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NFL Week 2 Throwdown

Posted in NFL with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

NFL Week 2 Throwdown

Another exciting week of football is now in the books so let’s take a look at the interesting headlines of week 2:

  • Drew Brees is from another planet.  It’s hard not to mention the Saints in all the Superbowl discussions.
  • The Eagles are actually considering putting Michael Vick ahead of Jeff Garcia on the QB depth chart. Crazy.
  • Will the real Tom Brady please stand up?  Or can he get a running game going for some much needed balance?
  • Rex Ryan swears that the Jets’ win was not a fluke.
  • Why is everybody talking about Kurt Warner’s 92% completion percentage last week?   Like going 24-for-26 is really hard to do?
  • The Rams have already begun packing their bags for relocation to London.
  • Tony Gonzalez has found the NFL’s fountain of youth.  My dark horse Falcons pick isn’t looking too comical now does it?
  • The Lions cannot sell out and I’m left wondering why?
  • Signing a 40-year-old quarterback to make your team a contender is the new black.  Jeff George, you may get a call buddy.
  • Go ahead and buy your lottery tickets now.  The Bengals actually beat a good football team, the Packers, on the road.
  • Was that really Matt Schaub?
  • The best thing in K.C is still the barbecue.
  • Bail on a misdemeanor gun charge: $10K.  Lawyer fees for appeal:  $15K.  80 hours of community service: $0.  20/20 hindsight of allowing a potential stud like Fred Jackson make a case to take your starting job:  priceless.
  • The Jay Culter-Kyle Orton talk may get a little interesting now.
  • America rejoiced when the Cowboys lost their home opener in their new stadium.  I know I did.
  • The new approach to beating the Colts is not to allow Peyton Manning to touch the ball at all.
  • Chad Pennington forgot that last shot Hail Mary passes are supposed to be high and up for grabs; not line drive laser passes.
  • Ray Lewis put on a linebacker clinic in San Diego.  Did you take notes Merriman?
  • Mike Singletary’s old school approach of swiftly kicking his team’s asses seems to be working in San Francisco.  There’s nothing wrong with a little tough love now is there Vernon Davis?

And there you have it.  Holla back…if you hear me.

NFL Going UFC Part 2

Posted in MMA, NFL with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

Due to the overwhelming response I received for my first piece on “NFL Going UFC” a follow up to that particular blog made sense.  Therefore I decided to throw in some more names that made the cut but not included in the original post.  These guys are no less deserving and would provide us with some good television.  The way this is shaping out I may have to contact Dana White and tell him that season 11 should exclusively be football players.  So without further adieu here is some more of my dream football UFC cast:

Heavyweight – Kellen Winslow II (6’4” 240lbs)

Winslow’s warrior attitude is perfect for the UFC.

Winslow’s warrior attitude is perfect for the UFC.

“It’s war…they’re out there to kill you…so I’m’a kill ‘em…I’m a fuckin’ soldier” Ah yes, Winslow’s tirades would be Spike TV gold.  I can just hear these words uttered throughout the TUF house thus forcing this bad boy from “The U” to prove his bite is as bad his bark.  You can’t tell me a match between he and Shockey would anything less than intoxicating to watch.

Heavyweight – Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward (5’11” 280lbs)

Opponents of “Ironhead” might break their hands against his titanium cranium.

Opponents of “Ironhead” might break their hands against his titanium cranium.

May the big guy rest in peace but a truly lovable and tough guy like “Ironhead” is the perfect antidote to the hot heads that seem to find their way onto these shows.  Any guy who sports the name “Ironhead” would have to put his moniker to the test.  What better way than in the cage?  With his hilarious Zest body soap commercials he’d be the perfect pitchman in the even he would win.  He would certainly be the comic relief in the house only to be contrastingly different once the cage door closes.

Heavyweight – T.O (6’3” 224lbs)

I detest T.O but I’d love to see him get his ass beat.

I detest T.O but I’d love to see him get his ass beat.

This is actually should be a Strikeforce entry.  T.O would have to compete in their women’s heavyweight division because he is a straight up bitch.  Maybe Cyborg can bulk up, pound on T.O and really give him a something to cry about.  Sorry, just had to say it.

Athtletes have a hard time in retirement.  They often say nothing in life replaces the rush they experienced in the game.  Maybe that is why some are pursuing a second career in fighting.  It’s the sport that requires the most discipline and that perhaps gives the athlete in question the drive he needs.  America loves violent sports therefore combining our two most brutal sports, football and mma, only seems right.

Mayweather’s Race Card Has Expired

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in fact as dumb as he looks.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in fact as dumb as he looks.

Mayweather has done it again.  Just when you think he can’t get any more ignorant he proves us wrong yet again.  Now he even has me ranting about his stupidity.  He claims now that race is the reason behind his negative image.  Don’t let this fool you.  Mayweather is too smart to believe his own nonsense.

He is not at all serious but he would have you believe he is.  Mayweather is insanely insecure.  Just look at his juvenile promotional tactics.  Stating that his race is the reason people hate him is about as redundant as his fights.  If Mayweather is perceived a certain way it is because he chose to portray himself that way. It’s sickening to see these articles about his unnoticed generous side and how misunderstood he is.  That’s total bullshit.  Floyd is not bothered at all at being viewed as a heel.  He played the role in every promotion because that is all he knows.  He could never be the media darling like “Sugar” Ray Leonard or Oscar De La Hoya. He might have had a chance if he wasn’t such a jackass.  He’s been labeled charismatic but if he were truly were then he would have to resort to racialism to sell his fight with Juan Manual Marquez.

Race is a surefire way to drum up some buzz but completely and totally asinine.  With the fight just a few days away pitter-patter Floyd figured to throw the race card out hoping it turns into a few more PPV buys.  Floyd only knows cheap ways to promote a fight.  He knows the threat a mediocre card like the simultaneously telecasted UFC103 poses to his own success.  Floyd is fully aware that the last time boxing and MMA went head-to-head on pay-per-view, boxing lost.  He also knows that non-traditional headliners in the UFC have outsold him on PPV.   He’s quick to point out that his fights with De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton were major successes but that was because of his opponents’ fan base and not his own.  So when he claims he gets better treatment in the UK it’s also because he doesn’t act like an imbecile when he’s there.  He plays up to them with flattery as he did with that horribly loud UK flag jacket he wore during the European press tour.  It’s all as orchestrated as the typical stare down at weigh-ins.

He knows he lost his status as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world to Manny Pacquiao.  He lost many fans due to his dreary defensive style to the all-action two-fisted tornado that is Pacquiao.  He says you can knock his talent but it’s a knock against him because his talent isn’t enough to keep the public’s interest.  He finds himself 2nd banana again and in his twisted mind he thinks using perhaps the most controversial topic in America to make him a PPV magnet.  It’ll work on the simple-minded easily entertained few, but the larger portion of the PPV market scoffs at it.

Obviously Mayweather does not want to realize we as fans have evolved in not to be suckered by his hollow racial damning. It’s a tired act and I believe Floyd knows this.  He’s desperate so he’ll say anything as fight night nears to sustain his fledging sport and livelihood.  The saying goes, “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”.  When it comes to Floyd believe absolutely nothing.

NFL Week 1 Throwdown

Posted in NFL with tags , , , on September 15, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

With week 1 now in the books all the Tuesday Morning Quarterbacks are calling audibles and reading coverages at countless water coolers all around the country.  Before we officially head to week 2 here’s the 4-1-1 on last week’s action:

  • It took 3 ½ quarters but Tom Brady found his form and delivered a killer blow to the Bills’ upset hopes.  Oh man what a feeling.
  • Am I the only one not impressed with another quick start by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys?  Talk to me come week 12.
  • I bet Jay Cutler is missing Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal right about now.
  • Plaxico who?  The Giants are fine and welcome back Osi Umenyiora!
  • Brett Favre is officially just a “managing” quarterback & AP is just plain sick.
  • There was a Peyton Manning sighting in Jacksonville.
  • Say it ain’t so?  The Ravens actually have a franchise quarterback.
  • The Browns are still the Browns.
  • The Falcons made the overrated Dolphins look overrated.
  • Let the quarterback controversy begin in Philly.  Hank Baskett was released to make room for Michael Vick.  Sorry Hank but at least you still have Kendra right?
  • In a quarterback-driven league Drew Brees is peerless in the NFC.
  • The Mark Sanchez era is officially underway.
  • The St. Louis Hams, I’m sorry…Rams, are the best UFL team in the league.
  • Looks like the Cardinals won’t avoid the Superbowl curse.
  • As much as I love Cris Collinsworth, I still miss John Madden.

And there you have it.  Holla back…if you hear me.

NFL Going UFC

Posted in MMA, NFL with tags , , , on September 15, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

The 10th season “The Ultimate Fighter” is set to air this month on Spike TV and all the focus has been on Kimbo Slice.  Kimbo this…Kimbo that…blah, blah, blah.  I would like to point out that there is something much more interesting going on this season than the overrated, unfortunate stereotype that is Kimbo Slice.

The hulking Brock Lesnar has revitalized the public’s love for a heavyweight therefore this season of TUF has been dubbed “The Ultimate Fighter:  Heavyweights”.  Of the 16 beefy competitors 4 are former NFL Players:  Marcus Jones, Matt Mitirone, Wes Shivers and Brendan Schaub.  The most decorated of the NFL quartet is Marcus Jones who was the 1996 1st round draft pick for the Tampa Buccaneers and played defensive end during their championship run.

More and more these days former professional athletes from all corners are actively pursuing a second career in mixed martial arts.  Whether it is just a fad remains to be seen but while this all plays out for us on cable television I started thinking of which former and current NFL players I would like to see dabble a bit in MMA.

There are lots of things to consider like physicality, brute strength, athleticism and charisma.  The NFL has brought us many players who fit that bill but when it comes down to it I can only think of a few guys I’d like to see get nasty in the cage.  Would you care to guess?  Well I’ll tell you anyway.

Heavyweight – Kyle Turley (6’3″ 265 lbs)

Kyle Turley could rip off someone’s head when properly trained and motivated.

Kyle Turley could rip off someone’s head when properly trained and motivated.

For those of you who wonder why I think Turley is Octagon worthy you only have to think back to 2004. Turley jumped in a heaping pile of NY Jets players to rescue Aaron Brooks and came out with Damien Robinson’s helmet then tossed it down field.  If that doesn’t say he’s totally badass then I don’t know what does.  Turley is vicious and he is incredibly agile for a man of his size.   He could thrash a lot of the heavyweights with the proper training.

Heavyweight – Jeremy Shockey (6’5″ 251 lbs)

I love Shockey’s presence and it would rock in the cage.

I love Shockey’s presence and it would rock in the cage.

Shockey is one of the fiercest men on the field at any given time.  He is a jacked up freak of nature and an absolute beast.  Unleashing Shockey’s fury in the cage would be a sight to see.  Something tells me he has a better chin than most of the heavyweights out there.

Light Heavyweight – Adrian Peterson (6’1″ 217 lbs)

AP could eye up running over the lightweight division when he hangs up his cleats.

AP could eye up running over the light heavyweight division when he hangs up his cleats.

He would have to cut some weight to make the light heavyweight limit but a physical marvel like Peterson cannot be left out of the discussion.  Peterson may lack the intensity of Turley and Shockey but he makes up for it in natural ability.  It’s easy to imagine AP learning all facets of the MMA game and excelling like a black GSP.

Don’t get me wrong because I’d like to see other former players compete in MMA.  Take Ray Lewis and Shayne Merriman for example.  I’d like to see Ray Lewis and Shawne Merriman take their shots just so they can get knocked out because I hate those stupid dances they do.  That would be a blessing.  Reggie Bush is another fantastic athlete who has astonishing physical gifts but he’s got too much bitch in him.  This is all wishful thinking of course but it would certainly make for interesting television.  We often call football players gladiators so it would be interesting to see which players, or former players, really could live up to that comparison.

Karate Is Back! Or Is It?

Posted in MMA with tags , , , on September 10, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Karate was a joke until Lyoto Machida put the UFC’s best to sleep with it.

Karate was a joke until Lyoto Machida put the UFC’s best to sleep with it.

Moments after Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Machida shouted, “Karate is back!” and I could already see loads of MMA t-shirts stamped with his newly coined catchphrase.  Here we are all these months later and still no “Karate Is Back” t-shirts.  With all the MMA style shirts floating around why isn’t Machida’s proclamation for karate not getting any play?  Where’s the commercial with Machida and Ralph Macchio endorsing the shirt manufacturer who would pick this great idea up?  I am a sucker for screen printed t-shirts and I know this would work regardless of the likely backlash for its corny message.  Machida makes a great point though and the fact that the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is seeking Machida’s help with his own karate says it all.  When the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world is looking to polish up his karate then I’d say it’s safe to say Machida is right.  Now I just want to say: I…want…my…damn…t-shirt!

Superbowl Super Picks

Posted in NFL with tags , , , on September 10, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

Ooh, thank the sports gods because the NFL season is almost upon us!  This is a NFL-sized blog for those who love football.  In just a few hours the road to Miami begins at Pittsburgh; the current address for the Lombardi Trophy.  Everybody’s making their predictions, casting the odds and voting on which team they think will win football’s ultimate prize.  It’s like the swine flu spreading feverishly over the country and I’m infected with it too.  There are the trendy picks like the Chargers and Eagles but I doubt either of those will actually happen.  The conventional AFC favorites are my own too but the NFC is where I tend to see things differently.

1) The New England Patriots

Tom Brady’s return signals the resurgence of the Patriots.

Tom Brady’s return signals the resurgence of the Patriots.

The second most popular pick in the nation is my top choice.  Tom Brady is back and quite frankly that might be all they need.  No one man is more than the team but only Peyton Manning means as much to his club as Brady means to the Patriots.  I’ve heard all the reports about their aging defense but there is no coach in the NFL who utilizes his players’ talents more so than Bill Bilicheck.  If there is a hole to be filled Bilicheck will find a way to win just like all of the all-time great coaches.  This is an extraordinary team and could be eyeing up their 4th championship this decade.  Brady’s Bunch won’t set any records this season but they could break the will of any team in the league.

2) The Pittsburgh Steelers

Troy Polumalu and Steelers’ championship defense are damn good reasons for a possible repeat.

Troy Polumalu and Steelers’ championship defense are damn good reasons for a possible repeat.

The tightfisted defending champions know all too well that’s its harder to defend the title than anything else.  Ben Roesthlisberger is becoming a big game quarterback and coach Mike Tomlin is doing a fine job with pretty much the same team he inherited from Bill Cowher but in the playoffs the difference between winning and losing may come down to coaching.  Big Ben can’t outplay Brady and Tomlin won’t out coach Bilicheck.  When Brady & Bilicheck met them before they lost and I don’t see it any differently this year either.  Although is something drastic happens to the Patriots then it’s a lock.

3) The Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning aims to forever silence his critics with another ring.

Peyton Manning aims to forever silence his critics with another ring.

The Colts won’t miss a beat with Dungy & Harrison gone.  The heart of this team beats strong and make no mistake about that.  They have fewer distractions and with all the pressure on teams like the Patriots, Steelers and Chargers the Colts can play a little looser. There are always mammoth expectations when you have a quarterback like Peyton Manning on the roster but the pros and analysts alike don’t see Manning showered in confetti this year.  The reason is because of the other powerhouse AFC teams who are better fit to win it all.  People didn’t think Manning and Co. would win it all in 2006 but they did and it could happen again.  When you have a quarterback like Manning you always have a chance that is something other teams wish they could say for themselves.

4) The NFC

There’s plenty to flip over for with Roddy White & the Falcons.

There’s plenty to flip over for with Roddy White & the Falcons.

In this conference it’s really an open contest regardless of what anybody says about the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles.  Judging by the NFC’s representatives in the big game this decade only the Giants have mustered up more than one appearance this decade.  By contrast during the same time frame the Patriots, Steelers and Colts (the AFC’s big three) have accounted for seven of the nine Superbowl teams for the AFC.  The NFC has had eight different teams (Giants, Rams, Buccaneers, Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks, Bears and Cardinals) go up against the same AFC monsters year after year.  The Giants look the most impressive of the NFC beasts and the Green Bay Packers appear to be the best of the rest but my choice for the team to really fly under the radar and bomb everyone’s hopes are the…Atlanta Falcons.  Yes the Falcons.  They are assembling a nice contender down in Hotlanta and Matt Ryan has both the smarts and the weapons to foil the NFC playoff picture.  Ryan maybe the smartest quarterback in the league and if I had to have someone take my SATs then Ryan would be my number one draft choice.  The aerial threats of Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White will cause problems for defensive coordinators leaving Michael Turner to roam free on the turf.   The defense isn’t too shabby either which makes the Dirty Birds a dangerous team this season.

Some of you may question why I left fashionable Superbowl selections like the Chargers and Eagles off my list.  That’s because the Chargers have too many retards in the lockeroom.  Phillip Rivers needs to stop jawing and make more plays.  Shawne Merriman might find another way to possibly get suspended from the league.  They are a fine football team but lacking the intestinal fortitude to topple the league’s best.  The Eagles are this generation’s version of the Buffalo Bills except without all the Superbowl appearances.  As the weeks roll on the predictions will be altered and we’ll be discussing this topic anew.  That’s why we love football and can’t wait to see it all play out.  Is kick off here already?