This may piss off baseball fans but football is America’s favorite pastime. The excitement of being able to consume pro football by the gallon on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. Fantasy football makes every game important to participants. The experience of tailgating when it’s done right. The bond between the fans up in the nosebleed seats. The collective sigh when your team loses yet another game they should’ve won. That’s the ingredients for America’s game.
As Week 2 of the NFL season begins with tonight’s Ravens/Bengals game I am still drawn to some of the storylines from Week 1. Random thoughts I have about the games, players, and the “experts” that cover the game I love.
He’s Alright, But He’s Not Real
16 out of 21. 198 yards. Two touchdowns and one interception. That was Sam Darnold’s statline from the Jets 48-17 week one victory of the Detroit Lions. That one interception was on his first pass as a professional in a regular game. It was returned for a touchdown. To his credit he didn’t panic and managed the offense nicely the rest of the way.
What I’m having trouble with is all of the football analysts that watched that game and somehow came away feeling that the young quarterback had established himself as a franchise player. I understand he was a high draft pick. I understand he plays in one of the so called toughest markets to play in. I understand he’s a red haired, handsome, California kid that played at USC. What I can’t understand is why people that get paid a lot of money are leaping to anoint him. Is it because he didn’t completely crap his pants after the pick 6? That doesn’t qualify anyone to be labeled anything but a person in control of their bowel movements. Is it because the New York media is tired of covering Mr. Dull himself, Eli Manning? No that doesn’t seem like as big of a motivation as I originally thought. And there’s certainly no way hundreds of sports people showed up for work drunk of that D’Usse. After much contemplation while sitting on the toilet jotting down notes I finally boiled it down to one thing: hype for the sake of hype.
On Wednesday, Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles was asked about the hype surrounding his rookie quarterback.
“We won one game, I can tell you after about 100 more of them whether we have one or not, right now it’s a little early,” Bowles said, via a transcript of his press conference. “… It’s one been one game to sit here and say whether he’s great, whether he’s trash or whether anything else is kind of way too early for that. He’s played one game, he’s got a lot of years to go and he’ll build it as he goes.”
Thank God someone other than myself isn’t drinking the Kool-Aid. Holla at Coach Bowles in 99 games before you put a crown on his pretty little head. The Jets are 1-0. Congratulate the rookie on not messing up a victory that was delivered on Pontiac silver platters by Matt Stafford and the Lions atrocious defense.
Who’s The Mack?
All together now…JON GRUDEN IS AN IDIOT. Okay, maybe not an idiot but when you trade away a special talent, play a prime time game where your pass rush was almost non-existent and then you go into a press conference saying you have to find out where your pass rush is going to come from it doesn’t look good. So let me refresh your memory. You traded away your pass rush extraordinaire, one Khalil Mack.
Getting two first rounders and a couple of other picks in the deal seems like it’s setting the Raiders up for future success. Even though first round draft picks don’t always pan out. But if both do find success like the stud they traded away the team will end up having to pay one of them And given the fact that Gruden is part of ownership means he will be around for a while. So he and the Raiders brass have afforded him a thing called job security. Gruden can afford to be patient. In the here and now, the team looks like they are a struck match away from being a dumpster fire (see Buffalo Bills).
I wonder if Gruden felt a phantom kick to the McNuggets when he saw Mack out there feasting on the Packers. It’s probably a lot like a guy seeing his ex-girlfriends revenge body on IG. DAMMIT MAN!
A-a-ron Does It Again
Aaron Rodgers pulled the NFL equivalent of a Willis Reed. Returning from the locker room after what everyone feared was a season ending injury to his left knee and stealing victory away from the Chicago Bears. Coach Nagy probably almost threw up on the sideline when he saw Captain Discount Double Check walking back out onto the field. Bears fan in the stadium and at home all clinched their cheeks tightly knowing their joy might be short lived. Damn if A-a-ron didn’t do it. Green Bay, you sons of bitches are spoiled. I hope you appreciate having this guy suit up for you every Sunday. All do respect to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady fans but number 12 in green and yellow is the best to ever do it. If I was a defensive coordinator I wouldn’t be able to sleep having to find a way to stop this guy.
I bet Danica Patrick took good care of her boo when they got home based on her reaction to witnessing his on field excellence. I wonder who Olivia Munn dating now? Eh.