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13
Nov
09

That’s how you do it! That’s how you f*ckin do it!

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Dwayne Wade held Thursday mass, when he baptized Anderson Varejao. WOW! Incase you missed it, here’s you go.

Not only was that dunk insane, but there was yet another D-Wade experience. Lebron misses a dunk on one end, and D-Wade brings the ball up the court, looks Varejao in the eyes and said, “Daddy’s home!” Varejao got sonned, and there was nothing he could do about it. If the dunk wasn’t enough, D-Wade turns to the crowd and yells, “That’s how you do it! That’s how you f*ckin do it!” Was that a shot at Bron Bron? I think so! It wasn’t malicious, just a friendly rivalry last night. One thing’s for sure, D-Wade’s dunk will live on as long as there are highlight reels.

Who had the best dunk of the NBA season thus far?

Dwayne Wade on Anderson Varejao

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Carmelo Anthony on Paul Milsap

Will Bynum on Tyson Chandler

Andre Iguodala on the Nets

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13
Nov
09

Let it Die…PLEASE!

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I hope this is the last time any of us have to think about Kanye’s VMA fiasco. After two months, it’s safe to say the joke is over done. There’s a saying in the urban community, something’s cool until the white folks start using it. During the Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley did a bit where they talked about their favorite music videos, when Grand Ole Opry Legend, Little Jimmy Dickens pulled a “Kanye”.

 

Old people make me laugh so it’s kinda funny. Little Jimmy is nearly 90 year olds and looks to be a foot shorter than Carrie Underwood. Props to the CMAs for a fun time indeed. But at some point we have to move on from this joke so the healing process can begin. No one in pop and country music is bigger than Taylor Swift right now. I’d like to see a moment where she doesn’t have to be reminded of Kanye every time she’s interviewed or recognized for her accomplishments. Let Taylor do her thing and Kanye get some help.

12
Nov
09

I’m Man Enough to Admit When I’m Wrong

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When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And when you’re right, you’re right. I try to be right more often than not, but on those rare occurrences when I am wrong, I have no issue admitting my mistakes. If you’ve followed The 5th Floor from the beginning, you may remember my attempt to blog live, during this year’s NFL Draft. I was doing a nice job, if I say so myself. Still, my coverage went out the window when the Bucs traded from the 19th pick to 17th, to draft QB Josh Freeman of Kansas State. At the time I was critical of the selection. Alright, I flat out blew a gasket. I was steamed over the pick. Freeman never proved himself on the college level. So maybe the following reaction was a bit premature.

Now to the biggest turd laid in the first round. It was made by none other than my ex-beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  They traded up to select a player they could’ve traded into the 2nd round to get. Josh Freeman is going to be a humongous bust. Everyone compares him to Big Ben, but Freeman isn’t an accurate passer. Ben knows how to hit his receivers in the right positions, while Freeman over/under threw his receivers. He has the physical tools to be a monster, but the brains of a squirrel on crack. I’ve seen nothing from this guy that tells me he’s worth the 19th pick. I will have an announcement at some point tomorrow. So be sure to check back for it.

Honestly, I don’t know who else has been picked since then. The Bucs screwed my brain up with that pick. We just picked our Jamarcus Russell.

And as some of you may remember, my announcement wasn’t pleasant either.

After leading the Bucs to their first win of the season, and snapping an 11 game losing streak, let me officially “apolo-“ to Josh Freeman and the Bucs organization. Only “apolo-“ because I’ll be damned if I take back everything I said. Although I was astonished by Freeman’s progression from college waste to NFL starter, there were still red flags popping up about his game. Like I said back in April, his accuracy is an issue. Freeman completed 43% of his passes during Sunday’s win, and there were several times he didn’t put the ball where it needed to be. His receivers had their share of drops but there were plays where if he had better touch on the ball, the endzone was there for the taking. Also let’s not forget he was a holding call and Al Harris drop from throwing picks in back to back plays. Call me a hater or any other name that comes to mind but someone has to play devil’s advocate and put a little perspective on the young man’s play.

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Now that the negatives are out the way it’s time for the Bucs fan in me come out for a minute. If the kid cleans up his accuracy, he’s got the tools to be a franchise quarterback. Those comparisons to Roethlisberger came to light during the game. One of the commentators mentioned how Freeman looked like a young Big Ben out there. For ONE game I saw it too. His pocket awareness was magnificent. Feeling pressure from your blindside is one of the hardest aspects of being a successful NFL QB. In his first start, Freeman picked up the pressure, after seemingly ever breakdown in protection. Usually you see a young QB handle pressure by tucking the ball and running, Freeman’s predecessor did it repeatedly during his starts. Freeman on the other hand remained calm and used his feet to move the pocket and extend plays downfield. Each time he scrambled, my eyes were locked in on the position of his head, to see if he ever took his eyes off his playmakers. The kid never did. He manipulated the scramble the way you want your QB to.

All in all, a great one game performance for Josh Freeman considering it was is first start. I’ve never been excited about a 1-7 team until now. Watching Freeman play will keep me glued to Bucs game for the rest of the year. Who knows, maybe he can give us Bucs fans something to look forward to in 2010. Either way, the rest of the year will be quite the ride.

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03
Oct
09

Buccaneers vs. Redskins Fan Preview

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We normally don’t preview any games here, but this week is a bit different. For the first time in our friendship, Lady and I get to see our two favorite teams pitted against each other. While we’ve been on the opposite sides of battle before in college basketball (I think Vasquez is being locked down by Memphis), there’s more passion this time around. There’s something about football that brings the best and worst of us all. This week has been rather pleasant considering the Bucs are whooping some Redskin ass tomorrow. But Lady and I finally discussed the game the other night through instant messages. Instead of writing up some big preview, we’re going to let you into our convo. And before anyone hits me up about this, yes…she owned me. I’m use to it by now.

Like most of our convos we’re all over the place. Hopefully, you can keep us…we barely did.

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Crunk: I’m saying it right now, our offense is putting up atleast 24 on yall. We got Cadillac running the ball like a heavy Chevy. Derrick Ward weeding his way thru defenders, and our offensive line may be banged up but it’s the Skins. All yall got is Haynesworth.

Lady: What makes you think that? We might give up yards, but we haven’t given up many points. 16(offense) to NY away. 7 to the Rams at home and 19 to Detroit away.

Crunk: 19 to the Lions…we’re better than the Lions

Lady: Ok, you just named your two backs, but your running game is ranked 25th, lol

Lady: It is? lol

Crunk: The Giants were still figuring out what they were doing. And if I remember correctly, didn’t Steve Smith drop some balls in that game?

Crunk: Stats mean nothing. We had a bad game against the Giants with a bunch of injuries on offense.

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Lady: The Giants didn’t need to figure out anything. It wasn’t like their offense was new.

Lady: booo.

Lady: And no he didnt drop enough to make a difference.

Crunk: They needed to figure out their receivers. You don’t replace a Plaxico Burress and Armani Toomer in the preaseason.

Lady: Lol @ well dressed armani

Crunk: Yea, gotta love Berman…NOT!

Lady: lol

Crunk: Real talk, you can’t even compare our offense to Detroit.

Lady: Again, there was nothing to figure out. Seemed like they knew what they were doing to me. lol. Manningham had a good game.

Crunk: Our running game will be at full strength Sunday, and that’s gonna open things up for our receivers. I feel bad for Orakho cause we’re gonna rape him Sunday.

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Lady: Josh Johnson is basically a rookie. Matt Stafford has more starts than him. Kevin Smith is comparable to Caddy. Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the league.

Lady: Stop callin him Orakho.

Crunk: Kevin Smith is no Caddy

Lady: What’s the difference between the offense that put up 86 yards last week, compared to this week, aside from the opposition?

Lady: I never said he was Caddy, but he’s comparable. Both tough runners.

Crunk: Caddy is a beast when he’s healthy. He’s added some new dimensions to his game this year. He’s better at catching the ball out the backfield, and picking up the occasion blitz.

Crunk: It’s the QB. Byron Leftwich has gotten progressively worse each of his 3 starts. Throw out the stats. If you looked at the stats you’d think he was having a pretty good year. The dude was missing wide open receivers and placing the ball in spots they couldn’t do anything with. Plus the guy is a statue with a long windup.

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Lady: That’s all good and well, but what has he done for you this year? He had a good game against Dallass, but they’ve been weak against the run so far.

Lady: He played great against the Skins when he was with the Steelers. The Bucs should stay with him for this week, lol. Josh Johnson is an unknown. He played terribly last week and you’re depending on him to put up 24 in an away game in his first start?

Crunk: Josh is one of the 4 or 5 most athletic players on our team. He’s gonna go out there and show you his accuracy, mobility, and his ability to lead this offense. He didn’t play terrible last week. The kid came in and led the offense down the field. If Michael Clayton hadn’t dropped a for sure TD pas, You’d be singing a different tune.

Lady: Ok, fine. Y’all would’ve just lost 24-7, lol.

Crunk: I could start for the Bucs and beat yall. All I have to do hand off the ball, and when it’s time to pass, find #98. That would be cadence. “ALL DAY 98!!!!”

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Lady: I’m sure Josh is talented and athletic and all that good stuff, but he is essentially a rookie. And starting on the road. The one thing the Redskins defense hasn’t done has gotten pressure on the QB but word is, Zorn talked with our DC this week and told him we need to be more aggressive, i.e…..blitz more. If we put #98 at DE we’re he is SUPPOSED to be, he’ll find your boy JJ. Please believe it.

Lady: And I’d like to see Josh scramble up the middle and take a hit from London Fletcher, the leading tackler in the league. Just ask Brandon Jacobs.

Crunk: Only thing Orakho can find is the back of our jerseys cause we’re running past his ass on every pass play. London Fletcher still plays football?

Lady: Whatever.

Lady: And yes, London still plays football. And he’s been a beast again this year. You’ll find his pic in the record books, right next to Ronde……and Jesus.

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Crunk: Yea…whose HOF resume looks better…Fletcher or Ronde. Shhhhh….shots fire!!!!

Lady: Ehhh who cares. London is a beast and deserves HOF consideration. He’s been slighted for Pro Bowls all his career. He played on a Super Bowl runner up. Would Ronde still be in the same boat if the Bucs didn’t win the SB?

Lady: Just ask the Rams and Bills how much their defense missed him when he left.

Crunk: And ask the Bills what he did while he was there, right?

Crunk: I’m afraid of two kats on that defense, Haynesworth and Landy. We’re still beat up on the o-line and we are starting a rookie. If Josh finds a way to combat the nerves, I like his chances.

Lady: Even without being 100%, Haynesworth will destroy your O Line. Sorry.

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Lady: Landry will light someone up, no doubt. He’s gotta tackle better though. He’s so used to just throwing his body around as he goes about his self-proclaimed “Suicide Mission”

Crunk: You give me a healthy Jeff Faine and Aarons Sears not losing his damn mind, Haynesworth wouldn’t penetrate a dam thing.

Lady: But they’re not there. You were saying?…….

Crunk: I’m confident in what we’re bringing to the table on offense. I’m not sure what Skins are planning to do. Will there be more screen passes? lol

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Lady: Lol. We only do the screen play on 3rd and 18.

Lady: I’m not even sure what the game plan will be for this weekend, but what I do know is that we have to get the running game back on track. We’ve passed the ball 65% of the time this year. That’s not us. That’s not Redskins football. Part of that is playcalling, but part of that is also from playing from behind. Clinton Portis has been saying all week, that he plans to break out sooner than later. Why not this week?

Crunk: Uh huh, I refuse to defend the 31st ranked defense. I can blame on Jim Bates scheme but I won’t. This is a personnel move that’s why I admit their undermanned.

Prediction

Lady: Redskins: 27 Bucs:13

Crunk: Bucs 27 Redskins 24

There you go. Two passionate fans with unrealistic views of their teams, is there anything better than that? Check back in to see which of us is right. I’m sure the loser will have a lot to say.

24
Sep
09

10 Things I learned from NFL Week 2

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Okay, okay…I know it’s a little late in the week to be talking about what happened in week two. Well, I don’t really care about that because I promised you’d see my week two findings, and dammit that’s what’s going to happen. So here goes.

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10. Reggie Bush still plays for the Saints. – The hype that surrounded this kid coming out of USC was preposterous. He hadn’t played a game and BSPN was already anointing him as the next Gale Sayers. Now he’s in his fourth season and can’t beat out Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas for the starting job. I’m no Reggie fan, but I feel sorry for the kid. He’s had a more interesting love life than NFL career. Some would say that a win in its own right. I on the other hand call it a life lesson, other young NFL prospects should take a look at Reggie, and try to avoid believing their own headlines because there nothing more than that…headlines.

On NFL.com they give out game balls, a key stat, noteworthy tidbit, and when they believe the game was over. Well, for Sunday’s Saints/Eagles game they said it was over when Reggie reached the endzone for the first time this season, on a 19 yd TD that put the Saints up by 21. I guess you could say Reggie’s hype was over when he was relegated to Mike Bell’s backup. Hope you saved that Subway money, Reggie.

9. Redskins fans are dimwits. – I never knew Redskins fans were dimwits. The ones I’ve come across are quite knowledgeable and insightful on the state of their team. Skins LB Robert Henson seems to think differently. After the Skins failed to reach the endzone against the hopeless Rams, Skins fans booed their beloved team because of their lackluster performance. Henson took offense and hit the twitter-waves saying,

All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won’t go there but I dislike you very strongly, don’t come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!

Since when did someone who didn’t step on the field once in that game, get to call out his team’s fans? I saw more action Sunday than Henson, and I sat my fat ass on the couch while watching football all day. Where’s my million dollar contract? I could cheer on my teammates just as well as Henson can. Hell, I can give a better high five than that scrub, in my sleep. Rob, let me drop some knowledge on you. Those dimwits who you say “work 9-5 at McDonald’s”, spend their hard earned money to pay your salary. So I guess you could call them your boss. Your fellow employees, who are actually contributing to the outcome of a game, can say the things you said because they have opportunities to get back on their boss’s good side. Unfortunately you don’t have those opportunities so you’re left to be your boss’s bitch for the rest of the year. Hmm…who sounds like the “dim wit” now?

8. Tiger’s a groupie. – Who is Tiger Woods a fan of? Wasn’t he a Bucs fan last year? So why in the hell was he on the Colts sideline sporting a blue Nike shirt? Let me tell you who Tiger really is. He is to the NFL, what Alyssa Milano was to baseball. He sees someone is pretty good, and he “dates” them. He dated Jon Gruden last year, and this year it looks like Peyton is his new crush. If Drew Brees keeps putting up mind blowing stats, Tiger might be try show Drew his 9 iron next year. NFL fans, don’t feed the Tiger or get your hopes up that he really cares about your team. You’ll only look silly the following season.

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7. You don’t have to be explosive to have the 4th ranked offense. – To my surprise the Bucs have the 4th best offense in the NFL, according to total yards. The problem with total yards is they don’t take into consideration what those yards produce. You can compile 99 yards on a drive, and they’re meaningless if you don’t get that last yard to get you in the endzone. So far this season the Bucs have averaged 20.5 points a game. That’s 13th best in the NFL, which means they’re a top 4 offense that 12 other teams are more explosive than. Total yards rankings are fraudulent. I base the best offense on points. And according to that stat, the Bucs are impressive, but they are no where near the “4th ranked” offense. So while Raheem is retooling the defense, there is still room for improvement on the other side of the ball.

6. Frank Gore has the worst luck. – Frank Gore is one of my favorite former Miami Hurricanes, due to the fact that ever time he steps on the field, I think back to what he’s endured to get where he is. Sunday he was on pace to have a career game, and challenge Adrian Peterson’s single game rushing record. Sadly, he was pulled after suffering a right ankle sprain. It seems like the story of his football career is some sort of injury or tragedy derails him once he gets going. It happened at Miami when he beat out Wills McGahee for the starting job, but had to sit out the season due to a torn ACL. Then when he was coming off a breakout season for the Niners, he loses his mom. It just seems like when something good happens for him, bad things happen as well. Hopefully his luck will change soon.

5. Ocho-Gate 2009 has begun. – In case you missed it, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson promised he’s do a Lambeau Leap, if he scored a touchdown Sunday. He made good on his promise, as you can see in the video.

It turns out those Bengals fans whose arms Chad leaped into, where planted there. Chad paid for their trip to Green Bay and gave them those tickets. Clever move by Chad, but he’s left himself open to criticism. How did he know he would score in that endzone? And at any point did he dog it so he could only score at that end of the field? Two questions you’ll hear asked on the sports radio shows but I could care less about them. Chad is a breath of fresh air. It’s great to have him back to entertaining us and saving us from the No Fun League.

4. Peyton should star in Mission Impossible IV. – That’s essentially what Peyton did, right? The Colts had it 15 mins to score 24 points, and put up 27.  If I’m Chad Pennington I’m wondering what more I can do to win this game. When you control time of possession and score 23 points. You’d expect your defense to hold your opponents to 22 or less. That wasn’t the case Monday night. The Dolphins were very poor in their clock management in the 4th quarter, while Peyton was as cool as a breeze. You could say he was throughout the entire game. He hit his receivers in stride and allowed them to pick up huge chucks of yardage with each play. In the second h they had the ball a grand total of 13 plays. Thirteen plays lead to 14 points. You can’t be much more efficient than that. Now, if we could only get Peyton’s head thru the ceiling without setting off any alarms.

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3. Despite losing, the Titans have the bigger Johnson. – Yea, I know I’m not the only one who heard Keith Olbermann ask who had the bigger Johnson. Well Keith, it’s the Titans because Chris Johnson is a man beast. No disrespect to Andre Johnson, but Chris was putting in work Sunday. He made the Texans defense look silly. I don’t know who scripted their defensive gameplan, but that bad boy was thrown out by the 3rd quarter. At one point the Titans lined Chris Johnson out at receiver and the Texans didn’t seem to notice it. With a mistake like that, little man took it to the house for 6. All day it was the same thing over and over again. Chris Johnson would see a lane and thrash the Texans with his world class speed. So after Sunday I’m on the sipping the Chris Johnson lemonade. Want a glass?

2. The only W in the Cowboys Stadium was George Bush. – For months and even years we’ve heard about this billion dollar stadium Jerry Jones was building for America’s former team. Sunday the Cowboys opened their first regular season game in Jerryland. It was quite the spectacle. Lebrick (Lebron) James was out there tossing the ball around like he’s a real Cowboys fans (look up follower in the dictionary…20 bucks says Lebrick’s picture pops up). Former Cowboy greats were strolled around wearing these jackets with a wack ass emblem on them. Jerry even had former President George Bush do the ceremonial coin toss. Let’s not forget the team walked out on the field with a light & smoke show worthy of a rock concert. Everything was perfect; except for one thing…the Giants won the game. $1.15 billion can buy you a luxurious stadium and celeb followers. But it damn sure can buy you a win. How about them Cowboys!?

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1. Rex Ryan isn’t the moron I thought he was. – Heading into the season, did anyone else think the Jets defense wouldn’t be much improved from last year? Hiring Rex Ryan was supposed to elevate this defense into the upper echelon of the league…at least that’s what the media wanted you to believe. I on the other hand thought Rex would join Marvin Lewis and Mike Nolan as defensive coordinators Ray Lewis made. Boy was I wrong about that one. Rex has earned my respect after two weeks of flat out dissecting two very good offenses.

Originally I didn’t pay attention to the win over the Texans because Houston struggled during the preseason, and there seemed to be some carry over there. But two things happened in week two to change my opinion. One, the Texans went to Tennessee and put up 34 points on a physical Titans defense. So the Jets holding their offense to 7 points, in Houston, looks much more impressive. The second thing was they duplicated their week one performance and got in Tom Brady’s ass every play. How many variations of the same blitz did Ryan confuse with Brady with?

I don’t even know what you call the Jets scheme. It could be a 3-4, 4-3, 46, 69, I don’t know. Whatever is it, it will get in your ass, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So for the rest of the offenses on the Jets schedule, there’s a good chance you’ll be yelling a 4 letter R-word that rhymes with grape. Get ready for it buddy because there’s not much you can do about it.

Highlight of the week

Check back for week 3 folks.

16
Sep
09

NFL: 10 Things I learned from Week One

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Football is back ladies and gentlemen. It is finally back. No more reading every Tom, Dick, and Harry’s projections for the season. Now is the time when the pros laces up their cleats, tighten their chin straps, slap on their big boy pads, and settle it on the field. And that’s exactly what we saw the first week of the season.

Favorites looked average, and average teams looked like Super Bowl contenders. There are way too many storylines and games to get into them all. So here are the 10 things that stood out to me, and in some ways taught me something I didn’t know heading into the week.

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10. Jay Cutler is exactly who I thought he was. – Talk about deflating a city, that’s exactly what’s happened with the Chicago Bears. Not only did Jay Cutler stink up Lambeau field, he exposed himself in the process. Many analysts would have you believe he threw 18 picks last season due to Denver’s lack of a running game, and often playing from behind. The Bears weren’t behind when Cutler threw his first pick against the Packers. And the Bears have a formidable running game with Matt Forte in the backfield. Cutler’s real problem is he’s a mediocre quarterback who’s been hyped into something he doesn’t have to tools to become.

Also, stop with the Brett Favre comparisons, people. There’s a big difference between Favre and Cutler. Favre was the unquestioned leader of his offense in his prime. Favre has countless playoff appearances, a Super Bowl ring, and 3 MVPs to justify the moniker, “The Gun Slinger”. Cutler just throws deep passes. Get over yourselves and him.

9. The Hall of Famer you never considered one – Who knew Issac Bruce was an all-time great? When I was watching highlights of the 49ers and Cardinals game Sunday, I was shocked to see that Issac Bruce is now second all time in receiving yards, with 15,018 yards. Am I wrong for not noticing this man’s career? He did play for my beloved University of Memphis so I should’ve known. Like I’ve done in similar cases, I went back and looked through Bruce’s career stats and season logs.  And I came to the conclusion; he might have had one of the most remarkable careers no one recognizes.

If Bruce decides to walk away from the game after this season, he’ll finish his career in the top 10 of the 3 most important receiving categories. Furthermore, he’s only nine touchdowns away from having one hundred in his career. 15,000 receiving yards, 1,000 receptions, 100 touchdowns, and a big-time performance in Super Bowl XXXIV are hall of fame worthy accomplishments in my opinion. So if you’ve slept on Issac Bruce to this point, it may be time to wake up and acknowledge his greatness.

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8. There are a few treads left on the Caddy. Crow tastes pretty damn good, when you secretly wish you’d have to eat it. When I heard the Bucs were going to start Cadillac Williams ahead of Derrick Ward, I was very critical of the decision. Why would Raheem Morris stake his running game on the wheels of a back that’s torn the patellar tendon in both of his knees? But after Sunday, I understand Raheem’s motives. When Caddy is healthy, he’s the best running back on the Bucs roster. He’s also a load to deal with when he chooses to be aggressive. Sunday I watched him run with a passion and determination I’ve never seen from him throughout his career. Even during his rookie season, he never attacked the line of scrimmage the way he did Sunday.

In the past he would dance in the backfield and appear to be indecisive on the best way to attack defenders. And most of the time it resulted in negative yards. Not once Sunday, did he have a negative play. And he rarely went down because of the first hit. I’m proud of Caddy, and no matter how long this comeback lasts, I’m proud to call him a Buc.

7. The Eagles want no part of the McRib. – Can Donovan McNabb stay healthy for a complete season? Damn, at what point do his injuries become an issue? I respect McNabb because he’s a good guy. You never see him being critical of his teammates, and I still admire how he handled the whole T.O. situation. But the Eagles are faced with their worst case scenario for the season. With McNabb being hurt, questions will loom of Michael Vick becoming McNabb’s replacement. There are ways to get around this. You can flat out say that Vick won’t be starting at any point this season, or by signing another backup to play ahead of Vick. The Eagles chose the latter, and now they have an even bigger mess with Garcia. My prediction is Garcia will finish the season as the Eagles starting QB, and McNabb will lose the locker room once again.

6. Adrian Peterson keeps his pimp hand strong. – The video speaks for itself.

5. Flacco’s been unleashed. – I called this during one of my fantasy football drafts when I picked up Flacco in the later rounds. This will be a breakout passing season for the kid. No more majority run and minimal passing from the Ravens. There were well balanced Sunday against the Chiefs and I expect more of the same. Flacco dropped back 43 times and only threw one pick. However he did throw 3 touchdowns and rack up 300 yards. I really like this kid. He seems to have a lot of confidence but doesn’t believe his own hype. Mark my words, Flacco will have a better sophomore season than Matt Ryan.

4. Super Bowl XLIV won’t be featuring the New England Patriots. – I know I’m gonna receive hate for this one but I really don’t give a damn. From what I saw Monday night, the Patriots are in trouble. Their offense is going to figure it out sooner or later. It’s their defense that worries me because they lack a consistent pass rush. Did you ever think you’d hear that about a New England team? Well that’s the case this year. It took the Patriots nearly 3 quarters to get Trent Edwards down to the ground. This is the same Trent Edwards who was dropped 23 times in 14 games last season. Now with Jerod Mayo going down for up to 6 weeks, it’s possible the Jets or Dolphins may make a move on the AFC East crown. No matter what goes down, the Pats are a playoff team. I’m just not sold they’re the best team in the league based on Monday night.

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3. Delhomme gives it up more than a pornstar getting gangbanged. How does Jake Delhome make amends for throwing 5 picks in the playoffs last season? He coughs up the ball 5 times Sunday. I don’t know if it’s a shoulder issue or he’s just lost his mental edge. Some of those picks were balls he let sail instead of putting any zip on them. I’m not sure what to think about Jake. This is the same QB who’s led the Panthers to 2 NFC championship games and the Super Bowl. But something has to give now before the season gets away from them. If Jake struggles against the Falcons, Carolina should consider trading for a QB. Cleveland and Houston both have viable options worth considering.

2. Trash talk makes fantasy football interesting. – I’m not new to fantasy football. I’ve won a couple leagues, and finish in the top 3 numerous times. But I’ve never been leagues where trash talk is a mainstay. This year I’m in 4 leagues, and in all 4 I’m playing against owners from multiple fan bases in the NFL. This past Sunday my most gratifying win came against a Saints fan. He was such an ass leading up to our matchup, but I kept my mouth shut because I knew my team would speak for me. Needless to say, he didn’t put up much of a fight. I ended up winning 111.72 – 76.14. And you know what the best part of the victory was? I beat his ass with Drew Brees. I love fantasy football.

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1. The team with the black hole, is gonna give out a few black eyes. – What I’m about to say disgusts me but Oakland is going to turn some heads this season. Monday night I saw JaMarcus Russell have a horrible game, yet the Raiders still could’ve won against the Chargers. Maybe it was an aberration or a glimpse of things to come. But I was more impressed with their loss than any other loss from the opening weekend. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush give the Raiders a nice one-two punch in the backfield. And Zack Miller is such a talented tight end. I’d love to have that guy on the Bucs. Add those weapons on offense to a defense that showed some grit Monday night, and you could see the improvement of the Raiders roster. I don’t think this spells playoffs, but I have no doubt that they’ll finish 2nd in the AFC West this year.

Highlight of the week

So that’s what I learned this week. Check back in for what caught my eye in week 2.

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09

Sunday Spiritual 8/30: Humility – When Are You Gonna Pass the Damn Ball?

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Text: Philippians 2:1-8 (King James Version)

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

When Are You Gonna Pass the Damn Ball?

After reading the title I bet you’re wondering, “Did he just say pass the damn ball?” That’s exactly what I said. Sometimes it takes a bold statement to grab the attention of those who may not be receptive to what you have to say. For example, look at Jehovah’s Witnesses. They’re not better or worse than any of us, but they get a bad rep because of the way they spread the Lord’s message. They go door to door or car to car dressed In their finest garments, passing out pamphlets and asking you to come to their church and partake in their fellowship. However when you see a Jehovah’s Witness walking in your neighborhood, what’s your first reaction? It’s usually to get to in the house as fast as you can and turn off all the lights so they’ll think no one is home. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some of us aren’t open to exploring the religious teachings of a denomination we aren’t familiar with. Or we don’t feel like standing there while someone we know nothing about preaches the teachings of the Lord. Although I may be guilty of hiding a time or two, I respect what Jehovah’s witnesses represent. They are a perfect example of humility.

Far too often society confuses humility and humiliate for one another. When you take the time to look up these words, you see they’re distinct opposites. Humiliate is defined as reducing to a lower position in one’s own eyes or others’ eyes. Yet humility means the quality or state of being humble. So with one word you’re allowing yourself to become a slave to your own insecurities and what you think other people will say about you. But with the other you show your strength and confidence. You show the world that you’re so comfortable in your own skin and own beliefs that what they have to say means nothing to you because your God accepts you for who you are. He accepts you for your faults. He accepts you for your mistakes in the past and the ones he knows you’re going to make in the future. But unlike society, or referred to in the Bible as “man”, God loves us unconditionally. How do we know this? Let’s read over the passages above again.

In the 2nd chapter of Philippians, the apostle Paul tries to stress to the Philippians that no matter the belief,  we must love one another and unite as one spirit for a greater purpose. In order to do so we must take the concerns of others and make them our own. You’re probably thinking you shouldn’t have to solve others problems when you may have problems of your own. Or you live by the saying, “You made your own bed, now you have to lie in it.” What if God had decided that we should pay for the sins of our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, and so on? We’d all live in fear that when death came, we’d be judged on an unfair curve, based on actions we had no control over. But he didn’t abandon us or stay stuck in his ways. He was compassionate and wanted to save us from our sins. God decided that empathizing wasn’t enough. He also wanted to sympathize with us.

God understood the only way to truly sympathize with us would be to humble himself and see the world through human eyes. He could’ve come to us in the flesh with all the fanfare and hoopla of a son in a royal family. But he chose to be born into a virgin marriage and live amongst the common Jews. Furthermore he limited his knowledge and power so that he could convey the word of God, in human terms. In other words the Lord put himself in our shoes so that we’d use his life as an a blueprint for how we should live ours.

How often do we follow the blueprint God set for us?

Instead of putting others first and trying to come together as one people, we’re out here looking out for ourselves. It’s all about me, and what can I get for myself, and why am I not getting props for what I just did.  Christ didn’t walk around after he healed the epileptic child, and go, “Did yall see that? That kid was sick and I made him better on the spot. I’m on a whole other level. You can’t stop my shine.” Or did he tell everyone to kiss his feet, after he fed 5,000 people in a desert with two fish and five loaves of bread? Jesus displayed selflessness, which is something that has gotten lost through the years.

Maybe it’s the athletes these days. They’ve been considered role models for generations. And with each new generation athletes seem to care less and less about the team aspect of sports. If a star player is an unbelievable scorer, 7 out of 10 times he’s not passing the ball to his teammates. He’s more concerned about padding his own stats, and making himself look good, that he misses out on the blessings of winning championships. Once their careers are over, they wonder why the teams they were apart of, never reach their full potential. Maybe if they had lifted their teammates up to their level, instead of keeping their teammates at arm’s length, blessings would’ve come to them. No, they choose to be about themselves, instead of the team. Now they have to live with “but”. He was a great player “but”. She was an amazing athlete “but”. You never want a “but” to ruin your legacy.

So in closing I say we need to stop the selfishness, and get back to what God intended for us to do…being like him. And being like him means lifting one another and not just ourselves. We need to build up our fellow man, and enemies, instead of bringing them down. They have to earn it themselves but you can offer them the advice they need to get there. There’s only one way to get where we want to go, and that’s by following the path the Lord has set for us.

I leave you with this question. Do want to be like God, or are you just another star who won’t pass the damn ball?