Shut Up and Win!
Shut Up and Win!
Here are my picks for Week 8:
Sunday, Nov. 01
Denver at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
Houston at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
Cleveland at Chicago 1:00 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
St. Louis at Detroit 1:00 pm Fox Sports Regional
Miami at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
San Francisco at Indianapolis 1:00 pm FOX Regional
Seattle at Dallas 1:00 pm FOX Regional
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Regional
Jacksonville at Tennessee 4:05 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
Oakland at San Diego 4:05 pm CBS – HD (Regional)
Minnesota at Green Bay 4:15 pm FOX Regional
Carolina at Arizona 4:15 pm FOX Regional
Monday, Nov. 02
Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 pm ESPN
Open date: Cincinnati,Kansas City,Pittsburgh,Tampa Bay,Washington,New England
Big news was disclosed in the press release about Quinnipiac Athletics television appearances for 2009-2010:
In addition to the eight games scheduled to air on NESN, Quinnipiac’s School of Communications and Public Affairs will be producing an original television series entitled “Quinnipiac University: Bobcats Unleashed In HD” to air on the NESN starting this fall. The show focuses on Quinnipiac’s basketball and ice hockey teams and their goals for the upcoming season. Bobcats Unleashed In HD will be hosted by Jayme Parker, Bill Schweizer and Bill Mecca and will be produced and directed by Peter Sumby and crewed by School of Communications students and industry professionals. The show will be shot and edited in high-definition at the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center and will air on the NESN High Definition channel.
“Quinnipiac has been a great partner with NESN for the past 8 years. The addition of Bobcats Unleashed allows the school to spread its wings even further and enhances the quality college sports programming NESN can offer to New England fans,” said NESN Director of Program Development & Acquisitions Len Mead.
I (well not me exactly, but I was in larger group) that was filmed for part of this show (probably the opening), and it looks and sounds very exciting.
It’s hard, as a diehard fan of a team, not to feel horrible when one of your star players, one of the really good guys around, gets seriously hurt. So reading this blog post from Rich Cimini was very sickening, to be honest:
Jets RB Leon Washington is out for the season after breaking his right leg today against the Raiders. Washington suffered a fractured fibula that required emergency surgery. According to players, the bone broke through the skin. One player said, “I could see blood spurting out. I’ve never seen anything like that before.” It could be a career-threatening injury.
If he’s sideline for a lengthy period, Washington will be second-guessed for not accepting the Jets’ proposed contract extension. The deal that was on the table at the end of the preseason included $5 million in guarantees, plus another $5 million guaranteed for injury protection.
Washington rolled the dice, deciding to play out the final year of his current deal ($535,000). Under the current CBA, he will be a restricted free agent.
Rex Ryan just confirmed what Profootballtalk.com had reported:
A league source tells us that Washington suffered a fractured fibula in the first half of the Jets’ Week Seven game against the Raiders. Washington will have surgery in Oakland because the bone broke through the skin, raising fears of infection. He’s expected to be back to full strength in 2010, with a projected recovery time of 12 weeks.
The running game will probably be OK, but the receiving and return game will be very negatively affected. It’s going to be a long rest of the year for the Jets. They can still win — we saw how good Shonn Greene can play today — but this injury probably cost the Jets 2-3 wins.
Leon has a murky contract situation — he’s playing in the final year of his rookie contract making $553,000 — and his prospects for free agency are affected by what happens in the labor situation.
All I can say is let’s just hope for the best for Leon and his family.
The Jets need to win tomorrow. It’s a must-win situation. You can’t go to 3-4 after starting 3-0. This Jets team is too talented (yet banged up, I’ll admit that) to do that. Rex Ryan knows he’s been running an undisciplined, underachieving team of late, and seeing another game like that may be the end of any playoff hopes.
Look for Mark Sanchez to have a big game, the defense to get pass rush, and a victory to come — hopefully.
Oakland 17 (I wish I could make this winning margin be bigger, but it is the Jets unfortunately.)