As crazy as it may seem, both Tom Brady and Payton Manning are still waiting to get their new contracts… contract that will likely make the duo the highest paid quarterbacks ever in the NFL. It seems like both camps are playing a game of chicken, waiting for one side to sign so they can use that as leverage in their own negotiations. Either way, should be interesting to see how much they make.
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!”
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).
There’s been a lot of hype around the Broncos-Patriots game this weekend, and quite frankly, I don’t get it. Last week it was the Jets & Saints in “The Battle of the Undefeated.” The result… a butt-whoopin’ of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan’s almighty defense. For what it’s worth, that game warranted the hype. The resurgence of the Saints vs. the emergence of the Jets had great appeal. Despite my unfettered hatred of the Jets, even I still was intrigued by this match-up… partly because I wanted to see Drew Brees stick it to the youngin’, but hey, that’s just me.
Now the undefeated Broncos and the holier than thou Patriots are garnering all the buzz. It’s being touted as an AFC heavyweight match, which is, at first glance, true. After skimming over this week’s schedule, it’s clearly the most “intriguing” game we have. Even if you truly believe the Broncos are for real, which I don’t, it should be fun to watch Josh McDaniels face his old team. Their defense is better than expected, and Brandon Marshall has overcome his off-season woes. But when you have someone named Kyle Orton on your team, your season will eventually be toast. Look for the Chargers to pick up some steam and take the AFC West, as was originally predicted. Broncos fans can stop gloating now.
As for the Patriots, it’s clear they aren’t the dominant team of years past, regardless of their 3-1 record. The defense is depleted and their running game is very suspect.
Personally, I don’t like either team and will be pulling a tie. But since Brady and co. are bound to have some bogus calls go their way, I’m putting my money on the Pats. Seems like the safest bet in the house.
Rodney Harrion and Tony Dungy know that Tom is ‘Da Man… even if he does wear a skirt form time to time.
If you saw the Patriots/Ravens game this past weekend, you saw a great
NFL game with a lot of close calls and some crucial missed
(or better yet, DROPPED) opportunities, especially by the Baltimore
And if you stuck around for the post-game interviews, you heard a lot
of whining from a bunch of sore losers.
The uber-vaunted and thus far over-hyped defense of the Ravens
(they’ve given up 24+ points in 3 of 4 games this season) represented
by their captain Ray Lewis, complained of the calls late in the game
There was one play in particular where Terrell Suggs got flagged for
diving at Tom Brady’s knees. Although I agree he wasn’t intentionally
going for Brady’s knees, rules are rules. And you can’t complain after
the game about a new rule that you know is going to be called,
ESPECIALLY on the guy that caused the rule to come into effect!
Lewis said that “it is embarrassing to the game…”
Not as embarrassing as dropping a sure first down on 4th down with
less than a minute to go Ravens!
Bottom line is the Ravens still had a chance to win the game. And
although Ray did concede that the calls did not decide the game, why
then bring it up and talk about it at length?
Oh, and it used to be that defenseless kickers were going on IR left
and right, but defenses seemed to have adjusted to not running into
the kicker after all these years.
Hopefully, we will never have to regard QBs in the same light as
kickers, but I’d rather see the Ravens get flagged time and again
until they adjust, than have to pick up Brian Hoyer on my fantasy team
‘cus Brady has to go on IR again.
Is Randy Moss not trying or is Tom Brady not fully 100%?
Is Larry Fitzgerald overrated or is Kurt Warner an old man?
Whatever the case, all I know is that if someone were to tell me that 3 weeks into the season, the combined touchdowns for three of the top receivers in the league the past few years is 2 (both from Fitzgerald), I would think you’re more senile than Al Davis (but then again, I am a Raider fan. I highly doubt you’re more senile than good ol’ Al).
Granted, there’s still a hell of a lot more games left, and all these guys are getting double and sometimes triple teamed on coverage — understandable. But they’ve had outstanding seasons before, even when they were already established bona fide superstars….so what makes this season any different?
I mean, there’s a lot of differences this season. Firstly, we’re welcomed with a whopping 12 new head coaches. Then, the Cincinnati Bung–ahem–Bengals are 2-1 having beaten two Super Bowl favorites, the Packers and Steelers (in all reality, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but they really should be 3-0 had it not been for the NFL gods wanting to keep them cursed for one more week against Denver), and finally…FINALLY, the Lions got a win. EUREKA!
So, I get it. The NFL changes from year to year. It couldn’t be more obvious this year. But what blows my mind is that Steve Smith, who was my first pick in my fantasy draft, has less points than Pierre Garcon. WHO!? you ask? No, that’s not a hockey player. He’s a wideout for the Colts, and yes, he has two more touchdowns than the perennial pro bowler.
If you were to tell me that Randy Moss, the same player who had 23 touchdown receptions in 2007 from the same exact quarterback, is now touchdown-less to begin 2009?
If you were to tell me that Larry Fitzgerald, the player who had a monster post-season earlier this year leading the constantly downtrodden Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl only to come mere minutes away from a world championship is now seeing his effectiveness waning as his quarterback is slowly (rapidly?) deteriorating?
If you told me any of the aforementioned, I would dismiss you as a n00b who has no football knowledge whatsoever, and I would encourage you to quit your fantasy leagues while you’re at it.
Age is certainly not too much of an issue (Moss is the oldest at 32), nor are injuries, to a certain extent. So, according to my scouting report, I’m inclined to believe these three wide receivers still have some juice left in their game. I think it only leads to one thing: the answer my questions posed at the beginning, and I shall articulate in the most eloquent fashion…
Delhomme sucks, Brady is still hurt, and Warner — is old.
***And here’s my bold advice for the day: Drop all of them from your fantasy team. Yes, even Brady (but then again, why listen to me? I’m 0-3 to start the season.)
So let me get this straight…
Denis Paiva, a poor guy living on the street, has been reduced to panhandling in order to repay Tom Brady for a couple of Belgian flower boxes he took form behind his home. According to Paiva, the metal containers were sitting next to the trash and looked like they had been discarded. So the 61 year old ex-con… oh, did I forget to mention that fact?
Well, yes… Paive served a 10 year prison term for Bank Robbery. Released from the pen five years ago, Paiva has been making his living by taking odd jobs and going through other people’s refuse in the hopes of finding things he could sell. Obviously, when the well to do throw things away, they tend to be on the nicer side.
Which brings us to Tom Brady and his Belgian Flower boxes… which cost $8,000 dollars. Paiva was caught on surveillance tape taking the containers, which he sold as scrap metal for $450. The courts ordered him to repay $4,000 to Brady’s real estate trust (whatever that is???), but since he doesn’t have the dough, he’s been forced to beg in order to repay the multi million dollar earning QB.
Brady, who couldn’t be reached for comment because he was air born somewhere between Sao Paolo and Santa Monica, shouldn’t be made to look like a Scrooge, though. After all, he’s losing $4,000 dollars on the settlement. But what should be brought into question is this… what kind of man pays eight grand for flower pots?