Archives for: 2008, week 34

08/30/08

Chad Javon Ocho Cinco.... The Antagonist

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by Digger

The Bengals training camp has become a zoo without fences. A team without leaders, filled with self doubt, plenty of personnel squabbles, big name releases and one very selfish antagonist. Meet Chad Javon Ocho Cinco (formerly Chad Johnson). Johnson... er, Ocho Cinco... appeared to have finally found a muzzle for his overblown mouth. Not at all. He's only turning up the heat. Here's an All Pro who has put up great career numbers but his attitude has managed to torpedo Cincinnati's chemisty.

Head Coach Marvin Lewis hasn't been running a tight ship. The inmates have seized control of this asylum. In his latest rant against teammates, coaches and owners, Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco. Just to poke his fingers in eyes of all Bengals. An August 29th FoxSports.com excerpt reports: "Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker - a reference in Spanish to his No. 85 - and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis - who dislikes Johnson's attention-getting stunts - referred to the receiver as "Ocho Psycho."

One of my favorite interviews where Chad get coaxed into spouting off was via an ESPN phone interview. (Chad Javon speaks up)

Many times this off-season Johnson, Lewis and Palmer had plenty to say against each other. Ocho Cinco threatened to sit out, demanded a trade and for some reason Cincinnati's wisdom was to hold him. A move which seemed spiteful. This squad already has a number of challenged individuals. I guess Cincy believes they can whether differences to put up victories (good luck). I can see it now with sideline tantrums routine from week to week. On the surface, Coach Lewis has zero control over his team. CJ to Ocho Cinco was clearly a late jab intended to irritate his coach and quarterback. Another ironic moment for a player spouting off then getting injured early in training camp. Time for this guy to shut up and put up.

08/28/08

Deja vu? Is Colorado Primed for Another September Run?

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by Digger

Can the NL defending Champs Colorado Rockies recreate their 2007 magic again this year? Times changed yet things are looking very similar. Last September, Colorado was 6 games out of first place in the NL West. They earned a Wild Card birth by winning 20 September games including a magical 13 of their final 14 regular season contests... many in such dramatic fashion Rockies fans will tell over and over for years to come. After a relatively quiet 2008, guess how many games out the Rockies are now? 6

The stage is set for another run if Colorado pitchers can cooperate. They've recently won 7 of 10 while division leading Arizona has dropped 4 straight and second place LA is mired in a 6 game drought. Six of their final nine will be head to head vs Arizona setting up a deja vu type scenario. In 2007, Colorado swept Arizona on the seasons final weekend forcing a one game playoff vs San Diego.

Arizona (68-65) and Los Angeles (65-68) are going backwards in a hurry setting up what could become another wild west final month. It'll be a winner take all payoff as none of these teams has a legitimate wild card shot. Arizona and LA have updated their rosters recently trying to make a push. Manny Ramirez was an instant hit in Hollywood. After a few quick arrival victories, LA has floundered worse than most recent Hollywood flicks. The Diamondbacks have been streaky all season. If it wasn't for a great 20-8 start, this team would be in deeper trouble. They watched first hand last season how things can change on a dime.

Colorado might just pull it off again. Arizona and LA are watching closely in their rear view mirrors while trying everything to win day by day. They're pressing and losing. Colorado is gelling and winning.

Deja vu?

Here they come. No one was paying attention when September rolled in last year. Guess what? Until recent losing streaks no one was paying attention again. Especially after the Rockies placed two key players on waivers last week (not claimed). It was the perfect fake out. Make rivals believe you're throwing in the towel. Only to then sneak into playoff contention. Rockies field general Clint Hurdle is primed and ready. This is a team suddenly believing in themselves. Bring it on!!

08/27/08

All World All Sports College Football '08 Predictions

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by Digger

Another exciting college football season is about to begin. Jammed stadiums, Homecoming celebrations, cheerleaders strutting their stuff, Heisman hopefuls, oddsmakers, alumni's, beer bongs and hard nosed action as teams challenge for college football's ultimate goal: #1

All World All Sports presents our first ever College Top 10 Predictions:
1 Ohio State
2 USC
3 Florida
4 Oklahoma
5 Georgia
6 LSU
7 West Virginia
8 Texas
9 Clemson
10 Texas Tech