- I am not a big fan of players holding out when they have signed a contract but Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is doing the right thing. Careers for backs like him are very short, he is an elite player, and he is making far below what even other mediocre backs in the NFL are being paid. Finally his running style is such that when he loses half a step, his career will be over.
- On the other hand, the Houston Texans can not renegotiate Andre Johnson’s deal with five years left on it. He signed a seven year deal and wants a new deal after two years? That’s three contracts in five years and it would set a horrible precedent for the Texans and the rest of the league. I know what he means to the franchise but to cave in could cause chaos. I predict that Andre Johnson will be traded before they renegotiate this deal.
- Before thee Atlanta Falcons start to demand a new stadium, they have to ask themselves what kind of market there is for NFL teams? I can really see the Minnesota Vikings going to the Los Angeles market and while San Antonia has the Alamodome, it’s an aging stadium as well. Can South Florida handle another team? I don’t think it can as Jacksonville could be on the move as well. You quickly find yourself looking at places like an additional team somewhere else in New Jersey, a second team in Los Angeles (that worked out well last time), or trying to get a stadium built in Toronto. After that you have Portland, Vancouver, another team in Chicago (can’t see that happening although the market is big enough for it), or a market that has been vacated or soon will be. I would love for a team to sit down with the state and try to come up with long term plans to maximize stadium revenue (think Arrowhead) and grow their market (and revenues) than go for the short term fix of a new stadium every 18 years. You never hear about a team saying, “we are going to grow this team’s fan base by being a dominant team in the NFC South by investing heavily into scouting, player development, drafting high character players who will connect with the community, and by lowering ticket prices so our fans can attend more games.” No, NFL owners treat their markets like crap and the can’t understand why they don’t get what they want. If billionaire Arthur Black wants a new stadium, build it yourself.
- If you want to figure out how to maximize out a stadium, check out what the Red Sox do at Fenway. For a price you can actually shag flies during batting practice. That’s awesome. Also, look at what the Pistons do at the Palace at Auburn Hills, they had a massive storage area below the stadium that they turned into massive and expensive luxury suites (complete with courtside tickets).
- I hate to say it but I feel a bit for Albert Haynesworth. It’s easy to look at his MASSIVE contract and say, “do whatever Dan Snyder tells you to do” but if he signed the contract on the assumption that he would play in a 4-3 defence and now he is playing in the 3-4 and would not have signed in Washington if he knew he would have been moved to nose tackle, I can understand his point.
- Some friends are adopting out of Haiti right now. Their kids survived but unlike almost every other western government, the Canadian government is not allowing adopted kids to come home to their adopted parents. Of course the orphanage where the kids are is overwhelmed by new cases, running low on supplies, and the resources that could be used to help new kids are being used up on kids that should be allowed to come to Canada. WestJet has offered to pick up the kids while Jason Kenney talks about process and puts down what other countries have done. Since when is process more important than getting starving at risk kids to parents who have already been approved for adoption by the provincial and Canadian governments.
- I managed to jab myself with a dirty needle. Three words for you. Post-exposure prophylaxis. I am a really low risk and no fluids seemed to interact but it is frustrating. The side affect has been a splitting headache which is tolerable.
- I my dental regimen of only going to a dentist when the pain becomes unbearable isn’t paying off that well. I was at Wal-Mart on Saturday when I felt like I had been hit in the face by Elin Woods. I bought some extra strength Advil, took four, came home, took two more, feel asleep and woke up to a swollen face. The pain is gone but the swollen face still exists.
- There has been a lot of cool stuff being posted over at Jordon Cooper Outfitters. There are several fun products being looked at this week. I have posts set up until the middle of March which means there isn’t much pressure to do anything on nights I would rather nap than look for cool stuff. Of course in looking for cool stuff, I find even more cool stuff to post which is kind of fun. One I have enough stuff posted, I plan to start putting together some feature articles about them which is the next step in creating the site. If you like the site and want to contribute, submit your product and I’ll get it online.
Well the Denver Broncos are 5-0 after beating the New England Patriots in OT on Sunday. You have no idea how much this messes with me. Emotionally I was prepared for a 5-11 record and now they are 5-0. I am not sure how to handle this. Do I start to believe that Denver could contend for a for a playoff spot or do I stand firm with my 7-9 best case scenario. Say whatever you want about Josh McDaniels but he ability to bring disgruntled receiver, Brandon Marshall back into the fold has had a big impact on this season. Could you see Eric Mangini patching up a relationship like this?
While we have seen the Patriots replace coordinator after coordinator and not miss a beat, has the loss of Josh McDaniels hurt Tom Brady?
How much fun can it be to be a Cleveland Browns fan. First they hired the most socially dysfunctional coach this side of Mike Keenan because he was an offensive genius and then they start 0-4, change their QB’s and then still stink. Finally they win a game but they win the game 6-3. Their QB, Derek Anderson was 2-17 or 23 yards which is slightly worse than what Napoleon Dynamite’s, Uncle Rico could do if given the chance. For the record, this is far worse than what Brady Quinn ever did.
This is painful for me to stay as I really like Mike Singletary as a player and as a coach but until he gets his temper and intensity under control he will continue to hurt his team. Of course Dre’ Bly hurt the team in his own way when celebrating while making an interception. Of course his team was down 25 points at the time. In his defence, Bry decide to speak in third person. “Dre’s going to be Dre’,” Bly said. “When I make plays, and I’ve made a lot, I express myself.” He made so many places in Denver they cut him. What an idiot.
A little closer to home, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies walked all over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. If I am UBC, I may put off my move to the NCAA until I can be competitive consistently in the CIS. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ offence woke up scoring five touchdowns en route to a 44-7 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds. Questioned for their lack of offence in first few weeks of the season, the Huskies entered the game with just three touchdowns and 55 points in their first four games of the season.
Other quick hits… I can’t believe that the Tennessee Titans are 0-5…I am glad to see that the Cinncinnati Bengals are doing well. Part of me wonders if they are more stable because of Chad Ochocinco finding a community on Twitter…
Okay, let’s just admit that Notre Dame will probably be 10-2 heading into a BCS bowl game and we still won’t know very much about them. Their schedule is really, really soft and they still can barely beat teams. Yeah they beat Purdue but we know Purdue isn’t that great. They beat Michigan State which is nice but Michigan State lost to a directional Michigan team and won’t be contending for the Big-Ten title this year. We really don’t know much more about Notre Dame than we did before.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders won ugly but it’s a win and they move to the top of the Western Conference standings with a win over the Edmonton Eskimos. What was amazing about this game was the attendance in Edmonton, over 62,000 people in Commonwealth Stadium.
The University of Alberta Golden Bears stunned a ranked team for the second week in a row with a 27-7 victory Friday night over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Edmonton’s Foote Field. I can’t say the loss was unexpected. The Huskies were 2-0 heading in to the game but hadn’t played well at all.
Growing up, I hated the University of Miami Hurricanes, they represented everything that was bad about college football and on top of that, they gave the world Vinny Testaverde and no college should ever be forgiven for that. Over the last couple of years I have warmed to the Hurricane’s and this year I had switched my allegiance from the Florida State Seminoles to the Hurricanes. In that context, I was saddened to see them get blown out by Virginia Tech today.
Of course the good news today is that Denver is now 3-0 with Mr. Neckbeard having a QB rating of 92.1 while JaMarcus Russell’s problems continued with a QB rating of 22.6. I have heard the stories for a couple of years about his work ethic and if they are true, this is just a case of defenses learning more about him than he knows about them which is not a recipe for success in the NFL. While there is no doubt in my mind that Denver will not make the playoffs this year and will finish somewhere around 7-9, it’s nice to get the season started and stop hearing about Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall everyday. It’s also nice to see that this Josh McDaniel kid can really coach.
While I don’t really like Mangenius as a coach, I am fan of Brady Quinn but he looked horrible against the Baltimore Ravens defense today. Then again, Derek Anderson didn’t look that great either. That being said, I have a feeling that Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers in their prime would have struggled against this defense. Quinn went 6 for 8 for 34 yards and an interception. Anderson, who lost his starting job to Quinn last year, was 11 for 19 for 92 yards and three interceptions.
Well the University of Saskatchewan Huskies beat our illiterate arch rivals from the University of Regina Rams in a close game at Griffiths Stadium. Congratulations to the University of Regina for making it close. Someone just needs to help them understand the score. While the U of S is 2-0 this year, they don’t look that great. I hate to jump off the bandwagon already but I can’t see this year’s team going to the Vanier Cup.
It wasn’t good news at the Big House as Notre Dame squandered a late lead against the University of Michigan Wolverines. What was Mr. Decided Schematic Advantage thinking in calling for long passes when all they needed was some first downs. The defense melted down by yielding 431 yards to a Wolverines offense led by a true freshman quarterback. While there doesn’t look like much heavy lifting is left on the schedule, how will this loss impact the Irish’s psyche? It wasn’t just the defense, Weis play calling was absolutely horrible during that game and now he finds himself on the hot seat in South Bend. I really can’t see Charlie Weis surviving the season in Notre Dame unless he finishes 11-2 or better and I could seriously seeing Michigan State beating Notre Dame in South Bend next week. It gets worse for Notre Dame. The bad news continues for Notre Dame is that they get play USC late in the season and by that time, Matt Barkley should be even better. If Charlie Weis is still Notre Dame’s coach at that time, he can’t be looking forward to that.
If you are a Ohio State University, you need to accept that if you could not beat USC this year, it’s never ever going to happen as long as Pete Carroll is coach at the University of Southern California. I don’t buy the idea that the Big Ten is an inferior conference (although Michigan State’s loss to directional Michigan looks bad) but the issue is that USC may be superior year in and year out to almost every other school in the nation and is one of the three or four elite programs in the country (Florida and Oklahoma being the other two with Alabama and LSU getting close)
Well it took Josh McDaniels seven months to get a break and he finally did. When all seemed lost for the Denver Broncos, Brandon Stokley caught a tipped pass from Kyle Orton and ran 87 yards with 11 seconds left in the game Sunday. Not only was it a great catch and run, it was a smart play. As he raced down the left sideline, he saw that his pursuers had given up, so he started running across the field, parallel to the goal line, just before the end zone. Then, as Cincinnati defenders realized what he was doing, he strolled in for the score. He was able to kill seconds off the clock in the Broncos’ 12-7 victory.
It’s the Banjo Bowl today. Despite what you have heard, the Labour Day Classic is not the Banjo Bowl, the rematch is. The weird thing was that I reading all sorts of media reports calling last week’s game the Banjo Bowl… great job of fact checking there. Saskatchewan won pretty easily 52-10 and the game wasn’t really in doubt. In the end Saskatchewan got excellent quarterback play from Darian Durant while Michael Bishop played his usual mistake filled game and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers turned the ball over eight times and the offense looked like it had given up all hope. While I really like seeing Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg on back to back weeks, I hate seeing a team give up like that and I wonder if the Blue Bombers are going to have trouble selling tickets going forward.