Mar 30, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: New England Patriots

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC East. This team isn't a fave of mine but I'll be fair.
 
After living in New England for four years I had just about enough of the Patriots. They're good. I get it. I just don't like Bill Belichick. Sorry. One Patriot I do like is Jerod Mayo. This former VOL has led a series of voluntary player workouts in Massachusetts for his teammates, according to a source, ensuring the Pats won’t be as susceptible to injury when training camp eventually opens. I like the work ethic while the owners and the NFLPA sort this thing out. Other than Mayo my love for the Pats is weak. I just can't do it. I'll think on it.

I'll be back tomorrow to discuss the Jets. Are they more annoying than the Pats...I think so.

Mar 29, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Miami Dolphins

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC East. What's going on down on South Beach?

On the surface Miami is not a bad team to root for. I love the colors. They boast the only undefeated season in NFL history. They also have a great city to call home. On the QB front - there are some issues. One season can make a big difference in the way fans and coaches view a player. Chad Henne started off in 2009 as the potential future QB of the Miami Dolphins. It only took an awful 2010 season for everyone to doubt his abilities and push him to the bench. Henne has a cannon for an arm, but problems with accuracy continue to hold him back. This season may define the career of the young quarter back, as he will get a chance to compete for a starting role. Do I believe in Henne? No. Not really. But there's hope. And then there's Brandon Marshall. Remember him? Dolphins fans rejoiced at the thought of getting a Pro Bowl wide receiver for 2 second round draft picks. They were all excited about the game-breaker Marshall could become in Miami. Do Dolphins fans still feel the same way now? I guess so. After all, as the roster stands right now, Brandon Marshall is the best player on the offense. Can I deal with more QB issues? Is a WR enough to keep me? Right now as it stands I'm down with South Beach.

Can the Patriots top the Dolphins? Doubt it! Stay Tuned!

Mar 28, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Buffalo Bills

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC East. This division boasts one of the most successful teams of the 2000s and one of the worst. Let's start with the worst. The Bills.


I don't know a single player on this team. I think T.O. went there a few years back but I only know that because of his VH1 reality show. Oh...they have that player that blamed God for his dropped pass on Twitter. Yeah. That guy. I also remember about the Bill is that they were the team the Titans beat with the Music City Miracle. Buffalo is cold. This team loses more games than the Titans. I'd pick the Lions over the Bills. Enough Said. 


Tune in tomorrow as I take a look at the Miami Dolphins. 

Mar 24, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Atlanta Falcons

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC South. These four teams have rabid fan bases whether they win or lose. Since I'm a Southern girl I can see myself picking a team in this division. Let's check out the Falcons.


As a Tennessean you would think I'd love the Falcons as they were the closest team to me during my youth right? Wrong. I didn't and don't feel any affinity for the dirty birds. I'll make this short and sweet. I liked Matty Ice and I always draft Michael Turner as my fantasy football running back- HOWEVER- after that awful, embarassing, no good, terrible game against Green Bay; I'm going to have to pass. I remember watching that game thinking hmmm -this is why I don't watch the NFC ever. It was a MESS. I know Matt Ryan is normally good but he's going to have to prove he can win in the playoffs and not get WHOOPED!


So to wrap up this lackluster division I am picking the up and coming BUCS! Tune in next week as I head to the AFC East. Sorry Pats fans but your post will be short. 

Mar 23, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: New Orleans Saints

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC South. These four teams have rabid fan bases whether they win or lose. Since I'm a Southern girl I can see myself picking a team in this division. Let's check out the Saints.
 
After discussing the Bucs yesterday I am pretty sure my mind is made up. However, I should at least LOOK at the Saints right. I know I know. Katrina was horrible but that's not why I should pick the Saints. Let's see what they've got going on. Let's start at the top. I really like Drew Brees. I'm glad he got a ring after the Chargers pushed him aside for Phillip Rivers. So there's that. I loved Reggie Bush at USC (technically he was ineligible but who cares). n the offseason the Saints released Bush but at a media session at the NFL owners meeting yesterday, Saints coach Sean Payton indicated that he wants running back Reggie Bush to return. Payton said his contract needs to be reworked but believes both sides want to stay together. Since I do like their QB and RB (maybe)- the Saints might have a shot but I really don't have a pull for this team. I don't hate them. I just don't love them either. Losing to the Seahawks doesn't help a thing. That was embarrassing. Oh and I can't STAND WHO DAT AND WHO DEY?! Enough from both teams. I'm not sold just yet on the Saints. We'll have to wait and see.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I turn towards the Falcons. I was a believer in Matty Ice but DID YOU SEE THAT BUTT WHOOPING GREEN BAY PUT ON THEM?! I'm not sure about that one either.

Mar 22, 2011

Why I'm Mad About Bruce Pearl


Some prodding by an acquaintance led me to this post. So here are my thoughts on the firing of Bruce Pearl.

It stinks. I hate it. And I want Mike Hamilton gone. As you know men's basketball is third fiddle at UT. It's football, women's hoops then men's hoops. That's just the way it is. When I was at UT we had Jerry Green. I never missed a football game and went to many women's games. I went to men's basketball games back then to see who we were playing. During his tenure, Green led UT to the NCAA tournament  4 years in a row. Excitement surrounded the men's program in Knoxville. I even wore a shirt that said "UT's got the Green Light". Then BUZZ hit town and the dream died. DIED DIED DIED. Four years of the NCAA tournament turned into NO years in the tournament. As a matter of fact I'm not really sure who was on the team back then.

Then Bruce Pearl was hired.

Do you remember his first season at UT? No? I do. The VOLS went 22-8. Yes. It remains one of the best season records in Tennessee history. We don't really do single digit losses in basketball unless it's the women's team.

His second season was the year that he dressed in orange body paint to cheer on the Lady Vols against Duke. It was in a word- AWESOME. Then Pat Summitt, who isn't really the cheerleader type, repaid the support by dressing like a cheerleader and singing Rocky Top at a men's game. Are you serious? Pat Summitt? I loved it. Oh but wait- what did they do on the court that year? Got to the Sweet Sixteen in the tournament. AGAIN! No way. Not two years in a row.

His third season- I'll keep it short. The VOLS were ranked #1 in the country. True- it only lasted a few days but it still felt GREAT!

In his fourth season the VOLS went to the school's first Elite Eight. Enough said. That year our total victories (31) was the most in school history.

Yes Bruce Pearl lied. But I can't say I wasn't excited about basketball for the first time in my life. I am a football girl who lives for March Madness now due to the fact that the Vols have been involved as of late. I love what Bruce Pearl did in the way of changing the culture of Tennessee sports to include basketball. Whoever the Vols hire will have a huge task ahead of him. First he has to be OK with being third. Bruce was not only ok with that but he made the third team a good one that we could be proud of. Second, the NCAA is not done with UT so the new coaching staff is going to be rebuilding for awhile. Third, do you want to work for Mike Hamilton? Who's going to throw you under the bus the day before your first round game or FIRE you on the same day his women's hoops team is playing in their tournament. Smooth move Mike.

 I'm not happy about this.

PS- To all the Illinois fans that keep bringing up what he did to you all those years ago- get over it. I was 10. I don't care. Save it for someone who does. Try beating Ohio State or something.

In Search of a New NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC South. These four teams have rabid fan bases whether they win or lose. Since I'm a Southern girl I can see myself picking a team in this division. Let's check out the Bucs.

I actually kinda like this team. Ignore the history of losing and you'll find me squarely on "Team Raheem". He's turned the Bucs around in a year. Can't knock the hustle. The fact that Raheem and the Bucs went from finishing 3-13 to 10-6 was a big surprise. The fact that the team picked up Coach Morris' option to pay him $2 million per season over each of the next two seasons was not. Morris, the youngest head coach in the NFL, orchestrated the biggest turnaround in Bucs history with the NFL’s youngest team. Needless to say, things are looking up for the coach and the franchise. So basically I could be a fan of this team for years with no risk of retirement. Josh Freeman is gaining steam as the new "it" QB. He's even stepping up during the lockout. Nobody expected him to mature this early in his career. Now, the former Kansas State standout is drawing from praise for organizing offseason workouts with his teammates while he and the rest of us wait for the NFL lockout to come to an end. Freeman shocked the rest of the NFL last season by leading Tampa Bay to a 10-6 record and is doing the same with some of his teammates with his leadership skills. Last season, Freeman threw for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. I like the guy, obviously. This team is seriously in the running for my mistress team. They have no rooting interest against the Titans so it feels safe.

Tune in tomorrow to see if the Saints or Falcons can beat the Bucs for my affection!





Mar 21, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Carolina Panthers

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I need a mistress team to get me through those times when the Titans just aren't doing it for me. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC South. These four teams have rabid fan bases whether they win or lose. Since I'm a Southern girl I can see myself picking a team in this division. Let's check out the Carolina Panthers and see if they're a good fit.


Unfortunately for them and me the first thing I think of when I think the Carolina Panthers is Rae Carruth. Then Jake Delhomme. Then their owner who is a jerk. But let's see if they have any redeeming qualities. Wait. I just realized Jimmy Clausen is their QB. Um no thanks. I lived through Casey AND Rick Clausen at UT. I can't deal with ANY MORE CLAUSENS! I do like Deangelo Williams so that's a plus. Another thing they have going for them is that I really do love their colors. I could find some nice Panthers shirts but if I hate the QB can I really cheer for them? The verdict is out on that one. 


Stay tuned as I travel further south to check out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They win now right?

Mar 18, 2011

Family Photo Friday! Beach Trips!

Andrea and I caught in a wave

Have I told you how much I love the beach?! I LOVE THE BEACH! My family has been going to Virginia Beach since I was a kid. After surviving another Illinois winter I am ready for our family trip to Miami. This picture was taking in Myrtle Beach, SC at our family reunion. I tried all day not to get my hair wet, but you know that was a lost cause. My cousin Andrea and I got caught in a wave and the hair was done for the day!

View from our room

Mar 17, 2011

The Tennessee Titans: Pros and Cons

As you know I am searching for a mistress team. Let me explain. I am a Titans fan. I am a Titans season ticket holder. HOWEVER, when they let me down it would be nice to have another team- preferably a team that wins- to get me through the rough spots. There are several reasons that I should just stick with my team. There are also many many reasons why I should just get a spare team. 

PRO's

  • I'm from Tennessee. They are my hometown team.
  • I've been a fan since they left Houston.
  • I'm not a fairweather fan.
  • For the majority of the time in TN they've had winning records.
  • I LOVE Chris Johnson. 
  • I have season tickets. 
CON's
  • We've been to ONE Super Bowl. And we lost that one.
  • I'm not sold on our color scheme. The light blue? Meh.
  • Our defensive stars leave for places like Detroit. 
  • We never ever ever EVER have a super star receiver. We had Randy Moss and didn't use him.
  • We're attached to black QB's. Let me explain. I'm all for black QB's but when they are in I feel the need to defend them. I don't want that added stress. 
  • Most teams are planning lockout practices. The Titans aren't. 
  • We ended things with Jeff Fisher only to hire his assistant. Oh. Ok.
  • They let Randy Moss go. 
  • We have a Ravens issues. As in...we always let them win. 
I'm going to continue searching for a mistress team. I am going to think long and hard about this. I love the Titans but it's beginning to feel like an abusive relationship. Stay tuned as I turn towards the NFC South. 

Mar 16, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC South. If you've been following along you know that this is the division out of which my original team comes from. Am I really going to pick a mistress team within the division? Let's take a look at the Colts.


Out of all of the teams in the AFC South this is the only team that has won a Super Bowl...EVER. That alone is grounds for me to select the Colts. They have several players that I love and they have a winning tradition. Something I'm missing over there in Tennessee. We'll start with the no-brainer. I went to Tennessee. I like Peyton. It's that simple. He wins with starters, back-ups, scrubs, whomever they put out there he can score TDs. My favorite WR in the league just so happens to be Reggie Wayne, who plays for the Colts. What scares me about Wayne is that although he's coming off a terrific '10 campaign and has been adamant about wanting a long-term deal — the Colts generally don't do with players in their 30's. If the Colts draft a wide receiver in April I feel Wayne's Colts days are numbered. Bummer. In addition to Wayne their crop of WR's and TE's is a great group! Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, Jacob Tamme, etc. On the defensive side the Colts have one of my favorites in Dwight Freeney. The spin move is almost legendary at this point. He can do no wrong in my eyes. If there was a team that I would pick to be my mistress team within the division it would be the Colts. Remember when everyone was for the New Orleans Saints because of Katrina? I wasn't. I was for the Colts. Unless they are playing the Titans I am always for the Colts. 


Tomorrow I'm going to list my pro's and con's for staying with the Titans. Might be a short one. 

Mar 15, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Houston Texans

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC South. If you've been following along you know that this is the division out of which my original team comes from. Am I really going to pick a mistress team within the division? Let's take a look at the Texans.


Every year I hear that THIS will be the year that the Texans take the division. And every year the Colts or the Titans take the division. I'm not sold on this team just yet. They have an immense amount of talent but seriously? Win something already. There are several players that I really like. Andre Johnson is a beast and when he's not beating up Titans DBs; he's putting up awesome numbers. I also like Arian Foster, a former VOL, who had a break out season last year. Outside of those two the Texans just don't do it for me. Maybe if they beat the Colts and the Titans on a regular basis I'll change my tune. 


Tomorrow I take on the Colts. You probably know where this one is going! 

Mar 14, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the AFC South. If you've been following along you know that this is the division out of which my original team comes from. Am I really going to pick a mistress team within the division? Let's take a look at the Jags and see.


What I don't like about the Jags is that well...they're the Jags. Nothing to brag about. Head coach Jack Del Rio is stealing a page from the Rex Ryan playbook when it comes to making bold predictions. While Ryan has predicted the New York Jets will win the Super Bowl, Del Rio recently told the team’s website, “We expect to take control of our division.” Since Del Rio is one of only three coaches in NFL history who hasn’t won a division title in his first eight seasons, the odds are against him. Not a good look Del Rio. Also who is their QB? I have no idea? Oh wait it's David Garrard. Um. No thanks. The Jags signed quarterback Luke McCown to a one-year contract, giving the team an experienced backup to Garrard. McCown has played in 16 games, with seven starts, in seven seasons. He has completed 154 of 260 passes for 1,739 yards, with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Let's not mention the fact that both QB's are in their 30s. Yikes! Have you ever heard of daddy issues? Well I have QB issues stemming from years of Steve McNair and Vince Young. I'm not sure if I can deal with Garrard and I'll just leave it at that. I do love one thing about the Jags. I LOVE TEAL/AQUA. It's my fourth favorite color. So I'd love the gear if not the team but is that enough? I don't think so. Out of all the teams in the AFC South the Jags are the LAST team I would ever select. 


Stay tuned tomorrow I head on over to Houston to see if the Texans have what I'm looking for. 

Mar 3, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC North. Out of this group we have the reigning Super Bowl champs!


This is too easy. Here I am looking for a bandwagon team that wins. Why not go with the Super Bowl champs? My mom has been an Aaron Rodgers believer since his first year. I ignored her about him until this past year. That boy good! I also love their receiving corps of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson. I am also a fan of their tight end Jermichael Finley. As a Titans fan I wouldn't know how to act with all of those great receivers. My team never seems to want a big named WR. Their linebackers are some of the best in the business. As a matter of fact they have so many they were able to release a player as good as AJ Hawk. I can only see one reason to not like the Packers. The leader of their defense. I'm a hater. I'm still mad Charles Woodson won the Heisman over Peyton Manning. I mean seriously WE DON'T HAVE A HEISMAN WINNER AT TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!! So other than that guy I actually like this team. No primadonna's. No Mr. ME's. It works for me.


So my team from the NFC North is the GREEN BAY PACKERS. Let's see where I am on my journey.

  • AFC WEST- Kansas City Chiefs
  • NFC WEST- San Francisco 49ers
  • AFC NORTH- Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NFC NORTH- Green Bay Packers
I'm traveling next week for work but stay tuned because on Tuesday I tackle my OWN conference. THE AFC SOUTH. Can the Titans keep me? Will I switch to the Colts? We'll see. 

Mar 2, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Chicago Bears

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC North. Out of this group we have the reigning Super Bowl champs! Living in central Illinois you would think this team is the obvious choice. Every where I go I see DA Bears shirts, hats, car flags- they're every where. I have some concerns about jumping on the Bears bandwagon so let's see. 

The first thing that jumps out at me is that Jay Cutler went to Vanderbilt. What? The smart school of the SEC- no thanks. Plus his attitude during the NFC Championship game left a lot to be desired. I'm not convinced Cutler is a winner. I need a team that WINS. That's the entire point of me finding a new team. I'm also not sold on Lovie Smith but he bought himself an  extension which ensures Smith a job through the 2013 season. Not sure I can jump on the Lovie train. One of my biggest issues with Lovie came during the NFC Championship game. Smith did a solid job this season until the Todd Collins fiasco of the Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. This in my opinion is grounds for near-dismissal or a serious reprimand. One of the good things about Smith is that he upgraded his coaching staff this season. By bringing in Mike Martz and Mike Tice to coach the offense and offensive lines respectively as well as promoting Rod Marinelli, he had one of the most experienced and successful staffs in the NFL. 

It would be very easy to jump on the Bears bandwagon due to location but if my two biggest questions are the Coach and the QB I think I'll pass. 

Tune in tomorrow when I discuss the Green Bay Packers who did something of significance this past year...

Mar 1, 2011

In Search of a New NFL Team: Minnesota Vikings

I am on a quest to find a new NFL team. I'm going team by team to find out which team is the best fit for me. Now let's look at the NFC North. Out of this group we have the reigning Super Bowl champs! Now the Purple People Eaters. 

Well. I do love Adrian Peterson. When he's not fumbling he's easily the second best running back in the league. (Sorry I'm on Team Chris Johnson all day). I am a fan of the young receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin (SEC) but Rice will become a free agent once the new CBA is in place. Losing Rice would be a huge setback for Minnesota. Reports are coming out that the Minnesota Vikings have made a contract offer to wide receiver Sidney Rice, but the terms of the proposal are not yet known. Whatever they offered him, they had better make sure it’s a deal he cannot turn down. That's scary. There's a little bit of a QB situation and I've had enough of those in Tennessee. Brett Favre retired so now what? Tarvaris Jackson? Ummm ok. I like most of the parts on this team and I LOVE purple but that QB question is a doozy. So right now let's say the Vikings are at least ahead of the Lions.

Tomorrow I take a look at the "local" team. I live in Central Illinois and everyone here is a Chicago Bears fan. I'll give them a shot. Stay tuned!