Sunday Sports Recap

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 by Travis Cody in

There was a ton of football and baseball to track on Sunday!

Yeah, my Raiders still suck. Even the defense got steam-rolled by the Giants today. I know NY is one of the elite teams, but our defense didn't seem to put up any resistance at all. They couldn't get pressure on Eli Manning, and they couldn't stop the running game.

As for the offense, well...JeMarcus Russell struggled. I could lead every Raider recap with that statement. If you can't be accurate then every pass play can be described this way: take the snap, drop back, find a receiver, throw the ball, cross your fingers. Then after the ball is incomplete, try again.

Based on what I saw today, to continue with Russell at QB would be a disservice to the young man and to Raider Nation. He obviously doesn't possess the most basic skills required to play QB at this level...pocket presence and throwing accuracy. Let's go to Charlie Frye. At least he has a proven track record in the league. He won't be worse, and perhaps he'll bring some kind of balance to the offense and at least give Oakland a chance.

Oh well. At least my Raiders managed to suck enough so that the Giants could rest Eli Manning's sore foot. And the ultimate indignity? CBS switched to another more competitive game after halftime. The game we got? Pittsburgh at Detroit.

The network switched from my Raiders taking a pounding to a game featuring a team that didn't win a game last year.


Well SF didn't do all that much better, did they? The absence of Frank Gore has hurt the running game, which is bad news for QB Shaun Hill. He's adequate, but he's not a game changer on his own. Without a strong running game, he can't carry the offense.

For Atlanta, Matt Ryan is a game changer at QB in his second year. And he has a reliable running back in Michael Turner. That, plus the struggles of the 49er offense, was too much for a very good SF defense to overcome.

I know SF is going to struggle outside of the NFC West. The 49ers are still 3-0 in the division, so I'm not going to worry too much just yet.

Pam got to smile today though. If you went just by stats for both teams, you'd say the game would be pretty even with maybe a slight edge to Jacksonville. But Seattle had a couple of things going for it.

QB Matt Hasselbeck was back from a rib injury. We think he's on the downward side of his career, but he is experienced and he does play well at home. The defense got Lofa Tatupu back at linebacker. Both of those players gave the Seahawks an emotional lift.

Now I know we live in Seattle and the networks never leave the home market to go to a more competitive game. But while we were seeing this boring blow out, with the clear knowledge that Jacksonville wasn't going to score 41 points in 9 minutes to challenge Seattle at all, Houston was storming back to tie Arizona in the 4th quarter. It would have been nice to switch over and watch the end of that game.

So I guess Indy has a nanni-nanni-boo-boo play. I saw Peyton Manning call it! He stuck his thumbs in the ear holes of his helmet and waved his fingers. Doesn't that mean nanni-nanni-boo-boo? Heheheheheee!

Seriously though, Tennessee put up a strong effort in the first half. The Titan defense was stiff and created a couple of turnovers. Unfortunately, Tennessee's offense could only get field goals. The Colts got TDs. That's the difference between an undefeated team and a winless team.

And it sure does help to have Peyton Manning as your QB, who has started the season with 5 straight 300 yard passing games.

The Angels had the good sense to score 3 runs in the top of the 9th against Boston to complete a sweep of the Red Sox. With apologies to my blog pals who are fans of Boston, I'm very pleased at this result. I don't like the Celtics. I don't like the Patriots. And I don't like the Red Sox.

Besides all that, I do have a soft spot for Mike Scioscia. The Angels' manager played catcher for my Dodgers for 12 seasons and was an integral part of the last Dodger championship in 1988.

But I don't care for these Angels trying to call themselves the Los Angeles Angels. For those of you who aren't aware, Anaheim is where these Angels actually play baseball. To try and call themselves the LA Angels is an insult to both cities.

Anaheim CA is in Orange County and is the home of the original Disneyland. It can be considered part of the urban sprawl of LA, since it's about 25 miles to the south and east of the heart of LA. But it isn't LA. Just like the city of Valencia, about 25-30 miles to the north of LA, isn't LA.

So I call them the Anaheim Angels because that's who they are. After all, the Dodgers embraced the borough of Brooklyn when they were back east. They were never the New York Dodgers. That wouldn't have been right. NY had the Yankees and the Giants, and Brooklyn had the Dodgers.

So LA has the Dodgers now, and Anaheim has the Angels.

Speaking of the Yankees, game 3 of the ALDS between NY and Minnesota started out as a first class pitching duel between Andy Pettitte and Carl Pavano. Pettitte recorded 12 straight outs before giving up his first hit, and Pavano struck out 9 through 6 innings.

Pettitte finally gave up a walk that led to a run for Minnesota in the bottom of the 6th. But then the Yankees came right back in the top of the 7th to touch Pavano for back to back solo home runs.

Then it fell to the bull pen crews to hold steady. The Twins made another mistake on the base paths that cost them their best chance to score. And Minnesota's relievers couldn't hold the Yankees. NY got 2 insurance runs in the top of the 9th, and Mariano Rivera closed out the game to complete the sweep.

So the Dodgers, Angels, and Yankees have all advanced to the League Championship Series. Now we just need a winner from the Phillies vs the Rockies and the LCS dance cards will be full.

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  1. Jamarcus Russell only has one quality required of an NFL quarterback. He can throw the ball into the next area code. Unfortunately, he does that on every route. I have never been a Raider fan, but I think the real change needed is a clean sweep of the front office. Like the Redskins, they haven't been competitive for a few years now because they can't seem to put a good product on the field.
    At least your Dodgers are looking good.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your Raiders and our Titans (from what I hear)

  1. Anndi says:

    Hmmmm... we both have ripples up today :)

    Great minds.

  1. Jeff B says:

    Like you, I was afraid of what the Niners would do outside the NFC West. Where the heck was our defense? Soft coverage, weak tackling, and a general sense of un-readiness. They did not look like the same group as previous weeks.

    While watching the game I was reminded how much I could do without Tony Saragussa flapping his lips from the endzones. Sheesh!

    In other commentators thoughts, thank you ESPN for offing Tony Kornheiser (sp?) The Monday Night chatter has become much more positive with his absence. Chris Collingsworth. . . A good compliment to Michaels overall I think.

    Thanks for the great recaps!

  1. I hate to say it, but I said years ago that Russell would never make it as an NFL quarterback. He has the physical characteristics but I don't think he has the intangibles. I didn't think he was even that good at LSU as a college quarterback. LSU won a lot of games because they had superior talent across the board.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    You're doing a great job spreading the word on Peace Globes Trav. :)

  1. Jamie says:

    Good for you!!! There must be standards. Anaheim is a perfectly good place and they have a baseball team as it should be. The Dodgers own Los Angeles!

  1. I am so with you on BlogBlast for peace.
    I was absoluly florred the my Cleve. Browns won a game.

  1. Bond says:

    excellent wrapup of the weekend...glad I could spend so much of it chatting with you

  1. Kanani says:

    The addition of "Los Angeles" to the Angels was the doing of the new owner. It was more a "branding" thing --they erroneously thought they would have a higher profile if they tacked LA onto it, ignoring the Dodgers completely.

  1. Travis says:

    Driller: That's what Al wants. And as long as Al is in control, Al gets what he wants.

    Lois: And a couple other teams too right now I guess.

    Ann: Ripples are excellent.

    Jeff: I do enjoy the new teams on both nights.

    Charles: He can learn to be accurate QB with a big arm is an asset. But I don't think he has the mental aspect and work ethic, otherwise he'd be accurate right now. It takes work and it's clear he's not doing the work. That's what bugs me most.

    Akelamalu: Thanks! It's worth it.

    Jamie: Right! Anaheim supports that team and they should be recoginzed for it. Anaheim Angels.

    Mike: Glad to hear it!

    V: Me too.

    Kanani: I recall it. But IMO it did a major disservice to both Anaheim and LA.

  1. I'm very late coming around here, and I recognize that this is a recap from two weekends ago, but I just had to say two things: 1) I agree with your assessment of JeMarcus Russell. He has done nothing but struggle in the NFL, and I think it's time (or past time, really) to cut your losses and cut him lose; and 2) Matt Hasselbeck leaves me cold. He is not an exciting QB to watch in action, and it seems that the only time he appears fired up is when his receivers don't run the routes as he sees them. He doesn't move well in the pocket (then again, his O-Line doesn't protect him well AT ALL), and he can't scramble. Hell, I'd rather watch Peyton attempt a running play, and that's a pathetic sight indeed.