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UFC 128 Preview

Fresh on the heels of acquiring rival promotion Strikeforce, the UFC surges onward toward the mission of becoming the end-all, be-all for professional mixed martial arts. The card for UFC 128 shouldn’t slow momentum one bit.

Here’s GASB’s analysis and picks for the main card, available on Pay Per View.

• Heavyweight bout (206-265 lbs): Mirko Cro Cop v. Brendan Schaub

Zuffa likes to start PPV events with extremely interesting match-ups and potentially explosive fights. Cro Cop v. Schaub fits that formula to a tee.

Cro Cop is a perennial favorite amongst veteran fight fans. His stunning KO’s and TKO’s in Pride won the hearts of hardcore MMA junkies the world over. We’re speaking of a man who knocked out Wanderlei Silva with a headkick of legend in both combatant’s prime.

NOT SURE WHO IS PROTECTING WHO HERE

Unfortunately, and as with many Pride stars that tried to integrate into UFC since, the results since Pride’s demise have been mixed at best.

One of the most shocking moments in MMA history occurred when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a flush headkick knockout (Cro Crop’s own signature move) in the first round of Cro Cop’s second UFC fight.  That was followed by  a loss to Cheick Congo, a handful of TKO’s over the division’s lower-tiered talent, and two losses at the hands of the heavyweight elite (Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir).

Brendan Schaub is very much from the newer school of MMA, in picking up the sport well after its mainstream breakthrough and acceptance. He came into the sport after a failed run at the NFL (peaking at a practice squad spot on the Buffalo Bills) and came into the UFC via a reality show.

THIS IS MY BLOG, SO I AM INSERTING A PICTURE OF JIM KELLY

The fact of the matter is that while he’s only been in the sport for just over three years, his overall athleticism has allowed him to excel and experience some early success.

The ceiling is still high, and his next run of fights will determine how far he will go.

GASB favors: Brendan Schaub, likely by unanimous decision. Obviously Cro Cop has one-kick, one-punch knockout potential and the fight could go the other way in the blink of an eye, but expect Schaub to employ a similar gameplan to his last fight (coincidentally a decision victory over Gonzaga).

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• Middleweight bout (185 lbs): Nate Marquardt v. Dan Miller

Here we have yet another fight wherein the fighters are essentially a mixed bag of inconsistent wins and losses against the broad talent spectrum that is the UFC’s middleweight division.

Accordingly, it should produce an almost equally unpredictable result.

Nate Marquardt comes in with extremely impressive striking-based stoppages versus Martin Kampmann and then a Brazilian hat trick comprised of Wilson Gouveia, Demian Maia, and Rousimar Palhares. But he’s also gotten snagged in decision losses to Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami, effectively thwarting his second run at Anderson Silva’s title belt.

Dan Miller was absolutely on fire until he hit a three-tiered brick wall of some of the middleweight division’s best in Chael Sonnen, Demian Maia, and Michael Bisping.

In literally a year and six days, he went from being one of the hottest prospects in the division to, at best, the jury still being out. Since that string of losses, he sunk a nice guillotine in on Joe Salter at UFC 118 and fought well enough to split the vote in his favor over Joe Doerksen at 124. It’s difficult to know what kind of fighter we can expect to see when Miller enters the cage this weekend.

GASB favors: Nate Marquardt, like by a strike stoppage. It’s been a frustrating couple of years for both men and Marquardt will be blowing off steam at Miller’s expense.

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• Lightweight bout (155 lbs): Jim Miller v. Kamal Shalorus

GASB absolutely loves this matchup and is arguably more excited about this fight than the main event — which is to say quite a lot.

Jim Miller (yes, the younger brother of Dan) has a had a fantastic MMA career and comes in with what GASB would consider a far more sound background amongst the “modern” crop of fighters 29 and under. Whereas a fighter like Brandan Schaub burst onto the scene after a very short period of training and acclimation, Miller has a much farther reaching background in the neo-classical sense of “must-haves” necessary to consistently excel in the modern game (namely wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu).

IT'S MILLER TIME (No, I am not above shitty puns.)

Miller wrestled Division I at Virginia Tech and is a black belt in BJJ under Jamie Cruz. Accordingly, aside from an early career loss versus current UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and losing a decision to Gray Maynard at ‘The Bully’s’ prime, Miller has handled business against very serious competition.

In GASB’s opinion, there has not been a more formidable opponent in all of Miller’s career than Kamal Shalorus. The casual fight fan might make the mistake of looking at this matchup as a successful UFC vet facing a promising challenger making his UFC debut.

Please, don’t be “that guy.”

Kamal Shalorus is an absolute assassin. With Kamal, you’re looking at world-class wrestling abilities and results from tournaments all across the globe from a man that currently grapples with Randy Couture stateside. You’re getting a fighter who trains his BJJ under Reslon Gracie, Daniel Morales, and Phil Cardella. If the preceding information has opponents thinking “defend the takedown,” Kamal is well aware and will often capitalize with lightning-fast boxing that can render a TKO in mere seconds.

GASB favors: Kamal Shalorus, likely by rear naked choke. WEC fans know what they’re getting in Kamal Shalorus. This Saturday, under the biggest spotlight of his career, he will show the rest of the world what’s in store for the lightweight division in the coming years.

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• Bantamweight bout (135 lbs): Urijah Faber v. Eddie Wineland

This fight should serve its purpose of effectively introducing and integrating the lighter weight classes of WEC into the UFC.

While Urijah’s body might be giving him diminishing returns at this point, he still possesses a high level of athleticism, talent, and excitement across his game. The lighter weight class seemed to suit him well in his last fight versus Takeya Mizugaki and reports out of Team Alpha Male’s camp have him looking better than ever.

GASB has confidence that the former icon that essentially defined WEC for many years will rise to the occasion and truly show that the bantamweight division can and will be a tremendous addition to the promotion at large.

HE WON'T DO YOU ANY FABERS (Told you I'm not above puns.)

Eddie Wineland is the perfect guy to go toe-to-toe with Urijah at this point. His last two WEC fights were absolutely explosive (check out his slam on Ken Stone and TKO v. Will Campuzano to get a sense of the momentum he’s coming in on). Urijah is known for his trademark high-energy, relentless overall attack. Wineland is an excellent counter-striker and should be able to read and anticipate a lot of what Urijah hurls at him.

It will be a wonderful dynamic to keep your eye on throughout the fight.

GASB favors: Urijah Faber, likely by rear naked choke. Unless Wineland simply catches Urijah in the middle of a Faber-flurry, Urijah should be able to force the one mistake that will get Wineland to give up his back.

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• MAIN EVENT: Light Heavyweight Championship bout (205 lbs): Maurício “Shogun” Rua v. Jon “Bones” Jones

Praise be to Allah (or whatever pygmy deity you worship out there – props to Chael Sonnen) for putting Rashad “Suga” Evans down and praise be to Joe Silva for giving us Jon Jones in his place.

Fight fans everywhere have been high on Jon Jones from the onset. His unorthodox, lightning fast striking has humbled everyone in its path. It’s like watching the nature channel when a pride of lions need to feast.

Jones was handed his title shot within seconds upon defeating his toughest challenge to date in Ryan Bader. In what was supposed to be the unstoppable force versus the immovable object, the unstoppable force barely broke a sweat.  Jones absolutely dominated Bader for the duration of round one before sinking in a guillotine for the win and “Submission of the Night” honors.

Unquestionably, nobody’s star, nobody’s potential right now can eclipse the hype train that is Jon Jones.

Standing across the cage will be a true MMA champion and warrior in the form of Maurício “Shogun” Rua. The man is a legend and he walks to the ring holding the scalps of some of the greatest fighters MMA has ever produced. Consider for a moment how completely insane it is that one man was able to convincingly dismantle Alistair Overeem (twice!), Rampage Jackson, Big Nog, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, and Lyoto Machida.

Rua did in all of them (and several others) before the age of 30.

THE CHAMP IS HERE

Essentially, the hype train that’s backing Jones and the fighter himself need to heed the history and the top level well-roundedness of Rua’s game. At the same time, the old guard of Pride freaks and team Rua all need to understand that he’s going up against a fighter that possesses a unique and freakishly unorthodox skill-set the likes nobody has ever seen.

Expect fireworks.

GASB favors: Jon Jones, likely by knockout. The meteoric rise of this young fighter is approaching (prime) Tyson-esque excitement and critical mass. After the sheer dominance over Bader, the sky is absolutely the limit on where Jonny Bones goes from here forward.

– Brent Eyestone

UFC 108: The weigh-ins

After a warm and inspired welcome from Joe Rogan, the crowd amassed at MGM Grand Garden Arena this afternoon was treated to introductions of the usuals: Dana, Lorenzo, Bruce Buffer, et al. Before the applause could even decay in the slightest, Rogan began a rapid-fire run of fighter weigh-ins and introductions, beginning with the undercard, moving onto the Spike broadcast fights, and then into the PPV card.

Everyone cut successfully, save for a naked Paul Daley, who came in at two pounds over and was immediately met with boos from the onlookers. Tough crowd.

Additionally, all fighters were overly cordial and respectful of their opponents, as bro-hugs outnumbered cold stare-downs at a ratio of 9:1. That one exception? Dan Lauzon and Cole Miller. Tension rose from the second D-Lau hit the stage and culminated in Dana White having to push both fighters apart after extended unpleasantries became physical. It was readily apparent that these combatants are looking to rip each others arm’s off in less than 24 hours.

GASB is very comfortable in supposing that D. Lauzon vs. Cole Miller will garner either “Fight of the Night” or “Submission of the Night.” Be sure to catch this one on Spike before the PPV hits air.

Following the Lauzon/Miller flare-up, Martin Kampmann and Jacob Volkmann took the stage. Volkmann looked like he didn’t need to cut much to make 170, yet Kampmann clearly had to cut quite a bit. Expect Kampmann to come into the cage the bigger fighter.

The biggest pops of the afternoon came for introductions of former Pride star Gilbert Yvel to the UFC (clearly a lot of well-versed fans in the crowd), his opponent Junior dos Santos (as Rogan put it “expect nothing short of fireworks from these two”), and Sam Stout (perhaps a lot of Canadians flew down for this?).

The boo-birds were out in force for Rashad. GASB is going to guesstimate a 50-50 love/hate ratio from Friday’s crowd. Meanwhile, hardly any in attendance seemed familiar with Dustin Hazelette or Duane Ludwig. Thiago Silva commanded respect from all in attendance, though GASB had hoped for a pantomimed throat slice to really seal the deal.

Following the rather quick formalities, GASB filed out into MGM Grand common areas, running into a good number of non-card fighters milling about. Of note: a very gaunt-looking Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Clearly the staph still had a hold on him and most fans were afraid to even approach for signatures and the usual fare. Those that did were asked politely by Big Nog’s handlers to give the legendary fighter space before eventually whisking him quickly out of sight.

GASB was delighted to encounter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in good spirits. As many reading know, his last appearance resulted in a loss (choke) to Josh Koscheck. Rumble looked to be in great spirits and at peace around the UFC faithful. More importantly, it was visibly apparent that getting caught in the last fight inspired even more work in the gym for Johnson, as he appeared clearly ready for whatever Zuffa has in store for him next.

We are now less than 24 hours away from the live event. Stay tuned!

GASB at UFC 108

Undeterred by two lost bags and nerve-rattling connection delays, GASB landed safe and sound yesterday in Las Vegas for the equally cursed UFC 108.

In spite of over 330,000 other human beings wanting to be in town to ring in 2010, the crowds so far have completely manageable and the overall reception quite warm for this East-coaster.

The staff at the brand new Vdara resort saw fit to assign GASB to a corner suite 41 floors up, which provided the optimal vantage point for Aria’s midnight New Year’s fireworks display. It was completely fantastic and GASB highly recommends the Vdara for your next journey to the desert.

Weigh-ins start in about an hour. Stay tuned for coverage throughout the weekend.

George Michael R.I.P.

Legendary Washington, D.C. sportscaster George Michael has passed under complications from his chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

GASB would like to extend warm condolences to George’s family and fans worldwide, as we surely consider ourselves part of the latter.

In many ways, George Michael’s life and innovative approach to sports journalism served as massive catalysts for change, changes that arguably shaped the current landscape of sports media. It is believed by many that the syndicated The George Michael Sports Machine weekly highlight show was the precursor and inspiration behind ESPN’s SportsCenter. Michael was also the first to hire female sportscasters (such as Bonnie Bernstein) for both his radio and television endeavors.

Pardon the Interruption co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon both got their starts under the wing of Michael and many former players (Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins) successfully transitioned into broadcasting with George’s guiding hand at the front end.

NASCAR, pro bull-riding, and even the WWF/WWE got equal attention from Michael’s radio and television shows when literally NO OTHER “legitimate” sports broadcast would touch any with 10-foot pole. In his own words, Michael instantly recognized the broad and largely hidden appeal of such sporting and sport-entertainment endeavors and felt an obligation to break barriers in order to cover both the traditional, mainstream brands (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) and the more “blue-collar” brands completely shunned elsewhere at the time.

Beyond the influence, George Michael was a magnanimous human being.

When management at a radio station he directed informed him that staff would have to be cut, Michael voluntarily quit in order to free up salary, enabling lower-level employees to keep their jobs. He repeated this action at NBC in 2006, voluntarily ending his syndicated show in order to keep the dreams of younger sportscasters on staff alive and keep them employed.

It was also not uncommon for Michael to lead off or stop the flow of his programs in order to extend injured players and their families well-wishes, whether home team players, rivals, or otherwise. And when former co-workers or figures in the community would pass or hit a patch of illness, George Michael was the first person on the phone, in the hospital, or at the funeral home, routinely checking in with all involved.

You’d be hard-pressed to find any disparaging or negative accounts from anyone who ever crossed paths with George Michael. He shaped an industry and expanded our definition of “sport” many times over, all while being an exemplary leader in his community and at home.

We should all strive to be as bold and hard-working as George Michael, as he will truly be missed.

NFL Week 11 Wrap-up

Week 11 comes to a close hot on the heels of some great finishes from both otherwise unheralded matchups (Lions-Browns, Texans-Titans, Chiefs-Steelers, Raiders-Bengals) and the always-hyped (Giants-Falcons, Colts-Ravens).

That’s all fine and dandy, but the real issue brought to the forefront this week is: WHO THE HELL ANOINTED JAY CUTLER “FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK” IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Was it his agent? His press people? Feeling completely underwhelmed by Cutler’s career (and this season in Chicago in particular), GASB went back through a career’s worth of stats and archives to make sure it’s not us who are actually “missing something” when it comes to the sour-pussed, cannon-armed millionaire.

DENVER'S NOT LOOKING SO BAD NOW, IS IT?

What we found makes this past offseason’s “franchise-caliber” declarations and hoopla not only unfounded, but just straight-up bizarre.

Comment if we’re wrong, but one of the major, glaring qualities GASB would attribute to someone worthy of “franchise” status is the ability to rise up as a leader on the field while navigating one’s team toward consistently winning football games and establishing an overall culture of excellence both in individual performance AND team results. Think Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Bart Starr, et al. You know, FRANCHISE QUARTERBACKS. Guys that win.

The dark truth behind Jay Cutler is that, in spite of all the praise, he has NEVER won at either the collegiate or professional level. Not even for one season.

At Vanderbilt, Cutler started four years straight and ended up with a completely miserable 11-34 NCAA record, his best season coming his senior year at 5-6. In 2006, Cutler was taken 11th in the NFL draft and went 2-3 as a rookie for the Denver Broncos. His sophomore campaign netted a 7-9 record. The 2008 season saw his team improve one game for an 8-8 record, his first non-losing season since high school. The mediocrity in Denver certainly wasn’t for lack of talent and targets — Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokely, Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Todd Scheffler, Selvin Young, and Peyton Hillis all lined up with Cutler during his tenure.

NOPE, NOT GOOD THERE EITHER

And it certainly wasn’t for statistical anemia. Cutler eclipsed 4,500 passing yards with 25 TD’s/18 INT’s and over 60% completions. He just simply doesn’t seem to want to take the reigns and responsibility of being the elite leader that so many have undeservedly crowned him as being.

Further, consider that at the end of the 2008 season (his “career” season to this point), Cutler was still NUMBER SIXTEEN on the NFL’s passer rating list for the year (literally hovering around the league average).

Sure, these ratings should only account for so much, but when you factor this middle-of-the-pack passer rating in with the most mediocre team record possible (8-8), how does one truly say “franchise quarterback” with a straight face?

Jay Cutler is not a winner and therefore not a franchise quarterback. Sure, you can pay a guy a metric shit-ton of money and ink him for multiple-years worth of contract obligation. And yes, he sure can “fling” that ball with that “cannon” arm.

But if it all puts him in the losing locker room far more often than not and he can’t rise up to the level of the true greats of the game, who are we as fans and media to actually consider that this guy among the elite?

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Finally (ironically?) this week, GASB would like to extend a warm, hardy “welcome back” to Buffalo’s Terrell Owens.

We missed you, buddy. Week 11 saw the kind of T.O. performance that we know you’re still capable of; nine balls for 197 yards and a TD. Keep your head up, keep your game up. We’re still hoping it’s going to happen for you somewhere.

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Great American Sports Blog Defensive Game Ball (Week 11):

THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS’ DEFENSE:

Held Baltimore to a paltry 15 points exclusively on field goals, allowing no touchdowns and a crucial, game-winning interception in the closing minutes to keep the Colts undefeated at 10-0.

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Great American Sports Blog Offensive Game Ball (Week 11):

MATTHEW STAFFORD (Detroit Lions):

Stafford was 26-of-43 with 422 yards, 5 TD’s, and a 112.7 QB rating in week 11’s most unexpected war, against the Cleveland Browns. With a dislocated left shoulder, Stafford managed to throw a final-second TD strike to fellow Lions rookie Brandon Pettigrew, capping an 88-yard drive and giving placekicker Jason Hanson the opportunity to win the ball game via the (successful) point after attempt.

– Brent Eyestone

NFL Week 9 Wrap-up

After a few weeks on the road, GASB returns to home base! Now back to regularly scheduled NFL weekly wrap-ups…

Week 9 catches GASB wondering if he’s not the only one who was out to lunch for three consecutive game days. Where did the perennially dominant defenses of the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens go?

It seems like neither has bothered showing up in recent matchups. As a geek for good D, this makes GASB sad. For the Ravens, the writing may have been on the wall a few weeks back during Ravens/Bengals round 1 in Baltimore. The boneheadedness of the Ravens’ final stand raised concern that has now been proven warranted. The squad is not communicating and making some very, very bad plays.

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"YOU SEE THAT STEVE SMITH? I CAN PUNCH PEOPLE TOO."

Meanwhile, out in Chicago, the Monsters of the Midway allowed 41 points versus a very beatable and containable Cardinals team… and then Tommie Harris sucker punches a defenseless Cards player already on the ground? This is not the defensive unit fans have prided themselves in over countless years. A survey of Bears messageboards, local Chicago media, and Bears Facebook activity sees fans overwhelmingly calling for heads… namely Bob Babich and Lovie Smith. The “opposite day” sub-plot of 09-10’s NFL season apparently continues on.

High drama in the nation’s capital continues on far beyond critical mass. Where to start?

Well, when we last left the Washington Redskins, head coach Jim Zorn was battling with HOF legend Sonny Jourgensen, owner Daniel Snyder was banning fans from bringing signs and banners to the stadium and suing season ticket holders, the running backs were trashing each other in the media, Zorn lost his play-calling privileges to a guy who had been calling Bingo games for the last few years (seriously), the $100-million dollar man was gassing after every play, and the team only managed a mere two victories over six winless opponents in a row.

It hasn’t stopped there… in week 9, the Redskins faced Atlanta and confirmed what everyone suspected: hardly anybody on this team cares about anybody but themselves and nobody has anyone else’s back. After a ponderous late/cheap shot on Falcons’ franchise QB Matt Ryan by the rapidly declining Laron Landry out of bounds, the entire Falcons team (including coaching staff) got in Landry’s face.

Dan Snyder

AND PEOPLE DOUBT THE EXISTENCE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST

Only DeAngelo Hall came to Landry’s aid, which saw Falcons COACH… that’s right COACH Mike Smith slap DeAngelo around and badmouth him to his face! Think that wouldn’t slide? Well, it did! No Redskins players or coaches backed up Hall and there was no retaliation. Nobody CARED. Sports radio has been on absolute fire in the District. For one of the greatest, most emotionally fraught and intense sports-talk monologues of all time, do yourself a huge favor and download the 11/09/09 podcast of “The Lavar Arrington Show” here:

http://www.cbssports.com/local/dc/podcasts/lavar-arrington-show

GASB told you several weeks ago to watch out for Tampa Bay QB Josh Johnson as an emerging star in the league. Well, we admittedly got our Josh’s wrong. Kudos and respect are due to rookie Josh FREEMAN, who just led his team to their first victory in his first NFL start in the battle of the Bays. Three TD’s, one INT, 205 yards, poise in the pocket, and sheer athleticism opening up a previously anemic offense marked an impressive debut for the first year star. It’s always great to see young players (especially highly drafted quarterbacks) step it up on teams that are “rebuilding” (Matt Ryan being tops on the list) and we’ll be keeping an eye on young Mr. Freeman as he develops.

Finally, a programming note: Thursday Night Football starts this week when the Chicago Bears fly out to San Francisco to face the Mike Singletary-led 49ers. While this game will likely have little to no significance whatsoever on the post-season forecast, it’s a nostalgic one for GASB.

After a childhood growing up in Northern California while rooting for both the 49ers and Bears, former Bears HOF MLB Mike Singletary was truly bigger than life itself (rent/purchase the NFL Films documentary of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl season and immediately go to the extra of Singletary mic’d up during gameplay).

GASB has completely reveled in Singletary’s short tenure thus far at the helm of the 49ers and will be geeking the F out when his alma mater comes to town. The game kicks off at 7:20 on the NFL Network.

Great American Sports Blog Defensive Game Ball (Week 9):

SHAWNE MERRIMAN (San Diego Chargers)
Two sacks, fumble recovery, great QB pressure in victory over New York Giants.

Great American Sports Blog Offensive Game Ball (Week 9):

LARRY FITZGERALD (Arizona Cardinals)
Nine receptions, 123 yards, two TD’s in victory over Chicago Bears.

– Brent Eyestone

NFL Week 5 wrap-up

NFL Week 5 wraps up on the heels of an instant AFC Monday night classic courtesy of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

History runs deep between these teams (Monday Night Football in particular) and the latest matchup was no disappointment. Last night’s game came down to final drives in which we saw second-year sensation Chad Henne lead the hydra-headed Dolphincats to a stellar victory over the impressive rookie QB Mark Sanchez, new acquisition WR Braylon Edwards, and the heavily lauded NY Jets defense 31-27. If you missed this game, be sure to catch the replay on NFL Network this week.

THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE CHAD HENNE...

THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE CHAD HENNE...

In last week’s column, GASB alluded to the potential comeuppance of two unlikely AFC teams in particular: the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. Week 5 saw both teams strengthen their bids and answer A LOT of questions, doubts, and concerns that were lobbed at them throughout the week, courtesy of a pair of convincing wins over preseason AFC favorites in the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens respectively.

In spite of an incredible victory and impressive on-field play from emerging stars, sports media seems completely pre-occupied with discussing Denver head coach Josh McDaniels’ “fist pumps” following the game and whether or not Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (McDaniels’ mentor in New England) “snubbed” McDaniels post game by not shaking his hand on the field. GASB doesn’t get why either is an issue or up for debate.

A. Understanding McDaniels’ fist pumps: if you were a 33-year old first-year head coach that saw your name and your franchise’s name panned universally for the duration of the offseason, all camps, and even in the days leading up to the New England game, there’s simply a certain catharsis that is going to naturally erupt when all doubters have been vanquished following what is undeniably a massive victory at home over what many believed to be the team to beat in the AFC this year. Especially when surrounded by tens of thousands of fans feeling the exact same way you were in the moment

GASB APPROVED: BEING EXCITED AFTER WINNING A FOOTBALL GAME

GASB APPROVED: BEING EXCITED AFTER WINNING A FOOTBALL GAME

The fact that it was the Patriots on the losing end was coincidental to that display. You could swap in any of the AFC elite (Colts, Steelers, Ravens) and McDaniels would have had the same joyous display of vindication. For you see, this was the week where the Broncos went out and proved literally everyone wrong. And what better way to energize the fans that will carry you through the rest of the season than to show publicly that you are just as emotional about the team as they are?

B. Sometimes post-game celebrations are too chaotic to find everyone you “should.” Sure, Belichick isn’t exactly known for post-game displays of sportsmanship to begin with… But both coaches are on record as stating that Belichick (and son) ventured over to the Broncos’ locker room after the celebration and congratulated McDaniels personally.

Easy enough. Can we drop it now?

The only purpose these “stories” serve is to distract you from the downright scary facts that:

• Kyle Orton’s professional record as an NFL starting QB is now 26-12.
• Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall are as dangerous as any receiving tandem in the NFL.
• The Denver passing attack is fifth in the league.
• Knowshon Moreno is showing early signs of being exactly who he was advertised to be.
• The Denver defense is ranked No. 1 in the AFC and No. 2 in the entire league.

In case you still haven’t figured it out, it’s time to take the 2009 Denver Broncos very seriously.

KNOWSHON MORENO IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS

KNOWSHON MORENO IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS

GASB NFL rumor of the week: John Gruden to Washington Redskins’ head coaching position following regular season. As likened by Lavar Arrington Monday, “that would be like giving a 90-year old man a steroid shot.”

Great American Sports Blog Defensive Game Ball (Week 5):

JAMES HARRISON (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Three sacks, seven tackles, one assist, one forced fumble in victory over Detroit Lions.

Great American Sports Blog Offensive Game Ball (Week 5):

RODDY WHITE (Atlanta Falcons)
Eight receptions, 210 yards, 2 TD’s in victory at San Francisco 49ers.