Monday, January 30, 2006

Super Bowl prop bets

One fun aspect of the Super Bowl is prop bets. Go here for some examples. Here's one:

"What will be higher? Mike Bibby Total Assists on Feb 5th against Toronto or Troy Polamalu Total Tackles "

My one complaint is with these bets is they make you pay attention to the NBA in January. Who does that? Therefore, I decided to come up with some other bets involving things that are easier to pay attention to.
  • What will be higher? Jerome Bettis rushing yards or Mick Jagger's age?
  • What will be higher? Seahawk points or Mick Jagger's girlfriend's age?
  • What will be higher? Made Seahawk field goals or lifetime total of Keith Richards' drug arrests?
  • What will be higher? Made Steeler field goals or times a sideline reporter gives relevant information about what's happening in the game?
  • What will be higher? Matt Hasselbeck passing yards or John Madden's weight?
  • What will be higher? Ben Roethlisberger passing yards or Jerome Bettis's weight?
  • What will be higher? Hines Ward catches or camera shots of Jerome Bettis's parents?
  • What will be higher? Steeler sacks or times it's mentioned that Jerome Bettis is from Detroit?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Guess the Athlete!

The Devil Rays need a new name

In Tampa, they determined that the word, "Devil Rays," gives off a bad image because "Devil," is such an evil word. The New Jersey Devils don't seem to have that problem; maybe it's because their team has talent.

There's a possibility they'll just drop "Devil," and call themselves the Rays. They would then have to get a new mascot.

Or they may look for entirely different name. Here are two suggestions:
  • The Tampa Bay Fifth Place
  • The Tampa Bay Just Stopping By Until We Move To a Real Major League City
I don't know how you'd fit that on a hat though.

What were you doing at 3 AM last night?

Roger Federer was winning another Grand Slam title. By winning the Austrailan, the 24-year-old has now won 7 Grand Slam titles. I've never seen anyone play the game as well as Federer.

On the women's side, former Guess the Athlete! star, Amelie Mauresmo-va, won.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Wally world

Usually when a local team makes a trade, I rush to get my thoughts out. The Celtics' recent trade doesn't have that excitement. There are some benefits to this trade, but the Celtics still remain a mediocre team. Since I have no coherent main point, here's some random thoughts about the trade:
  • Big negative for me in the spelling department with Davis vs. Szczerbiak. That's the last time I spell his last name. For now on he will be known as Wally.
  • I have no complaints about Ricky Davis. He always had a good professional attitude. I just think his game was too similar to Pierce's, and that hurt the Celtics' offense.
  • Plenty of complaints about Mark Blount. The Celtics could have traded Mark Blount for the Godfather and it would have been a good trade.
  • Blount may have been the greatest player ever at playing for a new contract. I have never seen an athlete quit like Blount did after getting that big raise.
  • With good coaching (which he hasn't had yet) Marcus Banks can be a strong contributor.
  • The Celtics get a center who's a former number one overall draft pick and an enormous disappointment. The good ol' Pervis Ellison Years, Part 2, now starring Michael Olowokandi!
  • As for the other players, Reed's a good defender, nothing else. As for Dwayne Jones, his initials are DJ.

Know any good cereal jokes?

The Red Sox traded for Coco Crisp, and the overall mood in Boston about this trade is positive. If Crisp's name was Joe, or even better Chris, I don't think people in Boston would be as excited.

Offensively, I'm happy the Sox got Crisp. His on base percentage is lower than Damon's but he has more power. Defense is a concern though because his range is average at best and he has a weak arm. Not the best combination when you're playing between Manny and Trot Krispy Kreme Nixon. By next year, Crisp will probably move to a corner.

What I really don't like about this trade is how the Sox seemed to be in a forced position to make it. With Damon gone and Adam Stern listed as their starting centerfielder, the Sox were forced to give up uber-prospect Andy Marte and more. Three years from now this trade could look very bad.

At least lazy columnists will now be provided with easy jokes. After Crisp's first strong game, I call dibs on "Hot Coco."

Answer to Guess the Athlete!

I was told it's Danny Graves, Reds' reliever.

After looking at the before and after pictures, I think I may have been tricked.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Now Sacramento, next out of the NBA


With Ron Artest finally being traded to Sacramento, ESPN's been showing all of the Ron Artest "highlights." Watching him initiate fights and brawls with other players, coaches, fans, and cameras reminded me of how much of a thug, cheap shot artist, and jerk Ron Artest is.

Teams will try to look past Artest's faults because he's an extremely talented player. Trading for Artest does come up with a steep price though. Is his talent worth your team being represented by a player who is a disgrace to the NBA and the uniform he wears?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


He's back. Now every columnist, talk show host, and sports show caller is an expert in psychology and office politics. I don't care why Theo came back, and I don't care about who has power over whom. I'm happy Epstein is back, end of story.

I'm skipping the Theonalysis as I wait for the next trade and for spring training to begin.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Kobe gets 81

So now I see why Kobe didn't want Shaq around. There has been a lot of high scoring games by the likes of Kobe, Iverson, and others this year. Is it because passing is becoming less and less popular? Or is it because there's some bad teams with great scorers?

Kobe getting 81 is an amazing feat, but having an offense cater to one person scoring a ton does not win championships.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

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Seattle Siesta

I continued by tradition of taking naps during NFC playoff games. Anyway Seattle looks strong, Mack Strong! They also have a coach who looks like Robert DeNiro. Now I've been very disrespectful to the NFC, but I see Seattle giving Pittsburgh a good battle.


After the Broncos won last week, I heard a lot of Bronco fans complain about how all the attention went to how the Patriots lost the game. Denver fans felt that their team wasn't given enough credit for the win and that their team was being disrespected.

Well, today we found out what happens when a team doesn't give the game away to Denver. Pittsburgh played very well, and Denver showed that without gifts from the refs or their opponents they're just another team who never belonged in a championship game in the first place.

About that college basketball preview...

I don't think it will happen. I don't ever remember being this disinterested in college basketball. I'm sure when March comes around, things will change. My preview probably would have just focused on me complaining about Coach K.

It was fun watching him lose yesterday. Is there a more annoying coach? Am I the only one who wants to throw rocks at the tv every time Coach K snarls at a ref who had the audacity to call a foul on a Duke player?

With Georgetown beating Duke, the Big East may be better than the ACC. Looks like BC left just in time. BC going to the ACC was a terrible mistake on both ends. BC just doesn't belong in the ACC. While I'm throwing out random thoughts, here's a picture of everyone's favorite player:

Some tennis

The tennis season has begun, but the only Americans who know this are the ones who come home drunk at two in the morning hoping to get some scores on ESPN, but instead get to see some tennis. Here's what I've learned from the first week of the Australian Open:
  • Hingis is back, but I have read no report of her Hingissing a set yet.
  • Unfortunately, Kournikova is not back. Patriotsy2k won't let her out.
  • Serena Williams lost. Looks like she might be wasting some years of her prime. As John McEnroe would say, "that's very Agassiesque of her."
  • Roddick lost. America needs another "next great American tennis player."
  • Roddick may be dating Sharapova, so at least he's won something.
  • However, Roddick will probably lose Sharapova to Federer. He loses everything else to Federer.
  • My prediction: Australian Open Championship goes to Federer and woman whose last name ends with "ova."
Hingissing -- to lose a set on purpose to rest up for the next one
Agassiesque -- an adjective invented by John McEnroe to describe an amazing shot

Friday, January 20, 2006

Insert blonde joke here

Thanks to Zazopolis at The Swamp

Answer to Guess the Athlete!

The Hall of Famer has aged a bit.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

It's always the fan's fault

That's always the initial reaction of former athletes and most of the sports media when a player has a conflict with a fan. In the Antonio Davis situation my initial reaction was it's understandable that Davis went into the stands to protect his wife.

However, today I read this from the fan who was involved in the incident:

"It's a lie," 22-year-old Michael Axelrod said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Axelrod's attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, said he planned to sue Davis and his wife for more than $1 million. Deratany said he was writing the papers Thursday for a battery suit against Kendra Davis and a slander case against Antonio Davis, and planned to file them Friday.

Axelrod claimed Kendra Davis tried to scratch him after he protested a call. Axelrod, who was sitting a couple of rows behind her, said he never laid a hand on Davis' wife and said he was not drunk.

"When I go to games, I cheer as hard as I can for the Bulls, and I boo as hard as I can for whoever they're playing," Michael Axelrod said. "I don't feel comfortable if players are allowed to easily jump into the crowd whenever they feel like it's necessary."

I've also read reports that Antonio Davis's wife has a reputation of being boisterous in the crowd. So maybe Davis was just being a good husband, and it was the wife who started all the problems.

Davis ended up getting suspended for 5 games, and all NBA players learned a valuable lesson: bring groupies to your games, not your wives.

Theo's back

The Red Sox just announced that Theo Epstein has rejoined the Red Sox. According to a team statement, he "will return to the Red Sox in a full-time baseball operations capacity, details of which will be announced next week."

The details will be interesting since the Sox already have two general managers. Maybe Theo will play centerfield.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Could be worse

With the Patriots' season over, Boston fans are stuck with the terrible Bruins and Celtics. I've been pretty depressed about that until I read a Bill Simmons response to an Isiah Thomas threat (yes, Isiah threatened Bill Simmons). Here's what Simmons had to say about the Knicks to Isiah:

Right now, you have a roster that costs something like $120 million. You completely overhauled the Knicks' roster in 14 months, and now you're trying to overhaul it again. There's no rhyme or reason to anything you're doing. Your team doesn't have a first-round pick next summer, and in the summer of 2007 -- widely considered to be the deepest draft in 20-plus years -- the Bulls have the right to exchange first-round picks with you (most of your fans don't even know this). You also have to give another first-round pick to Phoenix before 2010. And you have at least eight or nine players on your roster who are completely, utterly, totally untradable, including someone with a possible heart defect and someone whose back is in such bad shape nobody would insure his contract. Your team also has one of the worst records in the league.

How does he keep getting jobs?

Norv Turner was as a failure as a head coach in Washington and Oakland. When he was the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins and Chargers, those teams did nothing. So now the 49ers hire him as an offensive coordinator.

Norv gets another job just because he was a coordinator for the Cowboys. All the Cowboys had was Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, one of the best offensive lines in history, and a top notch defensive to help out. Patriotsy2k after drinking a few yards could succeed with that team, and that's saying a lot because I've seen him play football video games sober. His decision making would have made Rich Kotite proud.

Back to Norv Turner: when a career of failure has only one instance of success, and that one time came with the help of a bunch of Hall of Famers, you shouldn't be getting a new job so quickly.

Shaq & Kobe kiss and make up

Bill Russell talked some sense into Shaq:

"I had orders from the great Bill Russell," O'Neal said. "Me and him were talking in Seattle the other day, and he was telling me how rivalries should be. I asked him if he ever disliked anybody he played against, and he told me, 'No, never,' and he told that I should shake Kobe Bryant's hand and let bygones be bygones and bury the hatchet.
"Today is a day of peace. Dr. Martin Luther King was an ambassador of peace. So when I talked to Mr. Russell, he told me he said that him and Chamberlain spoke once or twice a week before he passed away. And even though people thought they hated each other, there was nothing but love there."

It was fun having two major athlete hate each other like professional wrestlers, but it is probably best that this feud ended. Life is more important than sports, and this gesture by Shaq might give people a better perspective on life and sports.

Now we need to send Bill Russell to the Middle East. He'll straighten things out.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Super Bowl Bound

I know there's lot of rap fans here. Watch a video and buy the cd here

Some quotes from the archives

Here's a little reminder of why I don't gamble. To make myself feel better, I threw in a Bryan quote too.

After the Colts 2-0 start:

Indianapolis: They have a defense and the usual offense. They'll have a great season, but it won't mean anything if Manning chokes in the playoffs again.

After the Broncos beat the Patriots in October:

Some Denver players were celebrating a little too much in the first half. I guess you have to get your celebrating in while you can when you know your team won't make it past the first round of the playoffs.

Before the Colts beat the Steelers in November

I'm not counting on the Steelers to spoil Indy's season. Tonight's an important game. The Steelers win their important games in September and October.

Bryan responding to Patriotsy2k saying the Bears look "solid" in November:

If by solid you mean flimsy and totally beatable, then you are right. There are so many holes on this team that I would like filled it's unbelievable. Horrible quarterback, horrible wide recievers, and I really do not trust our rookie kicker

Silver lining followed by some dark clouds

I was just reminded how much I hate the Colts. The play that described it all for me was when Manning threw an incomplete pass into the endzone and all of Indy started whining for a pass interference call. After the worst replay reversal in the history of the game brought them back into the game, the Colts still didn't hesitate to look for a flag.

Then again, that what they do after every incomplete pass. Bill Polian will probably get some more rule changes, so the NFL can help Peyton even more. The blitz bothered Peyton a lot, so maybe they'll outlaw blitzing.

I actually thought of the Colts after the horrendous pass interference call against Asante Samuels. Ever since Polian forced the NFL to make all contact illegal on passes, every incomplete pass is followed by the entire stadium looking for a flag. The official in the Denver game probably just choked, but would that have still happened if the NFL hadn't decided to make pass interference a "point of emphasis?"

Back to the Colts. It was so satisfying to watch God's gift to the NFL choke again in the playoffs. How can the greatest quarterback ever be sacked twice in a row when his team needs a final drive to tie? Also, it was nice to see the greatest quarterback ever not take advantage of great field position given to him by his defense, so the game was left in the hands of a kicker.

Now I don't like the Steelers either, but this game taught me my dislike for the Colts is greater. It was funny to see Bettis with possibly the worst fumble in football history, but I'm happy the Steelers won. Maybe Bettis can fumble again next week.

Now for the dark clouds. After the game I talked to Patriotsy2k and he told me, "You realize if the Pats won last night the AFC Championship Game would have been in New England." Ouch.

First some good news.

I just remembered I have leftover pizza in the fridge!

I'll try to come up with some other good news. Sometimes when a great team loses, it's because their stars got old or a new team showed up that clearly had better talent. When this happens, fans know it's the end of the run. This wasn't the case with the Patriots against the Broncos. The Patriots have the talent and the coaching; they'll be in contention next year.

Now for the bad news. Faulk fumbles, Hobbs fumbles, Brady makes a terrible stupid interception, Vinatieri misses a kick, and Troy Brown fumbles. In the playoffs, just having one of those plays can lose a game; just having one of those plays will drive fans crazy, causing them to ask, "What if?" all offseason. There were at least five of those heartbreaking, stomach-churning plays.

Fans usually turn players who make these mistakes into goats. Most Pats fans haven't forgive Bledsoe for those terrible interceptions he threw in the playoffs. After the 86 Super Bowl, not too many people wore Tony Eason jerseys. Fans are used to turning goats into public enemies and making them punchlines to jokes about ineptitude. Pats fans can't do that with Faulk, Brady, Vinatieri, and Brown.

I'm concentrating on the Patriots' mistakes because I always concentrate on the Patriots. However, I should mention that the Broncos did earn this win. They rattled Brady and the offensive line early in the game, they forced two fumbles, Bailey made a terrific play intercepting Brady (the smart blitz call helped there too), and Mike Shanahan coached a good game. The Broncos offense didn't do much, but they only turned the ball over once, and they made big plays when they needed too.

Oh yeah, the Seahawks won too. The only thing I have to report about that game is my 2 hour nap was quite satisfying

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Another idiot leaves

Kevin Millar was absolutely terrible last year, and his act in Boston grew stale. However, he was an important part of the 2004 World Series. He put up strong numbers at the end of the season, and his Game 4 walk against Rivera started it the greatest comeback/choke in the history of sports.

So now the good times ride into Baltimore.

Answer to Guess the Athlete!

It's Maurice Clarett

I'll admit it wasn't my strongest Guess the Athlete! submission, but it was interesting that the day after I posted a picture of Clarett, Marcus Vick had another run in with the law.

Maybe Marcus Vick is a Guess the Athlete! participant and the picture of Clarett inspired him.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Someone's raising money to put this billboard up near the USC campus. More information here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Now this is some good coaching

The wisdom of Pittsburgh Penguin coach, Michel Therrien:
"It's a pathetic performance. Half of the team doesn't care. ... They're doing the best job to be the worst defensive squad in the league. I'm really starting to believe the goal of our defense is to be the worst defensive squad in the league. They turn the puck over, they have no vision. The guys don't care. They pretend to care, but I know they don't care. They suck. I've never seen a bunch of defensemen suck like this.

We should take 50 percent of their salaries because they play only 50 percent of the time."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Just plain stupid

No, I'm not writing about T.O. or NBA officials. I'm writing about the drunk writers who kept Jim Rice out of the Hall of Fame. Yes, I'm biased. Jim Rice was my first favorite baseball player. There are others who are incorrectly being kept out of the Hall, but for now I just want to deal with Rice. Here's my misinformed argument:

Is the Hall of Fame a celebration of longevity or is it a celebration of the game's greatest players? From 1975 to 1986 Jim Rice was the most feared hitter in baseball. Who did opposing pitchers fear more, Rice or Molitor? Rice or Yount? Rice or Perez? Rice or Puckett? Did any of these Hall of Famers have opposing teams use four outfielders against them?

Maybe Jim Rice should have stuck around as a mediocre player for a few years so he could pad his numbers. Maybe he should have went the Palmeiro route and take some steroids so he could extend his career.

People arguing against Rice claim he doesn't have the career numbers that other Hall of Famers have. Here are some numbers he does have (I copied this from Gordon Edes article that was written this summer -- sorry there's no link):

Sox vice president Dick Bresciani is sending to all voters a statistical study that makes a strong case that Rice was the dominant hitter of his day. Rather than dwelling on Rice's total numbers, Bresciani compared him with his peers during three periods: 1975-84, 1976-85, and 1977-86. Rice's numbers over a 12-year span (1975-86) were the most dominating in the American League; he led in 12 categories and was top five in two others. A closer look at Bresciani's numbers:

In that 12-year period, Rice led the league in go-ahead RBIs (325), slugging (.520), hits (2,145), runs (1,098), home runs (350), RBIs (1,276), total bases (3,670) and outfield assists (125).

Including National League sluggers, he was first in five of the 12 offensive categories, second in three others.

Twenty-five players have hit 300 homers and batted .300 in a 10-year span, and of them only Rice has been excluded from the Hall.

Rice finished with 382 home runs and a career average of .298. Seventeen players who have hit at least 350 homers and hit for a .290 average or better are in the Hall.

Rice is the only player in major league history with three consecutive seasons of 35-plus homers and 200-plus hits.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Guess the Athlete!

Wild Card Sunday

  • Carolina looked real good against the Giants. From today's performance I wouldn't be surprised to see them in Detroit for the Super Bowl.
  • Eli must have listened to his brother for advice on playoff football.
  • The only way the Steelers see Detroit is if Bill Cowher buys a bunch of tickets for a Pistons game.
  • Every Steelers game involves scuffles, dumb penalties, celebrating three yard runs, and Bill Cowher spit. Colts will beat them by 30.
  • Bengal fans can complain about Palmer's injury -- and it did affect the offense. However, Palmer's injury didn't have much to do with their terrible defense.
  • Way to show up Chad Johnson. Keep working on those dances.

Big, bigger, & biggest and some other pics

Wild Card Saturday

  • First let me pretend I care about the NFC. The Washington Tampa game was just plain ugly -- some good defense, but how can offenses be so incompetent?
  • The Pats and Jags continued the momentum of the NFC's ugliness in the first half. No Bruschi, Dillon doing nothing, and Jacksonville's enormous D-line and secondary playing strong made me a bit nervous.
  • Now some compliments:
    • For a few months this offseason, Troy Brown wasn't a Patriot. Last night he did a good job getting open for a touchdown, and he played a little defense too.
    • Can we compare Willie McGinest to Bruce Smith? Or should the question be can we compare Bruce Smith to Willie McGinest?
    • Andre Davis, Chad Brown, and Monty Beisel all made plays!
    • In other shocking news, Madden gave some good analysis -- especially when he showed how Peterson's cast prevented him from wrapping up Watson and how Samuels tricked Leftwich for the interception.
    • Jaguars look like a team with a good future.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Answer to Guess the Athlete!

Lee got it right. It's Jim Thorpe attempting a dropkick. By the way, Doug Flutie won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his extra point.

Some weekend trivia

While I'm on the Jets theme: who was the last Jets coach to be fired?

Bonus: list all of the Jets coaches who quit since this mystery coach has been fired.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

So who will be getting the draft picks?

The Chiefs may give up draft picks to the Jets, so they can have Herm Edwards coach them. What has Edwards accomplished that makes him worthy of draft picks? Edwards reminds me of Doc Rivers -- players like him and the media says he's a good coach, but when it comes down to it, they've never won anything.

Here's my little misinformed conspiracy theory based on some headlines I remember. First, Vermeil probably let his friend Herm Edwards know that this would be his last season. Edwards wanted the KC job, so he tries to figure out how to get fired because he doesn't want his new team to lose draft picks. This is when Edwards starts complaining about his contract and demands an extension. Why else would a coach of a 4 win team ask for an extension?

The Jets were smart and didn't fall for it. Now they're in a position of power holding an asset another team wants. In the end, the Jets will probably end up with some draft picks and a better coach.

One last Jets thought: Jets GM Terry Bradway has probably drafted hundreds of players. Only one has made it to the Pro Bowl, and that was Santana Moss -- who made it as a Redskin.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


A few thoughts:
  • You have 4th and 1 and a first down might seal the game. Why is Reggie Bush on the sideline?
  • I don't know how good Matt Leinart is. The weapons he has now are probably better than what he'll have next year.
  • Remember when QB Eagles was in excellent condition in Tecmo Super Bowl. That was Vince Young.
  • I don't know what Vince Young will be doing next year, but I'm watching even if he decides to go to the CFL. Simply amazing.

Marv Levy back?

He may become the general managers of the Bills. In interviews, he always sounds like a good guy and a smart guy. Plus, he certainly could coach well. Good move by the Bills.

Texas' Young leaning toward dodging NFL draft

Good choice

After Bob Kraft fired Pete Carroll, it came down to choosing between these two options.
  • Hire Belichick and give up some draft picks to the Jets.
  • Keep the draft picks and hire Tom Donohoe as GM and Don Capers as coach.
Let's see, Belichick's won three Super Bowls while Donohoe and Capers have just been fired. The good news is Kraft made the right choice. The bad news is if Donohoe and Capers where in New England, Reggie Bush may have become a Patriot.

So tired

I decided to watch the Orange Bowl. I don't know if it was the two beers I had or the countless three-and-outs, but I ended up sleeping through most of the first three quarters. Because the fourth quarter was exciting and I was impressed with the defenses of both teams, I decided to watch until the game ended.

Here's what I learned:
  • College kickers can't kick
  • College overtime rules are dumb. The entire game was about field position, so let's eliminate that in overtime. Just plain stupid.
  • There was talk the Patriots could draft the Penn State Middle Linebacker. Nice to see him getting hurt.
  • Joe Paterno is a cranky old man.
  • Bobby Bowden is a jolly old man.
  • Nothing's worse than not being able to fall asleep because of an earlier nap while listening to the sophisticated ramblings of JT the Brick.
  • I guess going to work the next day is worse.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Remember how I said I'd pay attention to college football this year?

Didn't happen. The only observation I have about bowl season is that Charlie Weis is fat. I will watch USC against Texas though. USC will win, I guess.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Enjoy the offseason

Mike Tice, Mike Martz, Mike Sherman, and Don Capers shouldn't have answered the phone this morning. As expected, they were all fired. There's not much to add in criticizing these coaches; their poor coaching has been discussed for years. I just want to add that Mike Sherman had no business being in the NFL after choking away the playoffs a few years ago. I'll miss the comedy of Tice and Martz, but since the NFL loves to recycle failure coaches, we're sure to see them again soon.

Then there's Drew Brees. Going into the weekend his team was already out of the playoffs. He just needed to get through one more game, and then he'd have a good rest from the rigors of the NFL. Then he gets a torn labrum (which Red Sox fans know way too much about). Enjoy an offseason of surgery and rehab, Drew!

Guess the Athlete!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

20 years ago...

No, I'm not writing about the last time I posted something new. Today, the Patriots are celebrating their amazing 1985 Super Bowl run. Unfortunately, being blown out in the Super Bowl and having a drug scandal right after it somewhat tainted the season. However, this was a great season -- playoff wins on the road against the Jets, Raiders, and Dolphins (who were 15-1 and hadn't lost to the Pats in Florida since sometime in the 70's), [correction: Dolphins were 12-4, but did give the 85 Bears their only loss -- thanks to Patsy2k for picking up the mistake] great special teams play, Andre Tippet, John Hannah, and let's not forget Mosi Tatupu.

To commemorate this season, the Patriots are selling, "Squish the Fish," t-shirts. I'm thinking of a person who would enjoy wearing that in Pro Player stadium next year.