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Sunday, October 18, 2009
A long Sunday afternoon
As I sit here, watching the biggest jackass of an NFL coach run up the score on the Titans, I find myself pondering something.

Earlier today, the Redskins went out and for the fourth time in as many weeks gave a winless team their first win of the year. This latest humiliation came at home to the Kansas City Chiefs as was put away by a safety in the final moments of the game. It's enough to make a long-time fan of this once great team sick to his stomach and to wonder when not if wholesale changes will be made in the coaching staff.

And while this is embarrassing, gut-wrenching, stomach-churning and all-around horrible, at least (statistically) the Redskins were in the game until the game's closing moments.

Then, we swing the pendulum to the Tennessee Titans, who ever since we lost last year to the Jets at home have been a pale shadow of the team that reeled off 10 straight wins to start the 2008 season. The Titans are up in New England today with some serious issues on all sides of the ball...and then you add in that its a wintery mix.

This wintery mix should be something that impacts both teams. It's not as if the Titans are playing in snow and the Patriots suddenly have sunny skies and warm temperatures as they drive down the field. After a quick three-and-out to start the game, the Titans give up a huge play on special teams and the rout is on. The Patriots run it up for 45 points in the first half as the Titans can't get out of their own way fast enough--refusing to do silly things like catch the ball and then even when we get some yardage via the run game, we fumble it right to the Patriots. Or we can't even execute a center/quarterback exchange....

I hate to say it, but the team has given up. The team is lost. Jeff Fisher has lost this team. You can almost see the team giving up in the game.

I'd have to say it was the third touchdown pass by Brady in the third quarter, but it really came long before that.

And yet, I am still going to pay attention. If only because I am pulling for Brady to get hit and have a season-ending injury via the Titans defense to teach Bill "I am a jackass" Belachick that running up the score on a team isn't sporting. Yes, I know we gave the Pats the ball on their side of the 50 with under two minutes to play, but there really is no excuse for Bill to run the two-minute offense to get Brady to pad his stats.

Anyway, but back to my point. This latest humiliation has the game over by the start of the second quarter...and I ponder which is worse, the way the Skins lost or the way the Titans will lose? Maybe if the Titans can show some spark, some sign of life in the second half, something I might go with the Redskins loss. But both hurt because in both cases, the offense can't get out of its own way fast enough and there seem to be no solutions or answers in sight for the immediate future.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I will be cutting eye holes out of my Titans' reusable bag from Kroger to wear it on my head....

I'd use a paperbag, but that isn't good for the environment....

posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/18/2009 04:54:00 PM | |
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