Posts Tagged ‘Brian Orakpo

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.

Redskins Maverick Defense

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.

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30
Apr
09

For The Ladies: The NFL’s “Hottest” New Prospects

2009-draft-3001I love football. I have since I was 5 years old, but back then it wasn’t because I was fawning over 22 muscle bound men running around the football field (although I was told that I had a crush on Redskins Wide Receiver Gary Clark when I was just a youngin’, *smile*). But seriously, I truly do love the game and everything involved with it. The exciting bone crushing hits, the big plays, the fine details and intricacies of the game, the planning, free agency, the drafting of new players; everything. And there’s nothing like tailgating on game days will your fellow fans and then being a part of thousands of other screaming fans who have the same passion for something else as you do. However, the great thing about being a female and loving the game of football, is that the sport itself isn’t the only fun part. I know I’m not the only chick who has noticed that there some dudes who play the game that are incredibly handsome and so well put together, that you just want to thank their mamas for birthing them, lol. I know there are tons and tons of women don’t understand football and believe that its pointless, boring and stupid, BUT I bet they know who Tom Brady and Reggie Bush are……and I am willing to bet that gives them a little incentive to sit down with their significant other to watch just a few minutes of Sportscenter while they try to pretend that they want to “learn” a little bit more about the game, lol. The 2009 NFL Draft took place last weekend and with it infused a brand new crop of eye candy for us ladies who genuinely know and enjoy the game or the ones who now have a “new found interest” in the game, lol. Now, I realize that the older I get, the younger the new crops of NFL draftees get, but hey these guys are men now—they’re still beyond legal and I have every right to look. ;). I feel its my duty to make a note of some of the newest players that caught my eye who we’ll being seeing on Sundays and Mondays (can’t forget Thursdays and Saturdays) and maybe this will be a spring board for some women who are non-fans and even haters of the game to give it a chance. Maybe? So here we go, in alphabetical order….10 of the NFL’s newest crop of honies.

nfl_gu_crabtree2panel2_jp_5765Michael Crabtree (WR) Texas Tech -San Francisco 49ers10th overall pick

To be honest, its not even Mike’s looks that gets him on this list, but his confidence. Sure he has a nice kool-aid grin with pearly whites, a fresh look and a keen sense of style, but he really thinks he could sell fire to a person living in hell. Crabtree was arguably the most polished and complete of the wide receivers  in this year’s NFL draft, but was the second receiver selected behind Darrius Heyward-Bey out of Maryland. The 49ers were more than thrilled to have this playmaker fall right into their lap at the 10th pick. I’m sure we’ll see more of Michael’s smile right as he’s discussing some game winning touchdown reception on ESPN and the NFL Network.

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p-harvin52Percy Harvin (WR) Florida -Minnesota Vikings- 22nd overall pick

For all the gluteus-maximus admirers out there, you’ll love Percy Harvin. Oh yeah, he’s pretty good at football, too. Harvin can do it all. On the field, that is. Ladies, stay with me here. He can line up at receiver, return kicks and even shows up in the backfield occasionally. His speed and quickness are his greatest assets. Unfortunately, Harvin is coming into the league with a little bit of a black cloud hovering over him, as he reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine, underwent ankle surgery last fall and is said to have attitude problems. Sounds like the perfect guy for those of you that love “bad boys”. Hopefully he’ll stay out of trouble because he’s too cute to have his personality and behavior make him ugly.

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rashad-jennings23Rashad Jennings (RB) Liberty –Jacksonville Jaguars250th overall pick

I watch a lot of college football, but don’t see a lot of football games featuring Liberty, so I honestly never heard of Rashad Jennings until draft weekend. He has one more fan now though. *Smile* Rashad was drafted in the 7th round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, so chances are he may not even be a Jag by the time this season begins. However, this offseason, Jacksonville released long time veteran RB Fred Taylor, so they need more bodies to help Maurice Jones-Drew carry the load. At 6-1, 234, Jennings sure looks to have the body to withstand the punishment running backs take on usually. See for yourself.

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72577785LB014_Cal_USC_8_07_15_AMRey Maualuga (LB) Southern California– Cincinnati Bengals33rd overall pick

Mr. Maualuga might not be a fan of this comparison because he says he’s his own man, but whenever I see this guy, I think of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. The similarities are all there and apparent. Both Rey and Troy attended USC and are of Samoan descent. The feature that sets these two apart from the rest, is their long, wavy hair that every women either wants to touch or is jealous of, lol. Rey was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals and is expected to come in and make an immediate impact on the Bengals D. Not only does Rey resemble Troy in the looks department, but they both play with an enormous amount of energy and sacrifice their own bodies, just to destroy someone elses.

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MAYBIN 1004 JRHAaron Maybin (DE) Penn State – Buffalo Bills-11th overall pick

Speaking of bodies…. good Lord, have you seen this mans? Some might think I’m being partial by adding Aaron to this list because he played his high school football in the same county that I went to school in, but check out his photos to see that he does indeed belong. Folks question his ability to help the Bills defense right away due to his lack of college experience, but his speed and explosiveness at defensive end should prove to be a problem for opponents in 2009. I wish him well because he is a home boy—and because maybe if he gets more recognition, he’ll get asked to do a few magazine spreads, shirtless. 😉

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knowshon51Knowshon Moreno (RB) Georgia – Denver Broncos-12th overall pick

Knowshon is much better looking than his name sounds. He’s got the look of an up and coming entertainer, but is better known as a tough, hard working, elusive runner who was extremely productive as a Georgia Bulldog. He’ll be joining a crowded backfield in Denver, but has the upper hand on becoming the outright starter for the Broncos. Check out the guns in his combine work out pictures. Its already hard enough to breathe the thin air in the Mile High city; Knowshon may knock out a few more women once he walks past them.

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orakpo31Brian Orakpo (DE) Texas -Washington Redskins-13th overall pick

Ok, ok. So I’m a Redskins fan and this COULD be a homer pick. Or maybe it isn’t. Brian Orakpo is a monster and fills a much needed position on the Redskins defense. In his senior year at Texas, he won the Bronco Nagurski award which is given to the nation’s best defensive player; the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end; and the Lombardi Award, given to the best lineman or linebacker. But is there an award for the nation’s best body? Maybe I should establish some type of award. I’d gladly spearhead the event and hand out awards. *Smile* And no—now that he’ll be living in the DMV area, I will not be stalking him

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sanchez22Mark Sanchez (QB) Southern California- New York Jets- 5th overall pick

Mark is the young, rich and classically handsome quarterback who you just know got all the girls in high school and most definitely gets all the women now. He’s got the smile, inviting disposition and the media loves him. As the 5th overall pick in the draft, he’ll be the face of the Jets and is expected to be the franchise QB. Even Redskins Owner Dan Snyder developed a man crush on him, lol. For the good of my team, I was totally against Mark coming to DC, but it wasn’t because I thought he was ugly or anything.

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kory-sperry1Kory Sperry (TE) Colorado State –Signed with San Diego If you haven’t been able to tell already, I’ve got a thing for nice smiles. That’s the reason Kory Sperry is on the list. He’s another guy I haven’t heard much of, and apparently I am not alone seeing that he went undrafted last weekend, lol. Kory had to overcome a season-ending ACL injury in 2007, but returned to the field in 2008. He did sign on with the San Diego Chargers after the draft was over, so only time will tell if he’ll be able to crack the 53 man roster with the Chargers.

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Michigan Football Media DayMorgan Trent (CB) Michigan – Cincinnati Bengals -179th overall pick

Morgan Trent is the 3rd diamond in the ruff player to make this list. Morgan was draft in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals and will join his fellow Wolverine Alum Leon Hall in the secondary. He was a corner in college, but could change to the safety position in the pros. He is coming from a big time football program at Michigan, but wasn’t a much heralded prospect because of early struggles in his collegiate career. That’s ok Morgan, you’re highly rated on my list and that’s all that matters. 😀

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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.

 

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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*