*GREEN DAY — FATHER OF ALL MOTHERFUCKERS (Album Recap)

After a 4-year recording absence, GREEN DAY is back with FATHER OF ALL MOTHERFUCKERS….This is their 13th album, and it is somewhat a weird album to describe; It is full of GREEN DAY energy; it feels more like a party rock album with some garage rock vibes; there are hints of glam, soul, and of course, punk. But at the same time, it feels like a retro type of album, with sprinkles of 50s swing to it.

I guess you can say that it is an alternative punk-pop album.

It is not an overly political album like their previous work — at first, I did not get any political vibes from it. However, after a few listening sessions, I noticed that some subtle political messages are masquerading throughout this album.

I think, FATHER OF ALL is the most upbeat album GREEN DAY has ever released; the record is 26 minutes long, the shortest album ever made by Green Day — which is great, ’cause I’m a fan of fast, under 30-minute album formats.

Billy Joel Armstrong’s voice is so unique and iconic, and it comes across sounding pretty great here. His falsettos were good — and a bold thing to attempt at this stage of his recording career. The bass and drums are always excellent on every GREEN DAY album, and they are excellent here also.

I have some theories about why this album feels a bit experimental. This was supposed to be their last album under Warner Bros, and I think they waited 4 years to release a final album to fulfilled their contract and get it over with. If that was the case, I dig it, and I applaud them. This not a bad album, but it is definitely not their best. Keeping an open mind is crucial to enjoying this album thoroughly.

FATHER OF ALL MOTHERFUCKERS is worth checking out; stream it if you can, and if you are a hardcore GREEN DAY fan, definitely get the LP.

TRACKLIST:

TRACK 1-FATHER OF ALL: First single, kick-ass track, the bass and drums are awesome

TRACK 2-FIRE, READY, AIM: Lots of piano.

TRACK 3-OH YEAH!: Is a straight-up pop-rock song

TRACK 4-MEET ME ON THE ROOF: It has a 50s swing vibe. It starts as an alt-rock song and morphed into a swing track.

TRACK 5-I WAS A TEENAGE TEENAGER: it is a catchy ballad

TRACK 6-STAB YOU IN THE HEART: It has some punk and 50s influences and some swing vibes.

TRACK 7-SUGAR YOUTH: It is the most punk song in the album…sounds like old GREEN DAY

TRACK 8-JUNKIES ON A HIGH: This is my favorite track, and it is the second-longest song in the album, could’ve been a single

TRACK 9-TAKE THE MONEY AND CRAWL: Edgy lyrics with weird sound effects

TRACK 10- GRAFFITIA: I really liked this track, and it felt like an appropriate song to bring this fun party rock album to a close.

GREEN DAY: FATHER OF ALL MOTHERFUCKERS (2020)

*AFC-NFC Championship Games (2020 Season)

Well, folks, Martin Mayhew is our new GM. It’s full circle for Mayhew; He was part of Washington’s 1991 Super Bowl Championship team as a player and got his start as an executive working as an intern in Washington’s personnel department.

Mayhew’s previous General Manager job was with the Detroit Lions. His track record as the GM in Detroit was mixed with some hits and misses here and there. Drafting Matthew Stafford was the highlight of his time with the Lions, but he was also part of Detroit’s 0-16 disaster season.

Marty Hurney also returns home to the DC area as the executive vice president of football for player personnel.

Hurney was for many years a sportswriter for that rag of a newspaper called the Washington Times. Hurney’s first NFL job was with Washington; he was hired in 1989 during the Gibbs-Cooke era as director of public relations. Eventually, he followed Bobby Beathard to San Diego, where he learned the ins and outs of salary caps and player contracts. Hurney’s time in Carolina as GM has been well-documented, and his most notable move there was drafting Cam Newton.

I’m excited about these two additions; They both have a strong connection to this team and its glory days. I am looking forward to their first draft class. 

I still think that getting Matthew Stafford or Deshaun Watson will be too expensive. 

There is no official word on Kyle Smith and his current status or what his role will be under this new front-office structure. I hope they figure out a way to keep him here; I like what he has done rebuilding our roster without Bruce Allen around. 

Washington’s historical promotion of Jennifer King as the first Black woman to be a full-time offensive assistant in the NFL is exceptional.

Our old buddy Dwayne Haskins joined the Steelers on a one-year deal — happy he landed somewhere pretty fast. 

Washington has just become the first NFL team to land a sports betting license through a partnership with FanDuel. Now all the degenerate gamblers in DC and VA can officially bet games online. 

And for the Conference Championship games…..

BUCCANEERS 31 — PACKERS 26:

Tom Brady is going to his 10th Super Bowl — a game that will be played in Tampa Bay’s home turf. The road to the Super Bowl wasn’t easy. Brady and the Bucs beat my Washington Football Team, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, in their home Stadiums to get to the biggest game of the Football year… so, if Brady beats Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, then the GOAT argument should be set in stone.

However, this next generation of Quarterbacks like Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Deshaun Watson, Justin Herbert, and newcomers like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields might be in a good position to reach similar heights when it is all set and done for them.

I think there is a good chance Aaron Rodgers could leave Green Bay next season. San Francisco would be an ideal spot. I think the 49ers are one Quarterback away from getting back to the big game, and Jimmy G seems to be on his way out. Don’t rule out Denver also…. They have been looking for a Franchise Quarterback since Peyton Manning retired in 2015.

CHIEFS 38 — BILLS 24:

Buffalo got an early lead at 9-0, but it didn’t take long for Kansas City to start putting up points. The Bills did not establish any type of running game to slow down Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes looks like a sorcerer, sometimes making extraordinary things happen and putting his offense in scoring positions. 

The Chiefs are the reigning defending Super Bowl Champions and have an excellent chance to repeat as Champions again. This will be a blockbuster, cannot miss Super Bowl game between Tom Brady, who represents the recent past, and Patrick Mahomes, who is the present of the NFL and also represents the future. 

I’ll make my Super Bowl picks next week….

*NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS (2020 Season)

The Washington Football Team is currently conducting a GM search; they are interviewing a bunch of people from different teams — 49ers VP of player personnel Martin Mayhew looks to be a strong candidate. Also, former Panthers GM Marty Hurney is at play and has a previous working relationship with Ron Rivera.

It seems like Kyle Smith is not being considered for the job. Suppose Smith doesn’t get the GM job, in that case, he should stay in some senior executive capacity; he has overseen a few successful drafts and has the pedigree to be an effective executive for us.

After hiring a GM, finding a starting Quarterback should be the next priority. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen should stay as backups; they are both serviceable backups. A Deshaun Watson trade would be too expensive for us to pursue in terms of putting together a package of trades and draft picks. Maybe we should stick with a healthy Alex Smith and our two backups. 

As I said in last week’s NFL blog post, Washington is an attractive team for free agents who want to be part of a championship-caliber roster. The foundation is in place for something special; we just need to add some key pieces here and there. The Draft should be useful for finding some vital defensive pieces and adding wide receiver, offensive line, and running back depth. We’re drafting at 19th overall. We have one pick in the second round and two in the third…. not bad, plenty of options.

Everyone should watch the 60 minutes piece on Alex Smith…. it was an excellent piece.

And for the Divisional round of the playoffs…..

BUFFALO 17 — RAVENS 3: 

Josh Allen struggled to score until the 4th Quarter when he finally connected with Stefon Diggs to take the lead. Buffalo played excellent defense neutralizing Lamar Jackson and returning an interception for 101 yards and the game-ending touchdown. The Bills will take on the defending Super Bowl Champs in the AFC title game in a rematch from a 26-17 loss on week 6. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Lamar Jackson was having a terrible game when he had to leave the game under concussion protocol. Baltimore relies way too much on Lamar’s legs and will continue to struggle against teams that can force him to beat them by throwing. The Ravens have to build a more balanced offense to become more successful in the post-season.  

PACKERS 32 — RAMS 18:     

Aaron Rodgers has been playing at a high level for most of this season, and Green Bay looked fantastic in this game, scoring on every single Quarter against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The NFC Championship game will be held in Green Bay against Tom Brady. The Bucs destroyed Green Bay 38-10 on week 6, but this rematch will be much different. Advantage, Green Bay Packers

Jared Goff was ineffective as usual, throwing for a mere 174 yards with 1 touchdown. The Rams have to figure out how to move away from Goff next season and find a Quarterback that better fits Sean McVay’s dynamic offense. The combination of Cam Akers, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, and Cooper Kupp with a more capable Quarterback should make for a dangerous offense in 2021.

BUCCANEERS 30 — SAINTS 20:

At age 43, Tom Brady is playing like he is 10 years younger and making Belicheater look like a hack. The Bucs have a good chance to win in Green Bay, but they have to get all their offensive weapons involved often and early. Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and Gronk need to get going early to have a chance. The Bucs defense has to pressure Rodgers early and remain consistent. This is not the same team that Tampa Bay embarrassed earlier in the season. If Tampa Bay gets behind in the score, Aaron Rodgers will crucify them. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

I don’t think New Orleans took Tampa Bay too seriously for this playoff game, having swept them during the regular season. The Saints were careless with the ball, and Jared Cook made things worst. I hope this was not the final game for Drew Brees in the NFL. It wasn’t the prettiest game to end a hall of fame career — pretty sure Drew can still play for a contender next season if New Orleans decides to go with James Winston and Taysom Hill. 

CHIEFS 22 — BROWNS 17:

Kansas City was looking pretty good until Patrick Mahomes had to come out of the game with a concussion in the 3rd Quarter. It was a scary look for Mahomes when he couldn’t stand up on his own. Chad Henne, who has been around for 13 years in the NFL, came in for the last 20 minutes or so to effectively finish the game. The Chiefs will host Buffalo for the AFC Championship game and a ticket to the Super Bowl. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland got away from their two-punch running back combination early in the game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for only 19 carries — way below average to control the game and keep Mahomes on the sideline. The Browns are still loaded in offense and defense, and they should still be contenders with a healthy Odell Beckham next season.

*NFL WILDCARD PLAYOFF WEEKEND (2020 Season)

This game was a lot closer than all the talking heads predicted. Washington played a solid game, taking Tampa Bay to the limit. This was a successful season for a Washington team that according to most analysts was supposed to be at the bottom of the Division. 

In his first game as a starter for Washington, Taylor Heinicke was incredible — throwing for over 300 yards with 46 yards on the ground and a gutsy rushing touchdown. He cemented himself as a legit threat for a starting spot in Washington next season. At the very least, he is a reliable number 2 QB next season.

Establishing a starting Quarterback should be priority numero uno for Washington in the offseason. A healthy Alex Smith would be ideal; however, we know that is highly unlikely. Smith has been struggling to remain healthy for most of the season. Even his mobility has been compromised due to his injury. If he is completely healthy, he should stay on the roster; if not, then it is time for Alex to retire and maybe join the front-office.

Antonio Gibson was still hurt and limped throughout most of this playoff game. A late season injury diminished his effectiveness to be the dynamic back he has proven to be. Next season, urgency should be placed on providing a complementary running back to Gibson. J.D. McKissic is a good option to keep around, but we need a more explosive option in this position. Bryce Love was supposed to be the answer but has not remained healthy for multiple seasons now. 

This was possibly Ryan Kerrigan’s last game in Washington. I would love for him to stay, and hopefully, they can figure out a contract that doesn’t jeopardize signing other younger free agents and extending some key defensive weapons. 

We should be testing the free agent Quarterback market, but we should be careful not to overspend on aging players, like in years past. This Washington team is attractive for free agents who want to be part of something special. Matthew Stafford is a great option if we intend to win now, but Detroit will probably ask for way too much. Deshaun Watson will be very expensive; mortgaging our future Draft picks to get Watson will be too costly. Cam Newton seems just about done unless he finds ways to return to form in the offseason, but I doubt it. 

Mitchell Trubisky and Dak Prescott might both be available, but I don’t want them here. Hard pass on Carson Wentz, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, and Jimmy G. 

I’m curious to see what we could do with Sam Darnold, Gardner Minshew, Rod Taylor, or Jacoby Brissett. 

I believe that this team will be extremely competitive next season and for many seasons to come. We are now a legit playoff team and we have the makings of a Super Bowl team. We should all expect more wins and many memorable moments for years to come. 

WFT 23 — BUCCANEERS 31:

And for the rest of the league…..

BUFFALO 27 — COLTS 24: 

The Bills are a dangerous and dynamic team, but Indianapolis kept things close. Josh Allen lived up to the hype and delivered an excellent game. Next round of the playoffs, Buffalo takes on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

The Colts seem to have found a short-term replacement for Andrew Luck in Philip Rivers. Indianapolis is only a few pieces away from making another deep playoff run like they did a few years ago under Chuck Pagano.

RAMS 30 — SEAHAWKS 20:

The LA Rams Came to this game with some questions on offense, mostly regarding the Quarterback position. John Wolford got the start for this game but was injured in the 1st quarter, prompting Jared Goff back into the lineup. Goff had been shaky and unreliable all season long, and he wasn’t very impressive here also. The Rams have many offensive weapons, but Goff is the weakest link here. LA visits Green bay for a challenging Divisional playoff game. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.     

Seattle needs to make some upgrades on offense and defense. Russell Wilson does way too much for this offense. The Seahawks need to find more options at running back and another receiving threat to complement DK Metcalf. They will be back in the playoffs next season.

SAINTS 21 — BEARS 9:

The Saints were supposed to blow out Chicago but struggled to put them away until the 4th quarter. Next for New Orleans is Tampa Bay and Tom Brady for the 3rd time this season. They swept the series and should be favorites to win again. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

The Bears limped to the post-season and were the most unimpressive team in the playoffs. Next season, Chicago needs to move on from Trubisky and find a Quarterback to build this team around. 

BROWNS 48 — STEELERS 37:

The Browns rocked Pittsburgh from the first play of the game and never looked back. Baker Mayfield played a great game, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs. Kareem Hum and Nick Chubb are the best two-punch running back combo in the NFL, and Pittsburgh could not slow them down. Cleveland goes to Arrowhead and takes on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs for what should be an excellent game. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs. 

After Pittsburgh got exposed on a Monday Night game loss to Washington, they went on a losing streak and struggled to finish up the season strong. There are lots of holes in Pittsburgh, and those need to be addressed urgently. Cleveland, Baltimore, and even Cincinnati should be divisional contenders next season. The Steelers have to figure out a way to keep up with the rest of the Division. Big Ben might be close to calling it a career, and the need to find his replacement should be a top priority in 2021. 

RAVENS 20 — TITANS 13:

The Ravens found a way to neutralize Derrick Henry, making the most significant difference in the outcome. Next week, Baltimore takes on the red hot Bills and Josh Allen. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

Tennessee is very close to becoming a legit contender; they need to make some slight upgrades on both sides of the ball, and they’ll be right back in the playoffs.

*NFL WEEK 17 (2020 Season)

We are the NFC EAST Division Champions, baby! And it feels damn good to say that. 

There was some controversy in this game when Jalen Hurts was benched in the 4th quarter over third-stringer Nate Sudfeld, who played in Washington many years ago; I think he was in the practice squad….. In any case, we beat the Philadelphia Eagles — regardless of who they put out there to play Quarterback for them. You play whoever is out there playing against you — is that simple, and there should be nothing else to say about it.

I don’t care that we clinched the division with a 7-9 record. What matters most is that we earned this division title the hard way. The fact remains that this Washington team is better than the rest of the other NFC East teams. Look, I get the criticism regarding our record, and I get that we got swept by the NY Giants this season, but those two games were close, and come next season, things will be different when we play them again — I feel like we are poised to become the dominant team in our division for years to come.

The Giants can cry all they want about Doug Pederson benching Jalen Hurts over their 3rd string QB; at the end of the day, the lame-ass New York Giants did not control their own destiny, and they needed help to clinch. And on the other hand, Washington did what it was supposed to do, which was to win, and we did not require any help from other teams to earn a playoff spot.

This whole season has been full of emotions and headlines. The story behind Ron Rivera battling cancer during the season was compelling. Plus, all the issues Rivera had to deal with regarding the changing of the name, all the Covid protocols to implement, the Dwayne Haskins mess, and the insane ownership drama casting a dark shadow over the team. The way Coach Rivera dealt with everything was indicative of the type of leadership he has brought to this franchise.

And on top of it all, the story of Alex Smith almost losing his life and pulling this remarkable comeback is like something written for a Hollywood movie. 

All things considered, this 2020 season was a success. 

Now, our complete focus should be on the playoffs and on beating Tampa Bay. Our defense will challenge Tom Brady — the rush will be coming hard and often. This game will not be easy for either team, but we should be in good shape to make some post-season noise.

Bring on Tom Brady!!!

WFT 20 — EAGLES 14:

And for the rest of the league…..

NY GIANTS 23 — DALLAS 19:

The delusional Cowboys thought they actually had a shot of winning the division by winning this game. The reality is that Dallas is a disaster of a team, and they will be much worse next season.

The Giants struggled to win this game, but even at 6-10 for the season, they did not deserve to go to the playoffs.

SEAHAWKS 26 — 49ERS 23: 

Seattle finished the season at 12-4 and with the 3rd seed in the NFC playoffs. Next, they take on the Rams in the wildcard round. These two same division rivals split their two divisional games of the season. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks.

San Francisco finished the season at 6-10 and in last place of the NFC WEST. San Francisco has many roster issues to figure out in the off-season, but I think figuring out if Jimmy G is their answer at Quarterback should be their top priority. I still feel that Garoppolo is not the answer.

RAMS 18 — CARDINALS 7:

The LA Rams finished the season at 10-6 and with the 6th spot in the NFC playoffs, and they take on Seattle in the wild card round. Their defense is dominant and should make things difficult for Russell Wilson, but who will play Quarterback for the Rams is the x-factor here. John Wolford looked pretty dynamic, replacing Jared Goff. The Rams might have a Quarterback controversy brewing here. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

The Cardinals were looking like a playoff team until Kyler Murray got banged up. They should be considered contenders in 2021.

CHARGERS 38 — CHIEFS 21:

The Chiefs rested their starters for this meaningless game. They have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and will play the lowest seed winner of the wild card round. 

The LA Chargers fired their Head Coach Anthony Lynn after four years. Although, he managed to win four games in a row to finish the season respectfully. But it wasn’t enough to save his job. The silver lining here is that the Chargers seem to have found their Quarterback of the future with Justin Hebert. Also, LA has a stud running back in Austin Ekeler and a couple of talented wide receivers. All those things should make this Head Coaching opening one of the most attractive in the NFL.  

RAIDERS 32 — BRONCOS 31:

The Raiders and Broncos had nothing to play for in this game. The Vegas Raiders were already eliminated from the playoff hunt weeks ago, and they were looking to finish up the season on a positive note at 8-8 for the year. Jon Gruden has many things to address in the offseason, most notably Derek Carr’s future as a Raider. 

Denver has been a disaster for a few years now under John Elway as GM. The good thing is that they will finally hire a General Manager to oversee football operations and put together a decent Draft in 2021. Finding a franchise Quarterback should be their top priority. 

SAINTS 33 — PANTHERS 7:

New Orleans clinched the number 2 spot in the NFC playoffs and will take on a Chicago team coming into the playoffs limping. Advantage, New Orleans Saints. 

The Panthers finished the season at 5-11 and hoping for 2021 to have a healthy Christian McCaffrey for the whole season and look for a franchise Quarterback to build their franchise around. 

BUCCANEERS 44 — FALCONS 27:

Tom Brady and company secured the number 5th spot in the NFC and will take on my Washington Football team. Tampa Bay is the favorite here, but My WFT will bring the heat to Brady. I predict a low-scoring game. Advantage, Washington Football Team. 

The Falcons will be in the market for a new Head Coach, and I think Raheem Morris should be seriously considered for the permanent job. But at 4-11 for the season, there is a good chance Atlanta might go in a different direction. 

PACKERS 35 — BEARS 16:

The Packers were hell-bent on securing the number 1 seed in the NFC, and the score proves it. Green Bay now has a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. 

Chicago backed into the playoffs with help from the LA Rams. The Bears will take on New Orleans in their first post-season game. But I think Chicago will be one and done in the playoffs. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

VIKINGS 37 — LIONS 35:

The Vikings were the most disappointing team this season. They finished at 7-9 and blew multiple chances to keep themselves alive in the playoff hunt. Their offseason should be focused on upgrading their offensive line protect Kirk cousins, who has shown capable of putting up big numbers. Their defense was a disaster all season, and it needs an immediate upgrade as well. Minnesota needs to do whatever they can to keep Gary Kubiak from retiring. 

The Lions finished the season at 5-11 and looking for a new Head Coach and a new GM. Also, Matthew Stafford might become available in the offseason. 

BILLS 56 — DOLPHINS 14: 

The Bills are rolling into the playoffs red hot and look like a very dangerous team to go up against. They finished the season at 13-3 and with the AFC EAST Division title. Buffalo will take on the Colts in the wild card round. Advantage, Buffalo Bills. 

The Dolphins had a chance to clinch a playoff spot by winning this game, and instead, they got blown out. The silver lining here is that Miami finished the season at 10-6 and seems to be the second-best team in the AFC EAST and with many pieces in place to give Buffalo a run for their money in years to come.

PATRIOTS 28 — NY JETS 14:

This game was the bottom feeder bowl. New England has a lot of things to figure out in the offseason. Belicheater will be under heavy pressure to bounce back after a disaster of a season. If the Patriots do not have another winning season in 2021, there will be a new Head Coach in New England in 2022. 

The NY Jets fired Adam Gase, and they are back in a familiar spot, looking for a new Head Coach. Sam Darnold’s future is also in question. 

BROWNS 24 — STEELERS 22:

The Browns are back in the playoffs since 2002 and will rematch Pittsburg in the wild card round. The Steelers should be at full strength for their playoff game, and Cleveland is coming in limping with some Covid related absences, including their Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

RAVENS 38 — BENGALS 3:

Ravens destroyed Cincinnati to clinch the 5th spot in the AFC, and they will take on Indianapolis in the wild card round. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens. 

The Bengals finished the last 6 weeks of the season without Joe Burrow, who played at a high level before getting injured against my Washington Football team and was lost for the season. Cincinnati seems to be on the verge of contending in the AFC North, a division that includes Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and the veteran Big Ben. This entire division should be extremely competitive, come next season.

COLTS 28 — JAGUARS 14:

The Colts clinched the 7th spot in AFC by beating Jacksonville and getting help from Miami by losing to Buffalo. Ironically enough, Indianapolis will take on Buffalo in the wild card round. Advantage, Buffalo Bills 

Jacksonville finished the season as the worst team in the NFL at 1-15 and with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trevor Lawrence should be their no-brainer pick, but many things can happen between now and Draft day. Doug Marrone was also fired, and Urban Meyer’s name has been floating around as a possible replacement. 

TITANS 41 — TEXANS 38:

The Titans struggled to pull this victory and clinch the AFC SOUTH Title. Derrick Henry looked unstoppable in this game, and with Tennessee taking on Baltimore in the wild card round, they will need another dominant game from Henry. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

The Texans finished up an extremely disappointing season at 4-12. No doubt most of the organizational damage was caused by Bill O’Brien, who was fired early in the season. Houston has hired a new GM, and the Head Coaching hunt should be their top priority heading into the off-season. The Texans have a uniquely talented Quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and their entire focus should be on building a competitive team around him.