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Monday, August 30, 2010

Settle down Suh...

There's been quite a bit of buzz about Detroit Lion Ndomakong Suh, mega-rookie, since he horse collared Jake Delhomme (Cleveland QB and mega-NFL veteran) during Saturday's game.  I wasn't going to talk much more about it until I heard Suh's comment in a post game interview.

He said he can't be bothered with how hard he's hitting, can't worry about how hard he hits.  I get it.  He is a hard hitter, which is why Detroit picked him.


Mr. Suh, if I may have your attention please.  You are in a professional league now, so it is time to behave like a professional.  You hit hard, but you hit LEGAL.  You could have snapped Delhomme's neck for Pete's sake!  Who do you think you are?  Let me tell you who you are.  You are a ROOKIE.  Time to check your ego at the door. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

All about the hit...

I'm a chick after all, so in my opinion, hitting isn't nice--unless it is on the football field, of course.  I'm talking Lions v. Browns, third pre-season game of the year, where it has been super hard hit after super hard hit.  Whom is hitting who? Let's talk about Louis Delmas of the Detroit defense with two mega hit tackles in the first quarter. Running into Delmas has got to feel like smashing into a brick wall. He is 5'11" and 202 lbs. and the guy is lightening fast.  Man I just love him!  You know what else I love about him?  His Lion mane of hair and biceps that bulge even when they aren't doing anything!

On a very serious note about a very serious hit, Nick Sorenson of Cleveland took a double helmet hit to his head, a good, legal hit, nothing malicious.  What did suck about it though was the way it forced Sorenson's neck back a bit like a Pez dispenser which resulted in an automatic trip onto a backboard.  Better be safe than sorry and last reported Sorenson was moving well and just being held for observation.  That's what we want to hear.  Hurry back Nick!

It's true, the defense hasn't been pefect this game.  To quote Jim Schwartz at the half, "we're playing some crappy football".  A lot of scoring going on for both sides, but Detroit has had several opportunities to keep the dogs at bay.  It's kind of been like the old Tom and Jerry episodes with Spike the bulldog. (Get it?  Tom is a cat, a lion is a cat-Spike is a dog, the browns are dogs...I know....I know....just keep reading!)  No matter how sneaky or fast Tom is, Spike always ends up getting past him to save Jerry. I'm not saying the cat's in the bag for Cleveland (I'm on a roll!), I'm just saying the big D of D better get that pretty choreography and hard hitting line up of theirs into more of a halting, stopping, do not pass go mode.

And in the Not Suh Fast category, he may have a ton of letters in his first name, but he'd better watch his p's and q's when it comes to sacking Delhomme.  He horse-collared the QB, and I mean in the twist his head off kind of way, which resulted in a mega penalty, half the distance to the goal.  Chill out Suh.  True, you are awesome and worth the money honey, but plays like that will only hurt your team.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Proof that women and football go together...

So last week I posted how excited I was to be celebrating three women on the Supreme Court and the beginning of football season in the same week.  Women and football.

Turns out, there is something to that...

August 19th was the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in America.   

August 20th was the 90th anniversary of the National Football League.

I wonder if women back then were hiding pink jerseys under those hip, charleston-type, flapper dresses?

"Hausch"ka Now (Hush now!) Lions over Broncos 25-20

Well well well, it was a beautiful night in the Mile High city as my Lions out-performed the Denver Broncos.

Disclaimer:  The Denver Broncos are my least favorite team in the NFL.  

Now, back to biz.....Sing it with me... "Go Lions, go Lions, it's your birthday, it's your birthday....."  They looked so great last night!  Matt Stafford actually had a solid offensive line to work with and utilize that arm we all know he has (yep..seen it).  For those of you who might not know the importance of an offensive line, they are the line-up of players that keep the big, beefy opponents from sacking our quarterback.  As long as they keep the beef at bay, Stafford has all the time he needs to find an open player down field, or hand it off close by. (Which he did a little of both). 

Everybody looked good.  Jahvid Best is BEST at what he does.  He said in a post-game interview, "I got my legs under me now".  Oh yes he does, he did an excellent job running that ball, just when I thought we were sunk withount Furrey, Jones or even Smith as a starter. 

My player of the game though, was Steven Hauschka.  Who? Say it with me, "HUSH-KA".   He just joined the roster this week and came in to kick in place of  hero Jason Hanson (still recovering from knee surgery) and did a bang up job, putting 12 points on the board via 4 field goals.  Woo hoo!

Then, as if there hadn't already been enough excitement, third stringer Drew Stanton (of MSU fame) came into the fourth quarter and scored the winning touchdown with under 2 minutes to go in the game.  Fantastic!

I know it is only pre-season, but I really like what I see.  And yes, I especially like it when it's against the Broncos.  Oh, and especially, especially like it when we beat them on their home turf...

See you at Ford Field against Cleveland...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Drama, excitement, suspense, Oh my! It's Football season baby!

  If you've never taken a moment to appreciate football--I suggest you do.  It's got drama, excitement, suspense, speed and leading men, baby!  Once you're with a team (for me it's the LIONS) a bond is formed between team and fan and there's no looking back, you'll be hooked.

Nothing is like the final play for the win, with 11 seconds on the clock, the ball snaps, the QB's got it, the offensive line does everything they can to keep the defense from clobbering your guy, 8 seconds, 7, the receiver in a mad sprint down field, chased down by two beefy villains panting behind him!  Finally, 4 seconds, the ball is in the air, the receiver is at the 5 yard line, the 4, the ball drops into his hands, it topples, he almost drops it!  The villain tips it, they both are reaching for it, still bobbling, their huge bodies (big beefy guy bodies) collide and their massive legs trip each other up.  They fall together hard into the end zone, no ball in sight.  Two huge men bounce off the turf, the whistle blows, no more clock.  Who will come up with the ball?  Can it get more exciting?

  Yes, it can!  You see the ball--your guy has it!  Complete pass. TOUCHDOWN!  He stands, he growls, he slams the ball to the ground in victory.  The crowd is deafening and on their feet--and you are too--off the couch, a high five to your kids, a victory kiss with your husband.  You're exhilarated, there are tears in your eyes.  Yes!  The underdog proves triumphant, pride abounds both on the field and in the suburbs in your living room.

It's true, the LIONS had a rough season last year, but it was better than the last, and we are still moving forward.  It is time to pull my Lions Blue Nail Polish out of the drawer, and practice my Roar so it can be heard from the burbs clear to Ford Field.

It is football season baby!  Let's toss that coin and get started!

T.O. and Ochocinco in the same house, hope it has two mirrors

I made a post on Facebook the other day that said..."I don't know what is more exciting, three women on the Supreme Court or live NFL Football tomorrow night.  Both thrill me!"

Isn't that the truth? Since this is Sports For Chicks and not Successful Women Weekly, lets talk football.

Terrell Owens played a bit of ball for his new team last week, facing one of his old teams.  Clarification: T.O. is on the Bengals, and just got spanked by his old team, the Cowboys.  He spent three seasons with Dallas, was let go in a swarm of controversy, and signed with the Bills last year.  This season, he stepped out onto the field wearing a Bengals jersey.  The Cowboys beat the Bengals 16-7 in the Hall of Fame Game.

So you have to wonder how much ego can fit into one locker room.  Ahem, ego...I said ego.  Think about it.  The Cincinnati Bengals have Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco on the same team!  How is that going to work?  I can't wait to see who will try and steal more of the spotlight?  Who will be more outrageous and how much one-upmanship will we see?  I say "good luck" to the Bengal's management trying to keep these two focused on the game and out of the media.  It is going to be entertaining to say the least.  I hope, for Bengal's fans, Owens and Ochocinco put the mirrors down and play to their potential.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So Many Hunky Sports, So Little Time

So what's a sporty girl to do?

So many hunky sports, so little time! First and foremost I'd like to remind everyone it is football season.  Yep--this week is chock full of pre-season NFL knock down, run hard, hike it, kick it football.  Personally, I'll be watching my Lions (hush now!  I know Pitt beat them 23-7 but we're only trying out our rookies).  I know you've probably got a favorite team too and if you don't then you probably have a favorite player, and if you don't--you should. There are so many hot ones--ahem, I mean skilled athletes--to root for.  Are you ready for some football?  I am.  My prediction the Lions are the Wildcard in the Playoffs (no scoffing allowed).

Also, Phil Mickelson is rockin' it at the PGA Championship in the mid-west this weekend, while Tiger has got some assistant golf guy holding his chin straight when he tees off...what?  Yep, Tiggy's form has gone to hell and if he's not careful he is going to lose his numero uno world ranking!  C'mon Tiger, we need you to finish strong (we'll have no colorful comments inserted here either!).

Did someone say hunky sports?  It will soon be US Open time in New York.  Ya know, I plan to make it there to watch a finals match at center court someday. Until then, we'll have all the usual fantastic fare this year:  Nadal, Federer, Roddick, Williams and Williams--and so many more who are moving up fast to kick the aforementioned off the court.  Two weeks to count it down...US Open starts Aug. 30th.