Monthly Archives: August 2011

Eli Manning in the Class of Brady? We’ll See Thursday

Eli Manning in the same class as Brady? Yeah right...

A couple weeks ago Eli Manning told ESPN that he feels that he’s in the same class as Tom Brady. “I consider myself in that class,” said Manning. “Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.”

Wow…Eli are you serious?! The same class as Tom Brady? Yeah right…and I’m a better running back than Chris Johnson. Come on Eli we’re talking about Tom Brady, three time  Super Bowl winner, six time Pro Bowler, two time Super Bowl M.V.P. you don’t match up to that Eli. Matter of fact you don’t match up to that in Madden.

That was the scene two weeks ago.

Last night the scene was much different. 15 of 30, 200 yards, two interceptions, zero touchdowns, and a passer rating of 43.8. Pre-season or not, two interceptions is just terrible, terrible, terrible (In my Charles Barkley voice). To top it all of Eli has yet to score a touchdown in any game this pre-season and the fourth week against New England doesn’t look that promising, especially after Eli’s comments on Brady.

Now I understand that Eli has won a Super Bowl and was the Super Bowl M.V.P. and went to a Pro Bowl, but he’s no Tom Brady…not even close. So Eli can I ask you what you were thinking? Because come Thursday when you take the field against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots their going to be asking the same question too, what were you thinking?

You’re no Tom Brady, or Drew Brees, or Phillip Rivers, or Peyton Manning, you’re just Eli Manning, the son of Archie Manning and the little brother of Peyton Manning. So I don’t want to hear you say that your in the class of Tom Brady ever again, ok Eli? Actually don’t even put yourself in a class, because chances are you’ll be wrong again.

Good luck this Thursday Eli, you’re going to need it.

P.S. Tell the world that you were wrong and that you’re not in the class of Brady, it will help you out a lot especially come Thursday.

Philadelphia Eagles Weren’t Michael Vick’s First Choice But They Weren’t His Last

The Eagles weren't his first choice, but they ended up being his best.

After being released from Prison on August 13, 2009 Michael Vick signed a one year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He would go to a team where they already had an established quarterback in Donavan McNabb and a good backup in Kevin Kolb. Vick would be the third string quarterback.

The next season Vick would re-sign with the Eagles despite being a third string quarterback once again, except it wouldn’t last long. McNabb after being named the starter again would be traded to the Washington Redskins making Kevin Kolb the starter.

Kolb would get injured in week one where Vick would replace him throwing for 175 yards, rushing for 103 yards and throwing one touchdown. Vick would go onto start the next two weeks in place of Kolb due to his injury. Vick would then get the starting job in week 4 where he would shine as one of the top players in the NFL joining quarterback Tom Brady in the M.V.P. talks.

The Philadelphia Eagles now entering the 2011-12 NFL season as the favorites after signing multiple big name players to deals such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown and getting Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade. Though, this dream season to be may have never happened if Michael Vick decided to go with his first or second choice.

In an interview with GQ Magazine Vick said that the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals seemed like better options at the time. Both teams wanted Vick badly at the time and both teams most likely would’ve made him their starter where in Philadelphia Vick had to wait his turn as McNabb was already the starter and Kevin Kolb was waiting next in line for his turn.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth … I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” Vick told the magazine. “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Do you blame him? However Vick doesn’t regret the decision of choosing Philadelphia at all, “I wanted to be with (coach Andy Reid),” Vick said. “I knew that I was going to have to sit, but I knew it was going to pay great dividends for me. I couldn’t see it at the time, but that goes to show how much I know because of how things worked out. I’m glad to be an Eagle and hopefully I will be for a long time.”

So don’t worry Eagles fans you heard it from him himself, he doesn’t want to go anywhere or regret going here, not even close. He wants to be an Eagle for a very long time.

Kendrick Perkins Arrested: Should Athletes Be Held to A Higher Standard?

Kendrick Perkins was arrested after an altercation early Saturday Morning.

Not only is the NBA in a lockout right now but on Friday Night heading into late Saturday morning, Kendrick Perkins was in a lockout of his own. Perkins was arrested and taken to Jefferson County jail for altercation early Saturday morning outside a bar in South Texas.

A statement from police in Beaumont, Texas, said officers saw a large crowd outside The Ticket night club just after 2 a.m., and received complaints of fights and pepper spray inside. One of the officers saw Perkins surrounded by about 50 people who were forcing Perkins outside the back door of the club. Officials said Perkins who was intoxicated was trying to fight the club’s manager.

Perkins who was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County jail and was released after posting $150 bond. As far as the misdemeanor charges go they’ll just be punishable fines. Perkins agent Thad Foucher declined to comment about his client’s arrest.

Perkins was in the city hosting a camp that raises money for his foundation, which aims to help children learn life skills and drug awareness. Obviously Perkins wasn’t doing what he was teaching as the incident on Saturday night will definitely raise a hand.

Perkins who was traded this season to the Oklahoma City Thunder with Nate Robinson in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic averaged 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block in his very limited season this year.

This incident is just another setback in Perkins career however, being the real first altercation that has been known about Perkins this one club incident can slide. Though Perkins who will now be closely watched by the media like other athletes who have been arrested he’ll probably just go to a charity event and then everything will be “washed away” from there.

But is that alright? Is it really ok to just brush something like this over? Now yes people get arrested everyday for all different kinds of things and some make the media coverage and some don’t. Now obviously Perkins makes the news because of his name, but is it fair to him? Should he be held to a higher standard due to being an NBA player? The answer is yes, it comes with the job.

Not only should he be focused on basketball but behaving off the court is another duty as well. Now it may or may not be written in the contract however he’s still held to it. Sports athletes are held so high in our society today that people will know every single player on their local sports teams’ roster but they can only name a few representatives in their town’s or states government.

So these athletes’ even though just normal human beings have to behave and act in a role modeled manner at all times because someone’s always watching them. Though, people make mistakes because no one is perfect.