and European stockmarket indexes of 25 percent to 30 percent by year-end FED MEETS The Fed's meeting was also in focus. On Tuesday, the U.S.central bank took a step toward easing mortgage foreclosures,announcing it would write down troubled mortgages to keep peoplein their homes.The Fed concludes a two-day policy meeting later in the dayand with the benchmark interest rate already near zero, themarket is looking for any new policy measures, such aspurchasing long-dated Treasuries. "If the Fed makes comments on purchasing Treasuries, itwould soothe concerns that overseas investors may start pickingup fewer U.S. bonds," said Hideki Hayashi, chief economist atShinko Securities. The euro rose 0.7 percent against the dollar EUR to$1.3269 and by 1 percent versus the yen EURJPYR to 118.38yen. The dollar also gained 0.3 percent against the yen JPYto 89.20 yen. ) While listening to the excuses pile up for the Browns lack of success this season, I remember a situation in the 2005 Movie, "Wedding Crashers".John Beckwith blames Jeremy Grey for his own mistake he made, but Jeremy responds by reciting Rule 76 of Chaz Reinhold's sacred rules of wedding crashing, declaring there are "no excuses, play like a champion".Lately there have been way too many excuses made in Cleveland.
Fans attempting to protect their own preferred players by blaming their failure on their circumstances.While circumstances do play a part in success, great players find a way to rise above their circumstances. Players who require a perfect situation for their success are not great players.While fans have made enough excuses defending either Quarterback's errors, we need to remember that excuses don't bring any improvement.The only thing excuses do are allow you deny reality and rationalize failure.I will admit that I made excuses following Derek Anderson's disappointing performance last season. I blamed his performance on his circumstances instead of just admitting that he simply wasn't very good at times.However, I find it ironic that the same people who denied excuses for Anderson's poor performance have come up with a litany of excuses explaining the struggles of Brady Quinn.The rules did not change when Brady Quinn won the job. Any excuses defending his poor performance are just as invalid as excuses defending Derek Anderson's 2008 success.I am tired of excuses attempting to explain why Browns players have underperformed.
Until we stop the excuses, we will continue to you deny reality and rationalize our team's failure.While I honestly expect Derek Anderson to succeed this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, I will make no more excuses for him.I will remember Rule 76 of Chaz Reinhold's sacred rules of wedding crashing.. "No excuses, play like a champion".. Not to be outdone by the Indians, Eric Mangenius and the Cleveland Browns have done the old switcheroo under center, ousting Brady Quinn and promoting Derek Anderson to the unluckiest player on the team.Anderson will start his first game since Week 13 of last season against the Colts. He holds a record of 13-11 as a starter, compared to Quinn's 1-5 mark. Mangini cited DA's third down success as a reason for his start, but while he was 3-for-7 on third down, he threw two of his three picks on third down as well, trying to force the issue. This article is also featured on
) The Cowboys came away from their game with the Panthers relatively healthy, but their running back situation is a little cloudy.Marion Barber was held out of Monday's game and is still receiving treatment for his quad strain. Phillips has instead said that he'll evaluate Barber just like he did last week.Felix Jones will most likely miss Sunday's game with a PCL strain he suffered during Monday's game. The Cowboys wouldn't say how much time Jones would miss, only that the injury isn't considered serious or season ending.Wade Phillips hasn't had much experience with PCL injuries, saying in his press conference on Tuesday that he thought a PCL was a computer.Tackle Flozell Adams bruised his shoulder during the same play that Jones hurt himself but returned to the game and will not miss any practice time or Sunday's game.Linebacker Curtis Johnson, who was signed a couple weeks ago, strained his hamstring and will miss some time. Johnson wasn't originally put on the active roster when he was signed because he was recovering from straining the same hamstring. Safety Michael Hamlin, who broke his forearm during the pre-season, is about a week from returning to practice, but it's unlikely he'll play as soon as he comes back. . DUBLIN, Ireland(Business Wire)Research and Markets( http://) hasannounced the addition of GlobalData's new company profile "Gazprom's Investmentin Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline - Implications for Europe" to their offering.