Category Archives: Football

Prompts: “My Favorite Job”

Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Prompts is a joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post no more than 500 words on said topic on Fridays. Per the usual, I’m a few days late or a few days early with this one, depending on how you look at it. Choosing my favorite job was difficult, very difficult. It’s kind of like my favorite song; it alternates on a frequent basis.

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Prompts: “Why The Saints Will Beat The Seahawks”

Prompts is a joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post no more than 500 words (or in this case 800) on said topic on Fridays. Matt is a Washington native and thus a Seahawks fan. I am a south Louisiana native and thus a Saints fan.

This image needs to happen for the Saints to win Saturday night.

This image needs to happen for the Saints to win Saturday night.

Prompts: Why The Saints Will Beat The Seahawks

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Prompts: “My One-Word Philosophy For 2014″

Look ma, I'm on a billboard in Times Square

Prompts is a new joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post around 500 words on said topic on Fridays.

My One-Word Philosophy For 2014: Celebrate.

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Tebow A Pandora’s Box Ryan Unwilling to Open To Bitter End

When will I play, Mark?

“For God so loved the New York Jets and their fans he gave his only begotten football player, Timothy, so that anyone who believed in him would not perish but have everlasting Super Bowls.” St. Timothy 3:16

The God in my fictional Bible verse did not bestow Tim Tebow on the Jets as a punt protector. He did not bestow him as a wildcat quarterback or a GQ cover model either. OK, maybe he gave him as a GQ cover model.

God so loved the Jets he gave them Tebow as a starting quarterback. Not just any starting quarterback, but a proven leader and winner of a 2011 AFC divisional playoff. Jets coach Rex Ryan turned his back on Tebow like a modern day Judas. Ryan sealed Tebow’s fate not with a kiss, but by starting Greg McElroy at quarterback in Week 16.

In an ironic twist, Ryan will be crucified by the New York media and Jets fans. Tebow will assume his hallowed seat – on the bench – and then after the game hop a plane to Jacksonville, where he will play next season.

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Manti Te’o for Heisman: Why The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Manti Te'o/US Presswire

All praise/blame for this post should go to Jordy Pujol, the anti-Bayless.

ESPN carnival barker/used car salesman/white devil Skip Bayless pissed in the wind Tuesday to the contrived, shit-starting tune of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o for Heisman. Bayless is famous for taking contrarian viewpoints, and generally being a pompous, arrogant, spineless piece of shit. His latest piece, I must admit, floored me. He is capable of talking about someone besides LeBron James or Tim Tebow, I learned.

Other than this revelation, Bayless’s Te’o piece followed the same cookie-cutter theme as all his arguments – a lot of bluster and precious little substance. Bayless proclaimed Te’o a deserving Heisman winner but also anointed himself head of the Johnny Football fan club. Johnny Football, for the uninitiated, is Texas A&M Johnny Manziel, believed to be Teo’s chief competition for the Heisman.

Truth is, talk of a Te’o Heisman is laughable – whether or not it comes from Bayless’s well-manicured fingers or anyone else. Te’o Heisman talk has gathered steam for two reasons: A) Te’o plays for Notre Dame, a traditional power in the midst of a national championship run; and B) Notre Dame is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. Some would argue the Heisman should be awarded to the best player on the best team. I am not one of those people. If anything, talk of Te’o, as Heisman winner, reflects on the dearth of quality candidates this season, Manziel excluded.

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Damn The Tide: An LSU Fan Picks Who To Root For In The BCS Chase

Bama fans ... HA!

Today on the subway a man in a business suit struck up a conversation with me about something near and dear to my heart. The self-described BYU grad and I did not talk about Mormonism or multiple wives or HBO’s Big Love. We talked LSU football.

The bespectacled man offered his condolences after noticing my LSU beanie. The previous night my home state Tigers lost a 21-17 heartbreaker to Alabama. The ebbs and flows of the game led me to curse the entire state of Alabama, as well as its football team.

My fellow “D” train traveler informed me he was rooting for LSU. Like most college football fans, he is ready for the SEC’s six year BCS title reign to end. An Alabama loss would likely have closed the door on an SEC team making the title game, while opening the door wider for teams in other conferences – Oregon, Kansas State – plus Notre Dame. I don’t care about any of that though. I wanted to see LSU win and Bama lose.

You read the headline. I am not rooting for Alabama. I don’t care if a Crimson Tide loss means the SEC fails to win its seventh straight BCS football title. Damn the Tide!

Below are my thoughts on the four undefeated teams still in the hunt and their odds of making the BCS National Championship Game, given their remaining schedules. All statistics are based on information entering Week 11. You can view BCS rankings here.

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5 Thoughts On LSU’s Win Over Texas A&M

Mettenberger via LSU Reveille

Earlier today I wrote about watching LSU’s win over Texas A&M at Legends Sports Bar in Manhattan. It was a pins and needles affair. Then again, that’s the way all the Tigers’ SEC games are this season.

Here are five thoughts on LSU’s win over Texas A&M:

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Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100: “Legends Sports Bar”

Legends via Hipstamatic

This is the 11th installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker.

Here’s one thing I’ve learned in life: You can take the boy out of south Louisiana but you can’t take the LSU fan out of the boy. That was true in Oregon amid rabid Ducks fans, and it remains so in New York City.

On Saturday afternoon I entered Legends Sports Bar in Manhattan during halftime of LSU’s football contest with Texas A&M. Yes, halftime. I overslept, failing to take into account the subway’s relative weekend sloth. Rookie mistake, I know.

Upon arrival at Legends Sports Bar, I heard Big Tymers’ NOLA rap anthem, “Get Your Roll On”, belting from the venue’s speakers and observed dozens of purple and gold-clad Tigers fans, many of whom were clutching a beer. Behind the bar there were purple and gold signs with the years 1958, 2003, and 2007, representing LSU’s three national championships. It all felt authentic.

And this was just halftime.

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5 Thoughts From Today’s Saints-Panthers Debacle


If only I had a paper bag handy Sunday afternoon …

Yes, it’s only Week 2. The New Orleans Saints can rebound from an 0-2 hole. A healthy Drew Brees behind center can work miracles. Unfortunately, he can’t play defense.

The problem with the “it’s only Week 2″ thinking this season is that means there are 14 games remaining for opponents to abuse the Saints’ defense.

I am trying to resist typing the words “fire” and “Steve Spagnuolo” next to one another. It’s difficult after back-to-back weeks in which mobile quarterbacks – Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton – torched the Saints for an average of 37.5 points. For comparison’s sake, the Saints’ defense yielded 21.2 points per game in 2011.

Here are five thoughts from the New Orleans’ 35-27 loss to Carolina on Sunday:

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My Saints-Redskins Diary Full Of Heartbreak And Pain


Who Dat!

Today’s big story lines in New Orleans today are A) How will the Saints play in the wake of Bountygate without suspended head coach Sean Payton and B) How will Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III play in his debut against a leaky Saints secondary?

The Saints received good news Friday when a judge ruled linebacker Jon Vilma and defensive end Will Smith were eligible to play in Sunday’s game. The duo were previously suspended by NFL Commish Roger Goodell for their alleged roles in Bountygate. Smith starts today, and provides a boost to the Saints defensive line. Vilma is out with a knee injury.

I am going Saints, 38-17. There’s a reason, or many reasons, why the Saints won 13 regular season games last season and the Redskins finished last in the NFC East for the fourth straight year.

Here is my Saints-Redskins diary:

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