posted by Demophon at 06:45 PM on October 16
He was a good and loyal man, but he had become a caricature of himself with is inability to let others run his team as the league had evolved beyond him.
posted by Demophon at 01:03 PM on October 08
Fine then, where does he appear in the top 10 for everyone else?
posted by Demophon at 11:41 AM on July 14
I did not say 7 "no doubt" NFC QBs. I said 7 NFC QBs & 4 no doubt AFC QBs. I only referred to the to no doubt AFC QBs because I think you could arguably put two more (Flaaco & Schaub) ahead of Romo too, but then you go back down the long argument list so I limited the AFC part of the conversation to just the top 4 bringing the total to 11. Its not that I don't like the guy, I just say he is not a top 10 QB and by providing at least 11 options I have proven that point. Apparently your Cowboy fanhood prevents you from hearing rationale conversations about your QB.
posted by Demophon at 10:55 AM on July 14
You should take a look at the one playoff game they played against each other. I'll give you a hint; it didn't go the way you think it did.
Once again, even without McNabb there are still 7 NFC and 4 no doubt AFC QBs who rank ahead of the over hyped product of Jerry World. Romo is NOT a top 10 QB!
posted by Demophon at 07:25 PM on July 13
So today ESPN is doing one of those good things that they still do, the Don't Give Up Jimmy V Foundation auction. I remember watching that speech at the ESPY awards (one of the items I will grant you that ESPN doesn't do right) in 1993 and getting fired up by his words. I listened to it again this morning when they played the speech on ESPN radio and it got me to thinking about how hard it can be sometimes to reconcile what you are hearing with what you know.
Jimmy V was a good basketball coach and a great motivational speaker, but he was a terrible person for the way he treated some of his players while at NC State. It is that snakeskin oil salesman approach that Jimmy V was an early adapter of that has led college basketball to where it is today with the highest paid coach being another snakeskin oil salesman who has built up and then left two programs programs in ruins when he felt that the heat was around the corner.
Jimmy V's message was moving then, only 7 weeks before he passed, and is still moving today, but the messenger must be taken with a grain of salt
posted by Demophon at 10:47 AM on July 13
A draft is about future potential. Calling Romo a "top-10 quarterback" is about the present. If Romo wasn't injured, he was on pace in 2010 to throw for 4,280 yards and 29 touchdowns on 18 interceptions. His QBR was 94.9. Sounds like a top 10 quarterback to me. Only five quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns last season.
A normal draft yes, but as I spelled out in my scenario it's still all about 1 year win or your out. I don't think you get more present than that. In that scenario Romo does not go in the first 10 picks which means he is not a top 10 QB.
As for Romo's 2010 pace, how much of that was also a product of the fact that he was facing some of the lesser quality defenses in the league and was having to play catch up which means more passing plays and more chances to load up those stats. In his 4 full games last year he faced the 31st, 20th, 32nd, 29th, and 10th ranked pass defenses from last season and in the only game against a team in the top half of the league put up his lowest yardage total.
Again, football is a team sport. By that logic, you would take John Elway over Michael Vick or Matt Ryan.
No actually I am saying that as a tie breaker with other things evening each other out I would take Elway over Vick or Ryan. Since Elway is no longer on the playing field of Vick or Ryan I guess I don't have to make that choice. However Romo and McNabb are on the same playing field and McNabb gets the tie breaker over Romo by having not fallen apart like a house of cards in almost every playoff game he has appeared in. If Romo ever proves us wrong like Dirk did this year, then he could get that tie breaker.
As rcade pointed out, the top 10 QBs is about the present, guys like Elway are not participants in the present, so using that point over and over doesn't really make a point yerfatma. The weakest guy in the league that has a ring as a starting QB in my opinion now would be Eli and like I said Eli gets the nod on a tie breaker. I am not saying Eli is exponentially better than Romo, but I am saying I would put him ahead of Romo on the top 10 list.
posted by Demophon at 10:00 AM on July 12
Do I want to see ESPN doing more shows like "The Decision"? No, not really. Do I understand why they did it? Of course, it got the ratings. Is it going to force me to stay away from them? No, because they have never said that their goal is to be all about sports all the time. As insomnyuk pointed out, Entertainment is what the E in ESPN stands for. Its not like they are MTV who started out showing music videos and now you never see music there. You still get to see sporting events on ESPN, they just mix them in around entertainment shows. Do people really want to go back to the days of ESPN showing Worlds Strongest Man competitions all day long before interrupting the marathon for a one hour Sports Center and then showing fishing shows and billiards tournaments until 2am?
To me I compare the people who complain about ESPN's evolution to being the same people who complain about their favorite band that they used to go see play in some smokey bar on the out skirts of town. One day that band gets discovered and becomes big time, but as per their contract with the record label has to play some sugar shit song that gets lots of radio play and makes the weekly top 40. Initially the people are so happy that the band they knew about before everyone else has now made it big, but once they go commercial and become something that everyone knows they suddenly become "sell outs". Which would you rather be, the millionaire rock star living it up in Beverly Hills or the band playing places with saw dust on the floor but living off food stamps because its all about the art?
Well ESPN is now living it up in Beverly Hills while everyone complains that they have abandoned their "art" instead of watching some of the really good TV that they still occasionally put out (OTL, some of the 30 for 30 documentaries). Personally I am willing to deal with "The Decision" and Chris Berman if it gets me more OTL's and 30 for 30's.
posted by Demophon at 09:41 AM on July 12
2. You can tell Donovan McNabb is done when people start using him as a "I'd rather have so-and-so". He's in his Grand Old Man phase if we're pretending he was great under pressure. As I recall, he leads the league in # of times throwing up in playoffs and # of times a teammate said player choked in the Super Bowl.
Even so I would still take a QB who led his team to a Super Bowl over one who has only managed to get out of the first round one time. I am not saying that McNabb is the QB I want leading my team for the next 10 years, I am saying that right now head to head I value what McNabb brings to the table more so than what Romo does. Romo is a product of playing for the Cowboys. If he played for the Seahawks we would being talking about him being compared more to Kyle Orton than Tom Brady. Don't forget that Romo also had a 1-5 record at the time of his injury, yet Jon Kitna took the same team and came within one win of a .500 record (4-6).
Plus even without McNabb on the list that still leaves 7 NFC QBs that I would take ahead of Romo plus 4 no doubt AFC QBs for a total of 11 that prevent Romo from seeing the inside of the top 10.
Here's a scenario for everyone. As part of the new CBA it is announced that every QB in the league is going back into a draft and will be signed to only 1 year contracts. Any team that doesn't make the playoffs gets demoted to the UFL. It becomes an "all-in" year for every team because unless you win you are out of the league. Does Romo go in the first 10 picks? I don't think so.
posted by Demophon at 09:18 AM on July 12
Those are weird, isolated, historic stats. By that measure, you'd have John Elway or Steve Young come out of retirement before you'd pick Romo because nowhere in there does it actually say what they're capable of now.
Actually it shows that players such as McNabb do better under pressure while players like Romo fold like a house of cards.
posted by Demophon at 06:26 PM on July 11
I will give you that Cutler's completion percentage is lower than it should be, he was also playing with a far inferior wideout collection than Romo. Also while Cutler does throw too many picks, his TD to INT ratio (23/16) is pretty much exactly the same as what Romo was on pace for last year (11/7) before getting hurt. Cutler is also a more mobile QB than Romo, averaging a yard more per carry in nearly twice as many attempts. Not to say either is ever going to be Vick-like at the position. Given the choice I would not want to see either one of them under center for my team because of Cutler's poor body language and personality and Romo being Romo, but head to head I will take Cutler every time.
Even though McNabb is on the other side of his career, I would still rather have him because of his post season experience (9-7 as a starter compared to Romo's 1-3, and 4 of those McNabb losses game in Conference championship games while Romo only has been out of the first round once), better record in close games (35-34 to 18-20 in games decided by 7 or less) and much better when closing out the season and playoff chances are on the line (22-11 vs 10-13 in December/January games).
Eli gets the nod for having the better record in all the same categories as McNabb (4-3 to 1-3 in post season, 23-16 to 18-20 in close games, and 16-18 to 10-13 in Dec/Jan games). Plus Eli gets a tie breaker by already having a ring.
For Freeman I know it was just one season but it was also only his second in the league. His making the list is more of an eyeball test than a statistical reason. I watched three games for the Bucs last year and in all 3 he seemed to be cool and collected under center and in the pocket. By comparison Romo always seems to flying by the seat of his pants and seems to lack the field general qualities that Freeman is showing in only his second season. It may have been a small sample that I watched, but I was impressed in that time which is why I would take him over Romo.
posted by Demophon at 03:13 PM on July 11
I can come up with 8 in the NFC alone that I would put ahead of him.
Name them. Romo's 2010 season was shortened by injury, but in 2009 he had 4,483 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Only three NFC quarterbacks had a QBR higher than his 97.6.
Name them. Romo's 2010 season was shortened by injury, but in 2009 he had 4,483 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Only three NFC quarterbacks had a QBR higher than his 97.6.
While everyone knows that QBR is a bullshit stat my eight in the NFC alone are: Rodgers, Brees, Vick, Ryan, Cutler, Freeman, Eli, and McNabb. It may be close with Eli and McNabb, but they both have gotten a lot further in the playoffs a lot more times than Romo has so I would take them before Romo.
All that excludes the AFC where you can add to the list with Brady, Rivers, Peyton and Rothlisberger while Flaaco and Schaub come close as well.
posted by Demophon at 02:10 PM on July 11
Hey if Trent Dilfer can win a Super Bowl then that is proof any QB CAN win one. Sorry Dan Marino.
Although there is no way Romo is a top 10 QB in the NFL. I can come up with 8 in the NFC alone that I would put ahead of him.
posted by Demophon at 11:56 AM on July 11
Today In Inappropriate: War Fighter On Halladay
So who other than Phillie fans were going to be offended by that attempt at humor or was actually going to take it seriously? I don't think that the Fox statement was necessary?
posted by Demophon at 01:05 PM on June 22
And of course we all know that he will be living in Queens and working at McDowells
posted by Demophon at 11:45 AM on June 22
Does anyone else get the impression that Ishaan Tharoor got picked last a few too many times on the playground?
posted by Demophon at 03:38 PM on June 21
I seem to recall Brad Komminsk making a catch along these lines in centerfield at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. A quick search for that also brought up a catch by Jay Buhner at Fenway along the bullpens. If I remember correctly both were ruled as being outs. Not sure why this would have been a question, but it is still a sign of a class act by Welke to have taken the time to answer the question.
posted by Demophon at 11:42 AM on June 13
Blatter must figure that if the Catholic church could investigate itself and find no wrong doing, then FIFA could do the same and people would believe them too. Maybe he has a point, FIFA does have less of a history of letting people by their way into or out of things than the Catholic church does
posted by Demophon at 03:01 PM on June 01
Man I wish my company firewall didn't block YouTube, I would really like to see a video of a fuzzy fruit flipping a bike down a super huge ramp that is not OSHA compliant.....Wait, it wasn't a fuzzy fruit, nevermind
posted by Demophon at 12:02 PM on May 31
Canucks in 7 but Thomas wins the Conn Smythe
Bender, I am coming for you!!
posted by Demophon at 09:38 PM on May 28
Because anytime a double play involves the CF things are going good
posted by Demophon at 09:36 PM on May 28
posted by Demophon at 11:39 AM on May 27
I think that the guys from WEEI should start calling the Tampa Bay marketing department and demand that their fans stop what they are doing.
posted by Demophon at 08:46 AM on May 23
It would seem that Randy "Macho Man" Savage wanted to be a heel to the end, cutting the rest of us in line ahead of the rapture.
posted by Demophon at 02:17 PM on May 20
I am starting to think that the rapture people may be on to something. I mean the Bruins are leading an Eastern Conference finals series and the Cubs are playing at Fenway. I am going to have to see if Massachusetts has passed any laws that allow dogs and cats to live together.
posted by Demophon at 11:01 AM on May 20
I guess we know that Danny Crawford wasn't assigned to work this game
posted by Demophon at 09:47 AM on May 18
Sounds like sour grapes from Kahn. Besides what the Matt Millen of the NBA going to do with the first pick in the draft, pick another point guard?
posted by Demophon at 09:46 AM on May 18
posted by Demophon at 01:14 PM on May 17
Boston and Sharks in 6
posted by Demophon at 10:07 AM on May 16
It is times like this that I think SpoFi needs a like button. It was also nice of Nash to add his support. I wonder if any basketball agents will come out and attack Nash over this?
posted by Demophon at 10:05 AM on May 16
Jorge loves being a Yankee > anything. He's trying his best to help his team win. Today, due to back stiffness he wasn't able to do that.
I am translating this to Posada just had what we call around these parts his Nomar moment
posted by Demophon at 07:31 AM on May 15
So I have been hearing a lot about how southern cities like Tampa don't understand hockey and because of that shouldn't be allowed to have teams. I am beginning to wonder if that should also apply to basketball teams after seeing this week's SI cover.
I know that Texans aren't the sharpest tools in the shed to start with, but I would guess that even they should know that you don't want your fans chanting "DEFENSE" when your team has the ball (look at the graphic scroll on the upper deck facade)
posted by Demophon at 07:40 PM on May 13
Here's a link to the actual article
I remember being heart broken as a kid when Shaw left for Europe for after his rookie season with the Celtics. I would actually go back and forth between pretending to be him and Reggie Lewis out on my porch with my nerf hoop. I wasn't aware of this aspect of his past so this is an interesting read.
posted by Demophon at 05:02 PM on May 13
And sadly I have as many points in the second round of the SpoFi confidence pool as I did after the first. The fact that I didn't make picks in the first round is irrelevant to this conversation.
posted by Demophon at 09:32 AM on May 13
ahh, another douchecanoe
posted by Demophon at 04:58 PM on May 12
On the flip side, I know for years I have been complaining that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning just weren't white enough (tongue firmly in cheek)
posted by Demophon at 11:38 AM on May 12
God is no match for a curse like this
While my favorite part is that this comment came from Atheist, I do believe I am up to beating this curse
posted by Demophon at 02:00 PM on May 10
But he is still a douchbag right?
I prefer douchecanoe, it is a bigger word and I think a more fitting definition
posted by Demophon at 01:57 PM on May 10
"I miss, I miss, I miss, I make." -- Ballesteros when asked by a reporter to describe how he four-putted a green at the Masters.
posted by Demophon at 04:07 PM on May 07
As someone who with some fellow interns once decided that this type of activity was a good idea following a couple of adult type beverages, I will give the guy credit for standing in there and taking it. And he is right about the thinking about it doesn't help any.
posted by Demophon at 03:15 PM on May 06
That loud cheering you hear coming from the North Carolina area would be Debbie Yow preparing to dance on Coach Williams figurative coaching grave
posted by Demophon at 12:10 PM on May 06
Holden, your edit addresses my response, but I do understand that perhaps my title should have been "Where gender equality doesn't go both ways"
posted by Demophon at 05:57 PM on May 03
It is what I think it is, it's just that some people seem to think that it is a one way street, when in fact it should apply both ways. Title IX indicates that there must be equal opportunities for both males and females. Since there are no male field hockey teams the males must play on the female teams. What MIAA is trying to do is minimize the playing opportunities for male field hockey players.
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
20 United States Code Section 1681
While these rules do not exclude the male players from playing, they do prevent them from receiving the same benefits that the female players can attain based on the quota of only (2) males on the field at a time for the same team (dropping to 1 during OT).
posted by Demophon at 04:36 PM on May 03
While it pains me to have to compliment a caught PED player, I do have to say that it appears that David Ortiz gets it when it comes to PR (and I am not saying that he did this for PR reasons only). It was a classy move on his part.
posted by Demophon at 12:05 PM on May 03
Reminder: get your picks in for round 2 of the NHL playoffs in the locker room. The NHL ain't playing around with "days off" between rounds this year, but I'll be lenient on late picks...to a point... =D
Will you be lenient with first round picks too? If so I have:
Canucks in 7
Red Wings in 4
Sharks in 6
Preds in 6
Capitals in 5
Flyers in 7
Lightning in 7
Canadiens in 4 (simply because I still expect the Bruins to choke in the first round)
posted by Demophon at 03:47 PM on April 28
Washington in 6
Philadelphia in 7 with Boston blowing another 3-0 lead (somewhere out there last night a virgin gave birth because you know miracles were happening everywhere if the B's didn't choke in the first round)
Nashville in 6
Detroit in 5
posted by Demophon at 09:42 AM on April 28
Jay Cutler engaged. Maurice Jones Drew quickly tweeted calling into question Cutler's dedication to the marriage
posted by Demophon at 11:19 AM on April 26
What hurt the Lakers was that they were playing the Hornets and not a team of push over pregnant IHOP waitresses
posted by Demophon at 03:24 PM on April 25
This is a hard choice for me. I have been a fan of Hillis since I picked him up in my fantasy league a few years ago when he was the 5th Broncos starting RB of the season and had a good game and a half for me before getting hurt. As a fan of the player I don't want him getting the curse. On the other hand I am an Eagles fan so I don't want the Eagles starting QB to be saddled with the curse either.
Damn it, can we order a recount and get it to be Rothlisberger against Danny Woodhead? We would still have the evil QB vs out of no where white RB scenario and if Ben breaks a leg or the Pats have something evil bestow them I wouldn't be heart broken.
posted by Demophon at 01:32 PM on April 19
Hate to break this to you cjets, but every city has their version of East LA gangbangers so LA is no different than anyplace else and I don't seem to recall hearing anything about the people that attacked Mr. Stow as being gangbangers.
If you want to show that this is anything more than an isolated incident, show further examples of other attacks that have happened at or around the stadium? Just because other people have said they feel less secure, doesn't mean that they are. Is there proof that there is less of a police presence at the park? Has there been an increase in game day crime compared to the general city? Where is there more back up than just this incident?
posted by Demophon at 08:51 AM on April 07
Did you even RTFA? I'll tell you what Demophon, I will buy you a ticket for the next Giants game at Dodgers Stadium. You just have to wear a Giants jersey and hat. I'll even go with you.
Just make sure I have the contact info for your next of kin
Just make sure I have the contact info for your next of kin
As a matter of fact I did read the article and as someone who has attended many a game wearing apparel of opposing teams (Orioles jersey into Fenway many times, and a Red Wings jersey into the Boston Garden when both teams were playing the team of my jersey and I would seem to believe that the Boston crowds are a lot rougher than the Dodger crowds that arrive in the third and leave in the 8th) I would have no fear of attending a Dodgers game wearing a Giants jersey and hat.
I'm not buying it. It's a cop-out these organizations are feeding you in order to put more cash in their own pockets.
Or more likely it is fake outrage from people like Simers who need to blow events out of proportion to sell news papers. As tragic as this event is for Mr. Stow and his family, it was still one assault that happened in a very large city. Is the attack on Mr. Stow any worse than for example the assault that happened 2 days earlier in Granada Hills? No, it is just a case that this one has gotten the public's attention.
On the other hand if 2000 cops were to be added to the Dodgers parking lot, how quickly would we be hearing about how other parts of the city were not being covered and crimes were committed there. There is a finite number of officers which means that eventually they have to start racking over OT to work events like baseball games and money with which to pay those officers which means costs for other items need to go up (either ticket prices or taxes). People need to stop having knee jerk reactions to anecdotal events.
posted by Demophon at 04:04 PM on April 06
Other surprise comments from Mr. Poulter:
The sun will rise in the east and set in the west.
The winner of the tournament will be given a green jacket.
Another person who won't win the tournament, Ian Poulter.
posted by Demophon at 03:10 PM on April 06
Is this a reprint of an old article? I am confused as to how a guy who died in 2002 is missing the draft for the first time in 2011?
The article however was an interesting read.
posted by Demophon at 03:07 PM on April 06
In no way shape or form should the people who attacked Mr. Stow be allowed to get away with this. However to say that the attack was preventable by adding another 2000 cops to the security detail is preposterous. Could it have been a deterrent? Possibly, but is financially viable to be adding 2000 more cops to 81 games per year? You thought that tickets were expensive before? Imagine the cost afterwards? (2000 cops for 5 hours (3 hour game plus 1 hour before and 1 hour after) at $100 an hour (rough guess on cost) is a cool $1 million, divide that by 44,000 fans and you are adding an extra $22.75 per ticket, more than doubling the cost of bleacher ticket at Dodger Stadium)
As for the idea that the attack was followed by the smallest weekend crowd for a Dodgers/Giants weekend game since 2003, do you think that might have had more to do with the fact that the Dodgers are looking like a last place team with Marcus Thames as the starting left fielder as opposed to one attack? I mean we heard about more maple bats attacking fans at Dodger Stadium in the last couple of years than we have about fans attacking each other.
Maybe this really is just an isolated incident and not the first moment in a plague of Dodger fans turned into soccer hooligans.
posted by Demophon at 02:59 PM on April 06
Crappy thing for Ferrer to do, but what moron brings a baby to a tennis match?
posted by Demophon at 08:39 AM on April 01
The Poet in the Outfield, sounds like a Disney movie to me
posted by Demophon at 12:30 PM on March 25
Grum, I am going to assume that the question is aimed at me (although as a Red Wings fan I take offense at being called a Bruins fan) and you are correct the B's are a team that did just that, plus did nothing but stand around and watch last season after Matt Cooke leveled their best offensive player. So yes, their manhoods are definitely still in question.
If nothing else I would assume that the B's lack of manhood only makes the whooping they put on Les Habitants last night that much worse. I mean the Canadiens did get their asses handed to them by a team that is a confirmed group of Girl Scouts....
posted by Demophon at 11:12 AM on March 25
So Gov. Rendell, people should forget about the Santa incident because it happened 40 years ago, yet your reason first for why Philly fans are passionate is an event that happened in 1977? Talk about recent events.
posted by Demophon at 08:50 AM on March 25
Question for SportFi's from the Great White North. Is there any truth to the rumor that after the shellacking that the Bruins put on the Montreal hockey team, in a game in which the Montreal team was supposed to be reassert their manhood, that people would like the Montreal Hockey Team to change their name so as to not bring further shame to Canadians?
posted by Demophon at 08:24 AM on March 25
Stupid talking balls.
Just became my status message for the day
posted by Demophon at 10:14 PM on March 24
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