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You be the judge…

Posted: September 17, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
Let’s set the stage.   Some opinions from twitter. 

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Why are you posting this? This is IRRESPONSIBLE reporting! RT @ProFootballTalk Odd quote of Steve Smith 2 Delhomme

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If Terrell owens did that, the world would end. ESPN would run a 1-hr special.

Stank-0 has to agree.  If T.O did this then it would been on ESPN 24/7.  He would be the worse player in the NFL.  What is it that has people in such a tizzy? 

Go here. Then read this

Thoughts? 

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Week 1

Posted: September 14, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
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Buddy, there are some things to talk about. 

  • The Chiefs played the Ravens tighter than Stank-0 expected.  Still not convinced that Croyle can fill in for Cassel though.  The Chiefs also need to create consistent pressure.  Blitz fellas, it works.  Also Leggette is a player. 
  • Drew Brees throwing 6 TDs against the Lions is a form of reverse point shaving.  Stank-0 will believe when he plays against a good D.  
  • Ed the Sports Fan had it right, Delhomme is done as a starting QB.  In two games (going back to last season) he’s throwing…6 INTs. 
  • Favre doesn’t need to do anything except not screw up in Minnesota.  His best pass is a hand off to AD. 
  • The 49ers might be a sleeper team.  Patrick Willis and Nate Clements anchor the D.  Also, Coach Singletary seems genetically unable to smile.
  • The Super Bowl hangover curse is alive and well.  The Cards didn’t seem to be ready to play. 
  • Romo played very well too.  Still think they dealt for the wrong Lions receiver.  Should have gone for Calvin Johnson rather than Roy Williams.  
  • The Skins have some offensive problems and it might get worse when the Rams come to town fresh off a shut out to the C-hawks.  Coach Zorn, consider running no-huddle for entire series.  It worked towards the end of the game. 
  • The Mark Sanchez era looks to be off to a good start.  He was sharp still not sold that he’s ready to start as a rookie.  The game moves too fast and there’s too much to absorb as a rookie, let alone a QB.  Then again it was against the Texans.  
  • The Packers and Bears bout to get into it.Thoughts?
  • The Patriots get the first Monday night game going against the Bills and T.O.  Brady, Moss, and T.O.!?

Some thoughts on the analysts teams. 

  • CBS has a nice foursome.  Shannon, Boom, and Dan have worked together for some time.  Coach brings a fresh perspective.  There’s no better TV man than James Brown. 
  • The FOX team is good but it’s not as great as it used to be.  This current group of Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Howie Long, and Coach Johnson is…dunno.  Remember when Collinsworth was on FOX with James Brown?  That was a good team. 
  • The NBC team seems to be a comglomeration of spare parts.  Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Coach Dungy, and Rodney Harrison?  Tiki as the sideline reporter?  Bob Costas outside of the booth?  Seems too mismatched.  Keith and Dan both do the deadpan, that’s two too many.  Cut one, probably Keith since he already has a job on MSNBC.  Keep Coach Dungy, he drops knowledge.  Collinsworth is also a good pair with Al Michaels, keep that.
  • The MNF team?  Oi vey.  Blow it up and start over.  Overpay to get Pat Summerall from wherever he is to come back.  The find someone else to pair up with him.  Actually Stank-0 heard a good call guy during the Wake Forest vs. Stanford game.  Call him up. 

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Wetting your NFL beak

Posted: September 7, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
Manning is a man on the move as he goes through his presnap repertoire. Robert Deutsch, USA Today

Stank-0 stumbled upon this Peyton Manning article after trying to find out when he was drafted (#1 1998).

A few things to remember: 

  • the Colts’ offense has not huddled for a few years.  That’s impressive.  He makes the correct call from the line. 
  • He keeps copious notes from previous games and guards them like state secrets.
  • The continuity in having the same offensive coordinator (Tom Moore) and quarterback.  Is Moore still on the Colts’ staff? 

An example of the depth of Peyton’s knowledge. 

Manning used to go to the line with only two passes and about four run options. Now the Colts’ full playbook is at his disposal, with pass plays dictated by down and distance, field position and his telepathy with receivers Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokley and tight end Dallas Clark.

The Colts go into every game with two-tight end and three-wide receiver concepts.

Is Peyton ready to return back to the form we have grown accustomed to?  It seems that Peyton has a Kobe-like obsession with his craft, why don’t we hear about this type of thing with Eli? 

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Bears @ Broncos

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Denver Broncos, football, live game, NFL
Stank-0 will not live blog per se because the most important issues are off-the-field. 

Josh McDaniels wouldn’t do anything differently regarding Jay Cutler?  You willfully deal a proven Pro Bowler for less than a Pro Bowler?  He did everything right?  How George W. Bush of him. 

Kyle Orton, let Stank-0 introduce you to pressure.  Pressure, this is Kyle Orton.  Not sure if you two have been adequately acquainted. 

Brandon Marshall, Stank-0 isn’t sure you can get yourself dealt out of town. 

Ed Hochuli is in the house.  No more bad calls, ok? 

Orton certainly has the talent around him to succeed.

Eddie Royal will only get better.  He’s a keeper. 

Let’s tidy up the play.  Two flags in under 1 minute? 

That 3rd down pass was pure miscommunication.  Buckhalter zigged and Orton zagged. 

Nice kick.  The roll was great. 

Cutler, get used to that sound.  It will follow you the entire game.  This actually works in his favor.  He went against this D in practice for a few seasons.  The schemes won’t change dramatically in a few months. 

Nice 1st down play to start.  Quick out to Devin Hester. 

Fantasy owners, grab Matt Forte.  He will be very good with Cutler under center.  You can’t consistently put 9 in the box against the Bears. 

Stank-0 always thought that Clark was a wide out but he’s a tight end.  He makes some fantastic catches and runs good routes.  Sounds like the description of a wide out to Stank-0. 

Dear Broncos O, you can’t blame your sluggishness on the time because you are playing at home.  Tighten up. 

Wow, Buckhalter did not convert that.  The Bears D closes unbelievably quick. 

“Anytime” you won’t be able to return any punts.  The league knows about you.  Also, inside the 5 let the ball go. 

Stank-0 thinks that the Rod Marinelli anecdote was wonderful.  He should be workin his @ss off after the disastrous season he had up in Motown. 

Didn’t Buckhalter attend Nebraska?  He’s persistent all right.  Missed the 2002, 2004, and 2005 season due to injuries.  Three knee surgeries to boot.  He clearly loves to play football.

Kyle Orton is moving very well in the pocket. 

The Broncos went through 6 backs, probabilities state that there’s no way that will happen again.  So why draft Knowshon Moreno, another running back.

Hester is a meast (man beast).  Didn’t punters get the memo that you don’t kick to him.  Wow.  Fifty-four yards in the blink of an eye.  He deserves the 100 he got in Madden 09. 

Flag heavy game right now.  Good call Cris Collinsworth, on the ineligible receiver downfield. Negate that call.  Oh really Mr. Hochuli. 

Forte shoulda punch that in the house.  The lane appeared and he was on the way.  He got it the next play. 

This game isn’t as exciting as Stank-0 thought it would be.  1. 

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Football thoughts

Posted: August 30, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
So Stank-0 has a few thoughts on the Pat@Redskins.   Excuse the lateness of this post. 

Randy Moss runnin underneath routes means he’s gettin real close to being unguardable.  He already gets over the top safety help to prevent the deep routes.  What linebacker on this planet can keep up with Moss?  If you have the corner follow Moss then you create a hole in the defense. 

Tom Brady looked sharp as an old pimp holdin a razorblade. 

Brady to Moss is probably still the most beautiful thing in the NFL.  Brady is good but you just have to put it in the general area of Moss and he’s pulling it down.  And a quarterback as good as Brady and it’s a wrap.  They are also on the same page on the routes and ball placement (outside shoulder vs. inside shoulder) 

Stank-0 still believes that Jason Campbell is the Redskins’ answer at quarterback.  You can’t blame him for protection issues on the offensive line.  His passes were on point. 

Santana Moss should leave the celebrations for touchdowns.  Celebrating a first down reception?  REALLY!!  Son, you are a #1 receiver.  You shouldn’t be gettin excited about first down grabs.  That should be expected. 

The Patriots have quite a running back committee, and Fred Taylor should be high on that list. 

Colt Brennan it was real while it lasted.  Stank-0 hopes you have already sent out your football highlights because you are gonna lost the 3rd spot to Chase Daniels (Muck Fizzou!).  Coach Zorn specifically put you in to give you a chance and you toss an INT in the red zone.  Sorry son! 

Out of the 4 units on display, Skins offense, D, Patriots’ offense, and D) the only one not ready to play week 1 was the Redskins offense.  Those 3 & outs were brutal. 

It didn’t look like Albert Haynesworth was trying to hurt Brady, but Haynesworth is a big body.  Hopefully Brady is ok and will play the full season. 

The Skins’ D was dialed in from jump.  The corners were making plays (Smoooooooooooooooooot as in Fred Smoot). 

Stank-0 is placing an APB for Chris Cooley. 

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Confused

Posted: August 28, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
Stank-0 is sure that all you have seen the DirecTV commercials right?  “Sixteen games every week.”  Well if the preseason is any indication, EFF DIRECTV!  EFF NFL TICKET!

A meaningless Eagles preseason game gets blacked out!?  Really?  Now why exactly should Stank-0 sign up for DirecTV if Stank-0 can’t watch the games he wants to?  Is that not the appeal of NFL Ticket to watch what Stank-0 wants to. 

Stank-0 can’t speak for any other place but the Eagles-Jags game was not available in the DC area.  Stank-0 went to no less than two places, one an Eagles’bar and no game!  WTF!  The best that came on were highlights? HIGHLIGHTS!?

Stank-0 guarantees that he will never ever ever get DirecTV nor NFL Ticket.  Why pay for glorified cable?  If anyone else in the DC area feels as upset, then please contact the NFL with me. 

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Dime-store analysis

Posted: August 27, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion

Stank-0 got to thinkin about the Cowboys’ fancy new $25M scoreboard.  You know the one that is probably the biggest HD screen on the planet?  This board may force another level beyond HD because it is so large.  Extreme HD?  Super HD?  Mega HD?  HHD?  (High high def).  Can be seen from anywhere, and is becoming a problem for punters. 

Stank-0, in his analytical self, thought that the scoreboard perfectly represented some things about America. 

  • It is embarrasingly, superfluously huge.  It’s 160 ft long, 90 ft high, and 20 ft wide.  America is expansive, 4th largest country in the world.  With enough room in places, that your closest neighbor is miles away.  
  • It is a display for your senses.  That is quite honestly the largest HD screen in this country.  It might be so clear that you would rather pay $30 to stand in there than sit at home for free.  Two words:  New York. 
  • It is unbelievably expensive.  The exact figure is $1.15B.  That’s billions with a “b.”  Americans spend billions on some pretty frivolous things.  Tickle me Elmo?  New rims on a car?  Cable with more channels than you could possibly watch?  Mickey D’s?  Ab rollers?  Green ketchup?  
  • It’s allegedly in the way.  Punts have hit the structure.  Jerry Jones alleges purposefully.  Just ask the Iranians, Colombians, Russians, Chinese, Arabs, French, Mexicans, etc if Americans don’t get in way.
  • It can be seen from anywhere.  The Boys’ Board (patent pending) can be easily viewed from even the nosebleed seats.  American influence is global, enough said. 

Having said all that, the Boys’ Board has a place in football, as does my country of origin in the world.  Let’s move on.   

Stank-0 was thinking…what if the Madden Challenge championship was held here?  There are probably some electrical issues to overcome but wouldn’t that be disgusting to play for the Madden title in a luxury suite looking at this screen?  Say you wouldn’t want to?  

Jerry you heard it here first.  Stank-0 either wants a piece of the action (15-20% Stank-0 isn’t greedy) or an advance copy of Madden each year and seats to the Madden championship game.  

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NFL trends to watch

Posted: August 24, 2009 in football, NFL, sports opinion
As much as Stank-0 believes in Matt Cassel, there’s other signal callers to keep an eye on. 

  • At the top of the list is Jay CutlerHis game against the Giants is a gem. 
  • Even though Stank-0 is way past tired, Brett Favre’s tenure with the Vikes bears some monitoring.  The Vikings are a few pieces away from contention, namely quarterback.  Let Stank-0 say this, he’s not sold on Favre.  He’s on the downside of his career.  The Vikings are poised right now to make some noise.  Can he cut it? 
  • Will Tom Brady be mentally ready to play? 
  • Sophomore seasons for Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, slump or continued ascent?  Matt gets a new toy (T.Gon) while Flacco loses D.Ma$e to retirement. 
  • Does Eli Manning need Plax more than Plax needs Eli?  The Giants record with Plax: 9-1, without: 3-3.   
  • Was Matt Cassel’s season last year an aberration or a sign of things to come? 
  • Can Phillip Rivers break through and get to the Super Bowl?   
  • McNabb asking for Vick to come to PHI.  McNabb hasn’t played a full season in a minute.  Vick will be under center this season. 
  • Will the Super Bowl curse fell Warner

That’s just the quarterbacks.  The division to watch this season is clearly the NFC North.  Next would be NFC East.  Stank-0 can’t think of any division outside of those two that are as stacked. 

Anyone or division you feel warrants mention? 

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Fad!

Posted: August 23, 2009 in football, NFL
The next sign of the Apocalypse. Stank-0 just happened to see a video of Ocho Cinco kicking a field goal. Is that the new fad now?

Go peep it. He nails it!

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Steelers @ Redskins

Posted: August 23, 2009 in football, NFL
Just tuned in and the Skins are in the red zone with 4th down coming up.  Should they go for it?  HEYELL YEAH! 

The commentators talkin about Betts was dancing too much.  He made one cut back move and got mollywopped. 

Here we go back to the game.  Fourth & 2.  BOOO!  They are kicking this.  BOOO! HATE HATE HATE

Money!  Three, oh!  Skins.  They are clowning the Skins’ special team game.  Stank-0’s roommate is commenting on their lack of loyalty to the home team.  Stank-0 co-signs. 

Technical difficulties!  Not cool. 

And we’re back. 

Kick off back to the 30 yard line.  No Roethlisberger tonight, instead we get Charlie Batch. 

8:08 in the 1st Q, screen but it was batted down.  Andre Carter, Stank-0 sees you stuntin!  Penalty, holding on the offense.  First & 20. 

Batch felt the pressure, pumped fake and then threw it away.  Second & 20. 

Batch with time, to Parker and he got blasted by DeAngelo Hall.  BLASTED! 

Batch again, too high.  Penalty, looks like a late hit.  That was a bad call.  Hall pulled up.  HORRIBLE!  Unnecessary roughness, 15 yards. 

New downs, give to Parker about 3 yards.  Second & 8.

False start, back it up!  Second & 13.

Pass fake, give to Parker, short gain.  Third & long. 

Batch needs to calm down.  He looks too hurried out there.  The Redskins’ D is flying around his happy feet are understandable. 

Shotgun, Batch moves in the pocket.  Ball “popped up” and still caught by Holmes.  Freak play.  Looks like it hit the ground.  CHAAAAAAAAAALLUNGE! 

*Replay challenge in the booth*  This one is easy.  Ball hit the ground no immaculate reception.  Fourth & 12.  Time back to 5:17. 

High punt to the sideline.  Short return.  Penalty!  Roomie says facemask.  Block in the back on the return team, 10 yard penalty.

Jason Campbell, let’s get it!  First & 10.

Campbell goin deep too far wrong shoulder to Moss.  Moss was inside, corner was outside.  Second & 10.

Short run.  Third & long.   

Campbell had to ground it but he was outside of the tackles.  That offensive series was horrible.  Penalty, excuse me no flag; receiver in the area.  This must be the 3rd team officials. 

Punt to the 40.  Up to the 50.  Steelers ball. 

Give to Parker gets about 7 on the carry.  Second & short. 

Playaction, Batch under pressure throws it away.  Roomie:  “The Steeler’s O line is ‘porous.'”  Penalty, intentional grounding.  Commentators:  Bad call.  Physics dictate the throw. 

Second & 13.  Blitz!  Batch to Holmes.  First down!  At the Skins’ 37.  Good protection.  Good route by Holmes. 

Batch again going deep, no call.  Corner fell and impeded the receiver’s ability to make the catch. 

Second & 10. 

Batch hard quick throw.  Incomplete.  Third & 10. 

Shotgun.  Plenty of time.  Nice ball to Hines Ward.  He went up for that one.  Nice grab!  First down!  Red zone.

Shotgun, out to Heath Miller.  First & goal in the red zone. 

Offset backs.  Batch again, incomplete for Miller.  Orakpo on Miller like a cheap suit.  Orakpo was in space, but he was a DE at UT.

Second & goal.  Pitch to Parker.  TD!  That was easy.  Parker had a convoy.  Fifty-three seconds in the 1st Q. 

PAT good!  7-3, Steelers. 

Nice kick!  Touchback!  Close to a penalty, very very close. 

Give to Cartwright, maybe 2.  Second & 8. 

Give to Cartwright again, 2 more.  End of the 1st Q. 

Betts is gone.  Campbell to Davis, incomplete.  That was behind Davis.  Who’s fault was that?!

Steelers with a good return, 22 yards.  Penalty!  Holding on the return team, 10 yard penalty.  First & 10 from the 30. 

Fake, Batch still free, incomplete.  That was some moving in the pocket. 

Stank-0 didn’t know Batch is in his 13th year. 

Give to Mendenhall, short gain.  Penalty, holding; back it up!  Secon & 20. 

Batch, to Wallace and he was hit by Smoot before the ball got there.  That ball was into Wallace’s back shoulder.  Great ball placement. 

Batch again, incomplete but that ball was there.  Receiver’s need some stickum tonight.  That was very catchable.  Punt team! 

Short return!  Penalty!  Flags aplenty tonight!  Unnecessary roughness (hitting out of bounds) return team 10 yard penalty. 

Collins at the helm, short run. 

Good run on second down. 

Collins with the quick out.  Receiver fought for that first down.  That’s hustle! 

Collins with another quick out.  He’s making some nice throws right now.  Second & 3. 

Collins, give to the back.  Short gain.  Man down!  Mike Sellers in agony on the field.  That’s not a good look.  Might be an ankle or something.  No it’s the knee. 

Third & 2, Collins underneath.  No gain.   Roomie: he needs to know where the 1st down marker is. 

Moderate gain on the punt return.  Up to the 28.  Penalty, block in the back (return team) 10 yard penalty. 

Steelers at their own 10.  First & 10.  Give to Mendenhall, gain of about 3 or 4.

Give to Mendenhall, first down.  He ran right to where the safety left.  Dennis Dixon in for the Steelers.  Give to Mendenhall.  First down! 

Give to Mendenhall again!  They tryin to tenderizer the Skins’ D.  First & 10. 

Dixon under pressure, throw to the TE, short gain.  Second & long. 

Dump underneath, maybe 3 yards.  Third & moderate. 

Dixon, shotgun, bad snap.  Recovers and falls on it.  Punt team! 

Awaiting a Colt Brennan appearance. 

Not a bad return by Dominic Dorsey. 

Give to Cartwright, too much dancing, short gain. Second & long.

I formation, Collins pass was a little to far out.  Third & long. 

Shotgun, blitz!  Quick pass to Malcolm Kelly, no gain.  Punt team! 

Bad punt.  Moderate return. 

Give to Mendenhall, swarmed by Orakpo.  Roomie: “Orakpo’s gonna be good.  As long as he learns the D.  Great pursuit.”

Second & 11, shotgun, Dixon with time to throw.  Third & 4.

Shotgun, false start.  Left tackle jumped.  Third & 9. 

Dixon with time, great ball.  First down.  He stepped into that throw. 

Stank-0 will go offline at the half, like last time.  First down! 

Shotgun, flanker screen, short gain.  Second & long.  Steeler no huddle. 

Dixon throws behind Wallace.  He looks like Ray Allen. Third & long.

Shotgun, pressure, Dixon outside, pass to the 30 yard line.  Sweed with the reception.  Play under review. 

*Replay challenge Looks like a reception.  He put his arm under the ball.  The call: reception. 

First & 10, shotgun, audible, Dixon breaks and runs slides to the first down!  Wow!  Dixon still got it, even after that injury he had at Oregon.  Time out.  First & 10.

Shotgun, that ball was too slow.  The receiver, Sweed, got his clock cleaned and reset.  Penalty, improper number on the line of scrimmage.  Ten yard penalty. 

Shotgun, incomplete pass on the sideline.  Second & 15.  One minute in the 2nd Q. 

Shotgun, good protection, pass to Mendenhall incomplete.  Pass was a little lazy and slow.  Third & 15.  Skins’ D line is kinda stacked.  They bringin the heat. 

Shotgun, play clock!  Delay of game.  Third & 20.  That’s a country mile. 

Shotgun, give to Mendenhall.  That was to get them in closer for a field goal attempt.  Field goal attempt.  Money! 

Eloi got blasted.  Timmons said HELLO! 

Shotgun, good ball but too close to the sideline.  That was a beauty.  Great touch!  Second & 10.

Collins to Kelly.  First down! 

Downed!  Second & 10.  Fourteen seconds on the clock.  Shotgun, Collins…INT!  Back to the 34 yard line.  Ratliff, stuntin! 

Three seconds left.  Lining up for a field goal.  Fifty-three yards, no good…penalty!  Offsides, defense.  Five yard penalty.  Forty-eight yards now.  Makeable distance….too much movement.  Ball moved too far to the viewers’ right. 

HALFTIME! 

With that Stank-0 is finished.  Have a good night. 

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