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So there you have it… Brett Favre is now the first and only player ever to have won a game against all 32 teams in the National Football League!

Young Jock dance? lol

Young Jock dance? lol

Just let that marinate for a second…

Not only did he accomplish something that is so unique, so unattainable, something so… atypical. He did it with such pizazz and charisma. A true vintage Brett Favre performance on a Monday night; throwing  24 of 31 for 271 yards and 3 TD’s, NFL fans couldnt ask for more.

It doesnt get any better than this. Aside from the Superbowl, this The Packers vs Vikings has to be arguable one of the most anticipated games of the season. You’ve got Brett Favre taking snaps for his longtime rival team, while facing off against the franchise that essentially nurtured, embodied and solidified his legacy (thats until the ish hit the fan). The “Young Buck” squaring off against the “Old Bull”, who’s trying to show to the world that Green Bay’s decision in let go of Brett Favre wasnt a testament to his old age  and rust, but that he, Aaron Rogers is a legitimate NFL QB who deserves the time of day.

Without a doubt, Brett has really big shoes to fill. I’m sure the thoughts of measuring up has circled around the conscious A. Rogers, but by he looks of it, it hasnt fluster him one bit. He and Brett made sure that this game would be worth all the hooplah.

On the opening drive Favre moved the ball down the field completing an perfect 5 of 5. 2nd and goal lined up at the 2 yard Brett drops of a sweet pass to Visanthe Shiancoe for 6.

The very next drive Aaron Rogers comes back with a with a series of  completions that required a bit of foot action to make it happen. 3rd and five, the Packs line up at their own 35 yard line. Aaron takes the shotgun snap and finds his tight end, Jermichael Finely for 62 yard score.

Can you say bait and hook? I already knew that this game would be something worth watching but didnt expect for it to start off like that.

Through out the game, there was some exceptional plays being made by both Brett and Aaron, but the underlying factor that determine the game was not the play of the two quarter backs. Quite naturally, there was a lot of hype and fixation geared towards the two QB’s and rightfully so, but what mattered the most was the pass protection and the defensive prowess.

In the head to head match up, judging by the numbers you might think that Aaron Rogers had the better game, but his offensive line could hold up. Despite the fact that the Vikings defense forced a fumble recovery and an interception, Rogers still managed to throw 26-37 for 384 and 2 TD’s. Quite Frankly I was impressed. I thought that he would fold under the pressure. But then again, all of the attention was focused on Brett so Aaron had little to nothing to lose. He was already the underdog and as the story was written, his defeat at the hands of the legendary Favre was supposed to happen…

But had this went the other way, and the Packers won this game? All of the blame would have been shunned upon the shoulders of Brett Favre. It’s not that he had anything to prove in regards to who’s the better quarter back. It was more along the line of him having to make that statement saying “how dare you guys (packers) not give me the liberty of retiring at my own convenience… I’ve brought home a Superbowl victory along multiple division and conference championships. For 16 hard years, I’ve endured injury after injury and never took the easy way out!” “For Christ sakes, I’m Brett Mutha-Fu*k-en Favre bro! I’ve gave you guy’s my all, and you have the nerve to draft this kid and give presence over me? I run this! I this is my town!” lol

Aight, well maybe I got a lil too carried away with all the drug lord antics, but you get my drift…lol

I’n not a Packer, Viking or Favre fan. But if  i had to chose who I favor the most out of  the 3, I most certainly would ride with Brett on this one. I can absolutely feel his glee for settling the score with his former team. Like everyone else, in the summers of 07 and 08 i was tired of hearing about all this retirement mess, and eventually started grow not so fond of Brett. I mean he’s old(er) and at the time was indecisive. No matter how patient you are, nobody likes that old man in the grocery store who lags at the cash register because he’s not sure if he put too much in his cart, and isnt sure if he has the cash to cover it all… But once the media frenzy subsided, and the rubbish was cleared, I began to feel for Brett. Imagine that you did something you really loved for a living, and once you are at the end of you career, coming back isnt an option once you decide to leave.. Well unless your Brett Favre, but you get me. In short, the Packers took away his liberties.  His options, his freedom to say “no Im not ready to leave yet.”

Thats why this victory had to be so sweet. It wasnt to prove or show to the world that he can still play. It wasnt to prove to not even himself that he could out play the young Aaron Rogers. It was a subtle statement statement communicated from a single man to a giant that said “how dare you..”

Despite what Brett may tell the media, Revenge, History, and a few dozen babies were made that night.. Who would’ve knew that the 32 degree’s of completion would have came the way it did..

Before I forget

Nightly Notables:

Jared Allen, who had 4.5 sacks last night.

Atwoine Winfield with 9 tackles and the only interception of the game.

These two guys did their thing. And the Vikings offensive line gave their QB the time to do what he does best. It really was a collective effort.

Viks win 30-23..

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After the first Sunday in the month of October, only a few teams remain unbeaten. Now thats not too unusual when considering the teams that tend to own their divisions and early-game schedules, hence the The Indiana Colts and New York Giants. But What might come to a surprise is That the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and most importanly the Denver Broncos stand at a perfect 4-0 heading into week 5.B dawkins broncos

Once referred to as the “E”nver Broncos due to their lack of “D”efense, the mile high city  seemingly has been able to force their opponents to run up-hill, or should I say up-mountain… Allowing only 26 points (6.5 per) for their opposition to snack on all season, I guess its now safe to say the “D” is back.

Or Maybe, just maybe the “D” just arrived…

My Philadelphia Eagles are so GM savvy, that they let our best defensive player, and arguably one of the best “DB’s” in the league in “B”rian D”awkins go. Ironically enough, The “DB’s” (Denver Broncos) just needed the right “DB” (Defensive Back) in “BD” (Brian Dawkins) to bring the “D”- back…

SB- I Dare you to try and write this in cursive.. All lower case though, no caps lol..

But thanks to the eagles, the Broncos are now a perfect 4-0.  With the consistent defensive play, this team can make some real noise. Its still too early for me to determine if this team is for real or not, but I’m not about to count these guys out; not with the Alpha male running the show back there barking out  audibles and play actions.. Dawkins was a huge factor in why the Eagles were as successful as they were in the years pass. So why would I expect anything different?

I don’t have any hard feelings towards the departure of Brian Dawkins and the Eagles, but it leaves some what of a sour taste thats comparable to a break up. You think that your the best fit for someone, until you seem them with somebody else and things are a perfect 4-0 … ha! But only time will tell. Maybe they got lucky.. Or maybe their competition wasn’t up to par. Minus America’s team the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos pretty much beat teams that were beatable. What I’m looking forward to is the team they play next Sunday. The New England Pats blew the Broncos out last year 41 to 7 (cough) EMBARRASSING!

Denver most certainly has a score to settle, and im anxious to see how things pan out. Tom and the Patriots arent as invincible as they once were so this might turn out to be a game after all…

And tune in to see Bret Favre Play against his old team. If the Viks win, then Bret Favre will be the first person ever to beat all 32 teams in the NFL. Wow thats longevity for you..

Pretty Boy Flyod, aka Money Mayweather remains the undisputed champ!

Sit down!

Sit down!

After a 21 month sebbatical, Money Mayweather stepped back inside the square looking as sharp and as spiffy as ever. His opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez. A well respected fighter native of Mexico City, proudly accepted the challenge of taking on the man who’s commonly revered by most as the best pound for pound fighter in the game today (No disrespect to the Pac Man).

Despite the fact that the sport of boxing isn’t what it used to be, “Money” is definitely keeping it ALIVE! He’s everything that the sport needs right now. Mr. Young, flashy and fly himself never lacks charisma and he sure knows how penetrate the minds and hearts of his opponents. Some might say Floyd’s a bit arrogant or even narcissistic, but all in all, Money Mayweather has all the skill and talent to back up all the smack talking that spews from his mouth. 40-0 speaks for itself!

Juan Manuel Marquez, like the majority Latino fighters, is a man of pure courage and resiliency.  His will and determination reminds me of a fighter that once felt the raft of Mayweather a few years back, Ricky Hatton… Marquez has had an exceptional career (50-5-1) so far, but was clearly out of his weight class when going up against the champ. Speaking of which, Juan was penalized 600 grand for failing make weight at 144 lbs. Naturally he’s the smaller fighter. I’m not sure if stepping in the ring @ 142 pounds was a result of falling short of the agreement, or just a simple strategy to help compensate for his lack of speed and agility.

Ok enough of the formalities…

Floyd straight whooped Marquez’s ass!

The fight was almost laughable. After Knocking down Manuel Marquez in the second round, Money knew he had this fight in the bag. Taunting, and dancing around the ring as usual, he just flat out made his opponent look bad. And thats why I like Floyd. He’s like you typical guy from the hood, who loves to talk sh*t and make a name for himself by making the next guy look bad. He’s got the heart to match his ego, and knows how to entertain. By no way, shape or form does the cockiness get to me, because at times the guy is just funny. Now had he got his face beat in a few times, I wouldnt be the fan that I am, but thats just not the case.. Pretty Boy Floyd is more than a fighter, he’s an entertainer. A man who not only knows how to captivate the audience, but always gives the people what they want, a show. The Ultimate hybrid between your prototypical boxer with the smarts and textbook skills to go along with it, and that nigga from the hood with a mean box game; both  incarnated in the same body.

Seeing him out there brings back memories of when we were kids, slap tappin away in the driveway. I know this to be true, because last night at the sports bar, a small scuffle broke out in the mist of the main event lol!

All I seen was the 3 consecutive overhand rights colliding with this guys face. I didnt see how the situation started, but according to my man Larry, the guy who got punched in the face was deserving of it…

So this is the story. We in there all in there looking at the fight. Mind you its crowded as ever in there, and its hard to get where you got to go. So once you get a spot, ya best bet is to stay put. But anyway, the waiters were serving food on the floor where the mass of people were standing. This guy who finishes his plate and tries to go over towards the bar and set it on the counter top so he can get back to watching the fight. This other guy who’s sitting @ the bar is in his way, and refuses to move so the guy with the plate can dispose of garbage. The guy with the plate says “aye buddy, can you let me sit the plate down” The other guy continues to be a prick and ignores his request. So the guy with the plate puts the plate on the table anyway, and the other guy who’s sitting at the bar takes the plate and throws it on the ground. Now who knows what the guy was eating but I’m almost certain that it meal involved some kind of sauce that probably splattered all over his boots lol. A few words are exchanged and next thing you know (what I heard) was a WHOP! I immediately turned around and as I’m scanning the room for the commotion, I see this guy wounding up his right hand, about to deliver the second blow. WHOP! then he punches him again. Ironically, no security came to the scene, and the guys broke it up themselves. The guy who was sitting at the bar, who got punched in the face calmly grabbed his beer and began drinking it as if nothing happened. IDK man, maybe it was the liquor that disallowed  him to feel anything, but he seemed to be unphased by what just happened.

After all the hostility subsided,  almost immediately, the people directed their attention back to the flat screen TV’s. It was as if this was apart of the show or something lol.

I’n not an advocate for violence, but talk about a fun night! I got the two for one deal that Saturday bul..lol

But all in all, the fight (that came one ppv) was a great one. Thats if your a Mayweather fan. All the Latino’s that came out to support Manuel Marquez slowly started to dip off as the Mayweather fans grew louder and louder.

I would love to see Floyd fight Manny Pacquiao next. Oh yeah, Sugar Shane Mosley comes to mind as well. We’ll see sometime in the remaining months of this decade if Floyd wants to come back. He said on the HBO series 24/7 that he accepted the challenge for the love of the sport. But they dont call em Money Mayweather for nothing! ;^]

Stay Tuned for more,

Mike Ferg.

1st Game Back is a Success.

Posted: August 28, 2009 in Eagles, NFL, Philly, Sports

Although Mike Vick didn’t start, was fairly rusty and didn’t play much, he still managed to go out there and show the world that he was willing to do whatever it takes.

Thats right Mike!

Thats right Mike!

Sure, its a long road back until Vick becomes the beloved sports icon that he once was, but he’s on the right track… Tonight he played multiple positions (QB, Wide out and lining up in the famous wild cat formation), showing that he’s more than just an unconventional quarter back.

With Andy Reed as head coach, I think that We could utilize Mike for more things than just a back up QB. I can see him doing what Reggie Bush does, catching pitches out on the wings and making plays with his feet. What makes it more dangerous, is that he has a cannon that is out of this world! So making the throw down the field is something that defensive coordinators will always have to consider. The Wild Cat offense is just child’s play when factoring in the slew of offensive threats that the Eagles possess.

Because of all the drama surrounding Vick, the city has been polarized, which makes it hard to feel out the general consensus on how the fans will accept him. But when he first stepped out on the field, the crowd was rather welcoming to say the least. We know how things can get with us Philly fans…

“It was awesome. When I was running out onto the field I was listening to see what the reaction was going to be,” Vick said. “I was very pleased. I really didn’t expect that reaction, but I was very thankful.”

I’m sure the city of Philly will come around as a whole, and will sooner rather than later, appreciate Mike Vick for who he is, let alone what he’s capable of doing. Its just gona take some time, but I’m glad he is here..

Welcome Michael Vick!

Eagles win 33-32.

White Chocolate aka Jason Williams is back in the NBA after taking a year off.

Most known for his flashy passes and fancy crossovers, the white boy from Orlando, Florida is coming back and getting ready to gear up with the Orlando Magic.

J Dub looking like the Logo..

J Dub looking like the Logo..

The 10 year vet has been through a few difficulties prior to winning his first and only championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Debuting in the 1998-99 season, Jason-White-Chocolate-Williams had trouble finding his niche as a true point guard in the NBA. Most of his critics were rather cynical, in saying that he played the game the wrong way and didnt take the game seriously. But one thing is certain, this man can play. Most people haven’t had the chance to pay close attention to J Dub and his outlandish skill set/talent, primarily because of the low profile and sub par winning organizations that he’s played for.

Since being traded from the (then Vancouver) Grizzlies, Williams has toned it down and has learned how to play team basketball. Every once and a while he’ll pull out a trick or two, but playing under the Great Hubbie Brown and Pat Riley in the later stages of his career has cultivated his game into a respectable, and relatively useful one.

All in all, I’m just happy to see him back in the league… If you ask me, he’s always had a nasty game. Too bad youtube wasn’t around when he was REALLY doing his thing thing..lol

I need yall opinion…

Who has the nastiest handle in the league?
(polls)

31 years old and still doing!

Kobe Bryant is still the leagues best player, and remains at the top of his game. It seems like yesterday when the skinny, peanut head kid from right outside of philly (Lower Marion), came into the league as a young 17-year-old. With all the talk about Lebron owning the league in the future, that might be true, but the MAMBA aint goin nowhere baby.

I look forward to next season. With Artest, L.O.  and the Spaniard back on deck, our chances look rather good for repeating. in the meantime check out this sick vid made by MarJizee on youtube. good Looking!

So how about the new reality TV show, Shaq vs.? I enjoyed watching Ben Rothlisberger and Shaq go at it, but in today’s day and age, reality shows are like secrets, everybody’s got one. Which gives me all the reason to watch something ELSE on television.

But everyone isn’t Shaq…

The one of a kind, legendary big man who’s at the dusk of an epic career, has arguably more personality than anyone who has ever played the game. I mean hey, he’s got just as many aliases as he has rings.
The Big Cactus a.k.a, The Big Aristotle, a.k.a The Big JabbaWokee, a.k.a the Big Everything Else lol, couldn’t have picked a better time to latch on to the reality show movement, and remind the world how much he has meant to not only the game of basketball, but the world of sports itself.

So you’re probably asking, “What the does Shaq’s career have to do with Brett Favre?”

My question to you is, “what do Brett Favre and the Big Aristotle have in common?” or should I say “what don’t they have in common?” Aside from the obvious, (ethnicity, height, professions etc…) as it pertains to sports, there are more parallels than polarities that reside between the two.

For Example…

Age/Longevity:

Favre age and long 3
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Brett Favre in 1991 at 22years of age. The gunslinger from southern Mississippi (Gulfport) has been playing professional football for 18 straight seasons, 19 if you include this year. I don’t know about you, but 19 years ago, I was still in preschool playing hide and go seek and reading Dr. Seuss books… But as for Bret Favre, he’s been holding his own for practically 2 DECADES in the Nation Football League, which goes to show you how much of a VIKING he really is.
At 39 years of age, Favre has battled trough some nagging injuries and has always been an “all or nothing” type of guy. A Joe Namath/Montana-esc type of player come crunch time. A man who’s never afraid of taking the long shot down the field in the closing seconds of a game. Unfortunately, he’s has some awful interceptions to lose a close one or 2.. Or 3… Ok maybe a season… But nevertheless, Brett Favre has made his mark in the league by having the heart to take those risks, and make those decisions. At any rate, Brett Favre has spent practically half of his life playing (professional) football, 2 decades in the NFL? Now that’s longevity for you…

Shaq on the other hand is no different. Like Brett Favre, Shaquille O’Neal has lasted quite some time in the NBA. Ever since he’s won his 4th Championship with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, the talk of retirement has always been the speculation surrounding him. He’s dealt with injuries and always seemed to have difficulties with his conditioning. But just when you think that he’s finished, the Big Man just keeps coming back..

Shaq age long 2
Drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992, the 20-year-old Shaquille O’Neal took the league by storm. Exhibiting the essentials every big man should possess; dominance, ferocity, and raw talent. Based on his size and potential alone, sports analyst and fans alike were placing Shaq in the class of the big men superiors, right along with Wilt-the Stilt-Chamberlain and Bill Russell. In fact, Shaq was, and still is such an impermeable force, that he changed the dynamics of the game. Due to his massive girth, strength and overwhelming dominance, teams, officials, and league rules were forced to acquiesce to Shaq’s presence. Hence, the hack-a-shack strategy, engineered by San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich… Many NBA coaches utilize this method today, but Pop is the guru who coined this strategy, which it so pervasive. Ultimately, Shaq spent the bulk/pentacle of his career in LA with Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers (9 years). Since then, Shaquille has played for three teams (Heat, Suns and Cavs), which has helped him maintain the career that literally has outlasted the life span of your average household pet (16 years)..

Success:
Despite the fact that Brett Favre and Shaq are in the latter stages of their careers, and should probably hang it up, they are still what I like to call PPWP’s; Players Playing With a Purpose…

Most professional athletes are satisfied with doing what they love and in the meantime, getting rich while doing it. But as for the great ones, the numbers in the win column are their only source of gratification. Winning brings in the hardware, and the hardware ultimately symbolizes/solidifies one’s success through out his career.

favre success

Brett Favre having earned the honors of being called a NFL champion, winning his well deserved and fine piece of jewelry, for defeating the New England Patriots in Superbowl 31 (1997). Despite the fact that SB 31 is Favre’s only championship victory, through out his career he’s led the Green Bay Packers to 7 division champions and 4 NFC championships (winning 2), and has been named the leagues most valuable player 3 consecutive years in a row (95-97). The resume speaks for itself people…

Already earning his spot in the fraternity of the top 50 players of the National Basketball Association, currently at no. 4, Shaq Daddy resides at the crescendo of  the more successful careers that have been cultivated by the NBA. Having won 4 championships (3 with Kobe and the Lakers, and 1 with D. Wade and the Miami Heat), Shaq has a legacy that will be virtually impossible for individuals of the later generations to parallel. Not to mention that Shaquille has multiple MVP’s coming from the all-star, regular season, and NBA final performances that he’s bestowed through out the years. There’s no denying what this man has accomplished during his declining, but nevertheless ongoing career.

Shaq successful

New Opportunity:
With Brett Favre going to Minnesota Vikings and Shaq going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the old timers now have the chance to add to their resumes. The middle aged veterans have had a change of scenery, but getting themselves acclimated to their new rosters, by which are saturated with talent, should be a seamless transition; in theory…

Bret New Opportunity

If you haven’t heard about this kid Adrian Peterson, then you’ve not been watching football these past few years. As a rookie at the running back position, Adrian Peterson has shattered records left and right. He’s a combination of pure speed and strength; a work horse/play maker hybrid that is every coaches dream. His upside is ridiculous, and he’s only going to get better. With Peterson in the backfield, opposing defenses will have to pick their poison. Now, Brett Favre at 39 years of age, isn’t going to scramble in the pocket like a young Randal Cunningham, but he has the guts to stand pat, take the blow and deliver the pass down the field. This opens up an array of options for the Minnesota Vikings, and with exceptional offensive play, and the defensive consistency they’re known for, Brett Favre can make big things happen while wearing purple and gold…

Speaking of which, Shaq finds himself in a similar situation. Now apart of the Cavs roster, alongside Lebron James and co. he can potentially win his 5th NBA Championship. We all know what the new-age no. 23 is capable of, and how he hasn’t had that second superstar to fill his voids. So here is say, Superman is here to save the day!

Shaq-aka-The-Cleveland-Steamer

At least he hopes to, I mean after all the Big Cactus hasn’t held up these past couple of seasons, and doesn’t seem to like back to backs during the course of a road trip. I’m not sure if it’s conditioning, or just his old age that isn’t allowing his body to hold up. After all, Shaq is a large man, and we know they are usually the first to retire. Generally speaking, the big men of the league tend to be more injury prone than the more durable, prototypical guards/forwards of the NBA.

However, the living legends are in the best situations possible. Tailor made for their overall success

From a superficial perspective, these two guys who seem to be from opposite ends of the spectrum, but beneath the surface, they actually have more in common that not. The only significance element that may separate Brett Favre and Shaquille O’Neil from eachother, are their reason for coming back. One is trying to beat show up an organization and the other is trying one up a friend who turned foe. I’ll leave it up to you to fill in the blank…

As for me, I’m signing off, but talk about a great theme for a reality show!

Ya Boy,
Mike Ferg.