Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’

Party Like a Pirate

December 16, 2014

Looks like it’s all over but the getting down, party hearty.

Sure, the Redskins have been a train wreck this year but the pitiful engineer of the debacle has received word today that his job is secure for at least one more full-filled season.

Hot ziggidy, huh?

RG3 made an appearance in the game on Sunday against the Giants and looked impressive. With the exception of the TD just before half… and you know that was a robbery.

Then, in the second half, the spark that the old RG3 brought to the field in the first half was suddenly missing. He returned to dutifully standing in the pocket and getting beat up.

The radio announcers – Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgenson, Larry Michaels, and even Chris Cooley – were scratching their heads, trying to figure out what had gone so horribly wrong.

It seems rather obvious, doesn’t it?

Robert came out playing like Robert plays and the coach got a bit miffed and told him to focus on being a good little pocket passer.

The results, of course, speak for themselves.

And next Sunday, Robert gets the nod to start against Philly… well only because of Colt’s injury, of course. Its not like he would start otherwise, huh?

So, we can watch and wait for Robert to be injured from the repeated punishment sure to come his way – Chip Kelly and his blitzers are salivating at the chance – and we can see Kirk Cousins coming in off the bench to assist this team to yet another wonderful 3 – 13 season.

Damn! I can hardly wait for next season when we can get to see more of the same!

Almost makes me want to be a swashbuckling Buccaneer. Like Brad Johnson…


Professional Football is Imploding in Florida

November 4, 2013


It was bad enough that Jacksonville refused to take the locally charmed Tim Tebow and thus earn the complete distrust and disgust of their fans by producing a less-than-lackluster team, now the remainder of Florida has joined in the “Peninsular curse”.

But I don’t really think we can blame Tebow for any of this… can we? Unless the scriptures somewhere tell us that “the peninsula will be lost if one turns their back on the Man of God” or something like that.

Anyway, after Jacksonville buckled to the curse, Tampa Bay was beset with a scourge of virus and bacterial infestation… somewhat less than seven plagues, but you get the drift.

Some of their team have gotten very ill from the microbes and their coach (some say who has a brain the size of a microbe) is acting fairly odd in his decision making.

This mess might be entirely overlooked if either team had one win between them but they are – strangely enough – the ONLY two teams in the NFL without a win this season! This has Biblical connotations all over it!!

Still, there was one bright spot in this fiasco: Miami is sitting at .500 (4 wins, 4 losses) and are not the bearers of the golden goose egg shared by the other two Florida franchises but now it seems they have a mess the size of Texas. And maybe a bigger mess than the other two teams combined.

It seems Jonathan Martin (no relation to Trayvon) has gone AWOL from the team amid swirling rumors of hazing, practical jokes, and other good-natured football camaraderie. Perhaps the fellow just has thin skin.

Today, the story took a turn to the South and it seems that one player named Ricky (whose name will remain Incognito) has been badgering the fellow for some time now (like since last year) and has been using racial slurs, threats, innuendo, and half a dozen other nuanced behaviors that I thought were beyond the mental capacity of the one-who-shall-remain-Incognito.

It is a sad day for for Miami, a sadder day for Florida, and an even bigger dark day for the NFL.

Oh, did I mention Jonathan Martin is black? (That might frame the story in a different light.)

So, what looked like a simple case of an emotionally frail young man not being able to take some friendly ribbing, it now seems his teammate has been involved in criminal behavior of a very bad sort.

And the rest of the team seems to have known something of this and did nothing about it.

Sure, New England had Hernandez and the murder-thing – so very easy to see that sort of thing and handle it – but this does not bode well for anyone.

If the league cannot get this sort of behavior under control (and there were shades of the same sort of thing going on in Tampa just a couple of weeks ago, i.e. Freeman’s departure) they are going to wish their only problems were a few concussion cases, illegal tackle fines, and the racial slur contained in the names of their teams.

Maybe everyone in Florida should take a moment and do a little Tebowing?

And perhaps Tim could bring some salvation.

Or at least a little salve.

Another Football Season Ends

January 11, 2012

(this was a short thing I wrote at the end on last season… funny, it STILL mostly applies today at the end of this season)

Like most fans around the country, I was hopeful at the start of the season but very quickly realized it was another year to say “maybe next year”.

Unlike most seasons in the recent past, there were not a lot of undefeated teams past mid-season. It was such a strange season that even a team with a losing record actually won their division. (Remember, this was last year this happened. This year only won team got in with an 8-8 record… Tim Tebow’s team, and ’nuff said about that!)

I live in the D.C. Metropolitan area and so am a Redskins fan. Yeah, one of those.

Since Daniel Snyder purchased the team, the playoff berths here have been pretty meager. He was raised in the area and is a long-time fan of the Redskins himself. His desire to bring the team back to the glory days has been a little wide of the mark.

First off, he thinks you can buy a winning team. Several times now, he has shelled out the big bucks to bring in all the high ticket players to get on that fast track to a Super Bowl.

Ring-envy is not a pretty sight.

Needless to say, it has not worked out well. Having been involved in team sports when I was younger, I know first hand that it is not really about the caliber or quality of the players that makes a winning team. It is not just having a great coach, either, as Snyder is learning as well (I hope).

It is a team sport and there is some very undefinable “something” that brings a group of people together and allows them to function as one.

The best football team in history (the undefeated Miami Dolphins) were not populated with the big-name players of football history. What they had, instead, was a great team. It is not something you can purchase or detect at the combine. It is only something you can hope for.

One thing Mister Snyder could do that would help is to stop buying big name players (like Albert Haynesworth) and start valuing the lesser lights on the squad. Allow they to step up to the task. If the roster were peopled by players of that stripe, you would have a winning team.

Paying a few special players the really big bucks draws energy away from the TEAM.

And we suffered through two years of Coach Zorn (it’s not that he was so awful, it’s just that Snyder was filling the position until he could get his choice… and so never did much to support the two-year period of Zorn’s position) to bring in the really great coach: Shanahan.

Funny, I thought he meant Mike Shanahan, but it turned out to be Kyle who’s in charge. Oh, sure, they set it up to look like it’s Mike who’s in charge but it obviously ain’t so!

When McNabb was benched earlier in the season, Mike came out and gave his reasons… then back-pedaled and gave different reasons… then Kyle came out and gave different reasons and his Dad agreed.

At the end of the season, the Shanahananigans got even more obtuse. Mike was spinning his wheels for reasons until Kyle just came out and said that he did not like McNabb and was not going to use him!!

At least, Mike didn’t have to come up with three competing answers this time but it became dreadfully obvious who is actually running the team.

Kyle worked with Grossman at Houston and wants to put him in a prominent place in Washington. So, they worked Grossman out for the final few games of the season and I was thoroughly underwhelmed.

If Grossman had been using that as a display of his worth to the team, it was not a very good showing. He’s streaky like Jeff George… and a few years ago we had a dynamite offense under Brad Johnson but Snyder wanted his dream QB: Jeff George. The Redskins tanked and Brad Johnson went to Tampa Bay and took them to a win in the Super Bowl.

And if Kyle is thinking this display puts him on the “fast track” to a head-coaching position, I think he’s done a really good job…

That is, if any team is looking for a spoiled brat to run their team. If so, he’s a perfect fit.

Hm, maybe if Jeff Fisher ever leaves Tennessee they can call Kyle and replace one spoiled brat with another.

Fisher did the same thing with Vince Young that Kyle did with McNabb: I don’t like him and I’m not going to play with him! Yeah, that sounds real professional, huh? Why are they paying these guys so much money? To skate to the championships?

I just hope he leaves soon so Washington can find a real coach.

And they talk about players being prima donnas…

That was the end of last year’s article and I can’t say it is much different this year except we have no McNabb to kick around anymore or blame for the offensive troubles. And Kyle’s choice of savior, Grossman, was as streaky as ever. You don’t get a final mark of 5-11 on the season with a decent QB.

But there IS light at the end of the tunnel. There are now younger players populating the squad and it would seem that Shanahan might actually be given the chance to grow a team. That is Mike Shanahan, not his son. Perhaps he and Grossman can go somewhere else next year. Hopefully, the same place the now unemployed Jeff Fisher winds up.