Maniac Notes: Moss Vindicated, Delonte West's Road, and Nike's Santa
Randy Moss redeemed
For those fans ( Randy Moss quote: "My real fans" ) who have stood behind Moss this season, you were redeemed with this game ( although it was an "ok" game by Moss, nothing spectacular ). For those fans who were bashing Randy Moss over the last couple of weeks ( *cough* WEEI *cough* Big Show *cough**cough* Michael Felger ):
Go Screw Yourselves
Bandwagon jumpers will nonetheless get back on Randy's side, even though we all should've been on his side the whole time. Good job Moss.
Belichick's "Ghost Defense"
This is the 2nd game that Belichick is using his Ghost Defense. Essentially having a bunch of guys at the line of scrimmage moving around without being set, making it hard for the offensive line to know who is rushing the QB or who's staying back.
Wilfork and Warren didn't play in this game, so Belichick had to come up with some zany schemes to stifle the run game. Getting after Garrard with great pressure by the line was a bonus; the pass-rush looked amazing today, and it had a lot of help since the lead nullified the Jags from using the run game to their advantage.
Wouldn't be surprised if this Ghost Defense becomes part of the normal defensive play-set going into the playoffs; it has been used so little over the years, there probably isn't enough video to overcome this gimmick defense easily.
This Ghost Defense today was different because they employed two down-lineman on the edges ( the five gaps ), and stuffed the middle full of linebackers/small lineman. When the Patriots have used this type of defense, there usually was one down-lineman in the middle facing the center. The one down-lineman formation has been more prevalent when it has been used by Bill Belichick, as well as with Eric Mangini.
At the same time, using it too much will allow teams to defend against it better in the future. Kudos to Belichick for thinking of this scheme, and keeping it fresh for games such as these ( ie: games with enough injuries to result in unorthodox play-calling.
Delonte's Success Equals Cleveland Cavs Success
It does. When he is on his game, he creates a huge distraction on the court for a lot of teams. He can shoot, he has good court vision to pass the ball off, and he will take it to the hoop in a heartbeat. He has had some off-the-court and mental issues that have plagued him this season, and it has affected his playing time.
Lakers fans were too busy acting like animals to notice the trend on the court on Christmas day; when Delonte plays his best, he solidifies the bench, and gives Lebron another weapon to pass it off when he gets surrounded going towards the hoop. Delonte West is the X-Factor for the Cavs; they don't win the championship if he isn't on his game. Period.
Nike's Black Santa: A point to make.
I have seen some comments to the Nike commercials with The reindeer rap and Santa, Lebron, & Kobe Bryant muppets. Some people were quick to point out that Santa was black ( the Santa rap was performed by KRS One, which is great to see an old-school hip-hop homage ), which is fine. But, in case anyone is bothered by Nike's depiction of an "urban" Santa, here is some history for you.
Quoted From The Book "For God, Country, & Coca-Cola":
While Coca-Cola has had a subtle, pervasive influence on our culture, it had directly shaped the way we think of Santa. Prior to the (Haddon) Sunblom illustrations, the Christmas saint had been variously illustrated wearing blue, yellow, green, or red. In European art, he was usually tall and gaunt, whereas Clement Moore had depicted him as an elf in "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
After the soft drink ads, Santa would forever more be a huge, fat, relentless happy man with a broad belt and black hip boots- and he would wear Coca-Cola red.
Coca-Cola commissioned artist Haddon Sunblom to create a marketable Santa that would fit Coca-Cola's advertising campaigns to get more people to drink soda in the colder months. Not only did this campaign work, but it etched one of the most important and popular icons in American, and possibly human, history. (Note: There were other similar versions of a jolly fat Santa before Sundblom, but Coca-Cola cemented the archetype that stayed with our culture up until the present.).
So, any perception of Santa is reasonable, considering our current perception was created by a corporation to push a sugar drink. Merry Xmas. Would you like to gift me with 5 stars? Ok, I'll take 4.
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