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NFL Football | The Sports Report Girl - Part 5

Real Man Of Genius!

November 17, 2009 by SRG  
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The New England Patriots head coach made one of the gutsiest decision’s I’ve ever seen in a game of that magnitude.

And though it failed, going for it on 4th and 2, from his own 28 with 2 1/2 minutes to play… and a 6 point lead… was the absolute right decision.

Play to WIN!!!

Choke Of The Decade!

November 15, 2009 by SRG  
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After a week’s worth of build up, the game that was hyped as the Rivalry of the Decade certainly lived up to it’s billing.

And Payton Manning and Tom Brady showed why they are the best quarterbacks of our generation. With nine seconds to go in the game, Payton hit Reggie Wayne for the go ahead touchdown that sealed one of the most amazing come backs I’ve ever seen.

Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fourth and a short two with just under two and half minutes left in the game will be discussed and debated for years to come.

But here’s the thing… it was the right decision!

Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Patriots’ offense uncharacteristically eased off the throttle, settling for a field goal when they were in the red zone. Bill knew that was the safe decision… and probably the wrong one. When you have weapons like Brady, Moss and Welker, why settle?

So when he faced the fourth and two near the end of the game, his gut told him to put the outcome of the game in his offense’s hands. And had Faulk not bobbled the ball, it would’ve been a first down, and they could’ve continued to eat up the clock.

But even though it was the right decision, Belichick will never live down it’s failure. Mark my words, this will be remembered for years to come, right alongside Spy-Gate!

Call it “The Choke of the Decade!”

Hasta La Vista, Larry!

November 9, 2009 by SRG  
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Somehow I find it ironic that Larry Johnson would get released the same day LeGarrette Blount was reinstated by the University of Oregon. I also find it ironic that he would have the nerve to call others the three letter “F” word while posing in such a gay fashion with a teammate. But hey, that’s Larry for you!

As for those Kansas City fans that never warmed up to Larry, and there were plenty of them, this particular nightmare is finally over. After several years of embarrassing himself, the team and most of the city, the Larry Johnson era is officially over.
“Thanks, Larry! And don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way to irrelevancy!”

We could all see this one coming, couldn’t we? I mean you just don’t insult your boss the way he did and expect to keep your job. And believe me, that’s exactly what this is about. The Political Correctness of punishing him for using a gay slur was simply window dressing. It gave the team an easy out… a socially responsible excuse for getting rid of a troubled has-been that wasn’t producing on the field and who was a distraction off the field.

Let’s face it… if Larry were putting up Chris Johnson or Cedric Benson numbers, he would still be with the Chiefs. But Todd Haley knows his team is going nowhere this year, and Johnson isn’t in his plans for next year. So why not cut bait? It’s smart to move on and give someone else a chance to distinguish themselves.

If Larry hopes to ever make something of himself again, he should take a page out of LeGarrette Blount’s hand book for rehabilitating one’s image. If you get another shot, then keep your mouth shut. And if you do open your mouth, deliver on what you promise.

Midseason Trade Evaluations

November 7, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
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It’s midseason, and as always, it’s time for some legit evaluations. In this NFL off season, there was some big movement, and if I so had the opportunity/guts to talk to these players, this is what I would say to (some of) them.

Jay Cutler (DEN to CHI) – “You did your darndest to create the 1st big soap opera of the off season. Your coach left, and because the new cat in town wanted to replace you for leading that epic meltdown last season, you decided to whine about it. Well, crybabies tend to get their way just to shut them up, and thus you got traded to the Bears. While your current team will fail to make the playoffs, the team you bitched about is on their way to a division crown. Bet you wish you shut your mouth now, huh?”

Albert Haynesworth (TEN to WAS) – “I gotta give you credit, big fella’. You left a really crappy team, for a less crappy team. However, your game play has failed to follow suit. It’s unfair for me to judge you, though, because you’ve been injured. Fine, I’ll get off your back. Let me just say your QB is pretty horrible and your coaching staff is almost as dysfunctional as the Raiders…almost.”

Tony Gonzales (KC to ATL) – “Congratulations for leaving that ticking time bomb in Kansas City while you had the chance. I actually believe your role has increased with Matty Ice throwing you bombs. However, your window of opportunity is closing. Age is not on your side, and it doesn’t help that your division rival are the Saints, who are on cruise control right now.”

Michael Vick (ATL to PHI) Note: I was tempted to write “JAIL to PHI”, but even I think that’s in bad taste. “Do you even remember what a touchdown is? I mean, it’s been how many years since you’ve been out of football? 14? Oh, only 3 years? I don’t even remember you playing. What are you? A RB? A WR? I sure don’t remember you throwing the ball that much. If you played some minutes, you might jog my memory. Too bad you’re stuck on the bench. Since you have so much free time, please, stay away from dogs.”

Terrell Owens (DAL to BUF) – “So…how’s that VH1 show comin’ along?”

Brett Favre (NYJ to MIN) – “How much did it sting to hear boos in Lambeau? In my eyes, you’re still a traitor. Here’s to you getting to the Super Bowl and losing to the Colts, and then retiring again, only to un-retire and play for the Lions. You’re such a drama queen. Aaron Rodgers for President!”

Consider me one of those loudmouth sports fans with more bark than bite, but then again, being a 5’5, petite girl, I highly doubt I’d have the courage to say any of this to 6’5, 270+ lbs men. First I’d need a drink or two…or three.

Bob Sanders IS A BUST!

November 6, 2009 by SRG  
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Bob Sanders Bicept

Let’s see, it’s the middle of another football season, the Colts are off to another great start, and par for the course, they’ve been doing it without their “would be” stud Saftey Bob Sanders. I call him a “would be” stud because he simply doesn’t play enough to be considered a true game changer. Since being drafted 6 years ago, Sanders has only twice played the majority of regular season games (14 in 2005 and 15 in 2007). His other seasons were cut short by injury… and this year has been no different.

After sitting out the first 5 weeks of 2009, Sanders returned for two games, but… you guessed it… he has now been lost for the remainder of the year. Having suffered ankle and knee injuries in the past, a torn bicep tendon is culprit this time around.

Bottom line, Bob Sanders is a bust. He is one of the most talented players around and is more fearless than almost everyone else in the National Football League. But sadly, that fearlessness is what makes him both potentially great, and a complete disappointment. The reality is he can’t play a full season any more, and likely never will again. Thus the Colts are getting little return on their investment, $20 million of which is guaranteed. Ouch!

I don’t know about you, but in my book, that’s a BUST!

Brett Favre… the Best Ever!

November 3, 2009 by SRG  
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I still can’t get over how Favre handled himself Sunday in Green Bay… Pretty impressive if you ask me.

The Best Game Ever!

October 29, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
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Be ready for it – the NFL hype machine is back again. This Sunday, Nov. 1st, Brett Favre and the Vikes make the long awaited trip to Lambeau Field. The game in Minnesota was hyped and covered so much I wanted to break my new flat screen television. But then I learned there is such thing as an OFF button on the remote…oh and that there is also this place that people with real lives frequent from time-to-time – it’s called “the outdoors.”

But this next game at Lambeau? In Green Bay? Are you kidding me!? I’m JUICED for it. This match, not the previous one, is the game that everyone should have been marking on their calendars. It’s now my time to contribute to the hype: THIS IS THE GAME OF THE CENTURY!

You have, arguably, the greatest quarterback of all time stepping back onto the legendary field where he made miracles happen and brought joy to the tiny (by NFL standards) town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But the greatest quarterback of all time is no longer the leader of the pack; he’s now the new leader of the Packers’ decades long division rival, the rejuvenated Minnesota Vikings. CAN YOU SAY DRAMA!?

How are the ever-so-classy Green Bay fans going to react when their one-time hero, the one guy they embraced for 16 long years, is on the field playing for the opposing team? Will they boo him? Or will they cheer for him? THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!

Then, you have Favre’s talented one-time understudy, Aaron Rodgers, now leading the green and gold into the game with a 4-2 record. He lost on his first try against his godly, predecessor…how will he fair on his home turf? Will he emerge victorious or will the great one, once again, prove that he still owns Lambeau? SUNDAY CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH!

You’d think this kind of storyline can only be found in a Hollywood movie, but here we have a real-life soap opera! This ain’t no balloon-boy hoax, folks…this is the real deal! The most exciting thing to ever happen in our lifetime! You don’t want to miss the big showdown between the most amazing football player ever and his former team – for the second time! Brett Favre at Lambeau is this season’s Superbowl! Forget Superbowl…this is the ULTIMATE BOWL! THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER!

Why I Hate My Favorite Team

October 27, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
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I’ve tried my absolute hardest to refrain from making the Raiders the center of my weekly posts, figuring I’ll be able to maintain my journalistic integrity by not showing any kind of favoritism or bias. But this week, I say screw it… it’s time for some blatant bashing!

So if you’ll allow me, I’d like to recite a story about two teams I know very well…

Let me take you back to April 2009, the NFL draft. Stafford had already been signed to the lowly Lions, and WR studs Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin were highly sought after. The Raiders were coming off yet another abysmal season, and I was sitting there patiently waiting to hear the commish announce our new star WR, Michael Crabtree. Since both he and Maclin were still on the board, it was a no-brainer that one of those talents would be wearing the Silver and Black and bring us back to the Super Bowl baby!

And to no one’s surprise (especially not mine) Al Davis and his dunce cap wearing team of execs selected a kid named Darrius Heyward-Bey. He can’t catch the ball worth a damn, but boy, he sure is fast! Then, in the lowest point of my sports-addicted’ life, 3 spots down, Crabtree was selected by one of the Raider’s cross-bay nemeses, the San Francisco 49ers.

Fast-forward to this Sunday. Crabtree, after a 3 month long holdout, finally made his debut as a Niner against the Texans. He finished with 5 catches for 56 yards. Chris Mortensen on Twitter made sure to emphasize how Crabs had already caught up with, and surpassed, DHB in total catches for the season. Once again, I was not surprised.

What did surprise me, though, was the Niners’ decision to play 2005’s #1 overall draft pick Alex Smith, thinking he could provide an offensive spark of some kind. Smith has been all sorts of terrible in his NFL career, but his stat line on Sunday was a far cry from the days when fans were pleading for no-name Shaun Hill to start in his place. Smith ended 15 for 22 with 206 total yards and three TDs.

On the other side of the Bay, my glorious excuse for a team has their very own #1 overall pick playing at a superb level… a superbly awful level, that is. With three turnovers in the first quarter and no signs of life in the second half, Jamarcus Russell was benched for journeyman Bruce Gradkowski. Suffice it to say, the substitution didn’t work — the Raiders were shutout.

I’m not saying that Crabtree is going to be a star, nor am I saying that Smith is not a bust (in my book, he still is). What I am saying is I’d rather have Crabtree over DHB and… uh… the quarterback of my high school football team over Jamarcus.

I am also merely mapping out the evidence for the police when they find out a hit has been placed on Al Davis’ head – yet again.

On Campus: week 8

October 23, 2009 by SRG  
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It’s a light week in college football with only one game between ranked opponents. Thankfully it’s a good one, as # 8 TCU visits #16 BYU in Provo, UT. Also, Bradford is out again and the first BCS poll of the season has Boise State at #4.

Patriots Show Their True Colors

October 21, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After the Patriots’ embarrassing 59-0 rout of the depressing, downtrodden Tennessee Titans this weekend, the question that has repeatedly entered the public consciousness has been: is there such a thing as running up the score in professional sports? My answer: No.

Except when it’s the Patriots, so in this particular situation… Yes.

Let me explain…

This isn’t Pop Warner, there’s no such thing as a mercy rule. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars, so it’s up to you, as a player, whether you want to do your job and stop the other team from scoring (in turn, offensive players should be able to put some points on the board, as well). Seattle’s destruction of Jacksonville in week 5 (41-0) and the Giant’s domination over the Raiders (44-7) was merely one team performing ten times better than the other, without any ill intentions. The losing team just didn’t have enough juice to keep up.

In the case of the Pats-Titans game, while yes, one team performed far superior to the other, the second part of the equation is not true. In the Giants-Raiders game, Eli came out by halftime and a lot of the starters sat out the second half. Even though Seattle had a relatively healthy Hasselbeck, they gave backup Seneca Wallace some playing time. New England, however, played Brady, Moss, Welker and co. through the third quarter, even with a 45-0 lead. Lame.

The Patriots had every intention of running up the score, and I don’t believe this just because I will forever despise the Patriots and their BFF, Walt Coleman (remember the “tuck rule?”). I actually think there are legitimate reasons for their actions, like…

1. The Patriots aren’t the undefeated, untouchable team they once were. They wanted to show once and for all that they are still the supreme elite talent of the league (kind of like how a bully compensates for his lack of confidence by picking on the skinny, nerdy kid who picks his nose).

2. Labeled the “Cheatriots” from the “Spygate” incident a couple years back, Belichick is out for blood. He doesn’t care if he runs up the score because the NFL and all the other teams tarnished his reputation as a “great coach,” especially during their most recent Super Bowl year (like Barry Bond’s HR record, I will always grin a little inside when I see that asterisks next to their name).

3. And this, I believe, is the reason above all others… Belichick and his cronies were picked on as little kids and decided to turn the tables.

So, once again, athletes shouldn’t complain about running up the score. They’re professionals and should be able play like ones, especially when money is fattening their wallets. But again, the Patriots should know there is such a thing as class. I wonder where theirs went (assuming they once had it).

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