People are always panning the Super Bowl halftime show and it does deserve it most of the time (Yeah, nothing says the NFL like Madonna!), but it pales in comparison to the nugget I found on glorious YouTube.
Present day halftime acts are well known musicians and can create quite a hype, but back in 1989 the planners gave the show to a magician. No, not David Copperfield. Not even Siegfried and Roy.
Yes, it was Elvis Presto.
Elvis Presto was an Elvis impersonator, always good, and a magician, even better. He was supposed to perform the "World's Largest Card Trick" for the halftime show. Needless to say it goes swimmingly.
The crowd was, needless to say, unenthusiastic. Me thinks it was a fix for the King of Hearts.
NBC had Bob Costas do the introduction for the show. He looked like he would have rather called a midseason WNBA game.
Costas at his finest at 1:14
Some say the Bengals lost Super Bowl XXIII because Boomer Esaison was too embarrassed for Elvis Presto and that this one single halftime show ruined the once promising career of Ickey Woods.
The NFL's Week 10 is just about over (Okay it is over, Monday Night's game is going to be a stinker) and there are things to take away for it and things to learn. I will go over each game in short responses. So here we go.
Norv Turner's seat just went from hot to 5 alarm fire. The AFC West has become this year's NFC West.
Never count out Belichick and Brady. Jets continue to underachieve and Sanchez is still overrated.
PUNT THE BALL!
The Steelers' defense finally showed up and in the most opportune time. Could this be the end of the Bengals this season?
It always something for the Browns and note to Coach Shurmur: defenses do win championships, but you do need an offense as well.
Midnight just about struck for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Cowboys surprisingly still alive.
Good news Colts fans, you have a bye next week. Just six more games, Colts.
Look like you can win with a quarterback who can't throw. Also, Kansas City seriously, with Denver's offensive strategy you still didn't predict they would run.
Congrats Miami, you won your first game at home in seven tries, now there is no way you get Andrew Luck now.
The Eagles once again prove my theory: The Eagles are HIGHLY OVERRATED. Andy Reid's seat is ingulfed in flames, but then again it is every year.
Houston has the best record in the AFC? Good for them. I still don't trust them.
Welcome back, Chris Johnson! Wherever have you been?
Will the real Seahawks or Ravens please stand up?
Don't look now, but here come the Bears, even without Cutler playing well.
The Niners are in fact for real and looks like Eli Manning can't win them all.
Well that's it for my brief synopsis of the week that was in the NFL. Next week has some big games, Cincinnati will prove if they are for real when they play the Ravens. The Eagles go into MetLife Stadium to try get back on track and beat the NFC East leading Giants and will the Chargers end there horrendous skid when they face he red hot Bears? Until next week, folks.
The season is halfway through and we are now starting to see who the pretenders are and the contenders are. Now I am ready to give out my midseason NFL awards, I haven't thought up a name for them yet. After consulting the writers at The Mark Graham Sports Blog, I have come up with the winners and they are:
There was one of two players I was considering for this award, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. I ultimately decided on Rodgers because he simply is the best player in the NFL. Period. The Packers are at 8-0 and he is having a career year. Rodgers is completing 72.5 percent of his passes and leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 24. Fred Jackson is a huge reason the Bills are tied atop the AFC East, but Rodgers is THE reason the Packers are 8-0.
Notable Mentions: Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson
Notable Mentions: Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
The San Francisco 49ers appear to have turned their ship around and are finally playing well again. Patrick Willis is a huge reason why. Willis has 67 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Willis has become the leader and this 49er defense. The 49ers are in the top ten in total defense and without Willis in the lineup they drop down considerably and might not lead the awful NFC West.
Notable Mentions: Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware, Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson
A lot has been said about Cam Newton and his great year, but being overshadowed is Bengals QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals are surprisingly tied atop the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens. No one could have seen this coming at the beginning of the year. Dalton, a second round pick from TCU, was overlooked in the NFL Draft and is now making people pay for their mistakes. The Bengals now have a franchise quarterback in Andy Dalton and because of his play, the Bengals were willing to trade Carson Palmer for two 1st round picks to set the Bengals up for further success in the future.
Notable Mentions: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton
Von Miller has lived up to his best defensive player in the Draft expectations. Miller is really the only thing going for the Broncos right now. He leads all rookies in sacks with 6.5 and has forced two fumbles. Miller is going to be the future of the Broncos defense, lets just hope Tim Tebow lives up to his expectations.
Notable Mention: San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith
If anyone told you that the Bills would be tied for the AFC East lead halway through the year, you'd think they were crazy or a Bills fan (usually they are both). But Chan Gailey has turned this once hapless franchise around and are in a position to actually win the AFC East. The Bills came back and beat the Patriots and beat the Philadelphia Eagles, games once thought to be losses for the Bills when the season first started. Gailey was once considered to be on the hot seat in Buffalo, now is the toast of the town. Time will tell if they are a one hit wonder.
Notable Mentions: San Francisco 49er coach Jim Harbaugh, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz
In 2010, Peyton Hillis broke out and became a star for the Cleveland Browns. He rushed for 1,177 yards and had 11 touchdowns. Hillis also became the cover boy for Madden NFL 12. The Browns had their future running back in Hillis. Now in 2012, Hillis has pulled a complete 180, he missed a game, on advice from his agent, because of strep throat, complained about his contract, lost his players support in the locker room, and was seen throwing balls from the goal post while he was supposedly injured. One Browns player said that Hillis was the locker room leader last season bringing so much energy to the team, but now is a pariah in the locker room. One has to wonder if fame got to his head.
Dishonorable Mention: Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson
Well that is all for the midseason awards and we will see if these winners keep the same pace throughout the second half of the season.
An arrest warrant was issued for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens after failing to show up for a court hearing regarding child support payments.
Owens tried to reschedule the October 24 hearing due to his televised workout for NFL teams. However, no teams attended Owens' workout.
According to a spokesperson, Owens is looking for a new attorney and was representing himself while trying to change the hearing date. Owens now has new attorneys and will deal with the issue of the warrant later in the week.
Owens is trying to modify his child support payments. The payments were based on his salary with the Dallas Cowboys when he was making $12 million in 2007.
Owens, 37, is trying to latch onto an NFL team after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the year. He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, making 72 receptions for 983 yards and scoring nine touchdowns.
A third round pick by the 49ers out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Owens has played for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals. He ranks sixth all-time in receptions with 1,078, second in receiving yards with 15,934, and tied for second, with Randy Moss, for touchdown receptions with 153.
The Oakland Raiders have completed a trade for former Cincinnati Bengals holdout quarterback Carson Palmer for a first round pick and potentially another (if Oakland wins a playoff game). Raiders coach Hue Jackson was on record saying it was "the greatest trade in football". Was it?
The Raiders are betting the house on Carson Palmer. Carson Palmer is going to be 32 in December and his play is deteriorating. Last season was his lowest passer rating since his rookie campaign, I know that the passer ratings are overrated, but still. Palmer also threw 20 picks last season and missed the playoffs again. A lot is riding on Palmer to carry the Raiders to the playoffs, but the fact off the matter is Palmer really hasn't done any football related drills since January. When you miss that much football, you cannot just jump right in and win.
I know the Raiders needed a quarterback, but giving up two first rounders (presuming they win that playoff game) is a lot. The Raiders are basically gambling their future on an aging quarterback with limited skills. The Raiders could have went out and signed a free agent and kept those picks to build around. Oakland is almost there as a playoff team, but this move I believe sets them back a bit and would Al Davis have pulled the trigger on this deal? Probably.
Hue Jackson was right about it being "the greatest trade in football". For the Bengals. Cincinnati is already building their team around rookie Andy Dalton, who is having a solid rookie year, and Carson Palmer wasn't going to suit up for the Bengals again, so the trade makes perfect sense. The Bengals should have a warrant out for their arrest after making this trade. The Bengals now can use these picks, hopefully wisely, to build a strong team around Dalton and bring the Bengals back to the winning days of Esiason and Ickey Woods.
Do the Raiders make the playoffs? I say no and this trade may have set the Raiders back a couple of years.