Thursday, August 26, 2010

Football Season x2

Ladies, Gentleman, Boys, and Girls it's that time of year again, tailgates, face painting, flag flying, chest bumping, and end zone celebrations. Yes, it's the start of the UFL 2010 season... Wait, what??? You mean the NFL right? No, I mean the UFL (United Football League). No it's not arena football, no it's not played in Canada and no you don't need a passport to go to Europe to see it. It's played right here in the States, with the same rules as the NFL & most importantly it has NFL caliber players. Many of which have had NFL careers and are trying to restart their career after injury or hoping for a rebirth and a fresh start in the UFL.

You may have heard of Jeff Garcia (4 time pro-bowler), Daunte Culpepper (3 time pro-bowler), or even Head Coaches Jim Fassel & Dennis Green, two coaches that have respectively won 177 NFL games as head coaches in the NFL.

Last year was the inaugural season for the UFL that featured 4 teams. This year the League has added 1 more team. The league consists of the Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locos (defending champions), Sacramento Mountain Lions, and the newest kids on the block the Omaha Nighthawks.

The UFL is not just a bunch of ragga-muffin players, has-beens and draft busts. It's a league that has quality talent. Over 40 UFL players have signed with NFL teams in just one season of play and this year it's looking like even more will take that leap. The UFL prides itself on putting out a great product for the fans. The teams are becoming heavily involved in local communities and games are a great family atmosphere. So in the words of my boys T.O. & OchoCinco "Get your popcorn ready & Kiss the Baby" this season is going to be great!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

UFC 117: I'm torn... Not so much

On Saturday August 7, UFC 117 Silva v. Sonnen, is "supposed" to be the fight that pushes Silva to his limit. Sonnen has been talking a lot of trash in promotion of this fight. Silva has no choice but to leave the gimmicks at home and put on a show and win all his fans back. (Sidebar: While looking up Sonnen's UFC record I kept wondering why the name Chael Sonnen sounded and he looked familiar. Man this dude went to Oregon, who knew? I root for all Ducks, but Silva is my favorite MMA fighter. I'll root for him against anyone else.) If this were a war of words Sonnen would have a first round knockout. He said this will be Silva's "retirement party" and he will "dominate him". That's big talk coming from a guy I've barely heard of, against a guy who is undefeated in the UFC and hasn't lost since 2006.

When you look at Anderson "Spider" Silva and hear him talk you get no indication that he is pound for pound the most dangerous athlete on the planet. A squeaky voice and a slim frame without bulging muscles are a perfect cover for this venomous fighter. If you have watched a Silva fight lately, you have felt like you are watching a Floyd Maywheather fight. A one sided, technical master piece, full of showmanship that Silva walks away from without a scratch and barely a sweat. In UFC 112 Silva fought Demian Maia and dominated him from the opening bell, but after he beat Maia to a pulp he literally danced around the ring and even got into a sprinters stance. Spectators wanted a knockout, Anderson did not deliver. These displays of showmanship and apparent lack of a competitive fight have gotten under the skin of UFC President Dana White. White has threatened to kick Silva out of the UFC if the antics happen again. Who believes White would do this to his best fighter? Not me, not anybody. That's like the NFL banning Favre because he is stringing us along. Yeah Right!!!

I predict a fight that will, when it's all said and done, will be one sided. Silva will knock Sonnen out before the end of the 3rd round, or get a submission by the end of the 4th. Either way, Silva should emerge the victor and Sonnen will be left bloodied and defeated. However, Sonnen is getting in the ring so he does have a chance. He can win, if he is fortunate enough to connect with a "Tarver Punch" (referring to the eyes closed head down punch that Antonio Tarver knocked out Roy Jones with).

I know fighters have to talk trash to promote the fight, but I think you need to keep it to a minimum when you are fighting THE BEST and your credentials don't say the same about you. Unless you win of course. If Sonnen does win, what else would you expect? He's a Duck!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And The Oscar Goes To....

And The Oscar for Best Dramatic Actor Goes To.... Brett Favre

He got y'all again. I refused to fall for it the 3rd time again. You didn't really think Brett Favre was gonna let us off easy this year, did you? Compared to the last 3 off seasons, this year was quiet with Favre talk so everyone assumed he would just quietly come back. "Not so fast my friend" (Lee Corso voice). You have to think about the reason Favre gave us a pass until now; he couldn't dominate the news all summer because of the LeBron sweepstakes. He knew he couldn't compete with the LeBron drama. Maybe Favre should have a two hour special on ABC called, "The Decision 2". But now it's August and the spotlight is his alone. All he had to do was pull his cell phone outta his wranglers and send a couple text messages to teammates and he was alone at the top! Every news channel and social network is focused on him. I imagine Brett is at home sitting on his couch, with his feet propped up, drinking a beer smiling inside and out while he is listening to "Encore" by Jay Z.

I don't know if he will retire, but I won't believe it until he is not under center week 1 of 2011 season. Yes 2011. That's a long way away but Favre has a flair for the dramatic.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Masoli: Sports Illustrated

First off, thanks to Sports Illustrated and Michael McKnight for doing a great job researching this information and shedding light on the facts involved with this situation. Far too often, reporters and writers are quick to demonize athletes more frequently than they tend to sensationalize them. It's front page news for days when someone is accused of wrongdoing, but a retraction or reprint of the story with the facts rarely happens.

When news first broke about Oregon Ducks QB Jermiah Masoli being arrested for theft and subsequently pleading guilty I was shocked and embarrassed. From all accounts I had heard from coaches and players from U of O Masoli was a good, intelligent kid with a degree in Sociology and a good leader for the football team. This is proof that the pen is truly mightier than the sword. The media was coming at him full force but he could not juke or run over these defenders. Far too often, we as readers take what we read as fact instead of doing our own research. I am guilty so I immediately went on the attack. I was pissed because we had a dumb, thug, punk, knucklehead kid ruin our chance at a National Championship. I wanted to know why could he be so stupid , but who cares how great of a player he is; good riddance to these bad apples bringing the program down.

Is Jeremiah Masoli a thug or a victim of circumstance and a bad decision? After reading this Sports Illustrated article and reading court documents my opinion dramatically changed. Evidence points to the only thing Masoli is guilty of is bad judgement in the robbery situation. He was one of the most recognizable students on campus so lying about his whereabouts was a terrible idea. Then everyone asked why did he plead guilty if he was innocent. In a perfect world you should never admit guilt when you are not guilty. If you were faced with the possibility of 2-4 years in prison because Oregon has mandatory minimum sentences, a District Attoney with a high conviction rate, and you knew you lied; what would you do?

Part of me feels bad for Jeremiah Masoli because he is getting a bum wrap as a thug and a thief, but the weed...he is on his own for that one. Even after he got in trouble he was going to be reinstated if he met the terms head coach Chip Kelly set for him. He should have been walking a fine line.

All in all, Jeremiah Masoli you still have love from the Ducks. I hope he does well at Ole Miss and can do enough to repair his image when the NFL comes knocking.

Should he have been kicked out of school? Let me know what you think!

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is now charging fees up to $45 for people bringing carry on bags that are too big to fit under the seat or in storage bins. Are they kidding me? This is robbery, but Spirit says it's to save time. They want to charge you a fee for everything. What's next? A seat belt fee, a breathing air fee, or maybe a bathroom fee. There is one fee I wish they would charging, a $50 farting fee. If you fart and stink up the plane, you should have to pay. lol.

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