Took a little hiatus from the series last week, so I apologize Ranters. There was just so much going on last week in regards to the site, the radio station and the Facebook Group that it left very little time to stay on top of the blog.
On top of that, I didn’t find way too many extraordinary headlines or storylines in last Sunday’s NFL action. Seriously, not the most “headline grabbing” day when you compare it to all the other weeks of the season.
Anyways, I am back on track and here with another edition of “A Case of the Sundays” and I think we can all agree that it was quite the Sunday in the NFL. Call this the week of the blowouts huh?
Eli Manning is the New England Patriots Achilles Heel
It’s true and hard to argue at this point. Sure statistically Manning didn’t wow anyone with only 250 yards 2 touchdowns and a pick, but once again Manning took an underdog Giants team on the road to punch New England in the mouth.
Last time it was in the Super Bowl and we all remember that game, Manning and the Giants stole the title from the Pats and also haulted their bid for a complete perfect season (Mercury Morris is now a Giants fan)
This time the New York Giants did all of this in the final minutes of the game (capping another impressive comeback victory) and without top receiver Hakeem Nicks and leading rushing Ahmad Bradshaw.
Allow Me to Introduce You to the Best AFC Team Nobody is Talking About
The Cincinatti Bengals. Yesterday the Bengals used a 10 point fourth quarter to top off a 17 point 2nd half to comeback and beat the Tennessee Titans 24-17 to move to 6-2 on the season. Yes, 6-2 and Cincinatti can be said in the same sentence.
And how about the season Andy Dalton is having? He comes into an atrociously bad organization with a slew of question marks, has to put up with the pissing match between former quarterback Carson Palmer and Bengals ownership and he has to help rebuild a team that lost a lot of it’s identity with the departures of Palmer, OchoCinco and Terrell Owens.
So how does he respond? Dalton amasses an impressive rookie season highlighted by a respectable 85. quarterback rating, creates one of the leagues up and coming tandems with rookie receiver Aj Green and leads the Bengals quietly to a 6-2 record.
I think it’s time to start paying attention the Bengals. Or maybe they prefer it this way.
Back to the Tebow Bandwagon
This is more of a “fair warning” as opposed to an actual segment of this article. The Denver Broncos won yesterday and put up 38 points in doing so. I’ll give credit where credit is due, Tim Tebow was phenomenal running out of the pocket and had a career high 117 yards rushing but still looked horrible when he was in the pocket to pass.
But don’t worry Denver fans, ESPN and all the other major sports news networks will fawn and lust over Tebow once again.
So prepare yourselves fans for another heavy dose of Tebow-Mania. Although this win had more to do with the Broncos’ Willis McGahee and Eddie Royal than Tebow, that’s not what the networks will want you to think….or believe
And no, that’s not me “Tebowing” it’s me kneeling to vomit from the corporate love-fest.
Back to Reality
Yes, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are proud, loud and not afraid to let you know about their love for the Black and Gold.
But while Steelers’ fans were busy gloating over their big win over New England and proclaiming that the Steelers were once again Super Bowl bound they overlooked a Baltimore team who came into Pittsburgh and punched the Steelers in the mouth.
And I love the passion of Steelers fans, but I found it odd the amount of fans posting in our Facebook Group; SportsRantz.net on Saturday was dramatically different from the amount of fans showing up Sunday night or today.
In fact you can probably hear crickets in the group in regards to Steelers fans. But hey, it’s a tough loss to take in a big rivalry game. I know it has to suck but the reality is that the Steelers just are not the big bully in the school yard anymore.
That’s not to imply they aren’t a tough defense, they certainly are, but it’s obvious this team has taken a step back defensively. It happens.
But don’t worry Steeler faithful, rivalry game loses like these show you how good your team really is. Let’s see how they rebound the next 2 games. My thoughts are that you’ll have plenty to cheer about come playoff time.
The Washington Redskins Biggest Problem Is…
Mike Shanahan. Seriously.
I stated this on last weeks radio show that Shanahan has been an absolute bust since coming to Washington. I also questioned if this guy knew his ass from his elbow.
But in all fairness I think the quarterback play in Washington is more of a product of Shanahan’s ego that it is his intelligence.
The whole league knew both Rex Grossman and John Beck were not the answer at quarterback for the Redskins and I think even Grossman and Beck knew that as well. But the sheer ego on Shanahan to prove he knows more about quarterbacks than anyone else made him want to prove everyone wrong.
Which is why he made no big draft selections when quarterbacks were on the board and which is why the Redskins (big players in free agency every year) failed to land Carson Palmer, David Garrard or Matt Hasselbeck all who were available at some point.
So Shanahan screwed you Washington. You have a great amount of talent on that team and defense capable of carrying you but unfortunately Mike Shanahan can’t get out of his own way or his own ego to just say “I was wrong the past 2 years” and fix what needs to be fixed.
For One Week and One Week Only
I can say the Miami Dolphins are on a win streak. Yes folks a win streak! The Dolphins kicked the Kansas City Chiefs around like a ragdoll on Sunday and Matt Moore looked like Steve Young in the pocket.
I knew when I read about the Brandon Marshall/Vontae Davis altercation that these guys would be fired up for Sunday.
I believe in the 3rd quarter Matt Moore could be heard in the huddling telling the players in the huddle “don’t listen to a thing that clown Sparano says, he’s not blowing this game for us” and took over the command.
Results? Dolphins cruise to victory!
And that concludes another edition of A Case of the Sundays. Feel like debating me on this or adding your own topics? Tune into my radio show tomorrow night at 7pm EST on SportsRantz Radio!
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.
Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.
Bro stop mentioning my name I know it get u clout keep that same analysis energy next time we meet it’s on site ain’t gone spare u https://t.co/ks4YVRFLTx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 25, 2019
Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.
Uh, Antonio Brown, trust me, you want NO PART of Ryan Clark. You'd get hit harder than you've ever been hit on a football field. Better keep taking your shots from your keyboard.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 25, 2019
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.
However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.
Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.
While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.
“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.
In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.
Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram
Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).
Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.
According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”
Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.
Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.
According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.
“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.
In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.
Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).
“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”
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