Saturday, September 25, 2010

getting there

After the unmitigated ugliness that was week 1, week 2 was a bit better unless you are a Bills, Panthers, Viking or Cardinals fan.
However, it wasn't really a memorable week.
Coming in to week 2, everyone was curious to see what Michael Vick could do. This was his first start in two years after returning from prison last season.
Vick looked like we thought he would, great against the Detroit defense, I think most passers would.
The eagles barely won the game thanks to a late charge by the lions who have a very good offense and should surprise several teams this season.
Vick threw the ball very well and gave the eagles a double threat passing and running from the quarterback position.
After saying Kevin Kolb would start this weeks game, coach Andy Reid decided to pull a 180 and gave Mike Vick the start in Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys are 0 and 2 now despite another decent game by qb Tony Romo.
The boys have loads of talent but they have no idea what to do with it.
3 good runningbacks they don't use, A great receiver in Miles Austin who is still playing well. A solid TE and and an offensive line that is old, inconsistent and constantly banged up.
They take on the Texans this week who are 2 and 0 thanks to a last second win against Washington.
The Jets Patriot game was fun to watch as Mark Sanchez for New York actually threw the ball down field a bit and the Jet defense was great at times.
However, the jets lost cornerback Darrelle Revis for at least 1 game, maybe more with a hamstring injury.
Braylon Edwards made some great catches and scored but unfortunately made more news for his DWI on Tuesday morning.
He will play but not start this weekend at Miami.
in other games:
Brett Farve complained about not having his receivers on the same page as his Vikings looked inept, lost and duke blue devil like at the hands of a young Dolphin defense.
The Manning bowl wasn't much of a match as big bro Payton and the Colts proved why they are always a team to deal with as they made easy work out of the Giants.
The Panthers at home against Tampa looked like an expansion team.
quarterback Matt Moore will be binched this week and enters rookie Jimmy Clausen.
I think he might be praying to touchdown Jesus during the game with the Bengals.
The Atlanta Falcons won the battle of the birds because the Arizona Cards didn't show up, 41 to 7 wasn't even that close and I can't wait until they play New Orleans who beat San Fran on a last secont field goal.
The Saints did lose Reggie Bush for a while, he broke his leg after a great game receiving and returning kicks and of course he is on my fantasy team along with Braylon Edwards and other injured ballers.
San Diego rebounded nicely by smacking Jacksonville, everyone smacks Cleveland and Oakland was glad to play St Louis.
The Bucks had there way with the bad Carolina kitties, Broncos bucked the Seahawks while Pittsburgh and it's defense led by Mr. hair Troy Palamalu stopped the running Titans.
games to watch:
Week 3 starts with a bang when the Falcons play in New Orleans.
The super dome is one of the noisiest places ever but even more so after the Saints won the Superbowl last season.
No Bush for New Orleans so I think they will have to take an early lead and let the crowd get to Atlanta.
Michael Turner may be limited but the dirty birds still have plenty of running and receiving options.
Bears and Packers on Monday night at soldier field in Chicago should be vintage run and gun football.
Both of these teams should be throwing a lot although I think Brandon Jackson for the pack will have a good rushing game.
These are not you're father's Packers but the defense is good enough to frustrate Jay Cutler.
Julius Peppers will be key for the bears as they will have to put pressure on Aaron Rogers, he's not accident prone like Cutler.
I think Green Bay wins this game, and I think it's time to watch some football!
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Ugly Sunday

So this was what we were waiting for, the first real Sunday of the NFL season.
It reminded me of a girl you've been wanting to date forever because she is the total package. You go on said date and up close she kind of look like cousin Leroy, smells like a smoke berrel and she eat like uncle Bubba and you are thinking you are going to have to overcome a lot in this relationship.
Good lord y'all, catch the ball.
I happened to watch big chunks of probably the ugliest game, the battle of stereo Steve Smith's, Panthers and giants.
There were 9 turnovers and if that would have been my first football viewing experience, it would have been my last.
Giants won, it's going to be a long year for the Panthers.
Coach John Fox has been embattled at times but he does seem to get the most out of unknown or unproven players.
I wonder if he is too conservative on offense but on the other hand, the organization hasn't exactly stacked his roster with dependable.
The match up everyone was buzzing about the previous week happened on Monday night when Baltimore defeated the Jets on the road 10 to 9
Neither team ran the ball well although Baltimore's McGahee scored the only touchdown.
Guess who dropped him from the fantasy team before the game, bah!
At times, the Raven's offense looked crisp while the Jet's offense looked horrible.
Speaking of fantasy teams the jets through more passes to Ines Sainz earlier in the week than they through to Braylon Edwards during the game.
Other highlights:
¶Chicago beat Detroit cause Calvin Johnson couldn't quite come down with the ball, well at least according to the ref. What is it with Detroit and pivotal game calls, IE Jim Joyce.
Lion fans, all 2 of them feel like they were robbed.
Seattle thrashed my boy samurai Mike's 49ers making us question how good either of these teams will be.
Pete Carol left the pending drama of Southern Cal and took over the Seahawks, he has re energized an already noisy fan base in the Pacific North West.
The 49ers play the Saints this week so bouncing back will be tough.
The Bengals looked helpless against the Patriots, Foster ran wild on Manning and the Colts, Buffalo still sucks, and Dallas lost on a holding penalty that negated a Williams touchdown catch.
Bradford shows promise for the Rams, no 0 and 6 start for Tennessee as they slobber knock Oakland, Chief young speed shines, San Diego wines, and Pittsburgh eh OK without big Ben.
games to watch this week:
Eagles and Lions with Michael Vick starting for Philadelphia because of Kevin Kolb's concussion issues.
Vick's issues have been well documented but I think people will be rooting hard for him or wanting him to fail immensely.
He will do pretty well against the improving but definitely not great Detroit defense.
Coach Reed says the job will still be Kolb's when he comes back but Vick's performance could sure get a controversy started among the sweet Eagle fans.
Ravens Bengals, Patriots and Jets are great early division rivals which could really set the tone for the rest of the year.
Colts and Giants AKA Manning vs Manning is the Sunday night game, can the Colts defense hang on? Can the Giants catch the ball?
We will see cause we're ready for some football!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

teams and dreams

Previously having mentioned that I will try to be unbiased, I probably should disclose my favorite teams and general feelings about sports.
Many of my friends and family were Carolina fans, I had to be different, thank God I picked the Duke Blue devils.
It's good to know that every season Duke has a fighting chance to win it all, well in basketball. We don't mention Duke football on this blog!
People either love or hate Duke, they are my only hope as you will soon find out.
In baseball, I'm always enduring a long season with my Baltimore Orioles.
When I first started to figure out baseball and that one could fall asleep in the first inning, wake up in the 3rd, the Atlanta braves were all that mattered here o both TV and radio.
They were a boring last place team to a superficial kid so I was looking for a better alternative.
A friend of mine was a big Oriole fan so naturally, I sure didn't want to become one.
However, they were on TV and Mel Proctor and John lowenstein were 2 of the best broadcasters I have heard to this day.
The team was so miserable starting the 1988 season off 0 and 21, how was that for an initiation. But as ugly as it was, the 1989 season when they fell just short to the dang Toronto Blue jays in the division race sure made up for it.
I loved Cal Ripken, Eddy Murray and others. The organization seemed so much different than other teams and I totally bought in to the oriole way although as a 12 year old I would have probably guest they would have many winning years ahead.
After 12 straight losing seasons, I'm thinking not so much, thanks to a difficult owner and a lot of bad decisions, the Oriole way became a shadow of itself and became laughable.
Hopefully, the recent hire of Buck Showalter and inclusion of great Orioles in the organization can restore the Oriole way despite the owner of the franchise.
I also follow the Seattle Mariners because they grew on me a bit when I lived in Oregon and thanks to Pat Hughes and Ron Santo, my wife Rainee became a cub fan and I've always followed them some what anyway.
My dream is to see a Cub Oriole world series, then someone would win! If that ever happens, my great great grandchildren will update this blog about it.
Like college Basketball, I got in to the NBA very early with 2 teams, the Charlotte now New Orleans Hornets and the great Chicago Bulls. The Bulls started a dynasty with Jordan and Pippen, and other great roll players and were just dominant and the atmosphere around them was some kind of electric.
The bugs were an expansion team and brought professional ball to the Carolina as well as crowd favorites like 5 ft 3 inch Mugsy Bogs and eventually became pretty good with Alonzo Morning and Larry Johnson.
The Bulls pulled the plug so I did as well although they have a nice team again, the Hornets broke our hearts and moved to Nolins so I started following the Portland trailblazers having no idea that I'd move and get married eventually in Portland.
The Blazers have one of the best radio broadcasters in the league Brian Wheeler and have weathered the storm from the horrid jailblazer days and now have a fun young team.
As for football, both in the college and pro game, I really love it but not a huge fan of any one team although there are several I love watching.
In college it's anyone who's playing UNC, sorry tar heel friends. In the NFL if I had to choose 2, they'd be the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers.
The first football game I ever watched was the Bears and Patriots superbowl in 1985
I didn't no a dang thing about football, I just knew bears were giving the guys from Boston a windy city beat down and they had a cool song, I loved the shuffling crew!
The panthers were yet another expansion team awarded to the Charlotte area in 1995 and it has been fun following a team throughout it's existence. The solid veteran Panthers with the late Sam Mills, Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathan were great, we want mention Tim biakabutuka or heaven for bid horrible Ray Carruth who helped murder his pregnant girlfriend.
The 2003 team was great as well with the emergence of Steve Smith as a star but right now, it's going to be a rebuilding job.
The cats are the youngest team in the NFL and they sure looked like it against the giants last Sunday.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

who I am and why this blog

My name is Ryan Perdue
I'm a 34 year-old totally blind guy living in Greensboro North Carolina with my wife Rainee.
I graduated in 1998 from the best and most well known sports institution in the nation, obviously, that would be the Gardner-web University.
I also lived in Portland Oregon from 2001 until 2005
Growing up in North Carolina in the heart of ACC country meant 1 of 2 things. You're family loved the Carolina Tar Heels or all of you're friends did.
I didn't like sports and thought that they were totally rude to interrupt the incredible hulk, and other TV shows I loved as a kid until my grandfather known as PawPaw gave me an offer I couldn't refuse.
I was asked if I'd watch a basketball game with him and if I gave him my opinion on it, he buy me breakfast at biscuit ville.
Many basketball, Football and baseball games later, I have plenty of opinions and I'm also over weight, RIP Pawpaw
I'm writing this blog for 2 reasons, I used to write constantly but that was once upon a time in a land far far away and I really need the practice.
Secondly, sense us blind folks listen to the games, our prospective may be a little different and this will be a great way to explore said avenue.
I will start by posting my College football recap, NFL week 1 recap and my Baseball summery this week and shall continue updating this blog until the Orioles and Pirate make the MLB playoffs.
If you have any feedback good or bad, please contact me.
I promise not to cry. Actually I probably will but it will be from the privacy of my own home in front of an Orioles or Cubs game.
I will also post a brief synopsis of my favorite teams as well later this week.
I will try my best to make this an unbiased blog.