Posts Tagged ‘Ben Roethlisberger

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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21
Jul
09

Shaq to other sports stars…come get some of the big fella!

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My boy is at it again. For a second time Shaquille O’Neal has hooked up with ABC for a reality show titled “Shaw Vs,”. He’s not helping fat kids lose weight this time though. Instead he’s taking on some of sports’ best in their own backyards. According to USA Today, production begins Wednesday in Pittsburgh, with Shaq compiling quite an impressive list of athletes to help out with the show.

Filming begins Wednesday in Pittsburgh, where Shaq takes on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in football. Future hour-long episodes will pit him against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, tennis pro Serena Williams and beach volleyball Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

O’Neal, 37, says he also hopes to book pal Lance Armstrong for a cycling competition once the Tour de France ends.

On August 18th and every Tuesday night this show is on, I’ll be parked right in front of the tv watching my boy show why he’s Shaqtatic. How many times have we as sports fans wondered how our favorite athletes would stack up in other sports. This is possibly the closest we’ll ever come to getting a star athlete to take on other successful athletes in their own sports. Don’t you want to see how Shaq will do in the 100m freestyle against Michael Phelps? What about Shaq on a tennis court running around against Serena Williams, doesn’t that interest you? I know I’m up for, and I’m sure you are too. Now with this reality show we’ll get to see all that.

 There has to be some sort of head start or handicaps in place because you know Shaq can’t compete with these athletes straight up. Here’s how this whole thing will work.

Each episode is to include preliminary challenges, banter from news conferences, interaction with needy kids, and O’Neal and his rival negotiating a handicap. The laughs come from “trash talking,” but “when it comes to competing, there is no joking,” O’Neal says.

At the finish is the marquee event, usually on the athlete’s home turf, but there’s no cash prize: “Bragging rights are always better than any monetary prize,” O’Neal says.

That all sounds cool, except with all the money those athletes make, couldn’t they put some up for charity? Shaq may have more money than most, if not all the athletes so he could pony up $50,000 for every episode he loses, while his competition could throw in $30,000. For real though, bragging rights are cool, but getting bragging rights along with money for your charity sounds better to me.

Like I said, August 18th, 9pm et/pt on ABC, that’s what you should be tuned in to. You already know we’ll be following this show closely here at Da FiF so stay tuned.

25
Apr
09

Live Blog: 2009 NFL Draft

2009-draft-300I decided to try something I’ve never done before and that’s do a live blog. So for the next 4-5 hours, I’ll be in front of my laptop following the NFL Draft and giving you my opinion on certain picks. I’ll also try to keep you updated on the speculation and moves made during the first round.

Before we get started I have to send a shout out to my boy Michael Oher from Ole Miss. If you’re looking for a player to root for today, he’s the perfect choice. Coming up from the same North Memphis neighborhoods as I did, he’s worked his way up to being a potential top 15 selection today. Incase you haven’t heard his story, here are a couple clips you should look over.

Be sure to check back for updates.

3:06 pm/ct

 

Surprise, surprise…Stafford the #1 pick for the Lions. I know they were obligated to take a QB, but I would’ve gone with Sanchez. In the two years I really watched Georgia games, I never looked at Stafford and considered him the top pick. Far too many times he overthrew his receivers or to a side of the field there no one was around. He might look like a future NFL star in workouts, but on the field…not so much.

 

3:15

 

The Rams went with Jason Smith out of Baylor. It was expected, but there was some buzz going around that Sachez could’ve been an option there. Or at the very least, trade bait for thr Rams to get more pieces, which they desperately need. I’m not as big on Jason Smith as others. I never like when left tackles are compared to Orlando pace, when they weren’t being talked about as top 1st round picks, before the start of the season. Physically he looks more imposing than any other tackle in the draft this year, but only time will tell.

 

3:36 p.mn./ct

 

Tyson Jackson to the Chiefs at three….what are they thinking? In a week Jackson has gone from the 15-20 range, to the 3rd pick? Yes, he’s a hustle guy, but if you’re a DE going in the top 5, you have to be able to get to the quarterback. That’s the glaring whole in Jackson’s game. He will give the Chiefs some added help against the run, maybe his presence will compliment Hali and Dorsey, freeing them up to get to the QB.

 

3:36 pm/ct

Seattle just got the best player in the draft. Lining Aaron Curry beside Lofa Tatupu makes up for what Seahawks lost in the Julian Peterson trade a month ago. Can’t wait to see what this guy can do at this level. He  was never asked to rush the passer at Wake Forest, but he is more than capable of doing so. If they address their defensive line later in the draft, you might see the Seahawks being a more difficult team to run on.

 

Apparently, the Jets just made a trade with the Browns. This has to be for Sanchez.. Can’t wait to see what they gave up. But this was the move the Jets had to make. Rex Ryan has been building that defense through free agency, and they’re gonna run the ball more under Ryan. QB was the only position they could target in the draft.

 

And you have to love the Jets fans’ reaction to seeing Sanchez putting on the Jet’s cap. Some love it, and others hate it. You can’t go wrong with the Jets fans. My only question is, when a majority of the Jets fans cheer during the draft, does that spell trouble for Sanchez? Will the football gods strike down on the Jets again? Only time will tell.

 

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Jets get the 5th pick but gave up their 1st, 2nd, and 3 of Mangini’s old players.

 

3:50pm/ct

 

The Bengals drafted what might be the the takle with the most upside. Andre Smith’s problems have lied in his off the field conduct.

 

But what the hell is Al Davis thinking. You know that no one in his fronts office would be stupid enough to draft Darius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree. Just because this kid ran the fastest forty time, doesn’t make him the best receiver in the draft. That is so freaking stupid. This is almost as idiotic as taking Jarmarcus Russell with the first pick two years ago because he can throw the damn ball 60 yards sitting on his ass. Somebody needs to put Al’s senile ass in a retirement home. As long as he is in control of that franchise, they will continue to pick in the top 10 each year.

 

4:10 pm/ct

 

The raiders really  screwed this draft for everyone. I don’t think anyone has recovered yet. Eugene Monroe is headed to Jacksonville. Good pick for the Jags, but someone should teach Eugene how to act at the draft. When the commish announces that you’vce been picked, hand up the phone and get off your ass so you can get your pose on.

 

Packers took B.J. Raji, but I think they should’ve gone with Michael Oher. Raji seems like he has bust potential. Not because the talent isn’t there, but he’s had trouble keeping his weight under control (damn…I’m having one of those pot & kettle moments). And he’s also missed time during college due to academics. That lack of dedication to his studies would worry me more than the drug test he failed during his time at BC.

 

4:27 pm/ct

Crabtree to San Fran was expected. The coveted him leading up to the draft, and my some miracle he fell to them. The Niners were in the perfect place at the perfect time.

 

Aaron Maybin to the Bills…fast guy but onl;y did it for a year.

 

So happy to see Knowshon picked so high and headed to Denver. Didn’t really expect to see him off the board until the early 20s.

 

Orakpo over Oher is not a smart pick by the Redskins. Defensive end is the deepest position in this draft, and they could’ve found a solid pass rusher in the 2nd round.

 

I love seeing Malcolm Jenkins being selected by the Saints. They’ll more than likely move him to safety, so that reduces the chance of speedy receivers exploiting his lack of top end speed. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll play free or strong safety.

 

5:30 pm/ct

 

The  Texans are continuing to build up their defense through the draft. Three years ago it was Mario Williams and Ryans, then Okoye the next year, and now Brian Cushing from USC. The Texans are slowly stockpiling elite prospects, and look like the team that will make that leap into the playoffs this year.

 

Larry English looks like he’s going to be that special hybrid all the 3-4 defensive teams are looking for.

 

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 he has 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.

 

Well, Minnesota just picked Percy Harvin. Never pick a Florida WR. Especially don’t pick one with questions about his durability and character. He was explosive in college, but he’s as risky of a pick as anyone in the draft this year.

 

5:52pm/ct

 

The Ravens traded up and got arguably the best tackle in the draft. Michael Oher is going to dominate up there in Baltimore. Did you hear his interview? That’s confidence, homie. I’m partial to this pick since his adoptive dad is the tv analyst for the Grizzlies. He’s a good man, and he and his wife have done a great job molding Michael into the man he is.

 

6:30 pm/ct

 

That’s the end of the first round and this blog, ,although some would say it really ended after the Bucs pick, and I agree with them. I need some me time.

 

Holla at ya boy!

 

*head nod*