Over the past couple years the Oakland Raiders have been just terrible or as NBA analyst Charles Barkley would say “turrible.” However this 2011-12 NFL season, the Raiders looked like they had a chance to be good. Starting the season off with a 23-20 win over the Denever Broncos the Raiders at 1-0 looked like maybe 2011 was their year.
However after losing quarterback Jason Campbell for the remainder of the season due to a broken collarbone the Raiders would go out and acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for two draft picks (A first round pick and a possible first round pick if the Raiders make it to the AFC Title game in 2011-12 or 2012-13).
Of course before the Palmer acquisition the Raiders would suffer a huge loss as owner Al Davis would die at 82 years old on October 8th, 2011. However after the loss of Davis the Raiders would respond winning their next two games improving to 4-2.
Though despite such a great start, the Raiders would have a great downfall as after their week 8 bye week they would lose five out of their last nine games. And if they were to win just one of them, then they would’ve made the playoffs which would’ve changed a lot of things, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers loss and the Denver Broncos win.
Say the Raiders won just one more game during that last stretch, then we wouldn’t have saw the Broncos defeat the Steelers, we wouldn’t have saw that overtime 80 yard touchdown from Tim Tebow to beat the Steelers 29-23. Which might have meant that not as many people would’ve went to church that following day and which would’ve meant that Tebow wouldn’t have had the tweets per second record of 9,420 tweets.
As a result to that, if the Raiders won just one game during that stretch maybe the Steelers would still be in the playoffs as who knows if the Raiders would’ve won that game? However who cares about all the ifs ands or buts as what happened, happened and as a result to an 8-8 season head coach Hue Jackson was fired.
On Reggie McKenzie’s first day as Raiders general manager, he decided to fire Hue Jackson and make a fresh start. “There comes a time when change is necessary,” McKenzie said Tuesday. “For the Raiders the time is now. The Raiders organization, with respect and deference for all its tradition and history, is about to embark on a new era.”
A new era, that may had never started if the Raiders won just one more game, an era that may had come at a different time or an era that may had been written a different way such as a surprising Super Bowl win from the Oakland Raiders in this 2011-12 NFL season if they just got that one more win.
The joke of the season for bad teams has been the “winner” (the worst team in the NFL) gets quarterback Andrew Luck at the end of the season. At first, the joke generated some laughs but overtime like mostly any joke; it was just a little too much.
And like all jokes, when one comes to an end another forms…well at least I think this is another joke; Andrew Luck versus Cam Newton, who’s better? It’s an obvious answer; Cam Newton. Newton not only performed great at the College level by not only winning a Heisman Trophy but a National Championship as well. As for Luck he hasn’t won either of the two.
Then the next reason why Newton is clearly better is, look at how he’s been performing; 422 yards in his first game, 432 yards in his second game, I mean come on that’s ridiculous! The last time a quarterback did that was…well…uh, NEVER. The way that Newton has been performing this year with the Carolina Panthers, a team that went 2-14 last year is unbelievable. So unbelievable that no one expected it as critiques said that he was a bad pick, the next JaMarcus Russell, that he wouldn’t make it in the NFL, and so on and so on.
Well the critiques were certainly wrong that time and they’re again this time, because Andrew Luck a quarterback for Stanford who Cam Newton beat out in the Heisman race last year and who didn’t win a National Title and who hasn’t played a snap in the NFL yet, to be compared to one of the greatest rookie performances of all time, is just ridiculous! R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. RIDCULOUS. I mean even people living under a rock know that Cam Newton known as Lights, Cam, Action, is way better than Andrew Luck. Heck, Luck’s name shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as Cam Newton.
NFL Wide Receiver, now free agent, Terrell Owens held his own practice for all NFL scouts and teams on Tuesday with an open invitation. The only problem was, no one showed up.
Though that didn’t hurt the 37 year olds confidence at all, “I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested,” he told ESPN.
Owens who played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season played in 14 games catching 72 balls for 983 yards. Though despite an off year he wouldn’t be resigned or picked up by any team. Then in April things would get even worse for Owens as he would tear his anterior cruciate ligament forcing him to undergo surgery.
Though months later after the injury Owens looked fine and felt fine, “I felt very comfortable out there,” Owens told ESPN after the workout. Owens participated in some drills and caught passes Tuesday in his workout that was televised on both ESPN and the NFL Network. Owens didn’t do anything else.
And unlike his last “open practice” which he held last time in his drive way when he was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens this time was clothed. Wearing a shirt that said “I am” on the front and “ready” on the back was showcased by Owens during the beginning of the workout until he ended up eventually taking it off.
The quarterback throwing Owens the ball was Casey Harsen, a former quarterback at Norfolk State and a former Arena Football player.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN and reporters that he plans to send the tape of Owens’ workout to all of the 32 NFL teams after the workout, showing that there are no worries for the empty crowd at the Owens’ camp.
Owens wasn’t shaken by the empty bleachers either as he said that his workout “speaks for itself.”
“I only need one team,” Owens told the NFL Network. “I only need one chance.”
Besides who cares if none of the NFL Scouts showed up anyways, it’s just practice…not a game…not a game. Yes, that’s right Allen Iverson it’s just practice. So NFL Scouts, get your popcorn ready because Owens’ workout tape is getting ready to give you guys a show.
Since the season began the only thing that the Denver Broncos fans wanted besides a win was Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback and in week five after a 1-3 start their wish would come true.
Trailing 23-10 in the third quarter with less than nine minutes to go the Tebow chants would start, just like the fans did every week. However this time would be different as their chants would be answered as number 15 took the field. Following a sea of cheers the Broncos with Tebow under center would go three and out.
Then on their next drive, three and out again.
The move from Kyle Orton to Tebow started to appear like maybe it wasn’t a good one. That was until 6:35 in the fourth quarter when Tebow ran it for a 12 yard touchdown, 26-18 Chargers lead (After a two point conversion by Willis McGahee). Then on their next drive they would score again on a 28 yard pass to Knowshon Moreno, 26-24, Chargers lead.
The Denver Broncos looked like a new team. Though the Tebow switch wasn’t enough to prevent the Chargers from getting the win as a 35 yard field goal with 24 seconds left would seal the game for the Chargers as they would win 29 to 24.
Then three days later after the loss, Broncos head coach John Fox would make it official as he named Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. “Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it,” Fox told ESPN. “We haven’t gotten it done as a football team. It’s not one guy. It’s not all Kyle Orton’s fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games.”
The Broncos will travel to Miami this weekend to face the 0-6 Dolphins in a must win for both teams and Tebow will now be in full control to try to turn this season around for the Broncos.
Now besides the Broncos fans some people have had mixed feelings about Fox’s decision as they feel that the 1-4 start wasn’t all Orton’s fault and I don’t blame them. However like Fox said they had to make adjustments and adjusting to Tebow was the right choice and here’s why. Not only do the fans approve which will bring in more revenue but Tebow almost made a comeback last week against the Chargers with just a half of playing time. Also too, Tebow brings something to the table that Orton doesn’t and that extending the play. Tebow’s speed and quickness, something that Orton lacks helps in a lot of ways.
For instance when the play breaks down, Tebow can run it. When the blocking fails, Tebow can run the ball or run away from the defenders and complete the pass. Lastly he improves their red zone offense by adding the threat of him running the ball in.
The move to Tebow was the right move and a move that had to be done. At 1-4 and in dead last in the AFC West Tebow brings hope to a season that appeared to be lost. It’s Tebow time boys and girls, it’s Tebow time.
About two weeks ago the Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard. Many questioned the decision and believed that they were finally turning the page to a new chapter; the chapter of rookie Blaine Gabbert. However the Jaguars denied it and said that Gabbert still would not be their starter and that Luke McCown would take over the starting job and remain there until further notice.
Though it wouldn’t last long, 59 yards, six completed passes and four interceptions later the Jaguars after suffering an embarrassing 32-3 loss to the New York Jets last week would turn the page again. This time it was on the page and chapter of Blaine Gabbert.
Now as we all know Blaine Gabbert was taken number ten overall in the first round out of the University of Missouri. We also know that in his final season Gabbert played in all 13 games, completed 588 of his 933 passes, threw for 3,186 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 127.04…not bad.
Gabbert was the third quarterback taken in the NFL draft behind Cam Newton and Jake Locker. Some said that he was the best quarterback in the draft and he may be, however at this point at week 2 of the NFL, the clear favorite is Cam Newton. 854 yards in two games, that’s unheard of for a rookie quarterback. Though some still said that Gabbert was the best quarterback coming in, and he may be. But what we do know is…that he has a lot of catching up to do.
Coincidentally Gabbert’s first start will be against the Carolina Panthers and against Cam Newton. Who’s also the front runner as of right now to win this year’s rookie of the year.
This will be a great test for Gabbert as he’s playing against another rookie starting quarterback and a decent defense. However the only problem is the “rookie” quarterback that he’s facing isn’t really playing like a rookie; he’s playing like a veteran. A veteran with three championships, two super bowl mvp’s and six pro bowl selections other known as Tom Brady.
With a lot of expectations set high by the number one draft pick Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert the number tenth pick in the 2011 Draft will make his first career NFL start on Sunday. And the only thing that we know is the obvious; he was the number tenth pick in the draft, he’s 6’5, 233 pounds, and he has a tough task at hand; beat one of the hottest players in football; Cam Newton.
So lights, cam, action Gabbert, it’s your time to shine.
Peyton Manning has been a top the sports world lately with breaking news varying from him likely to missing the whole entire season, to missing a few games, to missing none at all. The truth is; no one knows, there all just rumors. However what we do know is that doctors have told Manning not to practice which would mean that he wouldn’t play this Sunday ruling him out for week one…at least.
The thing that sparked this whole Manning trend came late last night when a report broke from John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 Indianapolis that Manning was going to have undergo neck surgery again and that he was going to miss the entire 2011-12 NFL season.
After news broke about Manning expected to miss the entire NFL season, articles, tweets, facebook posts, you name it began flooding the internet.
The good news is the Indianapolis Colts responded today saying that they have no intentions in another neck surgery for Manning meaning that he wouldn’t miss the whole entire season.
Though don’t expect this to just be a one or two week injury, because it’s not. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t have signed veteran Kerry Collins to a two year, $14 million deal. Expect it to be about a four to five week injury in the least, but again who knows.
“I hate it for Peyton,” said Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday to ESPN, one of Manning’s closest friends. “You want him to be healthy, you want him to be back, but you want him to take care of it, too. It’s sad when players face tough times, but I know he’s strong enough to get through it.”
Now we do know that he’s strong enough to get through it, we definitely know that however how long will it take for him to get through it is the question and the other question that comes with it, is how will the Colts get through it.
The Colts first five games of the season are against the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
This Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans would’ve been Manning’s 209th consecutive start in his NFL career but due to not being able to fully recover in time the streak of 208 will come to an end and a new streak will begin; games missed.
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.
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.
Now, this blogger has always been an avid supporter of Brett Favre, but this is starting to get ridiculous. When leaving the Packers, it made sense that Favre would change his mind and want to return. It’s understandable how hard it is for athletes to walk away from the team, fans, and sport they love for a life that is full of really nothing at all. For Favre, it was time to leave the Packers after a tough season, but second thoughts said otherwise. Unfortunately, for Favre and really any Green Bay Favre supporter the wheels were already in motion bringing his replacement Aaron Rodgers and the “train had already left the station” as many upper level Packer personnel put it.
So it was the New York Jets who took over as the ole’ gunslingers next stop, but it was never quite the perfect fit for Favre who wanted to not just play, but also win. Add this to his body wearing down on him by the end of the season and the New York Jets experience left Favre with only really one option and that was to retire again and hopefully find his way to a team that was a quarterback away from being a contender. A team like the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre made it clear when realizing he wasn’t going to be able to go back to Green Bay that he would like to go to the Vikings but the Packers couldn’t let a great quarterback like Favre go to a division rival so it was a trade to the Jets that made the most sense. However, now Favre was a free agent and able to do as he pleased. The Minnesota – Favre experiment was almost a complete success until they lost to eventual champions, the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game.
Now Favre is on the fence and many are saying he’s done with others saying he’s not. No one knows for sure, but as a fan of Favre here’s hoping he figures something out and sticks to it. His legacy deserves better than this.
New York and New Jersey, co-owners of the New Meadowlands Stadium, received some excellent information recently. They have won the bid to host the 2014 Superbowl. A move like this is unprecedented. There has never been a cold weather Superbowl in the past and now the league even has a 50 degree rule for Superbowl play. The average temp in the NY/NJ area around Superbowl time is only 24 to 40 degrees. The league made a 1-time exemption to the temperature rule, “making history” as the official slogan for the NY/NJ bid suggested they do by picking them.
Bringing the Superbowl to the New Meadowlands is expected to bring in an estimated $550 million to the local economy. On top of that, it should help boost the price tag for the naming rights to an estimated $500 million. These figures alone make up approximately two-thirds of the overall cost of the stadium ($1.6 billion). The teams will split 6.2% of the overall ticket allotment, up over the standard 5%, considering there are two of them. Since the ticket allotment is not doubled, a lot of hometown fans will not be able to attend the game.
A lot of big events have been held in the area, but never the Superbowl. This will be the first time an open-aired stadium in a cold weather climate will have hosted the event. New Meadowlands beat out Tampa in a close vote. The new stadium and the opportunity to make history in it probably helped the Giants/Jets win the bid. Tampa will likely bid to host the 2015 or 2016 Superbowl. In the meantime, Dallas will host the 2011 Superbowl, Indianapolis the 2012 Superbowl and New Orleans the 2013 Superbowl.
Superbowl XLVIII will certainly make history just based on the circumstances. However, the opportunity also paves the road for one of the most historic opportunities imaginable for sports – a Giants/Jets hometown showdown. It would truly be incredible if both teams made the Superbowl that year. It would probably be just as exciting as the feeling sports enthusiasts had last year at the chance of two undefeated teams facing off in the Superbowl (New Orleans & Indianapolis), both earning perfect records more than two-thirds of the way through the season. (Neither one finished undefeated, although they did face off in the Superbowl – NO the victor, although both still have upcoming Superbowl games to look forward to in their home cities).
NY/NJ earning the Superbowl bid is really exciting news in the sports realm. It’ll be great to have NYC alive and vibing come 2014. It might be worth it to take a trip to NYC around that time to take part in the festivities, even if you don’t have tickets to the game. Now, if USA could just win the bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup games, sports fans of all types would really have something to be fired up about.