Football, Sports

CLEVELAND BROWNS TO-DO LIST…

  1.  Find a Quarterback. Not another Josh McCown or Robert Griffin III, I mean a real Quarterback. Not a 5th round rookie named Cody Kessler. Malik Zaire is to…raw.  Why didn’t they just move WR Terrelle Pryor back to QB? Too late now…
  2. Change team name and looks. Several sites claim the Browns own one of the ugliest jerseys with the Brown and Orange uniforms. Paul Brown was disgusted when the team was named after him. The Tampa Bay Rays changed team names and jerseys in ’08 and made it to the Series. (They lost in 5 games to the Phils) What about something like the ‘Cleveland Carriers’ or ‘Cleveland Clampers’. Maybe not that last one, but still…
  3. Make the playoffs. The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 with Tim Couch. Enough said.

This list is much longer, but I just posted a few. I f the Browns do this, they could become playoff contenders.

Sorry to all Browns’ fans who were offended by this post.

Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Who’s the Q?

In Philadelphia, rather than making a move for a backup like AJ McCarron who has never seen Philly, we have 3 homemade heroes trying to be No. 1. The connections to PA? Here Goes:

Carson Wentz played 16 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

Nick Foles is returning home, with his most successful team that he played 2011-2015 as a starter.

Matt McGloin played college football with the PSU lions.

Jon Gruden believes the Eagles will stick with Wentz, saying,

“He’s got a better receiving corps, and the reps will add up. He’s going to be able to go into the second-year as a starter, calling the same plays, handling situations and audible better than he did the first time around, just because of experience. That’s great, great thing, and something that not a lot of quarterbacks don’t have with the same system and same play-callers for two seasons. I did like him a lot [coming out of North Dakota State] for the same reasons that I said I would choose [Pitt quarterback] Nathan Peterman if I had to play a game in three or four months. The kid was well-trained at North Dakota State. They train quarterbacks differently there. They train football players different there. In the huddle, they use a lot of motion and shifts, they have a volume of plays, and they put a lot on the quarterback at the line of scrimmage. I think that helped Carson dramatically handle the variety and all the different things that are in the Eagles’ playbook.”

Others? Not so much…

Brandon Lee Gowton, a writer for Bleeding Green Nation, says he sees and fears, “when Wentz struggles and some of Foles’ fanboys call for him[Foles] to be the starter”

I don’t know about you, but this is my Depth Chart…

1.) Carson Wentz

2.) Nick Foles

3.) Matt McGloin

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Sports

Fightin’ Phils, Flyers, 76ers & Eagles

In 2008, we saw the Phillies take the World Baseball Championship Series thanks in part to a lot of… trash talking. We saw Brett Myers defend Jimmy Rollins in his media battle against the Mets’ Carlos Beltran. In our NLCS Game 3, we saw Shane Victorino angrily point at his head and exchange words moments after an 80 mph fastball forced him to duck to avoid becoming the next Ray Chapman.

In 1974, some of us saw the Flyers (didn’t see that one coming, did you?) take the Stanley Cup thanks to aggressive fights. Nobody ever saw a game without seeing why Bobby Clarke became toothless, or Dave “The Hammer” Schulz pound anyone who came close to insulting his team.

In 2005, we saw why Eagles fans started ( and stopped) liking T.O. We saw how his trash talking would make even the biggest mouths in the league such as Ochocinco or teammate Freddie Mitchell cower in fright.

In numerous years, we saw Allen Iverson dunk gleefully over an opponent and spend ultimately half the game bragging about one play. Sometimes he performed. Sometimes he didn’t. But no one can ever take away the effect his mouth had on the game.

If the Philly teams want to win, they have to keep up the tough demeanor. They need to stay wild, loose, rough and big time all the time. We have a nine-year championship drought, and while I don’t mean to sound like the Yankees Fans who think they are in a championship drought after 1 year, that is a long time.

(Caution: If you are using this to motivate Philly fans, you can skip the 3rd Paragraph)

 

Football, Sports, Sports Trivia

Sports Trivia of the Month

This month, I have decided each month I will have a piece of sports trivia. I ask you please not to look it up. Write the answer in the comment box. I will show the answer in the next Sports Trivia of the Month.

Which journeyman QB played one season as a backup for the Panthers in ’06?

A.) Vinny Testaverde

B.) Jeff George

C.) Kyle Orton

D.) Rex Grossman

 

 

Football, Sports

An Odyssey of a Bird

“HUT Hut! Hut Hut! Hike!” Wentz takes the snap. Has no protection, flag thrown in the backfield? Wentz throws, Ertz Touchdown! There are hints that it might be a Philadelphia holding. Let’s hear what the ref has to say. “Holding, Offense number 71. 5 Yard penalty, replay 3rd down.” That’s Jason Peters!

The Eagles fans heard that more than once this season, and not just for Peters. In the Eagles blowout, 32-14 loss vs. Cincy, the Eagles had 10 penalties for 88 yards. Despite how long Peters has stayed in Philly, it’s pretty clear: retire like you said you would, or you won’t be in Philly for long.

The Eagles QB lineup is simple:

  1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota St.
  2. Chase Daniel, Missouri
  3. Aaron Murray, Georgia

Yeah, that’s right. Aaron Murray. We have been forced to take one of Andy Reid’s players from Georgia. That’s Sad. Also sad? Coming into the season, the Eagles three QBs had 1 combined NFL win. Wentz had a good season, but he must learn to trash the ball, not take a sack or force it out.

In the NFL draft, the Eagles need a WR. Don’t be surprised to see Clemson’s Mike Williams  or Oklahoma’s DeDe Westbrook. Later in the draft, you might even see PSU’s Chris Godwin. Then, Philly can focus on Jahad Thomas or a QB to back up Wentz, like BYU’s Taysom Hill.

Football, Sports

Super Bowl LI

This was not what we wanted to see. We wanted to see a Roethlisberger comeback, with a strike to Antonio Brown to win.  We wanted a Rodgers Hail Mary to win the game. But no, here we are, with a pair of teams that are just 1-2 combined against the Eagles in 2 years.

How to beat New England: To beat New England, you have to blitz. No CB Blitz where you take away a man from Hogan, the LB Blitz is what you do. In the 2016 AFC Championship game at Denver, Miller and Ware got after Brady every play. You must run him out of the pocket and play Man-to-Man. Don’t let anyone get away. In the Eagles game, it proved that you need to win special teams.

On offense, you can’t pass to start. The Pats have no D-Line. If the Patriots let Freeman and Coleman run wild, the game is over and the Falcons win. When New England tries to fix the run, go straight to the pass game.

How to beat Atlanta: Do not double cover Julio. You double cover Julio, you leave Sanu open. You cover Sanu, you leave Tamme open. You cover Tamme, you leave Gabriel open. You cover Gabriel, you leave Hardy open. See where I’m going, right? They have a lot of targets.

On offense, you pass the ball constantly. And you keep the ball away from Vic Beasley Jr.

Summary: Atlanta can’t be beaten, New England can be. And yet the Eagles beat them both. Sigh, what could have been?gty_626141052.jpg

Football, Sports

Welcome to the Championship Game

See that, Brock? Those guys with the white jerseys? They are called “defenders.” You do not want to throw the ball to them. Brock? Brock?

In the Patriots-Texans game, Osweiler clearly did not listen to me, giving Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, and Devin McCourty the ball and, most likely, bonus cash. Quite frankly, Brady was just as bad, with 2 picks, 20 incomplete passes, and 2 sacks. This time Gisele has no one to blame, with 4 players averaging over 11 yards per catch: no Wes Welker (currently with the Los Angeles Rams) or Kembrell Thompkins (currently with the New York Jets).

In the Steelers-Chiefs game, Big Ben was bigger for Kansas City than Pittsburgh, with a 27.7 QB rating due to 1 pick and 11 incomplete passes. No, far more like Big Boswell: the Steelers’ kicker had more field goals than it seemed Roethlisberger threw completions. And here’s the (not) surprising fact: 2 former Eagles blew the game. I’m not going to name names, but these guys names are Andy Reid (anti-onside kick) and Jeremy Maclin (anti-tying catch). 

In the Seahawks-Falcons game, RB Rawls rushed for 137 yards against the Falcons. Oops, I meant 137 less  yards than he did against the Lions. He clearly was lion, as he rushed for just 34 yards on 11 carries. QB Matt Ryan had 2 less sack yards, 1 more TD, 2 less picks and 113 more passing yards than Russell Wilson. Wrussell away, my friend. You’ll never beat Matt.

In the Packers-Cowboys game, no one seemed to tell Dak that to officially complete a comeback, you have to win the game. Aaron’ it out this game, Rodgers passed for 356 yards, or 268 more yards than his team rushed for. Better yet, 274 more yards than the team without Rodgers rushed for. So much for Dak Attack.

 

C’s Picks

Packers 31, Falcons 24                                                                    Patriots 28, Steelers 21

Packers 45, Patriots 42