Thursday, October 30, 2008

Boss Hog

I would like to pay my respects to the greatest NFL position coach of all-time, Joe Bugle. For 31 NFL seasons, Buges has been the mark that all other coaches should be measured by. Whether you are a hall of fame coach, or a rookie coach, you know you'll be better with Buges on your staff.

Buges has been around so long that he coached Romeo Crennel at Western Kentucky 40 years ago! During this time, Buges roomed with a grad assistant by the name of Jerry Glanville in a one bed apartment! After a coin flip, Buges won the bed, forcing Glanville to the floor to sleep on newspapers! I'm laughing at the thought of Jerry sleeping on papers, and leaving Elvis tickets at the W. KTY ticket gate. Buges and Jerry lived off pizza and donuts during this time (who doesn't) because they had no $$ and had a couple players who worked at the pizza and donut shop. Many nights Buges and Jerry would stay up late drawing up plays on one of the pizza boxes. Maybe 50 gut was a specialty pizza!

Did you know that Buges was the O-line coach for Bum Phillip's Oilers in the late 70's? No wonder Earl Campbell had those big holes to run thru! The Oilers defeated the Chargers in the 79 playoffs, a Chargers team who had an O-coordinator by the name of Joe Gibbs.
In 1981 Gibbs and Buges joined forces with the Skins. Soon after, The Hogs were born. Buges took guys that were old, undrafted, and undersized, and made them the meanest, baddest, mfer's in the league.

When Gibbs came back, the only way it would have felt right was with Buges. We got Buges, and we should never let go. I was worried that Buges would ride off into the sunset with Joe, but we are lucky that he stuck around. Zorn is lucky that he has a guy like Buges to lean on. Buges coaches up the young guys, and stands behind the veterans. He is our rock.

So, for the man that was born 68 years ago in Pittsburgh, PA, lets knock this Steeler's team in the mouth! Let's make them bleed! Because I know if Joe could strap on the pads, someone would be bleeding.

Cheers and Hail

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Top 10 Interview Meltdowns

I love a classic head coaches post game interview meltdown. Both Singletary and Zorn has some minor flare-ups this weekend, and it got me thinking. What is the greatest interview meltdown ever? Well first off, what constitutes a meltdown? Usually it takes a poor performance by the coaches team, a pissed off coach, a stupid question by a reporter, and a few F-bombs. So, I have compiled my top 10 meltdowns. This is a coaches only category, no athletes, Gm's, or owners.

Warning - some of the links contain angry middle-aged men dropping f-bombs, it's funny stuff but turn your speakers down if your at work!

#10 Kevin Borseth - He addressed the media after addressing the Michigan Women's B-ball team. I was scared watching him in the interview, I can't imagine how the girls felt.

#9 Bob Knight - He has given us so much material it's impossible to pick just one. Here he is explaining his favorite word.

#8 Mike Gundy - His intentions start out good, trying to defend one of his players. Somewhere in the interview he turned into Gny. Sgt. Hartman.

#7 Dennis Green - Maybe it's wrong, but every time I watch this I think of Gary Coleman getting angry.

#6 Tommy Lasorda - Another guy who can fill up an hour of your time on youtube. The word that got Crash Davis thrown out of the game in Bull Durham is very prevalent here.

#5 Earl Weaver - My favorite manager of all time. Whether this was scripted, a practical joke, or real, it's funny. Alice Sweet where are you?

#4 John Chaney - This one features Chaney going into another coaches interview and threatens to kill him. We're covering new ground here.

#3 Jim Mora - From the man that brought you "diddly poo". One of the most imitated interviews "playoffs?". Do you like random triangles on your shirts?

#2 Hal Mcrae - Once again we are breaking new ground here, drawing blood. Check out Hal in his long johns and the reporter walking out of the office with blood dripping from his cheek. "Now put that in your pipe and smoke it".

#1 Lee Elia - The mother of all breakdowns. He doesn't bitch about the media or the team, but the fans! Less than a month into the season he delivered this doozy. It was so good he was invited back to Chicago last year for a reunion. "85% of the world is working, the other 15% come out here".

Cheers and Hail

Fantasy Recap Week 8...Studs or Duds


Week 8 was a pretty good week in fantasy. My teams went 2-1, and I moved up in my rotisserie league. Let's take a quick look to see who were Studs and who were Duds.

Brees - 329yds, 3TD STUD He got the 3 TD's plus 300+ yds

Delhomme - 248yds, 2TD STUD Not 6 TD's but it works

Mcnabb - 278yds, 1TD DUD Now I'm really pissed. I pick summers eve, then he lays an egg

O'Sullivan - DUD Wow, I was drinking the kool-aid on this guy, he's not even a starter anymore

Gore - 159yds, STUD a TD would have been nice but he still had a solid day

Mcgahee - 57yds, 1TD DUD I don't see him being a #1 or even #2 fantasy starter this year

T. Jones - 60yds, 1TD DUD Washington stole some carries and made the most of them

Tomlison - 170yds, 1TD STUD just as I predicted

Avery - 163yds, 1TD STUD If you did not take my advice to pick him up, he's gone now

A. Johnson - 11rec, 143yds STUD this guy is racking up the catches and yards, he may set some records this year if he stays healthy

S. Smith - 117yds, 2TD STUD he made a lot of this happen on his own

R. White - 113yds, 2TD STUD he's becoming an elite receiver

Studs for the week 8/12. YTD 26/36 72%

Cheers and Hail

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Judging Mike Singletary

I know it's only one game, way too early to form an opinion of Mike Singletary's head coaching abilities. Remember what all of us Redskin's fans thought about Zorn after the Giants game? But, I saw a few things today that really soured me on Mike. I blogged just a few days ago about how I thought Singletary would make a great coach, and would light a fire under the 49er's. After watching his antics today, I think he might be taking this "light a fire" stuff too far. Here are the things that I saw while watching the game today that bothered me.

Down 13-3 with :31 seconds left in the first half, the 49ers had the ball on the Seattle 29 yard line, facing a 4th and 4. The 49er's called timeout. During this timeout the cameras focused on Singletary, his Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz, and his QB JT O'Sullivan. Singletary asked Martz, "what do you want to do?". Martz said "go for it". Without hesitation, Singletary went with Martz's recommendation. Mind you, a FG brings you within a touchdown to start the third quarter. On the ensuing play, O'Sullivan threw an interception that was returned 75 yds for a TD. On the interception TD return, Vernon Davis almost tackled the defender after sprinting his ass off for 80 yards! Keep this in mind for part 2.

After a silly penalty in the 4th quarter by Davis, Singletary pulls him out of the game. OK, good move. Singletary then follows this up by escorting Davis to the bench and directs him to sit down like he is a 5 year old in time out. This was not enough however, as a few minutes later Singletary directed Davis to the locker room. This was still not enough. Singletary decided to call out his TE in the post game press conference. And for the record, I am no fan of Davis.

Look, I'm all for making your mark on the team. I'm all for dressing down a player (who probably is a distraction). I'm all for making an example of somebody. But do not do it in the media, or in front of 50,000 people in the stands, or on national TV.

Mike, your a hard ass, we know this. It's why you were voted to the Pro Bowl 10 times. It's what made you a Hall of Famer. But don't make your mark this way. I'm pretty sure that the 10 years that you spent being a motivational speaker never involved a speech about degrading a man in public.

I hope Singletary turns around the 49er's, and I hope he leaves his door open when his players want to speak to him.

Cheers and Hail

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Picking On The NFL

Since I was a kid I have always been awesome at predicting the outcome of NFL games. Many an office pool I have won. I won office pools before I even worked! Keeping track of my picks for several years, I found that I was correct around 70% of the time. Now, if there is a spread, a bookie, and a bet involved, my success rate was not so hot. So, I gave up the gambling and I just stick to the straight up picks. Each Saturday I will post my NFL picks of the Week.
You are looking live at my Week 8 picks:
ATL @ PHI -7 1/2
PHI 24- ATL 17
Atlanta is a suprising 4-2 with 2 straight upsets. They play tough but won't make it 3 straight.

KC @ NYJ -12 1/2
NYJ 27- KC 10
Kansas City is starting a 3rd string QB who shouldn't be in the league, and they allow 200 yds rushing per game. How did they destroy the Broncos?

STL @ NE -7
NE 31- STL 16

St Louis has won 2 big games in a row after changing coaches. They will not make it 3 straight.

BUF @ MIA + 1 1/2
MIA 23- BUF 20

This is that trip up game that happens every week to good NFL teams. The superior team loses in Miami.

OAK @ BAL -7
BAL 20- OAK 10

I may be charitable giving the Raiders 10 points here. Russell + Raven's D = bad news for Oak.

WAS @ DET +7

But I mean, come on.

ARI @ CAR -4
CAR 27- ARI 17

This Carolina team is good. I think they will contend all the way to the NFC championship.

SD @ NO +3
SD 31- NO 27

If the weather is good it will be a shootout. New Orleans playoff chances are up in the air.

TB @ DAL -2
DAL 17- TB 13

Brad Johnson finds a way to beat another team he used to play for.

CIN @ HOU -9 1/2
HOU 28- CIN 24

Cincy goes to 0-8, they may not win until the last week of the season vs KC.

CLE @ JAC - 7
JAC 21- CLE 13

Brady Quinn is the starting QB by the Denver game in 2 weeks.

NYG @ PIT - 2 1/2
PIT 23- NYG 16

Pittsburgh @ Washington next Sunday night!

SEA @ SF - 5
SF 27- SEA 14
What a way for Holmgren to go out.

IND @ TEN - 4
IND 20- TEN 17
Don't write Indy off just yet, take the cap off the pen, but don't write them off.

Enjoy the games.

Cheers and Hail

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fantasy Thoughts For Week 8 (that don't include Megan Fox)

Another family beat down is coming this week in The League. In the meantime here are my Fantasy Studs for week 8.

Studs (nice Rayhawk)


Brees - Now I know picking Brees is not exactly going out on a limb, but he did have a terrible game last week. This week he's going against the last ranked pass D in the league, and his running game is in disarray. Anything less than 250yds and 3Td's and I'll call this a dud. (weather pending)

Delhomme - The Cardinals head to the east coast again, you can never forget the 6 Td's Favre laid on them.

Mcnabb - It makes me throw up a little in my mouth to type this down.

O'Sullivan - His job is on the line and Martz loves him. Martz will find a way for him to have a solid game against a struggling Seattle team.


Gore - Coming off a horrible performance, he gets back to himself this week.

T. Jones - Going against a Chiefs run D that might be the worst I have seen in the last 10 years.

Mcgahee - He's been getting stronger and better every week, now he's got the right matchup to have the big day you've been waiting for.

Tomlison - Maybe the biggest disappointment in Fantasy Football this year. He was every one's #1 or #2 pick. You finally get a big game from him this week.


Avery - This is my pick for a great #3 WR this week. 2 solid games in a row, he had a TD last week plus another long one called back. If he's available in your league pick him up!

A. Johnson - The huge #'s continue this week.

S. Smith - See Delhomme above.

R. White - His last 4 games, 29rec 453yds 3tds. This is Ryan's security blanket, cover yourself in him.

Enjoy the games!

Cheers and Hail

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scratching It Off My List

#15 Attend a World Series game
My game ticket, my cost "I believe that will be free of charge"

The Backstreet Boys sang the National Anthem
"Oooooooo" say can you see

The seats were awesome!!!!!
There were no signs of these guys!!!!

And this picture has nothing to do with the story, I just like it.

Cheers and Hail!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Talk Soup is Cancelled

Mike Nolan was fired Monday as head coach of the San Fransisco 49ers. Nolan served as Defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 1997-1999. It was during this time that Porkboy and Fatpickle tagged Nolan with the nickname Talk Soup. We thought he bore a tremendous resemblance to the original host of Talk Soup, Greg Kinear. I still enjoy playing the "he looks like someone famous game", its always fun. But lets focus on another NFL firing. Until the past couple of weeks I have never liked the idea of firing a NFL coach in the middle of the season. Although the NFL season is long in the sense of time, there is only 16 regular season games. It seems crazy to fire a coach a quarter of the way thru the season. Especially when a head coach has put his system in place, gone thru OTA's, training camp, and preseason. It seems as though things have to be dire straights, or severe rock bottom to make such a move. But, the Rams are 2-0 with wins on the road against the Skins and Cowboys, since firing Scott Linehan. Even the Raiders came up with a spirited win this weekend against the Jets, making the cable guy 1-1.
Which brings me to the hiring of Mike Singletary. I love this move! I know Singletary has never been a coordinator, but he is a leader. If intensity and motivation are what the 49er's are looking for, he will bring it. Singletary has interviewed several times for coaching vacancies, and was always passed over. I hope indeed that he was a serious candidate for these positions, that he was not just brought in as a product of the Rooney rule.
Singletary now has 9 games to show the 49er's that he should be the head coach, and I think he succeeds. He's playing in a weak division, and he has good coaches in place. All he needs to do is light a fire, and I think he can do that with his stare alone. The 49er's have a bye and 3 divisional games in the next month. Seattle and St. Louis at home, and Arizona on the road. If they do well over the next 4 weeks, they are right back in the division hunt.
We still have 2 more firings that could happen before season's end. Rod Marinelli in Detroit, and Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. Marinelli is most likely to go, his team is pitiful and the new GM will probably want to choose another head coach. Lewis should be fired with the Bengals bye week coming up. However, Mike Brown is a notorious tight wad, and probably can't handle paying Lewis to sit at home for the rest of the season.
One things for sure, with all the openings that are going to be available for head coaching positions in the NFL this year, it's time to get Russ Grimm a job. He too has been passed over many times, and has the knock of never being a coordinator. But he is a Super Bowl Champion and a Hall of Fame caliber player. He will be a successful head coach if given the chance.

Cheers and Hail!

Fantasy Recap Week 7...Studs or Duds

Week 7 was a hard week for my fantasy teams. I went 0-3 on the week, losing the 3 games by a combined 8 points. Check out the stat lines from my 3 WR's in The League:
Colston 0 rec 0 yds
Cotchery 1 rec 0 yds
Harrison 2 rec 11 yds
That's right 1 fantasy point from 3 players, unbelievable.
However, if you took my advice on my Fantasy Studs for Week 7, you were sitting pretty. Lets take a look out how my fantasy picks worked out.
Cassel - 185yds, 3TD STUD Wow Brady healed quickly, oh wait that's the Broncos secondary turning Cassel into Brady
Edwards - 265yds, TD STUD barely, only because NFL QB's struggled big time in Week 7. He was a solid play
P. Manning - 229yds, 0TD, 2INT's DUD horrible, he turned the Pack defense into studs, throwing two picks returned for scores
Schaub - 267yds, 2TD STUD another nice game, but what do you expect against the Lions?
Barber - 113yds, TD STUD they fell behind early and got away from the run too soon, could have been better
C. Johnson(Ten) - 172yds, 2TD STUD could have been even bigger, he was tripped up headed to the endzone w/ no one ahead of him
Slaton - 89yds, TD STUD Green stole a TD from him, but still solid
D. Williams(Car) - 70yds, TD STUD I'll take that from a #3 RB any week
A. Johnson - 11rec, 141yds STUD a TD would have been nice, but how can you complain?
R. Moss - 69yds, 2TD STUD 1 more yard and I tie in one of my leagues
Ward - 60yds, TD STUD He's a Stud for this
Wayne - 24yds TD DUD Manning's terrible game = Wayne's terrible game
Bonus Pick
Buc's D/ST - Dud no Td's, they gave up a garbage time TD
10 out of 12 (forget the bonus pick) not to shabby!

Cheers and Hail

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Crock Pot Sundays

mmm..that looks good, and the pot roast doesn't look half bad either
I love to cook. Whether its firing up the grill and throwing on a nice steak, or challenging myself with a difficult recipe. I just love cooking, and I think I'm pretty good at it. However, when football season rolls around, you got to keep it simple. I can't keep running outside checking to see how the meat is cooking on the grill. I can't add this ingredient after a half hour, and saute this ingredient after 2 hours. No, I need simple preparation, dump it in the crock pot and forget about it. Over the past 4 weeks we have enjoyed a brisket from some hot chick, chicken and dumplings twice (they were so good), and today's pot roast.
Here are my directions for crock-pot cooking:
Step 1
Put ingredients into crock pot (approximate prep time 10-15 minutes) - grab a beer and watch Terry, Howie, and Jimmy talk about today's games. Ignore Strahan. Admire Jillian. Drink more.

Step 2

Enjoy the aroma coming from your kitchen, but relax you don't have to do anything for the next 5-6 hours, except watch football. Enjoy as many beers as you can during this time.

We're gonna need a bigger boat

Step 3

Fill your plate with the delicious treat you have created. Around this time your "comfort food" will start ruining your beer buzz, this is OK. If your favorite team has already played, then you can take a nap during 60 minutes, you need the rest.

Step 4

This move depends on whether your team won or not. If they lost your probably done for the day, if they won, you get your second wind. You tune into the Sunday night game, or if that sucks, you put on Smokey and the Bandit, and have a couple more beers.

Step 5

You're at the water cooler on Monday morning, and you share the gas with your coworkers that you acquired by eating 5 bowls of pot roast and drinking lots of beers. are proud!

Go Rays!

Cheers and Hail

Fantasy Thoughts For Week 7

Cassel - This game will be a shootout and the Bronco's struggle against the pass.
Edwards - He's coming off a bye last week, should be recovered from the concussion, I see a big day.
P. Manning - Last week the Colts Offense looked like the Colts of old, I think they keep it rolling this week.
Schaub - The Ben Affleck look-alike will have another huge week vs. the hapless Lions.
Barber - No Romo, and no Felix Jones to steal carries. They will ride him all day.
C. Johnson (Ten) - He's already on everyone's radar, but today is is official coming out party. I mean like Jay Z style.
Slaton - I will continue to pick every skilled-position player who is facing the Lions. Forever.
D. Williams (Car) - This is a reach, as he is in a platoon with Stewart. I think it will be his week to shine. Not a huge day expected, but solid #3 RB #'s.
A. Johnson - Schaub's big day + Lions D = BIG DAY!
R. Moss - Cassel's big day + Denver D = BIG DAY!
Ward - He seems to have a couple games each year when he scores multiple times, what a better matchup than Cincy?
Wayne - Manning's big day = Waynes BIG DAY!
Bonus Pick
Buc's D/ST - Going up against a Seneca Wallace led Seattle offense. Kiffin practices against this Offense every day. The Bucs might score twice on D.
Enjoy the games!
Cheers and Hail

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My NBA Economic Stimulas Plan

I think we have all felt the effects of our falling economy. It appears that the NBA is not immune to these turbulent times. Last week they announced the pending layoffs of 80 employees. Not underachieving players, but staffers, or the average Joe's like you and I. Unlike the NFL, where players sacrifice their bodies for short term careers with non-guaranteed contracts, NBA players enjoy guaranteed contracts. These guaranteed contracts usually result in the NBA franchise taking it on the chin as the guaranteed player sleepwalks thru another game, or shows up late to an 11am shoot around. Who can forget Sprewell when he said "Why would I want to help them win a title? They're not doing anything for me. I got my family to feed." This was after the Timberwolves offered him a guaranteed 3 year 30 million dollar deal which he found insulting. Evidently Sprewell was right about going broke, he recently went bankrupt after finding a way to lose the 96 million he earned in his career. Whether its smoking a little weed, fighting in the stands, fathering 13 kids, or disrespecting our national anthem, NBA players have shown us that they are not deserving of 120 million dollar max contracts.
So, my plan to save the jobs of the 80 staffers is simple, the players are going to participate. If the league is indeed struggling, the players and their guaranteed contracts are not. The NBA will pay out 2 Billion in player salaries this year! That's right 2 billion!
My plan is to tax them 1%. For every $100 they earn, they will donate one dollar. Money I would never miss, let alone the average NBA player earning 5.6 million per year. This 1% tax will result in a pool of 20 million to pay the 80 staffers. Assuming the average staffer was making $75,000 per year (probably generous), this will be enough money to pay their salaries for the next 3 years. This will actually create a surplus of 2 million dollars, which I will take for a consulting fee.
So a quick recap, a bunch of underachieving millionaires get taxed 1% for one year. This 1% tax saves the jobs of 80 decent hard-working people for 3 years, by which time I pray our economy is fixed. And lets not forget just how many lives are affected by those 80 firings, there are spouses and children that suffer.

I'm all in, what do you think? Anyone have David Stern's number?
I'm Fatpickle and I approve this message.
Cheers and Hail!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Thirty List

When I was 28 years old I sat down and wrote a list of 30 things I was going to do before I turned the age of 30. I didn't do a very good job of crossing off my list. In fact, I'm now 34, and I still have quite a few things left to do. This list is kind of personal, but I thought by sharing it, some of you may have some ideas on how I can get these things accomplished. I broke down the list into separate categories. There is a twist to this story, please read thru to the bottom.
1. Study a 2nd Language - uhh, no
2. Study Boxing or a Martial Art - not even close
3. Learn to play the guitar - I don't even own Guitar Hero
4. Save more $$ - ahh hha
5. Get a dog - no, I think I've actually gotten another cat
6. Get married - yes, I'm the luckiest man in the world
7. Get pregnant - yes, my greatest accomplishment (my son, not the act of getting pregnant, although I was pretty good that night)
8. Meet someone famous - yes, I've had beers w/ Cal Ripken and Locke from Lost
9. Build something - no, unless a beer pyramid counts
10. Captain a boat - no, man in the boat overboard
11. Ride a motorcycle - yes, not sure why this was on the list, did it many time before the list
12. Donate time to charity - yes and no, lots of money, not enough time
13. Watch a baseball game @ Wrigley or Fenway - No
14. Go deep sea fishing - yes, I didn't know at the time that I was going to live on the Gulf of Mexico
15. Attend 1 of the following: World Series game, Super Bowl, HOF Induction, Final Four game - no, but the Super Bowl and maybe the World Series are here this year, I'm crossing my fingers for tickets
16. Visit NYC - no, how can this be?
17. Bench 200 - yes
18. Play in an organized baseball game - yes, it only cost me 4k
19. Shoot Less than 100 in golf - no, but I'm getting closer
20. Catch a citation fish - yes
21. Pass army fitness test - no, I haven't tried to, and I'm not ready to
22. Quit dipping - yes, after 15 years I did
23. Cutout fried foods - no, in fact I'm eating more foods that shouldn't be fried
24. Drink less - no, I forgot I even had a drinking problem 6 years ago
25. Ride a roller coaster - no, my fear of heights I haven't conquered
26. Go to the Dentist - Yes!
27. Go to the Doctor - no
No wonder I cannot complete my list of 30 things. I am such a procrastinator, that I never even finished the list! And it took me almost 7 years to realize this!
So how about some help from you. I need 3 more things to do, 3 things to add to my list. I'd like to get these things wrapped up by the time I'm 38. That will allow me to put together my 40 list. So post your ideas in the comments section. I look forward to seeing them.
Cheers and Hail

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fantasy Recap...Studs or Duds

Week 6 was a great week for my fantasy teams, I went 3-0, and moved up to 3rd place in my rotisserie league. As promised, Steve took his beating. Lets take a look and see how my fantasy picks worked out.
The Redskins - I jinxed them. I am a very superstitious person. Never again will I predict a Redskin's fantasy numbers. That's all I have to say about that.

Favre - 186 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT DUD a letdown

Frerotte - 296 yds, 1 TD, STUD the TD was 86 yds and he is underrated

Mcnabb - 280 yds, 2 TD, STUD barely

Romo - 321 yds, 3 TD STUD giving Jessica the sneaky pinkie

R. Brown - 93 yds, TD STUD marginal, but he got in the end zone

Jacobs - 67 yds, TD DUD, I hate this guy

Peterson - 111 yds, 2 Fumbles DUD no td's, 2 lost fumbles

Pittman - 125 yds, STUD no TD's, but he should have been your 3rd back

Berrian - 131 yds, 86 yd TD STUD Huge!

Breaston - 102 yds, TD STUD Nice game, will be a factor when Boldin comes back

D. Jackson - 98 yds, DUD nice yardage, didn't find the end zone

S. Smith - 112 yds, STUD barely

Looks like 8 studs out of 12. I Meatloafed it.

Cheers and Hail!

The Redskins Are Just Fine

I 'll be the first to admit it, I looked at the Redskins schedule after the Cowboy's game and thought, 7-1. Well, it's just not that easy in the NFL. There are no "layups".
But I'm here to issue a plea to all Skins fans, keep yourselves grounded! The same fans that were on Internet message boards, and calling into Sportstalk radio saying we are going to Tampa, turned around and said the Skins suck. Last week Zorn was the second coming of Joe Gibbs and George Allen rolled into one. This week, fire him, he sucks. Listen guys, the NFL season is 4 long months of hard battle. There are many ups and downs, stay even, or as Zorn says "medium".
Tiger Woods misses a cut every now and then. Michael Jordan had nights where he only scored 12 points. Dirk Diggler couldn't get it up every time. The Skins had 4 fumbles, that is a fluke, shit happens. Here is what the Redskins are, a solid playoff team with the ability to win it all.
So relax Skins fans, sit back and enjoy the ride. We are going to lose again, and we are going to win games you didn't think we would win. Tony Romo missing 4 weeks doesn't mean we are going to the Superbowl. Playing the Browns and Lions the next 2 weeks doesn't guarantee 2 wins.
So, if you are a true fan like me, root with all you have, pray hard, wear your lucky gear, sit in your lucky chair. Don't criticize when we lose, don't drink the kool-aid when we win.
Because if you wait another 3 months, maybe, just maybe, we can laugh all about this in Tampa.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Fantasy Thoughts of the Week (that don't include Nadine Velazquez)

I have 4 Fantasy Football teams this year. Well, one of them is Rebecca's, but I am the GM in charge of all personnel decisions. This requires a lot of research each week to ensure I am putting the best possible teams on the field. I have dedicated several hours each Thursday night to research. So far it seems to be paying off as my teams are a combined 10-4-1 (one league is a salary cap league, rotisserie style). Although I mess around with 4 teams, there is still only one team, and one league. In The League this week, my little brother is gonna remember the ass beatings I use to deliver to him when we were kids. Sorry in advance.
Here are my Studs for Week 6.
The Redskins - every player you have including D/ST. The Rams are 31st in the league on defense, allowing 412 yds per game. Campbell, Cooley, Moss, Portis, and maybe even Randle El have big games. Defensively, the Skins have practiced against an Al Saunders Offense the past 2 years, and the Rams haven't been able to do anything offensively to date so far. Besides that, Cooley, CP, and Vladimir did a little Ram hunting this week.
Favre - 6 TD's in last outing, he's got the Bungles this week.
Frerotte - If they can't tackle AI, he may not get many chances. I still see at least 250yds and 2TD.
Mcnabb - He's been bitchin and cryin this week. Less than 200 yds the past 3 weeks. No Westbrook. Reid strokes him to 300 yds and 3 TD's.
Romo - Favre threw for 6 against the Cards, if he gets half that its 3!
R. Brown - "Wildcat" until further notice.
Jacobs - The Browns suck against the run, and the Giants are riding him.
Peterson - He's going against the Lions, enough said.
Pittman - Young is out, I think it's Pittman, not Hall that takes advantage. Shanahan likes lots of RB's like Gruden likes lots of QB's.
Berrian - He seems to be Frerotte's go to guy, and well its the Lions.
Breaston - 16 catches for 199 yds in last 2 games. The Cards will be playing from behind again this week.
Desean Jackson - Brown is out and Curtis is still banged up. See Mcnabb above.
S. Smith - He always plays big against the Bucs.
Good luck with your teams, here's to another great and exciting week of NFL action.

Cheers and Hail!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Top 10 Comedies of All Time

Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult decisions, and I have given myself one here. How do I pick the greatest Comedy of all time? Well, I do have many hours spent reviewing the material listed in this blog, and I also think that I know everything. So, here are my choices for the top ten Comedies of all time. Do you agree, disagree? Share your comments.

#10 National Lampoon's Vacation /Fletch - There was a time when Chevy Chase was the funniest man on the planet, how did he lose it?
Best Lines - "You think you hate it now, wait till you drive it" "I'll have a bloody mary, a steak sandwich, and a steak sandwich"
#9 Slapshot - My thoughts on this movie are already well documented.
Best Line - "Here's to all that snatch in F-L-A"
#8 Clerks - Great movie, great dialogue. Made for 27k. Is this movie really 14 years old?
Best Line - "37? 37? Try not to suck any dick on the way through the parking lot!"
#7 Animal House - Without this movie there is no Porky's, no Revenge of the Nerds, no American Pie, and another 100 movies like them.
Best Line - "They took the bar, the whole f'ing bar"
#6 Blazing Saddles - This movie could never play in a theater these days, no way. It is politically incorrect!
Best Lines - "We'll work up an old #6 on them"
#5 Ace Ventura - This movie could be #1. It's got sports, dick jokes, and people talking out of their asses.
Best Line - "Your gun is digging into my hip" "Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea"
#4 Tommy Boy - I miss Farley. A joy to watch.
Best Line - "Fat guy in a little coat" "Next thing you know there's money missing off your dresser and your daughter's knocked up"
#3 Old School - Finally a movie from the past 10 years that makes my list, am I just old and out of it? This movie has it all, great characters, storyline, and dialogue.
Best Line - "It's so good when it hits your lips" "I thought we were in the trust tree"
#2 Dumb and Dumber - Non-stop laughs from start to finish. Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Bros. at their best.
Best Line - "Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber" "Raider of the lost fart"
#1 Caddyshack - I can watch this movie with my eyes closed. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Rodney. Like Old School they just turned the camera on and said - do your thing.
Best Line - "How'd ya like to mow my lawn, hmmm, hmmm?" I have to laugh, I outsmarted myself"

Honorable Mention:
Billy Madison, Christmas Vacation, Dirty Work, 40 Yr Old Virgin, Friday, The Jerk, Kingpin, Wedding Crashers

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Standing on top of the World!

So, the first time I saw the Redskins 2008 schedule, my first reaction was, did Jerry Jones write this? I mean, come on, 3 divisional road games in the first 5 weeks? At Dallas, then at Philly? I originally was thinking 3-2, and I was going to be happy. After our less than stellar showing in week 1, I was going to be ok with 2-3. What they did today,had never been done in the history of the Washington Redskins. It took me about an hour and 4 beers to do the research, but no Redskins team has ever won back to back road games against Philly and Dallas. NEVER!

This team keeps amazing me. If this team were Kimbo Slice, they would have tapped out with 9 minutes to go in the first quarter. Down 14-0, momentum totally against them, crazy Philly fans fired up. The Skins picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and went to work. Slowly chipping away and letting the game come back to them. It didn't matter that the Eagles took Tana out of the game, Portis and Cooley carried us. No turnovers again, you don't realize how huge that is. Any offensive turnover the past 4 weeks could have resulted in a Redskins loss. Zorn showed us again today the difference between him and Gibbs. With a 4th and 1 and a little over 2 minutes to go, he went for it. And the Redskins delivered the dagger. Gibbs would have punted and put the game in Mcnabb's hands.

Sometimes, its all worth it. All the money I've lost betting with my heart. All the shit talking that I've had to take back after the Skins lose a game they should have won. All the tears, all the yelling, all the punching holes in drywall.

Yep, sometimes its all worth it. And tonight, I'm standing on top of the world (for a little while).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

O, The Rays are Good

So this year marked the 11th straight season the Orioles have finished below .500. During the previous 10 seasons, the O's finished in fourth place. They could always count on the Rays to finish in the cellar. Now that the Rays are playing in October, I'm afraid my Orioles have a firm grip on last place.

After living in Northern VA for the first 30 years of my life, the O's are a part of me. I was 9 years old in 1983, when the O's beat the Phillies in the I95 series. This came the year after the O's took the Brewers to the last game of the season in 82. Orioles Magic indeed. I thought at the time the O's would win countless World Series (I bet Cal did too!). It's hard to imagine that we are so far removed from the glory days. How did it slip away so fast?

Baseball was my #1 sport growing up, the one that I excelled at. If there wasn't a baseball around, then it was wiffleball. When a wiffleball wasn't available, then a wad of paper and a stick would do just fine. And in everyone of those backyard, driveway, or living room games, I was imitating my heroes. Eddie Murray's crouched stance, Cal's upright/closed stance with the bat horizontal to the ground. Pitching the wiffleball like Jim Palmer, sliding in the rain like Rick Dempsey. The list could go on and on. Those days are long gone, but I keep hanging onto the hope that one day, things will be special again.

And that brings me to the Rays. For the last 4 years, I have lived here in Tampa. I knew this Ray's team was close to breaking out the past 2 seasons. I'm surprised it did not happen last year. I will guarantee you this, they will not be going away any time soon. They are loaded with young talent, and they have more stockpiled in their farm system. I am amazed to watch the community in which I live in rally behind this team. Everyone has Ray's fever. We have 2 year old kids getting blue Mohawks, we have 60 year old politicians getting Mohawks. A new stadium is also on the horizon, a beautiful outdoor stadium, right on the Gulf of Mexico. It's a great time to be a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays.

But, you'll never see a blue Ray's hat on this head. Sure, I'll pull for them to go all the way. I surely will be pulling for them if they face the Red Sox. Its easy for a lot of people to jump on the bandwagon and root for a winner. I can't do that. I've got to much invested in my O's. So while a team headed to the World Series, loaded with young talent, getting an awesome new stadium, sounds enticing, I'll pass. Give me my MLB Extra Innings for $250 again next year, because the O's are 0-0 right now, and my O's mug is half full!

And besides that, when my son and I play wiffleball, I do a great imitation of Nick Markakis.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

That's How You Debate


I will cover many topics on this blog, and I hope you find my thoughts on those subjects entertaining and funny. But, there are two subjects I believe you should keep to yourself. Politics and religion. I'll keep my borderline disturbing thoughts focused on sports, music, movies, and the Internet. With that being said, I found a clear winner tonight.
Just watch for yourself.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The NFL - That's the End of the First Quarter

With the NFL regular season 25% finished, I thought it would be a great time to rank the top 20 teams, and give you my thoughts on each. I will do this again after week 8. Obviously, it's still very early in the season, and no one should be printing playoff tickets just yet. But that's not to say we have not had an exciting season already, full of excitement and drama. Many questions still remain, more coaches will be fired, more QB's will be benched. This all goes to show you why the NFL is not only the greatest sport on the planet, it's more entertaining to watch than any movie or TV show! If the NFL were a movie, no one could ever guess the ending, and the NFL has more plot twists than a M. Night Shyamaland movie.

"I see dead people, and they have stars on their helmets"

I can tell you the next month of this season will feature the BIG BAD NFC EAST beating up on teams like CIN, CLE, DET, SF, and STL.

#1 New York Giants - This pains me to rank them here. They beat 2 teams that have not won a game yet, but they are 3-0 and the defending champs.
#2 Tennessee Titans - They definitely have a top tier Defense that will carry them to the Playoffs. But at some point, it will be Jeff Fischer driving around depressed, because he has Kerry Collins as his QB.
#3 Washington Redskins - Everyone is on notice after last week. A playoff team last year, they are way better this season.
#4 Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys will be fine as long as they are not playing the Skins or a playoff game. Oops, sucks for them!
#5 Buffalo Bills - I don't know a lot about this team, nor do I care to find out. But, they are 4-0.
#6 Philadelphia Eagles - Big showdown this weekend with the Skins. Ultimately, their playoff chances will hinge on how many games Mcnabb and Westbrook will miss due to injury. I don't like their chances.
#7 Pittsburgh Steelers - This team is banged up, and they have a tough schedule ahead. I think they win the division with a 9-7 record.
#8 Carolina Panthers - Big match up next week Vs. #9. It's a coin flip right now between the two.
#9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brian Griese needs to take better care of the ball. I do like him in Fantasy this weekend vs Denver
#10 Denver Broncos - Easily the most exciting team to watch. The defense will have to be better to advance come playoff time.

#11 San Diego Chargers - They are 4 Pt's away from being 4-0. 2 bad calls away from being 4-0.
#12 Baltimore Ravens - If the D stays healthy, they could challenge the Steelers for the division. Did I really just write that?
#13 New England Patriots - They still are 18-1 in the regular season the past 2 years. I'm anxious to see how Cassel does coming off the bye week, and getting a lot of reps.
#14 Jacksonville Jaguars - This team will take them as far as Taylor and Drew can carry them, not Garrard. Where is the daunting Greg Williams D so far?
#15 Green Bay Packers - There is no such thing as a slight sprain to the throwing shoulder of your starting QB. They have no viable backup, where's Brett Favre?
#16 New York Jets - He's the starting QB for the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! A bye this week followed by CIN, OAK, KC. That looks as good as Thanksgiving dinner!
#17 New Orleans Saints - The NFC version of the Broncos. Fun to watch, but a lot of things to work on to get to the playoffs.
#18 Indianapolis Colts - They are fading, but they will find a way to make the Playoffs this year. A little more concentration on the running game with Addai will help things.
#19 Chicago Bears - I really like this running back Forte, that was a great pick. Orton on the other hand?? B Lloyd made more big plays in 4 games with the Bears than he did in 2 seasons w/ the Skins.
#20 Minnesota Vikings - I still like this team to contend for the division. It will take a healthy AI the rest of the way.
#20 (tie) San Francisco 49er's - I also like this team to win a weak division. I still am drinking the Kool-aid on O'Sullivan.

The 21 teams above are the teams that I think still have a chance @ the playoffs. Here are 3 teams that have serious issues!

Oakland Raiders - Why does Al Davis write so many letters, and when did he turn into the Church Lady? Email somebody, or better yet, talk to them face to face. 3 years from now the Raiders will still be a 6-10 team, and Lane Kiffin will be coaching a perennial top 20 college program. Al, may the next letter you write be your resignation letter!
Cincinnati Bengals - Are they really this bad? Did Palmer and Ocho Cinco lose it that quickly? And did they really just pick up another guy with a lengthy criminal record? How about the first time Benson and Henry hit those Kentucky clubs? Lewis is done.
St. Louis Rams - With the seventh pick in the first round, the 22 Swinging Dicks select......Steven Jackson.