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Friday, August 30, 2013

My Sexy Cowgirls: Three Sexy Latina Cowgirls in Great Western Shootout


Source: My Sexy Cowgirls-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press Plus

Whatever spanish that I know and I'm guessing it is somewhere around two-hundred words to the point I can somewhat casually converse in Spanish and joke around a little in it, but what Spanish I do know and I'm being completely honest here, I've learned accidentally. And what I mean about that is that I've picked up a lot of Spanish simply by watching TV. Similar to people who've immigrated to America and what English they know before they got here was picked up from American TV.

And I mention that because in the late 1990s and early 2000s I started getting into Spanish language TV in America. And I'll be honest again here, really just for one reason. I'm flipping around one night and I see some Latin American soap opera on I believe Univision and it had these beautiful sexy women on it. So I started watching more and more soap operas on Univision and then later Telemundo and I start picking up some Spanish. And then later on I start working with Central American and Caribbean Latino immigrants and picked up some more Spanish from them.

What we call in America Western cowboy and cowgirl culture, is what you see in this video. But it takes place in I believe South America, perhaps Bolivia. And the acting is not very good to be honest with you, but these scenes and movies are pretty popular in Latin America, but with much better acting, programs and movies. Or at least I hope so, but it is always interesting to see cowgirls, sexy cowgirls especially taking on bad cowboys, meaning bad guys and coming out on top.
My Sexy Cowgirls: Three Latin Cowgirls in Great Western Shootout


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Retro Trailer: Middle of the Night 1959: How a Young Gorgeous Women Makes an Older Lonely Man Happy

Fred & Kim
Retro Trailer: Middle of the Night 1959: How a Young Gorgeous Women Makes an Older Lonely Man Happy

Jerry Kingsley (played by Federic March) a clothing manufacturer who has his own company who is also a lonely widower whose daughters are all grown up now, meets a young women Betty Preisser. (played by Kim Novak) betty is coming from a bad marriage. She takes work home with her one day and is the receptionist at Jerry’s company. Jerry stops by her apartment to pick up the work that she took home. This is how they meet and end up talking about their spouses and married life, etc. Jerry knows right away that he likes Betty. (What guy wouldn’t like Goddess Kim Novak)

Jerry decides that he likes Betty so much that even though he’s 30 play years her senior and looks like a grandfather and is more than old enough to be her father and that she’s this young goddess who could probably have any man in New York that she wants, has the guts (lets say) to ask her out to dinner. He ends up meeting Betty’s mother, who could be his sister and Betty’s sister, who could also be his daughter. Jerry and Betty hit it off at first, but Betty is not comfortable about dating her boss. (This is the 1950s after all) Jerry thinks that the fact that he could be her kid’s grandfather is the real reason why she might be reluctant.

Both families disapprove of this affair between Jerry and Betty. Betty’s mother calls Jerry, “a dirty old man.” While Jerry’s sister calls Betty, “a fortune hunter.” Betty does share a New York apartment with her sister and mother. Not exactly a wild charge considering that Jerry is a wealthy man. She also calls Jerry a fool, but not a damn fool. (Stuck in the 1950s) Betty’s husband George gets back in the picture and claims he wants his wife back. But she no longer wants him, but not completely ready for a long-term relationship with a man who could be dead before their kids start junior high school. And not sure what she should do.

Middle of The Night is certainly not a great movie. Some of it is pretty cheesy and I can’t figure out what Betty sees in Jerry as a potential boyfriend, especially since she’s still technically married and doesn’t seem to be interested in his money. Jerry, is simply looking for someone to give him a good time and I don’t believe he’s looking for Betty to be his next wife. They both some stuck between moving on and saying that they’ve enjoyed each other’s company and talking to each other and actually starting a long-term romance. This is not about two people who have a lot of self-confidence and drive where they’re going. And I think in a way at least this movie leaves people feeling sorry for them.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Angelo Shabazz X: Malcolm X: March on Washington Was Deceptive, 1963

This piece was originally posted at FRS FreeState on WordPress: Angelo Shabazz X: Malcolm X: March on Washington Was Deceptive, 1963

In this speech, you can definitely see the difference in methods and strategy between Malcolm X and Dr. King. Dr. King understood that for African-Americans to get their freedom and equal rights under law, they would have to work with members of the majority population. Meaning Caucasian-Americans, to get those civil rights laws passed. Whereas Malcolm X, at least early in the early 1960s, saw that as treasonous to work with what he would call the ‘White man’. That African-Americans should already have their freedom and equal rights. And that the United States Government should just give those things to the African-American community. Dr. King was smart enough as the brilliant leader that he was to know that those things weren’t going to just be given to his community. Especially by racist Southerners in Congress and at the local and state levels in Southern states. That they would have to fight and work to get them and go over the bigots heads and work with non-racists in the Caucasian-American community.

The March on Washington, was very successful, despite what Malcolm X said. Because in that speech, Dr. King lays out the whole vision of the civil rights movement. An America, where his children and all children aren’t judge by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Where all men and women are equal under law. And not treated better, or worst simply because of their color, or race. That was not good enough for Malcolm X and his supporters and the broader Black Power movement and the New Left that emerged in the late 1960s. That was against the War in Vietnam, but the American capitalist economic system and the power structure in general. The broader Black Power movement and New-Left were revolutionaries. They didn’t believe in working with others to get what they want. But that they should just simply take what they want.

Malcolm X, was part of the Black Power movement. Not the socialist elements of that movement. Because he wasn’t a Socialist, but the revolutionary elements of that movement. That said, “African-Americans, should have their freedom now and we aren’t going to wait around, or try to get laws passed giving us what we should’ve already had in the first place.” And I’ve blogged this before, but Dr. King and Malcolm X, represent not just two wings of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but two era’s as well. Dr. King, represents the 1960s, when these laws were passed that he had a lot to do with the passage of those laws. Because he understood like a good politician does, that you have to work with others to get laws passed and get new policies. Malcolm X, represents the post-civil rights movement. The vision for how African-Americans not only have equal rights under law, but an economic vision for how the community can succeed in America. Built around education, economic development and personal responsibility in the community.


Soap Bx Prod: Video: Billy Wilder's Kiss Me Stupid


This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Press on WordPress

I gotta admit, the first twenty minutes of this movie is very slow. Just as slow as the small Nevada town that it takes place in. That the natives in this movie seem to want to escape. Except for the first few minutes of Dean Martin when he’s performing in Las Vegas and he’s doing his musical comedy routine. But Dino comes back into the movie as someone whose just passing through town on the way to Los Angeles. And his car gets stuck there, or that is what the mechanic tells him. And one of the locals just happens to be there to put him up for the night. I guess that is what they call small town hospitality.

Dean Martin and Kim Novak, really are the whole movie. At least the good watchable parts of it. Felicia Farr, looks great in it as well and also looks great in it. But the Ray Walston character, the jealous husband, but that is because he is way out of his league and over his head. Married to a women played by Felicia Farr, who looks like a Las Vegas showgirl or performer, living in the middle of nowhere. Between Smallville and Tinyville. Who married way down to a guy whose a wannabe songwriter who makes his living giving music lessons from his home. To the five people in town who want to learn music. Whose always worried about losing his gorgeous wife, because he’s not good enough for her.

Kim Novak, is her usual hot sexy baby girl adorable self. Only this time she plays a women who seems to know what she wants and where she’s going. Who has a healthy amount of self-esteem. During her career, she tended to play women who lacked self-confidence and never sure if they were good enough. Not that much different from the real-life Kim Novak. The video on this post pretty much lays out the plot and what it’s about. I’m not sure I can add anything to it without sounding repetitive. But all the characters except for the Felicia Farr character, who might be the only real person in the movie, want Dean Martin for something. Which is to make it big and leave their small town life.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Onion: Damon Werner- Surgeon General- Smoking Fine As Long As You Do it When You Drink

The Onion Republic's Surgeon General-
This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press Plus

Also in the news fire is less dangerous when you get burned. And heroin is better for you through needles and a lot of Washington drivers actually drive better when they are drunk. I think this is a very credible news report for anyone whose so high right now that they’re seeing smoke coming out of their ears from the marijuana that they’re smoking. I could easily see why someone like that would take this news report seriously. Also people in North Korea who haven’t eaten in a few days who are told by their Marxist government that North Korea is the wealthiest country in the world and exports food would also believe this story as well.

Also in the news, Fidel Castro the former President of the Communist Republic of Cuba has come out in favor of free market capitalism. Saying in a lengthy speech that Karl Marx was a fraud who owned five different private corporations and didn’t bother to share any of his earnings with people who were poor. Fidel also said that he hopes to create new a new revolution in Cuba to create a libertarian society free of government and interference. Fidel also said, “that all remaining Communists would be deported to Florida. After fifty-years of Marxism its time for Cuba to make a change. And see how the rest of the world lives.”

Also in what’s not going on in the world today, (and this time not from Fox News or MSNBC) Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have announced that they running for president together as a gay couple in 2016. And are running to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. They’ve announced today that they both can no longer handle the guilt from lying to their opposite sex wives. As well as the guilt from bashing homosexuality in public while in private they’re sleeping with 2-3 men a night and trying on their wives clothing.

So a big day in what’s not going on in the world that you heard first here and not from Fox News or MSNBC. Tune in tomorrow, because we hope to have a story about Libertarian Ron Paul coming out in favor of democratic socialism and expanding the war on drugs to ban sugar and salt. As well as expanding the nanny state and requiring every American to exercise at least three hours a day or pay a steep fine. As well as expanding the Patriot Act to prevent people from reading books that argue against big government in either our economic, or personal affairs.
The Onion: Damon Werner- Surgeon General- Smoking Fine as Long as You do it When You Drink

C-SPAN: Roundtable with Hollywood Stars On The Civil Rights Movement

James Baldwin & Marlin Brando
C-SPAN: Roundtable with Hollywood Stars On The Civil Rights Movement

Hollywood was very important to the civil rights movement, because of the attention and money that these entertainers could bring to the movement. And get support for it from their fans and people who wanted to be part of it. The 1960s was perfect decade for the civil rights movement simply because of the importance of television and TV news specifically, especially network news. So people could see exactly what African-American freedom fighters and other freedom fighters were going through, trying to accomplish and the opposition that they were up against in their struggle.

Similar to how television has impacted American politics, American sports and American entertainment in general, with people being able to see movies on TV, it was the platform that put the civil rights movement on the top. That got national news media behind it and won the support of two Democratic president’s in Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and won the votes in Congress. Brought enough moderate Republicans in the House and Senate to go along with the Progressive Democrats that were already in favor of equal rights and civil rights laws to pass those bills.


Me-TV: Mod Squad’s Clarence Williams Turns 74 Today

Happy Birthday
Me-TV: Mod Squad’s Clarence Williams Turns 74 Today

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite actors a great actor. Whose also one of the most underrated character actors in Hollywood. Williams is probably best known for his role as an undercover detective on the Mod Squad. Which I’m not sure is even a very good show for the early 1970s even. And perhaps not even that believable when you’re talking about ex-cons who get the opportunity to get out of jail if they agree to become undercover police officers, or detectives. But it was a very hip show for its time at least and perhaps that is the only thing that it had going for it. But seeing it on reruns especially the writing it looks pretty cheesy for that time period.

But Williams career is a lot better than just Mod Squad. He was in I’m Going to Get You Sucka, which is a very good African-American action/comedy from 1988. And he had big roles on Miami Vice perhaps the greatest police detective show of all-time. Hill Street Blues from the early 1980s on NBC about New York City police officers. Reindeer Games from 2000 where he was one of the kidnappers in that movie. TNT’s George Wallace from 1997 where he played a loyal servant to a Dixiecrat Alabama governor who used all sorts of racial if not racist rhetoric against African-Americans simply to stay in and expand his power in Alabama.

When I think of Clarence Williams, I think of the ultimate tough guy who always looks like he’s about to go nuts and just beat the hell out of someone, or a lot of people, or kill a lot of people. He generally plays the bad guy with Clint Eastwood’s Magnum Force from 1973 being an exception to that. But a lot of that has to do with the fact that he’s so good at that and is big tall strong guy who looks like he kicks ass very well. Plus he’s such a great character actor that he tends to get a lot of roles in action, or dramatic films and TV that have him playing roles like that. He’s a great character actor and who plays the bad ass as well as it can be played.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ESPN: Video: First Take: How Good Will The Redskins Be This Season?


This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Press on WordPress

The Redskins are the strongest team in the NFC East on both sides of the ball. With the fewest questions only doing with health and the secondary. Can they keep their main players their stars both on offense and defense healthy or not. Because even though they have solid depth at quarterback with Kirk Cousins backing up Robert Griffin and up front on defense with LB Perry Riley and LB Rob Jackson to use as examples, the Redskins are going to need their stars to make a big run in the NFC Playoffs.

For this team to be more than an NFC East champion they are going to have to stay healthy and be healthy going into the NFC Playoffs. And the other question has to do with the secondary and bringing back CB DeAngelo Hall helps. But they drafted a couple safeties who’ll probably get major playing time as rookies. But with LB Brian Orakpo back and playing well and Ryan Kerrigan on the other side and DE Jarvis Jenkins, the Redskins pass rush is going to be a lot better, which will make the secondary better as well. Because they won’t have to cover as long.

So overall I’m looking for the Redskins again if they stay healthy, to win the NFC East with 10-11 wins maybe twelve. And at least get to the divisional round of the playoffs and we’ll see what they can do once they are there. Because they are the strongest team in an NFC East division that might only send one team to the playoffs. Because of all the question marks that the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have, all of these things playing into the Redskins favor a division that the Redskins won 5-6 from last year.

The Redskins could’ve easily beaten the Giants twice had it not have been for a couple of key mistakes and blown coverages from the secondary. And this was a Redskins team that wasn’t as good last year as they are now. With all the injuries that they had to deal with. So in 2013 they’ll be even better and what they need to do is stay healthy and be discipline. There’s a tradition in Washington of overestimating the Redskins especially the local media and fans.

2006 perfect example of that where the Redskins were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders and instead were 4-12. But 2013 is a much different season because of the depth that they have and how young they are. With key veterans who are on in their prime providing the experience that good young teams have. Like CB DeAngelo Hall to use as an example, which is why in 2013 the Redskins are definitely contenders and not pretenders. Or a team rebuilding looking to be competitive again.

Mike Richman: Redskins Great Jim Lachey, One of The Eighty Greatest Redskins

Great Hog
Mike Richman: Redskins Great Jim Lachey, One of The Eighty Greatest Redskins

Without the injuries Jim Lachey would’ve been a first ball of Hall of Famer. Because he was that good that big that dominant that strong and one of the top three offensive tackles of his era. But after the Redskins Super Bowl season in 1991 he was dealing with major injuries for most of the rest of his career that limited his time on the field. Because before the back injury in 93 or 94, we’re talking about the best offensive tackle in the NFL. At least in NFC, who was headed to the Hall of Fame for sure. Who was a big part of one of the most dominant Super Bowl champions of all-time in the 1991 Redskins.

I think the best play that I can remember with Jim Lachey was in 1988 or 89 and they’re playing the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas and he’s blocking Ed Too Tall Jones one-on-one one, one of the best defensive ends of the 1970s and 1980s and Lachey stood him up on a pass play and knocked him. Ed Jones, 6’9 285 pounds, moved like a great basketball player and Lachey 6’6, perhaps the only player that he had to block that was actually taller than him and as big if not bigger and Lachey knocks Jones completely out of the play.

Jim Lachey, 6’6 290-295 pounds, all muscle who wore that very well. I think he beefed up a little bit when he got to Washington, because he didn’t want to feel small compared with the Hogs, but don’t quote me on that. Great size and yet he was also very quick, who moved his feet very well. He was both a dominant pass blocker and run blocker, which is one thing that made the Hogs so special. And why the Redskins of the 1980s and early 1990s were both a great running team and vertical passing team. Because of their offensive line and the time the quarterback consistently got and the huge holes in the running game. And Big Jim I believe was the best of this group. And that alone should get him Hall of Fame consideration.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: NBC Sports: MLB 1988-GOW-7/23-San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals: Full Game



What a difference a year or a season makes for both the Giants and Cardinals. Who were both clearly the two best teams in the National League in 1987 and in the Cardinals case in 1988 were fighting to stay out of last place in the NL East in 1988. A division they played in until MLB realigned in 1994 and went to three divisions in both leagues. And in the Giants case, never making a real run at the NL West title at least by the All Star break and finishing eleven games behind their arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers out of first place.

When teams when their division in MLB, especially over a 162 game schedule, unless they are very deep in talent with great chemistry and a great manager, they tend to have a lot going for them. And are able to avoid making critical mistakes during the season that costs them big games. And cost them games that might not seem big at the time, but come back to cost them in September when they’re fighting to make the playoffs or win their division. Both the Giants and Cardinals were able to avoid big mistakes and injuries in 1987. But 1988 they got hit by those things over and over and it really cost them.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Associated Press: Raw Video: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz: James Whitey Bulger’s’ Day of Reckoning Long Time in Coming

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz
Associated Press: Raw Video: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz: James Whitey Bulger’s’ Day of Reckoning Long Time in Coming

The Irish mob taking another big hit in America with Jimmy Bulger being put away forever. I don’t know of a more intelligent mobster, or criminal than James Whitey Bulger. Here’s a career criminal who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for sixteen years and yet he was smart enough not to commit additional crimes at least from what we know while he was on the run. And his long-term girl friend Catherine Grieg who is young enough to be his daughter and was in her early 60s when was Whitey was captured, stayed with him the whole time.

To paraphrase Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro’s character in Heat) Whitey Bulger wasn’t a career loser who jacked convenient stores who always got caught, because he kept dropping his driver’s license while putting the stolen money in his wallet, or always smiled for the camera in the store without wearing a mask, with a born to lose tattoo on his arm. Whitey Bulger was a career criminal, because he was very good at it. Knew what to do and how to make money from it and who to eliminate who were real threats to him. And just as importantly to him he knew how to get away with his crimes.

Whitey Bulger, was educated, was well-read, knew how the system and how society worked and what he could do and what he could get away with. You don’t become as successful as a criminal as he was if you don’t know these things. If you’re some uneducated asshole who perhaps likes breaking the law and hurting innocent people, you’re going to end up doing a lot of time in prison. Because you don’t put much thought into your crimes. You just decide that you want to do something and then do it. And then deal with the consequences later on. But Whitey was a career criminal, because he was good at it. Knew what he wanted and how to get it and then get away with it.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Humanities Council: RFK Stadium- Washington Redskins Glory Years

Humanities Council: RFK Stadium- Washington Redskins Glory Years

Free agency from the early 1990s which by in large has been very good for the National Football League, but it killed the Redskins glory era. Because it also came with a salary cap and with the Redskins still being one of the top current franchises in the NFL as far as being consistent winners and a consistent playoff team, as well as playing in one of the biggest markets in the league where players wanted to come and play, it meant that the Redskins were something like 20-30 million-dollars over the first salary cap in the NFL in 1993-94. Free agency and the salary cap ended the Redskins as not just being a Super Bowl contender, but a consistent playoff team and even winner.

The Redskins moving out of RFK Stadium and downtown Washington in the late 1990s to Landover, Maryland and what is now Fed Ex Field, didn’t help either. Because the Redskins then were in transition from being a consistent last place team in the NFC East, to a team that was rebuilding and starting to become a playoff contender again. But now they lost their huge downtown big city home field advantage and that great atmosphere that they had at RFK Stadium. For this giant of a castle, or mansion in suburban Landover, Maryland where you might spend a couple of hours just trying to get to the stadium. Where the fans were no longer going to a see a good playoff team, but a team that was trying to win again.

The 1970s and 1980s and even early 1990s was great for the Redskins. Because they were consistent winners and making the playoffs consistently and even a consistent Super Bowl contender. That won five NFC championships and three Super Bowls. They were very well run under Ed Williams and later Jack Cooke, with George Allen and Bobby Beathard running the personal and Allen and Joe Gibbs with their great coaching staffs coaching the team. And they played in a great big city with great people and fans. And a stadium that was simply perfect for them.

RFK was round where you were on top of the action. Where you had an overhang on the top of the stadium that kept the sound in and where the stadium literally rocked. Where people loved their team and where the opposing teams had to ask the ref to tell the fans to shut up so they could hear what they were doing. The Redskins glory years officially ended when they left RFK Stadium and Washington for Landover. With Dan Snyder now in charge of the club and presiding over this football malaise that the Redskins have been in really since he took over the club in 1998. With a few exceptions and occasional playoff appearances.

The Redskins would do themselves a lot of good and this could perhaps be the one positive contribution that Dan Snyder makes to the Redskins and their great fans, by leaving Landover and coming back to RFK Stadium. Renovate the old RFK, knock out the top two decks of the stadium and build the new stadium on the first desk of the old stadium so they keep that rock and roll feeling that the stadium has. Where the fans are literally on top of the action. With a new RFK holding 90-100 thousand people that could host the Super Bowl and other major events, but that would be a great stadium for the Redskins again. Which is what I believe they need for them to become a great winning contending club again. It would be great for them, great for Washington and great for the fans as well.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Phid: Mi Latina Prefeirda En Tight Jeans- Sexy Baby in Tight Denim Jeans in Boots


Source: Phid-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press Plus

Mui sexy y benita bebe chica! Love this women, actually I never met her and only have seen her on YouTube. I know shocking, you're probably grasping for air right now. If you are morbidly obese, perhaps you need the Heimlich maneuver to stop your choking, if someone's arms are long enough to get around your body and perform it on you and one of your steaks flies out of your. I'll confess, I've only seen this women on YouTube, but over and over again. It would feel like stalking if I wasn't just watching her on YouTube.

I use to watch a lot of TV Espanol or Spanish TV, for all of you English speakers out there reading this, that's right both of you. And a lot of times some older movie, lets say 10-15 years old would come on and it would be an action. A sexy female police detective or perhaps a sexy female private detective or perhaps bounty hunter. Maybe a girlfriend of the guy who is supposed to be the hero of the movie and she would be dressed very similar like this. Great body, very cute and beautiful wearing tight denim jeans and sexy boots. The women in this video reminds of those movies.
Phid: Mi Latina Preferida En Tight Jeans

Friday, August 9, 2013

Banky GS: Cindy Crawford in Fair Game 1995

Source: Alamy Stock Photo- Fair Game 1995, Cindy Crawford & Bill Baldwin-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press Plus

I’ll be one of the first to admit that Fair Game is not a great movie, not even a very good movie. It’s a very entertaining movie with a lot of funny lines and some funny scenes. (Especially the edited version of the movie from TNT) Take Cindy Crawford out of this movie and I sure as hell don’t have much reason to watch it. Actually I liked the Russian female terrorist. But probably not enough reason to watch a ninety-minute film by herself. Which is the Segway for what I really like about this movie.

Cindy Crawford, arguably the top supermodel of all-time and still one hell of a goddess today at 47 was my main motivation for seeing this movie twenty-years ago and why I still see it again from time to time today. She’s one of the top goddess’ of all-time. About 5’9, 130 pounds or so, with gorgeous red hair and gorgeous eyes and a hot baby-face. When she smiles back then and today you really get to see how adorable she is as well. She reminds me a lot of Raquel Welch and Eva Mendes reminds me of Cindy today as well as Raquel. Women who are hot, but almost bay girl adorable.

And that is what you see in this scene from Fair Game. A gorgeous sexy baby-faced adorable women whose on the run from terrorists. Who needs access to a computer and she sees a computer geek who could help her and uses her goddess sex appeal to get from him exactly what she wants. Perhaps giving this poor schmuck the ride of his life, but a ride he’ll never forget. Giving him nothing to complain about from her since he’ll probably never forget her. A movie thats not exactly a very clever movie, but does a good job at taking advantage of the tools around it. Like using sexuality to get what the sexy character wants.
Banky GS: Cindy Crawford in Fair Game 1995



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Redskins Historian: Sonny Jurgensen- Gunslinger of The 1960s

Redskins Gunslinger-
This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press on WordPress: Redskins Historian: Sonny Jurgensen: Gunslinger of The 1960s

Mike Richman had it almost perfect there. The 1960s Redskins looked more like an American Football League team than an NFL team, if you’re familiar with the AFL. Only that they were in the NFL and had to play by NFL rules. The AFL wanted to be a passing league with liberalized offenses were teams were not only encouraged to throw the ball, but throw it a lot and throw it deep. The Oakland Raiders of that era were not the only vertical spread offensive team in the AFL. The San Diego Chargers ran the same offense under Sil Gilman who was a huge inspiration for Al Davis.

And I mention this because again the Redskins as an NFL team obviously had to play by NFL rules. And back then and up until 1978 after Sonny Jurgensen had already been out of the NFL for three years the NFL rules back then favored the defenses. And big power-run ball control offenses. Where you ran the ball 3-5 plays or more, where you played field possession and hoped to get a big takeaway from your defense, a big return in the kicking game. Where you relied on your defense a lot to win the game. And hoped you had a big day running the ball and your QB hit some passes down the field and didn’t turn it over.

What made the Redskins special during the 1960s was not that they only had one winning season, which was under Vince Lombardi in 1969 at 7-5. (Who didn’t even lose in Washington) Or that they didn’t make the playoffs the entire decade. What made them special was that they went against the grain in the NFL. They had an 1960s AFL offense that was playing in a 1950s America NFL where it was almost considered immoral to throw the ball, or score quickly and take big chances on offense in order to score. And it wasn’t really by design either. They didn’t have a strong offensive line, they couldn’t run the ball worth a damn for the most part and their defense barely stopped anybody during this period.

But what the Redskins had was arguably the best quarterback in pro football during this era other than John Unitas in Sonny Jurgensen. A QB that could get rid of the ball quickly, who had a strong accurate arm and touch and who moved well in the pocket. As well as perhaps the two best receivers on the outside in the NFL during that decade in Charley Taylor and Bobby Mitchell who both had good size, hands and speed. And then you add Jerry Smith in the middle at TE who should also be in the Hall of Fame and you’re talking about an offense that could put up 25-30 points a game against anyone. Even if they’re giving up more than that in every game.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Jean-Sebastien Blondel: CBS Sports: NBA 1987-Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers: Halftime Report Feature on Moses Malone

Chairman of The Boards
Jean-Sebastien Blondel: CBS Sports: NBA 1987-Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers: Halftime Report Feature on Moses Malone

The worst move that Harald Katz ever made running the Philadelphia 76ers and there might be a list of bad moves that he made running the 76ers, was trading Moses Malone to the Wizards. They were called the Washington Bullets back then. But trading Moses and not getting anything in return with Jeff Ruland who had a bad leg before that trade told 76ers fans and perhaps the rest of the NBA that the 76ers were not only no longer NBA Finals contenders, but they weren’t interested in being contenders. Especially with 1987 being Julius Erving’s last season.

A healthy Moses Malone with the 76ers in 87 and finishing his career there with Charles Barkley and you add a small forward to come after Dr. J and the 76ers would have remained not just a playoff team in the late 1980s and 1990s, but they would have remained a contender for the NBA Finals. The 76ers after trading Moses have never been the same since. They were a solid playoff team in 1989, 1990 and 1991, but the fell back and missed the playoffs in 92 and then make another trade with Charles Barkley. And were essentially a last place team for the rest of the 1990s.

And after two great seasons personally that Moses had for the Wizards in 87 and 88, the Wizards make a bad move themselves by not resigning Moses who was 33 at that point and probably had another 3-5 good years left in him. But that’s on Abe Pollin who at least in the 1980s was only interested in making the NBA Playoffs and putting enough people in the seats at the Capital Centre to make a profit for his team. The Wizards keep Moses to go along with Jeff Malone and a young and very talented, but undisciplined player in John Williams, Bernard King would have still been there and Wizards would have at least remained a consistent playoff team in the 1990s.

I’ve never figured out how come Moses played for six NBA teams. I mean he is one of the top 4-5 NBA centers of all-time. Maybe only Wilt Chamberlain was a better rebounding center than Moses. Arguably the best center of the 1980s. Certainly in the Eastern Conference and you could argue about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or Moses for the NBA as a whole. And yet the team he played the most games with was the Houston Rockets which was for six seasons. Even though he’s known as the great low-post player both offensively and defensively and the great rebounder and for bringing another NBA championship to the 76ers.