Sunday, November 2, 2008

Football and Other Opinions

Random thoughts for a Sunday:

This election season is the worst one ever for dissenting opinions, particularly those who vote Democrat. Liberals pride themselves on their "tolerance" for others; as long as you agree with their viewpoint. If you don't than you are, "stupid" and "you lack intellectual curiousity".

I never understood the fanfare for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. I've always felt he's an overrated coach who can't take his team to The Promised Land. Remember his poor clock management vs. the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX? How about his overemphasis on the pass? In order to win it all, you need to have a solid running attack. Reid has always ignored this concept.

Tim Wakefield has consistently thrown 200+ innings for the Red Sox over the last several years. However, he's a mediocre performer in the regular season, terrible in the playoffs, and he'll be 43 years old. I don't understand why the Red Sox would want to continue keeping him on the team when there are better pitchers available both internally in the farm system as well as in free agency.

The Red Sox front office has always been creative to get the players they want. I'm hoping they're creative on the catching front this offseason and move on from Jason Varitek.

Despite being oft ignored due to the championships of the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox, the Boston Bruins are a good hockey team this year. They have good depth on the lines, featuring veterans such as Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm, and Marc Savard mixed in with quality young players who are blossoming such as Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler, David Krecji, and Milan Lucic. Offseason free agent pickup Michael Ryder has been pretty good, so far. The defense is filled with solid veterans such as Zdeno Chara, Aaron Ward, Andrew Ference, as well as young puck handling defenseman Dennis Wideman. I still have concerns about the goaltending and they could use a sniper who can put the puck in the net, but this edition of the Bruins is the most promising one I've seen in years.

John McCain's appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (three days before the election) was beneath him. It smacked of desperation.

Whatever happened to the British New Wave band Haircut 100, who brought us the classic 1982 song, "Love Plus One"? I heard that song last week sitting by the pool at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. I forgot what a damn good and catchy tune that is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8Sser_DJU

Even though there are three months left in the NFL season, I'm hoping the Patriots will heed my long held opinion that their offensive line needs an upgrade in the offseason.

Every year, I'm stunned by how bad the QB play is in the NFL, but this season is the worst! Guys such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Taylor Thigpen, J.T. O'Sullivan, Tarvaris Jackson, and Dan Orlovsky have no concept how to play the position. Orlovsky made what had to be the worst QB play ever, when he ran out of the end zone unintentionally for a safety as he was rolling out of the pocket.

The Minnesota Vikings would be a much better team if they fired head coach Brad Childress. He makes poor game decisions and he doesn't strike me as a coach who has the respect of the team.

Texas Tech was ranked #7 in the BCS entering last night's game vs. Texas. They knocked off the #1 Longhorns last night. I don't see how they are not the #1 team (9-0 record) in college football.
The Cincinnati Bengals are proving this season that the wide receiver position is the least important position on the football field. They have a quality corp of receivers, featuring T. J. Houshmandzadeh, Chad Johnson, and Chris Henry (when he's got his head screwed on straight), yet they are 0-8.

1 comment:

Nick McNulty said...

"Liberals pride themselves on their "tolerance" for others"

yeah, right. Just ask Joe the Plumber. The liberal media has investigated him more than they have Barrack Obama.

"I never understood the fanfare for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid."

He is the Ken Hitchcock of the NFL.


"Despite being oft ignored due to the championships of the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox, the Boston Bruins are a good hockey team this year."

Yes, that glaring 24 square foot hole in the team still remains. Tim Thomas is covering it up nicely now, but - like Jon Casey, John Blue, Blaine Lacher, Jim Carrey, Evgeny Riabchikov, and Vinny Riendeau - come the end of the season, we look over our shoulder and realize he was not really a number 1 goalie. I almost wish he would flat out suck, instead of this annual ritual of playing well for 3 months, being a sieve for one, then playing well again until the playoffs start. Then we could at least move on to a real goalie.

Fernandez is luggage, just like I said he would be. Him and Schaeffer = Chiarelli's only gaffes in Boston thus far.

"John McCain's appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (three days before the election) was beneath him. It smacked of desperation."

BS, you are showing your out-of-touch side. SNL reaches millions of the types of viewers that McCain wants to reach right now. Plus, it didn't cost him a dime. Beyond that, he acquitted himself well; at ease, self-depreciating, good delivery. McCain risked nothing, gained much last night on SNL. The QVC and the Weekend Update were both good. Did you catch Affleck's Olberman skit? If only Ben could be that talented in his movies....

"Even though there are three months left in the NFL season, I'm hoping the Patriots will heed my long held opinion that their offensive line needs an upgrade in the offseason."

No protection problems tonight, a rare bad outing from the coach tonight, and the WRs. Gaffney can't drop those balls, and Moss needs to run his routes like Brady was hanging the ball. I'd blame Cassell on about 3 of those INCs tonight.

"Every year, I'm stunned by how bad the QB play is in the NFL, but this season is the worst!"

I agree. The level of talent with the green stickers on their helmets has been appalling since the Ryan Leaf days.