Darren McFadden Retires

One of the best college running backs I ever remember, and a pretty good pro; Darren McFadden has retired.

When McFadden was drafted by the Raiders, I thought that he and Jamarcus Russell were going to set league scoring records together. How wrong I was. McFadden retires with just two 1,000-yard seasons.

There weren’t a ton of Sundays that I remember McFadden taking over a ballgame. While he was a superhuman college back, he was simply a solid and dependable pro that hung around for 10 seasons.

Altogether, he ends his career with 28 rushing touchdowns and 5,421 yards on the ground.

A Tough Thanksgiving

I haven’t gotten around to writing about the Cowboys blowout 28-6 loss at the hands of the Chargers on Thanksgiving.

Dak Prescott is in the midst of the worst stretch of his career. He threw back-breaking interceptions on Turkey Day and instead of leading the Cowboys back, he’s in the crosshairs of the media and fan base suddenly for the first time of his career. This of course is all coming on the heels of the blowout loss suffered to the Eagles. The Cowboys have failed to score a touchdown in three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

I didn’t get to really watch the game in detail; as I was battling two kids for most of the game. And that’s okay. It was nothing special. I was also battling a flu or something, so I didn’t eat a whole lot. It won’t go down as a memorable Thanksgiving. My family is getting smaller. Things are getting more lonely around the holidays.

Their season is on absolute life support. There’s no Zeke Elliott. It seems suddenly that Dak’s stardom has run short. They host the Redskins in Dallas on Thursday Night Football to try to put out this five alarm fire.

Goodbye, Eli Manning and Thank You

Wow, I am shocked at the news that Eli Manning has been benched by the New York Giants.

Since the inception of this blog, since I have known my wife; Eli Manning has been the QB of the Giants on Sundays in the Land of the Sopranos. He has started 210 straight NFL games, second to only Brett Favre; and to me he feels like he’s got that Favre status where he should be able to go out on his own terms. Through ups and downs, Eli was a constant in this league and in my life. Being married to a Giants fan, and to a Giants family; Eli was in fact one of the family.

Mike Francesa’s rant said it best: none of these guys with the Giants right now would have a job or career if Eli doesn’t win all those playoff games on the road and those two Super Bowls against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Tom Coughlin said it well, that Eli Manning is nothing but pure class.

A guy like Ben Mcadoo – a lame duck coach that never deserved the position of power he’s in in the first place – should have never had the authority to make this kind of decision.

Since November of 2004, this guy has been a huge part of my sports and football life. Through it all, it’s been so many great memories and clutch moments. The guy has had an unbelievable career with so many big throws and unforgettable moments.

The darkest season of my NFL life drudges onward.

It’s Sunday

It’s Sunday. Today we are celebrating my daughter Harper turning three. So we’re having a kid party at our house around 4:00. These are the things that I knew would get in the way of seeing the must-see games when I became a dad. And it’s fine.

The marquee match-up at that hour is of course the Patriots and Raiders in Mexico City. It will be on, but I doubt I see much of it in detail.

The crown jewell gem of the day is Dak vs. Wentz on Sunday Night Football.

Enjoy your Sunday, and God Bless!

Dallas gets routed in Atlanta 27-7

[Dallas Star Telegram]
[Prescott Rushing TD]

This game really sucked, and it felt predictable as can be. My birthday weekend didn’t yield a win for the Cowboys. At age 35, I’m winding down. My fandom for the NFL feels kind of forced at this point. Yet, I’m sitting here writing about a 27-7 Cowboys loss at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Dak Prescott was 20 of 30 for 176 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions through the air. He was sacked eight times on the day. He ran it six times for 42 yards and a touchdown that put Dallas up 7-0. Of course, this will always go down as the game that Adrian Claiborne had six sacks. That was more a product of Dallas’ starting left tackle Chaz Green and one of the worst games I’ve ever seen an offensive lineman play.

As the game wore onward, it became apparent and obvious that the Cowboys didn’t have an answer for the missing Tyrone Smith; and that Green was going to fluctuate what the Cowboys could do. Dallas could have won this game without Zeke Elliott – Alfred Morris got it going enough in this game that he was effective – but the Cowboys fell behind so far that they couldn’t run the ball.

When Atlanta pinned their ears back, there was no answer at Dak Prescott’s blindside. It’s a testament to him that he left this game without throwing an interception and without injury.

Other than that, awful game. The Cowboys were great for almost a month following their bye and now suddenly are at 5-4 and their season is on the line on Sunday Night Football against the team that is widely considered the greatest team in football at the present, the Philadelphia Eagles who are 8-1.

And as night falls on everything, there are multiple reports that other NFL owners may force Jerry Jones to forfeit the Cowboys. Unbelievably bad Sunday.

A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is “not adequate or sufficient,” the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.

Man, I am starting to hate the NFL.