Happy Easter everyone!
I didn’t do too much for this year, Caroline did enjoy the bunny the wife got for her, and we had a short egg hunt in the front yard.
The fun thing is I’m going to spend this afternoon mowing the lawn. Gotta love the south!
That being said. Lets get the droppings!
I. FUEL / UFC
I am so glad I have Fuel TV.
After spending the last 3 years without VERSUS, I now get ALL the UFC content.
Plus the UFC is doing it RIGHT. All the fights are on TV, plus the afterfight press conference. I hate the facebook stream, and the press conference is normally worth watching. The UFC has a MAJOR problem making major fight cards stacked, and going forward, its going to get worse. I will say that the UFC needs to work on cutting down the repeats, and another champions roundtable would be nice. I do like the fact that they are showing re-runs of pre-lims. I would like to get more commentary though. They miked Rashad for the Jones/Rampage fight, showing highlights, I’d like to get his full comments/thoughts. I liked the 3 minutes we got from Cruz/Faber on their fight, why cant we get the whole thing? I’d DVR that in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t you like to hear Randy give commentary on his Silvia fight?
One of my favorite things to do at work is listen to podcasts, as a history nut, there are several good ones and sadly, two are coming to an end, and a third is swiftly wrapping up its main story.
The History of Rome is one of my favorites, and if you enjoy Rome, well worth a listen.
A history of: Alexander the Great is another favorite, not quite as polished as others, but still a solid pod, more detailed than some books I have on him.
Finally, Russian Rulers History Podcast is coming to a close in the Narrative, as next week, Stalin dies. This is a long and detailed history, and Mark doesn’t stray too far off topic, impressive considering the subject matter.
III. Straight Cash, Homey
At the store where I work nights, someone came and paid with a 2-dollar note, the portrait of Jefferson looked really small- tiny when compared to the Giant portraits on the notes today, looking closer- its a 1953 note! Pretty good condition too, based on grading I found, a Very Fine note. From what I saw, its worth about 12 bucks.
So if I took it to the Pawn Stars- they’d give me a buck-sixty.
Overeem looks to be out of the title fight at UFC: Heavyweights. That is a sad fact, but the problem is, didn’t we all kinda think this is going to happen sooner or later? I wonder if the UFC set up the Heavyweights just to ensure they had a fall-back if and when this happened? 411Mania had a poll on their page on giving the title shot to Dan Henderson.
I have a better idea.
Lets give the title shot to Cain. Their first fight was HUGE, the main event of the first FOX card. The fight was quick, but its not like Cain was getting drilled like Lesnar the whole time. He is undefeated vs anyone else, and lets be honest, I’ll pay to watch that fight again.
So what do we do with MIR? Now we bring in HENDO. Hendo vs Mir? I’ll take that for a semi-main, and if Hendo drops Mir, I think he’s a viable entry into the heavyweight title picture, if he wants to be. Leave the rest of the card the same. I’m still more excited for this card than any other coming up. Lets face it, 145 is a One-Fight card. 147 could be awesome though, but who knows how that ends up?
A win over Hendo, and I’ll take Mir as the Number 1 guy, and if he taps Hendo, I’m good for thinking Mir might have a shot at lasting a round vs Cain. If Hendo wins, I’d like to see him face Barnett (if he beat Daniel Cormier) for the next title shot.
Hendo’s almost always been the smaller fighter in the cage at 205+, and Mir isn’t a huge guy for a Heavyweight. That seems like a good place to start for Hendo at 255.
When news broke of Manning’s decision to come to Denver, my first thought was:
RT @ncshvdavid Peyton just made sure he will end his career with less rings than his brother.
I’ll take any amount of money you want to throwdown, that Peyton will not win a title in Denver.
Look, Manning is a first ballot HOF, and one of the best QB’s in my lifetime (top 5) but still, he doesn’t have a stellar W/L record, and he has ONE playoff game-winning drive.
That being said. Do I want Manning as my QB?
No. I’ve got Cam Newton, the wife’s team has some dude named Brees. In 3 years, I think we both will be glad we don’t have Manning.
By my count, there are 16 teams that don’t need Manning (NE,Pit,Hou,Ind,Cin,NYG,WAS,
Manning is OLD, and he’s been dinged in the neck- QBs do need to turn their heads from time to time in the NFL, the ONLY reason to sign Manning is to make title runs for the next 3-5 years. He’s not going to help the next generation, he’s not going to coach your team, he’s not going to throw down serious roots.
Manning knows this, and I’m sure the thought process was- Tebow got them that far with a 47% completion rate- I have to be able to win 2 more games than that for a ring!
Sounds plausible, but patently false.
Let’s look at the AFC west, who is there that is poised to make the Broncos go 4-2 instead of a six game cushion while the Ravens/Steelers, Pats/Jets are fighting for a weekly bye? No one.
But how many times has Manning only needed to win twice to win the AFC? This isn’t new to Manning- wax a weak division, win 10+ games, get a week off, go 0-1 or 1-1 in the playoffs, rinse, repeat.
Does going from a weak division to the weakest in football change this? Denver has to hope so.
His brother has come through a much tougher conference to win his rings, and neither time had a bye, with all of his games on the road, gaining something called “momentum”, I wonder if setting the cruise control at week 13 has cost the Colts almost as much as Bob Sanders injuries in the playoffs?
Manning signed for a good chunk of the Salary Cap. The reason WHY they have so much under the cap, is because they are YOUNG and mostly under rookie deals, when those guys come due, that 20M deal is going to cost them some players- look at the Saints this offseason.
Next, let’s see the AFC powers, and how they will be in 3 years.
New England- still powerful, will still be good as long as Brady and Bill are upright.
Pitt – Regardless of the Wallace situation, I’ll put good money down that the next 3-5 years, Steeler nation will be watching playoff games at home more often than not.
Balt – Getting old, and like I said above, they could have used Manning. If Flacco doesn’t become a top 6 QB, they are going to become Minnesota very quickly.
Hou – Again, depends on the QB, but I like Houstons chances for the short term.
SD – if you took the Steelers’ Brain Trust and put them here, do you think they are a power? If you did that 5 years ago, you thin Rivers might have as many rings as Manning?
So we can say for the next three years, we know at least 2 of these teams are going to be REALLY good, and 2 more can be lightning in a bottle, and one is a better brain from possibly entering this class- and who knows if Cincy has the real deal (speaking of brain trust) or the Jets being good. If Miami finds a QB, they could be there as well.
The NFL is unlike the NBA, where a solid core can add a player and win a title, its closer to MLB, where if you add a top player and turn your weakest position into a strength, the title can be yours (depending on who you meet).
The main issue I have with Manning is, had he joined the Niners, there is no question he would have made them a top 3 caliber team. Even without Alex Smith under contract, Vegas oddsmakers made the Niners the second-best bet in the NFC, Denver isn’t even close to being a favorite to winning the title.
Let me give you an NBA example- Steve Nash is a free agent after this season, if he wants a ring, where should he go? If he were Manning, he’d goto the Grizzlies. Young, over achieved in the playoffs last year, same conference but different division in a larger mid-sized market. Is he going to do better than round 2 with that team?
Nope, same as Peyton.
Manning didn’t have to backup Brady or Rodgers or be the OC at New Orleans, but add a 85% 2010 Manning to the Cowboys, Niners, Texans or Ravens and that team is getting odds better than the Packers to wave the Lombardi at the Superdome.
Epilogue . . . .
For once, I’m going to give you the people the pick of what the next essay will be.
1. The NBA Hall of Fame redux
2. My new NCAA
3. A 20 team NBA
4. Saving Strikeforce
5. Weight Classes in MMA