Archive for August, 2007

Revis debut a success

August 26, 2007

After holding out for most of camp, Darrelle Revis had a lot to prove Saturday against the Redskins. It seems the initial reactions would say that he did just that. Revis had five tackles, three of which were on third downs that ended drives, and a pass defensed. Oh and he was also returning punts.

It’s never a bad thing when your coach smiles while he answers questions about you:

“I thought he did a good job,”said Mangini, noting that Revis was out of position on a couple of passes that weren’t in his area. “I’m sure it was a dramatic change from being at home, watching on TV.”

Revis drew Amani Toomer most of the night on obvious passing downs, but also covered Sinorice Moss. He started the game and no one would be surprised if he’s starting all the time soon:

As expected, Revis started at left cornerback for the injured Andre Dyson. The former Pitt standout was credited with five tackles in the Jets’ 20-12 win over the Giants, including three third-down stops on short completions. He also batted away a pass intended to Sinorice Moss. Revis, who covered the slot receiver on third down, was matched against Amani Tooomer. The veteran wideout had four catches for 47 yards.

“I play confidently,” said Revis, who got a late start because of a 20-day contract dispute. “I don’t play scared.”

From the sounds of it (I haven’t seen a replay of the game yet) while Revis was in the game, he was doing well in pretty much evey facet. The Journal News has a good write up on his play here:

Revis displayed his recognition skills quickly. On the Giants’ second play from scrimmage, Revis followed wide receiver Amani Toomer as he came in motion to the right, but correctly realized it was a running play.

So Revis burst into the backfield instead of dropping into coverage as linebacker Eric Barton and defensive end Kenyon Coleman stopped running back Brandon Jacobs for no gain.

“It’s just watching films,” Revis said. “Coach is always on us hard about watching film and studying our players. We do different schemes and disguises and that play worked as a whole defense.”

Then, on a third-and-six from the Jets’ 25-yard line, Revis came up to stop wide receiver Anthony Mix three yards short of the first down.

Also, on a third-and-two from the Jets 43 with 9:21 left in the second quarter, Revis got inside Toomer along the right sideline and nearly picked off Manning’s pass.

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Oh, Canada

August 25, 2007

Team CanadaSo our first post on our way back won’t actually be about a Panther in a professional league. Go figure.

For those of you (or in my case, my wife) who have missed seeing Levon Kendall fixing his hair during basketball games…you’re in luck. ESPN2 will have the Team USA vs. Team Canada matchup from the FIBA America’s Men’s Championship today at 3pm.

So if you missed Carl Krauser and his US Virgin Islands team getting a 64-point beat down at the hands of Team USA on Thursday, here’s another chance to watch some former Panthers play basketball before football season gets underway. Krauser had 10 points and 1 assist on Thursday against the US, but he only played 17 minutes due to foul trouble.

Kendall and Krauser played each other (well, their teams did…but all we care about is them) on Friday, Team Levon pulling out the 93-83 victory. Krauser played 26 minutes in this one…and ended up with almost the same stat line he had in 17 minutes against Team USA. 10 points, 3 assists and this time he had 5 personal fouls (I think that is fouling out. I have no idea how international basketball works). Kendall played only 8 minutes but had 6 points.

Team Canada leads Group B with a 2-1 record, but that could change after playing Team USA today. The Virgin Islands (or Team X) is 0-2, so they pretty much have to win their two remaining group games to have a shot of advancing.

We’ll be keeping up with this thing for the rest of the tournament as long as Canada or Team X is still in it…but ESPN seems to only be televising Team USA games so far, so this may be your last chance to see one of our Panthers in the tournament.

And…We’re Back

August 24, 2007

It has certainly been a while. Travel with me back to January…a time long, long ago. This blog was back and readership was at an all time high (which most would consider extremely low), content was flowing, things were good. And then life took over. I’m sure most bloggers know of what I speak. Marriage, house, etc. No time for blogging, no time for anything. Well, things have settled down just in time for football season and we’re gonna give this one more shot.

Expect less posts per week but  better overall content. Hopefully you’re willing to give this site one more shot as well. Look for posts about actual Pitt alumni in actual professional sports tomorrow.