Friday, November 06, 2009

THE BUZZ: Ochocinco sends gifts to Baltimore plus Week 9 news & notes


CLEVELAND BROWNS THE BED…AGAIN ~ Eric Mangini’s tenure so far in Cleveland has been nothing short of a train wreck. He ousted the team’s offensive threats (Messrs. Winslow & Edwards) and has b-slapped his quarterbacks who are now nothing more than significant drags on the club’s salary cap.


To help save face in even a miniscule way, owner Randy Lerner picked GM George Kokinis as his scapegoat and gifted him with a pink slip. To add insult to injury the team is reviewing Kokinis’ phone records to build a case against him so that they don’t have to pay the balance of the former GM’s contract.


Talk about a back assward team! The Browns hire their brand new shiny head coach (Mangini) and then they have ball coach hire the GM, old buddy George. Now former buddy Eric is happily kicking Kokinis under the bus to save his sorry ass!


Same old Browns!


LIAR, LIAR ~ From one sorry team to another, Washington Redskins’ CB DeAngelo Hall recently fired some shots at Falcons’ GM Thomas Dimitroff.


“I didn’t trust Dimitroff at all,” Hall said according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He lied to me several times. He promised me he was going to get something done [on a contract] and he's behind my back trying to shop me at the draft.”

Well boo-freaking-hoo. Hall probably wouldn’t be whining so much if the Falcons weren’t so superior to Danny’s boys.

HIS NOSE IS SO FAR UP ~ Staying with the team whose name denigrates Native Americans, Redskins’ D-coordinator Greg Blache stood up for his oft-criticized owner after former Redskins’ Hall of Fame RB John Riggins called Daniel Snyder a “bad guy” whose “heart is dark” during an interview on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.


"That's totally, totally untrue," Blache said. "And the problem is the fans don't get to know Mr. Snyder like we do, and so they get an impression of things that are written and things people say."


Blache added that Snyder is "one of the most generous, kind individuals you could ever meet."
Of course he is Greg. Just look at what he paid underachieving defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.


HEY-HEY-HEY!


IT’S SUPERBIRD ~ Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb may have discovered the secret to superhero-dom. Since McNabb’s return from a rib injury suffered in the season opener he has been sporting a secret weapon flak jacket. In four games with the jacket, McNabb has thrown for seven scores and has a string of 115 attempts without an interception.


IS THAT MARCIA OR TOM? ~ While out and about in Baltimore’s Federal Hill area on Halloween, a festive bar patron was spotted wearing a Tom Brady jersey with a pink tutu. Whenever someone touched him, he threw a penalty flag. Joey Porter apparently can relate.
"When a guy can tell a ref when to throw a flag, and he gets it, he's got his own rules,” Porter complained to Rich Eisen on NFL Network’s Around the League.

“They made the rule that you don't go at the legs for Tom, so when he feels that someone is going at his legs, he just points to the ref and he gets a flag. So I can honestly say that he gets his own rules."

Wonder if Tom has his own rules with Gisele?

EWWW THAT SMELL ~ Bengals’ star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco sent gift baskets to players of the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary along with linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. The baskets included roll-on deodorant. No truth to the rumor that No. 85 is changing his name to Chad Oh-No-Stinko.

Ochocinco is hoping that this prank pays off a bit better than a similar one in 2004 when he sent Pepto Bismol to members of the Cleveland Browns’ secondary prior to one of their divisional contests. The Bengals dropped that game to the Browns by the score of 34-17.

CALLING DR. SHEPHERD ~ The undefeated Colts are dealing with a host of injuries that could threaten their unbeaten status. This week the team lost nickel back and former starting CB Marlin Jackson (no not a member of the Jackson 5) for the season after he tore his ACL during practice. The Colts also lost starting LB Tyjuan Hagler (not so marvelous) for the balance of the ’09 campaign due to a ruptured biceps. Now there’s talk that Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders (no relation to the Colonel) may have some lingering knee issues that the famous Dr. Andrews will peruse. Houston could be a problem…this week.

THE COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH ~ Speaking of problems this week, the Steelers are missing two defensive linemen for their game in Denver and they could also be without the services of safety Ryan Clark. Clark has a rare sickle-cell trait that flares up when he exerts himself in high altitude. The affects can be devastating. The Steelers and the league for that matter need to be careful here if Clark is permitted to play. They could be exposed legally. Do the right thing fellas and give Clark a comfortable seat along the sidelines.


THAT DUDE CAN RUN… Titans RB Chris Johnson leads the NFL in rushing with 824 yards and an eye popping 6.9 yard/carry average – the highest rushing average by an NFL rushing leader through the first 8 weeks of the season since 1970. Maybe the 1-6 Titans should give Johnson the ball more, ya think?


YOU BETTER, YOU BETTER YOU BET ~ New odds are out to win Super Bowl XLIV as provided by Bodog and it should come as no surprise that the Saints and Colts lead the way. The odds of some favorites winning the league’s last game in Miami are: New Orleans Saints 3/1; Indianapolis Colts 5/1; New England Patriots 11/2; Minnesota Vikings 8/1; Pittsburgh Steelers 10/1; Baltimore Ravens 13/1; Philadelphia Eagles 14/1; Dallas Cowboys 18/1; New York Giants 18/1; Denver Broncos 22/1; San Diego Chargers 22/1.


WITH THE 7TH PICK THE OAKLAND RAIDERS SELECT ~ The 2009 seventh overall draft pick, Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey finished the first half of his rookie season with five catches for 74 yards and 0 TD’s. The rather abysmal numbers have not tempered the former Maryland Terrapin’s confidence.


"Looking at the first game on film, just studying myself how I've improved, I'm happy with what I see now," Heyward-Bey said. "I see improvement."


He was watching a Raiders’ game, right?

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