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A Little Less Chaos for the Redskins

28 Aug

The Washington Redskins have released popular tight-end Chris Cooley or Captain Chaos. Cooley has been with the Redskins since he was drafted back in 2004. He has a popular blog called “The Cooley Zone.” The two-time Pro Bowler will be remember for his big personality and wild hair. The Redskins released Cooley because of a serious knee injured that kept him sidelined for most of 2011. It has been reported that he doesn’t want to play for anybody else. But because of his personality he primed for television.

-M

 

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The Cowboys Are Strict Parents

27 Aug

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is going to be under lock and key. Bryant was arrested back in July for a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting his mother. Apparently there was an argument and he pushed her. She didn’t not need to go to the hospital but the police were still called. Although this was Bryant’s first arrest he previous had an altercation in a nightclub in Miami and was also banned from a mall for bad language and sagging pants. The Cowboys are taking no chances on him getting into the trouble again.

The 23-year old will be adhering to some new rules. Here is what he must do:

1. Attend weekly counseling sessions.

2. Have a full-time security detail. They will be with him all the time: practices, games, lunch with his grandma.

3. Cannot consume alcohol or go to strip clubs.

4. He has a 12am curfew every night.

So basically Bryant is like a 15-year old kid. But on the bright side at least the Cowboys care enough to give him rules. When Chad Johnson hit his wife the Miami Dolphins just sent him packing. And he does get a much bigger salary than the average teenager with a contract of $1.34 million yearly.

-M

 

My First Fantasy Football Draft

27 Aug

You may have noticed I was missing in action yesterday. My absence was in part because of recovering from a night of drunk debauchery but also because I was preparing for my first ever Fantasy Football Draft. Like any good student I had waited till the last-minute to study. A guy friend, who has mastered fantasy gave me this advice:

1. Draft Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy first. I was pick number 4, McCoy went as number 2 in our draft. So  I failed at that one.

2. Make sure to get the San Francisco 49ers as your Defense Strategy. It took me about half-way through the draft to figure out how to pick at team for defense strategy so I failed at one and evened up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3. Whatever you do don’t draft Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo. Okay this one I definitely didn’t do. I instead went with Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick.

My grade so far would definitely be an C.

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Preseason Death Match: Luck VS RGIII

25 Aug

If you missed all the insane hype the Washington Redskins took on the Indianapolis Colts today. It was the battle of the rookies quarterback between Colts’ Andrew Luck and Redskins’ Robert Griffin III(RGIII). There were t-shirts being sold ”QB Showdown.” It was basically the most exciting thing to happen in the preseason thus far. It ended with the Redskins winning, 30-17. So how did the boy wonder quarterbacks do? Both quarterbacks played into the third quarter. Luck completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards. He also threw a touchdown that was carried by rookie T.Y Hilton. Meanwhile Griffin completed 11 of 17 passes for 74 yards and had a touchdown. In terms of being sacked(tackled by a large man) Luck was sacked twice and Griffin managed to evade sacking entirely.

Both rookies performed well but since the Redskins won I guess that means Griffin wins this battle. Despite the fact that Luck had a better QB rating and more yards.  While everyone else was focusing on Luck and Griffin, another rookie was stealing the spotlight. Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris ran for 107 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.

So it was a good game as good as you can expect from the preseason.

-M

 

 

 

 

Sports Star on Live With Kelly

22 Aug

Congrats are in order to former NFL star Michael Strahan who will most likely join Kelly Rippa on “Live with Kelly.” If he looks familiar it because he already host “Fox NFL Sunday.” In his football career Strahan was a defensive end for the New York Giants. He helped the Giants win the Super Bowl back in 2008. He was up against other celebrities Josh Groban and Nick Lachey.

Interesting facts about Strahan:

1. He’s engaged to Nicole Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s ex wife. He was previously married twice and has four kids.

2. He briefly started on the short lived show “Brothers” on Fox.

3. He is famous for the gap in his teeth.

4. He supports gay marriage.

5. He’s an army brat who was raised on a military base in Germany.

So this is an interesting pick for the show. I guess they want more male viewers. And don’t worry even if Strahan gets the job he’s not quitting “Fox NFL Sunday.”

-M

The Mystery of Junior Seau

21 Aug

The autopsy for football player Junior Seau was released and found that the player had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system. They also did not find evidence of brain damage, which could have been caused by his many years of being knocked into on the field. There was speculation that brain damage might have been involved in his suicide.His family has given parts of his brain over to the National institute of Health for further examination. Seau was only 43 when he was found dead in his home by his girlfriend with a bullet in his chest.

No one in his life had any indication that he was suicidal. Some people thought that Seau had tried to commit suicide before in 2010 when he drove his car down a cliff but Seau had denied that claim. So it remains a mystery why Seau would want to end his life so soon.

-M

The Hits Keep Coming on Vick

21 Aug

Regular football season hasn’t even started and already Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick has had two hits and left the games after only 6 plays. In the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick left due to a thumb injury which after X-rays ended up being fine. Than on Monday night he was knocked to the ground by New England Patriots’ Jermaine Cunningham. Another X-ray was done on Vick’s ribs but found nothing broken. It is unlikely that Vick will play anymore in the preseason but is expected to recover in time for regular season.

It is clear that there are still a lot of Vick haters out there for his illegal dog fighting practices for which he served time in jail. I’m not sure what I think about reform but for what it’s worth Vick has lobbied for tougher dog fighting laws since he suspension. So maybe he is a changed man . . . regardless he is still a good quarterback. And without him the Eagles would be screwed.

-M

The Season of the Rookies

21 Aug

The Miami Dolphins wisely choose rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be their starter over veteran Matt Moore. That’s makes the fourth rookie quarterback to be starting this season. Tannehill joins Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III (aka. RGIII), and Cleveland Browns’ Brandon Weeden. Everybody expected stand out stars like Luck and Griffin  to win starting positions, Tannehill and Weeden had to prove they deserved it.

For Tannehill, who became a stand-out star in part because of his hot wife, this is a big step-up. Tannehill only started 19 games while playing at Texas A&M. Now he is expected to carry a whole team. If the Dolphins don’t fix their offense than Tannehill is going to have an even tougher time. It is debatable who has more work to do the Dolphins or the Browns. The Browns haven’t been in a playoff since 1999. Weeden is dealing with a really young team and has a lot of rebuilding to do.

The one rookie who seems to be living up to expectations is Luck. The Colts didn’t manage to win their preseason game against the Steelers but Luck managed to help them lose honorably, 26-24. Luck pulled the  Colts from a losing by 14 to winning by 3. Having played only two preseason games Lucks stats are look good having 25-for-49 passes for 363 yards.

So far Griffin hasn’t proven to be as amazing as Luck. Griffin was the number 2 draft pick and a media favorite. So far in the preseason he played one quarter in the first game making 4 of 6 passes for 70 yards which included the games only touchdown. Than against the Chicago Bears, Griffin played the entire first half. In that half he completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards.

The media will get a chance to compare Griffin and Luck directly when the Redskins take on the Colts, Saturday August 25th.

-M

 

 

 

Ryan Tannehill or Matt Moore: Who Sucks Less?

20 Aug

If you caught any of the pre-season match-up between the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers you know that the Dolphins were struggling. The Dolphins lost the game 23-17. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, 8th overall draft pick, started the game off. Tannehill was 11 of 23 passes for 100 yards. He was also sacked(tackled before he could throw a pass) three times and had four passes deflected(the ball was caught by the other team). Compared to Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton who made 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards and had a touchdown, Tannehill didn’t look good.

But at least Tannehill looked better than veteran QB Matt Moore. Moore played against reserve players and completed only 5 of 15 passes for 57 yards. For the Dolphins it is really a question of who sucked less and the answer is Tannehill. The team is expected to announce within the week which QB will be their starter. The regular football season starts in three short weeks. And the Dolphins have a lot of work to do. They had no blocking from the offensive line which is really their primary job. The Dolphins had no running game which is probably because their offensive line is not blocking. So needless to say Tannehill is going to have a heavy burden if he is named QB.

-M

It Was Funny at the Time?

19 Aug

I think we have all experienced this in our lives. You decide to pull a stupid prank on a friend. And at the time it is hilarious . . . I mean who doesn’t think drawing a penis in permanent marker on someone’s face while they sleep isn’t funny? But this was long before the days of video phones and Twitter. Now pranks that maybe weren’t that bad look really bad during the replay. That is exactly the situation that the Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is facing. He decided with the help of other teammates to carry cornerback Prince Amukamara through the locker room and toss him into a cold tub. Because they thought it was so funny punter Steve Weatherford posted a video to Twitter.

Apparently not everyone else was laughing. In fact a lot of people were really disturbed by the video. During the entire thing Amukamara looks very uncomfortable. You can’t blame the guy he just got paraded around on some other dudes backs and thrown into cold water. Just like when you are a kid and mom got involved, coach Tom Coughlin is now having to figure out some sort of punishment. How do you punish a bad football player? I don’t know but I think it involves sprints.

-M