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November 29, 2012 at 01:23am by Scott   •  3 Comments »


MCCOY KISSES THE RING: Gerald McCoy went up to the podium at One Buc today and paid his respects to Peyton Manning, who he will be going against this Sunday. And by “paid his respects”, I mean verbally blew him. Like a really slow, deep verbal blowing. I’d cut and paste a quote from it, but you really have to read it all. And McCoy was really excited to let everyone know how much he loved Manning. He interrupted his own press conference to extoll Manning’s greatness. Pay attention to the SoundFX episode from this week and you’re going to hear McCoy ask for Manning’s autograph on the field.

ROSTER SPOTS FILLED: The Bucs filled out the roster spots left by the two players put on injured reserve with guard Derek Hardman and David Gilbreath, a wide receiver/returner who was recently waived by Pittsburgh. Hardman is more versatile than Jeremy Trueblood and the Bucs are one offensive line injury away from the Arena League, so it was a good move. And the Bucs’ return game has netted only slightly more than squat, so if Gilbreath can keep the Bucs from starting drives in their own endzone, fine. I said the same thing about Roscoe Parrish, though, so it’s apparently harder than it looks to find decent return men. Or a decent burger. Can you tell I’m hungry?

I also have to note that a safety was put on IR and a cornerback was suspended, yet neither of the two replacement players were in the secondary. So congratulations LeQuan Lewis and Danny Gorrer. I wonder if Peyton is intimidated.

I SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION: I pulled up the Bucs roster to make sure I knew Gorrer’s first name and started scrolling through it a little more carefully. Holy shit, there are a lot of unknown dudes on there. Here are some names for you. Without looking them up, have you ever heard of them or know what position they play? Aaron Morgan, Matthew Masifilo, David Douglas. Okay, I guess that’s only three, so I do know most of the roster. But still… I don’t even recognize those names from college. And who’s this guy LeGarrette Blount?

REAR ENTRIES: Super Bowl Edition

February 08, 2010 at 10:45am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

Random Saints cheerleader.
CURSE LIFTED: The trend had been that if your team lost to the Buccaneers, you weren’t going to win the Super Bowl. It was statistically insignificant, but it gave sportscasters something to say when the Bucs beat some powerhouse team, not that that had been an issue lately. But it became one when the Bucs beat the Saints in week 16 of this year after Garrett Hartley (who, right this very minute, is plowing a girl he doesn’t love) missed a gimme 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation. So now without this or the cold weather curse or the kickoff return thing, what are brain dead analysts going to talk about when they cover Bucs games? Won’t someone please think of the analysts?!?

DUNGY SHOULD STICK TO VISITING PRISONS: Though I was rooting for the Colts, I didn’t want to predict their victory because I knew the Saints had a good team and wasn’t sure how the Colts’ defensive line would hold up if the Saints went on a couple long drives. And I’m a guy who shoots his mouth off and any opportunity. Tony Dungy, on the other hand, is well-known for being reserved and politically correct (except toward the queers) and he went on the record a couple days ago with relative bombast.

“I think they’re going to be so far ahead that people are going to say, ‘Oh, ho-hum, he played a good game, they won by two scores, the Colts won their second championship,’ ” Dungy said of Manning on Thursday. “He’s going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.”

He didn’t count on Peyton‘s receivers dropping critical passes, Peyton making a poor decision on his interception, and Sean Payton having GIANT BUFFALO BALLS when it came to playcalling and taking chances. I applaud Dungy having the fortitude to make a call instead of just saying it would be a good game, but “I don’t think it’s going to be close” is bulletin board material for the Saints. As a Colts fan, he should have kept his yap shut.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: I don’t have a link for this. I was just thinking back to the 2006 season when Drew Brees was allowed to walk away from the Chargers because they didn’t think his shoulder would heal and they had drafted Philip Rivers anyway. Jon Gruden, who gushed over Brees that year at every opportunity, very likely would have given one of his children for the Glazers to make Brees an offer to come to Tampa, but it never happened. Instead, the Saints got Brees and the Bucs played that year with Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski and Tim Rattay.

/sad slide-whistle sound

Crompton Doesn’t Need Peyton’s Advice

October 02, 2009 at 01:29pm by Scott   •  11 Comments »

Peyton tries to illustrate to Crompton the difference between 'left' and 'right'.
This is total hearsay, but if you’ve ever listened to Jonathan Crompton talk or seen him play or caught a glimpse at his barely-pubescent ‘stache, you can totally believe this story is true about Crompton’s latest encounter with Peyton Manning in Knoxville.

…according to one source, the Tennessee great sat down in the training room with the Vols’ current signal caller and Manning began talk to him. As Manning and Crompton talked, members of the team in the training room began to gather around to listen to what Manning had to say to Crompton.

It appears the only person in the room that wasn’t paying attention to Manning was the very person who could use his advice the most- Crompton. Sources say Crompton was looking around the room as if to appear disinterested in what Manning had to say.

Crompton’s next move, according to sources, was to excuse himself to the restroom. He never returned. Needless to say, Manning wasn’t happy about Crompton’s insulting behavior. The term “pissed off” was used to describe Manning’s feelings regarding the situation- at least that’s what we’re hearing.

Like a true professional, Manning shook it off and talked to the receivers for another half hour.

It is physically impossible for me to root against Crompton just for the simple fact that he has an orange T on his helmet. But if he were on any other team, I’d be praying every week for some motivated defensive end to spear him in the sternum so hard that his head exits out Crompton’s back so that he can wear Crompton’s torso like a necklace. But as the case may be, I’ll just wish him a game of efficient hand-offs and remind him not to tie his shoelaces together.

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More Simms Talk

July 15, 2008 at 10:20am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

The latest team that people are speculating Chris Simms may land is the Indianapolis Colts. It seems that Peyton Manning had some surgery that will keep him out for 4-6 weeks (and couldn’t they think of a more pleasant name for it than a “bursa sac”? Ewww.) The Tribune makes it sound like a desperate situation for the Colts.

Because Manninig [sp] is the Colts undeniable and sturdy starter (he’s missed only one regular season play because of injury during his career) the Colts currently have just two other quarterbacks on their roster. One is Josh Betts, who spent last season on the practice squad. The other is Adam Tafralis, a rookie free agent out of San Jose State.

But that’s not true. Jim Sorgi is still on their roster and has been their #2 guy for quite a while.

The Colts appear then to be in need of an arm just to get through camp. They would also seem to be in a situation where they need to add a quarterback who is capable of starting and keeping the ship afloat for a while, should Manning need more than the expected four-to-six weeks to recover from his surgery.

With Sorgi, the Colts have three healthy quarterbacks. Most teams take four quarterbacks to camp, but only having three isn’t all that unusual. Among Manning’s many admirable qualities is his competitiveness. He’s not going to miss any regular season games unless he’s absolutely crippled. I don’t see the Colts really needing to give anything up to acquire another quarterback just for camp.

The more interesting (and more accurate) part of the story is the affect Brett Favre‘s embarrassing drama is having on Simms.

We know that the Bears and Lions are two of the teams that have expressed an interest in possibly trading for Simms. Both teams, however, are believed to have interest in Favre as well.

Until the Favre mess is settled, neither team is likely to make a move on Simms. That leaves Simms in the lurch. Which means he’ll probably end up going to training camp with the Bucs.

That’s an interesting scenario, but I don’t see it happening. Training camp roster spots are much more valuable this season than before because there are no more NFL Europe roster exemptions, so each team has a hard limit of 80 players that they can take. Is Bruce Allen really ready to take up one of those spots with a player almost guaranteed not to be with the team in September? Probably not.

The Packers would sooner pay Favre $12 million to sit on the bench than release him outright and allow him to go to a division rival. The Bears and the Lions have to know this, so I don’t think they’re going to wait around too long before they acquire another quarterback. Rod Marinelli has some experience with Simms and seems to be in a worse position than the Bears who, for what it’s worth, still have a quarterback on their roster who started a Super Bowl not long ago. Simms will probably wind up with Detroit or Dallas before the Tampa Bay camp starts up, perhaps for a low round conditional pick in 2009, but just as likely for no compensation at all.

Want to know why Carrie is smiling?  Have you heard about how huge Peyton's hands are?  Carrie has.