Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Dan Snyder can easily solve his naming controversy AND add to the legacy of his brand with one simple change. Rename the “Redskins” to the “Americans”. Keep the iconic logo of a strong Native American, along with the burgundy, gold, and white color scheme and font. Color scheme and font are just as important to branding as an actual name. Snickers is the best resent example of this where they didn’t use the name “Snickers” in print advertisements but just the font and color scheme that are distinctly Snickers. Washington has the same level of recognition of it’s logo, color, and font.

Snyder has made it clear that he believes the Redskins name honors a heritage of Native Americans, despite numerous Native American tribes’ claims to the contrary. By keeping the logo and changing the name to Americans, Snyder would truly be honoring the native forefathers he believes his current team name honors. It would be a tremendous recognition of the original Americans, and I highly doubt that it would harm the brand in anyway. I’m willing to bet that it would strengthen the brand considerably. Snyder appears to be adamant about NOT being forced to change his team’s name, but the Washington Americans is a stronger brand than what he has now.

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Few people have one of the December 2007 editions of Gadget Universe with Reggie Bush on the cover. There weren’t that many printed, and after The Saints’ 2007 season, most of them were probably thrown away… But I kept mine!

Reggie Bush is a Fan of GadgetsWith a possible Saints win on Super Bowl Sunday, Reggie Bush has a very good change of being the Super Bowl MVP. The President just might be smiling in a couple Sundays. I think I’ll keep mine rather than selling it on eBay even if the Saints do win.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog about what has now become a clear mistake by AJ Smith in his recruiting for San Diego. Like is always the case with professional sports, you have objective opinions and opinions of fans. My final sentence of the blog:

The ultimate smack to AJ Smith’s Eli deal would be for the Giants to win the Super Bowl.

The response…

Jason Fitzgerald: “Going to the Super Bowl from the NFC is NOTHING like going from the AFC these days. Get real…start writing if you can beat them in the Super Bowl…Fat Chance!”

Start writing? I’ll keep writing. This Sunday has shown once again that AJ Smith did a fair job with the hand he was dealt with Eli Manning not wanting to go to San Diego but got the short end of the stick. The top bid that NY put for Eli has shown to have been worth it for them, as he has now driven them to Super Bowl immortality. There is no 19-0, and New England will become just the second Super Bowl losing team anyone remembers (the other team being the 4 consecutive Super Bowl loser Buffalo Bills, who were back officed by AJ Smith, BTW).

Would Eli have been worth San Diego keeping? Absolutely not. AJ Smith would not have surrounded Eli Manning with an incredible defense and offensive players. Oh, and Eli ends up as Super Bowl 42 MVP.

This might just make the Patriots the only loser from Boston, since the Red Sox have already won, the Celtics are likely future champions, and Mitt Romney will possibly be on ballots in November.

It was fun while it lasted for AJ Smith (the GM for the San Diego Chargers) and San Diego fans. Pick up three of your current top stars for an Eli Manning who didn’t want to play in San Diego. For years, it looked like a great deal. Philip Rivers appeared to be a quarterback on the rise. Shawn Merriman is one of the best in the game right now. To top it off, the Chargers were kicking the Giants and Eli Manning around every time they squared off against each other. Unfortunately, Eli and the Giants are having the last laugh all the way to the Super Bowl.

For years, San Diego looked like it had the better end of the deal. After all, one quarterback couldn’t possibly be as valuable as three Pro Bowl players, right? Well, if we use the Super Bowl as the measure of success in the NFL (which for some strange reason most people seem to do except for AJ Smith) then the Eli trade was one of the biggest mistakes the San Diego Chargers made this century. Sure, AJ Smith had years to talk about how great his decision was because Eli was struggling, and the Chargers were on the rise. But time has shown that AJ’s bet did not payoff.

The Chargers (and all the talent they picked up in the Eli trade) are not going to the Super Bowl, largely because of Rivers’ 2 interceptions and his inability to capitalize on three interceptions the Charger’s defense had against Tom Brady. On the other hand, Eli and the Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The ultimate smack to AJ Smith’s Eli deal would be for the Giants to win the Super Bowl.

Dolphin TunaThe city of Miami has thrown it’s support towards Tuna with Dolphin starting the 19th of December. Just before the most horrible fishing season in Miami history ends, local fisherman Wayne Huizenga finds himself catching the biggest tuna of all. “Let the feast begin,” said Huizenga after nabbing The Tuna.

Many environmetalists are outraged that the Dolphins of Miami, Florida are no longer safe from The Tuna catchers. A meeting of several environmentalist groups provided insight into how the groups were planning to protect the dolphins from The Tuna slaughter. “We’ve devised a method by which we will strap protective helmets to the heads of the DolphinsDolphin in order to protect them from the impending attack of The Tuna.” They even provided an illustration of what these protective devises might look like. Some say it might be too late from the one Dolphin known as Cam, but groups are watching intently to see how things unfold in this delicate environmental battle.

10. The Rams win!!! Sorry, the Rams are on the fast track to becoming the first team to ever go 0-16! Not since the strike shortened 1982 season have we seen a winless team, so we are long overdue. Hey! Maybe they’ll come back to Los Angeles 😀

9. A game where Mike Holmgren doesn’t make a call leaving us thinking WTF! Next time, kick the field goal when are down by 11 and get stuffed in the red zone.

8. The Raiders win!!! At least against an AFC West opponent. The season of broken records is also the season of broken hearts for Raiders fans as the Raiders lost to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, breaking the NFL record for consecutive losses to a division opponent.

7. Where Tom Brady throws fewer than 3 touchdowns. It doesn’t quite rank up there with Al “Crazy Legs” Bundy scoring 4 touchdowns in a single game. I don’t remember much about it. Wind coming out of the Southwest at 14 mph… Expect an even more dominating team than the 49er Super Bowl team of ’94. If Brady doesn’t break Manning’s record, be surprised. I heard a mouse in Boston say MVP on Sunday.

6. A game where Brett Favre doesn’t break an NFL record after October 14. Scoring the dubious title of most interceptions, Brett Favre became the most selfish passer in NFL history. No! He couldn’t just have the NFL record for touchdowns now could he! Each week he throws a TD or INT will be a new record. Expect at least 1 INT each week.

5. A game better than Nov 4 in Indy! It is highly probable that Manning and Brady will be leading undefeated teams in their AFC Championship rematch. Count on it being one of the highest scoring games in NFL history, at least for television ratings.

4. Any nationally televised game where Eli Manning is not compared to big brother Peyton. Sorry, Eli. That’s what happens when your older brother is one of the best quarter backs to play the game. And I thought I had it bad because my brother got his law degree… sheesh.

3. A playoff game at John Kerry’s wife’s stadium. The Steeler’s soft schedule is helping them look good in the early part of the season, but put your money on Big Ben putting up similar stats to last year’s 75.4 QB rating after they meet up with the Ravens in a couple of weeks. If they make it to the playoffs, it’s on the road the whole way (and don’t expect a repeat of the Stealers Super Bowl theft a couple years ago).

2. One with Janet Jackson in the halftime show. Years after the most Tivo’d moment in television history, people still can’t stop talking about the infamous nipple ornament slip of the 2003-4 Super Bowl. Hey, didn’t Mr. Wardrobe Malfunction just win the MTV Artist of the Year Award?

1. Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland Browns. Fortunately for NFL schedulers, they didn’t land the former team of Michael “Cock Fighting is for Chickens” Vick in the Dawg Pound. After all, Vick might not be able to keep himself from throwing down a few bills at the east end of Browns Stadium.

After suffering from a near NFL record of 12 sacks in a single game, the State of Pennsylvania forced Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles to change his name to Mr. Potato. “I’ve only had to worry about my own sack. I can only imagine what it would be like to have to worry about 12 sacks,” exclaimed Donovan’s new Neighbor Mr. Potato. The US Postal Service is having a few problems with the new Philadelphia neighbors. Having Mr. Potato next to Mr. Potatohead has caused a bit of confusion with the mail delivery, prompting Mr. Potato (the athlete formerly known as Donovan McNabb) to mistakingly cancel Mr. Potatohead’s subscriptions to Hotcakes and Round & Brown: Idaho Style.