Randy Moss Has Issues…Like Unemployment

The Vikings unexpectedly cut Randy Moss yesterday, bringing an end to his short tenure in Minneapolis.  No matter which way you look at it, Randy Moss brought this on himself.

The Vikings’ owner reportedly didn’t want to waive Moss, but he obviously got overruled in this situation.  Moss punched his ticket out of town in a few different ways, in my opinion. Continue reading


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“It’s Indiana, It’s Indiana”

A few short years ago, the headlines about Indiana basketball were rolling in.

They say any publicity is good publicity.  I laugh at those who say that.

Kelvin Sampson did his part to disgrace the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program to the point of near extinction.  The effects of his recruiting scandal are still being felt. Continue reading

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The Giants Do the Unthinkable

I’m not sure what the opposite of invincible is, but Cliff Lee was it last night.

Lee got roughed up in Game 1 of the World Series, giving up seven runs in 4.2 innings.  He was even spotted a 2-0 lead by the second inning, but couldn’t keep the Giants down last night.  The Giants seemingly doubled their postseason run total in one game, putting 11 runs on the board.

Cliff Lee labored through 4.2 innings last night. The Giants lead the World Series 1-0.

Lee showed signs of being the same, previously unbeaten in the postseason pitcher he has been so far this October, but at times he looked like a regular, average left-hander.  He left a lot of fastballs up in the zone, and he doesn’t have overpowering velocity.  As Dan Patrick said on his radio show this morning, a lot of people, myself included, had penciled in the Rangers for a win in Game 1.  Check that, we had penned that in.

Freddy Sanchez led the way for the Giants, knocking three doubles in the game, all of them off of Cliff Lee.  After the game, I think he showed his surprise: “You never think you’re going to have success against a pitcher like that,” Sanchez said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, been unhittable in the postseason.”

You may never think you’re going to have success, but the Giants went up there looking to hit.  They didn’t want to let Cliff Lee beat them.  If they were going to lose, they were going to put the ball in play.

The consensus in the Rangers clubhouse was that Lee just didn’t have the control he normally does.  “We left some pitches in spots we didn’t want,” manager Ron Washington said.

“I was up. I was down. I was in. I was out. I was trying to find it, and I was never really consistent with what I was doing,” Lee said after the game.

If Lee is the guy who’s supposed to pound the strike zone, then tonight’s starter CJ Wilson is the antithesis.  Wilson will try to get Giants hitters to chase balls out of the zone.  If the Giants are patient, then they could take a 2-0 series lead to Arlington.  This is a must-win for the Rangers, in my opinion.

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Lovie’s Act Getting Old

I think most Bears’ fans would agree that Lovie Smith is not the long-term solution for the Bears in the head coach’s office.

I think we’ve known this for a long time, but Lovie’s press conferences are getting to be insulting.  The Bears have been around for a long time, and they have one of the biggest fan bases in the  NFL.  Maybe it’s just Lovie’s personality, but I think a lot of Bears fans are ready to storm Halas Hall with pitchforks and torches.

Lovie Smith's deadpan personality is painful to listen to.

His decision to not challenge when Jay Cutler “fumbled” early in the second half on Sunday is one moment that Bears fans will remember for a long time coming.  Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the challenge on the previous play, when Earl Bennett was tackled at the one yard line.  Considering the Bears’ track record with first and goal from the one this season (0-for-10 now I think), I thought it was a no-brainer challenge.  I can somewhat understand Lovie’s trepidation to use two challenges on two consecutive plays, especially early in the second half in a close game.

That being said, the replays were pretty darn conclusive that Jay Cutler reached the ball over the goal line, and Lovie admitted yesterday that he should have challenged the play.  What we don’t know, is whether or not the people upstairs told him to challenge.  Maybe they did, and maybe he just ignored them.

The fact remains, Lovie sucks at challenging.  I’m not sure what his record is, but it just seems like he hardly ever wins challenges.  Anyways…

This season especially, I’ve noticed that Lovie has tried to take some accountability for the team’s struggles.  Great, but I’m not sure how effective it is to admit that you’re not doing your job as well as you could.  Frankly, it’s time for him to stop apologizing for himself, and start doing something to fix what’s wrong.  The offensive line’s struggles are well-publicized, Jay Cutler looked like the 2009 edition on Sunday, and Johnny Knox really struggled.

What can Lovie do to fix all those things?  Well, it’s his job as head coach to figure it out.

Despite themselves, the Bears sit atop the NFC North.  The Packers have injury problems, and the Vikings future is uncertain as Brett Favre has a legitimate injury.  That all being said, I think the Bears still miss the playoffs.

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NFL Picks–Week 4

Here we go…first week of byes

San Francicso 49ers (0-3) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

Mike Singletary’s job is safe…for now.  Don’t know how safe it will be if the Niners lose this game as I think they will today.  The Niners have shown no signs of being able to put it all together.  However, they could take advantage of a Falcons team that has a letdown after their exciting win over the Saints last week.  In the end, I think the Falcons are able to get up for the game, and take care of business at home. Continue reading

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Lovie Had Better Grow Some Hair…

…on his face.

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The Bears are 3-0, the only NFC team that can say that.  There’s only two other teams in the entire league that can say that.  Say what you want about the Chiefs, but the Steelers certainly are legit, and they don’t even have their quarterback yet.

The key to the Bears’ season, whether they make a deep playoff run or not, has nothing to do with the Tampa 2, Jay Cutler, or Juilus Peppers.

Nope, it has nothing to do with Devin Hester returning punts, Tommie Harris being inactive, or Mike Martz’s 400-page playbook. Continue reading

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NFL Picks–Week 3

Here we go…

Tennesee Titans at New York Giants

The Titans might be facing a crossroads very early on in their season.  They’re 1-1, but Vince Young was benched during last week’s loss to Pittsburgh.  All indications are that he’ll be the starter tomorrow, but he’s got to bounce back in a big way.  The Giants are looking to rebound after getting crushed by the Colts last Sunday night.  Eli Manning is probably lucky to be alive after the Giants’ offensive line didn’t do much to hold the Colts’ pass rush at bay.

Titans 20, Giants 17 Continue reading

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