October 6, 2010
Owners of Brett Farve rejoice!
(I am one of those owners who had to bench him, even though I was able to steal him in the 9th round of a ten team draft)
Traffic Cops, be afraid, be very afraid in the Twin Cities! remember “straight cash homie” is going to a city near you!
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 25, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a police traffic officer with his car.
The officer tried to stop Moss from making an illegal turn, and Moss used his car to slowly push the officer along the street, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.
Barrington said an assault charge was being considered.
The officer was not seriously hurt, WCCO-TV reported
Where is Ludacris when you need him?
Maybe we should extend an Amber warning to all the skeezers and skanks and scallywags (all better known as hoes, and like method man and redman, I mean it in a good way)
The Vikings sent a third-round pick to the Patriots in return for Moss, who becomes a key weapon for Minnesota QB Brett Favre.
The teams had not yet confirmed the trade. But Vikings S Madieu Williams said on Twitter that the deal was “official.”
Moss returns to the team where he spent the first seven years of his career. Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs from 1998-2004 in Minnesota.
It leaves the Patriots and QB Tom Brady without the stretch-the-field wideout who set an NFL single-season record of 23 receiving TDs in 2007.
From the Patriots position, they were on the come-up. First, they got more for the guy then what they paid for. When he was dealt from the blogs favorite team, the RAIDERS, they only got a 4th round pick, because they were happy to get rid of his contract and his dour attitude. (We still miss what could have been here in Oakland Randy) It is rare in the NFL that assets acquire more value later in their careers. Second, they did not have to give him an expensive contract extension.
Moss did not get a contract extension from the Vikings as part of the deal, NFL Network reported.
ESPN reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke by phone to inform Moss of the trade on Wednesday morning. The network described their conversation as cordial.
For Favre, the trade gives him a serious receiving threat that he has long lobbied to acquire and that he has lacked this season with Sidney Rice injured. Favre, with the Packers in 2007, pushed the team to acquire Moss but lost out to the Patriots.
This is exactly what Father Time, I mean Favre needs to get the offense on a roll. Soon, they will get Sidney Rice back and that offense will be firing on all cylinders. You will have AP (not our boy tophatal, but Adrian Peterson) Headache (not the AND1 baller, but Percy Harvin) Moss, and Rice. Plus, you have Shank Em at TE, so weapons are everywhere.
The receiver will return to New England on Oct. 31, when the Vikings visit Foxborough to the play Patriots (a game that occurs only once every eight years). Fox was already scheduled to broadcast that game nationally at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Moss’ final game in a New England uniform on Monday turned out to be his only in more than three years in which he did not catch a pass. The Herald reported that Moss had asked the Patriots to trade him after Week 1, when he had an outburst about his contract following a win against Cincinnati. Moss later apologized and said he and coach Belichick had cleared the air.
Moss, whose deal expires after the season, said after Week 1 that he wanted to stay with Patriots but added he thought this would be his final year in New England.
Moss is set to appear on Monday Night Football for the second straight week when the Vikings travel to play the New York Jets next week. He’ll likely be matched up again with Jets CBDarrelle Revis, who hasn’t played since tweaking his hamstring on a TD pass he allowed to Moss in Week 2.
Moss will be just second player to appear on MNF back to back. Keith Browner played for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1987, then played for the Los Angeles Raiders against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12 (viaESPN and Elias Sports Bureau).
Since the Vikings have already had their bye and the Patriots’ is Sunday, Moss could become the sixth player to play in 17 games if he plays in the rest of the Vikings’ contests.
This is another bonus to fantasy players who got jobbed this week by his unusual lack of effectiveness. It is the functional equivalent of the “do-over” in backyard sports. I guarantee that Favre will target him early and often…he is sure to be a “hit”!
One shirt that I have in my collection is a shirt of Charles Barkley with the quotation, “I am not a role model…” His professional stature should not be the reason to look up to him. You measure a man by what he has done for the good of society, not what he can score. With George Blanda, I took away his incredible work ethic. the lottery of birth failed him somewhat, because if he had been born fourty years later, he would be rich, and not just spiritually or emotionally, but paper rich. ESPN records the loss of one of the greats…
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.
A Raiders’ spokesman confirmed the death Monday.
Blanda spent 26 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback and kicker while playing for three different teams. He spent 10 seasons with Chicago, seven with the Houston Oilers and nine with the Raiders before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48.
Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 1981.
Blanda is remembered most for his heroics in the 1970 season when at age 43, he threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal in the Raiders’ comeback victory over thePittsburgh Steelers.
In that same season, Blanda also kicked a 52-yard field goal to defeat the Cleveland Browns, threw a winning touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos and booted a last-minute field goal to defeat the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders ended up losing to the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 AFC title game, but Blanda became the oldest player ever in a title game.
Blanda played 340 games over his 26 seasons (1949-75) in pro football. Despite having an offseason job for 22 years of his pro career as the sales manager of a trucking company, he found time for aerobics, handball, racquetball and jogging on a daily basis. He also did countless push-ups and sit-ups.
A private funeral service will be held for the family and a memorial service is being arranged, according to the Raiders.
Think about all the records he held or currently holds. He epitomized hard work, and the never say die attitude.
Blanda finished his 26 Professional Football seasons having completed 1,911 of 4,007 pass attempts for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns. Blanda also held the NFL record for most interceptions thrown with 277, until Brett Favre broke it on October 14, 2007. He rushed for 344 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, kicked 335 of 641 field goals, and 943 of 959 extra points, giving him 2,002 total points. Additional stats include 1 interception, 2 kickoff returns for 19 yards, 22 punts for 809 yards, and 23 fumble recoveries.
Blanda holds the following Professional Football records:
- Passing TD’s in a game: 7 (Tied with 4 others) November 19, 1961 vs. New York Titans
- Most seasons played: 26 (1949-58, 1960-75)
- Most seasons scoring a point: 26
- One of two players to play in 4 different decades: (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) – Jeff Feagles being the other
- Most PATs made (943) and attempted (959)
- Most interceptions thrown, single season: 42 (1962)
- Held record of most pass attempts in a single game: 68 (37 completions, vs. New York Titans on 11/1/1961) until 1994 when Drew Bledsoe had 70
- Oldest person to play in an NFL game: 48 years, 109 days
- First player ever to score over 2,000 points
- Oldest quarterback to start a title game
- 3rd Fewest receiving yards in a career: -16
- Most total points accounted for (including TD passes) in a career: 3,418 (not an official stat)
He is the placekicker on the All-Time All-AFL Team, and was one of only 20 players to play all ten years of the AFL, as well as one of only three who were in every AFL game their teams played. Blanda was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility, and also was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.
September 6, 2010
We need you out here in Oakland to put the offense back among the leaders. You can also teach Hey Ba-baby how to be a number one reciever in the NFL.
Seems like we might have a resolution on this one soon.
You already have your 40 million guaranteed by the Seattle Seahawks, so this should be about fit and playing time. The resurrection of the Raiders is a ride you do not want to miss. The fans are passionate out here and if you are part of turning it around, you will never have to take your wallet out again in this town.
On Saturday, we made note of four teams that had been in trade discussions regarding Houshmandzadeh when he was still in the employ of the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the possibility of a signing by the Oakland Raiders or Washington Redskins. Now that he’s been cut, one would expect that those four teams — the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings,New York Jets and San Diego Chargers — may take a closer look.
We’ve also been hearing some chatter on the St. Louis Rams as a possible destination, although the fit with coach Steve Spagnuolo’s philosophies might not be the greatest, considering Houshmandzadeh’s personality.
Expect some quick movement on this once the waiver claims are sorted out on Sunday.
– Tim Kavanagh
April 23, 2010
Yesterday I posted my thoughts about the Raiders just prior to our first round draft choice (Rolando Mcclain, LB, Alabama). I expressed concern that Al Davis would make another bone-headed move and pick some tool like Jimmy Clausen. Thankfully he made a choice that I can get behind, and I’m now excited to see how this second (and third) round shapes up. My post yesterday elicited a rather unexpected sprinkling of hate from our buddy (and longtime follower) Alan. I have spent some part of this morning crafting my response to Al’s series of rants against the Raiders and decided to create a new post to share my thoughts. If you’d like to get the background on this little spat, you can read Al’s first comment, Steve’s response, and Al’s follow-up comments in the comment section of the post directly below this one. In this post you will find my response to Al’s collection of comments:
Ok Alan, let’s try to wade through your bullshit one argument at a time. First, you may note that the only argument from your initial comment that Steve took exception with was the COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED (and unevidenced) attack on multiple pro-bowl corner Nnamdi Asomugha. I’ll begin by agreeing with one of your statements (something else you seem to have difficulty with) and spot you that Robert Gallery was the biggest waste of a top 5 pick since the Bengals drafted Akili Smith 3rd overall in 1999. As I noted in my initial post about the draft (a fairly innocent post, especially given your rather aggressive response), we are in dire need of both offensive AND defensive linemen. That’s what we call a “concession.” Now, as for the rest of your drivel:
1. You seem to have a problem with Cable and the rest of the coaching staff, yet you have offered ZERO tangible evidence to support any of your accusations. Don’t get me wrong, a 5-11 record is unacceptable, period. The notions that Raiders fans have somehow become complacent or
content with simply posting wins against division rivals are ludicrous. I cannot speak for all Raiders fans, but all members of the Too Old crew certainly don’t feel that complacency, and, living 5 minutes from the Oakland Coliseum, I haven’t met any other Raiders fans who are content with the level of the team’s performance. That being said, all major professional sports teams go through ups and downs. From 1963 to 2002 the Raider had only 7 losing seasons. I would call that a “commitment to excellence.” True, the Raiders have not seen a winning record since 2002, but Tom Cable at least has a higher winning percentage as head coach than the 3 previous coaches. Again, not acceptable but at least a sign of improvement. I’m not sure what evidence you have to suggest that Cable doesn’t instill a competitive drive in his players (punching an assistant in the jaw seems pretty bad-ass, or at least suggestive of a certain high intensity level). You also refer to the Raiders “coaching staff” as if you have ANY clue who else works for the Raiders other than Cable. As a fan, I’m VERY excited abut some of our off-season coaching acquisitions (of which you are, perhaps, unaware). The recent hiring of new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson (black coaches!) has got me hopeful that the offense may pick up next year. His work with Baltimore over the past couple of years points to his ability to help a young, unproven quarterback shape up his game. I’m also very pleased to have two former USC coaches on the staff. QB coach Paul Hackett was the head coach at SC when I got to campus in the fall of ’99 and he was also a longtime successfull assistant under John McKay. Defensive Coordinator John Marshall was also a linebackers coach for some of those great Trojan teams in the late 70’s. These are guys with proven track records of success. So what’s your argument about coaches Al?
2. Steve makes a series of arguments (with both numbers and direct quotes from top-tier NFL coaches) about the incredible prowess of Asomugha among NFL corners and you respond with ad homs? Really? That’s the best you’ve got? I know you foreigners (forgive the xenophobia, but for the sake of argument…) may have trouble with the unique terminology used to discuss the sport you may know better as “American Football.” “Tested” refers to the number of times quarterbacks chose to throw to the receiver guarded by Asomugha. Let’s say that each teams has 100 offensive plays in an average game (probably a high estimate) and that offenses run the ball half of those plays. So we’re looking at 50 pass plays per game (again, usually more like 30-40, but whatever), multiplied by 16 games. So that’s 800 pass plays over the course of the season. of those 800, Asomugha was only defending the targeted receiver 30 times. This was not because he was defending some 4th string guy, rather, he REMOVED THE TOP OPTION from consideration just by being on the field. How can you look at those numbers and not recognize the incredible impact he has had on the opponents’ offensive gameplans? Your ad homs just come off as ignorance to the nuances of the game. Steve has offered all of the numbers, so I won’t rehash those, and he’s also provided some pretty choice quotes from big-name coaches. I’ll throw one more into the mix, this one from long-time Denver Broncos coach (now with the Redskins) and even longer Raider-hater Mike Shanahan:
“The people that throw at him usually get beat,” Shanahan said. “He’s not going to be challenged, but he plays 100 percent on every play. He plays the run, he plays the pass, the guy is a competitor. He’s the most underrated top player in the game—I can’t say the history of the game because I haven’t been around here that long—but I can say in my 25 years, he is by far the most underrated player.”
Shanahan continues—”I’ve never met him but I’m going to shake his hand after the game because I keep on looking for him but I never get a chance to talk to him. He’s one of my favorite players, even though he is with the Raiders. That shows you how much I like him.”
So in terms of pure numbers AND the opinions of well-respected evaluators of football talent you have NO ARGUMENT. Apparently your new dig on Asomugha is that he isn’t a team leader? Aside from the fact that it is VERY RARE for a cornerback to assume the kind of leadership role that you demand of him (in fact, I challenge you to name a hugely successful team with a CORNERBACK – not a safety, but a pure corner – as team leader. Deion Sanders at least had future hall of fame QB’s leading both the 49ers and Cowboys) what better way to lead than by demonstrating a commitment to the highest possible work ethic? As Shanahan explained above, this guy is rarely involved in the action on Defense (because QB’s and offensive coordinators fear him) yet still puts in 100% on every play. He keeps a detailed notebook and watches countless hours of film to ensure the highest level of preparedness. What more could you ask for from a player? That’s what makes him a professional and, simultaneously, makes your unfounded attacks seem weak and petty. I’m not sure what you mean by putting up “both sides of the case so we can discuss it” but I’d certainly be happy to compare Asomugha’s numbers last season with some of the other “top tier backs.” I guarantee that they stack up very nicely. You keep saying that he isn’t top ten at his position but offer ZERO argument to support that outrageous assertion. Now who’s running for Congress Al? I found an interesting statistical analysis done by an Atlanta Falcons fan (seemingly unbiased in terms of evaluating a Raiders corner) in which he rates the top 50 corners in the game as of January, 2009. I won’t copy and paste the long article, but will link it here. Needless to say, Asomugha is #1. Research makes for better argument, and you have none…
3. As I’ve said before, the Raiders are in need of major improvement. I’m not sure where in my earlier post you feel I expressed approval with the current state of the organization (if anything, it was trepidation with the way Al Davis would handle our first round pick – which I approved of, by the way). We have major offensive and defensive line holes, our quarterback situation is rather disastrous (yes, Jamarcus was a bust. although, actually, Gradkowski has showed promise), and we have an unproven collection of young receivers. There is much work yet to be done (and hopefully the rest of the draft, soon to begin again, will help resolve some of these issues) but one position that we will not be drafting today is cornerback (although, I would love to grab USC defensive back Taylor Mays, still available as of this post. But that’s just the Trojan in me talking).
I’m sure Steve (and probably also Ronin) would be happy to add their two cents as well (the Too Old Crew never backs down from a debate) but this sums up where I’m coming from. Next time you try to step to the Raider Nation come correct or don’t come at all.
April 22, 2010
It’s time again for the NFL draft, and I’m at home holding things down for the crew and praying that Al Davis makes a decision that I can live with for my Raiders. Really, I’m just hoping that the Raiders don’t draft Jimmy Clausen.
Some douchebag on TV just listed the Raiders as a team in need of a QB, but I disagree. Gradkowski held things down just fine when he was given the starting nod last season, and Jamarcus has potential which maybe (just maybe) someday he’ll finally decide to live up to. In the meantime, I don’t see how we could waste a pick on some tool from Notre Dame. Sure, Charlie Weiss says he’s ready, but that’s the same dude who got canned for not getting it done at a historic football powerhouse. Please Al, for the love of all things silver and black, do NOT draft from Notre Dame. Even if we took CJ Spiller (not the smartest move given our wealth of needs on both lines) I would understand, because he’s fast. We’re on the clock…
January 19, 2010
As some of our more loyal readers are, I’m sure, aware, we here at the Too Old Crew rep the Oakland Raiders. One might say that we are die-hard members of the Raider Nation. As such, it is our responsibility to hate the San Diego Chargers (and the Denver Broncos) with an undying passion. Some members of the crew hate the Broncos first and foremost, but for me (perhaps attributing to my several years spent in Southern California) it doesn’t get any worse than those choke-artist losers down in San Diego. In fact, I’m not sure if there is a sports team I hate more in the world. Maybe the Anaheim Angels, it’s a close call, but I digress.
Given my hatred for the “Bolts,” nothing made me happier than watching them flounder to a home loss in the playoffs, yet AGAIN. Even better, it came at the hands of a former USC quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Steve has already written about how big of a player Sanchez is (and I’m not talking about his “game” out on the playing field) but I was really impressed with the composure he demonstrated in front of 70,000 Charger fans en route to the AFC championship game next weekend. No wonder Pete Carroll didn’t want him leaving a year early for the L – imagine what my Trojans could have done this year with him still at the helm. Which brings me, in a roundabout sort of way, to the purpose of this post. A young, poorly misunderstood USC student commented on facebook the other day that it was “a sad day in Southern California” (alluding to the Chargers loss). This, of course, precipitated a reaction from myself, along with others, about exactly what she had to feel sad about. The following posts represent the back-and-forth on the issue:
The Chargers are evil. – your friend Erik.
why do you two hate the chargers? they’re geographically the closest thing to an LA team
LA natives have 3 acceptable choices for football:
2. The Raiders (brief-time LA team)
3. USC (close enough to a pro team)
2. Raiders = crazy – i reject them as a team. also, they are now in norcal, which is the long time socal rival. REJECT
3. Supporting USC =/= mutually exclusive with supporting chargers.
As always, the San Diego Chargers are a nice team to visit.
As always, you wouldn’t want to live here.
Rams = 1. 1 win. 1 win the ENTIRE season. I, too, was totally astonished by this amazing display of ineptitude. But then i remembered, oh yea, they left for Missouri
Sounds like the only doing the choking and the losing = those guys. And yeah, Chargers have… See More never won a superbowl, but neither did Dan Marino.
BTW – Obvi LA is where it’s at. if there were an LA team, I would totally be in that fan base, but there isn’t, so I picked the geographically next best option.
Second, The “ineptitude” of the Rams this season was, indeed, near-unparalleled. That is, until you remember that the Chargers had the EXACT SAME RECORD in 2000. The Chargers have also had two 2-14 seasons in their illustrious 40 years in the league. And really, the definition of “choking” within the context of sports is not demonstrating incredible, consistent failure, rather it is demonstrating failure when it matters the most. The Chargers have had high hopes for Super Bowl success the last 4 seasons in a row but managed to stumble over their own feet every time.
Third, Chargers fans are just the worst. As a Raider fan, myself, I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen Charger fans act foolish and receive life-altering ass-beatings. DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE!
– your friend, Erik.
December 16, 2009
None too soon, I might add. This is an ESPN.com article that discusses that Losman should go to the Jets. But, it applies to the Raiders too. What Losman does well, Al Davis wants to do, which is throw the ball long. If we are to cover up the mistake of drafting Hey Ba-baby in the club
we need to turn him into Warren Wells or this guy.
Joyner bases his opinion on Losman’s highly proficient long-ball acumen and the Jets’ need for a quarterback to effectively stretch the field, one of the chief reasons they acquired Favre to begin with.
For Losman, we will use numbers from 2006, his last full season as a starter. Yes, that was two years ago, but any sampling from the past two seasons would be too small. Plus, he turns 28 in March and hasn’t dealt with any sort of long-term injury recovery.
Losman in 2006 posted impeccable stats in a category Joyner calls “vertical passing.” It takes into account what happens when the ball is thrown farther than 10 yards and includes receiving yardage plus penalty yardage (interference, illegal contact, defensive holding).
Losman averaged 12.0 yards per vertical attempt. Joyner considers any average above 10 yards to be efficient, while the league leader each year generally is around 13 yards.
Favre’s vertical passing average last year was 9.4 yards. But what stood out to Joyner in his research was how Favre fared on bombs (passes of 30 yards or longer): He completed 4 of 21 attempts with two penalties for 196 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
“You need to be able to put the fear of God into defenses,” Joyner said. “If you’re only going to complete 4 of 21 bombs, the defense is not going to respect you downfield.
This is the problem that the Raiders are having with JaMarus Russell. That and he got paid and doesn’t care that he is going to be a flop and put a stain on black QB’s. He has to remember that it isn’t too long ago that Akili Smith was doing damage to black QB’s
“Losman will drop back and chuck it. I don’t think Brett Favre has the arm to throw it like Losman does.”
Losman completed 13 of 30 bomb attempts with three penalties for 615 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Clemens last saw significant playing time in 2007 and averaged 9.3 yards on vertical passes. Joyner also points out that Clemens threw 10 interceptions on 250 attempts, but also had 14 near-interceptions (passes that should have been picked off but weren’t).
“Losman would beat Clemens out for the starting spot if they had an open competition,” said Joyner, who hosts a weekly ESPN.com chat at 4 p.m. each Thursday.
You could change that to say “Losman would beat out Russell if they had an open competition. That is also assuming that Losman didn’t know the offense, because Russell hasn’t shown that he knows it either.
Where Losman has trouble is when he’s ordered to be a game manager, but Joyner can’t understand why Buffalo asks its quarterbacks to harness the offense when it has a weapon like receiver Lee Evans.
“He has Hall of Famer vertical abilities,” Joyner said. “If Lee Evans were in Dallas, we would be talking right now about him going to Canton. But in Buffalo they use Edwards as a dinker and dunker, just like they tried to do with Losman.
“You just let this guy [Losman] sit back there and throw the ball vertical. He’s productive and he’s not going to make mistakes. That’s what he is.”
Hopefully, this works. I remember a guy in the past that Al let do that. This might be going back in the History books, but that is what I am, a History Teacher.
Or, what about this guy? He meets the profile. 1st round draft pick that has been around the league. Failed in his first stop and became reborn when he got to the Raiders and played QB.
For the younger set who only think of him as the host of the pre and post game show.
James W. “Jim” Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a former American football quarterback who played college football for Stanford University, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and professionally for three National Football League teams: the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He led the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories (XV and XVIII). He is the only retired quarterback to start, and win, two Super Bowls who is not also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
This is a guy who did not let failure weigh him down. Losman can do the same.
JaMarcus Russell is a bust and that stench is starting to carry over to Darren McFadden and others….
October 8, 2009
This is really the s*#$ that got me mad….
You should not take this as “The Too Old Crew has give up on the Raiders…” Far from that. I am just tired of the losing. The Raiders have lost 11 or more games for the last6 years and it is wearing on me personally. Not enough to give them up, but enough to be mad and call for change. (Note, I am typing this while drinking out of my Black Raiders Aluminum Water Bottle, because I care about the Raiders and the environment.)
Here is the Raiders record over the last six years. It’s not pretty and things have to change.
2003 2003 NFL AFC West 3rd 4 12 0 2004 2004 NFL AFC West 4th 5 11 0 2005 2005 NFL AFC West 4th 4 12 0 2006 2006 NFL AFC West 4th 2 14 0 2007 2007 NFL AFC West 4th 4 12 0 2008 2008 NFL AFC West 3rd 5 11 0 2009 2009 NFL AFC West TBD 1 3 0
Having some of the top picks were designed to get us out of this rut. Instead, the drafting of JaMarcus Russell has seemingly set the franchise back another five years from being relevant. This is not the comments of a spurned fan. This is what I said during the draft. My hopes were pinned on either taking Calvin Johnson or trading the pick and getting some proven talent. Instead, we drafted a QB that wasn’t ready for prime time. Yahoo explains the mistake that we made. Read the rest of this entry »
September 30, 2009
Elle ne se plaignit en aucune façon de la mauvaise réputation dont elle jouit dans toutes les parties du monde, m’assura qu’elle était, elle-même, la personne la plus intéressée à la destruction de la superstition, et m’avoua qu’elle n’avait eu peur, relativement à son propre pouvoir, qu’une seule fois, c’était le jour où elle avait entendu un prédicateur, plus subtil que ses confrères, s’écrier en chaire:
He did not complain in any way about the bad reputation he enjoyed all over the world, assured me that he himself was the person the most interested in the destruction of superstition, and admitted to me that he had only been afraid for his own power one time, and that was the day when he had heard a preacher, more subtle than his colleagues, shout out from the pulpit:
“My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!“
Is the blog of a pretty hard core Rockies fan. They have pictures shot of the game detailing the “catch” made by Clint Barmes to end the game.
DENVER — The Catch might not have been a catch after all.
Clint Barmes returned from a day off in the mountains with his family Tuesday to learn that doubt had been cast upon his sensational game-ending grab that cinched the Colorado Rockies‘ victory over the St. Louis Cardinals 48 hours earlier.
The second baseman’s tumbling catch of Ryan Ludwick‘s one-out flare to shallow right field, followed by his strike to first base to double up Albert Pujols and seal the NL wild-card leading Rockies’ 4-3 win was immediately termed “the defensive play of the year” by manager Jim Tracy.
However, a fan, Craig Welling, posted images on his photo blog from his vantage point in right field, and one of the shots clearly showed the ball on the grass for a split second as Barmes rolled over.
Craig, some people are questioning whether you are a Rockies fan, but if they actually look at your blog, there is no question to where your loyalties are placed. I bet that you just uploaded your pictures with no further thought on what you saw.
Barmes’ body blocked television angles as well as those of professional photographers.
So, did he make the catch or not?
“When I popped to my feet, the ball was in my hand,” Barmes said. “I never said I caught it clean.”
After the game, Barmes said he thought he made the catch but that it happened so fast, he wasn’t sure.
Barmes said Tuesday that all he knows for sure is that the ball bobbled around his body as he tumbled.
“Once I was heading down, the ball bounced off my glove,” he said. “I felt it hit my chest. I’m reaching for it, trying to battle to catch it before it hits the ground. At that point, it happened so fast, my knee hit [the ground], I flipped, I knocked my hat and my glasses off, scratched my forehead. I come up and the ball’s in my hand.”
Now Barmes knows he didn’t make the catch. After the game, when faced with evidence, just man up and point out the obvious that you didn’t make the catch, but put forth full effort to make it happen.
First-base umpire Sam Holbrook ruled it a catch, and the throw to first ended the game.
“It’s not like I’m sitting here trying to play it off and try to cheat them out of an out or whatever,” Barmes said. “I honestly thought that I caught the ball at the time. … I wish I could say I’m good enough, my hand-eye coordination is good enough, as I’m rolling that fast and I’m in full-speed and I hit the ground rolling that I can react and try to pick a ball up on the ground.”
Spilborghs, who had the best view of the play, was coy when asked Tuesday whether the Rockies got away with one.
“It was a good play, that’s all it was,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter because the play’s over.”
But did he see the ball hit the ground?
“It’s more fun not to say whether I did or I didn’t,” Spilborghs retorted.
Bullshit. I call bullshit on you Ryan. IF you saw he made the catch, then come out and verify it and don’t leave him hanging. But, if you know he didn’t make the catch, there is no reason to carry on with the facade of the catch.
Barmes even held a news conference Tuesday before the Rockies faced the Milwaukee Brewers so that he didn’t have to talk about the play over and over with individual reporters.
“You look at my quotes on Sunday, I never once said I for sure caught the ball. I said, ‘All I know is whenever I hit, I rolled, the ball was not in my glove, it somehow was in my throwing hand when I came up and I finished the play out of reaction,'” Barmes said. “I went and looked at the replays and I saw two, slowing it down frame by frame and I couldn’t tell. And so, I just assumed it worked out great — the ball, I caught it clean.
“And obviously today showing up, the picture showed that I didn’t.”
Even if baseball had instant replay for these types of situations, the call wouldn’t have been reversed because there was no video angle that conclusively showed the ball had hit the grass.
“The bottom line, like a lot of the guys in [the clubhouse] said, we got the win and that’s all that matters,” Barmes said.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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