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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dirty Sanchez

The Dallas Cowboys struggles in December go well beyond Wade Phillips. They're 19-32 since 1996. No easy one today with San Diego visiting, but something tells me the Cowboys get it done today. They best, as things in the NFC East are getting real tight. A Dallas loss and a NY Giants win over Philadelphia would see all three tied at 8-5.

It'll be interesting to see if the Minnesota Vikings can beat a good team playing well today in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals.

UFC107 is in the books and the co-main events were explosive. Frank Mir dropped a bomb on Chiek Kongo and finished him with a guillotine just 1:12 into the first round. BJ Penn put on an incredible show in stopping Diego Sanchez in the fifth and final round. Total domination, and Penn looks untouchable at 155lbs. Sanchez looked like he'd been in a car wreck, especially a nasty cut to the forehead that led to the end of the fight, which was almost over in the first 30 seconds. Guess when Sanchez vowed "it's my time..." the unsaid part was "...to get whipped by BJ".

The fine folks at ProFootballTalk raise the idea that Tom Brady could be on the downward slope. Not sure I buy that for a guy just coming off a major knee surgery. Interesting to read the Pats have lost four games they lead at the half. Interesting debate I've heard this week: who is the QB of the decade, Brady or Peyton Manning?

Chelsea had two goals from Didier Drogba but blew two leads yesterday en route to a 3-3 draw with Everton. And with a chance to grab a piece of the lead had they beaten Aston Villa, Manchester United lost 1-0. Villa have beaten Man Utd, Liverpool, and Chelsea this season and now sit fourth in what is shaping up as the most volatile EPL season in years. Arsenal beat Liverpool this morning 2-1, continuing a terrible run for 'pool.

Michael Schumacher will come out of retirement next year to drive for the Mercedes team. I know what you're thinking and the answer is "yes, F1 still exists."

Don't assume the LA Lakers are going to continue to play .857 ball the rest of the year and run away with the Western Conference. They have played 17 of 21 games at home, after all.

Die Hard - Christmas movie or not?

See the video of the New Orleans Saints fan who thought the Saints would lose to the Redskins last week, and told his buddies they could shoot his TV if he was wrong? Hilarious. So much so very wrong with this video that it is right. Oh, and here's the significance of the "who dat?" that they keep repeating.

3 comments:

Norway said...

For some odd reason i thought the villa game was today and missed it. 9 of 9 points so far from the top 4, Arsenal next!

B. Kennedy said...

Hose B information du jour:

As we all know, the Raptors are currently on pace this year to be one of the worst defensive teams in NBA history, surrendering an average of 116.4 points per 100 possessions. Consider this: Jose Calderon (he of the <.360 stop%) has had 4 games this year in which he has played fewer than 19 minutes. In 3 of those four games (including today), the Raptors have held their opponents to under 1 point per possession, a feat performed only twice in the 21 games that Jose has played > 19 minutes in (in the home opener against a confused Cleveland team, and at home against Chicago (the third-worst offensive team in the league).

I'll suggest the problem is so profound that I'll point out that the Raptors' two best defenders by stop% on the year (Bargnani and Bosh) had poor games by their standards, but Jarrett Jack defensively was astounding (stop% over .870) and the Raptors won easily.

B. Kennedy said...

Another bit of Hose B news:

"Team" (read: thin air) really brought it tonight against Houston, posting a stop% of over .560, which means it once again has passed Caleron on the year for efficiency in stopping opponents. Thin air really had a rough couple of games recently, but its great competitive spirit and improved play has pushed Jose Calderon back down the staircase into the basement for least effective defender on the team.

In the surprising news department, it seems Marcus Banks is determined to join him in the cold cellar.