Posted by keithosaunders on February 6, 2017
Stick a fork in the football season. This was the worst football post season I can ever remember. The Giants laid an egg, the Raiders lost their QB to injury, and every game was lopsided. The Super Bowl was a piece of garbage. Why do they even let any team from Atlanta in that game? You would think, with a 28-3 lead the Falcons would at least run some clock. Would that have been asking too much?!
How fitting, in this era of Trump, that cheaters such as Brady and Belichick are rewarded with accolades and Super Bowl victories. They lucked into it this year by playing the ultimate chump team, and they lucked into it two years ago when Seattle, for some fix-is-in reason, neglected to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch FROM THE HALF YARD LINE.
I hate all sports.
Posted in football, Uncategorized | Tagged: Atlanta Falcons, Bill Belichick, football, Marshawn Lynch, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl LI, superbowl, Tom Brady | 13 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on January 17, 2011
Nobody, including myself, thought that the Jets were capable of beating the Patriots on the road in the playoffs. Except for Rex Ryan, their coach. Maybe it’s the power of the foot fetishist but Ryan, in both of his years as Jet head coach, has taken the Jets to the brink of the Super Bowl.
This year the Jets must travel the most improbable road, beating Indianapolis, New England, and this sunday, Pittsburgh. No team had ever beaten Peyton Manning and Brady on consecutive weeks until yesterday. Can you imagine a team beating those two plus Roethlisberger on three straight weeks?! How about Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger and Aaron Rogers? I’m crazed with success!
It could happen. When you have a team that plays defense at the level that the Jets do anything is possible. Brady was completely frustrated as time and again he had nobody to throw to. He was sacked five times and sent to the ground numerous others. It will be a little tougher to get to Roethlisberger, who is more mobile, but if the Jets can control the ball on the ground as they did against Indy — eat clock and get a few big plays from their receivers — anything is possible. Sanchez will give you fits which is why I like that Ryan has, for the most part, has not forced him to make big plays, staying on the ground and sticking with the short, high percentage passing game.
Is there anything more joyous than sending blowhard Bill Belichick on an early vacation? Yesterday Belichick benched Wes Welker, who had broken a Patriots rule about not trash talking, for the first series of plays. Belichick wanted to send a message to Welker, but I thought he was really trying to send a message to the Jets. Bill tried to out-cocky Ryan by in effect saying that the Pats could beat the Jets without their best receiver. Nice try, Bill. Enjoy your offseason.
Posted in Jets | Tagged: Ben Roethlisberger, Bill Belichick, Mark Sanchez, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Peyton Manning, Rex Ryan, superbowl, Tom Brady, Wes Welker | 14 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on January 10, 2011
On Saturday the Seattle Seahawks pulled off the upset of the year beating the defending champion New Orleans Saints 41-36. In the wake of the upset I hope I hope the NFL doesn’t mess with their playoff rules, preventing under .500 teams from qualifying. True, the seedings are now skewed, but this is what makes sports worth watching — the unpredictable and the wacky. This is the first time in over 80 years that a sub-.500 team has made the playoffs and I wouldn’t expect it to happen with any regularity.
The Seahawks actually beat the Bears in week 6 of the regular season. I’ll be rooting for them to knock off an inconsistent, yet consistently boring Bears team , thus putting the fear of God into the NFL (and myself) of a Patriots-Seahawks Superbowl. How about Jets-Seahawks? We can dream, can’t we?
Posted in football | Tagged: football, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NFL playoffs, Seattle Seahawks, superbowl | 6 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on December 10, 2010
I was watching last Monday night’s Jets debacle with my 13 year old son when he asked, “Hey Dad, why do they wear the granny-packs?
“Those things around their waists. You know, man-purses.”
I gave a closer look and sure enough about half of the Jets offense were wearing granny-packs. What, I wondered, could possibly be inside? Extra mouthpieces? Steroids?
We noticed that the Patriots players weren’t wearing them. Had Bill Belichick instituted a strict no granny-pack policy? Perhaps this is the secret to their dominance. No distractions. Focus!
The other thing I’ve noticed is that every team has at least one lineman who is so large that you wonder where he could possibly find work outside of the NFL or the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s amazing how big some of them are. 300 pounds is svelte these days. They move remarkably well for their size. They are quick, agile, and not to be trifled with. I can’t help wondering what kind of wear and tear a body that size endures. It can’t be pretty.
Finally, it must be a rule that every team has to have at least one player with Troy Polamalu hair. You know what I’m talking about– the long, flowing curly locks billowing out of the helmet. At first Polamalu was the only guy with that look. Now even my grandfather has it. It’s like, remember when Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner were the only completely bald guys you had ever heard of? These days bald is a look. Come to think of it, this actually bodes well for me.
Who loves ya, baby?!
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Posted by keithosaunders on November 26, 2010
I spent Thanksgiving with my father in Las Vegas. We had our “dinner” at 1 in the afternoon, which I initially thought to be way too early of a starting time. In effect, however, it dovetailed perfectly with the NFL schedule allowing us to see most, if not all of the three games.
The Lions were blown out in the early game but they did us the favour of jumping out to a big lead. True, they gave us false hope of an improbable upset over Bill Belichick and the hated Patriots, but hey, they kept it close until the 4th quarter thereby giving us more joy than we had a right to expect from this ill begotten team.
We were finished with “dinner” by 2:30 which allowed us to repair to the living room for the Dallas-New Orleans contest. By the time we got to it the score was 17-0 Saints leading us to believe we were in for a long afternoon. Not that either of us are Dallas fans — far from it — we just craved a competitive matchup while we digested our food.
Lo and behold the game turned around and Dallas actually went in front 27-23 late in the 4th and had the ball to boot. When Roy Williams caught a breakaway pass late in the period it looked as if they would ice the game, but all of a sudden a defender, Malcolm Jenkins, snatched the ball away from for the turnover. The Saints then drove 89 yards for the go-ahead score. The game was not over, though, and Dallas actually got into position for a tieing 59 yard field goal. The kick had the distance but went wide left. Ballgame.
The announcers couldn’t get over the brilliance of Jenkin’s takeaway. To these amateur eyes, however, it looked like Williams could have covered the ball up more than he did. He has to know that even if he doesn’t score, as long as he keeps possetion, the game is probably over. At worst it would have ended up tied going into overtime, allowing for more Thanksgiving day football!
Full disclosure: We didn’t watch most of the Jets game. The Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster film, Seven Days in May came on TCM and once we flipped to it during a break in the Jets game we couldn’t turn away. It’s a tense, political thriller that seems just as relevant to today as it did in the cold war ’60s.
So there you have it. I heartedly recommend the early Thanksgiving dinner. It is the sports fan’s best friend.
Posted in football | Tagged: Burt Lancaster, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Kirk Douglas, Las Vegas, Malcolm Jenkins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Roy Williams, Seven Days in may | 3 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on November 1, 2010
If you look up the term ‘team player’ in the dictionary you will see a picture of Randy Moss inside of a circle with a big X drawn through it. What NFL city will Moss grace his presence with next? Historically he would be a good fit for the Raiders, who have thrived on providing second chances to the miscreants of the league, but there’s always the dysfunctional Washington Redskins — he’d fit in perfectly there.
Moss, in a surprise move, was released by the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon. The team has not yet provided an explanation, but it doesn’t take much imagination to figure it out. He showed up for yesterday’s post-game news conference in a Boston cap. This after a game vs the New England Patriots,a game in which he was seen quitting on plays (as is his wont) and generally appearing to be disinterested.
In the sports world as long as you have talent there is a gig for you. Not so in the jazz world. There is a basic supply and demand premise that comes into play. When I lived in New York there were a handful of great jazz musicians who hardly worked. They played at an extremely high level guys and they were at the equal, if not better than their peers. Yet, for one reason or another they had a hard time getting hired. This was because there are so many great musicians and not all that much demand for them. When gigs are in limited supply it becomes more important that they go smoothly, which means very low tolerance for being excessively late or getting drunk and high during the performance.
I’m not implying that Randy Moss’s talent supersedes that of a jazz musician. There are exponentially more people who can do what Moss does than what a first-rate jazz musician can do. There is, however, such an enormous demand for a player of Moss’s ability that he can get away with almost anything short of shooting himself in the leg. Even at 3 + million dollars a game. It’s remarkable, sad, and unfortunately, true.
Posted in football, jazz | Tagged: jazz musicians, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York City, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Randy Moss, Washington Redskins | 3 Comments »