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Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag ? Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) Is Now Here !

Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag ? Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) Is Now Here !

Well the AFC and NFC Championship games have essentially brought us to the conclusion that the two best teams remaining after the smoke has cleared are indeed worthy participants for Superbowl (SB XLV). The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers duly dispatched their opposition with relative ease . The New York Jets found themselves on the wrong side of a thoroughly convincing 24-19 win by the Steelers . And anyone of the opinion that Mark Sanchez isn’t being asked to go above and beyond the call of duty ought to view this as a case study of a player still learning the ropes . Though much of the blame can’t be laid at his feet but ufortunately the duo of running backs on this team couldn’t rush their way out of a wet paper bag much less bust a condom with their show of athleticism and masculinity. I’m not saying LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene were bad but if your ass can’t break the plane from a one yard stand out in a goal line stance by the Steelers then you ought not to be on a football field.


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And for Rex Ryan and his coaching staff this had to be a profound disappointment on what had been a rather successful season . Now twice having made the AFC championship game in successive seasons ___ last year they would fall at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts . Alas this postseason it wasn’t to be as the Jets would succumb to a much better team that rose to the occasion with the authoritative leadership coming from their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and some great coaching by Mike Tomlin and his staff .

Without a doubt the fans in attendance at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh got their money’s worth as both teams gave it their all. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers will try and attempt to become the first NFL franchise. to have won seven Superbowls in the modern day era of the NFL . As to whether or not that they attain that feat remains to be seen when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington , Texas on the 4th February 2011. Do you get the feeling that Jerry Jones will be missing out somewhat on the festivities given the fact his Dallas Cowboys won’t be a participant in the league’s showcase event ?

I’ll say it once and I won’t say it again I simply didn’t trust Jay Cutler to lead this Bears’ team at all ! To my mind he is this generation’s Brett Favre in terms of cavalier play and self absorbed personality. And anyone who has witnessed Favre’s play in recent years will know that he’s become more of a liability to a team rather than an asset . The Packers for their part led by Aaron Rodgers put on a clinical showcase on both sides of the ball with unsung heroes such as B J Raji and his teammates simply followed the lead set by their quarterback. Now when it’s all said and done the game wasn’t without its moments but what might be more telling were the circumstances under which Cutler left the game having injured his knee. Once that came about and the very fact that appeared that the player seemed to be unwilling to return to the game to aid his teammates , you simply knew that the writing was on the wall. Not that the Bears had done anything of note in the game from a statistical standpoint . Cutler was replaced by Todd Collins a seasoned NFL veteran but his composure could be best described as being a deer caught in headlights as the Packers’ defense simply laid him out after a couple of plays. Bears’ coach Lovie Smith quickly replaced the sixteen year veteran with third stringer Caleb Hanie who would show some poise during the game but at the same time his inexperience would lead to the player throwing two interceptions and touchdown pass on the way to his team’s 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

For the Packers , coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers in particular this might seem a long time coming given the fact that the organization had to put up with the self aggrandizing and somewhat infantile behavior of Brett Favre before his tumultuous departure from the Packers’ organization , Lambeau Field and the long suffering Packers’ fans. Now if anything it’s Brett who ………..? And look we’ve got Aaron Rodgers and we’re glad that he’s here !

The upcoming game itself with all of the glory to be attained will pit two of the NFL’s most storied and respected franchises against one another . And if anything this may well the game that the vast majority of the fans coveted. And that’s with due respect to the Chicago Bears and New York Jets , not that they aren’t as such noteworthy. But given the postseason play of both victorious teams in the conference championship games , I for one am totally convinced that these two teams are by far the best of the teams that were part of the 2010 postseason . Never let it be said that the teams competing weren’t worthy but in all honesty you come out to play and you had better damn well play to win , rather than carrying pretensions of grandeur , which in large part was what happened with a number of teams who fell by the wayside in the postseason !



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(1)New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts to a question during a press conference at the team’s training facility, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. A day earlier, the Jets ended their season with a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……

(2)New York Jets linebacker Lance Laury cleans out his locker at the team’s training facility, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. A day earlier, the Jets ended their season with a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …..

(3) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez talks to reporters before cleaning out his locker, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19 in the AFC championship a day earlier. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……

(4) Pittsburgh, Pa,. Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes for a first down against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …….

(5) Rashard Mendenhall (34) of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs down field against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 24 to 19. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ………

(6) LaDainian Tomlinson (21) of the New York Jets is brought down by LaMarr Woodley (56) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images …….

(7) Jerricho Cotchery (89) of the New York Jets walks off of the field injured in second quarter play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images …….

[8] In this Jan. 23, 2011, file photo, Green Bay Packers’ B.J. Raji (90) returns an interception to score the game-winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Raji might not get quite as much attention as fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Clay Matthews, but he’s turning out to be just as critical to the Packers’ defense. AP Photo/Jim Prisching …..

(9) Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers celebrates after the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. The Packers won 21-14 . AP Photo/Jim Prisching ………

(10) Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith speaks during a press conference at Halas Hall Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Lake Forest, Ill. The Green Bay Packers ended the Chicago Bears season with a 21-14 victory in the NFC Championship game. AP Photo/Jim Prisching …..

(11) Sam Shields (37) of the Green Bay Packers intercepts the game’s final pass and runs for 32-yards to seal the 21-14 victory for the Packers against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ………

(12) Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers and head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears shake hands after the Packers 21-14 victory in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….


Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?

Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?

I’m sorry but whatever seems to be now erupting within the Washington Redskins is a tour de force in comedic madness . I was very much under the impression that the organization and their defensive player Albert Haynesworth  had essentially called a truce . Instead we are now finding out that there’s an even greater impasse between the player, his coach Mike Shanahan , the coaching staff and teammates . It’s bad enough that the season for the Redskins has once again fallen into a crevasse of ineptitude. Mike Shanahan , his assistant Kyle Shanahan haven’t improved this team one iota ! Furthermore in Shanahan’s inept attempt to prove that he’s in charge he chose to embarrass his veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb . Who didn’t feel that it would be the rest of the NFL and the fans who’d have the last laugh after this charade and allout idiocy on the part of Shanahan ? =========================================================

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A team that was thought to quite possibly challenge the Philadelphia Eagles , New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys </a. for divisional supremacy within the NFC East has been anything but that ___ a team . Suffice to say that watching the Redskins play at Fedex Field has become a comedy of errors. Team owner Dan Snyder has had problems running this organization as a business and to see an individual who’s greatly admired within circles by his peers in the business world. Personally I just can’t see it but it’s all in the eye of the beholder . Haynesworth for his part has added nothing to this team since he was acquired via free agency . This being the same player whose career with the Tennessee Titans had been a success and where he’d made several visits to the Pro Bowl as a Titans’ player. However, Haynesworth not content with his situation with the team at the time chose to parlay his status by garnering a 7 year $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins of which $56 million was in guaranteed money. At the time I thought the contract itself was preposterous and non-sensical . But then again those of us who’ve seen the Redskins operate over the years have seen this organization simply overpay for players who are either past their prime or whose talent has been vastly exaggerated.

There’s absolutely no chance that the Washington Redskins would choose to cut the player given the fact that they still owe the $32 million of the guaranteed money due. Do you get the feeling that the front office of the Redskins aren’t completely sure as to what the hell they’re doing from one moment to the next ? Kind of how certain federal agencies are now operating within the Obama adminstration ? We have a Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben S Bernanke whose every utterance now sends shivers up down Wall St . And a Homeland Security Chief in Janet Napolitano  who ovesees the TSA and their now well publicized airport body searches. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about national security and anything that can derail the ambitions of home grown and foreign terrorists, I do feel that the agency’s actions are a necessity. My only problem here is the fact that I’m not completely willing to have a TSA employee feel that it’s appropriate to body search me as if it’s being done for their own self sexual gratification . And less we forget we also have a Treasury Secretary in Tim Geithner whose every word concerning the malaise that has befallen the economy has me asking how and why the fu_k was he hired and why was he nominated in the first place ? Prior to his tenure as Treasury Secretary he’d worked for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and as we know this is the very same individual that claimed errors made in his none payment of personal income tax was a mistake. Yes a mistake ….an honest mistake . But you might feel more aggrieved if I were to advise you that also as a senior employee at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, Geithner played his part in assisting none other insurance giant AIG in their egregious speculative behavior in numerous financial markets around the globe. And as we all know the insurance giant had to be bailed out to the tune of $150 billion ($150,000,000,000) of taxpayers monies. The only thing that needs bailing out here with the regard to the Washington Redskins is for the organization to seek a trade of Albert Haynesworth. Clearly the player’s career has run its path with the Redskins and it’s also clear that Mike Shanahan has no faith in the player’s abilities whatsoever . What might be even more disturbing and incredulous is the very fact that with the player now having been suspended by his coach they are no better off than before . The Redskins’ season as it now stands is tenuous and there’s not even a remote chance that they can salvage this season and play with any modicum of respect. The situation now facing Snyder is whether or he can let this mayhem continue with there being such a divide not only in the locker room but no actual semblance of respect between the players and coach.

From my own perspective I don’t even feel that the situation that transpired betweeen Donovan McNabb , Mike and Kyle Shanahan is actually at an end. It’s merely time before I feel that there’ll be another parting of the waves and that another impasse is created between the player and both coaches. On and off the field the Washington Redskins are a complete mess and given the soap opera drama that has taken place within this division with the Dallas Cowboys and their roller coaster season , with the subsequent firing of Wade Philips by owner Jerry Jones . Philips’ successor Jason Garrett seems to have the team back on track but once again the hopes that Jones had for this team in terms of a postseason berth and playing in the Superbowl is now a pipe dream. What else can now happen you may ask ?

Well with Wade Phillips , Brad Childress and now the Denver Broncos’ Josh McDaniels  having been fired this season the managerial count now stand at three coaches having been fired this year. And by season’s end we could well see several others bite the dust . It’s no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis won’t be returning to the Bengals next season . The team had been befelled by their own sheer ineptitude and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the choice is that of Lewis’ and not from the front office. The one bright spot for the team may well have been the play of wide receiver Terrell Owens who’s been the sole reason perhaps to see him play. He leads all players in terms of the team’s offensive receiving categories and for Carson Palmer whose own performances have been understated at best. Owens’ receiving partner Chad Ochocinco  has been a complete bust this season and it’d be reasonable to suggest that he might not be part of any plans the Bengals may well have in the future .

McDaniels’ dismissal by Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen wasn’t completely a surprise but the real issue here may well have been the fact that Bowlem had reiterated that he wasn’t about to let go of his coach. But with the preseason upheaval that took place with the trade of Jay Cutler and then the fallout between Brandon Marshall and McDaniels . Both players have now found new homes , Marhsall with the Miami Dolphins and and Cutler with the the  NFC North leading Chicago Bears . But what might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back was the behavior by McDaniels and the team’s videographer in taping the San Francisco 49ers walk through in their game played at Wembley Stadium in London , England earlier in the season. The NFL front office was made aware of this but neither McDaniels or any member of his coaching staff reported the incident . Both team and coach were fined and Spygate II came to something of an abrupt end . And there are idiots about the blogo-sphere who felt that the Patriots deservedly got was coming to them when Bill Belichick  took part in such an act . I reminded a number of patrons to my site that this practice was widespread around the NFL and that it only comes to light when a team has been caught . Anyone who feels that this will be the last time that we’ll hear of such an incident needs to have their heads examined as it seems to be customary for a number of coaches and their staff around the NFL. For Pat Bowlen this is simply another reason of an owner whose cognizance of a situation isn’t clear. The Broncos now find themselves in a situation with having fired Josh McDaniels they’re now in a position where they’re paying McDaniels and his predecessor Mike Shanahan who was also fired by Pat Bowlen. When Shanahan was fired he was still owed two years on his contract in the case of McDaniels he’s owed three years on his original five year contract. Do you get the picture I’m painting here concerning the idiocy of some of the NFL owners and GM’s around the league as to how they deal with their managerial problems ? Far be it for me to say but who’s providing the legal counsel for these owners ? And have they never heard of installing a buyout clause in an employee contract ? Now Bowlen and the Broncos are on the hook for at least $ 8 million this year alone in paying both Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels. And the general public thought that only the federal government knew how to squander money ? Not so it appears when it comes to professional sports franchise owners as they all seem to be a law unto themselves. In this day and age where athletes can and are earning multi million dollar contracts and the coaches aren’t too far behind in that situation I find it hard to believe that common sense isn’t being used by the executives and owners who are the custodians of these teams ! ===================================================================

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Alan aka tophatal ………………

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Mile High In Denver ? This Franchise Is Now Beginning To Make The Raiders Seem Like MIT Or Harvard …………..


Mile  High  In  Denver   ?  This  Franchise  Is  Now  Beginning  To  Make  The  Raiders  Seem  Like  MIT  Or  Harvard. ………




As   the  all  too   ugly   display  of   one   up man ship  plays  out  within   the  Denver  Broncos  franchise.   The   two    characters  in  this  modern  day   homage  to  all   things   stupid,  the  team’s  coach  Josh McDaniels  and  its erstwhile   quarterback   Jay  Cutler are   now  making  this   thing seem  all   the  more   comedic.   The   he  said   he   said    now  makes  the  shenanigans  that  took  place  between  the  Raiders’  Al  Davis  and  former  coach   Lane  Kiffin seem all  too cerebral. 


Josh McDaniels  (left)  coach of  the  Denver  Broncos  and   the  team's  Pro  Bowl  quarterback  Jay  Cutler  (right) .
Josh McDaniels right and the team's Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler . The two are locked in a heated debate regard the player's future with the franchise. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo /Dan Moore ..........................



Now  far  be  it   for  me   to  say  the  intelligence   quotient   factor  here  is   greater  than   anything    that  the  Raiders   possess.   But   when  your two  main  characters   have  all  but  fallen  short  of  calling   each  other  names.  It  can   only   go   downhill  from  hereon  in.     Now  the   thought  will be   who’ll  be   the   first  to  crack  and   sink   to  that  all  too  infantile   level  ? Children  are   allowed  to  play  within  their   sandbox  play   nice  and  then at  times   there   tends   to  be  a  falling   out  sorts.   In comes   McDaniels   and  he  wants  to  stamp  his  own  identity  and  authority  on what  he may  well  have   perceived  was  a  wayward   organization.   But  instead   like  a  tornado  he’s   ripped   through  the    franchise   like  Hurricane  Ike. However in  this   case  the  only   injury   suffered   here   has  been  the   ego  of  the  player .    Having   found    out   that   the   franchise   may  well  have   been  in  talks  to  trade  him.  He   all  but   had a  hissy  fit   and  let  it   then be   known  that  he  wasn’t   happy  with  the  apparent   subterfuge  and   apparent   denial   by   the   organization. 




Now  one  can   assume   that  the   naiveté  shown   by  Daniels  as  this is   his   first professional  head  coaching   position  within  the  NFL ?  It  has   become  all  too  apparently   clear   that   this  may   well  have  been the  case.   And  the  way  he’s   gone  about  this   has   been   poorly  handled.     The  two  have  met   trying  to  iron   out  their    differences   but  it’s   been  much   like  the  peace-keeping   talks   between    the  Palestinians  and  Israeli’s .  Neither   side  actually   trusts   each  other   from  the   get  go.   And   in  the  case  of    Cutler  and  McDaniels  the  road  map  to  peace  here  is   long   and   winding   and   in  no  way  is  it  likely  to  end gracefully in  Denver.



Broncos' Pro Bowl  quarterback   Jay Cutler seen here leaving the  field after an NFL game  played at Invesco Field  in Denver , Colorado.
Broncos' Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler seen here leaving the field after an NFL game played at Invesco Field in Denver , Colorado. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Scott Sellars ................





And  peace  here  isn’t  about   to  at  a  low  cost.  Someone  will  end  up   having  to  eat  their   words  or   quite   possibly   the  player  himself   as he’s  already   stated   would   be   to  be  now  traded.    A  new  surrounding   with an  all  too  welcoming   organization  may  well  be  the   best   situation   for  Jay  Cutler  at  this   juncture.  Now  as to  where   he   may  well  end   up   is   open  to   a  great   deal  of  conjecture  and   speculation.   There’ll   no   doubt  be   a  great  many   teams    that’ll  be   interested   in   the  player.   He’s  now  become  a  very   desired   commodity    and   the  price    desired  will  be indicative   and  predicated  on   what   the  Broncos  will   no  doubt  want .   




Now   what  I  find  all  the  more   inexplicable  is  the   lack  of  action    by  Pat  Bowlen  as  the  owner  of  the  franchise.   One   would’ve    thought   that  it’d  be   in  his  and  the   franchise’s  best   interest  to   have  this   matter   resolved    expediently  and  with   no    real  harm   being   done.    But  as  alluded  to   in  the  title  of  this   piece   the   franchise   is  now  on  appearance   something  akin  to  being   like  the   Raiders’  franchise  in   terms  of   its  internal   dealings  between  ownership   and  management.   But  in  the  Broncos’  case  here  it’s  management   and  the  player.


McDaniels and  his  wife  Laura   having  just  been  introduced  to the convened   press  in  Denver  as  the  franchise's   new  coach.
McDaniels and his wife Laura having just been introduced to the convened press en masse as the franchise's new coach in Denver . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phillip Goodwin ............



Now   as  this   episode   plays  itself   out   one   can  only   ask  what  will   happen  next  ?    Do  the  Broncos  move   the  player   or   have   him   honor  his   contract ?   The   signs  are   that   moves  are  afoot   to   do  the  former  and  that’s   to   avail   themselves  of  the  best   deal    possible  for   the  player.   But  as  to  what  the  asking   price   will  be   who’s   to  say  ?    Suffice  to  say   Cutlers  wants   out     and   McDaniels   has   basically  started  off  on  the  wrong   foot.   And   now    McDaniels  will   have  to    prove   himself   to  the  fans   there   in  Denver  and  also  prove   to  the   powers  that  be,  the   hierarchy  of  the   franchise  that   he’s   their  man.  And  that   they   made   the  right   decision   in  choosing   him  as   the  right   man  for  the  position.   


Broncos'  owner   Pat  Bowlen.
Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen of whom it can be said has sat idly by why this whole mess has become unsavory and embarrassing for the Broncos' organization as a whole. picture appears courtesy of afp/ Matthew Cullen .............



The  funny   thing   is  that  I  for   one  would   like  to   see  this    play  out   much   longer   as  it   has   become  all  so   entertaining.   But   for  the   surreal  goings   on   Los  Angeles   last   season  with  regard  to  the  Raiders  and  then  the  constant  uneasiness   in  San  Diego  with   the  Chargers  and  LaDainian  Tomlinson.   I   really  thought  that  the   AFC  West   in terms  of  the  mediocrity   therein    wasn’t    going  to   give  us  any   real  entertainment   at  all.   Before  the  season  starts   and   the  NFL  Draft   has  come   around   we’re   having   all the    idiocy   one    could’ve   come  to  expect .  





No  word  as   of  yet   if   there’s  another   franchise   who’s  prepared  to   step  down   this  particular   road.    Any  bets   as to  who  might   want   to  be   next  ?  It  doesn’t   have  to  be  a   quarterback  in the midst  of  it  all  at  this  juncture  .