+ Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are looking real good. It’s good to see his big arm let loose.
+ The Jets were… confused on Monday, and now:
You know the confusion is bad among the Jets when even the day after their Monday night thumping by San Diego, there was still confusion about exactly what the confusion was.
Clearing that up might be a nice starting point when the Jets drag themselves back to work this morning. Does Brett Favre really know the playbook after six weeks or doesn’t he? Was that second first-half interception that San Diego plucked away to set up another Chargers touchdown Favre’s fault, as Favre said it was, or was wideout Jerricho Cotchery right to insist he was to blame? If everyone was telling the truth afterward – they’re all to blame – shouldn’t the Jets be worried about, well . . . everyone after their 48-29 smackdown?
Why was the Jets’ defense shredded so completely, too? Why was the secondary so badly out of position? Did Favre take such a beating because the Chargers’ rushers knew the trailing Jets had to pass? Or was the Jets’ rebuilt offensive line also struggling to read the pass rush in addition to not opening holes for running back Thomas Jones? Jones is fast becoming a tree-falling-in-the-forest question: Would Jones find the holes if the line made them?…
The Jets were badly discombobulated on both sides of the ball. Then they seemed powerless to stop it. Mangini harped yesterday about the Jets’ four turnovers. But the Jets often seemed outfoxed, not just outplayed. The Jets haven’t gotten better with more time together. They have gone from narrowly winning their season opener against Miami to missing a golden chance at home to beat a shellshocked New England that just lost Tom Brady to getting smacked in the mouth again and again Monday by the Chargers.
Some of that has to be coaching.
+ Favre injured his ankle but is still good to go this coming Sunday against Arizona.
+ Since Derek Anderson is sucking for the Browns… Brady Quinn might get a look. At least it’ll bring the ladies back to the TV screen. Hell, with Tom Brady out, the NFL needs a new poster boy… and as a bonus, the new Brady loves to take pictures with his shirt off. Win win all around!
+ Plaxico Burress didn’t show up for work on Monday or Tuesday… and is suspended for the game after the bye week.
+ The Steelers are starting Rashard Mendenhall (Willie Parker is out with an injury)! Hells yeah.
+ Lane Kiffin is… still a Raiders coach. Syracuse fans want to see him go to the ‘Cuse and relieve Greg Robinson of his coaching duties. I mean they REALLY want the Kiffin. Keep an eye on the Has Lane Kiffin Been Fired Watch.
Trent Green will start in the place of benched Marc Bulger. The St. Louis columnists smell a scapegoat (I like the phrase “complete system failure”), and worry about concussion-prone Trent Green’s cranium. The times are desperate and the seat is hot, Mr. Linehan.
+ The Chiefs are leaning toward starting Damon Huard. This week. Not even joking on that:
Edwards also said the Chiefs could go week-to-week on their starting quarterback from now until Brodie Croyle returns, which isn’t likely to happen until Week 7…
The Giants and the Jets said Friday that they had ended talks with Allianz, a German-based insurance company with connections to the Third Reich, about selling the naming rights to the $1.6 billion stadium they are building in the Meadowlands.
The decision came after two days of largely negative reaction to the possibility of a deal with Allianz, which insured facilities at Auschwitz and other concentration camps, and which deprived many Jewish customers of the proceeds from their insurance policies….
Lamping said in an interview: “We paid very close attention to what people were saying this week. Whether those opinions were expressed directly to us, or through the media, we paid attention and was one of many factors that went into our decision.”
But he would not say why the teams entered into negotiations with Allianz knowing of its Nazi-era dealings and the potential that people in the New York market, which includes many Jews and Holocaust survivors, might be offended.
“We gained a real understanding of the depth of the issues in the community,” he said.
How they could not have predicted the backlash, I don’t know.
A football recap.
+ As you know by now, the Cheifs eliminated Tom Brady from football competition for the year. Despite the fact that Yahoo! broke the Tom Brady story, the New York Post editors completely knew they were expressing joy at the man’s injury. He wears Yankee caps, you dipholes. But the Post is never actually classy, the great paper of rumor and innuendo they are.
+ Watching that Redskins/ Giants game last Thursday was great for a drive or two, and whenever Brandon Jacobs flat destroyed a safety; but the Redskins had their chances and the Giants couldn’t put them away. The Washington Post looks into what went wrong with the rookie head coach Jim Zorn and third-year QB Jason Campbell; some say he’s a poor fit for this kind of offense. For his part, Jim Zorn definitely was not hurrying things up in a hurry-up situation; it was poor execution all around and not just on the quarterback.
+ In the OH SNAP files, the Tennessean noted that Vince Young may have asked out of the game against Jacksonville, before he was injured. At the very least, he did not inform the trainers that his hamstring was tight, he simply sat to the side. Well, an update: the man who has also thought about retiring has roused concerns about his mental state (h/t to Music City Miracles):
Concerns about the well-being of Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Vince Young prompted an early morning meeting at the team’s headquarters.
Metro police officers and Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher gathered at Baptist Sports Park around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to meet with Young after trying to locate him.
According to sources, questions about Young’s state of mind began when the quarter back left his home abruptly at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
According to the same sources, Young seemed emotionally down and left his cell phone behind.
Titans’ officials alerted Metro police to be on the lookout for Young’s SUV.
After Coach Fisher spoke with Young, it seemed concerns about Young’s state of mind were unfounded, according to sources.
+ That Raiders game last night against the Broncos was a complete dog. Their reporters are going to go back to thesaurus to find new ways of saying "inept." DeAngelo Hall chirps a lot for a guy who picks up consecutive unsportsmanlike penalties. Poise, my man. Poise.
+ The J-E-T-S JETSJETSJETS played a decent game in Miami on Sunday, beating the Dolphins 20-14 in a game featuring an injured kicker, a furious comeback by deposed former Jet Quarterback Chad Pennington, and Favremania. Lots of room for improvement on this squad, though. Some guy named Will Leitch comments that the conservative Mangenious style may conflict with Brett "no father to my style" Favre.
+ Joe Flacco sounds like an excited kid, and he should be – rookie starting his first NFL game, and he wins? Big runs? The Baltimore Sun lists some keys to success… they’re going to be disappointed in the "need to improve" areas. he’s still a rookie.
+ The Rams got housed. They keep this up, they’re going to get relegated and the Missouri Tigers will join the NFL. That was for the sake of joke, of course the Tigers would do worse.
+ The Lions suck way worse than the Falcons, who got a passing touchdown from their rookie QB Matt Ryan and some hella good running from Michael "I’m Free" Turner.
+ Matt Forte for the Bears proved up to the challenge of the starting job, gashing the Colts for 123 yards on Sunday night. A fun thing about being in Chicago – the city is extremely football partisan, and where I live, the Bears are part of the local culture. And it’s a walking city. So I could follow whether the Bears were doing well as I walked the dog by listening for the cheers coming out of every other apartment building, with blonde Chads and Trixies walking up to their viewing parties with cases of beer… that’s pretty cool. You don’t get that as much in New York, where fans of every team live.
I didn’t keep track of the rest of the games because, well, what is there to say about Buffalo putting 34 on Seattle, or Pittsburgh laying 38 on Houston? Carolina vs San Diego was competitive and Arizona vs San Francisco was kind of pathetic. I can’t believe Dallas didn’t put more points on the Browns.
Nice win for the boys in blue last night. Great opening drive, though Eli sailed a few late and the team sat on their cushion for the entire second half. Also, the Redskins have obviously never played the professional American football before; they didn’t understand time, the didn’t know how to get first downs, and they kept getting plowed by Brandon Jacobs.
From the NY Daily News:
Steve Spagnuolo withdrew his name from consideration from the Washington Redskins coaching search before owner Dan Snyder could offer him the job because “His heart was in New York City,” according to Spagnuolo’s agent, Bob Lamonte.
The Giants’ defensive coordinator made the decision Thursday morning, after two long days on the Snyder Estate outside Washington, where he’s estimated to have met with Snyder and Redskins’ officials for a total of 18 hours. An NFL source said Spagnuolo had emerged as the frontrunner and Snyder was preparing an offer and had made it clear that Spagnuolo should expect it.
Whew. Now the drama will die down, and I can go back to wondering what the Jets can do to get competitive again.
Tom Brady’s longtime passing coach/ HS thinks that Brady’s ankle injury caused those floating passes and lack of accuracy. Whine, whine. He made enough passes; and he got slapped around like a pimp’s victim.
Man, I love to see comeuppance in action.
Plaxico Burress, meanwhile, stood by his guarantee and caught a touchdown pass. He waited until after the Superbowl to reveal he sprained his MCL last week, along with the injuries that kept him out of practice all last week. Amani Toomer has a hand injury also; both might need surgery.
The Superbowl victory never gets old. Pictures after the jump.
TOM BRADY IS MESSING WITH YOUR HEAD. He doesn’t need to yap yap yap with the media. He’s BIG. The Patriots love messing with people’s heads. He’s probably taking a trip to Mexico like Romo and getting his Gisele Bundchen on. It’s the Patriots, people. Quit the breathless coverage. Brady probably put the boot on to mess with heads in the first place. No laws against that, especially if the paparazzi’s gonna stake the man out on his free time.
Hell, Belichick probably put him up to it. So what he’s not in the locker room two weeks before game time? So what the media hasn’t seen him? We need more coverage on how Ahmad Bradshaw couldn’t outrun the cops in 2004 when he was at Virginia. He’s a running back! or what about stories on Eli Manning singing Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer at karaoke?
Better question is Where is Chuck Knoblauch? Chucky? Come and get your subpoena!
The victory was predicted in Eddie Murphy’s classic Coming to America:
Prince Akeem: Sir, did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?
Cleo McDowell: No, I didn’t.
Prince Akeem: Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big “H”. It was a most ripping victory.
I’m back from the East Coast and after 12 hours of travel, I’m happy to be in my apartment again. Watched the Giants/ Packers game with Silver and K in Boston, yelling at the television like we’ve been doing for twelve years or more. Good times.
How did this happen?
1. Because the bikini-clad Packer girls really distracted… Brett Farve. In -2 to -4 Fahrenheit temperatures, I’d be distracted by that too. Enjoy an article about them here.
2. [CUE DEEP BOOMING ANNOUNCER VOICE] For it was written in the great annals of sports four score and seven years ago, in a bunker filled with faith and heroism and bloviation, blah blah redemption, worthiness, tough choices, blah blah, second chance at disrupting perfection, yada yada.
3. Because Corey Webster decided that RW McQuarters’ gaffes were just too ridiculous. How you gonna fumble on a punt return and again on an interception? McQuarters, you’re a veteran! Plus the cold was freezing his manhood, and Webster needed to get back inside. So he had to intercept the ball. And he didn’t really jump the route—Driver slipped, Farve threw the pass well-too-inside, and Superbowl for the Giants!
4. Because… did you see how much Brett Farve sucked? It was like he was affected by the cold or something. Maybe he was tired of freezing his cockles like Corey Webster.
5. It’s all because Lawrence Tynes got used to razzing from a youth of being called a “Lucky Charm” after moving from Scotland, making him tough enough to withstand the Coughlin glare. Gave him the fortitude to kick that ball through in overtime and ensure that televisions up and down the east coast weren’t broken by flying glasses, shoes, and other symbols of frustration.
6. Because the Ryan Grant factor didn’t happen. No punishment from the Football Gods. The end man (back then) on the Giants’ running back depth chart made it happen in the second half—thanks, Ahmad Bradshaw.
7. Because Brett Farve angered the Football Gods who unleashed the dreaded Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.
8. Because Plaxico Burress owns a hyperbaric chamber, Al Harris and his dredlocks just couldn’t hang. After this season with him playing on a bum foot, I can no longer call him “Plexiglass,” which brought me great joy. Maybe I will make fun of basketball players again.
9. Because Steve Spagnuolo, whose defense held Ryan Grant to 25 yards and intercepted Farve twice, is working hard for that Atlanta Falcons head coaching job. I don’t know why he’d want to coach that team, but I’m sure the money, fame, and perks are better. And he can always hang out with Pac Man Jones in the Atlanta strip clubs; apparently, they have some of the best food in America. Make it rain, Spagnuolo, make it rain.
10. Oh, hell, the Giants decided they wanted to see Soulja Boy during Superbowl week up close and personal. SUPERBOWL THAT HO! Spread the phrase.