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12 September 2006 @ 10:36 am
I watched about half of the Redskins game.... the first and last quarter. I was underwhelmed. I think its a bad sign when someone gets injured on the opening kick-off as a result of what looked like falling down on his own volition. It's unfortunate that the Skins didn't make that last game-tying field goal... but they never should have let it get to that point in the first place. They had ample opportunity prior to that play to get it done. I almost wish the Vikings hadn't botched the extra point on that first TD so that it would have forced the Skins to go for the endzone on that last drive. But that's a few too many 'what ifs'.

I will say that I enjoyed ESPN's graphics. Except that one time where it said "Name, Lastname" under someone.... that's an intern who might not be working there next monday. Nevertheless, the graphics were good and not way over done (i'm talking to you, Fox.).

I must admit that i didn't stay up for the late game. a 10:15 start is too late for me on a monday night. Okay, fine, i didn't go to bed until 12, so i could have watched the first half... but i got sidetracked by grad school homework/the second season of Arrested Development.
 
 
11 September 2006 @ 05:08 pm
In no particular order:

-I think everyone is glad that Manning V. Manning is in the record books. Was it over-hyped? Yeah, I think so... but i didn't mind so much as a Manning comma Peyton fan (remind me to tell you the story of how I became a Peyton Manning fan later.)

-Brett Favre really makes me want to cry. It's like watching a bad movie about a washed up athlete who tries in vain to relive the good old days. I'm half expecting him to show up next season, drunk and coaching a women's baseball team. It's a shame, too, because I genuinely like him.

-As far as people i genuinely dislike go... I can't tell you anything about T.O. or how he played/didn't play yesterday b/c i'm boycotting any and all information regarding him. He bugs me and i choose not to get involved.

-Winning by a safety amuses me to no end. I was trying to think of the equivalent to that in another sport. Maybe winning on a goal-tending call in basketball? A technical? I don't know, but its funny. It's like the on-sides kick... I rarely see it executed correctly, but when it happens it makes me glad it exists.

-Even though, as a Ravens fan, I've been waiting for this for about ten years now... its unsettling to see the Ravens with a functional offense. It's almost as if we had, you know, plays and stuff. Creepy.

-The Seahawks beat detroit 9 to 6. It's all good, you can really have quite a successful season complete w/ super bowl rings without score many, if any, touchdowns. Seattle should give Brian Billick a call... he can give them pointers on the "no-offense offense."

-Looking ahead to the Redskins tonight. I think tonight could go either way... i think the new coach vs. veteran coach really won't make much of a difference as both teams have some kinks to work out. I'm going to say I think the Skins will pull it out tonight, but not in a way that says "damn, we're the best team ever!" more in a way that says, "damn, we almost let that one get away from us" I oo think if all necessary parties can stay healthy, this season will shape up okay for the Skins.

Random tennis notes: Did anyone else think the Tiger/Federer alliance was not only weird, but slightly inappropriate to bring up in the trophy ceremony given that i was, you know the, U.S. Open? (emphasis on the U.S.)


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More links tomorrow.... i need to get out of the office before i go postal on someone.
 
 
11 September 2006 @ 04:24 pm
So I'm restarting my blog. I've decided to stick to what I love: Sports, Pop Culture, and Linking to people that are smarter and/or funnier than me.

Welcome to SMC. If you've already read my "user info" much of this will be a repeat. Feel free to comment as you see fit, but keep in mind the following:

A) I'm not an expert. I don't have stats memorized. I don't have an endless memory bank of facts, figures, or records. I try to be as accurate as possible, but there are times when I won't be. Feel free to call me out on it, but don't be a dick about it.

B) I will try to be as unbiased and general as possible, but let's just get my personal sports allegiances out of the way:
- Pro Football: The Baltimore Ravens
- Pro Baseball: The Baltimore Orioles
- College Football: The SEC and Big Ten, generally.
- College Basketball: First and foremost, the Villanova Wildcats. Followed by the ACC, in general.
- Pro Basketball: Its not possible for me to care any less about professional basketball.

This is not a comprehensive list and there are many other sports I like to watch and follow. This is just meant to be an overview, to let you know my general frame of reference. In the case of Pro Football and College Basketball, I follow the leagues in general and am usually able to hold a coherent conversation about many teams. In the case of Pro basketball, I got nothing.

My general format starting out will be probably all over the place, as I try to figure out how often I can reasonably update.

There's pretty decent chance i'll just be talking to myself... but welcome to my little corner of the internet, anyway.