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Posted on: November 14, 2008 8:41 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 10:20 pm
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 10th.

Well, here I am posting this just before I should be posting my blog for Nov. 17th.  Guess that's what I get for trying to set a Tuesday deadline.  Hey, it's not like I'm getting paid for my opinions (it really would be two cents worth.  Of course, most of the posters {and some of the writers} <and writers="" some=""></and>in here, if I gave a penny for their thoughts, I'd be demanding change back, so I guess it works both ways).

1) Texas Tech should be number 1 - I can only go by what I observe.  I don't think the Red Raiders will finish at number one (although it'd only be a minor surprise if they did.  Their offense is scary good), but they get my vote for number 1 right now.  Now while Tech's big victories have been at home, and Bama's have been on the road, Tech's playing better football against better teams and getting better results.  Also, I don't understand why Michael Crabtree isn't getting more love for the Heisman.  I guess it's because the ball isn't in his hands every play.  Honestly, I'd vote him ahead of McCoy and Bradford right now (of course, this could change pending future results).  I did not expect the Red Raiders to just decimate the Cowboys the way they did.  Oklahoma State, which had played well on D all year could not get off the field against this team.  Their first SEVEN possessions went for TD's.  Remarkable.

2) Speaking of scary good - Gotta give some love to the Gators.  To me, they are playing the best, most complete football in the country right now.  And their special teams are the very definition of special.  They give opposing coaches nightmares.  That Ole Miss loss may have been the best thing to happen to them.  It woke a sleeping giant.  That is one focused football team right now.  And to everyone who keeps bringing up that loss that obviously didn't watch that game, especially those comparing it to USC's loss to Oregon State, the Gator's lost because they had a bad case of let's put the ball on the turf.  They were up 17-7 at halftime.  It wasn't like they were down all game and had to fight back.  That being said, they deserved to lose, you can't take the loss away, and you have to hold it against them.  One thing I will give to Longhorn and Sooner fans, your losses were against superior competition.  But if you've seen the Gators since then, they are just flat out dominant.

3) Thank you Hawkeyes - I love Joe Pa and have nothing against PSU (unlike tOSU), but I am so glad that Iowa beat PSU this week practically guaranteeing the Big 12-SEC match up I want to see on Jan. 8th (even if it is Bama instead of UF).  I think most of the nation will agree with me on that one.

4) Another thing about I hate about the BCS - Why is the Big East considered a BCS conference?  Is it too late to go back and draft the Mountain West as a BCS conference, or rewrite the rules where if a non-BCS school is in the Top 10 while a BCS champion (and I use that term losely) is not in the top 16, instead of guaranteeing just one spot, they should rip the spot from the other school.  Who honestly wants to see Cincinnati or Pitt in a BCS bowl game (have fun with that, Orange Bowl)?  I'd much rather watch a Utah or Boise State.  And this is why we'll never have a playoff.  Conferences like the Big East will take 85% of a $100 million pie instead of 50% of a $200-$300 million pie.  It's simple economics people.  All the arguements against the playoffs are so dumb, I can't stand them.

5) Why does everybody think it's going to be PSU-USC in the Rose Bowl? - And no, I'm not talking about the almost nonexistant chance USC has of making the BCS Championship game.  The fact is, while PSU controls it's own destiny, they do not own the tie breaker advantage and are therefore not the only team that does so.  Michigan State holds the tie-break, and therefore, also controls it's own destiny.  And speaking of controlling destinies ... USC DOESN'T EVEN CONTROL THEIRS!!!!!!!!!  No, that honor belongs to the Beavers of Oregon State, who some of you might remember beating USC earlier this year.  Beavers win out, they will be in Pasadena no matter what anybody else might want or what the polls say.  Update: Just learned that I was wrong about the Big Ten and who controls what.  While Michigan State does indeed control a multiple team tie-break due to the reason I listed, the first tie break is head to head.  Therefore, PSU is the only team to truly control it's destiny.  The Spartans would need the Buckeyes to lose while the Buckeyes get in with a win and a PSU loss.

6) Oh When the Aint's ... Go Marching Out - To you self entitled, never won anything, think your crap doesn't stink, holier than thou, buy into the hype Saints fans, I only offer this ... ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!   Couldn't happen to a better group of people.  Where's all these defensive improvements you made?  Where's this unstopable offense?  My Bucs may not win the division this year, but I know for darn sure you guys won't!  How's the view back there?  How's it feel to be two games behind a 4-12 team from a year ago?

7) Mike Martz, please quit yer b&$!hing - Reguardless of what you thought the situation was going to be in after the review, your only choice for a play call involved Shaun Hill throwing the ball a few inches in front of him in a downward motion, and then calling the appropriate play for the moment.  If your call before the review was to ground the ball, what the heck made you change the play call, to a run no less.  I don't care if the ball was at the 1, the 2 1/2, the five.  You had the correct play called, and then your geniousness kicked in and cost you a game.  Have fun finding a job next year.

8) 0-16? - As much as I love Rod Marinelli, especially for the time and work he put in here in Tampa, I pray his team pulls the 0fer.  I honestly think it's harder to lose 16 games than it is to win 16 games.  I should temper my enthusiam until about week 15 or 16.  If they can go into week 15 0-13, things will look a lot better.  I do know that they will not be favored to win another game all year.

9) Look ahead - The games I'll be looking forward to this week are UF versus the other USC, Oregon State Cal (to try to keep USC out of the Rose Bowl), and Cowboys Redskins in the NFL.  Unfortuantely, it's a pretty ugh kind of a week.

10) Tip off time - College basketball officially gets underway this week with the games starting to count for real in teams quest for March.  Expect a lot more bball posts from me as I follow some of the conference races and big games.

Bonus Look Ahead: Next week I will have a point on my Bolts decision to fire Berry Melrose after just 16 games.

Posted on: October 1, 2008 6:35 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 10:53 pm
 

10 things I learned the week of Sept. 29th

1) The Polls are full of "Bull"oney and the Razorbacks were "Nutt"s to get rid of Houston - Does anyone want to explain to me how on God's green Earth the USC Trojans are a top ten team?  Based on what?  Being previously gifted with the number one ranking?  Pollsters (especially those in the Harris poll, that has USC SEVENTH and unfortunately is factored in to the BCS) should hide their heads whole bodies in shame.  First off, USC pulling this garbage year after year is inexcusible, but then not to be punished for it?  I swear if I see USC in any bowl game not named Rose (providing they don't collapse), I'll throw a gigantic playoff rant on my blog.  Let's just compare USC to 4 other teams, shall we.  1) tOSU Yes, I know USC beat them head to head, and Trojan fans are going to get on me for suggesting this, but right now, I'd rank tOSU ahead of them.  Why?  Because tOSU only loses in the big games, not against teams they should beat up on (yes, I realize they struggled against Ohio earlier this year).  An based on Quizz's running, there's nothing that makes me think tOSU can't win a rematch on a neutral field with Wells back despite getting blasted earlier.  2) USF I don't care that they are USF and choked under the pressure of a premature number 2 ranking last year.  This team is undefeated and just crushed NC State on the road without their best defensive players.  3) UGA they just got beat by a VERY, VERY good Alabama team (more on them later).  How is that not better than choking against Oregon State?  4) UF yes, they got beat.  Yes, I wouldn't say Ole Miss is that much better than Oregon State.  And while I'm on Ole Miss, what was Arkansas thinking getting rid of Houston Nutt?  Um, he's BETTER than Bobby Petrino.  Ole Miss has a very bright future ahead of them.  I wish them well in the coming years.  Anyway, back to UF, AT LEAST THEY SHOWED UP TO PLAY AND DIDN'T EXPECT OLE MISS TO LIE DOWN JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE FLORIDA.  The reason Florida lost was because they put the ball on the turf 5 times.  No team that does that deserves to win against anybody.  But Florida is one blown defensive assignment (and that was the CB's fault, Raycom), or one Tebow overthrow away from winning that game.  USC was not at any point winning/going to win/gave you any confidence they were playing (other than a short spurt in the third)/gave you any indication that they were going to figure out Jacquizz Rodgers/okay, I think I made my point.  If I had to rate these 5 teams right now, I would have them in this order: 1) USF, 2) UGA, 3) tOSU, 4) UF, and a VERY DISTANT 5) USC.  Pollsters, please WAKE UP!!!  At least the Pac 10 schedule will weigh USC down in the computer polls.  Can't wait till those come out and USC fans wonder why their at 15 or less.  End of USC rant.

2) "Rays"ing expectations - Congratulations to the Rays on winning the toughest division in baseball by two games.  I expect good things from them this post season, and everyone will see what team baseball is all about.  Remember, defense does not go dry like hitting or go cold like pitching can on occasion.  I think they are poised to make a long run (more on this later).

3) Lane Kiffin Death Watch is mercifully over - Now that Lane is out from under the thumb of senile Al Davis, maybe he can concentrate on putting his life and career back on track.  Davis obviously has no pulse on his team not realizing that the players loved him and were playing hard for them (as several of them have come out and stated).  And who are Raider fans going to blame the next time their D chokes away a game?  NOTE: I forgot to mention that Al fired Kiffin "with cause," which is code for I'm going to try to be cheap and not pay you another cent.  UPDATE: It looks like Kiffin might end up sueing Al in addition to his greivance with the league.  Personally, I think Al has no shot with the grievance, since the burden of proof is on him, but I'll be interested to see where the lawsuit goes, especially since the burden of proof will be on Lane.  Personally, I hope he hits Al up for a lot of money.

4) The Scott Linehan Psychic Hotline - Before the game against the Bills, Linehan came out and said that if he lost, he felt he would be fired.  Well, the Rams lost, and Linehan was fired.  There were far more problems on this team than just Marc Bulger (or Linehan for that matter), but to alienate and lose your locker room, the move had to be made.

5) D's the Key - Defense wins championships.  This is true in any sport, and most so in football.  You hear it all the time, and yet people and the media always fall in love with offense and overlook bad D.  Well, look at the three undefeated teams in the NFL right now, and what do they all have?  Stellar D.  Yes, I know people will bring up soft schedules, but do you truly think that the Titans don't easily have a top 5 D and the Giants and Bills a top 10 D.  A top 10 D will give you a chance to win most games, and will definitely give you an excellent shot at not only making the playoffs, but doing something once you get there.

6) The NFC playoffs - In the NFC, you have two divisions that have no team under .500.  One of these two divisions has every team playing the Bengals, Browns, and Rams and has lost only one game against non division foes.  The other division has every team playing the Chiefs, Raiders, and Lions and has ALSO lost only one game out of division.  Then, you have two divisions that do not have a team over .500 (for those of you who can't figure it out, the first division is the East, the second the South, and then the North and West are the other two).  Not to sound too much like Hank Whinebrenner, but is it too late to strip them of their playoff spots and give them to the other two?  Maybe they'll turn it around, but if not ...

7) Roll Tide - I am extremely impressed at the start Alabama has gotten out to.  That win between the hedges was huge.  Unfortunately, the only chance of an SEC team going undefeated is Alabama or LSU, and they have to play each other, because the only team in the east without a loss that has played a conference game in Vandy.  Wouldn't it be something to see Vandy in the SEC championship game?  Could happen.  But I would also love to see an undefeated SEC team versus an undefeated Big 12 team (Oklahoma, Missouri) in Miami on Jan 8th.  That would be an epic game.

8) A Look ahead - The games I'm looking forward to this weekend (besides the MLB playoffs) are the Philly/Washington game in the NFL and the Auburn/Vanderbilt game in college.  Time to find out if Vandy is for real.  Go 'Dores!

9) It's faceoff time - For 4 teams (the Rangers, Lightning, Penguins, and Senators), the season kicks off this weekend overseas (for everyone else, it's next week).  If you live in/near an NHL city, I ask you to go and attend a game live.  Hockey is the greatest sport that few people south of the border care about.  Unfortunately, I think a lot of it is due to the fact that Hockey doesn't translate well to the TV, and most people just want to stay at home/go to the bar.  Watch one game live, and if you still don't like it, well then at least you experienced it once.  But a lot of people become hooked once they see their first live action.

10) My fearless (and perhaps biased) MLB playoff predictions - For the first round, I'm picking Phillies in 4 (CC gets Milwaukee's only win, and can't get the ball back to him), the Cubs in 4 (just too good of a staff.  Good pitching will silence good hitting, but Manny can mash), the Angels in 5 (having home field is key.  I think they both take one at the other's park, and then the Angels take game 5 at home), and the Rays in 4 (they steal one at US Cellular).  Then for the LCS's, I pick the Cubs in 5 (just better than the Phils.  Again, good pitching will silence good hitting), and the Rays in 7 (Rays match up well.  Rays take one in LA, Angels win one at the Trop, Angels win game 6 to force game 7, but then the Rays come up with game 7 on the road).  Then, in the World Series, I'm going Rays in 6 (Rays take all 3 at home, steal one in Chicago).  Yes, some of my personal bias may be coming through, but I seriously think it can happen this way.  We'll see how it goes.

Posted on: September 24, 2008 6:22 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2008 9:24 am
 

10 Things I learned the week of Sept. 22nd

1) Saints still have no D and no north south running game - As a Bucs fan, I always love a chance to pile on the team with the most ridiculous fans in the NFC South who somehow think they have a tradition of winning and are clearly superior to the rest of the teams based on two years ago.  All I heard was we fixed our D.  Well after 3 weeks, WRONG!  You are one horrible Jeff Garcia read/pass away from being 0-3.  On the play where Fujita picked him off, he had TWO receivers wide open in the end zone and didn't see either one for some inexplicable reason.  But hey, you made the plays and won the game.  Secondly, I got in heated discussions about Reggie Bush being a bust.  While I may have been premature in that assessment, I was correct on two other things fans refused to take off their black and gold colored glasses to see.  1) Without a north south running game, your offense is predictable and one dimensional.  You still lack this key component.  2) Reggie Bush is, and will always be a WR who lines up behind the QB.  They should just make the change and be done with it.  And he still dances too much.  Bust, no.  But does he make the Saints a winner, no.  Cheer up, Saints fans, you still have to play the Chiefs, Raiders, and Lions.  There's 3 wins right there.  Oh, but the Bucs and Panthers still have to play the Lions, Raiders, and Chiefs, too.  Nevermind.

2) The balance of power has shifted - For years, the AFC has been the dominant conference.  That has now shifted to the NFC, and specifically, the East.  You could have 3 teams from that division making the playoffs again this year, especially since they all play the Bengals, Browns, and Rams.

3) "Lee"ding your team to a dramatic win - In my first segment of this blog, I commented on whether UCLA threw Craft's jersey over another kid.  Well, did LSU do the same thing this week?  It's amazing the difference in performance between the two halves.  Hat's off to LSU for that outstanding victory on the road.

4) The Pac 10 is done - I commented on their horrific record against the Mountain West here last week, but after Boise State beat Oregon on the road (yes, I realize the Ducks had their 24th string QB in there), stick a fork in this conference.  USC fans should really worry.  While I doubt it will be enough to keep them from Miami on Jan 8th, they will be heavily penalized in the computer polls for their schedule, especially when compared to a potentially undefeated SEC or Big 12 team.

5) Look Ma, 67 pass attempts and no grass stains - How did the Bears stack the box and force the Bucs to pass on nearly every down, and not get a sack?  The only times they even got pressure on him was via the blitzing LB.  I guess they react much better to run plays than pass plays.  Give a QB time, and he will shred you, whether he's Joe Montana or Joe Schmoe.  Kudos to the Bucs O Line, who was still without Davin Joseph.

6) The face of frustration - As a Gator fan, nothing made me feel better than watching Tennessee make mistake after mistake, and then showing coach Phillip's facial expressions on the side line.  And what was up with Crompton thinking they should have won that game?  It was 17-0 before they could blink (or move the ball for that matter).  While I don't "hate" Tennessee (although their band could learn a couple more songs than playing Rocky Top 265,326 times a game, although I think I heard it less than 10 times in this game), I do "hate" Fulmer.  The only good thing is he has a losing record against the Gators.  In fact, in recent history, this is starting to reach Georgia levels.  And Georgia (who I do hate), appears to be turning it around under Mark Richt (who I love, go figure).  I'm also looking forward to a peed off Auburn team continuing the Volunteers woes this week.

7) Another coach I love to hate in the SEC - While I have no love for Nick Saban, I loved seeing his team go into Arkansas and CRUSH the Razorbacks and Bobby Petrino.  Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

8) Weekly Kiffin death watch - a few people have noted this story has started to reach Favreian levels.  The problem is Davis wants Kiffin gone, but doesn't want to pay him.  Kiffin has made it clear (and rightfully so) that he won't quit, and Davis' lawyers I'm sure have explained to him that they have no legal recourse if they fire him.  This is a no win situation, for Kiffin, Davis, but most of all, for the Raiders team.  And what's up with Rob Ryan's act?  Aren't you the DC?  Want to actually get your team to, oh I don't know, DEFEND SOMEBODY!!!!

9) A look ahead - I am really looking forward to the Bama Georgia game between the hedges this week.  With Bama's great start, this should be a fun game.  Off the tails of the Tiger bowl, this looks like another epic ESPN SEC showdown brewing.

And finally (expect to see this again next week) ...

10) "Rays"ing the bar - Congrats to the Tampa Bay Rays securing their first postseason birth in franchise history.  This team is absolutely fun to watch, and will be a force in the MLB playoffs, especially at the Trop.  With a magic number of 2 (yes, I know as of 9/22 it was 4, I can break my own rules every once in a while), I look forward to congratulate them on winning the East on my post for the week of Sept. 29th.  Go Rays!!!

Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:39 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2008 3:59 pm
 

10 things I learned the week of Sept. 15th

Sorry I'm late on this one.  Had a busy week and was sick for a day.  Even though this is going up on a Saturday, I'll limit it as though I was posting on Tuesday.

1) Most NFL fans need to relax - I always love how after one week, fans of 16 teams are writing off their seasons, and fans of the other 16 are printing their playoff tickets.  Several teams that were 0-1 won, and vice versa, so where are we at now?  It's a lot easier to get a better read after week 4, so be patient.

2) USC will easily win the PAC 10 and will most likely be in Miami for Jan 8th - Really, were most of us surprised by that result?  I think more suprising was what the rest of the Pac 10 pulled off (losses except for Oregon, which had to rally).  Unless SC pulls a Stanford, there's them, and then there's everybody else.  The only team that will beat them is themselves.

3) The three best conferences are 1a) SEC 1b) Big 12 3) MOUNTAIN WEST??? - By going 5-0 against said Pac 10, I think we can definitely make the case for this.  Honestly, who else to you put in that 3 hole?  The Big 10?  The ACC?  The Big East?  Can't be the Pac 10 based on the 0-5 record.

4) One of the best games I saw this week was USF-KU - That was a huge victory for USF, which beat a good Kansas team with a great QB in Reesing.  Unfortunately, he made one mistake in a critical time, and the rest is history.  USF just might be the class of the Big East this year.  Maybe a trip to Miami on Jan 1 is in the cards.

5) An MNF classic - The best game I saw was the Cowboys Eagles game.  That game was back and forth just like a basketball game.  Yes, I know pureists will sight the lack of defense, but still, WOW!  That kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

6) Auburn 3 run double Mississippi State 2 run home run - Yes, I know people looking to slam the SEC  will point to this score, but it is just an effect of the best defense being played in the country.  Right now, the defensive stats are drastically skewwed toward SEC schools.  Now, on the other side ...

7) Big 12 sand lot football - Had that score come from a Big 12 game, I could understand a little more.  For those of your who aren't paying attention to what are clearly the two best conferences this year (see: 7 8 teams in the top 10), the Big 12 teams are averaging nearly 50 points scored per game.  Little surprise with the great QB's that play in here.  Daniels, Bradford, Reesing, the up and down that is Texas Tech.  Can't wait until they start playing in conference.  Unfortunately, only one school from one of these two conferences will be able to play USC in Miami (unless they do pull a Stanford).  Would be nice if they could play each other.  Strength versus strength.

8) ND is still ND - last week I wondered if the ND team this year could be worse than the one last year.  Well, despite beating Michigan, the jury's still out.  Michigan put up better numbers, except for the most important one, the scoreboard.  ND will clearly finish with a better record this year, aided by a softer schedule.  Still, I think we'll know just how bad they are when they play SC.

9) Preseason Predictions mean absolutely zero - So far, two of the medias darlings, the Browns and Vikings are 0-2.  Worse, we're to be subjected to nearly the entire Browns regular season thanks to the powers that be giving them like 10 4:15, SNF, MNF, or NFLN games.  Yurg!!!!

10) Can this be the Cardinals year? - On the other hand, another media darling is quietly 2-0 despite ostracizing one of their WRs.  Looking at the rest of that pathetic division, this may finally be the year for that trendy pick to come true.

Posted on: September 2, 2008 7:30 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2008 1:18 am
 

Welcome to 10 things I learned this week.

Well, I'm going to try my first foray into this blogging thing.  Each week on Monday or Tuesday, I will do a blog entry on ten things that I learned from this week in sports.  It will be heavy on football during the season, and will get in hockey during it's season.  After football, college basketball will make more of an appearance.  I'll also occasionally mix in an MLB or NBA comment, but I am not as well versed in those sports.   Well, here I go.

1) I should've had an "E1" - Something Seth Everett of MLB.com said this weekend bothers me.  He said (without throwing the guy under the bus) that he knows of an official MLB scorer who was watching "Seinfeld" during a game, and they needed a ruling, and he had to watch the replay.  Maybe the guy in Pittsburgh was doing something similar, because LaRoche was only about half way down the line when CC got his hand on that baseball.  My Physics class taught me that CC's throw, if he fields it cleanly, beats LaRoche by 5 feet.  That's the definition of an E1 in my book.  And listening to this guy try to defend his call is laughable.  I know guidelines call for a quick decision, but I've seen many a time where during a game, an E is quickly changed to an H, or vice versa, when they get a better view of it.  That's what should have happened here.  I don't think baseball can go back and retroactively award CC a no hitter, but it never should have gotten to that point.  Just my opinion.

2) ACC fans want to know when basketball season starts - Could there have been a worse beginning to the college football season than what happened to the ACC, and specifically it's annointed best team Clemson, than the beat down by Alabama?  I read an ACC beat writer who lamented that looking at it, he still thinks Clemson is the best team in the conference, which is not  a good thing (unless you're an FSU fan).  Couple that with Va Tech losing to ECU and NC State getting beat down by a team that threw 4 picks, this leads to ...

3) A Mountain West team will be in a BCS bowl game - since the ACC will not have a highly ranked team this year, it will open the door wide open for the winner of the Utah BYU game (barring a major upset) to go play in likely the Fiesta Bowl.

4) South Carolina's best QB is pretty Smelley - Well, Spurier Spurrier (oops) finally made the right call and named Smelley as his QB.  After the other guy (and you get this name after throwing 4 picks) kept a bad NC State team in it for the first half, common sense took over, and now they have the correct guy behind center.

5) Crafting a Memorable Victory - Did UCLA throw Craft's jersey on some new kid at halftime?  The entire first half, he made bad reads, looked indecisive, and had no zip.  The second half, he made good reads, looked decisive, and had zip on his ball.  Whatever Nueheisel and Chow said to gently light a fire under this kid's butt, I want to know, because it definitely worked.  Big props to them.

6) Getting a read on the Big East - This conference was 0-4 against FBS teams (D1A for those of you still living in the past) and 4-0 against FCS teams this weekend.  The thing that scares me is looking at them, I can easily see an undefeated West Viginia team playing an undefeated USF team on Dec. 6th for a chance to go to the championship game.  This is not farfetched.  I am not aware of any roadbumps on WVU's schedule and the only problem games for USF are Kansas at home next week and a November meeting at Cincinnati.  Don't be surprised if this happens, and if it does, don't be surprised to have both teams entering that game in the Top 7.

7) Tim Tebow may not win the Heisman, and this doesn't upset me - Even as an obvious Gator fan.  The reason being, he has weapons he can rely on this year, including what appears to be the making of a running game without using Tebow as the primary runner.  All of this is good for UF, and will help their chances of getting an SEC and possibly a national title.

8) The Best Team I saw this week - despite the showings that UF and SEC bretheren Alabama put on this week, by far the best team I saw was USC (no, not you, Gamecocks, the one out west).  Their dismantling of (albeit an ACC member) January bowl game team from last year in their home stadium, coming across country to do it was very impressive.  The polls got it right this week.  Look out OSU.

9) Nothing good happens after 2 am - No, I didn't actually learn that this weekend, but it bears mentioning.  The tradgedy of Jags OLT Collier being shot just makes me wonder why people insist on staying out that late.  Plus, it appears that his celebrity (ergo money) MAY have made him a target.  Players of all pro sports need to realize there are people in this world that want nothing more than to take advantage of them.  I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he's able to play again.  Looking forward to the NFL season getting underway.  Go Bucs!  Update: Apparently, it wasn't money, but some guy mad at him because he got beat down by Collier before (perhaps even at the same place).  I still wish him the best, but I guess his machismo got the best of him one night, and the coward decided to take matters into his own hands by shooting him multiple times.  Second Update: Don't know if anybody checks back, but they finally made an arrest today (10/19).  Turns out I was right and that it was somebody he had beat up at the same night club back in April.  Unfortunately, Collier's career is over.  I wish him a speedy recovery and a long life.  Nobody deserves to be shot 14 times.

10) Catching some Rays - who would have ever thought that we would ever start a September with this being EXACTLY what the Red Sox and Yankees would have to do?  This has to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the MLB.  Living in Tampa, I was here for the Super Bowl win by the Bucs, and the Stanley Cup win by the Lightning.  I have a feeling, within the next three years, the city across the Bay, St. Pete, will be home of the World Series champion Rays, and I'll be here to enjoy that to.

 
 
 
 
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