Superbowl times folks. I gotta be honest with you, this is the first Superbowl where I kinda like both teams. I was just happy to see both the 49ers and the Patriots lose. I like Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, as he’s a class act. And I know if Pete Carrol wins a Superbowl, Jim Harbaugh is gonna commit suicide. On the other hand, Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever and with a win in 2 weeks, he will cement his place a top the list of greatest all time. Imagine how much Bill Belichek is gonna hurt if Wes Welker wins another ring, especially after Billy had him in the doghouse last year. Either way, looks like a good matchup. Oddsmakers have Denver at -2.5 (that’s a 2.5 points favorite for you rookies) and my gut is telling me that Denver’s gonna take it. Seattle hasn’t earned its bones yet and after watching them again the 49ers, they seem to inconsistent on offense and frankly a bit nervous. The line will probably move 1 point by the end of next week so you might want to jump on the Broncos now. Either way,, should be a great game in shitty weather. Too bad my Chiefs choked away a 9-0 season and a 28 point lead against the Colts in the opening round.
7 touchdowns!!! WOW! Whoever had Peyton playing on their fantasy league probably won their week already. The passes Manning was throwing weren’t even bullets. Shows how much accuracy is more important than strength. Ask Greg Maddux. As for the Baltimore Ravens, what a difference an offseason makes. They lose 10 starters including Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and their defense couldn’t stop nobody. I’ll give them this, their offense didn’t help them out with all those 3 and outs but the Ravens look like a fraction of themselves. Manning on the other hand, 1 game, 7 touchdowns, ties an NFL records. I bet you Bill Belichik was smiling when Wes Welker fumbled that punt return in the 1st quarter but way to go Wes by rebounding with 9 catches and 2 touchdowns.
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That’s right, folks, the Colts are officially on the clock. Although, they don’t need to look further than Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Don’t get me wrong, I love Peyton Manning. Drafting Luck is no disrespect to Manning. Manning is 35 years old. He will be 36 before the 2012 season begins. At best, he has 3 PRIME years remaining, and that’s if he is fully recovered from his neck injury. I have no problems with Luck sitting on the bench for a couple of years and taking notes form the best quarterback to ever play the game. Aaron Rogers watched Brett Favre. Carson Palmer watched Jon Kitna. Tom Brady watched Drew Bledsoe. The list goes on. Throwing a rookie quarterback into the fire has proven to be a mistake. Look at all the past qbs that have been disappointments: Jamarcus Russell, Vince Young, Akili Sith, Cade McCown. This past year has been an anomaly. The successes of Ponder, Dalton and Super Cam is something I’ve never seen. Nevertheless, you’re going to hear a lot of jibberish about the Colts taking Luck. They shouldn’t taken Robert Griffin. They shouldn’t draft a running back. They shouldn’t draft defense. They shouldn’t trade their pick. Draft the kid, let him sit for a couple of years. Luckily for us, we still have a month of playoffs, upsets, and the Superbowl coming up. If you’re team is still in the hunt, don’t watch them from your couch. Take you son, your buddy, your wife, or just go yourself and support them live.
And with the 8th overall pick of the NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans select…. a quarterback? 4 years after selecting Vince Young from Texas, the Tennessee Titans and owner Bud Adams have decided to end the VY experiment. The rift between the coach and the player has been lingering for years only to come to a climax this season, leading to the Titans’ losing 8 of their last 9. I’m glad someone finally took the coach’s side over the diva players’. NFL and most modern day athletes are so spoiled and used to getting their own way that when something like this happens, everyone is so shocked. This is how it used to be, when sports was real. Coaches these days have to walk on eggshells when they criticize their star/franchise players. Jeff Fisher has been coaching this team for 16 years or so. If you think there’s another qualified coach out their, good luck finding one. The Titans can easily draft a scrambling quarterback, they’re a dime a dozen in college. I don’t think VY every played up to his potential. Then again, I do believe that his type of quarterbacks, while successful in the short term, can never win you a Superbowl. Look at Vick and McNabb. It’s no coincidence all the winning Superbowl quarterbacks have been pocket passers… Brady, Manning, Brees. I’m sure there will be some suitors for Vince Young. Half the league is in need of a quarterback. As for the Titans, they’re 1 QB and 1 WR away from making a deep run in the playoffs. They have the best runnign back in the game in Chris Johnson, and like most RB careers go, he’s got about 2 more years of playing at this level. The next move the Titans have to make is cutting Randy Moss. Look how it helped the New England Patriots. I love Moss but he reeks of clubhouse cancer. You can’t have selfish guys like that on a team, especially without a true team captain to put him in place. It’s going to be an interesting offseason…wait a minute, don’t the playoffs start this weekend?
Ok folks, I’m officially concerned. Peyton Manning threw 4 picks yesterday in huge loss to the Dallas Cowboys, at HOME! Peyton look nervous during the game and did have that “air” of confidence. I have a bad feeling that they’re not going to make the playoffs which would be a shame. Who wants to see the Jaguars win the conference (outside of Jacksonville-ians)? I think I know what’s wrong with Manning. First, they have no running game. Their lead rusher is a guy named Javarris James with a whopping 6 carries for 18 yards. Donald Brown and Mike Hart and assy. Defenses are not respecting the play-action pass and we all know how easy it is to defend a one-dimensional team. The second problem are their receivers. Peyton’s favorite target Dallas Clark is out for the season. HUGE! I know he’s just a tight end but most TE’s are a quarterback’s safety blanket. Manning and his receivers don’t look like they’re on the same page. Outside of Reggie Wayne, they have no receivers that can kill anyone. And I don’t wanna hear about Pierre Carcon and Blair White. My last point I wanna make is 34. Maybe Peyton’s getting old? Maybe his passes are 1 second too late? I don’t wanna jump the gun here but if they don’t make the playoffs, do you draft a quarterback in the first round to prep him in 3-4 years? Forget it, let’s not even talk about it. The Colts face the Titans 2x, the Jaguars at home, and the Raiders. If they run the table, they sneak into the playoffs. Don’t count out Manning yet.
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…)
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.
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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.
Is there any doubt? Whatever happens this weekend, it doesn’t matter. He’s already won a ring. Noone ever doubted Dan Marino’s skill as a quarterback and he never won the big one. If I’m starting a franchsie, this is the guy that’s going #1. He’s never injured ala every other quartback in the league. He never makes a bonehead play that costs his team the game (see Brett Favre). He’s not into individual accomplishments. The biggest reason why he’s so good… he’s a student and fan of the game. Plus, he’s funny as heck in his commercials. Make no doubt that having two weeks before the Superbowl, Peyton Manning will be the hardest working player and coach in the Colts locker room. I would love to see this guy be a head coach one day in the future. But until then, let’s enjoy history in the making because all of you who are reading this article and love the NFL can tell their kids and grandkids one day that they were alive when the greatest quarterback ever played the game.
That’s all there is to it. When this team first started gelling a few years ago, I was all for them. Ladanian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Marty Schottenheimer. But for some reason, throughout the years, my love and passion for this team has turned it disgust. As soon as they fired Marty, blaming him for a horrible playoff loss after multiple players mishaps, this team went from heroes to zeroes. A bunch of overrated, underachieving pre-madonnas. They talk shit (Rivers) and expect everyone to bow down to them when they haven’t proven NADA. The only guys that was ever respected on this team was Lorenzo Neal, who is no longer with the team. They don’t back each other up when the going gets tough (L.T.). Well, guess what, they lost at home today to the Indianapolis Colts. This was a MUST-WIN game for them. They”re 2 games behind the Broncos, who just got waxed by the Oakland Raiders. The AFC West is a freakin’ joke. 3/4 teams are WELL under .500 and the division leading Broncos are whopping 6-5. With that said, whoever comes out of this division is a guaranteed first round and out. I’m not sure what I’d rather see, the Bots not making the playoffs or the Bolts getting waxed in the first round. I’m thinking the former. Thanks for coming Chargers. Here’s a prediction for the rest of the league: Norv’s gonna hang for this.