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Not a Soccer Blog…Top Eight From The News

Thanks to the absence of the venerable Nick and Austin, I have heard rumors of this blog turning into a “soccer blog.” While I have no problem with that, I thought I would appease all my eager fans with a mixed bag of non-soccer news.

Here are the top eight stories today and my not-so-humble opinion on them.

1. Brett Favre and the J-E-T-S? Who saw this one coming? I don’t think Favre will pull a Namath and win a Super Bowl, but I do think he takes a team that won just four games last season to the playoffs.

I also would like to see the Jets release Chad Pennington already so that the Bears can add him to their stable of unreliable, mediocre quarterbacks. One positive about Pennington: he is much better than Grossman and Orton.

The Patriots are safe on the top of this division for at least another year.

2. In honor of Landy I will delve into the Packers. This was a huge mistake. Plain and simple. ESPN’s Rachel Nicols asked the question that I would like to see answered: “Are the Packers better off with Aaron Rodgers than Brett Favre?”

How can they answer that with a yes? They have never seen Rodger play for a whole season, and while I am sure he will be decent, Favre is a Hall of Famer. There is no comparison. This is a win now league and the Packers just shot themselves in the foot.

3. Because we are The Looper I have to mention something having to do with golf don’t I? How ironic would it be if Sergio Garcia won the PGA Championship this weekend? The man that was expected to challenge Tiger Woods wins his first major with Tiger sidelined with an injury.

But, to tell you the truth, I hope he wins it. I think without the pressure of having to beat Tiger, Garcia will be loose and this could mark a significant turning point in his career if he is able to pull it out. He is just one shot off the lead after most of the field finished the first day and he is one of the top five most talented golfers there so why not?

4. Have you lost count of how many players Georgia has suspended this season already, because I have. They are named the preseason number 1 and immediately their players begin to act like they just won the National Championship.

Let me be the first to say that I don’t think Georgia will finish in the top 20. They obviously don’t have the maturity or leadership, their coach, Mark Richt, doesn’t have the experience to withstand the pressure and while their star running back, Knowshon Moreno, will be a front runner for the Heisman, he is not prepared to lead this team through the heart of an impossible SEC.

5. Can’t you see it now. Kids all over L.A. with dreadlock wigs and wearing number 99 Dodgers jerseys on Halloween as the Dodgers battle deep into the playoffs behind midseason acquisition, Manny Ramirez. So far Manny has hit four home runs in just six games and has energized this team that was struggling mightily to score runs.

I still can’t believe the Red Sox made the trade. I know Jason Bay is good—I have seen him 16 times a year when the Cubs play the Bucs—but he is not Manny. This is a team that is fighting for their playoff life and they traded away their best bat.

If they are able to overcome the Rays and withstand a run from the Yankees and make the playoffs it won’t matter but I don’t know if they will be able to without Manny in their lineup.

6. Sticking with baseball, how can I not mention the Cubs. Just a week and half ago people said they were going to fail as they fell into a tie with Milwaukee. But just five days later the Cubs were the proud owners of a four game sweep of the Brewers and a five game lead in the division.

Since that series the Cubs have continued to roll winning nine of their last 11 games. Meanwhile the Brewers have been winning but have also been fighting—Parra and Fielder’s little shoving match in the dugout the other night—and seem frustrated after not taking advantage of a great opportunity with Chicago in town for four games.

In no way am I writing off the Brewers but I do think they need to pull themselves together the rest of August in order to avoid a catastrophic collapse like we witnessed last season.

7. Why is there football on tonight? It is not that I am not ready for football—it reminds me that fall is coming and that is always a good thing—but it seems so early for people to be hitting each other.

Am I going to watch any of the games tonight? No. Maybe I will turn on the Bears game for five minutes to see Orton beat up by the Chief’s fourth string defense, but otherwise these games are absurd.

These EXHIBITION games are more for the coaches than anyone else and all the hoopla that comes from these games is completely ridiculous. The football writers need to wait until at least Labor Day, please.

8. I guess I will finish up with the Olympics, which begin tomorrow. I am excited to see the summer games. Great athletes competing in the largest competition in the world is always good time.

Highlights for me have to be whether the USA basketball team can actually win gold, Michael Phelps (why did he grow that disgusting ‘stache, by the way?) run for eight golds and how many people asphyxiate do to the poor air quality.

Should be a good time had by all.

So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed and hope that it inspired Nicks and Austins everywhere to come out and write once in a while.

No Rx for Grossman benching

The Bears made the right choice when they benched embattled quarterback Rex Grossman for their game against Detroit.

No, I do not think Brian Griese is a savior of any kind. But do I think he can control the game and complete
passes to the Bears decent receiving corps? Yes, I do.

That is the key to Griese’s success. If he can avoid turnovers and keep the defense off the field the Bears will have success.

But Griese is no sure thing. He has bounced around the league due to inconsistency. Chicago is his fourth stop in the last five seasons.

The more important thing about this move is that the organization has finally moved on.

It’s always hard when a first-round pick does not pan out. The organization has to make a tough call. In this case, Bears general manager and the man who drafted the Florida product in 2003, Jerry Angelo has been trying to give Rex every chance to succeed but Chicago (the team and more importantly the city) can no longer wait.

It was the right move to sit Grossman down.

All throughout last season, the Bears wholeheartedlysupported their quarterback because they were winning. Through the ups and downs of Good Rex/Bad Rex, coach Lovie Smith stayed with his man.

“Rex is our quarterback,” Smith said last season. “There’s a difference between perception and reality, and the reality is, we’re 10-2 with Rex.”

But starting in last season’s Super Bowl, Grossman has been awful and arguably lost Chicago three games.

That is where the team had to draw the line.

Last season Grossman had six games with a QB rating under 65, but also eight games with a rating over 100.
But through three games this season we have not seen Good Rex at all. His highest rating was in week two against the Chiefs when he finished the game with a rating of 56.

Even more telling is that in his last four games (including the Super Bowl loss), Grossman has thrown eight interceptions compared with only two touchdowns.

Now the Bears stand 1-3 and unless they turn it around quickly Brett Favre and the Cheeseheads to the north are going to run away with the division title that was earmarked for Chicago.

Many people are wondering why it took so long, but after spending a first-round pick on Grossman and touting
him as the quarterback of the future through all his injuries, the Bears had to see it through.

Not since the era of Sid Luckman (quarterback of the Bears from 1939 to 1950) has Chicago seen a franchise quarterback and they thought Grossman would be the next. Learning that is not the case and having to start back at square one is a crushing blow to a team that was in the Super Bowl last season.

What happens now?

The Bears go back to playing the conservative football that the city of Chicago hates so much.

They run the ball 40 times a game with Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson; tell Griese to do anything but turn the ball over and let their defense and more likely Devin Hester and the special teams win games.

With all the injuries in the secondary,w I don’t know if the defense will be good enough to win games like they did in years past.

While it might be premature, a couple of more losses could call for the packing in of the season in hopes of landing Brian Brohm or Andre Woodson Jr. in next year’s draft.