Monthly Archives: May 2013
Here are my top ten movies per the request of Booga!
1) The Room
2) Purple Rain
3) The Royal Tennebaums
5) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
6) The Hunger Games
8) 20th Century Boys (series)
9) Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back
10) Star Wars VI Return Of The Jedi
You can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their medicine cabinet, IPOD or dvd collection. There’s nothing in my medicine cabinet except Cinnamon flavored Colgate, contact cases and saline solution. No medications, no cream or clear. I don’t even take aspirin! You get a good idea of what’s in my IPOD if you follow me on Twitter. My first tweet of the day is my entrance music for the day, the song I would want to signal my arrival to every room I enter. It’s all flavors of metal for those who don’t know. That leaves my movie collection. I’m a hardcore movie buff and if I’m out to sea with only ten movies to last me the rest of existence, I would take these and die happy.
1. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Okay, so it’s three movies but they all play as one. Great action, fantastic story and tons of quotable lines. I know, i’ve memorized ALL the movies. As your resident Lord Of The Rings fanboy, (hence the @LordOfTheGregs twitter handle), no other movie will ever claim the top spot.
The way is SHUT! It was made by those who are dead…and the dead keep it…
2. Interview With The Vampire. Amazing movie that draws you in from the opening scene. Before Tom Cruise lost his mind he owned the screen as the vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt took over the last half of the movie as the reluctant Louie. Lest we forget a young Kirsten Dunst completing the triangle of awesomeness as Claudia. Never gets old. Never.
Always know where to find you Louie…all I have to do is follow the corpses of rats…
3. Army Of Darkness. Unofficially Evil Dead 3, featuring Bruce Campbell against the undead. So many great lines. So funny. We all want to be Ash after this flick is over..
Gimme some sugar baby…
4. Stigmata. Hot city girl becomes unknowingly afflicted by the wounds of the crucifixion of Christ (Stigmata). She stays so hot even in the midst of supernatural torture it makes a priest want to change his religion. Gripping.
5. Saw. The original Saw, not the six sequels that followed. The first Saw ushered in an angle of horror we haven’t seen before. An evil mastermind (Jigsaw) subjets his victims to death traps as penance for the wrongs they have committed upon others. He even takes a place in the center of two of his captives, staying completely still while they stare at their shackled ankles and a strategically placed bone saw. Still terrifying.
6. Friday. A day in the life in the hood. Crackheads. Drug dealers. Lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. And weed…lots and lots of weed. Chris Tucker and Ice Cube make this an instant classc.
On the heels of the Dwight Freeney acquisition, Chargers’ General Manager Tom Telesco struck again, signing free agent left tackle Max Starks to a one-year deal. Starks had visited San Diego recently and left without a signed contract. NFL rumors had mentioned that Starks would possibly return to the Steelers and continue to protect the blind side of QB Ben Roethlisberger.
A 10-year veteran, 31-year old Starks now walks into Chargers Park commanding the left side. At 6’8 and 345 pounds, Starks will bring the size and veteran skill-set needed to protect Philip Rivers. Starks played all 16 games last year for the Steelers and provided good protection for Big Ben. Starks moves well for a big man and is able to handle the faster speed rushers attacking off the edge.
Watching game tape of the week 6 matchup with the Titans, Starks held up well against DE/LB Kamerion Wimbley. There were two occasions that Wimbley’s speed rush disrupted Starks, and he whiffed on a couple of blocks. However, Starks came back strong and held Wimbley without a sack in the game. Starks has massive size and stands out immediately on the line. Starks has good feet and excels in his kick-slide, where he is able to move back quickly and attack the speed rush off the edge. The man does not get pushed back as Starks’ girth and strength will stalemate any type of defensive bull-rush.
Starks also provides adequate run protection. The Steelers featured a run-oriented offensive attack, where the O-line had to grind it out. Starks’ game tape exemplifies his toughness and mean streak in the run game, consistently elevating to the second level and searching for the second block against a linebacker or defensive back.
King Dunlap will serve the role he was signed for this off-season, a giant swing tackle, able to play on both sides of the line. Dunlap can be inserted to give Starks a rest and keep the veteran fresh.
The talent starved Chargers offensive line of 2012 has been given a lot of attention this off-season. The right tackle spot was awarded to 1st round draft pick D.J. Fluker, the much-maligned Jeromey Clary is now inserted as the starting right guard. Clary should make an impact in a more suitable position as he works much better as an interior lineman, rather being left outside in space against speed rushers. Nick Hardwick will continue to be the captain of the line and make the crucial protection calls. The battle for the left guard spot between Chad Rinehart and 2nd year man Johnnie Troutman will be interesting to watch in camp. And as discussed earlier, Starks should anchor the left side along with King Dunlap providing depth.
You can debate the value of the Max Starks and King Dunlap acquisitions, but I’ll argue that the Chargers offensive line is better today then it was all of last year. Kudos to Telesco in continuing to add the best players he can, be it free agency or the draft, in order to strengthen this roster. Looking forward to the battles at camp.
Dwight Freeney put pen to paper Monday and made his two-year deal to become a Charger official. The defensive end/Outside Linebacker fills the void created by the injury to Melvin Ingram that happened just over a week ago. Having a seasoned veteran like Freeney adds a dimension to the defense aside from pass rushing. New GM Tom Telesco has been looking for versatility with his signings this offseason and that is exactly what Freeney will provide to John Pagano’s defense even more so than if Ingram hadn’t gotten injured.
Forget fake girlfriends. The best thing to happen to Mantei Te’o will be the arrival of Dwight Freeney. Coming out of Notre Dame, the All-Everything linebacker has fallen into the perfect destination in San Diego. After nearly half of a year of ridicule, Te’o finds himself in a laid back city where the glare of media attention will not be nearly as intense as it would be in a place like New York or Philadelphia. The Chargers have long been havens for Polynesian players. Their blue-collar work ethic, ferocity on the field and dedication to their craft is the calling card of Polynesian players throughout the league.
All Mantei Te’o has to do is show up and play. The rest will take care of itself. Te’o finds himself the centerpiece, unfairly or not, of the Chargers defense. If he proves himself as good as he was in college during OTA’s and training camp, there is no doubt he will be the opening day starter at middle linebacker.
Telesco signing Freeney fits the mold of versatility he has been using with his signing because it works in multiple ways. Freeney will provide more options for Pagano to work with. Freeney is a legitimate speed rushing defensive end that opposing offensive coordinators have to account for in their game plan. In turn, other Chargers will get favorable one on one matchups, especially rising star Donald Butler and players like Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes and Te’o.
The main benefit of Freeney’s signing may not even be on the field. With the Chargers impressive assembly of a very young defensive nucleus, they all are perfect for learning how to better themselves by watching Freeney. All the Chargers pass rushers will learn from watching how Freeney rushes in practice. They will learn how to lead from a man who has been a defensive leader the better part of a decade. Even offensive players such as the Chargers number one draft pick right tackle DJ Fluker will get better having to go up against Freeney in practice every day.
Te’o has been profusely praised by Telesco for his football instincts, his leadership and character. Who better to be mentored by than a man who is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer in Freeney? All the Chargers know the media attention Te’o brings with him but there are few veterans on the defense now to show him how to train, practice, eat and live like a professional. Until now. With the youth movement underway in San Diego, Freeney is going to find a role as an unofficial player/coach to all the young guys and they will be better for it.
Te’o, with his unlimited ceiling, will be in prime position to take over as the leader of the defense after Freeney’s two years in San Diego are over. It took about the same amount of time before a previous Chargers Polynesian player assumed the role of team leader. That player had Hall of Fame level talent to learn from such as Leslie O’Neal, Rodney Harrison, Shawn Lee and Chris Mims to learn from on his way to greatness. Five years from now, when we’re remarking about Te’o making the Pro Bowl every season, we’ll see this one signing of a defensive legend in Freeney as the catalyst of the Chargers return to greatness. And also to Super Bowls.
I know we are all excited about Madden25 but it’s not here until August 27th. However, EA Sports is good about keeping us up to date on latest additions and changes to the game which I will shed light on at a later point.
I am huge a fan of the Madden franchise. When I first became a Chargers fan I knew nothing about them. I just knew that I wanted a powder blue jersey. That powder blue Brees jersey still hangs in my closet. I never had a team; only various players I liked. Such players as Dan Marino, Howie Long, Warren Sapp, John Lynch, John Randle, and Bo Jackson. But never a team.
So I told my brother I wanted to follow a team like he did with the Dallas Cowboys. I did not want to be a bandwagon fan so my team had to be bad. Just so happened the Chargers were 4-12 the previous season. Here I am a fan who knows absolutely nothing about who plays for the Bolts but I start liking the team due to the infamous powder blue. So my brother Virgil bought me my first Madden game. He said that if I play it I will learn the roster and I did exactly that.
Now it’s been a decade since that day and I know so much more than I ever imagined I would. I find myself anticipating the new Madden release more than I ever did any of the previous versions. Enough about me, let’s get to business.
Today we discuss the San Diego Charger QB’s and RB’s Madden ratings. I know ninety-nine percent of you know the Madden lingo but for those who do not a key to the abbreviated attributes is listed below.
OVR – Overall AWR – Awareness CAR – Carry THP – Throwing Power SAC – Short Throwing Accuracy MAC – Med. Throwing Acc.
DAC – Deep Throwing Acc. RUN – Throw on the Run PAC -Play Action STR – Strength SPD – Speed ACC – Acceleration CTH – Catch
TRK – Trucking STA – Stiff Arm JKM – Juke Move SPM – Spin Move BCV – Ball Carrier Vision
Phillip Rivers – 85 OVR / 89 AWR / CAR 51 / THP 85 / SAC 91/ MAC 81/ DAC 72/ RUN 75 / PAC 87
We Charger fans can’t complain about the 85 overall. I know he is capable of playing at the level of a 93 or 94 overall. The problem is stats do not lie. Rivers has 35 interceptions in two seasons with only 53 touchdowns. I feel his rating is fair.
Charlie Whitehurst – 73 OVR / 68 AWR / 64 CAR / 88 THP / 79 SAC / 74 SAC / 70 DAC / 75 RUN / 66 PAC
73 Overall for a backup QB is not too bad. It definitely could be worse. The best clipboard holder in the game. If you have to use Charlie, keep it limited to short passes and slants. I think his 70 rated (DAC) deep throw accuracy is a little lower than it should be.
Ryan Mathews – 82 OVR/ 91 SPD/ 73 STR/ 90 AGI/90 ACC/ 75 AWR/ 87 TRK/ 90 BCV/ 93 STA/ 85 SPM/ 91 JKM/ 73 CAR/ 71 CTH
Ryan has the potential to be a 97 or 98 rated back but he is either fumbling or injured. His (BCV) ball carrier vision is a 90 which is kind of high for a guy who runs into lineman and has never had a run over 40 yards. On the other hand, his (STA) stiff arm could be a little higher. Ryan does have one nasty stiff arm.
Danny Woodhead – 79 OVR/ 92 SPD/52 STR/ 94 AGI/94 ACC/ 84 AWR/ 42 TRK/ 89 BCV/ 53 STA/ 84 SPM/ 90 JKM/ 76 CAR/ 83 CTH
Danny is a shifty back who has a high (CTH) catch rating at 83 and good (ACC) acceleration at a 94. He should work well on screens and short passes. A shifty back who will wreak havoc in space.
Ronnie Brown – 77 OVR/ 88 SPD/69 STR/ 85 AGI/87 ACC/ 79 AWR/ 69 TRK/ 81 BCV/ 74 STA/ 87 SPM/ 75 JKM/ 85 CAR/ 77 CTH
Ronnie has the highest (CAR) carry rating at 85 he is a sure handed back. His (CTH) catch rating is not as high as Woodhead’s but a 77 catch rating is solid. Ronnie is a shoe-in for third and short and a solid back across the board.
Well, that is all folks. Be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of Madden Madness with McCranie where I will go over our wide receivers.
Have a Blessed Day,
Much has been made in Charger Nation about Keenan Allen being spotted in person and tweeting pictures of himself in a Raiders hat. Here’s one more opinion. Allen brought on a firestorm upon himself on Twitter and all over San Diego when those pictures got into circulation. National and local media ran with the story.
Allen is the Chargers third round pick who fell so far because of the knee injuries he sustained last season. Allen has all the potential to be a big time playmaker for the Chargers but this is definitely starting off on the wrong foot. Allen has no one left to impress but his own teammates and coaches. The lifestyle he will enjoy as part of being a professional football player, at least for the next four years, will be provided by the San Diego Chargers. If he is as grateful to be a Charger as he should be, all the football related apparel he sports should be Charger related. Period.
First round pick DJ Fluker gets it. Among the first things he said at the Chargers post-draft press conference (to paraphrase) was ‘Looking forward to protecting Philip Rivers’ and ‘Can’t wait to beat the Raiders’. Looking at the first tweets from Fluker and his Alabama teammates like Chance Warmack and Dee Milliner they all struck the same chord. A familiar hashtag was ‘AboutOurColors’. That’s a championship mindset for you. The team colors are who you are and who you represent. The rivalries make your school what it is. Fluker went to the Chargers faithful on Twitter to ask and understand what the blue and gold colors mean to San Diego faithful. Someone needs to do the same for Keenan Allen.
Playing at Cal, Allen had no National Championships to play for. Cal hasn’t won a bowl in four years and have only played in two during that time span. Cal hasn’t played in a major bowl game since the Citrus Bowl in 1992. Perhaps apathy became part of the program and history fell to the wayside. That being said, what do you think the odds are that Allen has USC or UCLA swag among his belongings? Exactly.
Coming to San Diego, the Chargers/Raiders rivalry is bigger than anything Allen has faced in college. Allen did apologize for his moment of idiocy on Twitter and to Chargers media. Allen understands his mistake but needs to understand the depth, the magnitude of the hatred between San Diego and the Raiders. It’s about the colors and wearing a Raiders hat, he may as well have been wearing a Raiders helmet. His teammates will make it quite clear, as Eric Weddle has done already, that representing any other gear is a slap in the face of your own team. Pulling up a chair next to DJ Fluker at lunchtime would be a good idea as well. It’s About Our Colors.
In the meantime, Allen is simply a rookie and while it’s the Titanic of rookie mistakes it’s still a rookie mistake. As long as he puts his work in and makes himself an asset to the Chargers all will be forgiven. A couple touchdowns against the Raiders wouldn’t hurt either. #justsayin
Welcome to the NFL, Keenan.
The Greg One