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Bills vs Redskins post game

I spent the first half listening to the game.  I know that announcers that are employed by the team typically have a homer mentality, but it felt like John Murphy and Mark Kelso were watching a game where there were some ‘aw shucks’ moments.  After watching most of the second half all I came away with was a drubbing.

– I feel awful for Kevin Kolb.  It appears that if his career is not over he will have to pass extremely rigorous tests in order to even get on a practice field.  He was not a guy I wanted to see leading my team. I still hate to see him lose it this way.

– The only player to impress me in a big way was traded to the Lions for 4th year pro Thaddeus Lewis.  Chris White made an impressive stop near the goal line during the second half, stopping the Redskin RB in his tracks.  He was the immovable wall. While he was a Special Teamer first and foremost you can’t teach the play he made on Saturday. Only a player can make it happen.

– Matthew Leinart can break out his beer bong at the Ralph and feel right at home. He will just have to do it on a non-team lot.

– The team looked as bad as they have in years.  You know they would face adversity at some point, but so ugly so early was a let down, especially with the momentum the franchise was moving with.  I look forward to see how they rebound.

– I wish Tuel would have had the playbook opened up at some point for him. He had a rough night, but he also was kept on a very short leash.  I would guess he starts against the Lions.

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Posted by on 08/25/2013 in Gamehenge

 

Bills/Vikings Post Game

I ended up calling it at half time which meant I witnessed our defense rising (and the Vikings centers falling- two bad snaps over the head?) and Kevin Kolb put on his best impression of Ryan Fitzpatrick at his worst. Tcakes wanted to stay, but that was the sugar talking. No hot dog, no dip n dots, but there was an abudance of Sierra Mist,a pretzel and some Skittles. The Kid’s Day outdoor activities were varied and looked fun. My daughter was locked in- to waving her foam finger- but locked in. I was able to watch the whole first half. She was impressed by the view.

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– The Vikings offense looked overmatched. If the Bills have enough disguise their defense regularly we could be in for something special. Jerry Hughes was a monster. They seemed jittery, there were a number offsides penalties, but they were strong. Even when the initial rush failed they kept fighting. I can’t wait to see the full rollout week 1.

– I would think Kolb is out of the starting QB slot. E.J. Manuel was off and on starting last week too, sure, but he is a rookie, not a veteran that looked like one. He was throwing the ball like Fitz at his worst. He also looked Fitz like when he scrambled for nine when we needed 21. Heis a good insurance policy to me and even at that I am more inclined to lean toward Tuel as number 2 if that was Kolb when he is fighting for something and some pressure is on. I might give Tuel a series or two against a number 1 defense.

– Fred Jackson looked really good. I was at the Bills message boards and Butch from the eastside had a thread suggesting the Bills should release   or trade Fred. Butch is a fool, that is all.

It was a great family time event, though I made sure my daughter knew save Kids Day it might be awhile before she is at the Ralph for a game. Even at Kids Day there were plenty of heavy imbibers.

 
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Posted by on 08/17/2013 in Dirt

 

Bills/Vikings pregame thoughts- Kid’s Day with my daughter

I am heading out to the stadium with my daughter for a preseason matchup with as much excitement as I have been able to muster since Bledsoe’s first year. This front office and coaching staff appear to have a focus on fast, smart football. I plan on doing my best to watch some football, but that is all dependent on my copilot for the evening-

– I will be watching some of the game on the concourse TVs while in line for a pretzel, hot dog, drink or dip-n-dots. That’s okay. Despite my excitement about the direction of the franchise this is about Dad/Daughter time.

– I am assuming Kiko Alonzo’s injury is minor if he is hurt at all. All I heard from Marrone is he is out. I was bummed at first, but if uninjured there are a few reasons why I changed my mind: 1. He looked so good last week there is no reason to risk injury. Alonzo is that important to the Defense at this point. 2. Because of number 1 the Bills need to identify a solid backup in case Alonzo gets injured.

– The cornerback battle is extremely interesting with Crezdon Butler and Ron Brooks vying for the starting spot opposite Gilmore. While Leodis McKelvin is penciled in as the starter he is battling a groin injury. It is possible Leodis could be limited in his ability to run and keep up with speedy wide receivers. Thus week on WGR550 one of their ‘experts’ was bemoaning how often our WRs are torching the DBs in practice. I don’t see it as a horrible thing. They are training against one of the fastest units in the league. They should be better in the Regular Season where most teams don’t have four burners.

– WR cuts are going to be hard. I will be surprised if Brad Smith is on the Opening Day roster. They are so deep here it is almost certain some other team will claim our cuts. Hopefully they will slip one or two onto the practice squad. I can’t wait to see how fast Goodwin looks in person.

– Can’t wait to see all three QBs. I hope Teul sees time against 1st or 2nd team soon. They need to give Kolb his time, but make sure it isn’t at the expense of E.J.

– It should be a more competitive game.   The Colts are looking to build off past success and looked lazy. Minnesota is a hungrier squad looking to make the next step.

– I am hoping for zero injuries.

– If we stay until half time I would be impressed.

 
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Posted by on 08/16/2013 in Gamehenge

 

Bills/Colts post game thoughts

– EJ was pedestrian for long stretches, but it was competent vanilla. His big run showed some versatility that other teams will have to consider. If someone had to spy Manuel it is one less defender gumming up execution. He never threw a long ball, but there was no need. The touchdown throw to Dorrin Dickerson was well placed and well paced.

– CJ Spiller looked great. He looked like he was playing at double speed while the rest of the players were in sloooooowmoootiooon. It was great to see. I recognize he ripped off two decent runs in a row, but perhaps Chan Gailey was onto something with the conditioning angle. Spiller probably will need more breathers with the pace of his style, but it seemed awfully early to pull yourself out of a drive,

– The Wide Receiver battle is going to involve some tough cuts. It is certain guys who are talented and dedicated will be let go. It is a good and decidedly 1990s type problem for the Bills.

-The defense was tough. The defense was relentless. The defense was on target. For the most part. Ron Brooks taunting penalty after a successful 3rd down stop is in the category of unacceptable mistakes.  He made up for it on a thunderous hit that caused a fumble, but it never should’ve come to that. It was nice to see Mario Williams get a sack, even if it was due to incompetence on the part of the Left Tackle. Kiko Alonzo looked like he was born to be a star NFL linebacker.  A natural.

– Jeff Tuel looked good. Tuel was QBing against the 3rd & 4th stringers and was commanding. I hope HC Doug Marrone gives him some earlier reps next game so that we can see what he is capable of.

It’s too bad preseason isn’t a solid predicator of regular season success, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Bills are starting their new direction with a synergy that says we are onto something special here.

 
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Posted by on 08/11/2013 in Gamehenge

 

Bills /Colts pre-game thoughts

Obi-Wan (my son) and I are watching the game today, meaning I have one eye on the screen and one eye on his trail of destruction. Some quick thoughts on my hope and feelings.

– I am excited to see what our base/vanilla D looks. Pettine promises passion and heart. Mario Williams is dressing and it would be nice to see him deliver effort. I will never forget him standing still with no whistle last year against the Chiefs, but it would be nice if he could bury it deep for me with some strong play.

– EJ Manuel. Damn I’d love to see competence over flash. Abuse the running game. We shall see. The WR battle is exciting too.

Go Bills

I am not sure why I underlined….

 
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Posted by on 08/11/2013 in Gamehenge

 

I am the one who knocks, Breaking Bad returns to crumble

Breaking Bad starts its final eight episodes tonight. At the end of the first half of the final season… quick rant here. I really hope this is not a model followed by many others shows, the first half of a season one year and the second half the next year. Just call them different seasons, truncated and British in size, but separate seasons none the less.

Back on the subject at hand, there was indeed that mid season cliffhanger. It was as well done and necessary as such things can be to the medium. Given that Breaking Bad broke so many conventions in exciting ways I was hoping for that again.

Still, the year long wait is over. The tale of mild, meek Walter White to kingpin Heisenberg is almost at an end. I feel Shakespeare would approve of this modern tragic tale. It is my favorite TV show of all time. Like The Wire, fictional, gritty and pulling no punches, Breaking Bad shows how under the right(wrong?) circumstances anyone is capable of incredible (or despicable) things.

 
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Posted by on 08/11/2013 in Dirt

 

Gupta no longer Dupta

It is nice to see medical/scientific professionals acting as the leaders of scientific investigation, even if there seems to be a decided economic payoff for his doing so.  Yes, it is fantastic that Dr. Sanjay Gupta has decided to look at the marijuana- medicinal value or not conversation from a more enlightened stance.

He rightly points to the absurdity that marijuana is classified as a schedule I drug indicating that it has a high potential for abuse/addiction and also has zero redeeming quality as a medicine.  Through his research, what he released to this point, it is interesting to note that when it was made schedule I there was a cavaet involving studying it further.

The way it was studied has much to do with the stigma.  Dr. Gupta points out rightly that 94 percent of studies are looking into the harmful effects and only about 6 percent are looking into the beneficial treatments that may come out of marijuana as medicine.

I had done a paper for an English course stating a case for medical marijuana.  There was a case of an Army wife with Multiple Sclerosis who simply could not stand or walk.  Her suffering was that dramatic. She spoke of how smoking half a joint allowed her not only to stand, but to wash dishes and help around the house.  I was sold at that point.  Unfortunately they were harassed, expelled from the base, placing a hardship on the family. It was 1997 or 1998.

The list of applications is further than I had known. It appears effective with certain types of nerve pain, impingement and injury/surgery related.  There has been no direct link to helping with diabetic nerve pain, though who knows, perhaps more studies will come to bear now that a mainstream respected physician is on board.

My favorite part of his whole article was his apology.  Did someone just apologize in the 21st Century?  Not just apologize, but to do so with more than just the terse words, Dr. Gupta has my support.

 

“Well, I am here to apologize.

I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”

-Dr. Gupta

 

For that Army wife and everyone who comes after her who will benefit from an open, scientific approach to research I thank you Dr. Gupta.  If the research shows limited usefulness, then apply guidelines appropriately, but it appears honest science may not be dead.

P.S. Yes, you did sell a viewing of your Doc when it becomes available.

 

 
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Posted by on 08/09/2013 in Dirt