Jan 13, 2009

10 Years Ago...

He walked away. You know, the guy who convinced us a man can really fly...

Jan 10, 2009

Playoff Picks

Real Life has gotten in the way of in-depth analysis...as always, home team is in bold.

Baltimore (+3) over Tennessee

Carolina (-10) over Arizona

Philly (+4) over Giants

San Diego (+6) over Pittsburgh

I think B'More wins outright, and Philly and San Diego cover. Take it to the bank.

Jan 9, 2009

A Favor...

Okay, OLASB Nation, I have dutifully given you over a year and a half of my thoughts for free, and I'm about to ask a favor: I know writing comments can be time consuming (unless you're Nez...), so if you could just give me a quick click on the buttons beneath each post of 'good' or 'bad' for a little feedback, it would be appreciated.

Abrams, I'm going to assume 1 of the 'bad' votes on each post is you. Thanks.

Jan 8, 2009

National Title Game

Here it is. 33 Bowl games in the can, and just one to go. And I couldn't be more burned out. Sorry, no in-depth analysis, no comparison of trash talk, not even a good old fashioned dig at the fun and gun Big 12 that hasn't played defense since training camp.

Ok, that one slipped.

Still, I don't even think this game will be entertaining. One team is better in all three phases of the game, and the other one doesn't even have their best running back on the field tonight.

Florida - 35 Oklahoma - 21

Some additional reading: Annual dominance of the SEC and the Big 12, breakdown of Sooner offense vs. Gator defense, profiles of the coaches and finally 10 reasons why each team may win...along with my favorite quote of the CFB postseason:
Giving freakishly competitive Tebow extra motivational fuel is like giving John Daly the keys to a Krispy Kreme bakery and a bottle of scotch. Very bad idea.
Sick burn, Pat Forde.

"What Doesn't Kill You...

Only makes you stranger."

The Joker said that in the latest Batman movie. You know, the one that made about a bajillion dollars and quite literally EVERYONE saw this summer? Well, a good basketball blog has likened the Seven Seconds or Less Suns (the Mike D'Antoni style of play) with the Joker's chaotic idiom in the movie. And it holds up exceptionally well.

Read This.

Why so serious?

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming...

John Smoltz? JOHN SMOLTZ? On the BoSox? Is there no justice in this world?
All the best to one of the best ever.

*BITTER FAN EDIT* At least the Braves management is coming through this thing without looking inept or petty.

(wait for it)

(not quite yet)

(here it comes)

Or not.

(there it was!)

Jan 7, 2009

Good While It Lasted

Well, ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting that both Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will be forgoing the rest of their college eligibility to pursue careers in the NFL.


Thanks for the memories fellas.

Logan Gray/Joe Cox, Caleb King/Richard Samuel...time to step up.

Jan 6, 2009


You can't spell, "Hey Buckeyes, stop wasting all of our time" without
B-C-S. I don't care if they win every game they play next year, the highest bowl this team should be eligible for is a pre-New Years Eve one. As a matter of fact, can the BCS drop the Big 10, and pick up the Mountain West, please? Hey, if it works for soccer accross the pond...

*MATHEMATICAL EDIT* - It has been brought to my attention that while the Big 10 (11) sent 7 teams to bowl games, 6 of those teams lost. So, as a conference, they went 1-6. That. Is. Awful.

Jan 5, 2009

Round 1 Playoff Recap

Atlanta vs. Arizona

It was way better than we could have ever dreamed. That's what I kept telling myself regarding the Falcons season, even as I watched Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Edge James (!) end our magical run that produced the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, NFL Coach of the Year, a legion of new Falcons fans, and a legitimate resurrection after the combined assassination attempt by Michael Vick and Bobby Petrino.

Demitroff, Smith, and co. had every reason to fail this year...and they overcame it all. They even made a certain blogger eat certain words...and enjoy it. Congrats to the Carolina Panthers, who are going to blow the doors off of the Cards next week.

Indy vs. San Diego

Well shit. Another week of Phillip Rivers. Another week of Lil' Darren Sproles. Another week of Norv looking absolutely lost on the sidelines. On the plus side, another week of Darth Vader/LDT jokes, another week of an 8-8 team in the playoffs, and no more worrying about if we were headed for the "2 Mannings. 1 Trophy" Super Bowl, complete with approximently 23,743 interviews with Archie "I never won nothing" Manning.

I knew this game would be close since these two always seem to play each other well, and you could tell that even Peyton knew he'd never get the ball after losing the toss. I hate Rivers, but he managed that overtime exceptionally well, and once they got that phantom defensive holding call, it was all over.

Baltimore vs. Miami

Blowout central. What can I say about Miami that hasn't been said about Afgahestan? They looked bombed out and depleated. My favorite part of the game were the postgame comments by the Ravens. Ones like this one:
"I don't think it's Chad Pennington's fault...It's probably Ed Reed and Rex Ryan's fault."
- Terrell Suggs
Or this one:
"It's kind of expected at this point. It doesn't impress us. It's kind of like, 'Oh, Ed got a pick.' It's kind of like Ray [Lewis] makes a tackle, or a head coach saying we have practice tomorrow. It's kind of expected."
- Trevor Price
And the weirdest part is how right they are. I was listening to this game on the radio for whatever reason, and as soon as I heard Ed Reed get that pick, I muttered under my breath, "House." Hey, maybe I'm psychic!

Philly vs. Minnesota

Tevaris "The Axe Murderer" Jackson strikes again, dooming his own team by agreeing to be the started. All respect to Wanderlei Silva, but you may have to give up the nickname. No one, and I mean NO ONE, puts an axe to his own team like young Mr. Jackson. Sure, you've got a great run defense, a stifling pass rush, and the best running back in the NFL. But, between Jackson and Brad "I was outcoached by Andy Reid?" Childress, it's like the greatest tag team ever. Only the opposite.