Archive for September, 2009
With today’s horrendous loss to one of the NFL’s worst franchises in history, the Washington Redskins have given us all the ammunition we need to tear them apart. From the front office down to the sidelines, the Washington Redskins are in a really bad spot right now. A spot so bad that people have a real point when they claim, “…the Redskins suck…”
With that said, what better way to talk about the Detroit Lions snapping their 19-game losing streak then to break down why the Redskins SUCK:
Let’s start with the front office, shall we… It’s obvious that I’m not a huge supporter of owner Dan Snyder or ANY of his moves. He tries to run the franchise like a fantasy team, buying up all the big name guys with honest thoughts of getting a reasonable return on investment. Snyder also likes to be apart of ALL football decisions, but the problem persists that he knows absolutely NOTHING about football. Until this guy sells the team, a positive outlook for the Redskins is not in the forecast.
Staying upstairs in the suite…. How about the Redskins’ stellar general manager? Oh wait, they have no general manager. God forbid Dan Snyder and the Redskins take a page out of some successful teams’ books, such as the Ravens and Giants, and hire a guy that really knows how to BUILD a team. Anyone can go out and say, “Oh, he’s good. Let’s pay him”. It takes a good GM to go out and build a team with strengths and depth. Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato DOES NOT fit the bill. After his first season in 1999, in which he signed half-past dead stars like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and Mark Carrier, Cerrato has only gotten worse. Finally, when the Redskins got a real coach in Marty Schottenheimer, Cerrato was fired because Schottenheimer knew he sucked (a glaring sign in my opinion). But once Marty was fired (mistake), Snyder re-hired Cerrato, which leads people to believe that Vinny has naked pictures of Snyder’s wife that he doesn’t want getting out.
Heading down to the sidelines…. Second-year head coach Jim Zorn has shown very little promise for the team thus far. He was originally hired for, what many believed, the offensive coordinator job after the departure of another failure, Al Saunders. But after Snyder and Cerrato scrambled to find a head coach and came up empty handed, they named Zorn the head coach and had no problem allowing him to call the plays. So, not only did Zorn come in with ZERO coordinator experience, he was given play-calling and head coaching duties. Sounds about right…
Staying down here…. The Redskins defense has ranked pretty well over the years in terms of yards allowed, great. But what happened to tight coverage, pass-rushing, and takeaways? The Redskins defense has NONE of that. Their secondary is poor to begin with, but the lack of pressure that the defensive line gets on the quarterback doesn’t help the least bit. It’s a respectable ability to say that you’re good against the run, but ranking dead last in the league in takeaways really brings down your intimidation factor. Without any really understanding of the 50-yard cushion that Washington defensive backs give receivers, it could explain why none of them can intercept opposing quarterbacks.
Scanning the locker room…. There are a lot of big-name players around here. Portis, Haynesworth, Moss, Fletcher, Landry, Cooley, etc. But what’s to show for it? The Redskins have very little depth at each position and once a star goes down, you can forget about a decent back-up. This refers back to the GM and the drafting of the franchise, but it essentially comes down to how Snyder likes to buy talent rather than draft and build. Looking at Super Bowl teams and conference champs, this isn’t the way things are done. The Ravens have had a great defense for years, even with retiring players and multiple defensive coordinators. Why? Because they draft for need and build effectively, like a successful team should. The Redskins would rather create trade talks about Jay Cutler a whiney unproven gun slinger come draft time rather than focusing on the #1 draft choice or trading for additional picks.
This can only go on for so long, I think. It’s not that fans would stop coming to games, that would simply never happen, but until the Washington Redskins start to run like a real team is suppose to, they will never succeed. How long will it take until Snyder realizes that the team only needs his money and NOT his horrible insight? Bring in a proven coach that can lead a team, bring in a general manager that knows what he’s doing, and then allow them to run the team. If you want to be successful Dan Snyder: sit back, shut up, and put up the dollars.
This is not a joke. But it should be.
Lakers star Lamar Odom was first rumored of dating reality star (better known as Kim’s sister) Khloe Kardashian just two weeks ago. And now? The two are ready to tie the knot! In fact, the two are planning a rush-wedding in order to exchange vowels and finish up their honeymoon before Odom heads away to camp for the upcoming season.
What’s the rush?? After such a short time of actually knowing one another, why in the world is Odom willing to split his recently signed $33 million contract? And I’m not buying that whole, “…when it’s true love, you just know…” That saying is for people who arent muti-millionaires. “Khloe is smart and beautiful and that is very hard to find,” Odom said.
Yea, yea, yea – think about your CASH Lamar!!
Herschel Walker was the man, and he still wants to prove it.
According to the fight promotion company Strikeforce, Walker has signed a multi-fight contract. The 47-year-old former NFL star is a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained in the combat disciplines of Muay Thai and Kenpo. Walker is due to start a 12-week intense training regiment next month in San Jose California.
Walker said in a statement, “I want to prove to people who sit on a couch and don’t do anything but criticize other people that, if you’re a true athlete or martial artist, you’re not old until you can’t get up and walk aound anymore. I will go in there and test myself against any 20-year-old”.
Sometimes it comes over you. You’re just sitting around, possibly watching the television or listening to some tunes, and suddenly you find yourself “googling” the most random things you can think of. Guilty as charged.
Curious of what it would be like to live in a waterfront estate rather than a broke-down apartment, I searched “big homes”. Searching through the images left me wondering who the richest man on the Earth was, but I didn’t search that. Instead, I searched “Donald Trump’s house” (partially because I heard Trump’s voice on a commercial). I’m not too sure what I was hoping to find or get out of the whole thing, but I was left baffled. Baffled by the fact that Donald Trump lives in a modern day castle on the water. Does it shock me? Not really. But take a gander at this place and try to act like it’s not a big deal.
If you’re wondering if any level of importance is attached to this post. Don’t worry, there isn’t.
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There was no one quite like Broadway Joe. The Jets passed through a bundle of quarterbacks but never found the guy that would give the franchise another run like Namath. Well don’t look now, but Mark Sanchez is showing serious promise.
Going up against the Patriots today, all eyes were on Sanchez. Rookie quarterbacks were just 1-5 against Bill Belichick going into this game with 12 interceptions. Sanchez wasn’t rattled. Although not spectacular, Sanchez did what he had to do to manage the game and get the WIN. He completed 63% of his passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. But the most important stat was his interception count – zero.
Just two games into the season, Sanchez is looking like he might be able to fill the “Broadway” shoes. He’s got the look, he’s got the talent, and the wins should begin to stack up. Although difficult most of the time, Sanchez doesn’t seem to mind the spotlight.
Pacquiao and Mayweather, that’s all there is left. Pacquiao wants it. But does Mayweather?
Floyd “Money” Mayweather came out of retirement to give Juan Manuel Marquez a shot at becoming the champ. Mayweather claimed that Marquez was deserving of the chance, that he was the real number one contender. But the question must be raised: Was this fight out of pure respect for Marquez or for the sheer avoidance of Pacquiao?
No, Mayweather cannot take on Pacquiao directly out of retirement, but his hesitation in interviews about Pacquiao raises suspicion.
Mayweather easily defeated Marquez Saturday night in a typical Mayweather-style bout. Marquez went down in the second round when Mayweather smacked him with a hard left hook, igniting the spectators and increasing the chances of a rare Mayweather decision-by-knockout. But after that knockdown, Mayweather knew the scorecards. He stuck with jabs and defense the rest of the fight, making the bout as interesting as watching paint dry (unless you really understand and respect the sport of boxing). We know what kind of fighter Mayweather is, but for some reason you think the next fight will be different. You think, “hey, maybe Mayweather will pepper his ass until round 11 and then knock him out”. It actually happened Saturday, Mayweather peppered Marquez until the 11th when Marquez looked his weakest, but the knockout punch was never thrown.
Now, everyone who foolishly paid for Saturday night’s fight are left wondering if Mayweather will accept Pacquiao’s challenge. And contemplating whether to waste their money on pay-per-view.