Between all of the Tiger Woods, Charlie Weis and Bobby Bowden news, you’ve probably forgotten that there is something like a football game on tonight. I just found out about it through a friend. I mean, I’ve been watching ESPN most of the day and I have hardly seen any promotion for it.
Patriots @ Saints. This is the Worldwide Leader’s big night. Brady, Brees, Moss, Colston, Welker, Bush … or actually, no Bush. The stars are under the Superdome and ready to shine tonight.
I haven’t done a running blog in quite a while and I need to get warmed up before Saturday’s SEC title game, so this game seemed like a good time to run it, run it.
5:31 p.m. I’ve been going back and forth as to who wins this game. Obviously, the Saints have the great home-field advantage and I think are better on both sides of the ball. But the Patriots don’t lose these games. Not with Brady and Belichick — fourth-and-2 not withstanding.
5:33 p.m. But looking at the matchups, I just think the Pats’ defense isn’t good enough to slow Drew Brees or Pierre Thomas. The Saints, however, have the second-most interceptions in the league. I’ll say the Saints win, 34-27.
5:38 p.m. Like I said at the top, Reggie Bush has been ruled out tonight. He expected to return tonight from his knee injury, but not so much I guess. That means Pierre Thomas should be getting a good amount of touches tonight, but will probably see Mike Bell steal the goal-line carries again.
5:39 p.m. Is it me, or do these Monday Night Football openings get stupider every year? Statutes? Astronauts? ESPN knows that flying helmets can’t go through a dome without creating a huge hole in the roof, right? Whatever.
5:41 p.m. We are underway with the Saints getting the ball first. The return is taken out to the 35.
So by now, you’ve probably heard that Tiger Woods was injured in a car crash early Sunday morning. The initial reports stated that Woods was in serious condition, but he was later released in good condition with just some facial lacerations.
But how the hell did this happen? Granted, Tiger Woods has a big freaking driveway (second picture). But if alcohol wasn’t involved, how does someone get into a car crash in there own driveway is severe enough to deserve a trip to the hospital? You would think that with all his experience with golf carts, Tiger would be a great driver.
But maybe he was just pulling out of the driveway too aggressively after a fight with his wife over the rumors that Tiger is cheating on her. Tiger and and his wife, Elin, may have gotten into an argument over the rumors. He storms out of the house and in a fit of rage, doesn’t keep his mind on the road, hits a fire hydrant and ricochets into a tree.
Who knows if it’s true … but that link has the best caption ever written.
By the way, here is the alleged mistress. Not bad. But between her and Elin, I don’t think it’s too much of an upgrade. It could just be a “same meal, new plate” situation.
I know this makes me look no better than just another gossip rag, but there will be a lot of questions as to how this happened, because it seems so unreal right now.
Update: This story gets stranger. And this development of Elin breaking out Tiger’s back window with a golf club to drag him out of the car after the crash sounds like a ton of BS. When you hear a car crash, who the hell grabs a golf club? And why is she breaking back window? They say she didn’t try the driver’s side window because the doors were locked. THEN JUST BREAK THE WINDOW!
Anyone with a bit of common sense should see through this. Elin probably broke out that back window because she was pissed at Tiger. She may have tried to drag him out of the car, but not to save him. She wanted to beat his ass!
Next up, Albert Pujols is going to get hit in the head with a baseball bat.
Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s the time that to spend with your family, including those really loud cousins that you can’t stand to be around but will put up with for this one day. It’s about the smell of food cooking in the kitchen before savoring at the dinner table. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, stuffing, rolls, four different types of desert, one more filling than the last. Nothing to distract you from food and family. It’s all good.
Hopefully that’s how you spent the majority of your Thanksgiving Day because there was certainly no NFL football on TV. At least, no good football anyway. Watching it probably made you dry heave. Plainly, Thursday was a terrible day in the NFL. All three games were excruciatingly listless. But in fantasy, it all still counts. Here’s what I took away from this dreadful holiday of football.
- The Texas/Texas A&M game was the only football game worth watching Thursday. The end.
Ok, fine …
Packers 34, Lions 12
For the fifth time, here’s a list of topics that I probably should have written about in separate blog posts, but never did.
Charlie Weis, college dropout
In college, have you/did you ever get the feeling that it wasn’t worth studying for an exam? You know that cumulative final in statistics is tomorrow, but it doesn’t make a difference. Either way, you know you are going to fail that class. You could get 100 and it won’t change a thing. That ‘F’ is coming like tomorrow’s sunrise. Go out. Get drunk. Sleep in. Walk with confidence into that exam session and just wing it for all you’re worth. Guess your ass off. Bubble in all answers as “C.” What have you got to lose? It doesn’t matter. You’ve already failed.
Yeah, that’s how I think Charlie Weis is viewing the rest of this Notre Dame season. Just winging it.
Lawler’s law: More Iranian jokes
In the NBA, especially in Los Angeles, there will never be another Chick Hearn. But Ralph Lawler, who is the long-time announcer for the hapless Clippers, is pretty good in his own right. His “BINGOOOOO!” calls on 3-pointers are well-known throughout So. Cal.
So I wondered why he wasn’t on the call for last night’s upset win over the Denver Nuggets. Now, at the bottom of the following link, we have the answer.
Personally, that transcript is pretty funny. I understand that FOX Sports had to cover its ass, but that really shouldn’t warrant a suspension. Although I have never liked the term “back-door pass.”
Courtney Lee doesn’t deserve this
If there is a leisure activity I enjoy more than watching sports, it’s watching movies. I guess that’s not such a good quaility since both largely consist of me sitting on my ass. But I have cerebral palsy, so I’m basically sitting on my ass while walking.
If a movie looks good, I’ll see it. Maybe it could get an Oscar nomination. If it looks bad, I’ll see it. I want to see if it’s so bad that it’ll make me laugh. That’s pretty much the reason why I’ll probably end up seeing “Twilight: New Moon” this weekend.
Last weekend, I saw five films in two days:
“2012”: As I said: “I want to see if it’s so bad that it’ll make me laugh.” I think I broke a rib while howling in this one.
“The Box”: Better than I expected, but it gets way too supernatural in the second half. Frank Langella is still tremendous.
“The Fourth Kind”: You’ve seen the trailer, right? OK, then you don’t need to pay to see the movie because you’ve already seen all of the best sequences.
“Paranormal Activity”: Pretty good, but all the hype made me think that this would be the scariest film ever. Not close. But it will force you to sleep now on with your feet under the covers.
“Where The Wild Things Are”: Took me a while, but it was definitely worth seeing. It’s just a lot of fun.
If you combine a true sports story into a movie, I am all over it. That’s one of the reasons why I saw “The Blind Side” this morning, one day after it’s national release. I have not read the best-selling book on which the movie is based, although I have been repeatedly told with vigor to do so. Considering that these are the stories I like to hear and write about most, I know I really should get on to reading that book.
Those who have read it will probably be disappointed in the film. Not for what it has, but for what it has to leave out. But that’s one of the drawbacks of the medium. You can fit only so much into 121 minutes, so there are some stories from the book that I’m sure are brushed over or completely left out.
Still, this is one of the best movies of the year. It’s extremely touching and poignant with a story that doesn’t seem possible unless it was indeed true. The adaptation of that story to the screen is very smooth. With the Oscars now including 10 films for Best Picture, I feel like this should be considered, if not in the top 10. Sandra Bullock plays the mother with an iron will, a heart of gold and the maternal instincts of a lion, Leigh Anne Tuohy. While the Southern accent is a little overwhelming at times, Bullock is perfect in this role. She’s on point in every shot. it’s probably her best performance since “Crash” and her best acting in a lead since … well, maybe ever. She is that strong.
Remember when Ricky Williams used to be just a joke? With all of his weed and living in Grass Valley, California and such? His career, much like a hippie with a full bowl, showed no signs of going anywhere.
He apparently put down the pot (or at least found around those pesky league drug exams) and returned in 2007 for just one game before getting injured after a full season away.
He’s been a serviceable sidekick to Ronnie Brown since 2008, but after Brown was lost for the season last week, many expected Ricky’s fantasy value to drastically increase. He was already a top-20 running back in a run-heavy offense. With maybe 10-12 more touches per game without Brown, he was looking at top-10. Tonight, he certainly made his case for No. 1 in week 11.
Williams had his best fantasy outing since 2002. Of course, guess who was facing him in his fantasy league tonight? Two thumbs toward this kid! 138 totals yards and three touchdowns??? I need another drink.
Williams’ touches didn’t outrageously spike. He had 24 total touches. He had 22 last week. Lex Hilliard and Lousaka Polite chipped in with six and four touches, respectively. Going forward, this is the workload to expect from Williams. The production is obviously a bit of a fluke. He was fortunate to be going against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and caught just the seventh touchdown of his career (again, I was soooooooooo lucky to face him THIS WEEK!). Despite his somewhat difficult schedule for the rest of the season, 100-yard games should be norm, considering the opportunities he’ll receive.
Other notes from Thursday’s game …
Michael Turner has a high ankle sprain! Crap!
Ronnie Brown has multiple foot injuries! Excrement!
Brian Westbrook may be out for the season after suffering another concussion! Bile!
Yes, it was a feces-like day for fantasy owners in week 10. But more than those injuries, Maurice Jones-Drew robbing you (and himself) of six points, or Bill Belichick’s-gutsy-but-understandable fourth-down play call, this highlight analysis by Dan Marino tops the pile.
I love it.
But in the last couple of months, we’ve had announcers draw scrutiny for a joke about tacos and, of course, running from the cops (because you can never see it enough). And yet, I’ve heard very little about this, which I would consider the worst offense of the three. Maybe it’s because no one cares to watch studio halftime shows. Maybe it was just a slight slip. It doesn’t matter that much to me, but when two announcers have been pretty much forced to apologize for a joke, shouldn’t another announcer, even if he is an NFL Hall of Famer, have to do the same when he drops one of the seven dirty words on live TV, even if was just an accident?
Panthers 28, Falcons 19