Posted on: February 6, 2013 1:10 pm

My Top 10 Most Hated List

Sportsline recently put together an article based on a poll of Atheletes who America hates. I thought I would have some fun and put up my own personal list.
My top ten most hated list(in no particular order): Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, DeSean Jackson, Tony Romo, Donovan McNabb, Coach K(not even gonna attempt to spell that name), J.J. Redick, Christian Laettner, Steve Wojokowski.

Runner up goes to every white Duke player in school history(Hurley, Cherokee Parks, Josh McRoberts,Cris Collins, the brothers Plumlee, etc. etc.)

PS- Kurt Busch and Lance Armstrong shouldn't be on this list because driving a car and riding a bike on steroids are not sports!

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 3, 2010 10:19 pm

My evil plan is working.

Choosing who to root for between the Eagles and the Cowboys is like choosing between dying of Aids or testicular cancer.

Having said that, I knew exactly who I wanted to win.

I pulled for the Cowboys for one of the first times in my life.  My reasons were twofold.

First of all the Eagles have actually become more hateable than the Cowboys for the first time since they let T.O. go.  If T.O. had remained on the Cowboys I would have had a very tough choice.  But since he is gone from there as well I picked the Boys.

Having said that, I still hate both teams.  But with the Cowboys winning it will be harder for either team to get to the Superbowl.

Because Philly lost Minnesota has the two seed.  It also means that one of these two teams is definitely going to lose next week.  Whoever wins must go on the road to win another game.  This will require winning in a dome, which takes away a major advantage for the Eagles.

Phase one of my evil plan has been a success.  Phase two requires Philly to beat Dallas next week so I can still joke on the Cowboys for being the only NFC team (besides Detroit) not to win a playoff game since 1996.

Then I will put on my Favre jersey and hopefully watch Minnesota squash every Eagle fans dreams.

First things first.  Go Philly next week!

PS-feel free to lather me with derogatory Redskin comments.  Obviously the Skins suck and everything you say is sadly true.  Just remember that just because the Redskins suck it doesn't make what I'm writing any less true
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 27, 2009 6:49 pm

A few thoughts on the NFC East prognostications

The Eagles proved last year that the NFC East is the best division in football.  They went to the NFC Finals despite going 2-4 in the division and getting swept by last placed Washington.  If that doesn't prove parity I don't know what does.

The Eagles are the hardest team to figure out this season.  I could see them win the East with their talent, but I could also see them finish last due to chemistry issues and injury concerns.

The Giants are probably the safest bet this year.  Even if the recievers don't pan out I have a hard time imagining them going any worse than 10-6 or 9-7.  Their reserve linemen are better than most team's starters.  They are good where it counts: in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

Dallas has been totally overlooked this year, and I can't figure out why.  Does the loss of TO really mean that much?  This is the same team minus two significant players that everyone expected to win it all last year.  Maybe the experts are just afraid to get burned again.  If the defense can improve Dallas will be very good.  The offense will not miss TO.  Their season's success or failure lies with their defense.

The Redskins have the least pressure and most upside of any of these teams.  No one in the media has predicted anything better than a battle for third place, with most placing them squarely in the cellar.  There are no expectations, which could be a very good thing.  The defense should be superb, and Jason Campbell will be playing with a chip on his shoulder during a contract season.  That could go one of two ways, but if the line holds up I think Campbell has the skills to play smart, winning football.

As always with the Redskins, the difference between 8-8 and 10-6 is the ability of the offense to score 20 points a game.  If they can manage that the defense will do the rest.

Injuries play a huge role for every team.  But in the case of the NFC East I think that injuries will be the deciding factor in this very skilled, very even division.  As always, the last man standing will win.
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 17, 2009 8:43 pm

The real lesson that Michael Vick has learned

As a person who grew up in the same city at the same time as Vick, let me shed some light on this issue.  Vick may or may not have learned the lessons that the public at large want him to have learned.  But he most assuredly learned the most important lesson of all.

That the "street” and the "friends" you keep on the street will turn on you as quick as fortune can turn in their favor.

The people that he stuck by for no other reason than he grew up with them and wanted to remain true to his roots sold him out quicker than you can say "immunity for court testimony".

People who claimed to be his friends and used his finances and property to carry out this operation were rewarded by the justice system for allowing the system to catch the bigger fish.  As a result, the people who were as guilty if not more guilty than Vick were allowed to exchange friendship for freedom.

I don't know if Vick is truly sorry for his actions, but I know he has learned a valuable lesson about putting street cred ahead of personal interests.

I don't know if Michael Vick spends one second thinking about the cruelty that was committed to those animals, but I guarantee that he spends every second of his life wondering how he had the stupidity to trust the people who were supposed to be his friends.

This incident has broken Vicks last ties to the people who he grew up with and tried to remain loyal to.  For that reason more than any fake apology I truly believe that Michael Vick, remorseful or not, will not let himself be caught up in a similar situation ever again.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 15, 2009 1:56 am

Vick's best case might be Eagles' worst case

Because Sportsline has a letter limit for titles let me state the full title of my article.

Vick's best case scenario might be the Eagles' worst case scenario.

Forget all the "should they or shouldn’t they" talk surrounding the Vick to the Eagles announcement.  Let us examine what this acquisition really means for the Eagles this year and in the years to come.


I was listening to Sirius Satellite Radio this morning when an analyst on the NFL channel (124) posed this question.  Wouldn’t the best case scenario for the success of Michael Vick be a worst case scenario for the Philadelphia Eagles?


The goal for Vick should be to get out on the field during games, make spectacular plays, and win fan and coach support for giving him a larger workload, and ultimately, a starting quarterback job.


For a team that has just given McNabb a two year extension, has a reliable backup in Feely, and has drafted high and spent big money on the future (Kolb), I don’t know where or even if Vick fits into the overall scheme.


If Vick can produce on the field, wouldn’t that be setting the Eagles up for a major quarterback controversy?


This situation has happened before in Philadelphia, albeit in very different circumstances.  But the end results may be the same.


My US History teacher always said that if we don’t learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it (I’m pretty sure he lifted that phrase from someone more profound, but I heard it from him first).


Therefore I submit to you, the reader, a trip down memory lane to remember the Eagles of the mid-eighties.


Ron Jaworski was a quarterback who had done more for the Eagles than any other player at the Eagles' QB position had done in twenty five years or more.


He was a proven veteran who had led the Eagles to the big game five years before.  He was the face of the franchise.


In 1985 Jaws was challenged by a young player named Randall Cunningham.  The coaches saw how explosive he could be and sought out ways to adapt him into the offense.


Cunningham was electrifying, but to the overall detriment of the team.  Jaws was 6-6 as a starter, while Cunningham was 1-3.  The Eagles finished fourth in the NFC East that year.


1986 saw an increased effort to make Cunningham a bigger part of the offense.  He regularly came in on third downs, and he performed well.


While this may have gotten the Eagles a few first downs, it created a rift among fans and players.  Ron Jaworski, who had been the unquestioned face of the franchise for many years, was getting booed every time he went out on the field.  Cunningham was cheered.


The 1986 Eagles finished fourth again, with their record dipping to an abysmal 5-10-1.


Jaws left after that year and Randall became the starter.  Although the Eagles finished 7-8 and missed the playoffs again Randall eventually became a very good QB.


The first "scramble first" QB led the Eagles to three consecutive playoff seasons, but never to the Superbowl.  The Eagles’ desire to showcase Cunningham led to two horrific seasons and the jettisoning of their most bankable player.


The comparisons are eerily similar.  McNabb is the face of the franchise.  He is five years removed from taking his team to the Promised Land.  His new team mate is a "scramble first" QB with great athleticism and instincts.


As I see it the Eagles' goal SHOULD be for a healthy McNabb to play every game and lead his team back to the Superbowl.


NFL players are big boys.  They are pros. 


Off field distractions don’t bother them that much.  However, a QB controversy could tear a team apart.


Therefore I caution Eagle fans, players, and coaches to be careful what you wish for.


Vick may be an exciting player, but does his upside come at the expense of the goals of the Eagles as a team?

Posted on: July 28, 2009 9:46 pm

Refuting the Eagle Love Fest This Offseason

I don't think the media has an Eagle bias.  But Pete Prisco definitely does.  If you want reasons why the Eagles may be overrated I'll give you some.

Brian Westbrook had the worst rushing statistics in the NFC East of the four starting backs last year.  He is also by far the oldest starting RB in the NFC East and is just coming off surgery.  He also NEVER plays a full season.

When healthy McNabb is the best QB in the NFC East.  But with the exception of last year he also rarely plays a full season.  He is also the oldest starting QB in the NFC East.

The Eagles are relying on rookies to play significant roles this year.  Rookie recievers traditionally take longer than most players to get a feel for the pro game, yet two of their top four options are rookies (not to mention their number one target is in only his second season).

The Eagles have replaced two fifths of their offensive line this year (not to mention their tight end).  While on paper it could appear to be an upgrade there could be chemistry issues.  With an aging, injury prone quarterback there could be major consequences if this line takes a few weeks to gel.  By the time they get in stride McNabb and Westbrook could be watching from the sidelines.

The Eagles rely on great schemes and in game adjustments on defense.  Jim Johnson was a master at this.  Jim Johnson is gone this year.  While they will keep his philosophy in tact they could never replicate his feel for in game adjustments.  The Eagles had a great defense last year, but looking over the roster it is striking how ordinary their d-line and linebacking corps are (they do have a good secondary, even without the aging Dawkins). 

The question is can the new D-coordinator get these players to perform as seemlessly as Johnson did?  That is a big question that won't be answered until the season is played out.

The Eagles ARE talented.  But they are not far and away the most talented team in the NFC, or NFC East for that matter.  Their PR turnaround from the Bengals game last year to the preseason this year is the most miraculous thing I've seen since the Giants won the Superbowl in 2007.  The major difference is that the Eagles were 9-6-1 last year and did not win the Superbowl.
Category: NFL
Tags: eagles, opinion
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