Posts Tagged ‘NFL

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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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.

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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.

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

12
Jul
09

It’s Da Wrap Up Pt.2: NBA, McNair, The Dunk

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If you thought I was done, you’re sadly mistaken. I knocked out the MJ wrap up, now it’s time to hit on what I love most…sports.. It’s going down folks, let’s go!

 

 

The Rich Get Richer

 

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Parity is not a word that can be used to describe the current state of the NBA. The same teams who were considered the league’s elite are positioning themselves to remain head and shoulders about their peers. As we’ve seen in the past, top tier teams usually stand pat and make minor moves to tweak their teams, but that’s not the case this offseason. Shaq’s headed to Cleveland, everyone’s favorite psychopath is doing it big in Tinseltown, and the need for Sheed is being felt in Boston. I guess I could do a quick run through of the tops teams and rank them with their moves to this date.

 

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5. Orlando Magic – Getting Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson for Skip to My Lou, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie was a steal for the Magic. When you can get the best player in a trade, you’ve won the trade. Now, winning a trade doesn’t mean you’ve improved your team in the long run. I feel like losing Hedo Turkoglu diminishes their chances of defending their Eastern Conference crown. Orlando needed to go out and get a player who could create his own shot, while keeping enough money in the pot to hold on to Hedo. I love Dwight as a person but the offense can’t flow throw him. Unless he develops a consistent 10-12 ft jumper to aid his limited low post repertoire, Orlando can’t matchup with Boston and Cleveland.  Hedo was their best playmaker and created difficult matchups for all the other championship caliber teams. Even in the Finals the Lakers had trouble stopping him from getting to the rim, and creating opportunities for his teammates to succeed. I’m not calling Hedo a better player than Vince, which would be moronic. But do you honestly believe Vince is capable of taking a playoff game over without scoring? 

 

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4. San Antonio Spurs – San Antonio pulled off a Pau Gasol type deal, where they got one of the more underrated ballers in the game, for next to nothing. When the deal went down, I told some friends the Spurs were the team to beat if Lakers aren’t able to keep Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom. Ariza’s in Houston and Lamar Odom is still out the market, but is expected to return to L.A. So what am I thinking now? L.A. is the prohibited favorite to win the West. Despite Dejuan Blair falling into their laps with the 37th pick, the Spurs need a rebounding presence at the 5 spot. I know they’re in talks with Big Baby Davis from the Celtics, and recently signed Antonio McDyess, however they’re suitable at the 4, certainly not at the 5. There was some talk of Duncan playing more at the 5 while the Spurs were pursuing Rasheed Wallace. Maybe Popvich is considering that route or try to trade for a big man. Either way the jury is still out on the Spurs. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.

 

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I’m calling my shot now. If the Cavs want to keep Lebron, they need to win the NBA title this year. And I’m going on record saying, signing Anthony Parker was a nice pick up but he’s better offensively than defensively on the perimeter. If I were Ferry, I’d look into what it would cost them to snag Shane Battier away from the Rockets. That’s not to say Battier is on the block, I’m just throwing out ideas to get my boy Shaq a 5th ring. And the only way they’re getting a ring is if they sure up what ails them on the perimeter.

 

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2. Los Angeles Lakers – Who in the hell thought Ron Artest was signing with the Lakers? All I kept hearing from these supposed insiders was Artest was either staying with the Rockets or headed to Cleveland. They screwed this one up. ESPN’s Ric Buchor was tweeting about talking to Artest and Lakers officials, and there was no truth to the reports, then later rescinded that tweet after Artest went public with the agreement. See what happens when you play around in Ron’s World? Artest is an upgrade in talent over Ariza but there is a potential ticking time bomb in the Lakers’ locker room now. What Lakers fans have to hope is since Phil Jackson is returning, he can have the same sort of affect on Artest, and he did on Rodman.

There are a couple major differences between Artest and Rodman. Rodman’s antics were more off the court than on it. Once the game started, he was all business, looking to break his opponents with his strength, activity, and basketball IQ. Artest is similar but more of a loose cannon. Artest can go from cool calm and collected to straight up homicidal in a second. Another thing was from what I’ve heard from those who covered the Bulls during that time, Rodman feared Jordan. Jordan was such a strong leader that Rodman wouldn’t dare to cross him. I’ll be damned if Ron Artest fears anyone who isn’t a family member. I’m still waiting for him to put a table leg through Kobe’s heart. Artest is real but sometimes he’s a little too real. If somehow he’s able to keep his craziness at 50-60%, the Lakers are in a good position to win another title. But what I think will happen is Kobe will regret Ariza leaving for Houston. Ariza came up big for the Lakers in the playoffs, by knocking down a lot of timely shots. Artest is cold more than he’s hot so who knows if he’ll make those same shots. It’s a boom or bust gamble. But it’s a gamble you have to take so we’ll see how it all turns out.

 

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1. Boston Celtics – The Celtics were a healthy Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe away from winning it all again last season. Now they have Garnett, and they bolstered their depth with the addition of Rasheed Wallace. You already know it’s a wrap. Of all the contenders, Boston went out and signed the biggest difference maker on the market. They found a player who can defend both the 4 and 5 spots, as well as post any big man up on offense. Another underrated quality of Sheed’s game is how unselfish he is. He’ll go into Boston and accept any role Doc Rivers asks of him. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when Sheed, Garnett, Pierce, and Allen are all on their games at the same time? That’s going to be ridiculous. It’s hard to argue that the Celtics aren’t the favorites next season.

 

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How do I describe the thoughts running through my head right now, when it comes to the murder of Steve McNair? It’s like finding out a man you considered invincible was actually human. We as a society tend to put our favorite athletes and celebs on a pedestal they don’t belong on. Once you hold a person in such high regards, they’re inevitably going to disappoint you. From what the police have announced, McNair was asleep when his 20 year old girlfriend put four bullets in him, two in the head and two in the chest. She then proceeded to blow her own brains out.

You have to wonder what McNair was thinking when started dating this 20 year old. He bought her car, took her on vacations, and had her over at the condo he was leasing/renting with his boy. I would’ve never believed that McNair was so damn ignorant. What ever happened to keeping your relationships on the low? Didn’t he listen to Creep by TLC? Take those ladies advice and get your freak on, without the hassles of your lover shooting your ass. Also, if you’re going to pick a woman to creep with, a 20 year old Iranian is the last woman you want to pick. They’ll kiss your ass, and that’s a lesson McNair learned the hard way.

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McNair will go down as the toughest QB to step on the field. Unfortunately for him, he’ll also be known as the dumbass who got himself killed cause he picked the wrong woman to sleep with.

 

Nike: We won’t allow witnesses

 

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For all you Lebron apologists out there, are you finally seeing the light? The guy you’ve been backing for years is nothing more than a whiny a$$hole, who’s been pampered so long he expects the world to bow at his feet. You all said his poor sportsmanship following the Eastern Conference Finals was an aberration. After this week what do you have to say now? He gets dunked on by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford during a pick-up game, and runs to a Nike official to make sure all tapes of the dunk were confiscated.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of at least two cameramen shooting at the time of the pickup game, and he talked to CBSSports.com about what went down.

He told CBSSports.com that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

“He just said, ‘We have to take your tape,'” Miller said. “They took it from other guys, too.”

“LeBron called Lynn over and told him something,” Miller said. “That’s how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, ‘Hey, Lynn. Come here.'”

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tap

What was Bron Bron thinking? He can dunk on whomever he wants, but how dare Crawford dunk on him. Get over yourself Bron Bron. It was ONE dunk. All great players have been dunked on. How they dealt with it that sets them apart from you. They didn’t pout like a like a 5 year old, then run to their big cousin up to street and aske them to do their dirty work for them. The great players would ask for the ball the next play and call out the guy who dunked on them, then attack him head on. That’s what great ones do.

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Nike’s no better than Lebron. His image is so precious to them that they made up a non-existent policy to explain what happened.

“Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy.”

Save the bull crap for someone who actually believes it. If there had been a policy in place, the media would’ve received it upon arrival. When CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish asked for a copy of the policy, he was told no copy could be produced. In other words, there was no policy until “the dunk” became a national incident. I thought Nike was better than that but I guess not. The best thing they could do is release the tape in a commercial or on Youtube. Either way, they’d take some of the sting off of this whole ordeal, and help it blow over sooner..

 

 

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I’m done! My fingers are killing me from all this typing. Da Wrap Up is complete. If you loved it or hated it, just drop a comment and keep it moving. Look out for me, I’m bringing some life back to Da FiF. It’s rent time, homies! It’s not a game…it’s big bidness! Uh oh!!!

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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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