Thursday, December 29, 2011

NFL and Concussions, Pt. II

In light of recent events in the National Football League, the focus on concussion trauma is even more under a microscope. The fire reignited recently when Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns was hit in the head by none other than Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. While I defended Harrison’s fined hits in the past, I knew from experience playing football at any level that while Harrison could argue McCoy was a runner, he lowered his helmet but didn’t go low to hit McCoy in the midsection as has been specified by the NFL. While many of the rules for hitting “defenseless” receivers or QB’s are still extremely lousy there is no black & white on proper or improper technique, rather all gray area, I felt this hit was appropriately judged and interpreted on the field and after the game by refs and the league.

The problem with the hit wasn’t even as big a problem which lead to this post as what happened with McCoy afterwards. We knew it was a violent shot to the head, and McCoy never grabbed anything while he lay on the ground following the hit to suggest he was hurt anywhere other than head/neck/spine. But when he was examined on the sideline, the only focus was on his hand, and a very dazed McCoy returned to the game 2 plays later to play. It was determined after the game that McCoy had a concussion.

The NFL was already in legal dispute (hardly battle) with former players due to head trauma and lack of focus, awareness, and assistance in treatment of injuries to the head/brain of former and current players in the National Football League. The NFL’s swift and decisive decision was to place a specialist on the sidelines of NFL games who could determine whether a player was fit to return to the game after a possible concussion. This is what was proposed years ago, it was about time it happened. But a recent article I read said surveys of players from all 32 teams around the NFL suggested players were willing to hide knowing they had a head injury to play in the game and not deal with trainers and/or specialists being placed on the sideline. It flirts with the barbaric lines of toughness, earning bonuses for playing (which you cannot collect if you’re short 3 yards and your game/season was ended by a specialist on the sideline), and the outright will to play and win. But of all the players surveyed (I’m assuming it’s almost all players to get a proper estimate seeing as the NFL legitimately does take this serious), most also said they’re concerned enough with their health and prefer the benefits the NFL would be forced to offer to players who suffer head trauma.

My question to any player who suggests he’d hide his concussion… would you be willing to sign a waiver that if you do suffer head/brain trauma, the NFL would not be responsible for any damages, payment for treatment, or liable in any potential lawsuit brought forth at a future date? I know you wouldn’t be willing to do that, you know you wouldn’t be willing to do that, and everyone in the world knows it. So why even hint or suggest you’d do something that could damage your health, wellbeing, and/or life?

I understand wanting to be tough, play through injury, get the bonus for those stats you need, etc., but if you’re not willing to accept legal responsibility for your actions/decisions, why should the National Football League care or be required to help you if something happens to you?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 16

Enigma's Picks:

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
New York Giants @ New York Jets
St. Louis Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers @ Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints




Sean's Picks:

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
New York Giants @ New York Jets
St. Louis Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers @ Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Obesity Linked to Low Income [Duh]

So here I am sitting at the computer on Yahoo! the other day when I come across an article I found a little "interesting". It was more centralized to women, being one of those female-health online-magazine articles, but within the article, they argued with research that the results were consistent among men as well.

So while nothing about this interested me to the point of "oh, this is something new to learn", I was interested in reading what I was sure would be classic, boneheaded comments from people interviewed on the subject (economists, scientists, and doctors).

Among these putrid comments, stood one above all the rest. An economist had stated, "you would believe with all the money the high-income bracket obtains, they would be the ones more likely to suffer from obesity levels because they can afford more food." Clearly he's one of the high-income bracket members...

I wouldn't have to do research or study anything on this topic in order to tell you that I knew it to be fact that low-income = higher risk of obesity. It's pretty much uncommon sense to comprehend this fact.

You have to look no further than a McDonalds (there's one on every second or third corner of the United States if you were unaware of how to locate one, they will be marked with a big, bright yellow arch, or M in the front) to see the economic and scientific proof of this fact. The dollar menu, and meals, are loaded with fatty, processed foods which your arteries clog post-meal to prevent you from eating. Meanwhile, the "healthy, low-calorie" alternative meals sit among the most expensive products you can purchase at McDonalds. Now how/why is it that less work/preparation costs more? I don't have a specific answer to that question, and would hate to risk sounding like a conspiracy theorist against the man.

Perhaps the most infuriating thing about this study/find is that our nation's leader (not President Barack Obama, but the one who has him by the balls) is one of the most active fighters of obesity in our nation, and while these two laid out plans before the election, neither has adopted a real fight against obesity (financially). The way to fight off obesity, is obviously to eat less-fattening foods, smaller portions, and exercise. Affordability is not possible for low-income households, stress is higher among the low-income so smaller portions are a little more difficult to agree to (seeing as eating is a stress reliever and inducer), and exercise is nearly impossible for some low-income families who are working multiple jobs to just barely afford to get by.

I guess my entire point was to encourage the people who CAN do something about affordability to do it, because fair wages (no, I'm not a part of the Occupy movement who thinks nobody should have to contribute to society or whatever their stupid point is/was) could easily right that ship, leading to a healthier, happier public which leads to a healthier, happier economy.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Horizons...

...maybe they're not favorable.

Kim Jong Il, the charismatic leader of the North Korean communist party, passed away over the weekend as a result of mental and physical stress. That means it's now time for his third son, Kim Jong Un, to take over the country.

So here's to prayers he doesn't get too damn drunk and go fuck everyone up, because that's a crazy bastard right there.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 15

Enigma's Picks:

Jacksonvilla Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Cincinnati Bengals @ St. Louis Rams
Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders
Cleveland Browns @ Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles
Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers


Sean's Picks:

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Cincinnati Bengals @ St. Louis Rams
Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders
Cleveland Browns @ Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles
Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, December 8, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 14

Sean's Picks:

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs @ New York Jets
New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ San Diego Chargers
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks


Enigma's Picks:

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs @ New York Jets
New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ San Diego Chargers
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

Thursday, December 1, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 13

Enigma's Picks:

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans
Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Jets @ Washington Redskins
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints

San Diego Chargers
@ Jacksonville Jaguars

This week I have done something I never do.. Predict against my Redskins, but lately, whenever I pick the Jets to win, they lose, so if I want the Redskins to win, I must predict the Jets to win… Sean told me to!



Sean's Picks:

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks
Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans
Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Jets @ Washington Redskins
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, November 24, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 12

Enigma's Picks:

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders
Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints


Sean's Picks:

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders
Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 11

Enigma's Picks:

New York Jets @ Denver Broncos
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns
Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons
San Diego Chiefs @ Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots


Sean's Picks:

New York Jets @ Denver Broncos
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns
Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons
San Diego Chiefs @ Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Analysis of the Washington Redskins and Fans

Okay, it’s finally time I present this long-winded rant about the Redskins. Just a quick disclaimer, there may be some foul language, I may target some people, and this is not going to be a rant all about the team or coaches… “fans” are as open a target as any.

First off, I want to point out the most apparent problem with the Washington Redskins this season, the offense. Even more important, the REASON for the problem, Kyle Shanahan. Sure, the players contribute, and for the last 2 weeks, everyone has said Kyle is not to blame for sacks, INT’s, deep attempts, balance, etc. I say to that, yeah right. And here, I provide the evidence to the theories I’ve been expressing here and on Twitter to which I’ve received hate for my opinion on the Kyle Shana-plan for 2011.

It all started with... READ THE REST HERE.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 10

Enigma's Picks:

Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers
Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland Browns
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
Tennesse Titans @ Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks
Detriot Lions @ Chicago Bears
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
 

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers


Sean's Picks:

Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers
Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland Browns
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
Tennesse Titans @ Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks
Detriot Lions @ Chicago Bears
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots @ New York Jets

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 9

Enigma's Picks:

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans
Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
New York Giants @ New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers @ San Diego Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers


Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, November 5, 2011

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans
Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
New York Giants @ New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers @ San Diego Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday, November 6, 2011

Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles

Saturday, October 29, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 8

Enigma's Picks:


Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Monday, October 31, 2011

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 7

Enigma's Picks:

Washington Redskins
@ Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints


Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars


Sean's Picks:


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints

Monday, October 24, 2011

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, October 16, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 6

Enigma's Picks:

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets



Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Monday, October 17, 2011

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

Sunday, October 9, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 5

Enigma's Picks:

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers 
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans 
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts 
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars 
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings 
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants 
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers 
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos 
New York Jets @ New England Patriots 
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons 

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions



Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Saturday, October 8, 2011

RIP Al Davis

NFL-franchise Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has passed away. He was 82.

It feels absurd that I even begin to explain the legacy of Mr. Davis, I think that the best way to explain the man is "abnormal". That is intended in NO WAY as a knock against Davis, a former scout, coach, and GM... the Raiders were taken off by Al Davis and became one of the most feared franchises in the history of professional football.

As commissioner of the AFL, he was a key proponent in the merger of the AFL and NFL, leading us to this wonderful league we've got today.

Al Davis leaves us with his Oakland Raiders having won 3 Super Bowl's. Al Davis' legacy is the Will to Win and the Commitment to Excellence.

While many point to the last decade as being a sign that Davis had been passed by the game, I say to everyone loo no further than Bill Belichick's words last week about the man. "He was the greatest football-minded owner." He was a polarizing figure, and the several who were polar similar to him, weren't able to connect with Davis, and thus far, haven't truly been able to connect with the game of football, period. Al Davis made an impact on every coach, player, and person who worked in, with, or around his organization, and not a single one of them can say a bad thing about Mr. Davis without first saying 100 good things.

Mr. Davis was an incredible businessman and he took a chance with players and coaches of all backgrounds, and race never played a part in controversy for Al Davis.

Just Win Baby!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011-12 NFL Season 1st Quarter Review

So far this year, the NFL has been a pass-happy league, very poor defense is being played, and run games are hard to come by. Some of the best teams are topsy-turvy and some of the worst teams are front-runners.

Here, I’ll look through what I’ve observed so far this year for each team individually. Whether you agree with me or not (please use comments or hit me up on Twitter @Sean_Bishop if you’ve got something to say about my thoughts), I’m merely just speaking on behalf of what I see.


AFC East:

Buffalo Bills (3-1) – The Buffalo Bills are a surprising team, to say the least. They seem to be taking a more serious approach to the game and running the football a little more, and Ryan Fitzpatrick shows up. They’re not official yet, but they’re pretty good. They’ve got firepower on offense, and they make some plays on defense.

New England Patriots (3-1) – Tom Brady is on fire this year, and is on pace to demolish the single-season passing yards record held by Dan Marino. Wes Welker is being utilized in an amazingly brilliant fashion. But with the 32nd ranked defense, they’re susceptible to lose more games like the one they dropped to the Bills.

New York Jets (2-2) – The Jets are a far worse 2-2 team than the 2-2 suggests. The offense isn’t clicking, their run game isn’t dominant, and they’re underutilizing their receivers. Santonio Holmes should be used more like the Pats are using Welker, and the film for how to properly use Burress (on routes to the sideline) is available.

Miami Dolphins (0-4) – They’re bad… and by bad, I mean atrocious. I think Dolphins fans would consider atrocious an upgrade. They’re extremely terrible. And it’s not hard to find Brandon Marshall 20 times a game to make the passing game look decent. There’s just absolutely nothing outside of Marshall on offense, and that’s the problem.


AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – The lone loss to the Titans is worrying, because I’m not a believer in Tennessee at all. But their three wins have all looked as good as they should look, so maybe the Titans game was really an off day (which is something you can’t really have anyways as a TEAM).

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – The Bengals have the league’s top-ranked run defense, and they’re playing better on offense than anyone expected (so much for your ideas Carson). They play disciplined, and they play with talent.

Cleveland Browns (2-2) – Cleveland’s 2 wins are a bit shocking to me, tbh. They’re not a horrid team, but they’re not a good team either. They found ways to win their 2 games though, but they found ways to lose the other 2.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – They may be the absolute worst team in football, and they should be 1-3 right now. They escaped Indianapolis by miracle, and should have lost that game to be completely honest. When Warren Sapp called the defense old and slow, people called for Sapp’s head. Turns out, he wasn’t lying.


AFC South:

Houston Texans (3-1) – The lone loss came at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, who we’ll get to later. Schaub has looked anything but brilliant following week 1, he seems out of character, but a returning Foster sparking the run game and a defense playing aggressive but disciplined leaves them a favorite in the division.

Tennessee Titans (3-1) – This is one of my biggest surprises. Chris Johnson looks like he’s given up on football so far this year, but Matt Hasselbeck looks like he’s taken the game back into his own hands. They’re finding ways to outscore people through the air.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) – I’m still baffled by releasing Garrard and not naming Gabbert the starter from day 1. I don’t like the defense at all, and I’m skeptical of the run game because the offensive line isn’t any good.

Indianapolis Colts (0-4) – When Reggie Wayne went to bat for Curtis Painter and not Kerry Collins, I thought that said a lot about what this team should have done. Instead, they went with Collins and got their worst performances on offense since the day Peyton Manning took over. Curtis Painter has improved every time he has touched the field and knows the offense well enough that he can check out of plays at the line a-la Peyton Manning. They should improve, and Peyton is hands-down the league MVP this year.


AFC West:

San Diego Chargers (3-1) – This is the worst 3-1 team in football. They’ve escaped with the purest of luck so far, and absolutely should not be in the hunt. Rivers has looked horrible this year, and has been bailed out by some amazing catches by his receivers. If this is really supposed to be one of the most explosive offenses in football, they need to start proving it.

Oakland Raiders (2-2) – This is a team that should really be 4-0 right now. The loss to the Bills came on a very shocking final 5 minutes which saw some amazing plays by the Bills. They could have beaten the Patriots had the Pats not made some incredible and out of character plays on defense. Darren McFadden is a monster and they’ve got a potentially great chance to prove themselves for the duration of the season.

Denver Broncos (1-3) – The Broncos are pretty damn horrible. They don’t do much of anything right. Moreno isn’t being used properly, there’s a huge QB controversy, and the defense back in a 4-3 isn’t built to succeed. John Fox has major problems.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) – The Chiefs are nothing of the sort that they were last year. It doesn’t help that they lost Jamaal Charles for the year, but Cassel isn’t playing like a starting QB, and the defense looks completely out of place. Back to the cellar, they go.


NFC East:

Washington Redskins (3-1) – The Redskins haven’t played a difficult schedule, but the defense looks solid. Offensively, the run game (minus the debacle in Dallas) has been solid, but offensive playcalling late in games has been very poor. Kyle has to abandon the pass in the 4-minute drill, especially when you’re up 14 in St. Louis playing the Rams. The run game was tremendous that game and putting Rex Grossman into situations where his receivers’ routes are all deep is a bad choice no matter what the situation.

New York Giants (3-1) – The Giants got lucky against Arizona, feigned injury to beat the Rams, and lost a divisional game against the Redskins. Eli isn’t playing horribly, but nothing about this team suggests to me that they’re ready to go all the way again.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – A lot of people make a big deal out of Romo choking, plain and simple, he can’t make those mistakes when the coach dials up the plays. But I suggested last year that Garrett was the problem in Dallas when they placed all the blame on Wade Phillips. Well, the same problems are repeating themselves this year. Up 24 points vs. the Lions in the 4th, and Garrett continues to try and force passes instead of run. Seems like a funny trend around the league… it’s not working for a single team trying it.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) – I said at the beginning of the year that Andy Reid is on the hot seat. My source? The Eagles aren’t doing anything in Reid’s character. Castillo is a failure at Defensive Coordinator, and the O-Line is in shambles without him. Receivers are dropping passes, and the strengths of the secondary magnify their weaknesses. The corners aren’t tackling and force receivers inside vs. terrible linebackers and safeties. This is a Dream team that won’t win anything but a high draft pick.


NFC North:

Green Bay Packers (4-0) – The Packers are primed to head into the Thanksgiving game against Detroit sitting at 10-0. Offensively, they’ve got no weaknesses and more strengths than their SB team. Defensively, they’re struggling a little bit but they’re making plays, especially Charles Woodson. Don’t be surprised to see them representing the NFC again this year.

Detroit Lions (4-0) – Like the Packers, they can head into the Thanksgiving game at 10-0, setting up for one of the more memorable games in this rivalry that we’ve ever seen. This team plays defense very well, especially up front. They’ve had to come back a lot, but they’ve gotten it done. Stafford is playing pretty well, and Megatron is as good a receiver as you’ll find in this league.

Chicago Bears (2-2) – The Bears probably could have defeated the Packers had the refs not botched a pass interference on Woodson in the 4th, or the most amazing trick play on a punt return we’ve ever never seen. The defense is solid, but offensively, it’s amazing they’ve been in games. Jay Cutler is getting slaughtered behind that line and the playcalling is horrible. The Bears should be running a lot more than they do, and they’re not trying to help Jay Cutler at all.

Minnesota Vikings (0-4) – The Vikings are appalling and there’s not much more that needs to be said. McNabb is washed up, and Peterson isn’t being used, which I can’t even begin to fathom. Defensively, they play strong in the first half, but come quarters 3 and 4, and they’re giving up leads EVERY game and losing. Something has to give in Minnesota.


NFC South:

New Orleans Saints (3-1) – The Saints’ only loss came against the Packers on opening night, but probably could have been a win if Colston doesn’t fumble the opening pass. Brees played every bit as well as Rodgers that night, and had it not been for going down early because of the fumble, the Saints could have run away with it. Sproles is the steal of free agency, and Drew Brees is in great form this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) – The Bucs are the comeback kids in the NFL… but a close win over the Colts makes me skeptical they’re forreal. One of these days, they’ll face a defense who won’t relinquish a lead against them, and that will be what sinks their ship. Freeman is a tremendous athlete though, and Blount is a monster. Defensively, they’re nothing special, but they limit mistakes.

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) – The Falcons have no business not being in the 0-4 club right now. They mismatched the Eagles, who are terrible, and they got extremely lucky to survive the Seahawks in week 4. Defensively, they’re not as strong as they’d like to claim they are, and offensively, when the run game gets shut down, Matt Ryan falls apart. Matty Ice? Yeah, because he freezes in the moment when Michael Turner can’t get going.

Carolina Panthers (1-3) – If anyone would have told you on draft day that the Panthers would have the most exciting player in the NFL in Cam Newton, you’d have probably laughed. After his first two weeks, he’s come back to Earth a little bit, but he’s still making plays. There are plenty of rookie mistakes, but he’s a rookie, so it is expected. Even Peyton Manning struggled his rookie season. The run game isn’t as dominant as you’d expect it to be, and defensively, they are hurt without Beason (who was lost for the season). Tremendous upside though.


NFC West:

San Francisco 49ers (3-1) – The 49ers are really confusing. Alex Smith has flashes where he looks like a 1 overall pick, and then he’s got flashes where he looks like he shouldn’t even wear a football jersey in the stands. Frank Gore’s not been amazing, but he’s been reliable. Defensively, they come up with stops when they need them. They lost in overtime to Dallas after a huge collapse in the 4th, and looked ugly against the Bengals, but they pulled out a huge come-from-behind victory over the Eagles in week 4.

Seattle Seahawks (1-3) – The Seahawks stink. They should have kept Hasselbeck, because Jackson isn’t the guy, despite a good showing against Atlanta. Defense isn’t strong, offense isn’t strong… they’ve got a lot to correct, and only the owners know how long they’ve got to correct it all.

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) – The Cardinals need better results out of Kolb, who isn’t living up to the hype so far. The run game isn’t being used, but it has been okay when they’ve stuck with it. Defensively, they make a lot of mental mistakes, but they do make some plays. They’ve been in every game so far, but losing to the lowly Seahawks is inexcusable, division rival or not.

St. Louis Rams (0-4) – They’re dreadful. Sam Bradford has been destroyed week after week, and Steven Jackson’s absence in weeks 2-3 (and basically the entire Eagles game week 1) really hurt the offense. He line doesn’t protect at all though. Doesn’t help that this system doesn’t suit Bradford, who is good for most systems… this one requires more talent around him, and not a lot of pass-droppers. Defensively, they’ve got a good front-7, but the back end of the defense isn’t good at all.


So there you have it, my thoughts on all 32 teams through the first quarter of the season. Outside of them, I think that referees have been rotten and highly inconsistent… and we’ve seen some majorly horrible calls left and right. Pass defenses have been bad, and if that’s a result of the lockout, I stick to what I said about us being robbed. Few teams run well, and very few teams stop the run well. Conventional wisdom would suggest we’d get it all balanced out soon enough, but, well… conventional wisdom hasn’t been too wise this season.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washington Redskins Comments Cause Controversy

Okay, I’ve got to address two HUGE items of Washington Redskins discussion to make news today.

First, Chris Cooley’s comments regarding Tony Romo, and Dan Graziano’s reaction. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read Graziano’s thoughts or see what Cooley said, click here.

First of all, I really enjoy reading Dan’s work on the NFC East blog on ESPN (and I hate 99.9% of everything ESPN does), so I was a bit shocked at his approach to Cooley’s comments and suggesting Cooley apologize to Romo for his actions. I was also baffled by his incredible exclusion of the fact that this is a rivalry!

Chris Cooley should not be offering words of encouragement to a division rival, and a rival that transcends the division, the conference, the NFL altogether. When people talk about the greatest rivalries in sports, they talk the Redskins vs. Cowboys in the same breath as the Yankees vs. Red Sox, Michigan vs. Ohio State, Celtics vs. Lakers, Bears vs. Packers.

Chris Cooley is the product of Joe Gibbs, who took the Cowboys vs. Redskins rivalry to all new heights. Coach Gibbs instilled a hatred of the Cowboys in his players, and Cooley has always been vocal against the Cowboys. When asked about Romo choking, Cooley’s response indicated that all of the blame shouldn’t be put on Romo, but also the coaching staff, but he made it a point to suggest that Romo’s turnovers were also his fault.

Cooley should cheer for his rivals to fail, especially division rivals. As long as the Redskins are in the hunt, the Cowboys’ struggles do nothing but make the Redskins’ hunt easier. So being upset by the enemy struggling would be ironic.

Now the second bit of what I want to address is all of the Redskins fans who take Tim Hightower’s expectations of winning a Super Bowl as being outrageous. The only thing outrageous is that anyone (including Redskins “fans”) expect our players who are “underperforming” to not talk about wanting to win the Super Bowl.

In the NFL, there should not be one player, coach, owner, or fan who does not want to see their team win a Super Bowl… and it should be an expectation (realistic or not) every single season. Last year (2010-11 season) the national media all had the Dallas Cowboys favorited to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year. When Aaron Rodgers first taunted with the imaginary belt, the Packers weren’t even in position to enter the playoffs and had more injuries to starters than a plane crash could have caused. Well, at the end of the year, those who laughed at Rodgers’ outer-worldly ambitions were silenced faster than the man whose vocal cords ruptured.

Point being? Hightower, who was asked what his goals for the 2011 NFL season were, said he expects to win a Super Bowl, and showed he’s got his focus on the right prize. As farfetched and outrageous as the expectation may seem to a lot of people, it’s still the goal everyone invested in any capacity to a football team should have, and I commend Tim Hightower for making it clear that he expects he and his teammates to perform at the highest level.

Anyone who thinks Cooley should apologize or never should have said what he said about Romo and the Cowboys, should not be watching football. Rivalries make this sport. And anyone who has a problem with a fan or player expecting a Super Bowl, no matter how out of favor it is, should not be involved with the sport. What Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower did today, respectively, is enhance their positions on the team in the eyes of the true fans, and show us that there is a goal and camaraderie that exists in Washington that has seemingly been absent for far too long.

Hail to the Redskins! Hail to Chris Cooley! Hail to Tim Hightower!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thoughts On Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams

The 2-1 Washington Redskins traveled to St. Louis to take on the 0-3 Rams. The Redskins were coming off of their first loss of the season on Monday Night Football vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington tried to establish the run early, but it wasn't working ideally with Tim Hightower, so Mike Shanahan turned to Roy Helu hoping he could provide the spark. Rex Grossman eventually connected on a beautiful pass to the corner to Santana Moss with a defender right in his face, and Moss came up big for the touchdown.

The defense was smothering, and punishing Sam Bradford all game.

 Mike Shanahan eventually handed the keys to the run game over to Ryan Torain, and every opportunity he got to hug the football into his gut, he did what the run game in Mike Shanahan's system needed to do... read the defensive tackle, cut decisively and ran physically. On Torain's first four or five carries, he ran over St. Louis Safety Stewart and punished him. Torain broke the first hit in the backfield time and time again, and found himself sprinting to the first down marker almost every single time.

 It was astonishing to me to see how much more effective the offensive line looked blocking for Torain compared to Hightower, but I attribute it to Torain's ability to read the blocks and make the decisive cut with a quicker first step. And while Torain isn't a speed back, I think he's noticeably faster than even Helu has looked (at times) so far this season, and he runs far more violently than Hightower. While I think it's notable that Torain probably should have been starting all season long so far, it's also worth pointing out that he may have only JUST this week gotten back into the shape Mike needed him to be in, and he did get tired with just a little more than a half of play, even though he ran for more than 100 yards in what equated to a half.

 Torain added his own touchdown on an amazing extended stretch with one of those decisive cuts and he hustled his way 20 yards into the endzone and finished his run.

 The Redskins started the second half with 6 consecutive runs, and while they didn't run the ball into the endzone on that drive, they were still able to put in a field goal. The rest of the second half resulted in some bad throws by Rex Grossman at inopportune moments, punishing defense, a TD allowed (the first in over 120 minutes of football since the last TD they allowed) and horrible play-calling on offense.


 Game Winners:

 Santana Moss - Moss comes to play every week. He had a key drop on a 3rd down play, but he also caught a huge conversion and found himself moving the chains a couple of times. His route running from the slot was outstanding, and his route on the touchdown pass was as crisp as you can ask for.

 Ryan Torain - His style of running stood out. There are very few backs who run that physical in the NFL, and the other ones who run like that are some of the most successful. Torain hasn't showed us enough yet in his stint with Washington or the NFL that he's an every-game back, but if he's running like this and able to stay healthy, there's no doubt in my mind that he's headed to Hawai'i, or even carrying the Redskins beyond the Pro Bowl, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

 Offensive Line - They bought a lot of time for Rex and did a tremendous job blocking for the run. They didn't allow a sack, and some of the pressures that they allowed were more a result of Rex dropping back 25 steps instead of 3/5/7, or Rex not stepping up INTO the pocket as the tackles sealed off the edges. 

Trent Williams - Yes, he's part of the O-Line, but he made a huge hustle play on the second INT to make the tackle when it seemed like every other Redskin player on the field at the time was jogging. I don't know if you all have noticed this, but it appears like he's the guy who is going to make the tackle when the opposing defense comes up with a turnover and tries to return it.

 Defense - I don't think I'd knock anyone on the defense this week. I mean, the Rams aren't good, but you get these games, and the defense did a tremendous job getting pressure on Bradford and finishing plays, displaying excellent motors.

 Jim Haslett - I'm a fan of the guy, and last week if 3rd and 21 goes in our favor, everyone calls this man a genius. Players play aggressive in his aggressive scheme, he dialed up a spectacular gameplan and stayed a few steps ahead of the Rams.

 St. Louis Rams' O-Line and Receivers - The line was atrocious and allowed Bradford to be blown up constantly. The receivers dropped pass after pass. I'm a firm believer that if it hits your hands, you have no reason not to come down with it... and the Rams' receivers dropped everything Bradford threw their way. 


Game Losers:

 Rex Grossman - He made a good throw on the TD, but he really didn't do much else good. He threw some very inaccurate throws, and forced a lot of throws he never should have risked. He also shows horrible mobility and doesn't get upfield. His tendency to throw deep even when he's got some guys open underneath is worrying, and he never looks out to the back vs. the blitz or zone.

 Tim Hightower - Mike Shanahan said after the game that he could see Hightower was down this week for whatever reason... Tim wasn't running well at all early. In comes Torain who busts off a couple big runs, and Hightower's next opportunity to run, he looks energized and on. If his problem has been the lack of challenge, maybe the Cardinals were on to something getting rid of him. He's definitely got the talent and potential to do what he said he wanted to do... I've got to question his mentality after seeing today's performance though (unless he IS injured right now).

 Kyle Shanahan - Can his playcalling get any worse? He starts off the game with 3 consecutive passes. The run is hot, but he abandons it as soon as the Rams put 3 on the board. He runs deep pass plays constantly, very rarely throwing short-to-medium routes which leaves us in 2nd or 3rd and long. As Brian Mitchell said on the post-game show... Kyle Shanahan needs a 4-minute offense to RUN the clock out... key word being run. The reason this team doesn't put games away is the position that Kyle's play calling puts us in when the plays aren't being executed.

 Referees - I can allow the Niles Paul penalty... I can't allow the Perry Riley penalty. They didn't call kick-catch-interference, which fair catch doesn't have to be called to occur... but they called unnecessary roughness hitting a defenseless receiver. Newsflash, referees... it's on the returner to NOT be defenseless and call a fair catch. As soon as the ball touches him, he's fair game to be blown up, which is what Riley did. The reason Fair Catch was instituted was to make tacklers hold back and provide safety to the returner... it's not the referee's job to call fair catch for him without him or anyone else knowing it was called. And just so you all know I'm being fair, the refs missed a helmet-to-helmet call on Barry Cofield who hit Sam Bradford, and they screwed up the Rams downing a punt at the 1 yard line.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 4

Enigma's Picks:

Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens


Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 1, 2011

Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens

Monday, October 2, 2011

Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys - Thoughts

Okay, now that I’ve had slumber to rest on this loss to the Cowboys, it’s time I give my thoughts on the game.

Nobody was expecting 16-0. Truth be told, I think it’s a blessing that our defense is playing as well as it has been so far, and offensively, I think we needed a reality check at some point. I hate that it came against a division rival, the Dallas Cowboys at that, but for the long haul, this is a team that believes it can correct their mistakes and rebound. The coming weeks will be what defines this Redskins team.

The running backs in the first half were slipping left and right. I didn’t see much of that happening to defenders or even to receivers making cuts on their routes, so I don’t know what was up with Tim Hightower and Roy Helu.

Receivers weren’t getting open. Looking back at Dallas’ first two games, a lot of the success in the passing game for those teams came on the receivers’ ability to beat the corners physically at the line of scrimmage. The Redskins didn’t show anywhere near enough of that.

Fred Davis was used more as a blocker than ideal. I thought Kyle Shanahan ruined a couple huge opportunities to run some chip-blocks with Fred Davis and have him take off into the flat after even a half-assed sell of a block, because nobody stuck with him when he was staying in to block.

Rex Grossman made some horrible decisions. The INT was just a poor throw that he tried to force in on a rope instead of letting it sail, or even finding the running back running wide to the right on the wheel route. It was a good play by the Dallas linebacker to get over and pick it off, but even if Sean Lee wasn’t in the area, Fred Davis was covered too well by the safety on that particular play for that throw.

What frustrated me most offensively was Kyle Shanahan’s play calling after the Touchdown. Mike Shanahan went out of his way to defend the playcalling because of the first-half-rushing results, but Kyle Shanahan does this all-too-often anyways. But it doesn’t fly as an excuse here, because the touchdown drive was a somewhat balanced attack and Tim Hightower wasn’t slipping and the O-Line started blocking well on the run. Even just a few on 1st Down would have kept Dallas’ defense a lot more honest.

Trent Williams, aside from maybe 2 or 3 plays (and getting away with a flagrant tackle of DeMarcus Ware) played 1st Round Draft Pick caliber. He was punishing vs. the run when we actually tried to run, and he protected Rex Grossman extremely well (telling that the two biggest sacks came from Jammal Brown’s side, who looked a little rattled facing DeMarcus Ware).

Defensively, I don’t particularly have anything to complain about. We got beat on the max-blitz, but had that play worked out, every one of us would be calling Jim Haslett the genius of the century. I’ll take the future and what that look opens up for Jim Haslett to shoot his safeties back into coverage instead of blitzing next time when the QB goes to max-protect to block it.

DeAngelo Hall didn’t play a terrible game… he got beat on a play where Tony Romo bought a lot more time than anyone thought he could/would, and Dez Bryant did a good job getting open. As anyone who has ever played or coached this game will tell you… if you give ANY receiver 5-6 seconds to run around, he’ll find a way to get open.

I loved having LaRon Landry back, he didn’t look like he missed a step to be honest. His monster hit on the sideline, he took off from the middle of the field as soon as the ball was thrown and blew up the receiver mid-air… and I still don’t know if anyone saw the receiver move after that hit. LaRon Landry’s ability to break off of the blitz and chase down a relatively fast receiver in Kevin Ogletree and hit him as violently as he did forcing the fumble… it looks like LaRon Landry could have a tremendous year if he’s building on this performance.

Josh Wilson played a great game… coming up with a lot of huge defenses.

Like I said, there’s a lot of good to come out of this game, and a lot of the bad was self-inflicted by the offense. One thing I want to be sure to point out is that Dallas’ defense is a lot better than people give them credit for, and it’s too unfair to bash the offense completely given that even the most well-oiled offensive machines don’t play 16 perfect games… especially against defenses playing as solid as Dallas’ is right now.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 3

Enigma's Picks:

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers
San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys



Sean's Picks:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers
San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts


Monday, September 26, 2011

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 2

Enigma's Picks:

Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo Bills
Green bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons

St. Louis Rams @ New York Giants


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo Bills
Green bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons


Monday, September 19, 2011

St. Louis Rams @ New York Giants

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sean Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2001 – a day that will live in infamy.

Everyone, including myself, remembers 9/11 as being a beautiful day. The only reason we remember this fact is the aftermath of the events that unfolded. Even the clear blue skies and perfect temperatures the rest of that day were darkened and disturbed by the horrible realization of what happened. What happened? Freedom was attacked, and in many cases taken.

I, like everyone, remember the events of that day vividly. I was a freshman in high school, and we were in 2nd period (gym class for me) outside walking around the track. I was walking with a friend, Mike Randall, when we were told the towers were both hit. Like everyone when they heard of the second tower being hit, the immediate realization was that we were under attack. We were pulled back into the school and brought into the locker room. I remember seeing Football Coach Perry watching the news on his television for my first view of the events.

I remember talking with a bunch of people in the hallway outside of the locker rooms, and I remember one girl having absolutely no clue what the Twin Towers were.

While sitting there waiting for the bell for the next class, the report came in that the Pentagon was attacked, and for us, the concern was now even more real. The attacks on the Towers showed us that American civilians were at risk. The attack on the Pentagon hit the military, it hit our defenses. For all we knew, it had crippled us and soon every plane we had would be nose-diving.

We had heard [false] reports of carbombs exploding all around Washington, D.C. so the worry and fear became amplified immediately as we tried to figure out what our own personal futures held for us.

In the United States, and the bulk of the world, this kind of foreign terrorism was unheard of… we were blindly comfortable in our ways, and feeling invincible. For most, Pearl Harbor was far too long of a way in the past, and we weren’t dealing with a military (per se) attack in this situation.

Schools ended up being released after we sat in class and watched the Towers collapse. As I started to walk home, there were fighter jets flying overhead accompanying what few planes were left in the air. My father showed up to pick me up and give me a ride home where I sat on the couch and stared helplessly at all of the views of the tower being hit and both collapsing. Watching the Pentagon burn away and fall in on itself, and watching the footage from the unbelievable hole in the ground in Shanksville, PA.

The following days were full of those blue skies which weren’t quite blue enough. I still remember vividly the day they returned the planes to other airports, moving them in bundles… it was the first time we’d seen aircraft in the sky for days, and even knowing they were moving them back, it was hard to get over the feeling that it was possible for those planes to be used for evil.

The following years, security changed, the War on Terror started, and lives have changed. There have been attacks in Spain and London, planned attacks all over.

We lost 3,120 lives as a result of the attacks on 9/11. Since that day, many have died from effects of that day. Many were left paralyzed and confined to a chair. Many were immortalized for their efforts to save, and others for their ability to survive and ride the towers down. Every soul affected that day, whether in the crashes, at the scenes, of relation, other sites which could be targets, surrounding areas, and the entire US which had to watch helplessly, we pray for you.

I pray for the soldiers of the coalition fighting the War on Terror… whatever nationality you may be. I pray for those attacked after 9/11. God bless those who fought back on Flight 93 and prevented another attack on a building or people. God bless the firefighters and police who selflessly risked their lives to save and comfort others. God bless the people who weren’t firefighters or police, regular citizens, who risked their own lives attempting to save others. God bless those who made it out, or fought to make it out and couldn’t. God bless those who were trapped in the Towers and couldn’t find an escape. God bless those who jumped to their death from the towers. God bless everyone lost in the War on Terror. God bless Freedom, and everyone who fights for it. God bless the enemy of our enemies.

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