Thursday, March 23, 2006

Wonderlic This!

So Vince Young only scored a 6 on this Wonderlic Test the first time through…big deal! He re-took the test and got a 16. From what I understand an average score for quarterbacks is around 20. I cannot imagine the stress it would put on a person to know their test is compared to other athletes and could determine what position he goes in a draft. Some people just do not test well. Let’s take me for example.

The day I took my ACT test to get into a college was the same day I had front row tickets to see Joan Jett in concert. We had camped out all night long to see Joan up close and personal (to this day I am not sure why) and I was pumped. I was also freaking out about taking this test because it would determine whether I could get into the college of my choice or not.

I get into the classroom to take the test, picked a good seat and got ready to do well on my test. Once the test started I panicked. I could see everyone breezing through their test and I could not get past the 1st question. I started to sweat, feeling I was getting behind and even if I started right now would not finish in time. Then a stroke of brilliance hit me! On the ones that I have no clue what the answer is I will fill in “C” for my first name and the ones that go further in the alphabet I will fill in “J” for Joan! Eureka! And that is how I took my ACT test. I managed to get a 21 on my test and I was completely satisfied with that score because taking a test with that much pressure nearly drove me to alcoholism. Vince, I feel your pain man. I really do.

I really don’t understand why everyone is so hard on him. All he has done is single-handedly won the National Championship by himself. Biggest game of the year, more pressure than I could ever imagine and he put that team on his shoulders and ran with them into the end zone with 19 seconds left in the game to win it all. Why would anyone even question this guy’s ability to play football and understand NFL style defenses? Not sure if you all remember but Pete Carroll was an NFL coach. His defense is an NFL style defense and Mr.Young ran right through it. When that game was over Vince Young had rushed for 200 yards and passed for 267. He had 3 rushing touchdowns. I found someone who agrees with me on this. His name is Sean Jones, and he is a member of the Oakland Raiders personnel department. He had this to say about Vince Young, “All I need to know about Vince Young is that he came up with one of the greatest performances ever in the Rose Bowl. In the fourth quarter, I saw Pete Carroll throw every kind of blitz at Vince. I saw Vince read the blitz and beat the blitz. I don’t care what his Wonderlic score is. The only score I care about is 41-38.” Amen!

Vince recently had his Pro Day where he worked out in front of scouts and coaches from all over the NFL. Almost every pass was on target. For all the folks saying he is only a shotgun quarterback and cannot take snaps from center, he did that also. And even though Vince was not scheduled to run a 40 yard dash on Pro Day, after watching all his teammates run the 40 he decided he too would run. What more could you ask for? You want him to do something and he does it and he does it well.

For those of you saying Vince has dropped out of the top 10 of NFL draft picks because of his Wonderlic Test scores I say to you, Wonderlic this! Vince Young will go within the first 7 picks of the draft and he will be a great quarterback. The teams that pass him up for other quarterbacks will be chewing on their clipboards as he races past your NFL defenses. Go Vince go!

One Case of No Doze Ordered

As promised to my good friend Dave, I gave Nascar one more try. I watched the Auto Club 500 live from Fontana, California. Dave, I must report I had the same problem. I fell asleep yet again. I even went an extra mile this week, making sure I had plenty of sleep the night before. I slept for 9.5 hours on Saturday night so it is not because I am sleep deprived.

I know you suggested it might be NBC's coverage last week and that Fox would cover this one. Nope, no difference. Ok, let me take that back. I only fell asleep ONE time in this race, where last week's I fell asleep twice.I passed out on lap number 55. I partially blame my early exit on the person that books the entertainment for these events. We went from Bon Jovi to Jewel. JEWEL! Jewel and Nascar go together about as well as Godsmack and figure skating. I am not sure who has this job, but I would like to have it. Surely there was someone out there with nothing scheduled on a Sunday who could have put on a better show. A Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band would have gotten the crowd more rev'd up.

Next we have the starting of the engines, which I imagine is supposed to be cool. Last week, James Caan who was trying to be cool for some reason and didn't really get into it. But this week, this week was the best! Shav Glick who I guess is some sort of legendary racing person of some sort. I thought the poor man would keel over dead before he even got to "your engine". Can't Nascar let the old geezers wave a flag or something?Race started and to the left they went. No drama, just lots of left turns. Lap 55 I passed out, I just could not handle all the excitement. I regained consciousness around lap 116. DANG! I woke up entirely too early. 134 more laps to go! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! So I watch. With 72 laps to go I started reading a book. 50 laps to go I went out and cleaned the dust out of my car vents. 35 laps to go I cleaned out the fish tank. 20 laps to go, I decide to try to sit and focus on the end of this race. I am not sure why, but I did. Matt Kenseth won the race. No cool crashes. No drama. I got up from my recliner, went to the phone and ordered a full case of No Doze. Maybe, just maybe I can make it through the Nascar season that way.

198 Days and Counting...

I live for NFL football. I realize to say I live for something like football is quite disturbing but it is the truth. Not counting today, there are 198 days until the Thursday night NFL Kickoff Special. On that day, I will come out of hibernation and begin to live again. Until that day, I am just not sure what to do with myself. Weekend before last I had the Pro Bowl to watch. Do I really enjoy the Pro Bowl?? No. Generally, they are pretty boring games but it represents the last heartbeat in my body before I completely flatline. I realized the day of the Pro Bowl that I have entirely too much free time on my hands now that I don't have football games to watch on Sundays. I began to panic, what will I do with myself?? Exercise? No way Jose! Clean the house?? Absolutely NOT! Scrapbook??? HELL NO!I needed a football substitute, a fix for my addiction. I tried to watch an arena football game. I would say arena football is like a frozen pizza compared to the real deep dish delivered pizza also known as the NFL. Frozen pizza will do in a pinch, but I would rather have the real deal than to eat a frozen pizza.

So this past Sunday I noticed there was a Nascar race on TV. Daytona 500...Superbowl of Nascar they called it. Ahhhhhhhhh here we have football substitute! I have been saved by Tony Stewart and friends! So I climbed into the recliner and got ready for the race, turned on the surround sound and got ready to witness my first Nascar race on my 65 inch big screen. Bon Jovi before the race...ok, this is not bad at all...just like they have artists perform before the Superbowl...I think I will like this! James Caan got them all to start their engines and off they went! In circles... for hours. I think I must have fallen asleep around lap 20. When I woke up they were on lap 100. My God, how long does this sport take to finish? Had I missed anything exciting? After watching for about 10 minutes I find that in fact I had missed nothing but more circles. Again I passed out. I woke up this time with 25 laps to go. Ok, I have to stay awake for the ending of this...I run to the kitchen and make a pot of coffee and dissolve a No Doze in it. Maybe...just maybe I can make it now. Hop back into the recliner and my jittery hand reaches for the surround sound remote control, if I can crank up the sound of the roaring engines maybe that will also prevent me from falling asleep. Not sure really what kept me awake for the end because it was the most uneventful victory I have ever witnessed. Jimmie Johnson won the race. Then he stood on his car and a mega-ton of confetti fell from the air and completely covered the car and Jimmie. Then other drivers accused Jimmie of cheating (the most exciting part of the entire event). That was it. It was over.

I don't get it. At all. Why is this sport so popular? When I wasn't sleeping, I was praying for wrecks or for a fan to run out in the middle of the track.God, help me make it 198 days. Between Nascar and the Olympics I will be well-rested for the beginning of the NFL season.