Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Lions

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
Sep
09

How Being A Redskins Fan Can Prepare You For Marriage

skins_facepalmOk, so I’ve never been married and I can’t claim to know all there is about being married. I hope to be one day in the distant future, so learning all I can now about how to be happy and sustain a successful marriage will be better for me and my future spouse (whoever that lucky man may be, *smile*) in the long run. What I do know is that if I love him half as much as I love my favorite football team, the Washington Redskins, he will never have to worry about a thing. And yes, I said the Washington Redskins. The same team that just lost to Detroit Lions, who were on a 19 game losing streak over the past two seasons prior to them defeating us 19-14 this past weekend.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a die hard, lifelong Redskins fan, but our relationship has become strained as of late. Between a clueless owner and coaches, a handful of players who aren’t giving their all on the field every play and a backup linebacker calling some of us dim wits for booing a half-hearted effort during a nail biting win over the lowly Rams, I’m  not so sure I’m feeling the love being returned.

My parents are Washingtonians, so I grew up cheering for this team and have never been a fan of any other team in my 27 years.  I have tons and tons of Redskins paraphernalia and season tickets that are out of my budget. I follow them all year around, not just during football season. I support them through the good times and the bad times; the ups and the downs. When game day comes, they get my full, undivided attention. Whenever fans of other teams try to put them down, no matter how much the team is struggling, I fight to the end to back up my team. I don’t flirt with any other teams and do what lots of other people do and have a “second” team. I do have a couple teams that I like and hope they do well, but we’re “just friends”. I even have friends of mine who tell me I need to ditch the ‘Skins because they aren’t winning and their teams are, but I dismiss that notion in a heartbeat with no hesitation. No other team can hurt me like the Redskins do when they lose and no other team can make me feel as good when they win.  I am deeply devoted and committed. So in essence, I feel like I’m married to the team.

I do all of this and what do I get in return? A 1-2 start to season that feels like its over already because of the lack of direction and identity the team has. I don’t even recognize them anymore. Things aren’t the way they used to be. I wish we could get back to how things used to be during the Joe Gibbs era that I grew up loving. The days of smash mouth football with John Riggins toting the rock, lead by The Hogs. Dominating defenses lead by Darrell Green and his tootsie rolls. The team is full of tradition, so if I have to, I’ll go back and watch old highlights of the good ‘ol days. It hurts to know that we’ve come to this point, but no matter how bad things get, I just can’t love another team or another sport the way I love Redskins football. No one ever said relationships or marriages are easy. But if its one thing I do know, its even when there seems to be no relief in sight for our problems, I have to love them harder, even when no one else believes in us. I already know I’m not going anywhere as a fan, so I won’t deny what team has my heart. As I was doing my daily reading of the Bible (or nightly reading since I’m a night owl), it was time to read 1 Corinthians 13, also known as, “ The Love Chapter”. In my reading, I came across a quote that applies to life and love in general, but also applied to the love I have for my team. It read, “It’s better to believe in someone and have your heart broken than to have no heart at all.” That ain’t nothing but the truth folks. I can’t help but root for my squad with all I have, no matter what. So the moral of the story is, when times get hard with something or someone you love, don’t quit on them. Remember what made you fall in love in the first place and love harder. I will say this though–with the way my favorite team is playing now, they’re sleeping on the couch until they get things turned around, lol. Hail To The Redskins! 😀

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28
Apr
09

Da FiF Floor Exclusive: Da Declaration

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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.

 

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*