Sunday, December 30, 2007

Playoffs? Let's Talk About Playoffs!

Wondering which religion is the true path? Pray to the Super Best Friends, and you'll get the results you want! I know I did: Washington Redskins 27, Dallas Cowboys 6 (Box score | Article)

Win our 4th straight game and we're in the playoffs? No problem!

Doesn't matter if the #2 offense in the league decides to give its starters a lot more playing time than expected.

Doesn't matter if the Redskins are on the wrong side of 4 instant replay challenges in the first half.

We got the hottest QB in the league (Todd Collins), we got C.P. running well again, we got Santana Moss burnin' it up (8 catches, 115 yards, 1 TD), we got our defense clickin' (holding the Cowgirls to 1 [ONE] yard rushing and no touchdowns.)

Congrats to St. Joe and the 'Skins, we're going to the playoffs, and we EARNED it!

Todd Collins leads 'Skins to 4th straight victory, hasn't turned the ball over this season

Clinton Portis has 4th straight game with 100+ combined yards

Gregg Williams appeals to Iowa caucus voters because he is a Washington insider who is strong on defense.

Next Saturday's wild-card playoff matchup: Redskins at Seahawks!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Super Mario's Revenge

Super Mario and his brother Luigi sack Jay Cutler. (, what a dumb graphic.)

Two years ago the Houston Texans shocked the sports world with a stunning display of idiocy when they used their #1 overall draft pick to select not superstar USC running back Reggie Bush but rather, a UNC defensive end named Mario Williams.

The general consensus was that the multi-talented offensive threat Bush was the greatest thing since sliced bread and swimsuit calendars. I'm happy to note that I sounded the cautionary alarm well before the draft, saying then:

"I'm just not sure he's going to be the huge-impact player in the NFL that he's projected to be. NFL defenses are a lot faster and stronger than any Bush has run against, and with him being a speed runner as opposed to a power runner, that could cause problems. Splitting carries with [LenDale] White at USC, Bush hasn't really had to be a workhorse before...I think [drafting Bush is] a risk and not in Houston's best interest."
Of course, at the time I advocated they draft Vince Young to satisfy their QB need, but a year later they have found both Matt Schaub and backup Sage Rosenfels can win games for their team. Meanwhile, Reggie Bush isn't Reggie Bust yet, but this guy was like Herschel Walker in college. While HW's pro career was a let-down, I think Reggie would be happy to wind up with numbers like that guy's.

This season, Mario Williams is second in the league wtih 13 sacks. He's forced a couple fumbles and scored a TD. His Texans, despite playing in the most difficult division in the NFL (two games each against the Colts, Jaguars, and Titans), are still 7-7.

Reggie Bush has struggled this year, especially with the loss of his power-running complement Deuce McAllister to injury, and Saints fans are wondering whether Aaron Stecker might be a more effective option. Bush himself may be done for the year with his own injury, and the numbers he put up were not impressive: 581 rushing yards on a 3.7 avg (though he did have 417 receiving yards), 7 fumbles, and a then-league-high 10 drops.

So far, advantage: Texans.

Remember Shaun Hill?

QB Shaun Hill led my Maryland Terrapins to an ACC Championship and a BCS berth in the January 2002 Orange Bowl. (Scott McBrien after him was even better, but since then the QB position has been a talent vacuum.) Post-UMD, Hill went missing like Jimmy Hoffa, his entire pro career consisting of two kneeldowns in garbage-time for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2005 NFL season.

Hill finally got his break last week when he replaced injured 49ers QB Trent Dilfer (himself in for an injured Alex Smith) mid-game, going 22-of-28 for 181 yards and a TD. He also lost a couple fumbles, but hey, who's counting?

He will be starting for the 49ers in a Saturday night matchup against the Bengals which no one will be watching. (Because it's on the NFL Network, not because both teams really suck, though that's another good reason not to watch.) Nonetheless, congrats, dude!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Mitchell Report - Graphic Summary

Yesterday, the much-anticipated Mitchell Report investigation into steroids use in baseball came out, excoriating dozens of players. In case you've been in a coma for the past 24 hours, here's what you missed out on (hat tip to Microsoft Paint):

Still role models: Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., Greg Maddux, et al.

Coming to a Petco Near You...

An overlooked part of disgraced Falcons QB Michael Vick's recent 23-month jail sentence was the steps he would need to take to repair his image.

A guy who killed dogs with his bare hands is going to have a hard time convincing people he is a changed man, but his latest endorsement deal with Purina is a step in the right direction.