Sunday, November 21, 2010


The 'Skins should never wear yellow pants. It's just awful.

True Grit

Can the Dude adequately replace the Duke?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quote of the Day

Everyone wants their neighbors to take mass transit so the roads will be clear when they drive to work.

Jack Nerad, editorial director of Kelley Blue Book, "Eco-friendly vehicles lack mass appeal"

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Timmy!

The Detroit News reports that some schools are banning kids from bringing in birthday treats, like cupcakes, to fight childhood obesity. The Alma school district is replacing the treats with 30 additional minutes of gym class. I can picture it now: "Happy birthday Timmy! Go run 10 gassers."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wolverine Victory

The Wolverines beat the Spartans today. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans. Yes, that's a real school, though you'd be hard-pressed to tell since they only scored 35 points. I hope UM enjoyed it, because that first sentence isn't going to be written again this season.


Penn State just threw their first TD pass in Columbus under Joe Paterno. That is just crazy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Not Just Yet !!!

While some seem to think that old Rich Rod should get the axe. I on the other hand disagree. While admittedly I probably would think somewhat differently if they had scored 67 and lost to Illinois I think the set back would not out weight the benefits of keeping him around. The reason is if you fire him, you now just cost Michigan Football another 3 years of embarrasement. Let's not forget why Michigan brought him in. 8-4 or 9-3 wasn't good enough. They were sick and tire of the old run, run, pass, punt offense. The same old predicatable bland offense. While other big time programs were lighting it up with the spread, Michigan was envious. An offense that can lite it up. Big time playmakers. That is what they got and by the way they got an offense that is still very young and while they may have somewhat sputtered against the best defenses this year they should light it up with out a problem next. Offensively they have great promise and the offense is right where they hoped it would be. Certainly can't fire him based on that.

Now since I have never seen a defense as painful to watch as Michigan's there is no doubt that Robinson has to get the axe. In his defense I don't care what type of defense you run if you have ANY, and I mean ANY talent you should be able to give up less than 65 points. I mean a fumble, an interception, anything. All they have to do is get a little better. Just limit the other team to 30 or less and should be able to come up with a good year next year. Furthermore a bowl game will give them 18 more practices and another game against a good desent team. Any time a team gets extra practice and game experience it helps. The extra months practice and game experience it can only help for the years to come. USA and Ubly would testify to that. And Rich Rod is a fairly good recuiter. He should have no problem selling a starting job to any top knoch defensive recruit. The bright side is it can't get any worse.

Bottom line. What's one more year. Both the offense and defense will be better and no matter who else is out there, in 3 years we may be in the same boat. Let's see what happens.

Release Him

I agree with Terry Foster: Since the Lions obviously have no faith in Drew Stanton, they ought to release him. What's the point of keeping him around if you're going to start a QB with a broken arm rather than let him take the snaps?

Comic Cover of the Week: Knight and Squire #2

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


According to Fantasy Football research (no, I'm not talking about the Elias Sports Bureau), my top performances have been more upside-down:

The last time I had a player on my fantasy roster lead the week in points scored was in Week 13 of 2008. Donovan McNabb scored slightly less than 40 points. Whippee!

The last time my fantasy team lead the week in total points scored was Week 5 of 2007 with 139 points and change. Fabulous.

No wonder I've finished 6-7 and out of the playoffs 2-3 years in a row.

More Weird Sports

The Miami Heat eventually lost in OT after having an 8-point lead with :30 seconds remaining in the game. (There was 30 seconds on the clock when the ball left his hand for the 3-pointer.) Can't exactly defend the 3-ball if you have your hands around your throat.

With Miami at 5-3, forget 70, it may be difficult to get to 60 wins.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Lions Thoughts

Sunday...sucked. That was worse than the Bears game. The Lions won that game. I know, I know, "they stole defeat from the jaws of victory."

1. Terrible luck for Jason Hanson. Was Suh really their best option? Really? He looked like a robot. I know of 40,000 fans that could have kicked that extra point for free. I hope Hanson at least spoke a few words of advice before the kick. Or, did they all just say, "shut up, it's 20 yards, buzz off Hanson"? This isn't Little League where the players all talk the coach into doing something stupid, like letting little Jonny pitch for the first time all year. "Yeah coach, come on, I can do it." "Yeah, let 'em try, coach!" "Give it to Suh, the rook!" Give me a break. What about the punter? HE'S A KICKING SPECIALIST!!! You're telling me he has nothing other to do all day long than just punt? You do realize Hanson is like 50 years old and can't do this forever, right?

Someone made a good point, why not go for the 2-pt conversion?

2. The Play. I don't have a problem with passing the ball in that 3rd down play. Go for the win. You're not going to win the division, make the playoffs, win the Super Bowl, etc. Go for it. You're playing at home, do it. Great play call, TERRIBLE decision. First, throw a pass that will get you a first down. Second, throw the freakin' ball. What kind of arm was that? Third, and this is the biggie...JUST FALL DOWN. TAKE A KNEE. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T THROW IT INCOMPLETE. Why is that so difficult? You're in the NFL, how do you not know the situation? Keep the clock running, idiot!

3. Fire the nob that had the late hit penalty on LaDanian Tomlinson. That didn't cost the game, but it didn't help the situation. Folk might of had to kick a +45 yard FG attempt, as opposed to 36 yards.

4. "Glassford" is done. I think the Lions are headed in the right direction, and that's not bandwagon talk. They are exciting and have options. I think Stafford could be real special. I was excited for the year because of what he showed last season after a rookie season. You knew it only had to get better for him. But, with his weak shoulders, how can you not cringe every time he takes a fall. He's never going to be reliable. The Lions actually had something special, but injuries will cost them a great player. You can't get that #1 pick back.


If MSU wins the Big Ten and goes to the Rose Bowl, does Stack pony up for Rose Bowl tickets?

Michigan Thoughts

67-65. Football score. Not the basketball team (which I heard almost lost to SVSU).

If they would have lost that game, I would have been in favor of removing Rich Rod immediately.

At the beginning of the year, I was going to give Rich Rod a full 3rd year, and then wait at the end to see what happens.

With the Penn State debacle, I made my decision that he needs to be gone at the end of the year.

If they would have lost to Illinois, I would have said fire him immediately.

Congrats on a bowl. More than likely, they'll get a better than expected bowl because they'll sell tickets...and they have a human highlight guy. I expect them now to beat Purdue, so that will improve their bowl bids.

Weird Sports

Colorado gave up 35 points in the 4th quarter on Saturday in their loss to Kansas. Colorado was up 45-17 with less than 12 minutes left in the 4th!!!! THAT CAN'T HAPPEN! And no, this wasn't on a video game that the computer blew a huge lead.

The Indiana Pacers scored 54 points the 3rd quarter! Fitty-Four! Keep in mind, the Utah Jazz scored 54 total points in game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Bulls. The Michigan Wolverines scored 67 points...oh wait, never mind.

54. Think about that. That's 4.5 points per minute. I can't attempt 4.5 shots per minute. At that pace, that would be 216 points in the game. They also scored a total of 85 in the second half. Total score was 144. Not too shabby.

Good Move

Apparently Ndamukong Suh won't be the Lions' long-term solution at kicker as they signed Spartan alum Dave Rayner to a contract today. Rayner is #2 with the Spartans in career scoring, PATs, and FGs.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Two Piles On McNabb

Rome Take: 11-3-10

With all the fire Donovan McNabb has been taking lately, you knew it was just a matter of time before his old pal Terrell Owens piled on. And he just did. On his reality show; “Well, I don’t really want to start anything, but I did play in the Super Bowl and there were rumors where he couldn’t get our two minute offense going at the end of the game. I’m just saying.” Vintage, Two. Anytime anyone says ‘I don’t really want to start anything’, they’re there to do just one thing. Start something. And if they cap it with, ‘I’m just saying’ what they really mean is, “Yeah, I said it.” You got a problem with it? You wanna go? The problem I have…is not that he said it, but rather, what he said; that there were rumors that he couldn’t get the two minute offense going at the end of the game? You mean the rumors you yourself started, when you laid the guy out for getting sick in the huddle during the Super Bowl? Those rumors?

C’mon, man; you’re a talk show host now, Two; you don’t couch things with ‘there were rumors, or people will say:’…. Let it rip; just say it. The man couldn’t run the two minute drill when I was with him in Philly, and obviously he can’t run it now, which is why Mike Shanahan jerked him out of there. Shoot straight, don’t pull any punches. You know, like your co-host Ochocinco, who let it rip by simply saying, “If anyone out there feels that Rex Grossman gives the Washington Redskins a better chance than Donovan McNabb to win a game with two minutes left on the clock-they need to slap they selves.” Word, Chad. And Mike Shanahan really needs to stop jerking his Q.B.’s around, because John Elway ain’t coming through that door.

But JaMarcus Russell did. And apparently bent the scale at 286 on arrival. Is this for real? Shanahan has concerns about McNabb’s cardiovascular endurance but brought in a guy who ate his way out of the league and showed up weighing 286? Hey Mike, are you looking to motivate McNabb or fight him? Because, calling into question a guy’s work ethic and then bringing in JaMarcus Russell for a look is a reason to go. And JaMarcus, you do know you were interviewing for McNabb’s gig and not Albert Haynesworth’s right? Because unless you’re looking to put a hand in the ground, you’ve got no business showing up weighing 286. You had a better chance of locking down that gig by skipping that interview altogether than showing up a few double-doubles south of 3 bills. My man, what’s it going to be. Are you going to accept the label of biggest bust ever, or is your pride going to kick in at some point and are you going to do what you have to do to salvage what’s left of your good name. I mean, what have you been doing in the nearly six months since you were released? Because it’s pretty clear what you haven’t been doing; getting within 500 feet of a treadmill. If that reported weight is accurate, then nothing has changed and you haven’t learned anything. And if that’s the case, why bother at all? Just tell teams, I got paid, I’m going to keep on rocking the Ja-Walrus Ruffles handle and I’m good. Or get in the gym and re-write your legacy.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I hate the NFL.

Or, more specifically, I hate the way they televise their games. The Bears play early here, so of course that game is on. The Lions go to OT, but they don't switch over for the end of that game, we just to go to the postgame show. And after that, while other games are being played, Fox is airing poker. A card game. Not that I could get into any of these games because of commercials breaking up the flow, but it'd be nice to have the option.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Zinger of the Day

From Bob Wojnowski's column in the the Detroit News:
Even better news, the NCAA softened its stance the other day and merely found Rich Rodriguez guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of tackling."

Minor Keys

Not So Happy

The city of San Franciso, well-know for its lunacy, is banning Happy Meals. Specifically, they are banning including a toy with a meal if it doesn't meet certain health requirements, i.e. can't be a burger and fries. A quote from Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure:
We're part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice. From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It's a survival issue and a day-to-day issue.

Eric Mar can choose food for your kids better than you can, after all, he's in government.

Thursday, November 04, 2010


So is it safe to assume that Rich Rodriguez's job at Michigan is safe since he wasn't fired over major NCAA rules violations? Yes, the violations weren't as serious as some had alleged, but if Rodriguez is already in hot water over the performance of his team wouldn't this be an easy out for the AD since it's in the contract?

Comic Cover of the Week: Bullseye: Perfect Game #1