I do love a good tie. Now I don’t love them for a good reason, more-so for the sheer comedy of it. Sunday the Packers and Lions made my day, playing to a 26 all tie at Lambeau. For all the bashing of soccer and how people call it a joke that ties are allowed, it still happens in the biggest league of them all. I don’t see why we just don’t go to sudden death after the first 15 minute period. It is not like it happens very often, we have only seen 4 ties in the past 15 years, and you would think it would be welcomed by fans and players alike.
But yea, onto the important stories from Sunday’s action:
Brady - Manning: OMG its like Christmas for Sunday Night Football. In what looked to be a beat down early, the Patriots came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat the Broncos 34-31 in overtime on Sunday night in a game that was treated like the game of games. It was New England turnovers that cost them early fumbling on their first 3 possessions. But they came out blazing hot in the second half scoring on 5 straight drives. Manning was kept in check for the most part throwing for a season low 150 yards. New England sits at 8-3 while the Broncos fall to 9-2 which makes this game very important in terms of playoff seeding.
It might be time to hit that panic button in Indy. For all the early season success the Colts have had, the team has seemed to be stuck in reverse since the emotional win over Peyton Manning a few weeks back. The team struggled against a Texans team that has not won since week 2 and lost to the Rams before getting destroyed by the Cardinals 40-11. Former interim coach Bruce Arians must have still had a copy of the playbooks as Arizona jumped out to a 27-3 lead at half and never looked back. Carson Palmer is a big fan of his receiving core in the desert, as he had another great game throwing for 314 yards. Both teams now sit at 7-4, with one surging and one looking for answers. Bruce Arians has to be a candidate for COY for the second straight year the way this Cardinals team has played, and you can bet the Colts still had him on their staff.
Whats your fantasy?
Its been a while so I will give you a quick update: Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone is killing my fantasy team. The other thing hurting me late is that the Falcons are fucking horrible!!!! I have Roddy White who was sitting on my bench all season, I finally put him in two weeks ago and I might as well have just left the spot open. Atlanta needs to stop sucking offensively so I can have a chance, because Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White are making me cry. Even with the deficiencies I have clinched a playoff spot, but without Rodgers I am forced to rely on Carson Palmer and Andy Daulton for the foreseeable future.
GO CHAR-GAS GO!
My Chargers had themselves a hell of a Sunday, as they went into Kansas City and knocked off the Chiefs in a 41-38 thriller. Going into Sunday I said the Bolts needed to go 5-1 to secure a playoff spot, and a win against the 9 win Chiefs was the best start possible. The schedule is tough down the stretch, starting this Sunday with a very tough Bengals team. After that they will face the Giants, Chiefs, and Raiders at home with a Thursday night trip to Denver sandwiched in. With a cluster of teams stuck at 5-6 right now, 3-2 may secure a playoff spot. I am not expecting a playoff birth, but anything is possible with the parity in the league this year.
I will be heading back to the Q this weekend for the Bolts/Bengals game, and it will be great to see the 1963 team inducted in the Ring of Honor.
NFL Week 7 Recap: Just like Peyton, I've been gone for a while and now I'm here
I am starting with a surgeon general warning: I’m drunk…… I am not spell checking anything tonight post write, but i will catch my mistakes when I can.
Ok now that we got that out of the way, I haven’t been able to write this because I am back to days and it is VERY hard to write recaps when I work on Sundays, but I will find a way to get it done when I can.
Can you believe we are already SEVEN weeks into the season?
It has been very interesting year in the NFL, and I think it can be summed up best by saying the Chiefs are the only undefeated team left.
The Chiefs played Houston, and to say Houston limped through the game was an understatement. Not only did they start rookie quarterback Case Keenum, but they lost star running back Arian Foster early. The Texans battled all game, Credit is given where credit is due, and Case Keenum showed up like a man in his first career start. Keenum outplayed Alex Smith, having more passing yards and a no picks on the day. The Chiefs defense is real, and they showed it late bringing the blitz show Keenum how an NFL team does. The Chiefs survived 17-16, but barely. I am still waiting for them to face a decent team.
The Chiefs are a flash in the pan, and it will show in the next couple of weeks.
Moving on, here are the other highlights from the weekend action:
So just off the top of my head, but these four plays killed us:
- A draw out of the shotgun on 4th and goal!!??
You have the guys to block for a run . I would have rather tried getting a yard from a goal line formation. It also led to this.
- Royal botching the punt early.
Led to a Raider field goal after a 14-0 start.
- Woodhead’s fumble that Woodson returned for 6.
Chargers were down 17-3 at the time, turned out to be the nail.
- Mike Harris’ illegal formation penalty on the Vincent Brown TD that was called back. Even after all the mistakes, the Chargers still had life. That touchdown would have put the Bolts within 3 with the two minute warning and two timeouts left.
Can not make these mistakes and expect to win. The Colts will be tough, and the Chargers need to bounce back in a big way. But I have faith they will put up a battle next week.
It has been a while, but re-joining the land of the living has made me feel better about writing. Working overnight took a toll on me when it came to writing so I took some time before i jumped back in. So that being said… here we go:
It is late July, and we are at the point that most people refer to as the “dog days of summer.” But we are in a different time, and with more media coverage for sports like soccer, golf, and the NBA summer league; we start to fill the void that has been missing. It was a fantastic weekend in sports and for me it all started across the pond.
The Open, as it is now known as, dates all the way back to 1860. All things considered this is one of the oldest championships in sport. I always enjoy watching the British Open because the courses have so much history. This year it was held at Muirfield in Scotland, a course that has seen some of the greats win The Open.
Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, and now the San Diego boy Phil Mickelson.
Phil came into Sunday an astounding 5 strokes back, but Lefty seems to be most comfortable in a hole this weekend. I have seen some amazing rounds of golf, but I dont know if I have every seen domination like what Phil showed early Sunday morning. Not only did Mickelson birdie 4 of his last 6 holes, but he managed to shoot a 66 on the day which tied him for the best round of the entire tournament. What Phil did today is nothing short of remarkable, and for me he is now in the talks for best professional ever to come out of the city of San Diego. If you aren’t a fan of Phil the golfer, its hard to not be a fan of Phil the person,
Here are the other top stories from the weekend:
USA ain’t nothing to mess with. So yea I censored myself here, its rare but it happens. We are in the middle of Gold Cup action, and the US continues to just dominate the competition. The latest win came on Sunday in the quarterfinals, a victory over El Salvador 5-1 in Baltimore. The game may have been in Maryland, but it seemed El Salvador had the homefield advantage. The Yanks struggled to hold onto 2-1 edge after 45 minutes, but they surged in the second half with 3 goals to put the game away. Landon Donovan was written off by most in March, but he was huge in this game with 3 assist. The United States has outscored their opponents 16-3 in the Gold Cup, and look to continue the strong play Wednesday when they face Honduras in the quarterfinals at Dallas Stadium.
Ugh, somehow Puig has defected the Dodgers into first place. This one hurts to talk about, but credit is given where credit is due. Los Angeles has been surging, including a 12-4 month of July, and is now on top of the NL West. I will wear it, but it has been a month and a half since the Dodgers were in the celler on the NL looking for a way out. They got some numbers out of Puig, who went from no name to superstar in about a week. It may have started with a series against the Padres, but as a loyal SD fan I can only hope we can somehow put a nail in their coffin in September.
I wont lie… I love sports. I missed sitting down just writing about sports and I can’t wait to do this on a weekly basis now that I dont work this overnight shift.