David Backes Fights Canada

Do not anger the American

Okay, well maybe not the entire country, but it sure looks that way.  About two weeks ago, St. Louis Blues forward David Backes learned that he would be representing the United States in the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.  Since then it appears he is on a mission to drop the gloves with every player on Canada’s roster before the games begin.  I like his style.

As you know, I’m a huge Blues fan and Backes is my favorite player.  I tend to admire the players who are A) from the United States B) score goals and C) are willing and able to drop the gloves every now and again.  A power forward, if you will.  And not a Tomas Holmstrom power forward.  He’s just fat, unskilled and too wussy to get in a scrap.

Anyway, Backes certainly isn’t known for his fighting ability (he’s gotten in 13 fights in four years) but he can certainly hold his own.  Since 2010 began, however, that is a different story.

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Friday 5 – Shockingly Dumb Plays

Last Sunday I was watching The Cleveland Show with my fiancee.  While Cleveland Jr. was making a stupid comment about something I made an offhand remark about how I imagined Leon Lett being a whole lot like the young, animated character.  Think about it for a second, you’ll laugh.

Anyway, she didn’t know who Leon Lett was so I had to use the magic YouTube to show her.  She laughed at him.  That’s where the inspiration for this Friday 5 came from.

I didn’t take game importance into account here, so if you make a stupid mistake in a World Series game, it was weighed just as much as a regular season game between two sub-500 teams.  Game circumstance was a factor, so if the screw-up caused your team to lose it gets a little more credit.  The final criteria was that it had to be an actual play so Marko Jaric and his backward jersey don’t count.  Still funny, though.  Let’s get to it.

5. Dan Orlovsky – I said last year that this play should be shown every time the Detroit Lions are mentioned until they win a Super Bowl.  You can make fun of Donovan McNabb for not knowing the overtime rules all you want…at least he’s never done this.

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WaB’s Annual Hockey Post

I think Weller had a post in the works for everyone, but as it turns out, someone broke into his car and then he lost power.  Priorities, I guess.  Anyway, since my St. Louis Blues dominated squeaked out a 1-0 win over the hated Detroit Red Wings tonight, I’m in a hockey mood.

One horrible thing about being a hockey fan is that it’s never on TV.  Ever.  Even Blues games, which are local here, get blacked out due to some stupid squabble between Mediacom and Fox Sports.  I’ve seen maybe six games this year.  (Side note to Gary Bettman – Hard to get the sport back to prominence when no one can see it!)  Horrible TV contract aside, I actually got to watch the Blues play the Islanders a few weeks ago.  I was treated to this gem from David Perron:

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Saturday Happenings

This post is going to touch on a couple things that happened yesterday in the sports world that doesn’t worthy of their their own full post.  We’ll start in college football.

Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to the Harvard-Yale game, but yesterday was an exception.  Yale had a 10-7 lead with 2:25 left and was facing a 4th and 22 from their own 26 yard line.  That’s when first year head coach Tony Williams made the worst call in the history of organized football.  Yes, worse than Bill Belichick’s decision to lose last week’s game against Colts.  Coach Williams decided to run a fake punt.  Predictably, they did not get the required 22 yards.  Three plays later, Harvard found the end zone for the game winning score.

Williams would take the blame for the horrible idea later saying:

The whole idea was to keep our foot on the pedal, and not play scared. If anyone is looking for somebody to blame, blame this guy right here.

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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.

My Favorite Things

The other night Weller and I got to sending YouTube clips back and forth about our favorite sports moments(that we remember).  They covered just about every sport from the time I was seven to this past February.  So I figured I would put them all up in one place for everyone to see and discuss and I’m sure there will be much of that.

We’ll start with the easy one:

I could watch that all day.  This is the only proof that I have that the Rams were at one time good.  At the time my Dad and I shared season tickets with some other folks and we had the privilege of being at this game the week before.  Before that 1999 season the Rams had spent four years in St. Louis and were a combined 22-42.  To see our team go from that bad to that good and then win the Super Bowl like that was just awesome.  This is still the most exciting Super Bowl ever, no matter what anyone says.

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Everyone Loves A Good Look-Alike

From the time my St. Louis Blues named John Davidson the team president, I always thought he looked like someone.  I could never quite put my finger on it until just about 15 minutes ago when I saw a commercial on ESPN.  It hit me like a ton of bricks. Continue reading

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