Posted on: January 2, 2009 6:07 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2009 6:08 pm

Arizona Cardinals Avoid Blackout

Hello from Phoenix where people are breathing a little easier that the Cardinals' playoff game here on Saturday won't be blacked out. If it had, it would've been one of the more embarrassing moments in the history of this franchise. And this franchise has certainly seen its share.

Minnesota is also struggling to avoid a blackout.

The question is why?

Is it as simple as the economy? It has to be. Many people don't have the finances to spend on a football game when they're struggling with house payments.

The economy is the biggest factor (understandably) but it's still shocking that two NFL franchises are this close to not selling out a postseason game.

I once thought nothing could ever conquer the NFL, not even an economic downturn. The sport is that popular. But even the NFL isn't impervious to the perils of a sour economy.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:58 pm

No Elway, No Super Bowl

It's that simple for Mike Shanahan. He was a good coach but you cannot overcome the simple fact that without John Elway he's basically done nothing.

Yes, nothing.

And this year he lost a three-game lead with three left. He made history with that collapse.

The defense Shanahan built was an absolute disgrace.

He deserved to be fired.

The good news for Shanahan is that he'll end up with another job fast. Teams will trip over themselves trying to hire him. My guess is he ends up in New York. It'd be a great hire for the Jets.

The bad news is Elway's not coming out of retirement.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos
Posted on: December 28, 2008 2:19 pm

Should Patriots Trade Tom Brady?

Crazy and stupid, right? But I heard a suggestion on sports radio station WIP in Philadelphia that actually got me thinking. Here's what could happen in a trade scenario that would help three teams:

1. The Philadelphia Eagles trade for Brady.

2. They give up two number one draft picks.

3. The Patriots go with Matt Cassel and have two draft picks. And you know how good the Patriots are with draft picks.

4. The Eagles cut Donovan McNabb.

5. Then McNabb ends up in Chicago.

Is this asinine? Is it plausible? Am I crazy like Prisco?

Cassel isn't Brady but he looks pretty damn good.

I wouldn't make that trade if I was New England. I'd trade Cassel but that scenario makes me pause for a moment.
For a moment.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 24, 2008 11:05 am
Edited on: December 24, 2008 11:14 am

Plax Wishes You a Merry Gun-Mas

The NYPD announced that Giants receiver Plaxico Burress had a small weapons cache in his house.

And a suitcase full of money.

Guess Burress doesn't trust the banks either.

Why in the hell does Burress allegedly need a 9-mm handgun and a rifle and ammunition for a .380, a .45 and .40?

Even Tank Johnson thinks that's a little extreme.

Again, I ask the question: why does any citizen need to keep that kind of firepower in their home?

What's legal and what's common sense are two different things. One gun is fine but three or four or maybe even five?

No one is coming after you, Burress. No one. Not al-Qaeda, not the Mafia, not drug lords. Not Tina Turner's character from "Mad Max." No one. Not even the Borg. And if the Borg came after you, they'd just adapt after your first few shots.

Keeping that many guns in the home is just stupid and dangerous.

But then again we are talking about Plaxcident.

Please don't shoot Santa when he comes down your chimney.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:20 pm

It's All On You Now, Jack

All around coach Jack Del Rio is carnage. He's whacked so many assistant coaches he's like Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas." Body in, body out. It's likely that few head coaches in recent history have fired as many assistants as Del Rio in such a short period of time.

Now, the team has basically fired personnel guru James Harris and Del Rio's foot was up the rear end of Harris, too, as Harris left the building.

I like Del Rio. He's a good coach and is actually a good person. Yet when you fire so many people around you, pretty soon, the only person left standing is, well, you.

That's the way it is with Del Rio. If things go bad with the Jaguars next year, Del Rio will have no one to blame but himself.

Because just about the rest of the Jacksonville organization has been fired by him.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 22, 2008 4:46 pm

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

First, let me get this out of the way. Rob Parker is a good friend. We've known each other for 20 years. He is one of the nicest and classiest guys in the business and always has been.

Did his last remark to Rod Marinelli in that Sunday press conference cross the line? It did and Rob knows it did which is why he's apologized.

But the joke was typical Rob. He went too far but anyone who knows Rob well knows he's usually very funny and is always cracking jokes. That's him. That's Rob. It's why I've always liked him. He never became one of these pompous ass columnists who looked down on his readership and other journalists in the business.

Should Rob have gone there with Marinelli? No. Should he be punished for what he said? Hell no.

It was a joke that went wrong but it wasn't nearly as offensive as people -- including Marinelli -- have tried to make it out to be.

My biggest problem is with the anonymous cowards who altered his Wiki page. My problem is with Terry Bradshaw, who took quite the hypocritical stand on Fox. Because Bradshaw has never, ever shot his mouth off before.

My problem is with Lions fans who have an 0-15 team and are more outraged at Rob than the putrid, embarrassing status of their putrid and embarrassing franchise.

Lions fans: Your team is about to set one of the all-time marks for sports futility. You have bigger fish to fry people.

Again, let's make this clear. Rob went too far but all the venom aimed in his direction is just as wrong as the attempted piece of humor.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 21, 2008 7:32 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2008 7:40 pm

Pats Showing Heart But Playoffs All But Dead

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are showing the kind of heart and passion you know is there. The problem for them: it's too late.

The AFC East is a total logjam but basically for the Patriots it comes down to this:

1. If Miami beats the Jets next week, Miami wins the division and is of course in. The Patriots are out.

2. If that happens, and Baltimore beats Jacksonville, the Ravens are in. The Patriots are out.

3. The Patriots must beat Buffalo next week.

4. To win the division, the Patriots need the Dolphins to lose or tie.

Basically, I think the Patriots have a 20 percent chance of getting in.

But they are playing hard right now and this has been one of Bill Belichick's best coaching jobs.
Category: NFL
Tags: Patriots
Posted on: December 21, 2008 12:55 pm

Weather at Patriots-Cardinals Game is Atrocious

Temperature in the low 30s, heavy snow, gonads freezing.

Is it too late to put a dome on this field?
Category: NFL
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