OK. I’m over the debacle from last night and want to focus on some positivity here at Cardboard Hogs. One player that has been having a very solid if not great season is DeAngelo Hall. Hall is one of those guys that Redskin fans love to hate and hate to love. In his short career with the Redskins he has made some terrible bonehead decisions, like picking fights with receivers and getting penalized or bailing on coverage to go for a pick only to get burned when he misses out.
This year though, amidst all the terrible-ness of a 3-8 season, Hall has stepped up in a major way. He’s having the kind of season that would get much more pub is he wasn’t on a terrible team…albeit, the main reason for the bad record is due to the defense (and special teams if you keeping score at home). Hall has managed to slow down if not stop some of the leagues best receivers all year long. From Megatron to Dez and Brandon Marshall, he has slowed them down from their standard levels of production.
I’ve picked up a few nice jersey or swatch cards as i have decided to coin them from my new favorite local card shop, Hoopla Sports. I am loving the customer service at Hoopla and the friendliness of their staff. One reason for switching shops is their online stores with Beckett and ebay. They are constantly updating their store with new items that i can bid on or add to my cart and pick up in store with no shipping charges. Cuts down on my in store time (which isn’t necessarily great) which is great considering my demanding 14 month old baby monster…(I love the kid!)
Well, crap…didn’t really expect the football team from Washington to get worked like they did tonight agains the Eagles. The guys looked REALLY rusty on offense…and the defense was on the field way too much. Chips’ quick moving offense looked great in the first half, very dominant, but was slowed down in the second half. That, of course could have been due in part to them having a 26 point lead. No less, the skins didn’t look smooth at all and i’m thinking RGIII and Morris watching the preseason has something to do with that. It’s only one game and there are 15 more to go, but heading to Green Bay next week won’t be easy. Two 0-1 teams with division champion thoughts. Should be a barn burner in Weees-caaan-sinnn.
That was the bad.
Now for the good.
I got some sweet cardboard in the mail today from Sam over at the Daily Dimwit.
The first one is the jersey DeAngelo Hall card he had posted a few weeks ago. D’Hall as i’ve mentioned in the past on this site is the epitome of ‘the good, and the bad’. The good is his awareness to pick up the ‘lateral’ (iffy call honestly) pass and run it in the end zone to put the skins up 7-0. The bad is his dumbass horse collar, out of bounds drag down of DeSean Jackson for a 15 yard penalty…and his constant chattering with that tiny fool. No less, the card is very awesome.
Sam also sent along two other RGIII cards from this years crop of cardboard, one being a very awesome die cut Bowman of Robert in the throwback.
I had a little time this beautiful Saturday morning and was looking through my scanned/undocumented folder and noticed a couple more cards that I picked up while I was in San Antonio.
The three cards were pulled from a dime box, so you are looking at 30 cents of hard earned money.
The first pairing of cards is DeAngelo Hall and Santana Moss.
Hall has always been a polarizing player. You love him or hate him. I have yet to hear anyone say ‘eh, he’s alright…’ It’s always love or hate with the guy. Personally, I love him. I think he’s passionate and truly cares about what he does…doesn’t hurt that he made a boatload of money from the Raiders and Redskins. He was cut earlier this year and it looked like he wouldn’t be back, but no one around the league really gave him much notice so he ended up back with the Redskins…which makes me happy, especially with all the young players in the secondary this year.
Moss is my man and I love the photo of him in this card. Nice of Panini to get the whole body in the shot too.
The last card is Triple Threads Clinton Portis numbered to 1350. This brings up one of the big issues with the hobby. I’m sure this card was immediately discarded when pulled from a box costing over $150 and redirected to a dime box. Someone was probably trying to pull the big hit and got stuck with this Clinton Portis card…no auto, no jersey, no patch. The only redeeming value is the serial number, but really it’s not that great either…1350! This is why I don’t typically buy boxes anymore, especially of the high end stuff. Had I purchased a box of 2010 Triple Threads and pulled this card, I would have been super excited and more than happy to put it in my Portis collection…but financially, it would not have been worth the price of the box. In this case, I win. Someone else spent the high price and I got a sweet card!