I always get a kick out of these meltdowns.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Cardinals took another one on the chin last night losing 27-6 to the 49ers. This loss drops them to 3-8 on the season, with 5 games left their best case scenario is 8-8, judging by their performance last night, that ain't happening, as a matter of fact they way they looked I don't see them winning again this year. They just stunk up the place both offensively and defensively, it was tough to watch. Other observations? 1) The defense is just horrendous, the 49ers manhandled the Cards DL. 2) Derek Anderson stinks, I don't want him back next year even in a back up role. 3) Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for coach Whisenhunt, I get the feeling that he was starting to think he could walk on water, this team was completely unprepared for this game. 4) Larry Fitzgerald isn't going to want to stick around unless they find him a decent QB, I hope they pull out all the stops to find somebody this off season (unlike last off season). 5) Darnell Dockett sure talks a good game, he signed his big contract before this season started and hasn't been seen since, he's been almost invisible on the field. 6) Next week, St Louis at home, I predict another loss.
Posted by Dude at 7:01 AM
Monday, November 29, 2010
- Tom Delay convicted of money laundering.
- Twins win negotiation rights to Japanese batting champ Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
- Coach K wins his 800th game at Duke.
- 'Baseball Americas' Top 10 Twins prospects.
- I'm not quite sure what to think of Taylor Swift's new look.
- Does ASU suddenly have a QB controversy.
- Why Sarah Palin's North Korea flub matters.
- The 50 Best Butts in sport.
- The idiots at Wikileaks.com are at it again.
- Montreal Alouettes win second straight Grey Cup.
Posted by Dude at 4:42 PM
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Vikings knock off Redskins 17-13 in Leslie Frazier's debut as head coach of the Vikings today. It was a pretty underwhelming performance by both teams but I guess a road win is a road win (it was their first road win this season). This victory moves the Vikings to 4-7 on the season, there's 5 games left, best case scenario is 9-7 on the season (that would lead to an outside chance at a Wildcard spot, don't bet on it though). At this point they just may have been better off losing so that they could get a higher draft pick (and a chance to land either Andrew Luck or Ryan Mallet). Other observation? 1) I really didn't see much difference from a Leslie Frazier coached team and a Brad Childress coached team (same defense, same predictable offense). 2) The Redskins are not that good, how they got 5 wins is beyond me. 3) Toby Gerhart looked good filling in for a banged up Adrian Peterson, he finished with 77 yards on 22 carries and scored 1 TD. 4) The Vikings really need to throw the ball down field more, way too many short passes, they need to keep the offenses honest with some deep throws. 5) Error free game by Favre, Viking win, coincidence? 6) Next week they have Buffalo at home, that's another game that they should win.
Posted by Dude at 5:55 PM
Saturday, November 27, 2010
What a nice way to finish the season for the Gophers, knocking off arch rival Iowa 27-24 and taking back Floyd of Rosedale. Jeff Horton did a very nice job as interim coach, leading the Gophers to 2 victories to end the season. It just goes to show that there is some talent on this roster, they just need better coaching to bring it out. The Gophers finish the year 3-9 (2-6 in the Big Ten), I don't think anybody saw that coming, hopefully next year will bring better things with a new coach. Observations? 1) The Gophers were really hyped up for this one, much more so than Iowa, their sideline looked electric. 2) Good to see Adam Weber go out with a win, I can't say that I'll miss him though, I think he was actually holding them back much of his time at Minnesota. From everything I've heard about him though, he was a great teammate and person. 2) MarQueis Gray looked very good running out of the Wildcat formation, I wouldn't mind seeing the new coach run some sort of version of the Spread or Pistol offense next season so that they can take advantage of some of his talents. 3) Gary Tinsley has really improved since the beginning of the season, he was all over the field. 4) Expect the coaching search to really heat up with most teams completing their seasons this weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if they have a new coach within the next couple weeks (if not sooner). Most of the attention this past week has centered on 5 candidates (Brady Hoke-San Diego St, Al Golden-Temple, Randy Edsall-UConn, Troy Calhoun-Air Force & Dan Mullen-Mississippi St), all of them are quality candidates, none of them knock my socks off though. Of those 5, I'd rate them Mullen, Golden, Hoke, Edsall, Calhoun. Late steam seems to be centered on Hoke, I won't be shocked if he get's the job. 5) I'm guessing the new coach will bring his own assistants with him but if he did choose to keep some of the current Gophers assistants, I wouldn't be upset by it (specifically Jeff Horton, Steve Watson & Thomas Hammock). 6) Off to the basketball team for Bryant Allen.
Posted by Dude at 5:35 PM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- I'm crushing on Addison Rose at the moment.
- Joey Votto wins NL MVP award.
- Justin Bieber & Rhiana are the big winners at the 2010 AMA's.
- Denise Milani knows how to wear a bikini.
- GOP not interested in governing. They'd rather sabotage the economy.
- Jennifer Grey wins 'Dancing With the Stars'.
- Josh Hamilton wins AL MVP award.
- My new favorite website is MyFreeCams.com
- North Korean leadership really is nuts.
- Corporate profits hit all time records, why are workers struggling?
Posted by Dude at 4:51 AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Since the Gophers didn't have a football game this past week I thought I'd give a revised list of potential new Gopher football coaches. From the criteria that AD Joel Maturi has laid out (i.e. someone with head coaching experience at the collegiate level, someone who has been successful as a head coach at the collegiate level, someone who has built a program into a winner & someone without baggage) we can eliminate quite a few potential candidates. Gone as candidates are NFL/Pro candidates (Mark Trestman, Leslie Frazier, Scott Linehan, Darrell Bevell, Jim Zorn, Denny Green), top collegiate assistants (Paul Chryst, Kirby Smith, Carl Pelini, Don Treadwell, Chuck Martin, Brent Venables, Luke Fickell, Gus Malzahn, Dana Holgorsen, Mike Markuson, Jim McElwain, Shawn Watson, etc), coaches with some baggage (Mike Leach, Mark Mangino, Dan McCarney, Jim Leavitt), guys who have all but eliminated themselves already (Tony Dungy, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Bellotti), finally I think a few others are also safe to eliminate just because it wouldn't make much sense for them to leave their current positions (Mark Richt, Kyle Whittingham & Gary Pinkel come to mind). So check out the next page for my top 14, in my order of preference.
Posted by Dude at 4:46 PM
Monday, November 22, 2010
After yesterdays dismal performance it came as no shock to me that Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress today. They have underperformed all year, he had obviously lost the team. Leslie Frazier takes over on an interim basis. I was never a fan of Childress, IMO this isn't the first year they have underperformed, when he first took over the team they had won 10 games the previous year and he coached them to 6 wins. I'd credit last years run to Brett Favre's great year more so than with Childress's coaching. He's also made some really boneheaded moves (cutting Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve, fining Troy Williamson for taking too long of a bereavement break, cutting Randy Moss without consulting anybody to name just a few), and don't get me started on his boring/predictable "kick ass" offense. Hitching his wagon to Brett Favre in retrospect wasn't the greatest idea either (at least this year). So I say good riddance. I'm not sold on Leslie Frazier as a full time replacement either, the Vikings defense has also underperformed this year. I guess he deserves a shot though, although if he doesn't get them playing better I'd like to see them go outside the organization.
Posted by Dude at 8:59 PM
- Colorado Rapids win the 2010 MLS Cup.
- RIP Pat Burns.
- Diamondbacks acquire Juan Miranda from the Yankees.
- MILB.com names the Twins 2010 Organizational All Stars.
- Gophers wins Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic.
- Prince William is doing ok for himself, Kate is a hottie.
- David Ferreira of FC Dallas voted MLS MVP.
- Jimmie Johnson wins record 5th straight NASCAR Spint Cup title.
- RIP Rob Lytle.
- Alessandra Ambrosio looks mighty tasty in lingerie.
Posted by Dude at 4:39 AM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Cardinals lost their 5th straight game today, 31-13 to the Chiefs. Oddly enough, it was not even as close as the score indicates, they Chiefs dominated this game from start to finish. This loss drops the Cardinals to 3-7 on the season, just like the Vikings a playoff appearance appears very unlikely. They just look like a bad football team as this point. Other observations? 1) I sure would have liked to see what Matt Leinart could have done at QB for the Cards, Derek Anderson is clearly not the answer, he's got a cannon of arm but his accuracy is sorely lacking. 2) Is it too early to envision Andrew Luck at the helms next season? 3) Why aren't they pounding the rock? What happened to the Steeler brand of football they were planning on using? 4) Todd Haley seems to have surpassed Ken Whisenhunt in at least one area, bringing in quality assistant coaches (specifically OC Charlie Wies and DC Romeo Crennel), it might be time for Whiz to bring in a legitimate OC and DC.
Posted by Dude at 6:31 PM
What a disaster this season has become for the Vikings. The Packers completely dismantled them today, 31-3 at the Metrodome no less. That drops the Vikings to 3-7 on the season, they've lost 4 of their last 5, they've got 6 more games to go, best case scenario is 9-7, I'm not sure if even that would qualify them for a Wildcard spot, it's not going to happen anyways, not the way they're playing. Other observations? 1) Brad Childress has lost the team, he is obviously not well liked, his players aren't playing hard for him. I would not be shocked if he is fired soon and Leslie Frazier takes over for next weeks game against the Redskins. Seems to me that they've under performed for him since he got the job so I would not be opposed to that move. 2) Brett Favre continues to look old, he was missing receivers all over the place. It's certainly not only his fault, they are still really thin at WR and the OL has struggled all season. It just may be time for him to take a seat so that they can further evaluate Tavaris Jackson and/or Joe Webb. 3) They really, really miss Cedric Griffin at CB, Chris Cook and Asher Allen were toasted all afternoon by Aaron Rodgers and company. 4) Lots of sideline discord today, that's not a good sign. 5) It couldn't have been hard to see this coming, they made a deal with the devil to get Brett Favre in purple and it can clearly be seen that they are paying for it. His lack of off season work with his teammates just set the completely wrong tone for this team. They also became real old very quickly, they desperately need an infusion of youth.
Posted by Dude at 6:17 PM
"I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it," he told ABC's Christiane Amanpour in a clip played on "This Week" on Sunday. When Amanpour pointed to critics' claims that the very wealthy need tax cuts to spur business and capitalism, Buffett replied, "The rich are always going to say that, you know, 'Just give us more money, and we'll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.' But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on."
Posted by Dude at 1:16 PM
Saturday, November 20, 2010
- Felix Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award.
- Time Magazine raises a good point, shouldn't the economy come before the deficit?
- Injury prone Greg Oden injured yet again, to miss the remainder of the NBA season.
- Natalie Portman in a thong is a sight to behold.
- I can't get enough of Candace Swanepoel.
- More 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion shows pictures, I just can't get enough.
- We need more Republican's like Bob Inglis not less.
- I do rather enjoy 'Sonny's Cabaret' in Chandler, AZ.
- Must see more Sophie Turner.
- Arizona State gives football coach Dennis Erickson a vote of confidence.
Posted by Dude at 5:11 PM
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- Roy Halladay wins the NL Cy Young Award.
- Salvatore Giunta awarded the Medal of Honor Award.
- Count me as a fan of 'Bourbon Street' in Phoenix.
- You've got to love the 'Homemaking Hotties'!
- Ron Gardenhire named AL Manager of the Year Award.
- Bud Black named NL Manager of the Year Award.
- The Beatles are now available on iTunes.
- This is an awkward handshake.
- Tony Parker cheated on this.
- Time Magazine asks "Marriage, What's It Good For?"
Posted by Dude at 6:51 AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Neftali Feliz wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
- Buster Posey wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
- Am I wrong to think Brooke Hogan looks good in a bikini?
- Bret Bielma is not making many friends.
- Anybody else with Yellow Fever?
- Prince William and Kate Middleton to tie the knot.
- Keep an eye out for Sofija Milosevic.
- The State of Arizona really does need to reform it's pension system.
- Scarlett Johansson is GQ's Babe of the Year.
- More updates for Facebook.
Posted by Dude at 6:09 AM
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Cards lost their fourth straight game today, 38-16 to the Seahawks. It's the first four game losing streak under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, I'm thinking he's losing some of his wonder boy luster. They are just not a good football team, offensively or defensively. I don't know what else to say, even in a weak conference, I don't see them being a threat the rest of the way. They're in Kansas City next week to take on Todd Haley and the Chiefs, I'm honestly not expecting a win.
Posted by Dude at 6:09 PM
A real lackluster performance today by the Vikings in their 27-13 loss to the Bears. This loss drops them to 3-6 on the season, their chances at making the playoffs have dropped significantly, they'd probably have to run the table and the way they are playing I don't see that happening (they have 7 games left, if they win them all they'd finish 10-6). 4 more turnovers for Brett Favre (3 INT's, 1 fumble) doomed the Vikings, he's really not playing anywhere near last years level. Granted, it didn't help Favre that he had no Sidney Rice, no Bernard Berrian, no Randy Moss to throw to, and a banged up Percy Harvin, it made their offense even more predictable than usual. Defensively, they are really overrated, it still hasn't seemed to sink in to them that they cannot get a pass rush from their front four alone, they are just not getting to the QB, Cutler was picking them apart, they need to try something different, like an occasional blitz maybe? The lack of a pass rush further magnifies their poor secondary, it 's just a vicious circle. 3rd downs are killing them too, offensively and defensively (they were 1-9 on 3rd down, the Bears were 11-19). The special teams really failed them today too, that's usually not a problem, perhaps today they should have considered kicking away from Devin Hester. To sum up? A very disappointing effort today, I don't see Brad Childress coaching this team next year, they are much to talented to playing as poorly as they have and much of that needs to fall on Childress.
Posted by Dude at 3:50 PM
- K-Love nets NBA's first 30/30 night in 28 years.
- RIP Andy Irons.
- I really enjoy The Hi-Liter in Phoenix.
- Manny Pacquiao solidifies his claim as best pound for pound boxer.
- Candace Swanepoel at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.
- Myanmar releases Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Arizona legalizes medicinal marijuana.
- I just can't get enough of Irina Shayk.
- Wal-Mart offers free shipping for the holiday season.
- Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin's unfavorability ratings are quite high.
Posted by Dude at 7:19 AM
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Nice road win today for the Gophers, 38-34 in Champaign. That moves them to 2-9 on the season. It showed me a couple of things, 1) they still have some heart and pride, and 2) they do have some talent, they just need better coaching (and more experience) to bring it out. 1 game left, in 2 weeks, against Iowa. Things have been really quiet on the coaching search front. They've come out and said the following, 1) they want an experienced & successful NCAA head coach (which would rule out NFL coaches and top NCAA assistants), 2) they want someone who has actually built a winning program (not inherited one), and 3) they are willing to pay top dollars for the right candidate (in both money and years). Given that criteria, I think you could make a case for Brady Hoke (San Diego St), Randy Edsall (UConn) or Al Golden (Temple). I could live with any of those 3, I'm guessing none of those 3 will get the job though, time will tell.
Posted by Dude at 6:05 PM
Friday, November 12, 2010
- National League names Gold Glove winners.
- Count me as a Kini Lee fan.
- Dave Meggett sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- Brad Childress not a player favorite in Minnesota.
- Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas is the pinnacle of strip clubs.
- Must see photos of the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. More here.
- Brad Paisley wins the 2010 CMA Entertainer of the Year Award.
- You've got to like the "Thong of the Day"!
- What a mess of a cruise.
- Cam Newton, the best QB a college can buy.
Posted by Dude at 4:53 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
- Jonathan Duhamel wins the 2010 World Series of Poker.
- Cowboys fire Wade Phillips.
- Carmen Electra is still looking good.
- I really like Elizabeth Warren.
- Conan O'Brien is back, on TBS!
- 'Travel & Leisure' says the most attractive people live here.
- American League Gold Glove winners named.
- Colorado fires Dan Hawkins.
- ESPN breaks up the Jon Miller & Joe Morgan duo.
- Sara Jean Underwood still looking good!
Posted by Dude at 8:18 PM
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Vikings pulled out a close one today, 27-24, over the Cardinals in OT. I like both these teams so this was a fun one to watch, even though I now live in Arizona I grew up a Vikings fan so I was happy about the outcome. The Vikings trailed by 14 with less than 4 minutes to play and were somehow able to score 2 quick TD's to take the game into OT. It really shouldn't have been that close though, the Vikings dominated most of the statistics, the Cards kept it close (or I guess I should say held the lead) due to a kickoff return for a TD and a fumble return for a TD, outside of those 2 plays it really was all Vikings. Anyways, other observations? 1) Brett Favre had a nice game, he passed for a career high 446 yards, given how long he's played and with all that he's accomplished, I'm a bit surprised he's never throw for more than that. 2) Did anybody else notice the Bernard Berrian sighting? He had a nice game, 9 catches for 89 yards, he really stepped up when they needed him to. 3) Greg Camarillo had a really nice game too, he averaged 12.3 yards on 7 punt returns, he also had 4 catches for 66 yards and his stripping the ball from Kerry Rhodes as he as going into the endzone for a TD was huge. 4) Adrian Peterson had another solid game (81 yards rushing on 15 carries, plus 4 catches for 63 yards). 5) It was nice to see the pass rush make an appearance, the Vikes had 6 sacks today, that matches their total for the season, it really made a difference. 6) Speaking of the pass rush, Jared Allen also finally showed up, he had 2.5 sacks. 7) In Chicago to face the first place Bears next week, that will be a huge game. As for the Cardinals? 1) Derek Anderson, while not playing great, limited his mistakes, he is clearly the better option than Max Hall at this point. 2) Joey Porter had a nice game, 2 sacks and 2 TFL, he seems to be heating up. 3) Not much else really stood out to me about their performance. 4) Next week they've got the Seahawks at home, they really need a W in that game.
Posted by Dude at 9:45 PM
- Republicans win big in the mid-term elections.
- Republicans win big in Arizona elections.
- Joe Paterno wins number 400.
- RIP Jill Clayburgh.
- Next for GOP leaders? Stopping Palin.
- Keith Olberman suspended by MSNBC.
- RIP Sparky Anderson.
- WSOP down to their final 2. Duhamel vs Racener.
- Jordana Brewster is looking good.
- Sure enough, the GOP is misreading the election results.
Posted by Dude at 12:58 PM
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Make it stop already, yet another loss for the Gophers, this time 31-8 to Michigan St, they are now 1-9 for the season. I can't wait for the season to end so that they can start building for the future (yet again), 2 games left. If there was any positive to take out of the game, it was that MarQueis Gray finally did get some PT in at QB, he looked a little rusty back there but overall I liked what I saw, he'd be a really good fit in a spread offense (if they move in that direction). Otherwise, I saw no energy, no emotion, a lack of coaching, basically just a team going through the motions. Next week, at Illinois. Again, make it end already.
Posted by Dude at 3:42 PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I must admit, I'm not real happy with the mid-term election results, but in all honesty they did not surprise me in the least, when times are tough changes are generally made (even if it is sometimes mis-directed change). The GOP did an excellent job of sowing discontent and rallying their base, I give them credit. They also did a good job of taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to be treated as people and as such were able to raise record amounts of cash (much of which we have no way of tracing BTW), which they used to mislead the public on a number of issues (socialism, taxes, failed stimulus, failed TARP, health insurance, immigration, need I go on?). I'm really not too concerned though, the Dems still control the Senate and they have the Presidents veto power in their back pocket, maybe this will be catalyst for congress to actually work together to get things done (I know, wishfuly thinking, why would politicians put the country ahead of their party).
Posted by Dude at 7:55 AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
- The San Francisco Giants win the World Series.
- Fergie looks pretty good in a bikini.
- Would a Sharron Angle victory steer the Senate further left?
- Speaking of Sharron Angle, she's no longer speaking to the media.
- Ron Jaworski is not a big fan of Max Hall as a QB.
- At what point does Clarence Thomas's conflict of interest become an issue?
- Why more people don't use the Virgin Mobile cell phone service is beyond me.
- Some in GOP acknowledging that it's health care plan offers little new.
- RIP Maurice Lucas.
- It's official, Randy Quaid has gone off the deep end.
Posted by Dude at 5:08 AM
Monday, November 1, 2010
The Minnesota Vikings cut Randy Moss today only 4 games into his second tenure as a Viking. Apparently coach Brad Childress didn't care much for his attitude, his work ethic or the comments he made after the Vikings loss to the Patriots yesterday. This is just bizarre on so many levels. It seems that Chilly has final say in the 53 man roster, he wanted no more to do with Moss, he decided to release him without consulting with the front office. From the sounds of it the front office was not too pleased with this decision after giving up a 3rd round pick and a boatload of cash for him. It also severely depletes the WR position once again (Percy Harvin is all beat up, Sidney Rice is not healthy yet), plus they now again don't have a deep threat, which will allow other teams to stack the line to stop Adrian Peterson. From the sounds of it Percy Harvin was also not too happy with this move, with the added attention that Moss drew it really freed him up and he has really thrived the last few games with Moss lined up out wide. It sounds like Chilly was just trying to regain control of the locker room, I'm thinking it's too late for that given the kid gloves used on Brett Favre. Chilly is now squarely on the hot seat, a 2-5 start on a veteran laden team, off field issues with Favre and Moss, failure to consult with the front office before releasing Moss, I would not be shocked if he is shown the door as soon as they are eliminated from playoff contention (I'm sensing they don't want to lose Leslie Frazier like they lost out on Mike Tomlin, Bill Cowher is still out there also).
Posted by Dude at 10:43 PM