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Posted on: October 14, 2008 4:58 pm

Why is everyone hating on Jerry Jones for Pacman?

The League suspended Pacman Jones for at least four games and now Jerry Jones is the bad guy who gave Pacman the chance the cornerback never should have gotten.

I don't get it.

Forget whatever Pacman did.

How is Jones in the wrong here? He took a chance on an uber-talented kid, put in the proper safeguards and it backfired. It happens everyday all around us. People in Vegas take chances. Drivers take chances going through an intersection with a yellow light. We're bailing out a financial institution that took the wrong chances.

That's what life is about. Taking chances. And now we're railroading Jones for rolling the dice in a calculated manner?

You don't think Jones is taking this the hardest? He put his reputation on the line for Pacman. He thought he would be the one to reform. It didn't happen. And now Jones is the bad guy for trying.

When did we become so hard on people who see the slimmer of good in talented, yet troubled, people? This wasn't the Bengals bringing in troubled personnel year in and out and doing little when things got out of control. This was a stable franchise with a few hotspots. It has a big-mouthed receiver, a gun-loving defensive tackle and a cornerback bankrupt of commonsense. Everywhere else were, for the most part, stand-up people and players.

But Jones, realizing that talent wins championships, apparently sold his soul bringing Pacman in. That's how we're seeing this. He ruined his good thing. No, you set up the good thing so you can absorb a talented malcontent or two. That's the way the NFL is.

Pacman isn't working out. Big deal, moral police. I hope this doesn't stop him from trying on the next idiot, but talented player that becomes available.
Posted on: September 29, 2008 2:56 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 12:05 pm

Redskins' win over Dallas is biggest of decade

Sunday's win at Dallas is the biggest win for the Redskins this decade.

Bigger than anything accomplished last season with Todd Collins, and after Sean Taylor.

Bigger than anything accomplished in 2005, with that playoff trip. Clinton Portis

Bigger than Steve Spurrier's opening win? C'maaaaaaaan.

This is it. This is the win that re-defines the Redskins in the first decade of the third millennium.

Overreacting, Eric, are we again?

I say good day to you, calming-influence split personality.

This win cannot be understated. For the first time in the Dan Snyder era there is hope.

But Eric, Joe Gibbs brought hope, right?

Wrong. Joe Gibbs is the football equivalent of the Mustang. The car is a success for Ford, but the company's only car-platform success was tied to a throwback design. Going back in an attempt to move forward doesn't equate a healthy bottom line. That's all Joe Gibbs was, a Ford Mustang. Or a soon-to-be-re-issued Chevy Camaro.

This win Sunday, however, isn't a step in the right direction, it's a leap.

Winning at Dallas is one thing. Winning at Dallas without relying on a late heave to Santana Moss, but rather, a balanced offensive attack and stingy defense is something special. The Redskins dictated this game. Dictated a game on the road, at Dallas, vs. a team pundits were debating could rival last year's New England Patriots (at least offensively).

This is the biggest win in franchise history because for a moment, and maybe it's fleeting, there's a feeling this organization gets it.

Eric, you realize what you're saying? You remember who's atop the org chart?

I thought I told you to go away!

Yes, I do. And this is what happens when you win the right way. People who have screwed your fandom for years start to get a pass. You start to look at Dan Snyder as a man with passion, instead of a boy with toys. You start to see Vinny Cerrato as a shrewd late-round drafter, instead of a disastrous early round evaluator of talent. You start to see Jim Zorn as the right guy for the job, instead of a never-been coordinator overmatched for the league.

Winning does that. But to win, you have to have the right people, the right plan and the right discipline. All three were at work in Dallas as the Redskins won there for just the second time in 13 tries.

That's why this is the biggest victory since Snyder took over the franchise and employed his touch of death. It's amazing what a win in Dallas does. It can't be overstated enough, beating Dallas on the road is on par, if not bigger than beating Michigan at Ann Arbor for Buckeyes fans.

Antwaan Randle-ElI don't care to draw in this analogy either, but I deal with and witness that program's inferiority complex more than I'd care for, and it applies here.

Dallas is Big D. The Redskins are a lot of things -- the Hogs, the Posse, George Allen, Hurricanes North -- but they're not something as vain as "American's Team." They're not a national brand, like Dallas.

So winning at Dallas, with Jason Campbell, a mutt of a quarterback spawned from the mishandling of seven offensive coordinators in eight years, again, cannot be overstated. Winning at Dallas, without prized acquisition Jason Taylor vs. one of the league's best passing attacks, cannot be overstated.  Winning at Dallas, with a downtrodden and disgraced right tackle in Jon Jansen vs. one of the league's best pass rushes, cannot be understated. That's why winning at Dallas with a first-time head coach, a sniveling owner, and a pompous group of Miami alums is so important. We're not supposed to win at Dallas. That's how I began my Sunday.

My Sunday ended thinking there's no place we can't win. I became a fan, once again, of my hometown team, and that's why this was the biggest game of the decade, at least for me.

On to the best CBSSports.com blogs ... around 

MVKrum's Eagles Blog examines the loss to the Bears. Omar Gaither impressed me more than it did this fine blogger.

J.T. O'Sullivan played 'awful,' Vernon Davis was once again 'invisible,'  and most of the offensive line is 'average at best,' vs. the Saints. That's not stopping Abaddon's Blog from picking his Niners to stop the Patriots this week.

Another Mets breakdown has Throwing Breaking Balls questioning the braintrust of the orginazation.

The Bengals get flushed by the Browns in the Ohio Toilet Bowl, which has Who-Dey United singing a little Bob Dylan.

L.T. vs. Michael Turner 

Name | 100-yard games | rushing yards | touchdowns

Michael Turner | 2 | 422 yards | 5
LaDainian Tomlinson | 1 | 296 | 4

When Turner's on the road, he's invisible. L.T. is starting to heat up, which doesn't bode well for my bottle of scotch. However, I'm still winning all three categories.

Klick of the Day 

Like the rest of the world, Michael Phelps thinks Dan Le Betard is an idiot

Posted on: September 9, 2008 12:50 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2008 1:07 pm

One game in, Broncos have a Cowboys feel to them

I tell myself it's the Raiders.

"Eric, it's just the Raiders.

"Eric, it's just the Raiders.

"Eric, it's just the Raiders."

But I can't get this thought out of my dome.

The Broncos are the Rocky Mountain Cowboys.

"Eric, it's just the Raiders."

This is a Broncos team that finished 21st in points last season and 11th in yards, while the Cowboys finished second in points and second in yards.

"Eric, it's just the Raiders."

But last night Eddie Royal looked like ex-Cowboy Terry Glenn in his prime, or for 2008 comparisons sake, a smaller Patrick Crayton. Tony Scheffler, made the most of his one catch (we'll ignore the dropped TD), while doing a Jason Witten run-after-the-catch impersonation. No-longer suspended Brandon Marshall is Terrell Owens (in style and substance), Andre Hall and Selvin Young have a poor man's Marion Barber/Julius Jones appeal and Jay Cutler was slinging like Tony Romo. Eddie Royal

"Young scribe, with the amount of time Cutler had, former Broncos legend Jarious Jackson could have put up 300 299 yards. BTW, it's just the Raiders."

I respectfully disagree. Some quarterbacks are good at screwing up ideal situations (see: Tarvaris Jackson, Rex Grossman). It's one thing to have an opportunity; it's another to take full advantage of it (Google Derek Anderson + Charlie Frye). 

Cutler has the intellect of Chad Pennington, but the arm strength of Jeff George. He's Chad George, but only the good parts of each.

Here's what I mean. Even on plays when he's bad, he's not that bad. Late in the first half, residing in the end zone with the clock ticking, he called Brandon Stokley's number in the front-corner of the end zone. However, he didn't hide the fact he was throwing to Stokley, who had the outside position. The defense read it and played it well, but a good throw by Cutler would still have been catchable. Cutler threw a bad pass. But it wasn't bad like some QBs throw bad passes. As Harry Doyle would say, it was a bit high and a bit outside, but it was really hard. Point being, if Stokley wasn't going to catch it, nobody was going to catch it. That's progress, folks. Being a gunslinger is one thing, harnessing your boomstick arm is another.

The Broncos play in the AFC West. That means another go-at with the Raiders, two Kansas City games and two vs. my bust team of the season, San Diego. After one week, things look good in Denver. Of course, they also look good in Baltimore, Atlanta and Buffalo.

But I get the feeling Cutler gets it. I get the feeling Royal was stuck playing with some god-awful quarterbacks in Blacksburg and I get the feeling the Broncos have a bit of swagger that comes from having a coach with stability and an organization that gets IT. Get, get, get, get, get, get...

Get it? No? That's OK, after all, it was "just the Raiders."

On to the best CBSSports.com blogs ... around 

What does losing to East Carolina do to a college football team? Drop it 16 spots in The Greek Speaks' The Best Damn Poll In The Land's Top 25 Week 2.

Baster's Sports Spin examines if Red Sox Nation is a myth. The blog says it's more a byproduct of success than city size. I say it's more a product of large cities with transient, if not relocated fans throughout the country. Alot of people who grow up in New England don't end up going to universities in New England or living in New England, hence the spread of the nation. Same with New York and Chicago.

Happy birthday to Dick LeBeau (and my sister!), who turns 71. In Love with the Game, Mom's View pays homage to the former player and defensive mastermind in her trademarked style.

Chris Young's flirtation with a perfect game Sunday is reason enough for Scott Miller's Bull Pennings to pause in the middle of his playoff beat and tip his pen/typing fingers to the big ol' pitcher.

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