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What’s a Titans Fan to do on Thanksgiving?

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Not have to worry about them being humiliated on national TV; Hya! Since the day traditionally belongs to the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, along with the NFL’s desire to cash in upon the day with a third game added, which I thought usually involved the Green Bay Packers?

This year’s Turkey Day rivalries include the Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Lions vs. Chicago Bears and Holy Stove Top Stuffing Batman! Those dreaded San Francisco 49ers vs. defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks!

Previewing the 2014 Thanksgiving Day’s games

As perhaps we’ll be thankful that Tennessee has finally won another game? With their last “W” coming on October 12th vs. AFC South Division (rival) “Doormat’s” Jacksonville. With the Titans currently riding a four game losing streak prior to Week 12’s Philadelphia Eagles matchup, who I expect to win the game…

Otay, that being said, first of all, your Senior Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy should confess that he’s not a Humungous “Stick ‘N Ball” Sports fan and hence, has only listened to one football game this season, prior to week twelve’s epic Seahawks v Cardinals Smack-down…

As Artiste Dave, creator of both sportyblog and No Fenders Bitchin’ logos, recently told me how the Titans will never go to the Super Bowl, while his Cardinals were looking pretty at 9-1. For which all I can say is, that at least we’ve got a coach who’s been to the B-I-G’ Game before; Hya!

Since ironically ex-Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kenny “The Wiz” Wisenhunt is now at the helm in Nashville, albeit enduring a pretty bleak first season; after hearing how Tennessee’s now lost eight of nine games en route to their lowly 2-8 record; YOUCH! Yet amazingly, they’re not last in their division thanks to Jacksonville, with both being ahead of the winless Raiders…

Obviously that was before the then winless Raiders Shock upset of AFC West Division leading Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday evening, 24-20, halting a 16-game losing streak!

While Tennessee isn’t alone in the 2-8 standings brackets, which the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also share with Titans, with the New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers all just being one game ahead at 3-7.

As shockingly, the Atlanta Falcons lead the NFL’s “Sad Sack” NFC South Division at 4-6; Aye Karumba! With Arizona leading the overall standings at 9-1 prior to its divisional scrum vs. Seattle, with these records being prior to the conclusion of Week-12.

As unfortunately, Zach Metenberger will have to wait another week to attempt winning his first National Football League game, after “Philly” opened up a can ‘O whoopass on the Titans with a 43-24 win; with Tennessee’s (2-9) next opponent being an intra-division game vs. the (5-6) Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, as Houston currently lies second in the AFC South behind the division leading Indianapolis Colts.

I first began following the Titans back in 2008, which coincidentally looked like a very good year, and NO! Not just jumping on the Bandwagon… As QB Cary Collins led the team to a 10-0 start before their first loss, eventually finishing the regular season 13-3, for the third time in franchise history, garnering a first round Playoff-bye before being knocked out of the playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens 13-10..

And from there, it was a downhill slide, before “Franchise” QB Vince Young replaced the struggling Collins, who’d lost six-in-a-row the following year, then being 0-6 prior to their bye week; before Vince righted the Titans ship, winning five straight and finishing the season .500, 8-8. As ‘08 1st round draft pick Chris “Money” Johnson became only the sixth Running Back in league history to rush for over 2,000-yards in a season.

And how can you not admire an owner who gets fined a quarter-of-a-million dollars for telling the Buffalo Bills “They’re No. 1!” Uhm, Mr. Adams, guess Y’all shouldn’t do that in front of Bumbling, Stumbling, Fumbling “I’m the Commish” Roger Goodell!!

Then there’s the whole Steve Young affair; OOPS! I mean Vince! As that’s a longstanding inside joke, as Steve probably wouldn’t appreciate it, right? As he’s got a Super Bowl ring while Vince retired from the NFL after going Mano e Mano vs. then Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who even had to call the police to find him!

Vince finished out his NFL career last playing in 2011 for Philadelphia with backup stints at Buffalo, Green Bay and Cleveland, while being interspersed over the years with a myriad of legal issues, most notably filing for bankruptcy and apparently being in arrears for $1.9m after having made $34m in NFL salary, along with another 30-million in endorsements.

Then there’s one of my all-time favourite quarterback’s Steve “Air” McNair, who simply was a Stud! As he always instilled a true grittiness with his machismo, toughness and tenacity, as another ex-Houston Oilers Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon reminds me of McNair playing-wise. As sadly, the transition to civilian life didn’t pan out very well for McNair, as Y’all remember the torrid ending to his life…

Jeff Fisher, who’s always seemed like a very good Head Coach to Mwah, has the dubious distinction of steering three different guises of the ship through 17yrs at the Helm between 1994-2010. First being the final Houston Oilers coach, then the Tennessee Oilers leader from 1997-98 in Memphis, and finally the Titans skipper from their inception in ‘99 until the tumultuous 2010 season.

As I tend to forget that Fisher led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in ‘Y2k, (2000) where they came up just 4th and inches short of defeating “The Greatest Show on Turf,” aka Kurty Wagner’s High Flyin’ St Louis Rams, losing 23-16 on the game’s final play!

Meanwhile, owner Bud Adams, who’d finally given up on his charge Vince Young in favour of Jeff Fisher then elevated longtime employee, Houston Oilers Hall of Fame and nine time Pro-bowl Left Guard Mike Munchak, who served as the Offensive Line coach prior to taking over Fisher’s position in 2011, when the two had decided to part “amicably.”

Thus, seeking a new guiding light, Tennessee selected University of Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker No. 8 overall in the first round of that year’s draft, to be the team’s leader of the future, while studying under the tutelage of ex-Seattle Seahawks QB Mathew Hasselback, who Tennessee had inked to a three year $21m contract as its starter.

Mike Munchak disappointed for Titans QB Jake Locker

As Munchak would be the last head coach hired by Bud Adams, who passed away at the age of 90, last year in October, 2013 with his NFL Franchise being sold to KSA Industries, located in Houston.

Having waned massively over the sheer ridiculousness of the National Football League’s antics this past fall, which I scribbled ’bout in;

The NFL’s Dark Side…

Along with the dismal season my Tennessee Titans are having this year; as I thought my Shuttle Express driver was going to crash into the jersey barrier on I-5 when bursting into maniacal laughter after I pronounced the Titans were “My Team,” on a recent ride home from SeaTac Int’l airport…

Hence, I didn’t bother watching the recent Titans Monday Night game until almost halftime, tuning in around the first half’s 2:05 minutes remaining mark, albeit unfortunately missing Tennessee’s shock last minute touchdown giving them an astounding 17-13 halftime lead, as I was interrupted by a zealous Solicitor’s door knocking.

Then hearing Chris “He Could Go All The Way”" Berman making a wisecrack about the “Two Burgers,” yuck-yuck-yuck! Saying there’d be later jokes about that, whilst proclaiming the two QB’s with the longest names in NFL history were currently having a Humdinger of a first half, with Tennessee’s Metenberger holding his own against Pittsburgh’s “Big Ben” Roethlisberger; Huh?

As there’s been a bevy ‘O changes at the key skills position offensively this year, having never heard of recently inserted starting rookie QB Zach Metenberger, who the Titans drafted the 6-foot 5-inches, 235lb 23yr old Georgian in the sixth round this year, No. 178 overall. As the former LSU Star with seasons of 10-3 & 9-3 respectively is the school’s only quarterback to throw for more than 2,500 yards consecutively.

Alas, once again my ex-UW DAWGS’ leader Jake Locker has been replaced after his umpteenth injury, although having been benched now and sounds like he’ll be gone after the end of the season. While Tennessee keeps their Seahawks QB connection alive with Charlie Whitehurst as the current third-stringer. Who I didn’t even know had started this year for Locker also.

And the Seattle connection doesn’t end there, as at least University of Washington’s record setting tailback Bishop Sankey is Tennessee’s starting RB, but has some gynormous shoes to fill with Chris Johnson’s departure to the New York Jets.

An I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I had zero inkling that one of my past fav’s, affectionately known simply as thee “Brittster,” aka Kenny Britt is now playing for the St Louis Rams, having just lit up Denver’s secondary for a 63yd TD in their stunning defeat of the Broncos!

As last I knew was Britt blew out his ACL , not to mention his never ending troubles with the law, and I guess it’s easy to understand why he’s no longer sporting a ‘T on his helmet.

Tennessee has just five Wide Receivers currently on its roster, led by tenth year NFL veteran Nate Washington, with Kendall Wright being Britt’s heir apparent. As Justin Hunter apparently teases us with spots of brilliance, while I don’t know anything about Chris Durham or Derrick Hagen.

And Tight End is another position I don’t have a clue upon, as it seems strange that Tennessee’s got four on their roster, with current starter Delanie Walker needing to be reinstated from his concussion he suffered prior to Monday Night’s game.

Thus, having deferred to my Nashville source, he seems to think that the Titans are pretty much lacking in all areas, i.e.; General Manager, Offense and Defense, not to mention the new owners being hundreds of miles away in Houston.

And funny how the ‘Ol noggin’ plays tricks upon Yuhs, right? As his mention of Ray Horton as new Defensive Coordinator made me think of Ken Norton, Jr, current linebackers coach of the Seattle Seahawks; Hooah!

As Ray Horton, whose name I know from his long National Football League coaching tenure, who previously worked for Wisenhunt in Arizona, has been tasked with converting Tennessee into a 3-4 defense this year, so the defense is a work in progress, while Nashville Tennessean staff writer Jim Wyatt thinks the Titans woes are down to bad draft picks the past few years…

Why are Titans so Bad? Blame recent Drafts

I tend to recall Kenny Norton Jr. as a hard hitting linebacker for those dastardly Cowboys and arch-rival 49ers, whilst I had NO clue that Messer Horton hails from Tacoma, Washington, played football local at Mount Tahoma High School and Washington, nor that Kenny’s father, the Hall of Famer Boxer had passed away at the age of 70 last year. As guess I’d better stick to my “Day Job,” scribblin’ furiously riveting racing stories instead, eh>

While I certainly hope that the new owners will give Ken Wisenhunt and his staff time to recessitate the franchise, instead of making him another of the prevalent “One-and-Done” mantra of today’s losing NFL Head Coaches. Since after all, if nothing else, Tennessee should be getting another coveted high first round draft pick in 2015.

And unlike current Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who’s never been to the Big Dance, Wisenhunt’s “Been There, Done That!” And even has a ring, having been the winning Offensive Coordinator when the Ref’s; Err Pittsburg beat Seattle in 2005.

GO TITANS!

OOPS! Looks like Arians also been to the Big Show, winning the 2008 Lombardi trophy as the Steelers Offensive Coordinator with Roethlisberger at the helm. Ironically defeating Wisenhunt and the Cardinals! Although Bruce still hasn’t gone there as a Head Coach, which he and Arizona are hoping to do so with the Super Bowl being held in their Glendale stadium on February 1, 2015 - reminding his players constantly: Y’all Don’t want somebody else using your lockers in February…

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