Thursday, October 29, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
There would probably be only a handful of fans of the NFL who would be aware of the verbal feud between the Oakland Raiders’ Richard Seymour and the New York Giants’ Antonio Pierce. The Giants beat the Raiders pretty badly on October 11 and Pierce, being a little expansive and more than a little critical, made the statement that the game was more like a “scrimmage.” The Giants had beaten the Raiders quite handily at 47-7.
Seymour got his turn to swing the verbal bat when the New Orleans Saints dumped the Giants 48-27. Seymour thinks “that they (Giants) got what they deserved.” Oakland took part of its frustrations out on the Eagles the same week with a 13-9 victory, which was a shocker in some circles. Seymour just might have gone too far out on the proverbial limb by “guaranteeing that the Raiders (2-4) will make the playoffs.” Lofty ambitions indeed.
I have spoken to a lot of persons who were at a loss to explain the Giants’ performance in that game. Not only did yours truly go through periods of disbelief, there was also a new measure of respect for the Saints. I have watched New Orleans through all the eras and this was the first time that I have been truly impressed. Not only did the Saints “go marching in” in grand fashion, but Drew Brees looked like a quarterback in the NFL. Is this just a flash in the prospector’s pan like iron pyrite? Or are these Saints wearing haloes?
If one takes a look around the league, one can see some teams having big problems. And we are not just referring to the team (Bills) which T.O is on. One of the biggest surprises seems to be the Titans, 0-6 and thankful for their “bye” week. The debate was if there would be a quarterback change. Coach Jeff Fisher said at a lengthy press conference that he was considering some changes but not at QB. We have to remember Vince Young is warming the bench and owner Bud Adams has intimated he would like to see Young under center. Indications were that the coach would make that decision. Not true in some cases. Rumor from the Redskins’ teepees is that head coach Jim Zorn has been stripped of all play calling duties. That can’t be good.
And it is always nice to see a little tenderness in such a rough sport. Last Sunday an illegal hit by Donte Wesley of the Panthers on Clifton Smith of the Tampa Bay Buc’s brought an ejection and suspension. Smith said Wesley called and apologized and he accepted. Smith went on to say that he is not holding a grudge. The Bucs’ (0-7) coach, Raheem Morris, sided with his return specialist with the remark, “Sometimes a gunfighter gets shot.” Is that class or what?
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