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?



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?


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!


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!


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 REMIX (Diddy style)

27 07 2009

Diddy Remix

Time to move on, time to be strong
Don’t stop now straight to the top now

These are lyrics from my all time favorite remixed song by Sean “Diddy” Combs called “I Need a Girl (Part Two)”.  You can find this song on the album shown above if you are really interested in it.  I liked this song from the first time I heard it.  The original version of “I Need a Girl” was a sad attempt at winning back Jennifer Lopez, but the remix was filled with the optimistic energy that finding closure can grant.  During my marathon training a few years ago, I started almost every run to this upbeat and passionate tune.  Now don’t get me wrong, this song is NOT a classic.  It is also NOT my favorite song.  It is just my favorite remix.  Remixes are rarely more than hot dance tracks, but they often provide an interesting and updated spin on the original.



Since I’m feeling touched by spirit of Diddy, I’m offering you a remix of some recent posts.  There have been a few notable updates that are probably worth mentioning.

Ben Roethlisberger: I may be giving most people reading this some breaking news.  Ben Roethlisberger is being sued in a civil complaint for sexual misconduct by a woman who formerly worked for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.  The reason why I might be breaking this news to you is because ESPN has all but banned the coverage of this story on their networks and radio.  They did allow a comment to be made that no criminal charges would be filled, but that is about it.  They believe that civil charges can lack validity and that they don’t want to damage Ben’s reputation by sensationalizing the story.  I’m sure people have varying opinions on this.  I myself agree with it actually.  Still, this is just a remix and I don’t really have time to hash it all out.  Put your thoughts in the comments.

Michael Vick: Take a moment and make sure that Fluffy is still sleeping where you last saw her.  Ok, good.  Michael Vick has finished serving his debt to society, but is still waiting to see how and/or if he will be reinstated to play in the NFL.  It has been widely speculated that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will give him an additional four-game suspension, but the official decision is set to come shortly.  I personally have major issues with what Michael Vick did, but I do support a second chance for someone who has paid their debt to society.  I believe he has a right to move on and I have a right to vote with my checkbook and not support the team that picks him up.  Again, I know people have strong opinions here.  Don’t send me your nasty emails; put your thoughts in the comments.

Tony Romo: He broke up with Jessica Simpson and has hopefully freed himself of the kryptonite effect she was known to have on his game performance.  Should I really bother to say anymore about this story than that?  No, I shouldn’t.

Brett Favre: I recently had dinner with a very sophisticated sports connoisseur and we got on the subject of the Brett Favre saga.  Our basic synopsis is that Brett is suffering from what I like to call, The Roy Jones Effect.  I named it after Roy, but you can name it after a lot of sports stars.  Almost all great boxers hang on way past their prime, risking their health and legacy.  Roy is a great example of that, but so are Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and many others.  Even Michael Jordan (who is arguably the greatest sports figure ever) struggled with when to say goodbye.  A recent report claims that Brett’s arm is doing well, but that he is unsure if he really wants to return.  They make it sound like the Vikings have to beg him to come back, citing text messages from Minnesota stars like Adrian Peterson.  I simply don’t believe this story.  Brett likes this attention so maybe he jerked the reporter around a little, but I really doubt he is lack luster about playing football.  He knows it might be time to go, but I don’t think he can see himself doing anything else – and still being him.  Disagree?  You know what to do.



I will leave you with a little tip on regifting (you knew it was coming).  Absolutely do it.  Why should you hold on to a gift you don’t really want or need when someone else might actually appreciate it?  Giving isn’t about passing on the giver’s style to someone else; it is about giving something the recipient will find value in.  If it gives you one less gift to pick out or buy that sure sounds like “finding value” to me.  PLEASE, try to only give the gift to someone you think will actually enjoy it.  Simply passing on your junk is just not the kind of giving spirit I can condone.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

Trent Edwards

23 07 2009

The T.O. Show

What do contracts, lost luggage, and hot Asian real estate agents have in common?  If you guessed the first episode of “The T.O. Show” then you are correct!  Yes, I watched it.  I would like to say it was purely for research and that I would never seriously entertain such garbage, but then I would have to pretend like I didn’t watch the entire season of Vh1’s “For the Love of Ray J”. 

It is hard to act like this is T.O.’s first TV show.  He makes a show out of each and every NFL season.  Some may disagree, but my favorite T.O. episode is the one when he was crying over the media’s treatment of Tony Romo.  However, the episode when he spit in the face of Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall (during a game) is definitely a close second.  Terrell said it best in his famous quote, “I love me some me”.  In his mind, the whole world is a show about T.O. and Buffalo is about to join the list of team’s that have learned that lesson.

It would be great if the rest of us could be our own biggest fans, just like Terrell Owens.  (Ok, not exactly like him!)  Right or wrong, people often depend on other people to help inflate their perceptions of themselves.  That’s why one of the greatest (and cheapest) gifts you can give is a compliment.  What you may not know, is that the way you give a compliment will have more or less effect based on the gender of the recipient.  See below for quick tips to help your compliments become more meaningful.


TIPS for Complimenting Men

1. Ask for their advice: Men see this as a sign that you respect them and respect is probably their most important factor in a caring relationship (maybe even more than love).  Women see advice as a way to think things out and don’t realize that asking for advice is a compliment and that not taking the advice could be seen as an insult.  Consider limiting the practice of asking males for advice when you really only want validation, but already know for sure what you will do. 

2. Be specific: Most men (and please forgive the stereotype) don’t need as many general compliments as women.  They prefer their compliments to be more targeted and unique.  This is probably because they tend to prefer logic to emotion.  It is easier for them to see the logic in “I love the way you smoked the steaks; it had just the perfect mix of grill taste and meat taste” than “Great steak, honey”.


TIPS for Complimenting Women

1. Notice new things: Women like to think you are paying attention, so try your hardest to notice and then compliment their changing style.  This is especially important with new hairstyles or lost weight.  You will score bonus points for noticing smaller changes like new clothes, shoes, or makeup.  If you think you see a change, compliment her on it immediately.

2. Volume: Feel free to “say it loud and say it proud”.  Not to the point where it feels fake, but women don’t really get tired of compliments.  If she does get tired of your compliments, it is a major red flag that she no longer cares what you think about her (which is code for, she no longer cares about you).


What the genders definitely agree on is the need for feeling both desired and appreciated.  You can’t go wrong with a sexy compliment nor a few words of gratitude. 

Speaking of compliments, please feel free to pay me a big one and help me spread the word.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would send the blog on to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc) or simply send a link to anyone you think would use or enjoy it.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

IMPORTANT: There is something wrong with this post.  Did you notice it?  I will check in the comments for your answers.

Tony Romo

16 06 2009

Giants Cowboys Football

I’m going to come right out and admit my bias here.  I was, am, and will always be a Dallas Cowboys fan.  I like Tony Romo and despite his inability to step up at key times, I still believe he can do it.  Though I no longer cling to the idea that he is a young quarterback (he’s 29), I can find hope in another unmentioned QB (cough…Eli) who managed to win a Super Bowl despite many well documented bouts of performance anxiety.  I pray this is Tony’s (and our) year.

Romo is also known for perfectly illustrating the “girlfriend curse”.  This all started when he threw three interceptions, hurt his thumb, and lost to a really lousy Philly team.  Coincidently, his new girlfriend Jessica Simpson (when she still had the Dukes of Hazzard body) was cheering him on in the stands.  Her next visit brought a loss to the Giants in the playoffs.  The media ran wild with the story.  As a fan, I want her to just stay at home.  As a person, I have to feel bad for Tony.  Is it really that difficult to feel sorry for a guy who was just trying too hard to impress his woman?  No, it isn’t.

Many guys step in the same trap when buying their woman technology gifts.  He sure likes them, she sure needs them, and boy did he spend a pretty penny on it.  What could go wrong?  The truth is, women have a hard time seeing the romance in gifts they need.  They appreciate them, but you probably won’t get the adoring reaction you were hoping for.  This doesn’t mean you should shy away from these purchases.  She does really need these things.  Once she is using them, she won’t know how she lived without them (or you).  To heighten the initial gift opening impact, all you have to do is make it a bit more personal.  If you are giving a camera, first take some pictures of her favorite places.  If you are giving an iPod, create a playlist of songs that make you think of her.  Fill a cell phone text box with love quotes you can easily find on the internet.  I could go on and on, but really…you’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.