A tale of one city but two teams that now seem to be at a loss.
It is the same mentality, and not much has changed and there the idiocy goes on. The Tampa Bay Rays are simply now playing and fighting for pride .Unfortunately, theirs is a task that is really in the hands of others as it is in much with themselves , and the way , they will now meet the obstacles placed in front of them . Joe Maddon and his staff have simply placed far too much faith in genteel talks , rather than holding his players accountable for many of their own self-inflicted wounds . Ill-timed series’ losses , lack of timely hitting and the pitching that at times has been woefully inconsistent.
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At 83-70 and nine games remaining on the Rays’ regular season schedule , it has to be said that the team’s plight now remains remotely inaccessible , by way of the AL East as well as a possible wildcard berth within the AL and that of being part of this postseason schedule . The divisional rounds of this postseason begins on the 3rd October , and with their being a great deal at stake , it will be interesting to see how the teams fare during the divisional series as they get under way. The Rays came away today with a heartwarming 3-0 victory over their divisional rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays.Next up for the Rays will be a two game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, commencing 25th September , before heading to Chicago to take on Robin Ventura’s —– Chicago White Sox , in a highly anticipated four-game series starting on the 27th of this month . The White Sox, are in the midst of their own heated divisional race , as the AL Central heats up , as the team holds a one game lead over the Detroit Tigers . There still remains a number of plot-lines that are yet to be fulfilled , with so many teams vying for the few berths and divisional races remaining that are not a forgone conclusion.
The Rays’ own worries beyond this season should they fail to make the postseason will be one of revamping the roster and , paring down payroll and dare one say ? The same old routine ,of the same old excuses, concerning why this organization is once again at a crossroads and is unable to challenge the “major” teams within the game of baseball. As I have said repeatedly, I believe that it is now time for team owner Stuart Sternberg to either seek an outside investor with deep pockets to assist in going after the major free agents on the market , rather than this continued asinine stupidity, that this ball-club is heading in the right direction. If this means the team once again disappointing their small core of fans , then clearly Sternberg and his partners are beginning to misjudge the faith of the fans who still support the team. Being among the franchises with a fan-base that realistically from an economic — standpoint , barely survives but for the grace of the league hierarchy and their archaic tax revenue sharing scheme . Bud Selig’s attempt to create this premise that parity is alive and well within the game of baseball , is now falling flat . The Tampa Bay Rays at the culmination of the regular season will certainly have some decisions to make as well as a great deal of reflection as to why their season fell so flat .
For all of the false bravado that has been forthcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Greg Schiano , and there is little to suggest that this team is capable of making an assertive challenge within the NFC South much less the conference or NFL as a whole. For the second week running the team has come up short and once again the offense has proven to be woefully inept in all facets of the game. And it is now becoming abundantly clear that quarterback Josh Freeman’s game decisions are more of a liability than they are an asset. Anyone who believes to the contrary needs only to look at Freeman’s play over the short span of 2012 , to see that the shortcomings witnessed in 2011 , have not disappeared from his game.
The Dallas Cowboys played hosts to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington , Texas. Both teams came into this matchup with similar records of 1-1 , with both looking to gain some traction within their respective NFC divisions. Opposing quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Tony Romo , have had moderately successful seasons coming into this game but in no were their displays indicative of what the fans should expect of the two players in question. Neither in this were particularly pretty , albeit that there were some pretty big plays from the Buccaneers in the opening moments of the game. However, from thereon in , as the match-up unfolded , it became pretty clear the direction , in which this event was heading. Tampa’s much vaunted defense , which to my mind remains a work in progress, simply didn’t live up to the task at hand ! Freeman’s efforts, in leading the offense were nondescript and lacked real aggression on his part . The resulting 16-10 loss by the Buccaneers was not one of the team’s better games of 2012, leading me to believe that Greg Schiano and his staff ,will be going back to the drawing board to work out the kinks in the team’s defense as well as offense.
Freeman’s post-game interview would suggest that the Buccaneers , win and lose as a team but there was nothing there to indicate that he bore a great deal of responsibility for a poorly executed game , followed by a woefully inept offense, that offered very few highlights or positives for the Buccaneers’ fans. For the locale on air personalities giving their diagnosis of this game, I have to sometimes wonder what they saw from the event that gives them any remote indication that this is a very good Buccaneers’ team to begin with ! They were poorly coached , Greg Schiano and his coaching staff , made few, if any adjustments, to try and negate the Cowboys’ offense throughout this game. Not that the events, as they unfolded , would have provided anyone with a great deal of excitement sought, as these pair of teams were offensively challenged from the outset . DeMarco Murray, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant offered the Cowboys’ fans a glimmer of hope as to what they can expect over the remainder of their season , should the team’s offense become a great deal more consistent. From my own perspective the Cowboys will be in for a hard time challenging the might of the New York Giants (2-1) within the NFC East, as they still remain “ the class” of the division ! Whatever the remainder of the season holds in store for the Cowboys will be in part be based upon their play , rather than the team leaving their fate in the hands of others .
The Buccaneers in week four will host the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium in a conference match-up between two teams fighting for early season survival not just within their respective divisions but also within the NFC . Whether or not Schiano and his coaching staff will have answer for Robert Griffin III , the Redskins’ offense and of the play-calling of Mike Shanahan, remains to be seen.
As a diehard New England Patriots’ fan , I will support this team through hell or high water ! That being said, there comes a time where I feel it not only right to be critical of head coach, Bill Belichick, and a number of decisions that he tends to make but also with his continued tinkering with the defense . And yes , I am well aware that last season , the team’s defense was amongst the worst in the NFL over the course of the year. In 2012, things do not seem to be all that different even in light of glimmering signs of improvement and the mere fact that the front office’s preponderance of going with a number of defensive players by way of the 2012 NFL Draft , seems to have not achieved much way of an overall improvement in the secondary’s play .
Sunday night , in NBC’s highly anticipated broadcast showdown , the network served up for the viewing public’s pleasure , the game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium , in Baltimore , Maryland . And of the games in week three , this might well have been most thrilling , if not necessarily the best adjudicated of the regular season games that the fans have been witnessed to , in 2012.Once again, the replacement officials played their part in denying the fans what should have been a far more exciting game by their somewhat haphazard interpretation of the rules , in rendering some curious decisions throughout this match-up. Anyone who simply believes that the NFL is not suffering through a rash of idiotic refereeing decisions that have been made during this season , well those individuals are not of sound mind or competence . From an image standpoint, the NFL while it remains immensely popular with its legions of fans, the temerity of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suggest that these replacement officials are doing a favorable job , in lieu the league’s certified referees not being available to the NFL because of the league enforced lockout , is akin to suggesting that Rosie O’Donnell would prove to be an adequate substitute for Heidi Klum , to parade around in sexy lingerie, as part of a Victoria’s Secret Model Lingerie show and extravaganza . Roger Goodell, is an ass and will remain an ass for the foreseeable future! I don’t believe that I could put it anymore succinctly than that !
The game itself, between the Patriots and Ravens beyond the incompetence shown by the officials , became all about the efficiency shown by the opposing quarterbacks , Tom Brady and Joe Flacco . The Ravens’ quarterback with his full complement of offensive weaponry , was ably served by his receiving corps, led by Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice , and Anquan Boldin . The Ravens came away with a hard-fought 31-30 victory that dropped the Patriots to 1-2 , within the AFC East , placing them behind the New York Jets (2-1) and the Buffalo Bills (2-1). And while the Ravens walk away victorious, with another stellar display coming from Joe Flacco , the Patriots will be left to wonder what might have been , in having this game snatched away from them , when it was all within their grasp. Next up, for Bill Belichick’s team will be a divisional game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium , in Buffalo , New York.
Revenge is a dish best served cold and most definitely what has befallen the New Orleans Saints (0-3) this season can be seen as justification for the franchise’s failure to truly acknowledge their misdeeds . Now while their anal retentive fans try to suggest that their being persecuted for the errors in judgment by the coaching staff current and former, for the events of the past four years. There can be no denying, that the players involved in this farce remain in complete denial. Perhaps, none more so than the team’s celebrated quarterback Drew Brees and his continued stance that teammate, Jonathan Vilma is innocent of all the charges currently being leveled against him, in the Saints’ bounty scandal. If it were not so asinine as to the claims being made by Vilma, that while the NFL has only one signed affidavit concerning his actions in this episode , he will be able to have nine in opposition to those statements .I’m wondering whether or not the player will be able to conjure those up , by pulling them out of his own asshole ! Jonathan Vilma , was and still remains reluctant to give any form of a statement concerning his reported actions in this whole debacle. He categorically denies any wrongdoing on his part , albeit that the statements made the team’s former defensive coordinator < Gregg Smith , would suggest otherwise . However, with the NFL hierarchy’s total mishandling of this case and the very way that Roger Goodell has rendered his ruling on this issue. It now leads me to believe that no matter what action is now taken by the NFL , the stench of this whole spectacle will still remain within the public’s view and senses .
To my mind , the way that the Saints have started their season , with three successive losses to open their season , in many ways makes up for the smugness shown by Brees , Vilma , Will Smith and this entire Saints’ organization from their front office on down to the player personnel and coaching staff . Seeing , Drew Brees , having to explain why the team’s offense lacks direction as well their usual customary explosiveness and the lack of defense from this unit , is akin to watching a child having to explain why it is their lying , having been caught with their hands in the cookie jar ! Brees may well believe that they can turn things around , and that “ the us against the world mentality will be enough to guide them through. In reality however, the quarterback is simply blowing smoke up everyone’s ass , as he and his teammates now look for a way to scurry on out of the limelight . How else can you explain the Saints’ 27-24 loss in a game played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans , Louisiana, where they were completely outplayed by their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs , from start to finish? Get the feeling that the Saints’ fans are in a for a long an arduous season ? Chime in with your thoughts and observations on the matter.
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(1) Tampa Bay Rays pitcher J.P. Howell throws out Toronto Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus at first base after fielding his ground ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack ….
(2) Tampa Bay Rays’ B.J. Upton , left, is congratulated by Ben Zobrist after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The Rays would defeat the Blue Jays 3-0 . AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack ……
(3) Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria , left, signals to the dugout from second base after hitting a two-RBI double as Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The Rays won 3-0 . AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack ……
(4) Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray dives for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys would defeat their conference rivals the Buccaneers 16-10 . AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ……
(5) Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) hands the ball to running back DeMarco Murray (29) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez …..
(6) Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) strips the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/LM Otero ….
(7) Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, left, talks with line judge Esteban Garza during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….
(8) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith walks off the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Baltimore won 31-30 . Smith, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother, had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….
(9) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, center, looks for a receiver as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. AP Photo/Gail Burton …
(10) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) challenges the official after wide receiver Lance Moore (16) hit the pylon in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. After review the pass was ruled incomplete. AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman …..
(11) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked for a safety in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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