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NFL 2010–Week 8 Recap

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Technically today is Halloween. My friends and I will be going to the freak show in West Hollywood, as we do every year. Some imbeciles bragged about having a rally in DC yesterday that attracted “thousands,” many of whom were paid to attend. They attempted to mock a rally on August 28th that attracted half a million. I don’t have time to deal with the sickeningly smug unwashed shrinking minority from yesterday.

Today is Sunday, which means NFL Football.

(Oh, and  a couple of teams are playing in some baseball championship. Baseball is boring, which concludes my World Series coverage.)

Now on to football.

Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers–The is game is being played in London, which proves that the Special Relationship between England and America is a myth. We must hate the British. Why else would we send them the worst of our best sport? For those not keeping track, Josh McDaniels is closer to Charlie Weis than Bill Bellichick, while Mike Singletary is the second coming of Ray Rhodes, all scowl without the wins to back it up.

John Elway and Jerry Rice made the trip as goodwill ambassadors, but what the fans needed were good players on the field. A nearly scoreless opening quarter saw Joe Nedney kick a field goal with 23 seconds left in the period to have the 49ers up 3-0.

Despite Orton being 15 for 18 for 183 yards, Denver had 0 points to show for his effort.

6 minutes into the third quarter, one play changed things. From the Denver 28, Orton went deep to Brandon Lloyd for a 71 yard gain down to the one. Tim Tebow ran it in to have the Broncos up 7-3. The 49ers responded with a missed field goal. With less than a minute left in the third quarter, a perfectly executed flea flicker from the San Francisco 38 looked like a Denver touchdown. Yet an illegal chop block negated the play. Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Matt Prater kicked a 32 yard field goal to have the Broncos up 10-3.

Troy Smith led San Francisco in place of Alex Smith, and was miserable for most of the game. Yet from the Denver 40, Smith was chased backward, from his back foot heaved a wounded duck, and somehow saw defenders Champ Bailey and Bryan Dawkins not intercept it as Walker caught it at the one. Smith ran around the end for the score to tie the game 10-10 with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys–Jack Del Rio and Wade Phillips may both get fired, but they are both good coaches who know defense, who have players letting them down. No Tony Romo? No problem early as Jon Kitna led the Cowboys to a 34 yard Dave Buehler to have Dallas up 3-0 and Wade Phillips job security through the end of the quarter. Yet Maurice Jones-Drew ripped off a 23 yard gain to set up David Garrard to Mike Sims-Walker from 10 yards out as the Jaguars led 7-3.

John Kitna twice led the Cowboys into Jacksonville territory only to have well thrown balls bounce off the hands of overpaid receivers and get intercepted. David Garrard hit Marcedes Lewis for a 42 yard touchdown pass to have the Jaguars up 14-3.

Dez Bryant made a sideline catch at the Jacksonville 9 yard line with 27 seconds left in the half.  On 3rd and goal at the 1, Barber got stopped. On 4th and goal at the 1, Kitna and Barber collided into each other. Barber somehow stayed upright, but by then the Jacksonville defense had him stacked up as Jack Del Rio saw his defense close the half with a goal line stand.

In the third quarter Garrard led Jacksonville to a 3rd and 12 at the Dallas 15. Garrard avoided the blitz and hit Thomas for the touchdown as the Jaguars led 21-3. Kitna was 16 for 22 for 193 yards at that point, but Garrard was a sensational 13 for 14 for 209 and 3 touchdowns.

Kitna then threw another pass that should have been caught, but instead was bobbled by the receiver and intercepted. Garrard then fired to Lewis again from 9 yards out for his fourth touchdown pass to have the Jaguars cruising and Jerry Jones considering blowing up his 1.2 billion dollar metropolis right then and there.

Kitna did lead an 80 yard drive culminating in a 1 yard Marion Barber run, but on the next Dallas drive Kitna threw his 4th interception. Garrard added to his 4 touchdown passes with a 2 yard touchdown run that was more like a walk as the Jaguars were back up by 25 at 35-10. Kitna led a 13 play, 74 yard drive that ended with an 8 yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten to make the score still not look close to respectable. Jack Del Rio may still be on the hot seat, but Wade Phillips has his on fire, with the entire organization being engulfed in the flames as the preseason Super Bowl favorites dropped to 1-6 with another bad home loss. 35-17 Jaguars

Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions–It seems like only 19 years ago these teams were in the NFC Title Game. For the first since 1991, both teams had very good quarterbacks starting, as Donovan McNabb led the Redskins and Matthew Stafford returned to the Lions for the first time since he was injured the opening weekend.

Stafford led the Lions deep in the first quarter, but a pass to the end zonew as intercepted by Deangelo Hall, who had 4 picks last week. In the second quarter, Stephan Logan returned a punt 71 yards to the red zone. Stafford then hit Calvin Johnson, who stretched out and got the ball over the marker to have the Lions up 7-0.

The Redskins were in business when McNabb scrambled up the middle for 34 yards to set up Ryan Torain on the ground for a 6 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. Graham Gano nailed a 38 yard field goal late in the half to have the Redskins up 10-7.

Gano added another field goal in the third quarter to have the Redskins up 13-7. Stafford led the Lions to 3rd and 1 from the Washington 7, where Jahvid Best ran laterally and was tackled short of the marker. Jim Schwartz decided not to gamble, but Mike Shanahan could have blown a gasket when the Redskins jumped offsides on the short field goal to give the Lions an automatic 1st and goal at the 3. From the 2, Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew for the score to have the Lions up 14-13.

Early in the fourth quarter McNabb hit Armstrong for 35 yards down to the Detroit 11. Williams ran it in from 5 yards out to have the Redskins back on top 19-14 as the 2 point conversion failed.

Special teams took over as the ensuing kickoff was returned to the Washington 47. Kevin Smith had a pair of 12 yard runs sanwiched around a 3rd and 7 Stafford completion for 13 yards. From the 7, Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for the score. The 2 point conversion failed bu the Lions led 20-19. The lead lasted a few seconds as Banks returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the bank. Another 2 point try failed, but just like that the Redskins were back on top 25-20 with 8 minutes left in regulation.

With 4 1/2 minutes left the Redskins, who played mistake free football for 55 minutes, saw McNabb intercepted by Alphonso Smith at the Washington 37. Defensive holding had the Lions at the Washington 19. On 4th and 1 from the 10, the Lions still had all 3 timeouts and 3:17 to play. A field goal would not have been crazy. Yet Jim Schwartz decided to go for it, and Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for their third touchdown connection. Stafford hit Brian Johnson, fresh off his ACDC tour, for the 2 point conversion to have the Lions up by a field goal.

Detroit tacked on another field goal to have the Lions up 31-25. Yet the Redskins still had time and a superstar quarterback. At that moment Mike Shanahan lost his mind. He benched McNabb and brought in Rex Grossman. This will be talked about for some time. WOuld it be good or bad Rex? It was bad Rex, as he was hit and fumbled. Ndamakung Suh picked it up, strutted like Leon Lett, but did not suffer the consequences for showboating. The touchdown had the Lions up by 12 as the 2 point conversion failed. The Lions had the win, but the water cooler talk in Washington DC will be split between the election and the controversial Shanahan benching of McNabb. 37-25 Lions

Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets–Brett Favre does not play for either team. Rex Ryan might be clinically insane, calling for a fake punt deep in his own territory on 4th and 18. What made it even more bizarre was that Steve Weatherford appeared to pick up the first down. However, Mike McCarthy challenged the call, and replay showed Weatherford was knocked out of bounds a yard short of the marker as the Pacekrs took over at the Jets 36. Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for 30 yards to set up 1st and goal at the 6.  The Jets held on defense, as Mason Crosby hit the short field goal to have the Packers up 3-0.

A defensive slog finally saw Mark Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotcherry on a 49 yard pass to the Green Bay 28. On 3rd and 12, a screen pass to La Danian Tomlinson picked up 11. On 4th and 1, this time Rex Ryan went conservative and opted for the field goal. From 37 yards out, Nick Folk missed it.

3 trips to the red zone for Gang Green resulted in a fumble, an interception, and a missed field goal. In the fourth quarter a fourth trip saw a routine pass from Sanchez to Justin Keller. While Keller was on the ground down, Charles Woodson ripped the ball out of his hands. It was ruled an interception. While Keller was clearly down, the Jets were out of challenges, and out of luck on the play as Green bay dodged another bullet. This led to another field goal with 6 1/2 minutes left to have the Packers leading 6-0. With 30 seconds left, a third field goal ended this dreadful game as the Jets saw their 5 game winning streak snapped. 9-0 Packers

Carolina Panthers @St. Louis Rams–Only 7 years ago these teams played a thrilling playoff game. This had the potential to be an awful football game, and early on it was as a interception set up a missed field goal from 51 by Josh Brown. In he second quarter Brown connected from 33 to have the Rams up 3-0 and surpass the over-under of 0.

In the second quarter Bradford led an 11 play, 6 1/2 minute drive that ended when he tossed a 2 yard touchdown to Amendola to have the Rams up 10-0. With 37 seconds left in the half, John Kasay nailed a 41 yard field goal to have the Panthers within 10-3.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Rams got some breathing room early in the fourth quarter when Bradford hit Fells for a 23 yard touchdown to make it 17-3. Matt Moore was then intercepted for the second time on the day, as the Rams took over at the Carolina 28 with a chance to ice things. A field goal with 6 1/2 minutes left made it 20-3 Rams.

A garbage touchdown made the score closer, but Jon Fox remained on the hot seat as Jerry Richardson saw his once proud Panthers fall to 1-6. Steve Spagnuolo saw his Rams continue to improve bit by bit. 20-10 Rams

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals–Carson Palmer led a balanced attack early on, and the time consuming drive took up half of the opening quarter and led to a 3rd and 1 at the Miami 7. Palmer hit Terrell Owens, who failed to drop it in the end zone for the touchdown. Owens loves him some him, and the Bengals led 7-0 at home. Miami responded with a 39 yard Dan Carpenter field goal to get within 7-3.  A second field goal in the second quarter had the Dolphins within 7-6.

Late in the half Chad Henne was intercepted. From the Miami 37, Palmer threw an awful pass that should have been intercepted. Onstead it bounced out of the defender’s bread basket straight to Owens, who walked into the end zone and celebrated himself. Dumb luck still counts, as the Bengals led 14-6.

A third field goal had the Dolphins within 14-9, and at the halftime gun Carpenter connected from 54 yards out as Tony Sparano pumped his fists and the Dolphins trailed 14-12. With 3 minutes left in the third quarter Carpenter connected for a 5th time as the Dolphins led 15-14.

With 12 minutes left in the game, an end around from midfield by Hartline went all the way to the Cincinnati 18. Ricky WIlliams then carried to the one. On the next carry Williams appeared to be short, but it was ruled a touchdown. Marvin Lewis challenged the call to no avail, as the Dolphins led 22-14. Palmer brought the Bengals into Miami territory, but was intercepted with 2:47 to play. The Dolphins hung on as Tony Sparano saw his team improve to 4-0 on the road despite being 0-3 at home. The Bengals have 2 wins, one for each reality tv show by a prima donna receiver. 22-14 Dolphins

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs–A scoreless opening 28 minutes was as scintillating as it sounded. From the Buffalo 19, Jamal Charles ran it to the one, where Matt Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe for the touchdown to have the Chiefs up 7-0.

With 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Ryan Lindell got the Bills on the board with a field goal to have the Bills within 7-3. One minute into the fourth quarter the Chiefs faced 4th and 1 at the Buffalo 30. Jamal Charles picked up just enough. After 12 straight runs, a 3rd and 8 pass left Kansas City with another 4th down. A 28 yard field goal had the Chiefs up 10-3.

With 4 minutes left in this awful game, the Bills were in the red zone when Lee Evans fumbled at the 13 and the Chiefs recovered. Chan Gailey challenged the call, and on further review it was recovered out of bounds. Buffalo retained possession and faced 3rd and 3 from the 13. CJ Spiller picked up just enough. On 4th and goal fro the 5, Fitzpatrick rifled a pass to Johnson, who caught it at the one and rolled in just before being tackled with 2:16 to play. Todd Haley challenged the score, but the game was 10-10.

With 90 seconds left Kansas City faced 4th and 1 in their own territory. Cassel leaped over the top, but Todd Haley had called timeout. Haley decided to punt, and Roscoe Parrish returned it to the Buffalo 48. On 3rd and 1 a pitchout picked up the first down. Ever so close to field goal range, Fitzpatrick had the ball slip out of his hand and float for a gift interception. The Chiefs took over at their ow 40 with 20 seconds left. Cassel was sacked to send the game to overtime.

One minute into the fourth quarter Chan Gailey decided to punt rater than try a 59 yard field goal. Kansas City punted it back. Midway through overtime Ryan Lindell had a 53 yard field goal attempt to win it. The kick was good, but Todd Haley had employed the awful Mike Shanahan bush league timeout tactic. Lindell tried again, and this time it was no good. With 4 minutes left in overtime, Ryan Succup had his chance from 39 yards. In a bizarre Halloween moment, the kick looked good and then out of nowhere hooked wide.

The game that would never end came down to the final play of overtime, as Succop had one more chance from short range. This time the kick started outside but hooked inwards as the Chiefs improved to 5-2 and the Bills remained the only winless team in the NFL. Ralph Wilson turned 92 last week, and still has not gotten a good present from his team. 13-10 Chiefs, OT

Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers–What more can Norvelous Norv Turner do? He has the top offense and top defense, yet his Chargers are 2-5 due to horrendous special teams. Jeff Fisher knows defense, and is as steady as they come. The Chargers stayed true to form as Mike Scifres AGAIN had a punt blocked, resulting in a safety and a 2-0 Titans lead. For those tempted to make baseball jokes, please refrain. It is annoying, and never was funny.

Tennessee failed to take advantage of the free kick, and Philip Rivers calmly moved the Chargers 83 yards in 15 plays over 7 1/2 minutes. Mike Tolbert crashed in from one yard out to have the Chargers up 7-2. Vince Young came back and led a 10 play, 68 yard drive. However, Tennessee stalled at the 3 yard line, and a 21 yard Rob Bironas field goal had the Titans within 7-5.

In the second quarter, Young again moved the Titans, taking them 80 yards in 10 plays. This time Tennessee finished it as Stevens took it in from one yard out to have the Titans on top 12-7. Later in the half Chris Johnson broke through several terrible excuses for tackles en route to a 29 yard touchdown to have the Titans up 19-7 on the road. Rivers needed only 5 plays to bring the Chargers back 72 yards, with a 7 yard toss to Matthews getting San Diego within 19-14. Yet with seconds left in the half, Rivers was intercepted.

In the third quarter, the Titans punted and the Chargers took over at their own 37.  On 3rd nd 8, Rivers hit Ajirotutu for for 14. On 3rd and 4 from the Titans 41, Rivers hit Darren Sproles for 17 more. The drive stalled, and Kris Brown hit a 34 yard field goal to complete the 11 play, 6 minute drive to have the Chargers within 19-17. Tennessee punted again and the Chargers took over at their own 9. On 3rd and 8 Rivers was intercepted by Griffin, who returned it 17 yrds for a touchdown as Norv Turner checked out retirement condos. Yet defensive holding nullified the score and turned the game around. From the 16, Tolbert ran for 36 yards. On the next play Rivers went deep to Antonio Gates for a 48 yard touchdown as the Chargers retook the lead at 24-19.
In the fourth quarter again the Chargers began at their own 9, and again Rivers moved them. On 3rd and 1 from the San Diego 28, Sproles ran for 32 yards. Yet on 3rd and 1 from the Titans 17, Tolbert lost a yard. Brown nailed the 36 yard field goal as the Chargers led 27-19 with 12 minutes left in the game.
One play and 18 seconds later after the kickoff, Vince Young went deep to Nate Washington for a 71 yard touchdown bomb. The 2 point conversion failed, but the Titans were within 27-25.
Sproles returned the kickoff 27 yards, with a 15 yard penalty tacked on to have the Chargers at their own 48. On 3rd and 11 from the Titans 39, Rovers hit Gates for 21. On 3rd and 5 from the 13, Rivers hit Gates for the score with 7 minutes to play. The extra point attempt was fumbled, keeping it an 8 point one score game.
Tennessee took over at their own 26. Young scrambled for 10, and on the next play picked up 4. Yet Young was injured during the play and Kerry Collins had to come in again. The Titans did end up punting, and the Chargers were backed up at their own 2 with 3:45 left. On 4th and 2 from the 10 all of  San Diego held their breath as Mike Scifres did not have a 5th punt blocked this season. Scifres is an all pro, the protection has broken down. Tennessee took over at their own 42 with 2:38 to play.
On 3rd and 6, Collins hit Williams for 17 to the San Diego 37. With 1:40 to play with the Titans facing 4th and 6, Collins hit Hawkins for 10. With 42 seconds left, the Titans had 3rd and 2 at the San Diego 15 when Collins fired incomplete. On 4th and 2 Collins fired a clean pass that was simply dropped. The Chargers broke their skid and improved to 3-5, as their fans already have them running the table to 11 wins, where they can blow up in the playoffs. As for the Titans, Jeff Fisher saw this one get away after some convincing road wins. 33-25 Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals–Raheem Morris proclaimed that the Buccaneers were the best team in the NFC, proving the need for a tougher drug testing policy for coaches as well as players. Ken Whisenhunt still wishes Kurt Warner would return.

Max Hall did his job early on, leading a 61 yard drive that culminated with a 3 yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald to have the Cardinals on top 7-0. Yet Hall then completed a perfect pass to Hayes, who plays defense for Tampa Bay. The ghosts of Sapp, Lynch, and Brooks smiled as the game was tied at 7-7. The ghost of Ronde Barber was not there because the real Ronde Barber still is.

Yet not even Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon could help the Buccaneers when they fumble a punt at their own 16 yard line. Beanie Wells took it in from one yard out to have the Cardinals up 14-7. The Selmon brothers could not help the Buccaneers offense, but that is only because they did not play offense. Josh Freeman and Roy Williams do play offense, and they connected deep on a 47 yard touchdown combination to again tie the game 14-14.

Max Hall then threw a perfect pass to Aqib Talib, who also plays defense for the Buccaneers. Talib took it 45 yards to the end zone as the Buccaneers led 21-14. With Matt Leinart sitting on a  bench in Houston, Ken Whisenhunt took Derek Anderson off the Arizona bench and back into the game with 6 minutes left in the half. Anderson did not get the Cardinals on the board, but Josh Freeman moved the ball into position for a field goal to give the Buccaneers the 24-14 lead into the locker rooms.

In the third quarter Freeman continued to move the Buccaneers, this time 80 yards. A 15 yard run by Blount had the Buccaneers coasting 31-14. Yet with one minute left in the third quarter, things got bizarre in the desert.

First Stephens-Howling broke off a 30 yard touchdown run to finish a 76 yard drive and get the Cardinals within 31-21. Then a routine running play turned into a Tampa Bay fumble that Hayes returned 21 yards for a touchdown as the Cardinals were only down 31-28 after three quarters.

With 11 1/2 minutes left in the game, the Cardinals took over after a Tampa Bay punt at the Buccaneers 48. Anderson hit Steve Breaston for 36 yards down to the 12. Anderson hit Fitzgerald from 5 yards out as the Cardinal came all the way back to lead 35-31 with 9 1/2 minutes left.

Tampa Bay took over at their own 26. Freeman hit Blount for 10. With 7 minutes left, Tampa Bay faced 4th and 1 at their own 45. Raheem Morris decided to go for it. Freeman picked up the yard himself. On the next play Freeman went deep to Benn for a 53 yard gain down to the Arizona 1. Blount too kit up the middle as the Pirates of Pewter Pants reclaimed the lead by a field goal with 5 minutes to play.

Anderson was then intercepted, and the Buccaneers sought to extend the lead as Connor Barth came in for a 53 yard field goal with 3:16 to play. The kick was blocked, and the Cardinals had the ball at their own 43. With 2:15 to play the Cardinals were in short field goal range at the Buccaneers 20. Disaster then struck as Anderson was intercepted by Aqib Talib, his second on the day.

The Buccaneers took over at their own 6. Blount ran 48 yards to the Arizona 46. Yet the Cardinals still had their timeouts, and they used them on defense and got the ball back at their own 13 with 55 seconds left. Anderson was hit and fumbled. The Cardinals retained possession but the clock evaporated on them. With 6 seconds left, the Cardinals had 4th down at their own 26. Anderson completed a pass to Fitzgerald near midfield, but Fitzgerald got out of bounds just after the final seconds ticked away.  The Buccaneers are still far from the best in the NFC, but the exciting shootout was a big road win. 38-35 Buccaneers

Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders–Yes the Silver and Black scored 59 points last week, but that has zero bearing today as the Raiders either finally turn the corner and get to 4-4 or slip to 3-5 for an 8th straight losing season. For more on the game of the day, go to

Jason Canpbell started for Bruce Gradkowski, who apparently still is not healthy. The Raiders took over at their own 10, but a 3rd and 3 pass was dropped by the normally reliable Zach Miller as the Raiders punted. On defense, the Silver and Black came to play in a big way. Matt Hasselbeck was sacked twice as Seattle lost 12 yards and punted. The teams exchanged punts after that and the Raiders took over at their own 42.

On 3rd and 7, Campbell hit Jacoby Ford for 13 yards. Darrius Heyward-Bey took an end around for 30 yards to the Seattle 12. The drive stalled, but Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 31 yard field goal to have the Raiders up 3-0. The teams exchanged punts again, and another sack of Hasselbeck had Seattle punting on 4th and 24 as the second quarter began.

The Raiders took over at their own 13, and healthy Darren McFadden got things going with an 8 yard run. On 3rd and 1, Campbell picked up just enough. Campbell then hit Heyward-Bey for 12. On 3rd and 6 from the 39, Campbell hit Ford for 9 and McFadden for 13 more. On 4th and 1 from the Seattle 30, To Cable decided to go for it. Campbell hit Reece on a short pass over the middle, and Reece took it all the way for the score as the Raiders led 10-0 at intermission.  Seattle had only 12 yards of offense until their final drive of the half, which ended when Olindo Mare missed a 51 yard field goal.

Seattle punted on their first quarter drive, and the Raiders took over at their 6. Campbell hit Heyward-Bey for 12 to the 20. McFadden then ran up the middle 49 yards to the Seattle 31. Hue Jackson then went to the Halloween trickery as a handoff to Michael Bush became a reverse around the end to Ford for 11 yards. The drive again stalled, but Seabass connected from 36 to have the Raiders up 13-0.

Seattle got  a break form the Oakland 43 when a deep pass became pass interference on Stanford Routt at the Oakland 12. Yet on 3rd and 9, a potential touchdown pass to Williams over the middle was dropped. Compounding the misery was Mare missing the 29 yard field goal as the game remained 13-0. The Raiders took over at their own 20, and from the 19, a short pass to Reece went for 51 yards to the Seattle 30. 3 plays yielded only 3 more yards, and this time from 45 yards out, Seabass slipped and hooked the ball wide left.

Seattle punted, and the Raiders took over at their own 14. On 3rd and 9, a very short pass was bobbled by the receiver and batted up in the air all the way across the field. What appeared to be a an interception somehow ended up in the arms of Michael Bush, who took it 55 yards to the Seattle 30. This did not make up for the Immaculate Reception, but it was pleasant dumb luck. McFdden then ran for 20 more down to the 10. Another McFadden run got it to the 5. The Raiders had played mostly mistake free, but holding moved them back 10 yards. With the clock winding down to only 11 seconds left in the third quarter, Campbell burned a timeout. McFadden took a swing pass and bulled over a couple tacklers down to the 3 yard line as the quarter ended.

At that point McFadden had 130 yards to 188 for the entire Seattle team. Yet on 3rd and goal Campbell overthrew the receiver and Seabass connected from 22 to lead 16-0 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Seattle appeared to be dead when a 3rd and 10 Hasselbeck pass was intercepted by Michael Huff and returned to the Seattle 30 for 20 yards. Instead, illegal contact on Stanford Routt gave Seattle an automatic first down. Then things got bizarre. A deep pass was first deflected by Stanford Routt. It landed right in the arms of Seattle Deon Butler. Yet when Butler hit the ground, without the ball touching down, the ball popped back up in the air, and was intercepted by Tyvon Branch, who returned it a few yards to the Oakland 31. Pete Carroll unsuccessfully challenged the call. One play later, Al Davis had to be smiling when Campbell went deep to Hey-ward Bey, who split a pair of defenders and raced for a 69 yard touchdown to have the Raiders rolling at 23-0.

With 9 minutes left in the game, Hasselbeck was sacked again, as the Seahawks faced 4th and 26 at the Oakland 29. Pete Carroll decided to just avoid the shutout, and Mare connected from 47 to have the Seahawks on the board. The onsides kick failed, and the Raiders took over at the Seattle 36. Seabass drilled a 49 yarder to have the Raiders up 26-3. Seattle punted, and the Raiders faced 3rd and 9 at their own 35. Michael Bush ran for 30 yards, and Reece picked up another 31 to the Seattle 4. Michael Bush ran it in to complete the scoring.

Jason Campbell finished an efficient 15 of 27 for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hasselbeck was a horrid 13 of 32 for 160 yards. The Raiders had no turnovers, and over 500 yards of offense for the second straight week. The only issues are Nahmdi Asomugha, who left the game with a hurt ankle with 10 minutes left, and Bruce Gradkowski upon his being healthy enough to start. The Raiders have won 2 straight games by the combined score of 92-17. For the first time since the 2002 Super Bowl run, the Raiders are 4-4 at the midpoint. There is finally hope in the Raider Nation, although Tom Cable and Hue Jackson have given the fans of the Silver and Black plenty of reasons for real hope. 33-3 Raiders

Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots–Evil Hoodie Bill Bellichick most likely has an arrangement with Satan, while Brad Childress is bald and Catholic. Randy Moss faces off against his old team, as Brett Favre decides to play, shocking nobody.

With 5 minutes left in the opening quarter, Percy Harvin ran for 21 yards but then limped off the field with help.  After a scoreless opening quarter, Adrian Peterson began the second quarter by banging it in from one yard out to have the Vikings up 7-0 on the road. Tom Brady brought the Patriot back, and a wildcat snap to Woodhead resulted in a 5 yard touchdown to tie the game. The touchdown was set up by a 32 yard pass from Brady that bounced off of defenders and somehow ended up in the arms of receiver Brandon Tate at the 11 yard line.

The score remained tied until late in the half, when Favre had the Vikings moving with help from a reinserted Harvin. With 1:55 left in the half, facing 3rd and goal at the 8, Favre completed a pass to the one yard line. On 4th and goal form the 1, Brad Childress immediately called for his field goal team. Childress then reversed himself, and decided to go for it. Adrian Peterson got stuffed and the game remained tied.

Ryan Longwell nailed a long field goal midway through the third quarter, but the Minnesota lead did not last long. Wearing the old school AFL red uniforms, Tom Brady scrambled all over the place, avoided a sack, and fired for a 65 yard touchdown pass to Tate to have the Patriots up 14-10.

The game turned when a pass from Favre to Harvin that should have been caught was bobbled and intercepted. McCourty returned it 37 yards to the Minnesota 37. Brady hit Woodhead for 13, and Green-Ellis ran it the final 13 to have the Patriots up 21-10.

With 8 1/2 minutes remaining, a deep pass to Randy Moss resulted in defensive pass interference at the 15. On 3rd and goal from the 5, an incomplete pass was nullified by illegal contact on the defense. To make matters worse, Favre got belted on a helmet to helmet hit right in the jaw. This time he had to be helped off the field as he limped. Tarvaris Jackson came in with 1st and goal at the 1. His first NFL snap was a touchdown pass to Taji. His second pass was a lob to Harvin, who made an incredible catch for the 2 point conversion to get the Vikings within 21-18 with 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

Favre was done for the day with a lacerated chin. Minnesota needed a stop on defense to give Jackson a chance. With 5 1/2 minutes left, the Patriots faced 3rd and 5 at their own 39. Brady hit Wes Welker for 7 yards. With 4 minutes left, the Patriots had a 3rd and 12 at their own 44. Brady fired short to Woodhead, who broke a critical tackle for a 16 yard gain. From the Minnesota 27, Green-Ellis ran it all the way to the one yard line. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Green-Ellis went airborne. Although it appeared short, it was ruled a touchdown and the Patriots had the clincher with 1:56 to play.

Jackson ran out of time, and perhaps so has the Minnesota season and Chilly’s tenure as coach. Minnesota is 2-5, and while iron man Favre has played through tons of injuries, that helmet to helmet hit may be the dagger on his streak. Meanwhile, the Patriots have the top record in the conference again. 28-18 Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints was the Sunday night game. Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are all about defense, while Sean Payton and the Saints won it all last year with a high octane offense. The Saints have struggled this year at 4-3 while the Steelers are 5-1 and looking like a contender. This game played to the tempo of the Steelers, a defensive slugfest.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers thought they had a touchdown in the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger hit Antwon Randle El from 12 yards out. Sean Payton challenged the call, and on further review Randle El was out at the one. This proved costly as 3 running plays went nowhere. On 4th and goal at the one, Tomlin had seen enough. Reed came in for the 19 yard field goal to put the Steelers up 3-0.

At the 2 minute warning, Brees was intercepted, setting the Steelers up at the Saints 36.  Pittsburgh went nowhere and Reed missed a 51 yard field goal. The Saints took over at their own 41 with 1:11 in the half. From the Pittsburgh 47, Drew Brees hit Marquis Colston for 27 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the 13, Brees fired incomplete. Shaky Garret Hartley kicked a 30 yard field goal to tie the game 3-3 at intermission.

Roby returned the second half kickoff as the Saints began at their own 44. Brees hit Jones for 13 and Moore for 18. Defensive pass interference set up 1t and goal at the 1. After an incomplete pass, a running play lost 3 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 4, another running play lost another yard as Hartley kicked a 23 yard field goal to have the Saints up 6-3 after the 12 play, 6 1/2 minute drive.

A long kickoff return had the Steelers at their own 40, but after one first down they faced 4th and 4 at the Saints 40. Mike Tomlin decided to go for it and Big Ben threw incomplete. Brees took over, and facing 3rd and 9, hit Robert Meacham for 12. On 3rd and 5 at the Pittsburgh 41, Brees hit Jeremy Shockey for 14 yards as the third quarter ended. On 3rd and 1 from the Pittsburgh 18, Betts picked up 2. Brees then hit Colston for the 16 yard touchdown as the end one was reached after 47 minutes of play as the Saints led 13-3.

This time the Steelers came right back from the Pittsburgh 32. Big Ben hit Spaeth for 9, Hines Ward for 12, and Mike Wallace for 17. From the Saints 38, Rashaard Mendenhall raced to the end zone as the Steelers were right back in it down 13-10 with 11 minutes to play.

The Saints took over at their own 19, and Brees moved them to a 3rd and 4 at the Pittsburgh 20 with 8 minutes left. Brees was then sacked and fumbled, and the Steelers took over at their own 27. Yet 2 plays and 90 seconds later, the Steelers fumbled it back as the Saints had it at their own 45.

A critical roughing the passer penalty with 4 minutes left had the Saints at the Steelers 20. Everything came down to 3rd and 8 at the 18 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Brees hit Moore for 10, and then connected with Moore on the next play for the touchdown to ice this very hard fought and well played defensive bonelock.

Both of these teams have won the last two Super Bowls, and while this game was not terribly exciting, a rematch would be worth watching from a competitive quality football standpoint. The Saints improved to 5-3, while the 5-2 Steelers lost a tough interconference game on the road. 20-10 Saints

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts was the Monday night game. The Texans got the monkey off their back in Week 1 at home, but now they traveled to Indy for the rematch in a far sterner test. A pair of high octane offenses saw Matt Schaub and Peyton Manning start out ice cold. The punters were expected to merely hold on the extra point attempts, but early on they were actually…punting. The second time the Colts had the ball, they took over at their own 22. Hart ran for 21 yards. Manning hit Reggie Wayne for 11 and then to Tamme for 26 yards to set up 1st and goal at the 7. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Manning hit Tamme for the touchdown as the Cots led 7-0.

Schaub led the Texans to the Indy 47, but on 3rd and 2 he fired incomplete. Gary Kubiak decided to go for it, but Schaub again threw incomplete. With the short field, Manning faced 3rd and 6 at the Houston 49. Manning actually…ran…yes, ran…and slid. Manning may have 20 yards rushing in his career. He slid and was marked short. Yet what Manning does know how to do is be a field general, and he debated the officials on the spot. On further review, it was changed to a 1st down. It was all for naught as Manning was sacked to end the quarter and the drive.

Matt Schaub began the second quarter by firing a perfect pass to Hayden. Unfortunately for Schaub, Hayden plays defense for the Colts. Just like that, Hayden had a 25 yard touchdown return to have the Colts up 14-0.

From the Houston 34, Arriu Foster, who gashed the Colts in Week 1, ran for 33 yards. On 3rd and 5, Schaub was sacked. Kubiak decided to have Neil Rackers try a 53 yard field goal, risking another short field. Rackers barely got it to doink off the upright and bounce inward just over the crossbar. It was not easy, but the Texans were on the board.

The Colts took over on their own 25. After moving back and forth from competing penalties, a 14 yard run by Hart had Indy at their own 45. The drive stalled, and the Colts punted only to have the Texans do likewise. The Colts got the ball back at their own 34. On 3rd and 3, Manning hit Hart for just enough. Manning hit Brown on 3rd and 11 to set up 4th and 1 at the Houston 47. Without a hint of a facial expression, Jim Caldwell decided to go for it. Brown picked up 3 with 3 minutes left in the half. The drive would stall, but with one minute left in the half Adam Vinatieri nailed a 48 yard field goal to have the Colts up 17-3 at the break.

The Colts began the third quarter at their own 30. On 3rd and 10 Manning hit Pierre Garcon for 18, and then Hart for 10 more. Manning hit Garcon for another 14 and Tamme for another 12. On 3rd and 10 from the Houston 15, Manning hit Wayne for the score to have the Colts up 24-3.

The Texans took over after a good kickoff return at their own 41. On rd and 1, Schaub picked up the yard. Schaub then hit Foster for 14, and on 3rd and 3 from the 28, Schaub went deep to Andre Johnson for the touchdown as Johnson did what he does. The Texans were still down 24-10, but plenty of time remained.

Manning came right back. From the Indy 39, Manning hit Anthony Gonzalez for 34 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Houston 18, defensive holding kept the drive going. On 3rd and 5 from the 8, Manning hit Garcon for 6 yards. On 3rd and goal from the 1, Mike Hart was marked just short. On 4th and goal, as the crowd booed, Coach Caldwell sent out the field goal team. If ever a man could remove the passion and emotion from a situation, it is Jim Caldwell. He smartly understood the significance of a 3 score lead, as Vinatieri connected from 19 to have the Colts up 27-10 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Houston took over at their own 14, and the third quarter ended with them at their own 47. Schaub hit Johnson for gains of 14 and 17, and Arriun Foster ran it in from 6 yards out to have the Texans within 27-17 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game.

The Colts began at their own 24, and Manning kept firing. On 3rd and 3 from the Houston 18, Manning did throw incomplete, but Vinatieri did his job from 36 yards as the Colts led 30-17 with 7 1/2 minutes to play. Houston went 3 and out on their next drive, as Manning sought to just wind down the clock and end things. The Texans did get the ball back, but disaster on the punt had them starting at their own 4 yard line with 3:50 to play.

Schaub kept dinking and dunking, but some confusion led to 15-20 critical seconds coming off the clock as the 2 minute warning came and the Texans still on their own side of the field. A deep pass to Johnson resulted in a leaping catch at the Indy 30. After 8 straight completions, a dropped pass set up 3rd and 3. A draw play to Foster went all the way to the 15 with 1:10 left. On 3rd and 10, Dwight Freeney ended things with the trifecta of the sack, forced fumble, and recovery. The Colts improved to 5-2 in their tight division. 30-17 Colts


Hal Levine 2010–Pimps, Players, Mack Daddies, Hotties, Hootchies and Doofuses

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I will not be covering the insignificant human beings attending the left-wing hate rally in DC disguised as comedy. Giving them attention would just embolden them.

Besides, this is a fun weekend. Before getting to football, it is time to get orange and black.

To all the Jewish people and supporters of the Jews, I wish you all a happy Hal Levine.

May the goodies get treats, the baddies get tricks, and the neutral get…well, something neutral.

I am declaring Hal Levine a day early, because tomorrow is the holy day of the National Football League.

The Pagan version of this holiday is Halloween.

Either way, it is normally a day for hobgoblins and ghosties and other scary stuff.

This year Halloween will be dedicated to other potentially scary creatures. I am talking about pimps, players, mack daddies, daddy macks, hotties, hootchies, hos, and doofuses.

I am not even going to pretend to understand what I just said.

For clarification, I visited the hysterically funny and brilliantly wicked Great Satan’s Girlfriend.

Great Satan’s Girlfriend is a woman barely 19 or 20 years old. She was 11 on 9/11, and noticed Palesimians sharing Laffy Taffy as Americans burned. At that moment she developed what she calls “Palestinian Sympathy Fatigue.” She is a hardcore Neocon, and an exceptionally bright one at that. Her column “Green Eggs and Hamas” is a must read.

Yet today is not about politics. She is also a master of street cred. She rolls large, although I am not sure what that means either. On her Facebook page she has a section of photos dedicated to “Pimps, Players, Hos, Hotties, Hootchies, and Doofuses.”

I know what a doofus is. It is not the same as a goofus or a dorkus, according to my swash-buckling, black-clad (perhaps for Halloween) alter ego “El Dorko.”

Yet I had no idea what the rest of it was. What is the difference between a pimp, a player, and a mack daddy?

Great Satan’s girlfriend educated me. I decided not to translate from the original gangsta slang, so read carefully to try and grasp her.

“Quick def – players are guys that meet girls and get phone numbers all the time.

Pimps are guys who get girls to do their bidding – errands, money lender, chauffeur etc – they use girls (not in a sexyful way all the time – but exploit them).

Mac daddies are guys that always Make A Connection with girls – a specialty player if you will.

My street creds ain’t all that – just hanging at the mall and Barnes and Nobles alla time.”

I am tempted to respond with “You dig! Holla!” I have no idea if that applies here, so I won’t.

I still did not know the difference between a Mack Daddy and a Daddy Mac. I know a Big Mac comes from McDonalds, so I suspect a Big Daddy Mack is cool enough to get extra ketchup packets without even asking.

Again, Great Satan’s girlfriend ‘splained it. I guess that is like explaining it.

“A daddy mac is a baby’s daddy that sleeps around or is actively on the prowl.

A mac daddy is good at collecting cell numbers and making a connection. Derived from the French and later Louisiana Creole patois term ‘maqereau’, which means ‘pimp.’ Adding ‘daddy’ makes it mean ‘top pimp’.”

This was followed by even more invaluable advice.

“Check the urban dictionary. Link it in your faves, it helps!”

Who could possibly disagree with that advice? I would need an interpreter first.

Anyway, for all you pimps, players, mack daddies, daddy macks, hos, hootchies, hotties, and doofuses, I wish you a Happy Hal Levine.


For those wishing to get back to the world of sanity, let’s get down to football.

Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions

(Lions by 1, Redskins win outright)

Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets

(Jets by 6, they win but fail to cover)

Carolina Panthers @St. Louis Rams

(Rams by 3, they cover)

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals

(Bengals by 2.5 Dolphins win outright)

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

(Chiefs by 7.5, they win but fail to cover)

Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers

(Chargers by 4, they win but fail to cover)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals

(Cardinals by 3, they cover)

Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders

(Raiders by 1.5, they cover)

Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots

(Patriots by 5, they win but fail to cover)

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints

(Pick, Saints win)

Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers

(Pick, Broncos win)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys

(Pick, Cowboys win)

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

(Colts by 5, they win but fail to cover)


Election 2010–My message to liberals

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Election 2010 is almost upon us, and no matter what the results, I have a message for liberals that they need to hear over and over again.

Liberals…pay attention to me closely.


You have not mattered since the 1960s. You can win elections from time to time when people get bored with the right, but you cannot govern.

The Democrats seized power in 2006 by standing for nothing. Republicans helped them along with sex scandals and out of control spending.

For two years the Pelosiraptor stood as speaker with zero on the agenda. She blamed President George W. Bush, saying that if only the Democrats controlled everything, a broad agenda would be passed.

The agenda was poison for America, but at least for once liberals would advance their beliefs and be principled.

No, because if they did then they would not be liberals.

Cap and Trade…thankfully dead.

Gay issues…the left favors gay marriage but will not have the guts to advance it. Either repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” or don’t repeal it. Take a stand either way. Having the president “study” the issue is nonsense. There is nothing to study.

Some will say that liberals should get credit for passing their awful health care bill, the most significant piece of leftist legislation in decades.

If the legislation is so great, why are they running away from it?

Because liberals are gutless little rats unwilling to admit who and what they are. They have to fool the American people because they cannot even stand up for what they believe.

(A rare exception is Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold. He is fiercely defending his health care vote, and expressing pride in doing so. This is called being principled.)

For 28 years, Barbara Boxer has not done anything resembling real work. Her entire career is hating Republicans.

(She just sent a letter to public schools asking teachers to recruit students to help with her campaign. This is illegal. Of course, Boxer is a liberal, so the story will be largely ignored.)

This is all the left has left.

Joyless Behag (Nee Joy Behar) is reduced to calling Sharron Angle the B-word.

Jon Stewart is holding a rally for inconsequential people to spread misery and attack other people who actually do matter. No doubt the ground will be trashed when they leave.

Barack Obama is reduced to groveling in front of this miscreant talk show host, who calls him “dude.”

(We cannot even upgrade the First Crybaby in Chief to “First Dude,” since Todd Palin earned that title by engaging in activities of substance while married to Sarah Palin, the queen of substance and normalcy despised by the shallow abnormal left.)

Bill Clinton heads a rally in Michigan and nobody shows up. When you can’t even get union thugs in Detroit to support you, you know you are irrelevant.

Hillary Clinton is hiding somewhere around the world, distancing herself from the liberal debacle.

Candidates on the left are running to the right to save their jobs. Truly moderate Democrats like popular West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin are running to the right of Zell Miller to stay employed, firing shotguns through cap and trade. This reminds me of Bill Clinton duck hunting and performing an execution of a mentally retarded Ricky Ray Rector during the 1992 campaign, in addition to Michael Dukakis sitting on the tank in 1988.

If you want to run as conservatives, join the Republican Party and actually be conservatives.

The Pelosiraptor is staying liberal because she has a safe seat. Why should she care if Joe Manchin could lose? He is not a true leftist, so she cares not at all.

To understand the very essence of what makes liberals so vile, ask them a simple question.

Are you proud to be a liberal?

Unless the answer is a resounding “yes” without equivocation (think Marv Albert, minutes the backbiting), then those liberals need to do what they do best.

They need to curl up in a fetal position, suck their thumbs, and one day work up the courage to get back to their only skill, despising conservatives for disagreeing with them while the American people side with the conservatives.

This is not about the 2010 elections. This is about the last 40 years.

Ronald Reagan won the cold war. George W. Bush led a successful war on terror.

Both of those men cut taxes.

They stood for something.

The left still thinks that JFK and Camelot exist. If FDR were alive today, he would smack liberals not for their beliefs, but for refusing to have the guts to publicly state them when it counted.

The left has lost the debate because they cannot and will not demand that they be judged on their “record” and “accomplishments.”

When conservatives lost the 2006 and 2008 elections, I never blamed the voters. I blamed Republicans for getting full of themselves and getting away from governing properly, and getting enmeshed in scandals.

Conservatism is now revitalized with true believers who wish to cut spending, cut taxes, balance the budget, and strengthen our military.

Liberals offer nothing but crying, shrieking, and name-calling. Nothing even remotely resembling a policy exists, nothing the left would publicly admit to supporting anyway.

Don’t get complacent, Republicans. We have won the debate but we still need to win Congress and governorships to prevent corrupt leftist census redistricting in the years to come.

It is time to play whack-a-mole and send these liberals scurrying back to their hideouts where they can cry and complain to each other in remote undisclosed locations where the public so disgusted with them does not have to look at or listen to their revolting sniveling personas.

The movie Caddyshack bragged about “The slobs vs the snobs.”

(The left treats the right like slobs because the left are snobs.)

The left now consists of the slugs (slinking away) and the smug (insisting they are the true oracles as they slink away).

Whether they slink away or get dragged away kicking and screaming, they will go away. The SEIU cannot rig every single ballot machine in enough time if conservatives fight them.

In 2008 Barack Obama said “Elections have consequences. I won.”

In 2010, it is payback time.

Liberals complained that they inherited a mess.

No, liberals are the mess.

The economy was just fine until the Pelosiraptor took over congress and Barney Frank helped drive the economy into the ditch. The Republican economy of 2002-2006 was great. The Pelosi-Frank economy of 2006-2010 was miserable. Pelosinomics and Frankonomics battered consumer confidence in this country.

(Republicans did not lose in 2006 because of the economy. It was doing well. Iraq was the issue.)

The left destroyed the economy and cannot fix their own messes, nor own up to them.

The public knows the left is impotent.

It is time for the children to be sent to bed and for the adults to take over.

Liberals, I do not care if you use your baby bottles or your thumbs. Just sit there quietly since you will not dare state what you believe.

Attacking conservatives is boring. You had the power. You screwed it up.

You failed, and all the Jon Stewart hate rallies will not save you.

(Axis of Anti-Semitism leader Arianna Huffington is paying leftists to attend the rally and transporting them, as is Oprah Winfrey. This is to prevent the humiliation Bill Clinton just suffered in Michigan. Liberals only care about restoring sanity when they are given free stuff, such as tickets and transportation. The people who attended the Glenn Beck rally actually have core beliefs, a concept the left attacks because it is beyond their grasp. Paid mercenaries never do comprehend true believers.)

All of King Obama’s horses and men will not put Joyless Behag back together again.

All the botox in the world will not prevent the conniption that will split the Pelosiraptor’s face when reality sets in and that speaker gavel is ripped from her clenched fists.

Republicans who advance will do so by being conservatives. Democrats who survive will do so by not being liberals.

Ballots do not need to be counted. The verdict is already in.

Liberals…you don’t matter.


Election 2010–Lower Level Races

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Tip O’Neill once said that all politics is local. Many people argue over abortion and gay rights, yet many others simply want the potholes on their street fixed.

Local politics can be incredibly boring, but it matters.

This past week I have endorsed Governors, Senators, and House members. Those endorsement lists will all be updated before the election.

Here are some local races around America I care about. I have met these people, and they are good people.

Check them out.

ALABAMA–State Senate Clay Scofield

ARIZONA–City Council Shawna Thornton

ARKANSAS–Assessor Tommy Thompson, Judge Rick Davis, Justice of Peace Susan Wilkins

CALIFORNIA–Assembly Al Waisman, State Senate Nachum Shifren, Assembly Alvaro Day, Assembly Craig Deluz, State Senate George Runner, Assembly Nathan Mintz, State Senate John Stammreich, Los Angeles City Council David Barron, Secretary of State Damon Dunn, Controller Tony Strickland, Mayor Hermosa Beach Kit Bobko

Abel Maldonado for Leiutenant Governor. Normally I would not care about at Lt. Governors race. I suspect they do less than Joe Biden. However, Gavin Newsome is the Democratic nominee. Some people would love for Newsome to be the Lt. Governor to get him out of the way, but if the Governor dies, Newsome becomes Governor. This cannot happen. Support Maldonado.

Steve Cooley for Attorney General. Cooley has been a very good District Attorney in Los Angeles after the disaster that was liberal social engineer Gil Garcietti. Cooley understands that prosecutors are not hired to sing Kumbaya with criminals.

FLORIDA–Attorney General Pam Bondi, State Senate Ellyn Bogdanoff, House Majority Leader Adam Hasner

GEORGIA–Attorney General Sam Olens

IDAHO–Superintendent Tom Luna, State Rep Ralph Perez

MARYLAND–Holly Henderson for House. She is a black, female Republican who sought my endorsement by email. I looked her over, and I am happy to do so. Maryland needs a breath of fresh air.

NEVADA–Judge Bernie Zadrowski, Judge Suzy Baucum, State Senate Elizabeth Halseth

NORTH CAROLINA–State House Theresa Yon, Judge Anne Marie Calabria

OHIO–Treasurer Josh Mandel

SOUTH DAKOTA–State Senate Dan Lederman

TEXAS–State Rep Bill Zedler, Judge Matt Rinaldi, Judge Melissa Goodwin

VIRGINIA–Delegate Jackson Miller


Election 2010–Liberals come unglued

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Yesterday I pointed out that while Republicans were poised for big wins in the 2010 election, the left was going to get so far below Dante’s inferno to hold on to power.

The hate is coming so fast and furious that rather than continue to update yesterday’s column, I would just make it the entire column of today. This allows me to appear hardworking while being a tad lazy, while actually tackling the entire purpose of the Tygrrrr Express, which is to combat ideological bigotry.

Liberals are coming unglued. The following events have occurred in the last 72 hours.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, an imbecilic liberal who gives all Jews a bad name, accused Tea Party attendees of burning President Obama in effigy. This has never happened. She is scared because Colonel Allen West is winning his congressional race, and the thought of a black conservative scares the daylights out of guilty white leftists. The only thing being set on fire is the political discourse, thanks to the vicious Wasserman-Schultz.

The hatred continues. The lying liberal weasel running for the Connecticut Senate seat to replace the corrupt Chris Dodd has gone after Linda McMahon in a disgusting manner. A professional wrestler tragically killed his wife, his son, and himself. Because Ms. McMahon used to head the WWE, her opponent Richard Blumenthal is linking her to that tragedy. He is using the wrestler’s father as a sympathy spokesman. Perhaps they can say that Ms. McMahon pulled the trigger herself.

Even President Obama is getting dangerously close to racial bombthrowing, which for the most part he has tried to give the appearance of avoiding. Republicans can join him on the bus, but “they have to sit in the back.” Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, and she is a hero. President Obama is no Rosa Parks. Nobody should be relegated to the back of the bus, and ideological bigotry is every bit as vile as racism.

Joyless Behar is an oxymoron. Joy Behar lacks the oxy, which is used to cleanse the face.

She recently announced that Sharron Angle is a “b*tch who will go to hell.”

This is hate speech. When one is a liberal, condemnation comes in the form of a television show by imbeciles, for imbeciles.

Rob Reiner compared the Tea Party people to Adolf Hitler. I met Reiner a couple years ago, and to my face he disavowed that kind of talk. He said we should not compare anybody to Hitler, that there was only one Hitler.

What a surprise. A liberal lied, civility died.

Jon Stewart will be holding a rally designed for the singular purpose of demonizing conservatives by ridiculing them.

I never thought I would live to see the day when race-baiting Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson would actually become the voice of reason. While I disagree with his column, he actually attacked Republicans on…I am shocked to even wrap my arms around it…issues.

The man actually discussed matters of policy.,CST-EDT-jesse26.article

One civil column does not make hm better. It just seems that every liberal around him is worse. That is how far gone the Democratic party is down the rabbit hole of reason.

Buckle up Republicans. It is going to get worse.


What Republicans have already won

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

In one week the 2010 Elections will take place, and the conventional wisdom has the Republicans cleaning the Democrats clocks. Liberals are scurrying like little rats jumping ship to get away from the failed unpopular president and the even less popular Pelosiraptor.

This could be a bigger Republican wave than 1994, with over 100 house seats in play.

Republicans are energized, Democrats are demoralized, and the left is resorting to their typical hysteria.

Some are saying that Republicans have already won.

Let me announce to the world what Republicans have already won.

(Grabbing a megaphone and screaming loudly into it.)


Absolutely nothing!

Let me reiterate…nothing!

Every right of center American voter had better be prepared to fight like a lion in a steel cage. This election is far from over. If we get complacent, we will get our hides kicked.

George Soros is pouring millions into this election through various front groups.

The liberal money laundering (Democrats do it, yet claim conservatives do it) will make the Mafia blush.

The left is about to spend the final 7 days in the worst search and destroy politics of destruction known to man. They will scorch the Earth.

What they did to George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and Christine O’Donnell was child’s play compared to what they have coming.

Republicans had better be prepared to be have their faces super-imposed with Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot.

The Wikileaks papers were released to have the media talking about President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Iraq instead of failed liberal policies.

Al Gore broke the Bush drunk driving scandal 4 days before the 2000 election when George W. Bush had a 5 point lead. In 2004 President Bush was pulling away from John Kerry when fake but accurate memos thankfully backfired on Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and the Jayon Blair Times.

Nothing is safe until the election is over, and even then nothing is safe.

Liberal Democrat Christine Gregoire stole the Washington Governor’s race.

Liberal Democrat Al Franken stole the Minnesota Senate race.

Liberal Democrat Al Gore tried and almost succeeded in stealing the 2000 Presidency.

100,000 lawyers will be dispatched throughout this country to disqualify military ballots and include liberal votes by felons and illegal aliens, as well as children and dead people.

The toxically liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voting.

The left will lie, cheat, and steal.

Black Panther Malik Shabazz will have his baseball bat prepared to intimidate conservative voters, as Eric Holder and Barack Obama turn a blind eye. Voter intimidation used to be done by whites toward minorities. This return vengeance will be seen as justified, since helping liberals is always a greater good.

Republicans need to win every race by at least 5 points to have a chance of winning those races.

Republicans with 30 point leads are up by 5 points. Republicans with 5 point leads are down by 20. We must have that attitude.

We have won nothing so far.

The left will have the media. They will complain about Fox News, but they have every other television news outlet on Earth. They will complain about talk radio while National Palestinian Radio shills for them.

Some people will say I am paranoid. I would rather be paranoid than foolhardy. Also, it is not paranoia when they really are out to get you, and the left really does want to destroy conservatives and grind them into dust clouds.

There are 435 Republicans running for house seats. At least 1 of them is right now carrying on an adulterous affair, most likely with somebody under age. If you are that person, your best friend needs to take you in a  back alley, beat the daylights out of you, and make sure you knock it off so as not to ruin things for everybody else.

There are still 7 days for Republicans to blow this. We could screw it up from within.

So for those Tea Party supporters and other conservatives stuck with moderate Republican candidates…Fall into line!

For those moderates stuck with candidates more conservative than they are…Fall into line!

Everybody on the right get to the polls. I don’t care if it is 0 degrees. It is your fault for living in that climate. Go vote, and drag your conservative friends to the polling places.

The National Federation of Republican Women is making thousands of phone calls. Help them.

Tea Party groups are holding rallies all across America. Join them.

Conservative bloggers need to be on red (state) alert. We can sleep next week.

We still have time to lose this election.

We cannot let that happen.

Everything is at stake.

We can also still win this election, perhaps by a big margin.

As of this moment, we have won absolutely nothing.

Until we win, we are losing. We can be confident, but never cocky.

We have been arrogant and gotten full of ourselves. We have been ruthlessly punished for it.

Whatever happens next Tuesday, we will deserve it.

So Republicans, conservatives, and Tea Party people had better keep fighting to the finish.

Be prepared for a gutter street fight. It will be ugly.

Liberal bullies do not go away until they are forced to leave.

They will not go quietly. They will unleash rage the likes civilization has never seen.

They will resort to violence, keying cars, stealing lawn signs, and shoving conservatives to the ground and beating them. They will then accuse 80 year old conservative ladies in wheelchairs of the violence.

Conservatives had better be prepared to be dehumanized.

It is going to get vicious and ugly, even by liberal standards, an oxymoron if there ever was one.

They will burn the entire village. We had better be ready.

7 days to go.

Let’s get to work conservatives.

We have won nothing yet, but if we work our guts out, we will win, and win big.


Theories on the Juan Williams Firing

Monday, October 25th, 2010

As reported the other day, Juan Williams was fired from National Palestinian Radio.

As we get close to the 2010 elections, it does matter why this man had his reputation and integrity attacked. There are several theories as to why exactly he was fired.

The first theory is the ideological bigotry theory. Juan Williams is a liberal, but he is not hateful. He does not despise conservatives. Despite a lifetime of civil rights activism as a proud black liberal, he does not detest conservatives for merely existing and breathing as many liberals do. He has defended Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly from charges of racism, making it more difficult for the rest of the left to use that broad evi brush to demonize opponents and dominate political discourse.

NPR is a leftist bastion of hatred, and Williams strayed from the leftist plantation. He had to be removed before NPR became forced to air opposing viewpoints and have people see those viewpoints as reasonable.

The second theory is the George Soros theory.

Soros is a convicted felon, which the world must be reminded of every time he opens his criminal mouth. He was convicted of insider trading in France, and makes his living destroying currencies and spreading misery. He owns the Democratic Party and funds leftist bile worldwide. He hates Fox News because their opinion commentators have the nerve to tell the truth about him and his leftist crime syndicate.

“Americans Coming Together” is really about ripping Americans apart. That is what he funds. Juan Williams has appeared on Fox News, and Soros wants to destroy Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Al Qaeda is not the enemy of Mr. Soros. Fox News is. Firing Williams was a message to the entire left that they had better fall in line. He draws the line.

Yet a third theory is even more sinister than George Soros. While Soros is a certain type of evil, he does not overtly murder people. He hates America as much as Islamofascist terrorists, but they are more evil than he is since they overtly murder people.

Juan Williams may have been fired because NPR caved to the Council on American Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.

CAIR is a terrorist organization. They respond by claiming that any criticism of CAIR is a criticism of all Islam. No. That is a lie. 99.99% of all Muslims are good people. CAIR associates with the remaining .01% of Arab Muslims who are terrorists.

They can protest all they like. Money laundering and financing terrorism is terrorism.

Juan Williams expressed a genuine concern about Muslims wearing their garb on planes. He was not advocating a policy change, just expressing a personal feeling. Islamists have gone after everybody from Theo Van Gogh to Salman Rushdie to South Park. They pressured NPR, and NPR caved.

So which theory was the real reason Juan Williams was fired?

I do not know. They are all plausible.

More importantly, why does this matter?

Because NPR is a welfare child of taxpayers. If they want to be a totally private company, they can keep their books closed. If they want my money, they had better come clean.

It is time for Republicans to for once in their cowardly lives to not back down. NPR should be defunded until the leftists running it disclose their operations.

This is not just about one radio host losing his job. This is about an entity receiving government money to advocate a political ideology that is against what many taxpayers believe. There may be machinations and pressure from everybody from George Soros to Al Qaeda.

NPR is not some harmless entity broadcasting cooking shows that bore people to sleep. It is a leftist enterprise that associates, however loosely, with the worst elements of global society. It does not matter which specific group cost Juan Williams his job. They are all bad.

As with everything else, we should do what leftists hate more than anything except conservatives.

We need to get to what leftists desperately need to suppress to survive…the truth.


NFL 2010–Week 7 Recap

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

This will be the last NFL week before we change the clocks, which means absolutely nothing.

Clocks are made of wood, which comes from trees. This concludes the environmental report. Now on to football.

Before getting to the NFL action, my coed touch football team “Team Awesome” played the Dark Blue team today. We wear Lime green. We broke open a close game with a phenomenal 2 minute drill as we got our stars Andrew and Ryan back from their debauchery in Las Vegas. Leading 20-18, Ryan fired the cannon and Andrew did what he does, out-leaping everybody for the score and a 28-18 halftime lead.

I managed to deflect a ball that Andrew intercepted, leading to a 36-18 lead that turned out the lights. I mention this because it was the closest thing I did resembling a contribution. One pass to me was overthrown in the back corner of the end zone, and my first experience this year playing center resulted in a fumbled snap out of the shotgun. Yeah, I had some rust. On the last play of the game, with the outcome not in doubt, Ryan went deep to Andrew, who did what he does. I was not able to join my teammates at the bar this weekend, but I am sure they got hammered after hammering the opponents. Domination in football is to be followed by domination at Beer Pong and Flip Cup. 62-40, Team Awesome.

Now on to the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans–In an age of zero job security, stalwarts Andy Reid and Jeff Fisher quietly do their jobs and win games. They both occasionally grow sinister looking beards. With Vince Young and Michael Vick injured, Kerry Collins and Kevin Kolb started. Collins was intercepted early on. The opening quarter was scoreless. After a 14 play, 7 1/2 minute drive, David Akers kicked a field goal from 25 yards out to have the Eagles up 3-0 early in the second quarter.

Midway through the second quarter the Titans were on the move with 3rd and 6 at the Philly 31.  Collins was hit and fumbled, and the Eagles took over at their own 41 to end the threat. Yet Collins kept firing, and on the next Tennessee drive he hit Kenny Britt for a 26 yard touchdown to have the Titans up 7-3.

Walrus Lite Andy Reid then went to his bag of tricks from just past midfield. Jeremy Maclin took a wildcat snap and handed the ball to McCoy. McCoy pitched it back to Kolb. Kolb went deep and threw an underthrown ball that was somehow caught by Riley Cooper at the 5 yard line. Kolb hit Cooper for the score as the Eagles led 10-7. Late in the half Kolb was able to get the Eagles into long field goal range, and Akers connected from 46 to have the Eagles up 13-7 at intermission.

The game looked like a war of attrition in the third quarter as Akers nailed another 46 yarder and a 28 yarder sandwiched around a 41 yard Rob Bironas field goal as the Eagles led 19-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Yet after the third Akers kick, everything changed. From the 20, Collins needed one play to complete an 80 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt to get the Titans within 19-17. Tennessee got the ball back at their own 34, and Collins went deep to Britt again, this time for a 42 yard gain. Bironas nailed a 38 yard field goal to have Titans back on top 20-19 with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

Philly punted again, and Tennessee took over at their own 47. Collins and Britt continued to terrorize the Philly defense, as they hooked up on a 21 yard gain. From the 16, Collins hit Britt for the touchdown as the Titans led 27-19 with 5 minutes to play.

Philly went nowhere, but the defense forced the Titans to punt. Yet with 3 1/2 minutes left, the Eagles put the nail in their own coffin by fumbling the punt. The Titans took over at the Eagles 33. With 22 seconds left in the game, the Titans faced 4th and 3 at the Philly 15. Jeff Fisher decided to have Bironas kick the field goal, knowing the risks of a block. Bironas delivered to lock up the game.

Insult was added when Kolb was intercepted on the final play by Cortland Finnegan, who returned it 41 yards for the score. 10 points in the final 22 seconds made the game look more lopsided than it was, although Tennessee scored the final 27 points for their second straight big win in 6 days. 37-19 Titans

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens–Ed Reed is back from the physically unable to perform list, which pretty much describes the entire Buffalo team. Ed Reed forced a fumble early on. Billy Cundiff kicked a field goal to have the Ravens up 3-0 in a game they were supposed to win with ease. Yet Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Lee Evans for a 33 yard touchdown to have the Bills up 7-3. The Ravens fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Bills the ball inside the 10. The Ravens defense did its job, and Ryan Lindell kicked the short field goal to have the Bills up 10-3.

The game turned into a shocker in the second quarter when Fitzpatrick went deep again for an identical 33 yard touchdown pass as Buffalo led 17-3.  The Ravens finally arose from their boredom as Joe Flacco hit Todd Heap for a 26 yard touchdown to get the Ravens within 17-10.

Somehow Fitzpatrick turned himself into the second coming of Jim Kelly, as a 43 yard completion set up a 20 yard touchdown to Evans as the Bills led 24-10. Then reality set in as order was restored.

At the 2 minute warning the Ravens had 3rd and 3 at the Buffalo 7. A false start followed by a sack and fumble had the Ravens with 4th and 26 at the 30. Cundiff bailed the Ravens out with  field goal as the Ravens trailed 24-13 with one minute left in the half. Yet the Bills could not get to the locker room as CJ Spiller fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Ravens took over at the Buffalo 27. On 3rd and 9 Flacco hit Derrick Mason for 12 yards and then the 14 yard touchdown to Todd Heap as the Ravens only trailed 24-20 at halftime.

As the third quarter started, each quarterback needed only one play to make a difference. Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Ed Reed. From the Buffalo 34, Flacco hit Anquon Boldin for the touchdown as the Ravens led 27-24. Fitzpatrick led the Bills to a 4th and 1 at the Baltimore 34. Rather than try a 52 yard field goal, Chan Gailey had Fitzpatrick face off against Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense. Shockingly enough, Lewis won that battle and the Ravens took over by stuffing the sneak.

Flacco calmly led a 65 yard drive that took over 6 1/2 minutes. On 4th and 1 from the Buffalo 31, John Harbaugh decided to go for it. Flacco hit McClain for a 16 yard gain. On 3rd and 1 from the 6, Willis McGahee picked up just enough. McGahee scored from 2 yards out to complete the 24 point deluge and have the Ravens up 34-24.

On the last play of the third quarter, Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Ed Reed, his second of the game. From just past midfield, Reed returned it 40 yards to the Buffalo 9. Reed was injured on the play, despite his first game back being stellar. Yet on the first play of the fourth quarter, momentum swing back when Flacco fumbled and the Bills recovered on their own 14. The teams exchanged punts, and the Bills got the ball back at their own 37 with 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

From the Buffalo 44, Fitzpatrick hit St Johnson for a catch and run of 34 yards to the Baltimore 22. On 3rd and 5, for the third time on the day, Fitzpatrick connected with Evans as the Bills were within 34-31 with just under 6 minutes to play. With 3 1/2 minutes to play, the Bills got the ball back at their own 9 yard line.

With 1:57 to play, the Bills faced 4th and 7 at their own 12. Fitzpatrick hit Nelson for 16 yards. With 1:07 to play the Bills faced 3rd and 3 at their own 35. Fitzpatrick hit Nelson for 9 yards. A 12 yarder to Evans to the Baltimore 44 was followed by the Bills taking their last timeout with 37 seconds left. On 3rd and 10 Fitzpatrick hit St. Johnson for 12 yards. Buffalo was trying to scramble to the line to spike the ball when the officials stopped play with 8 seconds left. An injury on the Ravens defense gave the Bills a major break. Ryan Lindell came in for a 50 yard field field to tie the game. Lindell nailed it, and the game went into overtime tied 34-34.

Sadly enough, this fine football game was decided by controversy. After a Ravens punt, the Bills had 2nd and 10 at their own 41 only 2 minutes into overtime. Fitzpatrick hit Nelson for 14 yards to the Baltimore 45. Several Ravens stacked Nelson up, and even though forward progress had been stopped, no whistle had blown. Ray Lewis ripped the ball out of Nelson’s hands. It was ruled a fumble. Ray Lewis is a Hall of Famer, and you play until the whistle. To make matters worse for Buffalo, they were called for unsportsmanlike conduct when a player removed their helmet on the field of play.

From the Buffalo 29, Harbaugh played it conservative, and on 4th and 1 from the 20, Cundiff came in for the 38 yard field goal. Cundiff nailed it, and just like that, the game was over. Ralph Wilson turned 92 today, but their was no birthday present for him. His Bills scared the daylights out of the Ravens, but it was not enough. 37-34 Ravens OT

Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears–Lovie Smith has seen the Bears 3-0 start become a mirage while Mike Shanahan has the Redskins improving. Donovan McNabb has show he has plenty of gas left in the tank, but an ill advised pass with men in his face was deflected and intercepted by DJ Moore, who returned it 55 yards for a score to have the Bears up 7-0. Israel Adonojay, who is not Jewish, was in on the play. Yet McNabb came right back, hitting Santana Moss for a 24 yard score to have the game tied 7-7.

Early in the second quarter Graham Gano nailed a 46 yard field goal to put the Redskins up 10-7 on the road. The lead held until 24 seconds remained in the half, as Jay Cutler avoided the Rush and hit Johnny Knox for a 12 yard touchdown to have the Bears up 14-10.

A key play came with the Bears at the Washington 1 yard line. A run failed, but Lovie Smith challenged the call. The challenged failed, and the next play was very controversial. Cutler tried the quartback sneak and appeared to get the ball over the plane before being knocked backward by Albert Haynesworth. Cutler eventually fumbled, and the Redskins took over at the one. Even more controversial was that Lovie refused to challenge this call. Again, it appeared that Cutler scored. Chicago gave up the 7 points without a fight.

The defenses controlled the third quarter, and the game turned when Cutler had the Bears on the move. He was intercepted by Deangelo Hall, who raced 92 yards the other way to have the Redskins back on top 17-14 as the third quarter concluded.

With 13 minutes left in regulation, the Bears had 1st and 10 at the Washington 35. Cutler hit Forte for an 11 yard gain, but Forte fumbled and the Redskins recovered. Torain picked up gains of 9, 22, and 23 for the Redskins, but from the Chicago 21, Torain fumbled and the Bears had the ball back with 10 minutes left at their own 7. Cutler was intercepted by Hall again, and the Redskins were in command at the Chicago 13. Washington moved 6 yards backward and then Gano missed a 37 yard field goal. With 8 minutes left, the Bears were at their own 27. The Bears punted, but with Washington facing 3rd and 1 just past midfield, Torain lost a yard and Washington punted. The Bears had another shot at their own 19 with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Needing only a field goal to tie the game, Cutler had the Bears at their own 47 with 2:16 to  play.  Cutler went deep, and for the fourth…yes fourth…time, Deangelo Hall had an interception. It was the first time since 2001, a defender had 4 picks in a game. The teams combined for 9 turnovers, 6 by Chicago. Washington actually fumbled 6 times, but only lost one of them. It was hideous, but the Redskins won going away while the Bears continued their slide. 17-14 Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins–A pair of tough physical defenses got together under Mike Tomlin and Tony Sparano. Sparano was smiling early when a hard hit caused the Steelers to fumble the ensuing kickoff. Yet from the Pittsburgh 22, Miami went nowhere and settled for a field goal to lead 3-0. Pittsburgh put the ball on the ground again when Ben Rothlisberger fumbled at the Pittsburgh 15. On 3rd and 2 Ricky Williams got stoned (football-wise) and Miami settled for another field goal to lead 6-0.

The Steelers got in the game when Big Ben hit Hines Ward for 43 yards. The Steelers led in yards at that point 115 to 7 and time of possession 11 minutes to 4 after the opening quarter, yet trailed due to the turnovers. The second quarter began with Pittsburgh facing 3rd and 6 at the Miami 7. A West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass left the Steelers short of the marker. At least it added to the offensive statistics. The short field goal had the Steelers within 6-3.

The defenses continued to lay the lumber when Brian Hartline was drilled by James Farrior, resulting in a fumble and possession for the Steelers at the Miami 35. Roethlisberger, who is still not Jewish, hit Hines Ward, who still is Korean and is also not Jewish, for a 21 yard touchdown to have the Steelers up 10-6. Miami again made it inside the Pittsburgh 10 yard line, but again had to settle for a third field goal to trail 10-9 with 5 minutes left in the half. Big Ben quickly came back and went deep to Mike Wallace for  53 yard touchdown as the Steelers led 17-9.

Just inside the 2 minute warning, Chad Henne hit Bess, who broke several tackles and straddled the sideline to complete a 26 yard touchdown and get the Dolphins within 17-16 as Sparano eschewed the 2 point conversion attempt. That appeared to be the correct decision, but would loom large later on.

In the third quarter Josh Reed kicked his second field goal, a 39 yarder, to have the Steelers back up by 4. Henne led the Dolphins to a 3rd and 2 at the Pittsburgh 19 before firing incomplete. Tony Sparano sent in Duane Carpenter, who kicked his 4th field goal as the Dolphins were again within a point at 20-19.

The teams exchanged punts and the Dolphins took over with less than 9 minutes left in regulation at their own 26. Henne hit Hartline for 24 yards to midfield and Fasano for 22 more yards. With 5:17 to play, Capenter’s 5th field goal, a 40 yarder, had the Dolphins up 22-20.

The kickoff was returned to the Miami 48. On 3rd and 5, Big Ben hit Mewelde Moore for 29 yards to the 14. Unnecessary roughness moved the ball to 1st and goal at the 4. Miami took their second timeout with Pittsburgh facing 3rd and goal at the 2 with 2:37 to play. At that point chaos and controversy ensued.

Roethlisberger scrambled forward and was hit at the goal line. Big Ben coughed it up, and there was a mad scramble in the end zone. While the ball was under a pile of players, the play was inexplicably whistled dead. It was ruled a touchdown, with the explanation that Big Ben had broke the plane of the goal line. Tony Sparano challenged the call, risking his last timeout.

After further review, even more chaos ensued. It was ruled that Big Ben did not break the plane, and that he did fumble. Yet despite the Dolphins screaming that they had the football for the touchback, the refs could not determine who recovered the ball. Therefore, the whistle blew the play dead in mid-scramble. Pittsburgh was awarded the ball back. Instead of a goal line stand and a victory for Miami, the Steelers had 4th and goal at the 1. Mike Tomlin did not consider going for it, and Josh Reed’s 3rd field goal was an 18 yarder to have the Steelers up by a point.

Miami took over at their own 29, but Henne fired incomplete on 4th and 6. Pittsburgh had the hard fought and very controversial win. The Steelers improved to 5-1, while 3-3 Miami has won all their road games and lost all their home games. No team starting this way has ever made the playoffs. This one will be talked about for some time. 23-22 Steelers

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers—A pair of young and improving teams under Steve Spagnuolo and Raheem Morris started out well for the Buccaneers when Sam Bradford fumbled inside his own 10 yard line while being hit and Tampa Bay recovered. Penalties and a sack moved the Bucs from the Rams 6 all the way back to the Rams 38. On 3rd and 34, Josh Freeman threw a wounded duck of a hail mary that was somehow caught, and then fumbled. Yet Tampa hung on, and Connor Barth nailed the 35 yard field goal to have the Bucs up 3-0 after a hideous drive.

On the opening play of the second quarter, the Rams tied the game 3-3. Again, these teams are improving, which is not the same thing as being good or watchable. Later in the second quarter, Stephen Jackson ran for 12 yards to set up a 6 yard Bradford touchdown to Amandola to have the Rams up 10-3.

The Rams kicked a field goal later in the half but offsides on the defense resulted in Spagnuolo taking the points off of the board. The gamble paid off as Bradford threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Hoomanawanaui to have the Rams up 17-3. The Buccaneers did kick another field goal just before the half to trail 17-6.

In the third quarter, the Rams punted, as the Buccaneers started at their own 5. On 3rd and 7 form the 8, Freeman hit Kellen Winslow for 10. Blount picked up runs of 9 and 12 yards, and a 21 yard pass to Williams had the Bucs at the Rams 40. From the 35, Connor Barth drilled a 53 yard field goal to complete the 11 play, 6 minute drive and get the Buccaneers within 17-9.

The Rams had no offense in the second half, and the Bucs took over at their own 31. Blount picked up 17, and on 3rd and 8 from midfield, Freeman hit Stroughter for 9. The drive stalled at the 20, but Barth aniled his fourth field goal as the third quarter ended to have the Buccaneers within 17-12. The Fourth quarter featured punts, and with 4:45 to play, the Buccaneers took over at their own 19.

On 3rd and 3 from the Tampa 37, Cadillac Williams picked up 10. Freeman hit Williams for 19 yards to the Rams 37 at the 2 minute warning. Unnecessary roughness pushed the Bucs back 15, and with 1:12 to play the Bucs faced 4th and 3 at the Rams 30. Freeman hit Winslow for 9 yards to keep the drive alive. With 30 seconds left, Tampa Bay faced 3rd and 10 at the Rams 21. Freeman hit Williams, who took it 20 yards to the 1 yard line as the Buccaneers took their final timeout with 20 seconds to play.

Freeman rolled out and hit Cadillac Williams for the touchdown as the Buccaneers went wild and the Rams hang their head. Even hideous games between not so good teams can produce thrilling finishes. It is too soon to tell, but Buc Ball may be back. 18-17 Buccaneers

Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons—The Bengals lead the league in reality tv shows but the Falcons are a real good football team. Matt Ryan hit Bryan Finneran for a short touchdown pass on the opening drive to have the Falcons up 7-0. The Bengals offense consisted of getting a 26 yard defensive pass interference penalty followed by a pair of ineffective run and an incomplete pass. Mike Nugent hit the 20 yard field goal to have the Bengals within 7-3. Early in the second quarter Matt Bryant kicked a 45 yard field goal to have the Falcons up 10-3.

Cedric Benson fumbled a reception that was returned for a touchdown, but on further review the play was ruled an incomplete pass, sparing the Bengals more self-inflicted pain. It did not matter. Matt Ryan went deep to Roddy White for a 43 yard touchdown and the 17-3 lead happened anyway. Atlanta got the ball back, and Ryan led an 11 play, 83 yard drive that consumed 5 1/2 minutes. Michael Turner rammed it in from 2 yards out to have the Falcons cruising at 24-3.

The third quarter stunned the crowd and most everybody watching football. The Bengals began by kicking a field goal to trail 24-6. After a punt the Bengals took over at their own 12. Carson Palmer hit Chad Johnson for 18 yards. A 30 yard pass to Shipley was followed by a 19 yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens. He loves him some him, although the Bengals still trailed 24-13.

Ryan then went deep and was intercepted at the Cincinnati 38. On 3rd and 12, Palmer threw a short pass to Shipley, the receiver without the reality tv show who just shuts up and plays football. Shipley took it 64 yards for the score. Marvin Lewis surprisingly went for the 2 point conversion, which failed. The Bengals trailed 24-19. Yet the Falcons were in meltdown mode, as a short pass from Ryan to Roddy White resulted in a fumble that was returned by Jones 59 yards for a score. Again the 2 point conversion failed, and this became a case of the second one not even being necessary had the first one not been tried. The Bengals outscored the Falcons 22-0 in the third quarter to lead 25-24.

The fourth quarter began with the Falcons at their own 43. Ryan hit Michael Turner for 19 yards. On 3rd and 5, RYan hit stalwart Tony Gonzalez for 22 yards at the 11. Ryan then hit White for the touchdow. Ryan also hit White for the 2 point conversion as the Falcons had retaken the lead 32-25 only 2 minutes into the final quarter.

Palmer quickly moved the Bengals from their own 25 to the Atlanta 39. Yet Cedric Benson fumbled and the Falcons took over at the Cincy 48. On 3rd and 3, Ryan hit Jenkins for 11. On 3rd and 1 from the 21, Ryan hit White for 6. On 3rd and 1 from the 3, Turner picked up 3, and then the final 3 on the next carry to have the Falcons up 39-25 with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Yet the Bengals were not done.

The Bengals took over at their own 14. On 2nd and 10 from their own 38,  Palmer hit Gresham for 9 yards. Gresham fumbled it, but Chad Johnson recovered it and picked up a few more yards for a 17 yard gain exactly as they drew it up on the sandlot. On 3rd and 12 from the Atlanta 33, Palmer hit Scott for 25 yards down to the 8. Palmer hit Johnson for the touchdown as the Bengals were within 7 points with 1:33 to play.

The defense held, but in a colossal special teams blunder, Cosby called for a fair catch at the Bengals 4 yard line. Palmer would finish 36 of 50 for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns with zero interceptions. Yet asking him to go 96 yards in 28 seconds was too much to ask, as he was sacked on the final play. Matt Ryan finished 24 of 33 for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception. Marvin Lewis is scrambling for answers while Mike SMith, despite being an average non-descript white guy who looks like a guy named Mike Smith, is seeing his Falcons play as well as the pre-season hype. They are for real. 39-25 Falcons

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers–The 49ers got their first win last week while the Panthers are still winless. It seems like only 14 year ago that these teams both went 12-4 under George Siefert and Dom Capers. Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis for a 53 yard gain to the one yard line. Smith hit Davis for the touchdown on the next play. The last original Panthers player is kicker John Kasay. He kicked a field goal to have the Panthers within 7-3.

In the second quarter Carolina fumbled, setting up a 24 yard Joe Nedney field goal as the 49ers led 10-3 in a game nobody outside the families of the players cared about. Matt Moore finally got Carolina going, moving the Panthers 80 yards in 10 plays in over 6 minutes. An 18 yard touchdown toss to Gettis had the game deadlocked 10-10.

The third quarter featured only two plays of note. At the beginning of the half, Alex Smith was sacked and injured. David Carr replaced him to not avail. Later in the period John Fox had stalwart John Kasay kick a 55 yard field goal. Kasay has been with Carolina since their birth in 1995, and he leveled the ball to have the Panthers up 13-10. On the first play of the fourth quarter Nedney tied the game with a 38 yard field goal to make it 13-13.

A couple minutes later Matt Moore showed us his bad Jake Delhomme impersonation. Delhomme was run out of town for too many interceptions, and Moore threw an interception that was returned 31 yards by McDonald for a touchdown and a 20-13 San Francisco lead.

The teams exchanged punts, and with 8 1/2 minutes left the Panthers took over on their own 44. Moore went deep to Gettis for 39 yards to the San Francisco 17. With 5 1/2 minutes left, John Fox decided to go for it on 4th and 9. Moore fired incomplete, and the 49ers tried to end the game and get back to back wins. The 49ers went nowhere, and one minute later the Panthers had the ball at their own 37.

As the clock clicked below 3 minutes, facing 3rd and 6 at the San Francisco 46, Moore hit Donte Rosario for 10 yards. At the 2 minute warning, the Panthers faced 3rd and 2 at the San Francisco 23. Moore went deep to Gettis again, this time for another touchdown. With a tie game at 20-20, the 49ers had the ball at their own 20 with 1:53 to play.

David Carr was the top overall pick of the expansion Houston team in 2002, and he even won his first NFL game. Yet now he is a backup in San Francisco. With everything on the line, Carr was intercepted by Marshall at the Carolina 43 with 1:08 to play. Moore needed one play to hit Lefell for 35 yards to the San Francisco 22. John Fox played it very safe, and with 43 seconds left Kasay was at the foot. A 37 yard field goal was good, and the Panthers had the lead.
With 3 seconds left, the 49ers were at their own 38. Carr has the arm to throw it 62 yards. Yet the West Coast Offense won the 49ers many Superbowls, so surely a short pass to Frank Gore would get the job done. 19 yards later, it was over. Mike Singletary truly has become the second coming of Ray Rhodes, insisting that his 1-6 team would make the playoffs. As for John Fox, he was quietly just glad to get a win and get to 1-5. Fox has been to a Super Bowl, so he understands fighting for pride amidst reality. 23-20 Panthers

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs–Jacksonville was coming off of a debacle at home while Kansas City has had back to back losses after an illusory 3-0 start. The Jaguars returned a punt deep into Kansas City territory only to fumble it away. Thomas Jones took a handoff up the middle and rambled 72 yards to the 3 yard line. Jamal Charles banged it in to have the Chiefs up 7-0.  Josh Scobee nailed a 35 yard field goal to have the Jaguars within 7-3.

In the second quarter, Todd Bauman, playing for an injured David Garrard, lofted a touchdown pass to Maurice Jones-Drew to have the Jaguars up 10-7.  With less than 2 minutes left in the half, the Chiefs faced 4th and 1 at the 2. Charles leapt over the top for the first down. Thomas Jones leapt over the top for the touchdown to have the Chiefs up 14-10.

With 14 seconds left in the half, the Jaguars were at the Kansas City one yard line. On 3rd and goal, Baumann threw incomplete, and on 4th and goal Del Rio opted for the field goal as the Jaguars trailed 14-13 at intermission.

Josh Scobee was the hero a couple weeks ago for winning a game with a 59 yard field goal. Yet today he became a goat when the second half kickoff was kicked out of bounds, giving the Chiefs the ball at their own 40. Matt Cassel went deep to Dwayne Bowe for a 53 yard touchdown as the Chiefs quickly led 21-13.

The Jaguars returned the kickoff to their own 42. A 37 yard defensive pass interference penalty had Jacksonville at the Chiefs 23. On 3rd and 4 from the 17, Bouman hit Miller for 8, and then Sims-Walker for the 9 yard touchdown. Jack Del Rio opted against the 2 point conversion as the Jaguars trailed 21-20 with plenty of time left.

The Chiefs punted, and Jacksonville took over at their own 10. Bouman was intercepted by Johnson, who returned it 15 yards for the touchdown to have the Chiefs up 28-20.

With 9 1/2 minutes left in the game, the Chiefs took over at their own 15. On 3rd and 8 Cassel hit Copper for 16 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Kansas City 42, Cassel hit Cox for 13 yards. Unnecessary roughness had the Chiefs at the Jags 19. Cassel hit Bowe for a 6 yard touchdown to have the Chiefs up 35-20 with 3:46 to play.

Bouman was quickly intercepted by Berry, who returned it 35 yards to the Jacksonville 12. Battle battled his way in from one yard out to complete the scoring. The Chiefs under Todd Haley lead the awful AFC Worst at 4-2, while the Jaguars slipped to 3-4 in the ultra competitive AFC South. 42-20 Chiefs

Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints–Joshua Cribbs took a punt, and fired it across the field to Eric Wright. It was not the Adelphia Miracle, but it did go for 69 yards. Phil Dawson nailed a 23 yard field goal as Walrus Mike Holmgren allowed Eric Mangini to coach at leas through the opening quarter.  The Saints went nowhere, and later on got called for a 38 yard defensive pass interference penalty. Hillis ran it in from 4 yards out as the Browns had the stunning 10-0 lead. Drew Brees led the Saints to the Cleveland 11 yard line. Brees then threw a perfect pass to Scott Fujita, who plays defense for Cleveland.

The Saints finally got on the board with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half with a field goal, but this is not the Saints pinball machine that won it all last year. When Reggis Hodges broke off a 67 yard run to the New Orleans 10, Cleveland continued the potential upset. The Browns could only manage a field goal, but still led 13-3.

Brees was then about to be sacked when he threw an ill advised pass into traffic that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown as the Browns led 20-3 in a stunner. Super Bowl Champion Brees had 3 interceptions last week, and ended the half of this game with his third interception.

Midway through the third quarter Brees finally got the offense moving, leading a 14 play, 89 yard drive that lasted 8 1/2 minutes. The third quarter ended with the Saints facing 4th and 1 at the Cleveland 21. The fourth quarter began with Ivory picking up 8 to keep the drive going. On 3rd and 8 from the 11, Brees hit Thomas for the score as the Saints were only down 20-10 less than 90 seconds into the final quarter.

Colt McCoy would finish this game only 9 of 16 for 74 yards. Yet he did not make any mistakes. Brees would finish 37 of 56 for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yet 4 interceptions killed the Saints McCoy managed the game, moving the Browns over 13 plays and 7 1/2 minutes from the Cleveland 19. On 3rd and 5, illegal use of hands on the defense kept the drive going. On 3rd and 6 from the Saints 44, Hillis took the snap and hit quarterback McCoy for 13 yards. Yet 1st and 10 at the 19 became 4th and 22 at the 31. Phil Dawson nailed the 48 yard field goal to have the Browns up 23-10 with 6 minutes left in regulation.

Brees quickly led the Saints from their own 20 to the Cleveland 34. Yet the lights were turned off when Brees threw his last interception, and Bowens practically walked 64 yards for the dagger as Cleveland shocked the defending champs 30-10. The Saints scored a garbage touchdown, but Sean Payton has seen his champions fall to 4-3. Walrus Mike Holmgren is allowing Eric Mangini to coach the Browns next week. As Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games.” 30-17 Browns

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks–Pete Carroll upgraded from college to the pros, but traded in the gorgeous Southern California weather for the misery that is Seattle rain. Shockingly enough it rained again in that awful city, making the decision to abolish the Kingdome quite curious, which is a euphemism for idiotic. Ken Whisenhunt started Max Hall again.

Seattle began with Matt Hasselbeck leading a 14 play, 78 yard dive that consumed 7 1/2 minutes. The drive stalled at the 3, and Olindo Mare hit the 20 yard chip shot to have the Seahawks up 3-0. In the second quarter Hasselbeck hit Williams from 2 yards out to have Seattle up 10-0 at the break.

In the third quarter Mare hit field goals of 31 and 51 to have the Seahawks up 16-0. The Cardinals finally got on the board when Beanie Wells scored from 2 yards out to get the Cardinals within 16-7. A 14 play, 78 yard drive led to Mare’s 4th field goal and a 19-7 Seahawks lead after three quarters.

The Cardinals drove deep with Derek Anderson replacing Hall, who was injured midway through this hideous slog. The drive stalled at the 7, and a field goal had the Cardinals within 19-10. The Seahawks made this game as boring as possible, but effectively. A 12 play, 7 1/2 minute drive led to Mare’s 5th field goal to end the boredom. Seattle leads the horrid NFC Worst at 4-2 while Ken Whisenhunt still can’t coax Kurt  Warner out of retirement. 22-10 Seahawks

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos–This game was a shocker. To try and put it into words is almost impossible. As a blogger, I will attempt to do so. Let’s start with one word. Wow! For more on the game of the day, go to

The Raiders have won two years in a row in Denver, but kept losing to them in Oakland, and losing to much of the league everywhere. 7 straight seasons of at least 11 losses had fans wondering when light would ever come. It came in a gigantic way in what may have been the worst day in the history of the hated Denver franchise. Tom Cable and Josh McDaniels both came in 2-4, but after today it seems Al Davis has his team in better shape than Pat Bowlen. Normally one game should not mean so much, but what a game it was.
Jason Campbell filled in for an injured Bruce Gradkowski, but of major importance was the return of Darren McFadden. Right off the bat from the 20, Campbell hit Louis Murphy for 9 yards. On 3rd and 1 Reece picked up 2 yards. On 3rd and 10 from the 31, Campbell scrambled and picked up 15 yards. This is big because on the road, quick 3 and outs and punts kill teams. Instead, a couple plays later from the Denver 43, Campbell went deep and found a wide open Zach Miller for a touchdown. There was nobody within 15 yards of Miller. It ws a defensive breakdown, and 4 minutes in the Raiders led on the road.

Denver took over on their 20, and on their first offensive play, Kyle Orton was intercepted by Chris Johnson, who returned the gift 30 yards for a 14-0 Raiders lead in front of a stunned Denver crowd. Denver took over on their 20 again, and their next play from scrimmage was a fumble that was returned 21 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown was called back, but the Raiders retained possession. Campbell hit McFadden for 12 yards to set up a 4 yard touchdown run by McFadden as the Raiders led 21-0 only 6 minutes into the game.

Denver took over again from their 20, and Orton fired a completion just shy of midfield. Yet on 4th and 1 from the Oakland 42, Josh McDaneils decided to go for it, with Orton firing incomplete. From the Oakland 38, McFadden ripped off a 40 yard gain. Michael Bush came in and picked up gains of 9 and 4. On 3rd and goal at the 8, Campbell scrambled for another touchdown. It was nullified by illegal motion, and the Raiders settled for a 31 yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Yes, the Raiders led 24-0 with 4 1/2 minutes still left in the first quarter.

Denver went 3 and out, lost 6 yards, and the Raiders took over at their own 43. Campbell hit Murphy for 20 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Denver 33, Campbell hit Jacoby Ford for 9 yards. Seconds into the second quarter, Campbell hit McFadden for a 19 yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead as the Denver crowd was officially shellshocked.

Denver went 3 and out, and the Raiders took over at their 31. On 2nd and 14 Ford picked up 23 on the ground to midfield. Campbell hit Bush for 13 more. Yet a sack of Campbell finally brought in Shane Lechler to punt. It was thrilling for the Raiders to have Lechler be an afterthought and not the only superstar.

Denver took over at their own 14, fumbled, and had the Raiders take over at that spot. McFadden picked up 5, 4, and the final 4 for the touchdown as the Raiders led 38-0 with 10 minutes still left in the second quarter. Fans headed for the exits. This was dominance the Silver and Black has not inflicted since the glory days. Yet this beating was real.

The teams exchanged punts, and Denver faced 3rd and 10 just shy of midfield. Orton hit Eddie Royal for a 23 yard gain. Royal did fumble, but fell on it. Orton scrambled for 14 more, ad on 3rd and 3 from the 7, Orton hit Knowshon Moreno for a touchdown. The Broncos trailed 38-7 at the half.

Denver started the second half at their own 36 and Orton was sacked for a 9 yard loss. Yet before anyone blinked, orton hit Jabar Gaffney for 22 yards, defensive pass interference added 24 more, a swing pass to Moreno went for a 27 yard score. Just like that Denver was within 38-14. Would this be an epic Silver and Black collapse?

No, it would not. Campbell hit Reece for 19 yards, and McFadden ran for 19 more. On 3rd and 9 from the Denver 41, Campbell went deep to Miller for a 32 yard gain. Offensive holding had the Raiders facing 2nd and goal at the 23. Yet McFadden ran for 16 and Campbell hit Ford for 6 more to set up 4th and goal at the 1. A field goal would have been a reasonable decision, but Cable decided to go for the throat and end things. Reece banged it in to have the Raiders up 45-14. They were far from done.

Denver began at their own 20, and soon faced 3rd and 28 from their own 2. They punted, and the Raiders took over at their own 43. One play later, McFadden had burst through for a 57 yard touchdown run to make it 52-14. Denver then went 3 and out, and the Raiders took over at their own 32.

Bush carried 4 straight times for 14 yards. Campbell then hit Zach Miller for 17 yards. Campbell went deep to Johnny Lee Higgins, and defensive pass interference in the end zone put the ball on the one. Bush carried it in as the Raiders led 59-14. The game was still in the third quarter.

Cable pulled all of his starters as backups played the fourth quarter. Just to clarify, the Raiders led by 45 points after only 45 minutes. Cable was not interested in trying to break the 1940 record of 73 points. He wanted to avoid injuries, which a good coach does. As for McDaniels, he left Orton in to continue getting beaten up,

The fourth quarter began with Orton getting intercepted again, but defensive offsides nullified that. On 4th and 25 from their own 5, Denver punted. Oakalnd took over just past midfield but failed to gain a first down and punted.  The teams exchanged punts, and Denver took over at their own with 7 minutes left to play. Orton did hit Brandon Lloyd for a 46 yard gain, but with 3 1/2 minutes to play the Broncos faced 4th and goal at the 1. Nobody would have criticized the Raiders for getting soft with backups while up by 45.  Not today. The exclamation point was a goal line stand as Orton fired incomplete. Kyle Boller played the fourth quarter and he took the kneel downs to end things.

Darren McFadden finished with over 10 yards per carry, 165 yards on 16 carries. He had 4 touchdowns, 3 on the ground and one touchdown reception. He was the superstar he was expected to be. The Raiders rushed for 328 yards, and had over 500 yards of total offense. Campbell was a modest 12 of 20 for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yet he had zero interceptions. 7 receivers caught at least one pass, yet Zach Miller was the only one to catch 3. The running game featured 5 different backs getting at least 2 carries with 4 of them getting at least 5 carries. The defense harassed Orton into a terrible 12 of 29 day for only 198 yards. He did have 2 touchdowns and an interception. The Raiders possessed the ball for nearly 39 minutes.

3 times the Raiders have scored 52 points. This 59 point deluge was a record. The 45 point win was not their biggest victory. In 1967 on their way to their AFL Championship and Super Bowl II trip, the Raiders won 51-0. The loser: Denver.

So what happens next. The Raiders at 3-4 are one game ahead of San Diego and Denver. The Raiders have beaten both of these teams, and are 2-0 in the division. They are behind Kansas City, who is 4-2, but 1-2 after a 3-0 start.  Every time it looks like the Raiders are about to turn a  corner, they regress. Yet this team truly has a chance to make the playoffs and even win the awful AFC Worst division. For now, they need to build on this win and get to 4-4.

Denver is a mess, but that is for another day. For the last 8 years people have lambasted Al Davis. Tom Cable has faced his fair share. Let’s give credit. This team is fighting hard for Cable. The players Davis drafted had one of the best games in franchise history. Gradkowski comes back next week, and this team really has potential. So for all of the Raider Nation, let’s celebrate this shellacking and get back to work for next week. 59-14 Raiders. Let’s say it one more time. 59-14 Raiders

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers–The Evil Hoodie Bill Bellichick faced off against Norvelous Norv Turner and his swooning Chargers. Usually they fall to 2-3 and then turn on the gas, but not this time. Under Marty Schottenheimer the Chargers went 14-2, blew a 21-14 lead at home against the Patriots, and lost 24-21 when Nate Kaeding missed a 54 yard field goal at the gun. This game had less meaning but was just as crushing from a fan standpoint.

Kris Brown was kicking in place of Kaeding, and a 32 yard field goal had the Chargers up 3-0 at home. Yet when the Chargers got the ball back, they fumbled deep in their own territory. New England took over at the San Diego 22, and Tom Brady hit Gronkowski from one yard out to have the Patriots up 7-3.

In the second quarter Philip Rivers led the Chargers to the Patriots 32. Rivers then fumbled, and Ninkovich returned it 63 yards to the San Diego 8. The Patriots moved 14 yards backward, and Stephen Gostkowski, no relation to Gronkowski, kicked a 40 yard field goal. The New England cro-magnons had the Patriots up 10-3. Rivers was then intercepted, although no points came off that turnover.

At the 2 minute warning, a 34 yard punt return by Julian Edelman had the Patriots at their own 48. They reached the San Diego 9 before going backward and settling for a 35 yard Gostkowski field goal to lead 13-3 at halftime.

The Patriots began the third quarter with Brady leading a staggering 17 play, 8 1/2 minute drive that covered 79 yards. On 3rd and 8 form the New England 41, Brady hit Hernandez for 18 yards. On 4th and 1 from the San Diego 32, Bellichick skipped the 50 yard field goal to go for it. Green-Ellis picked up the tough yard. On 3rd and 1 from the San Diego 6, Brady picked up 2. On 3rd and goal from the 1, Green–Ellis got it in to have the Patriots coasting 20-3

Rivers led a 12 play, 6 1/2 minute drive, but it bogged down at the New England 10 yard line. Kris Brown kicked the 28 field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Chargers were within 20-6. Brady led the Patriots form their own 25 to the San Diego 16, but no further. Gostkowski nailed his 3rd field goal and with 11 1/2 minutes left the Patriots were well in control 23-6. Yet San Diego woke up and came storming back.

On 3rd and 15 from the San Diego 28, Rivers hit Patrick Crayton for 21 yards. On 4th and 5 from the New England 32, Rivers hit Crayton for 17. Rivers hit Antonio Gates for the 4 yard touchdown to bring the Chargers within 23-13 with 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

A perfectly executed onsides kick gave the Chargers the ball at their own 40. On 3rd and 9 Rivers hit Arijotutu for 20 yards and Gates for 26 more. On 3rd and goal at the 1, Tolbert banged it in to have the Chargers within a field goal with 4 minutes to play.

The Patriots had 3rd and 3 at their own 47 when Brady hit Wes Welker for only 2 yards at the 2 minute warning. On 4th and 1, Bellichick decided to go for it. The collision came, and Green-Ellis lost a yard. The Chargers had the ball at the New England 47 with 1:55 left needing only a field goal to tie it.

With 27 seconds left, Kris Brown came in for a 50 yard field goal. In the great tradition of Nate Kaeding,when it counted most, the kick was no good. This one doinked off the uprights, and New England survived. The deal Bellichick made with the Devil a decade ago is still intact, as Norvelous Norv Turner saw the Chargers fall to 2-5 while New England is back in force at 5-1 with the tough win. 23-20 Patriots

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers–The circus was back in town as the Vikings came to play the Packers. Brett Favre led Minnesota to wins in both games in this series last year, and Aaron Rodgers desperately wants this win. Last year the fans cheered Favre when he came out. This year he was lustily booed in Green Bay. Beyond the circus was a football game in the NFC North between the top 2 passers in the NFL last year.

Minnesota failed to move the ball on their first series, and Green Bay appeared to have the upper hand when Rodgers led the Packers to the Minnesota 12. Rodgers then set upa  screen pass, but was intercepted by Jared Allen at the Minnesota 22. The Vikings again could not move. Again the Packers moved with ease. From the Minnestoa 47, a slant pass from Rodgers went for 45 yards down to the 2. An illegal substitution play on defense moved the ball to the one. Jackson crashed in and did the Lambeau Leap to have the Packers up 7-0 with 5 minutes left in the quarter as the Packers led in yards 130 to 9.

Yet no lead is safe as long as Minnesota has Percy Harvin, who returned the ensuing kickoff to the Green Bay 44. Adrian Peterson picked up 9 yards on 2nd down to set up 3rd and 1. Peterson took the pitchout and got the first down with a couple yards to spare.  short pass to Vicente Shiancoe set up 3rd and 4 from the 26, where Favre hit Shiancoe for 14 yards. Shiancoe was called for delay of game for throwing the ball in the air after the catch, but it was still 1st and 10. Harvin then took a handoff and burst through the middle for a 17 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.

From the Green Bay 21, Rodgers lobbed a perfect pass between 2 defenders to Jones for a 32 yard gain. A screen pass to Jackson then went for 36 more yards down to the Minnesota 11. Green Bay had 200 yards of offense in the opening quarter. On 3rd and 9 from the 10 as the second quarter began, Rodgers rifled a pass between defenders to Andrew Quarles in the back of the end zone. Brad Childress, who is bald and Catholic, did not challenge the call even though it appeared Quarles was out of bounds. Mike McCarthy was smart to quickly kick the extra point before Childress could challenge the play.

On 2nd nd 10 from the Minnesota 24, Toby Gerhart picked up 11 on the ground. Favre then split the seams and found Bernard Berrian for a 30 yard gain. Favre then released a pass to Randy Moss just before getting hit for 20 more yards. A pair of runs set up 3rd and 3 from the 13. A swing pass to speedster Harvin allowed him to get around the corner and all the way to the pileon. McCarthy did challenge the call, and the ball was moved back to the 2 yard line. Peterson carried it in to complete the 76 yard drive and tie the game 14-14 with more than 10 minutes left in the half.

Pat Lee returned the ensuing kickoff to the Green Bay 44. On 3rd and 1 Rodgers hit Nelson at the Minnesota 40. On 4th and 7 Mike McCarthy decided to try a 55 yard field goal.  Backup quarterback Mike Flynn was the holder. Out of nowhere, the Packers shifted into a passing formation with Flynn in the shotgun. Flynn threw it deep to a wide open receiver, but the gadget play missed by inches. Instead of a touchdown, Green bay turned it over on downs.

Minnesota took over and a pair of runs set up 3rd and 2. Favre rifled a pass to Shiancoe to the Minnesota 44. A reverse to Harvin went for another 11 yards, with a 15 yard late hit out of bounds tacked on to the Green Bay 17. Favre faded back, and off his back foot hit Shiancoe for the touchdown as the Vikings led. Yet McCarthy challenged this call, and again the challenge was successful as the pass was ruled incomplete. It looked like a terrible call as it appeared the ball was caught. Nevertheless, on 4th and 3 from the 11 Ryan Longwell came in for a 28 yard field goal which put the Packers up 17-14 with 4 minutes left in the half.

Green Bay misfired on their next series but were bailed out by a very late defensive holding flag on a badly overthrown ball. On 3rd and 3 at midfield, a completion to the Minnesota 38 brought the 2 minute warning. A pass to Donald Lee picked up 9 yards. With one minute left in the half, a pass to the end zone in double coverage was deflected and intercepted by McNeil Williams for a touchback.

Childress wanted to run out the clock, but Green Bay took a timeout. Another run led to a first down at the Minnesota 35. This time Minnesota took a timeout. Favre went deep to Moss, who made a leaping catch in the red zone. Yet offensive interference on Moss negated the play and moved the Vikings back to the 25. Childress again called a run. Peterson picked up 13 yards, and a disgusted Moss lobbied for a Hail Mary try as everybody walked off the field.

Green Bay began the second half by going 3 and out. From the Minnesota 26, Favre hit Harvin for 19 yards. On 3rd and 4, with a man trying to drag him into the ground, Favre did what he does. AJ Hawk took the interception to the Minnesota 41. Favre limped off the field. On 3rd and 5,  Rodgers found James Jones at the Minnesota 19. On 2nd and 6, Rodgers found Jennings for the touchdown to have the Packers back in front 21-17.

In what looked like an instant replay but was actually another mistake, Favre threw while fading back with a man all over him. Desmond Bishop returned the interception 34 yards for a touchdown as the Packers led 28-17 midway through the third quarter.

In trying to avoid kicking to Harvin, a short kickoff set the Vikings up at their own 42. Shockingly enough, Childress called a handoff to Peterson. Another Peterson handoff set up 3rd and 1. A perfect play action pass allowed Favre to go deep to Harvin, who took it to the Minnesota 12 for a 37 yard gain. On 3rd and 2 from the 5, Favre hit Randy Moss for the touchdown as the Vikings came within  28-24 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

Green Bay took over on their own 24, and hard running got them a pair of first downs. On 3rd and 5 from midfield, Rodgers scrambled and was marked just short of the marker as the third quarter ended. McCarthy decided not to challenge the spot. On 4th and 1, Kuhn was bottled up in the backfield, but with second effort lunged forward for the first down. On 3rd and 6, Rodgers hit Jennings. Initially it looked like a first down, but Jennings had to come back for the ball to set up 4th and 1. McCarthy again decided not to challenge the call and again decided to go for the first down. Again Kuhn was stopped, and again he surged forward. Yet this time it appeared his surge came after the whistle had blown, and Minnesota took over on downs at their own 34 with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Peterson picked up 16 to midfield. Peterson then picked up 9 more while carrying tacklers with him.  Peterson picked up a couple more for a first down. Childress had a lump in his throat when Favre tried to shuffle a ball underhanded with a guy hanging on him that mercifully fell incomplete. On the next play, luck ran out as Favre threw his third interception at the Minnesota 23 with 9 minutes to play. Childress vowed not to pick Favre up from the airport next year. whether or not either of them are employed.

On 3rd and 11, Rodgers hit Jennings for 15 to the Green bay 37. On 3rd and 3, Rodgers fired incomplete to nobody. Minnesota took over at their own 17 with 6 minutes to play.  Shockingly enough, Childress called a run. Interceptions do that to a head coach. Another run by Peterson went for 8 yards and a first down. Harvin limped of the field. On 3rd and 7 from the Minnesota 36, a screen pass to Gerhart led to 4th and inches with 3:17 to play. Childress decided to go for it. Peterson rammed it up the guts 3 yards to the Minnesota 46. At the 2 minute warning, Minnesota faced 3rd and 5. A pass to Harvin was broken up. On 4th and 5, the play clock wound down and Favre had to burn a timeout, a terrible mental mistake on offense.

Yet Favre hit Moss for the first down at the Green bay 35. Favre was then sacked for a 6 yard loss. Childress took the second Minnesota timeout, ensuring that this had to be their final drive.   It was the first sack of the game for either team. Peterson took a swing pass all the way across the field and got out of bounds at the Green Bay 15 with 1:03 to play. A virtually penalty free game was interrupted with a false start. Favre hit Shiancoe at the 9, but an offensive facemask penalty pushed Minnesota back to a 1st and 30 at the 35.

Favre fired to the end zone to Harvin, who out jumped everyone and caught the miracle touchdown. Yet before the announcer could yell “oh my heavens” like last year in San Francisco, the replay showed Harvin did not get both feet down.  Instead of another Favre comeback, it was 2nd and 30 from the 35 with 48 seconds to play. The all time touchdowns, completions, fumbles, and interceptions leader was going to do something. We just had no idea what that was to be.

A dump off to Peterson went for 15 yards and set up 3rd and 15 with 37 seconds to play as Minnesota took their final timeout. Favre fired incomplete. On 4th down down Favre went to the end zone for Moss, but it was incomplete. Minnesota fell to 2-4, and Aaron Rodgers and all of Green Bay got the monkey off of their back. This was a fantastic football game, and the rematch in Minnesota cannot come soon enough. 28-24 Packers

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys–Tom Coughlin is downright warm and fuzzy compared to the older version that was Bill Parcells minus the smiles. Michelin Man Wade Phillips has seen his team fall to 1-4. Jerry Jones is prepared to fire everybody if they lose the coin toss.

Eli Manning began by avoiding a near interception and then responding on the next play with an actual interception by Terrence Newman, who returned it to the Giants 5. Tony Romo hit Jason Witten for the 3 yard touchdown to have the Cowboys up 7-0 less than 90 seconds into the game. On the next series Manning threw high again and was intercepted again, this time by Gerald Sensebaugh. Dallas took over at the Giants 18. A field goal made it 10-0 only 6 minutes into the game.

Manning stayed patient, and led a 79 yard drive over 6 minutes. A pair of 3rd down conversions and a 24 yard pass to Hakeem Nicks set up a 7 yard touchdown toss to Nicks to get the Giants within 10-7. The next time the Giants had the ball early in the second quarter, they committed their 3rd turnover, a fumble recovered by Dallas at the Giants 43. Yet on the next play, a 14 yard completion had all of Texas quiet as Romo was belted to the ground and stayed there clutching his shoulder. John Kitna came in with the Cowboys already in long field goal range. Buehler connected to have Dallas up 13-7.

The Giants punted, and rookie Dez Bryant showed what he was made of. He eluded tacklers, got to the outside, and completed an 88 yard punt return for a touchdown to have the Cowboys rolling at 20-7. At that point the ball rolled completely in the other direction.

Manning calmly led an 80 yard drive, with an 8 yard touchdown to Nicks to have the Giants within 20-14. After a punt, the Giants took over at their own 44 with 3:16 left in the half. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 22 yards to the Dallas 22 to set up a 14 yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith to have the Giants up 21-20 with 1:15 left in the half. Another Dallas fumble set the Giants up at the Dallas 44 with 36 seconds left in the half. A pass to Mario Manningham went for 13 yards and set up a 53 yard field goal to close out the half as the Giants took a 24-20 lead into the locker rooms. Wade Phillips and Tom Coughlin are both known for defense.

The second half began with the news that Tony Romo has a broken clavicle. That means John Kitna is the Cowboys quarterback for the next couple months. Dez Bryant took the kickoff from deep in the end zone, faked a lateral, and got nailed inside the 10. One minute into the half Dallas punted and the Giants took over at their own 45. On 3rd and 5 from midfield, Manning found Ramses Barton at the 28. A short pass to Manningham was followed by several awful attempts at tackling on the sidelines as Manningham waltzed backward into the end zone to have the Giants up 31-20.

While the loss of Romo was a blow, Romo does not play defense. Apparently neither does anybody on the Cowboys roster. Manning sliced and diced the Cowboys through the air, and with Dallas expecting another pass, Brandon Jacobs rumbled 30 yards through listless excuses for tackling for another touchdown and a 38-20 Giants lead with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

A fan held up a sign in the stands that read, “Romo’s clavicle is broken, so is my heart.” This answers the question, that yes, fans do bring blank signs to the game and write during the game. Otherwise, I want this woman picking my lottery numbers. As for Kitna, he led the Cowboys to the 5 yard line. Needing 3 scores on 4th and goal, Wade Phillips opted to go for it. Kitna fired incomplete with 8 minutes left in regulation.

With the game well in hand, the Giants played very sloppy, with another fumble and another Manning interception. Keith Brooking took the 5th turnover to the Giants 15. With 3:17 to play, Kitna hit Dez Bryant for the touchdown. The Cowboys for some bizarre reason decided to go for 2 points. They made it as Kitna hit Jason Witten to get Dallas within 10. Had they gone for the earlier field goal it would have been a one score game, but then again the fact that Manning was throwing it with 3 1/2 minutes left and an 18 point lead was strange. Given that his counterpart was injured, his even being in the game was questionable. The onsides kick was well executed, but the Giants eventually recovered it. At least Dallas scored after 31 answered Giants points.

Yet Dallas had no answers on defense, as Bradshaw broke free for a long gain to the Dallas 17. At the 2 minute warning, Tynes kicked a chip shot field goal to have the Giants back up by 13 points. Yet the Giants got very lazy when they were up by 18, and seemed to sleep their way through the end of the game. On 4th and 1 from the 10, Kitna hit Dez Bryant for a touchdown, and with 40 seconds left, all of a sudden Dallas was only down by 6 points. Another onsides kick was again executed well, but again the Giants managed to come up with it to finally end the suspense.

Tom Coughlin could not have been happy with 5 turnovers or the fourth quarter slumber, but 5 straight wins, al by more than 8 points,  has the Giants in the right direction. As for Wade Phillips, will his 11-5 season last year give him some breathing room from the 1-5 start this year? Not with Jerry Jones as the owner. He went 1-15 his first year, and never wants to see that again. As for Phillips and Coughlin, these Bill Parcells disciples are all about defense. 41-35 Giants


My 1000th Facebook Friend

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Before getting to football, today is a day for me to bask in all my glory.

I am on the verge of having my 1000th Facebook Friends.

I think I speak for all of mankind when I say that nobody cares.

For those of you who do care, heaven help you.

Yet to celebrate this absolutely useless milestone metric, I will be celebrating that person, whoever they are.

I resisted using Facebook. I think social media has turned us into the nation of Narcissista. Yet I found a use for Facebook.

I have a blog and three books. Using Facebook allows me to promote my blog and my books.

I am not on here to play Farmville or Mafia Wars. I have never poked anybody and have no desire to be poked.

I have friends in real life. I have always said that there is no need to contact me on the computer if you have my phone number, and there is no need to talk on the phone if you have my address. My friends come over to watch football. We talk football and politics. Yet to go online and just talk sports with strangers seems a bit of a waste of my time.

Sure, I could reach out to people I have not spoken to in ages. What inevitably happens is we catch up, and then have nothing to talk about. These are good people, but the reason why we have our friends is because those are the people we have a sufficient bond with to continue the relationship.

Some people “de-friended” me. Ok. I guess that deserves a shrug seeing as I did not immediately notice.

I have refused many friend request, mostly from politicians simply looking to rack up friends.

Racking up Facebook friends takes us back to our days of youth, when we bragged over which dad could beat up which other dad, and who had more cars, more money, more sex, or larger (redacted). Now we see who has the most friends, or in Facebook translation, people we barely know who barely know us.

I contact people for business purposes. I do not want to get invitations to events in Libya or anywhere else where I know nobody.

Even worse than Facebook is Twitter. Celebrity tweets are coming from celebrity twits. Nobody cares who went to the mall, what restaurant at the food court they ate at, what they ordered, or any other minutiae of their mundane lives.

I have a Twitter account. When I post my column on Facebook, it automatically exports to Twitter. Once a day, people can read my column. Regarding what else I do from when I wake up to when I sleep at night is so colossally boring that people tracking me will keel over from narcolepsy.

Yet we live in a society that celebrates metrics. We like round numbers. So as I approach my 1000th Facebook friend, I am prepared to honor them.

I am also not sure what causes volatility, since the other day I had 997. Then it dropped to 996. Then it was back at 997. Now it is at 998. This was all without me sending a single friend request or accepting one from somebody else. If others understand it, bully for them.

My prediction is that reaching 1000 will take time for several reasons. I refuse friend requests from people who just collect friends as a hobby. I also send very few friend requests myself.

Most importantly, this column will probably remind people that they have been meaning to delete me for quite some time, and I helped remind them. Maybe I can make a game of it and see how many friends I can lose with one badly written column.

(Then again, if that was the standard, I would have had zero friends with each passing column.)

At some point I will reach 1000. That person will be celebrated. I will dedicate an entire Saturday column to them and give them the internet equivalent of winning a prize. It will be just like a prize, only with zero actual value.

So whoever you are out there, feel free to be my 1000th Facebook friend. I will make you infamous.

Better yet, rather than do that, just become a fan on Facebook of the TYGRRRR EXPRESS. That is my fan page, and that one does matter.

Then read my blog every day and buy my books.

At some point I will publicly apologize for this column. If it is in my next book, I will apologize for the entire book.

My 1000th friend…who will it be?

The excitement is building to a fever pitch…for somebody, somewhere.


Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans

(Titans by 3, they cover)

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

(Ravens by 13.5, they win but fail to cover)

Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears

(Bears by 3, Redskins win outright)

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins

(Steelers by 3, Dolphins win outright)

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Buccaneers by 3, they cover)

Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons

(Falcons by 3.5, they win but fail to cover)

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers

(49ers by 3, Panthers win outright)

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

(Chiefs by 1, they cover)

Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints

(Saints by 13, they win but fail to cover)

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

(Seahawks by 5.5, they win but fail to cover)

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

(Broncos by 8.5, they win but fail to cover)

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers

(Patriots by 2.5, they cover)

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3)

(Packers by 3, Vikings win outright)

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-3)

(Cowboys by 3, they cover)


National Palestinian Radio fires Juan Williams

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

National Palestinian Radio fired Juan Williams for being a reasonable thinking individual, which is against the rigid dogma of NPR.

I have met Juan Williams. He is a good, decent, and thoughtful man. For that reason alone he was out of place at NPR.

He is a lifelong liberal that refuses to be an ideological bigot. He disagrees with conservatives, but does not despise them. The left has always been suspicious of him, because in leftist world, refusing to hate conservatives makes him a collaborator.

As many people know, NPR currently has no rationale for existing. It is a welfare child that refuses to get a job after decades on the dole. Ed Schultz may be an ideological bigoted lout, but at least he succeeds in the free market. NPR is paid for by taxpayers.

NPR stooges point out that less than 2 % of their budget comes from the federal government. If this is true, they will not miss that small amount of money.

Juan Williams does not hate America or Israel. This led to his downfall.

Williams had the audacity to lament that he sometimes gets nervous seeing Muslims wearing their full traditional garb on airplanes.

Gee, I wonder why.

Everybody outside of politically correct Islamist scrotum lickers can understand that while virtually all Arabs or Muslims are not terrorists, virtually all terrorists are Arab Muslims.

Outside of Joy Behar and her gaggle on the View, the entire world understands this.

To maintain ideological purity at NPR, the only solution is to go back and find out which host do not hate conservatives. Then fire those hosts.

Juan Williams is a lifelong liberal who has been the most liberal individual to face political McCarthyism since Larry Summers.

There are a million thing’s that could be said, but watching liberals devour their own is better than much of the Discovery Channel.

As Rush Limbaugh said, “NPR will have trouble finding somebody who is a minority with a name sounding like a second minority. Maybe they can hire Whoopi Goldberg to fill their quota.”

Conservatives who care for freedom should stand up for Juan Williams.

As for NPR, it is beyond salvation. Euthanize it and be done.