NFL Passer Ratings

Bryan just called me asking what I thought of Kerry Collins’ negative-seven yard passing performance yesterday. I pulled up the box score for the game to review his stat line (2 for 12 for -7 yards, 0 TDs and a pick) and said “well there have been worse performances.” After Bryan understandably expressed his confusion about my confidence in that remark I read the last number on the stat line: “as bad as it was he still had a 4.9 passer rating and we know that there are definitely players who have had passer ratings of 0.0” to which we wondered just how bad a quarterback would have to play in order to earn that dreadful 0.0 mark. Well after some brief discussion on the matter Bryan pointed out that this could turn into a pretty good post to which I simply responded “I’m on it.” Continue reading

Big NFL News

I’m going to hit on this real quick with some bullet points.

  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards was traded to the New York Jets for Jason Trusnik, a great special teams player, Chansi Stuckey, the wide receiver that won the starting spot opposite Jerricho Cotchery after Laveranues Coles left and a couple of draft picks.
  • The San Francisco 49ers have finally agreed to a deal with rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree. I don’t know the amount the contract is worth yet, but it will be a six-year deal that can be reduced to five years if Crabtree meets certain performance requirements.
  • In quarterback news, Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles was cleared to play and should start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • In opposite quarterback news, the New York Giants Eli Manning did not participate in practice and instead got treatment on his injured foot, which has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. His status for this weeks game against the Oakland Raiders is still up in the air. If he can’t go, David Carr will start in his place.
  • Also, the St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh have teamed up and made a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, something I’m sure Bryan will want to touch more on later.

Julius Peppers Signs Ridiculous Deal

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

It just came out that Julius Peppers has agreed to a 1-year, 16.7 million dollar contract with the Carolina Panthers, which means he’ll be getting paid over one million dollars per game. Peppers has played for the Panthers for all seven of his years in the NFL after being drafted by them second overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. Peppers has been a very productive player and is 6’7″ – 283 defensive end and “freakishly athletic” but has often been criticized for taking plays off and not going 100% on ever single down and “disappearing for long stretches.” Peppers had a 14.5 sacks last season, which is a career high and is his fifth season with double-digit sack numbers. He is also the franchise’s all-time career sack leader with 70.5. Continue reading

Hansbrough vs. Harangody

The more college basketball I watch, the more I can’t help but wonder about the future careers of North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody. Both are elite college power forwards whose size doesn’t really translate to that position at the next level. Hansbrough is listed at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. Harangody is listed at 6-foot-8 and 251 pounds. Now, this doesn’t mean they can’t be NBA power forwards. Elton Brand is a damn good power forward and he is 6-foot-8 254 pounds. I think what will determine the better NBA player is the combination of skill and versatility, which I think both go to the less-publicized Harangody. Continue reading

Pro Bowl Rosters Announced

As many of you already know the Pro Bowl selections were announced today, and I’m sure many of you have already seen the rosters, but for those of you who haven’t I will have the complete rosters at the bottom of this post. But before I get to posting those I would first like to congratulate Peyton Manning on making his 9th Pro Bowl in the last 10 years. I would also like to congratulate him and Eli Manning for being the first ever quarterback brothers to be nominated to the same NFL all-star game of any sort.

This will be Eli’s first Pro Bowl appearance. His fellow Giant, John Carney, should also be congratulated on becoming the oldest person to ever be elected to a Pro Bowl. The 44 year old kicker has only missed two field goals this season, both of which were blocked.

While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and congratulate Brett Favre on reaching the double-digit mark for Pro Bowl appearances, as he was elected to back up Peyton Manning. This will be Favre’s first time wearing the red jerseys of the AFC however. Favre and six of his Jets teammates will be the biggest group representing any one team. The next most from any other team in the league is a three-way tie between the Giants, Titans and Vikings, who will all have six players suiting up on February 8 in Hawaii. There are four teams with no players going to the Pro Bowl. The Bengals, Jaguars, Rams and Lions will all be without a representative.

I suppose I should also give it up for the Cardinals air-attack, as their quarterback, Kurt Warner and his two main receivers, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald were all selected as starters for the NFC. Just to capture how impressive this is, I would like to point out that each conference only has two starting wide receivers elected, so both being from the same team is quite rare.

Another interesting thing to note is that there will be  a total of 31 first-time Pro Bowlers, and Titan’s running back, Chris Johnson is the only rookie. Tony Gonzalez and Derrick Brooks join Favre as those in the group with the most Pro Bowl appearances, Gonzalez will be making his 10th Pro Bowl and Brooks will be making his 11th.

Tomorrow or Thursday I will be posting my own personal reactions about some of the selections, but for now, as I promised, here are the rosters:

NFC
Offense
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Quarterback Kurt Warner, Arizona Drew Brees, New Orleans Eli Manning, New York Giants
Running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Michael Turner, Atlanta Clinton Portis, Washington
Fullback Mike Sellers, Washington
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona; Anquan Boldin, Arizona Steve Smith, Carolina Roddy White, Atlanta
Tight end Jason Witten, Dallas Chris Cooley, Washington
Tackle Jordan Gross, Carolina; Walter Jones, Seattle Chris Samuels, Washington
Guard Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota; Chris Snee, New York Giants Leonard Davis, Dallas
Center Andre Gurode, Dallas Shaun O’Hara, New York Giants
Defense
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Defensive end Julius Peppers, Carolina; Justin Tuck, New York Giants Jared Allen, Minnesota
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, Minnesota; Jay Ratliff, Dallas Pat Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Dallas; Lance Briggs, Chicago Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay
Inside linebacker Patrick Willis, San Francisco Jon Beason, Carolina
Cornerback Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
Free safety Nick Collins, Green Bay Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia
Strong safety Adrian Wilson, Arizona
Special teams
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Punter Jeff Feagles, New York Giants
Placekicker John Carney, New York Giants
Kick returner Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay
Special teamer Sean Morey, Arizona
AFC
Offense
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Brett Favre, New York Jets Jay Cutler, Denver
Running back Thomas Jones, New York Jets Chris Johnson, Tennessee Ronnie Brown, Miami
Fullback Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore
Wide receiver Andre Johnson, Houston; Brandon Marshall, Denver Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Wes Welker, New England
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Antonio Gates, San Diego
Tackle Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Buffalo Michael Roos, Tennessee
Guard Alan Faneca, New York Jets; Kris Dielman, San Diego Brian Waters, Kansas City
Center Kevin Mawae, Tennessee Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Defense
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Defensive end Mario Williams, Houston; Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee; Kris Jenkins, New York Jets Shaun Rogers, Cleveland
Outside linebacker James Harrison, Pittsburgh; Joey Porter, Miami Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis, Baltimore James Farrior, Pittsburgh
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
Free safety Ed Reed, Baltimore Chris Hope, Tennessee
Strong safety Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
Special teams
Pos. Starter(s) Reserves
Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland
Placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Kick returner Leon Washington, New York Jets
Special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo, Baltimore

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.

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