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September 29, 2014

Week 4 New York (2-2) 45 Washington (1-3) 14
All of the pundits said this game would be a slugfest because of the dislike for each other both teams had. Well it was all from one side-the Giants. The Washington’s didn’t hurt the NY chances with their 4 thrown INTs, 2 fumbles, and 11 penalties. This was coupled with NY’s good game plan, spirited play on both sides of the ball to create the lopsided NY win.
Lions (3-1) 24 Jets (1-3) 17
I thought the biggest problem exhibited by the Jets was in the defensive backfield. Even though the Jets sacked Stafford 4 times, he still had close to 300 yards in the air. The Lions only had 88 yds. On the ground. NY had 13. Geno-BOOOO!
The Jet DBs had a busted coverage that allowed a backup wide out to go for a 59 yard TD,
New League
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote about the “FXFL,” “Welcome to the world of the FXFL – the Fall Experimental Football League. The idea here is that the FXFL will be a feeder league/developmental program that ultimately provides players to the NFL. Here is what the league founder, Brian Woods, said about the FXFL objectives:
“Our long-term goal is to establish a partnership with the NFL and we feel can do that on many platforms. It would give them a way to work with younger players that they don’t currently have. We can help them train prospective NFL officials – in the NBA, every referee entering the league (in recent years) comes from NBA go for aDevelopmental League. We can be a testing ground for proposed rules, too.”
The FXFL begins play on October 8 with 4 teams:
Boston Brawlers (they will play in Harvard Stadium)
Brooklyn Bolts
Florida Blacktips
Omaha Mammoths
Games will take place on Wednesday and Friday nights and the schedule extends to Nov 12. The key to survival here is that “partnership with the NFL” that Brian Woods mentioned above. It could keep the league afloat long enough to let it establish some kind of following/fanbase in its cities. By the way, it would be a place for the NFL to work with the FXFL to look at rule changes in live action before instituting them. Changes to the rules regarding point after touchdown tries sound good on paper but may not be nearly so good with real players executing real plays. So, why not give them a “test drive” first?
Dwight Perry Patter From Seattle Times
“Suggested recruiting slogan for the Fall Experimental Football League’s Brooklyn Bolts: We’re Looking For A Few Good Nut Jobs.”
Tim Tebow, in case you missed it, has joined the cast of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” starting a new series called “Motivate Me Monday.”
“When Tebow was done with his report,” noted Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, “he threw it back to George Stephanopoulos in the studio, but the transition sailed over his head.”
Darren Sproles and the NFL’s all-time Mighty Mites
Darren Sproles, hero of the Vertically Challenged and one of the best multi-purpose backs of his generation, was at it again Monday night in Indianapolis. The Eagles’ 5-foot-6, 181-pound dynamo had a career-high 178 yards from scrimmage as Philadelphia rallied to ruin the Colts’ evening, 30-27. (The breakdown: 152 receiving — also a career best — and 26 rushing.)
That means that in Sproles’ two outings since joining Philly as a free agent, he’s had momentum-turning 49-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars and a highlight-reel game against Indy, one that included catches of 57 and 51 and a 19-yard draw-play TD.
Nine years into his career, defensive coordinators are still trying to cover him out of the backfield with linebackers. (You almost felt sorry for Indy’s Josh McNary on the 57-yarder.) They’re still trying to pretend, when he comes into the game, that he doesn’t require special attention. Then again, maybe they don’t notice that he’s out there. He’s very adept at hiding behind his blockers.
Sproles’ running style might best be described as Duck and Dart — duck under the flailing arms of would-be tacklers and dart into (and through) hairline cracks in the defense. He doesn’t return kickoffs anymore, and he hasn’t run back a punt for a score since 2011, but he still has it in him. Even at 31, he’s got a nice burst.
He’s also been fortunate to play for coaches who maximized his abilities — first Norv Turner in San Diego, then Sean Payton in New Orleans and now Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. By the time he’s done, he’ll have, by my guesstimate, 7,500 of the quietest yards from scrimmage in NFL history. I say “quietest” because he’s never made the Pro Bowl . . . and probably never will.
Here’s all you really need to know about Sproles: In 10 playoff games, he’s scored seven TDs. (And in one of them, all he did was return kicks.) OK, here’s something else you could stand to know about him: In 2011 he just missed becoming the first running back in 53 years to carry 75-plus times in a season and average 7 yards an attempt. His numbers: 87 rushes, 603 yards, 6.93 average.
Which raises the question: Where does he rank among pro football’s all-time mighty mites? Answer: Well, he’s certainly a first-teamer. A look at some other notable players who measured 5-6 and under:
● “Mini Mack” Herron, RB, 1973-75 Patriots/Falcons – 5-5, 170. Drugs derailed Herron’s career, but he’ll always have 1974. That was the season he set an NFL record for all-purpose yards (2,444), tied for third in the league in touchdowns (12) and also ranked high in yards from scrimmage (1,298, seventh), punt return yards (517, second), punt return average (14.8, fourth) and several other categories. He and fullback Sam “Bam” Cunningham were quite a combination in the New England backfield.
● Lionel “Little Train” James, RB-WR, 1984-88 Chargers – 5-6, 171. In 1985 James became the first NFL running back to rack up 1,000 receiving yards in a season — 1,027 to be exact. (Later the same afternoon, the 49ers’ Roger Craig became the second.) Just one back has gained more (Marshall Faulk, 1,048 with the Super Bowl-winning ’99 Rams).”

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