Category Archives: Football and Other Sports

“No risk, no reward”

Okay, I am hardly a Houston Texans fan, nor likely to be one. (Sorry Ginger!) However, I was surprised and amazed by the “roll the dice” approach of the Head Coach at the end of the game yesterday against the Jaguars.
The Score is 20-17, Jacksonville. You have the ball on their 1 yard line with two seconds on the clock, 3rd down. Conventional wisdom says you (try) and kick the field goal to tie, and go into overtime.
Dom Capers decided to go for it. For the unfootball inclined, there is no way to try a play, have it fail and then kick the field goal in under two seconds. So, if he failed here, the Texans were going to lose.
David Carr took a QB keeper and got across the goal line. Texans win, no overtime needed, Jacksonville (likely getting ready for an overtime session) stunned and amazed.
As was I.
In less happy football news, the Jets lost to the Dallas Cowboys. No surprise…but now Bill Parcells’ Cowboys, by beating both the Giants and the Jets at Giants Stadium, have a better record in Giants Stadium this year than either the Giants or the Jets.
Even more of a coincidence, Dallas will play Bill Parcells’ OTHER team in his resume, the New England Patriots, at New England Nov 16th.

The Two out of Three rule

There is a theory about NFL games that I espouse, and I call it the “Two out of Three Rule.”
Basically, it says that out of the three areas of Offense, Defense and Special Teams, if you are better in two of the three areas, you will win that particular game.
Offense and Defense are easy to see, but Special Teams–the kicking game, returns as well as kicks, are the one people forget. You *can* win a game with Special Teams and Defense.
The Panthers upset of Tampa Bay is proof positive. Not only did Carolina kick four field goals and play great defense, but they blocked the extra point at the end of the game that would have given TB the win. The result was a tie game, overtime, and Carolina going on to winning it. And last week, Carolina blocked two kicks (a punt for a safety, and a FG) to help preserve their win.
Admittedly its not *easy* to win with this combination, but it does work. Even on Super Bowl champions.

That loud cry you heard was from Giants Stadium

Pennington will miss at least 12 weeks, Jets say
So much for going back to the playoffs this year for Gang-green. Testaverde is getting a little too old for this.
It’s twice as bad as what happened to the Falcons and Michael Vick.
Injuries stink but they are part of the game, part of the risk, but I don’t have to like them.
In one of the old computer football games, way back when (Front Page Sports Football), my older brother and I created a custom team, and tuckerized ourselves onto our individual team.
On week one of the season, Greg’s alter-ego suffered a Career Ending Injury. He and I were so aghast and shocked at the bad luck, that we never did finish that season. Subsequent editions of the game did address the question of too many injuries.
I miss FPS Football. It was less arcade-like than the Madden franchise (still going strong) but it was fun to play the games themselves as well as managing the team.

Football is back, and some things never change

Bucs look Super again to beat Jets
Some things never do change. Here we are at the beginning of the exhibition season, and the Jets already are in a hole.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, still looks good. Could it be that we might have a defending champion worth its salt for a change?
Football is back, and I am excited. There’s no danger of me becoming a Vikings fan, though, the anti-Vikings sentiment in this household is roughly equivalent to Anti-Dallas and Anti-Philadephia sentiment in New Yawk.

41-0 First shutout in NY


First shutout in NY Jets post-season history! They turned the Colts into ponies.
The Jets will probably play AT the Raiders next (assuming the Browns lose to Pittsburgh).
Tomorrow…the Giants take on the 49ers in San Francisco. The other game, for those who could care less and likely skipped this entry, are the Falcons
at the Packers. I know Scott and Felicia are rooting for the latter of course.
Yes, I live in California, but I can still root for my old home teams, can’t I? And yes I do remember that the Giants punished the Vikings a couple of years
ago in the NFC championship, and then lost badly in the Super Bowl. And the Raiders are much tougher than the Colts, especially in their “Black Hole”