Surprise! Find out who the Browns’ QB Is On Sunday.

eric-mangini529I actually like the way Eric Mangini has handled the starting quarterback situation in Cleveland. Both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson had an equal chance to showcase themselves, and in the end, one separated from the pack. Personally, I would have to think the starter will be Brady Quinn, who finished the preseason strong by going 11-15 for 128 yards and a TD against the Titans. It makes perfect sense to finally see if Quinn can be the starter that they drafted. He has played sporadically the past few years and with him and Anderson sharing time, it didn’t allow him to find any sort of rhythm. If I am right, and Quinn is the starter, I expect to see a sharper, more relaxed #10 this season. People forget that two years ago the Browns were a 10-6 team and just missed the playoffs because of a tie-breaker. Stability in the passing game and a new head coach should allow the Browns to return to form and be a dangerous team in the AFC North. I’m not saying they’re gonna knock off the defending champion Steelers, but they will definitely contend. But back to the QB situation, who do you think the starter is? I think Vegas should take bets on this one.

Brandon Marshall is a Disgrace to the NFL.

BrandonMarshall2_t220Brandon Marshall..we get it okay?  You want out of Denver.  You want more money.  You want people to respect you.  Well guess what? All those things need to be earned and quite frankly you haven’t done one thing to deserve a damn thing!  You’ve been accused of numerous domestic assaults.  You got into it with an Orlando police officer in 2004.  Oh and what about that DUI back in ’07?  To top it all off, you were suspended by new head coach Josh McDaniels yesterday for being an idiot and making a mockery of practice (Click here to view the video of Marshall’s behavior).  You should be thankful that you are even allowed to be on a professional football field!  Do you actually think that there is another team out there that wants to deal with you?  Yes, you are immensely talented, but with the antics you pull on a regular basis, not even the Raiders will have you.  Grow up and realize you are a pro ball player.  Be thankful for what you have and keep your mouth shut and stop disrespecting the game.

Gold teeth, and apparently, a gold foot..

chadjohnsonpicSo last night, while sitting around the TV having a few beers, me and a couple friends see Chad Ochocinco kicking the PAT in a pre season game against the Pats.  I will have to say that this was one of the funnier things I have watched.  This man just comes up with the most ridiculous stuff.  Just when you thought Ochocinco might not have anything else up his sleeve, he drills the extra point.  Bengals coach Marvin Lewis then let him kickoff and he blasted it all the way down to the 10 yard line.  To add onto the nonsense, Chad plans to formally change his name to “Esteban Ochocinco” LOL.  Check out the video below to get a good laugh.

Drama Queen? I’m not so sure.

Sucks to be Tavaris Jackson..

Sucks to be Tavaris Jackson..

Brett Favre is a drama queen.  Brett Favre is selfish.  Brett Favre is this, Brett Favre is that.  But is he really?  I’m not so sure.  Yes, it feels as if he retired a million times in the past couple of years, but I actually think that he was trying to be sincere each time.  I truly think it has been so difficult for him to leave the game, that he has actually tried to lie himself into thinking he was retired.  The fire and passion that burns inside of him is obviously so hard to extinguish.  He has tried and tried to put it out, but he just can’t.  This past offseason he probably thought it was finally gone, but it obviously came back strong.  Favre gets villain-ized in all this, but it really isn’t his fault.  I would blame us in the media who do the reporting.  We tend to beat the story to death.  So much so, that it actually pisses fans off when they constantly hear about it.  Favre doesn’t want to piss fans off.  He doesn’t want to be seen as a villain.  This story is just another product of our media system that keeps feeding us until we are too full and get sick to our stomachs.  I have no problem with Favre wrestling with the idea of retirement and coming back.  It is so tough to just drop what you love and leave it behind, especially when you truly feel you have something left in the tank.  Favre, alongside Adrian Peterson, makes the Vikings one of the best teams in the league and a Super Bowl contender.  The Vikings will sell more tickets and the NFL will sell more jerseys because of this deal, so I have no problem with it whatsoever.  Yes, Favre goes back and forth and it drags on, but do you really blame him for not giving up what he has done so well his entire life?  I don’t blame him and I think if he thinks he has something left then it will be a good fit in Minnesota.

Vick Signs With Eagles, PETA fires away.

070202_vick_vmed_3pwidec“PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water.  You have to wonder what sort of message this sends to young fans who care about animals and don’t want them to be harmed.” – PETA spokesman Dan Shannon.

I am a “decent football fan” and that quote really grinds my gears.  Let me start off by saying I do not, in any way, shape or form, agree with what Michael Vick did to those dogs.  BUT, I will say that he served his time and, without a doubt, should be able to resume his football career.  The only message the Eagles are sending by signing Vick is simple.  They are in essence saying, no we don’t agree with what Michael did, but this is America, and in America we believe in second chances.  The Eagles feel as though Michael served his time and has become a better person because of it.  For PETA to come out and say what they said is just beating a dead horse.  It seems more like a publicity stunt to get a little more attention to their cause.  Once again, I am not condoning what Vick did, but I am saying that it is time to move forward and the fact that he is able to live his life again and play football is a good thing.  It is not like he didn’t pay a price for what he did.  What he did to those dogs will remain with him for the rest of his life.  From what we’ve seen so far, he has come out of it a better man. There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone getting out of jail and making a living for himself.  PETA, back off already. Everyone seems to want to move on but you.  Phew, just had to get that off my chest.  Let’s see how the rest of this plays out.

I Will Be Forever Mad At Plaxico Burress

"Man I Wish I Was Still On D-Bo's Good Side."

"Man I Wish I Was Still On D-Bo's Good Side."

So Plaxico Burress is finally going to jail.  Early yesterday, Burress was indicted on 3 different weapons charges stemming from the incident in late November when he shot himself in the leg with his own gun inside the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City.  I’ve been saying it for months now, but I’m gonna say it again.  What a jackass.  Yes Burress did catch the game winning touchdown in Superbowl XLII to knock off the undefeated Patriots.  Yes, he played through frigid conditions and a bad wheel to torch the Green Bay Packers for 154 yards on 11 receptions in the championship game.  His totals for 2007-08 were tremendous: 70 receptions, 1025 yards and 12 TD’s.  But that was 2007.  The Giants decided to extend Burress’ contract the next year and this is how he repaid them.  He played in 10 injury/personal problem plagued games, catching 35 passes and scoring only 4 TD’s.  He then decided to shoot himself in the leg and was suspended for the entire year.  The team still ended up putting together a great 12-4 record and a number one seed in the playoffs, but the G-Men were overmatched by the Eagles in the divisional round.  I blame Plaxico Burress 100% for this past season.  The Giants had a chance to do something special, something that is a rarity in the NFL, and that is to repeat as champs.  The same team from a year ago was in place and they were still riding high from the Superbowl run.  But Plax had to go and ruin it.  He left them answering questions about him every single day.  He left a lingering cloud of uncertainty in the locker room.  He added unnecessary distractions to a team that already had a target on its head before he got in trouble.  The G-Men had a chance to be a true dynasty and Plax ruined it.  Now he will pay the ultimate price and face jail time.  No matter how the rest of this plays out, I will be forever mad at Plaxico Burress.

Michael Vick Reinstated

"Gotta wait 4 more games.  Woof."

"Gotta wait 4 more games. Woof."

Michael Vick was officially reinstated into the NFL earlier today after being suspended indefinitely for his role in an illegal dogfighting ring. Under the terms of the conditional reinstatement, put together by commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick will be allowed to sign with any team, participate in pre-season workouts and meetings and also be allowed to participate in the final two pre-season games. The catch in all of this is that Vick, who already served his 23 month prison sentence, will be suspended for the first 4 games of the season and be eligible to play in week 6 of this season. According to a source close to Vick, he was said to be “shocked” over the ruling that he be suspended for the beginning of the season.

Earlier this week rumors floated around that commissioner Goodell would suspend Vick for 4 games, but some were unsure whether or not he would actually follow through with it. Bills Wide Receiver Terrell Owens disagreed with further suspending Vick by saying, “I don’t think it’s really fair for him to be suspended four more games. It’s almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground.” T.O. followed up those comments by adding, “There’s a number of guys around the league that have done far more worse things than that and gotten a second chance. So I don’t see why he shouldn’t.

I think this is the first time that I would actually have to agree with Terrell Owens. It does seem rather ridiculous that Vick will be suspended for the first 4 games of this year. Vick served his time for the crime and I truly believe he should be allowed to resume his football career immediately. Is there really a message being sent here by suspending him for 4 more games? I think not. If he hasn’t learned his lesson by now after being in jail for nearly 2 years, what good will 4 more games do. The NFL might as well have him playing and sell a few more jerseys.