It has been an interesting Olympics thus far in 2008 I gotta say. Here is my list of matches that you should have seen. Many are the mainstream ones that everyone knows about, but I like to think there are a couple here that might be surprises, and no we don’t win them all.
I watched the opening ceremonies on Friday night and overall I gotta say it was fairly impressive. It was one of the more interesting ceremonies I’ve ever seen with the olympics and I’m glad that my daughter sat beside me and saw it as well because I think it was worth seeing. The one thing I was astonished by was my mother whom was also watching with us. It was a constant wash of bad comments from her on the state of China.
Now that this whole Favre thing is behind us, I wanted to write up something directed more at New York Jets fans than anyone else. My basic premise behind this particular blog entry is to ask for kindness from you guys. Why? Favre is near the end of his career, no one will doubt that. Heck we could say Favre is past the end of his career and be quite accurate in that statement. But the point is, that he does indeed have somewhat of a legacy left and I feel for him on this fact, even if it has been tarnished over the last few months.
I suppose since everyone else is talking about Favre so should I. I don’t necessarily want to as I am sick of it, but here I am. The truth of the matter is that over the last 5 or 6 years, Favre has made as much of a career of retiring as he has playing football. Because of this it isn’t entirely surprising that what is on everyone’s mind is what is going to happen to him now that he wants to unretired?
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I should have posted my predictions for the Packers draft BEFORE the draft but I’ll tell you all what I thought we’d do… Initially we had 8 picks so I’m basing my predictions on that…
1) We would trade out of the first round because the value at that spot for positions we really wanted was slim.
*Results – correct
2) We would pick a wide receiver first because that’s what we needed the least (this tends to be how Ted Thompson works… ie last year we picked a DT despite that being our strongest position).
*Results – correct
3) Overall I figured we’d take the aforementioned receiver, 1 QB, 2 Offensive linemen, 1 TE, 1 RB or FB, 1 DB, and either another DB or a LB.
*Results – 2 WRs, 2 QBs, 1 TE, 1 DB, 1 DE, 2 OL…. So 6 out of 8 correct… or I could say 5.5 out of 8 as there were actually 9 picks.
Now I think the draft was ok. My major complaints are the Wide Receivers, the DE and 2 QBs. Now I knew we would take 1 WR & QB, but we hardly needed 2. Hell we didn’t even need one wide receiver, but if we were going to take one high we might as well have taken one that was regarded as top 5. Instead we traded down away from having our pick of TEs and WRs and chose one that wasn’t that great. It seems to me we did this same thing a few years ago passing up Chris Chambers for Robert Ferguson. If memory servers Chambers was largely thought by most to be the better of the two and we reached with Fergy whom really never turned out to be very good where as at least Chambers had some fairly decent years (and was likely stifled by lack of a QB). Still maybe Nelson will work out better.
Second was really that DE. I didn’t mind us picking a DE, but to trade up for one I thought was a little weird. Defensive Line is one of our stronger positions, and while KGB is getting old and our ends aren’t as strong as our tackles, I think trading up for it was a bit of a reach. I think a trade up for a linebacker would be much more appropriate as two of our starters are great, the other is questionable and the depth is near non-existent.
The rest of the guys seem fairly solid and fill needs pretty well. Ya know I really don’t buy into Ted Thompson’s draft for quality not need. He only seems to do this when there is nothing worth taking at our need positions. I have a feeling what he does is he ranks everyone and then gives kind of bonuses based on needs. Therefore we will rate people higher based on our needs and thus we WILL take people that aren’t a need if they seriously out rank other people, but usually we will just draft for need.
As a Packer fan and someone who absolutely hates the entirety of the Manning family…. Thank You New York Giants… I don’t think the Packers could have done it and am glad you guys went in there and stopped them from cheating their way into the record books. Thank you.
I am trying to watch the x-games over the last few days but I just can’t really bring myself to do so. Now granted the Winter X has always suffered compared to the Summer X, but the competition is so irrelevant these days, I really have no idea what is wrong with them.
Honestly a number of years ago when they took out the really weird sports that were hard to put in competition format in the first place, I didn’t mind. I mean extreme sledding? Bungee Jumping? WTF!?!? But some of the sports they’ve taken out of the years have just been a shame. I mean I sort of get ridding themselves of sky-surfing, it was cool but after a few years it became notably repetitive. But why oh why have they got rid of winter mountain biking? Or the street luge (a sport that was one to really define not only what an extreme sport was, but also was one of the original big sports of the X-Games)? Or flatland bike trick? Hell it seems to me that in general the street tricks of all sports were nearly completely taken out in the last year, as well as inline skating.
In their steed we’ve seen many new additions… ones that don’t belong really in a 10 mile radius of the X-Games… snowmobiling? I think extreme sledding was more in line with what the competition was… when they added the motorbike tricks I thought those were cool, but now they are doing street races with em argh! That’s not extreme at all, that’s nascar… can’t get more conservative than Nascar! Some of them haven’t been too bad, like I said the motorbike trick wasn’t bad, they also added those shorter ski things into the winter and both sides got a big air trick which is pretty kick ass. I am also kind of fond of the high jump motorbike in the summer x that they added a couple years ago.
On top of that, the coverage has gotten extremely bad. ESPN used to send out some of their big dogs to cover the event and because of it we got quality coverage. Now they hired some old VJ throw off to host what essentially seems to be a “best of” clips show… very little is live anymore. ESPN used to send out some of their bigger people to cover X-Games because they believed in the venue, and it was worth believing in. It honestly felt like a competition that filled in the gaps of what the mainstream forgot or didn’t care about given that it was new. But since then, X-Games has forgotten about what the mainstream forgot as well and become part of them, catering more to nascar fan than to extreme sports fan. In so doing, I imagine their viewership numbers have suffered greatly in recent years. Of course the execs likely think this is because people have lost interest in extreme sports, and thus lower budgets and further complicate the issues with the X-Games even more. But for those very few unlikely execs who may somehow stumble upon this blog… get a clue. We are still here, it is you who left us.