Well here we are. I opened this popsicle stand in August, and still going strong in November. I hope I'm keeping you all entertained.
1) Partying like it's 1980 - In all seriousness, though, official congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies. Great job in a great series. Unfortunately, I think some of Maddon's quirky decisions may have cost him. What I don't understand was some of the pundits saying the Rays had to win the series to validate their season. Um, excuse me. They validated their season when they made the playoffs. What kind of moronic drivel is that? Good luck to the Rays in 2009. I see another playoff birth in their future.
2) So long Pavan"oh, no" - In a rare two take MLB week for me, the Yankees cut ways with Carl Pavano, and what a deal he was for them. He was paid somewhere around $5 million per START and $10 million per WIN. Phenominal. That's what you get for overpaying for a career .500 pitcher. Now the medical issues you couldn't predict (at least not this bad), but the results on the diamond, you should have known that before you ponied up ridiculous jack to get him. Hell, I would have pitched more games for the Yankees nearly as well for 1/100th of what they paid him. Investments in the housing and stock markets are outperforming the return that organization got on him.
3) The answer for the Pistons? - I'm not exactly sure if A.I. fits the style of basketball that Detroit plays. This move really doesn't make sense to me except for maybe the cap room it will clear up once Iverson clears the books after this year. Maybe someone with more basketball knowledge than me (which is pretty much everyone) can chime in and explain it to me. To me, especially in the short term, this deal seems to favor the Nuggets (although I doubt it's enough to put them over the top).
4) One of the best games I've ever seen, period - Wow. That was all I could say after watching the Texas, Texas Tech game this weekend. One person on a thread in here wondered why the Texas defender didn't just play the ball. Well, for those two of you who did not see that play at the very least on replay, it was because Harrell (who is now my frontrunner for the Heisman) read the defender who had his back to the ball the whole way, expecting the pass to go to the endzone. He then threw a beautiful ball to the correct spot, short and outside, and the DB had absolutely NO CHANCE. That was a pro caliber throw and catch. Now, the kid could have tackled better, but it was going to be a first down with Tech still having a TO, so NO ESPN, the game would not have been over had he done that like the Scoreboard crew was insinuating (god I hope I spelled that correctly). The clock stops on the first down, Tech calls their TO and attempts a chip shot (although in the college game, there really is no such thing, especially at the extreme angle the kick was going to be from). I expect Mark May (who played college football) and Rece Davis to know the rules and the situation a little better than what they displayed on Saturday night. Kudos to Crabtree for breaking away from the defender to get into the endzone as well, capping off a spectacular play.
5) Revenge is a dish best served with D - And two timeouts. There was some Bama fan insinuating (there I go again) that what Urban Meyer did this year was FAR worse than what Mark Richt did last year. If by far worse, you're talking about the beatdown they gave to each other over the past two years respectively, then yes, you are correct, it was far worse. Otherwise, I'll direct you all to my response to said comment here http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
11443490. Thankfully, Richt is far more understanding and classy than some Georgia fans, as was evidenced by his response to the media when asked about the situation. All I know is this. Florida is the best one loss team in football and playing the best football CURRENTLY. If I was another team, I would not want the Gators on my schedule the rest of the year. I will say this, though. Florida does NOT deserve to make the BCS title game over an undefeated PSU team, even though I think UF is better. The reason being, you HAVE to punish them for the fact they lost a game. Now if Florida PLAYS an undefeated PSU, or PSU loses to say Michigan State, then that's another story. I was amazed that my top 10 this week matched the AP top 10 exactly until number 10 where I have TCU ahead of Utah. No, I wasn't already giving them the win, I just think they're better. Their only loss is to Oklahoma.
6) So long Phillip - Unfortunately, as a Gator fan, I'm sad to see Philip go. Reason being, I knew he gave us a decent chance to win EVERY game against his team. The series was starting to reach Georgiaesque levels as far as being one sided in recent history. The reason for this though was not the man's coaching, but his recruiting. I'm fearful than the Vols will find somebody who can actually handle that end of things, now.
7) The bad teams stay bad - Well, all except for Cincinnati who were playing an equally pathetic Jaguars team. The Chiefs had my Bucs down by 21 points at one point, only to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and speaking of which, hoo boy, Detriot. You're our last shot at an 0-16 team.
8) Chokeland Faiders - This team's so bad, they get their own point to themselves. 301 to -2. That was how badly Oakland was outgained in the first half. 30 to 3. No, worse than the final score, that was the first downs, of which Oakland had ZERO in the first half. 10. Net passing yards by the Raiders. I had only ten less yards than that sitting at home laughing my ass off at that debacle. 31. Gross passing yards by JaMarcus Russell on 6 for 19, who played the whole game. Somewhere, Lane Kiffin is smiling and Faider fans are anxiously awaiting for Al Davis to expire. But hey, at least they're putting the "fun" in dysfunctional.
9) Weekend look ahead - The games I will be watching this weekend include Texas Tech Oklahoma State, Alabama LSU (which as a Gator fan I hope Bama wins), TCU Utah tomorrow night, Steelers Colts, and Saints Falcons to see which of those teams is for real, which I hope is Atlanta.
10) Buccingator's official NFL playoff predictions - Now that we are officially at the half way point of the NFL season, with every team having played 8 games (except for 4 that have played 9), here go my picks for the twelve teams that will be playing come January for a chance to visit my home town of Tampa, Florida on Feb. 9th. In the AFC, I like the Patriots to hang on to the East, the Titans to win the South (duh), the Steelers to take the north, and the Chargers to luck into the West with no better than a 9-7 record. For the wild card teams, give me the Ravens (even though they face a brutal schedule including all the teams from the NFC East), and I'll go with a team from the East, give me the Dolphins in a surprise. The Bills have looked lost recently for some unknown reason and I just don't trust Jet Favre to be careful enough with the ball on what I think is a mediocre team. In the NFC, I'll take the Giants to win the East, the Packers to squeak by in the North (with no better than a 10-6 record), the Cardinals in the West (another duh). I'll take the Bucs as one of my wild cards, and the other will obviously go to a team in the East, so let's make it the Eagles, who I think edge out the Redskins. But wait a minute, I haven't picked my division winner in the South, you might be saying. Well, the easy thing to do is take the Panthers, who in the end I think will take it (especially if they can handle the Bucs in Carolina), but my official pick on my blog is ... the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, the worst to first trend continues with a team that everyone thought would be rebuilding, but instead are just recovering from a horrible coach. So there you have it. I'll pick official playoff winners once the playoffs are set, but based on these picks, I'll go #3 Patriots over #6 Ravens, #5 Dolphins over #4 Chargers, #1 Titans over #5 Dolphins, #2 Steelers over #3 Patriots, #2 Steelers over #1 Titans. In the NFC, give me #5 Buccaneers over #4 Packers, #6 Eagles over #3 Cardinals, #1 Giants over #6 Eagles, #5 Buccaneers over #2 Falcons (hey, how about that, two divisional matchups in the divisional round. Wouldn't that be neat?) #1 Giants over #5 Buccaneers, and finally, in Tampa, Giants over Steelers. There you have it, folks.