The Rams Actually Have an NFL Offense, Ladies and Gentlemen

I’ve been involved in sports blogging since about 2005. I started this one up in March 2007, and ever since, the St. Louis — now Los Angeles — Rams have been a piss poor franchise. Back in 2007, going into that season, the Rams had so much hope for a potential Super Bowl appearance (it might seem crazy to you now, revisionist historians, but it was a big thought). The 2006 season was a rollercoaster, but by and large, the team finished the season on a winning streak and with an 8-8 record; the season was derailed by a 5-game losing streak starting when the Rams were 4-1, facing the Seahawks. Torry Holt had seemingly caught a game winning touchdown catch only for the Seahawks to quickly march down the field and have Josh Brown kick a game winning field goal. I digress.

Yesterday the Rams defeated the Indianapolis Colts 46-9, with 14 points coming from two pick-6s on defense.

I think, off the top of my head, that was the most I’ve seen a Rams offense put up points since the dismantling of the Oakland Raiders in 2014 when the Rams beat them 52-0.

I’m trying not to be too hyped up for the remainder of this season for the Rams, because let’s face it…

The Colts are quietly one of the worst organizations in the NFL. They are a sour franchise. Colts fans are like spoiled teenagers or young adults; they had Peyton Manning for thirteen years and have had Andrew Luck for the last five. They haven’t appreciated Luck, though. If you heard any of the Colts’ radio guys last year, you’d understand. That offensive line for ’em was putrid last year and didn’t help in preventing his lingering shoulder issues. I wouldn’t blame Luck for sitting out this season if he wanted to, to rehab that shoulder some more, because that Colts front office didn’t hurt themselves by trying to get him some help on offense.

When I found out that Scott Tolzien, perhaps one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, was starting for Indy, this was my reaction:

I told a couple of my friends that if the Rams were to lose this game, they might as well drop out of the NFL. I knew that the Colts’ pass defense was awful, given their low quality defensive backs, but they made Jared Goff look like a perennial Pro Bowler. Thanks, Colts.

I know Colts fans are eager about their head coach Chuck Pagano eventually being canned. They should have let him go after last season. I know what it’s like when your team won’t hurry up and get rid of an abysmal head coach. I wonder how things would have been had they retained Bruce Arians after 2012 and made him the head coach? I know that would have been a terrible look at the time, given the circumstances that Pagano was tragically dealing with in his life, but I think it’s fair to say the Colts would have fared much better over the last few years.

Hell, Pagano didn’t even know which team the Colts were playing against yesterday.

I can’t wait for the Rams to inevitably disappoint me. Prove me wrong, LA.

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The Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers, Celtics Trade Fiasco

I’ve just exchanged with you a Toyota Corolla for a Chevrolet Corvette.  In addition to the Corolla, you’ve been dealt a motorcycle, a moped and a Powerball lottery ticket that will be valid in about a year. However, the main point in this trade is the Corolla. You’ve just switched jobs, and while the Corvette has been your baby for a few years and has served you fine, it needs a new home and you must downgrade to another vehicle, but at the same time you seek compensation if you are exchanging your Corvette for something else.

You ultimately find somebody willing to give you an offer you can’t refuse. The Corolla has had a few good years of performance; it’s still running! At the same time, it experienced a hiccup in operation a couple of months ago. There’s a likely chance it will be repaired and could be on the backburner for a few months. There’s also a possibility it won’t run the same as it used to. But you must switch out the Corvette for something else, and other offers aren’t willing to give you the same things the person with the Corolla is giving you.

So, you agree to trade. Everything is going good, until you take the Corolla out for a spin, and then you realize that — despite knowing of the ramifications of acquiring such a vehicle with potential repair issues — you are fearful of the future for this newly acquired Corolla of yours! Even though you understood the consequences before and during the exchange process, you are now seeking additional compensation, more than what was agreed upon, and you are also considering ixnaying the whole damn deal! Eventually, after playing around and being a weasel, the other person pitches in a scratch-off ticket that won’t even be valid for another three years.

That’s the best metaphor I can come up with to describe the dipshit frenzy that was induced by the good ol’ Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that will soon be mentioned as LeBron James’ former team yet again.

Y’know, this information about Isaiah Thomas and his hip wasn’t exactly a concealed piece of knowledge. Haven’t you noticed Danny Ainge skirting around questions from the press in regards to Thomas’ future?

I don’t think the Cavs are intent on keeping Thomas around for the long haul. He’s an undersized point guard that’s almost 30-years-old and seeking a max contract. I know that a lot of Celtics fans are still hiding behind their emotions and crying about the absence of ol’ “I hustle and play hard!” I.T., but they are more than likely better off in the long haul, especially if they can build around Irving as Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown reach the potential they might be capable of.

The Cavaliers have done well in this trade, though, not only securing the Toyota Corolla (Thomas), but getting the motorcycle (Jae Crowder). They can sell the moped for scraps. The powerball ticket (Nets’ first round draft pick) could be useful! Who knows about the scratch-off.

But it’s clear they sucked the Celtics dry.

I doubt this Celtics team will defeat the Cavaliers in the postseason. Not this upcoming year. I just don’t see it. I doubt anybody is even defeating the Warriors. But in due time, if Tatum and/or Brown reaches gold standard fruition, we can see it happen. Especially if the reports are true about LeBron getting the hell out of Cleveland (again) next summer.

And We Are Back to Regularly Scheduled MMA Programming (I Hope)

I’ve always been a big time Conor McGregor fan; you can search back to 2012-2013 on my blog to find this out, way before he reached half the fame he has today.

Last night, Floyd Mayweather toyed with McGregor and TKO’ed him in the 10th round. As I expected, McGregor was out of his element, but again, I don’t blame him for going after this fight, because he showed us all that you can be anything you want to be in this life, and you can talk yourself into a hell of a whole lot of things in this world. He earned a shithorde of money, more than most people will ever make in their lifetime, and I think that’s something to admire.

A lot of people are praising McGregor for lasting ten rounds with Mayweather. I guess that’s an OK accomplishment, but as a seasoned boxing fan, the only reason this fight went on for as long as it did is because Mayweather allowed it to. If you’ve watched previous Mayweather bouts, he fights differently. In this one, he walked McGregor down, took his best shots and let him swing away, something he has never done in the past. After Mystic Mac wore himself out and became exhausted, Mayweather tee’d off on him.

Simple as that.

Now, hopefully we’ll be back to regularly schedule MMA programming… I want to see McGregor defend his Lightweight title against the likes of Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov. Or both, eventually. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that will happen. Who knows. McGregor might ride this boxing money train and we’ll see an unnecessary fight between him and Paulie Malignaggi in six or seven months. I hope that’s not the case, but damn it, I can imagine it.

I don’t care to see boxers or mixed martial artists switch sports like this. I enjoy both sports, but I believe you should stay in your lane. Again, I can’t blame McGregor for taking the boatloads of cash from this bout, but oftentimes you attract idiot fans from both sports who have cheeto dust on their fingers and chicken wing grease stains on their t-shirts who exclaim the opposite sport sucks. Example: “man, all MMA is 2 dudez humpin’ one ‘nother. Real men stand’n’bang!” by boxing fans and “Real fighting involves kicks and ground’n’pound!” by MMA fans. Those are vociferations echoed by simple minded dumbasses. I’m sick of nonsense like that. What’s wrong with being a fan of both sports?

Jon Jones popped for steroids for the second time last week. He’ll probably be forced to relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title soon enough. What a bummer. Maybe it was ‘tainted’. Probably not. This makes me disappointed. Daniel Cormier is one of the all-time greats, and could be considered in the “greatest of all-time” discussion, but now he’s lost two fights to a potential steroid user, and in this last fight he was knocked out and humiliated in front of the entire world from being concussed. That is utter bullshit.

I know that anabolic steroids run rampant throughout all professional sports. In some cases, in some sports (like Major League Baseball, which I’d prefer to see amphetamines legalized…), anabolic steroid usage does not bother me, but in contact sports like MMA and boxing, when you can seriously injure your opponent in a sanctioned fight, it sickens me.

I hope, in my heart, that it was simply just a tainted supplement ingested by Jones, because I enjoy watching him fight, but if he absolutely intended to take ‘roids for recovery, strength and weight cutting purposes, then that’s a damn shame.

Jon Jones Recaptured the UFC Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 214 by Knocking Out Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier is suffering from what happened to Junior dos Santos — the second best that would otherwise be the best if not for the man ahead of him. Sure, JdS defeated his worthy adversary (Cain Velasquez) in a matter of a minute, but Cain went on to take JdS’s soul in ten combined rounds in their next two fights. Cormier has now lost twice to Jonny “Bones” Jones.

When people would speak about the first fight between DC and Jones, I’d keep hearing so many of them clamor that DC was in the fight the entire way and that it was extremely competitive. I don’t know what they were watching, because to me, it never was. DC landed some nice shots in the first couple of rounds, but Jones took him to town in the final three rounds of that fight. It was never close in my eyes.

I didn’t know what the hell to expect last night. If you would have told me the fight was going to end in a knockout, I would have been sure as anything Cormier would have knocked Jones out, but nope, Bones Jones was the one to deliver the knockout blow, and it was artistic, if anything. The entire fight, all the way leading up to the knockout, Jones had been throwing low kicks at Cormier, and in this fight I believe it was competitive (unlike the first bout) and more even than anything else. However, it goes to show that Jones’ fight IQ is on another level, because the head kick that rocked Cormier happened when Cormier was expecting another low kick.

In another words: once again, Jon Jones in the UFC light heavyweight champion. What a comeback. And genuine or not, how can you not appreciate Jones’ classy remarks towards Cormier post-fight? Speaking of which, it broke my heart to see Rogan interview a concussed Cormier; I wish the UFC would stop interviewing fighters who have just been concussed via a knockout moments earlier.

I don’t know what’s left for DC. Maybe he moves back up to heavyweight and eventually challenges Stipe Miocic for the title? What else is there left for him to do at light heavyweight other than confirm his status as the second best light heavyweight of all-time? His record is unblemished, sans two losses to one man.

The rest of the card was good outside of two stinkers:

1.) Cris Cyborg vs. a human punching bag.

2.) Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia.

I’d hoped, so badly, to see Maia become the welterweight champion by way of being a human backpack. This fight was atrocious, because Woodley — having several chances and windows to land a TKO blow to Maia — played it safe, while Maia failed, over and over again (23 times, yeah?), to secure a takedown. Woodley is producing stinker after stinker as the welterweight champion of the world. He claims it’s because he’s fighting specialists, and he has a point, but it’s no excuse for not pulling the trigger in these bouts. This was also Maia’s probable last shot at a title, as he’ll be 40-years-old soon.

I don’t want to hear idiots make excuses for Woodley, though. That fight broke the record for the lowest amount of strikes in a UFC bout. That is pitiful. Woodley is clearly fighting not to lose, and I hate that shit. I already miss Robbie Lawler’s — albeit short — violent run as welterweight champion.

Woodley also said in the post-fight conference that, if Georges St-Pierre doesn’t fight him, then he (Woodley) is the greatest.

Bullshit.

It’s a shame that Rory MacDonald is in Bellator these days, because he would wreck Woodley just as he did three years ago.

Will the Jets and Browns Overcome Long NFL Odds to Win Division Titles?

This is a special feature article from Covers.com.

Two NFL teams enter the 2017 season facing uphill climbs to win their respective divisions. However, if they are successful, those who had bet on them prior to the season starting will receive quite a return as the odds are 33-1 for these clubs, the New York Jets (AFC East) and Cleveland Browns (AFC North).

New York Jets

Clearly, hopes are not very high for those supporting this franchise and with good reason. And much of that lack of confidence is out of their control thanks to being in the same division as the New England Patriots, who have advanced to at least the AFC championship game in each of the past six seasons. However, the Jets would also struggle to win the division title in any other division.

But there are positives.

One is that the Jets have bounced back-and-forth between .500-or-better records and pretty lousy marks the last six seasons. Since 2011, the Jets have gone 8-8, 6-10, 8-8, 4-12, 10-6 and 5-11. If that trend continues, the team should expect a winning campaign and being able to compete for a division title. It may not be clear where that success will come from, but it wasn’t all that clear how the 2013 or 2015 Jets were going to get back to the .500 mark either.

Otherwise, the defensive line is expected to be solid, which would help keep scores close. Elsewhere on that side of the ball, the linebackers and secondary will need to be comprised of players having career or near-career seasons in order to give the team a realistic chance of winning every week. Offensively, there are glimmers of hope on the line, but the rest of the offense is one huge question mark. Even the quarterback position is wide open leading into camp.

Cleveland Browns

Probably the biggest thing that this team needs to overcome is the perennial-loser culture that exists here as Cleveland last had a winning record in 2007 when that team went 10-6. However, their last playoff appearance came in 2002 when the 9-7 Browns reached the wild card round before losing by 30 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers. And hopes are obviously not high this year either given their odds.

But, as with the Jets, positives do exist. After going 1-15 last year, there is nowhere to go but up, meaning that if the team can get off to a decent start, it may be able to build momentum as early wins can spark a snowball effect.

Probably the most important factor will be stability at the quarterback position. In 2016, six different players took the ball from the center. Cody Kessler will probably begin the season as Cleveland’s starter. A year ago, he completed 128-of-195 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns. He also entered the penultimate game of the season and rallied the Browns past the Chargers, 20-17, the team’s lone win.

Another question will be how much protection the offensive line will give the quarterback and many holes they will provide the running game. The impact of Gregg Williams, the team’s new defensive coordinator, will play a significant role too as far as Cleveland’s hopes of competing for titles.

Bottom Line

When considering long shots, it’s important to remember that they do not need to pay off that often for it to still be a good bet. If a 33-1 selection comes through once every 20 times, that’s great. Which of these two teams has the best chance to overcome those long odds? It has to be Cleveland. The Browns appear to have more in their cabinet than the Jets do, and they don’t have the Patriots to overcome.

Conor McGregor and a Case for Irrational Confidence

To accomplish great things in life, you must have irrational confidence. Confidence doesn’t come about naturally but through a series of actions that involve a person stepping outside of their comfort zone and being uncomfortable.

A lot of people who might describe themselves as “low self-esteem, low confidence” individuals I think are either suffering from 1.) inaction, or 2.) they stepped outside of their comfort zone, had one or a few negative experiences and allowed said experiences to define them.

Irrational confidence is that all-knowing belief that you can do whatever it is that exists as your goal(s).

Conor McGregor has displayed this from the get-go in his combat sports career. I wrote about him back in 2013, when the general population still had no idea who he was. If you go back and watch, in August 2013, when he fought Max Holloway (who is the current UFC Featherweight champion), you can see this. He had an aura about him from the get-go — smiling, having fun before the fight, totally straightforward.

Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.”

I’ve always loved that quote. McGregor spouted it once upon a time. Maybe after his fight with Dustin Poirier. I can’t remember.

Anyway, he’s facing Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in what is a boxing contest on August 26th. I have no doubt that Mayweather is going to win, but I don’t begrudge either man for taking part in this spectacle, because they are both racking up stupid amounts of money.

The thing is, irrational confidence attracts believers after the doubters are proven wrong.

Chad Mendes — in ‘fighting shape or not’ — was said to be the man to oust McGregor with his wrestling. He laid on top of McGregor in the first round, but ultimately McGregor cold clocked him in the second round. “Mendes ran out of gas!” people say. Sure, I think so, but if you watch the fight again, McGregor took the wind out of Mendes early with a body shot.

Jose Aldo was undefeated for about a decade. It only took Conor McGregor 12 seconds to starch him.

McGregor made Eddie Alvarez look like an amateur… a deer in front of headlights…

McGregor still has doubters, though. But hey, like that quote goes, you can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there will be people who dislike peaches regardless of that.

But the believers have been convinced, through all the charisma, that he has a chance to defeat one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time.

do believe that McGregor can and will land punches… he’s simply a long fighter in comparison to Floyd, but I think a lot of people underestimate the fact that this is a boxing bout and that Floyd can and will clinch to get out of trouble. I’d give McGregor more a chance if boxing judges took points off for inane clinching.

Pro Sports Loyalty is Laughable (Pitiful Utah Jazz Fans)

Utah Jazz fans are bitter bumrat schmucks this morning.

I hate it when sports fans talk about loyalty in the realm of professional sports. ‘Scuse the language (as always, folks), but it’s the dumbest fucking notion that any professional athlete in a team sport should be loyal. It’s idiotic. I hate it. I think it’s simple minded for sports fans to expect players on their favorite teams to stay forever.

Gordon Hayward is going to play for the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics.

He could have taken more money to stay in bum ass Utah.

He could have taken more money to go play in Miami for the Heat and live a luxurious lifestyle.

But no.

He took less money to jump ship to play for the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics.

Why? For a chance to win a ‘chip.

Nah, the Celtics will never beat LeBron and the Cavs in this reality over the next year barring serious injury to LeBron & Co. And even if they did, there’s no way in the world they’d have a screaming shitheel shot at defeating Golden State, but Hayward’s landing spot with the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics is a hell of a lot better of a place to play for a chance at winning a ‘chip than Utah.

I love it when people justify their hate for a player leaving, because it’s foolish. It’s sad. It’s pitiful. It’s downright moronic.

I get irritated with NBA players, because there’s not many rivalries going on these days. There’s too much buddy-buddy bullshit going on. I don’t care about the regular season. My irritation lies in the fact that there’s a lot of guys who are more concerned about “gettin’ theirs” rather than chasing titles. That’s why I laughed and loved it when LeBron bolted from sorry ass Cleveland to Miami to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That’s why I didn’t mind Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City to join Golden State.

Loyalty has no place in professional sports.

I hated it when ignorant Los Angeles Lakers “fans” justified Kobe Bryant getting that fat contract just a few years ago when he was clearly close to retirement. They claimed that he was “loyal” and he deserved the contract. Well, the prospect of Kobe leaving was huge multiple times during his career in Tinseltown. Did you forget about 2004 and 2007? Hell, he demanded to be traded at one point in 2007. Besides, if he didn’t get that fat contract with the Lakers a few years back, where was he going to go? Tell me… that dumb bastard Jim Buss handicapped the Lakers.

That annoyed me, because I’m a basketball purist. I’ll yell it forever: I want the Celtics, Lakers, Sixers, Knicks, Pistons, etc. etc. to be contenders every year. It’s more interesting.

But Jazz fans, get over yourselves.

“Years of rebuilding, and we finally get back into the playoffs, win a round and have a chance at making something special happen, and… and…. and… now we are back in the cellar. Fuck you, Gordon Hayward!”

That’s something I keep reading. Bitterness emanating from the larynxes of anguished Jazz fans.

Jazz-dudes, he played out his contract for your shitty, pitiful franchise. He poured years of heart, effort, blood, sweat and tears on the court during his tenure wearing your team’s name 82 games a year.

He fulfilled his obligation.

Then, he had the chance to go where he wanted.

Mobility.

Why would you shit talk a goddamn pro athlete for the opportunity to go where they wanted?

“He should stay loyal! He should give back to the fans! We pay his salary! Without us, he’d be nothing!”

Another remark reverberating off the walls of the bumrat schmuck coliseum…

Your boss pays your salary. If you get a better job offer somewhere else where you’d rather work, are you a disloyal jackass because you are leaving that said boss?

No.

Take the emotions out of it. Professional sports will always be about business. I don’t understand the rationale behind shitting on professional athletes for having the opportunity provided by the prospect of mobility to go where they want based on what they have in mind for their career.

Enjoy your inevitably abysmal season, Jazz fans. I’ll be laughing my ass off. Gordon Hayward and the Celtics will most likely fall to the Cavaliers, but he’ll probably have a much better time playing for a winning franchise. You should appreciate his time in Utah rather than booing just because you are sad, pitiful, bitter bumrats.

By the way, Mormons… caffeine is fucking awesome!