Merriman. So how does one proceed to mess this golden ticket up? Enter Norv “No Where To” Turner. The Chargers have already matched their loss total from last year, and LDT is looking mortal. Everyone says how Norv is a genius offensive coordinator, and that’s all fine and dandy, but his head coaching record looks like crap. It’s so ridiculous that these high powered, highly payed GM’s don’t see what the rest of us fans do. Norv Turner should have never been given another opportunity. And after he gets the axe from San Diego, hopefully he won’t have the chance to ruin another franchise. Move up to the booth Norv, where you’re more useful.
The defending NFC champion Chicago Bears hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Prime Time TV Sunday night, and boy did they treat them well. The Cowboys trounced the Bears 34-10, led by Tony Romo’s 329 pass yds and 2 tds. Bears’ qb Rex Grossman on the other hand, well, didn’t have his greatest game, 195 yds, 3 picks, no tds, 27.5 rating. Let’s not blame Rex for the loss, as there’s only so much one can do when the talent is not there. Look on the bright side, he threw for 195 yds and rushed for 12 without fumbling. The Bears’ problems don’t stop at the qb position. They traded away 1,200 yd rusher Thomas Jones for some footballs, putting all their eggs in one basket with Cedric Benson. Their defense does not seem as dominant as they used to be either. Headh Coach Lovie better replace Grossy with the Skipper or the Professor if he intends on a return visit to the Superbowl.
Saints 0-2 start 42%
L.T. not topping 100 yds rushing 14%
Lion’s 2-0 start 14%
Randy Moss’ success in New England 0%
Matt Schaub’s success in Houston 28%
Now it’s time for our weekly Donovan McNabb update. You might have heard that recently during an HBO interview, McNabb claimed that black quarterbacks are under more scrutiny than their white counterparts. Claiming that even if he has a great game, people will talk about the things he didn’t do and what more he could do. He also went on to say that Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer don’t have to deal with the criticism the poor Donovan has to. Well last time I checked Manning and Palmer were much better quarterbacks than you are Donovan. But that’s not even the issue. McNabb is trying to defer attention away from his sorry play as of late and as usual just being the cry baby he always is. Have you spoken with Rex Grossman lately Donovan? Grossman gets skewered in the press on a daily basis, and he’s as vanilla as they come. How about up until last season when the knock on Payton Manning was that he couldn’t win the big game. How about Eli Manning getting ripped on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is, McNabb just bitches and moans about everything and I’m so tired of his act. You play in Philadelphia remember? That’s a passionate sports town. If you play well, they love you. If you play like Joey Harrington, then you’re going to hear about it. Suck it up and take your paycheck along with your lumps. You’re a grown man, stop whining and play ball.