Some NFL Surprises at 2-0
What's happening, hip hop head bangers? It's your man you all know and love, back again for that sports rap, baby! With this week's sports, we're all about the comeback and the "come from out of nowhere." Check it out!
06:00AM ET September 23, 2009
Contributor: Larry "Word" Thomas
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Last Saturday night Floyd "Money" Mayweather returned to the boxing ring after an almost two-year lay-off. "Money" put a beat down on the weaker and much smaller opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez. Don't take anything away from Mayweather because even though Marquez came up two weight classes, he was still considered one of the top five in the sport. Even still Mayweather landed almost 60% of his punches thrown- amazing! Looks like Floyd didn't miss a beat. Mayweather must be hanging with never-left-my-thrown Jay-Z.
To the NFL, have you hip hop fans checked the records of a few teams at this early part of the season? You know "Word" is on it and a few teams stand out right now.
It appears rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is following in the footsteps of last season's successful rookie QBs like Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Atlanta's Matt Ryan. Sanchez has his Jets at 2-0 and he has made plays with his arm when he's had to.
Speaking of Flacco and Ryan, the Ravens look super again now that they have an efficient passing game to go with that ferocious defense led once again by Ray Lewis, who won Sunday's game with a huge 4th-and-short stop of Darren Sproles of the San Diego Chargers.
Matt Ryan is leading the Dirty Birds into a showdown this weekend with the New England Patriots. With the help of his new toy, tight end Tony Gonzalez, Ryan has the Falcons soaring high at 2-0.
High is not even enough to say about the New Orleans Saints who have been marching –no, better yet steam-rolling- to a 2-0 record with big wins over the Lions and the Eagles. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown nine touchdowns to just one interception and looks darn near unstoppable. Can the man do any wrong at this point?
The one team "Word" is most proud of is the one I told you about right here first and that is the return of the San Francisco 49ers, who sit at 2-0 as well. Yeah, the wins were over weak opponents. True, they were "ugly" victories, but did anyone have them at 2-0 when the season started? They were supposed to be the weak opponent, not the team beating them.
Finally, in baseball, I'm going to tell you your winner of the Cy Young award for the American League. Ready for this? Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. Yep, I said it. Don't believe me? Check out these numbers. He has come out of nowhere to record a 15-8 record, get 225 strikeouts and a league-leading 2.08 ERA.. IN KANSAS CITY! Let me add that he is 3-0 in his last few starts and has lost or received a no decision in at least five games where he gave up one run or less. He would and should be a 20-game winner, the "holy grail" for pitchers each year.
This is "Word" and that's what I'll stick to.
PEACE OUT HIP HOP!