Sunday, October 31, 2010

doom does Dallas

Going in to week 7, one thing was for certain, the fat lady has been on the cowboys sideline and old Betsy was warming up.
With the boys already 1 and 4, the Monday night game at home against the Giants started off very well as Dallas took advantage of several giant turnovers including 2 Manning interceptions and led 20 to 7 in the second quarter.
However, the Giants were still dominating possession time and eventually scored 31 unanswered points.
Cowboys suffered a huge loss when qb Tony Romo was knocked out of the game with a good legal hit which broke his callerbone in that second quarter helping to turn the tide towards the Giants.
Romo was having a solid year despite the total team struggle and if the cowboys were going to make any kind of run, Tony was going to lead them.
The one constant was gone.
The g-men made plenty of mistakes keeping the Cowboys close but held them off 41 to 35
You can kiss Dallas's super bowl chances good bye and it's not even a certainty that Romo will be back this season.
The biggest surprise to me in week 7 Cleveland 30, New Orleans 17
Drew Breeze threw 4 interceptions and the current champs look lost without a running game.
Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are not playing Sunday either so the Saints have a good chance of losing to Pittsburgh and falling to a 4 and 4 record.
in other games:
Buffalo bucks up but falls short to Baltimore, Carolina gets it's first win by beating 1 win San Fransisco, Miami is robbed but the Steelers will take it and Kansas City whips Jacksonville who has no defense at the moment.
I think the Skins just picked off Cutler again, Atlanta in a shootout over the Bengals, Tampa eaks by the Rams, Tennessee 2 times Philadelphia and Green Bay beat Brett and the Vikings.
Seattle beat Arizona at home, coach Bill gambled again, New England survived San Diego and Darren McFadden ran for 165 yards in an Oakland 59 to 14 west coast beat down making the Broncos call for mommy.
Games to watch:
Not a lot of great match ups this week.
The 49ers are playing Denver in London for some reason.
This game should definitely be a great halloween treat.
I'm not sure how this helps the NFL at all but every year someone takes the trip to the UK
I think having a Franchise in London is a nice idea but it's very impractical especially for west coast teams.
Maybe after many changes 10 years down the road the league could make it happen but I just don't see it as much of a possibility.
Green Bay goes to the lovely Meadowland to play the Jets.
Even though the Packers have many injuries, I hope they can make a game out of it.

The Jets really have a chance to separate themselves as an elite team if they win this week.
Once again, Brett Favre makes news at least this time, it's not about his off the field randiness.
The Viking qb has two small left ankle fractures and the team is listing him as questionable.
I will bet the house I don't own that he will play.
He doesn't want his most started streak to end at 291 and coach Brad Childress is reluctant to sit him.
He is already facing an up hill climb with a 2 and 4 start so he might as well Dance with the one who gets paid to play the music.
If the Vikings don't start winning soon though, I think Mr. Rangler will ride off in to the sunset for good, of course the on going sexual harassment investigation can change everything.

Friday, October 29, 2010

looking for contributors

Like many, I am interested in covering several kinds of sports especially Baseball, Football, and basketball because I know them best. However, there is only a certain amount of time in a day and I seldom get to write all I think of.
This is where you come in!
Because this blog is from a blindness perspective, I'm especially looking for writers who are blind or visually impaired but this is not required.
Anyone with sport knowledge is welcome.
Weather you'd like to write about pro sports or college, it is all up to you.
You can cover any sport you'd like as long as the articles are written in English.
Just stick to basic rules IE no flaming and under no circumstances any racial content.
I think this blog would be much better if there were a team of us instead of just one guy who tends to ramble a bit too much.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

help me find my Hockey team

As a teen during the early 90's I discovered Hockey, well, at least from a minor league perspective.
My close friend Skip and I would often head on out to the Greensboro Coliseum to watch Greensboro's ECHL team the Monarchs.
That was a wonderful time for me, getting to know quite a few players on a personal level and getting a chance to see each one rise through the ranks of hockey while others eventually gave up the game and became business men, teachers, coaches and fathers.
Jeff Brubaker and his teams made the playoffs from 1989 until 1995, each year of it's short existence. When I graduated from high school in 1994, I went away to College, First to Western Carolina and then to Gardner-webb leaving the Monarchs behind.
They eventually lost they're lease of the Coliseum in 1996 to the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes who needed a home for a season before moving in to they're new building in Raleigh.
I didn't think much about Hockey in college but I decided to find an NHL team to pull for at the start of the 2004 season.
Whoops, turned out to be no season that year as a lockout really hurt the NHL and I have watched Hockey off and own for a few years but nothing consistently.
The reason for this post is, I'd love you to help me find an NHL Hockey team.
We have satellite radio so all teams are covered.
Give me the reasons why you like you're team and I will choose the best of them by next Sunday.
Who ever gives me the most convincing reasons for his or her team will get me to follow said team for the rest of the year and who knows, maybe I will find a hockey home.
Please submit reasons on the comments for this post or to me on twitter

what the?

Week 5 in the NFL gave me another great reason not to bet on football games, until the game is played, you just don't know.
After giving up 41 points to the Chargers, Arizona came out, played a bit of defense and stopped the Saints with turnovers and won 30 to 20 despite having an un drafted free agent QB, poor Derek Anderson.
The Packers really wanted to establish the run against the Redskins, they did with Brandon Jackson rushing for 115, too bad Green Bay has half of the team injured, up and down Washington 16, the beat up Packers 13.
Pack quarterback Aaron Rogers had a slight concussion and is on the injury report however, probably will play against Miami.
Tony Romo past for 406 yards, Miles Austin another monster receiving game for the Cowboys... in a loss at home 34 to 27 at the hands of the titans.
That Dallas defense with a lot of talent has been full of gaps all season and the boys are 1 and 3, it seems worse though because they give up a lot of points and are not balanced offensively.
Speaking of 1 and 3, hello Brett Favre and the Vikings.
After a tough first half in stormy New Jersey, Sexy Brett got it going but too little too late to beat a very solid Jets team, losing 29 to 20.
From what I'm seeing so far, New York looks like the best team in the league especially with Mark Sanchez making better decisions and Ledainian Tomlinson reminding us of LT from days gone by.

in other games:
Oakland ended a 7 year losing streak to the Chargers with a 35 to 27 victory despite Philip Rivers passing 431 yards for the bolts.
Lions got off the mat by waxing little brave Sambo and St Louis 44 to 6. Baltimore over the Broncos although Orton and Lloyd looked great again for Denver.
Tampa and Josh Freeman proved they are not who we thought they were with a nice 24 to 21 win over the inconsistent, who are we Cincinnati Bengals.
Jimmy Clausen lit up the sky for 61 yards, can't believe the Panthers didn't win, lol.
Matt Forte ran for 166 yards and despite playing some quarterback named Caleb Hanie the second half, easy win for da Bears.
Atlanta Blitzed Cleveland, Colts bucked the Chiefs, Giants stepped on the Texans and Buffalo is still winless along with San Fran and Carolina.

games to watch:
Any time New England plays Baltimore, it's always worth watching.
Both teams have 1 loss and this is the Patriots first game after Moss has been traded.
Minnesota and Dallas are both 1 and 3 with a bevy of questions surrounding them. Someone has to win and there should be a lot of points scored.
Favre who is surrounded by more Drama than All My Children and General Hospital combined has elbow tendinitis but will most likely play keeping his consecutive game streak in tact.
Atlanta goes to Philadelphia to play the Eagles but once again, Michael Vick will not start and the deserving Kevin Kolb will be the quarterback for Philly.
Personally, I'm glad that Vick will not be starting against the Falcons, he cause that organization too much grief and even though the game is in Philadelphia, I just think it would be a bit tasteless.
One thing is certain, Carolina and Buffalo can't lose today.
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

no Moss in New England

 As there was no week 3 update on this blog, due to--well, laziness:
·    Panthers lost again,
·    Rams beat Washington,
·    Vick shined over Jacksonville,
·    Kansas City beat San Fran, yeah I know!

·    Dallas saved its season by pounding Houston,

·    Pittsburgh schmacked Tampa Bay,
·    Atlanta beat New Orleans in the battle of the better kicker
·    and the Jets wiped out Miami.

·    Chicago beat Green Bay at last second,

·    New England made it much too interesting with Buffalo,
·    Minnesota slaughtered the Lions.
Did anyone even go to the Oakland Arizona game?

Week 4 started with the much-anticipated Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steele rs showdown.
Without big Ben, Pittsburgh just couldn't get the offense they needed, and Baltimore came away with a much-needed 17 to 14 road win.  Flacko looked good
throwing the ball, and Derek Mason is still very solid.
  Even a bigger draw was Washington Playing the Eagles in Philadelphia, which marked the home coming for Washington QB Donovan McNabb, who had been the
Eagles quarterback for 10 years until the trade last off season.
Despite leading them to several NFC championships and 1 super bowl appearance, McNabb was really never embraced by the tough, and sometimes unreasonable,
Philadelphia fans.
  I was glad to hear mostly cheers for Donavon when he was announced.
I thought he handled Philadelphia well and didn't get too down when things were not looking up for him and the fans were on his case.  After all of that,
the biggest thing to come out of Washington's 17 to 12 victory was bad news for the home team. Eagles.
Michael Vick took a big time hit and damaged rib cartilage, it was a matter of time, as his offensive line couldn't protect him very well, and he was playing
all out on each possession.
The long-talked about, almost mythical Kevin Kolb came in for Vick, threw for 201 yards, but didn't have much cohesion with the offense.
What used to be a quarterback luxury for Andy Reid and the Eagles is now a quarterback crisis.
Vick's status is unknown for Sunday's game.

The Sunday night game was Giants at home playing the bears, who wished they were!  Jay Cutler got sacked 9 freakin times in the first half, I even wanted
to call his mommy for him.  No-one deserves a New York City beat down like that young man got.
Giants won 17 to 3, but Cutler left after the first half with a concussion, and will not play this week against the dreaded Panthers.

The biggest story happened off the field during week 4, however, as 11-year vet Randy Moss was traded from the Patriots to the desperate Minnesota Vikings,
back where he started .
Moss has as much class as Lady GaGa at a children show and tell, but he can still grab the ball when he is motivated, ('cause he's a freak like that),
and no matter how banged up the vikings receivers are, he will make them a bit better.
I still think they will need Alejandro, Roberto and Fernando to be an elite team, though.
Brett Favre looks very human this year, and the defense hasn't been that impressive.

in other games:
  Daddy San Diego took the Arizona Cards to the woodshed, second time Arizona gave up more than 40 already this year.
Sam Bradford looked good against the seahawks, and the Rams already have 2 victories.
Carson Palmer had 371 yards and Terrell Owens had 222 yards receiving, but the Bengals managed to lose to Cleveland anyway.
Panthers scared the Saint out of New Orleans before losing,

Detroit took Green bay down to the wire before losing by 2,

and the Jets rolled over the bills.
Houston eeks by Oakland,

Miami got obliterated by New England,

the Colts defense was exposed against Jacksonville,

the Broncos Orton and Lloyd stopped the Titans,

and Atlanta came back to break the heart of San Fransisco.

games to watch:
  Not many stand out this week, but I will be interested on Monday night when the Minnesota vikings visit the Jets.
Favre comes back to New York, where he spent the 2008 season, just in time to face allegations of sending naughty text messages to a female reporter, also
in 2008.
I find the timing of the allegations quite suspicious.
Thanks to the trade, Randy Moss will be playing the Jets for the second time this year.
  Kansas City travels to Indy and gets the mad Colts, who will probably end the honeymoon for the chiefs.
The Colts have too much offense.
Speaking of offensive, New Orleans should shake, rattle and roll Arizona. Look for Drew to throw the ball early and often.
Not a lot of must see TV, but the NFL always surprises us, even on boring weeks like week 5.