I have been doing some research on uniforms today and did 2 posts earlier so go check them out. I’m going to do more tomorrow so look out for those as well. Anyway, I decided to voice my opinion on the Oregon Ducks uniforms.
I have liked most of the Ducks uniforms over the years, minus the one with the mascot on the jersey…..just ewww. This year I do not like what Nike has done with the wings on the helmet and the overall jersey design. Their new helmet design will possibly be worn this weekend and it’s not that bad but Nike could have done better than this. I’m just not feeling the whole chrome thing.
WHEN WILL NIKE STOP!?!?!?! Their uniforms have had a good run, but they just need to actually wear any of the 250+ possible uniform combinations that are available. The designs are getting worse and worse, but if the players like it “Who am i to judge?” Clearly it brings in top recruits every year, which helps Oregon in being mentioned in the national title discussion it seems.
I’m hating it more and more, but my opinion does not matter and I can’t make Oregon change. So I guess I just have to go with the flow.
The San Antonio Spurs have a new alternate jersey for the upcoming 2012-2013 season that will be worn for the first time at the Spurs home opener November 1 against the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder. The alternate jersey will be worn a handful of times during the season.
As you can see it is a silver jersey with black and white trim, with the Spur logo on the left side of the chest and the player number on the right. The shorts will also be grey with a black and white stripe and will have SA on the left front side of the shorts.
Their jerseys remind me of when the Golden State Warriors changed their uniforms with the logo in the center of the uniform and the players number in the logo.
There is somewhat of a buzz on hip-hop websites about an allegedly leaked photo of the Brooklyn Nets new uniform for the 2012-2013 season. This is not official, nor has a reliable source confirmed this picture. We all know this is the generation where anything can be photo-shopped. This could be a fake, but if it is real I like how simple and right to the point it is.
Black and white with Brooklyn in the center: I grade this a B+.
I’m pretty sure by now you have heard about the play that caused a wrestling match and big disagreement in the world of football in the Giants/Bucs game if not here is what happened-
As the Giants held the ball with a few ticks left on the clock, rookie head coach Greg Schiano told his players to knock Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning to the ground. As the Giants snapped the ball in victory-formation, the Bucs defense went right through the Giants unsuspecting offensive line, which ultimately knocked their quarterback to the ground causing a big shoving match and a exchange of words by both teams.
The Giants Victory formation and the Bucs reaction
“We’ve caused a fumble four times in the last five years with that play, and it’s something that we practice,” Schiano said, referring back to his lengthy tenure as a college coach at Rutgers. “To me, it’s a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play. Some people disagree with that, but that’s what makes the world go round. Everybody has opinions. But I don’t have any remorse or regret. There was no sneak attack. We were down, ready to go and that’s how we do it all the time.”
Schiano’s behavior at the end of yesterday’s bitter 41-34 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium, when his team failed to protect a two-touchdown lead late in the third quarter, was pathetic and unacceptable. Schiano’s decision to order his players to bull rush the Giants offense while it was in the “victory formation” to run the clock out on the last play of a game they already had won was something out of the WWE.
It also shows a lack of respect. It’s sore-losership. You’ve been beaten, fair and square, in the part of the game in which both teams were competing honestly. To try to win it cheaply with a sneaky play after the opposing team (and any other opposing team you’ve ever faced or ever will face) justifiably believes it to have been decided is dishonest and dishonorable.
(Yes, these are the same columnists who call for Coughlin’s firing every season around Week 8 because he’s not getting full effort from his players.)
I’ll do it! Anyone remember Troy-Oklahoma State in 2010? (Former Trojan and current Giant Jerrel Jernigan sure does.)
OK State had the ball with a minute left and a three-point lead. They attempted to kneel to run out the game clock, but Brandon Weeden fumbled the snap. The Trojans sent their front three over the top recovering the ball.
They fumbled the ball back on their first play from scrimmage, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Trojans never would have had the chance if their linemen had just stood up when the Cowboys entered the victory formation.
The Bucs rush wasn’t designed to force a fumble, but rather to be able to jump on a loose ball should the Giants inexplicably put it on the ground. In a game in which Eli Manning had already turned the ball over three times, why not force him to make one final play?
The order of the mock draft is in reflection of my updated NFL Power Rankings.
Also check out my list of a NFL Mock Draft Databases to see what other people think about the upcoming draft.
1. Oakland Raiders - Matt Barkley QB/USC
2. Tennessee Titans - Jonathon Hankins DT/Ohio State
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei DT/Utah
4. Cleveland Browns - Eric Reid FS/LSU
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Geno Smith QB/West Virginia
6. New Orleans Saints - Dee Milliner CB/Alabama
7. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Hunter WR/Tennessee
8. Indianapolis Colts - Jarvis Jones OLB/Georgia
9. Miami Dolphins - Barkevious Mingo OLB/LSU
10. Buffalo Bills - Tyler Wilson QB/Arkansas
11. St. Louis Rams - Luke Joeckel OT/Texas A&M
12. Arizona Cardinals - Sam Montgomery OLB/LSU
13. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) – Robert Woods WR/USC
14. New York Jets - Marcus Lattimore RB/South Carolina
15. Dallas Cowboys - Tyler Bray QB/Tennessee
16. Seattle Seahawks - Manti Te’o ILB/Notre Dame
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Bjoern Werner DE/Florida State
18. Carolina Panthers - David Amerson CB/NC State
19. San Diego Chargers - Jonathon Banks CB/Mississippi State
20. Detroit Lions - Xavier Rhodes CB/Florida State
21. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jackson Jeffcoat DE/Texas
22. Chicago Bears - Keenan Allen WR/California
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Taylor Lewan OT/Michigan
24. New England Patriots - Terrence Williams WR/Baylor
25. New York Giants - Carrington Byndom CB/Texas
26. Baltimore Ravens - C. J. Mosley ILB/Alabama
27. Denver Broncos - T.J. McDonald FS/USC
28. Green Bay Packers - Jonathon Franklin RB/UCLA
29. Philadelphia Eagles - D.J. Fluker OT/Alabama
30. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Okafor DE/Texas
31. Houston Texans - Tyler Eifert TE/Notre Dame
32. San Francisco 49ers - John Jenkins DT/Georgia
There were quite a few upsets over the weekend with the biggest being the Patriots falling to the Cardinals at home. A lot of people tabbed to Ravens to crush the Eagles after both teams week 1 performances, but the Eagles managed to win another ugly game. The 49ers and Texans impressed once again and the Chargers and Cardinals are off to surprising 2-0 starts.
Also, my weekly Power Rankings will be reflected in my updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Check that out as well.
Here are my rankings after week 2:
1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0)
2. Houston Texans (2-0)
3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)
4.Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
5.Green Bay Packers (1-1)
6. Denver Broncos (1-1)
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
8. New York Giants (1-1)
9. New England Patriots (1-1)
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
11. Chicago Bears (1-1)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
13. Detroit Lions (1-1)
14. San Diego Chargers (2-0)
15. Carolina Panthers (1-1)
16. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
17. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
18. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
19. New York Jets (1-1)
20. Washington Redskins (1-1)
21. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
22. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
23. Buffalo Bills (1-1)
24. Miami Dolphins (1-1)
25. Indianapolis Colts (1-1)
26. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
27. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
28. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
29. Cleveland Browns (0-2)
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
31. Tennessee Titans (0-2)
32. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
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As Matt Ryan prepares to lead his Atlanta Falcons against the Denver Broncos in a potentially great Monday night football matchup, Ryan can only feel like he'll be looking in the mirror somewhat.
Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Ryan wanted to be Manning in every facet of his game. Ryan was in seventh grade when Manning was drafted number one overall in 1998.
For those who missed the fight between two great champions Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., missed one of the best fights I’ve seen in my lifetime. Prior to the fight, my mind was still fixated on Martinez’s devastating knockout over Paul Williams in their second fight. That thought lingered in my mind as he came into this fight against the undefeated Chavez, Jr.
Here’s the Tale of the Tape between Martinez and Chavez, Jr.:
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Chavez, Jr. and Williams are similar in stature and before the fight I figured Chavez, Jr. would have trouble with Martinez’s speed and craftiness in the ring. That proved to be the case even though Chavez, Jr. had an 11 year age difference and 3 inches in height working in his favor. The reach is probably what separated the two throughout the fight in the end.
Martinez came out from the beginning and basically had his way. With his hands down around his waist, running circles around Chavez, Jr. hitting him with jabs, hooks, upper cuts and straight lefts anytime he wanted. It was a dominant performance, but I was trying to figure out why Chavez, Jr. wasn’t throwing many punches. He seemed afraid of Martinez or just couldn’t manage to figure out where he would be, especially knowing he is a great counter puncher.
The fight was through 11 rounds of a one-sided affair with Martinez dominating from start to finish. Chavez, Jr. caught him with a couple solid shots, but he never looked to capitalize on them. Everyone in the arena knew it was a loss unless Chavez, Jr. managed to knock Martinez out.
This video shows the epic final round and decision subsequently afterwards:
This fight will go down as one of the best of the year and you kinda wished they had brawled it out the entire fight. I was just worried after the fight to see if the judges pulled a Pacquiao vs Bradley decision. These judges actually watched this fight and it was well worth it. Sorry if you missed this one, because the fight we all want to see (Pacquiao vs Mayweather) will probably never happen.
A rematch of Martinez vs Chavez, Jr. is the best we’ll have to look to forward to.
Geno Smith came back after the bye week and didn’t miss a step. Barkley and Bray faltered in their losses and the RB’s haven’t been as impressive as their week 1 performances. Who rises and falls in this weeks Heisman Watch?
Here are my top 10 Heisman trophy candidates following Week 3:
1. Geno Smith QB/West Virginia - Week 3 stats: 34/39 411 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 rushes 18 yards – Season stats: 66/75 734 yards, 9 touchdowns, 10 rushes 83 yards, 1 touchdown
After another impressive outing vs James Madison, Smith has done enough to keep the top ranking. He has been the most efficient and consistent player this season, but the world is ready to see what he does on the big stage against better competition.
2. Braxton Miller QB/Ohio State - Week 3 stats: 16/30 249 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, 12 rushes 75 yards, 1 touchdown – Season stats: 48/78 611 yards, 7 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 56 rushes 377 yards, 5 touchdowns
I finally watched an entire game of Miller in action. His athletic ability is amazing and was easily the best player on the field. The moves he put on California’s defenders on his touchdown run was ESPN top 10 worthy. Also another win for the Buckeyes is a plus.
3. Aaron Murray QB/Georgia - Week 3 stats: 14/19 342 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 3 rushes 20 yards, 2 touchdowns – Seasons stats: 51/80 842 yards, 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 15 rushes -4 yards, 2 touchdowns
Murray has quietly put up very solid stats in his 3 starts this season as he did against Florida Atlantic. He’s only had one game against any meaningful competition, but he has produced each outing.
4. Marqise Lee WR/USC - Week 3 stats: 8 receptions 100 yards, 8 yards rushing – Season stats: 29 receptions 363 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 rush 31 yards
Lee has continued to impress even though his QB Matt Barkley struggled in this upset loss to Stanford. Lee gets so much praise from me, because he has consistently put up great numbers with the possible top rated WR draft prospect Robert Woods playing on the other side.
5. Tyler Bray QB/Tennessee - Week 3 stats: 22/44 257 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – Season stats: 67/105 900 yards, 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Bray had a much tougher test against Florida this week with their defense. He wasn’t the best in this game, but he managed to put up a little above average stats. Losing never helps Heisman candidates, especially at QB.
6. Matt Barkley QB/USC - Week 3 stats: 20/41 254 yards, 2 interceptions – Season stats: 66/109 813 yards, 10 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Barkley was very disappointing in this upset at Stanford. He didn’t manage to score a touchdown and threw for 2 interceptions. Barkley needs to step his game up against better opponents or he could lose his “consensus” #1 draft pick potential.
7. Jonathon Franklin RB/UCLA - Week 3 stats: 25 rushes 110 yards, 4 receptions 58 yards – Season stats: 66 rushes 541 yards, 3 touchdowns, 8 receptions 121 yards, 1 touchdown
Franklin was impressive against Houston under normal circumstances, but seeing as though he rushed for more than 200 yards the first two games of the season. He is also still leading the nation in rushing.
8. AJ McCarron QB/Alabama - Week 3 stats: 11/16 189 yards, 1 touchdown – Season stats: 36/56 607 yards, 7 touchdowns
McCarron doesn’t have all the flash as the big name players this season, but he continues to be one of the most efficient players on the nations #1 ranked team. He has yet to throw an interception. His numbers for this game are pretty skewed due to the beating Alabama put on the Tyler Wilson-less Arkansas Razorbacks.
9. Brett Hundley QB/UCLA - Week 3 stats: 27/42 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – Season stats: 69/103 827 yards, 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 28 rushes 119 yards, 1 touchdown
Hundley has been a surprise leading UCLA to a 3-0 start, this team beating Houston. He’s a freshman and has been doing a great job with the team. He is helping UCLA rise up the rankings.
10. Denard Robinson QB/Michigan - Week 3 stats: 16/24 291 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 10 rushes 106 yards, 1 touchdown – Season stats: 41/75 699 yards, 6 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 40 rushes 351 yards, 4 touchdowns
After an opening day beat-down at the hands of Alabama, Robinson has turned it up the last two games. He isn’t the greatest QB at throwing the ball, but his athletic ability opens things up for him to pass. He is a great running threat, which he proved against Massachusetts ( not a team to fear though).
Honorable mention: Le’Veon Bell RB/Michigan State (9), Tyler Wilson QB/Arkansas (10), Montee Ball RB/Wisconsin, Taylor Martinez QB/Nebraska, Marcus Lattimore RB/South Carolina, Andre Ellington RB/Clemson