Well the sporting weekend has ended and there was a great deal for the fans to rejoice in. And there was also a great deal that they were completely mystified by or just downright upset with. For myself it was seeing the WBC heavyweight title fight that took place between Vitali Klitschko, the champion and Chris Arreola. Suffice to say that the bout ended in the tenth round with a TKO . And the champion , Klitschko was declared the winner. What I for one found repugnant was the fact that the challenger, Arreola , came into the bout highly touted as a fighter. Well he put up about as much of a fight as the French were known have done in surrendering Paris to the Germans in Word War II. Dan Goossen , as the promoter of the event and the WBC at this moment ought to taking some time and asking themselves what the f_ck just happened ?
Now pardon me for saying this, but the Fedex Cup playoff system that the PGA Tour now has in place , elicits about as much excitement as seeing Rosie O’Donnell adorning a stripper pole. And for the lesbians out there who may well feel slighted by my comments then please accept my humble apologies ! The season ending Tour Championship, in the end came down to the game’s two best players, in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson making the event something of a spectacle. But in terms of sheer entertainment and excitement. It bordered on being anti-climactic. Woods was never in with a chance of losing in the overall standings. And while Mickelson had a memorable win of the event. There wasn’t much else that we could glean from this all. On the PGA Tour at present , it’s merely Tiger’s world and about just about everyone else is just playing for the privilege of being alongside him , in being a part of the final pairing on the last day of an event.
Three weeks into the NFL season and what heave we learned ? Well, the Oakland Raiders are still a long way off from where they want to be. And for those fans of the Raiders ,who feel that this team even has some semblance of being disciplined . Then please entertain me with your thoughts on what it is that leads you believe that they are ? Because , as of yet , I’ve yet to witness it, from this team. The Raiders seem to be content with portraying a team that’s inept. Or it could well be that the organization and their fans are quite content with the direction that the team is said to be going in , at this time.
Somehow, some way the Raiders found a way to further sink into the depths of ineptitude. In their home game played against AFC West divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos. This Tom Cable coached team , merely shows us now, that they’ve no right whatsoever to call themselves an NFL franchise. They do the very term an injustice! But yet ‘Raider Nation’ remains deeply faithful to the organization. Their thoroughly lopsided loss 23-3 to the Broncos , would suggest that the team still has a lot to learn. No one more so , than their starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But what might be even more galling is the fact the talents of players , such as Michael Bush and Darren McFadden are being wasted.
While the Raiders continue to be content with the travails of Russell as a player, in the NFL. It’s my contention that the Raiders deserve far much more than they’re presently getting from Russell. But rather than having improved at the position. He’s regressed as a player and at the position. His decision making is horrendous and his understanding of the game borders on the fact that he can’t yet read defenses-much less understand the playbook. Defensively, let’s just say that the team hasn’t any semblance of that , at all !
And if you were under the impression that the Oakland Raiders were the only team to be languishing in the bowels of ineptitude. Then think again ! The Cleveland Browns , Kansas City Chiefs, St Louis Rams , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last season’s AFC East division winners , the Miami Dolphins . All of whom , are now staking a claim ,as to who might just be the worst team in the NFL at present.
My choice, as to who now holds that unique distinction , as being the worst team in the NFL. Well look no further than the NFC South‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers . They’re now making the Detroit Lions‘ winless season of a year ago, seem like a stark reality that it’ll be repeated once again. Already at 0-3 and their division being somewhat of a competitive one. Their fans now have to put up with the idiocy of their young first year coach ,Raheem Morris, making ridiculous statements about the commitment and competitiveness of his players. I know it’s one thing to try and spur and encourage your players. But what Morris is now trying to inspire , isn’t at all helping situation. Especially when it comes to the very fact that the players themselves possess about as much will to win as you or I would want to have one of our legs chopped off , just for the fun of it.
Sunday , we saw this Buccaneers’ team perform with all the adroitness of an overweight ballet dancer who’d forgotten their steps. And all this was done, as they entertained their guests ,the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium , in Tampa ,Florida. The resulting game ended with the Giants ‘blowing out’ the Buccaneers 24-0 . This was all made easier by the sheer audacity and inept play by the Buccaneers on both sides of the ball. I’d contend that instead of Eli Manning quarterbacking the Giants. You could have inserted either Andrea Bocelli or Clay Aiken into the position , you may well have gotten slightly better production from either in the position playing for the Buccaneers. But the end result, would still have been the same . And if you feel that my contempt of the Buccaneers is overdone. Then consider this, it tells you something as to how inadequate this team is when their # 3 quarterback , Josh Johnson had more passing yards and rushing yards than the other members’ of the Bucs’ offense combined, in the game on Sunday. And when one bears in mind that the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback is none other than Byron Leftwich . We can all agree that Johnson’s achievement on the day weren’t all that lofty to begin with. His stats don’t exactly shoot out at you but neither does Leftwich’s.
As anemic as this Bucs’ defense is, their offense their offense just might be even worse. This isn’t an offense that’s going to scare anynone , much less , put up in excess of 25 or 30 points a game . They haven’t got it within them to do so ! And their options at the quarterback position isn’t liable to get any better with the introduction of their rookie Josh Freeman . This is the player in whom Morris had categorically stated that ” ……. were I to make the choice all over again. I’d still pick Freeman over Mark Sanchez”. Strong talk from a rookie coach who’s yet to attain a win at the professional level within the NFL. Needless to say that the New York Jets are indeed happy in their choice of first round draft pick Mark Sanchez.
Jason Horowitz of CBS Sports and of Pat Kirwin of NFL.com provide you with their pregame analysis of the game. Little did they know that their concerns with the Giants would be of no merit. On the other hand their analysis on the Bucs was spot on.
There have been many things that the Bucs’ fans have had to contend with over the years. But this present situation if it goes unabated may well just be the worse thing yet that they’ll find themselves being a part of. And that includes the ungodly years where winning was the farthest thing away from their minds. Losing then was the metaphor for success as far as they were concerned. Especially if the margin of the loss was under 25 points. It hadn’t yet been part of they psyche. And even having become successful , they went away from the things that got them there . As the feeling was that they’d ‘arrived’ and were finally amongst the “big time ” in terms of what success really meant.
Now their trials and travails have once again become all the more glaring , for all too see. And it’s hard to see how they can now extricate themselves from the mess that they’re now in. An inexperienced coach , a team that lacks leadership , but above a team that has a real desire to acquit themselves well on the field of play . Seemingly these are the traits that this team now possesses . And it’s not at pretty in terms of what’s now being served up to their fans and the NFL as a whole !