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.

If you’d like, leave a comment and let us know where you were when you found out.

Remembering 9/11 - 10 Years On.

I couldn’t possibly post my NFL picks today without saying something about this day. 9/11. For most Americans it’ll be something you remember vividly, especially for any of you New Yorkers. But from across the pond, it’s something we all remember too.

Looking back at the footage of that day, I still can’t believe it.  It’s like a horror movie, but unfortunately it actually happened in most of our lifetimes. Those too young to remember, or those who were not even born yet, it’s something that will be taught and relived by them and the people around them because it’s something no one should forget.

In the past week, as the 10 year anniversary approached, politicians have been voicing their opinions on whether the way we reacted towards the attacks created more extremists. This is something that disgusts me. In everyday life, if someone was to break into your house, surely you’d get a new lock or even add extra security. I realise this is on a much, much smaller scale and couldn’t possibly be compared but, the principle is there. If you’re attacked you will either fight back or protect yourself and in many cases you will do both.

The leaders of our countries at the time, made a difficult decision, and did what they thought was right at the time. Maybe if they were to redo it they would change their minds, maybe they wouldn’t. As a result of this day many more lives were lost, they were all worthy people, and none of them deserved to die, they were simply fighting for their countries. They were fighting for us. These people will forever have my respect and be in my thoughts, as I’m sure they are in yours.

Mayor Bloomberg recently urged for people to stop calling the 16 acres ‘Ground Zero’ but instead to refer to it under its proper name ‘The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum’. When I first heard of this news I couldn’t understand it, but after I read his reasons it made perfect sense. No one will ever forget what happened in New York 10 years ago, the memorial and museum will make sure of that. It’s also good for New York to introduce a building into it’s beautiful skyline – which in the past 10 years has been lacking. It’s also a symbol for the people of New York. Something bad happened there but it is important for the city, and the people in the city to move on. The people who lost their lives that day would appreciate us all thinking about them, but at the end of the day they’d resent us for wasting the lives they didn’t get to live, because we were too busy stuck in the past.

To conclude my little reflection, I would like to pay my respects to those who died and pray for those who survived in the aftermath. Pray for those who witnessed the attack first hand, pray for those who lost someone they loved and cared about. I’d like to pray for those brave crews who rushed into the building to try and save others, whether they survived or died doing so, they’re all amazing people. I’d like to pray for those still living with the effects the smoke caused by the attacks, and hope that they can breathe a little easier as time goes on. I’d like to pray for the troops who ended up fighting in the War on Terror, for those who lost their lives, limbs, or minds. I’d like to pray for their families, for those who lived in fear of losing someone they loved, and for those whose fears became a reality.

I can’t possibly begin to imagine any of this pain which is why I’ll also be praying for strength for the living. To those people who have picked themselves up, and gotten on with their lives amidst the horror, I salute you and admire your strength enormously.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday!!!

To our very own Enigma! May this year bring you joy and wealth and wisdom and all that other good nonsensical mumbo jumbo people wish on birthdays!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 1

Enigma's Picks:

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

New England Patriots
@ Miami Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos


Sean's Picks:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers


Sunday, September 11, 2011

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


Monday, September 12, 2011

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Buddy Guy & B.B. King (Constitution Hall)

Last Tuesday (the 30th of August), I went to see Buddy Guy & B.B. King in concert at Constitution Hall down in Washington, D.C. Before I get into any specifics about the show, I’m going to just run down the journey.

Traffic was a bitch, with everyone (no cars ahead of them, just being douches) driving 30 in a 40… as I made my way to meet my mom at her work in Rockville. Turning out of the parking lot from her work when I picked her up, a SUV jumped over from the left lane and cut off a truck which was flying… somehow the guy driving the truck had pretty fucking awesome brakes, and the sack of shit driving the SUV drove by with a smile on his face, laughing. I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I’m in a near-accident… especially one where a truck was speeding like in this instance, my last reaction is to grin and laugh… I’d be as transparent as a ghost, hyperventilating, and soiling myself.

Then I make my way to Rockville Metro Station, and I’ve got a left turn at the light, which I take as the bus coming head-on was turning left as well. Sure enough, some fucking twat jumps out from behind the bus into the other lane and almost destroys my car… to make matters worse (for him), HE was running a red-light going straight.

The trip down on the Metro was standard, and by standard I mean bizarre as fuck. There was the usual pervert seated on the train who stared at any female who boarded the train, and I mean stared, and I mean ANY FEMALE. He caught me catching him staring at a few of them (yes, a few) and every time shrugged away into a ball of shame behind his newspaper. He even pulled the “oh the train stopped” move in order to feel up on one girl… she was gullible enough to believe he actually lost his balance.

But even more disturbing was the vile creature sitting in front of me. She had one of those hairy moles… but it wasn’t one of the round moles… it was a long, stretched, 4 inch caterpillar... RIGHT ON THE SIDE OF HER FACE! And it was hairier than Rick Ross’ chin… it looked like pro-wrestler George “The Animal” Steele’s back. Luckily she was facing the other way so I didn’t have to see it… but the back of her neck had two open sores… boils... which weren’t scabbed over yet. I wanted to vomit so badly it felt like I had heartburn. My shirt covered my nose and mouth, and I was curled up as far back against my seat as my skeletal frame would allow. Surely I looked like the freak in that instance to anyone watching… but I wasn’t going to contract whatever made those boils for fear that they contributed to the nuclear-exposed mole on her cheek.

But enough of that… the focus is the show… and it was an incredible show to say the absolute least. Buddy Guy opened, and he played that guitar like one of the world’s greatest ultimately should. During his second song, he snapped his low E-string, yanked it out, and beat the other strings with it to play his solo and kicked ass… all while freestyling a song on the spot about breaking his string. He then proceeded to throw down for the rest of his set… at one point wailing out a solo using a drumstick as a pick and then repeating the string-fiasco, only with a towel.

After the intermission, B.B. King set up and he strummed his guitar with a couple nice solos, danced around in his seat, interacted with fans, took a number from some young lady in the front row (young enough to be his great-great-grandchild) and rocked it with a variety of blues, soul, funk, and gospel. At 85, he’s still WRITING songs, and he performed a helluva set.

The trip back was rather uneventful aside from this drunk hoe who claimed she was a 10-year makeup artist for MSNBC flirting with this guy… he asked for her number, she responded “I don’t give out my number to people I JUST MET.” He eventually took her phone and put his number in it… and she made out with him for 4 minutes to end his trip… yeah… we believe her about the not giving out the number, lmao.

Needless to say, it was a great show, and an interesting day…