Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:32 am

MNF: Colts 21, Titans 31 -- The View From The Top

     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

Roger Goodell: A Man Of The Players?

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 9:27 pm
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Posted on: February 15, 2008 12:23 am

My Thoughts On Pacman Jones

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 1, 2008 8:26 am
Edited on: May 28, 2008 10:40 pm

Super Bowl Musings - Friday - Super Bowl Trivia

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:

  • Teams scoring 30 or more points are currently 21-1 (.955). (Only such team to lose: Dallas in XIII.) Teams scoring fewer than 20 points are currently 4-31 (.114). (Last such team to win: Pittsburgh in IX.) More specifically, teams scoring 32 points or more are undefeated (18-0) and teams scoring fewer than 14 points are winless (0-17).
  • Field goals have been converted in all but two Super Bowls (VII and IX).
  • Teams leading at halftime are 32-7 (.821) (two Super Bowls, XXIII and XXXIX, have been tied at halftime).
  • Teams shutout in the first half are 0-11; teams shutout in the second half are 1-7 (.125). (Only such team to win: Miami in VII.)
  • Higher seeded teams are 13-11 (.542) and NFC teams are 6-2 (.750) in Super Bowls matching same-numbered seeds, which thus far have always been #1 vs. #1. Playoff seedings were first instituted in 1975.
  • When the game matches two teams that played each other during the regular season, the team that lost the regular season meeting is 6-5 in the Super Bowl, including 4-1 the last five times this has happened. This record will be tested shortly, as this year's contest between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is a rematch of a game played on the final weekend of the regular season, won by New England.
<dl><dt>Notable stretches</dt></dl>
  • 1969-81: AFL/AFC, 11-2
  • 1982-97: NFC, 15-1
  • 1998-Present: AFC, 8-2
<dl><dt>Longest winning streak</dt></dl>
  • 13: NFC, 1985-97 (AFC's longest is 5, 1973-77)
By regular decades (based on regular season year, not Super Bowl calendar year)
  • 1960s (I-IV): tied, 2-2
  • 1970s (V-XIV): AFC, 8-2
  • 1980s (XV-XXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 1990s (XXV-XXXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 2000s (XXXV-XLI): AFC, 6-1

In the history of the Super Bowl, the following "firsts" have yet to occur:

  • Snowy Weather - While Super Bowl XLI was the first to feature rain, snow has yet to fall during the game. This is highly unlikely (barring a freak occurrence in Arizona, Florida or Southern California, or a malfunctioning retractable roof) since the NFL schedules the game only in stadiums that have roofs or that have warm, dry winter climates.
  • An all-wild card matchup (teams who failed to win their divisions). - Nine wild card teams (since the 1970 merger) have won conference titles, but never two in the same season.
  • A shutout- Every Super Bowl participant to date has scored. In three cases the offenses have been shut out while the special teams scored a single touchdown:
    • Super Bowl VII: The Washington Redskins returned a fumble for a touchdown after blocking field goal attempt.
    • Super Bowl IX: The Minnesota Vikings recovered a blocked punt in the end zone but missing the extra point.
    • Super Bowl XXXV: The New York Giants scored a 97-yard kickoff return.
    • Super Bowl VI: The Miami Dolphins finished with 3 points, the fewest in a Super Bowl.
  • A punt return touchdown. - While many kickoffs have been returned for a touchdown, a punt has yet to be returned for one.
  • Home Field Advantage (playing in one's own home stadium). - The closest instances to this have been Super Bowl XIV being played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena near the Rams' then-hometown of Los Angeles and Super Bowl XIX being played at Stanford Stadium which is about 25 miles south of the 49ers' home stadium, Candlestick Park. While many Super Bowls have occurred in the Miami and New Orleans areas, neither of the area's teams (the Dolphins and Saints, respectively) have ever taken advantage of these opportunities.
  • Overtime - The narrowest margin of victory in a Super Bowl is one point, in Super Bowl XXV (1991). The closest instances to overtime, in which the result of the last play of the game could have realistically led to a tie and thus an overtime, have been:
    • Super Bowl V: Baltimore's Jim O'Brien kicked a game-winning field goal with :05 left.
    • Super Bowl XXXIV: Tennessee's Kevin Dyson was stopped one yard short of a tying touchdown.
    • Super Bowl XXXVI: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired.
    • Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked another game-winning field goal with :04 left.
  • An appearance by every team. - Six teams have yet to reach their first Super Bowl: Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit,Houston, Jacksonville, and New Orleans.
This concludes my WEEKDAY Version of my Super Bowl Musings series. Have a good one as you watch the big game this weekend!
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:18 am

Super Bowl Musings - Wednesday - MVP Breakdown

Another day of late-night blogging, another exhausting day. It is exceedingly hard to find a macbook in western PA/east OH. I ended up in Pittsburgh after starting out in New Castle and over to Boardman... What a day. Anyway, you aren't here to hear about my life. If i blogged that on here, i wouldn't be getting such praise from Shuless Joe, whom I thank for another shout-out in his daily weekday blog While You Were Sleeping. Here it comes, Ladies and Gents. Here's where the fights start. Cowboys fans, claim your superiority to others as your team gets 7 MVPs, 3 more than ANY other team in the league. Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame fans, rejoice as you read.

Positional Breakdown

  • 21 Quarterbacks
  • 7 Runnings Backs
  • 5 Wide Receivers
  • 2 Defensive Ends
  • 2 Linebackers
  • 2 Safeties
  • 1 Cornerback
  • 1 Defensive Tackle
  • 1 Return Specialist

MVP-Producing Teams (By amount of MVPs)
  1. Dallas Cowboys -7 - co-MVP's once and MVP on a losing team
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers - 4
  3. Oakland/L.A. Raiders - 3
  4. San Francisco 49ers - 3
  5. Washington Redskins - 3
  6. Denver Broncos - 2
  7. Green Bay Packers - 2
  8. Miami Dolphins - 2
  9. New England Patriots - 2
  10. New York Giants - 2
  11. Baltimore Ravens - 1
  12. Chicago Bears - 1
  13. Indianapolis Colts - 1
  14. Kansas City Chiefs - 1
  15. New York Jets - 1
  16. St. Louis Rams - 1
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1

Award-Winning MVPs
  • 16 Hall Of Fame players
  • 12 retired, eligible for Hall Of Fame
  • 7 Active Players
  • 2 Retired, not yet eligible for Hall Of Fame
  • 4 Heisman Trophy winners
Schools Producing 3 MVP Awards (Not Players)
  • Georgia
Jake Scott, SBXII -- Terrell Davis, SBXXXII -- Hines Ward, SBXL

  • Alabama
Bart Starr, SBI-SBII -- Joe Namath, SBIII

  • Michigan
Desmond Howard, SBXXXI -- Tom Brady SBXXXVI-SBXXXVIII

  • Notre Dame

In the end, Quarterbacks are overwhelmingly chosen as MVP, and the top 3 most chosen posititions are all offensive. There has yet to be a kicker, punter, offensive lineman, or tight end chosen as MVP. Georgia is the only college to produce three different MVPs. The Crimson Tide can say they dominated the first three superbowls as Alabama QBs not only won the first three Bowls, but had them named MVP. Notre Dame may claim the high pedigree award or possibly the one-hit wonder award as they've bred a QB who won three superbowls, the only bowls a Notre Dame player has won. When it comes down to it, Michigan might pull away from the pack as MVP-producing college if Brady comes through this Sunday in Phoenix. All I know is that i've got 20 on Tennessee. I've been letting it ride. haha.

Super Bowl Musings Schedule

Wednesday -- Breakdown of MVPs
Thursday -- 10 Most Interesting Super Bowls
Friday -- Super Bowl Controversies/Oddities
Saturday -- Preview Of Super Bowl XXXXII

Also, I understand Thursday's topic may be a little overdone, but c'mon it's not easy compiling these things so late at night! I've gotta take a little break somehow! I'll be back in full force Friday with a full report on Super Bowl Controversies and Oddities. Saturday will be the preview of the Big Game and i'm contemplating running a drive-by-drive blog as the game runs (simply editing after each new drive), so after the game, the losers can grasp at straws as they find aspects in which they won. Best of luck to both teams and safe travels this week and weekend. Christian, your personal unrewarded workhorse, will be back tomorrow providing you information that will be wiped out by that headache Monday morning. haha. I suppose
Posted on: January 25, 2008 3:34 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2008 4:24 pm

My Plan For The Titans Offseason

1. Franchise Haynesworth until an agreement is made upon an incentive-laden contract for 4-6 years. (thank to drpeek2005 for the incentive revelation)

2.Sign D.J. Hackett after we bring him in. Mike Reinfeldt has already arranged a meeting at Baptist Sports Park so this may be old news, but i still think a nice vet like D.J. can help us out more than Eric Moulds did.

3.Release Brandon Jones and Chris Davis. A third year injury problem is not a good sign. Mike Williams showed promise with a Chow reunion but a Heimerdinger work ethic routine might work out better. I think he can be a nice WR if he snaps him into shape.

4.Re-Sign Ben Troupe to a 1-year deal. This kid was good in his rookie season... with guess who? Heimerdinger. If he can that potential back into talent like he had with Mike, we should have no problem at the TE position.

5.Look for another free agent OL like Ruben Brown, Alan Faneca, or Ryan Lilja. They'll be good competition for the guard spots which may be open with a possible Jacob Bell departure and/or Benji Olsen retirement.

6.Upgrade the opposite DL. If the Super Bowl-bound Giants can get things done with just 2 DE's imagine our dominance with that and Big Al in the center. Jared Allen is a nice prospect as well as DL Renaldo Wynn, Paul Spicer and Justin Smith.

7.Draft a WR (Malcolm Kelly or Limas Sweed) In the first round. Big guys like them with nice speed will get things done opposite a route runner like D.J. Hackett.

8.Don't neglect the RB Position! We were interested in Michael Turner before and we will be now. We'll be able to bring back out the 2RB sets we had when Henry was here. (Also a snippet from an article about our interest in him last year) "Agent Bus Cook said he hadn't had much time to talk with Turner, who was checking out of a Nashville hotel Monday afternoon. But he said Turner enjoyed his visit with the Titans." Obviously he likes us... and now we've got that Eddie George-like figure that was key to Heimerdinger's offense during what seemed to be our most recent glory days.

9. Second Round... LB? I think we should look deeply at MLB this year, but in the second round. We need competition to thin out the best of that position. Stephen Tulloch and Ryan Fowler were duking it out last preseason so why not bring someone else in who can be better.. THEN watch them try to play up to his level. They certainly don't want some rookie taking their job.

10. 3rd Round... Look at DL/OL depending on the talent at each line. I'd love to see a high-talent lineman around this pick and there's a deep class this year for it. At least i think so.

11.4th Round... Punter. Craig Hentrich is certainly not getting any younger and he was a good punter in his day. There isn't much grooming to do for a new punter, but we need to get one with a big leg. That way he'll take kickoff duties and not just ride the bench. He can also relieve Hentrich if for some reason our drive stalls out and so does Craig.

12. 5th-7th rounds... OL/DL Depth. We did a fairly good job at getting depth for the O-line this year but such a shallow group hurt us when injuries came last year.

13. Keep Pacman. The kid makes plays and if he stays out of trouble, great! If he doesn't, big deal. I'm not sure there's a lose here... We've done fine without him so he wouldn't be a huge loss if he were to leave the organization. We aren't exactly as needy for him as the Falcons were for Michael Vick.
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