Archive for December, 2009

Best of the Decade Post (Updated 12/31)

December 31, 2009

Since I love countdowns, Top Ten Lists, and all of those sorts of ranking lists, I am going to try to compile a list of all of the sports rankings lists that I can find for any sport (any sport that interests me, anyway). I’ll keep a running list of them in this post and update it as I come across new ones.

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Steelers – Packers Game: Best Game this Year?

December 21, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, right, catches a touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 37-36. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Wow, what a game! Yesterday afternoon, I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in a game that went about the way I expected, until the final drive. For most of the game, I had steeled myself for the inevitable meltdown I was sure would come. Even so, despite my best attempts to not care about the fourth quarter, I was really nervous in the final minutes. But, when Mike Wallace caught that TD pass from Big Ben with no time left on the clock, I yelled like a little kid. I’m normally pretty reserved, so this is unusual for me. But, anyway, that was among the best finishes to game that I can ever remember. Here are my thoughts on the game.

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Checking the Numbers: Eagles-Giants Game Week 14

December 17, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a ball on his way to scoring a touchdown against Aaron Ross #31 of the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

I haven’t written a game review in a while, but the matchup this past weekend between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants interested me enough to want to write another one. In a game that appeared to be headed for an Eagles blowout, the Giants fought back valiantly in the second half and even took the lead after scoring 14 points to start the third quarter. But, from there, the Eagles took back control of the game, scoring the next 15 points to take a 14 point lead. The Giants scored a final touchdown in the last two minutes, but that proved to be too little, too late in what was surely one of the most exciting games of the season.

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Vince Young May Turn out to be a Franchise QB After All

December 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 13: Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the football in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

About this time last year, I thought it was quite possible that Vince Young’s days in Tennessee were numbered. Despite having a winning record as a starter his first two seasons, his passing was poor and appeared to be trending downward. When he was injured in game 1 of the 2008 season, he lost his starting position due to a combination of immature actions/ statements and the fact that the Titans just kept winning with Kerry Collins as the starter. When Tennessee re-signed Collins this offseason with the understanding that he would be the starter, it definitely seemed that Young’s chances in Nashville were slim. Now, following a disastrous 0-6 start, Young regained his starting position and the Titans won 5 straight before losing to the Colts last week. He started this past weekend, and had good numbers but a pulled hamstring in the second quarter sidelined him for the rest of the game. Because of the excellent record that the Titans have had since Young’s return, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at his numbers from his first two years and compare them to what he has done so far this season. I wondered if he really was performing at the high level that his 6-1 record as a starter this year would indicate.

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White Spots on Your Screen?

December 11, 2009

If you’re wondering why there are white spots on your screen, that’s just a little feature that the people at WordPress made available to us. It’s the computer version of snow. Just a little winter ambience in preparation for what I hope is a Merry Christmas to all of you out there.

Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald may Surpass Jerry Rice in Career Receiving Yardage

December 10, 2009

Randy Moss (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Larry Fitzgerald (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how likely it is that  Emmitt Smith’s record for career rushing yards would be broken. Out of my own curiosity more than anything, I decided to see if there are any current players likely to break Jerry Rice’s record for career receiving yardage. In the Smith post, I was curious whether recent trends toward more pass happy offenses combined with the trend toward having two feature backs was making it less likely that a RB would even have the opportunity to break his record. In this one, I will just focus on the players themselves. I think that the continuing rules changes and tweaks to favor the passing game make it very likely that at some point a WR will come along to break Rice’s record. My question in this post was whether any current players were on pace to do so. At this point, Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald appear to be the most likely candidates.

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NFL Should Suspend Flozell Adams

December 7, 2009

Until reading this story about Flozell Adams’ conduct in this past Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants game, I had not heard of his previous misconduct this season. In fact, I might have thought that he was a relatively classy player, just because I hadn’t heard anything negative up to that point. But, considering that he has been fined twice already this season, and particularly in light of the fact that this is his second run-in with Tuck in as many games, I definitely think the NFL needs to suspend him, perhaps for the rest of this year. If they don’t take a harsh stance on this, it makes it more likely for retaliatory escalations in games between the two teams. Anyway, that’s just my two cents on this issue. Kudos to the Cowboys fans in the comments of the ESPN story that call Adams’ behavior out.

Could Two NFL Teams Go 16-0?

December 1, 2009

Peyton Manning (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Drew Brees (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

For the first time in NFL history, two teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, have started out 11-0. With just 5 games left in the regular season, we now face the possibility that not one, but two, teams could go 16-0 in the regular season. Since that is the case, I wanted to take a quick look at how these two teams compare against the 2007 New England Patriots, the only team to complete an undefeated regular season in the NFL.

Tom Brady & Randy Moss

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