My mind is all over the place this evening, so I’ll just start writing and see where this one goes.
Regarding Kevin Millar’s Red Sox cheerleading escapade:
It’s nice to see at least one Oriole in the post season. Actually it’s embarrassing, but at this point par for the course. I am not going to get too worked up over the O’s. Everyone else has been doing that forever and it hasn’t amounted to any change.
Regarding pass plays on 2nd & 1, 3rd & 1 and 4th & 1:
I don’t exactly disagree with calling passes in any or even all of these situations. I will say however, that even though my knowledge of the game is far inferior to anyone who had a hand in calling those plays, I know that 2nd & 1 is the best down in football for an offense. The reason is because any play is a viable option in a short distance situation. Passing the ball there can be a good idea, but lining up in the shotgun takes all of the mystery out of the play calling. Throw the ball if you want, but at least make the defense aware that there is at least a chance you’ll run it. That keeps them honest and makes your chances at passing much better.
Regarding Ray Lewis’ rant:
Love Billick or hate him, he has been loyal to Ray and every other guy in that locker room to a fault. Part of being on a team is keeping team business in house. It’s kind of funny that Lewis would call Adalius Thomas a coward for making statements about him in the media in one breath, and then rake his coach over the coals through the media in his next. This is to say nothing of Billick’s sitting behind him in Atlanta through the summer of 2000, or deflecting as much negative attention as possible onto himself during the Super Bowl week that same year, or when Billick nearly lost all of his credibility with the team, media and fans while shielding Ray’s absence in 2005. It’s good to see that Ray appreciates loyalty.
Regarding the Ravens’ offense:
Jon Ogden didn’t do the team any favors by trying to come back this year. In hindsight it would have been much better to prepare for life without him instead of having the situation that we do on the offensive line.
At this point in the season the Ravens offense has had to rely on rookies Marshall Yanda, Ben Grubbs and Jared Gaither on the O-line, and Le’Ron McClain at fullback. The other 2/3 of the O- line has been second year Chris Chester and third year Jason Brown. Quinn Sypneiwski and Demetrius Williams are both second year players and Mark Clayton is in his third season. Even the veterans on this offense are Willis McGahee (1st year with the team), Steve McNair (2nd year) and Derrick Mason in his third year with the team. The Ravens are lucky to have won the games that they have. Has anyone seen what injuries to the offensive line have done to the Rams high-powered offense?
Regarding the Ravens’ defense:
Others may get most of the hype but Chris McAllister is the lynchpin of this defense. The defense was terrible before he came here, and has been awful when he isn’t playing. Let’s hope he is ready to play again soon.
Regarding the Patriots:
Contrary to popular opinion I don’t think that the Patriots are the best team in football, and I think they’ll be in for a big disappointment if they don’t get better at running the football. Teams that can’t run the ball well enough to kill the clock lose close games. The Pats haven’t had to play a close one yet, but haven’t played a good team aside from the Cowboys yet either.
As much as it pains me to say it, the Redskins have the best secondary in the NFL, if they can get 22 points this week, they’ll beat the Pats. The Colts will beat them for sure the following week. I know what you are thinking, but you’ll see.
Regarding the World Series:
Here’s hoping that 8 days off didn’t kill the roll that the Rockies were on, it sure looked like it tonight. Last time around the Red Sox run was kind of fun to watch. Maybe that was just because they were beating the Yankees in historical fashion. This time around I can barely stomach watching except for the chance that I’ll see them get beaten. Hopefully the Rockies will get it back together in game 2, they’re starting to look like the 1991 Lakers who swept into the finals and were swept right out.
That’s all I’ve got for tonight.