Monday, November 30, 2009

Week 12 Hangover - Love/Hate


- Tiger Woods huddled with his best public relations and legal team and decided that no one needs to know what happened when he crashed his Escalade into a fire hydrant and tree at 2:30 in the morning. And legally, he doesn’t have to tell anyone. Everyone knows there is more to the story than what’s been reported, but Woods has no intention of sharing. It doesn’t seem logical that a car accident that didn’t cause the airbags to deploy, and only caused an estimated $5-8k in damages would be enough to cause injuries to Tiger’s face and cause him to be drifting in and out of consciousness when the police arrived. But Tiger and his team are hoping the media storm blows over and he never has to talk about whether he was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, or whether there was a domestic dispute with his wife Elin, or whether he was drunk when he crashed. And why did Elin have to break the REAR window to get Tiger out of the car? And why did she have a golf club with her? If she went back to get the club, couldn’t she just get her keys to unlock the car doors (assuming they were locked)? Too many questions that point away from a simple, “I went out for a leisurely drive at 2:30 in the morning on Thanksgiving and ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree.”

- The Heisman race is still completely wide open, and no one seems to want to run away with it. Colt McCoy of Texas made a strong statement on Thanksgiving night with 300 yards and 4 TDs, but Tim Tebow put up 5 TDs on his own Saturday in his final home game. Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, a guy who seems to be “John Riggins 2.0”, ran for 200 yards and 3 TDs against Notre Dame, and Clemson’s CJ Spiller returned the opening kick for a TD against South Carolina. Alabama’s Mark Ingraham is the only name that anyone knows on Alabama, so he appears to be a candidate, but he was completely shut down against Auburn, likely costing him a real shot. Spiller is the most talented of the contenders, Tebow is the media crush, McCoy would get it for career achievement, and Gerhart is the late addition flash in the pan. I think McCoy deserves to win, completing nearly 72% of his passes this year, with 27 TDs against 9 INTs. And he added 175 yards rushing on Thursday, just to show Tebow isn’t the only QB with capable feet.

- Brett Favre is now the leader in the race for the MVP. He is playing the best he has ever played in his entire career, and with the weapons he has, he is playing smart, exact, and accurate football. I will now go ask someone on the street to kick me in the junk repeatedly for the next hour……..wait, most of the people wrapped up in carpet lining and smelling like urine outside the subway might take me up on the offer.

- So with Kurt Warner sitting out after another concussion, we had a rematch of the starting quarterbacks in the 2006 Rose Bowl, Matt Leinart and Vince Young. And just like that unbelievable Rose Bowl game, Vince Young came out victorious after some late game heroics, this time hitting Kenny Brit for a touchdown on 4th down with less than 5 seconds left in the game. The biggest difference between this game and 2006 was Young’s passing skills, as he threw for 387 yards on Sunday. Hopefully he didn’t decide to party like he did after the Rose Bowl, shirtless and with a bottle of tequila.

And a side note, why was Chris Johnson so ineffective during the first 6 games of the year? He’s on pace to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, but only broke 100 yards in 2 of the first 6 games. It doesn’t make sense because you would think with Vince Young at QB, teams would load the box more, with less fear of the passing game. But the opposite has happened, and Johnson has rushed for over 130 yards in each of Young’s starts, 5 straight wins for the Titans.

- Love this tribute to Matthew Stafford, which was obviously made before he wet himself against Green Bay on Thanksgiving, allowing Charles Woodson to put a stranglehold on the defensive player of the year award.


- I hate the current structure and situation where the college coaches are fired and hired between the end of the regular season and their bowl games. I understand it is because of the recruiting schedule and you want to have your new coach in place as soon as possible to get ahead immediately when the high school kids can be contacted. But it just doesn’t seem right that the current undefeated Cincinnati team has to deal with the distraction of Chip Kelley leaving (potentially) their team to coach Notre Dame. If and when Weis is fired at Notre Dame, the Irish will want to immediately replace him, possibly with Kelley, and they will want him to immediately start recruiting for the Golden Domers, meaning he will have to treat his team like Richard Jefferson treated his fiancĂ© Keisha Ni’cole Nichols.

- The Steelers Dennis Dixon played well during his first NFL start, considering he had only thrown 1 pass in his career and didn’t find out until Saturday that he was going to start. But unfortunately, it was his only mistake of the game, an overtime interception, that cost his team the game against the Ravens. Is there any other rivalry in the NFL where you know exactly what you’re going to get from the game? Steelers-Ravens is going to be a hard-hitting, low scoring game that comes down to a field goal every time.

- I’m done with the Jaguars. Two trips out west this year against average to bad teams (49ers & Seahawks), and they lose both, being outscored 61-3. That is a joke and they are the worst team with a winning record in the league. Time to start looking at drafting a new quarterback to replace David Garrard.

- Really Andy Reid? Starting the game against a 3-7 Redskins team with an onside kick? What were you possibly thinking? Why would you allow a team that stinks and knows they are undermanned to get some momentum and believe they have a chance to win? Just another example of why Andy Reid is not capable of winning big games. Maybe he was still on a sugar high from the dozen donuts he had for breakfast and wasn’t thinking clearly. What a terrible decision, yet because his team was able to squeak out a win against a bad Washington team, there won’t be any focus on another brain fart from the round mound of coaching.

- Pete Carroll, you are a douchebag. You whined “what’s your deal?” after Stanford stuck it to you with a 2 point conversion after their 7th touchdown. Then you go and throw deep for a 48 yard touchdown in the final minute of a blowout against UCLA, and claim that you were just “competing” for the entire game. Time to roll that stupid turtleneck you wear up over your face to keep you from saying anything else so stupid (who’s your fashion consultant, an 80’s movie star?). Then again, since your Trojans are completely irrelevant this season, I guess you have to do something to make people remember USC is still playing out the string of meaningless games.

- The Nets. 0-17. Ouch. Yeah, fire the coach. THAT must be the problem……oh wait, they didn’t exactly come out firing for their new coach, trailing Kobe Bryant 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. Yes, Kobe by himself, not counting the rest of his team’s points. The Nets tied the NBA record for longest losing streak to start the season, and seem destined to break it with the Mavs in their next game. Pretty sure the Nets and Knicks with their combined 3 wins are not exactly making LeBron James pine for playing with either of these teams next year.

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