Before I get going on this post, I just want to send my best wishes over to Jim Johnson and his family. Jim, as you’ve probably heard by now, has cancer, a recurring case that this time found it’s way into his spine. Jim, I think I can safely say I speak for all of Philadelphia when I say that you are in our thoughts and our prayers, and we hope that you have a swift and successful recovery.
Alright – on to The Stupor Bowl.
Because, let’s be honest – who gives a shit about this game? I mean, seriously, I just don’t care. The storylines are pretty bland here. Last year, at least you could root against the Patriots. This year? I just can’t find anything to care about.
And thus, I have done the only logical thing I could think to do – devise a drinking game to make the game a bit more, ahem, spirited.
Um, not exactly what I had in mind...
First of all, don’t hold your breath for Brandon Jacobs or Derrick Ward – I don’t see it happening. If they go the veteran route, they’ll just keep Correll Buckhalter. They know him, they already have an idea of how he fits in the offense (Editor’s note: Though its rare they allow him to), and he’ll come cheaper then either of the Giants RB’s.
Oh, and if you think the Giants will let somebody outbid them for Jacobs, you’re crazy. He’ll be a Giant for awhile, believe that.
So, the next alternative, and the one I think is likely, is in the draft. Let’s break down the big names, and throw out a few more obscure ones. Continue reading
Let’s be honest – one of the most exciting things about basketball is trade rumors, concocting trade scenarios, etc. Now, I’m not going to go all Bill Simmons on you and play Monday Morning GM, but I couldn’t help but raise the old brow when I heard Jody Mac say that he read Chad Ford mention, during a live chat, that the Sixers could deal Brand.
Chad Ford: Yes … from what my sources around the league are saying, Brand is available. The question is, given how poorly he’s played this year and his huge contract, does anyone want him?
Chad Ford: I’ve wondered about a Rasheed Wallace for Brand swap but doubt Joe D wants to invest that much money right now on Brand
Whoa. Continue reading
We’ve already discussed the possibility of Julius Peppers or Jordan Gross being added to the mix next season. Now I want to talk about another guy, one I think will probably be the popular choice among Eagles’ fans: T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
And I’m just gonna come out and say it – I don’t really think he would make this team that much better. Continue reading
If you haven’t been following the Julius Peppers situation, this article gives the full recount. In brief, Peppers wants out of Carolina, and part of his reasoning was that he wants to move from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. Or, in the very least, to a different system.
Right. That’s the reason. Because despite the fact that he’s the ideal model of a 4-3 defensive end, the real reason he wants to leave Carolina is to play the 3-4.
Bull. He wants out. Like all of their assistant coaches. Continue reading
Quick comparison: He Got Game vs. Above the Rim. Both center around the lives of superstar high-school basketball players raised in the inner-city. However, each focuses on a different stage in the player’s personal development – He Got Game is about the corrupt politics of the recruiting system, and how a young basketball player’s life becomes a commodity to countless people. Above the Rim, however, focuses on how the cruel realities – and influences – of the streets can cause many young men, with great potential, to leave it underdeveloped, and largely, unrecognized.
Here, in a scene from Above the Rim, Birdie, played by the late Tupac Shakur, pulls a razor blade out of his mouth. Or, he does some kind of magic trick where he makes it look as though he pulled a razor blade out of his mouth. I'm just a whiteboy originally from the 'burbs - I don't know how these things go.
Wait a second – why in the hell am I talking about this? Continue reading
As noted before, I’m a huge fan of the NFL draft – but it’s way too soon to predict, with any semblance of accuracy, what will actually happen. This is what I came up with instead. (Find Part One here)
17. New York Jets – With the 17th pick, the Jets have selected: A designated scapegoat. Literally, they drafted some guy off of the street for the sole purpose of blaming all of their problems on him. Genius move – why didn’t Mangini think of this?
18. Chicago Bears – With the 18th pick, the Bears have selected: Jim McMahon. And his super cool shades. Why the hell not?
I mean, what could I possibly add to this? Other then: Bangles' Hot LP? Really?
Listen – it’s way too soon to predict who will go to what team, at least with any degree of accuracy. I love the draft as much as the next guy, believe me; but it’s friggin’ January, for God’s sake. Doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun.
1. Detroit Lions – With the first overall pick in the Pundit’s Mocking Draft, the Lions have selected: a single, guaranteed win. Congratulations to the Detroit Lions on their pick, who have already increased their win total from last year by 100%.
2. St. Louis Rams – With the second overall pick in the Mocking Draft, the Rams select: Continue reading
So, meandering about the Internet last night, I stumbled upon a BS Report with an author I dig, Chuck Klosterman. By the way, if you don’t know Klosterman, check him out some time – pretty good stuff.
Anyway, during the course of his lengthy and wandering convo with Simmons, the topic of Chris Webber – namely, his own personal evaluation of his career – came up. In essence, the two were discussing whether or not Webber would view his own career as a success, despite the fact that many fans would chide his legacy based on the enormous amount of potential he never seemed to quite live up to.
Best be calling a timeout on that drama...
Which led Klosterman to bring up Donovan McNabb. Continue reading
$18 million? That figure is higher than Snoop Dogg on 4/20. (Editor’s note: Does anybody actually know the significance of that date? Is this really it?) I mean, that seems just a smidge high, considering the Phillies’ offer of $14 million would be a $4 million dollar raise. (Editor’s note: Insert Sarcasm Here).
That sure is some thick cigarette smoke...
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