The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

     Week One as we know it in the 2009 NFL campaign is upon us, players.  Can you stand it?   A big, fat delicious smorgasbord of games come Sunday and Monday. 

     So I picked up my USA Today paper to get the “official”  lines for (one of) the pool/s I’m in.  It’s Friday and its PURPLE and pouring down rain but man what an incredible day to be mulling over some football picks. Tell me this isn’t as good as Christmas morning, I dare you!

     USA Today sports guru, Danny Sheridan has the line on the Ravens winning the dance: 25 to 1.  Those sound like good odds?  Whatev, Danny boy.  I’m okay with that.  The defending champs, Pittsburgh is set at 7 to 1.  The top dog, of course, the New England Patriots- 4 to1.  And with Tom Brady back it comes as no surprise.  

     That’s the thing about prognostication in the NFL, besides being so damn fun, the league has helped itself as far as giving all teams the same chance for a shot (MLB please take note).  Unless your team is the Detroit Lions, 1,000,000 to 1, sorry Lions fans but…you never know~ do you? (sometimes you just know)

     Anyway, I’m guessing millions of fanatics pour over the NFL games each and every week, researching and studying trying to come up with the sweetest of sweets- the upset special.  With the right mix of ‘knowledge’ and luck you could pick it- each week seems to have at least one upset special, right? 

     We are inundated with stats and info and we still can’t get enough.  We love this game.  How many people play fantasy football now?  How many off-the-record pools go on?  Survivor leagues?  The NFL is definitely ripe fruit for the prognosticating. 

     But at the end of the day, these guys are all ballers for a reason.  Once they step on that field,  who knows how things will shake out.  That’s why they call them upsets and why they play the game.  Certainly why we tune in.    

      So take a deep look into those enchanting games- all of them… pontificate.  They’re back, baby.  Celebrate.  And come Sunday, bring your ‘A’ game, Ravens fans.  2009 is going to be even better than 2008.  I got a good feeling about this.

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Go Titans!

     If I have to hear one more word about the terrible towel episode with Tennessee…I might just die of laughter.  That’s good stuff.  Man, it’s so great to be able to smack-talk the Steelers again.  Certainly had no fun dissing the Yankees this baseball season.  (Props to Derek Jeter, by the way- even though he dons the pinstripes, I dig him)

     But with the NFL season just hours away (finally!!!) it’s a new day for everyone.  Sure the Steelers are the defending champs but this rivalry is hot, hot, hot. Can’t get much hotter. So you know, I’m not one for rooting for anyone other than the Ravens (and of course, the Bills) but who in the purple-loving world does not root for the team playing the Steelers?  I’ll bet you can’t name one person.

     Let’s do the NFL dance people!  Purple Friday is just around the corner.

Sports Round Up

     Much is going on in the sports world, both local and national.  

  • So Michael Vick has found himself a new home in Philadelphia.  And gaging from the temperment of sports talk radio today, the free-loving world seems to be blown up about it.  

This news doesn’t shock me and if I was a Philly fan, I’d expect to see haters step in line.  And they are- and then some.  But I’m not a Philly fan.  Still, I’m glad Vick is getting a chance with another team.  Good luck to him. 

Make no mistake, I’m an animal lover as much as the next gal.  He’s done his time and he’s earned this opportunity.  I hope he uses this spotlight to draw attention to this horrific practice and culture.     

  • We had to give up our tickets for the Ravens/Redskins game. Oh man, what a game it was! 

It’s nice to be back in the win column in Baltimore, isn’t it?  I mean, it’s preseason- but with the O’s woes I’ll take what I can get.  How about tough man, Michael Oher?  Another tough guy in Paul Kruger… Troy Smith looking good… Ray giving the game ball to our new defensive coordinator, Greg Mattison. Things are good in the purple nation.  Gotta love that we shut down Washington.  Just shut them down.  

  •  The Cal Ripken World Series is here.  Take the drive to Aberdeen and check it out, you will be glad you did.  This is sport at it’s purest. 
  • Orioles bench-warmer (left field) Felix Pie hit for the cycle tonight?  Seriously.  

So let’s see, what Orioles have ever hit for the cycle?  Robinson, Ripken, Huff and now Pie.  I thought Huff’s name was a bit out of place, but I was warming to the idea but now…Pie?  Damn.  Guess some congrats are in order.  

  • The Maryland Sting football team appears to be on a roll. These local guys won last Saturday, 21-14 and up their season record to 3-1. 

     Props go out to defensive guru Ryan Moody for striking fear into the opposing qb and reeling in two sacks (8 tackles).  Gregory Onyiuke and Billy Warner contributed big with seven tackles apiece while Carl King also knocked down six.  To check out all the stats go here.

    The Sting travels to Montgomery County to stave off the Rams at Theodore Roosevelt High School at 6 p.m. Saturday.