Tebow Will Do Just Fine

The New York Jets released quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday (April 29). Some folks believe that Tebow was not treated properly by the Jets. I would have to agree.

A few people believe that the Jets should have released him before the draft so that he would have a better chance to be picked up by another team. It seemed (from afar) as though Jets coach Rex Ryan, for some reason, wanted to stick a knife in Tebow’s back and twist it.

Ryan told ESPN Radio, “We really didn’t take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set. That’s nobody’s fault, ultimately it’s my fault.”

No kidding. Tebow played in 12 games for the Jets in 2012. He threw just eight passes and completed six for 39 yards. He carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards. The Jets had a terrible season finishing 6-10. The whole Jets 2012 season can be put into two words: Butt tackle. Continue reading

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome – if this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about the lottery, top baby names, unemployment, Hillary’s debt, a groin kick, ticket prices, Starbucks, ending the streak, Wednesday coffee, and much more…

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2011 NFL Predictions: The American Football Conference

Growing up a Kansas City Chiefs fan let me have just a little excitement when Lenny Dawson led them to a Super Bowl victory way back in January 1970 – of course there were the “Marty Years” (1989-1998) in which we won a lot of games, put fans in the seats, but did not get to the Promised Land.  Last year there was some joy – the Chiefs contended and made the playoffs.

I guess the only big question left to be answered is which will come first: another Chiefs Super Bowl victory or my death?  This year the Chiefs reap the benefits of being the 2010 AFC West Champions – three primetime night games – and a much tougher schedule!

The AFC is where my heart is and my team is the Kansas City Chiefs. That will never change!  So this year I start off with my predictions for the American Football Conference.

Here’s hoping your team has a great year and you have something to talk about after Christmas…like the playoffs!  Continue reading

Boogers, Back-Ups, and Knees

Like most people I watched the NFC and the AFC Championship games on Sunday. I actually picked the winners (the Packers and the Steelers) but missed getting in “the pizza” on Papa John’s football contest because I had the Steelers winning 17-13 and they won 24-19.

A couple of interesting things happened during the games that were commented about on Twitter: Booger-gate and Cutler’s knee. Continue reading

Just Football…

So how did you do in your football picks this season? In the Sirius Satellite Radio’s Pigskin Pick ‘em, I finished 1315 out of 10,204 players, which was terrible. Oh well, maybe I can win a pizza from the Papa John’s contest during the playoffs…

So now the football games we’ll get to see have a little more meaning. We have the NFL’s wildcard weekend and a couple of big college games coming up. This weekend is going to be a good one for football fans!

A Real National Champion…

To get us football fans started this weekend this Friday afternoon/night we’ll get to see a real National Champion crowned as Eastern Washington University (EWU) (12-2) plays Delaware (12-2) for the FCS National Championship. That game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. Montana time. The game is played in Frisco, Texas (close to Dallas-Fort Worth).

It seems like forever ago when these teams played in the semi-finals. Eastern last played December 17 and Delaware played December 18. EWU played in the semifinals without All-American running back Taiwan Jones because of a broken foot and word is that Jones will not play Friday night.

I still like EWU’s chances in this game.

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Just Football…

There are lots of big games coming up this next weekend for your viewing pleasure and much to talk about from last weekend’s game.

College Football Playoffs

Yes, there are playoffs at every level of College Football except the major college level. It’s nice to see National Champions decided through a playoff system instead of on paper!

Eastern Washington:

Congrats to the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Eagles team! They beat North Dakota State University (NDSU) last Saturday to head to the semi-finals. NDSU had beaten the Montana State Bobcats in the playoffs. EWU will host Villanova on Friday night in a semifinal game. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The bad news is that EWU’s outstanding all America running back Taiwan Jones has a fractured foot and is not expected to play Friday night. Jones carried the ball 20 times for 230 yards against NDSU.

Carroll College:

Montana’s best college football team, the Carroll College Fighting Saints, are once again playing for the NAIA National Championship. They will play Saturday against Sioux Falls (SD) in Rome, Georgia. According to this article, the game starts at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) and will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.

Hopefully the local CBS stations or some local station will broadcast it for all of Montana to see.

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Happy 41st Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings QB, Brett Favre, turned 41 on Sunday. In NFL years, that’s older than dirt.

The Vikings are in New York tonight to take on the Jets. The Jets…didn’t Favre play a year with the Jets? Oh yes, in 2008.

The Jets also employed a young lady named Jenn Sterger when Favre was there. That’s when the story gets interesting. Supposedly Ms. Sterger “may” have received some text and voicemail messages from Favre and, oh yeah, some photos.

There are also some other people coming forward…kind of reminds me of the Tiger Woods situation. The snowball effect.

You can read it all at Deadspin.com. Continue reading