I decided to watch the Buckeyes from my living room on the big ole TV, which, is actually quite new. One of the few items I've spent money on in quite some time, and man, when I'm watching my guys in FiOS HD it is worth every penny.
To sum it up, lets just say the Miami Hurricanes are a really talented and STUPID football team. They had the talent to win, but in truth should have been BLOW OUT. Ohio State's biggest problem is neither of their starting 2 running backs can create plays all by their lonesome, which means an inaccurate thrower like Pryor becomes pretty predictable. Unless OSU plays the young running backs they will continue to struggle in the red zone.
Speaking of young running backs, Marcus Lattimore, the freshman from South Carolina is outfuckingstanding. I've now watched both his games (and saw some high school), and he's the best freshman back I've seen since Maurice Clarett, and possibly better.
If Steve Spurrier recognizes he has a good D, a great back, solid WRs, and an average-at-best quarterback, he can win games by playing conservative. South Carolina should be the surprise talk of the town, but for some reason they're not. Arkansas is being hyped because of QB Ryan Mallett (who is great). Yet the Razors have basically beaten 2 high school teams, while the 'Cocks have taken on two very solid opponents. One of which was Georgia, who basically lost because running back Washaun Ealey fumbled the ball on the 2 yard line. Coincidentally, Thursday night I was out drinking with my best buddy, who went to South Carolina. The last thing I said was, "you'll win because Washaun Ealey fucking blows..." Spot on.
Lynn Swann is on the TV in front of me right now on the Michael Kay show. It's like my worst fucking dream come true. The biggest douche (Swann) with the least talented NY radio/tv personality. Life is unfair.
I was once standing on the Ohio State sideline for a game when "Swanny" was doing the sideline reporting. We heckled him so bad that he literally came over to us and threatened us. Last thing I said to him was, "Your half the man OJ was, buddy. Nice gay hat."
Security removed us, but mainly because we were standing on the band's bleachers.
Went to the Jets game last night, the opening of the new Meadowlands Stadium, and what an awful night it was. Poor Jets fans. Didn't anyone not see it coming (other than Jets fans)?
First off, the stadium is pretty solid. Granted, they have pillars holding up the upper deck because they built the place on the cheap, but outside of that it's really nice. They still don't have a name for it because they're demanding the most money for naming rights in all of sports. I guess it makes sense since unlike every other team in the league the stadium is on television every week.
The Meadowlands is looking to fetch $40 million, which is obviously quite a bit more than the $20 million paid by Citibank Inc, for Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. Yet even with 81 games a year, and the possibility (albeit remote) the Mets will make the playoffs, football is so dominant that 16 games of NFL football is worth 2 times what 81 games of Mets baseball is. Crazy.
Digressing to the Tea Party movement.
Have to give these nutbags a little credit here. They seemed to be taking out moderate Republicans in different areas around the country in the primaries.
When I say "credit" to the TPers, I mean, at least they're willing to challenge the establishment of their own party. Granted, they are goose-stepping fucktards who will basically believe anything a conservative talk radio moron tells them to believe, but at the same time, at least they're making change.
And speaking of making change, that's basically what the run-o-the-mill Republicans are doing by trying their best to make permanent the Bush tax-cuts, even for the wealthiest.
See, the old line Republicans know one thing, and they stick to it: you can always buy votes. In times of trouble, when people are worried most (usually about money), pull out the 'tax cut' bit, and buy 'dem votes. I assume they think this will steal some thunder from the Tea Party crowd, but who knows?
Truth is, the way I see it, the Tea Party people have brought more people to the polls who may not have voted, and changed some opinions along the way. This will result for greater turnout for Republicans, unless the moderates are just not showing up. At the same time, it will also bring more Democrats to the polls because of the possibility that some wing-fuck will be running against a candidate they support.
I really do want to see the numbers.
Back to sports, but sticking with politics too...
Last night I couldn't help but think, while sitting their watching the Jets get embarrassed, how shitty Rob Ryan must feel right now.
See, Rob hear is a coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, which is pretty much the equivalent to being the drummer in Mili Vanili: no one gives a shit. After all the talking that his father Buddy Ryan did throughout his career, and the jabbering we have to hear his twin brother Rex do right now, one can't help but think Rob must be feeling an awful lot like Jeb Bush.
Good luck, Rob.
Onto the Jets themselves. I was lucky enough to be invited to the game by Spencer, along with my buddies Josh and Adam. They are diehard Jets fans.
Things started off alright for the Jets, but once they put up 3 pts on the opening drive, post fumble/sack, I knew it was a long night a coming.
What I noticed during the game was how the Ravens matched up Darrelle Revis on Derrick Mason to QB Joe Flacco's right side, essentially making him the "Y" receiver, or, Flacco's first look, aka the "flanker." So it was Revis's job to shut down the oldest WR on the field. On the other side was TJ Houshmanzadeh, who was being defended by Antonio Cromartie, another veteran (played awful). In the slot receiver was the most talented player of the three, Anquan Boldin. Who was being defended by the Jets rookie Kyle Wilson (another bad night).
The Ravens hardly looked at Boldin early on, and even less so when being defended by Wilson. Why did they do this? Well, Flacco was being hurried at times early, but I also feel they were setting the Jets up perfectly...and they did.
I said to Spencer at the start of the second half, second series for the Ravens, "Look, the Ravens are moving Boldin out wide with Wilson on it. They duped the Jets into thinking he could cover him. They're going to go right after him on this play."
And guess what happened next? Need I even say it. The drive ended with the 3 more points for the Ravens, which hilariously put the game out of reach.
Listen, I'm not football coach, but I know sports. And I know the Jets got played. I know that Head Loud Mouth Rex Ryan and his defense, got PLAYED.
As for offense, the Ravens had so little respect for the Jets that in the 4th quarter, up 10-6, instead of throwing the ball from about their own 4 yard line on 3rd down, they decided to run it up the middle.
Why is this important?
Because the Ravens were willing to kick the ball from their own endzone, ostensibly giving the Jets great field position, and a chance to go ahead if they scored a touchdown.
Yeah, that's right, up FOUR POINTS, the Ravens were willing to give the home team Jets a chance to have the ball in great field position because they were so convinced they Jets could not score a touchdown.
And it was obvious to everyone in the building, they couldn't.
Which is why I walked out of the stadium with about 12 minutes remaining. Sorry but I'd rather not sit in traffic with a bunch of angry drunks.
Did anyone see Notre Dame's Dayne Crist's last pass against Michigan? Buddy, seriously, keep it in the first 3 rows. That was terrible. Fast forward to the last 10 seconds of this video.
The kid's name is Dayne Fucking Crist. Was there any other school he could possibly play at?
Dear Michigan Fan,
Have fun for the next couple of weeks until you suck balls....AGAIN.
You're QB isn't winning the Heisman, and you're still not good.
In fact, Ohio State is going to beat you again, handily, and the only player from the two teams who will be anywhere near the Heisman Trophy is not wearing blue.
An Asshole You Hate Because I'm Right
Notre Dame will continue to suck at football as long as smart kids play offense and dumber kids play defense. Notre Dame may rank highly in recruiting rankings, but name another defensive player in the NFL from Notre Dame other than Justin Tuck.
Here, I googled it for you.
Let me just say that the list ain't long, and the players aren't good.
Grant Irons, wow, he's still in the NFL.
Yes, I drafted Arian Foster in both my fantasy leagues (which aren't actually mine, but leagues I drafted for friends who are out of town. Who will both owe me money).
Who you might ask?
Don't worry because my friends had no idea who he was either.
Getting near the end here...
There's a guy named Buck-I-Guy who is this huge jackass of an Ohio State fan, who pretty much embarrasses the university at every turn. He is often shown on television during the games.
About a year ago I contacted AD Gene Smith of OSU and told him this guy is a joke, and is not even a student now, nor was he ever. Mr. Smith wrote back a ever nice email.
The last two games Buck-I-Guy has been out of the picture. I have yet to see him on television once, which is great.
However, a friend of mine just wrote me an email about this clown which is absolutely hilarious.
So dude, I was at the game this weekend throwing the football around with my buddy at the tailgate. out of nowhere your buddy BuckeyeGuy rolls up in his face paint and cape. I yelled out to him, 'what's up, buckeyeguy!' and he let out some sound which was a cross between hello/yo/heyoh/and a form of acknowledgement, I guess. he comes toward me and puts his hand out. i figured he wanted to throw the ball, which is a really nice ball, so i tossed it to him. i was thinking for a second i wonder if buckeyeguy can really toss the rock. well, he didn't toss the rock. instead, he took out his fucking sharpie and signed it!
like i wanted this asshole's signature on my 50 dollar ball!!!
then he just walked away as if i'm 11 years old, and he just made my year!
i was speechless.
And finally, I'm sitting in Long Beach Island, doing some writing until the week's end. At that point I'll go back.
My buddy Ash who lives in Monterey, CA just offered me a room to stay at his house on the Ocean for "as long as you want, buddy."
That really just made my day. Cali in November! :-)
And for the record, I don't know the people in that photo, but when I did a search of LBI they came up. They looked so happy I just had to use it.
Oh, LBI, I'm gonna miss ya.
Finally, just got an email from Boldprogressives.org, telling me the progressive candidate in New Hampshire just beat the woman who worked for Joe Lieberman. That also made me smile.
Wait, no, Finally, FINALLY...
Rashad Evans just hit me up with a very interesting text. I am looking forward to hearing more about this.
I do love me a little Rashad!