September 23, 2019
The Rams are 3-0 and they haven’t even played that well. Their defense is legit. Goff and their receivers are making plays, but Todd Gurley is being preserved until it’s prime time. Sean McVay’s in-game adjustments are next level, and continue to keep this team winning. Goff wasn’t amazing last night, but he played much better than his often “road Goff” performances. I’m sure that won’t sit well with some of you since he has enough money to buy the city of Cleveland at this point, but for a guy who is 24 years old, he’s already growing and will continue to get better. I don’t care what the Cowboys, Packers, and 49ers look like. The Rams are still the best team in the NFC.
The Chargers are capable of beating any team in the NFL. Actually, the only team that seems to beat them consistently is themselves, as well as the 2nd half. That was exactly what happened yesterday when they coughed up a 17-7 lead in the 2nd half to fall to 1-2. Philip Rivers was running for his life all day, and the Chargers inexperienced secondary was lit on fire by Deshaun Watson. These types of losses are going to kill the Bolts come playoff time. If you had a dollar for every time the Chargers choked in the 2nd half, you’d be rich enough to build them a stadium. Sounds like they are going to need that after it’s now being reported they aren’t pulling their weight in ticket sales for the new stadium, and the Rams would love to remove them from the equation. Looks like the Rams and Chargers are developing a rivalry, it’s just between the owners.
Elsewhere around week 3 in the NFL, Antonio Brown is the first player in league history to have his jersey from three different teams on clearance racks at the same time. Somebody get this man a therapist and some meds. Antonio Cromartie has more kids than the Dolphins have points this season. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson is being advertised as the next “Brady vs Manning.” They are pretty entertaining, except Tom Brady is still in the league and tearing it up. Eli Manning isn’t coming back off the bench anytime soon. Apparently the Saints are still really good without Drew Brees, while the Steelers are still bad without Big Ben.
This weekend was a reminder of just how messed up USC football is. They defeated a top 10 team in Utah with their 3rd string quarterback, and then the next day they lost their commitment from Mater Dei Quarterback Bryce Young, who decided he will attend Alabama next year. The fact USC is able to beat a top 10 team, and even be in the same discussion with recruits that Alabama is getting goes to show you just how bad the coaching is. If USC hired a coach who had some idea how to recruit, develop talent, and ran a more modern offensive scheme, they could be as elite as they like to think of themselves. However, for those of you wanting to hire Urban Meyer, you apparently forgot that USC is actually a University and not an NFL team. Also, this moment on Saturday night is so typical of the NCAA. It’s like they radioed in to the ref to break up the Reggie Bush celebration.
I have no idea what happened in Pullman on Saturday night. Chip Kelly managed to turn the clock back for exactly 1.5 quarters. Somehow the Bruins managed to erase a 32-point deficit and find the win column for the first time this year. I’m going to chalk this up to an isolated incident for now. The Bruins gave up 720 yards of total offense and allowed a starting QB to throw 9 TD passes against them. Chip Kelly can’t coach football anymore. He says he’s trying to learn the personnel, and that “it’s a consistency thing.” Yes Chip your teams consistently suck at all levels over the last half decade, and considering you chased off 30-scholarship players from the Jim Mora era, it’s not going to get any better anytime soon. UCLA needs to pray this guy quits.
The best news that UCLA got last week though was that Dan Guerrero is finally going to retire. Before making too much fun of Guerrero’s futility as an AD, I do wish him a speedy recovery from his battle with cancer, and thankfully things seem to be under control. With that being said though, Guerrero’s true failures are letting the basketball program free fall in reputation since Ben Howland left the program. With rumors that Fresno State AD Terry Tumey is a front-runner for the job, or possibly Villanova AD Mark Jackson if he doesn’t go to USC, hopefully one of these dudes won’t be spending their time slamming donuts like Gurrero, and turn around both the basketball and football programs in Westwood.
Notre Dame put up a good fight against Georgia on Saturday night. Unfortunately, they won’t get as much credit for hanging tough as Georgia will when they get blown out by Alabama. Look, the Manti Teo girlfriend jokes were funny back in 2012, but not so much anymore. However, the College Game Day signs were pretty funny….
I can’t believe some of you actually think this is the Dodger team that is going to win the World Series for the first time in 31 years. Let me remind you that the Dodgers once had Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen in their prime, and at the top of their game. They couldn’t win it when they had those two, and a crummy bullpen. Now Kershaw and Jansen are in decline, and they have the same crummy bullpen. You really expect them to compete with the likes of the Yankees, Astros, let alone come out of the NL with much more formidable opponents? If that’s the case then you probably believe in unicorns and the tooth fairy as well.
Finally, I just can’t do it anymore. I have to pull the plug on Fear The Walking Dead. I tried. However, the show is way too confusing with it’s timeline jumps, it’s killed off all the interesting characters, and unless it can tie to the actual Walking Dead show in some way, then it’s doomed to fail. This also explains why the ratings are sinking faster than the Titanic. It’s gotten so bad they don’t even air “Talking Dead” after the show to discuss it. Heck, if The Walking Dead doesn’t get their act together soon, I might pull the plug on that one too. Sad because at one point it was one of the better shows on television.