*Editor’s note* My use of the term “parody” is meant to poke fun at the many commentators, writers, bloggers, etc. Who refer to the evenness of the NFL as “parody” instead of the actual term; parity. Its my own way to try to ammuse myself, but I think it got lost on my update.****
It’s tough to figure out if I can buy into the “NFL parody” crap as an excuse for why the Ravens are an awful 4-6 this season. I think if the Ravens were to somehow finish 9-7, we could maybe use that as an explanation. This is a typical “chicken or egg” question. Is “parody” solid reasoning for why a team struggles, or do the struggles of a team prove the existence of “parody”?
I wasn’t a psychology major (my roommate was, and I thought about switching a few times because he had so much fun), so this might not be the question for me. But with the 5-5 Chargers in town, you can’t help but realize that these teams look like shells of their ’06 versions.
The easy answer for the Ravens is the ineffectiveness of Steve McNair. The Ravens were bad before McNair got to town, and they’re bad once again now that McNair has gone sour. That being said, a lot of teams are able to win even without their QBs. And considering the fact that McNair wasn’t really even a Pro Bowl-caliber QB, it’s hard to convince me that McNair is the only answer.
The easy answer for the Chargers is the change in Coach. However, the Coach itself can’t be the only reason why the reigning League MVP’s numbers have declined drastically since ’06.
I guess I can buy that maybe “parody” has an effect bigger than anything else happening on the field; but when a team is just plain BAD like the Ravens-I can’t really buy it. The Chargers may have screwed up the coaching situation, but I would be more willing to buy into them as victims of “parody.”
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of WNST’s Tuesday Blogs:
Drew Forrester says Ravens were offensive in loss
Rob Long has Ravens 18th in power rankings
Nestor Aparicio enjoys “Crabs and Beer” (What’s not to like?)
The Official Site looks at what Ravens are doing to help those in need at Thanksgiving
Chargers Official Site recaps roster moves, including Carlos Polk to IR
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Billick says Pryce ‘very likely’ done for season
The Sun’s David Steele thinks FG’s should be reviewable; especially given Sunday’s game
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens’ college ties bring them together (If this story doesn’t help to explain why college football is the greatest sport in the world, you need help.)
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Billick won’t admit kick was good
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Rhys Lloyd wasn’t an option Sunday
The Sun’s Edward Lee looks at how Ravens stack up with NFL statistically
Aaron Wilson says O-Line has good and bad
The Examiner’s Jim Williams says Sunday was crazy for CBS production team as well
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens victim of NFL “parody“
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens AREN’T ‘protesting’
Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg says up and down Terps have company
Washington Post’s Mark Maske says competition committee to look at FG replay
San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says ‘Lights Out’ doesn’t think Chargers are as bad as he did this weekend
San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee wonders if Chargers getting any better
Extreme Ravens’ “Thursday Morning Quarterback” says Boller good, Special Teams bad, Officials ugly
Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” says Ravens will be better under Boller, but Billick will keep them down
Deuce of Davenport’s “Chimpanzee Rage” links video of Pete Gilbert’s on-field interview with Stover following Ravens’ “win”
Deadspin says J.O. is one HELL of an actor (with video evidence of course)
Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says Boller good, Billick bad, Boller’s beard ugly
The Ebony Bird’s Jarrett Carter says Pryce injury makes bad even worse
Fanhouse’s Josh Alper also enjoys artistic offerings of J.O.
Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Billick is Ravens’ only problem
In one of the most bizarre stories I have ever read, Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith retracts story of Merriman’s shrinking body by realizing someone doctored Merriman’s official team photo (I’m serious, you should really read this. And while I know it doesn’t directly affect the Ravens, the Chargers are the next opponent, and Lights Out is a Terp, so this HAD to make the blog.)
Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole has Ravens 20th; Charles Robinson has Ravens 22nd in weekly power rankings
Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver can’t believe Boller is franchise’s all-time passing leader
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Urban became star this season
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Zach Brown is officially Maryland-bound
The Sun’s Milton Kent says Ralph won’t commit to sticking with Turner throughout N.C. State game
Carroll County Times’ John McNamara says Saturday really IS ‘must win’
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Henderson ‘facing surgery’, won’t commit to future
Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno says Terps face ‘questions’
Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander says ‘Pack cool with trip to Boise
Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says it all comes down to 1 game
Greensboro News & Record’s Jim Young says its déjà vu for ‘Pack
Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps down to ‘one game season’ (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times names DHB Player of the Game vs. FSU (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times says Chuck Norris lives in fear of Scott Burley (must subscribe)
Wolfpacker’s Matt Carter & Jacey Zembal say Saturday’s game will be ‘emotional’ (must subscribe)
Pack Pride’s Austin Johnson talks to NC State LB Coach Andy McCollum before Saturday’s game (must subscribe)
Fanhouse’s Ian Cohen looks at ‘Pack’s desires to go to Boise
TERPS IN THE NFL WEEK 11:
-LB Eric Barton had 7 tackles (5 solo, 2 TFL) in the Jets’ 19-16 win over the Steelers
-TE Vernon Davis had 4 catches for 50 yards in the 49ers’ 13-9 loss to the Rams
-CB Dominique Foxworth had 4 tackles (2 solo) in the Broncos’ 34-20 win over the Titans
-LB E.J. Henderson had 6 tackles (6 solo) in the Vikings’ 29-22 win over the Raiders
-DE Eric Hicks had 3 tackles (2 solo) in the Jets’ 19-16 win over the Steelers
-DT Kris Jenkins had 4 tackles (4 solo, 1 TFL) in the Panthers’ 31-17 loss to the Packers
-LB Shawne Merriman had 1 tackle (1 solo) and deflected 1 pass in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Jaguars
-P Adam Podlesh punted 5 times for 203 yards (37.2 Net avg.) in the Jaguars’ 24-17 win over the Chargers
-S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (5 solo) in the Bengals’ 35-27 loss to the Cardinals
-CB Josh Wilson had 2 tackles (1 solo) in the Seahawks’ 30-23 win over the Bears
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says shooting was issue in Terps’ loss to Tigers
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gary trying to stay ‘patient’ with young Terps despite consecutive losses
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss ‘encouraging’ for Terps
Kansas City Star’s Mike DeArmond says Terps couldn’t take advantage with DeMarre Carroll on bench in loss to Mizzou
Missourian’s John Juettner says Terps’ loss to Tigers was “Lyons tale” (I thought of that one on my own, thank you!)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Graham Watson says Lyons responded to benching in Mizzou’s win over Maryland
Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold breaks down individual Terps through 3-2 start
Welcome to the Zou’s Tyson Sprick says Lyons celebrated ‘coming out’ in Tigers’ win over Terps
Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says Terps want to get another from D.C. Assault in Josh Hairston (must subscribe)
TERPS IN THE NBA UPDATE:
-G Steve Blake is averaging 5.6 PPG and 5.5 APG for the Blazers
-G Juan Dixon is averaging 7.9 PPG and 1.1 SPG for the Raptors
-G Steve Francis is averaging 8.0 PPG and 1.0 SPG for the Rockets
-G D.J. Strawberry is averaging 1.7 PPG and 1.3 SPG for the Suns
-PF Joe Smith is averaging 7.3 PPG and 4.6 RPG for the Bulls
-PF Chris Wilcox has started all 12 games for the Sonics, averaging 16.2 PPG and 7.9 RPG
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Milton Kent says unlike men, Terp women had no problem hitting 3s in win over Loyola
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps eyeing 2010 guard (must subscribe)
The Official Site recaps Mids’ win over Canisius
The Official Site says Baltimore will host many events leading up to Navy/Army
The Official Site says Baltimore will host displays in honor of Navy/Army
The Sun’s Sandra McKee kicks off Navy/Army season in Baltimore
The Sun looks back on Navy/Army history
Go Mids’ David Ausiello continues his conversation with Army AD Kevin Anderson (must subscribe)
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Mids’ seniors want to stay perfect vs. Army
MIDS IN THE NFL WEEK 11:
-FB Kyle Eckel rushed 10 times for 40 yards and a TD; and caught 1 pass for 6 yards in the Patriots’ 56-10 win over the Bills
The Official Site recaps Eagles’ blowout loss to Xavier
American’s Official Site recaps Bears’ home opener win
The Official Site recaps ‘Hounds loss to Seton Hall
The Official Site recaps Tigers’ win at Samford
The Official Site recaps Retrievers’ loss at Lafayette
Iowa’s Official Site recaps Hawks’ loss in Iowa City
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land recaps McDaniel’s season-opening win over Villa Julie
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko tries to re-design 2008 Orioles (I can’t figure out where Roch has Marty Cordova playing on this team)
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko wraps Arizona Fall League O’s, looks at what Angels could offer for Tejada
Oriole Central wouldn’t mind a Bedard trade to Dodgers
Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi says plenty of ‘Turkey’ Birds in ‘07
Oriole Post’s “BeatleFnatic” can’t figure out if he wants Bedard here or gone
Orioles Hangout’s John Domen names Brad Bergesen organization’s #18 prospect
Fanhouse’s Tom Fornelli calls Tejada ‘Angels backup plan’
The Examiner’s Mike Peters says team working hard during time off
Washington Post’s Ivan Carter says ‘The Pearl’ will have number retired by Wizards
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Milton Kent previews weekend’s playoff action
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Calvert Hall-Loyola transcends generations
The Sun’s Rick Maese says plenty to be said before slots debate ends
The Sun’s Pramit Mohapatra looks at Ultimate Fighter wannabe Lee Synkowski
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I know Edward Lee’s piece was nothing more than fluff, but I also think it helps to make a point. As great as the NFL might be, there is nothing quite like College Football. Especially in the era of free agency, College Football is something special for players and fans alike. There will eventually come a day when even Hall of Fame caliber players have no Pro Team to be identified with, but they will always have their College, and they will always live and die with those teams. Seriously, with no offense to the NFL, College Football is KING.
-I will echo my sentiments from yesterday when it comes to Maryland Hoops. They WILL eventually be good, but that’s still EVENTUALLY, not currently. They need to get a win over a solid non-conference opponent, and with UCLA and Missouri gone, Illinois becomes their only real option. The 2-26 shooting behind the arc during these two games is absolutely unacceptable. If the Terps can start shooting, there is the chance that the offense can open up under the basket. If teams don’t have to defend the outside shot, it makes it much easier to collapse in the key. I DID like the way “The General” took it upon himself to keep the Terps in the game in the last 10 minutes, but until he mixes in a shot with his slash, he cannot be the go-to guard all great teams must have.
-Ralph, PLEASE stop with the QB crap. If Chris is your man, play Chris. If he’s not, why did you make him the man? This is not the way to win football games.
-Is there any reason why I shouldn’t be able to call this game the “Navy/Army” game instead of “Army/Navy”? I know we’ve accepted “Army/Navy” over the years, but is there a historical significance that I don’t know about? Please let me know. Thanks.
-Who is the biggest O’s ‘turkey’ of 2007? It’s Peter Angelos. This will be the answer every year until he is gone. Why even bother asking?
-Johnny Estrada’s trade to the Mets almost certainly means that Ramon Hernandez won’t be headed to Shea. I don’t know that Hernandez’s value was particularly high anyway, but if they were willing to trade Guillermo Mota, I would think the O’s could have pried away a younger reliever.
-Why has it taken this long for Abe Pollin’s organization to honor Earl Monroe by retiring his number? “The Pearl” was special to that organization in Baltimore, and will always be a Baltimore Bullet.
-Thanks to Nestor Aparicio and Mark Suchy for kind words regarding “Crabs & Beer” today. Especially for someone like Nestor who I have grown up respecting a great deal, its really heartening to hear such good words about my own personal labor of love.
-Updates over the next few days will not be typical, as I will be in Las Vegas celebrating Thanksgiving with Family. I will pass along as much as possible.
Talk to you tomorrow.