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Jan
31

Goodbye Mr. Warner

On January 29th, Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, announced his retirement. As he retires he is still one of the elite QBs of the NFL. The last three seasons he has thrown for  over 3000 yards, 25 TDs, and less than 18 INTs. He led the Cardinals to the Divisional Playoffs this year and to the Super Bowl last year. He capably led his team to a 2nd half comeback in the Wildcard game against the Packers on January 10th.

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As a fan, I’m sad to see him go. His tale of becoming a Super Bowl QB through NFL Europe, Arena Football, and  the practice squad is a great underdog story. He’s always put his family, his faith, and his charitable work first. He’s an all-around good guy, and it stinks to see another one of the good guys leave the NFL.

I feel he deserves the Hall of Fame, and I hope the fact that he had a few down years doesn’t hurt his chances. He wasn’t always given a fair shake throughout his career. He was pushed out of St. Louis for Marc Bulger and was basically keeping the seat warm for Eli Manning in New York. He would have been in the same predicament in Arizona, except that Matt Leinart performed so terribly. Looking back on the four careers from these players, which has had the best career? To me its obvious.

Let’s take a look at Warner’s Hall of Fame Qualifications:

-3 Super Bowl Appearances, 1 Win

-1 Super Bowl MVP

-2 MVP Seasons

-4 Pro Bowls

-2nd All-Time in Career Passing Yards/Gm

-2nd All-Time in Career Completion %

-6th All-Time in Career QB Rating

There are many more accolades and stats we could layer into this argument. But let me just say, Mr. Warner you will be missed. You will be missed not only as an exciting NFL QB, but as player to root for, and as one of the true good guys in the NFL.

Jan
18

New Washington Sportsjam Website!

Author Michael Montgomery    Category Site News     Tags

Welcome to the new Washington Sportsjam website!

We just moved to hosting our own website and are excited about playing around with new features and content available to us. Please make sure to update your bookmarks, tell your friends, and check back often as week continually update and polish the site.

Jan
9

A Eulogy for the End of the Zorn/Cerrato Era and a 2009 Twitter overview

The past season and half has been painful for Redskins fan. More than painful, those who bleed burgundy and gold were becoming downright suicidal.  One of the things that helped fans stay sane was the fact that there were plenty of others who shared their pain.  Whether it was the comedy of Funny Danny, disbelieving tweets from our tweetpeeps, or irate text messages to each other, sharing our pain made it a bit easier to bear. Sometimes it was comforting to know we weren’t the only ones so upset, sometimes a tweet sounded so absurd (but true) it was comical.

So I thought we could bury the season with a few of my favorites tweets and text messages from the last game. Hopefully, we’ll never have to go through this pain again.

Matt’s Texts

Here are a few of my favorite texts that Matt sent me during the eventual loss.  They not only show Matt’s keen sense of comedy, they also give a general feel of how the game was going.

“Beating the backups!!”  -5:35 p.m.

“Are we seriously going to lose this game too?”  - 6:57 p.m.

“Tryon: the new rogers” – 7:02 p.m.

Tweets

There was some funny tweets not just during the last game but also throughout the year.

My favorites @reply during the game was this one.

Redskins 19and0 responded to my ” Why can’t the #Redskins catch an Int today?” with :”Not enough gold gloves”

Here are a few of my favorite @replies during the season.

December 21st – After I asked what was wrong with the special teams jbeardsley replied with: “‘That’s why they’re “special” ‘

December 13th- The Truth_About_It tweets:  ”Guess the Raiders are the bizzaro world Redskins.”

December 6th  - After the heartbreaking Saints loss beltwayboy tweets at us: “I’m mad at myself b/c they do it to us everytime. The Redskins are just good enough to break your heart!”

November 9th – After the Falcons loss AllisonNazarian tweets at us: “Too bad we couldn’t handle having a lead @ halftime. Why break tradition?”

November 2nd – Redskins_Fans @ replies to us: “I’m sorry but I’m very angry. Angry that Vinny and JZ suck.” I don’t know what that was in reference too, but I can’t argue with that logic.

Matt has a number of his own favorite tweets that he may do a separate post of.

TweetPeeps

I also wanted to give a shoutout to the aforementioned Twitter users as well as:

RegionalCeleb,savetheskins,thebrowncoat,nunyabee,ReMARKable4Real,imissrfk,

Red_Ridn_Hood,michelewindsor,MarkNewgent,remember21,eastcosterin,

LizRabban,scottcohen13,Aquaman88,daflu22,dalison, tracytran.

Being on Twitter during the games, almost felt like watching the games in the same room with other Twitter users. Thanks to all of Twitter followers, especially the retweeters and repliers. I apologize to anyone I missed, I’m sure Matt has some users to add to the list.  Happy New Year to all, and hopefully our discussion in 2010 will be happier hones.

Jan
8

Bad Decisions Abound in Arenas Incident

Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gilbert made a stupid and arrogant mistake in pre-game warmups.  It was irresponsible and immature of him to turn a criminal investigation into a joke with his teammates. There’s no denying that. But Arenas isn’t the only one who has handled this situation poorly, the Washington Wizards organization and David Stern have made decisions too quickly and offer no attempt at finding the truth of what happened on December 21st.

The Commish: Does Stern know best?

As the Commissioner of the NBA, David Stern clearly has the authority to discipline players.  Stern reacted to Arenas’ attitude and comments regarding the investigation by suspending him indefinitely, just a few hours before the tipoff against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Mind you this is  probably before the criminal investigation is even halfway through and before Gilbert has even formally been charged with a crime.  It has been noted that the NBA has an image problem: thuggery, but those who have watched Agent Zero during his career in D.C., know that he is not a thug.  David Steele lays it out clearly here and Adrian Wojnarowski does the opposite here.

Often times league commissioners get high marks from the public when “swift justice” is served on the players that sacrifice their body for the games they play.  Fans see the privileged, multi-million dollar athlete in legal trouble and before the whole story is out, scream for judgment.  But in this specific instance, the whole story isn’t out yet.  Let the legal system do what it’s set up to do! Why should Stern think he knows better than the American justice system? While the legal system in America isn’t perfect, it’s made to find the truth and to administer true justice. You can’t tell me that the NBA League office is equipped to find truth better than the U.S. legal system.  Stern acted too quickly here, and like I said, his comments on Gilbert being “unfit” to be on an NBA Court are absurd.

The Club: Betrayal for the sake of rectifying a heavy contract?

Unfortunately, the NBA Commissioner isn’t the only one who reacted poorly in the Arenas situation.  The Washington Wizards who are, supposedly looking into ‘voiding’ Arenas’ contract have quickly condemned him and his teammates for the 76ers pregame.  They’ve stripped Verizon Center of his likeness and are doing whatever they can to push him away right now.  I understand keeping some distance but completely disowning him before the facts are out?  Bogus betrayal.

Really, which is worse?

What should have been done was to wait until the facts were out on the issue and hold the person responsible for the wrongdoing accountable (which more and more seems to be Javaris Crittenton according to some reports).  Instead Stern decided to make an example of the wrong man and the Washington Wizards are using this as an opportunity to try and unload a contract as if it were a strictly financial decision.  As wrong as it was for Arenas to have guns in the locker room, I find the actions of Stern and the Wizards reprehensible.

Related Links

***MUST READ***Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports offers a reality check on people trying to kill Gil’s career.

Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News is one of those people who needs a reality check.

Mike Wise from the Washington Post gives reports on Crittenton’s possible actions in the incident.

For all the latest Wiz and Arenas news: Wizard Insider by Michael Lee at the Post.

Jan
6

The Gilbert Gray Cloud

The day that Mike Shanahan was introduced as the Washington Redskins new head coach, declaring that we will be a strongly “disciplined team”, a gray cloud descended over the happy DMV area. Gilbert Arenas, the area’s most popular athlete, was suspended.  When accountability and respectability appear to be on the horizon for one of our area’s most beloved franchises the other one takes ten steps back.

David Stern has suspended Gilbert Arenas indefinitely and released the following statement (Thanks to the Wizards Insider):

“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia.

For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.

“Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.” (emphasis added)

The Wizards responded to the decision by Stern swiftly (again thanks to Wizards Insider):

“We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin’s leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so.”

The suspension is undoubtedly not just because of the investigation but also for Gilbert’s actions and his poor behavior after the incident.  Last night against the 76ers Gilbert Arenas stood in the middle of the huddle and “jokingly” aimed his fingers as guns and shot at his teammates.  They all yukked it up, and Arenas continued to tweet (also jokingly) as well.  That’s why Stern had to make a move.  But I have a major problem with the language from the NBA office.

“[N]ot fit” to be on an NBA court?  As far as any one knows right now, Arenas had unloaded guns in a locker room.  That’s it.  He should have been more serious about the situation he was in, but unfit?  That makes him a mental evaluation away from being able to step back onto the court.  More to come on this issue and the effect it’s going to have on the Wizards this year.

Personally, I’m pissed because I’m going to the game in Cleveland tonight.  What are your thoughts on the Arenas suspension?

Did he have it coming to him?

Is this suspension merited considering the offense has been met with less anger than the reaction to the investigation?