22
Dec
09

Tuesday Ramblings…

GOODBYE JIM ZORN – As if the decision by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to hire former Tampa Bay and Oakland GM Bruce Allen to run his team wasn’t enough of a sign, last night’s performance against the Giants on Monday Night Football certainly sealed Jim Zorn’s fate.  The worst kept secret in the NFL is that Mike Shanahan is poised to become the next head coach of the Redskins.  But, had Zorn won his remaining games, he could’ve at least made his case to the media and future employers that he wasnt all that bad a coach.  Going into last night there was certainly reason to believe the Redskins weren’t quite as bad as their record would indicate.  Their defense has been pretty good all season and they had multiple opportunities to beat the Saints.  But last night was a complete and utter disaster from moment one.  The team didn’t look ready to play at all and simply looked bored and beaten.  All of that PALES in comparison to the end of the first half when the Redskins lined up for a fake field goal, the Giants called a timeout to get set for it, and then THE REDSKINS RAN THE SAME FREAKING PLAY!!! Are you kidding me?  It was probably the WORST play call i’ve ever seen on a football field.  (Anyone else think it came from a pop warner playbook?)

CONGRATULATIONS MARTIN BRODEUR – (yes, being a Flyers fan, that statement made me throw up in my mouth a little) Last night he recorded his 104th career shutout breaking a 40 year old record held by Terry Sawchuk.  Though I truly hate commending Marty for anything at all the truth is that he’s one hell of a goaltender.  When his career is over he’ll probably own every major goaltending record in history save for # of Stanley Cups won (I dont think anyone will pass Patrick Roy).  He’s been a rock in net for the New Jersey Devils for almost 20 years now and will certainly go down as one of the top 3 goaltenders of all time (Roy and Sawchuk being the other two).  Sure, he’s benefitted from playing in a defensive system his whole career and having defenseman like Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer playing in front of him, but there’s no denying the man’s talent.  I’m just glad it came against the likes of Cindy Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins and not my beloved Flyers.

FLYERS HAVE NO HEART? – Speaking of the disaster that has become the Philadelphia Flyers, they dropped another game last night, this time to the Florida Panthers, 4-1.  In all my years of following the Flyers I can’t remember a team with so much talent and so little fight.  They have a good mix of veterans and youth and were considered preseason Stanley Cup contenders.  Now they’re just a giant mess.  They already fired their coach and it didn’t seem to shake things up.  They played a great game in Boston last week and screwed the pooch mightily the next night.  Then they fought hard against the Penguins last Thursday only to come out bored and listless against the Rangers on Saturday.  Team Captain (and my favorite player) Mike Richards already called out the team through the media for having no heart.  A Flyers team with no heart?  WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ABOUT? But it’s absolutely true.  If things don’t start moving in a new direction soon, there is going to be a MAJOR trade.  Flyers GM Paul Holmgren won’t sit around and watch this mess much longer without doing something to try and change it.

VAZQUEZ TO THE YANKEES – Earlier today the Yankees traded Melky Cabrera and a minor league pitcher to the Braves for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan.  Logan will replace Phil Coke in the bullpen while Vazquez probably slots in as the # 3 starter behind Sabbathia and Burnett.  Before Yankee fans start freaking out about how great he was last year for the Braves, remember one important fact: HE PITCHED IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST (i.e. tons of games against the Marlins, Nationals, and Mets).  He last pitched in the AL 5 YEARS AGO.  Am I the only one that thinks this will backfire on the Yankees?

102 CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES, 3 STRAIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND COUNTING – Wanna know what the hell i’m talking about? The Penn State Women’s Volleyball team that’s what.  Over the weekend the Lady Nittany Lions won their 3rd straight National Championship and in doing so won their 102nd consecutive match.  Dominance like that in any sport is quite impressive but in a team sport where the players change year in and year out it’s even more impressive.  Not only did they win all those matches and set that streak but get this: until the championship game on Sunday they were NEVER down 2 sets to none during the course of the ENTIRE streak!! Seriously.  I know this blog is mostly devoted to major sports but when I see something like this, I just have to mention it.  Congratulations ladies and Good Luck next year!

REPENTANT “WEAVE” GLORIFICATION – Regular readers of the blog know that in yesterday’s review of the Eagles’ victory over the 49ers I took Birds fullback Leonard Weaver to task for his ridiculous play at the end of the first half that cost the Eagles a shot at scoring a TD.  While I stand by my comments, I feel the need to make amends slightly. See, “The Weave” (as he shall henceforth ALWAYS be referred to in this blog) has proven to be incredibly value to both the Eagles’ passing game (he has great hands) and their short yardage running game (the man weighs 260 lbs. – getting a yard is nothing to him).  When Brian Westbrook went down with his 2nd concussion, “The Weave” went to Andy Reid and asked to shoulder more of the load in the running game.  Reid obliged and ever since then, the Eagles have ripped off 5 straight wins and their offense hasn’t scored less than 24 points.  So maybe I was a little hard on “The Weave.” BUT, to truly appreciate the glory that is “The Weave” I will now reprint a short email my buddy Rich Neuwirth (the biggest fan of “The Weave” in the entire world) sent me this morning regarding yesterday’s post:

“You are definitely entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

  • FACT #1: The Weave did not fail to make it on 4th and Inches. The Weave CHOSE to expose a ridiculous play call by Andy Reid and give the D, which had been soft for two weeks, a chance to man up.
  • FACT #2: The Weave cannot be faulted for jawboning at the end of the half…in The Weave’s universe there is no clock, The Weave TELLS YOU what time it is.  The Weave cannot be blamed for the fact that the rest of us are subject to the laws of physics and the space-time continuum!
  • FACT #3: Before The Weave stood up and said “lean on me boss” [the Eagles] were a sackless passing circus (see 55 passes vs. OAK).  Now [the Eagles] are a mean offense that as [you] eloquently point out can drive while still having the ability to put a 50+ dagger in your heart. 

I say all hail The Weave!!”

Point proven, Rich.  My apologies.

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1 Response to “Tuesday Ramblings…”


  1. 1 King David
    December 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    I think I’d like to start reading Rich’s blog… very entertaining


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