Posted on: October 19, 2012 12:18 am
 

Oak vs JAX

The Jaguars come off their bye and with any luck maybe they discovered an
offense. Bought one off of EBay or maybe just stopped hoping for anything more
than one touchdown from Maurice Jones-Drew and spent all their time making a
better special teams so hopefully they can score a touchdown. Because there has
not been more than one since the season opener. The last game played hosting the
Bears only to lose 3-41 means that the Jaguars are not throwing in the towel, it
means they can't throw anything.

Blaine Gabbert is no different than the #32 quarterback we knew in 2011
except this time he has high-priced receivers that he cannot connect with
instead of no-name slugs. Gabbert has taken the best wide receiver that came out
of the NFL draft and so far Justin Blackmon only caught 13 passes for 119 yards
over five games. Gabbert has not passed for more than 186 yards in the last four
matchups and averaged a whopping 134 passing yards. He has thrown five
touchdowns, somehow, but has no yardage doing it.

Laurent Robinson is still impacted by his concussions and is not expected to
practice this week or play. WIth three concussions over the last three months,
Robinson might be out for a while and seriously, who cares? He went from being a
star in Dallas to catching only nine passes for 134 yards this year. Cecil
Shorts will replace him and is the current scoring leader for the Jaguars
because he has two touchdowns this year. Yes, that includes Maurice Jones-Drew.
Marcedes Lewis remains below 34 yards in each game since week one.

Jones-Drew was the only part of the offense that worked last year and ended
up leading the NFL in rushing yardage because the Jaguars fed him a steady diet
of everything. But this year he only produced one game over 77 rushing yards and
just one touchdown. His role as a receiver is inconsistent at best because the
Jags sometimes hold him in to help block so that Gabbert can throw more
incompletions. Jones-Drew has been limited to 13 or fewer carries in three of
the last four games. It is just not happening in Jacksonville and there is
nothing that Jones-Drew can do about it.

This will be interesting since the Jaguars have not faced a defense as weak
as the Raiders but then again - on the road. And while the Raiders rank poorly
against most positions, that is influenced by games against PIT, DEN and ATL.
The Jags have been on their bye and preparing for this game for two weeks. But -
that still doesn't magically give them a passing game.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Let It Snow......

After days of effort with hundreds of workers and volunteers, the Minnesota Vikings finally cleared out all the snow from TCF Bank Stadium ahead of the team's first outdoor home game in 29 years. Though the frozen field was still dangerous -- one team player went so far as to call it "unplayable" -- the Vikings had done the best they could to get things ready for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.

The reward for their around-the-clock effort: six inches of fresh snow.

Minneapolis is in the midst of another winter storm that is expected to dump as much as a half-foot at the team's temporary home stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Monday night's game against the Bears will be played in sub-freezing temperatures on a field that was already feared to be as hard as concrete. A new layer of precipitation will only make the surface more treacherous.

Snow began falling around 10 a.m. local time and is expected to continue throughout tonight's game. (A winter storm warning is in effect until Tuesday morning.) Temperatures will dip to the low-20s during game time and wind chills are expected to be below-zero. Fans in attendance who had been hoping to stay warm with a beverage or three will be out of luck too: There will be no beer sales at the game. 

The game was moved to TCF Bank Stadium after the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow that blanketed the Twin Cities last weekend. Much of the time since then was spent clearing the same snow from the outdoor college stadium, which had been closed for the winter after the University of Minnesota football team finished its home schedule in November. But just as that process was finishing, new snow began falling.

It's yet another stadium-related concern for the league, which has been worried about the playing surface at the stadium. Because there are no heating coils under the field (all outdoor NFL stadiums in cold climates have them), the turf will be frozen solid.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe(notes) said the field may be unplayable. In a series of Tweets, he said it was hypocritical for the league to be so concerned with player safety on hits, but not with field conditions.

It's going to be a headache for players, coaches, officials, team personnel and people traveling to and from the game. But for those NFL fans who will be watching from the comfort of our own homes, there's only one thing to say: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:15 pm
 

The God father

Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vince Lombardi
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