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Best and Worst of the Weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 28, 2010

Worst of the Weekend

Arkansas had a 13 point lead on the number one team in the country and blew it.  Yes you are playing the best team in the country defending their title with the defending Heisman winner, but if you are any type of good team with a supposed Heisman candidate at QB who is gonna be a first rounder next year, you do not blow that lead.  Alabama is a great team and it is tough to stop from getting two touchdowns, but you gotta put some points on the board Mallett.

The Texas Longhorns got blasted by UCLA over the weekend.  UCLA dropped a 34 spot on the Horns while holding them to just 12 points.  Texas lost McCoy to the NFL but that does not excuse the 6 year old girl fight they put up against UCLA.  The Longhorn’s season is over now in terms of any hope of a National Title now.

Tom Brady knocking down a pass late in the 4th quarter.  This play got overlooked by everyone including the announcers doing the Patriots Bills game.  It did not end up meaning anything but it very well could have.  With just over 3 minutes left in the game the Patriots set up a short pass on 4th and long to try and pick up some extra yards to get a better punt off.  The Bills are down 8 and are getting the ball back for one final attempt at a game tying drive.  Brady threw a pass that got blocked by the D line and right back to him.  Instead of catching the pass then running or even just taking a knee to keep the clock going and forcing the Bills to take their final time out, he bats it down and stops the clock.  Now, the clock is stopped before the punt and the Bills have a very helpful time out in the pocket.  With little time left the Bills need to save as much time as they need.

Best of the Weekend

Leon Washington had two spectacular kick off returns for touchdowns in a win vs the slow starting San Diego Chargers.  Two out of the three touchdowns the Seahawks scored, including the game winner, were these two kick off returns.  The Hawks offense did not do too much so Washington bailed them out to get the win.

The Texas Rangers are in the playoffs.  It has been 11 years since October has hosted the Rangers.  The AL West has been dominated by the Angels for a while now.  The Rangers used surprisingly good pitching a an always special offense on their way to a division title that cultivated over the weekend.

Anquan Boldin was a fantasy hero this weekend and more importantly a Baltimore hero in a win over the Cleveland Browns.  Boldin racked up 143 receiving yards and all three of Baltimore’s touchdowns on Sunday.  Bolding seems to have gotten out of Arizona just in time, and is now the best player on a Super Bowl contending team.

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Best and Worst of the Weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 20, 2010

Worst of the Weekend

Iowa’s offensive line on the final drive vs Arizona.  Iowa charged back while everyone was sleeping thinking they got smoked, and tied the game late in the 4th quarter.  Arizona took the lead with about 2 minutes left to play.  Iowa had to make one drive to keep their BCS championship hopes alive.  Instead, they got NFL Blitzed for 4 straight sacks to start the drive.  The first came on 3 straight heavy blitzes and the final sack on 4th down came on a 4 man rush.

The Patriots second half vs the Jets resulted in 3 turnovers, no points, and very little yards.  After one half of football the Patriots lead the Jets 14 – 10 and appeared to have no problem moving the ball on offense.  Moss made an amazing touchdown grab, Welker was catching passes, and the running game was looking respectable.  Once both teams came out of the tunnel for the second half things changed.  Brady threw a carer high 6 straight completions including two interceptions and fumbled away a last gasp effort to make a comeback in the red zone.

The Colorado Rockies blew an early 6-1 lead to the Dodgers and lost in extras 7-6.  The Rockies are in the middle of a playoff race for both the division and the wild card.  They can not afford to let games get away from them at this point in the season.  Every game and every inning counts.  The off season could be a long and dreadful one for the Rockies if this game causes them to miss the playoffs.

Best of the Weekend

Troy Tulowitzki is having the best month baseball has ever seen.  In his last 16 games Tulo has whacked 14 home runs and is making a late charge at the MVP.  Tulo hit three of those 14 HRs over the weekend to keep the Rockies in the playoff hunt.  It is sad that so many people are in NFL and College football mode right now because the Giants, Padres, and Rockies are in quite the late season battle and Tulo is doing something you may never see again.

Jahvid Best had a week one and NFL debut to forget last week vs the Bears but more than made up for it on Sunday.  Jahvid had 78 rush yards and 2 TDs to go along with 154 recieving yards and a 75 yard receiving TD.  If Best can perform any where near this on a weekly basis, the Lions look to have quite the future with Stafford, Johnson, and Best on the offensive side of the ball.  Jahvid did all he could do in a tough loss to the Eagles.

Michael Vick got his first start in the NFL since 2006. Boy did he take advantage of it.  Not only did Vick make highlight play after highlight play teaming up with DeSean Jackson, he also put together a 21 for 34 for 284 yard day in the air for 2 TDs and 37 yards on the ground.  Vick did all he could to take over the Eagles in a victory on Sunday.  If only Andy Reid would do what every non PETA football fan wants and hand him the rains to the team.

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Best and Worst of the weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 14, 2010

Stealing a page from Dan Patrick’s terrific radio show (6 foot 170) no not that.. ding!… I mean their “Best and Worst” of the weekend portion of the show.  I ll do three of each.

Worst of the weekend

The fact that Calvin Johnson’s potential game winning Touch down was not ruled a catch and allowed the Bears to hold on for the victory.  Everyone has seen the play by now and most agree that Calvin made a nice grab.  Yes I guess the odd and newly implemented rule was followed in this case but the rule doesnt really seem to work when you look at the play and you know its a catch.  Rules are supposed to be implemented to make sure the right thing is happening or call is made.  Does not make sense to have a rule that goes against common sense.

Tashard Choice getting the ball stripped from him on the final play of the first half on Sunday Night.  In a low scoring battle, DeAngelo Hall stripped Choice and then took one to the house as time expired.  The Cowboys had their video game hats on while deciding to go for a last second hail mary of sorts that resulted in a dump down to the Cowboys rb.  The Skins would never find the end zone again and didn’t need to as they held on for a 13 – 7 victory.

Virginia Tech losing to Division II James Madison.  James Madison is a pretty good football program, for division II.  Virginia Tech is dangerously close to making what is now a very disappointing season into a potential program hurting season.  Va Tech has to regain its swagger and go on a win streak in the coming weeks.  A BCS bowl is still very possible.  Va Tech needs to focus on the ACC and winning that conference.

Best of the Weekend

Denard Robinson torching my Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Although he was slowed down for most of the second half, he commanded a last minute drive to send the Wolverines to 2-0.  Robinson totaled over 500 yards of offense and should Michigan continue to win, is a heavy favorite for the early season Heisman.

Arian Foster and the Texans absolutely dominated the Colts on the ground on their way to a statement in division win on Sunday.  Arian Foster rattled off 231 yards and 3 TDs as the Texans did everything perfect to open up huge running lanes for their new star in the making.  The Colts rush D is definately something that needs to be fixed or they are going to have a hard time beating anyone.  The Colts should be fine as long as they have Peyton but that D has got to make some changes quick.

Captain America Kevin Durant and his teammates performance in Turkey.  Team USA took down host Turkey in the FIBA Championships and earned the first qualifying spot for the 2012 Olympics.  Durant lead the way with 38 points and a new U.S. record for points against Lithuania to advance to the Finals.  In the Championship game Durant added 28 as team USA coasted to a 81 to 64 victory over Turkey.

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What Bet did Chris Berman lose?

Posted by mvetack on September 10, 2010

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18 thoughts about Vikings vs Saints opener

Posted by mvetack on September 9, 2010

NFL is back!  I love all sports but every time a sport is back I put basically everything on the back burner to enjoy the beginnings of a new season. Tonight is the night we get to enjoy the violence and beauty of the NFL.  A rematch of the NFC championship game is our treat tonight on NBC.  Vikings vs Saints, Brees vs Favre, Purple vs Gold.  Here is some stuff to pay attention, look for, and enjoy tonight.

1.  Your ears may bleed because of how loud the defending champion Saints crowd will be throughout the game and as they reveal the Super Bowl Banner.

2.  Yes you will hear about Hurricane Katrina again.

3.  Brett Favre’s hometown is sure to come up at some point, maybe not as many times they discuss Favre INT vs the Saints last year but it will be mentioned.

4.  Reggie Bush is always a threat to make a sportscenter leading Highlight.

5.  Percy Harvin may do the same thing for the Vikings, if he is not in the locker room with a Migraine.

6.  I have suffered from migraines my whole life (well since I was like 10).   They Suck, and it really is tough to do anything with one besides sleep and throw up.

7.  Favre did not play too much in the preseason and joined late.  How does he take the first couple of hits

8.  Adrian Peterson, or Purple Jesus, says he has solved his fumbling problems.  I will believe it when I see it.

9.  Peterson, next to Chris Johnson, is the most entertaining RB to watch when he his getting going.  Many times he gets it going in the second half.  Like I need to tell you, but watch Peterson especially later in the game.

10.  Crowd shots Galore

11.  Please be a close game, no one likes a blowout on opening day.

12.  Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift will perform during the NBC pregame show.

13.  Is NBC still calling their super zoom motion replay thing NBCeeeee it?  I thought that was what they called it during Jerry Siendfeld’s “Bee Movie”?

14.  Chances of a 6-3 game?  -55%.

15.  My Superbowl pick is Denver over Saints.  My non homer pick is Colts over Saints.

16.  Brett Favre still throws the ball harder than half the QBs in the league.  And he has a gray beard.

17.  I am so glad Brees is on the Saints, rooted against him in Purdue, for the Chargers, and now I root for him.

18.  No one cares about other peoples Fantasy teams so I will not tell you that I have Drew Brees and the Saints Defense tonight.  Your Welcome.

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36 Random Observations from Week one of College Football

Posted by mvetack on September 7, 2010

First off I had to work till 5 on Saturday (dumb) so some stuff I saw on highlights, some on Tivo, and some live.  So here we go…

1.  Week one of college football is great but it still sucks that half the games are terrible “pre season” match ups for some of the higher ranked teams.  See Alabama vs San Jose St.

2. Mark May still annoys me.

3.  The Lou Holtz Lisp is better than ever.

4.  What happened to Tate Forcier?

5. Like most people, I hate how college football is set up without a tournament or posts eason of any kind.  With that said, the current set up does produce extra energy and desperation in big games week one in the season that you do not see in the NFL.

6. TCU vs Oregon State, ECU vs Tulsa, and Boise State vs Va Tech were the three best game of the week.

7.  Kellen Moore looks similar to that of a donkey, but he can ball.

8.  ECU’s center field logo of the state of North Carolina filled in with the purple and gold pirate was pretty sweet.

9.  Navy is PATHETIC for having all those empty red zone trips.  A couple made FGs and they easily beat Maryland.

10.  TCU’s Jeremy Kerley and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are the front runners of coolest names in college football.

11.  Presbyterian’s backwards skip pass was the most creative play of the week and maybe the year.

12.  If Jacory Harris does win the Heisman like so many people say he has a chance at, will he be the skinniest to ever win the award?

13.  South Carolina’s balanced attack, against SouthernMiss, was pretty impressive.  It was only Southern Miss but still looked better than they have in previous season openers.

14.  Utah quietly is good again.  Took down number 15 Pitt in Overtime.  Watch out for the Utes!

15.  3 of the Combat uniforms were shown off on prime time nationally televised games.  I’m guessing thats when all the teams will show them off.

16.  TCU’s combat unis were alright.  Nothing special.  I like the whit helmets but those will for sure be on some list 20 years of now of grossest uniforms in sports.

17.  Virginia Tech’s reminded both me and my brother of Halloween Jerseys.  The “motherboard” type imagery in the numbers on Tech’s jerseys looked like flames from a distance.  I love Virginia Tech’s normal jerseys with the maroon.  Kinda cool for one night though.

18.  Boise State’s grew on me.  I wish there was a little more Orange in there some where or that you could read the Boise State on the chest a little bettter (maybe thats where the orange should have come in).  The helmets were awesome and overall I like them more than their normal ones.  Good work on that one Nike.

19.  Kirk Herbstreit is turning into quite the announcer.  Really liking him in the booth with Brent Musburger.

20.  Really upset I went to bed, due to work at 7 AM, before the final of the Tarheels LSU game.   I guess the Heels made a charge.

21.  Florida, that was pathetic.

22. Notre Dame looked pretty good.  Not dominate, not amazing, but like a respectable team.  Could make some noise this year.

23.  Was waiting for Boise State, Virginia Tech, or TCU to score a touchdown and put their gloves together to show off the cool little image it creates.  Didn’t see it happen though.

24.  Georgia Tech is Navy but with very athletic and high caliber recruits.  Tech was 2 of 8 for 12 total passing yards but still put up 41 points.  372 yards of rushing helps.

25.  Jacksonville State for twoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

26.  Tyrod Taylor did EVERYTHING for Virginia Tech.  It is a shame that one week into the season and he does not have a realistic chance at playing for a National Title because of the stupid BCS set up.  Losing to the number 3 team in the nation in early September should not knock you out of contention.

27.  Denard Robinson is the new Pat White.  Notre Dame is going to have to make the guy throw early.  Letting Michigan have success running the ball early will open up the play action for Robinson.  Shut down the run early will make Robinson pass on passing downs and show that he is not a great passing QB.

28.  In NCAA Football 06-08 video games, North Texas would always become a top 5 team a couple years down the road.  I am still waiting for that to happen in real life.  A 35-10 loss to Clemson does not help.

29.  I want Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas on my NFL teams (Broncos) depth chart at Running Back.

30.  Oregons uniforms once again are my favorite.  Love the gray pants and the feathers are back on the shoulders.  Very nice Oregon Very Nice.

31.  USC’s number one QB going into last season (Corp) made his debut for the Richmond Spiders.  18-32 for 183 and no TDs.  Virginia pulled away in the second half.

32.  Oklahoma won by only 7 vs Utah State?!?!?! really??? wow.  Not Impressed.

33.  Army won people.  Watch out.

34.  Momentum means nothing,  with how quick it can change (see Boise vs Va Tech) does it really exist after all?

35.  ECU’s hail mary to 6 foot 8 – 974 pound WR was an amazing end to a video game type football game.  I think it was 10 straight possessions with TDs.  Simply awesome.

36.  Julio Jones made a great one handed catch, still I think he is over rated.

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