Monday, November 27, 2006

Russian Roulette: Quarterback Style

posted by MoneyMouth

A lot of amazing football went down this past week, but excuse me a moment while I try and sort out Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos (7-4). After Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) in which the Broncos lost 19 to 10, the announcers kept commenting on how this might be Jake Plummer’s last week at the starting QB position. And sure enough, Coach Shanahan came out and announced Jay Cutler as his new starting QB for next week's matchup against the Seattle Seahawks (6-4).

But why?

I can’t help but scratch my head on his one. Jake Plummer has led his team to a 7-4 start which would place them in the playoffs if the season ended today. Jay Cutler on the other hand hasn’t taken a single snap in a regular season game yet. So why does Shanahan feel the need to swap his QBs? This certainly isn’t like the Drew Bledsoe/Tony Romo situation that we saw over in Dallas earlier this year; we’re talking about swapping a veteran for a true rookie. I feel like I must be taking crazy pills!

To be fair, if you look at the numbers, you can make a rather simple case for Plummer underachieving all season long. They rank near the bottom in passing yards per game and points per game and Plummer’s passer rating has been awful (70.5). The only thing is the running game hasn’t been that hot either and it showed against the Chiefs. Without a running game you can’t pass the ball, even if it’s against a horrible KC defense. In the end, it's the win column that matters, and Plummer has earned his team 7.

The Consequences: I think Shanahan is officially placing his job on the line with this switch. If the Denver Broncos miss the playoffs this season with Cutler at the starting position, he’ll be handing over his resignation faster than LT has been scoring touchdowns. I’ll be looking forward to see what happens against the revitalized Seahawks next week.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Chicago Hates The Headband

posted by IntrinsicBent


You Frappers know I’m down with the Old Skool. It’s for this reason that I like Chicago Bulls Head Coach Scott Skiles’ hardnose approach to the game.

But benching a player for sporting a headband in a game?

In all fairness, it was coined a “team rule”. All I know is that the shameful headband in question cost Bulls Center Ben Wallace his rightful place as starter in the beginning of the 3rd quarter. And Skiles pulled the trigger on the punishment.

Pun intended, I think this whole drama is Bull.

Wallace sported the contraband in the start of the 1st quarter. He was punished after playing another low stat producing half.

Skiles himself was ejected early in the 3rd quarter.

Losing is frustrating, especially when you finished the previous season looking like a contender and then added a high priced free agent whose defending and rebounding was coveted by the whole league.

This season has not come close to meeting the expectations of the ownership, fans, players, coaches, or the City of Chicago. They figured they’d be heading the pack. Instead, they’re focusing on headbands.

Let’s just say it. That’s the stupidest thing this Frappe reporter has heard in a long time. I mean, what are we talking about man? We’re talking about a headband. It’s not like it’s a ball cap. We’re talking about headbands. We’re not talking about the stocking cap that I love to wear. We’re talking about headbands. You see how ridiculous that is?

They must believe they’re the Yankees (referencing the Yank’s stringent facial hair and hair length rules).

Winning usually resolves this type of silly tension. The Bulls beat the equally manic New York Knicks 106-95 in this headband scarred game. They will need to string some wins together as soon as possible if they want to stem the tide of feeding on themselves.

In the meantime, they should measure the length of their shorts and make sure their socks are of the approved color. Or face the loss of playing time.

Most importantly, lose that team killing evil that goes by the name of………………………………headband.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Morneau is MVP

posted by BiCoastal Bias

I had a great blog prepared about the obvious New York bias that led to Jeter winning the MVP; and then something happened.   The voters got it right!

It’s so rare that I’m correct, I’ve got to re-direct you to my commentary on this year’s MVP way back in August.  So you should have known my vote would be for Morneau, since the Twins knocked Chicago from postseason contention.

I didn’t even have Jeter on my list, but to my credit, his numbers jumped significantly in September, I probably would have put him third on my final ballot.  Of course, Papelbon getting hurt dropped him off my list.

I still don’t understand why Joe Mauer got so many votes.  The guy finishes with less than 170 runs created, Jeter and Morneau had more than that in August!  Also, Frank Thomas finishing as high as 4th seems a stretch, though the way he carried Oakland down the stretch justifies it somewhat.

A final note, the two major league MVP first basemen of 2006 made a combined $740,000.  That’s what a good farm system does for you, and that’s the reason that Boston and New York won’t win a World Series for the rest of the decade.

Enough Already

posted by IntrinsicBent


We’ve been big on lists this past week. Actually, we’ve been calling it like we see it since we started this blog whether it fit conventional wisdom or not.

We’ve called out alleged sportscasters in the past when their game was weak. And we will continue to do so.

BiCoastal is going to remove Tim McCarver from calling baseball games.

We’ve discussed Tony Kornheiser’s need for removal from Monday Night Football coverage.

Already in this new NBA season, I’ve had enough of one “sportscaster” on the ESPN network. I felt this welling up inside me last season and limped through the end of the year. I worked on it in the offseason, but already cannot hang any longer.

Tim Legler has got to go.

I’ll admit upfront that my basketball game is not even close to being at the pro level. I realize it is a very small percentage of people that can even be the dude (lady athlete for you WNBA fans) that sits on the end of the bench in full gear knowing they’ll never see playing time.

But that’s where my issue begins.

I will listen to trips down memory lane of athletes flashing back and referencing their playing days.

That is, as long as they have names like Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, or even Reggie Miller.

If I want to know what it was like picking up the other players’ warmups, I can go to my closet and toss clothes around the room and get that experience.

The unacceptable part of it though when they speak with flaccid authority and over comment and over prescribe treatments for various team and player ills.

I crave insights that help me better understand the game and make me feel I’m being let inside a private fraternity, that I otherwise have no access to.

Teach me the secret handshake baby.

The key is to invest the same focus and desire into broadcasting that you did with your playing career and it should mix with your talent and produce…………………………wait a minute.

There’s the problem.

Frappe Short List of Sports Commentators That Don’t Make The Cut
Tim McCarver
Tony Kornheiser
Tim Legler

Just Do It.

Monday, November 20, 2006

3 Months Closer to March Madness

posted by MoneyMouth

Thank goodness it’s November. While many of you are tuning your satellite dishes and cable boxes to the nearest NBA, NFL, or College Football game and feasting on some tofurky, Money Mouth is ready for some basketball of a purer form. In case you weren’t aware, college basketball has already tipped things off and I’m digging every second of it.

While some of you might share in my appreciation for college basketball, there are a decent number of you who don’t. And while some might throw the argument that the college b-ball game is better because it is more team oriented or perhaps because players are not having to explain why they fired a gun off after leaving a strip club at 4AM, my reasons are more simplistic.

The reason why I love college basketball boils down to one thing: anyone can win. While, yes, this can be frustrating since it means that your team could possibly lose any given game (i.e.
KU vs. Oral Roberts this past week), it’s what makes this game so entertaining.

Take for instance a game I watched about a week and a half ago:
San Diego State University vs. Point Loma Nazarene University. If you haven’t heard of the latter school it’s probably because they are a tiny private school of 2500 full-time students that is associated with the NAIA when it comes to sports. This also means they have no business competing with a basketball team that actually made the NCAA tournament last year. So while I settled in to my seat at the COX Arena expecting to see a blowout the last thing I expected to see was a close game. And despite the 20 point lead at half-time by the Aztecs, that is exactly what I got. With 2 minutes left in the game, Point Loma had resurrected the 3-ball and had pulled within 4 points. Now that’s a game. Unfortunately, those pesky Sea Lions ended up losing by 8.

So while the focus right now might be on how the
San Francisco 49ers just moved into playoff contention or how we might have a split championship in college football, I’ll be holding onto these words:

“It’s November, which means we’re 3 months closer to March Madness.”

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Michigan OSU Rematch? I Think Not

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The Michigan / OSU game was as good as we had hoped, which is good, because it is rare that a game lives up to the amount of hype that this one received.  

The fallout is that Michigan is still ranked second in the BCS standings, while USC is an incredibly close third.  This has, of course, inspired the debate over whether the national title game should be a rematch of Saturday’s game.

Before I get to my opinion on this debate, let me just say that I love the way this college football season is wrapping up.  Once Rutgers lost, it became very clear that we have six teams in the running for this year’s championship bowl.  

And even better is the fact that we have something that almost looks like a playoff system, starting with the Big Ten matchup of yesterday.  Next week, we’ve got number 3 USC going against number 5 Notre Dame; and on December 1st we’ll see number 4 Florida take on number 6 Arkansas in the SEC championship game.  

Unfortunately, this leaves us with 3 teams with an honest argument for the national championship game, and only two sidelines to put them on.  But we all know the system is flawed, so we’ll have to accept the fact that one team is the odd-man-out.

I think I’ve made my position clear, I don’t think Michigan should get another chance against OSU in January.  First of all, I genuinely believe that another one of the four teams mentioned above deserve a chance to beat the Buckeyes.

But more importantly, if we did have a rematch, and Michigan won it, wouldn’t we all feel the need to have a third tiebreaker game?  Otherwise, Saturday’s game would feel rather meaningless in the grand scheme of things.  The implication is that two teams from the same conference should never end up head to head for the championship; and I think this makes sense, for the same reason two teams from the AFC will never play each other in the Super Bowl.  

So here’s the predictions from BiCoastal Bias:  I’ve got Arkansas beating Florida, and USC beating Notre Dame and UCLA.  This should sway the computers to making USC a clear cut number two.  As for the championship, I think USC is going to do to OSU what Texas did to USC last year.  Just remember, you heard it from me, Frappers.

Separated At Birth - Schottenheimer v. Cheney

posted by IntrinsicBent






We haven’t done this in a while, but you know it’s amazing.

One will coach you strong in the regular season and wilt in the postseason, and the other will shoot you and say it’s an accident.

Tough choice.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

How Much Would You Pay For the Gyroball?

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The Boston Red Sox won the bidding war this week for Daisuke Matsuzaka. For the hefty price of 50 million dollars, the BoSox get the privilege of throwing even more money at the World Baseball Classic MVP. That’s more money than a few franchises’ payrolls.

If you think about it, that last sentence was a simultaneous slam at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Boston Red Sox. As for Tampa, there is really no excuse for major league ball clubs to compete in today’s market with a total salary of under 45 million; those teams should be excluded from revenue sharing. But I digress.

Meanwhile, the Sox handicapped themselves significantly in this offseason’s free agent shopping spree by forking over such a large sum of money that won’t even end up in any player’s pocket. This team has a lot of needs, and although starting pitcher is definitely one of them, it might not be worth such a disproportionate amount of the budget.

Many are complaining that there is no way Matsuzaka’s bargaining rights are worth this much. But Knowledge Droppings was somehow made privy to Theo Epstein’s strategy on the matter; and it’s really hard to argue with this logic. Apparently the Boston Braintrust figures that winning the WBC MVP award alone made Matsuzaka worth 25 million, and then the marketing campaign they have planned for the only living man who can throw the GYROBALL is worth another 25 million.

Seriously, how can you not get excited about a pitch invented by Japanese scientists? I know I’m going to be tuning into his first start just to see what our friends across the Pacific cooked up.

So all in all, I’m not bashing the move by the Red Sox. Yes, it’s unfair to small market teams, but the entire system is unfair to small market teams, so I’m used to that. Plus, we all know now that you can’t buy a championship. Since this move brings one of the world’s best pitchers to the States, I’m just glad for the chance to watch him, and comfortable in the knowledge that the Red Sox won’t necessarily gain an unfair advantage just because they threw gobs of money at Matsuzaka.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Memo To Oakland: Hire The Dog

posted by IntrinsicBent



I am going to do the Oakland Athletics a favor and help them hire their next Manager, after they fired previous Manager Ken Macha at the end of last season.

Hire the Bulldog. It’s a slam dunk.

Orel Hershiser has the goods. He has the records, ring, cerebral capacity, and has some coaching experience. He knows the game.

My critics (I know, it’s hard to believe they exist) will say “But Intrinsic, how can you give the keys to the airplane to someone that has never sat in the pilot’s seat?”

Number one, that doesn’t even make sense. Airplanes don’t even have keys, they……………………oh never mind.

It’s true that Hershiser’s coaching experience only consists of being the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers from June 2002 through the end of the season in 2005. But are you going to blame him for not being able to reduce the heat in the middle of the Texas summer that always seems to reduce that team to a chronic third or fourth place finisher in their division?

I mean, the only thing Mr. Hershiser has ever really accomplished in addition to that weeny pitching coach stint was to have a career record of 204-149 over 18 years, finishing with a 3.48 ERA that was greatly affected by pitching for crappy teams toward the end of his career (I’ll give you that was his choice).

He did get that Major League record 59 scoreless innings, won the Cy Young, defeated the same Oakland A’s twice in the World Series, and collected MVP honors all in the year of 1988. He also performed front office duties for the Rangers on two separate occasions.

But he probably doesn’t have much of a grasp for the game, does he?

I’ll tell you who I’m really bent at is my Angels club who lost their pitching coach Bud Black, when he replaced the San Diego Padres’ departing Manager Bruce Bochy.

Why have they not made a play for Hershiser’s services? He and Manager Mike Scioscia and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher all played on that ’88 Dodgers team together, and would make a great coaching team. I think the young starting pitching staff for the Angels would greatly benefit from a SoCal legend like The Bulldog.

Plus, it would punk the Dodgers, which is great as we compete for the City of Los Angeles.

I’m kidding, we don’t desire to be the Orange County representative for LA.

Period.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Injury Policy Made to be Broken

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Today I’m taking on the old school adage:
You can’t lose your starting role because of an injury.

This week, I’ve heard this rule coming from the talking heads as Trent Green is recovering from an injury, but his unknown backup Damon Huard’s passing performance is second best in the NFL right now.

For the most part, this injury policy isn’t bad. It encourages players who are genuinely hurt to allow themselves the full time to recover. It probably also takes some pressure off of the relationship between the injured star and the temporary replacement, hence bettering the overall team chemistry.

But the fact is, and always will be, that this policy was made to be broken.

First of all, do we even know who came up with this rule in the first place? For all we know, it could have been coined by the guy who came up with Squagles. Are we really going to treat this advice like biblical wisdom when we don’t even know where it came from?

Think about it, has a team ever won a championship because they handed the ball back to their old and busted star quarterback? (The real answer is probably, but Knowledge Droppings and I couldn’t come up with a counter example.) The story is always the same, the fresh-faced, untested rookie takes the ball with bravado and does the unthinkable.

We’ve seen it happen so many times, and we never get sick of it: Tom Brady, Steve Young, and Kurt Warner, (unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened to Trent Green).

So all you old schoolers out there need to get over it, because this is clearly one rule that was made to be broken – kind of like not double dipping the chip at a party, or leaving a note every time you bump someone in the parking lot.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Add This To My List

posted by IntrinsicBent


I should not even feel the need to have a list.

Basic good decorum should be the guide. Good taste could be the rule of thumb. Common sense might lead to what’s right. FCC standards would do it for me also.

A sports fan should never be subjected to a sideline shot of a pro athlete, or anyone else for that matter, sticking their head under a towel and hurling into a trash can looking receptacle while a broadcaster does color commentary or play by play.

But that’s exactly what the lucky viewers received tonight by the crack commentators that now host Monday Night Football for ESPN.

I’m sure Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver and Sideline Wretcher Steve Smith won’t be too stoked when he finds out he received the business by the MNF team as he dealt with the flu. He caught 8 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 Panther win that was a below average game. It was horrible when graded on the Monday Night Football curve.

If I have to start a list of things I don’t want to see while I watch sports, and I’m bitter that I have to, I guess I will. It’s embarrassing though.

  1. I don’t want to see anyone vomiting, or acting like they’re vomiting. If this for any reason cannot be done for me, I demand that I not have to hear about it.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Offense Inc.

posted by IntrinsicBent


Terrestrial television in SoCal has done right by me today. I watched two games today and felt I needed a nap after viewing all the NFL offensive goodness.

The two games I watched featured an onslaught of offense resulting in a total of 159 total points and 2011 total yards.

CBS featured an early matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincy in the first half was very dominate and looked like they would take the day in a runaway manner.

The 3rd quarter continued to generate huge offensive numbers and ultimately saw San Diego get the comeback victory on the shoulders of LaDanian Tomlinson, Keenan McCardell, and first year starter at quarterback Philip Rivers.

The Bengals fought valiantly with QB Carson Palmer looking like he did towards the end of last season, and Ocho Cinco also returning to his old highly productive ways.

The second game I viewed was on Fox and was a showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints. Pittsburgh drew first blood and ran the score up to 14-0 quickly in the first quarter.

It was a teeter totter of scoring back and forth with Pittsburgh finally putting their boots on the Chargers’ throat to win. Yeah, I know that’s graphic, but that was the way it felt. I’m just passing it on.

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger looked the best he’s looked all year. RB Willie Parker led by example after harshly criticizing the performance of his team last week. He did a great Jerome Bettis act including banging his way to 72 and 76 yard TD runs. He’s the first since Barry Sanders to score two 60+ yard touchdowns in a game.

On the other side of the ball, Drew Brees was huge in this losing endeavor with his 31 of 47, 398 yard day. The receiving team that caught these passes performed well too.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some stupid penalties, turnovers that may have cost wins for the losing teams, and injuries that made the day less than perfect.

I’m amazed that San Diego had Rivers and Brees together for as long as they did. Brees moving on was good for him, New Orleans, Rivers, and maybe even the Chargers. Brees and RB Reggie Bush are the face of America’s new team, the New Orleans Saints.

For the most part, it was a SmashMouth Football kind of day.

Which is nice.

Texas Loses, Football Fans Win

posted by BiCoastal Bias

This is the BiCoastal Bias take on this weekend in sports.  First of all, let me let out a little Hallelujah, Texas lost.  Maybe it’s because I just don’t like them, maybe it’s because I didn’t think anyone on their squad except Vince Young deserved last year’s championship ring, but I absolutely did not want to see this team in the championship.

We don’t have to worry about that anymore, as well as a slew of other one loss teams, but that doesn’t mean there are any less debate topics for the end of this college football season.  For instance, if Michigan and Ohio State play a close game this Saturday, does the loser deserve a rematch in the national title game, or should a different one loss team get a shot at OSU?  . . . err, I mean whoever finishes undefeated.  Who should that second team be – USC, Florida, Notre Dame?  If Rutgers beats West Virginia and finishes undefeated, should they get a shot at the title?  

There’s one problem with this debate: the computers aren’t listening.  When I pontificate over the reasons why Derek Jeter should not be the American League MVP, at least I feel like there’s a chance my opinion could somehow influence someone out there with a vote, I’m talking about the type of chance Lloyd Christmas gets excited about in Dumb and Dumber.  But the computers don’t hear any of this, or anything that anyone is saying, which leaves me feeling a bit helpless.

Meanwhile, speaking of stupid policies in sports, it seems like both the NFL and NBA are trying to outlaw any overt displays of emotion.  The NBA is giving a technical to anyone who reacts negatively to a call, while the NFL penalizes 15 yards to scorers who use the ball as a prop.

Do other fans feel like these are big issues?  I certainly don’t.  I personally find touchdown celebrations interesting – they give me a reason to like the players I find likeable, and hate the players I find hate-able.  And as for the NBA’s new rule, I find it ridiculous, and I know I’m not the only one.  We already have enough professional athletes who don’t appear to care about the game enough, there’s no reason to create more with rules like this.

Are there enough fans upset about these issues that these leagues feel the need to bring down the hammer?  I just don’t understand – that’s why I want to hear from you, Frappers.  Give me your thoughts.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

SheffPlosion

posted by IntrinsicBent


Yeah, I know that the New York Yankees dealt their thin skinned malcontent Right Fielder Gary Sheffield yesterday.

They traded him to the defending AL Champion Detroit Tigers for three minor league prospect pitchers.

I think the Frappe should adopt the moniker “Topps” when referring to Sheffield in the future.

Why?

‘Cuz he gets traded more than a baseball card.

Let’s recount the teams that Topps has played for:

Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers.

He’s split his time between leagues, 3 with American League teams and 4 with National League teams.

Waitaminit! some of you stat geeks are shouting at your monitor right now. That’s 5 NL teams and 2 AL teams.

Haha, gotcha! He played for the Brewers before they switched to the National League. Don’t mess with Intrinsic.

Let’s break this transaction down.

Gary “Topps” Sheffield got:

  • Reunited with Manager Jim Leyland, that he played for on the Marlins and won a ring with in 1997.

  • A 2 year/$28 million extension from the Tigers.

  • A promise by the Tigers that he won’t play 1st base.

  • Another set of jerseys with a different team and his name on them.

The Yanks got:
  • 3 sets of younger arms to offset the very aged ones they’re packing. One of them being Bronx native RHP Humberto Sanchez.

  • Rid of a crappy 2nd string 1st baseman (Topps himself).

  • To say goodbye to one of the few friends that A-Rod had.

Sheff, er….I mean Topps is saying all the right things for now, but I have him for 2nd week in May in the Sheff New Team Meltdown Pool.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Dream Blog 2 - How The Dream Dies

posted by IntrinsicBent


I saw an NBA game the other day where they ran one of those random player bios. It featured Kirk Hinrich and he was talking about his NBA dream and his Mom. (I’ll wait for the Awwww……………to subside).

He said his Mom recently found a paper he wrote when he was a kid. Kind of a time capsule deal. On that paper written in his little kid handwriting was a statement that when he grew up he wanted to play Point Guard for the Chicago Bulls.

My story is not of this variety, so relax.

We at The Sports Frappe are big proponents of living the dream……………the Sports Dream.

BiCoastal shared his dream (go down to next to last paragraph) a while back, and now it’s time for ole Intrinsic to let you in on how my pitching career ended.

It’s a playoff game and they call on me to start game one. I’m as excited as a little girl and all of a sudden I’m standing on the mound in the big game. It’s the top of the first and I look around the field and the stands and soak up all that hardball goodness.

I’m shocked to find the MLB now uses a new ball that is made out of memory foam and I squeeze it into the size of a ping pong ball and pitch.

It’s a floater that the batter (unknown of course because this dream is about me) sends out of the yard.

Then I realize that my back has gone out. It’s so bad that in the middle of the second pitch I have to stop, before I go ahead and toss it up there anyway. It doesn’t make it to the plate, but that doesn’t matter anyway because of course it was a balk.

Then I flash forward to heading to the dugout with teammates consoling me with comments like “It’s only 4 runs, it could have been worse.”

Next, I’m on the mound at the top of the second and the ball is back to normal.

And then as dreams go…………it’s over.

I don’t know what I had to eat that night, but assume it was a lot.

I’m taking it as a sign from my subconscious that my dream of pitching in the bigs is now officially dead. It’s a shame.

At least I can still pitch in that church slow pitch league.

I toss a wicked 12’ arc.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Flipper Snuffs Out Smokey

posted by IntrinsicBent


It is Sunday night and I’m having trouble telling time. Actually, I’m having a hard time telling the year.

The calendar says 2006, but it feels strangely familiar to 1985. I’m afraid I’ll turn on the tube and see that “Punky QB” doing the Superbowl Shuffle (Even the tube reference feels like ’85 doesn’t it?).

In 1985, a Dan Marino led Miami Dolphins offense denied the Bears’ quest to be the first undefeated NFL team since the band of bitter men did it on the ’72 Miami Dolphins.

Today the Dolphins did it again by a reversing end score of 31-13 on the back of Joey Harrington and ending this year’s Chicago Bears hopes of a perfect season.

Ok, it wasn’t as much Harrington as the Dolphins’ defense (namely Jason Taylor) great playmaking and Bears’ QB Rex Grossman contributing to the Dolphins’ with 4 turnovers, 3 of them interceptions.

This year’s version of Dolphins perfect season destroyers faced tough rhetoric earlier this week by the media and the ’72 perfectionists themselves, to the point of being accused of being a team without a soul.

You would easily say “it’s only one game” and be correct if it weren’t for the possible season altering injuries sustained today by Bears’ linebacker Brian Uhrlacher and deep threat wide receiver Bernard Berrian. The extent of these players’ injuries were not clear as of this writing.

With the Bears going down in defeat today, there is only one team left undefeated that is still alive to challenge the unbeaten record by the ’72 Dolphins. That’s the Indianapolis Colts who beat the New England Patriots today in a matchup that now is highly anticipated each year.

Guess who the Colts play in their last regular season game this year?

You got it, none other than the 2006 Miami Dolphins.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

'Sheed 'Jection

posted by IntrinsicBent


The Detroit Pistons were spanked tonight 105 – 97 in the first game of their 2006-2007 season, and their first game without the defense minded landmark, Big Ben Wallace.

The “other” Detroit Wallace was representing however. Rasheed Wallace fell victim to what he thinks should be termed the Sheed Rule by receiving two technical fouls for arguing calls with the refs as well as the ejection that comes with it.

Wallace is on pace to receive 164 technical fouls and 82 ejections this season.

I bet you won’t find that stat at the Elias Sports Bureau.