Monday, November 30, 2009
Questions--just a few. For example, Tiger's wife is a trophy, 105 lbs dripping wet. How did she pull Tiger out the back window? If I had been on the scene, first I would have called 911. Then I would go about getting the driver's side door open. From the crash pics I've seen, the driver's side was undamaged and that door would probably open. If the doors were all locked (likely in these days of automatic locking when the car is in gear.) I would have broken the passenger side window and unlocked the door that way. Also I would have left Tiger in his driver's seat, unless he was completely awake, and let EMS package him up for transport.
Yes, Tiger should have some privacy. But in this matter his quest for privacy is a hindrance. Talk to the cops. Give a real statement to the media, not some manufactured PR bullshit. That would stop the speculation in its tracks. It would also take the legs out from the story right now. As it is the story continues to fester. And it will come up again and again as the police department does evidence gathering. For example, they will examine the Caddy. Is there blood in the car as you would expect with injuries from the crash? Is it in the right places? There has to be surveillance cameras in this private gated community; what do they show? You can bet that if they show anything, it will come out. Will they want blood or hair from Tiger to see if he was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol?
Just come out with the truth, Tiger:
I had a fight with my wife.
She whacked me one.
She chased me out of the house with a golf club.
I ran away, got in the car, and drove like a wobble head.
I am so embarrassed, it was completely stupid.
We are going to work on our marriage and that's all I'll say about that.
Or whatever the real, truthful story is--the good, the bad and the ugly. (The above is one possibility making the rounds.)
Tampa Bay should have won this game. Their defense played better than it had been with 6 sacks and holding Atlanta to 75 yards rushing. They had a blocked punt. Turnovers were a wash at one a piece. Josh Freeman was 20 for 29 for 250 yards, two TDs and no INTs. Josh did again fumble the ball, but he recovered it himself---need to work on that. Where the game was lost was at the very end. Atlanta had 8 tries to get it in from the 10 yard line for the TD that would win the game. Tampa Bay called two very questionable time outs during this time, giving the Falcons,who were out of time outs, a chance to catch their breath and plan the next play. The first time out was called with Atlanta at 4th and goal on the TB 10 yard line. On the next play, TB committed defensive holding, penalized 5 yards and an automatic first down for the Falcons. That's just a killer. When it was forth and goal on the TB 5 yard line, the Bucs called another time out. The next play was the game winning TD. So, why call those time outs?
If I'd been in Josh Freeman's shoes, part of me would have been cheering my head off for the defense to stop Atlanta.
And part of me would have been sitting with a towel over my head, not wanting to watch.
Well, I'll tell you what. I had a commitment and could not listen or watch this game past about the midway point of the second quarter. The last thing I heard was the TD scored by the Chargers. It was after that that the shit hit the fan. Jamal Charles fumbled, stopping a drive. Matt Cassel fumbled, creating a very short field, and before you knew it the rout was on. The Chiefs gave up three turnovers leading to 21 points for the Chargers. You just can't do that. It puts your defense on the field too much and in tough field position. A very poor day for the offense in every way.
And a bit of a set back for the Kansas City Chiefs in their rebuilding program.
KU TD @ 06:40
Dezmon Briscoe 7 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick)
MU FG @ 03:52
Grant Ressel 43 Yd
KU TD @01:04
Todd Reesing 1 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick)
MU TD @ 05:49
Derrick Washington 1 Yd Run (Grant Ressel Kick)
KU TD @ 03:03
Kerry Meier 8 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick)
Grant Ressel 28 Yd
MU TD @ 13:16
Derrick Washington 14 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)
KU TD @ 07:30
Kerry Meier 2 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick)
MU TD @ 05:45
Jerrell Jackson 37 Yd Run (Grant Ressel Kick)
MU TD @ 04:03
Danario Alexander 68 Yd Pass From Blaine Gabbert (Grant Ressel Kick)
MU FG @ 13:29
Grant Ressel 37 Yd
KU TD @ 12:01
Dezmon Briscoe 74 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Todd Reesing Pass To Kerry Meier For Two-Point Conversion)
KU FG @ 05:10
Jacob Branstetter 39 Yd
MU causes a Safety @ 02:45
MU FG @ 00:00
Grant Ressel 27 Yd
Caught your breath yet?
Blaine Gabbert was 23/41 for 303 yards and one TD. Todd Reesing was 37/55 (55!?!) for 498 yards, four TDs and one INT. Mizzou had the rushing star, Derrick Washington who ran for 111 yards and two TDs. The star receivers were, for KU, Kerry Meier 10 catches for 54 yards and two TDs, and Dezmon Briscoe, 14 catches for 242 yards and two TDs. Danario Alexander had 15 catches for 233 yards and one TD for MU.
Kansas could have easily won this game. They had two more turnovers than Missouri, including two fumbles by the otherwise all world Briscoe, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why they did all that passing when they were pressed back against their own goal line. I was listening to post game on the KU Radio network, and the commentators were hard pressed to come up with a reasonable explanation for the play calling in that situation. The best anyone could do was to say that that's what KU is, pass, pass, go, go. Seeing now that they threw the ball 55 times, I could go with that explanation.
Now, these programs are going to have very different futures. Mizzou with 8 wins is headed to a pretty decent bowl game, and all the young players, including Blaine Gabbert are a year older and wiser. Kansas is not going bowling, and has persistent questions about the future of its coach. There will be significant rebuilding needed as KU will lose seniors in critical positions including QB and receiver.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I did not go to MU or KU. I live in Missouri, where I have lived for 20 years. My tax dollars go to Mizzou. I like to root for the underdog. Therefore, I am not quite sure what to do about tomorrow's MU-KU game. MU is favored by 3.5 (last I looked) and could put itself with a win in a position to go to a pretty good bowl game. Kansas is that underdog. Also, I have some sympathy for Mark Mangino and what has gone on with him, and a win would be nice for him and also make KU bowl eligible. I do not think that a win will save Mangino's job, but weirder things have happened.
OK, here we go. Go Missouri! Win in a couple of OTs!
Monday, November 23, 2009
This was a nice win. We're not ready for the playoffs, but I think this shows progress.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Oh, by the way, Kansas 101, Hofstra 65. Only interesting if you are a Hofstra alum. (It was pretty exciting when the University of Vermont played Kansas a number of years ago...We held our own, only losing by 6 points, keeping it interesting til the end.)
Taylor Coppenrath shoots over Wayne Simian in UVM's tilt with KU at Allen Field House during the 2004-05 season. (like the watermark says, Lawrence Journal-World photo)
1. Will the New York teams right themselves? Both the Jets and the Giants slid into their bye weeks on losing streaks.
2. Will the Chiefs, Rams, Lions, Bucs, and Browns win another game this year?
3. Will New Orleans go 16-0? Will Indy go 16-0?
4. Will resurgent Steelers and Patriots make us doubting Thomas types look foolish?
5. Which mediocre team will win the NFC west?
6. Is the two-game-losing-streak Broncos the real Denver team or that other one that won all those games at the beginning of the season?
7. Will Brett Favre keep it up or wear down towards the end of the season?
8. Will the Dallas Cowboys actually win a game in December?
9. Are the Bears, and Redskins as bad as they seems to be? Has Tennessee righted their ship? How bad is the Oakland Raiders QB, Jamarcus Russell?
10. Can Josh Freeman continue his solid play for the Bucs?
More than enough to keep a football fan's interest--and I don't even do fantasy football!
Monday, November 9, 2009
LJ had some good years, but could not stay healthy later in his career. His attitude problems could not be overlooked any more. He might get picked up by another team for a quick fix, but I personally would not add him to my team.
Following Josh...now this is going to be fun...and yes, he'll get his own label.
New Orleans is still undefeated!!!
* The offensive line is terrible.
* The defense allows too many big plays.
* The team has no leadership or identity
* Todd Haley needs to fire himself as offensive coordinator or head coach.
The two touchdowns at the end of the game almost make it worse! How come we can't do that during the rest of the game?!?
I'll listen and watch because I like football and they are my team, but I have no expectations any more.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Kansas State defeated Kansas 17-10 in Manhattan today. KU turned the ball over 3 times, and the offense was inconsistent and unable to establish a rhythm. K State D was stout when it needed to be and their stud running back Daniel Thomas ran for 183 yards total, running 105 of them in the third quarter when K State grabbed the game and would not let go. KU's offensive woes continue with Todd Reesing fumbling twice, intercepted once and still in a slump. This, along with Mizzou's loss to Baylor, puts K State in a position to win the Big 12 North. Not bad for a team expected to be in the basement this year.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Jarrad Page is done for the year with a calf injury. There will be more trouble in the defensive backfield now, in all likelihood, as the Chiefs will sign someone off the waiver wire or practice squad.
Chiefs pick up Jerry Chambers, a veteran receiver cut by San Diego. He had several drops against the Chiefs October 25th. So we'll see if he can be of any help...
A huge flap over a sign that attempts to say profound things about team has erupted. The sign says, "Losers assemble in small groups and complain about the coaches and other players. "Team" Winners assemble as a team and find ways to WIN." The sentiment is OK, but the sign was posted in a public area for all to see, and seems to close off all comment. It's just kind of dumb--kind of high school. I would have more respect for it if it was posted in an area less public and less likely to be seen by the press.
Believe it or not, there are still nine games left in the football season...
So the New York Yankees, after yielding in game 5, polished off the Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games. They were just a better team, playing better fundamentally, pitching better and hitting better. Congratulations to Hideki Matsui, the series MVP, who was locked in all series. Yanks will have a tough decision on whether to retain the 30+ year old hitter, who has knee problems that restrict his outfield play. Seattle should sign him and the two great Japanese hitters can play together. (Scary!)
Royals finally traded Mark Teahen to the Chicago White Sox for two infield guys. General consensus is that this is an OK deal for the Royals. I'll miss Teahen. He was a guy willing to do anything for the team, and seemed very unselfish. He hustled and worked hard. In other Royals news, the Royals declined contract options on CoCo Crisp, Miguel Olivo, and Yasuhiko Yabuta, so their careers as Royals are over.
Too bad we can say the same about Gullian and Farnsworth...
Hot Stove League next!