QB Recap: Week Two

23 09 2009

NFC East Quarterbacks

It was a pretty disappointing week for the NFC East.  I have talked to numerous fans and nobody really seems happy – even the winners.  Which fans do you think should be the most upset?

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS:

The Washington Post ran an article on Monday entitled, “The Agony of Victory.”  This was referring to the Washington Redskins’ narrow victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.  Tampa Bay is speculated to be the second worst team in the NFL and Washington was heavily favored to beat them by a large margin.  Fans hoped that the Redskins would want to make a statement in this game – due to an embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay in 2008 and the need to improve on their performance from last week.  For anyone who saw this game, I don’t have to say much about it.  Washington never scored a single touchdown the entire game.  It isn’t that they look horrible; it is that they can’t seem to get the job done.  Next week they play the absolute worst team in the league.  Could they possibly lose to Detroit?

NEW YORK GIANTS:

The Giants are another team that struggled in the red zone.  They made several long drives down the field and only to walk away with field goals.  This is exactly what you don’t want to see if you are a coach (or a fan)!  They also did a lot of passing which isn’t their usual style.  Why was the running game so ineffective? Like the Redskins, the Giants also won their game on Sunday night.  Still, they are 2-0 so I think their fans should stop all that whining and count their blessings!

DALLAS COWBOYS:

To be totally honest with you, I thought for the most part my Dallas Cowboys looked great on Sunday.  They were on fire in the red zone and the Defense did a great job holding the G-men to field goals.  They lost the game because of mistakes “they” (i.e. Tony Romo) made and not because they were beaten.  So who cares about that?  Nobody.  If you lose, nobody cares why.  Is Dallas a better team than Washington?  I definitely think so.  Do they have the same record?  You better believe it.  Romo better clean up his act pronto!

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:

Only Philly gave us an example of a traditional “ass-whopping” this week.  That is when you are seriously outmatched and you go out on the filed and make a fool of yourself.  New Orleans ran all over their defense and without McNabb, Philly didn’t have the horsepower to compete offensively.  When will McNabb be back?  Will he be at peak performance?  Would Vick have done any better if he could have played?  Philly fans are seriously worried.

 

I know I’m mainly focusing on the NFC East teams this week, but I need to give a quick “shot-out” to Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez.  At different ends of the career spectrum, they both showed they could get the job done.  It gave me something to admire in a week with many disappointments.

 

QB TIP: When was the last time you bought a gift for your “biggest fan”?  If you are giving it for no reason, any gift (and I do mean any gift) should please your mother.  You can keep it as simple as flowers, a card, or even just an unsolicited phone call.  You will never get more “bang-for-the-buck” than when gifting your mom.  A little bit goes a LONG way.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.





QB Weekender

1 08 2009

Which NFL quarterback has the hottest woman?  These are my picks.  Scroll through these pictures and decide for yourself.  Just a little weekend fun! 

 

Tom Brady (New England Patriots): Gisele Bündchen (wife)

Gisele Bundchen

Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins): Mercedes Lindsay (girlfriend)

Mercedes Lindsay

Mark Sanchez (New York Jets): Hilary Rhoda (girlfriend)

Hilary Rhoda

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): Missy Peregrym (girlfriend)

Missy Peregrym

Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): Julie Henderson (girlfriend)

Julie henderson sparkle





Mark Sanchez

12 07 2009

Mark Sanchez Poses for GQ

Here’s a great tip for anyone out there starting a new job, save the half naked photo shoots for when you have already gained SOME respect!  I recently started a new job myself and though it is hard to fight the urge, I’ve yet to come in wearing a bathing suit posing seductively with my laptop.  For some crazy reason, I thought this might make people think that I wasn’t focused enough on the job they hired me for.

Mark Sanchez is shown above in an offseason photo shot for GQ magazine with his model girlfriend.  He’s the likely new starting quarterback of the NY Jets selected as the #5 draft pick from USC.  No rookie quarterback has EVER started and won a Super Bowl (though Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers did it in his second season). Rookie quarterbacks are rarely successful right out of the gates and often the ones with the most hype prove to be the most disappointing.  “Hey Mark, put your shirt back on because extra hype is a bad omen!”  My tip for Mark is just one of many that he will hear in the upcoming season.  Nobody can point out what you are doing wrong like New York fans.

In the spirit of handing out a little tip for Mark Sanchez, I thought I’d pass on some guidance on tipping in general.  Tipping is a major American custom that can at times border on extortion.  Still, I’m a generous person and I don’t mind gifting the staff that make my experiences more enjoyable.  This list below are just MY thoughts.  Like most areas of gifting, tipping is an art and not a science.  I think my guidelines should point you in the right direction, but use your own judgment if you think I missed the mark on something.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

 Dining

  • Bartenders: $1-$2 per drink.
  • Waiters/Waitresses: I give 15-20% of my total bill.  There is some debate on whether you should do it pretax, but I don’t like being bothered with that.  I just quickly add 20% of the total for good service.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.
  • Coat Check: $1-$2 per coat.
  • Take Out: No tipping required, but I give 10% for extra service.
  • Tip Jar: You usually find this in places like a coffee shop or bakery.  You are not required to leave a tip, but may want to consider it occasionally if you are a regular customer.

 Traveling

  • Concierge: No tip needed for questions or directions, but $5-$10 for reservations and $10-$20 for tickets. 
  • Room Service: Usually included in the service charge (check first), but 15% if not.
  • Doorman: $1-$2 for hailing a cab (more if I have a lot of bags).
  • Bellman: $1 per bag.
  • Housekeeping: $2-$3 per day (it is better to tip daily or the last person could get the tip for everyone else).
  • Valet: $2-$5 (depends on where I am and how I’m feeling).
  • Taxi: $2-$3 for short rides and 10% on long rides.

 

NOTE: Holiday tipping was omitted on purpose. I will cover it later in the year.





Jason Campbell

19 06 2009

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Top 10 Things Jason Campbell Can Teach Us About Wedding Gifts

1.   Sure we think he is an amazingly great guy, but all Washington (and any team) really cares about is how much he wins.  Likewise do pick up a card, but if there is no cash or check inside it isn’t really a gift.

2.  Does Jay Cutler have way better numbers?  No.  Is anyone fairly certain he is a better quarterback?  No.  All he really would have offered Washington was something a bit more interesting.  A new guy on the field.  Buying a gift will be more interesting and it could cost you less.  Consider it.

3.   Jason has had to learn three offenses in his short career due to Washington’s constant need for a new direction.  It is not easy to know what people want and it won’t be easy to pick out a gift on your own.  Stick to the registry. 

4.  Once you invested time and energy into a quarterback, you would probably want to invest in protecting him with a strong offensive line.  Washington never managed to do that, but you can do it with your gift presentation.  Bother to seek and find customer service in most department stores and they will wrap your gift for free. 

5.  The Redskins obviously think they can do better than Jason Campbell as evidenced by their attempts to trade for Cutler and Sanchez.  If you want to do better than the free gift wrap, customer service offers some pricey (can be upwards of $5) but much nicer selections than the usually monotone free options.

6.  Jason started last season strong, but fell apart at the end.  Remember to put your name on the gift if you didn’t get a card.

7.  We would all absolutely understand if Campbell was insulted and pissed with the Redskins, but it is nice to see a sports figure that decides to take the high road.  If you don’t attend a wedding you don’t owe a gift, but if you send one anyway it would be super classy.

8.  At the end of the day Jason and Washington are stuck with each other, even if they both think they have already given enough.  You are also still expected to give a gift at the weddings you participate in.  I know you already spent a ton on the tux and the bachelor party, but the expectation will be that you still give a gift.  If you choose otherwise, that’s on you.

9.  Sometimes having fire in your belly can do a lot to make people think you are capable.  Jason lacks the ability to create this impression and thus has to stand on results alone.  When invited to an engagement party, show up happy.  Maybe bring a card.  That should cover it.

10.  Jason Campbell is in the last year of his rookie contract with no talks of extension.  This is perhaps the biggest season of his professional life.  Weddings are also big events in the lives of the people you know and love.  Be helpful and supportive as they go through the process and it will matter more than your gift.

Finally, try to make sure the video is not on you when you bust out the Y-M-C-A at the reception!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.