Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Salute To An Idol

The ageless wonder, the best defensive back of my generation announced he will retire at seasons end yesterday afternoon. In his 18th season with Raiders , Packers and now back in Oakland he converted from corner to safety which not only displayed his versatility as a defensive back but it showed when it came to making big time plays? He is one of the best defensive players of all time . And he for dam sure had the numbers to prove it. The man  Charles Woodson

FIRST player in NFL history to record 50 interceptions and 20 sacks

2nd all time in interceptions returned for TD's (11)

5th All time in overall interceptions (65)

Heisman trophy winner, Superbowl champion, 1st ballot HOF career. 

Is C Wood the G.O.A.T???

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Duke University...Football

Yes this is a blog about football, and I am talking about Duke University........Let that marinate for a second.

The Blue Devils notched their ninth win of the season with an ACC victory over Wake Forest a little over an hour ago to put them at 9-2 on the year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know the last time time they had this many victories in a season!? ..1941.

Under head coach David Cutcliffe who was hired in 2007 this is now their third strait season of bowl eligibility.

This is the same program which only had 3 ...count it on one hand... 3 winning seasons prior to 2008. To say the Duke football program was irrelevant is putting it lightly....very very lightly.

Brandon Connette and Anthony Boone who play in a dual quarterback system are not household names but each have over 1,000 yards passing and at least 5 touchdowns.

Running back by committee where they each have at least 300 yards rushing and those same three running backs have a combined 15 touchdowns between each of them.

Jamison Crowder who is barley 5'9 is their standout receiver with 956 yards and 3 touchdowns, one of five receivers that have at least two touchdown catches.

A Defense that ranks 68th in the FBS standings which is solid...bend but don't break.

Now I am not saying this is one of the best teams in all of college football because they are far from a powerhouse.

I just have to give props to a program that has turned its tradition around for the better. Duke football was once stranded on life support but they are back on the map.

And how fitting is it that a win over UNC is all that is standing in their way from clinching a spot in the ACC championship game....A classic rivalry moves from the hardwood to the turf?

Last but not least with that being said coach Cutcliffe deserves some national coach of the year consideration..real talk..I see you Blue Devils!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

TNF Another Opponent With Nothing To Lose for Indy

An AFC South showdown tonight?

Not so much but my...yes i said "my" Indianapolis Colts need to avoid taking another opponent to lightly for the second straight week.

After a 38-8 home loss where the team simply looked like a deer in headlights,a  couple things must change heading into this Thursday night.

The ground game MUST get going. Over the passed two games Indy only has 28 rushing attempts. That do to the fact that they have been down early in both games but running back Trent Richardson, a guy who I was very excited about when we traded for him has only 250 yards in the seven games since we acquired him. 


With the balanced approach Andrew Luck should have a chance to get off to a better start. He doesn't have bad numbers this season by any means putting up 2,198 yards with 14tds to only 6 interceptions. BUT, He's a combined 15-35 for 149 yards in the first half of the last two games.


I expect these things to happen tonight, avoid the slow start along with T.Y Hilton continuing to show he can be a lead receiver as he has caught 14 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns since the veteran all pro Reggie Wayne went out for the season.

The only nice things I have to say about Tennessee? They are a CJ 2K run away from breaking the game open and that defense which is ranked in the top 10 is nothing to disrespect.

Other than that my bias is on full blast tonight!...Colts Get back on track tonight 24-17

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

Just I speculated and hoped it was not the end of the road for future Hall Of Famer Ed Reed yesterday, the New York Jets swoop in and pick up the recently cut safety.

Jets have been known to do this in recent history picking up Ladainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor just to name a couple who were seen to be at the end of the road in their careers.

You can bet your bottom dollar Rex Ryan and company will find a way to utilize Ed's skill set whether its in packages or situationally to bolster up that top 10 ranked defense as they make their push for the playoffs.

I hope it works out as closet fan of the local J E T S JETS JETS JETS.....welcome to NY

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My take on the Jonathan Martin Issue

The story of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins has been in the headlines of the NFL for a few weeks now.

The issue of bullying, hazing and an unhealthy work environment are all the reasons combined as to why Martin has taken action and removed himself from the team indefinitely.

All the facts of the case have not been brought to the forefront as the league is conducting further investigation with Dolphins management as well as a face to face sit down with the former Dolphins linemen himself.

Watching the interview between Jay Glazer and Richie Incognito, I took from it a man who was upfront, a man who was sorry, a man who is simply a football "meat head"..even though he denied that specific term.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTqT9wHAq3s

As a football player since grade school there is no other team sport(besides hockey and rugby) where gladiator and out right spartan type behavior is excepted and accepted as long as it is within the rules and regulations.

A sport where behaving like an animal is looked upon as a positive.

Locker rooms filled with players of different ethnic backgrounds form a bond, a brotherhood and cliques amongst each other. Star players usually hang together, bench guys have their bond and so on and so forth.

Thick skin is developed as early as the first time your teammates get on you for getting "Layed Out". Or getting called soft by your head coach.

It as been engraved in the culture for years and years, the wild antics, the vulgar language, even as recent as Riley Coopers use of the "N" word in the off season to the case we have in front of us now.

I've known and played with many of Richie Incognitos but have never been in the predicament of a Jonathan Martin because as an African American and the way I was raised? I wouldn't not allow it.

Maybe that was all that was needed in this situation was for Martin to step up and say enough is enough. Some argue the fact that he should of had thicker skin.

Is it also a possibility though that it is not easy for some of us speak up or even step up?...If that's the case it doesn't sound like much of a brotherhood to me.

In a sport where I described earlier where "animalistic" behavior is accepted maybe there needs to be a culture change. We must remember this is the same league where off the field issues and arrests are at an all time high.

The priority of the NFL players, as professional athletes should be to do their jobs and conduct themselves as role models on and off the field...No?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
A healthy work environment would sure contribute to that.

We won't know anything until all the facts are out but I will say one thing. Many of us who don't stand for what we truly believe fall right into the trap of accepting whats taking place in front of us and that is whether you like it or not. Not being authentic, not stepping up and pretending to be "one of the guys" until....well this happens.

I'm not sure who I want to say is at fault in this situation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know for a fact that in a league filled with grown men, internal problems should be able to be resolved in house and that "Beast" in all of us should be saved for on the field going to battle with your brothers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Check out NFL Columnist and ESPN contributor Jarret Bell's take on this situation as well via USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/dolphins/2013/11/12/jonathan-martin-richie-incognito-miami-dolphins-bullying-incident/3511447/

End of The Road For The HOF Safety??

News broke earlier this week that the Texans cut their veteran free agent safety Ed Reed after signing him to a three year deal in the off season.

After a 2-7 start to the season and demoting the  9 time pro- bowler to second string the right move presumably was to go younger, save money and cut the disgruntled safety.

"We were out coached and outplayed" were his recent comments following a 24-27 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals.

The move in the long term may pan out to be a good one for the Texans as they are now in search for a franchise quarterback being that Matt Schaub has had a season to forget to say the least..

My question is though, will any contender pick up the 35 year old future all of fame safety as a rental for a small price for the remainder of the season? Coming off of off season hip surgery a slow start while rounding into form had to be expected, but I'm sure this is not the way he had hoped on going out. I think he has some juice left in the tank but maybe he should of taken the route of his former teammate Ray Lewis.

If this is the end of the road for "The Ball Hawk".. I salute arguably the greatest safeties of all time and my personal favorite to watch make play after play over the years.