Archive for September 2011
Over the weekend, I found myself in yet another argument about the status of Michael Vick. Some people love his explosiveness and unique ability to change a game every time he touches the ball. Others can’t get behind him because of his much publicized past. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect that, but the fact of the matter is, he is the leader of this football team, and the fate of the franchise rests in his hands. Like it or not, this is the hand we’ve been dealt, let’s play.
In my opinion, I don’t know what else he can do. He served his time, worked construction, lost (and is still losing) millions of dollars. Just like any other average Joe who spent time in prison, they try to find work in what they know how to do. It just so happens to be that this guy works for the NFL, the most watched sport in the country. There are players that have done far worse things (murder) and are back in the league and no one bats an eye. But I digress, this is my opinion and mine only, if you can’t get over what he did, get out of the way and let the train keep rolling.
Unlike any other quarterback we’ve had in my lifetime, Vick is a leader on the field in the locker room. His presence and personality sets the tone for the team at practice, in the film room, and on the field. He is a teacher to the young players who have yet to learn to establish the work ethic needed to be a star. He is the first to admit that he watched no film in Atlanta; yet now he is the first player to arrive and the last to leave. He is a role model for the team, and is finally the player that has the full-unwavered support of the 52 other players behind him on Sunday. The “Dream Team” was assembled because these free agents recognized his ability and didn’t want to miss their chance to experience something special. Love him, hate him, or don’t care about him, it doesn’t matter to me. But realize that what is going on is something we may not see for a long time. Don’t let the record and recent troubles fool you, this is a good football team with a good chance to be great, sooner rather than later. The #7 train is leaving the station, it’s up to you to get on board or let it go by.
Interesting week of football. Who would have thought that the frontpage of the Sunday Inquirer would have belonged to the Temple Owls? Congrats on your record setting win over the Terps, but now on to more important subjects.
Well, we’ve seen a trend the past few weeks. Dominate periodically and then let the quarterback get hurt. I actually don’t think that Vick was hit too much the past week; the play where he hurt his hand was on a late hit that shouldn’t have happened, but besides that there wasn’t much contact. Yet again, our stellar paper pass defense allowed four touchdowns through the air. What do we have to blame? Sorry Juan, can’t headbutt your way out of this one.
You can’t blame the pass rush. Washburn has put together one hell of a line. You can’t even really blame the linebackers and safeties; how much can you honestly expect out of these guys? Rookies and inexperienced players are going to make mistakes and on occasion get beat. It’s the job of the coaches to put them in the places to prevent these mistakes. The secondary is it’s own enigma. No safeties in the box, press corners playing zone, and zone corners playing press. Nnamdi Asomugha is the best press corner in the league, and on all three plays he’s been beat this year, he’s been in zone coverage.
The scheme is just not good enough. Juan Castillo needs to shape up or we are in for a long season.
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Check back tonight for my wrap-up on the Eagles come from behind victory (Yeah I said it) and the
economic Phillies collapse.
That says it best. For 3 quarters, we saw the alleged “dream team” on the field. Matty Ice made a guest cameo in “Dazed and Confused”. The D-Line looks like the crew from the Expendables. Trent Cole made Falcons tackle Sam Baker look like a traffic cones; shades of Winston Justice vs. Umenyiora came to mind. Jeremy Maclin caught (almost) everything thrown in his vicinity. Vick and McCoy were ellusive. Then it all came to a crashing hault.
In the end, the mistakes were insurmountable and the defense was worn down. Hats off to Mike Kafka for being damn near perfect in his 1st appearance in organized football since the 2009 Wawa Chick-fil-a Bell Helicopter Army-Navy Toilet Bowl game. But the hit on Vick, although a freak accident, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Despite all of this, we still were one drop short of game-winning drive. And before you start with Andy Reid’s lack of a challenge, NBC did not show all of its camera angles (by accident) and the press box did not see the right shot until some time later. This game was ours to be won, but we did not deliver. Blame the coach. Blame the case of the drops that plagued our entire receiving corps. Blame the linebackers for their botched coverage on Tony Gonzalez (ageless wonder).
Blame who you want, but the positives were there and abundant. Tough one to swallow, but time to regroup and prepare for the NFC East and home opener. Eagles football is back.
Many people, including myself, believe that tonight’s Eagles game in Atlanta could very well be a playoff preview. The Falcons have all of the tools to hang around in January, and we very well may face them again down the road. But before we cross that bridge, let’s take a look at the task at hand: proving last week wasn’t a fluke. Yes this is the return of Michael Vick and there are plenty of storylines around that topic, but more importantly, this is a statement game for the birds. They have the opportunity to go out and prove themselves as a legitimate NFC power against a top team in the conference.
My prediction for tonight’s game: Eagles 33-Falcons 24. The Eagles are out to prove that Philly is still a football town, and after the Phillies clinched their 5th straight division title last night, the team will go out and show what they’re made of.
So sit back, and enjoy a night of Al and Cris on Sunday Night Football. Or mute them and turn on 94.1 WIP for the great Merrill Reese; the audio WILL be synced so we don’t have to listen to Cris explain plays on a 3rd grade reading level.
Never before has a battle for fourth place been so compelling. Two studs; one old and one young, trying to prove their worthiness.
This battle is of course for the position of fourth starter in the Phillies postseason rotation. The combatants are Roy Oswalt and Vance Worley. Popular opinion would incline people to support the Vanimal for that spot just based off recent success, but two major obstacles are blocking his path: a Hall of Famer and a southern gentleman by the name of Chuck.
The Vanimal has been fantastic this season, to say the least. His 11-2 record tells most of the story, but add in 8/K’s per 9 innings and a sub 3.00 ERA, he’s pitched his way to major league career as a starter. BUT, despite the inconsistency of Oswalt, how can you not start a pitcher of his caliber? To put someone who has been arguably a top 5 starter in baseball for the better part of the last decade in the bullpen, would be a nice slap in the face.
The second problem, and probably the more influential one, is Charlie Manuel. Just call him “Old Faithful” (Phaithful). He has his guys, and that’s that. He’s loyal to the bitter end, for better or for worse. His respect for players and especially veterans is renowned, and I can almost guarantee that the thought of Little Roy NOT jogging out to the mound on game 4 hasn’t even crossed his mind.
So Vance, take this opportunity to prove that you will do whatever it takes to win, and help sure up a bullpen that quite frankly has lost it’s luster in the past few weeks. Unleash the Vanimal in the 7th inning and let hitters watch that breaking fastball bend back over the plate in the nick of time. It’s our only option.
Welcome to my sports blog for MIS 3538. For this semester and possibly beyond, you’ll read about my thoughts, opinions, and predictions on all things Philadelphia sports.
I’m currently a senior in the Fox School of Business majoring in Finance with a minor in MIS. I look forward to graduating in the spring and moving on…wherever that may be.
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