Weekend Sports ThoughtsOctober 30, 2012
Here are ten things that happened over the weekend that I feel like talking about
Marcus Lattimore’s knee
My thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore. He back from an ACL injury last year to ball out like this year like the injury never happened. He injury this past weekend is unwatchable. I saw the injury live and that was enough. I saw him get hit initially, lying on the ground after the play. I then noticed his kneecap was near his ankle and that’s when I had to turn my head. I’ve avoided all replays of his injury like the plague.
If I was in Lattimore’s ear, I’d tell him to go pro after this season. What’s the point in redshirting and rehabbing to comeback and play for South Carolina in two years only to risk his third knee injury. Willis McGahee left school early after a disgusting knee injury and the Buffalo Bills rolled the dice and drafted him in the first round. Willis sat out that season and rehabbed with NFL doctors and got paid for it. Eight years, 7,900 yards and 68 touchdowns later, Willis is still talking bout something in the NFL as a starter for the Denver Broncos.
Notre Dame beats Oklahoma
As a Sooner fan and alum, it hurts to admit that Notre Dame beat us down of on Saturday. They are clearly just a better team. It goes to show that in this new age of college football spread offenses that if you have some true dogs in the front seven and your offensive line plays like a defensive line, you can play with anyone in the country.
Mark my words, if Notre Dame plays Alabama, they will win without question. The only team stopping is the Golden Domers is Oregon and that’s based off scheme alone.
James Harden traded for beans and potatoes
Of course, I was at 121 Fulton Street, the official University of Oklahoma NYC alumni bar, watching my Sooners live the struggle life on national television. Late in the fourth quarter, the game wasn’t out of reach if you believed in Santa Claus, but then worst day in Oklahoma sports history happened. The ESPN ticker flashed across the screen and said that James Harden had been traded to the Houston Rockets.
A bunch of drunk Oklahomans watching their Sooners losing at home on national TV also find out that their beloved 23 year-old bearded one has been dealt to the Rockets. The only thing that kept the riot from ensuing was that most of the people in the bar had careers and not jobs to go to on Monday. You did not want to be a Notre Dame fan, Thunder GM — Sam Presti, or James Harden in that bar on Saturday night.
Who do you blame for the trade? Harden or Presti Presti could have waited until the end of the season because Harden wasn’t going to be an unrestricted free agent. Harden could have taken the contract offer that was only $4.5M off of what he wanted and keep the most fun to watch NBA team together. I blame Harden. Presti put the ball in his court. Granted Harden was only given an hour to decide before Houston was going to pull their offer off of the table, and Harden wanted three days to decide. Presiti reiterated, that Harden only had an hour. The third best player on a team should never play hardball with the GM. Did Harden even earn a max contract? Yes, he was the 6th Man of the Year, but he was Loch Ness Monster in the finals. We heard about how great he was, a few sightings here and there, but basically he didn’t show up. If Harden shows up like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook did in the finals, then he deserves a max contract, but he didn’t so he doesn’t.
Florida vs. Georgia Penalty Party
I’m all for sportsmanship in football. Actually, I’m really not, but I understand it’s place in sports. Did you watch the 91st edition of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party, aka the Florida vs. Georgia football game?
It was a great game as all marquee SEC matchups are, but did you see how many unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called? Five were called in total. These flags weren’t for late hits or illegal hits, but for what one can only loosely call taunting. I literally felt like I was watching a church league basketball game where everyone has fun, no one celebrates or shows any emotion.
This has to be the single greatest touchdown celebration ever and definitely worth the 15-yard penalty and scolding from Mike Tomlin. Good job, Antonio Brown.
Pick your poison, I mean quarterback. Michael Vick, Tony Romo, and Mark Sanchez are stranded on the side of the road and I have to pick one of them to be my starting quarterback?
I’m taking Romo. He’s just plain better than Sanchez and doesn’t make as many mistakes as Vick. Sure, Romo is a 4th quarter train wreck waiting to happen, but most of the time he plays very well in the first three quarters so you don’t have to worry about his sketchy fourth quarters.
The Buffaloes used to be a respectable team in college football. Now, they look more like an FCS team more than a FBS team. They haven’t had a winning record since 2005 and since then the Buffs are 24 – 57. Teams like Baylor, Boise State and Vanderbilt are now more respected than Colorado. This past weekend, Oregon put up 49 points on the Buffs by halftime and 70 by the end of the game. This season the Buffs are 1-7. Their lone win came over a struggling Washington State team and they had the audacity to lose at home to an Sacramento State who plays in the FCS division.
RGIII running routes
So, did you see RGIII get blasted in the secondary while he was running a route this past Sunday?(1:14 mark)
Here’s what Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan had to say about it.
“I’ve run that play probably 10, 15 times with Elway, probably 20 times or more with Steve Young, and with Robert, what you usually do is against the right defense – which is man coverage – no one usually accounts for the quarterback and he’s by himself out there.
After looking at that play, you feel like a complete dumb sh-t because you want him to be wide open,” Shanahan said.
Umm — yeah, Coach Shannahan, ya think?!?
Call of Duty Black Ops commercial vs. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 commercial
The sequel is never as good as the original. Even in Call of Duty Black Ops commercials. The tagline says “There’s a soldier in all of us” and features Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel along with other people fighting. This year’s commercial is loaded with celebrities. It’s what my friends in the advertising agency call being “star fu*kers” and putting as many celebs in a commercial as possible. Either way, the Black Ops commercial totally destroys the Black Ops 2 commercial. I’ll let you be the judge though.
Call of Duty Black Ops commercial
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 commercial
The only explanation for Tyrann Mathieu getting in trouble with drugs again is that basically Honey Badger don’t care if he loses millions and has to play in the CFL instead of the NFL. I mean why else would his apartment in Baton Rouge be “the Carter” if he really didn’t care. I don’t want to believe that Mathieu is dumb enough to knowingly have had double-digit pounds of marijuana in his apartment to only let the police in to search it, but my hands are tied. He is that dumb.
That’s all I got,