Romophobic

November 6, 2007

I was glad to discover that one of my favorite blogs appears to have made it’s return. Drew Bledsoe uses his blog (TonyHomo.com) to provide fantastic insight and analysis on not just the football world, but life in general. Combining criticism of the Cowboys (specifically Romo) with hamburgers…. somebody should have came up with this idea long ago.

I Now Pronounce You…Insane

November 6, 2007

This guy took the Lambeau Leap to a whole other level, but at least he got to do it donning the colors of his favorite football team. What I want to know is what that poor guy had to do in order to convince his bride to go through with the whole thing (assuming it was his idea). She pretty much wins any argument that they will have throughout their marriage. Hope it was worth it, dude.

I guess if you live in the New England area…yesterday was one of the best days in recent memory. As a warm-up, you watch the Patriots embarrass the Redskins. I’m not a skins fan myself(although I do live in the area), but that didn’t make yesterday’s 52-7 “contest” any easier to watch. Afterwards you get to move on to watch the Redsox win the World Series. With the World Series secure, Boston College doing great, and Tom Brady deciding how he will wear four rings…it looks like New England may soon own the sports universe. I would rather be here for the end of the world than have to hear another annoying Bostonian gloat about how great it is to be a sports fan in New England. I think its the accent that makes it truly unbearable.

On a lighter but still football related note, check out this crazy lateral play from Trinity (if you haven’t already).

That Time of Year Again…

September 1, 2007

I completed my fantasy football draft this week, and their are some picks that I would like to have back. I figured I would take this moment to post my team, so that any other ff geeks can have something to look at besides their opponent for the first week. So here they are, with a brief personal comment next to each. I would love to see what some fellow football nerds did with their draft, so respond with a roster if you have it.

Willie Parker – My first pick as I was the last of 10 owners, so the RB pickings were slim
Frank Gore – Second pick (back to back with 1st), due to a promising first year.
Donovan McNabb – I know, big risk…but it was a homer pick. I have faith.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh – I had Chad Johnson last year, who was a bum until I traded him. I went with TJ this year.
Javon Walker – Eagles are my favorite team, but I have a soft spot for Denver.
Kevin Curtis – Homer pick…again. I hope this guy works out for us.
Vernon Davis – Showing some MD love, plus he is all muscle.
David Akers – Some would say this is a homer pick as well, but he is a damn good kicker, and I got him late.
New England – My starting defense .

Backups
Carnell Williams – I know the Cadillac was hard to spot last year, but I’m hoping it was a sophomore slump. Plus he is a backup
Mark Clayton – Good backup who could take a starting roll.
Jeff Garcia – Shoulda’ picked up a backup QB sooner, that’s all I can say.
Muhsin Muhammad – Decent backup.
Jerious Norwood – Backup, hopefully more carries without Vick.
Eric Johnson
San Francisco – Backup defense.

Maddening

August 1, 2007

I would not describe myself as a superstitious fellow. I don’t believe in the the 7 years of bad luck from breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder, something about a black cat…I don’t pay attention to any of it. But at a certain point, some phenomenas go beyond superstition…and step into the world of undeniable fact. I am talking of course…about the Madden Curse.

For those of you who may not be aware, the Madden Curse comes from the popular Madden video game series from EA Sports. Until 2001, John Madden put his ugly mug on the cover of every Madden title, not unlike Oprah does with her magazine (don’t get my started on that). Finally somebody stopped the insanity, and decided that it would be a good idea to have a different star player adorn the cover each year. The myth suggests that a player’s appearance on the cover, will be shortly followed by a curse (either injury, or poor performance). Sounds ridiculous right? Well look at the facts sucka….

note: Madden is released prior to the regular NFL season. For example Madden 2007 is actually released in the late summer of 2006.

2001: Eddie George is the first player to appear by himself on the cover of a Madden title. That year, he loses a fumble that costs the Titans the AFC Championship game. A toe injury plagues Eddie the entire following season.

2002: Daunte Culpepper appears on the cover, and plays 11 games of what was turning out to be a poor season(13 int, 14 td passes). He was not able to play through the rest of the season due to a problematic back injury.

2003: Marshall Faulk missed several games due to an ankle injury, after appearing on the cover. Although he had a productive season (for what he was able to play), he would never again break 1,000 yards.

2004: Michael Vick fractures his right fibula in a pre-season game, and was not able to play until the final five games of the season. Now look where he is.

2005: Baltimore’s Ray Lewis appears on the cover of Madden, and breaks his wrist that same season.

2006: Donovan McNabb appears on the 2005 Madden cover. In the 2004/2005 season opener he suffers a sports hernia…but continues to play. In game 11 of the same season, he suffers a groin injury and his season is ended early. McNabb is also cursed off the field that year, via an ongoing feud with former teammate Terrell Owens.

2007: Shaun Alexander misses six games due to a broken foot the same year that he appears on the Madden 07 cover. Also, the author of this blog is foolish enough to draft the Seattle running back in fantasy football. Thanks allot Shaun.

What does all of this mean? My theory is that John Madden has cursed these players for steeling his spotlight, with the hopes that EA will eventually put him back on the cover. Well the curse could stop here, due to the fact that there was a “Hall of Fame Edition” of Madden 2007 released with such a cover. Will this satisfy the monster, or will the carnage continue? I guess we will find out this year, as Vince Young has been announced as the cover boy for Madden 08.

Well Illustrated

July 25, 2007

My favorite team is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. I remember how excited I was watching the playoffs last season, and seeing Sheldon Brown hit Reggie Bush like a freight train. There is something about open field hits that just make me warm and cozy inside.

When Sheldon was asked about the hit he said “What did it feel like? That collision, I didn’t feel nothing, because he was pretty much defenseless. It was like running through a cardboard box. Seriously. Cardboard box.”

Respect the Beard

July 16, 2007

I just bought a uber-cheap Jake Plummer Broncos jersey online. The reason it was so cheap is due to the fact that he no longer plays for the Broncos, and has announced his retirement. Normally I wouldn’t buy the jersey of a retired mediocre QB, but this was an exception for two reasons. First, although not my favorite team…I was born in Denver, and have always had a soft spot for the Broncos. Second, if you know me…you know I have had a man crush on Jake Plummer for a couple years.My man crush stems from my jealousy of his ability to grow facial hair at an uncanny rate. Jake Plummer has what I like to refer to as a “man beard”. Lots of men can grow beards, but only a select few can grow a “man beard”. A beard that says “Yeah, I have a beard…what the hell are you gonna’ do about it”, a beard that makes you think “that guy probably fights mountain lions on the weekends”. So what if Jake Plummer is an interception machine, or that he is known to scramble when it is not necessary…his man beard easily makes up for any of his shortcomings.

Maybe one day I will be able to grow a full out beard in under 2 hours, just like Pornstache Plummer. Until then, I will have to be content wearing his jersey. In all honesty, I never thought he was as bad of a QB as people made him out to be…I’ll just have to convince others of that.

Since good causes are always popular, also check out The Jake Plummer Foundation. The man not only has kick ass beard, but his own kick ass logo. Keep rockin’ Jake, keep rockin’!