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Great Day to be a Chiefs Fan in Jorts

1) This is the year of the 68 passer rating. In the rain, the Chiefs hold on to beat the Chargers in the opening kick-off of the new Arrowhead Stadium, (some of you may ask:  What’s a new Arrowhead? It’s a knife so watch your back, I will now referred to it as such so not to deceive people who want to go, I mean the stadium is in Missouri.) Not only did Matt Cassel have a passer rating of 68- it was also the number of yards he threw for. This definitely did not look like the Charlie Weis offense we saw last year with Clausen gunning it around at Notre Dame, but this time his team won.  Yet beware Chuck being too cautious could lead to an embarrassing exit in Kansas City.  Romeo thanks for beefing up the KC defense, missed tackles and blown assignments have been a fixture for the past two and half seasons. Oh wait, there was still a former Boise State receiver left wide open for an easy touchdown that made all of us sweat. But too Romee’s credit the Chiefs held strong against two fourth down situations deep in KC territory.

# 23 in this weeks Bearded Guy Poll

2) FCS teams are not to be trifled with.  After victories at Ole Miss and Virginia Tech, many athletic directors will be looking at their match up this week and hope they can survive  their ‘cupcake’ before entering into Conference play.  It’s quiet apparent that North Dakota State should be in the top 25 despite their loss to Northern Iowa, based simply on the round-a-bout logic of Kansas losing to them (6-3) then Kansas Beating 15 Georgia Tech (28-25) and coming in with a 1-0 record.

So here’s The Bearded Guy’s first Edition  Top 25

1-6) Ohio St-Alabama-Boise-Oklahoma-TCU-Nebraska

7-10) Some really good teams and Florida

11) Northern Iowa 1-0, Key Win: NDSU

12-21) Some good teams and LSU

22) The Denard Robinson’s and 20+ practice hours

23) NDSU 1-1, Key Win: Kansas  Admirable Defeats: 11 Northern Iowa

24) Virginia Tech, 0-2, com’on they have really cool uniforms so they get to stay

25) Kansas 1-1, Key Win: Last weeks 15 GT  Admirable Defeat: NDSU, I mean seriously losing to a ranked team by a field goal can’t hurt you!

Wasn't playing Youngstown St. in Week 2

3) Time to be serious: I observed that freshmen are still freshmen: when you put them on the road week two at number one, they might figuratively crap themselves (See Penn State at Alabama). The score reflects total domination, not the two turnovers in the first half in the red-zone that killed the lions, but not Joe Paterno.

Grinnell 2-0 and Monmouth 0-2

4) Apparently preseason Division III rankings do not mean all that much, go figure. As my Alma Mater, preseason 240, decided they would play spoiler on the road against an opponent with post-season aspirations. Not only that, it was the 1000th game in the programs history and would have made the Monmouth head coach the winning-est coach in the program’s history. This was salt in the wound for Alex Taney who was injured on the first pass play of the game, turns out the offensive line might have been a little suspect. I hope he’s able to make it back for basketball season and he can make the trip to Darby. I remember him referring to our student section so lovingly. If you don’t get the references its Grinnell vs. Monmouth. Shout out to the  Grinnell student body for giving the pioneers a heroes welcome upon the teams arrival home.  I don’t think the Pioneers, not the ones who didn’t make it to the Mississippi River, are satisfied just with these two games but it’s a great start for Jeff Pedersen’s squad.

Week 1-2 High School Team of the Week

5) Gardner Edgerton is my high school team of the week.  2-0 and coached by my former high school coach, Marvin Diener, they lost in the state final last year to a loaded Hutchinson (KS) team. I don’t see Diener and a top prospect Bubba Starling (Real name, I promise) letting that happen again.

In jest, yet serious

The Bearded Guy

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In the words of the immortal Eric B. & Rakim “It’s been a long time, and I shouldn’t have left you, without a dope blog by the Blasian to step to!” or something to that effect..(Let’s not quibble over the particulars). Here in the land of 김치 (Kim Chi) things have been pretty busy…I had about 2 weeks vacay, visited a homie out in 대구(Daegu), my computer broke down on me, was introduced to my new favorite Korean food 찜닭 (Chim Dalk; only to find out there are no restaurants by me that sell it) and moved apts.  So as you can see, I’ve had a pretty busy couple of weeks…but still that’s no excuse.  So without further adieu let’s get into this week’s…..“Simply RiCOCKulous”!! 

1) Those of you who know the Blasian personally, know that I can be called a lot of things… i.e; Loveable, Sarcastic, All-Powerful, Handsome, Awe –inspiring, A Modern-Day Adonis, and most importantly HUMBLE….but Fashionista is definitely NOT one of them.  However, this latest assault on my eyes makes me want to audition for the next season of Project Runway, just so I can have some credentials behind my name when I slap the people responsible for these New Orleans Hornets Jersey’s. 

The WORST JERSEY's EVER!!

 

Congrats, we have a winner in the UGLIEST Sports Jersey’s EVER, contest!   I am 100% positive, that if you sat The Joker and Liberace in a room together with a mountain of PCP, then told them to create a basketball jersey…. that this is what they would have come up with!  I mean I know it’s Mardi Gras and the folks in “Ouisiana” just won the Super Bowl, but COME ON!! This is just hurtful and mean!!….Needless to say those are NBA Players not employees at Popeye’s Chicken (no offense, b/c I like Popeye’s chicken) and should not be dressed like Clowns. 

Why So Serious Kennedy?!...I LOVE THOSE UNI's!

 

Just  think of what you guys will say when you wake up from your month-long party hangover and turn on the tube to see your beloved Chris Paul and the Hornets in those jersey’s! I know, I know a pretty sobering thought indeed! But the real victim here is Mr. Chris Paul.  Not only does he have to basically play by himself night in and night out, but now he’s forced to dress like a disciple of Barney the Dinosaur?!?!…Have some heart and compassion, New Orleans.  Not just for poor lil Chris Paul but also for my retina’s…..PLEASE BURN these Jersey’s right away.. 

We Love Them Too!!!

 

I mean you guys were already so embarrassed that you put NOLA on the jersey and not New Orleans or the Hornets, b/c some people might actually get confused by the abbreviation and not be able to pin it back on you guys…So to whatever individuals created and then made an NBA team wear these affronts to professionalism I say….. “Simply RiCOCKulous” 


 

2) Canadian Exuberance!…Before I start let me 1st say that I LOVE CANADA!…well more specifically just Toronto!  In a perfect world,  during the summer months of my retirement from working I want to live in Toronto. It’s absolutely one of my favorite cities in the World.  It’s got the diversity that makes America great, the bustle of a Major Global City and yet still maintains some of the serenity of a close-knit community. However, the Rest of Canada can pretty much disappear and I’d be pretty cool with it. I didn’t always feel this way until just recently.  And yea, I know Congrats are in order for winning on the most Gold Medals for this year’s Winter Olympics! But this whole we WON the Olympics and are the BEST COUNTRY EVER now, thing really needs to calm down! 

You see, after Americans, the 2nd most represented nation of foreigners here in Korea is Canadians! (Which has lowered their national population from 500 – 400 people)  and boy have they been OBNOXIOUS!  So let’s take a deeper look into Oh Canada’s Olympic Performance.  The Leaf State, (hey we all know it’s a matter of time b4 annexation) Canada had 14 Gold Medals and 26 Total.  A great feat indeed but come on, Curling???..Not really a sport so we’ll take that down to 13 Gold’s and 24 (they won the silver in Curling  too) total. 

On the other hand….The U.S. set an Olympic Record this year, nope, not for having the most inappropriate post victory pictures.  but for winning the MOST MEDALS EVER  (37; which by the way is 11 more than your total including the non-sport of Curling) in WINTER OLYMPICS HISTORY!! But you don’t hear us sounding like we just got Carte Blanche to invade another country!!  (at least I don’t think so

That’s because the US doesn’t really care about the Winter Olympics that much….I mean I personally watched about 30 mins total of the Olympics and that all came in the form of highlights on my comp or Korean TV, which shows Kim Yu Na, every 5 seconds..(Even as you read this she’s in some obscure Korean TV commercial…yes, now!). 

Yep, here she is AGAIN!!

 

And we only watched the Hockey Final b/c it would have been historic to say we beat you guys in the game that’s on your money.    So to all you Canadian’s who won’t shut up about it…Here’s a little reminder…Canada as a nation is still…“Simply RiCOCKulous”! 


 

3) In case you haven’t noticed, there is no Football being played right now…and if you are just like me the PS3 football game is just not like watching the real thing.  However, the wonderful thing about the NFL is that even though there is an off-season, the League is never really on vacation. Right now the combine is going strong and Free-Agency is about to pop off.  Which brings us to sad, sad news that is the release of Mr. LaDainian Tomlinson from the Whale’s Vagina Chargers!! In the back of my mind I know that all professional sports are simply a  business but the LT has done more for Chargers organization than any other RB in the team’s HISTORY!  Don’t believe me take some time out and check out his stats.    So, where’s the loyalty?!?!  And you even made the man cry at his press conference. 

Due to this the Blasian and the rest of the Reverse Oreo Family will def be wishing, Mr. Tomlinson  good luck (and most likely your partner in crime Darren Sproles too) on your new address.  But take solace in this Mr. Tomlinson, The CHARGERS run attack will SUCK next year…May the Football Gods shine favor on you!!   And to the Business Nature of the Game I say.…“Simply RiCOCKulous”! 

  

It aint right to make LT cry!!

 

Honorable Mention: 

I finally saw the LeBron James and Gang movie, “More Than A Game” and came away very impressed. A definite recommend to anyone who loves LeBron James, Akron Ohio, Sports or Basketball Movies in general.  It hits on a lot of subjects like  father-son relationships, overcoming your environment and the pitfalls of fame at a young age.  So if you haven’t seen the movie yet go see it and this …  “Simply RiCOCKulous” is for you!
 

  

– Kennedy Wong  a.k.a. The BLASIAN

Round two of the NFL Playoffs have come and gone and a couple things are clear.  First, I can’t pick games to save my life right now.  Second, Tony Romo is not ready to take the next step and I’m not sure if he’ll ever be.  Third, Philip Rivers is a pretty good quarterback but he’s only good enough to get you there but not good enough to win it. 

Thanks Indy for keeping me from losing all four games on the weekend.  The Bearded One and I both agreed the over/under for the Arizona – New Orleans was too low at 57 but boy were we wrong.  The game ended at 59.  Man, those guys are good.  I don’t know how many times I’ve questioned the lines but somehow they always come through. 

Forget about what I (and The Blasian) said about the Cowboys doing an impression of the 2008 Giants.  The Giant had a REAL quarterback, a quarterback that didn’t fold when the team needed him most.  If Eli Manning had folded in the Super Bowl, we’d still be talking about the undefeated Patriots.  And, I’d never have to see or hear about the 1972 Dolphins again. 

I’m sorry Cowboy fans but you’ll never win anything with Romo.  In past years Terrell Owens was the problem but where does the blame lie now?  It should fall squarely on the shoulders of the quarterback.  How do you follow-up the solid game against the Eagles in the Wild Card game by stinking up the joint against the Vikings.  Romo’s quarterback rating was 66.1 while grandpa Favre’s rating was 134.4.  Face it Dallas fans, it wasn’t Terrell Owens, it wasn’t Jessica Simpson, it was Tony Romo.  He’s hit the ceiling already.  There’s no next level for him.  He can have a million dollar smile but right now I’d take ten other quarterbacks in a big game, including The Sanchise because he’s found a way to get things done.  All you Romo fans, call me when he wins something.   

Philip Rivers, you broke my heart.  I’ve been on your bandwagon since you got drafted out of NC State.  I hated the way Eli Manning pouted on draft day so I immediately became a Rivers fan.  I told my friends to watch out for Rivers because he would win more than Eli.  It didn’t happen and it will never happen.  Not only would I, and Charger fans, want Eli Manning now but I would also take an older Drew Brees.  Remember him San Diego fans?  He had to go to make room for Philip and now Brees makes it rain every Sunday.  Rivers can throw for thousands and thousands of yards a year but, until he wins the big one, I could give a shit. 

Has Norv Turner been fired yet?

Can we write an obituary on LaDainian Tomlinson’s career?  I don’t think anyone is scared of him anymore. 

Is The Sanchise for real?  Sure, he doesn’t have great numbers but he’s finding ways to get it done and that’s what matters.

Does Kurt Warner know where he is yet?  He got jacked-up big-time.  Looks like SoCal Matt will be the Cardinals quarterback next year. 

Can someone with a Dallas uniform please cover Sidney Rice?

Last week didn’t go so well.  1-3 against the number, with Dallas being the only thing I got right, so the man would have been very happy with me.  What went wrong?  Seems The Sanchise was enough, considering Ochocinco decided not to show up for the game.  That thing I said about Ben Watson?  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  Yes, Aaron Rodgers had a monster game but his fumble cost the Packers the game.  Thanks Aaron, maybe you are just like Brett Favre after all.  He did throw that interception against the Giants in the NFC Championship game that led to an end of the Packers 2007 season. 

On to the games:

Baltimore @ Indianapolis (-6.5)

Pick:  Colts

This number is funny.  I thought it would be higher but then I noticed that the Colts have the 24th ranked rushing defense.  They gave up 126.5 yards per game during the regular season.  Remember how bad their rushing defense was during their Super Bowl year?  Somehow they turned it up in the playoffs and were stopping people.  I don’t know how much they can stop Ray Rice.  No matter, too much Manning and Wayne with a little Dallas Clark and the Colts win and cover.

Arizona @ New Orleans (-7)

Pick:  Cardinals

First team to 40 wins this one.  Or is it 50?  Boldin looks like he might play in this game but how healthy is he if they haven’t made the decision yet?  This will probably be the most exciting game of the playoffs.  I think New Orleans wins but Arizona covers.  Hopefully Sean Payton doesn’t forget how to coach in the playoffs like he did against the Bears in the 2007. 

Dallas @ Minnesota (-3)

Pick:  Cowboys

For some reason I like the Dallas to win this game straight up.  I AGREE with The Blasian about the Cowboys doing and their 2008 New York Giants impression.  Favre will get hit in this game and he won’t like that.  Look for some crazy throws and jump balls.  Romo keeps on moving to erase the memory of him not winning the big games, or games past November 30th.

New York Jets @ San Diego (-7.5)

Pick:  Chargers

The Sanchise goes back to SoCal but San Diego isn’t Washington State so the homecoming might not be so sweet.  If Philip Rivers can’t get it done, he’s dead to me.  I’ve defended him against the Eli Manning critics since he came in the league but he keeps disappointing me.  I know I’m in the ROK but I didn’t hear much about LaDanian Tomlinson this year.  Did I miss something?  It should be The Antonio Gates Show and that’ll do it for the Chargers.   

Who is Pete Axthelm you ask?  Remember, I’m old.  Pete Axthelm was on the NFL on NBC and ESPN Primetime in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  He’s the reason I gamble.  He knew everything about betting on football and horse racing.  “The Ax” was awesome.

(2010 NFL Playoffs Week 2 “Let’s try this again”)

First off before I get into my actual picks this week, let me start by apologizing to my mom, my pastor and everybody else who has called me and is embarrassed by my picks from last week.  I know, I know 1-3 aint going to cut it! That’s why I’m GUARANTEEING that I will do better this week (and if I don’t, too damn bad!).  So now that, that is over, let’s get right into my picks for this week!

NFC GAMES:

Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys

“OLD MAN RIVER, JUST KEEPS ON ROLLING ALONG”…I think that should be the theme song for this current reincarnation of the Minnesota Vikings. I’ll be the first one to admit that during the beginning of the season I thought Brett “I’ve been playing since your dad was a twinkle in your Grandma’s eye” Favre, was done and just couldn’t shake the need to be in the spotlight. Boy did he prove me wrong! Behind Lazarus Favre, All-Day Peterson (the 2nd Best RB in the League), and Jarred Allen the Vikings have been pretty darn good. On the other hand, sometimes all it takes is getting over the initial hump and then the rest is pie! And this might be just the situation for the Cowboys, coming off their 1st playoff victory with the Rominator at the helm and the 1st since 2004 (I bet the Eagles wish they had flown Jessica Simpson to the game) . Also, it doesn’t hurt that the Boys are doing a great NY Giants of 2008 impression (an ok season and getting insanely hot right before the playoffs) and challenging the Bolts as the hottest team in the L. So for me this comes down to 2 simple things. 1st: Dallas’ WR’s are better than MIN’s…this means the DB’s for the Vikes are going to have hell all day and 2nd: the Cowboy’s Defense is better! They are not a one horse unit like the Vikings. Demarcus Ware has a lot of other talented guys around him so I’m going to give the edge to the Boys on this one…”How BOUT DEM COWBOYS?!”

Pick: Cowboys: DAL 25 – MIN 21

New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals

The only pick that I got right all last week faces the Saints…Now, just on general principle it is hard for me to pick any team in the NFC South that does not have a bird for a logo! And believe you and me it’s even harder to pick against Early Doucet’s  impressive gun collection and our fave Civil War Vet and QB leader of the local bible study, the Rev’d General Stonewall Warner, who I am sure is going to be giving it all he’s got. However, and it’s weird for me to say this… but I feel like the Aints are the team of destiny this year…and although, I’m not an Aints fan I do pull for the city of N.O. (only for the facts that they gave us jazz and Lil Wayne is from there!) So despite the great cookies that Mrs. Warner baked during last Thursday’s prayer meeting, I’m still going to have to go with the Aints in this one.

Pick: Saints: NO 42 – AZ 38

AFC GAMES:

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

Joe Flacco might just be the luckiest man in the WORLD! I mean you get to be a starting NFL QB, only throw 10 passes, connect on a WHOPPING 4 of them and still win a playoff game?!?!…Either that or you are lucky to play for the Ravens and that aging D-fence that is still one of the best in the L! Plus, when did Ray Rice decide to change his name to Jamal Lewis? …But wait, Joe’s luck doesn’t stop there, he gets the HONOR of not having to pay for his front row seat this weekend! That’s right!, He gets to watch a REAL QB, and one of the best to ever do it this weekend for free! Yep, the CHOSEN ONE, Payton Manning will be kind enough to demonstrate to Joe how to pick apart those very same brain teasing D-fensive schemes he sees EVERY DAY in practice, and in less time than it takes Joe to tie his shoes! I guess, Rod Stewart said it best..”Some guys have all the luck!”….Colts win this one, easily!

P.S. thanks Randy Moss for not providing any supporting evidence last weekend of my opinion of you as the most talented and best receiver EVER to play the game! I appreciate that!

Pick: Colts: INDY 36 – BAL 21

 

 

New York JETS vs. San Diego Chargers

DAM YOU MARK SANCHEZ!! By winning last week in such convincing fashion and robbing me of getting to watch the marketing machine known as Chad Ochocinco for at least 1 more week you have made this personal (Insert Your Own Four Letter Tirade Here)! From here on out I am ANTI- Mark Sanchez in EVERYTHING! So I’m picking the Bolts to win…well not just b/c I hate the Sanchize but also b/c Philip Rivers is the most underrated QB in the league who like a Stone Cold Steve Austin circa’ 1999, “JUST WHIPS YOUR ASS” (that reference is for you The Mark). Also add that the Whale’s Vagina team is arguably the hottest team going into the playoffs (having won 11 straight) and healthy!!…The Chargers will take this one, so get used to Sean Merriman doing his epilepsy dance, b/c you’re going to have to watch it for at least 1 more week.

Pick: Chargers: SD 29 – NY 22

– The BLASIAN