Charity begins at home , who wants a handout?
By Tophatal …
Alas, what should have turned out to be a stupendous World Series , in essence became something of a non-starter as the San Francisco Giants simply ”bludgeoned “ the Detroit Tigers into submission. What should have been an exceptional series given the merits of both teams as their divisional as well as pennant winners . Baseball’s postseason finale ending up being, such a one-sided affair , that the only thing that can be taken away from the event, is that the Giants are head and shoulders above everyone else in the game. For the New York Yankees’ fans out there , there is a right way and a wrong way, in doing things when it comes to assembling a team and in terms of a team’s salary. I guess that over the past four years , GM Brian Cashman has not been hitting a home run out of the park on either account .
Game four proved to be anticlimactic, as once the Giants’ pitching staff got into a flow and with the timely hitting by the team’s offense , you simply knew that Jim Leyland’s — players had no answers for the situation that they found themselves in. It is one thing to be swept, but to be “swept” so unmercifully , had to be completely embarrassing for the Detroit Tigers’ organization. The MLB hierarchy had a few positives to take away from this all , with the new wildcard berth playoff format , but beyond that , there was nothing truly memorable about this World Series , that so thoroughly uncompetitive because of the overall lack of effort from the Detroit Tigers. World Series’ MVP — Pablo Sandoval , has in essence made the Giants’ fans forget about the Melky Cabrera fiasco and the player having the miss the San Francisco Giants’ foray this postseason. It seems highly unlikely that the slugger will be back in 2013 , with GM Brian Sabean and the team’s ownership , unwilling to commit to the player long-term. Kudos to the San Francisco Giants and their fans on a fantastic season , as it was well deserved !
Week eight in the NFL offered up some real “dogs” in terms of several of the games played, and anyone who believes that this is simply the best that league has to offer , had better revise their thoughts on the issue. First off, New York Jets’ head coach , Rex Ryan really needs to climb down off his sanctimonious high horse and realize that his team is now in a whole world of trouble after their hideous display against the Miami Dolphins at home. How Ryan could stand there, on the dais during his postgame interview to suggest that there were a number of positives to come out of this game , after your team was soundly beaten 30-9 , is way beyond me ! And for those of you out there , who remain Tim Tebow apologists , please get a clue , one if not two ! Tebow has not shown that he has the capacity to play in this league, and that has been especially true this season . Thankfully the Jets will have some respite as Week 9 becomes a bye week for the franchise , but they will resume their schedule in week 10 , with a game against the Seattle Seahawks , at Q West Field , in Seattle , Washington. The loss, drops the New York Jets to a (3-5) mark, and places them firmly at the bottom of the AFC East . There you go Rex, how about those apples, then?
From a public relations’ standpoint , the New Orleans Saints will have their impassioned throng of fans but going beyond that point , one has to admit that 2012 has been an exceptionally bad season for this organization. Drew Brees may well have been lauded for surpassing Johnny Unitas’ mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Yet, in reality, this has been the only positive for the team throughout their schedule, to date.
Sunday afternoon, the Denver Broncos played hosts to the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium , in a clash of two veteran quarterbacks. Peyton Manning was leading the Broncos , who seemed to have hit a groove , and were playing to the height of expectations. For the Saints coming into this game and specifically , the events of the past few weeks , as it relates to the unresolved issues concerning the bounty scandal , which still remains unresolved because of the buffoonery of NFL Commissioner , Roger Goodell.
If the Saints felt that coming into this matchup they would be able to offload their frustrations and built up tensions , well nothing could have been further from the truth. This was not a trap game , nor was it a situation where you could have envisaged the team playing so badly. However, that was exactly what was on display , as evidenced by disastrous display , as the Saints were roughed up and repeatedly punched in the mouth , as they suffered one of their worst losses of the season in a humiliating 34-14 defeat. It is pretty much safe to say that at this point of the season , it now comes down to all or nothing for the New Orleans Saints , because other than the lowly Carolina Panthers (1-6) , Joe Vitt’s — team would now be firmly rooted at the bottom of the NFC South. The Saints can salvage some of their reputation and make an initial approach of giving their season some semblance of meaning, when they face the equally inept — Philadelphia Eagles , on Monday night , 5th November at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans, Louisiana ,. A loss would do irreparable damage to the team , but bear in mind with the ongoing off the field fiasco now in play , I am not so sure that there is a real desire to see the New Orleans Saints succeed !
I’ll say this for Jerry Jones , the more he opens his mouth , the more I liken him to a politician who simply doesn’t know when to shut the hell up ! Instead , this proverbial pain the ass, continues to bitch and whine on just about everything concerning the woes of the Dallas Cowboys. The only thing, that now separates Jones from Donald Trump, is a bad coiffure, and an equally bad reality show. But then again, the Cowboys’ games are being televised on a weekly basis and likewise , as with Trump’s reality show ( The Apprentice) , the content is equally as abysmal !
Prior to Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and their arch-rivals the New York Giants, Jerry Jones had professed that his team was still capable of winning the Superbowl and NFC East. Inasmuch, as I admire Jones for his false sense of bravado , absolutely nothing the team has done this season has convinced me that they are amongst the elite within the NFC , much less the best team within the NFC East .
Looks can be misleading , as can be results , as in their first divisional meeting in 2012 , the Dallas Cowboys came away with a well-deserved victory over the Giants in a 24-17 win in Week one . Since that loss , Tom Coughlin’s team has been on a marauding rampage , carving up teams within their path, on their way to a 6-2 record within the NFC East , while sitting a game behind the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons(7-0) within the NFC for the best record in the conference. And while the New York Giants are on the ascent, it now looks as if the Cowboys are now plummeting out of the sky faster than a meteorite. No, it’s not a bird, it’s not a plane , but it’s the Dallas Cowboys and their bullsh#t, falling faster than the sound of a speeding bullet . “ The Cowboys , are who we thought them to be “ ——paraphrasing Dennis Green , and fortunately , I am not yet ready to crown their ass ! And for the Cowboys, money doesn’t necessarily talk by way of the team’s salary , but the bulls#it is now beginning to walk backwards towards being mediocre as usual !
Speaking of another franchise , that just happens to be stinking up the joint more than a herd of elephants in a pen at a municipal zoo. No other team, perhaps other than the Panthers , has been more inept than the Philadelphia Eagles . I know that Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid has been given a pass, because of his familial and emotional issues that have befallen the coach this season, the death of his son, Garrett Reid. Now at this juncture the Eagles’ front office has to stand tall and let Reid know , that they will no longer tolerate his ineptitude and that of the team’s , specifically that of the team’s quarterback , Michael Vick . Not long ago , fans and NFL analysts alike, were lauding Vick as perhaps the best “ pure athlete “ to enter the NFL and play the position. As of late, seeing Michael Vick going about his profession in the NFL , is akin to watching an aging male octogenarian struggle with his memory , while trying not soil himself. As his play this season has declined , so too have the fortunes of the Philadelphia Eagles, once thought to be amongst the favorites for the Superbowl this season. Sorry, Eagles’ fans, but this team simply isn’t good enough by any stretch of the imagination!
Lincoln Financial Field , home to the Philadelphia Eagles , was turned into an elephants’ graveyard, as this Michael Vick team defecated all over the stadium in front of their fans. For some reason , Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons were allowed to lay an almighty ass whooping on the Eagles, as they relentlessly pounded the NFC East franchise on their way to a lopsided 30-17 victory. Vick for all of his supposed poise , was a man whose confidence is now shot to hell , as evidenced in his postgame interview , as there are now mounting calls for the player to be benched. He is no longer the team’s best option to secure a victory, much less be viewed , as the team’s best player. As they say however, “ beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. And the Eagles have been far from a thing of beauty this season , and things are unlikely to change over the remainder of the season !
Week eight , what if anything was the most surprising to you in terms of the results ? And which teams do you now believe are under the most pressure to succeed ? Simply chime in with a comment as you deem fit .
Picture and slideshow details below.
(1) San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval holds up his MVP trophy after Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3 to win the series. AP Photo/Matt Slocum …
(2) San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom , right to left, Pablo Sandoval , Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy holds the Commissioner’s Trophy after Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3 to win the series. AP Photo/Matt Slocum, Pool …
(3) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Dolphins won the game 30-9 . AP Photo/John Minchillo …