Nepotism Can Be A Double Edged Sword ….. That Bitch Can Cut Both Ways And It Hurts !

Nepotism Can Be A Double Edged Sword ….. That Bitch Can Cut Both Ways And It Hurts !

I don’t know about you but as a youngster I had no real interest in following of the footsteps of my father professionally. He worked for almost three decades in factory as a machine operator for a company that made office furniture. Not that there was anything wrong with that as a profession and the relationship between he and myself wasn’t one that was close to begin with. He left the family home recusing himself of all responsibilty of being a father first and then a man. But that asides he had his moments in the lives of myself and my two younger siblings , my brother and sister. Over the remaining years prior to his leaving the UK to return to the Caribbean our paths crossed but not always on the most amicable of terms.

As I grew up I simply knew that I had no intention of following in my father’s footsteps professionally as I sought to make my own way in the world. Having graduated from high school I joined the military and for the nex eight years I saw a great deal of Europe and North Africa serving in the British Royal Marines . Fulfilling my obligations there , I was lucky enough to be hired by large financial concern and over the next decade I spent working in the world of high finance. Along the way I was lucky enough to be the proud beneficiary of my employer’s in house educational program , wherein they paid for my entire college education. I put that education to good use in the world finance which was mutually beneficial for both parties at the time.

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In the NFL rarely has it worked with great success where a father and son have achieved success at the highest order. Especially when it comes to the field of coaching albeit that we’ve seen where the likes of Buddy Ryan and Mike Shanahan have achieved a great deal of notoriety and success. In the case of Ryan he has seen his son Rex follow in his footsteps first becoming a coordinator before being entrusted to take over the helm of the New York Jets as their head coach. Kyle Shanahan eager to follow in his father’s foosteps also is now the offensive coordinator and assistant coach alongside his father Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins . Now one can surmise that it’s never easy to try and succeed much less outdo the acvhievements of one’s parents. But there is a case to be made that when that comes about a parent never ceases to be proud of that very moment and the fact of the matter is those moments are a lasting legacy of the very achievement itself.

Ryan in his first season with the Jets he got the team to the AFC championship game where they would fall short in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts with the result being a 30-17 defeat . This season within the AFC East the Jets are off to a 5-2 start and it would appear are comfortably placed to make the postseason . For all of the bravado comming from Ryan and his team and the belief that they’re capable of winning the Superbowl . There is a widespread belief that Rex Ryan is merely amping up the rhetoric and hype in order to deflect any attention and undue pressure upon the New York Jets. At times actions such as this can do more harm than good to his team . And within the cauldron that is New York City where the fans and press can merciless and unflattering , either Ryan will be able to put up or he’ll have to simply shut the hell up. This much we do know if he’s unable to guide this team to the promise land it won’t be long before the fans there in New York start to clamor for his head on a platter and his blood to be spilled all over the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Granted, while this is a very talented Jets’ team there’s no denying that their humbling 9-0 loss at home to the Green Bay Packers having come off a bye week showed not only how unpredictable the NFL is but also that there’s way too much hype placed on a team that simply hasn’t achieved anything in the past three decades that is of any real note.

Often thought as one of the elite division of the of the NFL the NFC East has been anything but that this season . Mired in mediocrity for much of early half of the season I sincerely doubt that we’ll see a clear cut and dominant team within the conference as a whole. Many of the top tiered teams within the NFC as viewed by the press and tv analysts alike have performed like they’ve been hampered by some unseen obstacle. Based on what I’ve seen of the teams in question namely the Dallas Cowboys , Minnesota Vikings , New York Giants and New Orleans Saints a case can be made that hype , complacency and the mere fact that a number of these teams simply aren’t that good.

Redskins work out ex-Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell

Ashburn , Va. (AP) —Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked out with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, just three days after Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of a loss to Detroit.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Russell was one of many players, including a few other quarterbacks, who were getting a look from the team.

“We’ll evaluate him and everyone else out there,” Shanahan said.

The Redskins routinely invite out-of-work players for workouts on Tuesdays, but the timing of Russell’s visit only added to the team’s quarterback drama of the last few days. McNabb’s benching raised questions about the six-time Pro Bowl player’s future with the team, and coach Mike Shanahan added to the confusion by offering varying explanations for the decision.

Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, was released in May after three disappointing seasons with the Raiders. He regressed on the field, was fined for being overweight and was criticized by the coaching staff for his work ethic.

Kyle Shanahan praised Russell’s talents, but said the other factors do come into consideration when evaluating a player.

“I don’t think you consider anyone just based off of talent,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Everyone in the NFL’s pretty talented. (It’s) other stuff that really separates you. He is very talented, so I think he can overcome some of the stuff that he struggled with. I don’t really know that personally, but if he looks like he’s in good shape out here and he’s working, and that’s all you can evaluate. Sometimes when guys do get a second opportunity, they can change their stripes.”

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We’ve seen the unraveling of the season for the Cowboys and Vikings and there’s a great possibility that one if not both teams will most certainly miss the playoffs . And who’s now prepared to lay odds that Brad Childress and Wade Phillips aren’t on the proverbial “hot seat” as far as their NFL coaching positions are concerned ? This is much is certain with the tumultuous maelstrom and storm said to be surrounding both organizations at present nothing short of divine intervention will actually save either Childress or Phillips by season’s end. Jerry Jones and Zygi Wilf are now backed into a corner and as owners, they have to be completely embarrassed by the very circumstances that their respective teams are now in. Unrest amongst the respective coaching staffs and what could amount to be a certain amount of dissention has effectively cacaded out of control. And while this has all been going on we’ve seen some rather asinine displays of immaturity being shown not only by some of the player on these respective team but also by the coaches. Childress has waived wide receiver Randy Moss after a mere four games played having acquired the player via a trade from the New England Patriots. And less we forget he still has to deal with the now injured “primadona” Brett Favre whose play this season has bordered on being mediocre at best. It’s obvious that the $20 million spent this year on Favre won’t be getting this piece of crap anywhere at all !

Jerry Jones has a dilemma on his hands does he jettison Wade Phillips now or at the end of the season ? In doing so, knowing that in hiring a coach and complementary staff there is a good chance that next season will see the possibility of a labor stoppage. Why waste paying upwards of between $8 million to $12 million needlessly when there’s said to be a great deal of uncertainty as to what next season holds ? A slumping team and what appears to be a lame duck coach and owner whose ego knows no boundaries. Could Hollywood have scripted this any better ? All that now awaits is the self combustion of Jones’ brain matter all over the executive suite of his office inside Cowboys Stadium . A fitting end no doubt to the Cowboys’ comical and disastrous season don’t you think ?

While I’m under no illusion as to how average the Washington Redskins are , at best , I do know that this team simply isn’t capable of playing with any degree of consistency throughout the season . Now we have the idiocy of the coach and his son , Mike and Kyle Shanahan trying making contrary statements as to the fitness and play of starting quarterback Donovan McNabb . Furthermore, given the deficiencies of the Washington Redskins at present I’d say that their worries over McNabb are being exaggerated and without basis. Their real concern ought to be how best get this team playing with a great deal more consistency. Now the duo are trying downplay their statements and in doing so they’ve made themselves a complete laughing stock and have no doubt loss the immediate respect of the player. If they now had these concerns then why trade for him in the first place ? Clearly Mike Shanahan and his son are either unsure of what they want or they simply now have misgivings and are too afraid to admit to the fact that they made a monumental mistake in aquiring the player. What might now be even more ludicrous is the fact that the team’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has brought in former NFL players JaMarcus Russell and J P Losman for quarterback tryouts. Is there a reclamation project now being put in place as they seek to perhaps replace McNabb ? Never mind the fact that the team has another “washout” in Rex Grossman as its backup . What are the Redskins’ fans to make of this latest turn of events ?

Given the mediocrity of the play now taking place within the NFC and specifically within the NFC East at present. We could very well see an 8-8 or 9-7 team make the playoffs this season from within the conference. How bad on appearance would that be ? No doubt what the fans have been served up within the conference would considered to be mediocre at best. But such are the vagaries of the game and the fact from week to week within the NFL one simply never knows what’s about to be served up next. It would be remiss to think that NFC is the only conference where the fans are getting a drab brand of football on display each week. As within the AFC at the lower rungs of the conference the teams there might be just as bad as those now in the middle and lower end of the NFC.

From my own perspective the mediocrity of the play this season isn’t merely about the teams but also about the apparent lack of real quality coaching and some of the asinine decisions that the fans have witnessed throughout much of the season as it has progressed. The remaining 8 weeks and the postseason has a great deal in store for the NFL fan and one would hope that it’ll be an improvement on what we’ve witnessed so far this season. As to the futures of Rex Ryan and Kyle Shanahan they will be judged by the decisions they make and the success achieved by their respective teams. This much I do know it’s clear at present given what’s going on they can’t really do much worse than many of the other head coaches around the NFL at present.

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Picture gallery for your perusal .

What are your own feelings concerning the current situations that have befallen the Redskins, Cowboys and Vikings ? And do you feel that in the cases of Mike and Kyle Shanahan they’ve made themselves something of a laughing stock around the league and in the eyes of the fans ? And what are your thoughts concerning familial ties within the league and how it plays out concerning the individuals mentioned within this piece ? Simply chime in with a comment as you see fit .

NB List of NFL coaches including their 2010 record .

List of NFL teams’ coaching staffs including assistants .

NFL Week 9 schedule

Team with byes Broncos, Titans , Jaguars , Resdkins , Rams & 49ers

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Eye candy …….. Azzareya Crystal Curtis (left) & friends
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Sly & The Family Stone …… “Family Affair” (Remix)

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Hey Did You Hear The One ’bout the NFL ? It’s Back

Hey Did You Hear The One ’bout the NFL ? It’s Back

Well the NFL season unofficially kicks off this weekend with the Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals . Suffice to say, that with the Hall of Fame induction of seven legendary stars of the gridiron and then the commencement of the game we can truly say that ….. “football is back ” ! And hopefully it’ll be as good as ever ?

Now given what we know about the NFL and all of its machinations the possibility of seeing a repeat champion might not be out of the question. But as we all know the successful defense of a Superbowl championship is such a hard thing to achieve. For the New Orleans Saints , their fans and the entire organization this will be uppermost in their minds. Sunday’s game pits two of the league’s more exuberant teams and the mere fact that a great deal is expected of both this upcoming season makes it something of an intriguing match-up. Granted, as usual the Cowboys are continually feted as America’s team which to my mind is like viewing Rosie O’Donnell as the best looking female you’ve ever come across in your life . But unfortunately there are some out there who can continue to jump on this Cowboys’ bandwagon even when they’re traveling on three wheels with a busted tire . Ugly ! Really ugly !

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We know that the Bengals have somehow seen fit to offer Terrel Owens somewhere to lay his head and call home but in the cold light of day what happens when Owens aind the rest of this roster faces real adversity ? Never mind how he and Chad Ochocinco feel that they’ll grace us with their presence. Now they’re trying to come cross as the NFL’s answer to Martin and Lewis ?

Let’s stop for a moment of silence while we pray for Brett Favre . To Jenn Sterger if the text image of Brett’s “crank” was such a shock to you then why did you not make law enforcement aware of what he’d allegedly done ? Let’s hope that for the Vikings’ sake this season Brett’s showing less of his crank and more of his prowess on the field of play the team . But that of course would be predicated upon the player making an announcement of his full intent to return to the NFL. Once again he’s playing us all ,thinking the entire fan-dom of the NFL awaits upon his every word. Perhaps that’s the case for the dundering idiots within the ESPN who hang unto his every word as if he’d become Jesus Christ incarnate upon his return to earth ? But to them isn’t Brett , Christ __ himself ? Now Brett ranks up there with LeBron James being a very close second in all things futile when it comes to related sport’s journalism within that particular bastion of idiocy !

One good season doesn’t a great player make but were you listening to New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan speak he’d have you believe that Darrelle Revis is by far the “best player” in the NFL ? He might be bordering on becoming one of the better players at his position but by no means is he the best at his position much less the best player in the NFL. It’s as one patron once tried to suggest to me because certain Pro Bowl player had been lauded by NFL coaches and analysts across the NFL it made him a legitimate player of with credence within the game. Being feted means nothing in the NFL when you can’t play with consistency week and week out . Unfortunately, this came from someone who because he felt he’d coached the game at a certain level , it made him ever so qualified to come up with his diatribe. Well I view that , like asking Sarah Palin her views on world peace , the US Constitution and the reasons behind the US Supreme Court and the reasons behind its very existence . Listening to Palin to try say something intelligent on a subject, is akin to listening to a drunk tell you that he’d been abducted by a UFO . Which begs the questions are crop circles possible within the state of Alaska ?

This season for the Jets could either be something to relish or they could be in for something of a letdown. Either way within the AFC East the division could become something of a two horse race between themselves and the New England Patrtiots . And for both teams this may well season where we’ll find out a great deal about their psyche’s and makeup in terms of their resilience and performance on the field of play.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still hasn’t come to a decision concerning whether or not the six game suspension of Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be reduced or remain intact. Well that’s as he peases concerning the player. Upon his return to the team’s training camp in Latrobe , Pennsylvania, it looked as if the short lived memories of those fans had taken the stance of “forgive” and “forget” as the player was welcomed back with open arms by his teammates and fans alike . Which begs the question in light of an Indianapolis Colts’ defensive player still awaiting the league’s own adjudication as to his conduct concerning sexual battery upon a female . How is that Goodell has yet to make statement on that very matter , much less he’s yet to suspend the player ? The player conduct policy gives him the right to suspend a player for any action deemed to be conduct detrimental to the game and is in complete agreement with the collective bargaining agreement hammered out between the league and the NFLPA. Somehow isn’t Goodell now coming across as something of a hypocrite as to how he seeks to reprimand players when it comes to their conduct ?

When the NFL Draft came about this year the thinking was that there was a rich crop of talent to be had . And that may well have been the case but somehow I do feel that we’ll see a number of players struggle in within their freshman year in the league. This much we do know is that the NFL is extremely brutal and if there’s indeed a flaw in a player’s game then they will be found out. There are no if’s or and’s about it come to play or get the hell of the football field ! I just hope that EPSN’s Mel Kiper is now taking this to heart because his opinions on players such as Jimmy Clausen wherein he pronounced that the player had what it takes to be an immediate impact in the NFL must’ve fell on deaf ears. Claussen slipped so far down on everyone’s charts that you’d have needed not only a periscope to find the guy but also sonar . Be that as it may the player now finds himself or Carolina under the auspices of John Fox and the Carolina Panthers . Something of a comedown one would think from his days under Charlie Weis and the beleaguered “Fighhting Irish” program , where we were told the player was being coahed in an NFL type of an environment. Anyone who’d witnessed the play of Notre Dame under Weis can attest to the fact that their play was nowhere that of an NFL team much less a really bad NFL team . Suffice to say that shit would refuse to be seen in the same vicinity of anything said to be resembling football coming out of Notre Dame while Weis and his staff were coaching there ! It was that bad , if not worse !

If ever there was a time for Matt Leinart to prove to the fans in Arizona and around the NFL that he’s matured then this season with the Arizona Cardinals would be it. With the retirement of Kurt Warner this is now Leinart’s team to lead. And now we’ll see whether or not he’s mature enough and he’s shown signs that all of the coddling he’d received at the hands of Pete Carroll and the coaching staff at USC is a thing of the past . Certainly, if he’s not shown signs that he’s learned anything as the backup to Warner while still learning the nuances of the game from Ken Whisenhunt’s —- coaching staff then the Cardinals and Matt Leinart could be doomed for a bumpy ride and distinct failure in the NFC West this upcoming season. But then again this is the NFC West we’re talking about where mediocrity and barely above average is such a thin line that anything could happen and will no doubt happen. So inept and mediocre has been the play within the division that the consensus has been that whoever turns up on the day in uniform within the division ready to play could be considered to be the favorite to win the division outright. If you don’t believe me then consider the make up the division and the rosters of the teams therein ?

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What I for one am hoping for from this NFL season is an exhilarating one where the teams are eager to play and the stars of the game are ready to show us what they’ve got. I can only imagine that the TO , Ochocinco show on the road should be something of a blast . However, if the Bengals aren’t fairing at all well within the AFC much less the AFC North then look for the roadshow to implode with that bitch simply turning into a circus and freak show all rolled into one. It’ll make the antics of the guidos and guidettes of the Jersey Shore seem like academia in one form or another . What thoughts if any do you have on the kick-off the upcoming NFL season ? Chime on in with a comment as always . Thanks !

NB: Click on the link provided to see who the 2010 NFL Hall of Fame inductees due for enshrinement in Canton , Ohio. Russ Grimm , —- Rickey Jackson , _—- Dick LeBeau , Floyd Little , John Randle , Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith .

Inductees due for enshrinement in 2010

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House of Pain …….. ………. “On Point”

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House of Pain …………..“Jump Around”

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“I got to see Brett’s crank because he text me a picture of it . What have you got show for yourself ” ? Jenn Sterger .

You Play The Game To Win …….. Why The Dallas Cowboys Are A Bunch of Emasculated Pu_sies !

You Play The Game To Win …. Why The Dallas Cowboys Are A Bunch of Emasculated Pu_sies !

The fallout from the weekend’s playoff games aren’t that seismic. There were no coaching casualties. But then again both Wade Phillips and Norv Turner were never in any real danger of losing their jobs. And that’s despite the ‘pi_s poor performances’ of their respective teams . The San Diego Charger’s unexpected 17-14 loss to the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego , was as bad as it gets.

Lacking in class is nothing new to the Cowboys or their player, Keith Brooking, for that matter !

For their part the Dallas Cowboys as an organization shows us essentially how disorganized they are. On the outside looking in, the Cowboys may well seem a semblance of a well ran machine. But that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Nothing epitomized that more than the gutless act of Cowboys’ defensive player, Keith Brooking and his vapid verbal attack on the Minnesota Vikings as they scored what would be the final score of the game. I was always under the impression that it was the opposition’s task as the defensive team to stop that the offense of their opponents ? But a bitch ass wimp such as Brooking complains that the Vikings were being ‘bush league’ by running up the score ? How about ‘Brooking and his teammates trying to stop the Vikings’ , instead of complaining like a kid who’d just wet himself in front of his friends and was embarrassed by what’d taken place ? The 34-3 win by the Minnesota Vikings was something that showed us how ill prepared the Cowboys were for this game in the Metrodome. Brooking showed why it is that the Cowboys as a team are a listless and rudderless sea vessel. There’s ‘no leadership on this team’ and what’s even more glaring is that the coaching isn’t that great to begin with. Wade Phillips for all of his presence is extremely lucky to still be in the position as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. That’s probably due to the fact that there isn’t a viable candidate out there to assume the position. The reason I say that, is because neither Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy or any other college coach who’s ready for the jump to the NFL would simply have the patience to work alongside or under Jerry Jones. The Cowboys’ owner simply isn’t someone who takes to being told what to do.

Quarterback Tony Romo (#9) of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass as he comes under pressure from Chad Greenway (#52) of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  photo  appears  courtesy  of Getty Images/ Elsa  ......
Quarterback Tony Romo (#9) of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass as he comes under pressure from Chad Greenway (#52) of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Elsa ......

If there’s to be an upheaval then it may well happen within the San Diego Chargers’ organization. It’s unlikely that we’ll see Dainian Tomlinson in a Chargers’ uniform next season. What has been an illustrious career with the team will now come to an end. As to whether or not we’ll see Tomlinson playing for another team remains to be seen. Chargers’ GM A J Smith has a great deal to assess, as far as the roster is concerned. This loss wasn’t just about the Chargers’ failure as a team but the mere fact that when pressured this team just didn’t show any resolve or resilience. But it also showed that the coaching staff itself , didn’t prepare the team for the onslaught of the Rex Ryan coached Jets would throw at the Chargers.

In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, the Chicago Bears introduce Gaines Adams reacts during a news conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. Adams, a defensive lineman for the Bears who was an all-American at Clemson, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in South Carolina, the Bears said. He was 26. photo appears courtesy of  ap/photo/ Daily  Herald/ Herald, Paul Valade .....
In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, the Chicago Bears introduce Gaines Adams reacts during a news conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. Adams, a defensive lineman for the Bears who was an all-American at Clemson, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in South Carolina, the Bears said. He was 26. photo appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Daily Herald/ Herald, Paul Valade .....

On a more disturbing note , the Chicago Bears’ defensive player Gaines Adams died at the age of 26, from an apparent heart attack. Adams often the bone of contention amongst most Buccaneers’ fans here in local market. As he struggled to make his presence felt here as a player. With him being a first round pick in the NFL Draft of 2007 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , he was traded to the Chicago Bears, early this past season. He’d ran the wrath of Bucs’ coach Raheem Morris for not being productive and lacking knowledge of the team’s playbook. His playing time with the Bears was further reduced and if anything his struggles merely continued. It just seems so strange to see the number of NFL players who seem to have something of an untimely demise over the last few years. Thankfully this tragedy didn’t take place on the field of play but even so, this is a loss that will be felt across the entire fraternity of the NFL. Especially for someone as young as Gaine Adams , a player whose life was taken far too soon.

Remember The Siege Of The Alamo ……….. ? Well It Went Something Like This ………..

Remember The Siege Of The Alamo ……….. ? Well It Went Something Like This ………..

Way to go Cowboys ! I don’t think it right any longer that you use the name of the city of Dallas as part of the organization’s name. You’ve done the city and the fans a great discredit. The effort put forth by you as a team was so bad that I thought I was witnessing the very siege of The Alamo, itself. Can we now all agree that this is no longer ‘America’s Team’ ? Better yet turn this bunch of overpaid fecal matter over to those who’d have use for them. Tony Romo has been often called an ‘elite quarterback’ in the NFL. Never has been and he never will be , not based on this display ! And for God’s sake, Jerry Jones put us immediately out of our misery by either firing Jason Garrett or Wade Phillips , if not both ! The two between them had no answer for Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice (#18)) of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates while playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3. photo  appear  courtesy  of  Getty Images/ Elsa  ....
Wide receiver Sidney Rice (#18)) of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates while playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3. photo appear courtesy of Getty Images/ Elsa ....

Now to describe the defeat of the Cowboys as being lopsided would be to do the very word itself an injustice. Let’s just say that the siege that was laid down by the Vikings harbored on be an outright massacre. The Cowboys were woefully inept and any thought that this game was going to be a competitive one was easily shot down by the resiliency and bravado play shown by the Minnesota Vikings. Suffice to say, that for Brett Favre, he makes another trip to an NFC championship game after the 34-3 lambasting of the Cowboys. And that score if anything tells how dominant the Vikings were over their NFC East opponents. And for Vikings’ coach , Brad Childress this might be the vindication he’s sought in bringing Favre to the city of Minneapolis, in order to quarterback this team to where he believes that they belong. And that presumably is amongst the elite of the NFL and rightfully on to a Superbowl victory in Miami.

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports

Cowboys QB Romo folds in blowout loss to Vikings

By John Krawcynzski , AP Sports Writer

Minneapolis (AP)—All those big-game demons that Tony Romo supposedly vanquished last week resurfaced at the worst possible time for the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo lost two of his three fumbles and threw an interception to seal the Cowboys’ fate in a 34-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional playoffs Sunday.

Romo completed 22 of 35 passes for 198 yards, but the best individual season of his career was brought to a crashing halt. The Vikings sacked him six times and pressured him often. One of the enduring images of the day will be Romo slamming his fist to the turf in frustration as the game slipped away.

On the other side, one of Romo’s boyhood idols did him in. Romo grew up in Burlington, Wis., while Brett Favre(notes) was leading the Green Bay Packers back to the top of the NFL. There was no cheering for him Sunday while Favre threw for 234 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Vikings to their first NFC title game since 2001.

Romo trudged back to the locker room with a dejected look on his face and another big-game failure on his resume.

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 Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys congratulates quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings on their 34-3 victory during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. photo appears  courtesy of Getty Images / Chris McGrath ....
Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys congratulates quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings on their 34-3 victory during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images / Chris McGrath ....

Whilst the Cowboys were easily discarded like an unwanted old pair of shoes. You’ve got to now be asking yourself. How is it that a team who so easily had their way with the Philadelphia Eagles, merely a week ago end up looking like they’d been dragged around continuously bitch slapped for the better part of four quarters of football ? It’s not as if they hadn’t been be prepared to meet the Vikings in their domed venue. But then again coming of their first playoff victory in over decade what else should one now come to expect of a team that year in year out they’ve continued to disappoint their fans during that span ? And for Jerry Jones as the teams’ President, General Manager and now I’d say mentally retarded owner ! Jerry cut the bulls_it and get someone in, who knows what the hell they’re doing when it comes personnel moves and the assessing of talent ! You’ve an eye for talent the way that Elizabeth Taylor had a choice in the men he sought to marry. Doomed for failure, more often than not but even when there was success. Somehow there was a way in the end where it all got screwed up. The same can be said of the internal functions of the Cowboys as an organization. And that bitch ass of a monstrosity you call Cowboys’ Stadium there in Arlington, Texas. Let's just hope that it can pay for itself with a number of others shows. Because it won't be seeing a Superbowl being raised in there by a team of yours anytime soon. It may well host a Superbowl but it definitely won't be one where a team of yours is competing and that's a fact . You're just not good enough at all and today's events simply prove the point altogether !

As much as it pains me to say this on the day the better team won. Ouch ! Now I’ve deal with all of the horse sh_t while the likes of ESPN’s Mark Schlereth, Merrill Hoge and Ron Jaworski and Trent Dilfer all now go ‘Brokeback’ on Brett Favre . I’ll repeat myself as I’ve already mentioned a couple of fellow bloggers, sportshump and chappy 81 , within the forum. A ‘Brett Favre Superbowl’ to my mind would be the worse case scenario possible ! But if it has to be then it has to be. You can well understand the news cycle surrounding such an event would be relentless and it would border on the staple for the the likes of ESPN and Fox Sports. Not only that but Chris Mortensen would then come out with some of the most asinine comments heard this side of the year so far. He’d no doubt opine on Favre’s legacy as a player in the NFL and the fact the the fans ought to be blessed having witnessed such a great player. While I don’t doubt Brett Favre’s talent as a player , I do question his ‘character’ as a ‘person’ and as a ‘teammate’. He may well come across as someone who’s caring but insofar as it’s about himself and absolutely no one else. And though at present his Vikings’ teammates may well speak highly of him. I doubt it is out of sincerity or reverence but merely as in their eyes he’s viewed as the person who gives them the best opportunity to win. And for the backups such as Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson, well let’s just say they’re the forgotten ones in the midst of this all . If they get their rings then they’ll no doubt be happy. If they don’t then there’s the possibility that they’ll just become journeymen quarterbacks within the NFL.

The playoffs so far have proven to be a blessing and a disaster in one fail swoop. We’ve had three of four games that have in essence been played but being nowhere near as competitive as one would’ve hoped. The final game of the quartet of four playoff games this weekend, pits the New York Jets against the San Diego Chargers. And one can only hope that for the fans’ sake that this game can least live up to expectations. If not then we’ll all be in a funk as to weekend’s events as far as the NFL is concerned.

Time Is On My Side Yes It Is …………Time Is On My Side ………. Oh Really ?

Time Is On My Side Yes It Is …………Time Is On My Side ………. Oh Really ?

For me one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL postseason, was to see the Philadelphia Eagles go down in a whimper without so much as a ‘bang’ against what appears to be a redemption seeking Dallas Cowboys’ team led by their quarterback, Tony Romo.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid addresses the media during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.  picture appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Matt Rourke .......
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid addresses the media during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Rourke .......

And while the Cowboys go on to the divisional round of the playoffs, where they’ll next meet the Minnesota Vikings for the right to a berth in the ‘NFC championship game’. The Eagles will be left at home, sitting and pondering as to what might’ve been and why their postseason aspirations inexplicably went up in smoke. With the defending Superbowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers having not even made the playoffs. The state of Pennsylvania and ‘its ravenous NFL fans’ are without either of their NFL representatives in the latter stages of the playoffs. Talk about tough , well let’s just say stark and dank times have hit the state sport’s wise, just as much as the demise of the ‘steel industry’. Stop bitching and whining those in the state of Michigan , other than the Red Wings and the ‘Wolverines’ and ‘Spartans’ , there’s not much to speak off when it comes to sports in the state of Michigan. I mean for God’s sake you’ve still got the Detroit Lions trying to eke out a living as an NFL franchise. If it were a race horse it would’ve been euthanized long ago ! And the Detroit Pistons of the NBA , has shown about as much athleticism and competitiveness as Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert combined, were they being recruited by the US Marine Corps. Yes sir, these are dark times indeed for the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania when it comes to sports on various fronts. That’s unless one counts the resurgence of the Phillies in Major League Baseball (MLB) as something to be proud of ? Well there you have it.

Arlington , Tx,. Quarterback Tony Romo (#9) of the Dallas Cowboys greets Donovan McNabb (#5) of the Philadelphia Eagles after a 34-14 win during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  picture appears  courtesy of  Getty Images/ Ronald  Martinez .................
Arlington , Tx,. Quarterback Tony Romo (#9) of the Dallas Cowboys greets Donovan McNabb (#5) of the Philadelphia Eagles after a 34-14 win during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez .................

Courtesy of The Philadelphia Daily News

Donovan’s brain

By Michael Smerconish , of the Philadelphia Daily News

Everyone has an opinion about Donovan McNabb, including me. I say bring him back, but with a qualifier. He needs to see a shrink. Because my armchair analysis tells me that what ails him is in his head.

He’s the Sybil of the NFL.

The only thing consistent about McNabb is his inconsistency. On the field, it’s been well-documented. Flashes of greatness followed by depths of despair. A week of Hall of Fame-quality play and then an afternoon of utter offensive collapse.

It’s the same off the field.

There’s the McNabb who played the air guitar and banged the plexiglass while making an entrance at Cowboys Stadium. And the McNabb who sinks into an emotionless stupor on the sidelines.

The McNabb who cracks a nervous smile after a poor throw or a bad play. And the McNabb who is professorial during the postgame press conference.

Like an actor, he seems always “on.” We watch back-to-back subpar performances against the hated Cowboys to end the season.
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Linebacker Bradie James (#56) of the Dallas Cowboys recovers a fumble by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy  of Getty Images / Ronald Martinez ..................
Linebacker Bradie James (#56) of the Dallas Cowboys recovers a fumble by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images / Ronald Martinez ..................

With the dust having settled within Philly, it appears that everyone and anyone is looking to apportion blame on someone for the franchise’s lackluster performance in the first round loss to the Cowboys. Having lost to them embarrassingly twice, during the regular season. The thought was that ‘the team’ would be able to at least redeem themselves in the playoff game. Instead, it was another altogether lopsided loss and where the only respite may well have been the play of Eagles’ wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Everyone else it appears , may well have been asleep at the wheel including the entire coaching staff of head coach, Andy Reid.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Joe Mays, left, sits on the bench during the closing minutes of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 34-14. picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  David J Phillips ......
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Joe Mays, left, sits on the bench during the closing minutes of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 34-14. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David J Phillips ......

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Reid’s call: McNabb ‘a great player,’ will be an Eagle next season

Philadelphia — No. 5 will return to the Eagles for a 12th season.

Eagles coach Andy Reid squelched speculation about Donovan McNabb’s future, saying Monday that the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be back with the team next season.

“That’s my call,” Reid said. “I think he’s a great player. His work over the last 11 years has proven that. I truly believe it’s a team sport; it’s not one guy.”

McNabb’s status was questioned because he has one year left on his contract and he has failed to lead Philadelphia to a Super Bowl victory in 11 seasons. McNabb has led the Eagles to five NFC title games — going 1-4 — and one Super Bowl appearance.

McNabb had one of his finest seasons in 2009, but he struggled badly in consecutive losses to Dallas. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 34-14 on Saturday night in an NFC wild-card playoff game.

After the loss, McNabb said he wanted to return to Philadelphia. He also said he’s open to discussing a contract extension. The Eagles reworked the final two years of McNabb’s deal last summer, giving him a $5.3 million raise. That would seem to make it unlikely they would extend his contract beyond 2010.

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Tony Romo (#9 )of the Dallas Cowboys pitches the ball in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium. picture appears courtesy of  Getty Images/ Jamie Squire  ...........
Tony Romo (#9 )of the Dallas Cowboys pitches the ball in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jamie Squire ...........

And now with the anguish of the Eagles’ fans having seen the team fall once again. It appears that the organization will have to take a serious and inward look as to the failures and frailties of the team, as a whole. It isn’t just about the play of veteran quarterback, Donovan McNabb and the lack ‘a real leader’ on this roster . But somehow, without a playmaker on the team and their lack of being able to steer adversity in the face and handle it well. For all sense and purpose they just seem to have that inevitable fate about them when it comes the NFL playoffs. You seem to know what to expect of the team one way or another. It’s either they play well above expectations with an exemplary style and guile to their play or they have a complete meltdown and become just a complete anathema to their fans in general and to those watching. As to why this all happens is anyone’s guess. But clearly neither coach , Andy Reid or McNabb as a player , can give a precise explanation as to why the team fails so often with increasingly regularity in the playoffs. Other than with the lone Superbowl appearance with Terrel Owens in tow under Reid’s tenure, the Eagles have stumbled at every conceivable obstacle placed in their way. And even then, in the game- the Superbowl loss to the New England Patriots. It was to Owens of all people that team had to look to, to give a bravura performance on the day. It certainly didn’t come from McNabb or the so called ‘Fedex Fast’ Freddie Mitchell. And Mitchell made his presence felt about as much as ‘The Invisible Man’. The same can be said of his less than instinctive hands ! The resultant 24-21 loss in ‘Superbowl XXXIX’ was a bitter pill to swallow for the team.

Come full circle and though the 34-14 playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys was bad enough. It was the ‘complete lack of attitude and determination’ shown by the Philadelphia Eagles that may well have been hard for the Eagles’ fans as well as the watching public to endure and bare. God knows the ineptitude shown by the team was totally unbelievable. Reid may well have made multiple postseason playoff trips and coached several NFC championship games. But I doubt he’s ever had a team of his, perform so badly in the NFL postseason, as this team had at Cowboys’ Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Organization wise and structurally, the Eagles have to be viewed as on the better ran teams within the NFL. But what may well be lacking, is a general manager with an insight as to the real inherent needs of the team. And with Tom Heckert , the present general manager now leaving to join Mike Holmgren in a similar position with the Cleveland Browns. The Philadelphia Eagles and their owner, Jeffrey Lurie and Team President Joe Banner will be in need of another executive to fill the void left by Heckert. Though it has to be said that in large part it seems to be Reid and Banner who have been making many of the personnel decisions over the years concerning the team. They’ve had their hits and they’ve had their misses. More hits than misses one can surmise. Though it has to be said that when McNabb was drafted out of Syracuse. The fans were none too pleased with the choice. Fate as they say would see a change of heart in the fans over the ensuing years since. Though at times they’ve railed against him and they now appear to doing so again at present. A decade later and the ‘jury’ still seems to be out on McNabb.

Quarterback Michael Vick (#7) of the Philadelphia Eagles looks down on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears  courtesy of  Getty Images/ Jamie  Squire  .........
Quarterback Michael Vick (#7) of the Philadelphia Eagles looks down on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jamie Squire .........

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McNabb’s future once again an issue after loss

ARLINGTON, Texas — After another season ended in the playoffs for Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles, a familiar question expects to linger in the offseason.

What is McNabb’s future with the Eagles?

“I say it every year,” McNabb said after Philadelphia lost to the Dallas Cowboys 34-14 in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday night. “I want to be here and don’t want to be anywhere else.”

The 11th-year Eagles quarterback had his contract restructured this past summer, but didn’t get an extension past the 2010 season.

While Philadelphia has made the playoffs eight times with McNabb, the Eagles haven’t won the Super Bowl trophy that has long eluded the franchise.

Because of those postseason failures, the question has come up several times whether the Eagles need a new start with someone other than McNabb.

When asked if McNabb was going to be the starter in 2010, coach Andy Reid responded: “Yes, I do.”

McNabb was 19 of 37 for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception as his career postseason record dropped to 9-7.

The Eagles had won their first game in seven consecutive postseason appearances since Reid became coach. McNabb was the starter in six of those victories.

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 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) leaves the field after losing an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 34-14.  picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ David  J.  Phillip .....
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) leaves the field after losing an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 34-14. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David J. Phillip .....

With just a year left on his contract, McNabb and the Eagles have some serious decisions to make. The window of opportunity for not only McNabb and Andy Reid seem to opening and shutting repeatedly. But with each passing year and with diminishing quarterbacks skills and Reid’s somewhat less than exact determination, things for the team just seem to be set on that inevitable path of failure on appearance. In Kevin Kolb they have what one can consider to be an able backup and some might perceive a capable quarterback. But thing is ‘…can ‘he deliver in a big game when it really counts and when all is said to be on the line’ ? This is the answer that no one seems to know and they have yet to witness for themselves within the organization and by the fans themselves. They’ve seen only fleeting glimpses of the player and it’d be idiotic to suggest that Michael Vick can deemed to be McNabb’s successor in waiting. He may well have been signed by the team, merely as a way of allowing the player to redeem himself back within the ‘fraternity’ of the NFL. But Vick as a ‘long term option’ for the team at the position is definitely a none-starter ! He’s shown glimpses that he can still play and be exhilarating and electrifying all in one move but the tendencies for errant plays and signs of rust are still there. And that’s not what is needed by the team or the organization at this time or for the foreseeable future.

Eagles'  President & CEO and  majority  stake owner  in  the  Philadelphia   Eagles,  Jeffrey Lurie (right)  seen  here   with New  England Patriots'  owner   Robert Kraft.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Matthew  Hollings  ..................
Eagles' President & CEO and majority stake owner in the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie (right) seen here with New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matthew Hollings ..................

The Eagles could trade McNabb but would there be any takers for the veteran qb ? At the same times does McNabb feel that he can lead this team to where they desire to be ? As good a player as he’s been over the years ,with the acclaim he’s received and the Pro Bowl appearances. I simply view Donovan McNabb as one of the better quarterbacks within the NFL. As a leader , I seriously doubt that he has all of the prerequisite qualities shown by the likes of Drew Brees >, Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers , Peyton Manning , Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger. In many pundits and fans’ eyes he might be viewed as an elite quarterback within the NFL. I view him still as a ‘top ten quarterback’ within the league but as ‘an elite quarterback’, at this juncture I’m not so sure that he’s still got what it takes. Time inevitably catches up with all. For some it’s sooner than it is for others . But it now appears that it has not only caught up with the Philadelphia Eagles and for Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid in particular. But it’s my belief that it is now beginning to devour them both to such an extent that they no longer look viable as candidates in their now presumed positions as a quarterback and coach within the organization. It’d be remiss to suggest that the game has passed them by. But clearly something is awry here both of these individuals. As to how to bring about the desired effect is open to a great deal of debate and speculation at this juncture.

 Fans of the Dallas Cowboys cheer in the stands during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears  courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez ...........
Fans of the Dallas Cowboys cheer in the stands during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez ...........

As an outsider looking in and observing the Eagles , I think that whatever decision they make it will be one that’ll have a lasting effect as to its very existence and future. The decision itself won’t be an easy one for either Banner or Reid to make. And at the same time we won’t really know what McNabb , himself , will be thinking at this juncture. He’s saying all of the right things but saying something and it actually happening are two completely different things altogether. So let the chips fall where they may and let’s see what happens with the Philadelphia Eagles. Time Is On Their Side but really how much longer will it be there ? What are your thoughts on the matter at this juncture ?

Led by the ‘indomitable’ Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones’ rendition of ‘Time Is On My Side’

Charmin’ Meet The Steelers And Cowboys ………. Two Of The Softer Teams In The NFL …………..

Well it goes without saying that the NFL weekend was an eventful one. We saw the two unbeaten teams in the Indianapolis Colts (13-0) and New Orleans Saints (13-0) both remain unbeaten. And in all certainty both teams have now garnered the respective # 1 seeded berths, in the AFC and NFC.

Mr Whipple  and  his  package of  Charmin  tissue  rolls
Mr Whipple and his package of Charmin tissue rolls. Are the Cowboys and Steelers after this weekend's display two of the more softer teams within the NFL ? Given the evidence of their poor season and their losses over the weekend . One could attain to the fact that they are .

And with the NFL as such, being such a finicky spectacle with regard to team performances on a week to week basis. It’s hard to what to make of the malaise , when one sees teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’d appear that for both of these teams their season now seems to be spiraling out of control. As defending Superbowl champions, Mike Tomlin’s team has all but thrown in the towel. And for Jerry Jones and his traveling circus of highly overrated and overpaid stars, this is just appears to be an ordinary ‘routine December’. Wherein, losing for the Cowboys seems to have become a customary habit. For both teams their losses on Sunday were as inexplicable as their somewhat mediocre performances on the field of play. No excuses can hide the fact that both of these teams have been thoroughly disappointing this season. Never mind the fact for Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett ,this may well prove to be ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ in terms of the sheer ineptitude of their team’s display. If you can’t ‘punch the ball in for a score’ of a touchdown from the one yard line. Then what the hell are you actually good for to begin with ?

There may well be the thought out there that other teams have performed just as poorly as both the Cowboys and Steelers, if not more so. But in reality, the expectations were high for both teams and the thought process was that they were the presumptive favorites to win their respective divisions(NFC East and AFC North) this season and garner a playoff berth. But that does in many ways now look to be though not impossible but in all likelihood something of a more difficult task , made more so, by these losses.

Tony  Romo (#9) of  the  Dallas Cowboys is  sacked  by the  Chargers'  linebacker  Brandon  Siler  (#55) during  the  game  played  at  the  Cowboys'  Texas Stadium  in  Arlington,  Texas.  The San Diego  Chargers  would  go  on  to  defeat the  Dallas Cowboys  20-17.    picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Michael  Thomas  ................
Tony Romo (#9) of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by the Chargers' linebacker Brandon Siler (#55) during the game played at the Cowboys' Texas Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The San Diego Chargers would go on to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 20-17. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Michael Thomas ................

The Cowboys’ 20-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, if anything would suggest that the Cowboys’ resplendent monstrosity while it looks good on appearance. The unfortunate thing for the franchise and its fans , is that the team that plays within the stadium has a ‘yellow streak across its back’ that is a mile wide and a mile deep, in terms of its depth. There’s no leadership on the team and when faced with any form of adversity. It has shown that it doesn’t possess the resolve or temperament to deal with it adequately. And whether or not this comes down to the coaching of Wade Phillips and his coaching staff is the question that one also needs to be asking. At the same time , if the alleged Pro Bowl stars on this team such as Tony Romo, Marion Barber , Jason Witten , DeMarcus Ware and Roy Williams can’t be held accountable for their own play. One could surmise that this Cowboys team is ‘more style over substance’ ? It’s not as if either, Jones or Phillips are prepared to come out and be openly critical of the players to begin with for their overall lack of effort ! It’d give credence to the fact that they’re soft as a team as well as an organization !

Ben Roethlisberger (#7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers is about to be tackled by the Cleveland Browns’ Matt Roth (#53) during an NFL game played Cleveland Browns’ Stadium, Cleveland ,Ohio. The Browns would go on to defeat their AFC North divisional rival 13-6. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Gregory Shamus …..

For Mike Tomlin this has to be a troubling aspect as to the unevenness of the Steelers’ play throughout the season. With the loss of Troy Polamalu , one could suggest that as a team they become a shell of themselves. With Polamalu, on the field of play, they become a fiercely staunch and more competitive team. However, the real problem for this Steeler’s team may well be the very fact that they’ve gone away from what they’re said to do best ? And that’s to ‘run the ball’ relentlessly down the throats of their opponents. It certainly hasn’t helped either that the team’s quarterback , Ben Roethlisberger , at times looks as if he has these momentary lapses in concentration and his play becomes errant and very erratic. And with there now being rumors of dissension within the locker room between a number of the players. One has to wonder whether or not Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff still controls the reins of the team ?

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin argues with field judge Jim Howey (37) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh lost their fifth straight, losing to the rival Browns 13-6
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin argues with field judge Jim Howey (37) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh lost their fifth straight, losing to the rival Browns 13-6. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mike Brown .................

The Steelers’ loss on Sunday to the much maligned Cleveland Browns 13-6 would suggest that the team either just didn’t come to play or that they had their minds elsewhere. And for coach, Eric Mangini’s, Cleveland Browns , this win might suggest that finally, there’s some resolve after-all behind this team. On the other hand this season for the Steelers has proven to be one of missed opportunities , poor play and seemingly players who just don’t seem to have the wherewithall to put forth an even more strenuous effort for their fans. Tomlin for his part has been critical of his players but nowhere near enough when it really matters the most. And who’d would have thought that a Pittsburgh Steelers’ team would be so thoroughly outplayed by a divisional rival in almost every facet of a game to such an extent ? ‘Soft’ as a word might just about now sum up the Pittsburgh Steelers as a team. If nothing else, from my own observations of this game , I wouldn’t describe them as being tough , far from it !

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New York Jets running back Thomas Jones (20) celebrates with teammates Nick Mangold (74) and Dustin Keller (81) following his second touchdown of an NFL football game during the fourth quarter on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Brian Blanco ............

Here within the Tampa Bay area, come the NFL football season ,everything revolves around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-12). Now while I’m not a fan of the team , I do take an interest as to what goes on locally concerning the franchise. And while the team and organization continues to struggle both on and off the field. The conventional thinking concerning the Buccaneers, is that the organization will right itself over the course of time. Coach, Raheem Morris and his young and inexperienced team has shown that they’ve still have a long way to go before there’s any semblance of competitiveness and resolve shown by them as a cohesive unit. Many of the team’s struggles have come down the fact that they’ve entrusted their future to a very young and inexperienced quarterback, in Josh Freeman. And while there are those that say the player will grow and mature into his role as NFL quarterback and a leader of this team. Let’s just say that the evidence of that , has yet to be put forth. With each week, comes a new set of inexplicable plays and errors committed from the player. And while one can’t solely apportion blame on Freeman , alone. As this has to been a collective effort as to the poor play all around by the Buccaneers as a team. They’ve been unable to ‘run the ball’, ‘pass the ball’ or even ‘defend the run’ or ‘the pass’. And it’d be remiss to say that the players on the defensive unit can actually tackle. If anything they possess the athleticism in that aspect of coterie of female impersonators when it comes to the aggressiveness shown by this Raheem Morris’ coached unit. One wonders what the likes of RuPaul might think of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ?


New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Brian Clark (87) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Tampa, Fla
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Brian Clark (87) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chris O'Meara .......

Sunday in front of a national tv audience, the nation once again got to see the Buccaneers at their very best , in terms of sheer mediocrity on the field of play. In a home game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers did their leveled best to remind everyone now why it is that they’re now viewed as the worst franchise in the entire NFL. Their opponents were the Rex Ryan coached New York Jets , who happened to have backup quarterback, Kellen Clemmons at the helm of the team for the game. Starting quarterback , Matt Sanchez , was unable to play due to injury. One would’ve thought that might have made the Buccaneers’ objective somewhat easier ? But to their credit they found ways to seemingly play with their customary aplomb. And that was to make themselves look absolutely ridiculous in every aspect of their on the field performance.


New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, shakes hands with Tampa Bay buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, left, after the Jets defeated the Buccaneers 26-3 during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Tampa, Fla.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, shakes hands with Tampa Bay buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, left, after the Jets defeated the Buccaneers 26-3 during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chris O'Meara ......

Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Tribune

Morris: Bucs’ coaches need to scale things back for Freeman

By Roy Cummings of The Tampa Bay Tribune

Tampa, Fl,. – Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman took the blame on Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 26-3 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, but on Monday the blame shifted to the coaching staff.

“We were not ready to play and that’s on us as coaches,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “We had no explosive plays, we had no third-down conversions, we just didn’t’ get anything going.”

The question now, is how can the Bucs get things going in the final three games of the season. Part of the answer, Morris said, is scaling things back for Freeman.

“We’ve got to calm him down a little bit,” Morris said. “We’ve got to establish our offensive identity as far as the run, get him some easy completions, get him back to his hard-core play-action passes.

“You know, we talked about it, talked about it as a staff. We asked ourselves, ‘When do you give him too much? When do you stop giving him too much?’ And we kind of found out. So, now we have to reel him in a little bit.

“You don’t want to overdo it and put him in remedial classes, but at the same time you want to take a little pressure off the young man and put it back on the coaches and the guys around him so he can get going faster, like when he started.”

Freeman started strong, beating the Packers in his first start. Since then, though, he has mixed good starts with bad and is coming off two clunkers. In the past two games, Freeman has thrown eight interceptions.

His passer rating against the Jets was 12.1, the worst of his six starts

The Buccaneers’ resultant 26-3 loss to the Jets had many of the home crowd fans leaving the stadium long before the game had even reached the third quarter. And if that’s not a sign as to how mediocre the team’s day was about to come. Then their game stats certainly mirrored that very fact. (First downs totals 6, third down efficiency 0/14 0%, fourth down efficiency 1/3 33 1/3 %, total rushing 56 yards, total yards offense 124 yds, quarterback sacked 3 times, Freeman’s qb rating 12.1 %) And no that wasn’t a misprint concerning Freeman’s rating for the game. His completion rate of 14/33 for 93 yards and being sacked three times leads us to believe that the learning curve for the young rookie is still an immense one. But then again, the Buccaneers ought to be consider themselves thankful that it is Freeman that they have at the helm of this team, instead of the Oakland Raiders’ JaMarcus Russell. The latter of whom has the propensity of playing as if the playbook of the Raiders’ something akin to applied calculus in terms of its difficulty. As simple as Raiders’ coach, Tom Cable has made it for the player. Russell’s cognitive skills just doesn’t seem to be able the grasp those simple concepts.

Josh  Freeman (#5) of the  Tampa  Bay Buccaneers  seen  here inset  along  with  teammate  tight end ,  Kellen  Winslow Jr. (#82)  in  the  game  against  the  New  York  Jets   played  at  Raymond James  Stadium  , Tampa ,Florida .  The  Buccaneers   would   go  on to  lose  the  game  26-3  against  the  New  York  Jets.  During  the  third  quarter  great  many  of the Buccaneers'   fans   had  already  departed  from  the  stadium  ,  perhaps   in  sheer  disgust  resulting   from  the  team's   inept  display.    picture appears   courtesy  of  Tampa Bay  Tribune  /  Cliff  McBride  .............
Josh Freeman (#5) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seen here inset along with teammate tight end , Kellen Winslow Jr. (#82) in the game against the New York Jets played at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa ,Florida . The Buccaneers would go on to lose the game 26-3 against the New York Jets. During the third quarter great many of the Buccaneers' fans had already departed from the stadium , perhaps in sheer disgust resulting from the team's inept display. picture appears courtesy of Tampa Bay Tribune / Cliff McBride .............

One may well argue that there have been other teams that have proven to be far more disappointing this season. I for one am of the opinion that the Cowboys and Steelers may well be atop of the list for a number of NFL fans around the league in terms of their overall season. What are your thoughts on the matter ? And by all means do take time to participate in the poll shown within this piece. As always thanks for the continued support shown !

NFL Week 14 results

Pittsburgh Steelers 6-13 Cleveland Browns

New Orleans Saint 26-23 Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions 3-48 Baltimore Ravens

Green Bay Packers 21-14 Chicago Bears

Denver Broncos 16-28 Indianapolis Colts

Buffalo Bills 16-10 Kansas City Chiefs

Carolina Panthers 10-20 New England Patriots

New York Jets 26-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cincinnati Bengals 10-30 Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins 14-10 Jacksonville Jaguars

Seattle Seahawks 7-34 Houston Texans

St Louis Rams 7-47 Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins 34-13 Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers 20-17 Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles 45-38 New York Giants

NFL Starting quartetbacks’ stats for the 2009-10 season

Passing (Qualified* | All) Rk Player Team Pos Comp Att Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Int 1st 1st% Lng 20+ 40+ Sck Rate
1 Peyton Manning IND QB 342 502 68.1 38.6 3,905 7.8 300.4 29 14 204 40.6 80T 50 7 10 98.9
2 Drew Brees NO QB 302 432 69.9 33.2 3,832 8.9 294.8 32 10 180 41.7 75T 55 11 15 112.3
3 Tom Brady NE QB 320 490 65.3 37.7 3,830 7.8 294.6 23 11 183 37.3 81T 37 11 15 95.4
4 Matt Schaub HOU QB 324 473 68.5 36.4 3,814 8.1 293.4 24 13 183 38.7 72T 47 12 23 98.2
5 Philip Rivers SD QB 263 406 64.8 31.2 3,583 8.8 275.6 22 7 175 43.1 81T 51 12 22 103.7
6 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 291 444 65.5 34.2 3,579 8.1 275.3 25 7 161 36.3 74T 44 13 47 102.5
7 Tony Romo DAL QB 276 444 62.2 34.2 3,574 8.0 274.9 22 7 160 36.0 80T 49 14 28 97.4
8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB 273 400 68.3 33.3 3,346 8.4 278.8 19 11 160 40.0 57 43 10 38 98.2
9 Brett Favre MIN QB 295 433 68.1 33.3 3,341 7.7 257.0 27 6 171 39.5 63 41 10 27 106.0
10 Eli Manning NYG QB 252 417 60.4 32.1 3,316 8.0 255.1 23 11 147 35.3 74T 49 11 21 93.0
11 Joe Flacco BAL QB 270 426 63.4 32.8 3,111 7.3 239.3 15 11 157 36.9 72T 37 8 26 86.3
12 Jay Cutler CHI QB 284 457 62.1 35.2 3,023 6.6 232.5 19 22 135 29.5 71 43 5 29 75.2

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Freeman and Russell sit at the bottom of the NFL’s quarterback statistical charts in terms of their performances throughout this season. The 12.1 quarterback rating posted by Freeman in the game against the New York Jets, was the lowest such stat posted by an NFL quarterback this season.

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NFL Weekend Week 11 Results And Its Aftermath

OK so here we go, the unbeatens remain unbeaten and a certain team whom we all thought a contender, is in fact nothing more than a pretender. Only the Cincinnati Bengals could resort back to becoming the Bungles under coach, Marvin Lewis’ watch, once again !

Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California.  picture appears courtesy of  getty images/  Jed Jacobsohn   .................
Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn .................

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have seen it coming but when you’re on appearance seen to be riding high. Only to fall back down to earth through your own sheer complacency. Then you’re deserving of your lot ! Somehow, in some way the Bengals managed to lose to Tom Cable’s hapless Oakland Raiders. What’s even more astounding was that the Raiders were playing with backup starter, Bruce Gradkowski. Never mind the fact that JaMarcus Russell was sitting on the bench preening himself like a Cheshire cat. Sorry, JaMarcus but your services mightn’t be needed for the foreseeable future by the Raiders’ team. They’ve got more faith in Gradkowski , than they could ever have gotten in you.

 Sebastian Janikowski (11) of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California.   picture appears courtesy of  getty images/ Jed  Jacobsohn  ................
Sebastian Janikowski (11) of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ................

And about the only other surprise as to the result ,20-17, and the fact that Gradkowski threw for less than 200 yards. It may well have been the complete ineptitude shown by this Marvin Lewis coached team and that of its defense. And if you thought that was the Bengals only problem on the day. Then, guess again. There was sheer apoplexy and the Raiders’ fan got behind their team and literally willed them to victory , once they saw that the inevitable was about to happen. So now the Cincinnati Bengals are the ones left with egg to wiped off their sullen faces.

 Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns congratulates quarterback, Brady Quinn (10) after a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Joe Robbins  ..............
Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns congratulates quarterback, Brady Quinn (10) after a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Joe Robbins ..............

I don’t expect anyone to have braved their will to watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions to battle it out amongst themselves. But given the fact the game was being televised by a broadcast network station as well the NFL Network. I can only surmise that were some amongst you, who saw fit to watch this particular game ? Obviously the honey to do list didn’t have the usual sense of urgency that one would come to expect. So I must assume that a large majority of the NFL loving male football fans had to have been watching this game. For myself, I sought to eschew that pleasure , as I merely sat about listening to some jazz from my surround sound theater system, while the game was on. The mute captured the affair perfectly , given the fact I wasn’t about to listen to the commentary, much less watch the game. The television was on but Miles Davis> was in full swing. Can you dig it man ?

The teams led respectively by their coaches,Eric Mangini of the Browns and Jim Schwartz of the Lions, would regale us , as to the abilities of their teams. Never mind the fact that the two teams combined have a record of 3-17. Somehow for myself, that doesn’t signify that one would be witnessing a great game for two teams struggling with sub-par records. But such are the vagaries within the NFL , that its erstwhile fans will have to make do with whatever they’re given.

And the two teams by way of competitiveness gave the fans they may well have welcomed. A game filled with high scoring ,with the teams being able to amass 75 points between the two of them. But there being very little defensive capabilities shown by either team. And with the Lions eking out a 38-37 win and with there being over 912 yards of offense emitted from this game. By comparison you can well understand that defense was at the minimum between these two defensively challenged teams. Lions’ quarterback, Matthew Stafford had a career day throwing for 5 touchdowns ,2 int’s along with 422 yards through the air.

 Kevin Smith (34) of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37.  picture appears courtesy of getty images/  Joe  Robbins .............
Kevin Smith (34) of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Joe Robbins .............

Stafford’s opposite number, Brady Quinn threw for 4 strikes and 304 yards though the air. Essentially this became game of an allout air assault and a running game that was filled with displays of crushing and bruising runs all in an effort by the two teams to show that they can play some semblance of a game within the NFL. As to whether or not it can be described as being an entertaining brand of football. Well, one could surmise that if you like your brand of football being played with merely just offense by way of high scoring , very little defense from either side and little being shown in the way of creativity. Then I guess the brand of NFL football served by both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions had to be to your liking ? Thankfully, there other games being televised by CBS , Fox and the NFL Network that provided for far more entertainment value in terms of NFL football being on display.

The New Orleans Saints were looking to join the AFC’s Indianapolis Colts as the only other team in the NFL to reach double digits, in terms of wins for the season. And their opponents on the day just happened to be coach, Raheem Morris’ thankless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Running back Pierre Thomas (23) of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ......
Running back Pierre Thomas (23) of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ......

While one cannot deny the fresh faced novice coach his fervor as to what Morris sees emanating from his team. His sound bytes are now coming off as being somewhat asinine, stale and quite frankly totally out of sync with what’s happening on the field concerning the team’s play. His latest ..’we’ll go out there and show improvement with each game and make the teams we play know that they’ve been in a fight. When your team is 1-9. I hardly think that the team has been giving their opponents much resistance to begin with. Not if you’re giving up on average over 378 yards, 29 points per game, you’re only scoring 16 points and eking out 270 yards per game,in total offense. To me and others, it’d suggest that your team is anemic on both sides of the ball. But one only can only assume that in Raheem Morris’ world, every cloud does have a silver lining and even when your team is getting its ass beat on a consistent basis, there’s something positive to be gained from it all. As to what that might be , who knows ?

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves his arms to fans as he leaves the field after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-7 in an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ John  Raoux  .................
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves his arms to fans as he leaves the field after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-7 in an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ John Raoux .................

Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees rained down a torrent of abuse upon the Buccaneers, by completely blowing the team out of the water with a resounding 38-7 victory over their NFC South divisional rivals. In every facet of this game,the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were woefully inept.And playing in front of their home crowd fans, the display and effort put forth by the team can’t have been at all pleasing to the eyes of Buccaneers’ fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Sold out or not, these are some stark and thought provoking times for the fans of the Buccaneers and the organization as a whole.

Tampa, Florida- 22nd November  2009. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team against the New Orleans Saints during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  picture  appears courtesy of  getty images/ J. Meric  ..........
Tampa, Florida- 22nd November 2009. Defensive coordinator Jim Bates of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team against the New Orleans Saints during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J. Meric ..........

Things are slowly spiraling out of control for the Buccaneers but the team’s coach and general manager are trying to put a positive spin on it all. As to the emotions of the fans, the die-hard amongst them will continue to support the team steadfastly. While others will no doubt seek to now desert the team after such a lackluster and unimaginative start to the season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones chats with quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov.  22, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 7-6. ap phto/Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau  copyrighted material @ all  rights  reserved  ..............
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones chats with quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 7-6. ap phto/Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau copyrighted material @ all rights reserved ..............

Am I now mistaken but wasn’t Jason Garrett , the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator meant to some kind of genius , wunderkind and offensive enfant-terrible ? Instead the Cowboys’ display against the lowly Washington Redskins was so embarrassing to watch. That I can only assume that either the tires on Jerry Jones’ highly paid and over-rated team had a flat. Either that or Wade Phillips’ playbook was written in Mandarin and not English.Therein, neither Tony Romo and his teammates could comprehend what was being asked of them. That might well be the only explanation that can be offered for such a moribund display by the team.

Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn, left, argues with side judge Jimmy DeBell, right, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. picture  appears courtesy of ap/photo/Sharon Ellman  .........
Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn, left, argues with side judge Jimmy DeBell, right, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Sharon Ellman .........

For four quarters watching the Cowboys and Redskins try and play a competitive game of football , was akin to watching an Animal Planet expose’ on the breeding habits of a hippopotamus. Stimulating on appearance at first, until you begin to realize that you’re going to have sit through at least three more hours of the damn program. And if you thought things couldn’t have got much worse ? Then, think again ?The Dallas Cowboys could only muster a measly 7 points on their way to victory over the Washington Redskins. Yes, that’s right, a measly seven points on their way to anemic and woeful 7-6 triumph over the Washington Redskins. Anymore displays of that nature by the Cowboys and you can count me in for a frontal lobotomy. And I’d dare say that the Cowboys’ fans might well be seeking out the same medical procedure ? But then again,Cowboys’ fans were never known to be all that bright to begin with !

Denver- November 22nd ,2009. (L-R) Chris Kuper (73), Ryan Clady (78), Brandon Marshall (15), David Graham (89), Knowshon Moreno (27), Jabar Gaffney (10) and the Denver Broncos offense look on from the bench as they face the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3.  picture appears courtesy of  Getty Images/ Doug Pensinger  ............
Denver- November 22nd ,2009. (L-R) Chris Kuper (73), Ryan Clady (78), Brandon Marshall (15), David Graham (89), Knowshon Moreno (27), Jabar Gaffney (10) and the Denver Broncos offense look on from the bench as they face the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Doug Pensinger ............

There’s no other way to explain it but Josh McDaniels’ Denver Broncos have shot their load. Much like a guy who suffers from premature ejaculation. Quick to perform, as they started fast out of the gate at 6-0 but somehow they’ve forgotten that it’s not the speed at which you start. But the duration of the race and how you finish that elicits excitement. And on appearance alone this Broncos’ team is as flaccid as the male sexual appendage they now resemble.

The Broncos succumbed the high flying San Diego Chargers and a seemingly rejuvenated LaDanian Tomlinson. The Chargers’ running back had a thoroughly exhilarating game. And he was equally supported by his teammates and Norv Turner’s coaching staff alike.

San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, right, chats with Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Denver. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3.  picture appears courtesy of  AP photo / Jack Dempsey   .............
San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, right, chats with Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Denver. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3. picture appears courtesy of AP photo / Jack Dempsey .............

The Chargers took apart the Broncos with all the ease that a thief would have, in breaking into an unsecured domicile. The Broncos made the task all the more easier with their inept defensive play with such a thoroughly unconvincing display at Invesco Field, in Denver. The result, 32-3, was an efficient ass kicking of the highest order. Leaving the bemused Broncos’ fans wondering what locomotive freight train they’d just been hit by. Never mind the fact that Broncos’ wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, in sheer frustration got into a sideline altercation with a teammate. It essentially summed up the Broncos’ afternoon.

Well, those are my thoughts on the eleventh week of the NFL season, thus far. Some games were entertaining in value, others not so much. In fact, one could best describe them, as being dogs with fleas on them ! While the more entertaining games, one would hope gives us something to look forward to, once the postseason starts to take shape. Which games if any, caught your undivided attention yesterday ?

Week 11 NFL Results

Miami Dolphins 24-17 Carolina Panthers

Indianapolis Colts 17-15 Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills 15-18 Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vkings 35-9 Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons 31-34 New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers 24-27 Kansas City Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers 24-30 Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals 21-13 St Louis Rams

San Diego Chargers 32-3 Denver Broncos

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Miles Davis Quintet taking flight with ‘ Round Midnight’. Featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,Ron Carter , Tony Williams and the man himself, Miles Davis. You’ve not listened to real jazz ’til you’ve listed this particular quintet.

Lemon Laws And How It Can Be Best Applied To The Dallas Cowboys ………..

As prescribed by the Texas Dept of Motor Vehicles – Lemon Laws

Lemon Law

If you are having repeated problems getting your new vehicle repaired, and it was purchased or leased from a licensed Texas dealer or lease company, the Texas Lemon Law may be able to help you get it repurchased, replaced or repaired.

Assistance

Because the filing deadline and other requirements are very specific, call us for more information or assistance concerning warranty repair problems at (800) 622-8682 or (512) 416-4800. A $35.00 filing fee is charged for complaints about new vehicles.

Eligibility

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes and ATVs are covered, as well as demonstrator vehicles that develop problems covered by a manufacturer’s written warranty.

Towable recreational vehicles must be titled and registered in Texas to be eligible.

Used Vehicles

Your used vehicle may be covered under the Lemon Law. The Law may cover your vehicle if your used vehicle is still covered by the manufacturer’s original warranty (not an extended service contract), or if the problem started while under warranty and it continues to exist, repair assistance of the warranty-related problem may be available to you.

Complaint Process

If you have a complaint, follow this process to file a claim.

To begin the complaint process, complete and follow the instructions on the Lemon Law Complaint Form.

A Consumer’s Guide to the Texas Lemon Law

In light of the putrid effort put forth by the Dallas Cowboys in their most recent NFL game against the Green Bay Packers I feel that the citizens within the state of Texas and the supporters of the franchise have a right to demand their money back. Either under that state’s Lemon Law or under their statutes with regard to other areas of consumer protection. Granted , you might well feel that this is a futile gesture ? But clearly after this latest and woefully inept display by the Cowboys. Their fans must feel rightfully aggrieved that they’ve either got to pay and watch this drivel or actually attend to watch the home games in the team’s brand new multi-billion dollar edifice. It has now come to be known as …..’The House That Jerry Built’ . And for a stadium that was in part publicly financed. The citizens within the greater Dallas area should have a right to feel aggrieved and angry at their local politicians.

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys closes his eyes as he is hit by Johnny Jolly #97 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7.  picture appears courtesyof  getty images/ Johnathan  Daniel
Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys closes his eyes as he is hit by Johnny Jolly #97 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7. picture appears courtesyof getty images/ Johnathan Daniel

However, unfortunately for Jerry Jones, what’s now being housed inside that edifice in no way,shape or form resembles an NFL franchise. You’d make better use of the facility, housing the homeless within the state of Dallas. Rather than, having this Cowboys’ team continuously ridicule itself with the thought that it is indeed a competitive NFL franchise. They’re no more closer to being competitive in this league than the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, the St Louis Rams, the Detroit Lions or those sorry ass Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Isn’t it bad enough that those teams mentioned are a combined 6-38 ? Whereas, the hapless Cowboys are 6-3 within the NFC East division. But as evidenced by their display in their 17-7 loss to the Packers. The difference between the Cowboys and the aforementioned teams with that combined record mightn’t be as far apart as their records might suggest.

And while we’re now discussing the Cowboys , I for one would like to see a stop to this idiotic banter by the idiots within ESPN and Fox, who continuously try to regale us with the fact of how great a quarterback, Tony Romo really is. He’s no closer, to being a great quarterback than Clay Aiken has a chance of being enlisted as a US Marine. And if ever, that situation were to arise, then I for one won’t believe until I see it with my own friggin’ eyes. LOL,LOL,LOL !!! Clay, I know you’ve got a boatload of devoted fans. But you’ve never been cut out to do manly things.

Head coach Wade  Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys reacts as his offense comes off the field during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7.    picture appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/ Johnathan Daniel  ..........
Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys reacts as his offense comes off the field during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Johnathan Daniel ..........

And though there’s a remote possibility that should the Cowboys fall short of their endeavors of making the playoffs and then winning the Superbowl. Failure there and most certainly Jerry Jones would have to rethink the issue of firing Wade Phillips and his entire coaching staff. And oh yes, that would include the heir apparent in waiting, Jason Garrett. All the perceived hype over him, is about as relevant as awaiting a new release of a film release by Jennifer Aniston. Looks good on paper but fails to meet the expectations or the needs of the critics or the box office. And the same can be said as to the creativity of Garrett and the Cowboys’ offense. One moment they’re up and the next. Well , let’s just say we’ve all seen a much more spirited approach taken to the game and how it ought to be played. Don’t look now Tony but your plight is seemingly just as inescapable of that of your former teammate, Terrell Owens. The latest of which , was that Buffalo Bills‘ coach Dick Jauron was fired today by the organization. And to think, that TO hadn’t imploded as of yet , there in Buffalo ?

One of the primary reasons for the Cowboys’ lackluster display is the very fact that they’ll play down to the level of the opponents they’re facing. They are not a team that can find that happy medium that they can play two games straight of consistently good or great football , as all the great teams seem able to do. The Dallas Cowboys, as does Jerry Jones , simply marches to beat of their very own drum. And unfortunately for the Cowboys, either they’re tone deaf or simply put they’ve no rhythm whatsoever ! My own feelings are , it’s a little bit of both !

Defensively , the Cowboys really haven’t got a problem that can’t be fixed. They are one of the better defensive units around the league when they set their mind to it. However, it’s on offense where they far too often have their momentary lapses. And where Romo gets besides himself and starts to scramble around like a headless chicken. Once in a while, he might make an extraordinary play while scrambling around in the pocket. But more often than not, if he doesn’t look like the aforementioned chicken. Then there’s the possibility that he begins to look like an inebriated drunk falling all over himself whilst trying to unzip his fly. I don’t know if I could put it anymore succinctly than that ?

Of all the players on the Cowboys’ roster, if ever there’s a player whom I feel, that they’re ought to be a certain amount of complaint can leveled at. Then, it would have to be Roy Williams. One of the team’s array of wide receivers. He’s been about as productive as the members of Congress during one of their seasonal sessions. A great deal of talk always follows about what they’d like to see get done. But yet, in the end absolutely nothing ever gets done. And it’s been the same way in that regard with regard to Williams’ productivity , since he’s put on a Dallas Cowboys’ uniform ! And once again, when the blame is leveled squarely at him. Williams looks to apportion it elsewhere. Much like that of his former teammate , Terrell Owens has been known to do.
Any similarities there, you think ?

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo walks off the field after the Cowboys' 17-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in Green Bay, Wis. picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/ Jim Prisching  .................
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo walks off the field after the Cowboys' 17-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in Green Bay, Wis. picture appears courtey ap/photo / Jim Prisching ...............

This I do know, and having never been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I’d rather the team live up to its obligations and expectations. Rather than now looking at them as a fraud because that’s essentially what Jerry Jones and the organization has been perpetrating on the consumers of the NFL and the residents there in the greater Dallas , Ft Worth area for more than a decade. The funny thing is we have laws against such things in order to protect the consumer. But somehow no one seems all that bothered to enact it. I wonder why ? In your eyes are the Cowboys indeed a version of the ‘lemon law’ ? Or quite simply just an NFL franchise that has been continuously over-hyped by the print and television media alike ? The chances are it’s been a little bit of both , with regard to this particular equation.

Round Up Of The NFL Sports Weekend & Other Pieces Of Triviality

Well, the NFL weekend is all but through, with the exception of Monday night’s scheduled game between the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) and Denver Broncos (6-1) from Invesco Field , Denver , Colorado.

Buccaneers quarterback  Josh   Freeman  hands the ball  off  during the   game  played  against  the  Green Bay  Packers at  Raymond  James Stadium  in  Tampa Florida .  The  Buccaneers   would   go  on to  defeat  Green  Bay  38-28  and  being  ensured    of  their   first  win  of the  season.   picture  apears  courtesy  of  getty  images/ J Meric .............

Buccaneers’ quarterback Josh Freeman hands the ball off during the game played against the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers would go on to defeat Green Bay 38-28 , being ensured of their first win of the NFL season. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J.Meric ..
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And as evidenced from Sunday’s slate of games for Week 9 , we now know more than ever, that the NFL is still in something of a diabolical state when it comes to several teams. There’s the good, the bad and the downright ugly ! Based on what took place between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) and the Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida. It was hard to extrapolate which was indeed the winless team and which team was indeed the one with ambitions of quite possibly making the postseason. Suffice to say that the game was filled with a litany of errors from either side. And the quarterback play of both teams left a great deal to be desired.

Buccaners'  defensive players  Torrie  Cox (27)  , Geno Hayes (54) and  Tanard Jackson (36)  set  about   tackling  Packers'  wide  receiver  James  Jones (89)   during  the  game .    picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/  J  Meric ..........

Buccaneers’ defensive players Torrie Cox (27), Geno Hayes (54) and Tanard Jackson (36) set about tackling Packers’ wide receiver James Jones (89) during the game.
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Buccaneers’ rookie quarterback, Josh Freeman did just enough to garner his first professional win in an NFL uniform. Which was much to the delight of the home fans there in Tampa. As to what this may well mean down the lines for the Buccaneers and their coach , Raheem Morris. Well, for now let’s just say with that first win of the season in defeating the Packers 38-28 . It leaves the Buccaneers with something to smile about. As to what this means for the Mike McCarthy coached Packers’ team ? Suffice to say , it’s back to the drawing board for McCarthy and his coaching staff. Their offensive line couldn’t protect quarterback, Aaron Rogers from the Buccaneers’ defensive play , much less from the H1N1 strain of the swine flu. That’s how awful the Packers’ offensive line were on Sunday !

Eagles' head  coach  Andy  Reid  and  his  opposing   number   Wade Phillips of  the   Dallas Cowboys   meet  centerfield  after  the  game to  congratulate one another .

Andy Reid ,coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and his opposite number Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys meet centerfield at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia after the game. The Cowboys had just defeated the Eagles in an NFC East divisional match up 20-16, to sit atop of the division with a one game lead over their rival. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Craig Gentry ……

Image is everything , hype means nothing ! If that were really true then how can one explain the seemingly endless media frenzy concerning the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) and everything that this team is said to represent ? Unlike any other team in the NFL the attention paid to this team in the print format as well as on television and radio borders on the insane. Granted , that $1.5 billion monstrosity built in Arlington, creates the desired facade that this is an NFL franchise that has a great deal going for it both on and off the field. Truth be known, the Cowboys are simply nothing more than a well ran cash cow. Making money for the organization is the sole existence for Jerry Jones. And anything beyond that is considered to be a bye product of it all. The franchise seeks to get back to winning ways in terms of a postseason berth with the ultimate goal of landing a sixth Superbowl title. But that would be predicated upon them placing a winning team on the field of play. Something of which they’ve failed to do in almost a decade.

Cowboys'  wide  receiver  Miles  Austin (19)  takes  it to  the  house  with a  49 yd  touchdown  reception  run  against the  Philadelphia  Eagles  in  the  fourth quarter  of the   game.  Eagles' defensive  player   Quintin  Mikell (27)  missed  his   coverage  assignment   of the  receiver  in  allowing  the  score  .   picture  appears courtesy  of  getty images/ Al Bello  ............

Cowboys’ wide receiver Miles Austin (19) takes it to the house , with a 49 yd touchdown reception run against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter of the game played at Lincoln Financial Field , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eagles’ defensive player Quintin Mikell (27) missed his coverage assignment of Austin in allowing the score. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Al Bello ……..

Today the Cowboys faced their arch rivals the Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) in an NFC East divisional match up, that sought supremacy within the division. And while there’s no doubt that the winner of the division has an outside shot to garner one of the top two seeds in the NFC pecking order ,come the postseason. Whether or not that team from the division can acquit themselves well enough in the playoffs, is clearly open to a great deal of speculation. Of late ,these two teams have played some great football but at the same there’s been a great deal of inconsistency to their play. Hence the reason for the statement made concerning their post-season ambitions.

Whenever the Eagles and Cowboys tend to meet. It is either under the best or worse of circumstances as to the scenario placed within that specific environment. For both coaches it has come to be the norm for gauging their teams and the coaches , themselves. At the start of the season the speculation had already began as to whether or Wade Phillips would still be in a job, were the Cowboys to have an unsuccessful season. From week to week , even during the preseason that talk was being fomented in all avenues of the press. And for the Eagles’ coach , Andy Reid , the talk there was whether or not he and veteran quarterback , Donovan McNabb were still an asset to the team and the franchise in general. Well , considering their legacy with the franchise and the success that they’ve brought during their tenure. Those who were trying to make a claim that both ought to be released clearly don’t remember the years when this team was in the doldrums.

Sunday’s game between these two stalwarts reminded us why it is that the NFC East is considered to be the best division with the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles provided us with an allout air assault with a passing game that was replete with some spectacular plays by both sets of receivers on either team. And if anything Cowboys’ quarterback, Tony Romo may well have now overcome the loss of Terrell Owens. Not that anyone is now the slightest bit concerned that he was once a former Cowboy. Now the thought is , when is the proverbial meltdown going to place in his new place of residence ? As of yet, there hasn’t been a seismic shift to indicate that Owens is about explode and unleash a tirade against the Buffalo Bills‘ organization and his Bills’ teammates. But rest assured, if the downward slide in Buffalo continues. Then you’ll definitely be hearing it , loud and clear. It’s just the way TO is !

The Dallas Cowboys managed to get their sixth win of the season in defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 20-16 , outscoring their rivals in the fourth quarter (10-3) of a relatively hard fought game. And Romo had his best game of the season so far. He was able to find 7 different receivers on the way to the team’s victory over the Eagles. And they now hold a one game lead over their closest rival , as they sit atop of the NFC East. For both the New York Giants (5-4) and the pitiful Washington Redskins (2-6). Well, things at present aren’t looking too good for either team. The Redskins are in deep turmoil and the Tom Coughlan coached Giants , now can’t even obtain a win, even if they were spotted 7 point advantage.

As we’ve now reached the midway point of the season. We’ll begin to see a push, where the legitimate contenders for the postseason will try to separate themselves from the pretenders. And the also rans , well they’re now essentially out of it. Though they could very well play ‘spoilers’ for a number of teams who still feel that they’re in with a shot of making the postseason.

Titans'  running  back   Chris Johnson  (28) is  tackled  by the  San  Francisco  49ers'  defensive  player  Patrick   Willis  (52)   during  the   game  played   at   Candlestick  Park  ,  San  Francisco  ,  California.

Titans’ running back Chris Johnson (28) is tackled by the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive player Patric Willis (52) during the game played at Candlestick Park , San Francisco , California. The Titans would go on to defeat the 49ers 34-27, to win their second consecutive game of the season , pushing their record in the NFL to 2-6 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Ezra Shaw …….

And for the claims being made by Titans’ running back Chris Johnson , that his team is quite capable of reeling off 10 straight wins to place the team amongst the thick of things. Well, it’d be a whole lot easier Chris , had you made those predictions earlier . Rather than after the Tennessee Titans (2-6) hadn’t gotten off to an 0-6 start to the season. Now you’re setting yourself and your teammates up for an even greater fall in the event of another loss. And that my friend is no laughing matter.

Whatever happens throughout the ensuing run to the end of the regular season. We will probably all remark as to the ups and downs for many of the teams in the NFL . But even more so , I think that the conversation will be about how bland and bad so many of the teams were. Parity is now being used as a misnomer for the inadequacies that’d been sought within the league. One of the problems is however, the lack of on-field talent but what’s even becoming more so, is the lack of depth in talent amongst the coaching ranks in the NFL at present. Take a look around and scrutinize the rosters of the teams with regard to the coaches and their staffs. Non too impressive to begin with , now is it ?

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Week 9 Results ……..

Washington Redskins 17 Atlanta Falcons 31

Arizona Cardinals 41 Chicago Bears 21

Baltimore Ravens 7 Cincinnati Bengals 17

Houston Texans 17 Indianapolis Colts 20

Kansas City Chiefs 21 Jacksonville Jaguars 24

Carolina Panthers 20 New Orleans Saints 30

Detroit Lions 20 Seattle Seahawks 32

San Diego Chargers 21 New York Giants 20

Tennessee Titans 34 San Francisco 49ers 27

Thanksgiving Is Just Around The Corner And What’s The NFL Going To Serve Up ? Not The Detroit Lions……Again

OK I get it , I really do ! Customs are very quaint traditions that one tends to abide by. As it breeds satisfaction and a sense if nothing else , normalcy. Well , try telling that to the NFL this year ,who’ll once again serve up mayhem by providing us with another dollop of the hapless Detroit Lions (1-6-0) on Thanksgiving Day. Now pardon me for saying this, as I’m not from around these parts – I’m English by birth by way of parentage from the Caribbean – Jamaica to be precise. But enough of that – what is it that the NFL and their schedulers are failing to realize by serving up the Lions to us on a silver platter ?

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A somewhat downtrodden Lions' coach Jim Schwartz looks up at the scoreboard at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions would go on to lose to the St Louis Rams 17-10 in the game picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Carlos Osorio ...................

A somewhat downtrodden Lions’ coach , Jim Schwartz , looks up at the scoreboard at Ford Field in Detroit , Michigan. The Lions would go on to lose to the St Louis Rams 17-10 in the game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio …..

It’s bad enough that as a team this roster is only slightly better than the team went (0-16) last season. Much to the ridicule of the entire league and the fans of the game up down the country. Never mind the fact that the team then became the staple of the late night talk show hosts. Who, if they weren’t lambasting Sen. John McCain (R-Az) or former Governor Sarah Palin (R-Ak). Then the Detroit Lions were deemed to be seen as appropriate cannon fodder also for the butt of their jokes. But like the losers of the Presidential elections of last year the Lions can hold their heads high with dignity. Albeit, at the humor of others. But now it has to be said that enough is enough ! The NFL seriously needs to look at the schedule as it gears around the holiday period and serve up the fans with the best games possible. I know that they feel it’s best to stick with tradition. But by my way of thinking, that’s very much akin to walking with the same old worn out pair shoes for the last five years knowing full well that you can afford to buy a brand new pair of shoes. It may well have felt snug when you first bought them . But over the course of time the heel goes , as does the sole or instep of the shoe. Now would it be right to suggest that the NFL is just being downright ignorant by choosing not to replace Lions with a far better game on the day ? Well I’ve leave that for you to decide. But as you can see from the title of this piece , I’m no fan of the Lions and this team at present.

Barry  Sanders  of  the  Detroit  Lions  seen  here  shredding  the  defense of   the  Green Bay  Packers  as  he   makes  his  towards  the  end-zone .    picture appears  courtesy    of   ap/photo/  David  Rasche   .....................

Former Lions’ running running back seen here shredding the defense of the Green Bay Packers , as he makes his way towards the end-zone. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/David Rasche ……

Well the season at its midway point, the Lions as usual are on the ground looking up at everyone else within the NFC North. Leading the way are the Brett Favre led Minnesota Vikings (7-1), followed by the Green Bay Packers (4-3) and the Chicago Bears (4-3). And for a team with aspirations of improving upon last year. What has taken place under this Jim Schwartz coached Lions is pretty much like watching the movie Titanic over and over again. You know that the script and storyline won’t change. After all the incident was based on fact. But in your heart of hearts you’re inclined to believe that providence will send the Lions some respite. And their overall fate will change. But alas once again you’d be wrong and so too are the NFL hierarchy if they’re of the belief that the Lions will be able to entertain the most errant or erstwhile fan of the NFL this Thanksgiving Day. In essence nothing could be further from the truth.

Once again you’ve guessed it, as is customary on Thanksgiving Day. We will be served up with the Detroit Lions playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday 26th November. I wonder what film will be televised on TNT or HBO for that matter ? It’ll be either that or something intimate with the girlfriend to pass the time away. Pardon the pun here ! But if push comes to shove, I guess , I’ll still have my Thanksgiving Day’s meal and then devote some time to my better half. It’s safe to say that digesting the turkey and washing it down with several glasses of alcohol will safely do the trick in having to avoid watching the Lions play. Mind you that’s not to say that the other game being served up on the day will be any the more enticing. Again the usual staple of the Dallas Cowboys . However , we’ll get to see them play their very first Thanksgiving Day’s game at Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington , Texas , against the always less than dependable Oakland Raiders. No clue as of yet, as to whether or not Raiders’ coach, Tom Cable will still be in a position of employment-given his proclivity for beating up on his ex-spouses or live in lover as the case maybe. A rather disturbing fact , which is just now coming to light concerning the embattled coach.

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Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith, right, avoids St. Louis Rams linebacker Paris Lenon to rush for a first down in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in Detroit. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Duane Burleson ...............

Tradition being what it is , I do now believe that it’s time for the NFL hierarchy to plainly take a look at the scheduling of many of their games on Thanksgiving Day. Granted, there are those who’ve become accustomed to seeing both the Cowboys and Lions display their zeal on this festive period. But how much longer must the fans have to contend with the diatribe that’s served up by the Detroit Lions. It’s not as if the team has been relevant over the past decade at all. Heavens , one would have to go back to the days when their Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders held sway over the NFL . Who could forget his every jink or weave as he cut his way and carved up a defense almost at will ? When , I for one think of the Lions , that’s literally brings back memories for me and how great they once were. Especially Sanders, who if anything was right to walk away from the game when he did. He served this team with a great deal of distinction . Only to have it thrown in his face by an ownership that in no way shape or form tried to place a winning team around him.

Former Lions’ great Barry Sanders seen here in a montage , displaying his greatness as a player for the Detroit Lions .

The fans themselves felt betrayed by Sanders’ apparent decision to end his career so soon. But one could well understand Sanders’ situation. Had the Lions sought to trade him , it’d be hard to say that they’d be able to get something in return of equal value for a player of Sanders’ caliber. And if even if they’d built around a premise of obtaining several draft picks in exchange for the trade of Sanders. Who’s to say that those picks would’ve amounted to much ? Needless to say we’ll never know as the situation failed to arise. It’s at times like this I wonder as to the so called business acumen of certain members of the Ford family and in particular the current ownership regime. They’ve shown about as much common sense as a drunk exposing himself in public. And then that same individual act as if this was a normal form of behavior him. But the way some would have them tell it they’re quite well aware as to the underlying problems that the franchise faces.

Did it not occur to Bill Ford Jr. that after almost 6 1/2 years of mayhem and ridicule with Matt Millen at the helm of the franchise as the GM, that something urgent needed to be done ? Or my guess was, that he felt that Millen was still quite capable of pulling the proverbial rabbit out of his hat , if not his own ass ! The chances are that it was more likely than not, it was the latter . God knows even with Matt Millen now behind the desk performing as an NFL analyst for NBC. It’s hard to take anything seriously that he might have to say as it concerns the game in today’s NFL. His assessment in talent borders on the choices made in men by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor . Both of whom have seen better days behind them , rather than ahead of them.

It’ll always be debatable as to who the ‘greatest running back of all-time in the NFL should be. But I honestly believe that you’d have insert Barry Sanders in there, amongst the top 10 ever ! Alongside the names of such NFL legends as Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown , O.J. Simpson , Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson . If you’re either in agreement or disagreement with the names mentioned . Then by all means do leave a comment expressing your thoughts on the topic for further discussion. As always your comments are more than welcomed and will be duly given a reply worthy in response !

So now as that fateful day approaches it’s easy to suggest that the NFL could somehow make a change in its scheduling and have another fixture in place, instead of the Lions taking on the Packers . I’d dare say that the majority of the NFL fans watching will want to be entertained. Rather than being put to sleep by seething-less, haphazard and underachieving Detroit Lions. But then again , things could be worse , a fight could break out at the family gathering on Thanksgiving Day . And then where would you be ? Need I ask ?

If there’s one thing I’m now definitely sure of at this juncture , it will be that I won’t be watching the Detroit Lions this Thanksgiving Day. There has to be far better uses for my time on the day. I’m now about to initiate and write a list of the things I could be doing. Needless to say , an act of the carnal kind is atop of the list ! What’s atop of yours, may I ask ?

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Top 10 Running Backs in NFL history – statistically by yardage attained.

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Total carries Total yards gained[2] Overall yards per
carry average[3] Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys (1990–2002)
Arizona Cardinals (2003–2004) 4,409 18,355 4.2 Not eligible[4]
2 Walter Payton Chicago Bears (1975–1987) 3,838 16,726 4.4 1993
3 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions (1989–1998) 3,062 15,269 5.0 2004
4 Curtis Martin New England Patriots (1995–1997)
New York Jets (1998–2006) 3,518 14,101 4.0 Not eligible[4]
5 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams (1993–1995[5])
Pittsburgh Steelers (1996–2005) 3,479 13,662 3.9 Not eligible[4]
6 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams (1983–1987[6])
Indianapolis Colts (1987–1991)
Los Angeles Raiders (1992)
Atlanta Falcons (1993) 2,996 13,259 4.4 1999
7 Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys (1977–1987)
Denver Broncos (1988) 2,936 12,739 4.3 1994
8 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns (1957–1965) 2,359 12,312 5.2 1971
9 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts (1994–1998)
St. Louis Rams (1999–2005) 2,836 12,279 4.3 Not eligible[4]
10 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts (1999–2005)
Arizona Cardinals (2006– 2008)
Seattle Seahawks (2009–present) 3,028 12,246 4.0 Not eligible[4]

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Top 10 Running backs in NFL history statistically-by touchdowns

Rank[1] Player Seasons by team Total rushing
touchdowns[2] Year of induction into
Pro Football Hall of Fame
1 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys (1990–2002)
Arizona Cardinals (2003–2004) 164 Not applicable[3]
2 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers (2001–2008) 129 Not applicable[3]
3 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders (1982–1992)
Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1997) 123 2003
4 Walter Payton Chicago Bears (1975–1987) 110 1993
5 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns (1957–1965) 106 1971
6 John Riggins New York Jets (1971–1975)
Washington Redskins (1976–1985) 104 1992
7 (Tie) Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks (2000–2007)
Washington Redskins (2008) 100 Not applicable[3]
7 (Tie) Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts (1994–1998)
Saint Louis Rams (1999–2005) 100 Not applicable[3]
9 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions (1989–1998) 99 2004
10 (Tie) Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams (1993–1995[4])
Pittsburgh Steelers (1996–2005) 91 Not applicable[3]
10 (Tie) Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers (1972–1983)
Seattle Seahawks (1984) 91 1990

The $ 1 Billion White Elephant In The Room , To Be More Precise Sitting In Arlington Texas

He may well be the most despised owner in all of the NFL. But the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones is the consummate showman. Anything that he deems fit and appropriate that’ll place his name and more to the point that of his Dallas Cowboys in the limelight. Then as far as he’s concerned the rest of the whole world can go to hell. And that means if he’ll fall afoul of the NFL. In Jerry’s world …….it’s his way or the damn highway . Make no mistakes about it whatsoever. As that’s the way he treat his peers and subordinates.

Broncos running  back  Knowshon  Moreno  is  congratulated  by  teammate   Jabar  Gaffney  after   Moreno' s   second   quarter   touchdown  against  the  Cowboys.  Broncos'  running back  Knowshon  Moreno (27) is congratulated  by teammate  Jabar Gaffney (10) after  Moreno's   second   quarter  touchdown against  the  Dallas  Cowboys   in a   game  played  at  Invesco  Field  in  Denver , Colorado.   The   Broncos   would    go on  to defeat  the  Cowboys   17-10   in the game.  The  Dallas  Cowboys   now  sit  at  2-2  within the  NFC  East.  While  the  Broncos (4-0) are   one  of    4   unbeaten  teams  within  the  NFL  .       picture  appears   courtesy  of ap/photo/ Chris  Schneider  .............

Broncos’ running back Knowshon Moreno(27) and teammate Jabar Gaffney celebrate Moreno’s second half touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in a game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. The Broncos would go on to defeat the Cowboys 17-10 and remain unbeaten within the NFL. The Cowboys for their part now sit at (2-2) within the NFC East. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chris Schneider ………………

With the gargantuan billion dollar stadium having been opened up to much public debate and a certain amount of controversy. I can only think to myself wouldn’t it be of even greater benefit to Jones and the Cowboys’ fans if they actually had a worthwhile on-field product that their fans could laud over ? Instead they’ve been served up a trite piece of garbage and with a quarterback whose backbone may well be as yellow as any, as they come. Much has been made of the ‘special talents’ of Tony Romo . But until he’s able to lead this team with authority , he’ll be lauded for his known association with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson , respectively. And when that essentially has become the pinnacle of your notoriety within the NFL. Then you can only but assume the only way to go , is essentially ….. up from there .

Broncos'  defensive player Andra  Davis(54)  tackles  Cowboys'  running  back  Marion  Barber  (24)  during  the  first   quarter  of  the  game  played  at  Invesco  Field  in  Denver  , Colorado.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Jack  Dempsey ......................
Broncos' defensive player Andra Davis(54) tackles Cowboys' running back Marion Barber (24) during the first quarter of the game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jack Dempsey ......................

In yesterday’s showdown with the AFC West division leading Denver Broncos (4-0) . The Cowboys essentially showed us all on national television that they’ve no stomach for a fight , when they’re called upon or even placed in a situation of adversity. If anything this team seems to mirror the gullible hokum persona of its coach Wade Phillips . And for the coach who has become about as eloquent as an inebriated drunk when questioned as to what ails this team. It’s now clear for all to see that the franchise and ownership are clearly at a crossroads. We can no longer continue to make excuses for a team that repeatedly comes up short and for want of a better a word just under-performs. And what of Jones you might say ? Well Jerry would have you believe that he’s got everything under control and there’s nothing at all to worry about.

Broncos' running back   Knowshon  Moreno    evades  Cowboys'  defensive  players   DeMarcus Ware (94)  and  Bradie  James  (56)  .      picture appears   courtesy  of   getty  images  /  Doug Pensinger  ............................
Broncos' running back Knowshon Moreno evades Cowboys' defensive players DeMarcus Ware (94) and Bradie James (56) . picture appears courtesy of getty images / Doug Pensinger ............................

As alluded to earlier the events that took place between the Cowboys and Broncos . Wherein the Denver Broncos and their stifling defense upended the Dallas Cowboys 17-10 . This has essentially paved the way for what we now know about the two teams. The Broncos under first year coach Josh McDaniels can play football, despite much of the off-season and preseason turmoil that surrounded the team. For the Cowboys , however , they may well be now doing it all with smoking mirrors. I get the impression that illusionist Criss Angel wouldn’t at all be uncomfortable in the presence of the Cowboys. But then again , Criss Angel hasn’t been known to make as any boobs as the Cowboys have been known to , as of late.

Cowboys'  coach   Wade  Phillips  looks  on as  the  Broncos  have   just   scored  the   game  winning   touchdown.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Jack  Dempsey   ............................
Cowboys' coach Wade Phillips looks on as the Broncos have just scored the game winning touchdown. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jack Dempsey ............................

The Cowboys we’re led to believe are a potent offensive weapon that Romo ought to be able to make full use of the artillery made available to him. However , when you’ve got a quarterback who at this present moment in time is more liable to shoot himself in the foot. Rather than making use of the weapons that he’s afforded. You can well understand one of the many reasons that the hype surrounding this team is no longer justified. Their running game yesterday was all but obsolete. And their much vaulted defense was nowhere to be seen ,as the Broncos ran the Cowboys’ secondary ragged. Much of what we gleaned from the Broncos’ victory are borne out in the game stats . Romo played a with all the wantoned abandonment of of a cavalier . Whereas, his counterpart Kyle Orton was secure his distribution of the ball amongst his teammates. Romo’s two fumbles and an interception proved to be costly for the Dallas Cowboys. Never-mind the fact that he overthrew his receivers in trying to stretch the field and continually threw into double coverages ,expecting his teammates to pull off the spectacular play.

One quarter of the way into the season and one could suggest that the Cowboys now face an uphill battle within the NFC East. And with the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) , New York Giants (4-0) and Washington Redskins (2-2) all seemingly finding their footing. It’s self evident than they can ill afford anymore major slip ups as the season progresses. Much of more of the same and we might as well write off the team for all that it’s worth. And judging by the billion dollars spent on the edifice in Arlington Texas. What price would say that the Cowboys as a team is now said to be worth ? Do bear in mind that their presence in the postseason has been limited but one playoff win in the last decade. Not much to be proud given the team’s history and legacy we’re led to believe.

Broncos' wide receiver   Brandon Marshall (15)  scampers  his   way to  the  game  winning  51 yard  touchdown   reception  triumph  over the  Dallas  Cowboys  .      picture   appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/  Doug  Pensinger  .....................
Broncos' wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) scampers his way to the game winning 51 yard touchdown reception triumph over the Dallas Cowboys . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Doug Pensinger .....................

Hype is one thing but being over-hyped just isn’t worth it, much like that $1 billion white elephant that has been constructed there in Arlington , Texas to begin with. So what price are you prepared to pay or even offer for the privilege of owning the Dallas Cowboys ? Or perhaps like the vast majority of us you’d rather just see this franchise go up in flames ?