Sunday, November 27, 2005

There's a Gleam

This week's gameball goes to LaDanian Tomlinson. Laying 3.5 points in an overtime game coached by Marty Schottenheimer is usually a death knell for anyone's bankroll. And sure enough, Martyball was in full effect in OT, as the Chargers were just trying to run with the ball into FG range. But Tomlinson knew that while a comeback win certainly is nice, it wouldn't completely satisfy the Charger fan who bet on his team. So he delivered a straight-arm reminiscent of a young Emmitt Smith and cleared his own way into the endzone for the score and the cover. It was a thing of beauty, and I thank you LT. If I ever run into you at a San Diego Hooters, the wings are on me.

After Dick Vermeil and Jon Gruden went for wins instead of ties in successive weeks, there was talk that there was a new wave of aggressive coaching in the NFL. Apparantly, that message didn't make its way to Tom Coughlin. Not once, not twice, but THREE times Coughlin played for a 40+ yard field goal rather than try to drive towards the endzone. While the Tuna is long gone from the Giants, the smell of fish was most definitely in the air on the G-men sidelines. The football gods made ol' Tom pay for his transgressions, as the field goals missed wide left, short, and short again. Jay Feely will be the goat for missing the kicks, but in my opinion it was Tom Coughlin's playcalling that really lost the game.

How badly do the Texans want Reggie Bush? They were only able to pull off the loss to the Rams after the "hands" team couldn't catch an onside kick and then a 3rd string QB out of Harvard drove down the field for scores. Thats a difficult feat to achieve. Only a few teams in the league- the Jets, Saints, and Texans- are capable of such a choke job. But congrats to the city of Texas. That #1 pick in the draft is yours. Now don't screw it up by picking Leinart.

Technically speaking, the Dolphins beat the Raiders today. But this shouldn't make anyone in Miami any happier than they were yesterday, because the score doesn't matter. As far as Saban is concerned this was just an intrasquad scrimmage. In fact, I'm not even sure this game was timed. I think they just sounded a horn once everyone got a good sweat in, then afterwards Ricky Williams and Randy Moss compared notes on where to get the best weed.

Finally, for anyone that said to the TV, "What are you smoking?" to Michael Irvin when he repeatedly defended Terrell Owens on ESPN, it appears the better question is what wasn't he smoking?


At Mon Nov 28, 08:15:00 AM PST , Blogger Greg said...

Well, I'm not so sure the Texans have a lock on the #1 pick. Although they're trying real hard to hold on to it. The Packers and the Jets are probably putting forth their "best efforts" to land Bush as well.

It would be hilarious if the Texans take Leinart though. And by hilarious, I mean awful.

At Mon Nov 28, 12:51:00 PM PST , Blogger insomniac said...

It was premature to hand the #1 pick to Houston, but after blowing a 3 touchdown lead to a QB making his NFL debut, it's hard to imagine them winning another game.

But mark your calendars: week 17, New Year's Day. Houston at San Francisco in a game that could have major draft implications. I wonder if David Carr and Alex Smith will just take turns throwing the ball backwards through the endzone?


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