- I really like what the Vikings did. They drafted defense, which they obviously need. No more of the Denny 'Constitutionally Incapable of Drafting Defense' Green drafts. - I'm really proud of Iowa-boy Robert Gallery. I hope he tears up the league (even if he did get picked by the Raiders).
posted by Sean Meade at 06:48 PM on April 26
Vikings fan. the most painful things about that Falcons game, in no particular order: - we never should have let them back in the game in the first place. - Green's bad call at the end from this article - the Falcons getting shellacked by the Broncos to prove they didn't belong there in the first place.
posted by Sean Meade at 03:27 PM on December 16
Dirk won't be necessary for a win until june because no win will be necessary until then, at this rate. they should make sure he's healthy.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:38 PM on December 11
Williams is notoriously testy about this kind of thing. remember a couple of years ago when he called KU fans a 'wine and cheese' crowd? is the mounting pressure of not having won it all getting to him? he sure is snakebitten. i pull for him, but he's awfully touchy for this kind of a high-profile job that brings high-profile pressure.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:37 PM on December 11
Thoughts while sitting in front of football with my laptop on sunday(now if only we had Wi-Fi!) For all of those people who said around week 5 that the Bledsoe trade was a bad idea: Baloney! It was too early to tell. Bledsoe is an amazing athlete, but Brady gets it done. True, Drew doesn't have the same supporting cast or coaching. But he makes bad decisions, too. He doesn't have that intangible winner thing. Maybe he's kind of like Marino in that way: great guy, great athlete, great mechanics, can't win it. Some of that is circumstantial. But there are some guys who get it done - the Joe Montanas of the world. He wasn't the most gifted athlete ever. But he could win with the best of them. The Conventional Wisdom is that you shouldn't lose your starting position to injury. I don't think that's right. I think you go with the guy who is performing right now. I think Bill Belichek made the right call last year sticking with Brady (is this a theme?). Most overused phrase in football: guts. This stuff doesn't matter enough for it to be guts. If it does, there's a big lack of perspective. (Of course that begs the question: why do I give it so much time? Is it enough that it's fun?) Terrell Owens is one of the most amazing athletes playing football today. Every catch and run is a potential touchdown. His catch in the second half was totally singular. He's tougher and plays harder than Moss. But he's a punk, so I don't pull for him. I'd pull for effective, decent competitors, guys with class: Cris Carter, Jeff Garcia, Tom Brady, Emmitt Smith, Priest Holmes, and the like. The way to win in the NFL is to put together a solid offensive line as the core for reasonable money. If you hae that, you don't need world-beater backs and recievers. You want a good kicker, too. After that you can get good guys on defense without paying too much. You can get effective backs and recievers. But if you gamble and spend too much money on big free agent 'stars', your O-line will probably suck, and then your stars will get killed. New England has built a good budget team that way without having to go through salary cap hell. Sheesh, I'm talking myself into being a New England fan. Dallas has some young players like Woody Danzler and Roy Williams that they can build on. But they're O-line is terrible now. I'm also becoming a Philadelphia fan. They just keep winning, with whatever QB they stick in there.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:09 AM on December 10
from what i have heard, this was Mack Brown's MO as well, especially at UNC. it's one reason i don't pull for UT.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:13 AM on December 06
i'm not complaining about the no 3 team getting left out of the title game. i'm complaining about the number 3 team getting left out of the BCS all together: 4 bowl games, 8 teams, and no number 3 because of conference championships and alignments and Notre Dame and rights and drawing power and the fact that numbers 2 and 3 come from the same conference. do we really want the BCS to have only one team per conference?
posted by Sean Meade at 09:44 AM on December 04
i like those NFL BCS rankings. plus, they lend further credence to my winning with defense FPP with Oakland jumping to 4th with a mix of good defense and great offense.
posted by Sean Meade at 03:56 PM on December 02
i kept waiting to post this in the comments of Oliver's beat report, which hasn't come yet, so i decided to go ahead and pull the trigger.
posted by Sean Meade at 03:23 PM on December 02
yeah, but it's bad for the Hawkeyes.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:56 PM on December 02
they'd have to take them as the big 12 champ, right? if so, the sticking point is that OS is the big 10 champ, and Iowa is ranked so highly.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:29 PM on December 02
Seattle vs KC - battle of the really crappy defenses. Hasslebeck was yesterday's passing leader and Green was second. i don't see any reason to 2nd guess Martz' Warner pick. i was concerned, but Warner played well. the 'Skins got to him. the Rams' OL didn't do their job. and the Rams are missing Marshall. i don't see how they can make it now. they dug themselves a hole with Martz not running enough and Warner ailing. and the injuries will keep them from doing anything herculean. the Pats passed too much and came back to the run. Spurrier found it yesterday. these mad scientists are cool, but they better remember the run.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:58 PM on November 25
best Heisman quote ever: 'Gino Torretta, whose ratio of Heisman trophies to completed passes in the NFL is 1-0,...' [or something pretty close to that] - Chris Berman
posted by Sean Meade at 11:46 AM on November 22
he's got a bad knee now and figures on having it in 2004 and wouldn't play on a less-than-perfect knee for Larry Brown (or, incidentally, his country). that's my take.
posted by Sean Meade at 11:40 AM on November 22
i'm not 'Mr Patriotism', but our national team just got handed it's butt and Shaq doesn't think he can show up to play for a little national pride? where does he think his egregious salary and endorsements come from? answer: the American Way.
posted by Sean Meade at 01:09 PM on November 18
yo, Jaq. i'll bite. if this is the case, it's the stupidest thing in the world to alienate everyone and especially your so-called 'teammates'.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:58 PM on November 18
my two cents: i have the worst luck: i started McNabb and Maddox on my 4-6 fantasy team yesterday. i think Peter King's exactly right on backup QBs and where to find QBs and the perilousness of the draft (don't i know it: i drafted Torry Holt, Michael Pittman, and Michael Bennett high). 'Jeremy' Shockey. i'm a Vikings fan. I don't mind the Packers. it's the Packer fans that make you want to go crazy. yeah, the AFC East is arguably the toughest division, but you've got to argue against the AFC West, then, and i don't know how to pick a leader. seeing Dallas at the bottom of the NFC East will keep you warm on a cold winter's night. it's almost anybody's Super Bowl to win. no one is dominating now. no one is winning consistently in hard spots.
posted by Sean Meade at 12:54 PM on November 18
Jaime Aron of AP concludes that Dallas is playing good D. And in that article Nelson is talking about having Nick around for the end of the season (like Ufez says above). That's a team that's oriented towards playoff performance.
posted by Sean Meade at 10:28 AM on November 13
how does Kobe at 24 compare to Michael at 24? this is the main question. answer: Jordan had his highest scoring year (1987) the season he turned 24 with 37.1 pts/game. i'm guessing this is when he became dominant. Kobe hasn't scored anywhere near this mark, and probably won't. however, we can attribute a lot of that to having to share with Shaq. MJ didn't have to share with anyone in '87. it would still be three more seasons before Michael began the first three-peat. after '87 Michael's scoring went down. did he learn to pace himself? did he learn to spread the ball around? did he learn to do the other things that win championships. that's Michael's genius: he won. not only was he the most physically talented player, he was also very disciplined, worked hard in the offseason, stayed healthy, knew how to hold a team together. he knew how to win. final answer: time will tell. does Kobe have Michael's physical gifts? similar package, if you ask me. he has already shown the ability to contribute as the first or second most important guy on championship teams (as Michael did at Carolina). but is he a winner like Michael? will he be passionate? single-minded? will he work hard and keep getting better? will he manage his relationship with Shaq better? Shaq is the best center ever and has the ego to go with it. this is something Michael never had to deal with. he was always no. 1, no question. but Kobe's best chance is with Shaq. Michael didn't have to face this challenge. what will Kobe make of it? that way lies greatness.
posted by Sean Meade at 01:11 PM on November 06
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