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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Week 1 Recap: Randy Moss and the #1 Seed...


Sometimes, he's downright scary.  And this Sunday, Bill Belichick put on a performance that would have had Wes Craven soiling his BVDs...or any updated underwear brand of your choosing.  The New England coach, whom I often refer to as Bill B. Hoodsworth, had his Patriots so well prepared to open their season against the Cincinnati Bengals, that not only did they win in dominating fashion, but they answered their critics with checklist like precision...

Young and inexperienced defensive backs?  First play of the game rookie Devin McCourty batted the ball away from Ochocinco, and all game long 2nd year safety, Patrick Chung, was bringin' the wood..

Inability to pressure the QB?  Vince Wilfork pushed the pile, and Tully Banta-Cain finished provided the finishing touches...

The health and effectiveness of Wes Welker?  Well let me just say if his performance didn't inspire you, then I'm pretty sure you're devoid of the ability to actually be inspired...

And then, there's Randy Moss.  His comments infuriated virtually all of Patriot Nation, but I'll tell you why they didn't bother me as I recap some of the biggest story's from the NFL's opening weekend...

Enjoy...



A lot was made this weekend over the call that decided the Lions/Bears game.  You can see and hear the play and the explanation of the rule above, and I for one think it's a pretty cut and dry situation.  I mean, even the most casual fan. that only follows "their" team, has time and and time again been shown and told that for a catch to be ruled complete, control of the ball needs to evident through the entire "act" of the catch.  In essence, it's not a catch until the player not only catches the ball, and then proves they could do something else with it if they really wanted to.  Like run, for instance.  You know the term "football move"?  Sure you do, and this rule and the endless explanations of it over the past several seasons is the reason why...


Now the boys over at ProFootballTalk raise a valid point in the wording of the rule, but it's two statements they make in particular that I feel really get right down to the matter at hand...

1) At a minimum, the "second act" exception needs to be articulated and acknowledged in the official rule book, so that all officials will know about and factor the "second act" exception into their assessment of every catch or non-catch.


AND


2) That said, it's also incumbent on the teams to know the current rules and to coach their players accordingly.  Johnson never should have literally touched the ball down -- he should have tucked it away and rolled, and then he could have gotten up and celebrated what inevitably would have been ruled a touchdown.


Right.  So the rule is poorly worded, but the part of the rule that Johnson violated is blatantly clear.  So OK, "cut and dry" may have been a little strong.  But seeing as "the act of catching the ball" has been such a hot topic over the past few seasons, it's a rule that every player, at least on offense, should really know inside and out...


Then again.  It is Detroit.  So I'm not sure how much anybody is really gonna care anyway.  I mean, let's not kid ourselves here.  Not like that win is keeping them out of the playoffs...


Enjoy those trash can fires, kids.  You're in for another long and cold winter...with Canada looking like a better option with each passing second...




This isn't so much an "I told you so", but how freakin' awful is Mark Sanchez?  And while you can argue that last night maybe he was up against an above average Baltimore defense, his 10/21 and 74 yard effort is almost what I've come to expect on a weekly basis from the one the NY papers once labeled "Broadway Schmo."  Hell, the guy couldn't even properly harass one the most asstacular women on the planet, so how does anyone expect him to run a freakin' football team!  I mean, how bout at least a "You know, I'm kinda Spanish, too" instead of tossing the ball near her like a socially inept 4th grader.  Where was he going next?  "Do you like tacos, cuz I like tacos"?  Because from what I can tell, that would have been his next logical step...

Hey, I said it before the season, and last night you all saw it to be true.  The Jets are good, but they're only going to go as far as Mark Sanchez can guide them.  And that, my friends, is why I have them going 8-8 and missing the playoffs...

That ass, however, is headed straight for a #1 seed...if you know what I mean...and I know you totally do.  I've come to expect my readers to be equal parts clever and politically incorrect, and I love you for it.  Now who's got a quarter?...

This one, might actually be an "I told you so."  OR more like an "I told myself so, yet I still didn't listen."

I knew Pete Carroll was gonna screw me somehow, and just 1 week in he's already at it.  Not only did his Seahawks cruise as 3 point home dogs to the highly touted San Fransisco 49ers, but in doing so he helped cap a day of inexplicable events.  And by "inexplicable", I mean I knew all these things would happen simply to spite me.  They are as follows:

The Seahawks won: I said when Carroll was hired that I was going to pick Seattle to do well this year, even though it went directly against everything I thought I knew.  I obviously didn't end up doing that, and while we're only 1 game in, I can already see that I should have stuck to my guns.  I still don't think Seattle is any good, but I know how I run, and Pete Carroll leading an unlikely Seahawks' team to the NFC Championship would be more or less par for the course that is my life in terms of trying to predict sports...

Mike Williams: Along the same lines as Seattle winning, I felt Williams' still wasn't any good, but was sure to blossom under Carroll just...well, just because.  Just like with the team winning, it would go against all logic, but somehow just happen.  Well in game 1, the man who was once a legal crusader in cahoots with Mo Clarrett, caught 4 balls for 64 yards and came just inches from reaching the endzone.  Somewhere, Matt Millen is...still a big fat idiot...and probably as we speak attempting to somehow draft a wide receiver...




Mike Williams Scored: Not at all related to the Seahawks, but very much in the vain of "I knew better", this Mike Williams hails from the great football power that is Syracuse University.  Again logic told me this guy was waaaay over hyped, but the feeling was so strong I knew I probably should just go ahead and go against it.  But I didn't, and mere minutes into the opening week (2:50 into the video) he makes a catch in the endzone that will undoubtedly be on highlight reels from now until the Super Bowl...

Granted the only reason he finds himself on this list is because his name is Mike Williams, and it's like a 6 degrees of Rooch hating Pete Carroll type of thing, but I just like to streamline my hatred so it's all easier for me to understand.  In this instance, it's obvious my Pete Carroll hatred is being tossed back at me in spectacular revenge like fashion.  And if you can't see that, can't see the fact that I somehow have a karmic say in everything that happens in the sports world, then I'm not sure what else I can do for ya...I mean, I guess I could explain the hilarity involved in how I might now win any $$ in my fantasy baseball league to provide further proof, but I really don't wanna scare any of you into thinking I'm some sort of wizard...Which I am.  So fear my power already, would ya?...  




Finally, we have Randy Moss, who after an impressive Patriots' victory had essentially nothing to say about the game, and a whole lot to say about his current contract situation.  And while it's universally obvious that his remarks were ill timed and selfish, I can't help but think that in Randy's mind, if he was going to say anything at all, that was exactly the time to do it.  My explanation won't diminish the selfishness aspect of it, mind you, but hopefully will provide you with a glimpse into his way of thinking.  A way of thinking that you yourself could perceive as reasonable, if this weren't the Patriots, and not the NFL...

I look at it this way.  Whether realistic or not, Randy Moss was apparently holding out hope until the last second that the Patriots would somehow sign him to a deal before the season began.  And in his eyes, that window didn't officially close until the regular season kicked off.  Then, when it was clear to him no deal was coming (it was clear to us a while ago, I know) he decided to use a ready made forum to voice his displeasure with the situation.  Again, the timing may not have seemed appropriate, but in Randy's mind, the fact that he had access to a microphone was good enough for him.  From his perspective, he said all the right things in the offseason, about how he knew this was "a business", and he felt that despite the fact he'd been "acting like a Patriot", he wasn't being rewarded as such...

Basically, he was whining.  He'd done all his chores, cleaned his plate of all the vegetables, and now he's ready for his just dessert.  And I say that as someone who's speaking up for his right to complain in the way he did.  Because after all, this is a business, and this is a guy that's justly looking to get every dollar he thinks he deserves while he's still physically able to do so.  If he continues to moan week in and week out, then maybe we can discuss that he's being a distraction.  But if this proves to be just an isolated event, a time he used to set the record straight on how he felt, then not only doesn't it bother me, but it reaffirms to me that Randy is committed to playing a high level of football.  I guess it's just I view his passion as a sign of encouragement.  More of a sign that he's out to prove to the Patriots that they should have already signed him than one that he's going to pack it in just because he didn't get his way.  And for those who point to the way he acted in Oakland, I can only say that if you think that situation has anything in common with this one, then you're grossly mistaken.  Unless of course he continues to complain, in which place I'll be forced to come up with a witty apology...


But there will be no witty apology from yours truly this time around, and I won't even whine that I'm not being paid enough.  Instead, I just leave you to your week, and with the knowledge that come Friday afternoon, we'll start this great 3 day voyage together all over again.  IT's football season, kids.  You know you've got the itch, and this is just the place to scratch it.  Just please don't scratch it with your #1 seed...

Be good, friends!


Teddy Williams...
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