Archive for October 23, 2009

Chris Samuels #60 was a Redskins superstar - Nuff respect due

Chris Samuels #60 was a Redskins superstar - Nuff respect due

Chris Samuels was a rock, a chiselled piece of granite who gave his heart and soul to the Washington Redskins organisation.

He didn’t quite make it to ten full seasons but he will be remembered as a dominating offensive tackle by fans of the Burgundy and Gold for long beyond 2009.

I was saddened to hear that he announced his retirement today on medical grounds, but I am glad he has hung up his Honey Monster shoulder pads whilst his neck still works.

The Alabama alumni made six Pro-Bowls in his nine and a bit seasons, including Honolulu appearances in the last four consecutive All -Star games (even if the 2007 and 2008 selections were more because of reputation and less about pure talent).

141 regular season games – but not one NFC Championship game or even a sniff of a Superbowl is not exactly a Hall of Fame legacy, but Samuels has had to deal with a pretty ordinary cast.

Jason Campbell is simply godawful and now Samuels is gone from that left tackle spot I doubt if the Redskins will win another game all season.

If they do finish 2-14, and providing the Rams and the Titans actually come out of their coma then maybe the Redskins can get a new offensive tackle for the next decade.

If they manage to get as lucky as they did with the 3rd overall pick of the 2000 draft then maybe they can use a foundation building offensive tackle a little bit better than they did with Chris Samuels, who deserved a lot better than passing donkeys like Danny Wuerfell.

Happy retirement Mr Samuels.

The burgundy and gold will look that bit duller without you.

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It was a real honour to be able to witness two of the most storied NCAA College Football universities the Miami Hurricanes and the Oklahoma Sooners.

I can’t say for sure that some of the young men I watched will become NFL stars in 2010 and beyond, but I am pretty confident that the Miami Hurricanes will have better success in the draft next year, when compared to this.

 

The build up was impressive to say the least with smoke, and more band than you could shake a bloody long stick at.I happened to have the Oklahoma Sooners on my side of the field, and despite being quite high up managed to get some fun shots like the one below.

I don't know the collective name for a big bunch of Sooners

I don't know the collective name for a big bunch of Sooners

No it wasn't time to evacuate Land Shark Stadium - this smoke was planned

No it wasn't time to evacuate Land Shark Stadium - this smoke was planned

The game was a real see-saw for Miami Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris, who threw two early air balls that were picked off.
He did come raring back to toss three touchdowns and that was JUST about enough to beat the Sooners 21-20.
Jacory Harris warming up lets one rip......from his right hand

Jacory Harris warming up lets one rip......from his right hand

Harris looked good after he calmed down and got the nerves out of his system.
He was given a massive helping hand by his stud running back #5 Javarris James – yes a relative of U alumni Edgarrin James.
JJ ran hard and was devoted to getting that extra yard wherever he could, just like a young Edge when he joined the Colts.
I reckon JJ could be a top 50 pick in 2010 after positive reports prepared by drooling NFL scouts.
Huddle up Hurricane style - some future NFL playaz in that U huddle

Huddle up Hurricane style - some future NFL playaz in that U huddle

Watching the game at Land Shark Stadium was a blast apart from some idiot that sat in fromt of me and jumped up everytime Miami did anything good.
I swear he had poured a packet of Birds Eye chilli seeds down his pants, because no other normal human being would have the need to stand up so many times. We all know what it’s like to have a mildly itchy nut sack but his testes must have been on fire.
No I hadn't been drinking this was supposed to be an arty shot

No I hadn't been drinking this was supposed to be an arty shot