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Sunday Morning News Roundup

Working really, really hard in America under mediocre conditions is common. I just think that Americans should be treated better.

This presidential race is still close. It is very important for us to continue to work hard if we truly want progressive change in this country.

What if Israel bombed Iran?

I really don’t know why Romney has continually messed up. This is a guy who has wanted to be president for 20 years. He has put himself in position. He has talked to tons of people about the mechanics about how to win votes and run for president. Yet, I don’t understand simple decisions that the Romney campaign makes. If you aren’t going to release all of your taxes, then why do you continually bring it up? Why did he release some half tax return which will do nothing but stir up with waters?

Everyone thought that Romney would try to tack from the extreme right to the middle for the general election. We thought that he would try to appeal to independent voters. Nope. His 47% remark proves that he has decided to stay on the extreme right of his party.

Iraq has been a problem. It continues to be a problem.

NFL week 3 is here. The best game of the week may be the Ravens versus the Patriots. Falcons versus the Chargers will also be fun to watch.

The Fed Ex Championship at East Lake in Atlanta is golf at its best. Justin Rose and Brent Snedeker are tied for the lead. The course will be dry. The greens will be super fast. $10 million at stake!

By |2012-09-23T14:40:07-04:00September 23rd, 2012|Elections, Iran, Iraq, Israel, NFL, Party Politics, Sports|Comments Off on Sunday Morning News Roundup

NFL week 8: hits and misses

Hits
Cincinnati Bengals – Did you know that the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-2? Andy Dalton is playing just well enough with a quarterback rating of 82.7. It is their defense that’s keeping them on the field. Cincinnati is ranked fourth in overall defense. They are second in stopping the run.

Philadelphia Eagles – Every time I try to write off Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, they do something spectacular. Towards the end of last season and now for most of this season, we haven’t seen the pinpoint accuracy that Michael Vick showed in the middle of last season. Well, that pinpoint accuracy came back and dissected the Dallas Cowboys. Andy Reid had a genius game plan. He took advantage of a extremely aggressive DeMarcus Ware and pulled a tight end to block him out of the play as the Eagles successfully ran trap play after trap play.

Pittsburgh Steelers – After the Pittsburgh Steelers were destroyed on opening day by the Baltimore Ravens, everybody, including myself, wrote them off. Well, Mike Tomlin is proving to be a very resilient coach. He’s got the Pittsburgh Steelers playing at a high level. The Steelers play ball control offense and really controlled that game from the opening snap and kept the Patriots defense off-balance. Ben Roethlisberger played extremely well. This was probably his best game of the season.

Misses
Dallas Cowboys – It’s okay to get beaten on national TV. It’s not okay to get spanked by a division rival. The Dallas Cowboys were never in this game. Not for a minute. I watched this game a couple times. The Cowboys could not stop the run and they couldn’t stop the pass. On offense, they made several mistakes early, resulting in penalties and sacks. Once they punted the football to Philadelphia the first time and Philadelphia scored again, the game was over (14-0). Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg, long-time Dallas Cowboys announcers, stated that the Cowboys needed to forget this game and move on. I don’t think so. I think the Cowboys need to study this game. I know the rest of the league is studying this game and trying to figure out how they can replicate some of the plays. If the Dallas Cowboys defense doesn’t get this fixed, it’s going to be a long season.

Washington Redskins – What happened? As bad as the Dallas Cowboys were beaten, you could probably argue that the Washington Redskins were beaten even worse. Their offense was inept. Their defense was ineffectual. Their defense, as with the Dallas Cowboys, was supposed to be the strength of the team. Fred Jackson, arguably one of the best running backs in the league, ran for 120 yards. It was an embarrassing performance by the Redskins. I’m still confused as to why Mike Shanahan thought that Rex Grossman was the answer. Maybe he looks really, really good in practice.

New Orleans Saints – Just as I’m ready to jump on the New Orleans Saints bandwagon and was beginning to believe that they’re playing good football, they lay an egg. What was that? They made the St. Louis Rams look like a playoff team. St. Louis was beating them on both sides of the football. It was ugly. Drew Breeze had absolutely no time to look over the field. He seemed to be sacked about 100 times (it was only six). The Saints have some issues. They’ve got to get them fixed if they’re going to make a run for the playoffs.

Honorable mentions – I’m still not believing in Tim Tebow. As a quarterback in this league, you have to be able throw the ball accurately… He can’t or hasn’t. BTW, this has nothing to do with believing in him. It has to do with the hard work that it takes to throw the ball accurately. Eli Manning played well but I’m not sure why the Giants had to struggle to get a win over the Miami Dolphins. I don’t know what to think about Joe Flacco. I know that he has to play well in order for the Ravens to win. When you’re looking at Andy Dalton, Tim Tebow and some of these other young quarterbacks, you should compare them to Cam Newton, who is playing some really fantastic football. I’m not sure that San Francisco is as good as some people say their are. Let’s wait a couple weeks before we crown them, but I do tip my hat to anyone who’s played as consistently well as they have. I’m not sure what to make out of the Kansas City Chiefs. I do know that the San Diego Chargers are not playing that well.

By |2011-11-05T12:07:55-04:00November 5th, 2011|NFL|Comments Off on NFL week 8: hits and misses

NFL: Snow, Updates and Predictions (Update)

By now, every NFL fan has heard that the Metrodome roof has collapsed. As it turns out this is not the first time the roof has collapsed. Anyway, the Vikings will not be playing the Giants today or tomorrow in Minneapolis. I heard something on the NFL network which sounds plausible – they may will be able to play the game in Detroit. Fox news would be able to keep their crew in place and therefore they can cover the game and don’t lose revenue. Finally, the New York Giants, diverted from Minneapolis yesterday, are still in Kansas City. The Giants did not have any of their cold-weather gear because they thought they were playing indoors.

It is the last quarter of the season. Some of these games only matter to people who follow these individual teams – the fans. Cleveland versus Buffalo. Atlanta versus Carolina – if Atlanta does not win this by 21 they aren’t trying and should be kicked out of the NFL. Does John Fox keep his job? Green Bay versus Detroit – although Detroit is playing hard, this is a game Green Bay has to win. Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Washington Redskins – Washington has nothing to play for. Tampa Bay has everything to play for. I look for the Redskins to play hard early. I’m gonna go against the odds and take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pittsburgh Steelers will bounce back against the Bengals, who need to look for another quarterback.

Oakland Raiders versus Jacksonville Jaguars – this is probably the best game of the morning. I believe that the recent resurgence of the Raiders is a mirage. They ran for over 200 yards against the San Diego Chargers last week. They didn’t just beat the San Diego Chargers. They whipped them. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the best example of a team that is all over the place. Some weeks they’re great. Some weeks they’re awful. Against the New York Giants, they put their Jekyll and Hyde personality into one football game. The first half they played great. The second half they rolled over and looked just terrible. I’m going to give a slight edge to Jacksonville.

St. Louis Rams versus New Orleans Saints – I would describe the St. Louis Rams as a scrappy team. They seem to figure out a way to win, but they don’t seem to have a formula yet. On the other hand, the New Orleans Saints have been playing better. They seem to be getting healthier. Drew Brees seems to be really in a groove right now. I look for the Saints to win this game.

Seattle Seahawks versus the San Francisco 49ers – when you start making a list of the teams which we’re disappointed in, the 49ers have to be on that list. I am a little surprised at how well Troy Smith has played. I’m giving an edge in this game to the 49ers.

Denver Broncos versus Arizona Cardinals – seriously? Can they call this game off because nobody is interested?

New England Patriots versus Chicago Bears – this is one of the marquee games of the day. Have you seen the weather report? It started snowing early this morning. It is 27° and that’s right now. The game is not going to be played for another four hours and we’re expecting snow and fog. The game conditions are going to be awful. Can the Patriots run the ball enough to win? I don’t think so. With the field in such an awful and only going to deteriorate, I’m going to give a slight edge to the Chicago Bears. By the way, I must mention that I have really not been that impressed the Bears all year. They have been playing much better on defense. It is their offense that I have a question about. Jay Cutler just seems to always be in another dimension. He seems to have this dumb look on his face. Yet, over the last several weeks, he has not been a turnover machine. If he can limit turnovers to zero, the Bears will win. (I know the smart money is on New England but I think the weather changes that calculus.)

Miami Dolphins versus New York Jets – Miami is missing something. They’re like one of those chilies that you taste in one of those chili cookoffs that is just missing something. It isn’t bad. Unfortunately, it isn’t good. It needs something. In my mind, Miami needs a consistent quarterback. Chad Henne has shown flashes of brilliance. Unfortunately, they’ve only been flashes. He has thrown a ton of interceptions this year. Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, has not made the maturity leap that everyone was hoping for. (I dropped him from my fantasy team a couple weeks ago but it still didn’t save my fantasy season.) He simply isn’t putting the ball where his receivers can do something with it. I know his receivers have been dropping some balls but he has to continue to improve. What happened to the Jets defense? They were extremely exposed against the New England Patriots. They got spanked. I look for the New York Jets to bounce back. This is going to be a tough game but I think the Jets will pull it out in the second half.

Kansas City Chiefs versus San Diego Chargers – San Diego? What the hell? Everybody expected you to pound the Oakland Raiders into submission. Even when the Raiders jumped out to an early lead, we thought that Philip Rivers would pull out some magic. He pulled out nothing. Kansas City is the best running offense in the NFL. (Jamaal Charles just got a nice contract upgrade. He is plenty worth it.) San Diego proved that their one defense was suspect. Unfortunately for the Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel will not play. This is a huge blow. He was taking good care the football. Because of this, I’m given the edge to the wounded San Diego Chargers.

Philadelphia Eagles versus the Dallas Cowboys – I’ve been thinking about this game all week. How to the Cowboys contain Michael Vick? Can the Dallas Cowboys simply squeeze the pocket so that Michael Vick has no place to go? I don’t think so. We’ve seen that the Dallas Cowboys defense has been subject to the deep play all year. Reggie Wayne torched the Cowboys for over 200 yards last week. If the Cowboys can weather the first quarter, they should be able to stay in the game. The Cowboys have to jump out to an early lead. The Eagles do not play well behind. I just don’t think that the Cowboys can do it. As a Cowboy fan, I hate to say it… I’m giving a slight edge in this game to the Eagles.

Baltimore Ravens versus Houston Texans – just a few weeks ago we were talking about the Baltimore Ravens as being one of the best teams in the NFL. Where is their bruising running game? They have to get back to running the football and running it effectively. On the other side of the ball, I don’t know what the deal is with the Houston Texans. They have a solid quarterback and an outstanding running back. They have one of the best receivers in the league in Andre Johnson. This game will be close. I think the Houston secondary is vulnerable. I think the Baltimore Ravens will bounce back and play the kind of hard-nosed winning football that we all expect.

By |2010-12-12T13:32:51-04:00December 12th, 2010|Sports|Comments Off on NFL: Snow, Updates and Predictions (Update)
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