Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:32 am
This game was a case of who conserved more energy. It looked like the Colts were playing relaxed early and we were giving it our all, but in the second half it was obvious that we hid a LOT of energy, and a lot of plays. Our passing game, with our QB Kerry Collins, was fantastic. Kerry was spot on all night. The only reason there were so many incompletions was because our receivers couldn't catch a thing. The only reliable targets on our entire roster seemed to be, go figure, Oliver "Bo" Scaife and Brandon Jones. Kerry found Justin Gage an especially risky target, as he dropped 3 passes before the night was over. Justin McCareins, an unlikely model for consistent play, showed good possession receiving skills, something that seems to suit him better than the deep threat role he had taken many weeks before. Lavelle Hawkins has now been thrown at twice and has two catches and is proving to be a hidden gem in the often "dirty" WR corps of the Titans. Our running game struggled against the fast defense of the Colts, but as the game grew into the later minutes, it showed that the swift defense grew slower, and the Chris Johnson TD run sealed the game with a great showing of speed that was bottled earlier in the game. LenDale White found the endzone twice, as usual, and now leads the league in touchdowns other than passing with 10 TDs on the season, on track to 21 TDs. He's gained 1/2 of his TDs in the past two games and has accounted for many of our points. This game showed that Kerry Collins is our quarterback and likely still the best option under center for the Titans. It also showed that no matter how badly the Titans get in a hole, they'll always find their zone, and the found it in the second half tonight versus the division rival Colts. The Titans defense also showed that they're still tops as Chris Hope, the only player without an interception in the Titans starting secondary, found himself on the receiving end of two of Peyton Manning's off-target passes. The Titans defense now has 12 interceptions on the season, and no defensive back has intercepted less than 2 passes this year. Nick Harper certainly came to play deflecting two crucial passes, and Vincent Fuller, the nickel back, made a nice play on the ball as well. Peyton Manning did, however, seem to find his rhythm with key pass rusher Kyle Vanden Bosch out of the game and Albert Haynesworth drawing double teams, and found his old buddy Dallas Clark twice for touchdowns and took one in himself in garbage time. The Code Blue Titans fans certainly made some noise as their cheered for their team, and no viewer should be disappointed after watching a game of football like the one played in Tennessee tonight The Colts are certainly not out as a playoff team, but the prospect of a first week bye is fading as fast as the Nashville city lights as the Colts drove away from LP Field.
Posted on: October 25, 2008 9:28 pm
As I'm sure most of you have heard by now, Roger Goodell is in full support of a longer season, likely 18 games, for the NFL. While it is quite a sexy option, and who could say no to more football, at what cost, Commish? These players drop like flies, 3 or 4 big name players or so, in a 16-game season already. You want to put these guys through two more games against teams like my Titans, the Ravens, and Redskins? Teams who make you pay for wearing that jersey and set of pads every game day as it is? The Tennessee Titans have had 5 opposing players placed on Injured Reserve just in these beginning 6 games, (EJ Henderson, Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, Maurice Williams, Vince Manuwai) and injured a few more. These teams can't take one game against a tough team, how can you expect them to withstand 18 games against even marginally tough teams? Roger Goodell certainly seems not to care. And to further my point, he has taken player celebration penalties to a new high, fining my own Chris Johnson $10,000 for playing the Bongos. I can remember a time when players would have fun playing football. Now a player can't celebrate or he loses the sum of money, along with a certain three-dimensional shape, an entire game show was based around in the 70's. These players aren't respected, yet they're expected to respect the NFL? When the NFL, along with Commissioner Goodell, actually starts respecting the players is when he can get respect back. How can a player feel good about playing in this league and think of it as a privilege when he can't celebrate without getting a fine? However insignificant finanicially, it still sends a message.
Roger Goodell: When you respect your players as people, not machine-like, grunt-level employees, you will earn their respect.
Posted on: October 25, 2008 8:22 pm
I've decided to return to CBS Sports, and I'll be staying this go around. Looking forward to posting and blogging with you in the future.
Posted on: May 26, 2008 11:25 pm
What happened to Shuless Joe's "while you were sleeping" installments? I loved being able to sift through the cream of the crop from yesterday's blogs, and sometimes getting a mention myself (the Super Bowl Series). Where's the love? I want Shulaces to feature "While You Were Sleeping" again...
Haha as a top 100 member I demand it! :P
Posted on: February 15, 2008 12:23 am
The fact of the matter is, my opinion holds no weight anymore. The subject has become so grossly over-discussed that there is no black and white areas, there is only gray. I support Pacman Jones. The kid may or may not have done something, but i DO know he hasn't been convicted of anything. Throw as much legal jargon at me as you please, but this is not about the law, it's about the NFL. He hasn't been convicted of anything and has a marginally clean slate as of now. Will he be reinstated? Sure. Before the draft? Possibly not. I hate throwing conspiracies out, but Goodell certainly has a disdain for Pacman. And now what has happened? This has become a war. Pacthug versus Pacman. Pukeman vs Adam Jones. I want it all over. I want it to be done when this season rolls around and i want this to mark the moment Pacman starts his career as a top 3 Corner/Returner. The man has talent. The man had baggage for a while, but now all he has is talent again. And This is overshadowing more important things like the War in Iraq, the Genocide in Darfur, or at least, THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES. Let's talk sports, but let's try to keep things civil. Putting Pac's past behind us is a good step. Now Spygate, that's another issue....
Posted on: February 9, 2008 8:39 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2008 11:49 pm
That's the beautiful thing about conspiracies. Nothing is sacred, not even the biggest upset in NFL history. Now we certainly can't replay the game, and the Giants won. If that were the Pats drive, they'd be talking about a tainted perfect season.(referring to the ~50 seconds of time the Giants were "given" during the final minute 1:35 of the game, during which they scored the winning TD) What this truly becomes is an issue of people being more vigilant than before. Maybe there are discrepancies in the '72 season. But this is even more proof that nothing is sacred in sports anymore. We LOOK INTO steroids, when before, we'd just sit in awe, as 6-7 year olds, staring up at the television as teams dominated the NFL. And you know what? Those were simpler times. When we took things at face value. It shows the beauty of what was, but the significance of what is. We don't respect the dynasties, we tear them down. You know why there aren't any big dynasties since teams like the Bears of the 80s or the steel curtain of the 70s? because we stopped looking at football as a game and started looking at it as an investment. We invest our valuable time into this game and if we're given an excuse to lobby for a "refund," we will. Time is money these days. And lord knows we don't want to waste our money on something that isn't to our satisfaction.
Posted on: February 1, 2008 8:26 am
Edited on: May 28, 2008 10:40 pm
Another day, another massive ice storm taking over the northeast, right? I didn't have time to type this up last night, so I'm typing this on borrowed time from Jack Frost considering my meeting with the Sandman last night... Anyway, as the ice surround my western Pennsylvania abode, I'll list some of the more interesting Super Bowl Trivia or oddities. Bring it up to your friends as Shuless Joe has advised, this sunday. It's less than 72 hours away!
The following trends occur regarding Super Bowl games:
In the history of the Super Bowl, the following "firsts" have yet to occur:
Posted on: January 31, 2008 12:20 am
Edited on: January 31, 2008 12:46 am
Another day, another blog, and, suprisingly, another mention on While You Were Sleeping. It's uncanny how i get in there while i take 30 minutes or so to do the blog itself. It's mostly research. Anyway, as promised, today will showcase the top ten most interesting super bowls. Obviously, this will be a different take on it than just a close game effect at times, but i want to provide a good product, and that's what i'll strive to do.
Top Ten Most Interesting Super Bowls
As we reflect upon these great games, there is one thing to realize about Sunday. We can't even comprehend the significance of Super Bowl XLII. So many records already broken, so many about to be on the line. When Tom Coughlin and Bill Bellicheck walk out on to that field to shake hands, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. This is THE most interesting Super Bowl, no matter the outcome. These two teams will walk on to the field like it's any given sunday, and walk off like it was the last game they've played. What an amazing game. Is any one else HATING work/classes right around now? God Bless Football.