Posted on: January 11, 2009 5:42 pm

That pick was about 11 months late, Asante

So Asante Samuel got the Eagles started on their way to upsetting the Giants and an interception of Eli Manning.

If only he could have made that play 11 months ago in Glendale, Ariz.

But congrats to Samuel and the Eagles. Good luck against the Cardinals next week.

Posted on: September 12, 2008 3:12 pm

Stop buying Fords!

The Giants and Jets have caved to public pressure, removing German-based insurance company Allianz from talks to acquire naming rights to their new stadium, scheduled to open in 2010.

Much like the LPGA Tour decision to give in and give up on its plan to punish players for not being able to communitcate in English, the NFL teams' move is one of expedience. It is the correct PR play. But don't mistake it for an admirable display of conscience or integrity. Because as we all know, professional sports franchises are big business. And big business is sorely lacking in both.

But let's examine this situation: A company that backed a heinous regime in Germany more than 60 years ago is being punished, though none of its current employees or executives had anything to do with insuring the Auschwitz concentration camp or any of the Nazis' other actrocities during World War II. In fact, the company has spent considerable time, money and effort trying to atone for its past sins.

So, how many of you drive a Ford? Adolf Hitler said of the company's founder that "I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration."

How many people wear cotton, produced by companies that used slaves a century and a half ago?

How many people have items imprinted with "Made in China"  -- while those companies finance a regime among the worst in world history when it comes to human rights?

Been to a Citgo gas station lately? Then you support Venezuela's socialist, oppressive regime.

Maybe some of you are in the habit of using illicit drugs. Millions of Americans do, so it wouldn't surprise me if some readers of this site are included in that group. Cocaine finances Marxist-Leninist militias in Colombia. The Taliban in Afghanistan uses proceeds from poppy cultivation and heroin production to pay for its terrorist works.

Maybe there is a Russian company you purchase products from that was in Stalin's corner when he was murdering 50 million Soviet citizens.

In short, holding the actions of a company from 60 years ago against it today -- when it has made every effort to disconnect itself from that past -- is mighty hypocritical. Yes, be outraged at what the company did. Be outraged at the Nazis for their genocide.

But do not let that outrage cloud your judgment.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 2, 2008 1:37 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2008 1:39 pm

It's prediction time

So yesterday CBSSports.com video coordinator/jack of all trades/generally good guy Eric Kay asked me and desk neighbor Sid Saraf to come up with some Super Bowl predictions for something called the 'mobile site' (I think he made that up to make it look like he does more work).

Since this 'mobile site' doesn't really exist and nobody will ever get to see this, here are my predictions for Super Bowl XLII:

  • Coin toss: Patriots win coin toss, defer and kick off … leading to ….
  • First to score: Domenick Hixon, opening kickoff for TD.
  • MVP: Laurence Maroney – 18 carries, 138 yards, two touchdowns in second half as Patriots kill the clock.
  • Final score: Patriots 35, Giants 13 (14-13 at halftime, Patriots pull away in third quarter).
  • Total interceptions thrown: Four – three by Eli, one by Brady.
  • Touchdowns by people named Moss: Two, both by Randy. Pats midget CBs wish Sinorice would play more, since he’s the only guy they can look down on.
  • Number of field goals: Two, both by Lawrence Tynes.
  • Best commercial: GoDaddy.com (best commercial means closest to nudity, right?)
  • Chicken wings or pizza: Wings and pizza, but if I have to choose, make it 30 of Bru’s Room’s finest. Hot, with the bleu cheese, celery and carrot fixins.
But seriously ... actually, those are my predictions and I will stick with them.
Posted on: January 29, 2008 6:01 pm

Media Day therapy

After a day of watching inane interviews during Super Bowl Media Day, I need to get a few things off my chest.

Whoever think's Chris Berman's schtick isn't tired, raise your hand.

Is this guy serious? Calling Chris Berman a legend? Maybe in the world of ESPN, where if they didn't think of it, it didn't happen (like Peter Gammons today 'breaking' the news that Johan Santana got traded to the Mets, 10 minutes after I read it on the USA Today website. And that was five minutes after somebody told me about the story).

I think it is telling that every reply in this thread defends Gregg Doyel, and to get the CBSSports.com users to defend Doyel is a pretty neat trick. When I was 10 years old, and ESPN was still new, and Berman still had hair, I enjoyed his routine. Now he is a caricature of himself, a complete buffoon. Though he did give us 'You're with me, leather.'

Now, read Gregg Doyel's blog.

The usual attention-seeking loonies were out in full force:

  • Somebody trying to get Pats special teamer/wide receiver Kelley Washington to try on red high heels.
  • A pre-adolescent kid doing interviews for that four-letter network.
  • Some American Idol flunky doing interviews for Jay Leno.
  • The wonderful ladies of TV Azteca.
  • And my favorite part -- players who don't have their own podiums because hardly anybody wants their quotes grabbing a camera or microphone, walking around and asking their own questions. It's Media Day, have some fun.
  • Annoying: The NFL Network guys getting to ask the first questions because they run the show. Then Rich Eisen asking Tedy Bruschi 'What is your favorite source for NFL news' and basically forcing Bruschi to say NFL Network or Roger Goodell will suspend you.
  • I get sick of the clowns at media day, but it's also fun to see and hear the reactions from 'legitimate' members of the press, who are just out there looking for easy quotes before they hit the free buffet.

One thing is for certain -- it is nice to see the Patriots back in the Super Bowl after the NFL inexplicably allowed its showcase event to go this long without its showcase franchise.

Can they play the game tomorrow?


Category: NFL
Posted on: January 27, 2008 7:54 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2008 7:55 pm

The new math: 13-6 is better than 18-0

This was bound to happen, with the Patriots overwhelming favorites to win Super Bowl XLII.

Pundits, experts, insipid TV 'talent' -- they all start talking themselves into crazy things like the Giants winning the Super Bowl. They cite New York's 10 straight road victories, an NFL record only because the Patriots (ahem, 8-0 on the road this season) were too good to have to play away from Foxborough in the playoffs.

Then it's on to momentum, like an 18-game winning streak doesn't build a little momentum. And claiming that because the Giants 'stayed close' and 'hung with' the Patriots in Week 17, that gives New York some kind of inside track to defeating New England. I doubt Tom Coughlin was telling his players that after the game, and he probably isn't saying that this week. He knows a loss is a loss, and that the Patriots learned just as much as the Giants did in that game, making it a non-issue.

Another popular talking point this weekend is that the Patriots have forgotten what it's like to lose. That couldn't be further from the truth. It is precisely because of last year's loss to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game that the Pats are putting together a historic season. Much like the '72 Dolphins used their defeat in the previous year's Super Bowl to the Cowboys as motivation for their perfect season, the Pats do not want to walk off the field as the defeated team this year. That, and the game highlighted weakness that the Patriots fixed in the offseason with the additions of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth and Adalius Thomas, not to mention having Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau healthy for the entire season.

Do not let the talk fool you. The Patriots are the first NFL team to reach 18-0, and get this close to 19-0, for a reason -- they are a great team on the verge of history. And the Giants are 13-6 for a reason as well -- they are a flawed team that caught fire at the right time to get this far.

I remember another team that won three straight playoff games on the road to reach a Super Bowl against one of the NFL's greatest teams of all-time. The result? Bears 46, Patriots 10. Maybe the Giants can keep it closer than that, but that's about it.


Category: NFL
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