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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Today the Pro Bowl MVP Mattered


The Pro Bowl is easily the most useless all-star type game in professional sports. I mean it is just like a passing drill in practice. We are not far from them not even bothering to fly the line men out. Don't misunderstand me I still watched. I mean this all the football I am going to get for months.

Today's game brought us the usual fare. High powered offense against a defense that just didn't seem like it was going any more that 50%. Again I don't expect anything else so I am fine with it.

In what was a real class move all the Washington Redskins in the Pro-Bowl wore the #21 to honor slain teammate Sean Taylor. I also have to add it was a great move by the NFL to allow it. I know that should be a no brainer but after the PatTillman-Jake Plummer dust-up nothing would surprise me from the NFL.

Some of the interesting angles to the Pro-Bowl

In what might be a preview of next season Tony Romo hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter. Fitzgerald has a 16 million cap number next season, that is the type of money Cardinals aren't in the habit of working around(becuase they rarely keep talent that demands that kind of money). A lot of the rumors say Double J wants to bring Fitzgerald to Dallas. Nick Folk, Dallas' kicker, also tacked on the extra point but really, who cares about the kicker.

It really isn't relevant to anything but how cool was it to see the NFC go music city miracle on that kick return. You can bet Lovie Smith was taking notes on that play. One more way to work the one-man offense the Bears employ

From the be careful who you talk trash on seminar - Presented by Shaquille O'neal Former teammates Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens hooked up errr got together uhhh combined nooo, oh you get the point there was a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson scored two touchdowns on the ground, and nabbed the MVP award. While this is all nice and good for us Viking fans. The thing that really made me proud to root for the guy is he took the platform that winning the MVP afforded him and used it to honor Sean Taylor. Saying it was his MVP as well.


Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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Pittsburgh Steelers Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 Offseason should start with a couple of phone calls. Phone call number one should go to the St. Louis Rams and ask them how all-world running back Steven Jackson did once their normally strong offensive line suffered a few losses to injury. If that doesn't convince them that they should do what is necessary to keep gaurd Alan Faneca, they could always get position specific and call the Seattle Seahawks and see what they think about letting a pro-bowl left guard leave. Since they let Steve Hutchinson go to Minnesota, Sean Alexander can't get any traction in the run game. Meanwhile Minnesota had a rookie set the single game rushing record behind Steve Hutchinson.

The unfortunate thing here is that these calls wont be made. The Steelers are not the type of franchise that will bend to a players demands. I certainly don't think they should. I think this deal should have been worked out long ago so Faneca wasn't put into a position to make those demands. But that is hindisight and hindsight does not make an offseason plan.

After Faneca leaves and when you consider the fact the Roethlisberger is not the kind of quarterback who has succeeded as the main focus of an offense. The Steelers definately need to shore up their line. They are likely to find just the guy they need in Brandon Albert(OG-Virg) while he is a natural Gaurd, but he has shown the ability to play tackle as well. That flexibility
could benefit them both by replacing Faneca and by filling in across the line if they suffer injuries on the offensive side the ay they did on defense in 2007.

If they find that either the Cowboys who currently have the 22nd pick right before them or the Dolphins, who are rumored to be trying to get the cowboys first rounders for their number one, have taken Albert the Steelers are likely to look to replace the over-guaranteeing, under-delivering Anthony Smith. If the Cowboys have taken have taken Albert here they have likely passed on Aqib Talib(CB-Ka), who would be a nice choice . However, if Talib adds a good 40-time to his athleticism and football speed he will be long gone before this spot.

The third route that the Steelers could go would be to get a bigger wide receiver. Much to the displeasure of Hines Ward, Roethlisberger made statements that they needed one. But just because it hurts doesn't mean it isn't true Hines. A likely consideration here is Limas Sweed(WR-UT) at 6'5" 219 he is definitely a big receiver, he also has shown great leaping ability and athleticism. He has shown a good level of toughness as far as physical play and the ablility to beat that jam on the line. Where he needs to upgrade that toughness is as a pass blocker he is good at best and to play on the Steelers you have to be a great run blocking receiver. This shouldn't be any issue beyond a little mentoring on how to properly block. He has shown a certain toughness going over the middle, especially in the moments that count.



Not the most important offseason factoid but here it is, Mike Tomlin won the sexiest coach in the NFL award given out by Victoria's Secret during Superbowl week. Just managing to beat out the The Human Solar Panel, The Walrus brothers, and The Saddle bag with eyes. This is about as impressive as when I beat my 4-year old at wrestling. And you better believe that I do beat him. I DRINK HIS MILKSHAKE, I DRINK IT UP.


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Hockey Brawl and A Ref(Linesman) Gets a Skate To The Face

I normally don't endorse hockey in any other form than seeing it live. I can't let this one go by without sharing this clip. Warning this is the tame version but it still shows a little blood. If you are faces of death fan feel free to check out Youtube I am sure there will be a bloodier version there.

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Washington Redskins Hire New Coach


The Washington Redskins have finally named a head coach. Steve Mariucci you say, nope. Pete Carroll has decided to leave USC, not likely. Jim Fassel is coming to town to lead all those cantidates he signed off on, not going to happen. Nope the Redskins have decided to go with Jim Zorn.

Some where AL Davis is laughing from the otherside. What!? Al Davis isn't dead, my bad. Well he is about the only person who is going to be heppy with this hire, since it just bumped him from the most hated owner in professional sports.

I don't mean to go all third grade dodgeball here, but it isn't even like Zorn was the last kid picked when you chose up teams. He was the kid you didn't even want but everybody else decided to play a different game without you. Don't be to disappointed though, I mean at least he has experience. He has been a coordinator since way back two weeks ago when Snyder hired him.

I love the quote that Daniel Snyder submitted into the NFL judgement machine.

"We knew of Jim's stellar offensive reputation, so we hired him as coordinator, but we also suspected he would be a strong candidate for head coach," Snyder said. "After our first six-hour interview with him, I told Joe [Gibbs], 'This guy would make a terrific head coach.' But we stayed true to our commitment to interview every candidate."

Could you make a weaker attempt at trying to pacify the Redskins fans with some form of tying Joe Gibbs into this decision. If Gibbs had made the decision, Greg Williams would be the coach and the world wouldn't be mocking you right now.


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Linking up with RonDean




Isla Fisher is hoping that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will crash her wedding to Sascha Baron Cohen. The Wedding Crashers star just doesn't think she should invite them(MonstersandCritics)

This one will have the Giants D-lineman asking "who's your daddy"(Nerd Approved)

You can now become an official snake-skin coated card carrying psycopathic loser.(Gizmodo)

I am betting money this guy has one(Yahoo)


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