Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:48 am
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Is Tiger Going to Pass Jack?

This is pretty simple.  Is Tiger Woods, the man who has been afflicted with off the course turmoil, going to past Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors won in a career?  Tiger has 14 right now, so its 4 for the tie, 5 to win. 

The reason I pose this question is because many "critics" have said that Tiger is coming to the end of his prime.  That he is declawed, unintimidating, and essentially washed up.  I would agree that he as given the "critics" enough fuel for the fire considering the way he has performed of late.  Not only has he failed to win once this year but he has, in 7 tournaments, finished T4, T4, T19, T23, T46, WD, and MC. Both of the T4's were in majors, so one might say that Tiger is only playing hard in the most important events.  Also, Tiger's struggles at majors include a 5 year shutout of the Masters and zero major titles since US Open '08, where he defeated Rocco Mediate in a playoff.

Clearly the evidence is stacking up against the 34 year old Woods but I'm not convinced that he is high and dry.  Will he pass Jack?  I'm willing to say yes, as soon as he finds his putting stroke on the greens.  The younger Tiger was money from 10 feet and in and it seems like he has lost a bit of the magic touch on the short stuff.  I feel that Tiger is still putting his game back together following the knee surgery and likely will not win the PGA's final major, especially considering the rise in young talent and Lee Westwood's urgency to solidify a major win.

At this point, not much has signaled a Tiger turn-a-round, so I ask you: Will Tiger pass Jack?
Category: Golf
Tags: Lee, Tiger, Westwood, Woods
 
Posted on: July 4, 2010 5:57 pm
 

VOTTO VOTTO VOTTO. WHERE IS HE?

This is absolutely outrageous that Votto has not been selected for the All Star game.  I honestly think that if an MVP for the NL were to be selected today, Votto would have to be considered as a top canidate. Granted Pujols is a annual selection for 1st base and will likely not be overthrown on votes for a while, Votto still should have been the number two.  AS OF JULY 4th.

Stats: Joey Votto - Average .313 4th NL, Home Runs 19 2nd NL, RBIs 57 4th NL, Slugging .579 1st NL, Runs 53 4th NL, Total Bases 162 3rd NL, On Base .415 2nd NL

If this doesn't spell domination in a league that has been dominated by pitching (Carpenter, Wainwright, Josh Johnson, Jimenez, Gallardo, Garcia, Halladay, Hudson.....) I don't know what does.  I understand that every team needs to be represented but this is unacceptable.  Votto is not a one time All Star (like Aurilla, Hillenbrand....)  He is a future star in this league and this is just the beginning.  He has missed time in the past seasons due to off the field issues and has been overshadowed by Griffey and Dunn as well.  Now that he, and Rolen and Phillips, are the vocal point for the Cincinnati offense, he is shining. 

Here are the stats for Fielder, Pujols, and Gonzalez (the current selections) in the respective categories.

Prince Fielder: Average .266 50th NL, Home Runs 18 4th NL, RBIs 36 49th NL, Slugging .488 20th NL, Runs 50 11th NL, On Base .390 5th NL

Albert Pujols: Average .306 9th NL, Home Runs 20 1st NL, RBIs 60 3rd NL, Slugging .571 3rd NL, Runs 47 22nd NL, On Base .415 1st NL

Adrain Gonzalez: Average .295 29th NL, Home Runs 16 8th NL, RBIs 51 16th NL, Slugging .524 12th NL, Runs 35 43rd NL,  On Base .390 5th NL
Category: MLB
Posted on: October 26, 2009 11:36 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2009 12:23 pm
 

LONDON FLETCHER AS NEVER....

London Fletcher AS NEVER BEEN TO THE PRO BOWL.

This is truely beyond me. One of the greatest undrafted players EVER with little to show in terms of accolades. 

Nearly 1,500 tackles in his career, 29 sacks, and 25 turn overs forced

NEVER EVER PICKED AS A FIRST BALLET PRO BOWLER. NEVER EVER.

HERE IS HIS BIO

Fletcher began his professional career with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. He was one of the two rookie free agents to make Rams' opening day roster, he played in all 16 regular season games, starting the season finale at San Francisco. Fletcher earned the Ram's Rookie of the Year as teams' Rookie of the Year.

In 1999, Fletcher led the Rams in tackles after winning the starting middle linebacker position during training camp, he led the Rams with 138 tackles for the season were the most by a Ram since Roman Phifer collected 149 in 1995 season. He was a starting linebacker for the Rams inSuper Bowl XXXIV, in which the Rams defeated the Titans 23-16. He also was named to the All-Madden team.

In 2000, he again led the team with 193 tackles, eclipsing old franchise mark of 185 set by LB Jim Collings in 1984. Fletcher earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career after making 14 tackles (9 solo) and tiying a career-high with two sacks against the Vikes on November 10. He established season and career highs in sacks (5.5), interceptions (4), and quarterback pressures (9) and adding a forced fumble.

In 2001, Fletcher earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice, first in the game against the 49ers on September 23, he led the team with a career-high 21 tackles, 15 solo. The second time was after his big performance against the Patriots on November 18 as he led the team with 17 tackles with one pass deflection; forced a fumble on the Rams' three-yard line that led to a 97-yard scoring drive to end the first half and intercepted a Tom Brady pass with 5:18 left in the third quarter for an 18-yard return.

This season the Rams made the Super Bowl XXXVI but were defeated by the Patriots 20-17, after kicker Vinatieri made a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Buffalo Bills

After 2001 season, Fletcher was signed by the Billes and immediately made an impact on Bills defense, setting a career high and franchise record with 209 tackles, breaking the old mark of 206 set by Chris Speilman in 1996. He also was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate eight times though he has never actually been a Pro Bowler. Since 2002, Fletcher started all 16 regular season games for the Bills until his last season in 2006, when he Recorded a team-high 157 tackles, including nine for loss, set a career high with 14 deflections and tied a career high with four interceptions. On September 10, in the first regular season game, Fletcher scored his first career touchdown after recovering a fumble by patriots´Brady and returning it five yards for a touchdown only 12 seconds into the game.

Washington Redskins

On March 2, 2007, he signed with the Redskins for five years and $25 million

DICUSS.  FEEDBACK?

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 12, 2009 10:03 pm
 

32 Teams, 32 Songs

  1. New England Patriots:  Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers:  Brady's knee has looked fine and it appears that he has gotten over the injury; especially with a clutch win over the Ravens.
  2. New York Jets: Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix:  Absolutely amazing what Sanchez has done so far.  Hey Namath.
  3. Buffalo Bills:  Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen: Dick Jauron is on the hot seat.  After three consecutive 7-9 seasons, Bills fans want more so it looks like his last chance to make it real
  4. Miami Dolphins:  Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd:  Did you see Chad Henne play?  Yikes.  I sure fans want Chad's injury to disappear.
  5. Indianapolis Colts:  I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth:  With the lose of Harrison to free agency, Gonzalez to injury, and Dungy to retirement, Colts fans must me excited about a 5-0 start.
  6. Tennessee Titans:  I Want to Break Free - Queen: I can't imagine many foresaw a 0-5 start.  A team that went 13-3 last year must still reach their first, elusive win.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eye of the Tiger - Survivor:  With the Texans and Titans faltering, the Jags are going to have to stay hungry if they want a chance at the playoffs.
  8. Houston Texans: Wild World - Cat Stevens: Many peoples surprise team for the year has not look sharp with a run defense that looks like swiss cheese.  I'm not quite sure what happened here, considering the great strides the team had made in the recent years.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals:  A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke:  This is a much improved team on both sides of the ball.  Their wins are not flukes; they are a serious contender.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers:  Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood:  Losing the Bengals?  Beating the Lions by 8?  Chill.  The Steelers are banged up but when Troy comes back, they should return to championship form.
  11. Baltimore Ravens:  War - Edwin Starr:  With a tenacious defense the Ravens are going to be slugging it out year with the Bengals and Steelers solid defenses.
  12. Cleveland Browns:  You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones:  In this case, the Browns didn't get much out of Edwards, don't have a definitive quarterback, and won't get a lot of wins.
  13. Oakland Raiders: Help! - The Beatles:  Their lose to the Giants was absolutely embarrassing.  They need time to rebuild but thank god they notched a victory early over the Chiefs.
  14. San Diego Chargers: Under Pressure - David Bowie and Queen:  The Broncos, Jets, and Bengals have been surprisingly good.  The season is early but the Chargers are going to need to play quality ball to stick with the front runners of the AFC.  Plus, their running woes have been highlighted by a dismal Sproles and Tomlinson.  Tomlinson the man that was out to prove that running backs can succeed over 30 years old.  Like I said, its early.
  15. Kansas City Chiefs: Here It Goes Again - Ok go - Its been a long time since they have one a game period.  They showed promise against the Cowboys but they could find the AFC West cellar again. 
  16. Denver Broncos: Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band - Wow.  And just like that the Broncos are back.  Marshall, Orton, and the defense are all clicking and working like magic.
  17. New York Giants: Imperial March - John Williams: Okay, they're not the dark side but they are scary good.  They are the team to beat.
  18. Washington Redskins:  Money - Pink Floyd:  Haynesworth. Nuff said. (This could also apply to the Cowboys)
  19. Dallas Cowboys:  Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles:  The Cowboys have not coalesced and are still working on their chemistry.  They have the talent but their have been lingering off field issues (i.e.  Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band)
  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Thunderstruck - AC/DC: This dynamic offense looks unstoppable at times.  An electric receiving core and three great quarterbacks will care them to the playoffs.
  21. New Orleans Saints: Remember the Name - Fort Minor ft. Styles of Beyond:  Once again, this is no fluke.  The Saints have improved on defense and you can forget about stopping their aerial attack.  Watch out.
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedance Clearwater Revival:  Wasn't this the team that started 9 -3 last year and won a Super Bowl not to long ago.  
  23. Atlanta Falcons: Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band:  Gonzalez, White, Ryan, and Turner.  Sounds like 4 Pro Bowlers to me.  The offense is great no question but can Abraham and defense carry the load?
  24. Carolina Panthers: Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd - Williams and Stewart need to shake off the slow starts and open up the pass game.  Without the run the Panthers are in trouble and cannot afford to be one-dimensional.
  25. Minnesota Vikings: Takin' Care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive:  Don't doubt Favre.  5-0 and playing as well as ever.  The Vikes look like a contender with their stout defense of Williams, Williams, and Allen on the line.
  26. Chicago Bears: Old Days - Chicago: Competing with an actual quarterback.  The Bears have looked good with the exception of Cutler's four pick first week.
  27. Green Bay Packers: Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses:  Vikes, Bears, and Packers all have tremendous quarterbacks that will be trying to gun the others down.  The quarterback competition is stellar so get ready for some close match ups.
  28. Detroit Lions: Come Together - The Beatles:  The Lions have one win and despite four loses have shown promise.  Keeping it within 8 against the Steeler is not an easy task.  Plus, Johnson is argueably the best receiver in the game (along with Moss, A. Johnson, Marshall, & Fitzgerald)
  29. San Francisco 49ers: The Wizard - Al Di Meola:  The 49ers, lead by Mike Singletary have risen back to power.  Patrick Willis is the best linebacker and Gore has the most rushing yards since 2006, (check that fact.)  With the signing of Crabtree, all they need is a true quarterback.
  30. St. Louis Rams: Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles:  I think Spagnula is a fine coach but the Rams are just pitiful beyond belief.  Fans missing the Greatest Show on Turf more than ever.
  31. Seattle Seahawks: Just What I Needed - The Cars:  A 41-0 walloping of the Jaguars! Curry, T.J. How's your momma, Carlson, and Hasselbeck have all looked great so far.  Expect the Seahawks to rebound from last year.
  32. Arizona Cardinals: Business Time - Flight of the Conchords: The 49ers have started hot and the running game is non-existent.  Wells and Warner are going to be the biggest keys in their future success.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 17, 2009 3:55 pm
 

Buckeyes cheated by USC?

This article shows indisputable evidence that a Stafon Johnson touchdown was incorrectly called on 4 and 1.  Without the score, the Buckeyes would have won by the score of 15-11.  Of course, this happened 4 minutes into the game so the outcome could still have been the same.
What do you think?  Did the Buckeyes get cheated or not?
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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:24 pm
 

Bengals Draft Choice

The Bengals struggled lasted season at nearly every position but as the time winds down until draft day, the number one pick on the Bengals draft board seems to be Michael Crabtree.  Although he is injuried at present, he still has the fundamentals and intangibles to be a great receiver in the NFL.  One of his few flaws though is that he lacks the ability to create large separation with defender, giving the quarterback a smaller window to throw into.  With time, he can improve his strength and conditioning and prove any skeptics wrong.  Crabtree has some of the softest hands in the game and can come through in the clutch; just ask Texas.  He is a five star player and his numbers at Texas Tech play tribute to his skill.  Yes, TT was pass happy and the Big 12 had some questionable defense, but there is no question that his stats are second to none.  Whether or not he puts up those kind of numbers in the NFL is a different story.

The reason that I'm "locking" Crabtree to be the Bengals pick is because the Bengals are incredibly weak at reciever.  The pass few years they have used first round picks for defense and running backs, which means its time to revitalize the recieving core.  Also, with T.J. gone to free agency it leaves an enormous gap to fill and Crabtree would do just that.  A Crabtree/Johntree combo could be the hottest thing on turf.

But the final reason that I believe the Bengals are going to take Crabtree is not just is skill and can't miss stock, but because the Seahawks, whom many thought were going to draft reciever (ie Crabtree) have just signed none other than T.J. Hows-yo-moma to a 5 year contract.  This means that the Seahawks will be looking else were on draft day after there big free agent landing leaving room for the Bengals to take Crabtree.  The only other team in the top 5 I could see taking Crabtree (aside from the Lions har har) would be the Cheifs who have just signed Cassel and have been traditionally weak at reciever.  Of course, the current injury is probably a turn off to them, so I fairly confident that Crabtree will slip into the Bengals hands at number 6.

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 16, 2009 8:32 am
 

Dan Marino's Passing Record

The past few years, Marino's pasing record has been under siege from the NFL's elite passers like Peytron Manning and Jay Culter but this year, Drew Brees came within one pass and 17 yards of breaking the record that has stood for two and a half decades.  Brees just turned 30 years old and with expirence and a plethora of young, talented recievers, it seems likely that Brees will eclipse Marino's record. 

 Since his rookie year, his passing yards have increased each season with the exception of 2003 which was cut short due to injury.

San Diego Chargers 2001: 221 yards

San Diego Chargers 2002: 3284 yards

San Diego Chargers 2003: 2108 yards                                        Each year Brees puts up big numbers and it seems inevitable that one day

San Diego Chargers 2004: 3158 yards                                       next season, he will smash the record.  And to think he came within one pass

San Diego Chargers 2005: 3579 yards                                       without having Colsten or Bush healthy through various stretches of the year.

New Orleans Saints 2006: 4418 yards                                        If everyone is healthy and Brees contuines the trend, Brett Farve's career

New Orleans Saints 2007: 4423 yards                                        passing total will soon be under attack.  Okay, tell me, is Brees going to be

New Orleans Saints 2008: 5069 yards                                        the one to break the record next year?

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:35 pm
 

Could the 1995 Nebraska team beat the lowly Lions

After examining the responses to the previous blog about the Sooners of Gators beating the Lions, it was clear that the Lions where heavily favored to win; for once. But what if the arguably worst pro football team played the arguably the greatest college football team ever? Because the Nebraska team played 13 years before the Lions, use your imagination and pretend that they are from the same year.

Nebraska season record:

Coach Tom Osborne: one of the greatest college coaches of all time.

Oklahoma St. W 64-21

Michigan St. W 50-10

Arizona State W 77-28--> 70 -0 at halftime

Pacific W 49-7

Washington St. W 35-21

Missouri W 57-0

#8 Kansas St. W 49-25

  1. 7 Colorado W 44-21
Iowa State W 73-14

  1. 10 Kansas W 41-3
Oklahoma W 37-0

  1. 2 Florida W 62-24 --> largest margin of victory and most points, record 524 rushing yards, humbled the great Steve Spurrier
Nebraska Overall Team Statistics (Final)

(does not include bowl game)

  NU OPP.

Total First Downs 298 170

  By Rush 212 51

  By Pass 70 111

  By Penalty 16 8

Total Offensive Yards 6,119 3,235

  Avg. Per Game 556.3 294.1

  Total Plays 855 726

  Avg. Gain Per Play 7.2 4.5

Net Rushing Yards 4,398 862

  Avg. Per Game 399.8 78.3

  Rushing Attempts 627 341

  Avg. Per Attempt 7.0 2.5

  Yards Gained Rushing 4,571 1,263

  Yards Lost Rushing 173 401

Net Passing Yards 1,721 2,373

  Avg. Per Game 156.4 215.7

  Avg. Per Attempt 7.5 6.2

  Avg. Per Completion 14.0 12.4

  Attempts 228 385

  Completions 123 191

  Completion Percent 53.9 49.6

  Had Intercepted 6 20

  NCAA Rating 138.14 103.00

Interceptions By 20 6

  Yards Returned 369 48

  Avg. Per Return 18.5 8.0

  Touchdowns 5 0

Punting Avg 38.6 40.8

  Number of Punts 29 84

  Yards 1,118 3,426

  Had Blocked 1 2

  Net Punting Avg 38.1 34.2

Punt Returns 50 5

  Yards Returned 552 12

  Avg. Per Return 11.0 2.4

  Touchdowns 1 1

  NU OPP.

Kickoff Returns 21 65

  Yards Returned 441 1,059

  Avg. Per Return 21.0 16.3

  Touchdowns 0 0

Fumble returns 1 0

  Yards Returned 57 0

  Touchdowns 1 0

Penalties/Yards 47/434 80/656

  Avg. Yards Per Game 39.4 59.6

Fumbles/Lost 28/9 23/8

Total Turnovers 15 28

3rd Down Conversions 66/143 49/165

  Conversion Percent 46.1 30.0

4th Down Conversions 15/27 6/16

  Conversion Percent 56 38

Sacks By/Yards Lost 32/231 0/0

Time of Poss. per Game 31:56 28:03

Touchdowns 77 21

  By Rush 51 6

  By Pass 18 14

  By Return 8 1

PAT Kicks Made/Att 69/72 18/19

PAT Run-Pass Made/Att 2/4 0/2

Field Goals Made/Att 13/16 2/3

Safeties 1 0

Total Points 576 150

  Avg. Per Game 52.4 13.6

Trivia: In the 12 games they played they trailed a total of 13 minutes.

- Tommy Frazier only player to win 3 national championships

- Smallest margin of victory was by 14 points.

All American Players: Tommy Frazier 1995, Aaron Graham 1995, Jared Tomich 1995-1996, Grant Wistrom 1996-1997, Aaron Taylor 1996-1997, Jason Peter 1997

Awards: Tommy Frazier - Orange Bowl MVP 1994 and 1995, runner up in the Heisman, Jonny Unitas Golden Arm Award 1995, #33 player on their list of the Top 100 Greatest College Football Players of All-Time, Big 8 Freshman of the Year 1992, Feista Bowl MVP 1996, 33-3 record as a starter, nominated to Sports Illustrated in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team"

Ahman Green - 4x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro, 8,751 career yards in NFL, As a freshman rushed for 1,086 yards (still the school's single-season freshman rushing record) and 13 touchdowns on 141 carries (7.7 avg.), freshman All-America selection by Football News.,Big Eight all-conference and 'Freshman of the Year' honors. Finalist for Doak Walker Award 1996

Lawerance Phillips - although he missed sometime early in the season, him, Frazier, and Green still manage to create one the greatest running tandems of all time, 165 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns in title game

Aaron Taylor - 1997 Outland Award for nations top interior lineman, All American at two different positions, 49-2 record with Huskers, third team offensive guard by Sports Illustrated in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team"

Grant Wistrom - Lombardi Award 1997, Voted as DE on the All-Time Cornhusker team, All-Big 12 Conference First-Team (1996, 1997)

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (1996, 1997), Consensus Academic All-America (1996, 1997), Academic All-Big 12 honors (1996, 1997)

Earned third-team all-America honors by Associated Press and first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors sophomore season (1995)

Selected as Newcomer of the Year by Big Eight conference freshman season (1994), Super Bowl champion as-well.

Mike Minter: All-Big Eight second-team 1994, All-Big Eight first-team 1995,Super Bowl appearance

Kris Brown : Green would have broken the school scoring record for a freshman were it not for Kris Brown, the place-kicker. Brown, like Green a true freshman, scored 97 points, a school record for kicking. 10th most points for place kickers in the NFL 2008, career - 79% for field goals

Other players worth mentioning: Eric Warfield, Chris Dishman, Eric Anderso, Terrell Farley, Tyrone William, Mark Gilman, Aaron Graham, Christian Peter, Tony Veland and Phil Ellis whom all earned recognition when at Nebraska.

Okay, this my best case for a college team beating a pro team. Just compare this 1995 Nebraska team to the Lions of 2008 and tell me if it is possible for the Cornhuskers to pull out a W.

Category: NCAAF
 
 
 
 
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