Monday, July 30, 2007

As Bill Maher would say, "NEW RULE!"

I'm fed up with polls taken by news organization that ask the American public to give a favorable/unfavorable rating of Congress. According to recent studies, less than 1 in 4 Americans could name their U.S. Representative. This means that 75% of the people who rate Congress in these polls DO NOT EVEN KNOW THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE THEY ARE "RATING!"

So new rule: if you cannot name your U.S. Representative AND your 2 U.S. Senators, you may not partake in a poll that asks you to give an opinion about the performance of Congress.

Sound fair?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I'm growing tired of the national sports media declaring ths year "make or break" for my boy Eli Manning. Or the claims he must "take it to the next level."

Over the last two seasons, Eli has thrown 48 TD passes. That's more than Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Dellhome, Marc Bulger, and every other QB in the NFC. The only plyers in the NFL who have thrown more TDs over the past two season are big brother Peyton, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. His QB rating over the last two years is higher than Michael Vick's. In 2006, his QB rating was higher than Hasselbeck and Rothlisberger. He has thrown a few too many INTs, but you simply cannot debate his effectiveness. He's led his team to two straight playoff appearances, and, maybe most importantly, he has started 39 straight games. The second longest streak in the NFC East is 8.

So lay off. The kid is alright.

And since we're talking football, I have another rant.

LaDamian Tomlinson should be referred to as "LaDamian" or "Tomlinson" or "LaDamian Tomlinson." But as for "LT," there is only one, and he wore #56 for the New York Giants. I once watched a game where Joe Theisman called Tomlinson "LT." I saw Joe Theisman in the airport in 2003, and he still has a slight limp. Hey Joe, who was it that broke your leg in 4 places?
On national television? Was it a running back for San Diego? Show some respect, especially for the man who assured that you would never again take another snap in the NFL. There is only one "LT"

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

And now from the, "yeah, this makes sense" department:

AP reports Oklahoma must erase its wins from the 2005 football season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, the NCAA said Wednesday.

The penalties stem from a case involving two players, including the Sooners' starting quarterback, who were kicked off the team last August for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership. The NCAA said Oklahoma was guilty of a "failure to monitor" the employment of the players.

So OU forfeits its wins. Yet Reggie Bush's family received over $100,000 in cash and a home to live in while he was at USC, and USC has so far not been punished or stripped of their wins (and title.)