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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Andy Reid's Quarterbacks

This past Tuesday, Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles announced that Michael Vick will be starting at quarterback. "Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid said. "I think his play has even exceeded expectations over the last two weeks. This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury. He's done a phenomenal job for us here. The future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit.” Ok, lets stop and rewind, in November of 2008, Donovan McNabb is benched for only time of his career in a game at Baltimore when the Eagles were only down 10 at half time, Andy Reid decided to go with Kevin Kolb in second half of what ended up being a 36-7 loss. McNabb comes back and leads the Eagles to the playoffs and helps them reach the NFC Championship game, where they ran into the juggernaut that Cardinals were that year and lost a game in which he played nearly perfect. He threw three touchdowns on his way to 375 passing yards and 97.4 passer rating in 32-25 loss at Arizona. This offseason Andy Reid trades McNabb to a division rival, basically saying he thinks that Kevin Kolb will be better than him this year and in the future. Reid banks the future of the Eagles on Kolb, a quarterback they have had for at the time 3 years, enough time to evaluate every aspect of his game, a quarterback they rewarded with a huge new contract, a quarterback they said was more accurate to handle the west coast offense than Donovan McNabb.
Andy Reid
For the first half of this seasons opening game for the Eagles against the Green Bay Packers, Reid kept yanking Kolb out of the game for plays and getting Mike Vick in, if I am not mistaken, Vick got 8 snaps in the first half. Just before half time Kolb suffered a concussion and Vick took over to start the second half. Vick did very well, leading the Eagles back to within 7 points with about 4 minutes to go. In the final minutes, Vick got stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Packers 42, it just always seems that the Eagles cannot convert on those third-and-1 or fourth-and-1, but that’s neither here nor there. The next week, Vick plays well again and leads the Eagles to a win over the Detroit Lions. Reid cited that reasons for starting Vick over Kolb are offensive line problems and mobility issues. Vick still got sacked 6 times vs. the Lions, the Lions, not the best defensive team by any means. Vick beat up on a Packer defense that did not prepare for him and an improved, but still woeful Lions defense. And now Andy Reid is going with Vick over the quarterback he got rid of McNabb for.
Mike Vick
Now do not get me wrong, I am not saying that it is the wrong move, because I do not know if Kolb is better than Vick. What I do know is that you do not tear up your future plan that you decided on just months ago based on 6 quarters of play that Vick would of not even gotten if it was not for Kolb’s injury. I do not know how the Eagles can go back to Kolb, if I am Kevin Kolb I am asking for a trade, the organization betrayed me, they broke the players trust in me, and gave away my job because I got injured. How can Kevin Kolb have any confidence in himself and trust in his coaches now? Kevin Kolb is done in Philly.
Kolb has to be done in Philly
Bottom line is this, the quarterback that should be starting this Sunday for the Eagles, is the same person that is probably sitting back laughing at how all this is going down, and that is Donovan McNabb.
McNabb is your QB Andy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Why So Negative?

I am not the biggest fan of local network television, but this Sunday as I am sure many of you did, I tuned in to FOX, CBS, and NBC to watch the NFL’s full slate of great football action. To be honest, I always forget how much political campaigning is on television around the time of an election, but watching ad after ad this weekend, I realized why I choose to forget. I simply ask, why so negative?
picture says it all
More often the not, these ads were not about the person who “paid” for them and approved them, but about his or her opponents. Stop telling me why I should not vote for the next person; tell me why I should vote for you. Make me a case that you are the best man or woman for the job instead of making it seem that “hey, at least I am better than that.” I do not want to hear that you disagree with what the other candidate is preaching, I want to know what you have to offer and what you are preaching. All this negative campaigning not only makes all candidates seem unfit and weak; in my opinion it also turns people off politics. No one wants to see these ads two or three times every commercial break. Lets face it, people are not very bright, their perceptions of the candidates attacked in negative ads will be stained by the information they are exposed to. And since all candidates are using negative campaigning, the general public's perception of all candidates is tarnished, thus leaving the people uninterested in and disgruntled with politics. It just wears down people, to the point that they do not care anymore, and just say “screw it” and not vote, especially in the low-stimulus midterm elections, although I have to say that this election in my opinion will not be of the norm, and that we will see a higher turnout than the common midterm election because of the times we are going through right now, people just feel that they need their voice heard. But back to the point, voters dislike this widespread use of negative campaigning, they do not want to see it, read it, or listen to it anymore. Rise up to the occasion, run a clean campaign, be the best person for the job, and go out and earn a victory instead of trying to slander your opponent into losing. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Very Simple Plan for Obama.

I think that it is pretty safe to say that Democrats will lose majority in the House of Representatives in November and Nancy Pelosi will not be returning as Speaker of The House come the new congress. This will lead to most, including me to believe that President Obama’s time in the White House will not be extended 4 more years after 2012. Simple things that Obama can do that in my opinion would increase his chances of winning another term are….

President Obama
1) Focus on the economy: The one thing people are concerned most with is their financial security and Jobs. Obama needs to be simple and to be clear, and let the people know that his main priority is the Economy. Most people are not anxious about what’s not in their direct life. The Economy affects most, and if he drives home the fact that he is doing everything he can to improve it, they will listen.
needs fixin
2) Don’t pay attention to the bashing: Obama is already very highly criticized as is, and once the republicans take over the House, Criticism will just keep on coming. With today’s media the way it is, there is no way to avoid it. Obama will hear his name dragged through the mud on a daily basis. Focus on the task at hand and not paying attention to it will defiantly increase his chances of winning in 2012.

3) Fight for his position: Obama’s approval rating is not very good to say the least. He needs to not allow his seat to be taken away, but do all he can for it to not be won away. Obama needs to play his game and rise above all challenges that he may face. He needs to show Americans that the powerful energetic person that they voted for in 2008 can still lead them after 2012.

4) Hope that Sarah Palin wins the Republican nomination: I am certain or at least hope that Palin cannot possibly win a presidential election, and if she does, then its time to get out while we can. If Republicans put Palin up against Obama, I have to say that 4 more years of Obama would not look so bad to most eyes. I say this with caution fearing that it will end up biting me in the rear with our next president being Sarah Palin.
she tries real hard. 
Let me just end by saying this, I think that doing these four, well really only three things will help Obama’s chances come 2012 and by no means am I saying that if he does them he will win the election. Bottom line, I think we will have a new president, likely a Republican president come 2012.

Sixty Minutes of a Slouch

In Randy Moss I trust.
Intensity is Intense
Randy Moss is the best wide receiver I have ever seen play and in my opinion, the best of my generation. He might be a “one-route” runner, but he was by far the best at the running the deep route, and getting the ball down with ease. He was the ultimate game changer and still very much is. He is electrifying and exciting, intense and competitive, and for that he is still one of the best. Jets' All-Pro cornerback, Darrelle Revis called Moss a "slouch" during a word-association game he played with Deion Sanders over the offseason. This Sunday, the Patriots visit the Jets in their new home, and I Believe Randy Moss will overtake Revis Island.
Gonna be a battle
The Jets have a great defense and Revis is one of the best corners in football, but any corner can be beat if he is targeted and planned against, and that is what I think Tom Brady and Randy Moss will do this Sunday. Since getting the reputation of the best shutdown corner in football, Revis has been rarely targeted, but he is beatable, ask Ted Ginn Jr., just make sure when you do, you approach him with caution or he might bolt for the sidelines. There is nothing like a motivated Randy Moss, I truly believe that Moss is the kind of player who cares what people think of him, and is very emotional. He’s motivated to beat Revis and to show that he still deserves top receiver dollar in this his contract year. What he did to the cowboys on thanksgiving 1998 is a great example of what I mean. He felt they made a mistake by passing him in the draft just seven months before, he caught only three passes against the Cowboys that day, they all went for touchdowns and he finished the day with 163 receiving yards.
Moss and Brady will catch Revis at least once Sunday, if it takes one play or forty plays, they will make it a priority to show Revis that Moss is no slouch.
bet they have a good plan
So this Sunday at 4:15 eastern, tune into CBS to see these two titans clash, I promise you will not be disappointed. I predict Moss to go for about 90 yards on 5 catches and a score. His fantasy owners will rejoice and Jet haters will pile on. The Patriots will win and be on their way to reclaiming their spot a top the AFC East and the Jets will be all but out of it. Enjoy the game and keep a close eye on this great one on one matchup. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Muslim Community Center

The Cordoba Initiative is an organization designed to cultivate multi-cultural and multi-faith understanding across minds and borders. Its main focus is to strengthen the relationship between Islam and the west. Their project, the Cordoba House project, calls for 15-story Islamic community center (ICC) including a mosque, performance art center, gym, swimming pool and much more. The plan is to place the community center 2 blocks away from ground zero. Now as you have probably heard, this has sparked a great and very emotional debate among residents of the area and people worldwide.
Let me start by saying this, I am ok with this ICC simply because I cannot tell someone what they can and cannot do with their private property. As long as a group has everything in order, and are not breaking any laws by going up with a building, how can one even think of stopping them? The individuals who are planning to build this ICC are private citizens who own private land and can do anything they please with said land, as long as it is legal. They are obeying the law by pursing their rights, how can anyone legally stop them from obeying the law and living by the constitution? You tell me.
The 9/11 occurrings were not carried out in the name of Islam, they were carried out in the name of what a group of mind washed individuals thought Islam expected them to do. I do not understand how Christians and Americans both can blame and condemn such a large group who has this faith, and to say anyone who has this faith is a terrorist. To quote a good friend of mine, “Muslims are not terrorists, the terrorists were Muslim.” Of the over 3000 people that died in the world trade centers that day, about 300 were Muslim, about 10 percent, 10 percent of those who died that day were Muslim. I am sure that they all had families and loved ones who live in as much pain as anyone else who lost someone that day. Every one suffered after 9/11 including those in the Islamic community and maybe they suffered even more due to all the discrimination and ignorance they had to deal with. No one is going to walk by the community center and have to face the horror of that day again. No one is going to think, “the small boy swimming in that pool believes in the same book that those who killed my husband believed in.” Not everything about this community center will be traced back to the attacks of 9/11. In fact nothing should. Black people do not walk by a cross and trace it back to the days of the KKK and it being on fire.
Ignorance 101
In my opinion, this ICC can be a good seed of peace and understanding. Understanding that the people using it had nothing to do with what happened on 9/11. I will also give you a very possible and very solid option that those who oppose the ICC have, make the Cordoba House project an offer, get together, donate, and collect donations, get ignorant politicians like Sarah Palin who firmly oppose this plan to raise money, buy the land, make them an offer they cannot refuse. I am a firm believer in the idea that everyone has a price, no matter how strong their beliefs are, they will take the money if the price is right. 

Thoughts... coming soon.

Hello all, and welcome to my new blog. All the information you need to know about me should be on my profile and if not, then you probably do not need to know it. I am starting this blog to simply share my stance on a current event or an issue that I feel is relevant, or to share my opinion about another person's position on an issue, and sometimes I will just be ranting about something I hate or something I like. Do not expect posts to come in any regular manner, I will post an entry when I think one is needed or simply when I feel like. This is in no way a blog used to create a following, to do business, or to make money. This is just a mechanism I will use to share thoughts. I hope this is something you all can appreciate, if you do like it then bless you and enjoy, if you do not, then bless you too, i could not care less. Comments and suggestions are always welcome, looking forward to my first post.