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The Cleveland Browns had no intention of starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy this season. It was their intention to sit him on the bench two or three years, to develop him a bit before starting him. He was to be the quarterback of the future, not of the today.
But life has a way of changing plans. Injuries to both starting quarterback Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace left them little choice. Texas' golden boy was going to get his chance a lot sooner than expected. Colt's first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Talk about a baptism by fire. They lost that game. The very next week, the Browns--with Colt at the helm-- defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, and following a bye, won their next game against the perennial powerhouse Patriots. This past Sunday, they took the self proclaimed Super Bowl XLV champion Jets into overtime, losing only when the Jets scored with 16 seconds left on the overtime clock.
Jake Delhomme had better watch out or he just might find himself Wally Pipped.
Cowboy fans will get the reference.
The Cowboys gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "playing lights out". In the third quarter, the lights in the Giants/Jets new $1.6 billion stadium went partially out. Word is, one of the generators had blown. The backup generator kicked in, and a few minutes later, it also blew, throwing the entire stadium into pitch blackness. Jokes were made on FB, but those who were there say it was truly frightening. You know, New York, 80,000 people in one spot. Yeah.
Jay Ratliff said his first thought was "get down". Just get down.
I have a weird snake. He's sleeping with his head propped up against the side of the tank. About three inches up from the bottom. Weird. And of course, when I go to get the camera, he moves. Naturally.
So you'll have to settle for this old shot.
It's hard to believe that 4 of my snakes are 6 years old already, and the other three are 5. They're like kids in a way. They grow up so fast.
People need to get over the Marion Barber thing. If he did, or if he didn't violate team rules, then the team will take care of it. It's really none of our business. I wish more people understood the concept of "need to know." Perhaps I need to teach Jason Garrett my favorite phrase, one I learned in the Navy.
I can neither confirm nor deny.
Comes in handy, that.
I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again. 2-7 never felt so good. That being said, I still don't think Wade Phillips was the problem. He was part of the problem, but by no means the entire problem. Roy said it best: "WE got Wade fired."
Still, when you're stuck in a downward spiral, pretty much any change is good. Is Jason Garrett the man for the job? That remains to be seen, but for the first time in a long time, the Cowboys played like a team. They no longer looked like a bunch of chicken with their heads cut off running around on the field. The defense defended. The offense offended. Well, they offended the Giants at least.
This is what hope feels like.
I think I'm going to go watch that game again. I paid $40 for that Game Rewind, might as well make use of it.