Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dorsett Says He Would Go For 2,000 In Today's NFL

Tony Dorsett has the same feelings Michael Jordan has about today's athlete. think back to when Jordan said he would go for 100 in a game in today's NBA. Dorsett has the same feelings about defensive players in today's NFL. He's not impressed with the tackling going on in today's game. He also isn't thrilled about the prospect of an 18 game schedule.

Dorsett feels if he played today he would've challenged Emmitt Smith for the all time rushing record. He feels he would've been of of the best in today's game.

“I’d probably a perennial 2,000-yard rusher the way players tackle now. “Probably one of the best if not THE best,” Dorsett said. “The art of tackling is gone in the National Football League. I was watching one of these playoff game a few years ago – I think it was Carolina – and they were in the red zone, about the five-yard line. And this back, he jumps off-tackle in the guard-tackle gap, and he got hit by three linebackers. He bounced off all three of these linebackers and I said, ‘You know, if I was up in New York with Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Carl Banks, there is no way on God’s earth I could have shaken all three of those guys. Because they’re going to hit you and they’re going to WRAP and drive your butt to the ground. They don’t that anymore."

If he played in the era with Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith maybe he wouldbe one of the best. Right now he would IF he wasn't stuck in a timeshare backfield like he was early in his career. Dorsett's game was made on making you miss and running by defenders. There's nothing wrong with that.

“If you’re going out there looking for that contact, you’re going to get a lot of it,” he said. “It’s going to take its toll on you in a very short time-span and long after.”

With his speed he might've been one of the best if he played today. Here's Dorsett's thought's on an 18 game schedule.

“I think (another two games) is asking an awful lot – especially if you have only five years post-football health insurance. Most of these degenerative injuries take longer than five years before you really start breaking down physically.”

I agree. Not much is done for the players after their done playing the game. I know they make a lot of money. But some of them end up broke, homeless, and can barely walk. I say guaranteed contracts if they go to 18 games.

Magic Gets Snoop Dogg For His Daughter's Party

I don't know what kind of guy Magic Johnson is personally but he seems to be a good father. He got Snoop Dogg to perform at his daughter's sweet 16 birthday party.

I never knew Magic to be a fan of Snoop's but I'm sure they've met before. Snoop on the other hand seems to transcend any and every audience no matte what. The guy has done a lot of dirt in his lifetime but everyone likes him. I like Snoop myself because I really don't care what he does in his spare time, but you name me someone that gets popped for marijuana like he has a number of times and everyone seemingly still likes him.

The NFL Police Are At It Again

What's wrong with some good, clean, old fashioned hate in the NFL? Like the old Raiders-Steelers rivalry. The Buddy Ryan 'bounty bowl'. The hard hitting games from years past. That was some good football. Now Roger Goodell and his lieutenants want to take more out of the game. Players are being warned that there will be no more trash talking. To be more specific the threatning of other players.

“Ray Anderson reminded players that comments of a physically threatening nature are always taken into account in evaluating discipline for any illegal physical contact on the field,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said Saturday.

Now I don't mind the pre-game banter between players of opposing teams. That's part of the game. It's been going on for years. There have always been threats made on other players. It's just nowdays those threats are made more public than in years past. With the various media and internet outlets, something that is said among teammates gets leaked out in the news.

There has been a lot going on this week, but consider the teams. More specifically the AFC games. Pittsburgh/Baltimore, New York/New England. Two of the fiercest rivalries going today. You had Bart Scott practically putting a hit out on the Patriots' Wes Welker. There was Antonio Cromartie loud talking om Brady. Terrell Suggs with the 'middle finger salute' shirt. The Jets are still feeling sour about the 45-3 beatdown in Foxboro. The Jets' Braylon Edwards felt the Patriots ran up the score. The Steelers and Ravens is a flat out blood feud. Nothing more needs to be said about those two. They simply don't like each other. Respect yes, love no.

"You shouldn’t like who you are going up against right now,” Rex Ryan said. “This is the playoffs. I can tell you our whole team respects Brady and the Patriots. But hey, we don’t like any of them right now. You shouldn’t. (Former Jets running back) Danny Woodhead is a great kid, but I can’t stand Danny Woodhead right now.

“I think that’s just part of it, and trust me, the feeling is mutual.”

Let these players play. Everyone knows it's a hard hitting, violent sport. There's bound to be some extra chatter before, during, and after. Let's leave it be and let the men be men.  

Quick Playoff Predictions

The Divisional round of the playoffs has some good matchups this weekend. Here's my personal predictions on this weekend's action.

Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh- I have to take the Steelers in this one solely because of home field. Pittsburgh always seems to pull one big play out of their backside than the Ravens can. Steelers 17-13.

Green Bay vs. Atlanta- I'm having flashbacks to a playoff game from 1980 that also involved the Falcons. When they played Dallas at home and lost a 30-27 thriller in which they led most of the game. I see the same thing happening today with the Falcons losing a heartbreaker to the Packers. Packers 31-27.

New York vs. New England- The Jets need to ramp up their offensive game if their going to beat New England. The Jets do a lot of tough talking but right now their hurting and the Patriots seem primed to take advantage. For some odd reason I feel a blowout coming on. The Jets defense can only take them so far.
Patriots 30-13.

Seattle vs. Chicago- The Seahawks have somewhat become America's darling in the past few weeks. This could be a blowout or a tough defensive battle. However I do see the Bears coming out on top since they are at home and there is sure to be bad weather. Bears 20-10.