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NFL: Wrap Up

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens.

Did anyone notice that Joe Flacco seemed to play better than he ever had over the last five or six games of the season? His elevated play seems to correlate to Jim Caldwell’s being named offensive coordinator. Someone needs to give Jim Caldwell some props.

If you are the San Francisco 49ers fan, you have to be sick. The game was in your hands. You had the ball inside the 10-yard line with two minutes to play. The Ravens best run stopper, Haloti Ngata, was nursing a knee injury on the side line. Ray Lewis, future Hall of Famer, seemed a shadow of his former self. You have one of the best offensive lines in football. You have running back Frank Gore, who is known from getting those tough inside yards. He was having a great game (19 carries for 110 yards). Why didn’t the 49ers simply run the ball four times?  Okay, you didn’t want to run the ball? How about throwing the ball to Randy Moss? Moss has made a living at catching the fade in the end zone. How do you not throw the ball at least once to Randy Moss?

Joe Flacco is about to seriously get paid. My guess – $18 – $20 million per year for at least four to six years.

More later

By |2013-02-07T20:42:12-04:00February 6th, 2013|NFL|Comments Off on NFL: Wrap Up

NFL: Super Bowl (Update)

There are plenty of people talking about the Super Bowl today. I won’t spend much time on it. Congratulations to New York Giants. Once again, they proved that it doesn’t really matter how you start the season. Instead, it matters how you play at the end of the season and through the playoffs. Several weeks ago, the Giants’ season was basically over in Dallas. Dallas had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and Tony Romo was able to hook up with Miles Austin, so the game looked over. They survived, though, which is probably a testament to this team and the New York Giants coaching staff. Somehow, they survived. Their defensive strength has been their defensive line. Yet, down the stretch, I was more impressed with their secondary. Their secondary seemed to make plays all over the field. This is exactly what happened on Sunday. For the most part, the New England Patriots receivers were not running free to the Giants’ secondary.

The ferocious pass rush of the New York Giants was basically neutralized for most of the game. Tom Brady did have time to find receivers. The problem was that his receivers were not open. This is the first time that I really noticed that the New England Patriots truly needed a deep threat, which they didn’t have. They needed Randy Moss. They needed Dante Stallworth. They were unable to stretch the field. For most of this year they were able to produce big plays with their All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. Unfortunately, he was just a shadow of himself with a high ankle sprain. Deion Branch isn’t the player that he was four or five years ago.

There’s going to be a lot of discussion about a pass thrown to Wes Welker late in the fourth quarter which could’ve iced the game. Welker tried to make a spinning catch, but the ball careened off his fingers. The ball appeared to be high and thrown too far to Welker’s outside shoulder. Catchable, but tough. Yet the New England Patriots had several other opportunities that seemed to slip through their fingers. Bradshaw fumbled the ball deep in Giant territory and nobody could jump on the ball. Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez both dropped balls. We can’t forget Brady’s safety at the beginning of the game. What was that? Mayo appeared to have inside leverage on Victor Cruz, but somehow got turned around so that Eli Manning’s missile to Cruz (man, that ball was zipped into a very tight window) almost hit him in the helmet. Had Mayo been watching the quarterback and Cruz, that could have been a pic-6, like James Harrison from a couple of years ago. But that’s the whole deal about these games. There are all of those what-ifs. As a Cowboy fan, I know what ifs up close and personal. The bottom line is the New England Patriots were missing something all year. They seemed to need more offense and a more Raven/Texans-like defense. It seems that Brady needed just a little more help. They needed more running. They needed more something.

Finally, I have watched Eli Manning for his whole career. This year, he showed more patience than I’ve ever seen. Usually, throughout a game, Eli would throw up one or two balls for grabs. Not this year. Not during this playoff run. One of the big knocks on Eli Manning was that he was not that accurate. He threw the ball with great velocity and accuracy on Sunday night. Eli Manning was the reason that the New York Giants won the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Congratulations to the New York Giants and Super Bowl, MVP, Eli Manning.

Update: I agree with Ron (see the comment section) that the Giants receivers made plays and the Patriot receivers did not. Manningham, Nixon and Cruz when they are on, are great. Remember in the middle of the season there were tons of problems with dropping balls. Somehow they fixed the problem.

By |2012-02-06T08:01:42-04:00February 6th, 2012|NFL|Comments Off on NFL: Super Bowl (Update)

Grab Bag Tuesday Evening

  • I am deeply saddened by the death of Elizabeth Edwards. Just yesterday, we heard that there was nothing more that the doctors could do and that should’ve been a clue that she was gravely ill. Her spunk and moxy are what drew many Democrats to her husband. My heart goes out to her family. May she rest in peace.
  • Turmoil in the NFL. What’s new? The New York Jets got toasted last night. The New England Patriots boldly made the case for their being the best team in the NFL (without Randy Moss). Denver fired their coach, a very interesting and unexpected move. Albert Haynesworth got suspended by the Washington Redskins for four games for being a knucklehead.
  • Did the White House compromise, again? So depressing. Here’s what’s in the tax deal. What, is the president going to take his case to the American people and fight for what he believes in? Or is this White House going to be known for its continual capitulation? Watch the video:

From Political Animal:

  • Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) believes the defense authorization bill, including the provision repealing DADT, “will get to a vote” in the lame-duck session. Here’s hoping he’s right.
  • Boosting hopes for ratification, at least a little, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) all but endorsed the pending arms control treaty, New START, during an interview this afternoon.
  • The now-complete bailout of Citigroup generated a $12 billion profit for American taxpayers.
  • The Campaign for America’s Future’s Bill Scher, who doesn’t always share the Obama administration’s priorities on economy policy, ran a compelling defense for the tax deal.
  • Jonathan Bernstein: “The truth is that there are a lot of people who just don’t accept that the President of the United States can want something, fight for it, fight effectively and correctly, and still not get it. If it doesn’t happen, it must have been — in Obama’s words — a ‘betrayal.’ Those people are wrong.”
  • How should Americans spend public money to get good teachers? Turns out, it’s a big question.
  • Today is Dec. 7, known for being Pearl Harbor Day. Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) encouraged his fans to honor the anniversary by buying his books. What a shameless hack.

Pearl Harbor facts:

  • Not on the agenda – Americans during that time were still practicing Isolationism to some degree and wanted nothing to do with European affairs.  The idea was part of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” book he published during the American Revolution that advocated a parting from Britain.
  • Deaths/Casualties – About 1178 Americans were injured and 2388 were killed from the attack on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941.
  • Still Complacent – Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday, believe it or not.  It seems that the government still has the mindset that no more attacks like this will happen on our soil, that it was an isolated event in our nation’s history. The truth is that we let our guards down and underestimated the burning desire of others who want this country’s pride tarnished.
  • The USS Utah and Arizona – The only two ships hit on Pearl Harbor Day that were not salvaged after December 7, 1941.
  • The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, congress convened for a vote of war. Surprisingly, given the gravity of the attack, there was one dissenting vote.  Who was it?  Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist gave a thumbs down vote.

By |2010-12-07T23:51:49-04:00December 7th, 2010|Congress, Economy, Military, Taxes|Comments Off on Grab Bag Tuesday Evening
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