its great to see a team who no one thought had any blue chance in hell pull the upset, especially against the #1 seed. thats what i like about college basketball: you never know whats goin to happen. thats also why i like sudden-death style tournaments instead of the BS best of 7 that the NBA has. here's to the underdogs, i hope they go all the way.
Yea I think that Shaun Alexander will stay in Seattle too, but you have to keep in mind that Steve Hutchinson, their All-Pro left guard is a free agent too. They may not be able to re-sign both of them.
Anyway, now that its officially the offseason, what are you guys gonna do? Luckily, NASCAR season is just starting up so I'll have something to keep me interested until football season starts back this fall. Any predictions on where the big-name free agents end up at (Edgerrin James, Shaun Alexander, etc . . .)?
In Atlanta, Mike Vick isn't going anywhere, especially with close to $20 million as a cap hit if he were to be gone, but the Falcons must figure out how to maximize Vick's skills and get back into the playoffs. My advice is stop trying to make him something he is not, and tell him to run for 100 yards a game and throw for 150 yards. He may not last more than a few years in the league, but the Falcons will win more games while they get Schaub ready to play.
- Pat Kirwan
I don't know about anyone else, but I kinda took offense (for Vick) from those comments. Kirwan was totally out of line for that one. Disrespect is all that i can say...
Yeah, I've come to expect any and everything from sports columnists when it comes to opinions on Vick. If you think thats bad, you should go to the message boards on atlantafalcons.com and read what some of the people there have to say. Even during the Probowl, as soon as Vick came into the game, the first thing that came out of Joe Theismann's mouth was about all the criticism surrounding Vick. Watching him play and listening to the commentators, I got the feeling that they critique him more than any other player in the league. Its aight tho, cuz if he comes out next season and proves that he can indeed be an accurate passer, that will shut everyone up.
what was the score on the pro bowl? :???: 8-)
23-17 NFC did ya'll see Larry Fitzgerald go get that ball when Mike Vick tossed it up in the air man I can't wait until next season! That was sweet!!
Yea, pretty strong arm to be able to fling the ball up in the air that high and that far while falling. But me and you already knew that :-D . I just knew that Deltha O'Neal was gonna pick it off, but Fitz seriously got UP for that one. Vick betta not ever make a throw like that in a real game unless the receiver is wide open and I mean they better be WIDE OPEN ON AN ISLAND DOIN THE HULA DANCE.
nahh, I think Pitt is gonna take this one. They are too hyped and are gonna take care of business. They want it for themselves but especially for Jerome Bettis. Seattle is just glad to be there (1st superbowl ever). I don't think it will be a blowout though. I know Holmgren has some tricks up his sleeve.
Hell, I'll tell you that Vick is overrated. Maybe not overrated since most critics seem to be down on him these days, but overhyped. All I know is he better come out next season with a vengeance.
Yea, we Falcon fans have been suffering for a while, but I don't think we have anything on the Browns, Saints (no super bowl appearances), Cardinals (no super bowl appearances, been around since 1920), Lions. I really think our days of mass suffering are behind us though with Arthur Blank in control of things. If we can just somehow manage to either draft a big-play, physical safety or find one thru free agency this offseason, and if Vick improves on his accuracy, I wouldn't be surprised to find us in the super bowl next year. If Vick can just manage the game, rely on the run but be able to throw the ball accurately when needed to, we'll be in good shape (kinda what Ben Roethlisberger has done in the playoffs this year).
Now that we know who's in the superbowl, who's the pick to win?
Lol, actually I have a few friends from high school who go to school down there. I know one of them is depressed because their athletics (football and basketball) SUCK bad (b-ball team went 0-28 last year).
T.O WILL BE TRADED NEXT MONTH AFTER DREW REWORKS HIS CONTRACT TO WHERE MY PREDICTION IS HE WILL EITHER END UP IN TAMPA BAY OR POSSIBLY A UNLIKELY REUNION WITH JIM MORA JR. IF HE WERE TO END UP IN ATLANTA THE DESICION SOELY LIES ON MICHEAL VICK. HE WILL BE THE REASON THIS DEAL IS ORCHESTRATED SIMPLY BECAUSE THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON JIM MORA AS WELL AS AUTHUR BLANK WERE QUOTED AS SAYING THEIR WILL BE A LOT OF MONEY SPENT ON THE FALCONS DURING THE OFFSEASON ALSO TRADES TO SHAKE THINGS UP!!!!
No chance in hell he ends up in Atlanta, you know how Arthur Blank is character-conscious about his playes. We already have 2 young receivers that are just now starting to gel, so I don't think we need to bring in T.O. We definitely need to address the secondary though.
Did a quick search through the forum and couldn't find a thread with this topic (most are just limited to black schools), so I made this one. I know its at end of the college ball season, but I just wanna be able to discuss things with other college football fans.
So far in the bowl games this year, there have been lots of comebacks. Just yesterday there were 3 big comebacks. UVA came back against Minnesota from 14-0 to win behind their do-it-all QB, UCLA came back from 22-0 against Northwestern to score 36 unanswered points and go on to win by a score of 50-38 on the strength of two onside kick returns for TDs by the same player, and Missouri came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to beat Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks. When you combine that with all the other close games so far, and of course the miraculous last second play that almost went for a TD in the Michigan - Nebraska game, college ball is definitely exciting indeed.
To get some discussion started, who are yalls picks to win the Rose Bowl between Texas and USC? Will Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush prove to be too much for the Longhorn defense to handle, or will Vince Young find a way to win the game using both his arm and his feet?
On a side note, yall need to pay attention to my boy James Davis, the starting true freshman running back for Clemson. He was my high school classmate. Watch him, he's gonna be big.
But if they awarded the winner of the game with the No. 1 pick, that wouldn't be fair to the other 3-13 teams, the Jets, the Packers, and the Saints because they all have a shot at the No. 1 pick if the Texans win. It should definitely be interesting though. Probably for the first time ever, I actually want to see the Texans play and wish the game would be on TV.
You bring up an interesting point about if the Saints were to get the No. 1 pick. They could either draft Leinart, or if they are really sold on Reggie Bush they could draft him and trade Deuce McAllister for a big time playmaker at another position. Or, they could trade down to the No. 2 spot and pick Leinart at No. 2 and get extra picks or players to go along with it. Really, I think that the 49ers and Jets need Bush the most out of the 5 teams. Curtis Martin will be retiring soon, and Kevan Barlow hasn't done anything since Garrison Hearst left. Not to mention, Alex Smith and Reggie Bush were high school teammates, and Reggie Bush would really be a fan favorite playing in his home state. Having Reggie Bush in the backfield would really take alot of pressure off of Alex Smith and keep opposing defenses honest since they have to account for a player who can take it to the house every time he touches it. That would make it easier for him to get the ball to Brandon Lloyd and the other receivers and actually throw some TDs (Alex Smith has 0 TDs this year). The other three teams, the Texans, Packers, and Saints, all have pretty good running backs already and don't need him as much as the 49ers and Jets do. Still though, being that he is so highly sought after, they could still draft him and trade him for picks/players, or trade down and get the player they really want/need and get extra picks/players.
One thing that does concern me about Reggie is all the hype surrounding him. He's a spectacular player, one of the best RBs ever at the collegiate level (I still say Barry Sanders was the best ever), but it's no secret how many players come out of college with super high expectations and not live up to them. See Ryan Leaf, Ron Dayne, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, the list goes on forever. I just hope he stays focused and committed to being the best he can be, rather than let all the hype get to him and convince himself that he doesn't need to work hard.