Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pull the Plug on the Pro Bowl!!!

Here is another reason why the NFL should take the Pro Bowl out back and shoot it…

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Video-Crazy-AFC-lateral-stuns-apathetic-NFC-tea;_ylt=AgjGKZwZ.dxe69szzbEv3145nYcB?urn=nfl-314461

St. Louis Better Pay Up…

Albert Pujols is scheduled to become a free agent next year.

Even worse, he imposed a deadline for the team to sign him to an extension (before spring training).  Worse than that, he is looking in the neighborhood of 10 years and $300 million.

The Cardinals are in a bit of a pickle.  First, they play in a baseball town with knowledgeable fans who will not forgive the organization if they let the best player of this generation (yes, he is better than “A-Fraud”) walk.  Second, word on the street is Pujols will veto ANY trade, further putting the onus on St. Louis to get a deal done.

Now the question is what should the Cardinals do?  Pay the man, of course!

Seriously, the Cardinals should AT LEAST meet Pujols halfway with 5 years and $150 million.  I don’t think it’s prudent for the Cardinals to pay Pujols $30 million a year when he’s in his 40s (he is 31 years old now).

I do think the Cardinals will have to go 7 years and $210 million.  That way, Pujols will still average $30 million a year, which is more than “A-Fraud”.

Look, it’s obvious that Pujols wants to stay in St. Louis, and I know the Cardinals want to keep him.  Hopefully for the fans sake both side can get a deal done before spring training.

If the Cardinals do not, then the Mets will in 2012…

Sports Poll # “Such and Such”…

This Just in: Boosters Run Collegiate Athletics Programs

Robert G. Burton, a college booster who is also the CEO of Burton Capital Management,  is pissed that no one consulted him on the hire of Paul Pasqualoni, the new football coach at Connecticut.  In fact, he is so pissed, that he wants that $3 mil he so kindly donated to the athletics department.

I’ve got a couple of thoughts on that.

First, boosters should have a “Coke and a smile” and shut the hell up.  Boosters should know their role.  Their job is to donate and promote.  The administrators’ jobs are to hire the best coaches money can buy and run their respective athletic departments.

Boosters remind me of those nerds in high school who were made fun of and left out of the social circles known as the “in-crowds” because they were to busy focused on their grades and not what was in style.  They figured, “well, one of these days I’ll get into a good university so I can be able to land a great job and BUY those ‘cool kids’!”

So how do those boosters get their revenge?  Buy their way into the inner-circles and flex their muscles on the unsuspecting victims, which is in this case athletic directors and other high-ranking administrators.

All of which leads me to my other thought: what else is new?

Boosters put on petulant hissy-fits because THEY CAN.  After all, they are the ones who make the multi-million dollar donations.  They are the ones who give money to 4- and 5-star recruits – ERRR, I mean pitch and market their universities to those aforementioned recruits.

So guess what happens if the coaches are not winning games or if the athletic directors are stinking up the joint?  They threaten to withhold future multi-million dollars from the school (or in the case of Burton, ask for $3 million back and remove his name from the athletic complex) unless they get what they want.

After all, everyone knows that college boosters – not athletic directors nor college presidents – run athletic programs.

Hell, if you were a fat cat like Burton, T. Boone Pickens, or Nike founder Phil Knight wouldn’t you exert some sort of power?  I know I would…

Free Carson Palmer!

Carson Palmer wants out of Cincinnati.

Bengals owner Mike Brown says that he won’t trade him.

“GIVE CARSON HIS FREE!”

Another year, another sad story from Bengal-dom.  The Bengals went from playoff darlings last season to doormat this season.

Coach Marvin Lewis wanted management (re: Mike Brown) to make changes that would make them competitive in the brutal AFC North.  A scouting department.  An indoor practice facility that other cold weather teams have.  No more bringing in problem children into the locker room.

Brown was wishy-washy on making good on his promise.  I’m guessing upon hearing that Palmer decided to throw up his hands to say “enough”.

Let me be clear on something: Palmer is not without blame for the Bengals’ fall this season.  Since his knee and elbow injuries, Palmer has not been the same elite QB.  In fact, it’s hard to argue that he is just “good”.  Also, he is not the most vocal leader in the world, allowing Chad Johnson/Ochocinco and Terrell Owens (a.k.a. “Two”) to run amok in the locker room.

However, I think Palmer needs a fresh start.  He is a good QB whose prime years have been wasted in Cincinnati the past few years.  A lot of teams would trade almost anything (Cardinals, Vikings, Redskins, Raiders and 49ers to name a few) to acquire him.

I lived in Cincinnati for four years.  I have seen the public disgust with Brown and the way he bungles personnel moves.  I’ve seen him penny-pinch his way to more $$$, even at the expense of improving his team and making it marketable.

I understand why Palmer wants out of Dodge.  Given Brown’s past deeds, he will stubbornly hold onto Palmer and forgo the possible bounty of draft picks in the process.

I always said that stubbornness leads to stupidity.  Such as life in Bengal-dom…

NFL Poll # whatever (I lost count)

Ease off of Cutler, Folks…

It was a bad weekend for Jay Cutler.

Now this drama is about to get worse for him.

Cutler left early during the Bears’ loss to the hated Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship game yesterday.  He sustained a knee injury that had former players AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES questioning his manhood.

A lot of players took to Twitter to voice their gripes with Cutler (once again proving that Twitter is a loaded gun).  Darnell Dockett said that said Cutler didn’t deserve to shower until the rest of the team left the locker room.  Here are some more tweets:

“All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee … I played the whole season on one,” tweeted Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

“Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn’t know!” Arizona safety Kerry Rhodes tweeted.

Former player and future Hall of Famer Deion Sanders said “in the playoffs u must drag me off the field.”

SLOW DOWN FELLAS…

For the record, I am not a fan of Jay Cutler.  He comes across as a snarky dude who sometimes wonder why in the hell are you hanging in the same vicinity as him.  Seriously, he just seems disinterested in everything around him.

That said, I think folks are being way too critical of Cutler.  After all, this is the same dude who is playing through Type I diabetes.  This is also the same guy who has been sacked 55 times (!) during the regular season.  He’s started all but one game in his career since becoming a starter.

When he was sacked nine times IN THE FIRST HALF against the Giants, he never lashed out nor complained about his faulty offensive line.

Now that the word is out that Cutler sustained a tear in his MCL that would normally take 4-6 weeks to recover from, I wonder what does mo-fos are tweeting now.

“My bad dawg.”

I do not think anyone should question others’ toughness.  Hell, anyone who suits up for those NFL Sundays is tough enough for me…

NFL Conference Championship Preview

I really, REALLY love this weekend’s match-ups.  Unfortunately, this also means we are only three weeks away from the end of the NFL season.  I will try to hold back tears and enjoy what should be a great final four in the Super Bowl XLV tournament.

Packers-Bears.

This is an old school match-up that features the oldest rivalry in the NFL.  However, this is the first time they have met with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.  Both of those teams dislike each other.

Despite the fact that both teams have studs at quarterback, this will be a defensive battle.  The weather is going to be horrible.  The field sucks, and that will neutralize Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game.  That should allow Julius Peppers and the Bears defensive line to tee off on Rodgers, because I do not see the Packers running the ball on the Bears.

I do not trust Cutler.  He almost had a pick-6 against the Seahawks in the first quarter of the game last week. I do not see the Bears receivers getting much against a Packers secondary led by Charles Woodson.  If the Bears are smart, they will feed RB Matt Forte the rock most of the game.

While a lot of folks have the Packers winning in a rout, I think it will be a lot closer than what people think.  The nasty weather will make it that way.  In a game like this one, you go with the hot QB: Rodgers.  Either way, it should be a dandy.  Packers 17, Bears 10.

Jets-Steelers.

Two defensive teams who play football the way it is meant to be played.  Smash-mouth.  Hard hitting.  Ground and pound.  Both those teams also carry a lot of “swag”, and are not afraid to let you know it.

Sure the Jets won the last meeting, but so many things went right for the Jets that game.  Their punter kept pinning my Steelers inside their own 10 yard line.  Meanwhile, the Jets almost always had good field position the entire game.  Oh, and one more thing: my Steelers were without SS Troy Polamalu and TE Heath Miller.

Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, and the Jets will not have another perfect game against my Steelers.  Besides, the Jets are bound to have a let-down after their emotional victory over the hated Patriots last weekend.  Nevertheless, this should be a good one.  As Bart Scott said, “CAN’T WAIT!!!”  Steelers 21, Jets 16.

Carmelo Will Be a Knick…

You heard it here first!

I am an avid (and long-suffering) New York Knicks fan, so you all can understand why I jumped several feet (okay, a few inches) off the ground upon hearing the New Jersey Nets backing out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.  As soon as Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov made the announcement yesterday, I let out a loud “WHOO-HOO!”

Now, what does that mean for my Knicks?

First, we all know that Anthony’s preferred destination is the Knicks.  It was obvious to me that he would never sign an extension with the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets.  Why go to the Knicks’ “little brother” anyway?

Second, if I were running the Knicks, I’d be tempted to wait it out.  After all, given Anthony’s overtures in playing for the Knicks, New York has a lot of leverage in this.  All it has to do is tell Denver “yo, you all don’t have to trade Anthony to us, just know that you will lose him for nothing”.  I mean, why gut your team when you may not have to?

Now the onus is on Anthony.  He has to ask himself the following question: is it about the money or does he want to be happy?

We will know the answer by the trading deadline in February…

Another Reason Why Major College Football Does not Need a Playoff

Another year, another exciting college football season.

Sure the BCS National Championship game was over two weeks ago.  I just remember the excitement the BCS provided us.

Auburn and Oregon were far and away the two best teams in the nation.  They both survived treacherous schedules.  Both teams averaged over 40 points a game.  Both teams defeated their rivals – only Oregon did it in convincing fashion.  Both have unstoppable offenses that thrive on wearing teams down and breaking their spirits in the process.

I know folks are saying “what about TCU?”

Well, …what about TCU?  The toughest team the Horned Frogs had to play was a mediocre Oregon State team at Cowboys Stadium.  The Frogs also beat down what turned out to be an overrated Utah team on the road.

Yeah TCU had a nice win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, but let’s face it – the Badgers did not play their best game.  Why Wisconsin chose to throw the ball on the 2-point conversion instead of running it in (what they do best) was baffling to me.

Simply put, Auburn and Oregon were the best teams from 2010, and that’s what the BCS gives us.

With no playoffs in place, every game in college football game MATTERS.  A playoff would cheapen the regular season.  And even though a playoff system would indeed bring in more money, there will still be some teams who will get left out and bitch about it.  It’s not a perfect fix.

Now if I were to change one thing about the BCS, I would add a “Plus 1″ in the event of having another unbeaten team after the championship game.  That way, all these Cinderella honkers would have their mouths shut when their TCUs get their asses kicked.

By the way, Boise State is NOT a Cinderella.  It is a damn good football team who earned their way into the spotlight.  As long as Boise still schedules opponents (on the road or otherwise), the Broncos will get the props they deserve.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy major college football for what it is…

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