Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boston College Defeats #9 USC

This was supposed to be a non-conference tune up game for the Trojans. USC was ranked 9th in the country. The Eagles are a rebuilding program trying to scrape their way back to being relevant in the ACC. The Trojans just beat #13 Stanford on the road the week prior. The Eagles got handled comfortably by unranked Pitt at home in their second game. It's not surprising that the Trojans overlooked this game and thought they would win this game simply by showing up. That overconfidence may have cost them a shot at a championship.

Everything seemed to be going according to the script early in the second quarter with USC growing a comfortable 17-6 lead. Then the Eagles added two touchdowns to grab a slim lead before halftime. Surely the Trojans would make the necessary halftime adjustments and assert their dominance in the second half. Instead, the Eagles put up another touchdown in the third and held the Trojans to 0 points in the third quarter. The Eagles added another field goal in the 4th to make it 30-17 with just under 8 minutes to play. USC seemed to finally figure out the Eagles defense and marched down the field in just 3:10 and scoring a touchdown, relying almost entirely on the passing game to move the ball. USC was now trailing by just 6 points with just over 4 and a half minutes to play and all 3 timeouts. This is where Boston College stalled out on offense or made a mistake and USC would come roaring back down the field for the win. Instead, Tyler Murphy immediately answered back by breaking off for a 66 yard run for a touchdown to make it a 2 score game with just 3 and a half minutes to play. USC again imposed their will and put up 7 more to bring the lead to just 6 points, but time was running out with just over a minute to play. Would they recover the onsides kick? Could they hold the Eagles offense to a 3 and out and give themselves just enough time for a shot at the end zone by burning all 3 timeouts? The Eagles recovered the kick and Jon Hilliman iced the game by getting two first downs on the ground, allowing the Eagles to take a knee at the USC 7 yard line to end the game.

This was a huge win for Steve Addazio and the Boston College Football program as a whole. Their last win over a top 10 ranked opponent while unranked came back in 2002 over #4 Notre Dame. It's only happened 6 times in school history and only 3 times in my lifetime. This is a once in a decade kind of upset for BC.

Quarterback Tyler Murphy was a 1-man wrecking crew accumulating 191 yards on the ground. Murphy did very little with his arm going just 5/13 in passing attempts for 54 yards and an interception, but he more than compensated with his legs.

The most encouraging part of this game was that the Eagles didn't steal this one at the last minute. USC wasn't shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties, turnovers and broken plays. They outplayed the Trojans for long stretches of this game. They completely stifled the USC running game holding them to just 20 yards on 29 rushing attempts. The BC running game put up more rushing yards against USC than any team in over a decade and they seemed helpless to stop them. There was a good game plan here and it was well executed. They found USC's weak point and attacked it relentlessly.

This changes the expectations that a lot of experts held for the Eagles this season. Before the season it was considered unlikely that the Eagles would be bowl eligible, in light of this win that goal seems far more attainable. It seems unlikely that the Eagles will be able to compete with a juggernaut like Florida State, but with a strong freshman class could they be a team on the rise?

The Eagles will hit a soft spot in their schedule with FCS Maine coming to Chestnut Hill followed by Mountain West Colorado State before hitting their ACC schedule for the rest of the season.
-Mike

Monday, September 15, 2014

Captain's thoughts on Patriots 30-7 win


The weather was nicer, the opposing team was without their best player, and Chandler Jones. Those were the three biggest reasons that week 2 was so much more enjoyable for the Patriots than week 1.

The Patriots are 35-4 in their last 39 games after a loss. That's 90%. That's just stupid.

Chandler Jones was clearly the player of the game Sunday. Could he BE any more of a playmaker? The defense looked shaky on the first series and Jones made the only good play, shedding his blocker and blowing up a reverse. He finished the day with a pair of sacks and a blocked field goal that he returned for a touchdown.

The timing of the block was especially crucial. Instead of a 17-10 game going into the half, it was 24-7. And the Pats would be getting the ball back after the break. Any momentum the Vikings had built was knocked down by Chandler Jones, just like he knocked down the ball.

It's been years since the Patriots have featured a playmaker in their front 7. They've had DBs who could make plays, they've had solid guys like Wilfork and Mayo up the middle. I'd say Mike Vrabel was the last true playmaker up front.

This is a big year for Jones. It's time for him to form his NFL identity. We've seen the athleticism, we see he can make plays that change the game. The question is, how regularly will we see that?

The offense wasn't very good. Granted, they did not need to be good against Matt Cassel and a Peterson-less Vikings offense. The Pats were 5 of 14 on 3rd downs. They went 3 and out three times. Apart from one or two drives, there was no rhythm.

Brady looked more comfortable. He stepped around inside the pocket more, so perhaps his calf is better. In week 1 he didn't move at all after his drop. In the past we've seen him take a step to the sides or forward to avoid pressure. He didn't do that in week 1, just dropped back and planted.

Offensively, this performance was reminiscent of the early 2000s. Brady only threw 22 passes (compared to 56 in week 1) for 149 yards. Only one QB in the NFL (Ryan Fitzpatrick, 139) threw for fewer yards than Brady in week 2.

The running game was efficient. Ridley ran for 101 on 25 carries. Not a bad day, but I still question his being used as a short yardage back. Right now the Pats don't seem to have anyone for short yardage situations. Vereen added 40 yards and the team ran for 150.

Julian Edelman was the key to the offense. He caught 6 passes for 81 yards and a TD. He's Brady's favorite target for short passes as well as deep ones. Including punt returns, Edelman was responsible for 156 total yards.

The Vikings aren't a good team. So the impressive nature of this win doesn't leave an impression that will last longer than a few hours. It's premature to say they've "addressed" the issues that undermined them in Miami. The Vikings didn't offer the challenges that the Dolphins did with their rushing game or their outside pass rush.

The Pats are 1-1, time to move on.  Starting Sunday against Oakland, they begin a stretch with 5 of 7 at home.

All wins are good wins (Bill Belichick now has 200 of them). And this win was necessary. Starting off 0-2 in September makes life in November and December very hard. This is the time to collect wins, secure a good playoff position, and work on your weaknesses. Winter is coming.

-The Captain

Photo Credit: Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

Patriots Rout Peterson-less Vikings

It's going to be hard to put too much emphasis on this win. The Vikings had to deal with a late scratch of former MVP Adrian Peterson due to his recent legal issues with child abuse. The Vikings weren't entirely without teeth, but it was still a huge loss for a club that revolves around Peterson. Matt Cassell is a fine game manager, but you can't lean on him to win games. When you do put that onto his shoulders you get games like this one. As such, we're left still scratching our heads about this Patriots team. I doubt we'll have it figured out next week either as the Oakland Raiders look awful after losing to the Jets and the Texans.

The biggest story of this game was the turnovers. The Vikings shot themselves in the foot...repeatedly. Some credit should go to the Patriots defense. They got into Matt Cassell's face. They rattled him and he made bad throws that the secondary capitalized on. Perhaps if Cassell had an MVP caliber running back to pass the ball off to it might have relieved some of that pressure. Instead he took the sacks and the bad throws and never scored again after that impressive opening drive. The Patriots 2012 1st round draft choices, Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower, combined for 4 sacks. Rob Ninkovich and Kyle Arrington added one each for the final sack total of 6. Logan Ryan, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and even rookie DT Dominique Easley all came up with interceptions. On top of his sacks, Jones also managed to block a field goal attempt and took it all the way back for a back breaking touchdown going into the half.

Tom Brady and the offense managed to do what was necessary to comfortably win this game. It's not hard to put up points when your defense and special teams gift wrap two touchdowns and put it under your week 2 Christmas Tree for you. They enjoyed great starting field position many times and managed to not screw it up. They never coughed up the football and put the defense in a tough spot and they worked efficiently. Ridley had a better week running the football for just over 100 yards on 25 carries and Brady had a tidy 15/22 for 149 yards with a touchdown and just 1 sack on the day. Edelman continues to produce well as Brady's favorite target. Nothing spectacular, but more than good enough to win this football game against the hapless Vikings.

Even accounting for the fact that the Vikings were without Peterson, I think this was a thorough team win with a lot of positives. Many of the issues they suffered during the Miami game seemed to have been addressed. Brady was better protected and generally stayed upright all game. The miss-communication between Brady and his receivers was not a factor. Ridley was working more efficiently with his touches while still hanging onto the football. The defensive line was tackling better and limiting the yards after contact for the Vikings running backs. I understand that they avoided the true test in Adrian Peterson, but it was still a step in the right direction and something to build on. I also liked that this team didn't get rattled by the early momentum from Minnesota. After the Vikings marched down the field for that touchdown and then the subsequent 3 and out from the Patriots it would have been easy to lose confidence. Instead they made some big plays, the defense tightened up and the offense did it's job.

There's still plenty of room for improvement. Gronkowski is still not operating at peak performance. 4 catches on 6 targets for 32 yards isn't bad, but it's clearly not on par with what we know Gronk is capable of. That will come back with time. It was nice to see him reach down to catch a low ball from Brady. I think it indicates that he is getting more of his range back. The penalties were absolutely brutal in this game. The Patriots were flagged for 18 penalties in this game.

D.Hightower, Defensive Offside, 5 yards
S.Siliga, Illegal Use of Hands, 5 yards
D.Jones, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
M.Cannon, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
D.Revis, Defensive Holding, 5 yards
A.Dobson, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards
Offside on Free Kick, 5 yards
N.Solder, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards
N.Solder, Offensive Holding, declined
N.Solder, False Start
J.Devey, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
S.Gostkowski, Delay of Game, declined
L.Ryan, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards
T.Wilson, Illegal Block Above the Waist, declined
D.Hightower, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards
C.Fleming, False Start, 5 yards
M.Butler, Defensive Pass Interference
L.Ryan, Defensive Pass Interference

All totaled that was 15 accepted, 3 declined for a total of 163 yards and 5 first downs. That's the exact number of passing yards for the Vikings offense and more first downs than the Vikings running game. Some of these penalties I understand. Instead of giving up the big sack or having the running back get hit well behind the line of scrimmage you take your chances and hold the guy and hope it doesn't get called. You're going to try to straddle the line between physical play and defensive holding/pass interference and you get caught sometimes that's the price you pay for paying tough, physical defense. To be great in the NFL right now you have to push the limits on these things. There was still too many flags thrown. Pushing the envelope is only half the equation. The other half is getting away with it often enough to make it worthwhile. Clearly the Patriots weren't getting away with it very often. There were also too many dumb, needless penalties. Offsides, false starts, penalties on kickoffs and returns, etc. They're all avoidable and careless penalties that show a lack of discipline. It didn't hurt them in this game, but against better opponents it could be the difference between winning and losing.
-Mike

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How The Fuck Did Oscar Pistorious Get Cleared For Murder


PRETORIA, South Africa — The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial appeared to be heading for a culpable homicide finding Thursday after ruling out both premeditated murder and murder verdicts in the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympic athlete’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius, 27, is guilty of premeditated murder. “Culpable homicide is a competent verdict,” the judge said, but did not deliver any formal verdicts in the shooting death of Pistorius’ 29-year-old girlfriend before calling for a lunch break in the proceedings. Culpable homicide refers to a negligent killing. If Pistorius is acquitted of murder, he could still be sent to jail for years if it’s found he acted negligently in Steenkamp’s death. Pistorius has admitted firing the four shots that killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

What the fuck is going on in this world? In the US we have one of the most powerful organizations covering up beating women and in South Africa a guy who was dead to right guilty is found innocent of murder when he did it? This seemed like a pretty obvious conviction here, he came to his house and shot his girlfriend. But maybe it's different in South Africa so who knows. You have to feel bad for the Steenkamp family who's daughter got little justice in this matter.

"Ignorance Is No Excuse"


Those are Roger Goodell's words after he decided to fuck the Saints with his asinine suspensions after "Bountygate" in which he had flimsy evidence on and boy have those words come back to bite him. As James Harrison tweeted yesterday, "@nflcommish ain't no fun when the rabbit have the gun, huh?". Roger Goodell has been caught in a web of lies after his interview 2 days ago. In the interview he states:

We did not ask the Atlantic City casino directly for the video. Again, our understanding of New Jersey law is that the casino is prohibited from turning over material to a third party during a law enforcement proceeding, and that doing so would have subjected individuals to prosecution for interference with a criminal investigation.

and

"We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity," Goodell said.

Later this was refuted by TMZ and the AP:
Paul Loriquet, the Director of Communications for the New Jersey Attorney General, tells TMZ bluntly, "No, it's not illegal."

To be clear ... our question was very specific: "Is it illegal for the casino to show or provide this material to a private entity in an ongoing investigation." His answer, "No, it's not illegal."

And the AP said the video was given to the NFL in April and they even have an audio recording of someone confirming the video.

This is obviously huge news because it exposes an NFL cover up for some reason and makes the new "domestic violence rules" seem petty and a PR move. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. I have been very critical of Goodell over the years because I saw through his act. He is a self important, power hungry asshole who has no morals and ethics. This is the same guy that shows blatant favoritism towards certain teams (Patriots), gives out inconsistent suspensions/ fines, ruined a New Orleans team, covered up concussion effects and made a mockery of the NFL when he let scab refs run amuck over some benefits to the real officiating that caused teams to lose. He's awful and he needs to go. I know they have a private investigation going on led by people named Rooney and Mara (those names ring a bell, Steelers and Giants) but I don't know how credible that would be. Goodell's lack of humility is disgusting and there is only one option for him and that's to go.

Obviously with the lack of opinion from The Captain, Lydon and Bob it's obvious that they know that the ride of the Patriots being protected could be over.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Terrell Suggs


Love him or hate him but this is a pretty fantastic shirt. And I'm a Steelers fan.

Of Course Floyd Mayweather Said The NFL Overreacted


Bob Kraft's boy and another women beater Floyd Mayweather said, ""I think there's a lot worse things that go on in other people's households, also," Mayweather said. "It's just not caught on video, if that's safe to say."

He went to say they were overreacting, etc.

Floyd Mayweather has spent time in jail for beating his then girlfriend and then gf in front of their children. That probably the last thing even Ray Rice even want when it comes to this. Having Floyd Mayweather defend you in domestic violence is like Hitler defending your morals.... just shouldn't happen.

Either way Floyd Mayweather is probably the best boxer I have ever seen and don't unstand why people call his fights boring.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This Whole Ray Rice Thing Pretty Much Proves Goodell Is In The Patriots Back Pocket


With this whole Ray Rice thing going on, it's pretty evident that Roger Goodell only works to get the owners more money and only does what he needs to do to protect the owners. Roger Goodell knew about the tape of Ray Rice punching his then fiance out cold and chose to do one of two things. 1. Saw the tape and assumed it wouldn't go public and withheld the 2 game suspension. 2. Chose to ignore the tape and hope it would go away. The tape was so damning that when TMZ released the video the league, The Ravens and Goodell were forced to handle Ray Rice.

This morning or yesterday, Bob Kraft who has a lot of pull in the NFL came to the disgraced commissioners defense about how he handled the Ray Rice situation. Now..... why would he support Goodell? One theory and I'm pretty sure it's not a theory it's a fact is the fact Goodell was the ONLY one to see the spygate tapes before mysteriously destroying them. Why did Goodell destroy the tapes? Was it because he didn't want to have the public see the damning evidence on the tapes just like Ray Rice? Probably. The NFL is embarking on a major cover up and you would be dumb to not think what else has Roger Goodell covered up in his time as commissioner.

So since Goodell scratched Kraft's back, Kraft is now scratching Goodell's back which is just an awful look. Goodell knew there was a tape and I 100% believe that he saw it as pretty well respected journalists like Ron Jaworski and Peter King reported he did and pretty much described the video to a t.

One thing that needs to happen is that Roger Goodell and his 44 million dollar a year salary needs to go.

Meanwhile his press conference is at 6 tonight, so get ready for some incredible lies.

Where In The World Is Bob?


Where in the world is BMack? Has anyone seen him? The last time we have heard from him is June 19th. I'm starting to get worried about the boy. He is normally all over the NFL since he is the biggest Packers/ Patriots fan there is.... he must be in some type of danger since he gave no insight on the struggles of both teams he loves. I mean he didn't even put up the picks! That was his one job last year!

Maybe they don't have internet in Needham? I mean taking 5 minutes out of your morning or lunch break to post a post or comment isn't a lot, but maybe like I said, there is no internet in Needham.

Has There Been A Bigger Fraud Organization Then The NCAA and Penn State


I honestly don't know who is more disappointing the NCAA or Penn State. The NCAA let Penn State will be eligible for the postseason this year and will have all its scholarships returned next year, after the NCAA agreed Monday afternoon to again reduce sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. This is such a cowardly thing. What happened at Penn St was the worst thing that has happened in the history of sports. A couple of years and a slap on the wrist has accomplished nothing. We all know about Jerry Sandusky, but it's old news at this point. People have already forgotten that he was raping children and using Penn State as a front and Penn State knew and didn't do anything. People will remember Joe Pa but have long forgot about the victims.

Also yesterday:
The Penn State fans held a vigil/ campaign for them to bring back Joe Pa's statue back. Have we all forgot that Joe Paterno knew about the raping of kids and didn't do anything? That people's lives were ruined an Paterno didn't do all that he could have done to stop it. He's an asshole and doesn't deserve to be remembered.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Goodell Saying He Didn't See The Ray Rice Video Is The Biggest Goodell Move Ever/ Ray Rice Released


The NFL is saying that they didn't see the awful video of Ray Rice knocking out his wife that was released by TMZ. If you didn't see the video shoot over to TMZ because they are taking all the youtube ones down. But when the Ray Rice suspension came up Ron Jaworski said Goodell saw it and it wasn't pretty. I think we were all thinking that Ray Rice had to of got hit by his wife first in order him to knock her out, but nope. Ray Rice is a scumbag, dirtbag that spit on her first and then knocked her out. Meanwhile the Ravens did the only thing they could do and release this piece of shit. But before anyone says anything about the Ravens doing the right thing, when this all happened, they put her wife up on the stage with Ray and basically made her apologize and let's not forget that if TMZ didn't release this video he would still probably be on the Ravens. Another classy move from another classy organization.

But when it comes down to this all nobody except for Ray Rice's wife is the victim here. Roger Goodell should be forced out of office for being so ridiculous with this whole thing, then the Ravens should be fined picks/ money based on their actions after and Ray Rice shouldn't be allowed to play football.

The scary thing is, this isn't the only player who has probably done this. I agree with the NFL taking a hard stance on domestic abuse, but it all comes reactionary instead of proactively which is another reason the NFL is the fakest organization ever.