Category Archives: Twitch’s Take

On Purpose or Accident

By. Michael Vislosky

Last night in an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Nashville Predators, defensemen Dennis Wideman cross checked referee Don Henderson to the ground on what looks like a purposeful act. At first glance it looks like its a sure thing that he hit the referee on purpose, but many analyst and some hockey executives believe his story that he did not see the referee until the last minute. You be the judge…

The Wonderful Side of Sports

By. Michael Vislosky

A couple of weeks ago I found a video of tennis player Jack Sock telling his competitor that the referee made the wrong call in their match and that he should challenge the call so he received the point that he deserved. Last night I saw this gem where a ball girl at the first tennis major of the year, The Australian Open seemed to be injured and Frenchmen and Top 10 player Jo Wilfred Tsonga did this…


The Bengals Deserved to Lose

By. Michael Vislosky

In arguably the craziest football game I have seen in my 28 years on this earth, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs. That was not a mistake what I said just now, the Bengals did defeat the Bengals. They fought all the way back after being down 15 to 0 heading to the 4th quarter only to put on the most disgraceful display of sportsmanship I have ever seen.

Up 16 to 15 the Bengals intercepted back up quarterback Landry Jones who was replacing injured Ben Roethlisberger. On the very next play running back Jeremy Hill fumbled after picking up 9 yards. The Steelers then got the ball just past midfield, and that’s when everything went crazy. On first down, Roethlisberger, who came back into the game, threw a pass intended for Antonio Brown, and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict knocked out Brown. The hit was horrible, it looked as if he was intending to injure Brown. That’s only where the crazy began. Adam Jones then received a unsportsmanlike penalty after getting into it with linebackers coach Joey Porter. Without running a play, the Steelers gained 30 yards, kicked a field goal and won the game 18 to 16.

This game was chippy from the start. These two teams have a history that goes back many years, but that does not excuse what took place. The Bengals lost their minds, plain and simple. A franchise that has not won a playoff game in 25 years showed why they haven’t. Watching it happen in front of my eyes I was speechless. Coach Marvin Lewis seemed to have absolutely no control of his team. In my opinion, I think there is a chance that Marvin Lewis may have coached his last game as Bengals head coach.  A team with a coach in control, does not display what the Bengals showed on national TV. Suspensions will come from this. Vontaze Burfict will miss time next year, that is not a question.

The Steelers who let this game slip away, pulled it out in the end, but it came at a price. Who knows right now if Ben Roethlisberger will play next week, but I will be shocked if Antonio Brown plays. He could barley walk off the field after the hit, and it was amazing that he was even able to get up. After all the dust settles, this game could change a lot of things for these two teams.

Painful End To Great Season

By. Michael Vislosky

My name is Michael Vislosky, I was born in Staten Island New York and have lived in the Chico area for around 20 years. This is my blog which I will be posting on quite often. The name Twitch’s Take comes from the fact that I have Tourettes Syndrome and Twitch is my nickname. For my first blog I am writing about the football team that I have followed since I was 6 years old, the New York Jets. Being a Jets fan is not easy, somewhat like being a Browns fan, but this season was different. Before this season began I predicted 4 things, a top 5 defense, top 10 offense, 10 wins and playoffs. I was right on 3 out of 4, they didn’t make the playoffs. The way they didn’t make the playoffs was the most painful, losing twice to former coach Rex Ryan. If they had lost to any other team to be knocked out of the playoffs it truly would not have hurt as much. I read all the message boards on ESPN or CBS sports and after the game so many people are quick to play the blame game and say horrible things. The biggest blame went to Ryan Fitzpatrick for throwing 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter, but people forget without his 31 passing touchdowns and others on the ground, the Jets would have been a middle of the pack team.  Looking at all 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter, I really don’t put the blame on Fitzpatrick. The first interception was a route where the ball was thrown before the receiver made his break, if the receiver would have ran a better route it could have been a touchdown. The second he was hit as he threw the ball which led to a pop fly throw that if on target would have been a 25 year completion. The third was desperation, with 17 seconds left a miracle would have been needed.  The loss was not just one persons fault, it was the teams, you win as a team and you lose as a team.

As a die hard fan, who is depressed for at least a week after loses, this season was different. I watch the games with my younger brother every week, and we both said that there was something about watching this team this year. Could possibly be the fact that this was the first team in recent history that had an offense. A fifteen hundred yard receiver, another thousand yard receiver, a thousand yard rusher and an almost 4000 yard quarterback. The games were fun to watch and they were in every game except for one this year. All that made the way the season ended so painful. This team should have all the players and motivation they need to come back next year and finish the mission. Even with the disappointment, this year was everything I could have wanted as a fan.