Thursday, December 15, 2011

Don't call it a comeback

By Jeff

OK, I have been neglecting this blog for about a month now. I have been running around wedding planning, house hunting and working. There is no excuse for leaving the blog unmanned, as this truly is something I love.

The one positive about not really having a post for a month is that there is are a ton of things on my mind. I don't even know where to start!
  • A lot of people don't like Ben Roethlisberger. I think it might have to do with that whole he might have raped a woman in a bathroom. It might also have to do with the stories that he is a bit of a jerk off the field. But you can't deny that he is the toughest quarterback in the league. Most people can't even bear weight on a grade 2 ankle sprain. He went out and played two quarters and led his team to a needed win.
  • Antonio Brown is having an incredible season. Did anyone else see him having 55 receptions and 925 yards at this point in the season? And it's not just the total stats, it's how he seems to make clutch catches when the Steelers need one.
  • Has anyone seen Emmanuel Sanders lately?
  • Sidney Crosby's return was incredible. I didn't even see the game live, but it boosted my morale. On the flip side, the fact he is out again with concussion-like symptoms has crushed my soul a little bit.
  • Evgeni Malkin is looking like the Malkin of old. He is taking over games and showing the drive that seemed to be missing for about two seasons.
  • Why won't blogger let me put an extra return between bullets!? Now I'm stuck putting bullets inbetween other bullets. It's annoying!
  • Pascal Dupuis is THE MAN. The amazing thing is he is on pace for a career year despite playing the majority of the season without Sydney Crosby.
  • The Pirates are making huge moves. OK, they are making moves. Not sure if they are good or not. I love that they picked up Erik Bedard. If the team gets 150 innings from the injury prone pitcher they will be getting a bargain. As for Clint Barmes, Rod Barajas and Nate McLouth, meh. None of these guys are going to do much for this team. They are hardly upgrades to the people they are replacing.
  • Albert Pujols is a freak. A 10-year deal worth more than $250 for a guy older than 30 is a bit of a stretch. Of course, he could transition to DH in a few years and save his body a little bit.
  • So some Eagles fans think the team is going to make the playoffs this year. That or they call into radio stations every day screaming for Andy Reid's head. As an outsider, I don't think Reid should be fired. The team has a ton of talent and can gel over the offseason. If the Steelers bailed on Bill Cowher after a few rough years, they might still be looking for that one for the thumb.
  • Glee sucks.
  • Blog contributor Greg and I have been sending e-mails back an forth for the past month regarding Penn State, Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno. He makes a strong point that JoePa may have been prematurely fired. If you read the grand jury report, then you'd think Paterno didn't do enough. And that was my thinking after reading it. But now we have man close to Mike McQuery saying that McQuery told the man that he never saw Jerry Sandusky raping a child. Rather, McQuery said he just heard noises in the showers and saw a boy's head peak around the corner and later saw Sandusky leaving the shower. This is a complete contradiction to what McQuery told the grand jury. So maybe Paterno wasn't told about the alleged rape that night in 2002. However, why didn't this new source come out weeks ago to note McQuery's inconsistencies. And the fact that Sandusky was told not to bring children on campus tells you that administrators were at least suspicious he was up to terrible acts. I still think Paterno and others should have been asking why the hell Sandusky was still allowed around campus up until his arrest. Maybe Paterno did ask, but I think he would have said something to the media about it if he had. I'm just saying a man does not say "I should have done more" if he really thinks he went to the proper lengths to resolve the situation. Others may say Paterno's statement "could mean anything", but I think that is more avoiding the situation.
  • Anyone see the leaked trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises"? They better get Thomas Hardy in the editing room and redo the audio. You can't friggin understand a word Bane says.
  • Saw "The Muppets" last month. It was awesome.
  • Does anyone care that the NBA is back?
  • I also don't care about the NCAA football National Championship game. I saw this game already.
  • Remember last year when we had a guy doing college football posts every week? He said he'd do that again this year. You remember that, Mike!? Not like I can talk much. This is only the second post this month.
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  1. "Now I'm stuck putting bullets in between other bullets "

    -Wyatt Earp

  2. That Pujols contract was ridiculous. He's going to be 32 in a month and a baseball player's prime (without steroids) is typically 27 or 28. He's still one of the best hitters in the game, but probably only for another two years.

    I want to hear Zanic's medical opinion on Crosby's future. When his doctors held that press conference back in early September they discussed how concussions need time to heal. They convinced me that Crosby was taking all the necessary precautions to make sure it healed, but it's pretty obvious that he received an undiagnosed concussion in the Winter Classic. Then he proceeded to fly down to Florida to play the Lightning, which some say makes the concussion worse (this is where someone that knows more than me could elaborate further). Then he got the concussion from Victor Hedman that took him out of hockey for almost a year. I think it's pretty obvious that Sid had some form of a concussion in the Winter Classic. If that's the case, isn't he in the same boat as Pat Lafontaine, Eric Lindros, Marc Savard, etc.?

    JoePa was definitely fired prematurely. There simply weren't enough facts out to make him responsible for this scandal. However, time was of the essence. The general public did not want to wait until the necessary questions were answered. What did McQueary tell Joe? That's pretty important, but none of us really know what was said in that discussion. Did Joe follow up on this? No matter how McQueary phrased this, Joe should have followed up. The public's assumption is that he didn't. Well, I learned in elementary school what happens when we assume. Maybe Joe followed up and Curley told him they conducted an internal investigation and it came back that Sandusky wasn't doing anything wrong. I don't think this is a stretch and Joe's quote, "I wish I had done more" (not "I should have done more") still makes perfect sense.