Friday, December 30, 2005

NFL Picks

Redskins are going to blow the Eagles game. This is a playoff game - the only one the Eagles will play this year. I just think the Redskins will make some mistakes and the Eagles will want to end on a good note for next year. Also, Portis dressed up like "Southest Jerome" again - last time he did that the Redskins lost to the Giants big.

Bears will lose in a meaningless game. A lot of the starters will be resting because their playoff seeding is set and there is no reason to risk injury in this game. Nice close for the Vikings who will end 8-8 after a horrible start.

LaVar Explanation

Turns out that LaVar had a good reason for his outburst. Great article by Mike Wise in today's Post that talks about a shouting match LaVar and his position coach got in after the Giants game in the locker room. An anonymous player said that the coach went too far and wouldn't just let it end.

The article is a pretty good summary of things that happened and gives some good insights. Wise points out that LaVar is clearly not innocent in the whole thing, but he has also been painted as a T.O. type which is ridiculous if you read the story.

Bushie Economics

We are running out of cash, let's raise the country's debt limit (again). Every time Bushie and the Republicans spend too much (which is every year), they borrow and push the country to the federal debt limit. Rather than cutting spending, they just raise the debt ceiling. That is the basis of their economic policy. It is ridiculous and we are all paying for it.

That is why our national debt is now up over $8 trillion. Up about $2.5 trillion since Bushie rolled into the White House.

Bushie on the Move!

Bushie wants to go after the dirty bastard who actually told Americans the truth. He wants to know who leaked the fact that he was illegally spying on American citizens. He has not been too interested in catching bin Laden or finding out all the details of the outing of a covert CIA operative by his White House, but man oh man he wants to rip a new one for the source of the illegal spying leak.

Day 1570!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

More Bushie Power Consolidation

Bushie signed an executive order changing the power structure in the Pentagon. He demoted the chiefs of the armed forces and put intelligence loyalists in higher succession positions.

These little noticed and little talked about moves help him consolidate power. On top of the secret wiretaps of American citizens and his efforts to hide these illegal activities from Congress, I think we all should be very concerned. There is a very thin line that is now separating us from an autocratic president - one could easily argue we are already there.

We are still three years away, but I suspect that somehow Bushie will try to extend his presidency. Remember before the last election there was a plan in place to push off the election if there was a terrorist attack? I wouldn't be surprised if Bushie actually tries to do it the next election.

Day 1569!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Oh LaVar

LaVar was all about himself this week. Man, this guy needs a better sense of timing. Now is not the time to pull this nonsense, with the playoffs on the line. Gibbs did not comment, but I am sure he was steamed.

Day 1568!

Friday, December 23, 2005

NFL Predictions

Oh man, Saturday and Sunday NFL football - I love it - especially because the Bears are again going to be on national TV Christmas night.

The Bears will stomp the Packers in what might be Favre's last game against the Bears as a Packer. I don't think the beaten up Packers will have enough to beat the Bears, even with some Favre magic. Should be a great Christmas.

The Redskins have shown sign and have certainly made progress. I still think their QB situation is troubling - at least for the future. I also think the team needs more Gibbs' guys and talent to really challenge. They will put up a much better effort against the Giants this time around, but they will be beaten by at least 10 points by the better Giants team. Good luck 'Skins fans, you will need it. Dream of sugar plums and playoffs next year.

Day 1563!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bushie World

Bushie says things are going well in Iraq and that the Iraqi people want us there. In his speech on Sunday night he cited a poll which found that 70 percent of Iraqis say their lives are going well and more than 60 percent expect things to improve over the next year.

Turns out the same poll also found that more than 50 percent oppose the U.S. occupation and want us out. Less than half say that Iraq is better off now than before the war. Good job Bushie - more Iraqis long for the days of Saddam than for U.S. democracy.

Of course there are accusations of irregularities and fraud with the latest election results in Iraq. Bushie truly is exporting American-style democracy.

Day 1560!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Bears help Redskins

Bears were dominating on defense as expected. Single digit air temps and a -7 degree wind chill was Bear weather and Vick could get nothing going. I had no problem but was surprised that Rex Grossman got in to start the second half. The move looks great today and really provided a spark. If Rex can get some good reps and feel for the game before the playoffs the Bears could be very dangerous.

The Redskins are now in control of their destiny, but I still do not believe they will make the playoffs. Great win against Dallas, but man that was a shock. I cannot believe that the Giants will lay down for the 'Skins like Dallas did. However, I have to give Washington some respect for not packing it in a couple of weeks ago. Next week's game is huge.

I hope they get in and that there is a Bears - Redskins rematch in Chicago. Let's get it on!

Day 1559!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

You gotta love Bushie

He authorized spying on Americans and blames the press for disclosing his secret programs. He actually got mad at them because they told the truth. He also thinks our national security has been compromised. Condi is out making the rounds today parroting what Bushie said. It is crazy.

If you believe this garbage that is fine. I believe that the truth and transparency are in the nation's best interest. I also believe that the beauty of this country and our democracy is that individual rights are protected even against the power of the Government. Bushie and those that follow him clearly believe otherwise.

At least the Senate killed the Patriot Act for now. Even Republican senators are starting to worry about the trampling of civil rights by Bushie and his cronies.

Day 1558!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Be Afraid . . .

Be very afraid. Bushie authorized the super secret NSA to monitor Americans phone, email, faxes, etc. without any court review and without any congressional oversight.

The FBI has already been trampling on civil rights and the U.S. military is spying on everyday Americans - why not just add the NSA to the list.

Bushie has been a great president. He has brought stability to Iraq and the Middle East, he caught bin Laden, he has reduced the National Debt and eliminated the deficit, there are fewer Americans that are living below the poverty level, more Americans now have health insurance than ever . . . oh wait, I am in Bizarro World again. He certainly believes in big government and intruding in the lives of everyday Americans. Thank God he has the intelligence to finally damn the Constitution - it was written before 9/11 and we now live in a new world where only Bushie can save us all. If I disappear for writing this, just find the secret CIA prisons that are in North Africa.

Just Shut Up T.O.!

T.O. says his teammates disrespected him and the Eagles "used" him to get to the Super Bowl. Man, this guy is his own worst enemy. Every time he opens his mouth he looks like a bigger idiot AND he reduces his overall value.

Day 1557!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Bears and Redskins this week

Bears will return home and play an inspired game against Atlanta. With Minnesota breathing down their necks, they will control Vick and win ugly (is there any other way for the Bears?). The defense was shredded last week in Pittsburgh by the Steelers rushing attack - they are going to need to play better against a very good Atlanta rushing game.

The Redskins playoff chances will be dashed this week as the Cowboys exact revenge for their stunning loss earlier this year. Brunell has been bad the second half of the year and if the Redskins do not get some pressure on Bledsoe it could turn south quick.

I have to say, I am not confident about either pick, but feel more comfortable about the Bears winning than the Redskins losing - the Cowboys have played some strange games this year.

Good day in Iraq

Looks like the Iraqi election went well. I saw an interview with an Iraqi man who thanked America, but who said he was voting so that the occupation would end. The security plan for the election was to move American troops out of the polling areas so they would not be seen. Basically, it looks like it is time to bring the troops home and let the Iraqis run their own country.

Day 1556!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Odd Stories from 2005

Some pretty funny and weird stuff. Here is one about a guy who is really messed up.

Authorities in Wisconsin arrested a 63-year-old man who allegedly had a fondness for calves.
Harold G. Hart, of Neillsville, reportedly told police he stopped at a Greenwood farm "at least 50 times" to have sex with calves there. The man, however, told police he never had sex with animals while maintaining a relationship with a girlfriend or his wife.

Piling on to McNabb

I just don't get Philly. They have a Pro Bowl quarterback but he continues to get criticized. This time the leader of the Philly NAACP basically accuses McNabb of "selling out" and blames him in part for the T.O. situation.

We will see if T.O.'s party has any impact - probably not - but we will have to just wait and see if it splits the team.

Day 1555!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ford Reverses Itself

Looks like Ford Motor Company rethought their marketing efforts and will advertise their brands in gay publications. At least they did not cave in to right wing conservative pressure.

Is this true?

Bushie gave a speech today in which he admitted that intelligence was wrong, and he took responsibility for it. However he said, "We are in Iraq today because our goal has always been more than the removal of brutal dictator." He continued, "It is to leave a free and democratic Iraq in his place."

I don't remember creating a democracy and using American lives and tax dollars to do it being discussed before the war. I do remember Bushie and his minions talking about "mushroom clouds" and WMDs. I do remember being told Saddam was preparing to attack. I do not remember being told that our military was going to nation-build and create a democracy. I could be wrong, but it certainly was not well articulated to the American people.

Bushie Economic Strategy

The dollar tumbled as the U.S. shattered trade deficit expectations. As I have been saying for months, prepare yourself for a major fall in the U.S. economy. It is just a matter of time. As the deficits becomes more difficult to manage and finance there will be continued hits to the U.S. economy. Bushie says everything is just great. Wait a year and see if he is right or I am right.

Moving Detainees and Due Process

The U.S. has allegedly moved detainees from secret prisons in Europe to secret prisons in North Africa. Bushie wants to torture people and deny them any rights because he knows what's best.

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a graduate student with a wife and 5 kids, was arrested n Peoria, IL after 9/11 and has been kept in solitary confinement for most of the 4 years he has been in U.S. captivity. The government has brought no charges against him. Is this the kind of justice we practice? It is ridiculous!

Add to this the scary fact that the U.S. Military is now secretly monitoring everyday Americans as part of Bushie's policies and we see further erosion of civil rights.

Day 1554!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Iraq musings

Four more American soldiers killed in Iraq today. The death toll continues to rise and is not clear to me why we are there.

There was an interesting front page article in the Washington Post today with stories of soldiers killed, injured, and fighting in Iraq. There was one soldier who was blown up in October. His mom was given a letter by the Pentagon asking if she wanted his body parts if they were found and Bushie sent his standard three paragraph condolence letter. However, Bushie's letter had a typo. Instead of "God bless you" it said "God less you." Pathetic.

T.O.'s Birthday Bash

T.O. had a birthday party that was well attended by celebrities and 11 Eagles teammates, including Jevon Kearse, Lito Sheppard, L.J. Smith, and Brian Westbrook. Kearse is even quoted as saying, "He's a wonderful teammate." I suspect this is going to further fracture the Eagles - what a mess. It is pretty clear that there is little respect for the organization or Donovan McNabb by a good number of Eagles players.

Day 1553!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Bears and Redskins

Bears magic ended in Pittsburgh. They just couldn't get things going and it was a team loss. Orton was fine, but the thing that really killed them was their tackling. They just could not stop the running attack and screen passes of the Steelers. It was disappointing but as I have said in the past, in a long season you are going to have games like this.

Bears are going to have to regroup and prepare to play an Atlanta team that has a great rushing attack. If they don't, the Vikings are just itching to take the NFC North.

Redskins won in a yawner. Brunell was Brunell and it almost cost them. They pushed off elimination at least one more week. Actually, anything can still happen, but the wins by Tampa, Dallas, NY Giants, and Minnesota all hurt the Redskins' chances. It would be quite remarkable if the Redskins and Bears end up tied and the 'Skins go by virtue of their win in week 1. I don't think it will happen, but it is still possible.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Bushie "Defending" Democracy

Bushie is gutting the Voting Rights Act. Basic protections for mostly poor, minority voters are being removed by Bushie. He knows they don't vote Republican so he figures why let them vote at all.

Day 1551!

Friday, December 09, 2005

NFL Picks

This week, the Bears winning streak comes to an end. Going on the road against Pittsburgh in a must game for the Steelers would be a major win, but the magic will end for da Bears. I think it will be a great game, and the Bears will be in it until the end, but the Steelers will have just enough to beat the Bears.

The problem for the Bears is that the Vikings are likely to beat St. Louis in Minnesota which would cut the Bears lead down to just one game with three to play (including a game against the Vikings on New Year's Day). Remaining Bears games: home against Atlanta, at Green Bay, at Minnesota. Remaining Vikings games: home against Pitt, at Baltimore, home against Bears. Things could get dicey for the Bears. The division and the playoffs may come down to the final game of the season.

The Redskins should roll over Arizona. If they don't win that game, Danny Boy should fire Gibbsy on the sideline right after the game.

Questions about the Miami Shooting

There are no independent witnesses who can verify that the passenger who was shot in Miami said he had a bomb. In fact, almost everyone who noticed the guy said he was acting odd, but not dangerous. His wife seemed to be trying to keep him calm. No doubt it is a tough job being an air marshal, but I am convinced that the air marshals and Homeland Security botched this one. Let's wait to see the facts.

Day 1549!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

What an Idiot!

This woman has got to be one of the dumbest criminals in the world. She mistook a block of cheese for cocaine.

More "Progress" in Iraq

Looks like Iraq is going to pump less oil this year than last year. Not a good sign given that oil is the only major export Iraq has.

More of the Same Bushie B.S.

Here is a quote from Bushie's "major" speech on Iraq yesterday, "If we're not fighting and destroying the enemy in Iraq, they would not be leading the quiet lives of good citizens. They would be plotting and killing our citizens -- across the world and within our own borders."

Yeah right. The 20,000 Iraqi insurgents would just hop on planes or boats and invade the U.S. wreaking havoc everywhere they go. Are you kidding me? We created the mess in Iraq. Saddam was under control and the Iraqi people had no means to attack the U.S. until we destroyed their infrastructure and all security within the country.

The president's talk was largely the same nonsense we have been fed about 10,000 times in his campaign speeches.

Day 1548!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

This just sounds so fake

An American Airlines passenger was shot in Miami by an air marshal in a jetway between the plane and the airport. This just sounds like a fake story to try to make it seem like airlines are safe going into the holiday season. It is also a good way to "scare" potential terrorists into thinking that there is tight security.

Perhaps I am being cynical, but the Bushie's are great at making up stories. Let's see what is learned about this passenger over the next couple of days.

Ford is shedding 30,000 jobs . . .

along with up to 10 plants. There are also stories about the slowing housing market including one report that says the slowdown will cut 800,000 jobs out of the economy. There is alrealy a pinch being felt in the auto industry as consumer borrowing has plunged. There is little reason to believe that interest rates are not going to continue to rise to encourage savings. and the Bushie economic policy that is allowing huge deficits and an unprecedented national debt is going to kill the economy. Any short term gain is going to be swamped by the looming problems this president and the Republican congress has created.

Ford is such a loser company

The Ford Motor Company has pulled advertising in gay magazines because it was afraid of a boycott put on by a right-wing religious organization.

I just do not understand why people care about how others lead their personal lives. Gay people are not hurting anyone else. If two men or women want to marry each other that has no impact on me and my wife. Ford just further demonstrates their weakness by their action.

Day 1547!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

White House Slams Dean

Dean basically said Iraq is unwinnable. The White House says he is wrong. The bottom line is that Dean is right and most Americans now realize that it was a mistake to go and many Americans want to end Bushie's quixotic quest to bring democracy to Iraq.

The main reasons we went to war were WMD and to remove Saddam as a threat. There are no WMD and Saddam is no longer in power. Mission Accomplished! Bring the troops home.

This nonsense about creating a democracy in Iraq is just ridiculous. If Bush had told the American people we are going to a foreign country to create a democracy it would have been shouted down.

Day 1546!

Monday, December 05, 2005

World's Ugliest Dog

Here is a picture.

American Democracy at Risk

Condi Rice is going on a European tour to tell our allies that we do not torture prisoners. Of course, she is not expected to answer and questions or admit that the U.S. is actually running secret prisions around the world to hold terror suspects without charge or counsel. Is there any reason to believe her? She said before 9/11 no one could imagine planes hitting buildings in a terror attack. Wrong - Bushie and her were briefed by the CIA about that very possibility before 9/11.

Still no bin Laden unless we have him in a secret prison. On another note, I am not a wacko conspiracy theorist, but I have always wondered about 9/11. There is an academic paper (with pictures) by a BYU physics professor that questions whether planes knocked the WTC down. Here is a news report about his hypothesis that it was pre-positioned explosives rather than the planes.

Finally, here is a video that questions the motives and causes of 9/11.

Day 1545!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

NFL - Bears and Redskins

Bears are now at eight in a row. The Vikings have won 5 in a row which is putting pressure on the Bears. I think this is good for them to stay focused. Orton again did not do much, but he did not hurt his team. Favre had better overall numbers but he threw an interception for a touchdown and another interception at the Bears goal line that went 95 yards right before halftime and gave the Bears another 3 points. I'd rather have Orton's numbers than Favre's in this case.

Good victory for the Redskins. As I expected they came back from three bad losses. May be too little to late, but they still have games against Dallas and the Giants. One more loss and they are out, but they still have a slim glimmer of hope.

Day 1544!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Who Do You Believe?

Bushie or Greenspan? Bushie says everything is great with the economy. Greenspan just this week warned about the dangers of deficits. Bushie has created the largest deficits in the history of this country and is responsible for adding about $4 trillion to the nation's $8 trillion debt.

If you want to believe Bushie, that's fine - he was so right on Iraq (yeah, right).

Day 1543!

Friday, December 02, 2005

More Evidence Bushie Stole 2004 Election

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a new report that details numerous irregularities that amazingly all favored Bushie. People will believe what they want, but there is enough non-partisan evidence to suggest that Bushie was not only defeated in 2000 but also in 2004. And we want to bring democracy to Iraq - what a joke.

Sexsomnia?

Now I have heard everything. Apparently you are not a rapist when you are a victim of sexsomnia.

NFL Picks

Bears will play a rivalry game against the Packers. I have a bad feeling about this game because the Packers always beat the Bears. Chicago has not beaten the Packers at home since 1993. Favre always plays well against the Bears. However, this is a game I fully expect the Bears to win. Defensively, they will pressure Favre who has thrown a lot of interceptions this year. The Packers defense is average and the Bears will win their 8th in a row.

Redskins must win the last 5 to get in the playoffs which they won't do, but they will win this week. After 3 tough losses in a row I think their defense will rise up and play a more attacking style against the Rams' rookie quarterback. In a close game, the Redskins will get back on a winning track. If they lose this one there will be a major storm brewing with respect to major personnel changes and some finger pointing of players who quit.

NFL Picks

Bears will play a rivalry game against the Packers. I have a bad feeling about this game because the Packers always beat the Bears. Chicago has not beaten the Packers at home since 1993. Favre always plays well against the Bears. However, this is a game I fully expect the Bears to win. Defensively, they will pressure Favre who has thrown a lot of interceptions this year. The Packers defense is average and the Bears will win their 8th in a row.

Redskins must win the last 5 to get in the playoffs which they won't do, but they will win this week. After 3 tough losses in a row I think their defense will rise up and play a more attacking style against the Rams' rookie quarterback. In a close game, the Redskins will get back on a winning track. If they lose this one there will be a major storm brewing with respect to major personnel changes and some finger pointing of players who quit.

The Gibbsy Record

The Redskins have lost 6 of 8 and are going to miss the playoffs again. They are sputtering on offense and on defense. They lack enough impact players and turn the ball over way too much. Consider the fact that after 27 games as head coach, Gibbsy is 11-16 - the exact same record as Spurrier.

I don't think there is a coaching problem so much as an organizational problem in that there is no real GM. It is the same thing that did in Norv and Spurrier ultimately. Marty fixed the cap problem and kept the team competitive. For his efforts he got dumped.

Gibbsy is still a good coach although the NFL is very different. He has a nice group of solid players which keeps them close in many games, but he still needs a significant talent upgrade. Until the Redskins address their organizational problem they will not be successful.

Day 1542!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Colts and Coaches

Should the Colts go for perfection or rest their players. My view is that they should go for it, but try to get some other guys in for some plays. It is tough to maintain focus when doing this, but they should try to minimize the risk of injury while going for the perfect season.

Here are the coach approval figures for the NFL. Notice Lovie is tops at 95% approval and Gibbsy is in the lower half at 46%.

Iraqi Progress?

What kind of democracy are we creating in Iraq? We pay to put propaganda in newspapers (creating a culture of corrupt, biased press), women don't have rights under the new constitution, the police force is rife with corruption and Shiite militia infiltrators who are acting as death squads under the banner of the law. What a freaking mess.

Anyone who thinks the U.S. is going to leave a western-style democracy is fooling themselves. Even Iraqis want the U.S. out - Bushie and his neocon followers need to wake up.

Day 1541!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Bears and Redskins

Man, what a weekend. The Bears continue to roll with clearly the best defense in the NFL. Their offense does just enough to win. It is working for them but they will likely need to score about 20 points a game in the playoffs to really do some damage.

The Redskins lose another gut-wrencher. Their defense is just not what it needs to be. As I expected, LT just killed them. They still have a chance at the playoffs because they are 2-1 in the division - but they need to beat the Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles and get a little help. It could happen, but given that they have lost 6 of the last 8 I would not count on it. They may want to consider getting Campbell some snaps.

Michael Irvin's Drug Problems

That's not mine!

What an idiot! Maybe this will get his butt off of NFLCountdown. The guy does not provide any analysis - all he does is yell and laugh.

Day 1538!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Football Picks for the Week

1-1 last week. As I expected, the Bears shocked Carolina but again the 'Skins lost in a game I expected them to win. For this week:

Bears will pressure Simms and take away the running game. The running game will roll and Orton will continue to show signs of improvement. The end result will be a Bears will win by at least 10 points this week.

Redskins will struggle to stop LT and the big plays will again kill them. Marty will have his revenge as the Chargers top the Redskins in a surprisingly comfortable win. The Redskins will be all but out of the playoff hunt.

Day 1536!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Good Night T.O.

Sleep tight. Eagles win - you lose.

Idiot Ohio Republican Politicians

If you have followed the Iraq War debate over the last week or so, you know that Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt called Democratic Congressman Jack Murtha a "coward" for suggesting that the troops should come home. Murtha is a decorated Marine vet who has been a war hawk, but who has seen the failures of the Iraq policy and has now changed his mind. Schmidt is just an idiot and now she is feeling the wrath of Americans across the country.

Read Olbermann's take on Schmidt.

Of course, you can always just look at Republican Congressman Bob Ney for his simple garden-variety acceptance of bribes.


Day 1533!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Updated Weekly Stats

Big win for the Bears - if Minnesota loses tonight the division is pretty much locked up. A very bad loss for the Redskins - inconsistency and turnovers are killing them. Barring a miracle, the 'Skins are basically out of the playoff hunt. They should think about getting Jason Campbell some reps.

Here are the updated stats:

Defense:

Bears - #1-ranked scoring defense (11.0 pts/game - 4 less points than #2 Indy), #1-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (252 yds/game - 20 yards better than #2 Baltimore).

Redskins - 16th-ranked scoring defense (20.1 pts/game), 10th-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (299 yds/game).

The Bears have only allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns this year (ranked #1). The Redskins have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns (ranked #24).

Offense:

Bears - 23rd-ranked scoring 0ffense (16.9 pts/game), 28th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (264 yds/game).

Redskins - 21st-ranked scoring offense (20.0 pts/game), 13th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (338 yds/game).

Thomas Jones 11th-ranked running back (840 yards, 6 touchdowns), Clinton Portis ranked 8th (856 yards, 5 touchdowns). Solid games this week by both TJ and Portis - but Portis fumbled deep in Redskins territory leading to a field goal.

Red Zone Stats:

The Bears continue to dominate in the Red Zone on defense. They score touchdowns on offense 52% of the time they get in the RZ and only allow opponents to score touchdowns 17% of the time (the next best team, Seattle, gives up touchdowns 37% of the time) .

The Redskins are at 57% on offense and 46% on defense.

Standing Tall With Mongolia

So what if most of the world thinks American foreign policy is messed up, Bushie can always count on Mongolia.

Of course, the fact that Bushie promised $11 million to improve the Mongolian military and that Mongolia will share in $1 billion in U.S. aid for the region probably had nothing to do with their praise for Bushie.

Redskins are Pretenders

Quoting Michael Wilbon in today's Post, "And since the season is now 10 games old, there's only one thing to conclude at this point: The Redskins aren't very good. And they're not a serious contender."

The Redskins blew a home game against a weak and undisciplined Raiders team. If the Redskins had any hope of getting to the playoffs, they had to win this game. At 5-5, it is likely that they need to win 5 of the last 6 to get in. That is not going to happen with San Diego, New York, and Dallas on the schedule (although they are all home games). The should beat St. Louis, Arizona, and Philly - but will probably find a way to lose at least one of those games.

This is an 8-8 team that has some holes to fill - they need some front 4 help on defense and probably another difference maker, and their offensive line, receivers, and quarterback need to be upgraded if they are going to be serious about winning a Super Bowl.

Bears are Contenders

The Bears played inspired football and did what they do best - play defense, run the ball, and get efficient play from their rookie QB to dominate the Panthers. The defense held Carolina to 3 points and had 8 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles against what was the NFL's fourth ranked scoring offense going into the game.

There is no question this is a special defense. Even football fans are starting to see the Bears as contenders.

Day 1531!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Bears Notes

Most people would probably agree with Cris Carter that, "The Bears have done well playing in a weak division and should win the NFC North, but they're not going to do much else after that." That may be true but let's put this in perspective, for a team that finished with only five wins last year and who is starting a rookie at quarterback, that would be huge.

Even SI's Dr. Z. now admits that the Bears have made progress, after picking them to only win 3 games this year. If Orton's play has leveled off and he makes no more progress, there is still the possibility that Rex Grossman will return in 2-3 weeks and could help push the Bears up another level. Although Rex is still unproven, it could be a very interesting post-season if that happens.

Day 1529!

Friday, November 18, 2005

McNabb should Leave Philly

The Eagles were already in trouble and probably would not have made the playoffs, but the T.O. situation has gotten worse. Some members of the team want T.O. back. Imagine if you are McNabb and Andy Reid and there are players who want to bring T.O. back after everything he has said and done.

McNabb must feel bad about the situation. I don't hear any players coming to his defense and sticking up for him. Whenever T.O. was ripping him, you did not hear players coming to his defense. I think that says something about how Donovan McNabb is viewed by his team. Trade McNabb to Chicago and let him go back home (he is from Chicago). His teammates do not seem to respect him enough, and given the T.O. mess and the disappointing season, perhaps it is time for a change.

NFL Picks for this Week

Bears will play inspired footbal this week and surprise most experts by beating Carolina in a tight, hard fought football game this week. This is the biggest game for the Bears since their last playoff game in 2001 and the defense will rise to the occasion. They will get pressure on Delhomme and take away Steve Smith. The weather will be in the 40s, so it will be good Bears football weather. I expect Orton to play a solid game and the running game to do its thing. The Bears know that they and their division are not being taken seriously and they have something to prove. I know I am a partisan fan, but I honestly think they will play like champions.

The Redskins will have no problem beating an undisciplined Oakland team that leads the league in penalties. The only way the Raiders are going to win is if the Redskins continue to turn the ball over and give up big plays on defense. I think the defense has something to prove after allowing Chris Simms to look like Phil Simms. I also expect the Redskins to have zero turnovers this week. The improved effort over last week will lead to a victory by at least two touchdowns.

New (Expensive) Johnnie Walker

Here is a great gift to spread a little holiday cheer. There is a special edition Johnnie Walker whisky that is available for about $25,000/bottle. There are only 200 bottles total - I would love to see what about $800/sip tastes like.

Day 1528!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

War in Iraq

There has been a lot of discussion about whether Bushie manipulated pre-war intelligence to take the country to war against Iraq. Whether you believe that or not the fact is that there were no WMD and Iraq posed little threat to the U.S. At the very least the U.S. made a mistake, and more harsh critics of the Bushies will say they lied. It is important to find out whether there was manipulation, but the bigger question at this point in time is what to do in Iraq NOW!

It should be obvious by now that the Bushie crowd does not know what it is doing and it is becoming painfully more clear that they are just leaving our troops in harm's way and are just hoping for some type of improvement without a real plan. With almost 2100 soldiers killed and no end in sight, it is time to set a timetable for the return of the troops. I do not see any reason we should be there any longer than 3 to 6 months.

Almost half of all Americans now want the U.S. to mind its own business. This is going to be difficult if we are going to wage a continued "global war on terror."

Bears vs. Carolina

This is a "measurement" game. The Bears have rolled to five straight wins against sub-par opponents. They have a chance to make a statement and show just how good (or bad) they are this weekend when they play the Panthers at home. The expert opninion and the fan opinion is they will not "measure up" but I think they will surprise some folks. I am going to wait on my final picks for the Bears and Redskins game until tomorrow but I do expect that they will play a solid game with their defense and running game (TJ will be back in the backfield this week).

The fight between starting Bears linemen Olin Kreutz and Fred Miller is behind the team, but Miller's jaw is wired shut and he has not eaten solid foods for over a week. He has lost 15 pounds and is likely to feel a little weaker. He will be taking on Julius Peppers, but the Bears are a running team so even with the weight loss I expect him to handle the smaller Peppers just fine. The impact probably will not be as bad as one might think.

I cannot wait to see what happens.

Day 1527!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A good laugh!

Cheney calling critics "dishonest" and "reprehensible?" Hilarious! I love the hypocrisy because the guy clearly has not looked in a mirror lately. His Chief of Staff was just indicted and he doesn't say a word - but he takes aim at people who think Iraq is a mess.

Parenting 101

Here is one way to make an impression with a child who won't listen. I'm mixed on the situation, but I am not the parent who had to deal with the child in question.

Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq!

Turns out that chemical weapons have been found and used in Iraq - the only problem is that it is the U.S. that is using them. As usual, we defend the use of the weapons when we use them, but if anyone else uses them we call them WMD. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Day 1526!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bushie being Bushie

On his way to Asia, Bushie called those who now question the war in Iraq and who want to investigate pre-war intelligence "irresponsible." You gotta love his moxie. The guy just does not know when he is beaten.

The polls have Bushie's approval rating in the 30s and more than half now believe that Bushie misled the nation into war. This kind of divisive rhetoric is not likely to stem the rising tide of discontent about the president.

Eagles Shoot Themselves

Man, Donovan really messed up. The interception he threw was just sickening for Eagles fans. It looks like the Eagles are done for the year. I wonder if the fans are going to turn on McNabb.

Day 1525!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Torture and Murder for the Good of the Nation

We have no legal or moral authority to conduct violent and even homocidal interrogations, yet Bushie has authorized it. If you say sometimes it is necessary in order to protect the American people, then when it happens to our own soldiers - now and in the future - what legal or moral ground can we stand on?

Shawn Springs got it right

With regard to the somewhat debatable 2-point conversion yesterday, the Post quotes Springs as saying:

"We should never have been in that situation," Springs said. "We gave up too many points today. That was the bottom line."

Ultimately, that is what did the Redskins in - not a single call.

Weekly Stats Update

Another win for the Bears so it was a great week - five in a row and they are still two games up in their division. Tough loss for the Redskins - their defense really let them down. Given the NFC wild race, the Bucs game may come back to haunt the 'Skins.

Here are the updated stats:

Defense:

Bears - #1-ranked scoring defense (11.9 pts/game), #1-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (254 yds/game).

Redskins - 19th-ranked scoring defense (20.6 pts/game, 7th-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (295 yds/game).

The Bears have only allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns this year (ranked #1). The Redskins have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns (ranked #24).

Offense:

Bears - 24th-ranked scoring 0ffense (17.3 pts/game), 28th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (264 yds/game).

Redskins - 17th-ranked scoring offense (20.8 pts/game, up 1 spot from last), 11th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (348 yds/game, down 1 spot).

Thomas Jones 9th-ranked running back (753 yards, 6 touchdowns), Clinton Portis ranked 8th (764 yards, 5 touchdowns). TJ did not play this week. Portis probably had his best game as a Redskin.

Red Zone Stats:

The Bears continue to dominate in the Red Zone on defense. They score touchdowns on offense 52% of the time they get in the RZ and only allow opponents to score touchdowns 18% of the time.

The Redskins are at 52% on offense and 52% on defense.

Bears and Redskins Recap

Bears won their fifth in a row and have a 2 game lead in the North. Ugly, ugly win on a day when wind was gusting 50 mph in Chicago. Still they won with great defense and by running the ball effectively. The injury to Cedric Benson may come back to hurt them as Jones and Benson are now out. At 6-3 they are in pretty good shape, but it now looks like the Vikings have woken up and are going to make a little noise. This week Carolina comes to town and they will be a good opponent to measure how good this Bears team is.

Redskins lost in a shootout. I did not watch the game closely, but here are a couple of observations. First, there was no clear evidence to overturn the Allstot conversion. Second, as Gregg Williams said after the game, it should not have even come down to that play. The offense is playing extremely well, but building on Williams' comment, where is the Redskins' defense? It was supposed to be the strength of this team but it has been pretty ordinary to downright bad over the last few weeks. This was a significant blow to the Redskins playoff chances, but they can overcome this loss.

Day 1524!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Bears and Redskins Game Predictions

Bears play San Francisco at home. The 49ers have played two good games against the Rams and Bucs, but this should be an easy win for the Bears. Their defense will overrun a weak 49er offense and unlike most Bears win, I expect them to win by at least 14 points.

Redskins on the road in Tampa Bay. Tampa is reeling, having lost 3 of 4 since their 4-0 start. The losses of Griese and Cadillac have really hurt their offense, but their defense seems to be fairly solid. Tampa lost to the 49ers who I think is a horrible team. I expect the Redskins to post a solid 10 point win this week on the road.

I was 1-1 last week - the Redskins proved me wrong. I hope the same results come out with the Redskins proving me wrong this week.

Bushie is a liar.

At least that is what most Americans now believe.

Day 1521!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bushie sinking further.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has another new low for Bushie's approval rating - 38%.

Maybe the fact that Brownie is now finally off the payroll, Bushie will rebound. Doubt it given the complete mess he has created.

Redskins should sign T.O.

I am not joking when I say this. They could rent the guy for the rest of the year and cut him loose after the season. You know the guy is a super talent and that he has to be on his best behavior. A team like the Redskins who has a strong coaching staff and appears to be close knit, as well as a good passing game could use his talent.

He does not work for the Bears because there is little passing attack - the Bears are built to run and play defense.

Another Record for Bushie

Yet again, as a result of Bushie's trade policies the U.S. has achieved another trade deficit. Not only did he beat the record, he trounced it. September's trade deficit was over $66 billion - more than 11 percent higher than the previous monthly record. Way to go Bushie!

Intelligent Voters

The school board that brought "Intelligent Design" to the classroom was booted by voters. People can believe in God and worship in whatever way they want, but such discussion belongs in the home, churches, temples, and other religious outlets - not in science classes. It is nice to see that people have good sense.

Day 1520!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Oh Dexter!

Dexter Manley was back in the news today.

TO is an idiot

Finally, TO was suspended. He is a super talent and more than likely will get another chance; however, he has cost himself millions in future contracts for his idiotic behavior. He had his most productive year with the Eagles and was a perfect fit for that team from a physical standpoint, but his mental state and erratic behavior was too much. Good riddance.

Day 1518!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Unbelievable

These guys had to have quit - nobody loses a basketball game that badly.

Kilgore vs. Kaine

Huge race for governor in Virginia. It is likely to have a significant impact on national politics for the next few years. Bushie is going to a rally today to drum up support. Given Bushie's woeful poll numbers we will see if it helps or hurts Kilgore.

If Kaine wins it will be a win for Mark Warner and it will show that he has coattails in a Red State. It would be a major springboard for the 2008 presidential campaign. If Kaine loses, Warner loses.

"We do not torture!"

So says Bushie. However, it has been revealed the the CIA is operating secret prisons for terror suspects. They are "interrogating" these suspects outside of any oversight.

If we are not torturing suspects then why do the Bushies oppose the Senate's recent legislation banning torture?

Weekly NFL stats update

Great week for the Bears - another win. Four in a row and a two game lead in the division. Another typical Bears game. Tough defense and just enough offense to win. Redskins got back on track after last week's debacle. They defeated a tough but shorthanded Eagles team in a must win situation.

Here are the updated stats:

Defense:

Bears - Second-ranked scoring defense (12.3 pts/game, no change from last week), third-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (265 yds/game, no change from last week).

Redskins - 13th-ranked scoring defense (18.6 pts/game, up 4 spots from last week), 7th-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (290 yds/game, down 1 spot from last week).

The Bears have only allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns this year (ranked #1). The Redskins have allowed 9 rushing touchdowns (ranked #23).

Offense:

Bears - 23rd-ranked scoring 0ffense (17.4 pts/game, no change from last week), 27th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (267 yds/game, down 1 spot).

Redskins - 18th-ranked scoring offense (19 pts/game, up 1 spot from last), 11th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (343 yds/game, down 1 spot).

Thomas Jones 8th-ranked running back (753 yards, 6 touchdowns), Clinton Portis ranked 11th (620 yards, 4 touchdowns).

Red Zone Stats:

The Bears continue to dominate in the Red Zone on defense. They score touchdowns on offense 57% of the time they get in the RZ and only allow opponents to score touchdowns 21% of the time.

The Redskins are at 56% on offense and 47% on defense.

Day 1517!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Now this is scary!

Carnivorous lizards emerging for the toilet! What's next? I can already imagine what JD is going to say.

Bush keeps sinking

The polls continue to spiral downward for Bushie. People are finally getting the fact that he is a horrible president.

Weekend NFL Preview/Predictions

I was 2-0 last week with predictions. Here are my thoughts for the Bears and Redskins this week.

The Bears will struggle all game, but in the end should end up with their fourth win in a row. New Orleans is a solid defensive team but their offense struggles to score. The Bears will win the battle of turnovers and that will carry the day.

The Redskins are going up against an Eagles team that is struggling. Both teams are coming off bad losses and this game is a toss up. With TO out, McNabb ailing, rain in the forecast and the home crowd behind them the Redskins should prevail given the fact that the Eagles are the worst rushing team in the league - but they won't. LaVar will have a monster game in his first start, but the Eagles will come into Washington and fight like cornered, wounded animals and a costly turnover and yet another big play given up on defense will allow the Eagles to pull it out in the final minutes. I think the Eagles just have too much pride to allow themselves to fall into last place in the division.

Let's see what happens.

Day 1514!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

More Brownie Nonsense!

In today's Washington Post there is a short blurb about Brownie's concern about his wardrobe as Hurricane Katrina was destroying the Gulf.

In an email, Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs wrote, "You look fabulous - and I am not talking the makeup!"

Brownie's email reply was, " I got it at Nordstroms . . . Are you proud of me?"

An hour later, he added, "If you look at my lovely FEMA attire you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

CNN has a story of some of the other ridiculous things he was worrying about when the Hurricane hit.

Bushie really chose a winner in Brownie.

Day 1513!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

They guy was hungry!

This thief broke into a pizza place and robbed it. But before he left, he tried to make a pizza.

CIA's Secret Prisons

I think this is just scary. Someone can be sent to a secret prison on the order of Bushie and no one has any way of finding out why. I realize there are terrorists out there, but there must be moral clarity in the policies of this country. Either we condone human rights violations, torture, the rule of law, and due process or we don't. Obviously, Bushie does not care about the Constitution and human rights.

Day 1512!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Media Watchdog

For those of you who want to see the bias and false information that is spread through the media, I would highly recommend Media Matters.

If you think Bill O'Reilly is an idiot and a liar here is their info on how misleading he is.

Vikings Demise

Man, I am shocked at how bad things have gone for the Vikings in such a short time. Culpepper may be done for his career with three ligaments gone. If he comes back we are talking two years. There is no reason to fire Tice at this point of what now seems like a lost season, but they need to clean house in the off season.

The thing is there is talent on this team but they need a new coach and organization structure as well as to root out a few players and this team could easily rebound next year.

Day 1511!

Monday, October 31, 2005

More freedom marching

6 more U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

As the death toll continue to rise at least people are starting to pay attention and realize that Bushie does not know what he is doing.

More on the Bears/Redskins

I just looked at the box scores for both games and read Wilbon and Kornheiser's columns about how bad the Redskins were.

Brunell - 65 yards passing (32.4 QB rating)? Portis - 9 yards rushing? And what happened to the vaunted Washington D? It is only one game, but for 'Skins fans there are definitely some things to worry about after losing 3 of 4.

For the Bears, Orton showed further progress with 230 yards passing in a big divisional game (89.4 QB rating). Thomas Jones ground out a workman-like 72 yards on 22 carries. But, the Bears defense continued to shine with the game ending in overtime with a Tillman interception return for a touchdown. We are on a nice 3 game win streak.

NFL Recap

Just as predicted the Bears won in a tight game and the Redskins lost to a pumped up Giants team. I was surprised at the margin of victory, but not by the loss itself. It was a "statement" game that did not go well for the Redskins.

I could gloat and stick it to the 'Skins fans, but the bottom line is that this was just one game, on the road, against a tough division foe who had just lost its beloved owner. How the Redskins bounce back from this loss will say a lot. With a tough Philly team coming to Washington after a loss of their own, this weekend's game will be critical.

You know you want them so here are the updated stats:

Defense:

Bears - Second-ranked scoring defense (11.6 pts/game, no change from last week), third-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (263 yds/game, no change from last week).

Redskins - 17th-ranked scoring defense (19.9 pts/game, down 9 spots from last week), 6th-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (283 yds/game, down 2 spots from last week).

The Bears have only allowed 1 rushing touchdown this year (ranked #1). The Redskins have allowed 7 rushing touchdowns.

Offense:

Bears - 23rd-ranked scoring 0ffense (17 pts/game, up 2 spots from last week), 26th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (261 yds/game, up 1 spot).

Redskins - 19th-ranked scoring offense (19.3 pts/game, down 5 spots from last), 10th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (350 yds/game, down 8 spots).

Thomas Jones 6th-ranked running back (102 yds/game, 6 touchdowns, down 1 spot from last week), Clinton Portis ranked 13th (79 yds/game, 3 touchdowns, down 5 spots).

Red Zone Stats:

The Bears continue to dominate in the Red Zone on both side of the ball. They score touchdowns on offense 62.5% of the time they get in the RZ and only allow opponents to score touchdowns 12.5% of the time.

The Redskins are at 54.5% on offense and 52.9% on defense.

Day 1510!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Down goes Libby

Libby was indicted on 5 serious counts. We will see if he is convicted. Looks like Rove dodged the bullet but he is not yet out in the clear, but he must be breathing a little easier. What is certain is that there is further corruption at the highest levels of government - at least to the door of the Vice President's office.

Viagra Prank!

If you have ever wondered about Viagra and want to hear it described in a funny manner read this.

More on Rambo IV

Details are sketchy, and I would not be surprised if this ends up as direct to DVD. The fact that Sly is a punchy 60 year old does not bode well for this proposed film. Anything for a buck I guess.

Sulu is Gay!

Not that I really care - to each his own, but man, who would have thought? If you think back to Star Trek IV there is a quote by Sulu - "San Francisco . . . I was born there." I wonder if it was a coded sign.

Football Predictions

Bears - win in a close but comfortable 10 points at Detroit. Bear defense will carry the day by controlling the running game and forcing Garcia to make some plays. I wouldn't be surprised if Garcia goes out with an injury and a confused Harrington throws a pick or three. Bears running game will dominate and Orton will again show progress and manage the game well.

Redskins - lose in an emotional game to the Giants by a field goal in the final minutes. The Redskins will move the ball between the 20s against an injury plagued Giants defense, but will not be able to score touchdowns in the Red Zone. Wellington Mara died this week and Giants players past and present love the man. They would have been fired up anyway to play for first against the 'Skins but this will give them that little extra. Antonio Pierce will make Gibbsy and Danny Boy pay for not matching the Giants offer and Arrington will blow some assignment that will be costly.

Neither game is "critical" for the Bears or Redskins, as much as they are for the Lions and Giants who are at home. However, for both the Bears and Redskins these are statement games that can go a long way toward winning their divisions and contending for playoff spots.

Day 1507!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

White Sox

The World Series champs are from Chicago which is nice. Although I am not a fan of the team, I did like the way this team played. There are really no superstars, they just play solid fundamental baseball as a TEAM. Consider that they won 11 of 12 post season games, gave up less than 3 runs a game, and scored about 6 runs a game. That is dominance.

It's Christmas Eve in October

Looks like indictments of several major Bushie folks are going to be announced tomorrow - Rove, Libby, who knows. The anticipation is growing.

Day 1506!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No torture . . . except by the CIA

In response to repeated incidents of torture the Sente recently passed legislation that would outlaw the "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" of anyone held by the US.

Bushie wants to exempt the CIA from any torture limitations. What is the point of the Senate's legislation if there is the exemption? The United States should stand up with moral clarity on this issue of prisoner treatment and human rights. Either we believe torture is wrong or we don't. I love how Bushie and the Republicans act pious and speak as if they are the party of God, then they pull this junk.

Crank Call to Cheetos

Man, if you want to read some funny stuff, go to zug.com and read some of the stories and transcripts of prank calls John Hargrave has made. This one to Frito-Lay had me laughing. There are some more adult pranks that you may want to check out.

White Sox

Stick a fork in the Astros, they are done. Good game this evening that just ended about 15 minutes ago. There is no way the White Sox are going to lose four in a row including two at home.

Day 1505!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Another Iraq Milestone

Bushie's war has now ended the lives of 2,000 American soldiers. At least he now has clear objectives for victory and an exit strategy - no wait that is in Bizarro world. In the real world, "freedom is on the march" and "we will stay until the job is done." Whatever that means.

If true, this is incredible

The NY Times is reporting that Cheney was the second source for the leaking of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. If he is indicted he would almost certainly have to step down. This would shake the Bushies to the core.

If Cheney did leak Plame's identity, then the death penalty should be considered for treason. Of course, there is still what can be proven. What is known is that Plame was a covert agent working on WMD issues in time of war. By outing her for purely political purposes to get back at her husband, he put this country at great risk by diminishing our capacity to find out about WMD.

Day 1504!

Monday, October 24, 2005

The BCS should be called the BS!

This is ridiculous. USC hasn't lost in years is beating everyone they face and still Texas passes them in the latest BCS poll. All the more reason to have a playoff system.

This has to be on purpose!

A friend forwarded this to me. Check it out before Google "fixes" it.

Go to www.google.com and type in "failure." Then click on "I'm Feeling Lucky." See what pops up.

Don't Forget to Flush!

Man, this would be scary.

Couple of Football Stats

Defense:

Bears - Second-ranked scoring defense (11.3 pts/game), third-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (260 yds/game).

Redskins - Eigth-ranked scoring defense (17.2 pts/game), fourth-ranked defense in terms of yardage/game (266 yds/game).

Offense:

Bears - 25th-ranked scoring 0ffense (16.7 pts/game), 28th-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (249 yds/game).

Redskins - 14th-ranked scoring offense (22.5 pts/game), second-ranked offense in terms of yardage/game (387 yds/game).

Thomas Jones fifth-ranked running back (107 yds/game, 6 touchdowns), Clinton Portis ranked 8th (91 yds/game, 3 touchdowns).

Analysis Through 6 Games:

Both have solid defenses with the edge going to the Bears. The Bears have 8 more interceptions and 10 more sacks than the 'Skins (both have forced only 4 fumbles). These stats clearly indicate the Bears have the higher impact defense.

The offensive edge clearly goes to the Redskins. Bears have thrown 4 more interceptions and given up one fewer sack (both have fumbled 5 times).

However, where offense and defense really counts - in the RED ZONE - the Bears are much better than the Redskins. The Bears have only given up one touchdown in 13 opponent drives in the Red Zone (7.7%). The Redskins have given up 6 touchdowns out of 11 Red Zone drives (55%). The Bears are ranked first in Red Zone defense by far - the team ranked second is Indy (39% touchdowns scored). On the other side of the ball, Bears score touchdowns in the Red Zone 69% of the time (9 of 13 drives), Redskins 55% of the time (12 of 21 drives). Bears are ranked second only to New England in terms of percentage.

The point is that teams don't score against the Bears in the Red Zone and when they do get into the Red Zone the Bears score touchdowns. They make it count, albeit they don't get down there very often.

Day 1503!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Football!

As expected, the Bears and Redskins won. Both remain in first place in their divisions.

Bears - good solid win against a subpar Ravens team. Defense was phenomenal. I don't think the Ravens could have scored if they played all evening. Orton continues to make progress. Nothing special but he managed the game well and did not make any critical mistakes. The game will continue to come to him as the season goes on. Thomas Jones was great as usual which is why he is one of the top rushers in the game.

Redskins - expected easy win (except by Gibbsy) over a horrible 49ers team that may not win another game this year. LaVar finally got in and surprise . . . he was the leading tackler for the team (by far). The guy can play and makes the defense more dangerous. At least it looks like the coaches finally came to their senses.

One final note: the Bears defense is better than the Redskins defense at this point in the year. We will see if it holds up.

Day 1502!

Friday, October 21, 2005

LaVar Prediction

Oh yeah, LaVar is going to play this week. Danny Boy realized he had a problem and called Gibbsy and said it was OK to play LaVar. I suspect he will make some plays, but I am hoping he blows a play or two so that he loses confidence. There is no question that when he does play he will be under the microscope.

Football predictions for this week

Bears will beat a subpar but dangerous Baltimore team at home. Orton is playing solid, if not stellar, football. Certainly, the team is much better off at this point than last year. I would like to see Cedric Benson show some signs of being a player and not just a high priced bust.

Redskins will beat the 49ers. They have played better than last year, but their turnover situation is horrible. The 49ers are clearly a team that the Redskins should handle at home. If they lose this game it will send shock waves through the organization. (I hope Gibbsy doesn't call me to complain about this post.)

The need for clear SOPs

Bush does not want basic standard operating procedures (SOP) for military treatment of prisoners ostensibly so that torture can take place. Although not directly linked to prisoner abuse, American soldiers were filmed burning the dead bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters.

This one image is sure to further enrage Muslims because burning the dead is not considered appropriate in the Islamic world. Better military discipline and command with clear SOPs may have prevented this incident.

Day 1500!

Still no Osama bin Laden. Bushie just does not talk about him anymore, which should be an outrage for all Americans. I would expect a president who was worth anything to bring bin Laden to justice. Just one more reason I think Bush is a pathetic leader.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

It figures. . .

An Australian study finds that 1 in 3 crocodile attacks are on people who have been drinking. The lesson is obvious: Don't drink because you might get attacked by a crocodile. G'day mate!

Oh Gibbsy, you make me laugh

Gibbs complained this week about the media saying that the 49ers are a team the Redskins should handle easily. What is he talking about? The 49ers are a team they should beat easily. If they don't there is a major problem. There is a reason the Redskins are 12 POINT FAVORITES (how often does that happen).

A Really Stupid Sports Fan

I don't know, but this is one of the stupidest requests I have ever heard about.

Oh Brownie!

A FEMA official testified before the Senate and stated the obvious - Brownie just failed to do anything as he was receiving reports and being told about Katrina (even the day before it hit) and as it led to a rapidly deteriorating situation in New Orleans. Of course Brownie testified that the did everything he could and it wasn't his fault.

Day 1499!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Finally, Chewy is an American!

Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew got his citizenship yesterday. That is important news and we can now all sleep better.

St. Louis rises from the dead

I meant to write something about this earlier, but last night's game was unbelievable. One strike away from going to the World Series and up by 2 with no one on. It was destiny that Pujols was meant to crush a three run homer to win. The question now is, will that HR be just a great HR, or will it be one of the all-time legendary moments. If St. Louis somehow manages to win the NLCS, it will be legendary. Will Houston collapse?

Day 1497!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Iraq Election Irregularities

Bushie probably got his Diebold friends from Ohio and Florida to conduct the election in Iraq.

More Rocky Info!

It looks like Adrian will be dead, but at least Paulie is coming back! Perhaps Clubber Lang and Drago can be added as tune up fights before taking on Mason "The Line" Dixon. I cannot wait.

More LaVar Thoughts from outside Washington.

I came across a short piece on CBS Sportsline. In it the following appears with regard to Arrington:

"He's a beast," said quarterback Trent Green, who was relieved not to face Arrington. And he was not alone. "If he were there that defense would be better," said tight end Tony Gonzalez. "He's one of the best linebackers in the league. He's proven that. I don't know what the situation is. Whatever it is I hope they work it out; he's too good of a football player not to be on the field."

Rocky VI Baby!

First Rambo now this. Sly's coming back with a vengeance. It's on the way and filming starts in December. The latest version will be "similar to the tone and grit" of the first two movies. I love it, I am back in the 80's. Excuse me while I put on my Ray Ban sunglasses and break dance out of here.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Will Gibbsy Learn?

Mike Wilbon's column in the Post is dead on. Jared Allen was KC's LaVar Arrington and made all the difference in the game. Arrington needs to play. For God's sake, Gibbs has to get over whatever the problem is and play the guy. At least get him in on third down passing situations.

The defense played well statistically, but Warrick Holdman had 2 tackles and if you actually watch him play he is always engulfed by blockers. I am going to assume the 'Skins can beat the lowly 49ers this week, but then they play at NY Giants (loss), Philly (loss), at Tampa (loss), Oakland (win), San Diego (loss). This will put them at 5-6 and people will have forgotten about the 3-0 start.

Bears play Baltimore (win), at Detroit (win), at New Orleans (win), San Francisco (win), Carolina (loss), at Tampa (loss). This will put them at 6-5.

Day 1496!

Football Thoughts

Bears 2-3 and Redskins 3-2. Redskins played an average KC team on the road and lost, the Bears played a Vikings team that is rapidly spiraling down the toilet, but hey, wins are wins and losses are losses. It is a long season.

Oh, to add to a good weekend, UVA beat Florida State.

Day 1495!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Oh the Crazy White House

If you want some funny reading and you are a political junkie, you have to read the transcript of yesterday's daily White House Press Briefing by Scott McClellan. The reporters are all over the guy about the fake conversation with soldiers, Iraq, Harriet "I love the president" Miers, etc.

Enough LaVar! What about KC?

OK, it is time to look to the KC-Redskins game. Prediction KC in a close, high scoring game (30-27). KC's defense is poor, but their running game is great and they have a solid passing attack. The last two weeks the Redskins have shown some weakness in the running defense. I think the LaVar situation won't have much impact this week, but it will in the post-game and next week if they lose.

Bears-Vikings in Chicago. This is a must game for the Bears. The Vikings look like they may be imploding given their off field love boat escapade. Allegedly former Redskin Fred Smoot was a key part of the action, although he denies it. If the Bears lose this game after blowing the Cleveland game in the last three minutes last week it is going to be a long season. I have faith that Lovie will get the guys going right.

Bushie battling nature

Yet again, Bushie has stood up to the environment and is battling to win the war of Man versus Nature.

Closing in on $8 trillion national debt

By the middle of next week, Bushie and his Republican cronies in Congress will have successfully pushed the U.S. National Debt over $8 trillion. He has added $2.3 trillion to the debt in less than 5 years. As interest rates continue to rise, so will the debt at a faster pace because it will be much more expensive to finance the debt. We have been in a period of historically low interest rates.

People who tell you Bushie's economic policies have put us on solid financial footing are simply wrong. Bushie has dramatically increased the rate of debt accumulation, saddled this country with unprecedented levels of debt, and created deficits that will significantly add to the nation's debt for at least a decade if not longer.

Inflation is up, interest rates are up, energy prices are up, education costs are up, health care costs are up, poverty is up, global terrorism is up, thethe number of uninsured Americans is up, the Iraq war costs are up, American deaths in Iraq is up, the number of Republicans in congress who are under investigation is up. Why not just let Bushie "fix" Social Security.

Day 1493!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

LaVar LaVar, where are you?

To see what fans are saying, here is a local DC bulletin board on the subject. I think it says something that most of the fans are in LaVar's corner.

Pathetic Propaganda

Bushie wanted to have a "conversation" with troops in Iraq. But instead of a conversation they staged a scripted show. It must be that he is too scared to actually talk to rank and file troops because of what they might say.

Of course, Bushie and the Republicans in Congress have set a new low for their poll numbers.

Oh no, Mr. Bill!

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been subpoenaed by the SEC to turn over personal records in an investigation into possible insider trading. That doesn't sound good.

Soaring Trade Deficit

The U.S. trade deficit hit its third highest level of all time to $59 billion for the month of August. Our deficit with China was about $18.5 billion for the month. This means that we imported $18.5 billion more from China than we exported to China. With oil prices still very high don't expect a change in this deficit any time soon.

When you consider the fact that China also holds abot $250 billion of the U.S. national debt and continues to let us borrow more from them the problem becomes even more clear. We are basically borrowing money from China so that we can buy more of their stuff. That is not good economics over the long term.

Gibbs speaks

In response to the LaVar situation, today's Post quoted the Coach:

"I've talked to LaVar more than any player I've ever coached in 30 years, probably three times more. I've had great conversations with him and told him exactly what he needs to do."

"Our coaching staff here has got tons of experience, and, I believe, plays the best guys. So at whatever point LaVar is the best person to be in there, I'm convinced he'll be in there."

My take is that if Gibbs is telling the truth then we must assume that LaVar is a liar (they cannot both be right) and that LaVar is not good enough (perhaps not smart enough) to play in the Redskin's defensive system. Unless there are some injuries, I would not expect to see him play much on defense anymore. I still think this is a bad situation that will end badly.

Day 1492!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

LaVar Continued . . .

Read the "Redskins Notebook" story in the Post today. It has some good quotes from Arrington that I alluded to in an earlier post. Here are two choice Arrington quotes from the article:

"If you are not going to play me, then don't play me. Just don't make things up about why I am not playing. I'm healthy. I'm of sound mind and body. Don't try to slander me. It's being insinuated that I'm not smart enough to play this defense. That's absurd."

As for whether he will play on special teams he said, "I approached [special teams coach] Danny Smith. If he wants me to do something, let's have it. I'm with it. I just want to help . . . I'm not playing because I can't play. I don't know why I'm not playing . . . If they put me out there to hit somebody, that's what I'll do."

If they do not intend on playing him, then deactivate him. If he is suited up, healthy, and ready to go then they should play him. If nothing else get him on special teams where he may be able to make a play.

Scary thought! Bushie as Supreme Leader

We should all be concerned about the state of American democracy. Giving Bushie the ability to declare martial law and take away all rights would be a disaster - his decision-making has been horrible to date.

Don't think it won't happen, it is already happening and unless Congress steps up things will get worse.

Awwwwhhhhhh! How Cute!

In addition to calling Bushie "the best governor ever," Harriet Miers thinks Bushie and Laura are "cool." That is just wicked awesome! Clearly she is more than qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

Day 1491!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Kornheiser's Take on LaVar

Great opinion piece by Tony Kornheiser in the Post today. He concluded his piece in which he detailed how the Redskins are sticking it to LaVar in his back by saying, "if the Redskins don't want LaVar, they should deactivate him, and not strand him out there in his clean jersey so it looks like they're deliberately trying to embarrass and punish him."

I totally agree. If LaVar could not get in for one play this week and only two plays last week then deactivate him so that at least he does not have to suffer the indignity of sitting on the bench and not knowing whether he is ever going to play again.

Frist really is an idiot

Oops! Turns out that the Republican Majority Leader of the Senate Bill Frist lied when he said he had a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest between legislation and his family's multi-million dollar health care business. Looks like his presidential hopes have been dashed - at the very least.

Just another of the Republican leaders who have chosen power over the people. Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay is under indictment and "Bushie's Brain, Karl Rove, may be next. I just laugh that the Republican Party is supposed to be "God's Party."

Just heard from LaVar

I just listened to LaVar speak about his situation for 30 minutes on Sportstalk 980 and am more perplexed about his situation. It seems as if he is honestly confused himself and if he is to be believed, then no one on the coaching staff has explained to him why he is not playing other than to say he is not the starter. He called rumors that he does not understand the defense and/or is a freelancer who does not do his job, "slander."

He explicitly said that he gives 100 percent on the practice field and has no problems playing special teams. He also sounded tired and a bit sad that he had been "reduced to just collecting a paycheck." It is clear that he feels like he can contribute and be a difference maker on the field, but sincerely does not understand why he is not being given a chance.

He does not know if they are trying to trade him, but all of the negative rumors that are floating around cannot help his standing around the league. I will say again, it certainly sounds and looks like the organization is trying to embarrass the guy which I think is a shame.

Bushie's Supreme Court Nominee

To get on the Supreme Court you should have at least a clear legal history in Constitutional law and some discernable skills other than the president likes you. It is clear that Harriet Miers just gushes over Bushie. But choosing insiders to take top spots is just so Bushie.

More on LaVar

It seems oddly personal that LaVar cannot get on the field. It is clear that at least at this point he is unwanted. I cannot believe that he is such a liability and a problem that he should not play at least a couple of passing downs. If Gibbs or Gregg Williams is trying to make a point, that's fine, but they are letting a 3-time Pro Bowl physical freak waste away on the bench. This is a very good defense that is highly ranked, but appears to have some issues - notably it only has 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and one interception.

His salary limits their options in terms of a trade as does the fact that by not playing him they lose any trade value. It is more likely that they will have to cut him after the season and get nothing except a cap headache.

Day 1490!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Bears, Redskins, and . . . Neuticles

Man, I feel like I got kicked in the neuticles. The Bears wasted a great effort by Thomas Jones (137 rushing yards) and collapsed late in the game. Rookie mistakes really hurt, but I have to say for the first time since Lovie took over I am wondering about his system. The defense was solid for most of the game but they are not without blame for giving up big plays when it counted. The offensive play calling was weak in my opinion. I watched the game and cannot remember any deep throws. Orton has a good arm, let him air it out and at least loosen up the defense. 115 passing yards for the game is not going to consistently get it done in the NFL.

I missed the first half of the game, but this was probably the best game the 'Skins have played even though they lost. But just as 3-0 is 3-0, a loss is a loss. It is a long season yet to go, let's see what happens.

Day 1489!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Get your red hot "Neuticles"

This guy has waaaaayy too much time on his hands. He created prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs.

Now that I think about it, perhaps Bushie needs a pair.

Spending in Iraq

The Senate approved another $50 billion for Iraq pushing the total to over $350 billion with no end in sight.

We are spending $6 billon each month in Iraq. This comes to $2,315 per second. In the time it took you to read this post, American taxpayers just spent about $26,000 in Iraq. Great investment for this country's future.

Win a Vacation with Bushie

Great contest. Sign up to win and tell all your friends.

Trouble in Paradise?

Arrington situation could become a problem. The 'Skins are 3-0 which masks a lot of problems, but if they lose this week in Denver (which I think they will) people will start to wonder.

Redskins Offense

From Dr. Z's column: "after three games the '05 Skins have gained exactly 24 more yards, total, than the '04 Skins did. But last year's vintage had scored five more points. Defensive numbers are much better this year, though. Apart from the fact that Mark Brunell is playing better now, the (1-2) Skins had nine turnovers, while this 3-0 team has six. All three opening games, both years, have been close."

Before getting too excited keep the following in mind:

2004 Stats
points per game: Washington - 15.0, Bears - 14.4
yards per game: Washington - 274.8, Bears - 238.5
time of possession: Washington - 31.18, Bears - 28.25
NFL Offense Ranking: Washington - 31, Bears - 32 (two worst teams in the NFL)
points allowed per game: Washington - 16.6, Bears - 20.7
yards allowed per game: Washington - 267.6, Bears - 336.9
NFL Defense Ranking: Washington - 5, Bears - 13

2005 Stats
points per game: Washington - 14.3, Bears - 17.3
yards per game: Washington - 340.3, Bears - 252.3
time of possession: Washington - 29.16
NFL Offense Ranking: Washington - 27, Bears - 21
points allowed per game: Washington - 12.3, Bears - 13.0
yards allowed per game: Washington - 290.3, Bears - 267.0
NFL Defense Ranking: Washington - 5, Bears - 6

Nothing to write home about for either team offensively, obviously they are both excellent defensive teams. Bears are making significant progress both offensively and defensively at least this early in the year. Also, with a rookie quarterback I expect the Bears to have offensive troubles and to make mistakes. On the other side, while the 'Skins are 3-0, they are still shaky which is why I am not a believer (yet). Let's see what happens as the season unfolds.

Day 1486!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

God "told him" to invade Iraq

Bushie apparently is doing the God's work! Apparently he thinks God is talking to him. Scary.

In his speech today Bushie said, "we've killed or captured nearly all of those directly responsible for the September the 11th attacks" What an idiot! The fact is that those DIRECTLY responsible died in the planes and bin Laden and his top lieutenant al-Zawahri who is widely believed to have been the operational mastermind of 9/11 have not been caught or captured. Given that we are almost 1500 days removed from 9/11 and have not brought bin Laden or al-Zawahri to justice, I would say we have largely failed in our response.

What is Bushie Saying?

In a speech today, Bushie called for more sacrifice in the "war on terror" which is what he calls the war in Iraq. I think as a nation we should look at the utter incompetence with which the Iraq war has been handled and have a true dialogue about what we are doing there. There is little question that we have destablilized the country and the region and it is not likely that we will be able to re-stablilize the region. All of the justifications and assumptions about the war have been wrong (no WMD, not greeted as liberators, small insurgency, oil profits will pay for war and rebuilding, etc.). Whatever the Bushies told us has been wrong - not just a little wrong but completely wrong.

The constitution that will be voted on next week is ridiculous from an American point of view. It sets up an Islamic state somewhat similar to Iran, it allows for human rights violations, takes away rights of women, and would have to be forced down the throats of Sunnis who already oppose it. This would do nothing to stop the Sunni insurgency from continuing and may even make it worse.

I think it is time for Americans to speak with moral clarity and conviction that we need to set a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq (perhaps 6 months). The alternative is to continue to listen to the nonsense, slogans, and outright lies this president continues to spew out and continue to waste American blood and treasure in a hopeless cause. At this point, there is no "winning" if winning is ending up with a true democracy. The only choices are to leave now which is bad, or to stick around as things continue to get worse and leave later.

Typical!

Bushie's CIA Director Porter Goss announced that no one would be held responsible for 9/11 intelligence failures because it would "send the wrong message about taking risks." What? It seems to me that people should do their jobs or be held responsible for failing. Ah, but that is not Bushie Bizarro World.

Hunting mishap.

When you shoot at something in the air and actually hit it, you should watch where it goes.

Good Politics and Good for the People

Democrats need to win in the battle of ideas and stand for something different than Republicans. Universal health coverage is one place that they differ with Republicans but which most Americans probably agree is good policy. It is nice to see a Democrat proposing something of value. Illinois' governor wants to cover all children in his state - 250,000 uninsured kids right now.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Spawn of Cruise

Looks like Katie and Tom are having a baby. I wonder if that will make Tom even more crazy.

Day 1485!

Does this make sense?

This is just stupid and Americans should be outraged. A firm from Alaska just got a sole source/no bid contract to provide modular building units for schools in the Gulf. Are you telling me that there are no firms in Gulf who can do the same thing? Bushie and the Republicans are just using the funds to rebuild the Gulf states to line the pockets of their friends.