Colts Down the Patriots


Belichick blew it tonight

I was planning on writing another Rookie Review tonight after the Colts-Patriots game, but this was too good to pass up.  I’ll be up front here, I hate the Patriots.  Actually, more specifically, I hate Bill Belichick and I hate Tom Brady.  I don’t hate them as much as Weller does, but they cheated my Rams out of a Super Bowl and I don’t tolerate cheaters.

Anyway, tonight was the annual Manning-Brady Bowl that is usually too hyped up for just two players.  There are 42 other guys on the field.  Let’s give them a bit of credit, too.  Tonight, however, the game didn’t disappoint.  It look like it was going to be the Brady-Moss show through three quarters (try as I might, I just can’t hate Randy Moss.  He’s just so good).  Moss put up 179 yards and 2 TDs against a depleted Colts secondary.  But it wasn’t quite enough…

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Election Day

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that it’s Election Day.  So, in the spirit of Democracy, go vote for whoever you want and then vote in the WaB Sports Election.

Our main issue?  Which sports pair would you vote for to be President and Vice President of the United States of America?

Peyton and Eli Manning

w_peytonmanning_vGIANTS MANNINGYou knew this pair was going to make an appearance, so I’ll just get it out of the way.  Peyton would take the helm, while Eli would man the Senate.  I’m pretty sure they would carry the Southern states pretty well, except maybe Alabama.  Plus, Peyton wouldn’t have to struggle for any campaign airtime on your television.  Also, these two have some entreprenurial experience as well which can only help their cause.  The Mannings would also have the perfect PR director for their firm in their Dad, Archie Manning.  Basically, if you cast your ballot for one Manning, you vote for them all.  Even you, Cooper.

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer

tiger_woodstxrogerfedererapMaybe you prefer pure dominance in your Presidential Candidates.  If that’s the case, it gets no better than Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  We’re obviously ignoring the whole natural born citizen part, but no one here is over 35 years old either.  Anyway, these two have pretty much won everything they’ve ever entered so they had to be included.  It should also be noted that if this pair was elected, the first lady would look like this.  Not that it should have any bearing on your vote or anything.

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin

sidney_crosby7ovechkin2Maybe it’s youthful exuberance and unlimited potential that you look for.  Crosby and Ovechkin make up the youngest pair in the running with a combined age of 44 years old (not technically old enough to run for Office, but whatever).  They also have had the burden of carrying what some consider a dying sport squarely on their shoulders for the last couple of years.  Economic crisis should be easy.  With Crosby and Ovechkin in office, we would also see relations with Canada and Russia improve dramatically, which can only be a good thing.

Michael Jordan and LeBron James

michael-jordanjames_lebron0329This one is for the people who like a nice mix of dominance, plus a little bit of the old school and a little bit of the new school.  We first thought Scottie Pippin was the best choice for VP, but upon further review, he was kind of a jerk.  Jordan is the best player ever LeBron may be in line to challenge for that crown, so by running for President, Jordan could mentor on just about everything.  Except gambling.  They wouldn’t be able to talk about gambling.  The only problem with this pairing would be this.  That little stumble might be tough to overcome.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

333wbelichick_bill_getty_260Our last pair represents the win at all costs people.  Belichick has shown that he has no problem breaking the rules to get an advantage.  Maybe that’s how you want your country run.  Tom Brady can do most of the press conferences and public appearances since Belichick isn’t real big on those.  He also doesn’t date Gisele.  He does, however, hold goats in a nice, loving way.  Anyway, Belichick knows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pretty well already, so that’s good.  Just imagine Belichick swearing oath in a cutoff hoodie.  Weller obviously endorses this pair.

So there you have this year’s candidates.  Choose wisely, because the fate of the free world may lie with goat boy if you don’t.

Hopefully the NFL Does the Right Thing

This post is going to be kind of hard for me, as a Rams fan.  As most of the free world knows, the New England Patriots are under an ongoing investigation for taping the signals of the opponents’ coordinators, as well as the pre-game walkthroughs.  This has become known as “Spygate” because, as we all know, adding “gate” to the end of anything automatically makes it a scandal.  When former video assistant Matt Walsh stepped forward and said he did the taping, Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed he “couldn’t pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup.”

The NFL fined Belichick $500,000 and forced the team to forfeit their first round selection in the 2008 Draft.  The latter punishment had little effect since the Patriots held the 10th pick after a trade with the 49ers from the year before. (Unfortunately for Weller, they took former Tennessee Linebacker Jerod Mayo.  An intervention was held. He’s fine now.)

Walsh is now scheduled for a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday morning to review the tapes.  John Clayton just reported on ESPN that he expects nothing to come of the meeting since the NFL already knew about these tapes.

Now, I don’t know if the NFL has seen the tapes or knew about the tapes before Matt Walsh sent them in for review, but I do know that video taping another team’s signals is wrong.  I also know that Walsh’s tapes range in date from 2000-2002 and that the Jets’ claims came from 2007.  I highly doubt that the Patriots stopped taping teams from 2003-2006 and happened to start again at the beginning of last season.

I talked with Weller about what kind of punishment we’d like to see the Patriots given.  He said lots of things that I can’t repeat, so I’ll let you use your imagination.  Eventually, I decided that I’d like to see Belichick suspended for at least 8 regular season games, if not the entire season.  If this were the punishment, he would miss at least two AFC East matchups as well as other key games at San Diego in Week 6 and at Indianapolis in Week 9.  I figured if Chris Henry was suspended for 8 games and Pacman Jones was suspended for a year for multiple non-football incidents, then Belichick should be suspended at least that long for an actual football-related crime.

Weller finally decided that he would be happy if they took away at least one of their Super Bowl titles.  I would be alright with this as well, but I’d rather have it matter in the present day.  It would be nice if they retroactively awarded the Rams the Super Bowl, but A) that won’t happen and B) it really wouldn’t mean that much at this point.  It would be like the NCAA taking away the Fab Five’s Final Fours,  or Reggie Bush’s Heisman.  We all know they won, it doesn’t matter if they have a trophy or a banner.

Let me know what you think should (or shouldn’t) happen to Mr. Belichick in the comments.

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