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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The real problem with Alcee Hastings.

The Washington buzz going into the new year surrounds Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi and her choice to chair the House Intelligence Committee.  A week after the Democrats won the House and the Senate, Pelosi said no to fellow California Rep.  Jane Harman, who's a known rival of Pelosi's in Congress, but left open the possibility of Rep. Alcee Hastings, the impeached federal judge turned Florida Congressman, who is the committee's ranking Democrat. 

While the criticism against Pelosi is justified, the saddest thing about this scenario isn't the fact that a congressman who was impeached for accepting bribes by drug dealers as well as using secret wiretaps to tip off associates could become the House Intelligence Comittee Chairman. 

The saddest thing is that there is a district in America that would actually elect this guy to represent them in Congress after all of these things happened.  Hastings had been impeached just over two years prior to being becoming the representative for Florida's 23rd District.  It's hard to fathom what kind of people in Palm Beach and Broward Counties would actually vote for an obviously corrupt official just as Hastings.  One thing's for sure:  such people have no room to talk when complaining about government, because they are part of the problem.

And Hastings isn't letting them down, either (from Front Page Magazine's Andrew Walden):

Hastings has also been reported to be the subject of ethics investigations in 2004 by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, the Florida Elections Commission and the Federal Election Commission...

Hastings’ trips often include his “staff assistant”, reputed girlfriend Vanessa Griddine, who “earns” more than Hastings’ Chief of Staff. Griddine is not the only member of Hastings’ staff rumored to be romantically linked. Another “staff assistant” Patricia Williams is believed to “earn” as much as $129,000 per year. Williams, who represented Hastings in the impeachment trial, was disbarred in 1992 for “mishandling client funds” – acts which occurred about the time of the impeachment hearings. She is believed to be owed substantial legal fees by Hastings.

This also goes deep into the problem of gerrymandered districts, which comprises of a collective mass of Black voters who would vote for Robert Mugabe or possibly Idi Amin if they moved into their district.  Taking a look at the Black representatives in Congress can be quite sobering, especially when you look at the things they've done and the things they've stated.  To show you that the phrase, "Birds of a feather, flock together" rings true, the Congressional (Socialist) Black Caucus - a number of them being elected in similar gerrymandered districts as Hastings - supports Hastings' rise to the Intelligence Committee Chair.

Hastings will always be Hastings.  However, it's time for black voters to stop covering their eyes to the blatant incompetence and corruption of the public officials from the federal level down to the city garbage collector position and start demanding accountability and integrity.  The fact that any person, black or white, would vote for Hastings to do anything other than handclean spit buckets at boxing matches is a affront to a constitutional republic as well as the history of blacks in America.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
It's official: Lott's back in power.

This is embarrassing.

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job four years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the chamber's No. 2 GOP post Wednesday.

Asked whether he felt vindicated by the 25-24 secret ballot vote, Lott deferred to newly-elected party leader Mitch McConnell.

"The spotlight belongs on him," Lott said of his Kentucky colleague.

The spotlight should be on McConnell, but it gives more ammunition to the Democrats and the media against the Republicans.  If you needed more evidence how clueless Senate Republicans are, you got it today.

What makes this even more appalling is the fact that Trent Lott had said a few years back that he was going to make a comeback, and he openly stated that he would get back at those senators that abandoned him after his Strom Thurmond debacle.  Yet, Republican senators were willing to fall into this same trap again.

Alexander's crew thought they had enough votes, so it's possible that there was a switch at the 11th hour.  Hopefully, it wasn't because of this:

Now remember, before his defeat in the midterm election it was Santorum, not Lott, who was Alexander's chief competition for the post. Alexander worked against Santorum for weeks and weeks. Did Santorum do some work in the final days to throw some of his loyalists towards Lott?

Certainly seems plausible to me. Alexander had the votes, or thought he did. Those votes went somewhere. As to the hows and the whys of how they got there, we can only speculate.

I hope Santorum didn't do that.  Trent Lott has symbolized everything that is wrong with the Republican Party, and for Santorum to shift votes to him against Alexander due to a petty rivalry could have damaging consequences.  Santorum is better than that, or at least I thought he was.

Soon after Lott resigned as Senate Majority Leader in 2002, Michelle Malkin put it best:

Both liberals and conservatives who are lambasting the vacant Lott as an unrepentant bigot give him too much credit, methinks. The former college cheerleader did at Thurmond's birthday party what he has done all of his life: He mouthed the words he thought his audience at the moment wanted to hear. Lott never actively donned a white sheet, like his Senate colleague and ex-Klansman Robert Byrd, D-West Va. Instead, Lott is, and always has been, on the sidelines of America's race debate. When James Meredith weathered violent riots in his brave quest to integrate the University of Mississippi in the fall of 1962, Lott was neither standing next to him nor standing with the segregationist mob. The Ole Miss alum was holed up inside his frat house, preserving his and his brothers' political viability. There is only one cause, one animating spirit that Trent Lott is committed to: not the South, not the segregationist past, but himself and his future in high office.

Groups like Porkbusters and The Club For Growth are going to have their hands full in the upcoming years.  With the Democrats in power and the Republican leadership being placed into the hands of Washington insiders and pork spenders, it's going to be a rough time for anyone who believes in limited government.  Although conservatism didn't lose on Election Day, conservatives did.

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The Republicans deserve to be in the minority.

It's obvious from the aftermath of the drubbing the Republicans got from Election Day that they have absolutely no clue why they are in the situation they're in, or at the very least, they don't care.

It is obvious that the reluctance of President Bush to implement conservative policies through his domestic agenda has been a constant problem during the last six years.  On top of that, lukewarm (read: "moderate") Republicans have been just as obstructive and causing as much damage as the Democrats on key issues that have been in Congress, including judicial appointments, social security reform, tax cuts (if a few Democrats hadn't crossed the aisle, this would have been defeated too), tort reform, among other things.

Thus, instead of learning the lessons of November 7's defeat and correcting those mistakes, the Republican Party is bound to repeat them.  They're placing pork advocates like Missouri's Roy Blunt, free-ride (read: amnesty) advocates like Florida's Mel Martinez, and Trent Lott - a man who needs no introduction or explanation - to lead the party.  It has been the work of legislators like these that have caused a backlash within the conservative base, and among the public.  Republicans led the House and the Senate on promises to implement conservative policies, and the failure to do so led to their defeat.

After the election, I said the Republicans would regain the House of Representatives back in four years tops.  Now, I think I want to rescind that prediction.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Republicans needed this.

It's sad that it came at such a cost.

Talent, DeWine, Chaffee, and Burns deserved to go.  Talent and Burns were pork spenders, and got involved with Abramoff and lobbying corruption.  Chaffee was perhaps the biggest RINO in the Senate and was more of an asset to the Democrats than he was to the Republicans, so adios.  DeWine deserved to go after that "Gang of 14" debacle.

But to lose a guy like Rick Santorum, who was arguably the best legislator in Washington, is a complete heartbreaker.  I'd rather have lost not only the Senate, but went 10 seats in the red than lose a senator like that.  There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it:  Pennsylvanians were stupid for booting him out of office.  Yes, we knew way back in May this was going to happen, but when you lose a guy with the passion, conviction, and intelligence of Santorum, that hurts the nation as a whole.  Name one senator that can boast he was there for over 97% of the votes, and had visited every county in his home state every single year?  Even Ed Rendell, the newly reelected Pennsylvania governor, had to give that guy his props.

Santorum did his job, and he did it well and represented Pennsylvania better than any senator ever could.  Any other state that isn't infected with statism and pacificism would have loved to have had a senator like that.  But Santorum's problems weren't his stances and issues; it was that he represented the wrong state.  Any other state would have made him a lifer.  Santorum was precisely the kind of senator that needed to be in Washington.

The icing on the cake is the guy who is replacing Santorum:  Bob Casey Jr.;  a complete stiff who would love nothing but to be a lifer like his father, and would say and do anything to get elected.  While Santorum has been busting his ass in Washington, this guy has jumped from election race to election race, and never cared about what it takes to be a true servant to the people.

Simply watching a mere five minutes of one of their debates gave a solid answer as to why Casey wanted to limit the amount of appearances with Santorum as little as possible.  Watching Casey attempting to talk down Santorum was like a kindergartener trying to outwit a rocket scientist.  How anyone could have watched those debates, and could still vote for Casey in complete confidence is unfathomable.

So while "moderates" lost big, so did conservatives (despite what Michelle Malkin is saying).  While a number of initiatives won big, Republicans lost a number of races in districts that were heavily Republican and heavily conservative.  A number of losses were due to corruption and issues the Republicans in those districts had (especially like Weldon in Pennsylvania and Taylor in NC), but it was also an overall national repudiation of a Republican government that failed to live up to it's terms of the Contract With America agreement that placed the party into the House of Representatives in the first place.  The Republicans got fat off of pork, thought they were invincible despite rampant corruption, and never gathered a unified voice in order to counter the Democrats.  The Democrats weren't any better, and were mostly dishonest in their campaigning, but they were more politically savvy and hammered the Republicans every opportunity they got.  Thus, the Republicans deserved to lose.

Don't get me wrong; I don't expect the Democrats to keep either House (it looks like they'll win the Senate too, as Talent conceded and Allen is down by 1,500 votes) for more than four years.  But hopefully the Republicans by that time will have come to their senses, realize the importance of fighting for reform no matter how many times the Democrats obstruct, and understand that national issues are now at the forefront in district and statewide elections.

It's time for Mehlman and Rove to get to work.  Not next year; right now.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Just shut up, Kerry.

Aren't you glad we dodged this bullet in 2004?

So far, the Democrats are running away from Kerry faster than the Swiftboats.  Ford, McCaskill, Braley, Hillary, Walz, Murtha, along with Tester and Cardin have either criticized Kerry, or has cancelled appearances by him (lord knows why they'd want him campaigning for them in the middle of a tough race to start with). 

My favorite line?

A Democratic congressman told ABC News Tuesday, "I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."


But just like the Swiftboats sinking Kerry in 2004, this little kerfluffle wouldn't have had any mileage on it if people didn't believe those were Kerry's true feelings.  People believe John Kerry is a fraud, and they aren't buying all of this garbage about him being this hard-nosed military man with the medals in Vietnam.  They do see John Kerry as the guy who testified at in front of Congress about supposed atrocities done by the military that he never saw, but told Congress about as if he witnessed them.  They do see John Kerry as the guy that voted to cut military spending as a congressman and as a senator.  They do see John Kerry as the elitist Massachusetts leftist, married into money and having disdain for anything that is considered American. 

Thus, it's no surprise that this is getting as much mileage as it is getting, because this is the John Kerry that everyone knows.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Michael J. Fox's disgusting ploy

I constantly tout the alternate media - namely talk radio and the blogosphere - as a countermeasure to help fight the disinformation that's spread rapidly by the Democrats as well as the mainstream media.  Concerned more with principles and conviction rather than having to worry about the political ramifications or corporate political correctness that others have to confront.

Rush Limbaugh's comments about the now-infamous Michael J. Fox ad, in which Fox is seen showing the motor effects of Parkinson's disease while stumping for Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, is a perfect example of someone who will not allow the criticisms of the mainstream media and the political left keep him from telling the truth.

Fox, in claiming that Senator Jim Talent wants to criminalize stem cell research, was wrong in making that ad; plain and simple.  He felt because of his celebrity status and because of the disease that he would be above criticism, but that isn't the case.  The fact is, there is no evidence that stem cells would actually help to cure Parkinson's; in fact, there has been a new drug just tested to help combat the disease.  And note:  it was created from gene therapy treatment, not stem cell research.  Michael Fox's foundation has given almost $2 million to help fund it.

Talent had never stated he was fully against stem cell research; only that he was against funding it, and researchers should only use adult ones and not embroynic stem cells.  On top of that, Missouri's Amendment 2 referendum wants to make cloning a right in the state constitution, which is why a number of groups have called for it to fail.

Critics have tried to focus on Limbaugh's assertion that Fox purposely didn't take his medicine in order to discredit him.  But they ignore the fact that Fox admitted he had done this previously in his book, stating that he purposely stopped taking his medication for a Senate subcommittee hearing on Parkinson's:

I had made a deliberate choice to appear before the subcommittee without medication. It seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling.

Thus, what would stop him from doing it again?

Regardless of whether he did or didn't for the ad, it's only a small part of the problem when dealing with issues like these.  The Democrats tell the public that the "evil" Republicans simply want people to suffer, because they won't cave in to the methods they support and espouse.  It's garbage, but the good/evil paradox has a part of the Democratic playbook for quite a while. 

Thus, it's not a surprise that they'd use stem cell research to make it seem as if Republicans want to put anyone in jail for trying to find a cure.  Similar to John Edwards's idiotic statement claiming that a Kerry victory in 2004 would lead to people like Christopher Reeve and others being cured and walking again, the message is that Democrats are trying to do everything they can to save people while the Republicans let them die, and that couldn't be further from the truth.  As long as people continue to believe it though, the Democrats will continue using that message.  Let's hope Missouri discourages them from doing so in the future on November 7th.

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Monday, October 23, 2006
John Bunting has been fired.

From ESPN:

John Bunting is out as North Carolina's football coach but will remain with the Tar Heels through the rest of this season, school officials said Sunday night.

Bunting met with athletic director Dick Baddour earlier in the day and was told he would not return next season. The players were informed of the decision during an evening meeting, and school officials said Bunting and Baddour would discuss the decision further during a news conference on Monday.

Bunting, a former linebacker at North Carolina, was largely blamed for the Tar Heels' miserable season in which they have yet to defeat a Division I-A opponent.

It's funny, because I thought NC State's Chuck Amato would be the one to go after that loss to Akron, and then Southern Miss earlier this year.  But NC State's season has been saved due to victories against Florida State and Boston College, both being ranked teams.

The loss to Virginia on ESPN Thursday night was the last straw.  The losses to Rutgers and South Florida, and the blowout to Clemson all were bad enough, but to be shut out by a team who can only boast of wins against Wyoming and against Duke, and lost to ECU and Western Michigan, was too much to take.  That 20-0 loss officially made the season a waste.  And the fact is, UNC Football has only been to two bowl games in the six years Bunting has been there.  With the ACC being a powerhouse in college sports, and the hope that it would become one in college football, it was time to make a change.

Practically everyone at UNC and in the media will tell you that John Bunting is a nice guy.  But at the same time, they will also tell you that this is a change that had to be done.  Unlike some coaches in the past, there were people trying to find every reason to keep Bunting, but when it came down to it, they had to do it.

Now, North Carolina once again has to find a coach.  After the Matt Doherty debacle, it's been rumored (by ACC Sports Journal's David Glenn on 850 The Buzz) that athletic director Dick Baddour will NOT be involved in the hiring process.

I'd have to agree.  Matt Doherty almost wrecked the Carolina basketball program, in which a number of players on UNC's basketball team threatened to transfer if Doherty stayed on as UNC's coach due to the instability and abuse they received from him.  Had it been for Roy Williams and him eventually succumbing to his lifelong dream, Carolina would not have won a national championship, and the basketball program would probably be similar to...well....NC State's.  Ugh.

So, whatever UNC's trustees and alumni has to do, do it.  Get someone in here that can actually compete with in the ACC, and get it back to the prominence Denny Crum and Mack Brown achieved.  Keep Dick Baddour out of it.  Hopefully, they'll make the right choice.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I was at work...

And I happened to turn over to the Bears-Arizona game.  Arizona is up 20-0 at the half against the Bears.

Unbelievable.  Arizona is horrible, and the Bears are considered the best team in the league.

But whatever.  Arizona is going to win this game.  Cool.

Then I come home around 12:30, turn to ESPN and I see Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart at the press conference.  That's when I see ESPN's cg under Leinart.

It says, Bears def. Cardinals, 24-23.

How in THE hell do you blow that football game?

UPDATE:  I'm still watching the postgame show. 

Edgerrin James's line: 36 carries, 55 yards.  A new NFL record for the least amount of yards on that many carries.

Oh, and by the way:  no offensive touchdowns for the Bears.  Everything was scored by the defense, except for one field goal.

If you have Chicago as your fantasy defense this week, you have to be VERY happy.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006
Conservative bloggers, take heed.

A very good article by fellow blogger Robert Cox, who writes about how conservatives are losing the battle for the internet to the lunatic leftist fringe.

At various blogging conferences since, I have had the opportunity to observe many of these bright minds strategizing on how to best leverage the emerging world of blogs and other "social networking" services known as "Web 2.0" to advance their liberal political agenda and win elections.

Their common refrain: "We need to own the Internet the way the right owns talk radio."

They got me wondering whether the online "conservative elite" was aware of what the left had in mind and, if so, whether they were concerned. During the past few years, I have had the opportunity to ask this of Internet specialists working on the Bush-Cheney campaign, top officials in the Republican National Committee, communications specialists at the White House and dozens of top conservative bloggers.

A-List blogger and talk radio show host Hugh Hewitt's response was typical: "It doesn't matter who creates the tools used by bloggers, but what bloggers do with those tools."

When I suggested that ceding control of the major "nodes" in the online world to the left was a huge mistake, they were dismissive. It became clear they could not imagine one day finding themselves boxed out of what is fast becoming the biggest force in electoral politics.

First, I don't think you can actually say that conservatives are being "boxed out" of the political process.  Yes; over the last 3-4 years, the left - through the vessels of, the blogs, and the money of the multi-millionaires - have created a machine that threatens to shift the balance of power to a Democratic Party that is becoming more radical and more socialist as the days go by. 

While the results of the upcoming mid-term elections could change this fact, conservative bloggers and talk radio still have the upper hand.  Never has the media been dogged by watchdogs of this magnitude, and it's only going to get worse.  As long as blogs like Powerline, Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin and others are ready and willing to do key investigative work exposing the biased reporting of the mainstream media as they have done since Election 2004 to the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, they will continue to have an impact in the political arena.

But should conservatives come out in force to help Republican candidates campaign and get elected?  In my opinion, the jury is out on that one.  Groups like Rightroots,, and, to an extent, the Club for Growth are trying to do that.  However, a good number of the conservative bloggers aren't part of the Republican rank and file, even if they are even registered.  In fact, conservative bloggers, through Porkbusters, an organization committed to cutting pork-barrel spending in Congress, has went after some of the top Republicans in Congress, and has expressed dissatisfaction over runaway spending in Congress by the Republican Party.  With the exception of Joe Lieberman, leftist bloggers have not been willing to go after the Democrats in the same manner.

Cox insists the failure of conservatives to venture further into creating a poltiical machine is a mistake, as he highlights what happened to Michelle Malkin this week:

Enter Fox News pundit, author and top-rated blogger Michelle Malkin. Last week she received notice from YouTube, the world's most popular video sharing service, that her video had been deemed "offensive." The result? Her account may be terminated and her videos deleted.

YouTube refused to say why her videos were "offensive" and there was no avenue available to challenge the decision. Today, her videos are gone and her voice is suppressed on the most important video "node" on the Internet.

Now this is where the left's influence on the internet becomes a problem.  It took years before Fox News penetrated television news with views from the other side of the political spectrum.  Conservatives can not allow the same thing to happen with the internet.  With Google, a company that has had no love or respect for conservative viewpoints (nor for viewpoints of freedom, for that matter), recently acquiring YouTube for $1.65 billion dollars, it doesn't look as if anything will change.   Google as well as the left side of the political spectrum only cares about the freedom of their speech; any other viewpoints don't matter and can and should be silenced at any time.

With Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft being the centers of traffic on the internet - particularly within the realm of video blogging - conservatives suddenly find themselves behind the 8-ball.  Several leftists have taken advantage of YouTube in order to get some of the most vile and disgusting Bush and Republican-bashing videos out to millions.  While Malkin's Hot Air does have the potential to become a key force within the blogosphere and the internet, a lot more needs to be done in order for that to happen.  There are opportunities out there for conservatives to get the message out, and they need to be taken advantage of.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006
NFL Thoughts - Week 5

It's been a while since I've talked about football, so here goes:

- First, the Panthers.  Last time I posted my thoughts on football, the Panthers were 0-2.  Now they're 3-2.  Facing the Bucs and the Browns helped a lot, but a big win against the then-undefeated Saints, who beat Atlanta the week before, helped too.  While Steve Smith statistically hasn't made that big of a difference, the deep threat that he brings to the Panthers' offense opens things up for both Keyshawn Johnson to get some nice catches and also for Deshaun Foster to open up the running game.

Foster has been the biggest surprise in the last couple of weeks.  Against Minnesota, he ran for 26 yards on 13 carries.  But since Smith's return, he ran for 82 yards against the Bucs, 106 yards against the Saints and 105 against the Browns.  While I will say I didn't think he'd have much of an impact this year, and DeAngelo Williams would eventually get the starting nod (although now he has a sprained ironic),  I am surprised at this sudden burst of production.

Carolina has its biggest test yet, as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.  This won't be pretty by any stretch of the imagination.  This will be the toughest defense the Panthers face this year and there's no question that the matchup in the trenches has to be Julius Peppers vs. Jonathan Ogden.  If Ogden wins, that means McNair has time to get the football off, and more than likely the Ravens will win.  If Peppers can get to him, however, the Panthers have a chance to win this game.  Either way, I don't expect either team to score more than 17 pts, if that much.

- Is it me, or has sports broadcasting as a whole has taken a turn for the worse?  It's bad enough that ESPN can't concentrate on one story at a time, and pushing it until you're ready to hurl, but Fox Sports is getting bad as well.

Sunday evening's Eagles/Cowboys game was a shining example of that.  Nevermind the fact that Drew Bledsoe threw three picks - one returned for a 101 yd TD - and fumbled twice.  No; the reason Dallas lost was due to Terrell Owens not having a good day, and thus it was his fault that the Cowboys lost.  Last time I checked, you needed a decent quarterback to get it to the receiver.

- Todd Sauerbrun was once considered the NFL's best punter.  Now he's been cut from the Denver Broncos after coming off of a suspension for using ephedra.

Two things:  1.  Ephedra shouldn't be banned.  2.  Sauerbrun had no business taking it anyway.  Even Shanahan stated he didn't care if Sauerbrun was 300 llbs, as long as he could punt the ball like a mule.  I think this stemmed from Fox giving Sauerbrun so much hell for being overweight while he played for the Panthers.

- I understand the logic of football fans not thinking the Colts and the Chargers are not the two best teams in the league.  After all, Schottenheimer and Dungy have  coached some great teams, but neither have made it to the big game.  But there's no question in my mind that the Chargers are the most talented team in the league, and until someone beats Indy, they're at the top of the pecking order.

- Did anyone notice that the Rams are 4-1?  I didn't either.  It helps when you have to play three teams that have a total of two wins so far this season.  We'll see what they'll do this week vs. Seattle.

- Who's my frontrunner for MVP?  After last week, I don't see how anyone can say anybody but Donovan McNabb.  Not only is McNabb putting up great numbers (and to the guys that have him on your fantasy team, I hate you all), but he's doing it with no running game and considerably lesser talent at WR.

- Speaking of McNabb, I can't recall a season where there have been so many high school and college style offensive calls made than this year.  McNabb's trademark has been the 40 yard fleaflicker bomb.  Sometimes I think he tells Stallworth and Lewis in the huddle, "Just go deep; I'll get it to you".  But hey; it works.  Atlanta's trying to run an option offense straight out of a high school playbook.  You don't hardly see that in college, yet they're trying to run it in the NFL.  On Sunday night, Pittsburgh tried a WR reverse on 4th and 6.  That didn't even come close to working.  Some of these coaches are going to get bit in the ass while trying some of these sandlot plays.

- Pittsburgh looks like they are going down the same route the Tampa Bay Bucs did a few years ago.  Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl, looked impressive in beating Philly in Week 1 the next season, and didn't make the playoffs.  Pittsburgh came off of a Super Bowl win, beat Miami in Week 1, but has lost their last 3.  And note; the AFC North has both 4-1 Baltimore and 3-1 Cincinnati.  It's going to be an uphill battle for Pittsburgh for most of the year.

- Key games next week:  Eagles/Saints, Rams/Seahawks (for the NFC West lead), Carolina/Baltimore, Giants/Atlanta.

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