Come On Son: The Most Frustrating and Disappointing Sports-Related Moments
2010 is nearly over. It is hard to believe it. Throughout the year, there have been plenty of sports related moments. Fans like myself have endured moments that ranged from awesome to terrible, from triumphant to tragic. However, there are sports related moments that just leave you shaking your head with disappointment.
The moments listed here just have me saying "Come on, son!"
I hope you will enjoy this slide show.
Cris Carter's Endless Love Affair With Ex Viking Teammate Randy Moss
Let me kick off this slide show with ex NFL star wide receiver turned ESPN analyst Cris Carters' endless man crush on his former Viking teammate Randy Moss.
In early October 2010, the New England Patriots made a blockbuster announcement. They traded away their star wide receiver, Randy Moss, to the Minnesota Vikings for a fourth round pick. Eventually, they got back Deion Branch from Seattle. In 2006, Branch and the Patriots had a very nasty parting of ways. Both sides have regretted it since.
Many of the so called NFL "experts" started the hand wringing over the Patriots, wondering what the Patriots were going to do without a deep threat, and the "experts" were whining about how the Patriots had the worst defense ever and so forth.
One of these "experts" was none other than Cris Carter. He kept going on ESPN Radio shows and on WEEI almost all season crying about how the Patriots don't have a deep threat, cannot win without Randy Moss, and how Moss is such a great player, etc, etc. Carter kept banging this drum all season. He kept repeating the mantra: Deion Branch is "just a guy" and "disappears."
Well, I admit that Branch's career was not great in Seattle. He didn't fit in that offense and was hurt out there, even though he is a good wide receiver. I think that is a fair thing to say. However, the fact is that Branch is a Super Bowl MVP and has two rings with the Patriots. Cris Carter, while I think he is a Hall of Famer, was the one on that 1998 Vikings team with the 15-1 record who set (at the time) the scoring record but fell short of going to the Super Bowl because their kicker missed a kick that would have iced the game.
Besides, the real kicker is that Carter kept banging this drum despite the fact that the Patriots kept on winning this season, and Randy Moss got bounced from Minnesota to the Titans. It didn't matter to Carter that Brady was spreading the ball around to two rookie tight ends, Wes Welker, Branch, Edelman, etc and having one of the best seasons of his career, Carter STILL insisted that the Patriots needed Moss.
The Patriots have wrapped up the AFC East and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. I would like to know if Cris Carter STILL thinks they need Randy Moss.
COME ON SON!!!
The Preakness Stakes Nearly Being Cancelled
Thoroughbred racing is a dying sport. That hurt me to write that. Thoroughbred racing is my all time favorite sport. I have loved it for 33 years, and it hurts to see it withering away. It is so bad that we nearly lost the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown.
To make the story simple, the Maryland Jockey Club and the state of Maryland, and I believe the racing boards due to economics and stuff had a hard time agreeing on dates. Anyway, the Preakness, which had been run for the past 135 years was in jeopardy, but a last minute deal had been reached and the 136 running of the Preakness Stakes, won by such greats as Affirmed, Seattle Slew, etc would be run.
It really is a shame that there had to be some political maneuvering to save Maryland racing and one of horse racing's famous races.
COME ON SON!
The NFL : Inconsistency On Rules and a Potential Lockout
Well, I have already written an article about how I think the Steelers are targeted by the NFL as far as enforcing these "illegal hits." Throughout the entire season, I have noticed plenty of inconsistencies as far as the officiating. I mean, in the Oakland/Indianapolis game, when the Raiders were called for pass interference, I could not help but notice that in the previous week's Jets/Steelers game, the Jets defensive backs were doing the same exact thing to the Steelers' wide receivers, but the Steelers did not get the call. Of course, this is the Colts. They always get that call.
I don't want to make this slide all about bad calls and questionable calls and such. I just want to say that the NFL has to do something about this. The refs are way too quick to throw the flag on very borderline stuff. What kills me is that after a very questionable call , the NFL calls and tells the team , "Oops. The refs messed up." Well, that is all well and good, but tell that to the Buccaneers who, last week against the Lions, got robbed of a touchdown that should have counted. Evidently, the referee ruled a touchdown was not a touchdown. The Bucs lost that game. However, the NFL said the TD should have counted. Well, that doesn't help the Bucs, now does it? Got to get these refs to do their jobs right.
Now, the elephant in the room that no fan wants to hear. LOCKOUT. I hope to heck it doesn't happen. It is bad enough the season is coming to a close. This is one of the most successful years the NFL has had as far as popularity, ratings, etc. I would hate to see the NFL and the NFLPA kill the golden goose. I mean, it is bad enough that the NFL teams have priced out the regular Joe and regular Jill with the ticket prices and all that. It is bad enough that if the game does not sell out, the networks black out the game so fans can't use their huge flat screen televisions (one of these TVs pretty much equals the price of season tickets) to watch the game. Now , there may be a LOCKOUT because millionaires and billionaires can't decide how to divide the money?
COME ON SON!
America's Shame: The Dallas Cowboys Trip On The Way To The Super Bowl
Well, the Super Bowl on February 6, 2011 will be in Dallas, TX. The one team who was predicted by many of the "experts" to represent the NFC in the big game is the team who plays their home games there, the Dallas Cowboys. Heck, ESPN pretty much awarded the Lombardi to them. How very wrong they were.
What a terrible season they had with all that talent. They have Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Tashard Choice, Dez Bryant, Roy Williams Jr, DeMarcus Ware, etc. Yeah, they lost Romo and Bryant to injuries, but man, only five games? Of course, one of the problems is that Jerry Jones held on to Coach Marshmallow, er Wade Philips. Philips is NOT a head coach. Like Norv Turner, who I will get to in a bit, he is a coordinator. Big difference.
Sure in his first year as Cowboys head coach, Philips went 13-3. That is because the Cowboys were a tough team he inherited from Coach Bill Parcells. The more the Cowboys were under Philips' influence, the softer they became. The team has now become so bad that Jones had to make an in season coaching change to Jason Garrett. The team did play better for a bit, until the Cardinals game when they went back to those bad habits.
Very disappointing indeed.
COME ON SON!
Pulling a Zenyatta Cost Them: Chargers Miss The Playoffs Altogether
Too bad one of my favorite shows on ESPN, "Pardon the Interruption" is not on this week. I would have relished hearing co-host Michael Wilbon RIP on the San Diego Chargers missing the playoffs altogether. He has been ripping them all season long and they have deserved it.
I have called the San Diego Chargers the most overrated team in the NFL for a very long time. It is not even close. One of the main reasons I call them that is that they have always had a lot of talent through the years, but have choked in the playoffs. They are worse than the Indianapolis Colts in this regard. At least Peyton Manning has gotten his teams to two Super Bowls. Yes, the Chargers have made it to a Super Bowl, but that was in 1994/95.
Lately, the Chargers have had so much talent, particularly under new GM, A.J. Smith and the team just wins big in the regular season in a crappy division, the AFC West, but gets killed in the playoffs. Look at them in the past several years if you don't believe me.
For example, in 2006, under Marty Schottenheimer, they went 14-2. They had home field advantage throughout the playoffs. What happens? They failed to take advantage of a Patriots team with Tom Brady not at his best. Near the end of the game, Brady threw what should have been a game icing INT. What happens? The Charger DB tried to make a play instead of just falling down with the ball and Troy Brown of the Patriots strips him of the ball , causing a fumble that the Patriots recover. Schottenheimer threw an ill advised challenge flag, and lost not only the challenge, but a time out, and eventually the game.
Well, let's fast forward to this season under head coach Norv Turner. Under Turner, like the past couple of years, the team has been starting slow like the race horse Zenyatta. This year, they started 2-5. I am obviously not a fan, but man, from my knowledge of horse racing, I could tell that one of these days, that come from behind strategy was going to cost the Chargers a playoff spot. I also knew that A.J. Smith's way of doing business (see V. Jackson , etc) was also going to hurt the team one of these days. Well, that day came.
Let me get this straight. The Chargers, with Rivers, Jackson and all that talent could not beat the hapless Bengals?? Really?? I mean, I know the expression "any given Sunday" applies here, but this team was fighting for its playoff life. Of course, if this team is going to play half the season as Wilbon says, they don't deserve to make the playoffs.
COME ON SON!!