Broncos Rule!

Julie over at Happy Catholic is excited that her Cowboys beat the Giants yesterday and the Eagles the week before.

That’s all well and good but it is really the Broncos who have emerged as the dominant team in recent weeks. Shoot, yesterday they beat the two-time defending champion Patriots (was there really any doubt they would?).

Of course the Colts are still undefeated. In fact, the Colts are so good they may not even lose a game until they face the Broncos in the AFC Championship!

Tryouts today

Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season – 73 games – for his part in the brawl on Saturday night.

That’s going to cost him $5 million. Whoo! That’s one expensive temper. Steve Jackson was suspended for 30 games and Jermaine O’Neal for 25. If you want to play in the NBA, the Pacers are probably holding tryouts today. So much for the Pacer’s season.

You think this is the result of the NBA cultivating a thug culture? Or maybe it was just the result of the NBA’s plan of trying to capture the NHL audience going tragically awry.

NBA thuggery

Last night, the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers were involved NBA’s most shameful moment in history. A bench clearing brawl followed Pacer Ron Artest’s hard foul of the Piston’s Ben Wallace. That was followed by Artest charging into that stands and attacking a fan. Artest was mad because someone threw a cup of beer at him.

Artest’s lack of self-control endangered him, and his teammates who went into the stands to protect him. When I was watching the replay on ESPN, I was wondering how Artest knew which person threw the beer. The thing was, he didn’t. ESPN’s reporter at the arena, Jim Gray, reported that the man Artest attacked was not the one that threw the beer. Artest’s teammate, Steve Jackson, then entered the stands and started throwing punches at fans.

The fans in Detroit were embarrasingly misbehaved. That doesn’t excuse Artest’s or Jackson’s behavior. ESPN thinks it does though. Tim Legler writes:

Artest will probably receive the brunt of the media condemnation from this situation because he’s a lightning rod for controversy and that’s not fair. It’s not fair because he’s not truly at fault for what happened…

In the paragraph before that, Legler said, “Once again, I’m not justifying the players’ actions.” OK, so after he doesn’t justify the players actions, he justifies the players actions by claiming it wasn’t Artest’s fault.

The “he made me do it” defense won’t fly. The fans responsible for attacking any Indiana Pacer should be held responsible for their actions. Artest is responsible for his actions. He was not defending himself when he went into the stands and attacked a man who did not throw anything at him. Steve Jackson was not defending himself when he followed Artest and punched another fan who had not attacked his teammate.

Sadly, this is what you get when you cross a few drunk people with some over-payed hot-headed thugs.

Update: The NBA has indefinitely suspended Indiana Pacers’ Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson and Detroit Pistons player Ben Wallace. Indiana is going to be hurting with three of its stars out.

What’s up

There just doesn’t seem to be a lot to write about lately.

Tomorrow, Honeybun and I will go through the rite of acceptance as part of the process of confirmation in the catholic church. It is important, but not the kind of thing my adoring fans here (both of you) probably want to read about.

Evander Holyfield lost another fight tonight. The 42 year old needs to retire, but doesn’t realize it. It’s a shame, the man that literally drove Mike Tyson crazy is a shadow of the fighter he once was. After going through battles with Riddick Bowe (that knocked Bowe out of boxing even though he won two of the three fights) and beating Tyson convincingly, he has gone downhill ever since. Hopefully he will retire with some dignity, but that doesn’t look likely.

Hey, not fair!

Coaches around the league have been jumping on the bandwagon of criticizing the Denver Broncos for using chop blocks in their blocking schemes. For those who don’t know, a chop block is when a player hits another below the waist to take an opponents legs out from under him. Unfortunately, one of the Cincinnati Bengals was injured on Monday night when he was chop blocked by one of the Broncos.

Of course, John Madden and Al Michaels immediately jumped on a high horse to condemn the practice. Apparently they feel it just isn’t sportsman like and the Broncos rely on it too much for the success in their running game.

The Bengals coach, not surprisingly, criticized the Broncos for chop blocking after the game. Then Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher chimed in.

So in a press conference today, Broncos head coach Mike Shannahan took the press to a video room and showed them footage of…..Bengals and Steelers players chop blocking.

How funny is that?

A new record

The New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins to set a new record. They have won 19 straight regular season games going back to last year.

Now going into the game, it was obvious that Miami didn’t have a chance to beat New England. Still, I was hoping Miami would be able to stop the streak.

My question is, does that make me unpatriotic? (buh, dum, dum)