Water Cooler Recap: Week 4
Most impressed with: With their 35-7 victory over the Rams, the Cowboys are now averaging over 35 points a game under new OC Jason Garrett. No wonder Jerry Jones aggressively pursued Garrett last offseason, even though his resume was limited to coaching quarterbacks in Miami for two seasons.
Least impressed with: After drinking massive amounts of Steelers Kool-Aid the past few weeks, I was disappointed with their performance against the Cardinals. But hey, there are worse things than losing to a talented Arizona team on the road. See below.
Wake up call goes to: The Chargers and Norv Turner’s grace period is over. In order to be considered an elite contender in the AFC, they can’t lose 30-16 at home to a struggling Chiefs team.
Play of the day: Andre Davis’s (5 rec., 117 yards, 1 TD) one-handed 35-yard touchdown pass while being interfered with by the Falcons’ Chris Houston was sweet. He basically gripped the ball with one hand and controlled it on Houston’s shoulder while being tackled in mid-air.
Stock Up: Lions…Stock Down: Ravens
Many applauds to: It wasn’t surprising to hear Brett Favre say he cared more about getting a victory than breaking the all-time record for TD passes…It’s amazing what the Browns can do with a real offensive coordinator – Rob Chudzinski is doing a great job…The Lions front seven is vastly underrated…Joey Harrington’s numbers since the Falcons signed Byron Leftwich: 54 of 73 for 584 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs…What an insurance policy the Colts have in Kenton Keith (10 carries, 80 rushing yards) for when Joseph Addai (136 rushing yards, 1 TD) needs a breather…It sounds a bit absurd, but Arizona fans have to appreciate the fact that Ken Whisenhunt is trying to win instead of just worrying about Matt Leinart’s development…Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has some of the best game plans in the game, and he always gets the most out of his players…
Cheap shots: Joey Porter should realize that he’s not in Pittsburgh anymore and therefore guaranteeing wins on a bad team makes him look foolish… I apologize to anyone who actually watched the entire Bills-Jets game…David Carr’s apologists had to cringe with how bad he played against Tampa…Baltimore racked up 418 total yards of offense and somehow only managed to score 13 points…The 49ers’ 2-0 start must seem like a distant memory…
Friday Injury Update: Week 4
Brian Westbrook is listed as questionable, but hasn’t practiced this week. He plays in the Sunday night game so owners have to decide whether or not to roll the dice if they don’t have Correll Buckhalter as insurance…Anquan Boldin missed practice again on Friday and will be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh…Hines Ward is out for the Steelers, so expect Santonio Holmes to have a good game. Nate Washington also gets a bump; he’ll start in Ward’s place…Brandon Jacobs practiced this week, but doesn’t expect to play against the Eagles Sunday night. Derrick Ward will get the start, but Philly has a pretty good rush D, so be cautious…Kellen Winslow participated in a limited practice on Friday and should start on Sunday, but owners should make sure he is active prior to gametime…Brandon Jackson will probably miss Sunday’s game against the Vikings with shin injury…The news on Larry Johnson is a bit spotty. He didn’t practice on Thursday, but at press time there is no word about Friday’s practice. Michael Bennett would get the start if LJ can’t go…Calvin Johnson was limited on Friday and will be questionable going into Sunday’s game.
Vick officially passes Pacman as dumbest athlete in world
Shockingly, Michael Vick is in more trouble. Apparently, Vick doesn’t feel that he has to re-pay banks that loan him cash and rental cars.
1st Source Bank of South Bend said in a federal lawsuit it suffered damages of at least $2 million because Vick and Divine Seven LLC of Atlanta had refused to pay for the vehicles. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Last week, the Royal Bank of Canada sued Vick in federal court in Virginia for more than $2.3 million that it said he had planned to use for real estate investments.
Just to remind those who might be unaware or have forgotten, when Vick signed his 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons in 2004, he also received $37 million in bonuses. I can’t imagine that an illegal dog fighting operation costs more than a few million maybe, so that still leaves over $30 million to spend, and I’m not even counting the money he got from his base salary or endorsements. So why, oh why then, could this guy not pay back the measly $4 million he owed to these banks? Not only that, but why did this unbelievable ass clown think he could get away with stiffing not one, but two banks? It’s amazing to me how he can even get dressed in the morning without some sort of assistance.
A&M coach proves everything can be had for a price
SPORTSbyBROOKS.com stumbled upon an article by the San Antonio Express-News, that Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione was sending out a secret e-mail newsletter to select boosters with information about his football team that he was withholding from the media. Franchione was charging a yearly fee of $1,200 to each booster.
The info included injury reports that were not provided to the media along with assessments of players by the A&M coaching staff that were much more candid than what was made available to the public.
Franchione: “I knew it was probably going to be controversial. I certainly didn’t mean for it to be that. When I knew you guys were starting to ask around a bit, I thought, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t do this.'”
The money collected was “used to underwrite his personal Web site, coachfran.com.”
Considering players can lose scholarships and receive hefty suspensions for receiving money from boosters, what made Franchione say to himself that this was a good idea? How unfair is it to Aggie fans that he was withholding information from the media so he could stuff it into his secret newsletter to boosters? Fans rely on the media to supply them with information they can’t normally obtain through just watching games, and Franchione completely undermined that whole process. How stupid and selfish.
10 hazy thoughts about week 3 and beyond
Thanks to a bout of food poisoning, my week 3 recollections are a bit hazy. However, I was able to glean a few useful tidbits for fantasy owners, including Ronnie Brown’s return to a feature role, Marion Barber’s arrival in Studsville and Tom Brady’s heist of Peyton’s QB crown. It’s all in my latest column.