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All Talk on Super Bowl XLII February 4, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XLII

I’m still in shock that the Giants were able to defeat the Patriots 17-14.  Here are some notes on the greatest Super Bowl game I have ever watched.

Peyton Who? 

Eli Manning shut-up all the critics with his performance on Sunday.  Manning completed 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Manning completed the game winning touchdown to Burress with 35 seconds left in the game, and was named Super Bowl MVP.  Tiki Barber should officially be banned from commentating on the NFL.

Plaxico is the New Ms. Cleo 

I guess Plaxico Burress can see the future.  His prediction of the Giants defeating the Pats 23-17 was awfully close to the real score of 17-14.  Burress clinched the game with his game winning TD from Manning and gave a big I Told You So to all the doubters.

Defense Wins Championships

You have to give a lot of credit to the New York Giants defense, especially the front four.  To stop an offensive machine like the Pats is an amazing feat.  Brady was never able to get into a rhythm as he was hurried almost every play and sacked five times.  He took some pretty hard shots when trying to get throws off.  Justin Tuck played out of his mind this game.  He and the front four completely changed the game.

4th and 13?!

The Patriots lost by 3 points.  They had an opportunity to kick a 49 yard field goal in the first half, as they were leading 7-3, but decided to go for it on 4th and 13.  Nuff said.

Wide Receivers Were Ballin

Wes Walker was becoming Brady’s #1 target this game.  Welker had 11 catches for 103 yards.  Moss had 5 catches for 62 yards and what many thought was the game clinching TD. Rookie Steve Smith really stepped up for the Giants.  Smith made some crucial catches and found ways to get open. Besides Burress’s game winning TD, the catch of the night had to be David Tyree’s 32 yard catch on 3rd and 5 with 57 seconds left in the game.  To be able to hold on to that ball with Rodney Harrison trying to punch it out was an incredible play.   Earlier in the game, Tyree recorded his first touchdown of the season off a 5 yard pass from Manning.

18-1 Has to Hurt

While I’m happy that Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer finally got their rings, my heart goes out to the Pats.  To be perfect in the regular season and lose the big one has to hurt.  I don’t know how a team can recover from that, and I’m not so sure if they will.  I’m really curious to see if Junior Seau will return next season.  The Pats are human now, and are fair game for the rest of the league.  Can’t wait to see how they’ll respond.


Pats or Giants? February 2, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

So I’m getting ready for the Super Bowl tomorrow and I can’t wait.  While I think the Pats are going to win this one convincingly, I’m curious to see what others think.  Pats or Giants? Feel free to give me predictions and tell me why you think the team you pick is going to win, ESPECIALLY if you think the Giants are going to win.


Randy Moss On How He Would Like To Be Remembered January 31, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Video.
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I think we all agree that we’ve seen a completely different side of Randy Moss this season, both on and off the field.  Here is a video of Moss telling reporters and fans how he would like to be remembered.


Fill in the Blank: Tiki Barber January 23, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Fill in the Blank, Football, NFL, Sports.

Now that Eli Manning has led the New York Giants to the Superbowl, I think Tiki Barber should                                .

Tiki Barber

Randy Moss Denies Battery Allegations January 17, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Video.

On Wednesday, Randy Moss had an informal press conference denying that he physically assulated a woman in Florida. Moss was doing a great job staying out of trouble and not bringing any distractions to the team, and this is by far the worse time to have distractions.  After viewing the press conference however, I honestly believe Moss on this one.



Pacman Jones Accused of Punching a Woman January 15, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

Our good friend Pacman Jones is back in the news.  According to ESPN.com  Pacman has been accused of punching a woman at an Atlanta Strip Club:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman is seeking an arrest warrant against suspended Titans cornerback “Adam Pacman” Jones claiming he punched her at an Atlanta strip club.

Fulton County Magistrate Court officals told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Wanda S. Jackson asked for the warrant after a Jan. 3 altercation at the Body Tap Strip Club.

Jackson, an attorney, says she was in the club’s office when an angry Jones accused managers of stealing his money and bracelet.

Jackson said Jones lunged at her numerous times and then “sucker punched” her in the left eye.

Jackson did not immediately return a phone message requesting comment. Jones’ attorney Manny Arora said no warrant has been issued against Jones.

Last month Jones pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge related to a strip club shooting in Las Vegas last February that left one man paralyzed. He agreed to a year of probation, random drug testing, community service and anger management classes.

Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted sixth overall in 2005, including two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the Titans did not learn about until 2007.

In April, Jones was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2007 season for his role in inciting the Las Vegas incident.

At the time of his suspension, one of the changes Jones told Goodell he intended to make was to stay out of clubs and to avoid situations in which he might be compromised. Goodell has said that he has apprised Jones that he will ultimately be judged by his actions, not his words.

In mid-December, the NFL rejected an appeal by the players’ union on behalf of Jones to have him reinstated for the final two games of the regular season.


An Emotional T.O. Stands Up for Romo January 14, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Video.

The New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in the divisional playoffs.  Naturally, the fans and the media will point the finger at Tony Romo, but a very emotional Terrell Owens has Romo’s back on this one.


McNabb Wants Playmakers January 9, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

On his blog yardbarker.com, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb made it known that he wants some changes made to the Eagles roster next season.  McNabb wants more playmakers on an Eagles team that finished the season with an 8-8 record.

“Now that the season is over and we are concentrating on 2008, I hope we are able to secure some playmakers in all three phases of the game. Maybe some of those playmakers are already on the roster but have struggled with injuries, myself included, that have held us back a little.”

McNabb added, “I’m surprised that anyone would have a problem with me, or anyone else in the organization, expressing a desire to bring in more quality players. We were 8-8. There is room for improvement. This is a competitive sport. It’s about putting together the best players, the best team, and giving yourself the best chance to win.”

I know there are people out there that think McNabb should be traded, but McNabb is right. While he wants playmakers in all three phases of the game, the Eagles definitely need a playmaker at the wide receiver position. Brady has Moss, Manning has Harrison/Wayne, Favre has Driver, Romo has Owens, and even Eli has Burress.  McNabb has… Kevin Curtis.

Having a playmaker at the wide receiver position would definitely take the load off of McNabb and the “do everything” Brian Westbrook. While I admit, McNabb hasn’t looked that great the last couple years, every quarterback should have that guy on the team that can go deep and make plays.


Joe Gibbs Resigns as Redskins Coach January 8, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

According to the New York Times, Joe Gibbs has resigned as the head coach of the Washington Redskins:

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After the toughest season of his Hall of Fame career, one that tested his leadership like never before, Joe Gibbs is stepping down.

He resigned as coach and team president of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, three days after a playoff loss ended an inspirational late-season run that followed the death of safety Sean Taylor.

Gibbs will remain as a special adviser to owner Dan Snyder and was to discuss his resignation at an afternoon news conference at Redskins Park. The news startled players, who left Sunday’s final team meeting certain their 67-year-old coach would return for the final year of his contract.

”That’s part of this business — it’s full of surprises,” safety Pierson Prioleau said. ”Most of us suspected he would be back, and he’ll definitely be missed.”

Among the candidates to replace Gibbs will be two former head coaches on his staff, Gregg Williams and Al Saunders. Former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher also could be a candidate. The team will have to interview at least one minority to comply with the NFL’s ”Rooney Rule” as it seeks the sixth coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999.

Several players on Tuesday immediately endorsed Williams, the fiery coach Gibbs hired to run the defense in 2004.

”Coach Williams is a great coach,” fullback Mike Sellers said. ”The players love him. It would be sad to see him not get it.”

Williams was 17-31 as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03 but has put together solid defenses in three of his four seasons in Washington. His in-your-face style would be a marked contrast to Gibbs’ more measured approach.

”Coach (Gibbs) has that granddaddy effect on you,” cornerback Fred Smoot said. ”And Gregg, he gives off a mad scientist-type vibe. You’ve got to love that if you’re a football player.”

Gibbs went 31-36, including 1-2 in the playoffs, after emerging from NFL retirement and his NASCAR career to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract in 2004. He had always maintained he intended to fulfill the contract, but he wavered from that stance Monday when asked if he would return for the 2008 season.

Gibbs’ resignation brings an end to a coaching career in which he twice raised the Redskins from mediocrity into a playoff team, although he failed in his goal of bringing the team back to the Super Bowl during his second stint in Washington. Gibbs won three NFL titles during his first stint from 1981-92; the second time he took the team to the postseason in two of his four seasons.


If You Missed the Chargers Game, Take a Look at This January 7, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

The San Diego Chargers defeated the Tennesse Titans 17-6 in the AFC wild-card game, giving LaDainian Tomlinson his first playoff victory.  Although his numbers weren’t that impressive, with just 42 yards rushing and one touchdown, this athletic play by Tomlinson had him soaring above the opposition. 

LaDainian Tomlinson