Tag Archive for 'peyton manning'

the fact that people still don’t respect the Saints

So we just won the Super Bowl. The city is pretty much at a standstill as people celebrate. The Saints are on top of the NFL…and we’re still not the favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. So I say, “Screw you, Vegas oddsmakers.” (The Colts are 6-1, the Saints and Chargers are 8-1). And I say screw you to all those commentators who talked about how Peyton Manning lost the game with his interception, which Tracy Porter returned for a game-sealing touchdown. The pundits treated a 13-3 team like miserable underdogs. Then we won. And they still think we’re not as good—consider The Onion’s take on things: New Orleans moves to No. 3 in NFL power rankings. Too bad—we have this:

Sean Payton and the VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY!

and nobody else does. You can respect us or not. It really doesn’t matter to me. Quarterbacks like Mark Sanchez, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning got more commercial airtime than Drew Brees during the Super Bowl, but those three didn’t get to lift the MVP trophy and film the “I’m going to Disney World!” commercial. People are acting like Drew Brees is just now a member of the NFL’s elite QBs, when anyone with a brain would have seen the numbers Brees has been putting up ever since he arrived in New Orleans and realized just how phenomenal a player he is. Clearly he was already among the elite, and you moronic pundits are just late to the party. Continue reading ‘the fact that people still don’t respect the Saints’

the people who bash Bill Belichick’s 4th-down decision

People are bashing Bill Belichick’s decision to go for a 1st down on 4th-and-2 from his own 28-yard line. Now, I think Bill Belichick is probably the biggest douchebag ever to coach an NFL team. He strikes me as a brilliant and driven but despicable and classless human being. His petulance every time he loses a big game (as he did last night, or as he did in the Super Bowl against the Giants) is the antithesis of the sportsmanship players and coaches should display.* But there is one decision he made that should be defended: his decision to go for it may have caused an uproar, but it was the right call.

Some people, even ones with Super Bowl rings (including Tony Dungy, former Colts head coach), said that Belichick should have gone with the “percentages.” What a load of crap. The percentages don’t tell you this, not even close. The tired, hackneyed conventional wisdom tells you this. Coaches are far too conservative. As the blog at pro-football-reference.com notes, “If [Faulk] catches the ball [cleanly instead of bobbling it and being knocked back], the Patriots win and he’s the hero. If he drops the ball, Belichick becomes the goat. And that’s why most coaches never go for it in that situation.” When a “gutsy” call goes wrong, they get the blame. When they play it safe, the players get the blame. Continue reading ‘the people who bash Bill Belichick’s 4th-down decision’