Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 2

hi-res-156724137_crop_650x440If Colin Kaepernick couldn’t beat out Alex Smith to win the starting job in San Fran out of training camp, how did he get this much better taking the second team reps during practice? And while Alex Smith got Wally Piped, it’s obvious that it was the right football decision.

This is why coaches teach kids to hustle and never give up on a play. Nice to see it at the professional level.

I don’t mind the “kids” who are doing these option reads outplaying more traditional pocket passers because the best of the option read QBs, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III, are also very good passing QBs. Kaepernick, for instance, was drafted by the Cubs as a pitcher before he went to college and while his accuracy needs to improve he throws the ball with as much zip as any QB I can remember.

734796_10151346616881773_913947557_nTrindon Holliday set records for Denver Saturday and put them in position to win. There is a part of me that wanted Denver to win out and take a Super Bowl title home just so that specialist return man Trindon Holliday could become Denver’s version of Boston’s Dave Roberts.

It will be very interesting to see what the effects of a 48 game crammed together schedule yield for the NHL this year. If it leads to injuries and concussions and playoff series that lack star power, they are really going to be in trouble in winning back the fans for the 2013-2014 season.

manningfaceLowefaceThe Manning Face was back with avengence Saturday night. It was nice to see, and always reminds me of Derek Lowe and the horrible reactions he would make after not getting a call, or a poor play by a fielder. Similar to the David Ortiz face after a called strike. Recognizing the faces and body language players make on a consistent basis makes the boring games of a sports season worth watching. Especially in baseball where 162 games is a long, long season.

Patriots lost 2 key offensive pieces of the game plan in the first 5 minutes of the game and still took care of business against the Texans. The Texans have some elite talent, including Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, J.J. Watt and Johnathan Joseph, but whether they are lacking in the QB department or the coaching department, something is missing from putting them into the elite company of the AFC.

2013-1-13-seahawks-falcons-21-4_3_rx512_c680x510The Seahawks came from way behind to take the lead against the Falcons, but then their secondary which was so good all year failed them as they allowed 2 pass plays long enough to allow for a long field goal try that the Falcons kicker put through for the win. Bad collapse, but good resiliency by the Falcons, I don’t think that sort of performance is good enough for them to beat the already dynamically defensive and now dynamically offensive 49ers.

Good for this kid. My best friend Garrett made a similar shot when we were 12 or 13, but his was only from the free throw line.

Meanwhile everyone who isn’t a Lakers fan needs to shut up about the Lakers now. The team stinks, they shouldn’t, but they do and until they are again in the playoff picture please focus on the teams that are producing wins on a consistent basis and earning our attention.

Sideline reporters can we please stop asking the question, “how does it feel to beat the team you grew up cheering for?” The players never say what they want to, “If they wanted me, they’d have drafted or signed me, and they have never cut me a check, so I’m glad to send them home with a loss.”

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