This week's loser is Denver Broncos cornerback, Aqib Talib
Remember that movie The Waterboy, when Bobby Boucher poked his teammate in the eye during football practice? “Captain Insano shows no mercy!” Well, this incident was kind of like that, only Adam Sandler’s character was so aloof and sheltered that he didn’t know any better. But Aqib Talib DOES know better, and he deserves to be suspended for acting like a punk. Would Talib have EVER pulled this crap if he was still playing for Bill Belichick? I seriously that he wouldn't be cut within 24 hours.
This week's loser is Colts general manager, Ryan Grigson
Oh, the irony. The Indianapolis Colts have been accusing the Patriots of being cheaters for years. Despite having the rules changed to benefit their quarterback, pumping in crowd noise, raising the temperature at certain times in their dome, and blatantly tanking for an entire season to land Andrew Luck, the Colts always play the victim card against the big, bad Patriots. Do I have an axe to grind? I guess so, but their holier than though shtick is tired.
This week's loser is (former) Texans QB, Ryan Mallett
He just doesn’t get it. And if he doesn’t get it by now, he’ll never get it. So often in the NFL you have a quarterback with a million dollar arm and a ten cent brain, and Ryan Mallett falls into that unenviable category. Forget the underwhelming career numbers (5 TDs, 7 INTs, 1,187 passing yards) and his below average stats as a starter this year (3 TDs, 4 INTs, 707 passing yards, 53.1 completion percentage), the guy is a knucklehead.
We’re nearing the finish line of the 2015 baseball season. The 111th World Series begins tomorrow night at Kauffman Stadium for the second straight year when the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals square off with the National League Champions, the New York Mets. Quick recap of my LCS predictions: Kansas City put away Toronto in six games as I predicted; just not enough pitching for the Jays to keep pace with a team who was here only one year ago.
This week's loser is Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano
It been five days and I still can’t believe what I saw. This dumpster fire was picked to go to the Super Bowl by pretty much everyone? What. Were. They. Thinking? Pete Carroll is officially off the hook. The fake punt that the Indianapolis Colts attempted Sunday night was the worst play call, formation, and execution of a play that I have seen in all of my years watching football. If Garo Yepremian was still with us, he likely would have smirked and said to himself “Jeez, even my gaffe wasn’t THAT bad.” The Butt Fumble officially has company in the long list of NFL blunders.
Remember those Southwest Airlines commercials where someone would do or say something embarrassing and the narrator would ask, “Wanna get away?” Yeah, that’s Texas governor Greg Abbott today. For those who weren’t paying attention, the Houston Astros were leading the Kansas City Royals by a score of 6-2 in the 8th inning in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Blowing a four run lead with six outs left isn’t impossible. It’s pretty unusual, but they do happen. So Abbott, prematurely, congratulated the Astros on winning the series.
It wasn’t easy, but it was a clean sweep for my Division Series predictions. Believe me, I was taking heat for picking Kansas City (down to their last six outs in Game 4) and Toronto (down 0-2 going to Texas). But as the late, great Yogi Berra would say: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The Royals showed their postseason mettle in Game 4 and scored five runs in the top of the 8th to surge ahead 7-6, then tacked on two insurance runs to win 9-6 and force the 5th game in Kansas City. In KC, Johnny Cueto did the rest; pitching a gem and sending the Royals to their second consecutive ALCS.
This week's loser is Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy
The BUM of the Week is back with a vengeance. This might be hard to believe, but I hadn’t decided on who was going to take home this week’s award until a few hours ago. Roger Goodell was in the running the entire time, especially after his embarrassing press conference earlier this week where he said with a straight face that he had no regrets about how the DeflateGate debacle unfolded. Really? You don’t regret making your league (and yourself) the laughingstock of sports? You don’t regret getting caught lying repeatedly in Brady’s appeal process?
Looks like I was 1-for-2 in my Wild Card predictions, so I’ll settle for a .500 batting average. Give it up for the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs for going on the road and winning huge ballgames to move on the Division Series. Dallas Keuchel graduated from ‘boy’ to ‘MAN’ in New York, throwing six scoreless innings on three days rest…that rebuild in the Space City appears to be well ahead of schedule. And Jake Arrieta? Okay, who the hell kidnapped the Jake Arrieta from Baltimore and replaced him with Tom Seaver? My God, what a difference a change of scenery (and league) can make.