Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday AM QB

I didn't get to see much football yesterday, but what I saw wasn't pretty.

But I did see a college game Saturday evening.

I watched Ball State make the case for being the best team in the state of Indiana, by beating IU 42-20. Sadly, one of the best receivers in the college ranks was hurt badly and may never play the game again, due to a cervical and spinal injury. Dante Love is his name and he underwent a long surgery, Saturday night. The good news is, he can move all of his extremities.

BSU's QB is one to watch, he has one of the best arms I have ever seen on a college player. He's a junior and if he stays healthy, he may be one of the best ever before all is said and done. Nate Davis is his name, watch for it coming soon to a sports highlight show, near you.

Now to the pros, yesterday:

Jags 23 - Colts 21

The Colts deserved to lose this one, the defense could not make a play in the second half. Rabid Colts fans will point to the officiating as less than deplorable and they would be right. The late flag that would have sealed the game was criminal and the refs should be fined. But in the end, the Colts defense looked like a bunch of college freshman. It is incredibly important to note that the offense isn't playing up to snuff just yet, and it is up to the defense to take some of the pressure off of them.

They didn't. Now they have two weeks to look at a 1-2 record and decide whether they want to play football or call it a season now.

Dolphins 38 - Pats 13

Talk about a defense not showing up? There is no way this loss can be blamed on the loss of Tom Brady. Had the game been close, come down to a drive in the last minutes of a game, and Cassel throwing an interception, maybe one can make the case. But, it didn't happen that way. If it had happened at the hands of a good team, one would surely understand this one. But this was Miami and this probably doesn't set well with NE fans.


12 comments:

Rocket said...

Hi

I watched the NE - MIA game.

Greg care to comment

Saw the Colts and Jags too between bouts of falling asleep.

Greg said...

Sorry, but you can't ignore Tom Brady's loss yesterday. The defense gave up once they fell behind, probably because they have zero confidence in Cassell to bring them back. They literally gave up. And sorry, but it's completely ridiculous to count on the defense to hold the other team to under 10 points a game, and that is exactly what is being demanded of the defense b/c of the crippled offense. It's a sad confirmation of what I said after the dirty spear on Brady's knee during week 1: my football season is over.

I could not care less about the NFL at this point. The only thing that could get me interested would be if Eli and Favre had their knees taken out with no penalty called. BTW, it was comical yesterday that the refs took away a Cassell running TD b/c he was supposedly in the grass. You know, "protecting the QB" and all that.

Big asterisk for whoever "wins" the S-B this year.

Greg said...

Here's what Belichick had to say about yesterday's embarrassing loss:

http://tinyurl.com/3okka4

The Patriots averaged 4.2 yards...per PASS! Ugh.

A.C. McCloud said...

Meanwhile, the Titans are rolling at 3-0 without Young. Just thought I'd throw that out there.. you know..for discussion and all.

[whistles, walks away briskly..]

LASunsett said...

//The defense gave up once they fell behind, probably because they have zero confidence in Cassell to bring them back. They literally gave up.//

I bet if you'd ask Teddy Bruschi and the rest of the NE defensive squad, they'd tell you something different. I think they are too professional to quit. They want to win.

LASunsett said...

//Meanwhile, the Titans are rolling at 3-0 without Young. Just thought I'd throw that out there.. you know..for discussion and all.//

I think they are untested at the elite level. They haven't played anyone yet. (But then again who am I to talk? The Colts have lost to teams they should have clearly beaten.)

One thing the Titans have going for them is their back-up QB. I would classify him as one of those crafty veterans that uses his head to make plays.

LASunsett said...

//Saw the Colts and Jags too between bouts of falling asleep.//

Well then, if you woke up in the second half, chances are the Jags were on offense.

Rocket said...

Hi

All I remember is listening to the analyst say that letting Manning have the ball with 1:30 left or something like that was suicide and it turned out to be. For about 30 seconds! I watched as the ball split the goalposts for Jags 3 pointer.

PS - Greg. I have a hard time believing NE defense just gave up. I think it is one of those shit happens stories. What was it 22 consecutive reg season games without a loss. Has to end some time. But to Miami!

Greg said...

rocket and LAS: Not sure if you watched the game, but the Dolphins scored all of their TD's without the scorer even being touched. Did you see Ellis Hobbs NOT try to tackle Brown as he bowled towards him into the endzone? I've never seen anything like it. The game started okay, but the Dolphins grabbed a quick lead on a trick play. Then it was over. Cassell couldn't do anything. Maybe if Cassell does something - moves the ball and gets a couple 1st downs at least - then it turns out to be a different game. Brady provides the necessary intangible to the Patriots: the confidence that they are always in it. That's obviously gone. Cassell is completely useless right now.

I wouldn't be surprised if they try to bring Vinny Testaverde out of the retirement home over the bye week to try to salvage the season. Maybe they could go 8-8 and pray for a playoff spot. Sad.

LASunsett said...

//Not sure if you watched the game, but the Dolphins scored all of their TD's without the scorer even being touched.//

I watched some of it while having a beer and some wings with my newly 21 year-old son, at a sports bar. The game was not on TV here.

I give it to you, they did play poorly, but if it was because they have given up, I would think that would have surfaced during the Jets game.

Give it some time. They (like the Colts) have a bye coming up and can use the time to do some soul searching. I can't say I don't know how you feel, the Colts defense did not only allowed the Jags to run all over them, they rolled out the red carpet for them to do it.

Time will tell.

Rocket said...

LA

"my newly 21 year-old son,"

Did you just discover you had a son?

Greg - Watched the game on my couch as night had fallen over the city of light.

LASunsett said...

//Did you just discover you had a son?//

21 years ago I discovered him. He is newly 21, and can drink in bars legally now. Sorry for the confusion.