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?
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.
Randy Moss was traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings. GREAT trade for the Vikings. With Sidney Rice out, the Vikings were struggling with their passing game. We all know Brett Favre has had a huge crush on Randy. Now he has him. Now he has to get the ball to him or else face the same wrath that Daunte Culpepper, Tom Brady and Jamarcus Russell felt when they didn’t get the ball to him. Make no mistake that Randy Moss is a diva. But he will make the Vikings INSTANT superbowl favorites in the NFC. Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson… WOW!
As for the New England Patriots, a 3rd round pick? They could’ve gotten more but don’t think that this wasn’t done for a purpose. Belichek traded Moss just in time for the Vikings’ Monday Night showdown with the Jets. He basically traded Moss for a Jets loss. His offense will suffer though. The Pats dismal running game will suffer, as will Wes Welkers’ numbers. Moss is one of the players you have to scheme your defense around. Moss was too big for the Pats and this move is gonna hurt them in the long run. Moss still has some years left in him and if I was Tom Brady, I’d be pissed. I don’t want to say they’re throwing the towel in but after trading away pass-rusher deluxe Richard Seymour last year, I’m not sure where this organization is headed.
Now that we’re back on the right track, 6-3 on the season, time to get down to business. After perusing through this week’s lines, I’ve got the winner for you: NY Jets at the New England Patriots -3. After what the Pats have been doing this season, they’ve proven to me that they still have some fight in them. With all of the history between these two clubs, NO WAY Bill Belichick will let his team lose this game in Foxborough, on a Thursday night in front of a national audience to his rival Eric Mangini and his fellow Jets. As for the Jets, they’ve become the poster child for inconsistency. I’m not saying Brett Favre is to blame, but hasn’t inconsistency followed him throughout his career. They’ve lost to the Raiders, beat the Bills in Buffalo, lost to Chargers, beat the Chiefs. Oh, and most importantly, already lost to the Patriots earlier in the season at home. You tell me who you like? Or shut your mouth, listen to the boss, and e Enjoy your winnings…
Technically, 5-3 on the season isn’t bad. It just sucks when you start off 5-0 and have a 3-week slide. But rest assure my gambling friends, things are about to change. I’m not gonna try to outhink it, not going for a sexy pick either. My pick this week comes from an oldie but a goodie. They started the season of with a couple of big injuries but have slowly gelled into contenders and are in a three way tie for first in their division. Buffalo Bills -3 at the New England Patriots; that’s the game. Take the Pats, take the points. I’m pretty sure New England’s not going to lose at home with the division on the line. The second half of the season starts here. They still have the best WR in the league and possibly the best home field advantage too. Hopefully the streak stops/starts here.
So the Patriots beat the Giants in NY on Saturday night, 38-35. Props to the Giants for keeping it respectable but you always had that gut feeling that the Pats were going to win. Is it just me or were the fans in NY cheering for the Pats? Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s records of most passing touchdowns in a single season with 51. Randy Moss broke the single game receiving touchdown records held by Jerry Rice, with 23. These guys are for real. I don’t think anyone doubts that. But in playoffs, one fumble or bad snap and the tide can turn if the game is close. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, this records doesn’t mean s#@! if they don’t win the Superbowl. By the way, if my fantasy football league was still going, I would’ve killed today (Randy Moss 2 tds + Eli Manning 4 tds). Go figure.
It’s all about matchups. I survived round 1, and the only reason was because I was the top seeded team playing against the eight seed. If I played any other team, I would’ve been outty. But now it’s round two, 1 win away from the money, forget about my team’s poor performance last week. Thursday night’s game had my opponent playing Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, who decided to tear it up. 23 points later, I’m already in the hole and looking forward to Sunday. Anxious a bit too. The good: I got Derek Anderson hosting the Bills (I need at least 3 tds from him). Randy Moss v. the Jets and Terrell Owens v. the Eagles, both at home, both should pay dividends (especially after T.O.’s quiet week 14). Ryan Grant against the Rams, I’ll take that too. Dallas Clark at the Raiders, I smell endzone. The Bad: Eli Manning at home against the ‘skins, I’m worried. This guy hasn’t played well since week 1. Fargas at home against the Colts, worried about the Colts focusing on him. X-factors: Steven Jackson and Torry Holt at home against Green Bay??? How about the Baltimore D at Miami, can they shut down or will me picking up Baltimore jinx them and give Miami their 1st win. My opponent isn’t too shabby either. Aside from the two Broncos mentioned above, he’s got Kitna and K. Jones at S.D. Housh at S.F., GB defense, Addai at Oakland and Driver and Hines. I like my players’ matchups more than his and my yahoo fantasy says my team should take it. I’m still worried as I should be but it’ll make my Sunday interesting. Worse case scenario, I play for 3rd base and my money back. I don’t want it, I want the gold, cup, ring, whatever you wanna call it. FOCUS, FOCUS.
Let me start off by saying I am not a New England Patriots fan. But what they have done so far this year is remarkable! Whether you love em or hate em, we are witnessing something that may not be duplicated for as long as we live, and for that they get my respect. With that said, however, today I rooted for the Pats like I have never rooted before… why? Because of that idiot Anthony Smith on the other side of the football. In case you were stuck in a cave for the last couple of days and didn’t hear, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Smith guaranteed a victory over the Patriots today. What happened? Oh nothing… he only got slapped like the bitch that he is by the “Brady Bunch”. After throwing his first TD to Randy Moss, the usually mild mannered Brady ran toward Smith in the endzone and had a few choice words for him. They jawed back and forth, and after a 3 and out for Pitt, the very next offensive play for New England was a play action bomb to Moss for another TD! Smith was left in the dust as he bit thinking it was a run play, only to look over his shoulder to see Moss tiptoeing into the endzone. Game over! Tom Brady ended the day with 399 yards and 4 TD’s, and the streak continues. Moral of the story? I hate shit talkers… Especially from unestablished no names! Hey Steeler fans, you can thank your no named safety for this 34-13 blowout… Nice guarantee!
Have you seen this person? The Bears‘ defense seems to have disappeared. One year after leading their team to the Superbowl, the Bears defense, well SUCKS. They’re ranked 28th in yards per game, 20th in points given up per game, 27th in rushing yards allowed, and 25th in passing yards allowed. It’s a sad day in Chicago. On Thursday night, the Bears horrific defense continued as they allowed backup qb Todd Collins, Mr. I haven’t thrown a pass in 3 years or a td in 5, torched the Chicago Bears D with 2 touchdowns, no pics and 224 yards. This guy completed 15 of 20 passes. Are you kidding me? The Washington Redskins. I guess I’m more pissed because this week is the first round of playoffs for my fantasy league and I am playing the worst team in the playoffs and my Bears D got me a measly 3 points. What a bust. This team is a far cry from last years, let alone the Bears of the past. If I go out in the first round, I’m gonna be pisssssed. Now I know what Marty Schottenhiemer feels like. Hopefully my offense tears it up, let’s go Eli Manning, Derek Anderson, T.O., Moss, Steven Jackson, Holt, Ryan Grant, Fargas, Dallas Clark, and of course, the kicker Mason Crosby. Pray for me fellow readers, I need this bad. If I lose, they might hire Norv to replace me.
After the Ravens handed the game to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle stated in an interview that the head linesman Phil McKinnelly called him “boy” after one of the questionable calls made on the field in the fourth quarter. It seems that Rolle went over to the ref and politely requested an explanation of the linesman’s call. Is it just me or is everyone getting to damn sensitive and prissy? Is Rolle upset because the word “boy” was used in racially derogatory manner? Well since both parties involved are black so that can’t be it. Is Rolle upset because he has worked hard all his life and has a wife and 3 kids and deserves to be called Mr. or Man? Let’s be real, NO. I think Rolle is upset because they lost. He’s making a stink about the comment when in reality, a lot worse is said to the refs/umps/players and most other partakers in the athletic and sporting industry. I’m not saying it’s OK, but let’s not cry about it and file a complaint. The Ravens lost, they should’ve won and frankly, it’s their own fault. File a complaint against the coaching staff for calling a timeout right before they stuffed Brady on 4th and inches. File a complaint against Ed Reed for intercepting the ball and fumbling it right back to the Patriots. File a complaint against the defense for letting Tom Brady march down the field. File a complaint against Bart Scott for the two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties which yielded 30 on the final kickoff by the Pats. Don’t blame the Refs for name calling. File a complaint against yourself for not acting like a man.