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06 Things We’re Looking for This NBA Season

Posted: November 14, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in NBA
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For the first time ever, this mancaver is getting NBA League Pass as soon as the free trial ends as soon as the NFL season winds down as soon as he gets his money right.  This is a breakthrough for me because I always thought a one minute highlight on Sportscenter was enough to get a good jist on the goings on in the league.  Well since ESPN went Tebow on me, I can’t count on them for quality NBA breakdowns.  Besides, the league product has never been better!  Every night, from coast to coast will be a blockbuster night, even a random Golden State vs Houston game.  Besides, it’s better than being in misery just watching my Bullets play.  With this new anticipation for the season, here are the top 6 things I am looking forward to this NBA season.

Ok, I wrote all of that a couple of days before the NBA season.  Because of other duties, problems, general laziness, etc., I have been unable to complete this post until today.  So I will do a two-week update of all the notes I had written down before the season started.

1. “As his hairline has retreated, his game has completed.” – That’s what Walt Frazier said about LeBron James.  Anyone else excited/anxious/nervous about LeBron’s ceiling now that he has blown away the money off of his back with his phenomenal 2012? As a general basketball fan, whose team is out of it before the season begins, I’m in the first group; I know a lot of Celtics and Lakers fans who middle in the 2nd and 3rd group.  Any which way you stand, we will all be witnesses.
Update: A ho-hum start in South Beach. The Heat are 6-2, Lebron is averaging 23.7 PPG (5th), 10.0 RPG (10th), and 6.1 APG (22nd).  Ray Allen has hit a game-winner and Rajon Rondo has tried to take out Dwyane Wade.  It’s like last season never ended.

2. Does It Really Never Rain In Southern California? – I honestly don’t understand how the Lakers, with all of their cap problems at the end of last season, could enter this season with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  Oh yeah they only gave up Andrew Bynum and picks.  So I guess, we’ll see a Heat-Lakers finals?  That will be fun, but I kind of want a surprise at the end.  And the Clippers can give us one.  Chris Paul is back and healthy alongside Chauncy Billups.  Blake Griffin was banged up this offseason but should be fine now.  Getting veterans Grant Hill and Lamar Odom, and even the jacker Jamal Crawford makes them intriguing.                                                                                                                                                       Update: Lakers start 1-4 and the world explodes.  Charles Barkley uses the Lakers to deliver the quote of the year “I’ve always said I want my accountants from Princeton, not my offense.” Mike D’Antoni will try to pretend to coach defense.  Clippers lead the Pacific.  Did I mention the world exploded when the Lakers started 1-4?

The Beard God has a new Temple

3. How the West Will Be Fun – This year’s Western Conference is the very reason to get League Pass.  There are a lot of intriguing teams out there.  The reigning conference champs, the Thunder, are an afterthought, even when they dealt James Harden to the Rockets.  The Nuggets are still dangerous with better perimeter defense and athleticism.  Dallas has made some subtle moves, and Memphis is still a solid squad with guys who they hope will have improved their game.  Utah and Golden State are interesting.  If Minnesota can get back Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love; they can really become the NBA’s Great White Hype.  And of course I forgot the Spurs, who is just bore everyone to 50+ wins and home court in the first round, again.                                                              Update: Utah and Golden State are awesome squads that will fall apart by January.  Minnesota is 5-2.  Kevin Martin is actually pretty good with the Thunder.  San Antonio has only one loss, but who really cares. And we may have to add Houston to this list, despite the small sample size.  Jeremy Lin is so lucky.

4. “We’re doing it every way you can do it. If we were a sex manual, it’d be a best-seller.” – This was actually Jim Carrey Rick Carlisle talking about the Dallas Mavericks.  But I’m going to use it for my Wizards.  Last year, they lost in every way possible.  Giving up, blowing leads, running back on defense when they team was on offense, the basics.  But my beef is with the front office, because it seems that the team is building in every which way you can, the last 7 years.  After great successes through 2004-08, the franchise never took the opportunity to get better, thinking that a Arenas/Butler/Jamison nucleus could really win a title.  They thought Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas could really help them in May and June.  After that plan fizzled with Arenas’s knee, the team went young with projects alongside veterans.  That didn’t work.  Then the team went super young, with a coach that was here to coach veterans.  Andray Blatche got fat.  Now the franchise is back with bringing in more professional NBA players, alongside promising young players.  I really wish that my team would stick with one plan and roll with it until the end. While I cannot stand Ernie Grunfeld, this is a team that could contend for an 8th spot if John Wall turns from solid NBA player to a superstar, and Bradley Beal can bring his shooting touch.  I will be watching.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Update: The Wizards are 0-6.  Wall and NeNe are still hurt.  I haven’t watched a full game from start to finish yet. Javale McGee shrugs.

5. ESPN on the Screen – I’m not just a sports geek.  I’m a sports media geek.  I don’t usually say that because being a sports geek is one thing; being a sports media geek means you probably have a lot of lonely Saturday nights watching west coast NBA basketball.  Anyway, I’m excited for what they are going to do at ESPN for their pregame shows.  Jon Barry and Chris Broussard are gone.  They could have stopped right there.  Now they are bringing in Bill Simmons and Stan Van Gundy.  Now I’m excited.  Then they dumped Van Gundy and brought in Jalen Rose.  Fist pump!  ESPN won’t be TNT, but theit studio show won’t be a torture chamber listening to Magic Johnson speak.                                                                                                                                                                            Update: The first gem from Jalen actually came while he was on Sportscenter.  Keep it real, brother.  Oh yeah, here are some great NBA follows on twitter this season; @WojYahooNBA, @JaValeMcGee34, @JonesOnTheNBA, @ZachLowe_NBA, @mcuban

6. Last Men Standing – For the Eastern and Westen Conference Finals I got Miami and Boston again, and the Lakers and Thunder.  For my finals matchup.  I got….damn it don’t matter, I got Mr. James hoisting the trophy again.                                                                                                                       Update: If the Mayans don’t end the world, the Lakers being under .500 at Christmas and giving up close to 100 points per game will.  So you have nothing to worry about LeBron haters.

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Football Friday: Johnny On the Spot

Posted: November 9, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in College Football, NFL
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Every year, there seems to be that one quarterback that comes out of nowhere that plays with so much swag.  RGIII and Darren Thomas come to mind.  Cam Newton a little bit as well.  B.J. Daniels, Taylor Martinez, college Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy as well.  These guys did impressive feats during their first couple of seasons as a college QB, making plays with their arms and legs.  Who is the upstart quarterback this season taking the country by storm?  Let’s go to the home of the 12th Man, in College Station, Texas, to meet Johnny Football, Johnny Manziel.

This guy is the truth, and it’s just his first year of starting.  He’s doing things that we haven’t seen since Cam Newton, and he’s in range to leave him in the dust like he does most defenses on Saturday.  Johnny’s a little more than 500 yards away from Superman’s single-season rushing record and he’s only a redshirt freshman.  He’s second in the nation in total yards (again redshirt freshman) showing he’s a rushing and passing threat.  He was arrested for being in a bar fight and having a fake ID, then 6 weeks later he was named Texas A&M starting QB.  He went to Halloween dressed as Scooby-Doo and had all the girls taking pictures with him.  Is there nothing Johnny Football can’t do?

Well, yes there are a couple of things.  He is listed as 6’1″.  He is turnover prone, which is expected as a freshman.  The throwing motion has much to be desired.  Really, Manziel could turn into 2012’s version of Taylor Martinez.  The offense coaches, especially head coach Ken Sumlin, have hidden Manziel’s problems very well so far this year.  But they are going up against Alabama; this is not the regular defenses of Mississippi State, Auburn, or even Florida who he torched in the first half.  But if there is anyone that could beat the Tide it is Johnny Football.  Just like Cam Newton in that Iron Bowl game, someone who can extend the play is needed to beat a team like Alabama.  When the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd option are taken away, which Alabama does better than anyone, who can make a play in the backfield to still make it into a positive play?  There’s been no one in the SEC that can do that, until Johnny Football came to town.  Even Kirk Herbstreit says that Texas A&M has a better chance to beat Alabama than LSU.  I’m not saying Texas A&M will win, but this one will be fun to watch.  Manziel has come right on time for there to be an offensive challenge in the SEC.

Games of the week after the video of the week, just in case you missed it.  There’s a real-life Icebox in pee-wee football, but she plays running back.  Sam Gordon is so awesome, I thought the video was edited to make her look this good.  As Renzuno said to me, if she wasn’t a girl Les Miles would have signed her already.  I wonder if that would stop Lane Kiffin and USC.

Saturday, November 10

EARLY AFTERNOON: 24 Northwestern vs Michigan (12pm, ESPN)/Georgia Tech vs North Carolina (12pm, ACC Network)/9 Louisville vs Syracuse (12pm, ABC)

LATE AFTERNOON: 15 Texas A&M vs 1 Alabama (3:30pm, CBS)/Penn State vs 16 Nebraska (3:30pm, ABC)/11 Oregon State vs 14 Stanford (3:30pm, FOX)

NIGHT: 2 Kansas State vs TCU (7pm, FOX)/3 Oregon vs California (10:30pm, ESPN)/4 Notre Dame vs Boston College (8pm, ABC)

Sunday, November 11

EARLY AFTERNOON: Denver vs Carolina/Oakland vs Baltimore/Atlanta vs New Orleans

LATE AFTERNOON: Dallas vs Philadelphia/New York Jets vs Seattle/St. Louis vs San Francisco

What Could Have Been…

Football is a game of millimeters, forget inches.  That’s how close the Cowboys were to pulling the massive upset over the Giants, again.  Dez Bryant’s fingertips were just a little too long, and the Cowboys came just short to pulling their record to .500.  That’s what the photo above represents the last 15 years of the Cowboys franchise.  Awesome, entertaining play from the team that falls just short of its goals, blames it on one or two incidents, but doesn’t seem to realize that the 6 turnovers in the first 59 minutes probably was the root cause for the loss.

Well one person in the Cowboys organization has stepped up to see the forest for the trees.  While the world crumbles around Tony Romo, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones came out and said that Romo isn’t the problem.  Finally, someone says it.  The problem has existed from Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe.  It’s existed since Terrence Newman, Terrell Owens, and Pacman Jones.  It’s definitely been there for Dave Campo, Wade Phillips, and even Bill Parcells.  The problem is Stephen’s father, Jerry.  Now mind you Owner Jerry Jones is awesome, probably one of the best in NFL History.  But the GM Jerry Jones is officially horrible.  Tony Romo throws interceptions; but who picked the players that run the wrong way on an option route?  There’s a reason that Dez Bryant slipped so far in the draft.  How does a tight end have 18 receptions in a game?  When the receiver depth is awful, that’s what happens.  Who is responsible for not only the lack of depth on the receiving corp, but most of the team?

Where is the help for Romo on the offensive line?  It’s been neglected for years.  Where is the running game?  The Cowboys threw the ball 3 times, to gain one yard deep in Giants territory.  Not one run.  Where is Romo’s help on the sidelines?  Who picked a guy to coach that doesn’t have confidence in the plays and decisions that he makes?  GM Jerry Jones has been a bane for this team for years, ever since ousting his friend Jimmy Johnson.  Cowboys fans have disliked him since getting rid of the hat, Tom Landry.  So, for the franchise to turn around, GM Jerry Jones needs to be the first to Cowboy Up.

Owner Jerry Jones needs to fire himself as GM.  He can’t pick the groceries anymore, like Bill Parcells once said.  The mix of players that he selected has not worked yet.  Now I’m not saying that Jerry should be blamed for most of the problems on the field.  Romo isn’t some 2nd year QB.  He needs to play more consistent.  Coach Garrett can’t use his whole playbook because he doesn’t know if Dez will run the right route.  Injuries have massacred a very talented defense.  There’s a lot of people who need to cowboy up big time for the last 9 games of the season.  Offensive lineman need to block better and open up holes for runners.  Tony Romo has to limit turnovers so he doesn’t have to comeback from large deficits.  But this organization good enough to be relevant but bad enough to not be a factor in the NFC for a long time.  Through different quarterbacks and different coaches.  The only constant is the front office.  I think everyone knows where the problem is coming from.

A GM’s number one job is to analyze his team and see where to make the upgrades.  Hopefully (for icecoldsoloace), GM Jerry Jones can report to his boss and let him know that the change must start with him.  Song of the day and games of the weekend after the bump.

Saturday, November 3

EARLY AFTERNOON: 16 Texas A&M vs 15 Mississippi State (12pm, ESPN)/12 Oklahoma vs Iowa State (12pm, ABC)/Missouri vs 7 Florida (12pm,  ESPN2)

LATE AFTERNOON: Pitt vs 3 Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC)/Ole Miss vs 6 Georgia (3:30pm, CBS)/23 Texas vs 18 Texas Tech (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2)

NIGHT: 1 Alabama vs 5 LSU (8pm, CBS)/4 Oregon vs 17 USC (7pm, FOX)/24 Oklahoma State vs 2 Kansas State (8pm, ABC)/

Sunday, November 4

EARLY AFTERNOON: Denver vs Cincinnati/Baltimore vs Cleveland/Arizona vs Green Bay

LATE AFTERNOON: Pittsburgh vs New York Giants/Minnesota vs Seattle/Tampa Bay vs Oakland

The Walking Dead

I should entitle this post the “You Gotta Go” edition of Overreaction Monday.  So sorry that I can’t break down the awesome Giants-Cowboys game, how the Colts may be ahead of schedule, or the Broncos may be a lock for the AFC Championship game.  This is dedicated to the coaches, GMs, and players who have gone stale in the league.  But I’m not going to start where you think I’m going to start.  I’ll spare him for later.  Let’s go out west where the San Diego Super Chargers scored only 6 points, 6!, against the Browns.  Now some people saw the loss coming, but not the Chargers scoring 6 points.  You could see the last shreds of Norv Turner’s credibility as a head coach slipping away in the rain as formerly elite Philip Rivers, struggled to score.  If offensive genius Turner can’t get his squad to score a touchdown, why is he even there?  But Turner isn’t the only one that needs to go.  A.J. Smith the GM has lost his touch, and it’s apparent he is not going to get it back anytime soon.  Remember when the Chargers had the best talent in the league?  I think the GM thought those days still existed.  But when your pride let’s Vincent Jackson go, hold on to LT too long and let Michael Turner and Darren Sproles go, and hold on to Antonio Gates until he pretty much can’t walk, you are not good my friend.  Don’t let me go into his drafting (Ryan Mathews anyone?)  The defense was great a couple of years ago with Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips, Quentin Jammer, Antonio Cromartie, and Luis Castillo.  Now? Phillips is still the best player on the defense.  That’s a problem.   Maybe his worst one is not firing Norv sooner.  Well, he shouldn’t have that problem, the owner will take away that duty from him when he fires both of them.  I remember Archie Manning called him, “The Lord of No Rings.”  Well, San Diego is smack in the center of Middle-Earth.

2.  The Minas Tirith of the Middle-Earth of no Rings (wow I just showed my geek side, ah well) is right in Philadelphia.  It’s the beginning of the end of the Andy Reid era.  The owner said that 8-8 wasn’t good enough.  The Eagles may not finish above .500.  When our fabulous commissioner Carmen Council tweeted “I can’t believe I picked the damn Eagles,” I think she captured the feelings of all of Eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.  At some point the Eagles have shown you who they really are.  That might have been in that first quarter against the Falcons.  The Eagles got punched in the mouth on the first drive and never responded.  Their first six plays were majority passes.  That’s the Eagles.  No heart, no power, all finesse.  The Eagles are 11-15 since Miracle at the Meadowlands II.  They’ve had an offensive line coach as a defensive coordinator and a guy as a defensive line coach whose scheme matched nobody’s strength on the Eagles defense.  Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have been pedestrian, especially this year.  Michael Vick sounded resigned to losing his job (and maybe his career) even though the loss wasn’t on him.  Why keep going with this filth?  The Eagles have shown us who they are.  They showed it last year, but Reid got another chance for some reason.  The situation was stale when he got his reprieve last winter, imagine what it’s like now?

3.  Can I get this off my chest? DeAngelo Hall has got to go.  Not just from my team, but maybe even from the league.  There’s nothing he does well anymore.  I saw this printed two weeks ago but didn’t say anything because I couldn’t believe it since Terence Newman is still in the league.  According to ProFootballFocus.com, MeAngelo Hall is the 95th ranked cornerback, IN THE NFL! He’s 99th if you just measure coverage skills.  This past week, he blew up and yelled at a ref and got ejected.  You have to go NOW!  What do you bring to the Redskins?  You can’t cover anyone.  I don’t trust your tackling.  This last part of your career has been extended because of Jay Cutler’s generosity to you.  Other than that, what’s your purpose?  To sustain the local DC club economy?  Because all I see of you is you running 5 yards behind receivers on crossing routes or giving up 8 yard gains because your 10 yards off the ball.  Put rookie Richard Crawford out there and it will look the exact same.  I don’t want the Redskins to put up with it anymore, and I don’t want to see it anymore.  Because after that outburst, Hall has turned the corner from being a parasite just along for the ride, to a cancer, sucking the life out of the ball club.

Honorable mentions: Ron Rivera, New York QBs, the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville wide receivers, Jason Garrett, GM Jerry Jones

Football Friday: Not-So Big Game Bob Stoops

Posted: October 26, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in College Football, NFL
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Can These Two Rise to the Occasion this Saturday?

Bob Stoops is 79-4 at home in his 13 years as the Oklahoma head coach.  The last two losses came in their last 5 games in Norman, when they were heavy favorites.  One was to Kansas State earlier this year, which ended national title dreams before the season kicked into gear.  The other occurred to lowly Texas Tech last year, which also ended their National Championship aspirations.  I could also remind you of his BCS bowl game record (3-8).  Sooner fans wonder whether fire that started the Stoops era is slowly dying.  The last 3 years have been tough, with only the BCS appearance in 2010 to show for their work.  Well, this is a great week for Stoops to prove the fire is still burning.

Notre Dame rolls into Norman playing with house money.  Experts (like myself) thought there was no way they would be undefeated coming into this game.  They have no offense whatsoever, struggling to score with teams like BYU.  The defense is awesome; Manti Te’o is legit and the rest of the front seven could stymie any offense in the country.  The back 4 is suspect, but the front seven has played well to mask those issues.

Landry Jones for Oklahoma has not played as well as you would think for someone looking to improve his draft status.  Now it looks like the passing attack has gotten well feeding off Texas and Kansas, but Notre Dame is a different beast all together.  If this game was in Notre Dame, I would pick the Irish, despite the fact I would have to wash my mouth out with soap.

This is one of those games that you can see Notre Dame being within a score in the 4th and the Oklahoma fans sitting on their hands.  But there’s no way that Landry Jones will have a sub par game at home again right?  There’s no way that the Oklahoma defense which suffocated Texas a couple of weeks ago will have trouble with the two-QB non-threat of Tommy Rees and Everett Golson right?  There is no way that a Bob Stoops-coached team will crap the bed at home in a big game again right?  It’s time for Big Game Bob to come back again.  But why do I have the feeling he is long gone? Song of the day and games of the weekend after the bump.

Saturday, October 27

EARLY AFTERNOON: Tennessee vs 13 South Carolina (12pm, ESPN)/Iowa vs Northwestern (12pm, ESPN2)/Temple vs Pitt (12pm, MASN)

LATE AFTERNOON: 2 Florida vs 10 Georgia (3:30pm, CBS)/Ohio State vs Penn State (5:30pm, ESPN)/14 Texas Tech vs 3 Kansas State (3:30pm, FOX)

NIGHT: World Series Game 3 – San Francisco vs Detroit (8pm, FOX)/5 Notre Dame vs 8 Oklahoma (8pm, ABC)/11 Mississippi State vs 1 Alabama (8:30pm, ESPN)

Sunday, October 28

EARLY: Atlanta vs Philadelphia/Washington vs Pittsburgh/Miami vs New York Jets

LATE: World Series Game 4 – San Francisco vs Detroit (8pm, FOX)/New York Giants vs Dallas/Oakland vs Kansas City

For the NL Playoff Power Poll, click on this link.

The NL playoffs is a crapshoot.  The AL playoffs were suppose to be a sure thing until this week.  So who is a contender to make it to the World Series?  Let’s rank the participants.

5. Oakland Athletics – As a Nationals fan, I guess I should root for the A’s because they gave us Gio Gonzalez, and the guys we gave up (Tommy Milone and Derek Norris) have really produced for this scrappy squad.  Their entire pitching staff, from starters to bullpen is solid, even though you don’t know who their names are (because I know I don’t).  They lost their veteran pitchers, the rookies came in and picked up the slack.  The team plays hard every night, which keeps them in most games.  The hitting is much to be desired; they have a .238 batting average.  Who do they think they are, the Astros!  But if the power hitters come through, this team can keep their improbable run alive.  Is Disney already working on Moneyball 2?

4. Baltimore Orioles – The better of the nobody believes in us squads.  25 guys have contributed for this team, 40 in September.  Everyone is all in.  Buck Showalter has plugged and played and pushed this team along.  If it’s a one-run game, which most of these playoff games are, then the Orioles have to be a favorite to pull it out.  They have clutch hitting, led by Adam Jones which is crucial in the playoffs.  Their bullpen is actually pretty dominant, with Jim Johnson on the back-end to shut down opponents.  Did I mention that Buck Showalter is the best manager in these playoffs.  The ‘Orioles Way’ is back and hopefully here to stay.

From Greatest to Goat, just like that

3. Texas Rangers – It was all good a week ago.  The Rangers were going to be runaway winners of the AL West and have home-field in the AL Playoffs.  Then bad pitching, and bad Josh Hamilton defense happened.  Now they are in a wild card playoff with the upstart Orioles.  Where did it all go wrong?  I couldn’t put this team in the top 2 because of their September swoon (15-16, Sept-Oct included), but this team really has the talent to in the World Series.  It would really be upsetting if they didn’t because of the last two playoff runs for this team.  Also, the fact they may lose Hamilton in free agency makes this playoff run more urgent, but with the way he’s playing right now, would they miss him?  If the pitching returns to form with this lineup, the Rangers will be a tough out.  But can they get through the wild card game?

2. New York Yankees – If this was any other team, this would be my 4th ranked team.  But it is the Yankees, so of course they will win it all.  A week ago, they could have been playing in the wild-card game.  Now they are the Number 1 seed.  That’s the Yankees magic.  I don’t like their lineup because they are home-run or bust.  But watch Robinson Cano start hitting doubles the opposite way and Derek Jeter starts hitting seeing eye singles.  I don’t like their pitching.  I don’t even know who will be the 2nd starter; but watch that guy (probably Andy Pettitte pitch 7+ innings.  Why? Yankee Magic.  That’s why they are 2nd on this list.

1. Detroit Tigers – This may be the worst defense team in the playoffs, so how are they my favorite in the AL?  Well for one they have a Triple Crown winner.  No one has had that kind of weapon since 1967.  The 3-4 part of the lineup of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder carried the Tigers into the playoffs.  The problem with the Tigers all season has been the guys not named Cabrera-Fielder, especially in the bottom of the order.  But if they can string together hits and manufacture runs, just like experts expected them to do at the beginning of the season, the Tigers will be tough to beat.  Throw in the Justin Verlander-Max Scherzer-Doug Fister pitching rotation, and they are down-right lethal.

So the Mancave picks a Braves-Tigers World Series.  Congratulations to those fans, now that will never happen.  But this is really the 2nd best time of year with NFL, NBA starting, NHL (if they would get their act together), and now the MLB postseason.  So buckle up for the ride, because I guarantee something will happen that you don’t expect.

I can’t believe I am actually going to write this, but it is time for the Jets to turn to Tebow.  I’m surprised they didn’t throw in the boy wonder during garbage time of the 34-0 mollywhop at the hands of the 49ers.  I mean, if Tebow can’t get in at quarterback in that game, why did the Jets get him?  This proves that Tebow is just a token, a sideshow piece in the eyes of the Jets.  They don’t view him as a QB of the future, nor should they.  But, when the Texans are crushing the Jets on Monday, and the Meadowlands is ringing with a chorus of boos and chants for savior that is not on the roster, it will become Tebow time.  And finally, we will put to bed the notion that Timothy Richard Tebow is a NFL quarterback when the jets are 4-7 in week 12.

How did the Jets fall so low?  They were just in the AFC Championship game and were a couple of plays from upending the Steelers in the 2010 season.  Well let’s see; they have had bad offseasons, losing Thomas Jones, Braylon Edwards, Kris Jenkins, and Jerricho Cotchery in these last 2 years.  Drafts have been bad; Shonn Greene has gone south (shout out to South Jersey though), Kyle Wilson is a nobody, and Muhammed Wilkerson is not a game-changer.  Rex Ryan over-evaluates his own guys; Bart Scott is old and slow.  They have to blitz on every play to get a pass rush.  On offense, Sanchez looks lost.  It doesn’t help that there are no weapons at all on the squad, especially with Santonio Holmes hurt.  Sanchez may be regressing.  I saw him holding the ball out on a 49ers pass rush like he was Deion Sanders.  The ball was promptly knocked out of his hands.  Right now Sanchez just sucks. But this is what I would say to Sanchez if he were right in front of me.

So you might as well get Tebow in the game.  What’s the worse that could happen?  More Tebow segments on Sportscenter?  Skip Bayless writing love notes to his favorite man in the world?  Actually, Sanchez is just fine for the Jets.  Just fix everything around him, before it’s too late for his career.  Song of the week and games of the weekend after the bump.  I wish this was the week to write about college football because the games are AWESOME this week.

Saturday, October 6

EARLY AFTERNOON: 24 Northwestern vs Penn State (12pm, ESPN)/20 Mississippi State vs Kentucky (12pm, SEC Network)/Kansas vs 7 Kansas State (12pm, FX)

LATE AFTERNOON: 4 LSU vs 10 Florida (3:30pm, CBS)/Georgia Tech vs 15 Clemson (3:30pm, ESPN)/Arizona vs 18 Stanford (3pm, FOX)

NIGHT: 5 Georgia vs 6 South Carolina (7pm, ESPN)/8 West Virginia vs 11 Texas (7pm, FOX)/21 Nebraska vs 12 Ohio State (8pm, ABC)

Sunday, October 7

EARLY AFTERNOON: Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh/Atlanta vs Washington/Green Bay vs Indianapolis

LATE AFTERNOON: Denver vs New England/Seattle vs Carolina/Chicago vs Jacksonville