Dreams Blog

October 26, 2012

Week 7
Giants (5-2) 27 ‘Skins (3-4) 23
The “cardiac kids” did it again. Manning’s pass to Cruz in the last minutes of the game pulled it out. DC had more yardage but their turnovers told the tale. The NY D MUST improve if the Giants want to take the prize again this year. Allowing 250 ground yds.& 230 in the air is unacceptable.
Pats (4-3) 29 Jets (3-4) 26
This was a tough game won in OT. I think Ryan has to show a little “blood lust” when closing out a game. Admittedly, these weren’t the Patriots of several years ago, but the O line still can’t give up 4 sacks. Kerley had 7 catches for 120yds. and Keller caught 7 for 93 yards.
Peter Quillin
Peter Quillin (28-0,20KO) won the WBO Middleweight title on 10/20 at Bklyn.’s Barclay Center. He earned a unanimous decision over the reigning champion, Hassan N’Dam N’Jokam with a patient (often using a “rope-a-dope” to conserve energy), strong attack where N’Dam was floored six times.
No matter how the TV guys tried to say it was a close fight that could go either way, my 116-107 scoring told the story.
Quillin brought the belt back to the USA- Kelly Pavlik was the last US Middleweight champ.
Jim McMahon
I’ve spoken several times about the NFL players who’ve been affected by early onset dementia thought to be caused by multiple concussions suffered by the player during his playing days.
Brad Rock (Deseret News) wrote about Jim McMahon, of BYU and the Chicago Bears). McMahon was a “free spirit” in shades and is now being held captive by his own brain. “We recall the post-BYU McMahon, who mooned a news chopper, rocked a Mohawk and scribbled the NFL commissioner’s name on his headband. That guy is gone? He’s in there somewhere. Reports say he has early-onset dementia. “My memory’s pretty much gone,” he told the Chicago Tribune. So he writes lists of things he must recall. But even he admits he’s not so tough anymore, thanks to those concussions in the NFL. He has joined 2,400 other former NFL players who are suing the league for allegedly not alerting players to the dangers of head injuries.
I Got A Name I Got A Name
Bob Molinaro feels the same as I do- well, maybe not for the same reason, but, I’ll take that. He wrote about the Redskins QB Robert Griffen aka RG III. “Umenyiora was right when he said Griffin hadn’t earned his nickname. But that was then. Approaching Sunday’s game between the Redskins and Giants, Osi good-naturedly changed his stance. “Sir,” he said “His name is Sir Robert Griffin. That’s what I refer to him now. I mean, look what he’s done. Look at the way he’s performed as a rookie.” No more Bob Griffin, then. But what I don’t like about this silly, little name game is the notion that calling the Skins’ quarterback “Bob” is some sort of putdown. When asked, Griffin insisted that he wasn’t bothered that Umenyiora had called him “Bob.” For obvious reasons, this struck me as odd. Why should Griffin be offended? What’s wrong with “Bob?” Bob Dylan has done all right with the name. It hasn’t exactly hurt his career and legacy. Same with Bobs Costas and Knight, and even SpongeBob SquarePants. I understand that Bob is considered a square name from a distant era – it was the most popular name for American boys born in 1953 – but aren’t some things, like the songs of Dylan and Bob Marley and the poetry of Bob Frost, timeless? From the Germanic, Robert stands for “bright fame.” Maybe that’s an appropriate fit for someone who tacks “III” onto the back of his name and uniform. But Bob is plainer; it doesn’t put on airs. Fans worship at No. 10’s Sunday services, but would his passes be less accurate, would he be slower sprinting from the pocket, would he lead the Redskins to fewer victories or show up in commercials less often if he went by Bob Griffin? I guess we’ll never know.”
I Can’t Kick Those Thoughts
Norman Chad (DC Post) wrote about today’s field goal kickers. “Playing from 1946 to 1967 with the Cleveland Browns, Hall of Fame place kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza made 54.9 percent of his field goal attempts. Nowadays, 77 percent doesn’t even get you into the top 50 all-time for accuracy. Whatever happened to all those wild-and-crazy kicking brothers — the Zendejas boys, the Gogolaks, the Bahrs, the Gramaticas — who only made two-thirds of their kicks? I’ll tell you what happened to them — Martin and Bill Gramatica now run the Gramatica Kicking Camp in Florida, where they are producing the next generation of can’t-miss robo-kickers; I assume they spend at least an hour instructing campers how not to tear an anterior cruciate ligament while celebrating a first-half field goal. The numbers are eye-popping: In 1967, NFL kickers made 51 percent of their field goal attempts. In 2008 — a year in which Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal; who knew then-Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin was a visionary? — NFL kickers made a record 84.5 percent. This year, that mark likely will be broken, and kickers are making two-thirds of their attempts from 50 yards and beyond.
Place kickers today are more accurate, with more distance, than ever.
I’ve heard many explanations — better training regimens, better playing conditions, more turf fields, more domes, the wonders of mile-high Denver. But, hey, it’s one thing to be kicking at altitude, it’s another thing to be making field goals from Mars.” The Fall To Earth
The Sports Curmudgeon ranted about Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace and that it was greater than that of any other modern athlete aside from that of OJ Simpson. Simpson had at one time the same likeability and affableness as Armstrong.
Yet I think that Armstrong’s elevation to sport’s Mt. Rushmore was purely a media thing because his sport of Cycle Racing is a very minor one in this country and doesn’t create the same buzz as baseball, football, or basketball and never will.

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