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Monday, July 31, 2006

Titans Preview Part 4- The Offensive Line

Camp Notes:

Now forward with the preview. The interior of this offensive line is going to be very strong. With veteran guards Benji Olsen and Zach Piller returning, as well as the addition of Kevin Mawae at center, the interior of the line should be strong. The question mark comes when we get to the tackles. Michael Roos will slide over to play the left tackle to fill the void left by Brad Hopkins. Jacob Bell, coming off a knee injury 2 years ago, looks to be the front runner for the right tackle position. Both of these guys saw a lot of action in their rookie years at positions other than the ones they will be playing this season. Bell saw his action at guard and Roos at right tackle. If these 2 guys can step up the line will be the strongest it has been in 4 or 5 years.

Included in the line are the tight ends. The tight ends were the strength of the team in 2005.

Ben Troupe showed flashes of being the big play guy the Titans thought he would be when they took him in the second round of the 2004 draft. He can get down the field and gives the Titans that much needed vertical threat. He is one of the new breed tight ends that you really cannot single cover with a linebacker which creates all kinds of match-up problems for the opposing defense.

Erron Kinney is your typical old school tight end. He has great hands, is a good blocker and will always get you the yardage you need for the first down. He will be a nice safety valve for whoever is playing QB for the Titans.

Bo Scaife burst on the scene with a solid rookie year. He showed good hands and the ability to get down the field a little bit. Look for him to have an even stronger year in 2006.

The line is going to be one of the strengths of the team in 2006 as long as the questions with the Tackles can be answered.

Tomorrow the D-Line.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Titans Preview Part 3- The Wide Receivers

First things first: Vince Young and LenDale White both signed yesterday. Kudos to Floyd Reese for getting that out of the way and avoiding the ugly situation the Titans experience with Adam Jones last year. (on this page we refuse to call him Pac Man until he does something Pac Manish)

The wide receiver core was the biggest question mark heading into last season. With the loss of Derrick Mason in the offseason and the addition of 3 rookies, there were a lot of questions to be answered. Everyone wanted to know 2 things: #1 Could Drew Bennett be a number 1 receiver and #2 which of the rookies would step up as the complimentary guy for Bennett. Answers: Drew Bennett is not a pure #1 and Brandon Jones came on with a strong rookie campaign that was cut short when he tore his ACL in week 12.

This offseason the receiving core got a huge boost with the addition of David Givens from the Patriots. While Givens is not a huge play guy, he will give the Titans the additional presence they need at receiver to compliment Bennett. Givens is also a guy that has been in the league for a while and has won 2 Super Bowl rings. This is a valuable addition to a very young Titans team.

Drew Bennett is becoming one of the guys with the longest tenure with the Titans. He has a come a long way from being an undrafted free agent QB out of UCLA. He burst on to the scene in 2004 when he recorded career highs in catches (80), yards (1247) and TD's (11). Most of those numbers were put up with Volek behind center. Bennett and Volek developed and instant chemistry that will be very beneficial to this year's team.

As mentioned earlier, Brandon Jones stepped up last year as the big play threat that the Titans have been desperately needing. The question for him this year is how quickly can he recover from the ACL injury that cut his 2005 campaign short. History has shown us that it usually takes a year and a half to fully recover from this type of injury.

Then we have the rest of the crew. We will begin with Tyrone Calico. Calico has one season to prove he is not a bust. The Titans spent a second round pick on him in 2003 because he had the ever dreaded "huge upside." He showed flashes of being a big play guy in his rookie season when he averaged 16.5 yards per catch. He hasn't done anything sense. In his defense he had a couple of knee injuries in the 2004 preseason and then ACL surgery in the middle of the '04 season. As we mentioned with Jones it takes a year and a half to fully recover. This is Calico's year to prove himself.

The other 2 receivers that could make a contribution this year are Cortney Roby and Roydell Williams. Both guys showed some promise in their rookie season. Williams is coming back from a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his season. Roby made a big splash last year with his special teams abilities.

Bottom line: The receiving core that was a question mark heading into 2005 seems to be a strength heading into 2006.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Titans Preview: The Crowded Backfield

The Titans have not had a reliable running game since Ray Lewis took the ball away from Eddie Geroge in this playoff game in 2001. That was the beginning of the end for Eddie George. As Eddie struggled through the 2003 season a rookie RB out of Colorado came in and wowed Titans fans. When he was hitting the holes it looked like he was in fast forward compared to Eddie. During the 2003 offseason Eddie was cut and this running back was our future. Of course this running back is Chris Brown.

Let's talk about Brown for a minute. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the 2004 season but he had trouble staying on the field. Then in 2005 he never really got it going for a plethora (I love that word) of reasons. He was always nicked up or the Titans were playing catch-up and had to abandon the running game. He was never able to take the step forward to be considered a feature back in the NFL. Now, before camp has even started this year he has asked to be traded. Brown demanding a trade shows me he is selfish and scared of competition. His best career move would be to stay here and win the battle for the position and prove to the Titans, as well as the rest of the league, that he can be a feature back.

The next character in this crowded backfield is "The Cheese." Henry, affectionately known as "The Cheese" by my least favorite fans in college football, with the exception of the other 3 members of this site, has a lot to prove this year. As it stands right now the Titans made an incredibly bone-headed move by giving up a third round pick to get this guy. How did Henry reward the Titans for trading for his services? He decided to get suspended for 4 games because of a violation of the leagues substance abuse policy. Henry showed flashes of being a great back in Buffalo where he racked up back to back seasons of 1300+ yards.

The final player in this saga is rookie running back LenDale White. White, projected by many to be a top 15 pick in the draft, showed up to USC's Pro Day overweight and with a bad hamstring. As you can see from his #'s at USC, 1300 yards and 24 TD's, this guy has the ability to be a superstar. He is a bruiser at 235 pounds and would give the Titans that punishing running attack that was so prevalent with Eddie George. But, as with his other buddies at running back, there are a lot of question marks that surround LenDale. Can a contract be reached soon to get him to camp on time? Does he still have the laziness that caused him to blow up like a balloon at the end of his junior year at USC? If the answer to the 1st question is yes and the 2nd question no, he will be a star in this league this year and for many years to come.

Bottom line: For the Titans to have a successful year the running game has to be the strength of the team. The backfield is loaded with talent but can any of these guys take the step forward to make the Titans known as a bruising team again? Time will tell.

Tomorrow the receivers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Reynolds fired for Sexual Harassment

Well, it is official: Harold was fired for sexual harassment. I always thought he seemed very friendly; I guess he got a little too friendly this time. He believes it "was a total misunderstanding". Reynolds went on to say, "To be honest with you, I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted."

This "hug" occurred at an Outback Steakhouse after a meal with a female co-worker. Evidently, she thought the hug was inappropriate and turned him in. This is not believed to be the first occurance of sexual harassment by Harold at ESPN. In the NY Post article, it mentions a book by the name of ESPN: The Uncensored History in which numerous sexual harassment cases were disclosed. The thing that strikes me as funny is that Mike Tirico is listed most prominently as one who sexually harassed others. It is funny to me because I always thought Mike batted for the other team. Okay, not really...but I never thought Mike Tirico would be a sexual predator. (One person we don't have to worry about sexually harassing females is former N'SYNC member Lance Bass who does bat for the other team.) And, Mike will be working MNF on ESPN this fall with a lady that Joe Namath is very familiar with: Suzy Kolber. You better watch yourself, Suzy!

Back to Harold: He wants his job back, and I thought he has always done a good job with Baseball Tonight...BUT, if this is all true and he does have a history of sexual harrassing female co-workers, then he should be lifted up as a hero. NO! He shouldn't be lifted up as a hero and he should not get his job back because "No means No!"

2006 Titans Preview

Camp starts in just 2 days, so it is now time to turn the focus of this site to football. Jeff Fisher has decided to take the team to Clarksville for camp this year to get rid of the distractions of being in Nashville and to get the team back to the attitude that defined the Titans when they first became the Titans. Fisher plans to bring smash mouth football back to the Coliseum, er, I mean LP Field. Over the next few days we will be looking at the Titans position by position.

Today, naturally, we start with the QB situation. Billy Volek has been temporarily handed the keys to this franchise. He has earned the right to get a chance to prove himself. The problem with this is, at most, this is a one year shot. With Mr. Young waiting in the wings, Volek is really playing for a contract with another team. Consider this a year long audition. If he can regain some of the chemistry he showed with Drew Bennett at the end of the 2004 season this could be a promising year. Can Volek stay healthy for 16 games? That is a huge question that only time can answer.

Of course, the big question for the year is what will happen with one Vincent Young. Hopefully he will be able to sit, watch, and learn for the entire year, but with Volek's injury history this seems unlikely. In Jeff Fisher's perfect world, Young doesn't take a meaningful snap this year. He would have Volek leading us to a winning year and handing the franchise over to Young in 2007. There are a couple of problems with this world.

#1 Fisher might only have one year left in his life with the Titans. If the team rattles off another 3 or 4 win season Titans owner, Bud Adams, might be inclined to show Coach Fisher the door.

#2 Bud Adams has an enormous man crush on Vince Young. It is not quite as strong as Tim McCarver's love for Derek Jeter, but it is close. There will be pressure from the top to play Young early. It is best for the Titans if Young does not see any action this year except in packages designed specifically for him. It is important for the staff to develop some of these packages to help Vince gain some confidence as well as introduce him to the speed of the game.

#3 Every time Volek throws an interception the fans are going to want to see Vince Young. The more impatient the fans get the more Ole' Bud will tighten the screws to Fisher.

Bottom line: The Titans are not a playoff team this year. Best case scenario is 6 to 8 wins with a healthy Billy Volek and Vince Young learning in the background.

Tomorrow: The RB saga.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Harold Reynolds Fired?

The rumor is that ESPN has fired Harold Reynolds. The NY Post ran an article today about the Reynolds' firing. No reasons have been given just yet. This seems very odd to most everyone who watches ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Reynolds has never been extremely negatively outspoken about anyone and is very knowledgeable about the game. Reynolds was not on Baseball Tonight last night, replaced by Steve Phillips. Phillips? Yes, the guy who was a terrible GM. At least when ESPN fired Trev Alberts from last fall's College Football Gameday they offered a good reason right away, and it didn't bother many people since Trev was an idiot. Sorry Trev, no offense, but you were pretty dumb. Maybe the worst part about Trev Alberts is that he was in love with UGA. Something has to be seriously wrong with a guy to be in love with that school.

Anyways, back to Harold. I have always thought Reynolds has done a great job and is not one of those annoying analysts like Stephen A. Smith. Harold, I hope you did not do something terribly immoral and I hope you get another great job somewhere else. Hey, you can join our blog!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Tiger Woods Y'all

Tiger Woods won his 11th major title yesterday putting him 7 behind Jack Nicklaus's all time record. Is there any doubt he will break that record one day?

The stat I find most interesting when it comes to Tiger Woods is that he is 11-0 in majors when he goes into Sunday with the lead. The reason I find this stat so interesting is because it means Tiger has never won a major when he did not enter Sunday with the lead. Doesn't he need to have a comeback win before we go ahead and crown him as the greatest player ever? Would Jordan be regarded the same way if his team only won games where they entered the 4th quarter with the lead?

Tiger is a great golfer and when it is all said and done he will probably be the best golfer to ever live. I just think it is a little early for some people to be calling him that when he can't even come from behind to win a major.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The All-Fat Professional Athlete Team

John Daly
John Kruk

Cecil Fielder

Robert Traylor

Jared Lorenzen

Bob Wickman

Oliver Miller(to the right)
David Wells
Rich Garces

C.C. Sabathia

These guys are or were professional athletes. That blows my mind!

Now, to the guy who set the standard:


But, look at this one:

I don't know if this is for real or not, but WOW!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Slammin' Sammy

Just when you thought Sammy would go quietly into the night, it appears that he is contemplating a comeback.

The article says he would come back for the “right offer.” After his numbers the last two years, he should come back for any offer. This is the problem with Sammy: he still thinks he has the talent he had in 1998. His career has had a sad ending. He got hit in the head on Easter a few years ago and it was all downhill from there. That incident was followed by the corked bat, a stint on the DL after hurting his back sneezing, and finally walking out on his team on the last day of the 2004 season.

The reason all of this is so sad is because in the summer of 1998 he was part of the race that brought America back to baseball. I will never forget his 20 home runs in June that put him right on pace with McGwire. Sammy has an electric smile and played the game with such a passion it was easy to cheer for him.

Sammy was one of my favorite players on my favorite team and if he does come back, I wish him a lot of success.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Rampant Roids

Jose Canseco still can't pitch but he can still hit bombs.

Canseco should be in the Hall of fame because his book cleaned up baseball. It was his book that made Bud "The Moron" Selig finally take a stand against steroids.

When the book came out everyone said it was a bunch of lies and nothing but a ploy to make money.

One of the biggest criticsms of the book was that he accused Palmeiro of taking roids. People said that couldn't be true because his body never had a major change, PERIOD. Take a look at his #'s. Notice the HR jump from 22 in 1992 to 37 in 1993. Oh, by the way, Canseco was traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 1992 season. Coincidence? Then there was a positive test.

Canseco is a National Hero. He is making a movie based on his book. I bet it will be better than Dead Man's Chest!!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Top 10 (Current) Baseball Names

To make this list, there has to be something unique, exciting, or interesting about one's name(can be first name, last name, or the combo of both). It can be the spelling of a name, the way a name sounds, etc. I narrowed down a semi-final list of 30 to just 10.

First, I will list some names that did not make the final cut:

Wandy Rodriguez-P, HOU
Gustavo Chacin-P, TOR
Macay McBride-P, ATL
Prince Fielder-1B, MIL
Rocco Baldelli-CF, TB
Yhency Brazoban-P, LAD
Xavier Nady-RF, NYM
Tom Gorzelanny-P, PIT
Humberto Cota-C, PIT
Placido Polanco-IF, DET
Ambiorix Burgos-P, KC
Tanyon Sturtze-P, NYY
Chien-Ming Wang-P, NYY
Melky Cabrera-OF, NYY

Now, let's get to the Top 10!

10. Choo Freeman-OF, Colorado Rockies. Choo! Choo! Can you imagine all of the kids saying that to him when he was growing up? I know I can, so that means that you can, too.

9. Chone Figgins-Util., Los Angeles Angels. This is a sentimental favorite. You see, back in the day when I lived with fellow bloggers Jimmy and DonFrancisco, we played a little game called MLB 2004 on PS2. And Chone was incredible on this game. We had never even heard of him, but on any given day in that living room, you would hear one of us yelling, "Let's go Cho-knee!". Only, later to learn it is pronounced as "Shawn", but he will forever be "Cho-knee" in our hearts.

8. Terry Tiffee-3B, Minnesota Twins. Doesn't that name just sound good coming out of your mouth? The alliteration is one of the most under-appreciated literary devices in the world. Here, we see why it should be used more often. (We will also see this a little later)

7. Bronson Arroyo-P, Cincinnati Reds. Anybody that was named after the incredible Charles Bronson deserves to make this list. I also like the way "Arroyo" just rolls off of your tongue. And, to top that off--Bronson Arroyo made it cool for white dudes to have cornrows. Okay, cornrows will never be cool on a white dude. There, I said it.

6. Yorvit Torrealba-C, Colorado Rockies. The 2nd member of this Top 10 that comes from the Rockies. Any name that can help you win the Baseball Name Game is worth a Top 10 finish. Rules of Baseball Name Game--if one person says "Roger Clemens", the next person must think of a player whose name begins with the letter of the last name of the guy just, "Curt Schilling" would be a correct answer. If 3 or more people are playing, then the only way the order can be reversed is if someone says a name with the same letter starting both first and last name; so after "Schilling", the next person says "Sammy Sosa", the order is reversed and the player that just said "Schilling" must now think of a name of current or former player whose first name starts with an S. Now, back to Yorvit...there are not many players with a Y to start their first or last name, so always keep this name in your back pocket, so you can pull it out when needed most. Any other questions regarding the Baseball Name Game, please feel free to ask.

5. Wily Mo Pena-OF, Boston Red Sox. Another name that just sounds good. "Wily Mo Pena, Wily Mo Pena." He is also a great power hitter, at least that is what all of those great analysts say.

4. Kiko Calero-P, Oakland Athletics. Here is that alliteration thingy again. Man, alliterations are cool. Cool Kiko Calero likes candy. I don't really know that Kiko likes candy, but who doesn't like candy. DonFrancisco doesn't like any nuts.

3. Milton Bradley-RF, Oakland Athletics. I bet Milton gets really upset when he loses in Monopoly. Perhaps he should revisit those anger management classes. I would be ticked off all of the time, too if my parents named me after one of the top toy-makers of all time.

2. Angel Pagan-Util., Chicago Cubs. Something just does not fit here. Angel and pagan? I think just the combination of these two words puts Angel in the top 2.

1. Coco Crisp-CF, Boston Red Sox. Was there any doubt? His name is Coco Crisp. COCO CRISP! And that answers your question as to why there is a picture of the most healthy cereal in the world on this website.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Baseball Issues

Obviously by now, everyone who lives in the US, knows about and is sick of the steroids issue. I personally would like to just once watch a SportCenter without hearing the name Barry Bonds. Half the time the names of Giambi, McGwire, Sosa, and Palmeiro, also come up in sports talk. People dont realize they are missing the kingpin of the whole steroids investigation; that right now, they should be going after Glenallen Hill. That guy left a catheter in for easier access to his blood vessels. Not to mention the fact that he was terrified of spiders and once cut himself while sleepwalking to get away from the spiders. I say all of this to simply remind everyone that Barry Bonds is not the real issue. The real issue is the spider-fearing, steroid- injecting, shoulda stayed in the American League so he could be a DH, Glenallen Hill

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ozzie Guillen and Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan is currently going through a nasty divorce. His wife accused him of hiding a camera to get pictures of her sister, having a lot of affairs that he called business trips and of being gay. That is just funny!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Grandpa goes 0-1

This story is really hilarious. At least he has faith in himself!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

This time it counts!!

The All-Star experience this year was very weak. Nothing exciting happened in Pittsburgh until the top of the 9th inning of the game itself. It is kinda funny that a bunch of guys who will be watching the World Series from their Lay-Z-Boys determined who will have home field advantage.

In case you are wondering where the Cubs lone representative was for the game, he was at the hospital getting x-rays after White Sox coach Joey Cora hit him in the elbow with a fungo bat. What else could go wrong?

The one positive from the break is to see the youth in baseball. Watching guys like Pujols, Wright, Cabrera and Howard makes me excited about the future of the game.

Question for the day: Does anyone read this besides those of us who started it? If so please leave a comment. We would be glad to know you are here!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hit It Here, Howard! All-Star game Tonight!

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies won the HR Derby last night in Pittsburgh. He ended up with 23 total homers. He beat out 23-year-old David Wright of the NY Mets in the finals. Wright put on a show in the 1st round hitting 16 of his 22 homers. I'll tell you who looked really good in the derby---Troy Glaus! He hit a whopping 1 hr!!!! I think I could do that...okay, that's a hyperbole. I really like the word hyperbole. How many of the players in the All-Star game know what the word "hyperbole" means? I bet Brian McCann does, because he is on my fantasy team.

How about this pitching match-up for the All-Star game--Kenny "The Gambler" Rogers vs. Brad "Abraham Lincoln is on the" Penny. WOW! How exciting is that match-up? If the runs combined tonight after the 2nd inning is lower than 10, then I will be very surprised. How in the world did Francisco Liriano(10-1, 1.83 era, 102 ks to 23 walks) not originally make the AL roster? He was added yesterday, but that should have been a no-brainer--oh, wait Ozzie Guillen picked some of the players...that explains the no-brain thing.

Do any of the other members of this blog have anything else to say about the HR Derby or the All-Star game?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The 1st Post

I have always believed the first cut is the deepest, um I mean the first blog is the toughest. There are four guys who will be writing in this blog ranging from the age of 24-28, and coming from all sorts of different backgrounds. Okay, not really that different of backgrounds considering two of us are brothers. We all went to college together, even though my brother should have been gone by the time we were there, but he was on the 6-year plan. What it really was is that he wanted to play intramural basketball with his little brother. And we did, and we lost in the championship, but only because the other team had a former college bball player on their team...that was real fair! Anyways, I met the other fellas my sophomore year on the 3rd floor of our dorm. That was the floor for the great Hall-Ball that broke three ceiling tiles, one window, and numerous guys' self-esteem. Since then, we have all gotten married(with three in the last 2 months). We all love sports and love talking about them even more. We have decided to share our knowledge and our humor with the rest of the world. At this point, you are probably maybe wondering why there is a picture of Chris Lofton jumping in the air--well, it is because my brother and I were at this game, and we were doing the exact same thing as Lofton is doing. Then, we looked around and realized that we were the only people in our section who were jumping up and down---and we did not even care.