Maniac Notes Daily: Moss Redeemed, Delonte West, & Nike’s Black Santa

Randy Moss redeemed

Randy Moss scores three touchdowns in the Patriots rout of the Jaguars today. The fans were cheering “Randy! Randy!” as the game wound down.

For those fans ( Randy Moss quote: “My real fans” ) who have stood behind Moss this season, you were redeemed with this game ( although it was an “ok” game by Moss, nothing spectacular ). For those fans who were bashing Randy Moss over the last couple of weeks ( *cough* WEEI *cough* Big Show *cough**cough* Michael Felger ):

Go Screw Yourselves

Bandwagon jumpers will nonetheless get back on Randy’s side, even though we all should’ve been on his side the whole time. Good job Moss.

Belichick’s “Ghost Defense”

This is the 2nd game that Belichick is using his Ghost Defense. Essentially having a bunch of guys at the line of scrimmage moving around without being set, making it hard for the offensive line to know who is rushing the QB or who’s staying back.

Wilfork and Warren didn’t play in this game, so Belichick had to come up with some zany schemes to stifle the run game. Getting after Garrard with great pressure by the line was a bonus; the pass-rush looked amazing today, and it had a lot of help since the lead nullified the Jags from using the run game to  their advantage.

Wouldn’t be surprised if this Ghost Defense becomes part of the normal defensive play-set going into the playoffs; it has been used so little over the years, there probably isn’t enough video to overcome this gimmick defense easily.

This Ghost Defense today was different because they employed two down-lineman on the edges ( the five gaps ), and stuffed the middle full of linebackers/small lineman. I don’t think I have ever seen this in the NFL, although I have seen other Ghost Defenses used with Eric Mangini and I believe Rex Ryan over the last couple of years.

At the same time, using it too much will allow teams to defend against it better in the future. Kudos to Belichick for thinking of this scheme, and keeping it fresh for games such as these ( ie: games with enough injuries to result in unorthodox play-calling.

Delonte’s Success Equals Cleveland Cavs Success

It does. When he is on his game, he creates a huge distraction on the court for a lot of teams. He can shoot, he has good court vision to pass the ball off, and he will take it to the hoop in a heartbeat. He has had some off-the-court and mental issues that have plagued him this season, and it has affected his playing time.

Lakers fans were too busy acting like animals to notice the trend on the court on Christmas day; when Delonte plays his best, he solidifies the bench, and gives Lebron another weapon to pass it off when he gets surrounded going towards the hoop. Delonte West is the X-Factor for the Cavs; they don’t win the championship if he isn’t on his game. Period.

Nike’s Black Santa: A point to make.

I have seen some comments to the Nike commercials with The reindeer rap and Santa, Lebron, & Kobe Bryant muppets. Some people were quick to point out that Santa was black ( the Santa rap was performed by KRS One, which is great to see an old-school hip-hop homage ), which is fine. But, in case anyone is bothered by Nike’s depiction of an “urban” Santa, here is some history for you.

Quoted From The Book “For God, Country, & Coca-Cola”:

While Coca-Cola has had a subtle, pervasive influence on our culture, it had directly shaped the way we think of Santa. Prior to the (Haddon) Sunblom illustrations, the Christmas saint had been variously illustrated wearing blue, yellow, green, or red. In European art, he was usually tall and gaunt, whereas Clement Moore had depicted him as an elf in “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

After the soft drink ads, Santa would forever more be a huge, fat, relentless happy man with a broad belt and black hip boots- and he would wear Coca-Cola red.

Coca-Cola commissioned artist Haddon Sunblom to create a marketable Santa that would fit Coca-Cola’s advertising campaigns to get more people to drink soda in the colder months. Not only did this campaign work, but it etched one of the most important and popular icons in American, and possibly human, history. (Note: There were other similar versions of a jolly fat Santa before Sundblom, but Coca-Cola cemented the archetype that stayed with our culture up until the present.).

So, any perception of Santa is reasonable, considering our current perception was created by a corporation to push a sugar drink. Merry Xmas.


Roger Clemens: Steroids, Human Growth, & VIAGRA?!

Roger Clemens & Viagara

Those Rafael Palmeiro commercials got to me! I am only a man…

This is one of those stories that is followed by a nail crashing into the coffin. The New York Daily News ( Awesome upstanding newspaper ) has released a report about Clemens using Viagra pills on the field as a performance enhancer on the field.

Talk about throwing a hard one right down the plate! And don’t get mad at that remark; You’re going to hear a bunch of these puns all day hearing these stories ( some over or under my pg-13 level). It has been reported that uses for Viagra that isn’t used for “hitting one out of the park” is to increase endurance levels, and as a catalyst to deliver oxygen to muscles faster.

This is not necessarily new news on the endurance factor of Viagra in exercise. Stanford University and Palo Alto Health Center scholars had found improvements in cyclist in high altitudes upon the uses of Sildenafil ( Viagra ). The drug, which I have come to know so well through Brett Favre throwing a football through the hoop, or the guy who whets the sexual desire of local housewives and coworkers, opens up blood vessels of certain tissues, which allow blood ( and therefore oxygen ) to pass through a lot easier. Even the University of Virginia’s health website talks about the benefits ( dated: 2002).

The article in the New York Daily news also reports that more players in baseball have used this component along with steroids, and it has been confirmed by the words of Victor Conte.

I am not in the loop so a lot of this is new to me. I guess at the end of the day, Clemens was trying to get the high hard one going throughout the game! Yes, I meant fastball! Fastball… doesn’t correlate, but in order to climb out of the gutter, I’ll just end the article here.

The Daily News referenced article ( from the Sporting News )

Leave a comment of a pun that would be funny. “Rocket-Man has a whole new meaning” has already been used:)

5…… 5 Dollar…… 5 Dollar Jingle!

That Subway 5-Dollar Jingle is pretty catchy. When I heard it as background noise, I assumed it was some random band on MTV2, which is the 6th-most watched channel (5th – ESPN, 4th – Comedy Central,  3rd – VH1 Soul, 3rd – ESPN, 1st – NESN, for which the Red Sox take up 90% of my TV watching) on my couch potato plate.

I turn to it and see its just a silly Subway commercial. But that jingle is really catchy. I would actually like to sing it or randomly whistle it, but you don’t get positive reactions on your intelligence and well-being when you are captivated and influenced to randomly sing commercial jingles in public ( although I’ve hummed the 1800-64-Giant number out of sheer boredom/insanity).

I thought I was the only one, but my friend overheard some other guy in our school gym singing, not humming, singing ( softly ) the song while he was working out. You would think people would have some self-worth to not degrade themselves into humming fast-food jingles while they lift their self-esteem by working out, but it didn’t stop this mofo’.
And to be honest, I don’t blame him. The song is fuckin’ sweet and I am going to admit it. That’s all.

The Roger Clemens Cingular Commercial

That was pretty funny! It is even funnier he is such a meathead that he didn’t notice that the call dropped! I usually hang up and re-dial after five seconds, not make a life-changing decision when the other line is blank! Just kidding, Rocket. You’re a great pitcher and can’t wait till you come back to the ‘Fens.

The Greatest Sports Commercial of ALL-Time!

Is it just me or was this the most timeless commercial that simultaneously emits a tint of sadness of our oblivious attitude to the great pitchers who existed during the Steroidia?

Steroidia: The time during the latter-half of the 1990’s in Baseball; personified by great feats such as Brady Anderson hitting 50 homeruns at the leadoff spot. Yes, I gave the era a fucking name.