Saturday, June 11, 2005

I was impressed by the World Bowl

I've watched a few World Bowl before, but todays was by far the best one I have seen yet. Generally it just looks like typical minor league football. Today, however, it was a good and competative game that looked like acutall pro-football. The game came down to the last play and was seldom boring even when it looked as if Amsterdam would run away with the game. Amsterdam ended up holding on for a 27-21 win when they knocked down a pass in the Berlin end zone as the clock ran out. The Thunder could have won on a pass into the Admirals end zone on the previous play but the pass went through the Thunder recivers hands.

Several players showed that they had what it takes to not only play but possibly excell in the NFL in the coming seasons. I noticed four players that really impressed me. Here they are in no paritcualre order.

Jarrett Payton: The son of the late Bears tailback Walter Payton. It would be unfair to Jarrett or anyone to be compared to Walter so I won’t. I will say he played a game worthy of the family name. Jarrett was a victim of overwhelming depth at Miami Fla. Playing behind Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Najeh Davenport and Frank Gore means you don’t play. A option quarterback coming out of high school he may now just be getting used to the position. The knock on him coming out of Miami was his 4.6 speed, but today he showed great functional game speed, well enough to turn the corner consistently in the game. With good vision, speed and cutting ability he should provide Tennessee with a good back up to the seemingly fragile Chris Brown. I don’t think Tennessee will be trading for Travis Henry now. One criticism is he is not a competent pass blocker yet. That, however, can be taught.

Kurt Kittner: Allocated by the Chicago Bears he gave this Bears fan something to look forward too. After all the trouble the Bears had with back up QB’s last year Kurt performance today is cause for a sigh of relief. Jonathan Quinn and Craig Krenzel are now out and Chad Hutchinson and Mr. Kittner are now in. Kurt was accurate enough and showed the strong arm and poise that made him a top prospect going into his senior year at Illinois. While he may not have lived up to his potential yet, he looks like he may be turning the corner. On a side note Craig Krenzel should never have been drafted. He was a good quarterback at Ohio State but they ran and played defense. A quarterback who was asked not to make mistakes in college cannot be expected to win games in the pro’s. Good guy, no game.

Lil’ John Flowers: Not big, as the name would indicate, but works hard, sells out and is just a good football player. Has great quickness, good wiggle and outstanding hands. Should be a stellar third down back (if he can block, I didn’t note if he could or not) and return man. Good prospect.

Isacc Hilton: Good sized Defensive End with a good motor. He over came a personal foul that could have cost his team a shot at wining late in the fourth quarter to make plays that kept the Thunder in it. Hilton was flagged for hitting Kittner high after Kittner had released the ball. It looked clean to me (he hit Kittner in the chest but was flagged for a blow to the head) but I don’t count. He has good hustle and keeps his head in the game when he gets called for a bulls#$t roughing call.

Honorable Mention:
Dave Ragone- League offensive MVP played well but not great. One throw is a great side arm toss right in the receivers’ hands. Dropped. On another he throws high and wide and it’s caught for a TD. Same receiver, different result but so is life.

Amsterdam O-line: Got a good push against a good Defensive front all day and owned their opponents down the stretch. Don’t know the names put they played almost flawlessly at the end. The real basis of the championship team.

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