Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:48 am
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?
Posted on: July 4, 2010 5:57 pm
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
Posted on: October 26, 2009 11:36 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2009 12:23 pm
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.
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.
On March 2, 2007, he signed with the Redskins for five years and $25 million
Posted on: October 12, 2009 10:03 pm
Posted on: September 17, 2009 3:55 pm
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?
Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:24 pm
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.
Posted on: January 16, 2009 8:32 am
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?
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:35 pm
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
(does not include bowl game)
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
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.