Hey ladies and gents. I hope you've all enjoyed your holiday weekend as much as I did. I took the time to go tweetless this weekend (Shameless plug: Follow me on Twitter @theNFLchick). But in doing so, my brain was working non-stop with random thoughts about everything, from football to music to movies. While I could have tweeted my thoughts, I decided to collect them altogether and create a blog post, similar to Peter King's 10 Things I Think I Think from his MMQB column. Hopefully it's not TOO all over the place and you can enjoy (and understand) my thoughts.Happy Birthday Al Davis!
How ironic is it that the Oakland Raiders owner shares the same birthday as America's Declaration of Independence. While Al's birth certificate says he turned 82, he looks as old as the 235 year-old document of our freedom from the British Empire. Al's still here with us, and still running things in Oakland. Happy 235- excuse me-82nd birthday, Mr. Davis. Something tells me Skeletor will see a few more birthdays form now.I'm On To You, SWV!
As I get older, I translate a lot of music that I listened to growing up, in a way that my immaturity didn't allow me to before. This weekend, I learned that one of my favorite 90's groups SWV (or Sisters With Voices) were great singers, but their biggest hits were always about chasing someone else's man or was on some freaky ish to try and grab/keep one. Think about it.... "So Into You" and "You're The One" were about men that were unavailable but they wanted to get with them anyway. "Downtown" was about freaky things you had to do to get some of their, "love", while "Anything" explained that they would do just about anything to keep that man around. I had no idea how naive I was back then, but I've seen the light in 2011. I'm piecing the puzzle together. I'm on to you Coco, Taj and Le Le... I'm on to you..........Transformers Was Great, But................I love summer blockbusters. It's part of the 19732836826 reasons why summer is one of the best seasons of all. Vacations, sundresses, cookouts and blockbuster movies all play a role into how awesome the summer season is. So when I went to see the 3rd installment of Transformers movie this holiday weekend, I wasn't let down. It was excellent and definitely worth the $14.50 that was spent ( since when did movie tickets get so high before 6pm? 3-D my a$$!!). There's just one problem: I'm an analytical maniac when it comes to movies and songs (see above for SWV analysis).
I usually pick out how parts of a movie make ZERO sense if it were a real life scenario. Now I know Transformers is from the old school cartoon (which, I'm proud to say I was an avid fan of the original back in the day. And don't you dare judge my age), so of course logic goes out the door and this fictional tale is all about action. Aside from the fact that Shia LeBeouf should have died, I dunno.... 2 movies ago, I notice other things that just don't quiet make sense.For instance, Rosie Huntington- Whiteley (who portrays Carly, the girlfriend of LeBeouf in the movie) is beautiful without any question. But can someone tell me why was she beautiful the WHOLE DAMN MOVIE? Transformers was extremely messy.. lots of fire and destruction took place, yet Carly's hair looked as good in the end as it did in the first scene she appeared in, early in the movie. While LeBeouf gets pretty dirty as the movie goes on, she's still near perfect in the same duration. Her clothes looked clean, her hair was still in tact and oh... she was running full speed in Christian Louboutins for a good part of the movie. Now, I know what those shoes feel like. Man-made shoes are HARD on women's feet. So you mean to tell me, she felt no need to kick her shoes off at any time once she knew she had to run for her everlasting life? Other than some dust on her cheek, she was almost flawless the entire movie. I know what you're thinking.. it's just a movie and you're doing WAY too much right now... but this is how my brain operates. Pray for me, especially 10+ years down the road........The Awesomeness Of The 4th of JulyEvery year for the 4th, I go to my friend's house for their annual cookout. At the end of the night, her family gets together and light up the fireworks for their own personal show. It's become a tradition of sorts. So much, that the neighboring street now does fireworks of their own and the 2 streets have a "Fireworks battle", going back and forth with who has the best fireworks display.It's pretty awesome (and illegal, since MD doesn't sell most of the fireworks they had, but that's not here nor there..), and it makes me appreciate my city a little bit more. If I had one day a year to love living in the city, this is the day. You don't have to go downtown to see the big show, folks all around the area do their own shows. And in the process of doing that, friends come together, neighbors come together and communities come together. I know I sound preachy and you may not even buy what I'm saying but it's true. Neighbors who barely speak to each other come out and talk about the fireworks beef and judge on who had the better display (which, by-the-way, my friend's street lost BAD! The other street must've gotten their fireworks straight from the factory because I thought I was at Disney World). It's a great chance to open lines of communication and getting to know the people you live by. And since going out on the 4th is becoming more and more dangerous, I look forward to kicking it around the neighborhood with my friends each and every year.Reed vs Polamalu Debate
The NFL Network finally showed their final 10 players for their Top 100 NFL Players of 2011. Ed Reed went ahead of Troy Polamalu by 1 slot, going 5th overall. The ranking opened up a new Reed vs Polamalu debate that we've seen over the years. But this is where the debate should stop.I've stated publicly that I'm not a big fan of the list. I believe that some players were ranked too high or too low or shouldn't have been ranked at all. But one thing I think we need to realize is this: This list was ranked by their colleagues, other NFL players. Fans, analysts and coaches may think they have an idea, but none of us line up against these guys on Sundays. These guys see the players on the field, whether it be through tape or live action. Who better to rank our favorite NFL players than their peers?I've said over and over, the Reed vs Polamalu debate is beyond stupid, mainly because they don't play the same position and they both do different things for their respected squads. But let me say this: Just because one is more versatile or appears to physically do more than the other, doesn't mean he's better. I've seen a lot of debate about Troy being better because he does more, which is true. He lines up as a LB or in the defensive backfield. He always seems to be all over the field. But that in no way means that he's more valuable or better than than Ed Reed. Reed changes the entire gameplan of a QB before he even steps on the field. Throws that QBs would make against other defenses, now have to be thought about 3 times or more when the Ravens are the opponent with Ed Reed in the lineup. A lot of Reed's game changing ability starts in the film room, with players try to find ways to play around him. That within itself is just as big as what he actually does on-the-field.In the end, you could probably flip a coin either way on who should be ranked higher, but both are great players in their own right. Why debate about 2 guys who's skills are so different they could actually coexist on the same team, if need be? Would you have a debate about a DT vs LB? If not, then the Reed/Polamalu debate is moot. Let it go. I'm talking to YOU, Ravens and Steelers fans!Manning vs Brady
Final thought, and I'll make it quick. Brady's SB wins gets him the #1 spot hands down. He's worthy of it because he's pretty good in the QB dept.... damn good actually.... but I've seen Belichick win games without Tom Brady.. 10 of them in 2008 to be exact. I'd bet 3 years of my salary that that would NOT happen if Peyton Manning went down with a season ending injury. Manning on the Colts is irreplaceable. I can't say the same for Brady. But rings talk and SB losses walk, so....................