Monday, September 11, 2006

Jobbed In Jacksonville

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Two Monday night games tonight, so an abbreviated post tonight (for my bud Renee) - the Hazies will now move to Tuesdays, after the Monday night games. Week 1 is almost in the books and all I have to say is the officiating in yesterday's games was nothing short of awful - it was a joke.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that Trent Green suffered a serious concussion and will be out indefinitely. I'm sure you have seen the replays of the hit Cincinnati's Robert Geathers laid on Green - whether or not it was a cheap shot is debatable; what isn't debatable was that the hit was uncalled for and definitely late. Green was sliding when Geathers drilled him - the officiating crew stood there and watched, without even calling a penalty on the play. That goes against everything the NFL has tried to do in recent years to protect quarterbacks - I can't see the Chiefs recovering from this one if Green misses a couple of games. I'm sure Hazel was pissed when she saw that one.

The game between the Cowboys and the Jaguars was decided (or not decided as it were) on two plays - with the same official involved in both plays. With time winding down in the second quarter and the Jaguars on Dallas' six yard line, Byron Leftwich threw a fade into the endzone - Jags receiver Reggie Williams pulled Cowboys DB Anthony Henry down and caught a game tying TD with seven seconds left in the half - no call by the back judge. So in the NFL, it is ok for a receiver to pull down a DB to catch the ball - ok then, precedent set.

Not so fast though - in the third quarter, with Dallas driving, Drew Bledsoe threw what looked to be a TD pass to Cowboys' TE Jason Whitten - the same official who kept his flag in his pocket on the Williams play threw the flag on Whitten for offensive pass interference - for pushing off the Jags DB who was in a backpedal and embellished the push as well as any soccer player could have. The result was that Dallas was backed up 10 yards and eventually missed a 36 yard field goal to keep the game tied at 10. The rest of the game went Jacksonville's way; yes, I know a big part of what transpired was a result of a very bad decision by Bledsoe to throw that pick at the end of the 1st half - but the officiating had as much to do with the result as the players did.

More on the NFL tomorrow - along with this week's Hazies.

For those you who have kept an eye on the Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball Pool - Renee decided this week she didn't need the company of any stinkin' men in 2nd place with her and stomped Shuggy and I down into 3rd. The standings for the week ending Sept. 10/06.

83.5 - The Bronx Zoo - owned by Sparky. Who is STILL vying for a the homepage pic for October, with the announcement that he has won the 2006 Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball Pool. Now I ask you, would you rather see that announcement or Hazel on the homepage? I thought so.

70.0 - Naughty Girls - owned by Renee, the Commissioner of the Hazel's Hockey League pool on the yahoo site - who must be laughing at the point total shuggy and I ended up with this week.

69.0 - Hazel Mae's Hackers - owned by El Presidente (me) who watch three of his best starters come up with nothing yesterday.

69.0 - Shuggysux - owned by Pogue (the other Pogue) who may not even have a computer anymore - who knows?

58.5 - GB Steam Boys - owned by George who has been quiet but is still gaining.

54.5 - Tina's Team - owned by Tina who signed up for the hockey pool.

44.5 - Tom Sawyer - owned by Hubie who is in freefall mode now.

39.0 - Fighting Bobcats - owned by Commish Drisc who has been quiet lately - but is in NFL mode these days.

38.0 - Banana Peels - owned by the Golden Banana who summed up his participation in this year's pool by changing his team name - the title page of his "What I did this summer" essay.

24.0 - Leprachauns - owned by Irish who continues to make moves, and loses points...though he still likes the trades he made.

I'll leave you with words from my friend Renee who announced the creation of Hazel's Hockey League with the following ultimatum -

" See what my Ice Bitches are all about. Its all uncensored the way hockey is supposed to be
played and talked. We keep a sense of civil decorum here but in the HHL if you can't take the heat...

Don't sing it-bring it. Wusses need not apply."

That's about it for tonight - off to the Chargers/Raiders game; if you are wondering, YES I have this game on a Pro-Line tickets and I need the Chargers to win by more than 4. Have a great one peeps.

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - though its not her kind of music, for my friend Renee (she'll understand why)

Waterfalls - TLC

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!


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