Thursday, August 28, 2008

This could be awesome...

Remember that above? When Chad Johnson put "Ocho Cinco" on the back of his jersey to honor Hispanic heritage month, then later on demanded that reporters address him as Ocho Cinco? Well.....according to Miami sport's radio station 790 The Ticket Chad Johnson has legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco" meaning his name is now "Chad Ocho Cinco" which means that now he should be able to put that on his jersey without getting penalized....HAHAHA, Chad Johnson is crazy but this is just hilarious, imagine the media calling him Ocho Cinco? It's too much!!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

UTEP should join the Big 12 Conference

I have noticed in the past couple of years that many BCS conferences have been looking for teams to add to make the conferences even better than what they are now, this includes the Big 12. Which is why I raise the case for the University of Texas At El Paso. I am saying this because over the past couple of years the UTEP football team has gone up against a football team from the Big 12. Over the past two years UTEP gave Texas Tech a run for the money both in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, as well as in Lubbock last year. This year they will be playing the University of Texas on Sep. 6 in El Paso, and will try and show the country they have what it takes to pull of the upset. Next year this UTEP team will be going to Austin, to take on the Longhorns, while the Kansas Jayhawks will be going down to the Sun Bowl to take on the Miners. Not to many non BCS teams can say they are going to play two Big 12 teams in one year. If UTEP can show a strong showing against in the next two years I believe that they can replace a team such as Baylor in the South. I know this is off the subject but not only does this happen in football but over the last couple of years the UTEP basketball team has gone up against A&M in College Station and Tech both in Lubbock and in El Paso. The change would not only good for UTEP but for the Big 12 Conference as well.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Home Field Advantage? Not for these guys...

Without a doubt one of the great things about college football is the atmosphere. There's nothing better than thousands of fans all draped in their school colors making the ground shake with their collective roar. Great fan support is essential if a team wants to win, that's why there's even a term like "home field advantage". Ask anyone who's ever played againts LSU at Tiger Stadium, or Michigan at The Big House and they'll tell you what an impact it is to play in such a hostile environment. To win in a situation like this is truly a feat by any visitor, not all schools are as lucky however; some teams walk step out to a half empty stadium, with lackluster support from their fans. These are the schools with the WORST home field advantage.

10. School: San Jose St.
Conference: WAC
2007 Record: 5 - 7
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 15,465

9. School: New Mexico St.
Conference: WAC
2007 Record: 4 - 9
Home Games: 7
Average Attendance: 14,412

8. School: Buffalo
Conference: MAC
2007 Record: 5 - 7
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 13,568

7. School: Rice
Conference: C-USA
2007 Record: 3 - 9
Home Games: 6
Average Attendance: 13,353

6. School: Utah St.

Conference: WAC
2007 Record: 2 - 10
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 13,131

5. School: Ball St.
Conference: MAC
2007 Record: 7 - 5
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 13,085

4. School: Idaho
Conference: WAC
2007 Record: 1 - 11
Home Games: 6
Average Attendance: 11,479

3. School: Kent St.

Conference: MAC
2007 Record: 3 - 9
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 8,999

2. School: Florida Int.
Conference: Sun Belt
2007 Record: 1 - 11
Home Games: 5
Average Attendance: 7,982

1. School: Eastern Michigan

Conference: MAC
2007 Record: 4 -8
Average Attendance: 6,810 what can I say?? I guess not winning games and being the MAC doesn't really bring out the crowds.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Top Selling Jerseys Top Selling Jerseys from April 1 to July 31 are as follows:

1. Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
4. Eli Manning, New York Giants
5. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
6. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
7. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
8. Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys
9. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
12. Devin Hester, Chicago Bears
13. Randy Moss, New England Patriots
14. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Michael Strahan, New York Giants
16. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles
17. Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys
18. Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants
19. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
20. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
21. Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints
22. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
23. Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos
24. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
25. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks

Wow...Brett was number one, my guess is because of all the Green Bay fans who were thinking of getting the latest throwback, Jokes on you bastards!

So I like to analyze stuff that doesn't need to be analyzed or should be analyzed so let's see...

Teams with multiple players in the top 25 jerseys: 6 Teams, Dallas Cowboys: 5 (Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Terrell Owens, Jasson Witten, DeMarcus Ware), New York Giants: 3 (Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora), New England Patriots: 2 (Tom Brady, Randy Moss), Oakland Raiders: 2 (Darren McFadden, JaMarcus Russell), Pittsburgh Steelers: 2 (Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu), Chicago Bears: 2 ( Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester)

No Surprises here, "America's Team" is in first place, with the Super Bowl winners in second place followed by the bigest case of "almost but not quite" the Patriots. Perhaps the biggest shock is to see Oaklands two young offensive stars on here, I mean neither of them have even started a game, Russel has as much playing time in the NFL as I do and McFadden hasn't even taken a snap in a preseason game...hype much?? The Steelers and the Bears show that your team doesn't have to win in order for your players to be popular they just have to have cool hair, or be big scary looking white guys from crappy colleges.

NFC players: 16
AFC players: 9 while the AFC has better teams the NFC has better individual talent? Well No, they have more popular players I guess...think about it the only "media darlings" I can think of in the AFC are Peyton Manning and Chad Johnson...You'll find as much camera whores in the NFC as you would on Myspace...TO, Reggie Bush, Tony Romo, Brett Favre, Devin Hester, Matt Leinart, Michael Vick(HEY he still counts.) So now let's see wether Defensive or offensive players are more popular...

Offense: 18
Defense: 6
Special Teams: 1

WOW...well no, not surprise what's truly shocking is that of those six defensive players only one of them is from the AFC(Hairs-n-Muscle Polamalu) come on people! Show more love to Bob Sanders, or Champ Bailey, or heck even Mike Vrabel. The special teams player is Devin Hester...because that's pretty much what he is. So which position is the most popular??

QB: 10 (Brett Favre, Tony Romo, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Ben R , Jay Cutler, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Hasselbeck)

RB: 6 (Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marion Barber, Darren McFadden, Brian Westbrook, Reggie Bush)

LB: 3 (Brian Urlacher,DeMarcus Ware, Patrick Willis)

WR: 2 (Randy Moss,Terrell Owens)

DE: 2 (Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora)

TE: 1 (Jason Witten)

S: 1 (Troy Polamalu)

KR: 1 (Devin Hester)

The usual spotlight players...QBs and RBs stealing the spotlight...why aren't there ever any Long snappers or Centers on this list?? A nice surprise is Patrick Willis who tore it UP at San Franciso last year, I'm also glad to see Jason Witten who's very underratted and should be payed alot more.

So there you go, a lot of information about Jersey sales for a couple of months.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Where's the Love?

Russ Lande of War Room Scouts recently wrote a piece for The Sporting News in which he goes on to talk about who he considers to be the top ten quarterbacks for the 09 NFL draft, here’s a copy of the list:

  1. Tim Tebow, Florida, Jr.
  2. Matthew Stafford, Georgia,Jr.
  3. Josh Freeman, Kansas State, Jr.
  4. Cullen Harper, Clemson, Sr.
  5. Colt McCoy, Texas, Jr.
  6. Chase Daniel, Missouri, Sr.
  7. Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas, Sr.
  8. Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State, Sr.
  9. Sean Glennon, Virginia Tech, Sr.
  10. Rhett Bhomar, Sam Houston State, Sr.

In this list there is one HUGE glaring obvious absence. I’m sure if you know anything about

college football you already know who I’m talking about. So I ask Mr. Lande….where’s the love?? Why the exclusion of Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell?

The only reason I can think of is the label that Harrell has been unfairly given, “System Quarterback” so let’s break it down. Let’s take a look at Harrell’s numbers from last year, 48 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 512 completions out of 713 attempts with 5705 yards, all I can say is WOW…but still many people think “System QB” so let’s take a look at other “System QB”s and see how they stack up I am going to focus on three other guys, Timmy Chang who tore it up in college but didn’t make it in the NFL, Colt Brennan who rewrote the record books and will look to get a job in the NFL, and finally a player who was included in Russ Lande’s list, Chase Holbrook.






Graham Harrell(2007






Timmy Chang(2004)






Colt Brennan(2007)






Chase Holbrook(2007)






There’s a clear difference between Harrell and the rest of these players isn’t there? Holbrook’s numbers would perhaps be a lil’ bit higher if he hadn’t missed one game against Louisiana Tech last year; still Harrell threw a lot more than any of these players, had more touchdowns, fewer interceptions than most(except for Chang), and more completions. Not only that but Harrell plays in the Big XII while all these other players play against WAC defenses which are for the most part not as good as those in the Big XII. So obviously Harrell is a player, anyone who can throw 48 TDs in 12 games is amazing, I don’t care what system you’re playing in, not many other players can match that. I guarantee Chase Daniel, or Matthew Stafford wouldn’t have the same kind of numbers if they played under Mike Leach.

So now that I’ve made my case that Harrell is not simply a “system QB” let’s go on to see other names that were included instead of Graham Harrell. Start at the top, Tim Tebow last year’s Heisman winner and a QB who’s a huge double threat, especially when it comes to those short yardage situations. According to Russ Lande Tim Tebow is the #1 NFL prospect for next year, but let’s weigh the facts. Running QBs simply don’t cut it in the NFL it’s as simple as that, the last mobile QB to make it to a Super Bowl was Donovan McNabb with the Eagles, and he didn’t win, five years before it was Air McNair with the Titans, and they lost. Before that it was John Elway when he won with the Broncos. That’s it, mobile QBs are simply not successful in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the top QBs in the league, Tom Brady(not mobile), Peyton Manning(not Mobile), Carson Palmer(not mobile)….starting to get the picture?

The last great Mobile QB to play college football was Vince Young, now he’s still a rookie but so far he’s been having a hard time in the NFL. Let’s compare his last year with Texas to Tebow’s performance last year.

Pass attempts





Rush attemps

Rush Yards

Rush TDs


Vince Young(2005)










Tim Tebow(2007)










Tebow’s numbers show that he has thrown and rushed more than Vince Young did, because of that he had more passing and rushing TDs, his rushing TDs however mostly came at the goal line when his 6’3 240lb frame came in handy. Which lead to Tebow getting hit quite a lot to the point that his hand got injured, How many coaches in the NFL would be willing to risk their running QB to get hit that much? None. The point is Young was faster, and bigger than Tebow but that still hasn’t made a difference in the NFL so I highly doubt Tebow would have that edge in the NFL. Which leads of course to say that Tebow is a better passer than Vince Young, and yes he is…but is he a better passer than Harrell? Or even Matthew Stafford? Or Chase Daniel?...doubt it.

Which leads me to my next point, Matthew Stafford. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player but is he really the #2 QB? Matt Stafford last year had 348 attempts for 194 completions for 2523 yards 19 TDs and 10 INTs…..that’s right 19 TDs and 10 INTs that’s more than half of his total TD count. When compared to Harrell we can see that second year starter Stafford threw almost half as many passes but only 4 less interceptions than Harrell. While Stafford’s completion percentage was 55.7 while Harrell’s was 71.8. Overall Stafford just doesn’t overshadow Harrell in any way, not even physically while Stafford stands at 6’3 and 237lbs, Harrell is just as impressive at 6’3 and 205lbs. I really don’t see how anyone would take Stafford over Harrell.

As for the rest of the players, they’re not really worth analyzing, the only player which deserves to be as high as he is ranked is Chase Daniel, I’d even rank him higher. The point is if Harrell’s numbers are a product of the system, then so are Tim Tebow’s. So Where’s the Love Russ Lande?? Where's the love NFL Scouts? Where’ the Love Heisman voters??

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekend Observations

Green Bay is holding a QB competition for that starting job
My money is on Matt Flynn

HOF Game: Redskins vs. Colts
Colt Brennan > Jason Campbell

Steve Smith of Carolina Panthers suspended for two-games
Doesn't Steve Smith look like a Ninja Turtle