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Congrats Florida on winning everything in sight April 3, 2007

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Pretty impressive what U of Florida did:  two NCAA basketball championships and one football championship in between. The damn athletic director down there deserves a cookie and a half.

It will be interesting to see what happens now with the Gators. Is there any chance of Horford, Brewer, and Noah coming back to try and three-peat.? That would be something else. You would have to go back to the late 60s/early 70s for that kind of dominance. And what about Donovan. Kentucky is pushing awefully hard to get him, and would think it would be very tempting to come here. The reason I say that is that even though Im sure Donovan was happy for the football team to win, no coach wants to share the glory. In Lexington, if you bring the Cats to a championship, you are a god. In Gainesville, they might love ya, but its still a football town in a football state.

True, UK fans generally suck. We think we deserve the best, and maybe we do with our vaunted history. But we are assholes through and through i.e. Tubby. Great coach and he got ran out of here. I wish him the best in Minnesota, but I am glad he is gone, just dont think he was right for our system. Donovan would be: an all-around great coach, and can recruit with the best (see players listed above, and thats just half the team).

My prediction: the players head for the NBA, happy with their two titles, and Donovan joins the Wildcat-blue. Good luck to both teams, they are going to need it.

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Sports musings March 31, 2007

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Couple things happened recently and I just wanted to put my two cents in:

First off, the Schaub deal. Atlanta traded Matt Schaub to the Texans for two 2nd round draft picks. I dont think either team is really going to benefit from this deal.  The Texans believe for some reason that David Carr was the problem when he wasnt really even a factor in their misery. True, he is not very good, but then again, the whole isnt very good. The defense is coming together, slowly albeit, but they are a team that is building towards the future. Schaub could turn out to be very good, but in the offense, especially with that horrid O-line, doesnt really stand a chance. Atlanta signed Redman, who played for Petrino, to back up Vick. Vick is in the waning years of his career, and tends to take a lot of hits when he is scampering all over the field. And nothing against Vick, but if Schaub had the chance to start there full time, Atlanta might have even become a factor in the playoff race. Texans will need those two picks to develop and Atlanta will need a decent backup.

Second, Jaws coming to MNF. Hellz ya!! I am a big fan of Ron Jaworski: the man just knows his stuff. I am glad ESPN ditched Thiesman over Kornhieser.  Tony is very knowledgeable and even has a personality, which is very rare in sports broadcasting nowadays. Tirico is a good play-by-play man, and hard to imagine Jaws and Korn-hole not clicking. MNF just got better.

Third, the NFL making instant replay permanent. I am very wishy-washy on instant replay. It does seem to help on key situations, but I think it takes some of the human element out the game. The refs still make bad calls, that cant be overturned, and even with replay, they tend to make the wrong call. Maybe if they invest more money in the equipment, which they are supposed to do, the it will get better. Only time will tell.

Fourth, Briggs-Chicago-Washington. First off, Briggs is being a damn baby. Deal with the tag, every other player does. Its a part of the game, and the NFLPA agreed to it, so should you. Secondly, no way will Chicago send Briggs to Washington even if the deal is super sweet. Most teams dont even want to move up in the draft, due to money concerns and/or lack of talent in the first round. Also, it would empower future players who have a gripe. Just don’t see it happening. I guess it will be up to Briggs on what happens next.

Kudos to Colts February 5, 2007

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It was nice to see the Colts win for a variety of reasons. The most obvious being Payton, who needed a ring to secure his legacy (according to Marino and Esiason, which I found interesting, seeing how they could never win the big one). Payton comes across as a stand-up guy, who has the mad skills at his position. He is a great team leader, and probably the best PR player of our time. I was very happy for Tony Dungy to win it, even though I would have been happy for Lovie Smith also. They are both class acts in a sport that is brimming with criminals and shit-talkers. They both keep their teams in line (one exception being Tank Johnson, who is just a nuisance no matter what). The Colts winning also gives hope to other teams that have great offenses and weak D’s. Example, my beloved Saints. Everybody says defense wins championships, but the Colts did it with the worst run D in the league, without re-injured Nick Harper, and with Dwight Freeney being a non-factor (he was lined up against a second stringer most of game, and his stat line read 0 tackles, 0 sacks).

I do feel bad for Rex Grossman, who seems like a nice guy, but it is as the Bears got a taste of their own medicine with the Colts getting 5 takeways (to the Colts 3 turnovers, which pretty much spells ugly game). But when your team has lived off takeaways the whole season, it almost seems fitting that is how they lose also.

Nothin’ but Love January 22, 2007

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Poor Saints.  One bad game brings their dream season to a halt.  The Saints played poorly, with some decisive flags and way too many turnovers,  and the Bears played pretty damn well, especially since they only had one penalty and no turnovers. That pretty much sums up that game.

While watching those final, agonizing minutes, and they were panning the Saints sideline, I felt so sad.  But not sad in the sense of poor me, the fan who didnt get to see his team make it to the Super Bowl for the first time. I felt sad for the Saints themselves. Never, and I mean never, has a team played so hard for their city like the Saints did this year. True, its a talented team, but they played team-ball, and they always left everything on the field.  They just looked for dejected on the sidelines, and I am sure losing in the NFC championship is some kind of painful. But I hope in the next couple of days they realize just how special they were and what they have accomplished on and off the field.

Ive loved them in the worst of times (which is about 90% of their franchise history),  but this year was definitely something special as a Saints fan. It was fun, exciting, and gave us all hope for a bright future for our ball club.

Keep up the good work, guys, and thanks for the incredible year. Looking forward to another good one next year.

Almost too much…but I love you, Saints January 16, 2007

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As a die-hard Saints fan, you get accustomed to losing seasons. It was just our thing, for some reason, we as fans have coped with it for 40 years. Sure, we had our good moments, like our first division title in the early 90’s and the one, lone playoff win against St. Louis in Jim Haslett’s first year. But other than that, the Saints have a storied history of dog-shit.

Watching the Eagles-Saints game this past Saturday was one the most intense, stressful, but none-the-less most exciting times I have ever endured. When Reggie Bush fumbled with a little over 2minutes left, I nearly couldn’t breathe. Seemed like the perfect setting for a Sportscenter spot where the heralded rookie blows it for the underdogs. But that wasnt the case. The Saints D stepped up, contained on the first three plays, false start on 4th down by Philly, and for some ridiculous reason, Andy Reid punted with 1:56 left in the game. Why he did it, dont know, but he will be getting a Fruit cake from me next Christmas. Duece gets another 1st down on the ground, giving him a total 143 yards on the ground, with 20 receiving, and 2 touchs. We kneel, we win, and now we meet Chicago next Sunday at 3pm.

Im loving every moment of this season, but cheese and crackers, it is fucking intense. Its hard not to think that we are one game away from the Big Dance. Da Bears will be tough to beat, especially at home, but I think we can take them. Should be a good game, and no matter what, the Saints made it to the NFC championship game this year, and that in its own right, is mighty impressive.

Love ya boys, and see ya Sunday, high blood-pressure and all

Game time January 9, 2007

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Saints are scheduled to play the Eagles this weekend, Saturday at 8pm. Remember when the Eagles were the hot team at the beginning of the season? Remember who ended that little streak of theirs? The Saints. Guess who is the hot team all over again: Eagles. Guess who is gonna stop them again: the Saints. Not worried about Garcia, its going to be Westbrook who gives us problems. Good news is that Lito Shepard is out for the game, which will help our already stellar WR corps. Horn, Colston, Bush, Henderson (if he doesnt drop the ball): it could be sick.

Already thinking NFL Draft 07 January 4, 2007

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Playoffs havent even started, and its hard not to think about the upcoming draft in April. My friend is a Raider’s fan, and he is already started talking about what QB they should draft. Its obvious the Silver and Black need help on offense, since their D wasnt too shabby this year. And when you have the number one pick, it is understood that you take an offensive weapon, not a linemen. And since they pretty much wasted a pick on Gallery 2 years ago, I would be surprised if they took another linemen in the first round any time soon. The talk now is Brady Quinn, but since he didnt put on the best show against LSU, he stock probably took a hit. And now everybody is Jemarcus Russell, LSU’s junior QB. But a bit earlier to jump on his bandwagon, I think.

I personally believe they should take a RB, and try and pick up Jake Plummer in the off season. With their Defense a tinge on the older side, they need to make some moves quick if they want to have a chance in the next couple of years. I think they should shoot for Adrian Peterson if he comes out early. More than likely Plummer is going to try for a team where he can start, and their aint no better place than Oakland.

Saban is waiting… January 2, 2007

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Looks like Saban will wait til tomorrow morning to make his decision on whether or not to go to Alabama. He was offered a 7 year, $40 million contract from ‘Bama, which is quite a bit more than the $4.5 million a year contract he is getting from Miami. I think he will go, and here is why:

1. If he looks down the road with Miami, he might see a dim future. His defense is getting a bit long in the tooth, and Jason Taylor is talking retirement (granted, I dont think he will, but its always a sign that they are close when they say it).

2. Signed Culpepper to a long contract that might come back to haunt the franchise (see Drew Brees).

3.First losing season for Saban in his 13 years as a head coach. He is very competitive and I doubt it fits him well.

4. He knows how to coach in the college and has the hardware to prove it.

Either way, I still like Saban. I would love to see him coach college ‘ball again. I wish it wasnt in the boonies of ‘Bama, me being a LSU fan and all, but he brought us a championship, so he will always be cool in my book. If he were to stay in Miami, it would be hard not to respect a man who decided to stick with his original goal: win it all at the next level.

Saints are Marchin’ In…finally January 2, 2007

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First post here, so figured I’d throw a shout out to my boys in NO, the Saints. After going 3-13 last year, it was a little hard to imagine anything much different happening this year (I am a jaded, bitter fan, ya know). I always have my hopes up, with a sense of doom lingering in the background.

But this year…oh, this year was so sweet!! Finished 10-6 with a coach-of-the-year finalist, Sean Payton, and a potential MVP in Drew Brees. They (the figurative “We”) also earned themselves a first week playoff bye. I think we have as good a chance as anybody in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl, but I stay cautiously optimistic. This weekend will be nice and relaxing without having to stress with the other playoff-fans. I plan on doing plenty of that in the following week.

Darrent Williams January 2, 2007

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Poor Broncos….

Not only to not make the playoffs because of an overtime lose to the Niners, but also have their young CB Williams gunned down later that night.  It sounds like it was not necessarily aimed at Williams, personally, but, in my opinion, it sounded like the gunmen opened up on Williams just because he was in a Stretch Hummer Limo.  Other people were in the vehicle, but they were much more fortunate, with Williams being the only death.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.