August 18, 2009

Favre Signs With Vikings

OK, so J-Red was right:

Terp Fan Bob Novak Dies

bob novak CNN and Yahoo News are reporting that syndicated columnist Bob Novak has died at age 78. 

Many people will remember Novak from his columns or from his long tenure as host of CNN’s Crossfire, but I’ll always think of him as the #1 Terps fan in the country.

Novak not only sat courtside at every home game (along with some other old dudes), but he also worked his schedule around the team and travelled on the team plane to most away games.

He was no fair-weather fan, as he started following the Terps in 1969 (Lefty’s first season) and held season tickets from 1971 on.  After Maryland won the 2002 National Championship, Gary and Novak celebrated back at the hotel together

There’s even a section in Johnny Holliday’s book on Terps basketball about him.  Also, check out this interview CSTV did with Novak about his love for Maryland basketball.

Whatever you think of Novak’s politics, he was a true die-hard Terps fan, and he will be sorely missed.

August 17, 2009

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Trophy

It’s certainly a tribute to Tiger’s dominance that his first mini-choke in a major is a huge news story.  On the other hand, what makes Tiger different than everyone else is the fact that he never loses tournaments like this.  When he has a chance to win, he shuts the door.  This weekend he looked a little more human.

Y.E. Yang was about the last guy I expected to challenge Woods on Sunday.  In the third round he looked like he was just happy to be there, hitting straight, safe shots and not making the big mistake.  On Sunday, he just kept hanging around and made a few birdies, capitalizing on the fact that Woods couldn’t put him away.

Padraig Harrington was the one I thought had a chance at beating Tiger, but any hopes of that went out the window with his quintuple-bogey 8 on the par 3 eighth hole.

Unbelievably, Yang started the tournament at +5 through 23 holes and then went -13 for the remaining two and a half rounds.  Woods, on the other hand, played +3 on Sunday.  When is the last time Tiger played over par on Sunday in a major he had a shot at winning?

Tiger’s still the best player in the world (ever), but after a year when he failed to win a major, golf is looking a bit more exciting.

August 16, 2009

Forget the Wildcat - Eagles Unveiling VOLTRON!

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The Wildcat is SO 2008. Now it seems that every team has latched on to the same wrinkle. "Hey, you know what would be really tricky? Having a player line up outside his natural position!"

The general saying is that by the time an offensive scheme catches on in the NFL, it's obsolete. The Philadelphia Eagles know this, and have decided to up the ante this season. Ladies and gentlemen, I unveil for you VOLTRON.

Voltron, for those of you who slept through the 80's or weren't born yet, was the original Captain Planet/Mighty Morphin Power Ranger combination weapon. Five team members fought evil alone or in their Wildcat-themed machines. When things got really tough, they combined to form Voltron, a force so unstoppable he literally single-handedly caused intergalactic peace and went into retirement. Not even Michael Jordan did that.

The Eagles have all the pieces now.

Keith - Donovan McNabb

Keith is the most level-headed member of the team. Though there is no clear hierarchy, he serves as the leader of the team. When it comes time to form up, Keith's Black Lion serves as Voltron's head, just as McNabb will.

Pidge - Brian Westbrook

Small in stature, Pidge pilots the green lion. Just like Brian Westbrook, Pidge uses his smarts to make up for his size. He is not afraid of any enemy.

Sven - DeSean Jackson/Reggie Brown/Kevin Curtis

Sven was a critical part of the Voltron team before being seriously injured. Like Sven, the Eagles receivers last year suffered through a series of long-term injuries. Luckily, DeSean Jackson was able to hold down the ship and get the Eagles to within a game of a Super Bowl return. So long as one or two of these guys can keep Voltron operational, the Eagles won't have anything to worry about.

Lance - Michael Vick

Lance is the hothead of the Voltron team. He has the tendency to get in a bit of trouble, either because of his actions or his mouth. This is Vick's role in the Voltron offense. If he can just focus his energies on what he is capable of doing on the field, his talent allows him to fulfill any role. Between McNabb, Westbrook, Vick and DeSean Jackson, any combination of the four can line up at any position and do serious damage.

Hunk - Brent Celek

Large in body and in heart, Hunk isn't the guy you'd expect to do much damage. Just like Brent Celek, the second you forget about Hunk or underestimate him, he comes through to save the day.

With these five guys joining forces on offense, the Wildcat and it's no-QB and two-QB variations will seem childish. Vick, DeSean Jackson, Westbook and McNabb can line up in virtually any combination and any position. Brent Celek is just waiting to be forgotten in the mess. The Eagles knew that signing Michael Vick would be a public relations nightmare unless they could put him to good use. I suspect they will.