Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sportscenter makes me angry, Olivesatire has to deal with it

So, Bob Kraft, the only person in the Patriots organization that I actually admire, had this to say about the Patriots playing in London this weekend :

“I think London has shown, with the way they’ve handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it’s time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London.”

I’m sorry Bob, but that’s INSANE. I’ve already listened to countless reports about how this game is too strange to call because you don’t know how the players will react to the travel. Additionally, the NFL gave them both byes next week because of travel adjustments. So you’re telling me that a team should permanently be like that? Would you have all their home games and then have them come to the states for their away games? What if they won the right to host a playoff game? Wouldn’t that provide a disadvantage to whomever played in that game after they advanced to play someone who hadn’t left the states? Sorry, but unless trans atlantic travel becomes instantaneous and jet lag eliminated, then this is a horrendous strategy. The ONLY way this makes sense to me is that if there is an entire division in Europe. Take the old NFL Europe and make it a division. They play all their divisional games, then teams could come over and essentially tour the division, playing a month in Europe or something. To me, that’s the only way to do it. The NFL is not looking to add a division, so this will never come to fruition. I’d say that this whole London team thing would never happen, but last I checked Roger Goodell is still the commissioner of the National Football League, so really any kind of incompetent decision could take place.

 

ugh god I hate the Patriots.

 

WHAT UP WEEK 8

How’s it going folks?

First, an apology. I am sorry that there wasn’t a week 7 post. I had a few reasons for this. One, I had stuff to do. Two, I really wanted to spare my readers from the Jets/Patriots preview. This would have been absurdly biased, no one else in the league would have gotten covered, it would have been horrendous. So, lets get right into it….

Pats 29, Jets 26

So here’s your bias. The Jets looked so damn good (relatively). The Patriots got a few extremely favorable calls (and non-calls, like the BRADY RULE YOU&#(&(F(W)  and the Jets had a huge drop by Stephen Hill on the potential game winning drive (which I would tear his ass apart for, but he had a really solid game leading up to that). The patriots, on the other hand, looked horrendous. Look, the defense made Mark Sanchez look really competent and the offense couldn’t do anything even though we didn’t have Darrelle Revis. This Pats team is not that good, the AFC is wide open.

 

San Francisco 13, Seattle 9

This was a defensive battle. Both of these teams looked really good too. The Seattle front four are really quick, hard hitting. I don’t think that you are disappointed coming off this game as a Seahawks fan. I also really don’t know that I feel quite as excited as I was if I’m a 49ers fan. They are good, but I’m still a bit uncertain about Alex Smith, I don’t like how he can’t seem to utilize Randy Moss or Mario Manningham. I still think this is a great team, but in the stacked NFC, I’m just not feeling quite as great about my super bowl pick (especially after they got man handled by the Giants).

A quick note about the Carolina Panthers

I don’t have a lot of commentary about the Panthers game against Dallas in this post because I didn’t watch it and, reading recaps and stats, I don’t really feel like we learned anything new about the Panthers. This is a poorly put together roster that lacks depth on defense and doesn’t really have an offensive identity. Now, with Ryan Kalil, Jon Beason, and Chris Gamble out for the year, the Panthers are really not in a good position going forward. This week, Carolina fired their GM, Marty Hurney, in a move that probably should have happened when he overpaid DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart at the RB position. A good rule of thumb for GMs is to never overpay at RB because they break down so easily. Stewart is hurt every year and DeAngelo has really lacked production. If I’m GM of the Panthers (a job I would take in a heartbeat by the way), here’s what I do:

1) See if I can trade Williams or Stewart. One of them is a feature back with Tolbert as a nice 3rd down/goal line guy. This triple threat thing is unnecessary especially when you have a battering ram as a QB (i’ll get to him in a second).

2) Since you have to think this team is going to draft high, You draft a blue chip CB or safety. The secondary is atrocious on this team, it’s really the hallmark of a defense. They have needs at linebacker (although Luke Kuechly has been phenomenal, he needs help!) and on the defensive line. So I take back what I said, really take the best defensive player available with your pick.

3) Spend money on your defense and a solid 2 receiver (although I like LeFell and I think that if the situation is a receiver or defensive players, you can go defense and play with LeFell).

4) I’d sit with Cam Newton and just show him game after game of Ben Rothlesberger. In the news this week, people were comparing Cam to Vince Young and then people said that was a racist comparison. It is. They’re nothing alike, the comparison is because they are black and mobile. But Cam is a HUGE QB, the proper comparison is Rothlesberger. He’s so hard to sack and unbelievable on the run. I think he’s still going to be amazing, but he needs to work on his decision making and the panthers need to give him some weapons (see point 3)

So, Jerry Richardson, I come pretty cheap and I’d be a better GM than you’ve had since Bill Pollian.

One more quick point: The verdict on Ron Rivera is still to come. You want to see if he can right the ship this season and part of keeping him would depend on who else I could get. If I thought I could get Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan, or some dream coach like Bill Cowher, then i’d probably fire Rivera. But, as it is, people won’t be clamoring to come to Carolina and I really don’t think Rivera has been awful.

Game Previews

Philadelphia (-2.5) vs Falcons

holy crap. I had to check this line seventeen times before I believed it. Las Vegas is favoring Dog the Bounty Hunter and his lovable group of terrible football players against the 6-0 Falcons? Look, there is no amount of money that is inappropriate to bet on this game as long as it is against the Eagles. I’d bet every dollar I have in the bank if I didn’t think my girlfriend would break up with me (surprisingly, probably less for the gambling than betting on the hated Falcons—although gambling is not distinguished). In any case, I predict that this is FINALLY the game where, after his multiple fumbles and interceptions, Michael Vick is benched, destined for his role starting in 2013 for a strong upstart UFL franchise. Arena league? Is that still a thing? See ya Vick, I really will miss rooting against you for your entire career.

Pick: Falcons 35, Eagles 10

 

Giants (-1.5) vs Cowboys

So when the odds in Vegas opened for this game, the Cowboys were favored by 2. But, for those of you who don’t really care or understand betting, lines change depending on how people bet. So, there were so many people betting on an underdog Giants team that they eventually shifted to a favorite. Look, I don’t feel as strongly about this as I do about the Falcons/Eagles game, because the Cowboys always pull big games out of their asses against the Giants and we’re about due for the Giants midseason collapse that makes ESPN write them off so the Giants can sneak into the playoffs and knock the Falcons out in the first round. It’s so common now, I almost feel like you can print the t-shirts. However, all of that being said, I’m not gonna pick against the Giants because they have still been so good this year it’s scary. I will say this: If the Giants do what they should do against Dallas, then tell me who is more deserving of the MVP than Eli. The answer is no one, this is a team that most people didn’t think would win the division and now they are the best team in the NFL. Once you vanquish your rivals twice in one season and your team is winning the way this Giants team is, you are in the MVP conversation.

Pick Giants 28, Cowboys 17

(additional over/under bet: 4.5 Jason Garrett coaching decisions that make cowboys fans want to throw shoes at their TV. I’ll take the over)

 

Bottom 3 teams

1) Jacksonville

2) Buffalo

3) Tennessee

I finally feel like I’m starting to get a handle on this league. The Jaguars are a bad team. They are so bad that I think they might legitimately be in Tim Tebow trade discussions, because when my starting quarterback options are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, I’m willing to try anything. That was just said by a diehard fan of a team who’s starting quarterback is Mark Sanchez. The Bills are shockingly inept, I really thought they’d be a wild card team this year. The defense is overpaid and alright at best (and that’s a stretch, they really aren’t good) and I think, besides the exciting Spiller weeks, the offense is legitimately bad. They have pieces, Spiller/Jackson are nice players (by the by, I’d be trading Fred Jackson if I were the GM of the Bills), I like Stevie Johnson and I’ve always really really enjoyed Brad Smith. I think Buffalo needs to make amends with the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not an NFL caliber starting quarterback. He just makes terrible decisions on a semi regular basis. If I’m a Buffalo fan, I’m petrified, not because my GM doesn’t know this about Fitzpatrick, but because he does. There’s a shockingly high possibility that Michael Vick is in Buffalo next year. While i’d love that because I’d get to laugh and enjoy Darrelle Revis intercepting him 12 times a year, this is terrible for the Bills.

*Note*: A friend of mine suggested to me that this offseason the Jets blow up the QB position and go for an available vet, maybe one by the name of Michael Vick. The chances of this are approximately 0.5% but, given that we traded for Tim Tebow, I feel I need to put this in writing. If the Jets starting QB in 2013 is Michael Vick, I’m officially out as a Jets fan. Finished. I’m buying a Cam Newton jersey and full time supporting the Panthers, because the Jets are officially the worst run team in professional sports if that happens*

Back to regular programming: Tennessee had a great game last week, but I’m not buying the “Chris Johnson resurgence” quite yet. I made fun of my best friend for picking him up in fantasy and I still feel this to be true. Tennessee has Indy next, if CJ can do something against that defense then I’m willing to give them a shot.

 

Best 3 Teams

1) Giants

2) SF

3) Atlanta

I’m enamored with this Giants team. I feel as if I’ve fallen in love (not quite, Eli will never make me feel quite the same way as Sonya does). This Giants team is really good. Scarily, they are only going to get better. As Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw recover from injury, that will free Victor Cruz up as a slot receiver. This team is really really scary. The defense is so solid as well, although there are a few questions in the secondary. SF has been a solid team although they got spanked by the Giants. Atlanta is undefeated and probably should be the top of this list, but they won 2 games to Carolina and Dallas that they really should have lost. They didn’t look impressive and I don’t think they could stay on the field with the Giants.

 

Thanks for reading, enjoy the games this week!

Scott

Because I’m Fair

Regarding the past post: 

 

Dear Shonn Greene, 

I’m sorry. You’ve played a brilliant game today against the Colts. You’ve been spinning and juking, the most impressive performance I can remember seeing in your career. You are running with power and even a little bit of speed. It might have been the offensive line this year that has made you look so bad and I am sorry. 

 

Sincerely, 

Scott

Week 6! Aw, our NFL season is old enough for Kindergarten

I will open this post with an openly biased apology letter that I sent via email this morning.

Dear Rex,

How are you doing my friend? You must be excited following last night’s loss to the Houston Texans! Well, not excited so much, you guys did get beat down. But you were competitive with the best team in the league, with your performance last week, that’s saying something. Additionally you had the greatest hand signal i’ve ever seen as a fan when you rubbed your belly like a hungry bear.

Sorry again, I’m still your biggest fan,

Scott

In reality, the Jets didn’t have a horrendous showing out there, I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Well…i guess they could have won. In any case, this team is still not good and will continue to not be good all year. Every win is going to be tough to come by. I do have a few thoughts on what I would do to rebuild the team. I often have a fantasy where I am on a flight somewhere sitting next to Woody Johnson and he’s so impressed with my knowledge of his organization and the fact that I don’t harangue him at length for his support of Mike Tannenbaum and Mitt Romney, that he decides to make me his General Manager. So, if I should happen upon Woody when I go to NY next weekend and my fantasy becomes a reality, here’s what is on my to-do list:

1) Fire Tannebaum (although if I’m hired i guess this move has predated me)

2) Fire Tony Sparano. He’s a terrible offensive coordinator who makes horrendous decisions. Him and Ron Rivera can join the “we don’t have a consistent offensive strategy” club. For Sparano, I hope it is located in the unemployment office (i’m much more fond of rivera and his aversion to smiling).

3) I would cut Shonn Greene’s slow ass. He can’t run out of his own way and showed up to camp 20 pounds overweight. I’m not a model of fitness, but I’m also not being paid 2.66 mil over 4 years to run. Make Joe McKnight the starter and give Greene a sandwich for his severance.

4) I’d spend my high draft pick on the running back position. Period.

5) I’d spend money on proven veterans at WR and the defensive line. This season, the fact that TO is sitting at home and I, a Jets fan, am devastated by an injury to CLYDE GATES (don’t worry if you don’t know who he is, neither does ANYONE) shows that the Jets need a little bit of firepower at the WR position. Look, they are worried about ticket sales, the jets are not making the playoffs, at least make them competitive/entertaining. TO has to be signed.

6) Once I’m confident that I’ve assembled a half competent team (re: Shonn Greene is NOT the halfback and there is more than 1 receiver worth throwing to) I’m telling Mark Sanchez that this is his last shot. The team on the field now is not competent, Sanchez will be judged by this laughable offense. He’s made mistakes, but he’s also getting killed in the pocket and he has 0 targets to throw to. Also, to keep a defense honest (i.e. they don’t blitz every play) you need a competent run game, this also allows the QB to run play action which sanchez is really great at. Shonn Greene is a horrendous running back.

That my friends, is how to save the New York Jets. I’m awaiting your call Woody, I’m totally ready to drop my dreams of an MBA to take on the challenge of rebuilding the New York Jets into a super bowl contender. Ball is in your court four eyes.

A quick side note: I was looking through Olive Satire the other day and I happened upon my NFL Draft preview post. Read this excerpt:

“Recently, there has been a good bit of chatter that the Jets would consider trading up with the intention of taking Trent Richardson out of Alabama. Richardson had a great year, is an awesome back, and has been said to be better than Mark Ingram who also came out of Alabama, won the Heisman, and immediately contributed to the New Orleans Bounty Cheaters( the fact that they tape opposing coaches—they should be effing contracted and done away with. At the very least, Mickey Loomis better be Pete Rose’d from the NFL, immediately). Anyway, Richardson is great, but as most things it depends on what they have to give up. I’ve heard Shonn Greene and a later pick in the draft. I’d say if its a 3rd or lower pick—-then hell yes they have to take that. Richardson has some scouts saying he looks like Adrian Peterson and the best thing that could happen to Mark Sanchez is a competent running game behind him.” Scott Pion, April 26, 2012

I’d like to retract my previous statement, the Jets should have given up their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, round picks this year and next to get Trent Richardson. How good does he look? Cleveland might be bad, but Richardson made the lauded Giants front 4 look pedestrian. Holy crap, if we could have him instead of Shonn Greene. My god. What a trade that coulda been.

Anyway, onto some other games form last week:

Atlanta 24, Washington 17

So, Atlanta may have won this game but they can’t be happy the way they did it. Coming off that close, close game with Carolina and against a low tier team, you had to think the Falcons were looking to establish themselves as a premier NFL team and look for blood. If RGIII doesn’t get hurt, I don’t think Atlanta wins this game. Washington was with them the entire time and, I think, mostly outplayed them. Atlanta plays Oakland this week and Oakland is not a good team, if the Falcons don’t decisively win this game, I really think they are destined to be the Falcons of old, a powerhouse that gets shown the door in the first round of the playoffs.

New England 31, Denver 21

A few takeaways from this game. 1) Peyton Manning post neck surgery is not Peyton Manning pre neck surgery. That’s not to say he’s not an above average QB. He’s so smart, the smartest QB in the game. The way he always audibles in the right situations and he’s just so aware of the game around him, it’s really amazing. But he has trouble with passes over 20 yards and his throws are wobbly. Really wobbly. 2) Peyton Manning does better with a competent running game. Willis McGahee is not his guy. He made a horrendous fumble, but that was only after a horrendous non catch on third down and a less than stellar running performance. I’ll trade you Shonn Greene, Denver ;).

Enough living in the past, let’s talk about this weeks games!

Tampa Bay (-3) vs. Kansas City

So ESPN is enamored with this TB team. They’ve proven zero to me. They beat up the Panthers in week 1, but as sad as it makes me, the Panthers aren’t the best team in the league. Then they had a shootout with the Giants, which the Giants should have never gotten back into that game and TB let them. They “hung” with Dallas. Dallas isn’t that good either, color me unimpressed TB (I held back on the tired McKayla meme this week, I can’t promise it won’t make a return later in the season). KC is among the worst teams in the league and, furthermore, they’re starting QB is hurt. However, while this would harm most teams, this couldn’t be better for the Chiefs (although cheering Cassell’s concussion was poor form KC, poor form). I’m kinda excited about Brady Quinn, I’ve liked him his whole career and I’ll be decidedly rooting for him in this game. This game will actually be interesting, but I think KC, not Tampa, will be the one that beats KC.

Tampa Bay 21, Chiefs 10

Pittsburgh (-5) vs Tennessee

Anyone else think the Steelers just aren’t that good? They don’t score a lot of points, they really haven’t impressed in any game, they don’t seem to go 4 quarters, and they keep letting teams back into the game. That being said, the Titans are the worst team in the league (thank lord it ain’t the Jets) and with Jake Locker being out, they have no real upside. The most depressing part about this Titans team is that I do think them worse than the Jets and they will draft ahead of the Jets. Titans need to take a RB in the draft. Chris Johnson is done. He’s finished. So, whatever marquee RB draft pick there is, we won’t get him.

Pitt 14, Titans 3

Alright, quick top 3/bottom 3

Top 3

1. Houston

2. San Francisco

3. Atlanta

Even though I really wasn’t impressed with the Falcons, they are still undefeated and still easily in the top of the league. Houston did only beat up on the Jets who last week were my worst ranked team in the league, however, the defense is so dominant. Right now, JJ Watt has got to be the defensive MVP. He’s unbelievable, fast, strong, and the quickest hands i’ve ever seen. He must have deflected 4 Sanchez passes last night from the line. It was absurd. He almost makes two players on the field. SF is dominant as well, they are scary good and with Kaepernick doing what Tebow should be doing on the Jets, they’ll go far. My preseason Texans/49ers super bowl pick is looking better and better as the weeks go by.

Bottom 3

1. Titans

2. Chiefs

3. Oakland

Honorable Mention: Buffalo, Jets, Jacksonville, Cleveland

I had to include the honorable mention because I’m trying to illustrate a point. What do all seven of these teams have in common? They are all in the AFC. I can’t think of an NFC team that could be in this conversation? Gun to my head, maybe Washington, especially if RG3 is out? New Orleans even though they beat SD (no big deal, but still maybe enough to keep them away from the bottom 3). Detroit?  The AFC is aggressively terrible this year. All the more reason I’m sad that the Jets are this bad, if there was ever a year where a crappy team snuck into the playoffs in the AFC it would be this year. And, as the New York Giants proved last year, once you are in the playoffs, all bets are off. Don’t worry, bad AFC teams will get into the playoffs though, I imagine the Denver Broncos and their fans are excited about this. In any case, the reasons I chose these three particularly terrible teams are as follows: Tennessee just doesn’t have personnel. They are without Locker who I think is a pretty decent QB, but they have very few receivers and no run game. The O-Line has gotten Locker killed and, unlike the Jets, the Titans defense is average at best. The Chiefs have not played well, especially defensively, but they are promising to me because they have pieces. I like Jamaal Charles a lot (especially in Fantasy) and Dwayne Bowe is a good, borderline great, receiver. I like Brady Quinn, he’s certainly more promising than Cassell, and if this team can overcome being coached by Romeo Crennell (which who could, really?) then don’t expect to see the Chiefs this low. Oakland is coming off a bye, but they were so awful against Denver that they have to still be here. Refer to last week’s blog to read about my feelings on this Raiders team, but I’m hoping that the Chiefs and Raiders have solid games this week and bounce back. The Chiefs play Tampa and the Raiders play Atlanta though, so I’m not sure we’ll see that this week.

Thanks for reading, I know I was a bit long this week but it was fun,

Scott

Holy crap, this is the most insane thing. This guy should get prison for something this stupid. And he’s taught his kid to be a biggoted piece of garbage as well. Social Services should take the kid.

fox8.com

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CANTON, Ohio — Hope Holcomb, 10, is like any other young girl. She loves to play and to be outside. She also doesn’t let cerebral palsy slow her down.  

But she tells us she has been afraid to leave her home in East Sparta, which is South of Canton in Stark County, because she says she is being bullied by her 9-year-old next door neighbor and his father.

Hope’s grandmother shot video last week at the bus stop. In it you can see a boy and his father, William Bailey, walking slowly with a limp.

“It started last year we had trouble on the bus, she was miserable she didn’t want to ride the bus, cried every morning,” said Tricia Knight, Hope’s mother. “He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved.”

After watching the video, Hope’s parents, Tricia and Mike, felt they needed to bring the bullying situation to the public’s…

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NFL Week 5 Preview Post!

Hi there! I’m excited about this NFL week although my team is quite depressing (i’ll get there in a little bit). I feel like this is the part of the season where the NFL sometimes loses momentum, the excitement of the first few weeks is gone and we’re starting to figure some teams out. One quick interesting note before I get into game review and game preview: Los Angeles signed an agreement to build a stadium next to the Staples Center in downtown LA. I would hate to live in LA because the traffic is already legendary and add an NFL stadium it will be horrendous. But, I love the idea of big US cities having teams, LA not having a team is crazy. I can’t wait to start the speculation as to who will move (expansion will not be an option, the NFL has said they are not interested in more teams, it’s going to have to be a team moving). For the record, my money is on the Chargers or Rams. Rams would be much more interesting to me.

Denver 36, Oakland 6

Denver looked spectacular this week. Oakland is clearly not that good, Carson Palmer is not a good quarterback, the defense is not good, the receivers are lacking. However, let’s not jump on the Denver bandwagon all at once. The run game looked strong against Oakland and I still think that Peyton can’t be successful without a quality run game, Oakland has given up lots of run yards this year and I really don’t think Peyton can carry the team on his shoulders quite yet. It’ll be interesting to see how the Patriots/Denver game goes. I’m inclined to think it’ll be a shootout, I’m not that impressed by the Denver defense and clearly the Patriots defense is questionable. Will be too close to call (i’d not put money on it) but I think Denver might pull it off.

SF 34 Jets 0

Sigh, I guess I have to talk about this one. The jets are terrible. The defense is pretty ok, they can’t pressure the QB well but I was shockingly OK with Kyle Wilson over Revis. The 49ers are great. But—-the jets are terrible. As in, worst team in the league. Sanchez didn’t have any time and when he did he was scared and irratic, I’m finally throwing in the towel on Shonn Greene—-he can’t get out of his own way, the receivers can’t catch a ball….it was disgusting. They are the worst team in the league and they get to play Houston (who is easily top 3) in the bright lights of Monday Night. Oh yeah, they lost their best receiver, Santonio Holmes. This hurts less than Revis because Holmes was having a terrible season anyway, but he’s still the only receiver of any quality. Sigh. I really just hope that Rex doesn’t get fired for this—-he probably will but it’d be great if he didn’t. Also, if Houston goes as bad as it’s going to, look for Tebow time to start soon (when it goes terribly, I think that the season will end with Greg McElroy as our starting QB—that’s right, Greg McElroy…sigh).

Chicago 34, Dallas 18

Both Rex and Rob Ryan could be unemployed this offseason. The Cowboys really aren’t that good in any area. The defense had looked really impressive coming in to this game and to be fair, the Cowboys defense looked really good in the beginning of the game. If your offense can’t stay on the field, your defense will get tired and start making mistakes, it’s a proven formula (see the Jets/49ers game for another example of this). Really, the biggest problem with Dallas might be Tony Romo. Romo has a bit of Brett Favre in him that he will always trust his arm (this is the same characterization of Jay Cutler) and this can be really explosive and impressive when the passes go to his receivers (Cutler) and really bad when it goes to the other team (Romo). Dallas is not a super great team but they certainly could bounce back.

Game Previews

Carolina (-3) Seahawks

I gotta tell you, this might not be the most interesting game on the national level, but it might be my game of the week. Russell Wilson has been compared nationally to Cam Newton, he’s mobile, solid, and exciting. He’s also tiny compared to Cam. Cam has been in the news for sulking and being too emotionally invested in games. You know what ESPN….GOOD! I want my quarterback sulking if he did bad, I want Cam to be depressed if they lose. It’s absurd to want this guy to be a leader but then expect him not to take the loss hard. I’m excited about the prospect of Cam beating up on this Cam wannabe and the Panthers derailing the Seahawks bandwagon once and for all (to be clear, I was on it, I liked their defense, I still do, that’s the biggest obstacle in Cam’s path. The defense will be fine with Hustle Russell).

PICK: Panthers 23, Seahawks 13

 

Pittsburgh (-2.5) vs Eagles

You might think it’s strange that I’m previewing this game as I can’t stand either of these teams but I think there’s an important point to be made here. 1) the slate of games this week is not really tremendous, especially once you get the marquee Brady v. Manning out of the way. 2) I can be semi-objective in these NFL blogs. 3) Whenever I can make fun of Michael Vick, I will do so (thus eliminating point 2). Here’s the skinny: I really think that one or both of these teams is not as good as they appear. Right now they are both playoff teams. I don’t believe this is how the season shakes out and I think that at the end we’ll point to this game as the beginning of the downfall. I think it’s the Eagles who take their nose dive, especially with Pittsburgh likely to get back Harrison and/or Polamalu. Vick is not a good quarterback, he can’t complete passes consistently (except to the other team) and he’s constantly leading his WR into safety smash routes (please spare me the Mark Sanchez jokes, I’ve already recognized it). Now that I have Redzone (best 6 bucks I’ve ever made my Dad spend), I can gleefully watch parts of this while not committing the time to actually watch the game. The winner here is really me.

Steelers 35, Eagles 14

Top 3 teams

1. Houston

2. Atlanta

3. SF

Same 3 teams as last week, little bit of movement. Here’s why: As much as I love the Panthers, they are a wild card at best and are about a year (maybe 2) away from being serious, serious contenders. That being said, the Panthers should have won that game against Atlanta. Atlanta is a great team, but they should’ve crushed Carolina. Houston, on the other hand, has the same problem I’ve been complaining about all season: they need to play someone credible. This is not going to get corrected this week as they will be fed (Ryback style) the Jets on Monday Night. It’s going to be a massacre, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Crusades. Houston gets the Packers the next week and while the Packers are not really as good as they were last year, that might be the first real test for the Texans.

Bottom 3 teams

1. Jets

2. Titans

3. Raiders

The reason this blog is being posted on Thursday rather than Tuesday when I’m all full of emotion after the Monday night game is because of this part. I knew I had to do this and yet it was hard to do. So here it is, my admission: The Jets are the worst team in the NFL. This offense can not do anything, they have nothing going for them. The defense is OK, but it’s certainly not enough to allow Sanchez to be a game manager like Alex Smith is for the Niners. The Jets were destined to not be great this year, but the Revis and Holmes injuries, coupled with Dustin Keller having been hurt for weeks and the other receivers developing some kind of football allergy has made this offense and this team the worst in the NFL. The Titans have similar problems, their offense struggles anyway, but with Jake Locker hurt for at least a game, likely more, they lose all of the dynamic skill that has kept them in some games. The defense is worse than the Jets defense even if they offense is considerably better. Finally, the Raiders have finally proven me wrong on them. I picked them to be pretty good and was able to make excuses to their loss in Miami (Miami weather in Black jerseys) and San Diego (happens against a good team). One could argue they beat a decent Pittsburgh team and Denver is pretty good, but it’s not that they lost, it’s the way they lost. This team can’t help itself from being penalized constantly, replacement officials or not. They are sloppy on defense and have Carson Palmer under center, who is normally the most inconsistent QB out of USC in the league, but of course we have Marky Mark in New York so Palmer gets a pass on that one. This Raiders team has talent, but they gotta get it together. The good news for them is that Dennis Allen appears to be a competent coach, so while I think the other cellar dwellers in the bottom 3 will be here for the duration of the season, I could see the Raiders bouncing to mediocre.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to figure out how to get NFLshop.com to help me customize my Matt Barkley Jets Jersey.

Scott

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Non sports post (get hyped yo)

So I was on CNN and I saw this opinion piece and I really wanted to respond to it, but Twitter seemed a bad forum and I really didn’t want to comment on the article, so I chose Olive Satire. 

My Take: 'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out

This article makes me angry for a variety of reasons. Essentially what the author is saying is that by people not taking a stand spiritually, they are somehow lost or indecisive. However, what I think is overlooked (rudely, by the way, the author is high and mighty and nothing makes me more annoyed than that) is that some people believe that there is something out there but know that there is no way to validate this belief. To be clear, this isn’t some kind of defeatist mentality as suggested by the author. I see myself in this camp because while I really do feel that there is a higher power, I’m not silly enough to not believe in evolution or to subscribe to doctrine.

The author also suggests that this form of thinking breeds selfishness and lack of morality. I feel that’s asinine. Morality, in the same sense as civic duty, does not have to be described by doctrine, it can be conveyed by living in society. I don’t really understand the author’s argument regarding selfishness, to me a person’s beliefs and “selfishness” are unrelated. 

In any case, rant over, i find this article silly but I wanted to post it and a response. 

Scott