Saturday, December 06, 2008

And the football gods smiled

Florida 31.  Alabama 20.
 
Better luck next time, sucker.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Oh, he unretired again?

Junior Seau thinks he's Brett Favre.  For the, I don't know, 3rd time came out of retirement.  He'll play for the Patriots again.

That's just stupid.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Football 101 for Women

A message from Pauline Crowder:

Hello, Ladies!

Final arrangements have been made for our
"Football 101 for Women" seminar on
Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30 pm at the
Miami Dolphins Facility
[in the auditorium where the Dolphins hold their team meetings]
7500 SW 30th Street, Davie (flyer attached).


Snacks will be provided. You may bring the beverage of your choice.

Please contact me with any questions.
Feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested in joining us.

Call or email for reservations. See you there!

Pauline Crowder
(305)890-9034
paulinecrowderfootball101@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Yeah, well, we'll play 12!

Some Bills sports fan said of the game this weekend "This will be a Bills crowd.  I suspect there will be a number of Miami Dolphins fans. I can't estimate how many, but the Bills will have 12 men on the field."
 
Ummm, yeah, except that's a penalty/

What about that CBA?

The Williamses filed a suit against the NFL and a judge agreed that the merits of the case need to be reviewed, and therefore issued a temporary restraining order to block the player's suspensions.  H eplans to hear their case "soon." (as in after the playoffs?)
 
Predictably, the NFL said that they were within their rights under the CBA, and are expected to turn to a federal court to uphold their own ruling..."There is no merit to this lawsuit and we will promptly seek to have the order reversed."
 
And not at all unexpectedly, the NFL contended that the restraining order would be unprecedented and create a sideshow, disrupting the Vikings team and sending a message to other suspended players that they could file similar lawsuits.  "This program [governing banned substances] would be thrown into disarray."
 
Hmmmm.  And then again, maybe the NFL and the players union need to rethink the way they manage these tests and suspensions.  Oh that's right, they haven't even sat down and started discussing how to create a workable CBA for the future.  And the NFL spent a lot of effort grandstaning a few seasons ago about their drug testing while baseball was still trying to figure it all out.  Yeah, so, no, there won't be labor harmony, and this....this is just the tip of a very large iceberg in player relations that's going to get very ugly very soon.

Just what message is he trying to send?

Our dear friend (the commish, naturally) will be suspending Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams for 4 games for using a steroid masking agent.
 
Only....they didn't use the agent, and instead took a diuretic that had a similar compound not listed among the ingredients.  And their appeal was denied because "we warned players about this product in 2006."
 
Sure.  Take a swing at a guy and pull his hair and you get a measley fine.  But take a diuretic that didn't have an ingredient listed and be accused of taking steroids by default, and get suspended for 4 games.  Oh, and by the way, the last 4 of the season.  When you're in the playoff chase.
 
That's just freaking stupid.
 
I wonder if it had been two Patriots players.  They probably would have had their appeal reverse the decision.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Caught this one earlier

Plaxico Burress was arrested and will appear in court in March for his weapons charges.
 
What intrigued me was the fact that there was a hospital adminstrator was also implicated (for not reporting a gun shot wound to the police, as required by law), and Antonio Pearce may have also been there.  Plus, there are some members of the Giants staff who apparently have some insight into whatever might have happened.
 
And yet the NFL has made it difficult for the investigators to get close to the staffers and Pearce.  Sound familiar?  Roger doing what he does best and trying to protect the NFL's image?

Boo hoo

Bills fans are crying about losing a home game.

Cry me a river.  We had the same thing last year.
 
And - get this - they are blaming the Dolphins!
 
Blame your owner!!!  (hate the player, not the game)
 
When H agreed to send the Dolphins to London last year, he made it clear that the NFL urged the Dolphins to go, but they weren't forced to do so.  It was more for the general good of the league....and it was profitable (financially) to do so.  They made it well worth his while.

Ricky and Ronnie

At their current pace, Ronnie will have about 850 yards, and Ricky will have about 700. 

Now that's a football story

(though its probably one she won't tell her kids about)

From the Des Moines Register:

A Carroll woman who was caught having sex in the men's room at an Iowa Hawkeye football game in Minneapolis last weekend says she’d had so much wine before kickoff that she doesn’t remember walking into the restroom, the man she had sex with in a stall, or when the police opened the door.

What Lois Feldman, 38, will remember is the humiliation afterward.

“It’s ruined my life,” she said through tears today. “Not just the incident but the press.”


Feldman, a married mother of three, has been the target of Internet jokes and prank telephone calls today. She was fired this morning from an assisted living center, where she had been an administrator.

Feldman said her husband, Kelly, has been supportive. She said he faults himself for not going with her when she left her seat to use the restroom before halftime.

“I don’t know what happened,” Lois Feldman said. “But I don’t deny that it did happen because obviously there are police reports.”

Police ticketed Feldman, 38, and Ross Walsh, 26, of Linden for indecent conduct Saturday night.

A security guard who said he saw the two having sex through a gap in a men’s restroom stall flagged down campus police, according to the police report.

By the time an officer arrived, about a dozen people were cheering and laughing in the bathroom while Feldman and Walsh were inside the stall, the report said.

The officer pushed his way through the crowd, opened the door and separated Feldman and Walsh, the report said.

Police described both Feldman and Walsh as upset, drunk and uncooperative.

Chuck Miner, deputy chief of the University of Minnesota police department, said officers tracked down Feldman’s husband.

“I’m not sure how they made contact with her husband, but they needed her husband to help identify her” because she’d given the wrong middle name.

Miner said police didn’t measure the blood-alcohol level of Feldman or Walsh. Asked to respond to Feldman’s claim that she was too drunk to recall the incident, Miner said: “That’s probably an accurate statement.”

Feldman said she’d never met Walsh.

“I don’t know who this man is,” she said today. “I just found out his name in the paper last night.”

Walsh wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Carroll, Feldman’s hometown, is about 60 miles northwest of Linden, where Walsh lives.

Feldman, who describes herself as a light drinker, drank wine at the home of family friends before the football game.

She said she doesn’t remember how much she drank, but the party’s hosts refilled her glass each time it was low “so I’m sure I drank a lot.”

Feldman said her husband later told her he’d tried to talk her out of the game because she was intoxicated.

“He said I didn’t realize it was that bad,” she said.

Feldman said her husband accompanied her to the game, but their friends stayed home.

She said she remembers sitting in the stands one moment and the next “being slammed around by a cop and screaming.”

“Apparently I was panicked and very uncooperative,” she said.

Feldman said she “ran away” from her husband the Metrodome after the incident.

She said a woman she didn’t know offered her a ride home about 11 p.m.

Feldman said she gave her husband’s cell phone number to the woman, who called Kelly Feldman for directions to the couple’s hotel.

Lois Feldman said her attorney has encouraged her to fight the ticket.

“He feels I was taken advantage of in my state of mind,” she said. “This is not me. We’re a very good family. This shouldn’t happen.”

Miner, the campus police officer, said fighting the indecent conduct charge could be a long shot.

“It’s spelled out in the law in Minnesota that intoxication is not a defense to any crime,” he said.

Odd play

I watched the Texans-Jags game earlier, and there was one play that I wanted to mention.  It was a punt, and #11 went into the endzone and came back out.  He was the first one to touch the ball, but the official spotted it at the 1 anyway.
 
Mike Tirico made some vague reference to establishing himself in the endzone, but he was wrong.  And I'm fairly confident the refs got it wrong at that point as well.
 
Then, to complicate matters, Jack Del Rio challenged the spot, arguing that it was a touchback.  However, the replay showed that the ball never crossed the goal line, so he lost that challenge.

What he couldn't challenge was that 11 touched it first, because you can't challenge a penalty or non penalty. 
 
The rule is that a player who goes outside the field of play can not be the first one to touch the ball.  On a punt, the endzone is considered outside the field of play.    So that player left the field, and came back on to touch the ball, which should have been a penalty.

The penalty should havd been a 5 yard one from the  original line of scrimmage, and a rekick.  The result may have been better for Del Rio.  But since it was an illegal touch, that's the rule...
 

International game

I heard today that the Patriots and Bucs will play in England next season.  What do you want to bet that the Bucs lose the home game?  I'd also bet that the schedule will favor the Pats, like they'll play a home game on the Thursday prior or something.  Heck, they'll probably even get to be the home team in the game, and get the first class treatment.
 
So, here's to the fans in England who still don't appreciate us becoming our own nation and resoundingly boo The "Patriots" since they embody that notion.  Maybe Bellicheat will even get tried for treason against the crown...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Officiating

In the Dolphins game, and again in the Vikings game, I saw something that baffled me.  The play started, and immediately the whistle blew for a defensive offsides.
 
But the defender who committed the infraction (the offending defender?) went on to knock down the QB.
 
And no flag was thrown for unnecessary roughness.
 
Usually, the QB is well protected, and I've seen a player get ejected under similar circumstances.  But in both cases Sunday, no foul occured.

The football gods chortled

In a karmic sense of redemption, Matt Light had a bad game against the Steelers.  He probably wasn't the sole reason they lost, but certainly he couldn't handle Harrison's rushing at him.  He gave up two big sacks that swung the momentum to Pittsburgh, and looked like the average player that he is.
 
I'm sure Channing Crowder and Joey Porter will have a private laugh about that sometime this week.

Would/should/could

This probably would have been the key play of the game had they not screwed up on the next few plays (a run for 4, a botched run for -2, and then false start on Long, followed by an inept run).
 
There were about 3 minutes left, and Miami needed 3 for a first down to keep the clock running.  They lined up in a standard I formation (the fullback is behind the QB, and the running back is behind the FB).
 
At the snap, Polite (the FB) made a feign at a block, then there was a playfake to Ricky.  The line and linebackers all thought it was a Ricky run up the middle, but instead Ricky took on the rushing LB, and Pennington turned and threw to Polite in the flat, just over the first down marker.
 
It was well conceived and might have helped drain the clock if everything else had worked....
 
 
 

The wildcat

Here was another wrinkle.
 
This looked more like Georgia Tech's Triple Threat.
 
The line was balanced, with players in their customary positons, and London, Fasano, and Martin in tight, but standing.  Ricky, Ronnie, and Cobbs were in the backfield.
 
No Pennington on the field.  Ronnie was clearly going to get the ball, but what would he do?
 
In this case, the motion all went left, but Ronnie went up the middle for no gain.
 
But it gives the Bills (and three other teams) something to think about when they play.

Ernest Wilford

Wilford actually saw the field this week!  Still didn't have a catch, but he was involved in two memorable plays.
 
Early in the 3rd quarter, Wilford and Bess lined up next to each other on the left side.  The defensive back pushed Wilford, and he fell toward Bess, and they both tumbled to the carpet, leaving Pennington with no one to throw to.
 
Then, a series later, they lined up next to each other again.  And this time, Wilford ran a pick - he literally changed positions and ran into the defensive back who was covering Bess.  That freed Bess to go down the sidelines for a terrific catch with a nice gain.
 
So, at least Wilford provided some humor on the first play when it comes to film study this week, and provided some tangible benefit to the team on the second play.
 

Joey Porter

Joey was quiet - literally - on Sunday.  No reports of extreme trash talking.  No incidents with the coaching staff.
 
And only one tackle and no sacks on the day.
 
With 4 games to go, he's still on track to be one of (if not the) most productive Dolphins ever.  And he could still be in elite company with all-time sack leaders.  But 22 1/2 would require him to average 2 in each of the next games, which seems unlikely.

Long enough

This was a matchup of Jake vs Chris.  #1 pick in the draft vs #2.   The media were hoping for a bit of a rivalry, but turns out that these guys like and respect each other.  And seeing as how the play in different conferences, they won't meet up that often.
 
As far as their first ever meeting, head to head, I'd call it a draw.  When they lined up against each other, neither one really did much.  But, Chris did get a sack from the other side; and Jake had some troubles against some of the other players, and looked a little gimpy on his sore ankle.
 
Overall the "winner" was Chris.

Justin Smiley

Unfortunately for Miami, Justin Smiley broke his leg in the game, and is undoubtedly is lost for the remainder of the season...
Miami guard Justin Smiley is helped off the field after breaking his leg.

Dolphins pull #7 out of their....

You had to wonder how this team would respond after last week's emotional game, and the meltdown that happened at the end.  Would they all come together and play tough, or would they be the victim and get rolled?
 
Early on, they were flat and listless.  The defense more or less picked up where it left off, and couldn't get off the field against the Rams.  And the offense was inapt.  There was not much to be proud of during the early going.
 
But, then, this was the Rams team....and well, they're bad.  And it showed.  Miami was resilient and did just enough to earn the lead, and was able to hold onto it for most of the game.  It may have been ugly, dull, or just plain bad.  But this is the NFL, and a win's a win.  And with losses by the Pats and Jets, Miami is actually back in the thick of the division race.  How weird is that?