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The Curious Case of Romo’s Favreness

Farewell Favre

Farewell Favre

Jets fan for a day, suicidal by night! One of the many playoff scenarios involved the AFC East. After watching my beloved Pats dispose of the Bills in windy Buffalo, I had the distasteful chore of having to root for the Jets vs. Miami. I wanted neither team to win this game praying for a McNabb miracle tie. Then I heard Brett Favre’s pregame speech to his offense which went something like; “Alright guys, let’s get back to playing the football when we won 5 in a row. No matter how this goes, win or lose, we gotta put our best effort forth and that’s all we can do. Love you guys”. Followed by half his team running back in the tunnel and tucking their balls in their purses. Then Favre mailed it in after his first TD celebration. The guy showed no emotion or grit, while his offense forced me to smash my head into the wall just hard enough to cause blurriness and borderline consciousness. I figured if I had to be a Jets fan, then I had to boo and throw snow balls like the rest of the Zoo Yorkers. One pick, two pick and then pick number three sealed the fate of Mangini and the Pats. Like any New Yorker, I left the game early and found myself watching continuous commercials for Marley & Me. That’s what Brett Favre can do to an afternoon and to the hopes of an 11-5 New England team.

Romo, the new "old" Favre

Romo, the new "old" Favre

Now to the new “old” Favre, Mr. Romo. Tony Romo has become about as clutch as my friend Danny’s attempt to hit on women after 6 hours of drinking. Danny speaks in a German-like tongue, juggles his drinks and falls on the floor. Now that’s Tony Romo in a playoff like atmosphere. He’s the new Brett Favre of our generation. A gun slinger who can fool you 67% of the time but when he needs to seal the deal under pressure, ends up throwing an INT. Going back to my friend Danny, when he needs to seal the deal, he calls the girl a sexy little biatch and falls flat on his face. The female usually runs in the other direction but takes his phone and throws it in the women’s bathroom toilet. It’s crazy the similarities here. Philadelphia trounced the dramatic Cowboys into the ground thanks to Romolicious pulling his best Favre impersonation. 183 yds and 1 Int, Pro Bowl numbers in a win or go home game. All I ask is that Wade Philips now gets fired for his useless, awful attempt at coaching. TO certainly won’t beshedding any tears for his QB anymore. And you better believe Jessica Simpson rids herself of Romo after watching him collapse. After Sunday, Tony’s going to need a new girl and a cell phone. I got a feeling that thing is flushed down the toilet like the hopes and dreams of Cowboy fans everywhere.

Life isn’t measured in minutes, but in moments.

RaginRondo

December 29, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Burning NFL Questions

1.  Wasn’t this one of the most exciting final weeks of football you have witnessed in a long time?

2.  Was there any doubt that Romeo Crennel and Rod Marinelli were going to get canned?

3.  Speaking of firings, though, did Mangini really deserve to be fired after having two winning seasons in three years?

4.  Will Jerry Jones finally realize that team chemistry is what is needed in the locker room, and not just talent?

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

5.  Can everyone stop trying to replace Donnovan McNabb now?

6.  Isn’t it great to see Chad Pennington finally get some well deserved credit?

Chad Pennington

Chad Pennington

7.  Is it me, or are the Ravens the scariest team in the playoffs?

8.  Was it a bad decision to have Ben Roethlisberger play in a meaningless game against the Browns and get hurt, or just part of the game?

9.  Does anyone really expect much out of the Cardinals in the post-season?

10.  Although the Titans had nothing to play for, how does such a great team get shut out against a division rival?

11.  How many games in 2009 will it take for the Lions to finally win one?

12.  Wasn’t it a shame that Drew Brees came 16 yards short of breaking the passing record?

13.  Isn’t it a bigger shame that an 11-5 team like the Patriots can miss the playoffs, while the 8-8 Chargers get to host a playoff game?

14.  Aren’t you happy you don’t have to hear Terrell Owens’ garbage in the playoffs?

15.  Speaking of the Cowboys, why is Bradie James picking fights with fans–does he think think he is recently fired Browns GM Phil Savage?

16.  Speaking of Phil Savage, will he be remembered most for extending Romeo Crennel after just one good year in 2007 or refusing to trade a hot and cold QB in Derek Anderson while his stock was high?

17.  Can someone explain how Tampa Bay blew a playoff opportunity by losing to the Raiders?

18.  Can someone explain how the Broncos blew a three game lead in their division?

19.  Don’t we all hope Brett Favre doesn’t drag out his retirement drama for months and months?

20.  Now that it’s playoff time, why can’t the NFL bring back the Don Cheadle commericals?

December 29, 2008 Posted by | NFL, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As Black Monday Approaches…

The Monday following week 17 in the NFL.  They call it black Monday, as well intentioned head coaches across the league get axed.  And with the head goes the body, as coordinators are subsequently terminated, too.

It’s a dark day for sure, but a necessary evil.  The firing of a coach, and the hiring of a new one, can bring hope to a team and city that is desperately fighting to stay competitive.  Let’s see who’s 2009 just might begin in the unemployment line:

1.  Marvin Lewis:  The head coach of the Bengals was hired a few years ago, and it seemed like a perfect fit.  Having coached for the dominant Ravens as a defensive coordinator, he seemed to be a slam dunk to help ressurect this putrid franchise.  His high moment was leading the Bengals to an 11-5 record, but since then he has been an enabler.  He encouraged Chad Johnson’s absurd antics, then got upset about them years later.  He consistently gave guys like Chris Henry second chances, and helped build a criminal reputation for Cincinnati.

Verdict:  Lewis should be fired.

2.  Herman Edwards

Edwards Thinks About His Future

Edwards Thinks About His Future

Edwards did a solid job while he was in New York.  He came to Kansas City and inherited a good team from Dick Vermeil.  But injuries to key players like Priest Holmes and Trent Green, along with retirements of guys such as Willie Roaf, have hurt this team’s development.  The regression of Larry Johnson has been hard to watch, and Herm certainly isn’t going to win many games with a combo of Croyle and Thigpen.  Afterall, you “play to win the game.”

Verdict:  A new GM coming in spells doom for Edwards.  Fired.

3.  Romeo Crennel:  Romeo was brought in to add some respect to this franchise.  Coming off three Superbowl wins as a coordinator in New England, Romeo certainly had the hardware to earn respect from coaches and players alike.  But in four seasons with Cleveland, he has only had one winning season.  And though he arrived to a team that was devoid of any talent at all, his team this season has signifcantly underacheived.  And with reports that defensive lineman Shaun Smith cold-cocked Brady Quinn last week, one has to wonder if Crennel has lost the team.  His lack of discipline towards Edwards’ drops, too, is cause for concern.

Verdict:  Dead man walking.

4.  Rod Marinelli:  What more can you say?  Awful team.  Devoid of talent.  And a coach seemingly living in denial.  He seems like a good enough guy, but this franchise is atrocious.

Verdict:  Doesn’t completely deserve to be fired, as he was doomed to fail from the start.  This entire franchise, though, needs to be blown up.  From the owner down to the valet.

5.  Tom Cable & Jim Haslett:  These interim coaches will, of course, get a raw deal.  Inheriting poor teams after their bosses were fired mid-season, Cable and Haslett don’t have a whole lot to work with.

Verdict:  Definitely fired.  Especially Cable.  It’s Al Davis, remember?

6.  Wade Phillips:  This is completely dependent on Sunday.  If they win and get in, all could be forgiven.  But you know Jerry Jones wants to win–and win now.  He’s dying to win another Superbowl, and the Cowboys have disapponted for years.  Phillips is a nice enough guy, but he’s soft.  That’s his reputation.  He’s not tough enough to handle TO’s diva-esque drama.  And the team overall has too much talent to seem so mediocre.  Someone has to be the fall guy.

Surprise Verdict:  Fired.

Who do you expect to be fired come Monday morning?

December 27, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Don’t Understand…

I don’t understand how the Broncos can have the AFC West in the palm of their hands for weeks, only to crash and burn down the stretch.

I don’t understand how the mediocre Broncos now have to play the mediocre Chargers for the right to be called the AFC division champions.

I don’t understand how an 8-8 team (Broncos, Chargers, Cardinals) can conceivably win their division.

I don’t understand how Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan can play lights out as rookies, but Derek Anderson looked lost all season.

I don’t understand how the Pittsburgh Steelers won their game against Baltimore with a suspect catch, but a similar ending involving the Eagles on Sunday resulted in a completely different call.

I don’t understand how a reporter can get away with asking Lions head coach Rod Marinelli if he wished his daughter married a better defensive coordinator.

I don’t understand how the Patriots can actually finish the season with an 11-5 record, but still miss the playoffs.

Cowboys Disappoint on Sunday

Cowboys Disappoint on Sunday

I don’t understand why the Cowboys get so much of the spotlight for such an inconsistent, overrated squad.

I don’t understand how the Cardinals even deserve to watch the playoffs, let alone play in them, after their disgraceful performance in New England.

I don’t understand how Matt Cassell went from the verge of being cut in the pre-season to playing such inspired football.

I don’t understand how the Saints have squandered such an incredible season by Drew Brees.

I don’t understand how the Jets could blow such a big opportunity for the playoffs by losing to the lowly Seahawks.

I don’t understand how the Eagles couldn’t manage to beat the “worst coach in America.”

I don’t understand how both Jerry Porter and Donte Stallworth can feel good about collecting their paycheck every week.

I don’t understand how the NFL refuses to compensate the old timers who built this league into what it is, but they’ll fine Wes Welker for making a snow angel.

I don’t understand how Tony Siragusa is at all necessary on Fox Broadcasts.

I don’t understand why Ed Hochuli is just now considered to be “off the hook” for his blown call in week two when the Chargers have been a sub-par team all season long.

What are your thoughts on the biggest surprises of the NFL season?

December 23, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1996 Draft Revisited

In succession, looking back at the past drafts of recent memories, how they contributed or adversely affected the teams, and the outlook by the “so-called” experts going in, a look at the 1996 NFL draft.

It was widely regarded as one of the better years for wide receiver and surely did not disappoint.  St. Louis traded Jerome Bettis and their 3rd round pick to Pittsburgh for this years 2nd round pick and next years 4th round pick…this turned out to be Jerome Bettis and LB Steve Conley for TE Ernie Conwell and OL Ryan Tucker.

In the end we saw 2 sure fire Hall of Fame linebackers in Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas, and 7 other HOF probables; Jonathan Ogden, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Marvin Harrison, Lawyer Milloy, Mike Alstott, and Tedy Bruschi.  For the 2nd straight year, a team built the nucleus of a Super Bowl team with 2 first round picks, Baltimore picking Ray Lewis and Ogden.

The top 5; #1, Keyshawn Johnson to Jets, #2 Kevin Hardy to Jacksonville, #3 Simeon Rice to Arizona, # 4 Jonathan Ogden to Baltimore, and #5 Cedric Jones to the NY Giants, and our only official flop in the Top 5.

10 Running Backs were drafted on Day 1, and only Eddie George (14) had a

 decent NFL career.  The others, Lawrence Phillips (6), Tim Biakabutuka (8), Leeland McElroy (32), Detron Smith (65), Winslow Oliver (73), Moe Williams (75), Karim Abdul-Jabar (80), Jerald Moore (83) and Reggie Brown (93).

1st Round Honorable Mention: Baltimore T Jonathan Ogden (4), Cincinnati T Willie Anderson (10), Indianapolis WR Marvin Harrison (19), Buffalo WR Eric Moulds (24), Baltimore LB Ray Lewis (26)

Rest of Day 1 winners: Tampa Bay (35) FB Mike Alstott, New England (36) DB Lawyer Milloy, Carolina (43) WR Muhsin Muhammad, Philadelphia (61) DB Brian Dawkins, Tampa Bay (71) DB Donnie Abraham, New England (86) LB Tedy Bruschi, San Francisco (89) WR Terrell Owens.

Day 2 Winners: Kansas City (98) LB Donnie Edwards, Washington (102) RB Stephen Davis, Houston (109) T John Runyan, Pittsburgh (126) LB Earl Holmes, Kansas City (135) WR Joe Horn, St. Louis (141) T Fred Miller, Chicago (152) G Chris Villarial, Miami (154) LB Zach Thomas, Oakland (166) DT La’Roi Glover, Green Bay (208) G Marco Rivera, Buffalo (244) TE Jay Riemersma.

In contrast to the 1995 draft, its fair to say that this was a great draft!

Top 3 Winners:

#1. Baltimore – LB Ray Lewis and T Jonathan Ogden, thats enough for me, although WR Jermaine Lewis had some success as a receiver but more as a return man.

#2. Kansas City – their first 2 picks formed a strong safety tandem in Jerome Woods (28) and Reggie Tongue (58).  DT John Browning was helpful, and LB Donnie Edwards (98) and WR Joe Horn (135) highlighted their draft.

#3 (Tie). New England – They came in with 13 picks, but only needed their first 3; Terry Glenn, Lawyer Milloy and Tedy Bruschi.

#3 (Tie) Green Bay – You cant not put a team that builds 2 centerpieces to their OL in one draft, Marco Rivera and Mike Flanagan.  Despite, using their first pick on a T bust, John Michels.

Bottom 3 Losers:

#1. Arizona – The Cardinals had 9 picks, and even though their 1st, DE Simeon Rice enjoyed some fine seasons, none of them were with Arizona.

#2. Oakland – Oakland selected TE Ricky Dudley #9 overall, and despite a good pick in DT La’Roi Glover, he played a mere 2 games with them.

#3. New Orleans – I give the Saints an ‘A’ for cool names; Mercury Hayes, Ricky Whittle, Terry Guess, Keno Hills, but an ‘F’ for success, including first rounder Alex Molden.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment