You Play The Coach – Game Ball Picks – Week 8

October 27, 2008 |

What a great sports weekend…almost perfect in fact. Too bad the Redskins and Phillies had to ruin it all by winning. Let’s recap:

-Jon Ogden’s pre-Ring of Honor induction cocktail party was a lot of fun

-Ravens humiliate the Raiders

-Steelers lose

-Calvert Hall water polo wins its 8th straight M.I.A.A. title; JV team wins 2nd title in 3 years.

-Manchester United picks up a point (even though they should have beat those rat finks in Everton).

-Terps beat NC State

Thoughts on the Ravens game:

-Maybe Joe Flacco can teach Mark Clayton how to get open.

-Holy “crap”…did we just run an OPTION play? Don’t get me wrong, it was fun watching this style of playground football, but this stuff isn’t going to work every week. Just against Loch Raven High School…oops…I meant Oakland. This was Cam Cameron’s version of “run to the Buick and turn around.”

-Ian Eagle had the funniest line of the day, maybe the decade. I laughed so hard I cried, and I may or may not have soiled myself. They panned to a shot of Camden Yards, which was already gutted for the offseason, and said: “It’s October, which means no baseball in Baltimore…sorry O’s fans.” And then said something along the lines of “That’s not a low blow. Just the facts.” Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcotts are easily my favorite CBS broadcasting team. Then again, my motto is “anyone but Rich Gannon.”

-Way too many penalties yesterday. The Ravens need to play more disciplined next week to beat a Browns team that looks MUCH better than they did in week 3.

-The Ravens defense took away Oakland’s will to live yesterday. Another dominating performance; and if it weren’t for two pinpoint passes by JaMarcus Russell, we’re probably talking about a shut out. You can’t blame Fabian Washington for those plays. He was blanketing the receivers and Russell just made two really good throws…that was about all he did yesterday.

-Suggs looked very motivated…I wonder why?

-This McAlister situation is awfully strange. I’m not very comfortable with the following scenario: Frank Walker on Braylon Edwards.

-My game ball this week goes to Ray Rice. This kid is a rock star.

Who gets your game ball this week?