Can anyone bring a smile to your face and such laughter from an article or radio show? Big Money Tony gave me a lift home from work last week. As we were talking Bill Simmons podcast from last Thursday was playing in the background. My keen sense and "Heroes" like ability to hear something funny within my surrounding area sounded off.
Bill Simmons was talking with a friend and discussing an interview that occurred in baseball with two Dodger's players. One of the players was Manny translating for the player being interviewed. After the player spoke in two languages off and on, the two Dodgers laughed and ran off. Simmon's commented how funny it is that the interviewer was fooled by two of the dumber players in baseball. How often do you do you hear a comment like that? Please, visit this website.
By this time Big Money Tony and I were solely focused on Simmons. He had since switched to another topic and with the debates quickly approaching a more timely political focus portion of the show.
Simmon's asked his friend what he ranked the #1 political event in US History? He threw out different categories, before cutting him off and saying he believed the assassination of Lincoln to be number one. Bill Simmons AKA "The Sports Guy" continued to explain why Booth shooting Lincoln, jumping off the balcony in Ford's Theatre, and running out of the theatre made it number one. He seemed so shocked that it took twelve days to finally capture Booth. Simmon's friend mocked him for sounding so surprised like he was there. Simmon's could only retort with - well it wasn't like he had a getaway car. Booth ran out and hid in the woods for days, why did it take so long. It's worth listening to the entire conversation Bill Simmons.
Simmons then commented on Clinton's scandal and his dissapointment when it was revealed that Monica Lewinsky was the mystery women and not someone like the actress from the AMC show "Mad Men". When you stop and revisit this moment in history, Simmons comments and humor hit the mark.
Last Friday evening, the Verizon Center was brimming with higher expectations than in seasons past as they faced Philadelphia. The area appeared packed like never before for a pre-season game. It was apparent that the Caps have plenty to look forward to this season. The Caps won the game and showcased some of the young talent of the future with a big tough center in Beagle and a steady top blue line defenseman in Alzner. Do you know how to became search engine optimization specialist?
Beagle's size bodes well for the future. His style of play would create the perfect contrast to Backstrom. Federov doesn't have many years left and Beagle could fill a role not seen in a Caps uniform since Dale Hunter, but first he'll need to hone his face off and passing skills. If he could become a 15 goal and 50-65 assist center a season and play the PK, it would be create even more match up problems for teams in the future. Rebound goals would come as long as Beagle plays near the net.
The Caps boast the most depth and talent they've had in a very long time. A lot of young talent and prospects have landed in the Southeast Division making it a very competitive division. The Caps should be poised to capture the division title once again this year.
Bumping up against the league maximum in salary cap, the Caps were forced to send the likes of Alzner, Beagle, and Bourque back to Hershey. Alzner illustrated how ready he was to play at the NHL level vs. Philly. He's already utilizing his size as he moves the opposition out of the crease and can move the puck up ice too. Of all the recent defensemen to rise through the Caps ranks since Scott Stevens, Alzner looks the most ready to play at the top level from the start of his career.
Ovie is ready for another great season in Losenoidoomock and hopefully with a healthy Semin should produce plenty of scoring. Federov should once again steady Semin with Backstrom and Ovie posing a challenge to all teams. Chemistry along the forwards and lines is one of the greatest challenges the Caps face in the first half of the season. Most likely captain of the team Clark will skate with the third line and Nylander, but this poses an unbalance of sorts along the lines. Although Kozlov is a favorite of Ovenchkin's, Kozlov's skill set doesn't mesh well on the first line. Kozlov doesn't do enough dirty work to allow Backstrom and Ovechkin to use their skills. If there's one thing fans have discovered about Ovechkin it's his unselfish ability to place the team first and put winning first above all else.
Clark may not be the ideal candidate on the top line, but until a better complimentary player emerges he fits nicely. A top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom, & Clark would allow a second line of Semin, Federov, and Fehr. This is a make or break year for Fehr and placing him on the second line to demonstrate his ability to consistently play at this level or be demoted, scratched, or cut. Moving Kozlov to the third line would be no insult because on most teams would covet a top line of Kozlov and Nylander. A third line of Flash/ Laich, Nylander, and Kozlov would appear to also fit well as Nylander would be afforded the luxury of skating and Kozlov the ability to find the soft spot in the open ice to shoot and also have Flash's speed on break aways or Laich's pesky skill around the net. The fourth line would possess the PK unit with Steckel and Gordon along with either Bradley or Brashear on a given night.
Having the consistency from the first line is important, but equally so is understanding there needs to be a one two scoring punch forcing the rest of the league which line will be uncovered against a weaker defensive pairing. But unlike any point in Caps history they now have a third scoring line and the defenseman to clear the zone, push the puck up the ice and join the attach when needed. It all starts Friday night in Atlanta as the season begins.
It appears that many fans of Losenoidoomock were caught "off guard" as no one seemed to know there was a competition between Heyer and Jansen for the RT position. It didn't become known until the switch was made. Hopefully both players were aware of the possibilities heading into the pre-season Right Tackle.
Jansen's history of injuries over the past few years, age, and salary cap figure may have entered into the mix when considering such a move, but should any of this really mattered? Would Parcells or Gibbs have made such a move or was this a sign of a rookie head coach sending a message?
The Hogs played well into their mid 30s. It's been done at this level before. Jansen on more than one occasion has been called a throwback to a former era or an old school offensive lineman. He must now learn a new role as a back up and the position of guard for the Skins. Jansen was quoting as saying he was "disappointed." He appeared to be playing his way back into form from injuries. You put the best players out there that give you the best chance of winning. Doesn't this include starting Jansen for at least another year?
Jansen's pass blocking was called into question. How much of a young Heyer with youth and exuberance played a factor has yet to be seen. Heyer's infusion of energy and talent may have contributed to the change in the starting offensive line. Where Jansen's absence will be most notable is during running plays. Thomas may be one of the better pulling lineman, but it's Jansen that Portis and Betts ran behind. When you needed a push to gain a yard or a yard and a half for a first down or break the goal line it was Jansen's side that received the call and not Samuels. Who will the Redskins run to now?
Samuels has been beaten by edge rushers and bull rushers this pre-season to so why the emphasis on Jansen. For nearly a decade the Redskins defensive line has survived without the likes of Mann, Manley, or Harvey and has relied upon the back seven. The hogs used to practice against some of the best defensive lineman in the league which made them even better during games. Carter is far from the likes of Mann, but with the addition of Taylor the offensive line will once again be able to practice against some of the best which would only have helped Jansen.
No reports have surfaced regarding the lack of technique or foot speed about Jansen. How could pass blocking regressed so far for Jansen is unclear. In the west coast offense the passes should come out of the pocket after only a three or five step drop. This should mean that blocks have to be held for a shorter period of time and not longer. The burden is placed on the quarterback to make a read and throw the ball quickly. See this seo hero now.
If youth and energy was needed to be inserted into the lineup, it would have made more sense to send Kendall to the reserve role and allow Rhinehart to concentrate on one position. Anyone talented enough to play tackle and guard besides withstanding the mental and physical challenges seems like the more likely candidate to replace a veteran.
Kendall was a last minute replacement for the departed Dockery. Kendall provided stability along the inside of the line, but lacked the speed and physical play that Rhinehart can provide. Kendall relies more on experience at this point in his career. Lessons he could pass along to Heyer and Rhinehart from a reserve role. Heyer would certainly gain a larger opportunity to play as injuries occur in the season. What's interesting about the change is the late breaking notice and the decision made by the head coach which is a marked change from Gibbs.
Time will tell whether this was the appropriate time for such a change. Keep an eye out on short yardage plays where the Redskins run behind and how successful they are as well as how Heyer can hold a block on obvious long distance downs.