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Monday, February 4, 2008

This Week In Sports February 04, 2008

Headlines and Interesting stories and one additional opportunity to help a veteran

  • Kansas State beats Kansas - Article
  • Ian Poulter is a moron - Blog
  • Former NFL player Alonzo Spellman arrested - Article
  • Mets finalize Trade to acquire Johann Santana - Blog
  • Lakers acquire Pau Gasol - Blog, Follow up Blog
  • Wounded Vet's Snowmobile Stolen - Article
  • NFL Going International... Again - Blog
  • NCAA legend Eddie Sutton Gets Milestone Win - Article
  • Giants Win Superbowl XLII - Blog

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Skip Bayless, Your Moron Is Showing

I posted a while back about Skip Bayless needing to man up and admit he was wrong. At the time he was calling the move by Tom Coughlin to play his full staff against the Ptriots in the final week of the season the "worst regular season decision ever".

Look I guess if you don't want to admit you're wrong after they reeled off 3 straight road victories. I guess that is your prerogative. But now that we have the complete results in hand and the Giants took it all the way, you just can't continue to say it was a bad decision.

He was literally up screaming at the other two hosts, banging his hand on his desk. Douche, complete douche. The louder he screams he wasn't wrong, the more I a hear him compensating.

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The Hidden Benefit of the Giants Superbowl Win

There are all kinds of positives coming out this years Superbowl. Between Eli's emergence as a quarterback and leader, Michael Strahan finally getting a ring, Coughlin becoming the "beloved" coach in less than a year. There is a lot of good to be found all through this story. Nothing though should make us as happy as the copycat factor.

The NFL is a copy cat league. It always has been. In the 60's the Packers physical grit won so many championships that every team in the league was built on that model. The 70's became a contest of which teams would copy them better. Turned out most years it would be the Steelers, though the Raiders gave 'em a run for their money. Then when I was younger it was the west coast offense. Bill Walsh and his Niners dominated the 80's with it and every team in league was talking up the pass first, west coast offense. Then the Cowboys tweaked that style for the 90's adding a little more focus for the run. The latest hot trend is the two running back system which showed up slightly in a few places in 2006 but became the system du jour in 2007.

If there is a team of this decade, it is probably the Patriots, and definitely would have been had they defeated the Giants. So every one take some time and be thankful to the Giants. What copy cat moves could we have expected had the Patriots managed to seal their legacy. Well let's start with the press conferences. Every coach will start giving answers in under 7 words no matter the question. Onto the sidelines, all the coaches will start looking like a Goodwill threw up on them. When the interviews go to the locker room. Every time a reporter asks a player a question they will hear about the Patriot, Niner, Viking, etc. way. Though I would just love to hear one of the Bengals police blotter regulars talking about the Bengal way.

So thank the Giants NFL fans. I do like the Patriots as a part of the NFL picture. I can find a use for them as piece to the puzzle. But I don't think I could bear an NFL full of copycats of the information free zone, that is New England.

Giants Win the Best Superbowl I've seen

In the best Superbowl I have seen, the Giants stepped up and silenced the doubters. If you think they weren't on a mission to do just that. Consider the words of Michael Strahan, who as he lofted the Lombardi trophy on the acceptance stage. He took time to mention that some announcer said the Giants had gained false confidence in the game against the Patriots that closed the regular season. He the screamed out that it was real confidence they had gained.

Eli Manning may never have to listen to a stupid comment about his leadership again. If he does happen to hear one, there will be plenty of people speaking up for him before he ever has to. He was every quarterback you needed him to be. He was Trent Dilfer as he made smart decisions with the football. I was very impressed by his willingness to audible into the run even though it never really broke big yardage, he stuck to what worked for them all year. He made good throws, even the one ball that was intercepted, which was certainly not a good throw. That was a safe throw down and away from the defense Steve Smith just had the misfortune to set it right into the defenders arms. Eli then showed me a little Brett Favre with even more of his growth by not letting that interception effect his play for the remainder of the game. He then pulled out his John Elway by leading them down on a game winning drive. He even squeezed a little Tony Romo into that final drive on the play where he was surely about to suffered game changing sack. He instead wriggled out of it and hucked it to David Tyree who managed to catch the ball by pinning it to his helmet. He closed out the game by pulling the Tom Brady and winning it all. Oh, and the final QB on the every qb list, big brother Peyton. He managed to impersonate him by winning the MVP.

While we pile the appreciation on to Eli Manning for the victory. Let's not be so quick to pile on Tom Brady for the loss. From the very first play of the game Brady was being knocked down, when he wasn't being sacked. He had suffered 6 knockdowns an 3 sacks by the time Tom Petty took the stage at halftime. While the numbers looked a little better in the second half, without real protection and time to throw, Brady couldn't be expected to do much better than he did. This game might actually not have been as close as it ended up had Sam Madison not fallen down covering Moss in the endzone.

For the last 6 weeks people have mocked Mercury Morris and his "don't call me when your on your way, don't call me when you're in my town, call me when you're on my block" quote. I guess the last laugh is Moriss', turns out he knew what none of us did. The Dolphins undefeated season lives in a gated community.

In the closing moments of the game I lost whatever little bit of respect I had grown for Belichick when he went all Detriot Pistons and went to the locker before the game was even over. When the Giants had finally run off that final second. Pam Oliver was the first interview on, with Plaxico Burress who held it together for a minute and then promptly started tearing up which got me looking for the can of Milwaukee's best light to drop from the sky and solve that problem.
Speaking of Plaxico Buress and his interviews. I wonder if Brady is scoffing now about the prediction they would hold them to 17. Plaxico did show his defense some love by calling for "someone to please give our defense some credit" as soon as Pam Oliver stuck the microphone to him.

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Linking up with RonDean

Here's some stuff to keep you from continually repeating "that was the best superbowl ever"

How to bury the lead - One man is stabbed, pregnant woman shot and killed and youmention the man(ESPN)

After reading this maybe the NFL's reign as America's number one sport is in peril, nahhhhhh(ESPN)

Ok I didn't know this existed, I am saddened that it does(ESPN)

Nascar is only two weeks away, time to start brushing up(ESPN)

This is what is keeping Don Mattingly away from the Dodgers? Time for an upgrade for Donnie Baseball(The Big Lead)

A choking compilation - It's like the mix tape your girl made you in junior high except this one was made by the girl you didn't have stones to ask out(The Big Lead)

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