The day after a loss is always hard especially when it comes to the Seattle Seahawks who roll out Russell Wilson. It is hard to beleive they drafted him and gave Matt Flynn a 26 million dollar contract. Russell played beyond his years Sunday posting a 112 passer rating. He did not have many flashy plays but he did everything he had to do to win.
Two things shocked me during this game and both had been strengths agains the defending champions New York Giants. Where was the Dallas Cowboys front seven? There was little pressure on Wilson to make him throw arrant passes. Why can’t our line get consistent pressure week in and week out? The blame could be put on Rob Ryan for not dialing up his signature blitzes, but eventually coaches can’t be to blame for everything that goes wrong with this organization.
The second thing that left me baffled after the game was that the Dallas receivers were unable to create space. Dez Bryant is a physical specimen and not many people would argue on that, but he still has some growing up to do in the NFL. If he is going to reach his potential as an elite WR he is going to have to find ways to get open and make big plays. Three catches in seven targets is not comforting and will not cut it.
SPECIAL TEAMS STRIKES AGAIN: Oh hey Pete Carroll we really think we are better than you so here is what we will do for you, we’ll spot you a full 10 points! We’ll fumble the opening kickoff and then let you block a punt for a touchdown. Too many times have I said the Cowboys let a punt get blocked for a touchdown. Joe DeCamillis needs to go, the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams has been dismal for many years under him, he is the one coach that deserves the blame.
Where has Felix Jones gone? One carry for one yard, that is not the stat line for a 1st round pick or at least it should not be. He used to be an important part of the offense with his change of pace speed. I love Murray and think he is really good but running backs these days can’t handle the full load for a full season.
Next week vs. Tampa Bay is going to be another important non-division game. Look at the Eagles two games agains the AFC and they have two wins, neither were pretty but at the end of the day they’re 2-0.
Most teams have 2 games left in this crazy track meet feel of a season. The seeds are pretty much set in both conferences except towards the bottom in the East and West.
In the East there is a battle for the seeding between Philadelphia (currently the 8th seed) and New York (currently the 7th seed). Unfortunately there is no light at the end of the tunnel for each team because no matter what either team is faced with playing the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls. When healthy the Bulls and Heat look invincible and extremely tough to beat, but for the Knicks they have some recent success vs the Bulls so that might be a blessing in disguise to face Derek Rose and company in the first round.
Now in the West changes can happen between the current 6th seed Denver Nuggets and the 7th seed Dallas Mavericks. They are separated by 1/2 a game with 2 games remaining. Also the Clippers could overtake their in-town rival Lakers for the 3rd seed. The 6th seed is important because it is very likely that Metta World Peace of the Lakers will be missing a substantial amount of games after elbowing James Harden’s head after a “failed celebration”. The Mavericks have recent playoff success vs the Lakers sweeping them out of the conference semi-finals just a year ago, but during this regular season the Lakers won all 4 games.
Regardless of the seeding the lock out compressed regular season is hopefully a foreshadow of a very fast past competitive post season where the stars shine.
As April is nearing its end that means the first month of baseball season has come and gone. Already you can tell what teams are making a splash and the basement teams of the league.
Baltimore, Detroit, Texas, Washington, St. Louis, and the La Dodgers have all declared dominance and are leading their perspective divisions.
Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, and the San Diego Padres have once again challenged last years mediocrity and are quickly finding that they are out of the playoff race even this early in April.
The two best stories right now in baseball are the La Dodgers and Texas Rangers. The Dodgers are relevant again posting a 9-2 record and superstar Matt Kamp is leading the league with 6 HRs. ON the field success is extremely important in baseball but for the Dodgers it is just a blip on the radar for the organization. The La Dodgers were bought for 2 billion dollars by a group that has Magic Johnson as a controlling partner. The ownership that he is apart of has said they are willing to spend money on smart decisions to make them a winning franchise for years to come. Frank McCourt was the previous owner and after he filled for bankruptcy the team had little to no money to spend and that allowed for many players to leave because of money. With the stability in the clubhouse now the LA Dodgers will be a force for many years to come. The city of Los Angeles should be renamed after Magic for everything he has done for them.
The next big story is the Texas Rangers. The Rangers went to their first World Series two years ago, then they quickly followed that up with their second straight World Series last year. The one word missing is champion, the Rangers have failed to put the final stamp on amazing seasons back to back years. Most recently was the hardest to stomach for many Ranger fans, because they were 1 strike away TWICE from closing out the pesky St. Louis Cardinals.
For students all over campus parking garages have made the school experience a little easier. The parking garages available to students are the Conley Avenue, Hitt Street, Maryland Avenue, Turner Avenue, University Avenue, and Virginia Avenue garages.
To get a spot at most of these garages you have to apply to get a parking pass. These passes are in strong demand so they are given out on seniority system where seniors are given first availability, then juniors and so on.
If you’re a freshman or even sophomore and live off campus there is still hope to park on campus. The Turner Garage offers 3 levels of parking where students can use their credit cards or cash to pay for parking.
I talked to Dan Kelly a sophomore at Mizzou and he said “I love parking at Turner Garage because I know I’ll always have a spot and I don’t have to carry change around.”
These electronic meters save time by allowing students to use their credit cards or debit cards and pay for parking by the hour up to 11 hours.
Dan Kelly also said, “Sometimes when I would look for a parking meter on campus there wouldn’t be any open. This made me try parking garages.”
Parking garages at Mizzou also offer peace of mind. With all 6 garages and Turner Avenue offering special metered parking this allows for a large amount of students to bypass traditional metered parking.