Dancing in the Rain – This wasn’t originally going to be in here, but as I was browsing photos of the Eagles & Redskins game, the photo with the cheerleaders (above) popped up. Now, although putting this photo up probably prompted you to actually read this post, it reminds me of a thought all the way from Halloween. When the cheerleaders dressed up in skimpy Halloween costumes, I remember seeing them and thinking, “Wow, they’re wearing more clothes than they normally do!” And this photo kind of drives that point home. First of all, look in the lower right hand corner to view a couple butt-cheeks hanging out. Now, look at their hair. Notice anything? They’re all drenched from head to toe, dancing in the pouring rain, wearing mildly-better-than underwear. Something about the nature of cheerleading is a bit unsettling for me. Don’t get me wrong, I find women extremely attractive and I’m probably the last person to talk about morals (and most of these women choose to be cheerleaders), but still, the extent which the NFL goes to in order to enhance the fetishisation of women makes me uneasy.
The Baltimore Ravens, after 9 weeks of the 2010 NFL season, are the best team in the entire league. Think about it. The offense has developed far beyond anything any Ravens team has ever had, and it even continues to develop after Flacco was dismantled in week 2 by the Bengals (he has the highest QB-rating since week 3). But more importantly, the defense is healthy, gelling, and finally playing to its notorious potential. Statistics may say otherwise, but everything about this Ravens’ team indicates league superiority. The Ravens have beaten the NY Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, while barely losing a 10-point lead to the New England Patriotsin Foxborough after their bye. And I don’t mean to make excuses for the Ravens’ losses, but if the Ravens were to see any team on a neutral field (i.e.: Super Bowl), I’d have full confidence they would pull out a victory…
Now, the most important part of that last sentence is the words “neutral field.” Tonight, the Ravens square off against the Falcons in Atlanta, where the Falcons are currently 4-0 in the season. I could list a bunch of other statistics regarding the Falcons’ home dominance, but I’m sure if you’ve heard anything about tonight’s game, you’ve already heard all of them. On a neutral field, I can easily say the Ravens would win 4 out of 5 games against the Falcons, but because the game is in Atlanta, I’m hesitant to confidently pick either team to win. Now, I think where the Ravens have the edge is their defensive unit. Regardless of how good Matt Ryan is in the Georgia Dome, Ed Reed is one of those players that will be one of the, if not the, most important factor(s) to consider.
I’m a proud Ravens fan, but I’m approaching this game as neutrally as possible… it’s a good thing Ravens win when things are neutral! I see Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed making the difference in this game. Flacco & Ryan and Rice & Turner will cancel each other out. Ravens win 27-23.
*Update* Well, wasn’t that wishful thinking? Flacco and Ryan did cancel each other out, and Rice actually won the RB battle, but where the game slipped away was actually where I thought the Ravens had an advantage: DEF. Suggs stepped his game up, but Lewis and Reed both didn’t play their best games. We can point fingers at the Ravens CBs, who are finally starting to solidify themselves as liabilities, but as an entire defense, we weren’t good enough to stop the Falcons. Valiant effort by the Ravens, but not enough to stop a stellar performance by Matt Ryan and Roddy White. Falcons won 26-21.
Wow Phil, why don’t you just cry me a river? … Ok, sorry I know it’s lame. Not sure why I had to say it (or why I didn’t just delete it). Anyway, we all know Philip Rivers is a monster QB and a potential MVP in 2010, but that doesn’t save him from consideration in this poll. Just as notorious as his arm are his pouty faces. You know how hard it was for me to find a suitable picture of Rivers making an upset face or gesture? Not at all. They’re as common as Ed Reed interceptions! What a whiner. Does he win the title of the NFL’s biggest cry-baby?
"Worship me, James Jones. I am an almighty referee."
As a lover of all things defense, you can only imagine the frustration and disappointment I feel with the way NFL officiating is headed. And it’s not that I don’t agree with player safety – I totally agree with the increased attention on helmet-to-helmet collisions on defenseless receivers (although those hiked-up fines are ridiculous) – but when officiating starts to impact the outcome of a game, that’s when I start having issues with it. Officials are not in the game to decide who wins and loses. That job should belong solely in the hands of the 22 players on the field. Referees are merely there to chaperone the game. So why are they making such a big influence in the game, even with the exercise of instant replay? I’m tired of the cliche excuses the NFL always makes to defend their poor little referees, talking about the “speed of the game,” etc. Instead of making excuses for their horrendous calls, just fix it. My biggest peeves regarding officiating after the jump… Continue reading →
Another interesting bit of information from the IceBat: It seems like the rest of America has finally caught on that baseball is an extremely boring sport. Even when the World Series was playing Sunday night (Go A’s!), a regular season NFL game had higher ratings. Baseball is slowly, but surely becoming one of those interests where people find out about it and say, “Oh… you’re one of those?”
Sure, that probably won’t be the case in 5 years, or even 10, but don’t blame me when you talk with your grandchildren about how “back in your day” you used to go to baseball games and listen to Lady Gaga and they slowly respond with a timid, “Oh… you’re one of those?” You’re instantly gonna become that weird grandparent that smells like old mothballs and dust if you do that.
And on that note, enjoy Monday Night Football. Hopefully it won’t be as pathetic as the last couple weeks…
Just as Ed Reed made his debut for the 2010 NFL season this last Sunday, so will Ed Read make a glorious start to his blog. For those of you fortunate enough to actually read this post, I congratulate you on the opportunity at hand: soon enough, you will be able to brag to your friends that you were a loyal “Ed Read-er” since the very first post. You will never be in danger of being labeled with the dreaded “Band-Wagon” tag, much like the current entirety of San Francisco (and even parts of Los Angeles!) as the Giants go to the World Series. But in all seriousness, I want to thank you for taking your time to read this blog, and as it develops into the dramatic story lines of the NFL and the fickle rosters of invested fantasies, I will try my best to always make it worth your time.
And on that note, who else kept Darren McFadden on the bench this last week… and lost because of it? I know I did! The same goes for Kenny Britt. If there’s anything at all this strange season that we can declare certain, I think both players just cemented their statuses as “Fantasy Studs” for the remainder of the season. Bench at your own peril.