Friday, May 20, 2011

A mess....played out on Twitter

First Bicycle Magazine reports that 60 Minutes reports George Hincape told Federal investigators that he saw Lance Armstrong dope

Then Hincape comes back with this:
I can confirm to you I never spoke with "60 Minutes." I have no idea where they got their information.

and this:
As for the substance of anything in the "60 Minutes" story, I cannot comment on anything relating to the ongoing investigation.

In short, another doping related mess.

Not surprising when you're dealing with a doping investigation, where even the authorities make a habit of ignoring the rule of law in order to get a conviction.

I'm a George Hincape fan, doping or not. I'm also a Lance Armstrong fan, doping or not. What I'm not a fan of are doping agencies trying to legislate events that occurred years prior without a shred of physical evidence.

A mess. Like it always is.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What's missing is......

that a 5th-round pick is typically competing for a starting job on a terrible unit.

McClain has never been able to admit to readers that the Texans secondary is a pitiful, way-below-average, unmitigated disaster. Keo might be the answer, but I seriously doubt it.

That said, that he will be a marked improvement from what was in place previously says more about Kubiak's previous defenses than it does about Keo's talent.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Draft thoughts....

Sorry, it's been a while....

1. San Francisco 49ers: I still don't understand skipping on Gabbert, not do I understand not getting an elite DB for a below-average secondary. Kendall Hunter is Gore's heir apparent, I get that, but the rest of their draft puzzles me. (P.S. Get well Frank...please)

2. Houston Texans. I don't know, I give up with this team. Yes, D-line is a need (has been for years) but the secondary and weak-side LB is a much bigger need. Instead the Texans go out and get another couple of pass-rushers, which is basically the same pick they've whiffed on for the past several years. I like the CB pick, and Yates, outside of that color me unimpressed. (Note: Watt was picked around the same time as Travis Johnson and will be wearing #99. Uh-oh.)

3. Cincinatti Bengals: Many pundits have this rated as the best draft in the league and I concur. The Dalton/Green combination could be paying dividends for years to come, and their Offensive line picks are potential starters. The sleeper in this draft could be Finley, a very underrated back from Baylor. Now that the Ochocinco side-show is leaving town along with the continually regressing Carson Palmer, look for the future in Cincy to be now.

4. Cam Newton: Yes, there's a lot of controversy about this pick but I think the nay-sayers are being a little ridiculous. Newton is not Russell and he has all of the tools to be a top-notch NFL QB. Besides, his family's money concerns have been solved. Carolina needed a QB desperately, Cam fills that need.

5. Detroit Lions: Think about this: opposing QB's will face the prospect of being the middle of a Suh/Fairley sandwich. Wow. If the offense can continue to improve this could be a playoff contender this year, certainly be next year.

6. New England Patriots: You hear it every year: "no one works the draft like the New England Patriots". This year they're called "one of five draft winners". My question is this: If they'r so good at the draft then why is their defense falling apart, lacking talent and experience? Yes, they work the mechanisms of the draft well, and they find some late-round gems, but overall I'd say the recent Patriots draft record is just slightly above average instead of the world-beater as it's constantly portrayed as.

7. John McClains draft grading...."F". over 90% of the teams have a passing grade, with many of them receiving B's. There were plenty of losers in this draft, McClain has just lost the ability to analyze that.

8. The NFL as a whole...."F". This was the first year in a while that I didn't watch the draft. The bottom line is, I don't care. Given the fact that we have a bunch of rich people hollering at each other and gumming up the court system should make you not care either......

Bring on College Football.