AFC Championship Steelers Win

18 01 2009

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(Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

Both defenses came to play in this game. Steelers really controlled the first half but only came out on top 13-7, due to some poor clock management before the end of the 2nd Quarter, Roethlisberger had just completed a pass and moved the Steelers from the 30 yard line to around the 20 but they had no timeouts so they had to hurry to the line of scrimmage but they took to long and the clock ran out.

6 minutes left Ravens start with the ball at their own 20. McGahee runs for a 2 yard loss on first down but on second down Flacco makes a huge pass to Tight End Todd Heap picking up 25 yards. Flacco with the game on the line throws a huge pick to Polamalu and he returned it for a touchdown with the Ravens not even attempting to tackle him which was quite surprising to watch considering a Super Bowl trip was on the line.

Pittsburgh played well and deserved the W, really wasn’t much to this game. It was fairly entertaining… Can’t say I was surprised by Joe Flacco’s terrible numbers from this game. I understand he’s a rookie but even throughout the season he had trouble with good Defenses and to me wasn’t overly impressive.

So its a Pittsburgh Arizona Super Bowl that doesn’t sound so bad. Turns out Arizona is very exciting to watch and the Steelers D is quite a show to watch as well. It’s Zona’s great offense and decent defense vs Pittsburgh’s great defense and mediocre offense. I’ll break down the matchup more in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Congrats to the Steelers for making it this far despite some shoddy play from the Quarterback position this year.

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NFC Championship Cards Win Cards Win

18 01 2009

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(Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Both Arizona and Philadelphia turned in pretty good performances making for the best game of the playoffs thus far. Philly had no answer for Larry Fitzgerald all game long and especially in the first half where Fitz caught three touchdown passes which set a record for most TD receptions in one half in the playoffs. Warner was pretty tough to stop as he was on point all throughout the first half. Philly struggled to do anything in the first half but were able to get on the scoreboard with a couple of David Akers field goals. Philly caught a break a few minutes before halftime on a kickoff that was recovered by Arizona and the play was totally legal but somehow the refs managed to screw the call up and Philly got the call in their favour, however in the 2nd half the refs may have missed a few calls going the other way. They were questionable.

In the 3rd quarter Philly managed to get themselves back into the game scoring 13 unanswered points and holding Arizona’s offense to only 5 yards of offense. Philly were able to take the lead early in the 4th by 1 point. But Arizona clawed their way back with a methodical drive that ran alot of time off the clock and ended with Hightower scoring on a screen pass from 9 yards out, they also got the 2 point conversion on a pass to Ben Patrick to take the lead 32-25 with 2:53 remaining in the game. Philly were moving the ball they had it at around the their own 45 yard line. But Arizona’s D stepped up big time and forced Philly to a 4th and long which saw McNabb overthrow his target but it also looked like there was some contact on the play but no flag was thrown and the ball was turned over on downs and that was all she wrote. Arizona will make their first ever trip to the Super Bowl.

Right now I’d go as far as to say there isn’t a better player in the NFL than Larry Fitzgerald, who has single handedly ripped apart secondaries. In three playoff games Fitzgerald has 419 receiving yards, 23 catches, and 5 touchdowns. And I’d also like to point out how pointless Pam Oliver’s sideline reports are, which tell us absolutely nothing and add no value to the broadcast. Announcers Troy Aikman and Joe Buck were almost unbearable at times, Buck commenting on McNabb’s beautiful 6 yard passes on a numerous occasions was outrageous.

It’s refreshing to see the Arizona Cardinals going to the Super Bowl, remember the team everyone had pegged to be a sleeper team for the previous 2-3 seasons. But this year there were very little expectations for them and they sort of went under the radar coming into the season. However I must say that playing in the NFC West didn’t hurt either. This week I heard numerous “EXPERTS” on Fox, ESPN, and CBS talking about how the Cardinals would lose and how their previous 2 games against the Panthers and Falcons were both against one dimensional teams which is true, but they also said that Philly wasn’t. Now that’s where I started to get confused. Philly not a one dimensional team? I don’t think they’ve had a game all season long where the Running Back had more than 100 yards rushing. The Eagles are definitely a one dimensional team, and not a very good passing team at that.

One last note from the game, I couldn’t help but notice how badly exposed and how out of place rookie Cornerback and first round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looked. I counted at least 5 times where he either took bad angles or just got beat and looked SLOW. Something the Arizona Cardinals should correct in their time leading up to the Super Bowl. But then again neither Pittsburgh or Baltimore present huge mismatches for the Cardinals secondary.

Last but not least, Congrats to the Cardinals and all their bandwagon fans. No seriously Congratulations its been a long time coming. I still remember that 20-10 playoff victory over my Cowboys many years ago. Alot of people are behind them now and only they can stop themselves from winning the Super Bowl.





UFC 93 Live Blogging & Results

17 01 2009

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Marcus (The Irish Hand Grenade) Davis VS Chris (Lights Out) Lytle

Lytle went to town on Davis in the 2nd round early. And pretty much controlled the second round keeping Davis out of reach. Davis landed some good body shots but was bleeding from his nose by the end of the round. The 3rd Round both fighters were a bit hesitant in their combos. Davis was able to land some good very good kicks to the midsection. Lytle’s left eye saw significant damage as you could easily it was swollen. In the last 60 seconds of the fight you saw both fighters go toe to toe and land some decent shots but nobody really controlled the round. Read the rest of this entry »





Flashback: A Dan Marino Moment

17 01 2009

How could you not love this video? Nobody ever said he was a hall of fame analyst. Maybe he’ll give us another gem tomorrow.





Panthers DE Julius Peppers Demands Release

17 01 2009

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Four time pro-bowler and defensive rookie of the year in 2002 Julius Peppers has asked the Carolina Panthers for his release. Meanwhile the Panthers management has other plans for him. Chances of him being outright released are very slim, Peppers is a superstar defensive end and the biggest name on the Carolina defense. He is coming off his best season as a pro recording 14.5 Sacks and 5 Forced Fumbles. It is said that the Panthers management plan to slap the franchise tag on him, so before this is all over things can get very ugly over there on the East coast. Another possibility is that they can trade him, which we could see happen. A player like Peppers should net the Panthers a first rounder if they find any suitors, however a 2nd Round pick or a package of picks is more likely.

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10 reasons why Gruden was fired [JoeBucsFan]





Final List Of Underclassmen For 2009 NFL Draft

16 01 2009

Here is the final list of all the underclassmen who declared for the upcoming draft. (in no specific order)

Quarterback
1. Mark Sanchez, USC **
2. Matt Stafford, Georgia **
3. Nate Davis, Ball State
4. Josh Freeman, Kansas State

Runningback
5. Knowshon Moreno, Georgia **
6. Lesean McCoy, Pittsburgh **
7. Chris Wells, Ohio State **
8. Shonn Greene, Iowa
9. P.J. Hill, Wisconsin
10. Glen Coffee, Alabama
11. Donald Brown, Connecticut

Wide Receiver
12. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
13. Percy Harvin, Florida **
14. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech **
15. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
16. Austin Collie, BYU
17. Kenny Britt, Rutgers **
18. Kevin Ogletree, Virginia
19. Brandon LaFell, LSU
20. Jeremy Childs, Boise State
21. Andrew Means, Indiana
22. Brian Hartline, Ohio State
23. Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina

Tight End
24. Jared Cook, South Carolina
25. Andrew Davie, Arkansas
26. Richard Quinn, North Carolina
27. James Casey, Rice

Offensive Tackle
28. Andre Smith, Alabama **
29. Eben Britton, Arizona

Offensive Guard
30. Greg Isdaner, West Virginia

Defensive Tackle
31. Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn
32. Chris Baker, Hampton
33. Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU

Defensive End
34. Everette Brown, Florida State **
35. Paul Kruger, Utah
36. Brandon Williams, Texas Tech
37. Maurice Evans, Penn State
38. Aaron Maybin, Penn State

Linebacker

39. Gerald McRath, Southern Mississippi

Cornerback
40. D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt **
41. Jairus Byrd, Oregon
42. Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina
43. Vontae Davis, Illinois **
44. Jerraud Powers, Auburn
45. Sean Smith, Utah
46. James Williams, Southern Connecticut
47. Asher Allen, Georgia
48. Donald Washington, Ohio State

Safety
49. Emanuel Cook, South Carolina

At the very least I count 10 first rounders, I put ** symbols next to the players I think will go in the first round. It’s clear to me that these players make the draft class much more respectable especially at the skill positions like QB, RB, WR. Those 3 positions don’t really have many talented seniors. Last year there was around 60 underclassmen that declared this year only 49 which is a bit of a surprise considering there could potentially be a rookie salary cap implemented for next years draft.

It’s safe to say that this years top 5 picks will get paid, lets just hope they don’t bust like former Utah Quarterback Alex Smith, one of the hugest busts in recent memory. JaMarcus Russell? Cedric Benson? Cadillac Williams? There’s never a shortage of busts. I think a Rookie Salary Cap is the best way to go. It ridiculous to see rookie Quarterbacks come into the league and receive bigger contracts than proven veteran Quarterbacks. Only 98 days left until the draft, CAN’T WAIT!





Dodgers Release MEGA Flop Andruw Jones

15 01 2009

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In a not so surprising move the Los Angeles Dodgers released outfielder and dutch native Andruw Jones. The Dodgers had some trade talks going on before releasing him but it looks like they were not able to come to an agreement with another club. Jones a 5 time all-star, and 10 time Gold Glove winner had a season from hell in 2008. First he started off the season struggling and hadn’t recorded a Home Run until 17 games into the season, then he hit the Disabled list in late May and had Knee surgery, July 4th marked his return but Jones continued to contribute very little to the Dodgers lineup and 23 days later he was benched by Joe Torre and at the time, Jones was batting .166 at the plate, with only two home runs and 12 RBI’s coupled with 68 strikeouts in 187 at-bats. On September 13th Joe Torre shut him down for the season and put him on the DL. Jones finished the season with a .158 batting average, three home runs, and 14 RBI and was sent home for the winter. Oh and did I mention he was making 18.1 Million per season? Yeah that’s right. The Dodgers signed him to a 2 year contract worth 36.2 Million in December of 2007 and figured him to be a huge addition to the team.

No one expected to see him batting 8th in the lineup early in the season, then later taking a backseat to the amazing Juan Pierre. Who wants Andruw now? Well none other than his former team the Atlanta Braves, it looks like all they need to do is put it in ink and he’ll be back home.

Despite his struggles last season at the plate hes still an above average outfielder and should have a few good seasons left in him if he is able to find his swing again.