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I’m rooting for the Red Sox (yes, I know, I’m a bad guy…)

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I’m rooting for the Red Sox (yes, I know, I’m a bad guy…)

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

The baseball gods are obviously watching this World Series with great interest.

They’ve evened the series at 2-games-apiece after Saturday night’s bizarre ending in St. Louis.

Just the way it should be.

First off, the call on Saturday night was the right one to make.  Was it a dreadful way to lose a World Series game — or any game for that matter?  Sure.  Should Saltalamacchia have his head examined for throwing the ball down there in the first place?  Absolutely. But, that was interference, and the right call, and St. Louis won within the rules.

That said, Boston didn’t “deserve” to lose Game 3.  Thus, the baseball gods stepped in last night to even the series with Boston’s 4-2 win at Busch Stadium.

For reasons I can’t explain – at all – I’m hoping Boston wins this World Series.

I know, I know…that’s almost as bad as hoping the Yankees win.

Like I said, I can’t explain it.

Call it “professional jealousy”, I guess.

I only dream about our Orioles being as successful as these Boston teams have been over the last decade or so.  I realize it’s an impossibility, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least wish your franchise resembled a winning one like the Red Sox.

I picked Boston in seven before the series started.

I hope I’m right.

But I’m not sure why I’m hoping that…

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The Matthew Stafford “fake spike” at the end of the game was legendary.

That said, if he doesn’t pull it off and the clock hits zero after that play, he’s the biggest goat in in the NFL this morning.

I assume, as he ran down to the one-yard line, he figured, “What the hell…it’s the Cowboys…they’ll fall for anything.”

The Dez Bryant explosion was also “legendary”.  Sure, he had a great game, but that’s no reason to act like a buffoon at the end of the afternoon when the Lions cruised down the field to score the winning points.  The next time the Dallas offense gets shut-down and loses a game 20-7, I hope one of the linebackers explodes on Bryant just to even the score.

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On last Friday’s show, I gave out my rarely-distributed “5-star lock”, calling an Oakland win outright over Pittsburgh yesterday.

The Steelers are really bad, which we all love to see here in Baltimore.

Yes, I know, they beat the Ravens last Sunday.  I’m well aware.

But, Pittsburgh is just no freakin’ good.

As they showed on Sunday in Oakland.

You gotta love when those 5-star locks hit…

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I don’t care who you are, but when Bobby Bowden asks a guy on live TV if his deceased father is “still coaching”, it’s just about the funniest thing you’ve even seen, particularly because poor old Bobby just innocently asks the question as if he’s really, really interested.  Here it is for you to watch.

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The 15-7-0 thinks Calvin Johnson is probably worth screaming about

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The 15-7-0 thinks Calvin Johnson is probably worth screaming about

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

Oh and candy corn. Actually this week…mostly candy corn.

15 Positive Observations…

1. I assume what Dez Bryant was yelling on the sidelines was something along the lines of “HEY COACH! YOU KNOW THOSE GUYS WHO SAY THAT WHEN YOU FACE THE LIONS YOU SHOULD LET CALVIN JOHNSON GET HIS BUT DON’T LET ANYONE ELSE BEAT YOU? THOSE GUYS ARE IDIOTS!”

Pretty much just simple lip-reading.

Dez would like to remind you why he’s yelling.

Megatron posted the second greatest receiving (yards) day in NFL history. No one even as much as blinked at any of it.

Matt Stafford’s fake spike is obviously the highlight of his entire life.

2. If there’s one person in the world you’re happy for right now it’s Navy kicker Nick Sloan. If there’s a second, it’s…umm….I don’t know, the guy who helped Naya Rivera pick out her sexy Carmen Sandiego Halloween costume?

You’ll remember Sloan missed an extra point in 2OT a week ago as the Midshipmen lost to Toledo. The result was different against Pitt Saturday.

If the Mids won, that means we get to enjoy something.

Oh and about that costume.

Yeah that works.

3. Ohio State would like you to go ahead and move on to your next question, please.

The Buckeyes demolished Penn State 63-14. They admitted after the game that they’re simply trying to keep up with their own Marching Band.

Elsewhere in the B1G, Michigan State really dug deep in their bag of tricks.

4. The Kansas City Chiefs are still undefeated. It’s probably about time that when we talk about them, we don’t use that same inflection on the term “undefeated” that we use when we describe Northern Illinois.

The more significant news from this game? JASON CAMPBELL DID SOMETHING!

5. No, Patriots fans were NOT booing their team at halftime. Of course not. Yeah, they were actually saying “YOOOUUUUUU…..guys are probably going to put together a dominant second half and easily beat the Dolphins.” Sometimes you just don’t hear all of that.

In fairness, Pats fans could have no idea their team had practiced the new sport of “synchronized intercepting”.

They should however have known their quarterback…

Despite the fact that the QB’s hand looked like this…

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Cowboys

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Cowboys

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Dez Bryant drops pass from Tony Romo on two point conversion attempt (4th quarter)

4. Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return TD (3rd quarter)

3. Anquan Boldin 20 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 14 (2nd quarter)

2. Cary Williams intercepts Tony Romo at Ravens 20 (2nd quarter)

1. Dan Bailey misses 51 yard field goal WIDE LEFT (4th quarter)

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Cowboys gift-wrap a win for the Ravens

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Cowboys gift-wrap a win for the Ravens

Posted on 14 October 2012 by Drew Forrester

Unless you’re just looking to be a contrarian – and if you are, that’s cool – you’d have to say Sunday’s 31-29 win over the Cowboys goes down, currently, as the luckiest win in Ravens history.

I’m not talking a little lucky.

I’m not saying it’s even of the “boy, we really got lucky today” variety.

This one was, “There’s absolutely no way in hell we should have won that game.  Can you believe we did?  We’re lucky as s**t to win today.”

Consider this:  The Cowboys had the ball for 40:03.  In case you forgot, the game is 60:00 in length.  The Ravens, then, had it for a mere 19:57.

Speaking of offense, the Cowboys riddled the Ravens for 27 first downs (and 3 more due to Baltimore penalties).  The Ravens offense managed 18 first downs.

Dallas ran for more yards (227) against the Ravens than any team has — ever.  As in, since the team came to Baltimore in 1996 ever.  The Cowboys ran the ball so well that Baltimore Marathon officials showed up afterwards with medals-of-completion for all of the Dallas running backs who carried the ball on Sunday.

The Cowboys rang up 481 yards of offense on the Ravens.  They drove the ball 80 yards in the final 4:41 and scored a touchdown to narrow the gap to 31-29.  Then, the guy who had tortured the Baltimore defense throughout the afternoon inexplicably dropped the 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left.

Game over, right?

Wrong.

The Dallas special teams unit did the unthinkable, recovering the onside kick when the ball slithered through the normally sure-fire hands of the Ravens Brendon Ayanbadejo.

And the Cowboys then moved the ball down the field, reaching the Baltimore 34 yard line with 26 seconds remaining.  What happened then was precisely why Dallas doesn’t have a very good football team.

Tony Romo found Dez Bryant for a one-yard gain to bring up 2nd down.  Armed with one time-out, there were gobs of options presented to the Cowboys at that point.  Romo could have thrown the ball into the dirt, saved a time-out, and used a moment to get his offense together for a 3rd down running play that, if nothing else, would have moved the ball into the middle of the field for kicker Dan Bailey. Romo could have hustled his offense to the line of scrimmage and thrown a sideline pass to give his team a shorter kick.  He could have called time-out with 20 seconds to play to figure out how to attack the remaining seconds and get his team in the best position for the winning kick.

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What RG3 Can Learn from Joe Flacco

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Big Chee

“Well people….It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!”

Yesterday morning, this was the Tweet from @RGIII letting American know that he was ready to embark on the daunting task of saving the Washington Redskins as the face of this organization. The Redskins are banking $21.1M over four years that RG3 will be the guy that will lead them from the cellar of the NFC East and back to the Joe Gibbs Era where they won three Super Bowls from 1982-1991.

We all know Robert Griffin III is a fine young man. He was the son of U.S. Army Sergeants, so he has been instilled with discipline since his inception.  That rules out going down the path of Dez Bryant. We all know he is intelligen, he had a 3.67 GPA at Baylor and scored a 24 on his Wonderlic (NFL teams look for 21 or better for their franchise QBs). That takes away the possibility of beginning his career in a Vince Young- like fashion. Finally, we all know about his speed. The Heisman winner ran a 4.3 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, a second quicker than Jevan Snead in 2010, who ran one of the slowest times in Combine history. You may ask yourself, who is Jevan Snead and where is he now? Exactly.

Plenty of pundits out there have argued for and against the success of RG3. For every success at the #2 pick like a Donovan McNabb, there is a Rick Mirer or Ryan Leaf. Being that we are a Baltimore radio station that is just 50 minute neighbors to the north of Washington, let’s try and keep RG3 on the straight and narrow so he does not end up like the two busts just mentioned. What better way to do that than comparing him to the Ravens Joe Flacco? Joe did not have the hoopla surrounding him like RG3 had when he first broke into the league, but as time has passed, Joe has found much success in Baltimore and established himself as a franchise quarterback.

The Five Things RG3 can learn from Joe Cool:

 

1.)           Less is more

RG3 does not need gaudy statistics for Washington to find success in 2012. In Flacco’s rookie season, he had 14 TD’s with 12 INTs.  Those numbers will never blow a statistician’s mind, but he was a game manager and let veterans like Derek Mason and Todd Heap make plays. His strategy of keeping his mistakes to a minimum helped Flacco become the first QB to win two playoff games as a rookie as he led the Ravens all the way to the AFC championship. Now RG3 does not have the talent surrounding him like Flacco in his rookie campaign, but that is ok. The Redskins have won 4, 6, and 5 games over the past three years, respectively. Rome was not built in a day, the Redskins will not be either.

2.)           Find your security blanket

Ray Rice got paid on Monday. 5 Years, $40M with $24M guaranteed. If there was a man that was happier than Ray Rice, it was his Quarterback. Joe Flacco knows that if Torrey Smith is covered deep, Anquan Boldin is double teamed, or the defense is blitzing heavily, not allowing him much time to make a decision, a simple dump pass to Rice will save him. Rice caught 73 percent of the passes thrown his way last season, and Baltimore won all 11 of its games when Rice had 20 or more touches. Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu can work together to be RG3’s own Ray Rice. Now that RG3 is in camp, he needs to start getting well acquainted with these guys to have the same success as Flacco in his rookie season.

3.)           Stay on the field

Don’t try and take over every game on your own RG3, especially in your first season. At 6’2”, 223 lbs, you are not as big and burly as the 6’6” 245lb Flacco. We all know you can scramble and make plays happen with your legs, but too much running will not allow your body to stay intact for 16 games.   Often, RG3’s style is compared to fellow scrambling QB Michael Vick. Vick has played in all 16 games only once, and I am sure the Redskins did not draft RG3 with the expectation of missing games. Bottom line: RG3 needs to give Flacco a call and see what kind of training regimen he is doing up in Owings Mills. Or maybe find out what restaurants Flacco is taking his offensive lineman to. Either way, Flacco has started every single game since being drafted 18th overall in 2008 and has not suffered any major injuries that have been detrimental to his growth as a franchise QB.

4.)           Get in Good Graces with the captain of the team

Joe Flacco had to be feeling awesome after he heard this speech, even if the team was devastated after losing out on going to the Super Bowl last year. Ray Lewis backed and that will pay off in the long term for his confidence and leadership. London Fletcher, entering his sixth season in Washington, may not have the credentials of Ray Lewis, but there is no question he is the captain of the ship in DC.  When veterans stand up for you and proclaim to have your back, which rubs off on everyone involved with the team. RG3 has the personality and charisma to earn the respect from Fletcher and the rest of his teammates.  Let this video serve as a reminder of how valuable this type of relationship is for the Redskins as a whole.

5.)           Don’t Skateboard or do Pizza Hut commercials

Both pretty self-explanatory here. Of all the great things Flacco has done as the Ravens starting QB, riding a skateboard before the AFC Championship last year was the most boneheaded move Joe has made. And if you have seen the Pizza Hut commercials Joe has been featured in, I need not explain any further. But if you have not, look for yourself and you be the judge.

 

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