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Friday, December 3, 2010

Reponse to "Hey, Coach Stoops, win one for the Big 12." by Jennifer Floyd Engel

I'd like to say even with my lack of journalist skills and the name of this blog being 'Biased Sports,' that I don't put out the same kind of shit as Ms. Engel...if I do please tell me and I'll stop because this article is total bull shit.

The article was an open letter to Bob Stoops and the Sooner team. She congratulated them on winning Big XII South by saying that they barely got it from Texas and Texas A&M. She says she's not whining repeatively but in my opinion she definitely is. The letter it's self is full of ignorant statements about Nebraska and how the Sooners need to beat them. I think she totally forgets that it's a game and it's college students. She claims that Nebraska had no impact on the Big XII. We'll see about that once Nebraska leaves. Also claims that Nebraska will get their ass handed to them by Wisconsin and Ohio State. She's even so ignorant that she added in about people complaining about officiating during Texas and Texas A&M games, which were obviously in favor of Texas and Texas A&M shouldn't be any coincedence that both games had the same officiating crew. She definitely wrote this to piss off Husker fans, which she did, because she calls out Tom Osborne as not being classy...really? One of the best college coaches...she's definitely not getting respect by anyone for this article that knows anything about anything. She's also blind of the matter that Nebraska is known for having a great fan base by claiming they only have 14 fans in Lincoln. She admits she likes being bombarded with hate mail. Some how she brings the Cotton bowl into the mix and wishing them 'nothing but fail'. What a nice lady, right? She's right college athletics and colleges need money. That's why it's great to go to the Big Ten, athletics and academics gets money so even more scholarships. Why do you think small schools play top teams? Money...does she want Texas, Missouri, and who ever wagon she jumps on to only play top teams all season and let small schools stay small and never get a shot at being this seasons George Mason? She admits being scared of Bo Pelini, she better be if he read her shit, and doesn't even explain what the issue with Carl Pelini was and tries totally change what happened by making it seem like he was attacking Texas A&M players. "The last thing anybody outside Lincoln wants this weekend is to see Pelini dressed like a high school gym coach, chewing his gum, carrying his laminated play sheet, strutting around JerryWorld believing he showed us as he walks off to the numerically incorrect Big Ten." First off I'm in Florida and I love seeing Bo Pelini smacking his gum in anger, I like coaches that care about the game like I do, and we will win the Big XII for the last time just like we did in the last year of the Big 8. She also neglects to say Texas was the one that started the let's leave the Big XII but didn't because the Pac 10 couldn't give them their own tv network or the money.

So I'm not going to talk any shit about Oklahoma, but I want Nebraska to beat them for the sake of the rivalry and of course a Championship! Oklahoma started off shakey and finished strong, that's normally not good specially since Nebraska started off strong and started to wilter a little with the injury to star quarterback Taylor Martinez. Both sides have plenty of motovation this game will be great. I'd say a shoot out but Nebraska's defense won't allow that. There will be many big hits, maybe a few injuries due to it. It'll be either a great way or a bitter way to leave the Big XII but Nebraska has many fond memories of being in it and as you can tell the Big XII doesn't want them to leave by all the crap they've done out of jealousy. They were too scared to bring a Big XII representive to the game to award Nebraska the Big XII North trophy. Nebraska had an impact on the Big XII as did Colorado. Colorado just hasn't been very good as of lately so they're not getting any publicity about it and that's how you know it's not about the Big XII falling apart it's just about people getting too emotional about rivalries.

Link to "Hey, Coach Stoops, win one for the Big 12." by Jennifer Floyd Engel for Star-Telegram.com: http://bit.ly/gIpMhw

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy NFL Thanksgiving

To start off Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their day with their friends and family. As everyone knows football is part of pretty much 99% of families traditions for Thanksgiving if they just watch NFL or go out and play in their backyard or even both. Well of course I'm a girl so I don't play football, and neither does anyone in my family for that matter, so I watch it.

The early game was Patriots vs. Lions. I expected it to be just like last year another game that we all had to watch miserably wishing it had some action but not this year. Patriots only scored off a 19 yard field goal and the Lions had a 19 yard touchdown from Shaun Hill to Calvin Johnson in the 1st quarter (7-3 Lions). 2nd quarter a 1 yard touchdown run by Maurice Morris for a Lion touchdown and a 44 yard field goal to put the Lions 17-10 over the Patriots who scored on a 15 yard touchdown run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. 2nd half started out good then by the 4th quarter it was like the recent Thanksgiving games in Detriot. Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady and Deion Branch also caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady in the 3rd quarter while the Lions' Maurice Morris had his 2nd touchdown of the game on another 1 yard run (24-24). In the 4th quarter it was all Patriots, Wes Welker and Deion Branch for the 2nd time in the game and half caught a touchdown pass by Tom Brady, which game him 4 touchdowns in the game, and also BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his 2nd rushing touchdown of the game, a 1 yard touchdown. 45-24 was the final score. Tom Brady won the MVP award for this Thanksgiving game with throwing 21 completions out of 27 attempts for 341 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Ndamukong Suh became the new holder of a Lions record, most sacks for a defensive player in their rookie season. Suh only had 1 sack in the game but 3 tackles and 1 assist.

This one will be hard for me to write.
The Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving game, 2nd time in Cowboys Stadium, against the Saints. The Saints went 17-0 in the 1st quarter with a 3 yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory after a huge play by Drew Brees to Devery Henderson  for 57 yards to put them into the red zone. Garrett Hartley made a 50 yard field goal. Chris Ivory, had another touchdown in the 1st quarter, a 6 yard touchdown run. Nothing but field goals in the 2nd quarter. David Buehler made 2, a 21 yard and a career long of 53 yarder. Garrett Hartley made a 45 yard field goal to add to the Saints led. Half time (20-6 Saints). 2nd play in the 2nd quarter Miles Austin  ran for a 60 yard touchdown to start the Cowboys momentum. Garrett Hartley was sent out to kick for the Saints he nailed a 28 yard field goal. Marion Barber punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out to make the score 23-20 Saints. Both teams scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Tashard Choice scored his 1st touchdown of the season 1 yard out gave the Cowboys the lead for the 1st time at 27-23 but then Roy Williams fumbled in the red zone and the Saints recovered and got a 12 yard touchdown pass by Dree Brees to Lance Moore which was the last scoring play so the final score was 30-27 Saints. Cowboys came close to possibly tieing but Jason Garrett showed how much of a rookie coach he was by his clock management and 2 minute offense. Cowboys never used 2 time outs during in their last offensive drive and tried for a 59 yard field goal which was missed. I don't know who won the MVP award because I turned off the tv and left the room.

First Thanksgiving game hosted at the New Meadowlands Stadium, shared by the New York Giants and the New York Jets in New Jersey. The Jets were using the stadium for the night Thanksgiving game versus the Bengals. The first half was horrible for the Bengals, just like their season as been. There was no scoring in the 1st quarter by either team. The Jets scored first on their first drive of the 2nd quarter after Carson Palmer was intercepted Jim Leonhard. They had to settle for a 27 yard field goal by Nick Folk to put them on the scoreboard (3-0 Jets). The Bengals scored a 5 yard pass by Carson Palmer to rookie Jordan Shipley to put them on the board and in the lead (7-3 Bengals). Second play from scrimmage in the 2nd half Brad Smith ran 53 yards for a Jets touchdown (10-7 Jets). Couple drives later Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for a 13 yard Jets touchdown (17-7 Jets). Bengals first drive of the 4th quarter ended with a good 28 yard field goal attempt by Aaron Pettrey (17-10 Jets). The kickoff by Pettrey was returned, by Brad Smith, 89 yards for a Jets touchdown (24-10 Jets). Even the Jets defense got in with the scoring with sack on Carson Palmer in the end zone by Trevor Pryce for a safety (26-10 Jets). This was Trevor Pryce's first sack of the season. The Jets offense, defense, and special teams all scored points. Final score of 26-10 Jets defeat Bengals.


Links:
Link to boxscores- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/ibiDfC
2010 Saints-Cowboys rapid reaction- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/g6wwz3

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vick single handedly beats the Redskins; Eagles vs. Redskins

Michael Vick, Eagles quarterback, scored 42 points, 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. Vick threw 88 yards to DeSean Jackson on the 1st play from scrimmage for a touchdown, Jackson's 1st of 2 catches of the game (7-0 Eagles). Eagles scored 6 times in the 1st half in 8 drives. Vick rushed 7 yards for a touchdown on the Eagles second drive after going 63 yards in 5 plays (14-0 Eagles). 7 plays after a Donovan McNabb interception, Vick to LeSean McCoy for an 11 yard passing touchdown (21-0 Eagles). McCoy is the Eagles top rusher, not in this game though, had no rushing touchdowns. Redskins weren't able to get a 1st down so they punted the ball over to the Eagles. Eagles then after 2 plays got 2 1st downs to the 50 yard line where Jerome Harrison was given the ball by Vick and rushed in 50 yards for a touchdown (28-0 Eagles). Harrison caught a 15 yards reception by Vick to set up his 50 yard run. The 1st play of the 2nd quarter was a 48 yard pass by Vick to Jeremy Maclin for a touchdown (35-0 Eagles). The ruling that the ball broke the plane was challenged by Mike Shanahan, Redskins head coach, and the ruling was upheld for a touchdown. The Redskins finally answered back, 1st play of the drive was for 71 yards by McNabb to Fred Davis, and the 2nd play was a 3 yard touchdown by McNabb to Darrel Young (35-7 Eagles). Young's only catch of the game. Eagles for the 1st time game the ball over to the Redskins not by kick off. Sav Rocca punted for the 1st time. McNabb threw to Keiland Williams for another touchdown (35-14 Eagles). Rocca punted again and McNabb threw an interception to Dimitri Patterson. Eagles capitalized off this turnover. Vick ran for 21 yards to set up a 6 yard touchdown run, again Vick (42-14 Eagles). This was Vick's 2nd rushing touchdown of the game. Redskins weren't capable of getting a first down and punted to Eagles which DeSean Jackson returned for 12 yards. The Eagles were only able to come out with a field goal, a 48 yard attempt was nailed by David Akers (25-14 Eagles). The last play of the 1st half was a McNabb being sacked for -13 yards by Trevor Laws. The Redskins got the ball first after half time 9 plays after kickoff Keiland Williams rushed for 4 yards for a touchdown (45-21 Eagles). The Eagles answer back in 11 plays, 1 delay of game penalty, with Vick throwing to Jason Avant for a 3 yard touchdown (52-21 Eagles). On the 3rd play of the Redskins next drive McNabb was intercepted by Dimitri Patterson, 2nd interception on the night, which he returned 40 yards for 6 points, extra point good by Akers (59-21 Eagles). Back-to-back drives ended with punts by Redskins and Eagles. Redskins gain 4 1st downs to Eagles' 32 yard line that set up a 32 yard touchdown run by Keiland Williams (59-28 Eagles). That was the only score in the 4th quarter.

Michael Vick ended up having 20 completions of 28 attempts for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions passing. Michael Vick, rushing, had 8 carries for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. His longest run was a 21 yards. Donovan McNabb had 17 completions of 31 attempts for 295 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Jerome Harrison was the top rusher of the game with 11 carries for 109 yards and 1 touchdown. The touchdown run was his longest of the game, 50 yards. DeSean Jackson was the top receiver with only 2 catches for 98 yards and 1 touchdown. Longest catch was the very first from the scrimmage a 88 yard touchdown pass from Vick. 4 Eagles' receivers had 1 touchdown; DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and LeSean McCoy (listed as running back). David Akers was 8-for-8 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals. Graham Gano was 4-for-4 on extra points and didnt attempted any field goals. Eagles' had 592 net yards and Redskins' had 375 net yards. Both teams committed 6 penalties, Eagles' lost 35 yards from them and Redskins' 41 yards. Both teams were 100% in the red zone efficiency and goal to go efficiency.

I don't get how people can say Vick is changed just because he played great during this game. Yes, Vick is an awesome football but changed as a person? How can we tell by how he plays? I still dislike him and I probably will never like him. At first I knew a lot of people that were Eagles' fans that hated the idea of Vick but now that he's playing awesome they've jumped on his band wagon. So I guess it's just like a book who cares what happens in the begining or in the middle, how ever it ends is the way we remember it. So forget what he did to those innocent dogs in Atlanta since he can run and pass? I don't think so. He is one hell of a player but I'm grateful my team didn't pick him up. I'd rather have good citizens with talent than criminals with extraordinary talent.

Links:
Boxscore- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/9bsU1z
Michael Vick at No. 3 on MVP Watch- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/cAU653

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New head coach sparks the Cowboys past the Giants

On Monday, November 8th, 2010 Wade Phillips was fired as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach. Wade Phillips with the Cowboys had a record of 44-32 with only 1 playoff win. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was named head coach by owner and GM Jerry Jones. Jason Garrett started as most first time head coaches do tough (or at least act tough).

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, the team that took out their beloved Tony Romo for most of the season in Week 7, 33-20 in Week 10. In the 1st half the Cowboys showed their emotion for the first time this season by scoring 9 points unanswered, a touchdown and a field goal. Lawrence Tynes, Giants' place kicker, scored the first points of the game (3-0 Giants). Next drive for the Cowboys, Jon Kitna connected with Dez Bryant, rookie, for 45 yards to the Giants' 13 yard line. Very next play was a 13 yard touchdown from Kitna to Bryant, first was ruled incomplete but Jason Garrett challenged and it was overturned for a Cowboy touchdown (6-3 Cowboys)! The extra point was no good by David Buehler. Few drives later, Cowboys on a continuation drive that started on the their 36 yard line started the 2nd quarter, drive ended with a David Buehler 22 yard field goal (9-3 Cowboys). On the kickoff, Buehler kicked the football out of bounds which gave the Giants the ball on the Cowboys' 40 yard line. This Giants drive ended up going into the Cowboys' red zone but the Cowboys came out with the touchdown by an Eli Manning interception that Bryan McCann ran back 101 yards for a pick 6 (16-3 Cowboys). The Giants received the kick off at their own 10 yards and returned it 15 yards. Those 15 yards were then taken back on the next play by a personal foul penalty on the Giants. Another penalty to back the Giants another 5 yards, back-to-back penalties. The Giants weren't able to get out of the 1st & 25 hole they dug them self into. Matt Dodge's, Giants' rookie punter, punt went out of bounds so the Cowboys got the ball on the Giants' 40 yard line. Great field position for the Cowboys but they were only able to get a 23 yard field goal out of it (19-3 Cowboys). Back-to-back field goal drives, Giants' Tynes nailed a 25 yard field goal to cut the Cowboys lead to 13 (19-6 Cowboys). Cowboys go into half time feeling great with a 13 point lead and the Giants feeling a little humiliated at home. Opening drive of the 2nd half started at the Cowboys' 29 yard line after a 23 yard return by Bryan McCann. After 2 plays for no gain then Jon Kitna threw to Felix Jones for a 71 yard touchdown (26-6 Cowboys)! Giants answer back in 9 plays with an 5 yard touchdown from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham (26-13 Cowboys). Jon Kitna answers back as well in 7 plays with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin (33-13 Cowboys). Eli Manning completes to Kevin Boss for a 35 yard touchdown in only 3 plays (33-20 Cowboys). There was absolutely no scoring in the 4th quarter but Jon Kitna was picked off by Deon Grant and Eli Manning was picked off by Alan Ball, his first interception of his career. Eli Manning also fumbled after he recovered a bad snap and it was recovered by the Cowboys' Anthony Spencer.

The Cowboys win snapped the Giants 5 game winning streak and the Cowboys 5 game losing streak. Giants are now 6-3 while the Cowboys are 2-7. The Giants coming in to the game were being regarded the best team in the NFL but they only had the lead at one time and it was a lead of 3 points... The New Meadowlands Stadium wasn't ready for such a defeat that towards the end of the 3rd quarter the stadiums power shut off, I know the Cowboys were playing lights out but I don't think they wanted to play in the dark.

Some stats:
Top Passer: Eli Manning, Giants, threw 33 completions of 48 passes for 373 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions
Top Rusher: Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants, had 20 carries for 73 yards and 0 touchdowns
Top Receiver: Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had 3 catches for 104 yards and 1 touchdown (1st time in his career over 100 yards and only in 3 catches wow!)
Top Cowboys Passer: Jon Kitna threw 13 completions of 22 passes for 327 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interceptions
The Cowboys average starting position was on their own 28 yard line
The Giants had 25 first downs and the Cowboys had only 15
The Cowboys commited only 5 penalties, not much compared to how much they were committing in the first games of the seasons, for 60 yards and the Giants committed 8 penalties for 69 yards
The Cowboys had no fumbles only 1 turnover while the Giants put the ball on the ground twice but only turned over 1 of those but had 3 total turnovers, including Eli Manning's to 2 interceptions
All touchdowns were passing besides the pick 6 by Bryan McCann
The Giants had possession of the football over 10 more minutes than the Cowboys; Giants 37:51, Cowboys 22:09

Links
Boxscore- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/b7rZKe
Power outage delays game in New Meadowlands- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/aeGlw9
Out of the Dark- DallasCowboys.com: http://bit.ly/cjxkcq
Notes, Statistics & Anecdotes- NYGiants.com: http://bit.ly/doSCu6

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday Night Football; Ravens vs. Falcons

The Falcons and Ravens both came into the game 6-2 with playoffs still in sight. Falcons came into the Georgia Dome 4-0 on the season. The Falcons were wearing throwbacks from their begining seasons as an expansion team in 1966. Both quarterbacks were drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft and both started in their rookie season.

1st half:
Ray Lewis, Ravens, hurt his right foot after a tackling Michael Turner, his return was questionable and he did return the next Falcon drive. Then the next Falcon drive Matt Ryan threw to Jason Snelling for a 28 yard passing touchdown, Snelling was wide open (7-0 Falcons). Michael Koenen, Flacons' punter, punted the ball 38 yards to the Ravens' 35 yard line, Lardarius Webb returned it 7 yards to the Ravens' 42 yard line where he fumbled and it was recovered by the Falcons' Coy Wire at the 43 yard line. Falcons' only get a field goal off the turnover, a 28 yard field goal by Matt Bryant (10-0 Falcons). Falcons' go into half time with the lead, (10-0 Falcons).

2nd half:
Joe Flacco, Ravens, was sacked for -8 yards on the first offensive play of the 2nd half. 2 plays later Joe Flacco was intercepted by Grimes, the pass was attended for T.J. Houshmandzadeh, he returned it for no gain. Again, the Falcons only got a field goal out of the turnover, a 51 yard field goal by Matt Bryant (13-0 Falcons). Next drive, Ravens drive, Joe Flacco threw a 5 yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin to put the Ravens on the board (13-7 Falcons). Wasn't another score until the 4th quarter. Matt Ryan, Falcons, threw a 4 yard pass to Roddy White for a Falcon touchdown (20-7 Falcons). Flacco and the Ravens answer back on the next drive with a 6 yard touchdown pass to Derek Mason (20-14 Falcons). Roddy White dropped a 3rd & 4 pass for a 1st down so Falcons had to punt the ball back to the Ravens, leading by 6 with 03:06 left in the game. In 1 minute and 47 seconds the Ravens scored, Joe Flacco 9 yards to Todd Heap to give the Ravens their first lead (and only) of the game (21-20 Ravens). Then the Falcons get the ball with 01:05 left in the game. Matt Ryan threw to Michael Jenkins for a first down, who caught it with his fingertips and the booth reviewed it and it was confirmed. On 3rd & 10 Matt Ryan threw incomplete to Tony Gonzalez but Tavares Gooden was called for a pass interference penalty which was a spot foul and gave the Falcons a 1st down to continue their drive. Next play was a 33 yard touchdown pass to Roddy White from Matt Ryan, game winning touchdown (26-21 Falcons). The Falcons tried for 2 points to ensure the game going into OT just in case if the Ravens could score in 20 seconds, try failed. The ball was back in Joe Flacco's hands with 16 seconds left at the Ravens 9 yard line. Joe Flacco threw to Todd Heap for 18 yards. Then Joe Flacco was sacked for -3 yards and the Ravens call a time out with 2 seconds left in the game. 12 men on the field penalty against the Ravens back them up another 5 yards now they are on the Ravens 24 yard line. Now the last play of the game was a 7 yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and he fumbled it, went out of bounds. Game over.

Halftime Stats-
  • Matt Ryan 20-of-28 passes complete for 160 yards and 1 touchdowns
  • 12 Falcons 1st downs and 4 Ravens 1st downs
  • Time of possession, 8:46 for the Ravens and 21:14 for the Falcons
  • The Falcons had 150 yards passing and the Ravens had 31 yards passing
Game/Player Stats:
  • Falcons are 7-2 and the Ravens are 6-3
  • Falcons are on top of the NFC South
  • Matt Ryan had a possible career best game. Ryan had 32 completions, threw 50 times, for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions
  • First downs evened out at the end of the game Falcons had 23 first downs and the Ravens had 20
  • Falcons had 362 yards and Ravens had 320 yards total for the game
  • Time of possession, 24:51 for the Ravens and 35:09 for the Falcons
  • Roddy White had 12 catches for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns
 Links:
Boxscore- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/9YS3AB
Ravens' Mason to have 'broken' pinkie finger re-examined- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/czIXXf

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NFL Week 9 in Review

Cardinals vs. Vikings:
  • Vikings won 27-24 in OT
  • Top Passer: Brett Favre, Vikings, threw 36-of-47 completions for 446 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 15 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Percy Harvin, Vikings, had 9 catches for 126 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Joey Porter, Cardinals, sacked Brett Favre twice and Darnell Dockett once
  • Ray Edwards (2), Jared Allen (2.5), Madieu Williams (.5), Vikings, sacked Derek Anderson; 2 of the sacks back-to-back during OT
  • Steve Breaston, Cardinals, threw 1 pass for 17 yards to Jim Dray
  • Vikings had 28 first downs compared to 13 first downs for the Cardinals
  • The Vikings were 1-for-2 for 4th down conversions
  • Vikings had 507 yards and the Cardinals only had 225 yards
  • Vikings had 11 penalties for 65 yards and Cardinals had 7 penalties for 39 yards
  • Cardinals were 0-for-1 in the red zone and the Vikings 2-for-6
  • Favre continued his start streak
  • Ryan Longwell, Vikings, kickoff went 66 yards and then was returned for 96 yards for a touchdown by LaRod Stephens-Howling
  • Ryan Longwell, Vikings, kicked a 21 yard field goal after the Cardinals stopped the Vikings on the Cardinals 3 yard line; with 1 yard away from the 1st down
Bears vs. Bills;
  • Bears won 22-19
  • Top Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills, threw 31-of-51 completions for 299 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Matt Forte, Bears, had 14 carries for 49 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Steve Johnson, Bills, had 11 catches for 145 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • The game was played at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada
  • Rian Lindell, Bills, missed an extra point
  • The Bills went 1-for-2 on 4th down conversions
  • Bears scored their first points in the 3rd quarter for the season from a 1 yard touchdown by Chester Taylor
Dolphins vs. Ravens
  • Ravens won 26-10
  • Top Passer: Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw 20 completions out of 27 throws for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Ray Rice, Ravens, had 22 carries for 83 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Ray Rice, Ravens, had 7 catches for 97 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Cameron Wake, Dolphins, sacked Joe Flacco twice
  • Ravens attempted to convert 4th downs 2 times and only converted 1 of them
  • Dolphins were 1-for-2 in ther red zone and Ravens were 1-for-7 in the red zone
  • Raven's kicker, Billy Cundiff, missed a 37 yard field goal attempt wide left in the 3rd quarter
Patriots vs. Browns
  • Browns won 34-14
  • Top Passer: Tom Brady, Patriots, threw 19 passes caught out of 36 attempts for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Peyton Hillis, Browns, had 29 carries for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns, had 4 catches for 58 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Both teams converted on 4th down; Patriots was 2-for-2 and Browns were 1-for-1 on 4th down conversions
  • Browns had 404 yards while Patriots had only 283 yards
  • Patriots were 2-for-3 and the Browns were 3-for-4 in the red zone
  • Sammy Morris, Patriots, fumbled a kickoff on the Patriots first drive, recovered by Raymond Ventrone on the Patriots 19 yard line and 2 plays later Colt McCoy to Peyton Hillis a 2 yard touchdown
  • Wes Welker made an extra point after Stephen Gostkowski got hurt, he is out for the season with a thigh injury
  • Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, fumbled a pass from Tom Brady on the Browns 3 yard line and Abram Elam, Browns, recovered
Saints vs. Panthers
  • Saints won 34-3
  • Top Passer: Drew Brees, Saints, threw 27-of-43 completions for 253 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Julius Jones, Saints, had 6 carries for 68 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Lance Moore, Saints, had 6 catches for 77 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Saints had 408 yards while Panthers only had 195 yards
  • The Panthers went 0-for-3 in the red zone and the Saints went 3-for-6 in the red zone
  • The Saints time of possession was 34 minutes and 41 seconds while the Panthers had it for 25 minutes and 19 seconds
  • In the first drive Drew Brees, Saints, was picked off by Richard Marshall
  • Jeremy Shockey, Saints, is the 8th tight end in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions
Jets vs. Lions
  • Jets won 23-20 in OT
  • Top Passer: Mark Sanchez, Jets, threw 22 completions out of 39 throws for 336 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets, had 15 carries for 55 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Santonio Holmes, Jets, had 5 catches for 114 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Lions Receiver: Nate Burleson had 7 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Both teams had 11 penalties Jets for 99 yards and Lions for 102 yards
  • Jets were 1-for-4 in the red zone
  • Darrelle Revis was back for the Jets after an injury
  • Lions stripped the ball out of Braylon Edwards arms, Lions were only going to get a field goal out of it but a personal foul penalty which hurt Jason Hanson and Matthew Stafford was able to run for a touchdown and Ndamukong Suh attempted the extra point on behalf of Hanson and the football hit the uprights
  • Mark Sanchez, Jets, threw an interception in the red zone to Alphonso Smith
  • Matthew Stafford, Lions, reinjured his shoulder so Drew Stanton replaced him during the 4th quarter
  • To set up the Jets winning field goal in overtime, Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for a 52 yard pass
  • The winning 30 yard field goal by Nick Folk, Jets, was Folk's first attempt at a field goal in overtime
Chargers vs. Texans
  • Chargers won 29-23
  • Top Passer: Philip Rivers, Chargers, threw 23 passes, 17 caught for 295 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Arian Foster, Texans, had 27 carries for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Seyi Ajirotutu, Chargers, had 4 catches for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Texans attempted to convert on 2 4th downs failed on both
  • Texans were 2-for-6 and the Chargers were 2-for-2 in the red zone
  • Mike Scifres, Chargers, first punt was blocked by Stanford Keglar
  • Philip Rivers, Chargers, threw to rookie Seyi Ajirotutu for a 55 yard touchdown pass
Buccaneers vs. Falcons
  • Falcons won 27-21
  • Top Passer: Matt Ryan, Falcons, threw 24-of-36 completions for 235 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Michael Turner, Falcons, had 24 carries for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Mike Williams, Buccaneers, had 4 catches for 89 yards and 1 touchdown
  • The Buccaneers went 1-for-2 on 4th down conversions and Falcons went 3-for-4
  • Michael Koenen's, Falcons, kick off went 59 yards to the Buccaneers 11 yard line and Michael Spurlock returned it 89 yards for a touchdown; only 2nd time in franchise history that the Buccaneers return a kickoff for a touchdown
Giants vs. Seahawks
  • Giants won in a 41-7 blowout
  • Top Passer: Eli Manning, Giants, threw 21-of-32 completions for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Brandon Jacobs, Giants, had 11 carries for 78 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Hakeem Nicks, Giants, had 6 catches for 128 yards and 1 touchdown
  • There were no sacks in the game
  • Giants had 30 first downs compared to the Seahawks 8 first downs
  • Both teams went for a 4th down conversion twice both succeeded only once
  • The Giants had 487 yards while the Seahawks had only 162 yards
  • Giants led in the 1st quarter by 21 points to 0 and led at half time by 35-0
Colts vs. Eagles
  • Eagles won 26-24
  • Top Passer: Peyton Manning, Colts, threw 31-of-51 completions for 294 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: LeSean McCoy, Eagles, had 16 carries for 95 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: DeSean Jackson, Eagles, had 7 catches for 109 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Colts Receiver: Jacob Tamme had 11 catches for 108 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Eagles had 402 yards total and Colts had 338
  • The Eagles had 14 penalties for 125 yards while the Colts had 7 for 59 yards
  • Michael Vick, Eagles, and DeSean Jackson connected for a 58 yard pass
  • In the 4th quarter the Eagles challenged a ruling of a no touchdown by Jason Avant the next play Michael Vick ran it up the middle 1 yard to score a touchdown and the Colts challenged it, both lost
  • Peyton Manning, Colts, was intercepted by Asante Samuel which ended the game
  • Michael Vick, Eagles, became the 3rd quarterback in NFL history to have 4,200 career rushing yards
Chiefs vs. Raiders
  • Raiders won 23-20 in OT
  • Top Passer: Jason Campbell, Raiders, threw 19-of-33 completions for 229 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Darren McFadden, Raiders, had 17 carries for 89 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Jacoby Ford, Raiders, had 6 catches for 148 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Chiefs Passer: Matt Cassel went 20-for-35 for 216 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Eric Berry, Chiefs rookie, had 2 sacks on Jason Campbell
  • 321 yards for Raiders and 304 yards for Chiefs
  • Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders, nailed a 41 yard field goal with 0:07 left in the game to put the game into OT
  • In OT the Chiefs went 3 and out on their drive, since they won the coin toss
  • Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders, attempted a 33 yard field goal for the OT win and it was good
Cowboys vs. Packers
  • Packers won in a 45-7 blowout
  • Top Passer: Aaron Rogers, Packers, threw 27-of-34 completions for 289 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Rusher: John Kuhn, Packers, had 13 carries for 50 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: James Jones, Packers, had 8 catches for 123 yards and 1 touchdowns
  • 26 first downs for the Packers and 12 first downs for the Cowboys
  • The Packers had 415 yards while the Cowboys had 205 yards
  • The Cowboys only had 1 trip to the red zone and it ended in a 3rd down touchdown to rookie Dez Bryant
  • Packers time of possession was 37 minutes and 56 seconds while the Cowboys only had the ball for 22 minutes and 4 seconds
  • Packers attempted a 54 yard field goal on their first drive and it was blocked by Jay Ratliff
  • Mason Crosby, Packers, kicked a 60 yard kick off to Bryan McCann at the Cowboys 25 yard line which he fumbled and it was recovered by Jarrett Bush for a 26 yard touchdown
  • Jon Kitna, Cowboys, thew a 41 yard pass to Dez Bryant, later on that drive Jon Kitna threw to Dez Bryant for a 2 yard touchdown pass.
  • The opening kick off after half time was kicked 76 yards from David Buehler, Cowboys, in to the Packers end zone which Sam Shields returned it 49 yards. Then the Packers were 3 & out by the Cowboys defense
  • Jon Kitna, Cowboys, was intercepted by Clay Matthews at the Packer 38 yard line and he ran it 62 yards for a touchdown
Steelers vs. Bengals
  • Steelers won 27-21
  • Top Passer: Carson Palmer, Bengals, threw 22-of-36 completions for 248 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers, had 22 carries for 99 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Terrell Owens, Bengals, had 10 catches for 141 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Steelers had 121 rushing yards and 193 passing yards while the Bengals had 54 rushing yards and 218 passing yards
  • Mike Nuget, Bengals, missed both the field goals he attempted, 45 and 51 yards attempts
  • The game opening kick off was fumbled by Benard Scott, Bengals, at the Bengals 25 yard line and it was recovered by Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders
  • There were no penalties until the 2nd quarter, 10 total penalties at the end of the game. Steelers commited 7 for 73 yards and Bengals commited 3 for 30 yards
  • Kevin Huber, Bengals, punt was blocked by William Gay
  • Antwaan Randle El threw 1 pass for a 39 yard touchdown to Mike Wallace on the first play in the 4th quarter
Links:
NFL Week 9 Scores (Boxscores)- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/9wtInp
NFL Week 9 Regular Season Schedule- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/9SpFeE

Monday, November 8, 2010

NASCAR Cup Race: AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx Office Toyota, won Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at Texas Motor Speedway, his 2nd career win in Texas, swept Texas this season, and his 8th win this season. Denny Hamlin is now leading in point standings over Jimmie Johnson by 33 points and Kevin Harvick by 59 points, in NASCARs closest chase ever. Kevin Harvick finished 6th and Jimmie Johnson finished 9th. Matt Keneseth, #19 Crown Royal Black Ford, finished in 2nd. Matt Keneseth has 6 top 5s and 13 top 10s this season and has 1 win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. Mark Martin, #4 Carquest/ GoDaddy.com Chevy, finished in 3rd. Mark Martin has 7 top 5s and 10 top 10s on the season and won the 2nd Cup race in Texas in 1998. Joey Logano, #20 Home Depot Toyota, finished 4th. Joey Logano has 6 top 5s and 15 top 10s this season and recorded his best finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle, #16 American Red Cross Ford, finished 5th. Greg Biffle has 2 wins on the season, 8 top 5s and 17 top 10s on the season and he won the spring race in 2005 at Texas. Greg Biffle led the most laps of the race on Sunday with 224 laps led. During a caution on lap 300 something broke in the transmission of the #19 Ford and he lost his 2nd gear. Only driver in the top 5 without a Texas win is Joey Logano, he is only in his 2nd season in the Cup series, and Texas is one of his tougher tracks.

Martin Truex Jr., #56 NAPA/Susan G Komen for the Cure Signature Toyota, finished 38th, 146 laps down. Martin Truex Jr. caused 3-of-9 cautions, on laps 132, 151, and 191 all 1 car cautions.

Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar Chevy, turned into Jeff Gordon, #24 DuPont Chevy which ruined both their cars and days, under a caution, caused by Martin Truex Jr. Jeff Gordon was very furious over this and shoved Burton around a bit as they crossed paths and then had to ride in the same ambulance. Jeff Burton took 100% responsiblity as he gave a calm interview outside the in field care center. On the otherhand Jeff Gordon was very angry still and claimed he lost respect for Burton after the wreck in his interview after he was released from the in field care center. I agree with Burton that it he didn't mean to do it..but I'm not sure it's more of a judgement call if you see the replays you can't tell if his statements are true about not seeing thru the turn since obviously were not in the car with him, you'd think his spotter could of helped out. Jeff Burton finished 36th, 144 laps down and Jeff Gordon 37th, 146 laps down.

After the wreck between Gordon and Burton, the #24 crew took over for the #48 crew. The #48 crew wasn't getting the job done for the team and they seemed willing to give it up to their teammates but of course were very disappointed in their actions. Today it was announced that the #48 and #24 crews will switch for the last 2 races to try to get Jimmie another title. Richard Childress did the same move for the #33 crew and the #29 crew just mid week not during the race and the day after.

Kyle Busch, #18 M&Ms Toyota, finished 32nd, 2 laps down. Kyle Busch spun out, by himself, on lap 159. Leaving pit road, trying to make it out before going a lap down, he was clocked for speeding. Of course the 'lovely' Kyle Busch did not agree, he and his fans are huge conspiracy theorists, and he made an obscene gesture with his middle finger to the official that watches pit stalls and also cursed over the radio to NASCAR officials. This obscene gesture was shown on live tv. Kyle Busch was then black flagged for 2 laps on lap 164 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Some of these NASCAR conspiracy theorists believe that NASCAR faked the speeding penalty after they felt Kyle was cheated out of a win in the Nationwide race the day before by NASCAR and Carl Edwards jumping the restart, which I don't think he was some of the evidence they used was that he was penalized for jumping a restart earlier in the season but Carl had the lead and Kyle didn't that time he was penalized. Kyle Busch was fined on Monday $25,000 and put on probation until December 31st, 2010 for his gesture to the NASCAR official.
I touched a little bit on conspiracy theories in that last story. I've seen some fans are saying that the no-call on the tire getting into the grass by the #48 team was only not called because it was Jimmie Johnson. First off watch the replay Paul Menard, #98 Quaker State/Menards Ford, hit the tire and that wouldn't be the crew's fault so it was a good no-call. Also, it's funny that Jimmie Johnson fans are saying that NASCAR has called cautions during races to prevent Jimmie from winning and visa versa, so people how love and hate Jimmie believe NASCAR is going for and against them, no one seems to believe in a fair world/sport. Alright the one stated above about Kyle Busch also pertains to this section but I'm not going to repeat myself. Anyhow I think that if Kyle Busch fans really think he's being cheated, they should think of all the things he gets away with. Most recently the Talladega truck race, NASCAR could of easily taken away his win since he crossed the no pass yellow line but they didn't. Somethings you just got to cut them some slack from the slack the cut him.

Joey Logano prior to the race on Sunday would of been 5th in points if he was in the Chase. Joey Logano after the race is now 16th in points, he and Joe Gibbs Racing want him to finish 13th. 13th is the highest he can finish in standings it would be 1st in non-chase drivers over Mark Martin, his mentor, Jamie McMurray, Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner, and such. He's finished the best in the last few races than any other non-chase driver. He finished over all chase drivers besides teammate Denny Hamlin in Texas. The last 3 races Joey has finished 6th, then 5th, then 4th.

Links:
Lap-by-lap- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/a1RjFJ
Stats on Texas Motor Speedway- RacingReference.com: http://bit.ly/djNV0F
NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/clUXZB
Race results- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/cgvG9R
Ford ready to pounce after first sign of weakness- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/ccUrTQ
Johnson to use Gordon's crew for rest of season- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/beNkVv
Gesture lands Busch in hot water with NASCAR- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/ad52WZ
Gordon unapologetic after altercation with Burton- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/ag6O2t

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bad decision by the Cyclones gives the Huskers the OT win; Nebraska vs. Iowa State

In over time after Rex Burkhead, #22 back up running back for the Nebraska Huskers, scored a 2 yard touchdown to lead by 7. The Iowa State Cyclones came back with touchdown pass from Austen Arnaud to Jake Williams to pull the Husker lead to 1 but instead of kicking field goal to send it to second overtime, the call was to fake it and try for a 2 point conversion but that failed. I'd think they'd want to kick the field goal to send it to another overtime and try to stop the Huskers run offense.

Both teams needed to win this to keep a Big XII North title alive. Iowa State needed this win to have 6 wins to be bowl eligible. In Ames, Iowa the wind in the beginning of the game was 19 mph and at the end it only died down to 12 mph, which made the wind a huge factor.

Taylor Martinez did not start for the Huskers, he is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during the game versus Missouri last week. The normal back up for Taylor is Zac Lee and he was also 'injured' his throwing arm was sore. So the starter was the sophomore quarterback Cody Green. This was Cody Green's 3rd start, his only starts prior to this game were in his Freshman season against Baylor and Oklahoma won both. Cody Green's stats as a starter (prior to this game); 2-0, 14-for-26 completions for 132 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interceptions passing, and 14 carries for 51 yards and 0 touchdowns.

1st quarter
Nebraska won the coin toss and defered to the 2nd half, last week a Nebraska player said kick instead of defer so they ended up starting on defense in the start of both halves. Iowa State couldn't capitalize on having the football first and Nebraska forced them to punt. Since Taylor Martinez was out of the game for Nebraska, the Iowa State defense didn't need to defend the quarterback draw so instead of having 2 defenders on the quarterback they could go back to the usual 1. For Nebraska fans Cody Green was the last quarterback we'd want to see starting the game since he seems to love to turnover the ball. While this one wasn't truely his fault, it was just a good defensive play, he reminded us of that when his arm was hit in throwing motion and he dropped the ball which made it a fumble but at least he was able to acknowledge that before the defense did he was able to recover it. Cody Green was a bit shaken up after a helmet to helmet contact with a defender. Taylor Martinez then came into the game but he did not take the snap, instead Burkhead to the snap while Taylor was lined up as a wide receiver. Burkhead took that snap and ran it for 29 yards, a season long. After that 1 play, Green came back in and that was the only play Martinez was in. End of 1st quarter 0-0 in Ames, Iowa.

2nd quarter
Rex Burkhead took the first 4 snaps of the 2nd quarter, 7 snaps for the drive and about 10 snaps total for the game. After Burkhead kept the ball for 4 plays and set up a 2nd & goal, he handed off the ball to the starting running back Roy Helu Jr., after a record setting game, ran in for a 6 yard touchdown. Huskers had the led 7-0. The next Husker drive Cody Green was back taking snaps. It took Iowa State two drives to answer back; Austen Arnaud to Jake Williams for a 13 yard touchdown to make the game tied a 7. Nebraska was 3 and done for the 2nd time in a row after the Iowa State touchdown. Iowa State was able to get to Nebraska's 31 yard line and sent out their field goal kicking team. This was officially a 49 yard attempt for Grant Mahoney, Iowa State kicker, which he missed wide right, score remained 7-7. Roy Helu fumbled on the Nebraska 41 yard line, at first no call until Paul Rhoads, Iowa State head coach, talked a ref into calling it as a fumble. This would be the Huskers 10th turnover off a fumble for the season. (I don't think a head coach should be able to convince a ref to change a call, that makes the ref seem easily influenced.) Mahoney entered the game again this time to attempt a 57 yard field goal which he made to give Iowa State a 10-7 lead at half time.

3rd quarter
Cody Green was still starting for Nebraska after half time after a interview with Bo Pelini, Nebraska head coach, right after the end of the half that shown him as upset with Nebraska teams performance. Nebraska got the ball first in the 3rd quarter and came away with a 25 yard field goal by Alex Henery to tie the game at 10. After 2 plays from Iowa State's offense Austen Arnaud turned the ball over on an interception to Austin Cassidy which he turned into a Nebraska touchdown. Nebraska regains the lead at 17-10. This pick 6 was the 4th for Nebraska on the season, and the school record for pick 6s in a season is 5. Arnaud on the next drive for Iowa State was picked off again but this time by Eric Hagg at the Nebraska 44 yard line and for no gain. A 29 yard pass by Cody Green to Tyler Reed put Nebraska on the Iowa State 2 yard line. Burkhead took the snap after that pass and ran the football 2 yards into the end zone, 24-10 Nebraska. Cody Green was 3-for-3, all on 3rd downs, for 43 yards on that touchdown drive. 24-10 end of 3rd quarter.

4th quarter
1st Iowa State drive of the 4th quarter ended in a quarterback sneak by Arnaud for a 1 yard touchdown. At first the refs said he didn't get it, when I watched it I knew he had gotten it but hoped they couldn't overturn, so of course they reviewed it and overturned it. (They were able to overturn because they saw the arms of the quarterback breaking the plane but not the ball..I think they should only be able to overturn it from seeing the ball not by just assuming he had the ball in his hands.) Iowa State cuts into the Nebraska lead, score is now 24-17. Niles Paul fumbled the kick off on the Nebraska 13 yard line by Deon Broomfield, Iowa State. This isn't new to Nebraska fans either, Niles seems to always find a way to fumble. 3 plays into the new possession Arnaud throws 14 yards to Alexandar Robinson, A-Rob, for a touchdown to tie the game at 24. Next kick off Niles Paul let the ball go into the end zone. Iowa State attempted a 55 yard field goal for the win and Mahoney missed it wide right, again. Nebraska wasn't able to get a touchdown or get into field goal position so they punted back to Iowa State. Iowa State then just took a knee to send it into over time. 24-24 end of the 4th quarter.

OT
Nebraska started with the ball on the Iowa State 25 yard line, OT rules make each team start on the other teams 25 yard line. 1st play Burkhead took the snap for 6 yards. The next play Burkhead took the snap again and took it 19 yards for a touchdown and the extra point was good, Nebraska leads in overtime 31-24 making Iowa State need a touchdown and either a extra point or 2 point conversioin to continue the game or win the game. Arnaud with a quarterback draw on the first play on the Nebraska 25 yard line for 2 yards and then again for the 2nd play for 14 yards. Arnaud and Williams connected for a 9 yard touchdown. Iowa State lined up for a game tieing extra point. The punter then tried to throw the football for a 2 point conversion but threw too short so it was no good. Nebraska won 31-30 in overtime!

Nebraska is now 8-1 on the season and Iowa State is 5-6.
Nebraska, of all time, is 6-1 in OT play, only lose is against Texas Tech in 2008 when Joe Ganz, Nebraska quarterback, threw an interception that ended the game.
Roy Helu Jr. had 22 carries for 99 yards this put his career yardage at 3,065 which made him the 6th Nebraska player to rush for 3,000 yards.
Rex Burkhead had 20 carries for 129 yards an 2 touchdowns. 52 yards from the 'quarterback' position. 20 carries in this game was a career high for the backup running back.

Link to boxscore: http://es.pn/cC2N0z
Links
Ames, Iowa weather for Saturday, November 6- AccuWeather.com: http://bit.ly/9tCGys
Some stats from: http://www.twitter/huskers
Taylor Martinez sits out for Huskers- ESPN: http://es.pn/c8qnnu
Huskers Survive Cyclone Scare in OT- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/cTSfVu

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NFL Week 8 in Review

Here are some of the notable plays, stats, and such for Week 8.

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers- 24-16 49ers:
  • Game in neutral ground in London, England
  • 49ers are the most penalized in the NFL this season
  • Top Passer: Kyle Orton, Broncos, went 28/40 for 369 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception 
  • Top Rusher: Frank Gore, 49ers, with 29 carries for 118 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Brandon Lloyd, Broncos, with 7 catches for 169 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Tim Tebow, Broncos rookie, had 1 rushing touchdown
  • Kyle Orton, Broncos, had the only fumble and it was recovered by Takeo Pikes
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys- 35-17 Jaguars:
  • Top Passer: Jon Kitna, Cowboys, 34/49 for 379 yards, only 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, had 27 carries for 135 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars, had 8 catches for 153 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Cowboys Receiver: Miles Austin had 7 catches for 117 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Kitna, Cowboys, picked off 4 times; 3 in and out of receivers arms (Felix Jones, Miles Austin, and Roy Williams) and 1 that was 100% his fault
  • David Garrard, Jaguars, in the first half went 10/10  for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • David Garrard had a career setting game 17/21 for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns and 1 touchdown rushing (tied franchise record for most touchdowns, passing, in a single game)
  • The Jaguars had 3 sacks on Kitna; 2 by Derek Cox and 1 by Tyson Alualu
  • The Cowboys had 3 sacks on Garrard; Anthony Spencer and Victor Butler both had 1 and both Sean Lissemore and Stephen Bowen shared a sack and was recorded for a .5 sack.
Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals- 22-14 Dolphins:
  • Top Passer: Chad Henne, Dolphins, 24/37 for 217 yards, no touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Cedric Benson, Bengals, 20 carries for 69 yards
  • Top Receiver: Terrell Owens, Bengals, 5 catches for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Dolphins Rusher: Ronny Brown with 16 carries for 61 yards
  • Top Dolphins Receiver: Brandon Marshall with 5 catches for 64 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Davone Bess, Dolphin Receiver, fumbled which was recovered by Michael Johnson
  • Dolphins sacked Carson Palmer once by Sean Smith
  • Bengals sacked Chad Henne once by Morgan Trent
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills- 13-10 Chiefs:
  • Top Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills, 24/48 for 223 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, 22 carries for 177 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Roscoe Parrish, Bills, 4 catches for 66 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Chiefs Receiver: Jamaal Charles with 4 catches for 61 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • 2 sacks on Matt Cassel, Chiefs, by Kyle Williams and 3 sacks on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills, by Wallace Gilberry and Tamba Hali, also Tamba Hali and Andy Studebaker shared a sack both recorded with a .5 sack (Hali 1.5 sacks for the game)
  • 24 first downs by the Bills and 23 by the Chiefs
  • Overtime with a score of 10-10
  • The Chiefs make a 35 yard field goal with 0:00 left in overtime
Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions- 37-25 Lions:
  • Top Passer: Matthew Stafford, Lions, 26/45 for 212 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Kevin Smith, Lions, 12 carries for 51 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Calvin Johnson, Lions, 9 catches for 101 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • Top Redskins Passer: Donovan McNabb threw 17/30 for 210 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception
  • Top Redskins Rusher: Donovan McNabb with 4 carries for 45 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Redskins Receiver: Anthony Armstrong with 3 catches for 92 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Mike Shanahan, Redskins head coach, benched Donovan McNabb for back up Rex Grossman because Grossman supposedly knew the 2 minute offense better than McNabb
  • Ndamukong Suh, Lions, recovered a fumble from Rex Grossman for a touchdown
  • Nate Burleson, Lions, fumbled and was recovered by London Fletcher
  • Albert Haynesworth, Redskins, sacked Matthew Stafford once
  • Ndamukong Suh all had 2 sacks of Donovan McNabb and 2 more sacks of Donovan McNabb and 2 sacks of Rex Grossman by Kyle Vanden and Cliff Avril (not sure who sacked who)
Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams- 20-10 Rams:
  • Top Passer: Matt Moore, Panthers, 23/37 for 194 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Steven Jackson, Rams, 23 carries for 59 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Steve Smith, Panthers, 9 catches for 85 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Rams Passer: Sam Bradford threw 25/32 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Steve Smith, Panthers, fumbled and recovered by Chris Long
  • Matt Moore, Panthers, was sacked by James Laurinaitis, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Chris Long
  • Sam Bradford, Rams, was sacked by James Anderson
  • 15 first downs for the Rams and 14 first downs for the Panthers
  • Rams time of possession was 36:28 and the Panthers was 23:32
  • On a flea flicker, Moore was intercepted and this was on the first play on offense for the Panthers
Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants- 9-0 Packers:
  • Top Passer: Mark Sanchez, Jets, 16/38 for 256 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Brandon Jackson, Packers, 15 carries for 55 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Jerricho Cotchery, Jets, 4 catches for 89 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Jets Rusher: LaDainian Tomlinson with 17 carries for 46 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Packers Receiver: Greg Jennings with 6 catches for 81 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • All scores from Packers kicker, Mason Crosby
  • Brad Smith, Jets, fumbled and recovered by Tramon Williams
  • Both quarterbacks were sacked twice; Mark Sanchez, Jets, sacked by Clay Matthews (9.5 sacks on the season) and Brandon Chilliar; and Aaron Rogers, Packers, was sacked by Dwight Lowery and David Harris
  • 15 Packers first down and 13 Jets first downs 
  • Jets fake a punt, ruled a first down, reviewed then was called back; Packers only got a FG off of it
Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers- 33-25 Chargers:
  • Top Passer: Philip Rivers, Chargers, 27/36 for 305 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Mike Tolbert, Chargers, 11 carries for 63 yards 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Antonio Gates, Chargers, 5 catches for 123 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Titans Rusher: Chris Johnson with 15 carries for 59 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Titans Receiever: Nate Washington with 4 catches for 117 yards and 1 touchdown
  • No fumbles
  • Jason Babin, Titans, sacked Philip Rivers
  • Nick Schommer, Titans, blocked a punt by Mike Scifres in the endzone for a Titan safety.
  • A 71 yard touchdown pass from Vince Young,Titans, to Nate Washington, went for 2 point conversion but failed
  • Chargers kicker wasn't able to even get a foot on the football for an extra point after a touchdown
  • Vince Young reinjured his injury he sustained during a game against a Monday night game in Jacksonville, Kerry Collins filled in
Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots- 28-18 Patriots:
  • Top Passer: Brett Favre, Vikings, 22/32 for 259 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots, 17 carries with 112 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Percy Harvin, Vikings, 6 catches with 104 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Patriots Passer: Tom Brady threw 16/27 for 240 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Vikings Rusher: Adrian Peterson with 25 carries for 92 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Patriots Receiver: Brandon Tate with 3 catches for 101 yards and 1 touchdown
  • No fumbles by either team
  • Patriots Mike Wright sacked Tarvaris Jackson once
  • Brad Childress, Vikings head coach, challenged an obvivous catch
  • Favre, Vikings, out in 4th quarter, for a chin injury, Tarvaris Jackson 1st pass was a touchdown to Naufahu ; 2-point conversion good to Percy Harvin
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals- 38-35 Buccaneers:
  • Top Passer: Josh Freeman, Buccaneers, 18/25 for 278 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interception
  • Top Rusher: LeGarrette Blount, Cardinals, 22 carries for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Steve Breaston. Cardinals, 8 catches for 147 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Buccaneers Receiver: Mike Williams with 4 catches for 105 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Cardinals quarterbacks was sacked by Stylez White. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers, was sacked by Will Davis and Joey Porter
  • Max Hall, Cardinals, threw a pick 6 to Geno Hayes and to Aqib Talib, his first pick 6 of his career
  • Two fumbles by Cardinals; LeGarrette Blount fumbled and Geno Hayes recovered for a touchdown and Sammie Stroughter fumbled and was recoverd by Levi Brown
Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders- 33-3 Raiders:
  • Top Passer: Jason Campbell, Raiders, 15/27 for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interception
  • Top Rusher: Darren McFadden, Raiders, 21 carries for 111 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Top Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders, 5 catches for 105 yards and 1 touchdowns
  • Jason Campbell, Redskins, was sacked by Colin Cole and Kam Chancellor
  • Matt Hasselbeck was sacked by Tyvon Branch, Lamarr Houston, Matt Shaughnessy, and Tommy Kelly both got one hit on him. Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley both sacked Matt twice each
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints- 20-10 Saints:
  • Top Passer: Drew Brees, Saints, 34/44 for 195 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception
  • Top Rusher: Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers, 15 carries for 71 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Robert Meachem, Saints, 6 catches for 76 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Heath Miller, Steelers, fumbled and was recoverd by Darren Sharper and Drew Brees, Saints, fumbled and was recovered by LaMarr Woodley
  • Drew Brees, Saints, was sacked by Bryant McFadden and James Harrison and Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was sacked by Jonathan Vilma, once, Will Smith, 1.5 sacks, and Pierson Prioleau, .5 sacks
  • Tied at 3 at half time
Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts- 30-17 Colts
  • Top Passer: Peyton Manning, Colts, 26/45 for 268 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions
  • Top Rusher: Arian Foster, Texans, 15 carries for 102 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Top Receiver: Andre Johnson, Colts, 7 catches for 106 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Matt Schaub, Texans, fumbled and was recovered by Eric Foster
  • Peyton Manning, Colts, was only sacked once by Mark Anderson. Matt Schaub was sacked by Clint Session once and Dwight Freeney twice
  • The series is tied 1-1 between these two
Link to boxscores- NFL: http://bit.ly/9dFBsK

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

San Francisco Giants MLB World Champions

The Giants won their first championship in San Francisco ever in Arlington, Texas. 6 total championships for the Giants franchise (5 as New York Giants). The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers in 5 games in the World Series on Monday, November 1st, 2010. In San Francisco the Giants have had 9 playoff appearances and while in New York, as NY Giants and as NY Gothams, they have 14 playoff appearances. This was the Texas Rangers first appearance in AL championship series and World Series, and only 5 playoff wins previously. Edgar Renteria recieved the most honorable award, the Most Valuable Player, in the World Series.

Game 1 on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, the San Francisco Giants won at home 11 to 7 to the Texas Rangers. Tim Lincecum got his first World Series win and Cliff Lee got his first postseason loss. The Rangers as a team went 11-for-36 with 4 walks and 5 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Vladimir Guerrero (2), Elvis Andrus (1), Bengie Molina (1), David Murphy (1), and Nelson Cruz (2). The Giants as a team went 14-38 with 1 walk and 12 strike outs. Juan Uribe hit a solo home run in the 5th inning. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Freddy Sanchez (3), Buster Posey (1), Cody Ross (1), Aubrey Huff (1), Juan Uribe (1), Travis Ishikawa (1), and Nate Schierholtz (1).

Game 2 on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 in San Francisco, the Giants added to their series lead with a 9-0 win over the Rangers. Matt Cain got the win for the Giants, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, no runs, and also only stroke out 2. C.J. Wilson got the lossing decision, pitching 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs (both earned) 1 was a HR, and had 4 strike outs. The home run C.J. Wilson gave up was a one shot hit by Edgar Renteria (series MVP) in the 5th inning. The Rangers as a team went 4-for-30 and the Giants went 8-for-32. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Edgar Renteria (3), Juan Uribe (2), Aubrey Huff (1), Aaron Rowand (2), and Andres Torres (1).

Game 3 on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, the Rangers got their first win (only win) of the World Series. Rangers won the first World Series game at Rangers Ballpark with a score of 4-2 over the Giants. Colby Lewis got the winning decision and Neftali Feliz got the save for the Texas Rangers. Jonathan Sanchez got the loss for the Giants. The Giants went 5-for-31 with 2 walks and 8 strike outs. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Cody Ross (1) and Andres Torres (1). The Rangers went 8-for-29 with 4 walks and 4 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Mitch Moreland (3) and Josh Hamilton (1). All runs were scored off home runs. Home runs by Giants; a solo shot by Cody Ross and a solo shot by Andres Torres. Home runs by Rangers; a 3 run hit by Mitch Moreland and a solo hit by Josh Hamilton.

Game 4 on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, the Giants, the 1st overall ranked team in ERA, got back to their winning ways with a 4-0 shut out against, the team ranked 5th overall in runs, the Rangers. The Giants rookie pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitched an 8 inning shut out and received the winning decision. The Rangers rookie pitcher Tommy Hunter received the lose with pitching 4 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and 1 HR, walked 1, and 1 strike out. Home runs by Aubrey Huff in the 3rd for 2 runs and Buster Posey for a 1 shot homer to straight on center in the 8th inning, both by the Giants. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Aubrey Huff (2), Andres Torres (1), and Buster Posey (1).

Game 5 on Monday, November 1st, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, the Giants win the World Series with a score of 3-1. Tim Lincecum got the win, his 2nd of the World Series, in the rematch against Cliff Lee, who got his 2nd loss in postseason play. Brian Wilson, famous for his beard dyed black unlike his natural color of brown, got the save and pitched the final strike out to Nelson Cruz. A 2 run clutch home run by Edgar Renteria in the top of the 7th off Clif Lee, for the Giants, and a solo home run by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the 7th off Tim Lincecum, for the Rangers. The Rangers went 3-for-30 with 1 RBI, 2 walks, and 12 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Nelson Cruz (1). The Giants went 7-for-33 with 3 RBI, no walks, and 8 strike outs. Giants players with a RBI; Edgar Renteria (3).

The Giants never kept the same line up throughout the whole series (and pretty much the whole season and postseason). Cody Ross started out hitting 7th and ended up batting 4th in Game 5. Cody Ross' batting average for the whole postseason was .294, and had 15 hits, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 7 walks, and 11 strike outs. Buster Posey started games 1 to 4 as the clean up hitter (first rookie catcher to do so) and hit in the 3rd spot in game 5. Buster Posey had 1 hit in every game of the World Series besides in Game 5 where he had 2 hits. Since this is Posey's rookie season this is his career postseason stats; .288 average, 17 hits, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 walks, 18 strike outs. Tim Lincecum over the 2010 postseason (his first postseason appearance) racked up a 4-1 record, losing to only Roy Halladay (ended up 1-1 against Halladay), an ERA of 2.43, allowing only 25 hits (over 6 starts), 11 runs (10 earned), 3 home runs, walked only 9, and had 43 strike outs. While Lincecum started only 6 games, Brian Wilson closed for 10 games (11.2 innings) with 6 saves. Wilson had an ERA of 0.00, allowing only 1 run, 5 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strike outs. Also Wilson received a winning decision (so he was 1-0) and 1 blown save. Now for the MVP of the series, Edgar Renteria hit 2 home runs in the World Series and 6 RBI. For the 2010 postseason he hit a respectable .286 average, 10 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Edgar has been in the postseason 7 times, in 1997 (with the Marlins), 2000-2004 (with the Cardinals), 2005 (with the Red Sox), and 2010 (with the Giants), 5 of those teams advanced to the division series, and then he's been in the World Series 3 times. He has 2 rings, one with the 1997 Marlins and now with the 2010 Giants. This is his first World Series MVP, which Giants closer Brian Wilson called "adorable."
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the championship and congratulations to the Rangers for being AL champions (over the Yankees!). Now it is officially the offseason. Let the offseason trades, deals, and free agency begin.

Links to boxscores
World Series Game 1- Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants: http://es.pn/dma1Q5
World Series Game 2- Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants: http://es.pn/9pixfd
World Series Game 3- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/bW6mus
World Series Game 4- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/dCl9Yw
World Series Game 5- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/auw5EY
Links
San Francisco Giants Team History & Encyclopedia- Baseball-Reference.com: http://bit.ly/bTRT7T
Texas Rangers Team History & Encyclopedia- Baseball-Reference.com: http://bit.ly/91jStX
Cody Ross Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/b7OLzK
Buster Posey Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9kXfz4
Edgar Renteria Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/bnsYnm
Tim Lincecum Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9mZez5
Brian Wilson Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9987Zm
MLB Playoffs: Off the list of tortured franchises, the San Francisco Giants beg- ESPN: http://es.pn/cvGJK6
Renteria again a World Series hero- ESPN: http://es.pn/d4pLAP
Giants snap 55-year streak in style- ESPN: http://es.pn/9CXJfW
Young Giants shine in World Series- ESPN: http://es.pn/b2pSWE
Giants win the Series! Giants win the Series!- MLB: http://bit.ly/cdSXvq
Bochy backbone behind Giants' success- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/akzZhE
Rangers' title dreams dashed by Lincecum- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/aF2eyW

Sunday, October 31, 2010

MLB World Series Game 3: San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers

The San Francisco Giants traveled to Texas with a 2-0 lead in the World Series, both wins at home. After Game 3, they left Rangers Ballpark with a 1 game lead, 2-1. The final score of the game was 4-2 Rangers. All the scores for scored off home runs.

In the 2nd inning Mitch Moreland hit a 3 run home run which brought Nelson Cruz (has 5 postseason home runs), who doubled, Bengie Molina, who walked, and himself to home plate. In the 5th inning Josh Hamilton (5th in postseason) hit a solo home run. In innings 7 and 8 the Giants tried to stage a come back with solo home runs by Cody Ross (5th in postseason) in the 7th and Andres Torres in the 8th.

Both starting pitchers got a 'decision', Colby Lewis, of the Rangers, got the win while Jonathon Sanchez, of the Giants, go the lose. Also, Neftali Feliz got the save. Colby Lewis pitched for a total of 7 innings and 2 outs of the 8th inning allowing only 5 hits, 2 runs both earned home runs, walked 2, and had 6 strike outs. Jonathon Sanchez pitched for 4 innings and 2 outs in the 5th allowing 6 hits, 4 runs all earned, 2 home runs, walked 3, and had 3 strike outs. Neftali Feliz pitched only 1 inning, the 9th, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks, and 2 strike outs.

Not much to talk about but I found it cool that all the scores were from home runs.

Link to boxscore: http://es.pn/bScyra
Links
Unheralded Cruz earning respect with his play- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cBz99a
Feliz at full power in World Series debut- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cuPnR7
Giants go down swinging with Ross, Torres- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/aFJpK3
Giants' Series roll halted by Rangers- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/c5Hr7p

Helu Jr. runs past Mizzou for school record; Mizzou vs. Nebraska

En route to a Nebraska Husker 31-17 victory over Big XII North rival Missouri Tigers, Roy Helu Jr. posted a school record of rushing yards in a single game. Roy Helu Jr. had 307 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns within 4 quarters. All 3 of the touchdowns were from 50+ yards out. The first run was for a 66 yard touchdown which was the first offensive play from scrimmage from the Huskers, the second run was 73 yard touchdown also in the 1st quarter, and then a 53 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Helu Jr. moved Calvin Jones to second for that school record of most single game rushing yards, he rushed for 294 yards in 1991. Helu also holds the record for single game rushing yards for this season in FBS, in second is Ray Graham of Pittsburgh rushing for 277 yards while playing Florida International University.

Nebraska Huskers star freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez was pulled out during the 2nd quarter due to a deep right leg bruise. Martinez during that less than a half of play posted 6-for-9 completions for 115 yards passing, 1 touchdown passing; and 12 carries for 16 yards rushing, and 0 touchdowns rushing. Martinez average per game this season is 9-for-12 completions, 145 yards passing, and 1 touchdown passing; and 14 carries for 111 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns rushing (all numbers are rounded up). Zac Lee, starting quarter back in the 2009 season, came in the game for Martinez. He went 1-for-3 for 11 yards passing, and 0 touchdowns. Top Nebraska receiver, Kyler Reed had 2 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Alex Henery, place kicker and punter, streak ended at 18 for made field goals (hadn't missed or had a field goal blocked all season) when Missouri blocked a 51 yard field goal attempt in the 4th quarter.

Mizzou's quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was commited to Nebraska until Osborne was fired as head coach (thankfully), was the top passer, but he didn't have much competition for that since the Huskers had 2 quarterbacks play, each for half the game. Gabbert 18-for-22 with 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That interception was the only turnover of the game by either team. T.J. Moe, top receiver, had 5 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown.

The 1st quarter was all Nebraska with 24 points, two by 60+ yards rushing by, game hero, Roy Helu Jr., a 41 yard field goal by Alex Henery, and a touchdown pass by Taylor Martinez to Kyler Reed. The 2nd quarter only had one score, De'Vion Moore ran for a 33 yard touchdown for Mizzou. The 3rd quarter had Helu Jr.'s 3rd touchdown run of the game, a touchdown pass for Mizzou, Gabber to Moe, and a field goal by Mizzou's Grant Ressel. The final score, as stated earlier, 31-17 Nebraska Huskers.

After this win the Huskers moved up 7 spots in the BCS poll from 14th to 7th! In the AP poll they are now ranked 9th and in the USA Today poll they are 10th.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/ayNNuM
Links
Helu Jr. Earns National Honor- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/b5YDBs
Hail Helu: Senior Smashes NU Record, No. 7 Tigers- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/cjf3TF

Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL Week 7 in Review

A little late I know. Anyhow these are 'some' of the notable plays, stats, and such from week 7.

  • Jay Cutler was picked off 4 times by DeAngelo Hall
  • Drew Brees picked off by Bowen for touchdowns
  • Jaguars got the 1 yard line due to penalty came out with only a field goal
  • Kevin Kolb threw a pick 6 that capped the game off for the Titans
  • Randy White had a bobbling catch for a touchdown
  • Ravens and Bills go into half time
  • Ravens win coin toss
  • Ravens punt and then Bills fumble recovered by Ravens
  • Ravens have been in two consecutive overtime games, lost to Patriots in OT, and now beat Bills in OT
  • Raiders scored 24 in first quarter, 12 in second, and 21 in third quarter
  • Philip Rivers threw a lateral pass to Jacob Hester, who dropped it, neither player went to pick it up or any Patriot, after a few seconds a Patriot defender picked it up. This makes me think of the saying 'Play until the whistle' Norv Turner must not teach that philosophy
  • Charger had 4 turn overs in the first half
  • Aaron Rogers threw a touchdown that wasn't reviewed that should of been because it would of been overturned
  • Brett Favre throws a pick 6 to a Packer defense player after limping off the field the previous drive
  • The winning touchdown for the Vikings was overturned and the Vikings ended up losing 28-24
  • Terrence Newman dropped a sure interception by Eli Manning then the next play got the interception
  • Second Giants drive Eli Manning was intercepted again to Gerald Sensabaugh
  • Dez Bryant had 3 touchdowns (4 career touchdowns)
  • Tony Romo, out, with a broken collar bone and John Kitna in for the Cowboys

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Turnovers are the story of Week 7 in the NFL

I'll go game by game.

Cincinnatti Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons (Final score 39-32 Falcons):
  • Matt Ryan (Falcons) threw 1 interception to Leon Hall
  • Cedric Benson (Bengals) fumbled, recovered by Brian Williams for 12 yards
  • Rondy White (Falcons) fumbled, recoverd by Adam (Packman) Jones for a 59 yard touchdown
St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18-17 Buccaneers):
  • Neither QBs threw a interception
  • Sam Bradford (Rams rookie) fumbled, recoverd by Donald Penn for no yards
  • Buccaneers had no turnovers
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens (37-34 Ravens):
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills) threw 2 interceptions both to Ed Reed for a total of 46 yards
  • Shawn Nelson (Bills) had 1 fumble
  • C.J. Spiller (Bills rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Joe Flacco (Ravens) had 1 fumble
  • Josh Wilson (Ravens) had 1 fumble
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs (42-20 Chiefs):
  • Todd Bouman (Jaguars) threw 2 interceptions; one to Eric Berry (Chiefs rookie) and a Pick 6 to Derrick Johnson
  • Mike Thomas (Jaguars) fumbled, recovered by Thomas Gafford for no yards
  • Chiefs had no turnovers
Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears (17-14 Redskins):
  • Donovan McNabb (Redskins) threw 2 interceptions; Danieal Manning with one and D.J. Moore with the second one (one was a pick 6)
  • Jay Cutler (Bears) threw 4 interceptions (yes 4) all to DeAngelo Hall (yes all 4), one of the 4 was a pick 6
  • Ryan Torain (Redskins) fumbled, recovered by Charles Tillman for -8 yards.
  • Jay Cutler (Bears) had 1 fumble
  • Matt Forte (Bears) had 1 fumble
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers (23-20 Panthers):
  • Matt Moore (Panthers) threw an interception to Ray McDonald
  • Steve Smith (Panthers) had 1 fumble
  • DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) had 1 fumble
  • 49ers had no turnovers
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins (23-22 Steelers):
  • Neither teams QBs threw an interception
  • Ben Roethisberger (Steelers) had 1 fumble
  • Emmanuel Sanders (Steelers rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Brian Hartline (Dolphins) fumbled, recovered by James Farrior for 8 yards
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee Titans (30-19 Titans):
  • Kevin Kolb (Eagles) threw 2 interceptions, one run back for a touchdown, by Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin
  • Kerry Collins (Titans) threw 2 interceptions  to Quintin Mikell and Asante Samuel
  • Jorrick Calvin (Eagles) had 1 fumble
  • Kevin Kolb (Eagles) had 1 fumble
  • Kerry Collins (Titans) fumbled, recovered by Juqua Parker for no yards
Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints (30-17 Browns):
  • Dree Brees (Saints reigning Superbowl MVP) picked off 4 times; 2 pick 6s by David Bowens (Browns inside linebacker), Sheldon Brown, and Scott Fujita all recorded interceptions from Brees
  • No fumbles in this game
  • Browns didn't turnover the ball
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks (22-10 Seahawks):
  • Max Hall (Cardinals rookie, 2nd string) threw an interception to Earl Thomas (Seahawks rookie)
  • Max Hall (Cardinals rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Tim Hightower (Cardinals) had 1 fumble
  • Andre Roberts (Cardinals rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Jason Wright (Cardinals) had 1 fumble
  • Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) had 1 fumble
New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers (23-20 Patriots):
  • Philip Rivers (Chargers) threw for 1 interception to Devin McCourty (Patriots rookie)
  • Philip Rivers (Chargers) had 1 fumble, from a lateral that Jacob Hester did not catch or even attempt to recover
  • Richard Goodman (Chargers rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Kris Wilson (Chargers) had 1 fumble
  • No turnovers by the Patriots
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos (59-14 Raiders):
  • Kyle Orton (Broncos) picked off for a 30 yard touchdown by Chris Johnson (Raiders CB not Titans RB)
  • Kyle Orton (Broncos) had 1 fumble
  • Demaryius Thomas (Bronocos rookie) had 1 fumble
  • No turnovers by the Raiders
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers (28-24 Packers):
  • Brett Favre (Vikings) threw 3 interceptions; a pick 6 to Desmond Bishop, to Nick Collins, and to A.J. Hawk
  • Aaron Rogers (Packers) threw 2 interceptions; to Jared Allen and to Madieu Williams
  • No fumbles in this game
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (on going):
  • Eli Manning (Giants) threw 3 interceptions (in the first two drives) to Terence Newman, to Gerald Sensabaugh, and to Keith Brooking
  • John Kitna (Cowboys) fumbled, recoverd by Justin Tuck for no yards
  • Brandon Jacobs (Giants) fumbled, recovered by Bradie James for no yards
  • Jason Witten (Cowboys) fumbled, recovered by Deon Grant for no yards
I'm not sure but it seemed to me this week had alot more turn overs than usual...and unusual quarterbacks turning the ball over. Every game this week has had 1 quarterback turn over the ball. 6 teams didn't commit a turnover; Patriots, Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, 49ers and Raiders. Who thought the Raiders would go a game without a turn over, but then again who thought they could score 59 points in 3 quarters. (About) 72 turnovers total for this week. An average of 5 turnovers per game. Two quarterbacks had 4 interceptions, one isn't new and one is, Dree Brees threw 2 pick 6s to the same defensive lineman and Jay Cutler threw 4 passes to the same Redskin, one time for a 'Skin touchdown, cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Also 8 rookies turned the ball over while 3 rookies either recovered a punt or intercepted a pass.


Link to links of all box scores: http://bit.ly/39D6yM
Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall on Jay Cutler: Trying me didn't work- ESPN: http://bit.ly/39D6yM

Monday, October 25, 2010

NASCAR: Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx Toyota, won in Martinsville for the 3rd consecutive time, in the past 8 years only he and Jimme Johnson, #48 Lowes Chevy, has won all the races in Martinsville, 2 each season. This win puts Denny only 5 points behind points lead Jimmie Johnson in the chase, 5 time (consecutive) Sprint Cup champion.

Mark Martin, #5 Ebay/GoDaddy Chevy, finished in 2nd place after being bumped by A.J. Allmendinger, #43 Best Buy Ford, in the rear end on lap 225. On lap 248 a tire went down and he had a pit under green which put him down 2 laps. On lap 384 after a caution brought out by Kurt Busch, #2 Miller Light Dodge, and Jeff Gordon, #24 National Guard/DuPont Chevy, (I'll talk about that incident later) put Mark on the lead lap, by the lucky dog pass. By lap 424 Mark Martin was in the top 10, then by lap 476 he was in the top 5, by passing Jimmie Johnson, and then lap 496 (4 to go) he took over 2nd from Kevin Harvick but he was too far away and there wasn't enough time to catch up to Denny Hamlin for the win.

On lap 359, Jeff Burton, #31 Cat Chevy, hits his teammate Kevin Harvick, #29 Shell Chevy, during a caution, because of Sam Hornish Jr. spinning and hitting the wall. Both drivers complained about each others driving. Jeff Burton had been accused by many drivers of break checking and NASCAR went on his radio and told him to cut it out. Jeff said he wasn't doing anything and wanted a clarification. From what I could see by replays, not knowing very much about cars and break checking, he was just not laying on the gas as quickly as the cars behind him.

Before the race Richard Childress, of Richard Childress Racing, switched the crews of the #33, Clint Bowyer BB&T Chevy, and the crews of the #29 team. Kevin Harvick has had been having a hissy fit about his crew and yelling at them through the radio for bad stops. During this race his crew, with the Clint Bowyer, was in the top 5 of fastest crews during one of the caution pit stops. Misforutune hit the #33 team when Clint Bowyer spined out and hit the wall and they brought it behind the wall. Kevin Harvick records his first top 5 at Martinsville. I would say Harvick's normal crew isn't that bad but who can perform great under scrutiny from their driver. Even his nationwide crew messes up constantly, makes you think it's the driver.

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch were both racing each other hard, but not dirtly which is not normal with Kyle Busch. During lap 448 Kyle Busch was starting to get aggressive with Jimmie Johnson trying to pass him. On lap 464 it was 'recorded' that Kyle Busch was 'very angry' with Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch finished 4th and Jimmie Johnson finished 5th, so obvivously Kyle was able to get around Jimmie. I'm very glad that Kyle didn't dump Jimmie like he would of normally done and his fans were probably pleading him to do. This made me sort of respect Kyle a little more, but it still isn't enough to say I respect or like or not hate him. Also supposedly Jimmie Johnson flipped off Kyle Busch during the race and Jimmie Johnson was saying he was giving Kyle plenty of room, he was being accused by Kyle of chopping him.

Joey Logano, #20 GameStop Toyota, finshed 6th. Joey had the same crew members but a different sponsor on his car. Usually the #20 car is white and orange with a Home Depot logo on the hood but this race for the first time in the longest time (maybe ever) in a sprint cup race the #20 car was black. This was Game Stop's first time sponsoring a car in a Sprint Cup series race but they are Joey's main sponsor in the nationwide series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Amp/National Guard Chevy, finished 7th which is the 5th time this season he has finished 7th or better. 7th top 10 finish of the season. He lead for 90 laps, the most this season. Dale Earnhardt is now on a 88 race winless streak. It's always shocking when Dale Earnhardt can break the top 20. I don't see him in the Chase ever. He should do him and his fans a favor and retire. If he retires his fans will move on to another driver and it should help tv ratings and so on.

On lap 384 Jeff Gordon bumped Kurt Busch, Kurt Busch wasn't pleased at all so he dumped him. Kurt Busch finished in 16th while Jeff Gordon finished in 20th, and this ended his streak of top 10 finishes in the last 15 races at Martinsville.

Kasey Kahne, #83 Red Bull Toyota, finished in 14th. While his former team, #9 Budweiser Ford where he was released during the week from, finished in 21st with Aric Almirola behind the wheel. Kasey Kahne earlier this season said he wouldn't be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports and signed with Hendrick Motorsports for 2012 to take over the #5 car when Mark Martin's contract is up, and for the 2011 season he will drive the #82 car for Red Bull Racing since Scott Speed will be released by a performance clause in his contract. Kasey Kahne had some harsh words about RPM and with all of this it is questioning the future of the team, which makes the other teams worried if they will have a job or not.

Links:
Unofficial Race Results: Tums Fast Relief 500- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/bMDI58
Lap-by-Lap: Martinsville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/bILede
Hamlin wins at Martinsville, cuts into points lead- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/dsQvSr
Busch gets back at Gordon, and not just for M'ville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/dqtGhl
Forgotten Hendrick duo make noise at Martinsville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/cD0EOj
Denny Hamlin captures third straight at Martinsville Speedway- ESPN: http://es.pn/cha2S0
Red Bull to field two teams in 2011,with Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers- ESPN: http://es.pn/bdLnIa

Sunday, October 24, 2010

MLB Championship Series

Both AL and NL Championship series were won in Game 6 of 7. The Texas Rangers were the first to know they were in the World Series when they beat the New York Yankees in Game 6 in Texas. The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia.

Josh Hamilton won ALCS MVP honors. Josh Hamilton within the ALCS went 7-for-20 (.350); with 6 runs, 7 RBI, 8 BB, and 4 HR. In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Rangers had the lead until the top of the 8th when the Yankees came back and scored 5 which led to a 6-5 win for the Yanks. That lose for the Rangers was very frustrating since they had the lead until that dreadful 8th inning where Brandon Gardner lead off with a single, then Derek Jeter hit an RBI double, Alex Rodriguez (A-Roid) hit a 2 RBI single, Robinson Cano hit an RBI single, and finally Marcus Thames hit an RBI single, all this damage was done with no outs (scoring plays). The Rangers came back for Game 2 and won 7-2. They then had a day off to travel to New York. The Rangers sent the Yankee fans out of the stadium before the game ended with an 8 to 0 win. I'm sure those fans were saddened to miss the Rangers score 6 in the top of the 9th, just putting some cushioning on their 2-0 lead..., Josh Hamilton hit a leadoff double which lead to Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single (hit Hamilton home), Bengie Molina hit an RBI single, Mitch Moreland hit a 2 RBI single, Elvis Andrus hit an RBI double, and finally Mitch Moreland scored on a wild pitch by David Robertson (scoring plays). Yet another game where most of the Yankee fans left the stadium before the last out, the Rangers won 10-3. The Rangers had 4 HRs during this game; 1 from Bengie Molina in the top of the 6th, 2 from Josh Hamilton in both the top of the 7th and the 9th, and 1 from Nelson Cruz in the top of the 9th. The first 3 games of the series the Rangers scored first and in the 1st inning. The Yankees staff threatened the Yankees to win this game to send the series back to Texas so they wouldn't have to clean up the champagne shower (party) for Texas winning the series. The Yankees won 7-2, putting some hope back to the Yankees and Yankee fans, though Yankee fans always think they can win it all... The Yankees hit 3 baseballs out of the park while Rangers hit only 1 baseball out of Yankee Stadium; for the Yankees Nick Swisher hit a solo home run, Robenson Cano hit a solo home run (both hit in the 3rd inning), and Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the 8th inning; Rangers only (solo) home run in this game was from Matt Treanor in the 5th inning. Rangers finished what they couldn't do in New York at home in front of their home fan base by winning Game 6, 6 to 1. Only home run in this game was a 2 run home run by Nelson Cruz in the 4th inning where they scored 4 of the 6 runs. The final out was a strike out of Alex Rodriguez, looking. Then celebration began and is probably still going, specially for the fans.

Cody Ross received NLCS MVP honors. Cody Ross during the NLCS went 7-for-20 (.350, same as Josh Hamilton); with 4 runs, 5 RBI, 2 BB, and 3 HR. Game 1 was hosted in Philadelphia, where the pitching matchup was Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum. This was the first game Roy Halladay pitched after pitching a no-hitter to the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. Halladay gave up his first hit and run on the same pitch during the 3rd inning to a solo home run by Cody Ross, he'd end up hitting 2-for-2 off Halladay (in this game); with 2 (solo) home runs and a walk. Halladay got his first lose in postseason play with pitching only 7 innings allowing 8 hits and 4 runs (all earned), and Tim Lincecum got the winning decision with pitching 7 innings as well allowing 6 hits and 3 runs (all earned). Phillies also scored 2 home runs but by different people; solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, and a 2 run home run by Jayson Werth. Phillies won Game 2, to make up for the lose in Game 1 to their fans, by a score of 6-1. Phillies scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to secure there lead of 2-1. Roy Oswalt, starting pitcher, hit a lead off single, Placido Polanco singled in Roy Oswalt with 1 out, and Jimmy Rollins hit a 3 RBI double with 2 outs. Both teams have a travel day to head to the West Coast, San Francisco. The Giants won 3-0 for the first NLCS game at home. Cole Hamels got the losing decision but only allowed 5 hits, but all 3 runs (all earned), and he pitched for 6 innings. Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain got the win, pitching 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and no runs, and Brian Wilson, with the dyed beard, received the save only allowing 1 hit in the top of the 9th. Giants won the next game, the next day, as well by only one point (6-5). The Phillies scored 4 in the top of the 5th; Ben Francisco hit a lead off single, Shane Victorino hit a single that brought Ben Francisco home (RBI single), Placido Polanco hit a 2 RBI double, and Placido Polanco scored on a wild pitch by Santiago Casilla (scoring plays). The game was tied at 5 at during the bottom of the 9th until Aubrey Huff singled with 1 out, Buster Posey singled and Aubrey Huff got to third (scoring position) with 1 out, and then Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice fly that brought Aubrey Huff home for the win (scoring plays). The Phillies wanted a chance to win the NLCS, and at home. The Phillies won the final game in San Francisco (for the NLCS) 4-2. This was a rematch of Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, but this time the winning and losing decision was flipped, Halladay got the win while Lincecum got the lose. Cody Ross only got one hit off of Halladay during this game and it was an RBI double. Another travel day but this time both teams traveled from the West coast to the East coast. The first game back in Philadelphia the series was over. Unlike the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants won the series infront of opposing fans. This game was awesome probably my favorite postseason game ever! Brawls, I love them. During the 2nd inning Chase Utley was unintentionally hit by a pitch by Jonathan Sanchez, Chase Utley wasn't a fan of this and while he was taking his base the ball bounced into his hands so he tossed it back to Jonathan Sanchez. Jonathan Sanchez was not a fan of that. Chase Utley and Aubrey Huff had some words. Then the benches started to clear on both sides. The umps did a really good job of seperating it, though I really wanted some fists flying... Anyhow, no one was ejected but Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, took Jonathan Sanchez out of the game and replaced him with Jeremy Affeldt. Tim Lincecum came into relieve during the 8th inning while Brian Wilson warmed up, Lincecum, only his 2nd relief appearance, pitched to 3 batters allowing 2 hits and striked 1 out. Brian Wilson then pitched the final 2 outs of the 8th inning and then 3 outs in the 9th inning for the save. Brian Wilson gave up two walks in the ninth but no hits or runs, and the last out was a strike out to Ryan Howard, also looking just like Game 6 of the ALCS.

I loved both championship series. As a Yankee hater, the ALCS was great watching them get beat and when they were it was bad. Also watching there fans leave Yankee Stadium was awesome! But baseball wise the NLCS was the best with many close games. You weren't sure which team was going to win. Also now with the Rangers and Giants in the World Series, it can be called the Underdog Series. Since both of the losing teams in the championship series have been to the World Series many, many times it makes it much more of a 'cinderella' story in the making, specially since this is the first time the Rangers have been in the World Series.


Links to box scores:
ALCS Game 1- ESPN: http://es.pn/9YFx3G
ALCS Game 2- ESPN: http://es.pn/aPFQr3
ALCS Game 3- ESPN: http://es.pn/cG3Pc5
ALCS Game 4- ESPN: http://es.pn/aHjZx3
ALCS Game 5- ESPN: http://es.pn/9Cpx7f
ALCS Game 6- ESPN: http://es.pn/blTfcF
NLCS Game 1- ESPN: http://es.pn/cE46wB
NLCS Game 2- ESPN: http://es.pn/aeJHRM
NLCS Game 3- ESPN: http://es.pn/cy6Isg
NLCS Game 4- ESPN: http://es.pn/bek8Gq
NLCS Game 5- ESPN: http://es.pn/awLFL6
NLCS Game 6- ESPN: http://es.pn/cMXbnD
Links:
The Y'all Classic! Texas boots Yanks in ALCS- by T.R. Sullivan TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cfqw0V
Cody Ross rides three home runs to NLCS MVP honors- ESPN: http://es.pn/diO59E
Series matchup a study in underdogs- by Tom Singer TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/ccalKO
SF wins on Juan swing; Philly KO'd, looking- by Chris Haft SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/aABKDh
Rangers' resilience impresses Yanks- by Bill Ladson Yankees.com: http://bit.ly/blzvrO
Phillies' World Series hopes dashed by Giants- by Todd Zolecki Phillies.com: http://bit.ly/98hx2a