February 08, 2009

So 50,000 Come Out To Watch A Practice..

This morning, I woke up under the idea that by the end of the night, I will have done a good, bad and ugly on the Pro Bowl, what with it being the last game of the year and all that. But then at about 5 o'clock I realized something.

How fucking pointless the Pro Bowl really is.

I know, I know. Every major sport has an event to celebrate their all stars. It's pretty much a law. But it's not just supposed to celebrate them, but it's also supposed to celebrate the sport. Which brings me to my main argument as to why I dislike the Pro Bowl so much. It's a scrimmage.

Yep. The best players in the league are selected by fan vote and then by the coaches and then proceed to play in a scrimmage located across the Pacific Ocean (except it won't be next year, as it will be moved to Hawaii. That means John Madden can commentate it. I'm holding my breath for that one.) The main problem with the whole scrimmage thing is that, even though it does have some awesome shows of offense, my favorite part is missing. Defense.

No, there are no Ray Lewis smackdowns, no Albert Haynesworth demolitions or any Ryan Clark decimations of Willis McGahee. Mind you, neither of those two will probably play in a Pro Bowl in the foreseeable future. You're not even allowed to use exotic pass rushes, which is a main part of playing good, solid defense and a reason that a majority of the players who are in the Pro Bowl thrive on their teams.
"15 yard penalty. Playing
real football. #52, defense."

For all the people who say it's a risk to have them playing hard because of injuries, I say we let them play for a bonus. Say 50,000 bucks a piece to the winning team, and we get rid of the rule on restrictive blitz packages. Then it will actually be a celebration of the players AND the sport. That'd be something I'd be thrilled to watch. Sadly, the only thing intriguing about this Pro Bowl was Larry Fitzgerald just dominating. I guess that'll be good, for now.

February 02, 2009

The Good, Bad and Ugly: Super Bowl 43


1. James Harrison's 100 yard interception return. At first I screamed for him to go out and give the offense a chance. Then about the 20, I yelled for him to get in the damn end zone. Edge of my seat.
2. Santonio's catch. Ben heaved it near 3 Cardinals and somehow, Mr. Holmes comes up with that phenomenal catch. I'd still rank it behind Tyree in catches I've witnessed
3. Warner's effort. The old man has to come back to the Cardinals, because he drives there offense better then fratboy Leinart will. 377 yards against the Steelers is just unreal. If it weren't for the two plays mentioned above, Cards would be champs and Warner would have another Big Game MVP on his shelf at home.
4. Good call by the refs on the Kurt Warner fumble near the end of the game. No arm moving forward in a throwing motion.


1. Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes calling the Vince Lombardi trophy the "Dicky Lombardi" trophy. 'Bout as smooth as sandpaper right there.
2. Just plain fuckin stupid move by James Harrison in abusing Aaron Fransisco on a kick. Why do that when you've stopped them? He pretty much punched the man in the face. Hold your emotions for something stupid like that, or your ass will get more than a penalty. He was my MVP choice, until that call.
3. "Running into the holder." I've never, ever heard of that call in my lifetime. And to call it on Adrian Wilson when he is stumbling forward and can't see a fucking thing he's doing? Bad, bad call.
4. Not seeing many new Super Bowl commercials up here in Canada. I saw maybe 2 new ones, one for Doritos, and a car commercial. Bo-gus.


Nothing. Not even the King of Redundancy, the Orchestrator of the Telestrator, John Madden, could ruin this amazing Super Bowl. Well, maybe a little.