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Monday, December 29, 2008

Pro Bowl to Be Played the Week Before the Super Bowl

At long last, there will be football played in between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl! Not a 3rd place game, but the Pro Bowl! Instead of having that pointless game the week after meaningful football is over, it will be played the week before the Super Bowl and it will also be played at the site of the big game and not in Honolulu.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the move.

It’s not a new notion to have the game moved up to take place between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The NFL has discussed it multiple times in recent years, and commissioner Roger Goodell told the AP last month that having the game precede the Super Bowl would avoid a “somewhat anticlimactic” ending to the season.

The Pro Bowl has been held in Honolulu since 1980, and it’s probable that the game will return to Hawaii after 2010, although not on the permanent basis as has been the case over the last three decades.

A smart move to get ratings because any football played after the Super Bowl is basically going to get no attention. Honestly, I would get rid of the Pro Bowl and have a 3rd place game, but I guess this isn’t so bad.

Note that players on teams competing in the conference championship games will not play, so I wouldn’t be shocked if they end up adjusting the Pro Bowl voting.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Playoff Brackets Nearly Set: Week 17 Wrap-up

What a way to end a topsy-turvy season! Five-plus blowouts--including three shut-out performances--as we wrap up another fine NFL regular season. In the end, seasoned veterans, such as Brett Favre and "choke artist" Tony Romo, will be watching the playoffs unfold from their armchairs at home. Just like the rest of us!

Replacing the two gun-slingers (I guess Romo would like to be referred to as a gun-slinger?), are two rookie signal-callers, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan. Flacco of the Ravens, and Ryan of the Falcons are battling for both the Rookie of the Year award and the right to represent their respective conferences in the Super Bowl this season.

If you had asked an entire panel of so-called "experts" before the start of the season, I'm 99% sure that neither the two young'un's (that's how said it was spelled, FYI), nor their teams would be mentioned under the category of playoff potential. Baltimore won just five games one year ago as Atlanta went on to win just four. Both teams turned a new page over the off-season, hiring a new head coach and drafting themselves a franchise QB. Both team owners hit jackpot, as you can see. Two wild card teams battling for League supremacy.

As an NFL fan and observer, all you can do it sit and wait anxiously for the two to take the field next weekend to come. Again, as an NFL fan and observer, I will certainly be watching these two warriors battle it out, and possibly even witness the two make a few big plays and lead their teams to round two the following weekend.

Flacco, accompanied by Baltimore's stingy defense, ranked #2 in the NFL, will go head-to-head with possible MVP candidate, Chad Pennington in Miami. Yes, you heard me correctly. Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, the scum of New York just a few years back, has come up in a few MVP debates. I mean, really, why not? There really hasn't been a clear front-runner this year, unlike last year when New England Patriots QB Tom Brady won--almost unanimously! Pennington deserves a majority of the credit for turning around the 11-5 Dolphins. Remember, they won just one game last year, and that was in overtime against the 5-11 Ravens. But, I'm gonna throw this out there to counteract that last argument, Tony Sparano is my vote for NFL Coach of the Year (even though I don't even get a vote).As far as the Ravens/Dolphins wild card matchup in Miami goes, this could be get out of hand. I'm going with the upset, which really isn't an upset in my eyes. The three v.s. six seed matchup is misleading. Both teams have an 11-5 record, but Baltimore has the hot hand, winning 9 of their last 11 games, including a 27-13 victory over, yes, the Dolphins. Over half of Baltimore's wins haven't really been that close, and believe it or not, Baltimore's offense has played fantastic the past few weeks. Their defense is, well, great. Hard-nosed, in-your-face defense explains the Ravens D, completely. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers! That's what helped them defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars to reach the point they're at now. That, and the fact that Jags' QB David Garrad was on his back a majority of the time.

Regardless of the outcome of the Denver Broncos/San Diego Chargers game (DEN 6, SD 24 at the half), the Indianapolis Colts (#5 seed in AFC bracket) will come out winners. Peyton Manning, like Pennington, is well alive in the hunt for the NFL's MVP award, and plays his best ball late in the year. Never rule Manning out of anything, he knows what he is doing and gets the job done day-in, day-out.

According to my calculations...and predictions, it will be Baltimore at Tennessee and Indianapolis at Pittsburgh in the second round of the AFC playoffs. I will give you my round two predictions when we get that far. Too early to tell you who is playing better ball (sorry).

Not much to say about the NFC. The Chicago Bears let me down:( I had them beating Houston--and the 12-4 New York Giants beating Minnesota)--and winning the NFC North title. Rookie RB Matt Forte is still another one of my favorites to win Rookie of the Year. Man, it's sooo hard to choose just one this year. Minnesota pulls off a shocking upset, 20-19, after a Ryan Longwell game-winning 50-yard FG in their dome. Thanks to his 103 yards on the ground, Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title with 1,760 yards in 16 games.

Like the Baltimore Ravens, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys just had to win their final game and they clinch the final spot in the NFC playoffs. The problem? Dallas and Philly were playing eachother. That simple fact, plus the fact that these two teams were fierce rivals, made this game a great, evenly-matched game. Or so we thought..The game, to my surprise, quickly got ugly for Romo's 'Boys. I can hear the people in Dallas now:

"Romo is a waste of space, time, money" ((etc, etc, etc.))

But, I don't think it's fair, personally. Yes, he has found several different ways to lose playoff games--even with 13 Pro Bowlers last year--but he is still rather young and is still in the middle of his prime. Give him a little breathing room, Dallas. Not so much pressure. That could end up going a long way. It took both Manning's a few years to get into the groove of things.

Anyways, let's go on to the other side of this matchup. Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid did it, Philly. Despite the long skid earlier in the season and talks of Reid's firing, the Eagles have reached the playoffs and even have a shot in the wild card game against the third-seeded Minnesota Vikings (10-6). Great win for Philly, especially since they were able to shut-down division rival Dallas, 44-6.

I doubted Minnesota against the Giants this week and I will not let that happen again this week. Ever since Tarvaris Jackson's return to the lineup, the Vikes have been a whole different team. They have won five of their last six games (only loss was v.s. Falcons, 24-17), and have the number one rusher in the League in their backfield. Minnesota's D will shut down the Philly run game and AP will run over Philly's D for 150+ yards. Minnesota defeats Philly to move onto round two.

In the other first round NFC wild card matchup, the struggling Kurt Warner--who was once in the thick of the MVP talks--and his Arizona Cardinals will have to tackle a huge task. Out-throwing, and out-running the red-hot Atlanta Falcons. Led by, of course, Matt Ryan (like I said earlier), the Falcons have had the most success they've had in several years (well, since Michael Vick, anyway) under new head coach Mike Smith.

To me, this is no contest. The lower-seeded Falcons will run away with this one and Ryan may only have to throw the ball 20 or 25 times. Former San Diego Chargers RB Michael Turner has had a phenomenal season, as he picked up 208 yards on the ground against the New Orleans Saints earlier today. Round two matchups: Falcons @ Giants, Vikings @ Panthers.

Still awaiting tonight's results. But, like I said, I don't think the late-game will affect my wild card round all. Enjoy the rest of your time off, everyone.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

BBB15's NFL Ramblings (Week 17)

I haven't done much of this kind of stuff all season long, but it's never too late to try it, right? No one is more excited about tomorrow's slate of games than I (just so you know). Unfortunately, I will miss the early games due to work:( But, I will be sure to catch the 4:15 PM (E.T.) and the 8:15 PM (E.T.). Here it goes...

AFC East Showdown

The Dolphins/Jets matchup, though it may not sound so appealing to the casual NFL fan, is the "game of the week" without a doubt. Yes, there are obviously some other great games (e.g. NYG/MIN, DAL/PHI, DEN/SD) but the 'Fins, Jets shoot-out is for the AFC East supremacy. Former New York QB, Chad Pennington, will be on the other side of the field under center for Miami (10-5) while the definite Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, who has played rather inconsistently this season, will be quarterbacking the Jets (9-6). By the time the fourth quarter rolls around, New York will be out of playoff contention due to a win from both Miami and the New England Patriots, who will defeat the Buffalo Bills, 35-10.

Playoffs or Bust

Since, as we should all be well-aware of by now, there will not be an AFC wild card team from the West, the Sunday night matchup between the 8-7 Denver Broncos and 7-8 San Diego Chargers will decide the division winner. Big headed, trash-talking QB's Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers will have to leave it all out on the field tomorrow night in San Diego if they want a chance in the playoffs. Who wins? In the end, Cutler's buckin' Broncos and the rather weak defense will prevail, holding the pesky 'Bolts out of the playoffs. Maybe then Philip Rivers will finally close his damn mouth!

Wild Card, Anyone?!

There's a good chance we could have not one, but two rookie QB's in the playoffs this season. Former Boston College, current Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has already punched his ticket to the NFC playoffs (first wild card) and with a win over Jacksonville tomorrow, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, the former Blue Hen, could very well punch his own ticket. Tony Romo's circus will need to sneak past the Philadelphia Eagles and their rowdy fans before they can call themselves a playoff contender. After tomorrow, Baltimore and New England will be presented with the two AFC wild card spots while the Falcons and Cowboys represent the NFC wild card teams.

A Mess Out West

I am referring to both West divisions, by the way. The struggling 8-7 Arizona Cardinals clinched their division weeks ago, but are dangerously close to finishing the season 8-8 after a very strong start to the season. The rest of the NFC west are a combined 12-33...ick!! The AFC West is more of the same. Only difference, there are two below-par teams fighting for their playoff right. Like I said above(^^), the 8-7 Broncos and 7-8 'Bolts are fighting for the division crown tomorrow night at 8:15 PM ET.

North Champ?

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the AFC North a few weeks back, but the NFC North has yet to be completed. Chicago's overtime win over the Green Bay Packers last week kept them alive for the division crown, and with a win over the Houston Texans (and a Minnesota loss v.s. the NYG), Chicago can clinch the North with a 10-6 record. Even if they Vikings win, the Bears still have a shot at a wild card spot. But, that will not happen. BOLD prediction: Chicago wins, Minnesota loses. Bears clinch division, Vikings narrowly miss playoffs. Who's excited for the 0-15 Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers game at the frozen tundra?!?! I know I am, as well as the '76 Bucs. Can Rod Marinelli make history? Of course he can, they've been losing like this all season. What makes you think all this will change against the young, gun-slinging Aaron Rodgers?!?! Detroit becomes the first team to ever go 0-16.

Don't forget your brown bags, Detroit fans!

College Bowl Wrap-up (12-27-08)

Two of the day's three big bowl games have played out with thrilling results. West Virginia University's senior QB, Pat White, became the first-ever to win four bowl games as the starting QB after lifting his Mountaineers to an exciting 31-30 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. White threw for 332 yards and 3 TD's, ending his college career on a high note. The Moutaineers finished the season with a 9-4 record while dropping the 'Heels to an overall record of 8-5.

Sophomore RB Noel Devine added 61 yards on the ground and an 18-yard first quarter TD run. West Virginia--and College Football, as well--will indeed miss Pat White, dearly, but will get the chance of watching the elusive Devine for at least one more season.

Like the Moutaineers, the Florida State Seminoles finished their 2008 campaign on a high-note. Florida State, 9-4, defeated the struggling Wisconsin Badgers (7-6) 42-13, earlier today as well. Badger RB, senior P.J. Hill, ran for 140 yards, but Wisconsin's three lost fumbles came back to haunt them as FSU rolled on to a 28-0 run in the third and fourth quarter.

Florida State's sophomore QB Christian Ponder's 2 TD passes and mistake-free play made up for Wisconsin's 201 yards on the ground, giving FSU the Florida Citrus Bowl game trophy and the thrill of victory.

Looking for more Bowl action?? May want to check out the Emerald Bowl (Miami FL. v.s. California) on ESPN. Currently, the Golden Bears from California are ahead of the 'Canes, 17-14, with the fourth quarter begining. California's two TD's are credited to sophomore RB Jahvid Best. Best has accumulated 167 yards and two TD's on the ground through the first 3 QTR's of play.

Still want more football?? There's always week 17 NFL action tomorrow from 1 PM ET until around 11 PM ET tomorrow.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays From Bad News Bloggers!

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and Hanukkah from all of us at Bad News Bloggers to you the reader (literally, we know you're actually the only reader)!

Enjoy sports, food, presents, shoveling snow out of the way, and most importantly, time with your family!

Posting will be sporadic as Justin mentioned, but I'll be around for the weekend as we have a massive weekend of football coming!

Monday, December 22, 2008

DSRTSV! 12/21&22/08

Sorry for the lack of posting. Been busy and the Holiday season is killing me. Let me say on behalf of BNB, we wish you all the best this Holiday season (all 3 of you!).

I will be around, but busy between now and January 5. Posting from me will be sporadic, but I'll do my best to put up a MMBBQ at some point and some other daily links (The DLLs will be sporadic). But hopefully some fellow BNBers will pick up some slack (like Ben...he's picked it up)

Anyways...Jim Carey as Rocky...Enjoy!

Idiot of the Day (12/2208)

Detroit News columnist Rob Parker is my vote for "Idiot of the Day" after the Detroit Lions press conference yesterday following the Lions' 15th loss of the season.

Parker, who has made some appearances on ESPN's 1st and 10 with with the idiot himself, Skip Bayless, ripped Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli. He asked some very personal questions and even brought his family into the talk.

Here is the two and a half minute press conference with Marinelli and what the guys in the FOX studio had to say about the exchange...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Have We Learned this NFL Season??

There's nothing like December football!!

If you were looking for something exciting to do this Christmas, sitting on the couch watching the NFL playoff race unfold before your eyes is as good as it gets. As of Monday December 22nd, seven of the possible 12 playoff slots have been clinched. This means that next Sunday a total of five playoff teams will be revealed. Taking a look at the upcoming slate of games, this could be settled at the last possible minute. While we await tonight's Carolina-New York Giants matchup--which will decide the NFC's top seed--and tomorrow night's NFC North showdown, let's take a look back at all the things we have learned this season.

Consistency, Consistency, consistency!

The NFL is very unpredictable. Anything can happen on any given Sunday. That's why it's extremely important to come out ready to play every single week. Inconsistency isn't going to cut it in this game, just ask Brett Favre. Instead of coming out and sticking it to the weak Seattle Seahawks defense, Favre's New York Jets struggle to put up points and now their playoff spot is in jeopardy. Pressure is on Favre up in New York. If something bad should happen to New York against the 10-5 Miami Dolphins next week, all the blame will fall on the gunslinging veteran.

Other examples? The Dallas Cowboys, who put their fate in the hands of teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings after the loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Ed Reed and Co. flat-out outplayed Tony Romo, who was unable to hit his targets on a majority of his pass attempts.

Football is a young man's game

Rookies have dominated the NFL this season, and there really doesn't seem to be a wrong answer when it comes to the Rookie of the Year. Whether it be Matt Ryan in Atlanta, Chris Johnson in Tennessee, Joe Flacco in Baltimore, Matt Forte in Chicago (etc, etc, etc). The NFL is filled with early bloomers this season. Falcons QB Matt Ryan seems to be the front-runner for the ROY as of yesterday's 24-17 win over Minnesota. Ryan seems to have all the skills and leadership of a veteran QB, such as Favre and the Manning brothers. Just one year after Atlanta went 4-12, the rookie has led the team to a 10-5 record and a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs, which was clinched after Sunday's win.

Flacco, Baltimore's QB, is having a noteworthy rookie campaign as well, leading the Ravens to a 10-5 record and just one win shy of a possible wild card spot. In the windy city of Chicago, former Tulane RB Matt Forte has totally turned Da Bears running game around with his 1,115 yards and 7 rushing TD's through Chicago's first 14 games. How can we forget the League's fastest player, Chris Johnson from East Carolina?! Johnson, RB for the AFC's best team (Titans, 13-2), ran through and around the Steelers defense--ranked number one in the NFL--for 69 yards and a fourth down TD run which went for 21 yards.

Not everyone can win

That should be the motto of the Detroit "winless" Lions, who suffered their 15th loss of the season on Sunday, 42-7 against the Reggie Bush-less New Orleans Saints. There really, truly isn't much else I can say about this one. With GM Matt Millen gone (fired earlier this season), maybe the Lions will finally draft some decents players in the 2009 NFL Draft. Detroit will wrap up their devastating 2008 season next Sunday against the division rival Green Bay Packers at 1 PM ET, at the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin. If feel for ya, Detroit!

New England doesn't need Tom Brady

Matt Cassel has done the unexpected. He has won 10 games under center for the New England Patriots after All-Pro QB Tom Brady was injured and lost for the season back during their week one matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. A majority of NFL fans (including NE fans) and analysts believed the Pats' season was done. Not so fast, my friends. Just like Brady did to start his career, former USC back-up QB Matt Cassel has done a fine job filling in, and has even made a huge impact on fantasy teams around the country. Cassel, earlier in the season, threw for 400+ yards in back-to-back games. His 345 yards Sunday against the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals has kept his team alive and well in the AFC East division race. Some are now saying Tom Brady has been overrated this whole time. Maybe it IS the system.

Defense wins championships

The AFC's top two teams, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, have made it this far because of their stout defenses. Pittsburgh's record of 11-4 (good enough for the 2nd seed in the playoffs) is basically because of the solid play of their defense. Tennessee was able to knock off Pittsburgh because their defense got to Ben Roethlisberger countless times, forcing him to fumble FOUR times (lost twice) and throw two interceptions, one of which was returned 83 yards for a TD, sealing the 31-14 win. Baltimore has gotten to where they are now because of their nasty defense and in the West, Denver and San Diego have struggled because of poor play on the defensive side of the ball...and inconsistency on offense, but that's a whole other story. Point is, the Super Bowl will come down to whose defense plays better. Mark my words!

More to come from in the next few days. Better get comfortable, there's just too much to talk about these days.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

DSRTSV! 12/20/08

Honestly, who throws a shoe...

Friday, December 19, 2008

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DSRTSV! 12/19/08

Happy Birthday Manny Pacquaio, you're 30!

Now go have a ridiculous party...

Freedom Friday Daily "Linkin' Logs" (12/19/08)

The Teixeira Bonanza isn't really going as planned for...well...anyone. And frankly I don't get it. MLBTR has the confusing updates involved, but last night the Red Sox, led by Owner John Henry, met with Tex and little was resolved. Henry's dubious response after meeting with Boras and his client in Vegas was:
"We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."
Ok...Who the fuck is offering more?
No one knows, but it seems plausible. I find it hard to believe that given all we've heard about Tex wanting to play near his hometown in Maryland that he'd reject a ridiculously high offer from a team in the area or even attempt to get another (competitive) squad to compete against them...then again, maybe he realizes that playing in Boston or New York (my presumed landing spots) would be just as advantageous as Baltimore. Or maybe he just really wanted to be an O and not a Nat (seems more plausible).
  • The Sports Guy ranks his NFL clubs...still a jackass... But here's the part I hate about the Simmons expose:
    Here's the theory I'm buying: The Eagles caught the Cards on a cross-country Thanksgiving trip 96 hours after their previous game, then a rattled Giants team right after Cheddar Plaxgate, then a putrid Browns team on Monday night. Now they're catching the Redskins right as they're quitting on their coach. That's four straight totally explainable wins. Do not get reeled in by Philly for that Week 17 home game against Dallas. I am warning you right now.
    Well, let's do what I like to call, journalism.
    • December 2007: Philly 10, Dallas 6
    • December 2006 (the Christmas Day - T.O. Game): Philly 23, Dallas 7
    • December 2005: Oh you thought this would be a loss be...Philly played Dallas on November 14th.
    • December 2004: Philly 12, Dallas 7
    • December 2003: Philly 36, Dallas 10
    • December 2002: Philly 27, Dallas 3
    • December 1999: Philly 10, Dallas 20
    The point is, Andy Reid's Eagles are 5-1 versus Dallas in December, with that one being his first year with a shit squad. This team gets up for Dallas. You can feel the buzz in the city. Moreover, if its for a playoff spot, and its in Philly, you can't tell me they don't have a shot. Oh...and who have fluke 5 game winning streaks?!?!
  • No Elton...actually...No Problem. I have a feeling the Sixers will find their winning edge with Brand out. That being said, they still need to factor his 20-10 in at some point and this injury is just a delay in that transition.
  • Ever wonder how much that Raiders game meant to Matt Cassel, Rawbeezeits of AGM has more.
  • AA throws more fuel on the Simmons-ESPN Conspiracy fire. This time its a dig at Rick Reilly. That being said, Reilly sucks ass and Simmons is probably right.
  • A LeBron James sitcom? Really?
  • EC's Top 10 Gambling realizations...
  • And finally, the Kings are retiring the jerseys of both Vlade Divac and C-Webb. Well, I guess you gotta retire a jersey sometime...But the predecessor to Manu Ginobli and the guy who banged Tyra Banks? Eh? Ok sure...

DSRTSV! (12/18/08)

Sorry, forgot it yesterday. I'll be sure to post another later today...

Sure, not even the Hawks could stop the C's spic winning streak, but Josh Smith still posterized Kendrick "it's all swoll" Perkins

Thursday, December 18, 2008

An Abusive 10 Things I Think Smell Like Shit

Lots of interesting topics and frankly some of them are kind of disturbing and serious
  1. Brian Giles pulls a "Brett Myers." Not exactly the public punching/hair pulling that happened in Boston with Myers, but Brian Giles's girlfriend (we're guessing former) is suing the Padres outfielder for numerous beatings, attacks and general unmanliness. She also claims Giles hit her while pregnant and caused the miscarriage of the couple's child. I'm not sure how criminal charges weren't involved (maybe they were), but a series of abuse by a ballplayer finally leading up to a lawsuit (civil) instead of criminal action strikes me as suspicious. And then of course...there's evidence. So it appears as though Giles's slump will extend beyond last year.
  2. Mindy's meltdown. Apparently Roger Clemens's former lover attempted suicide yesterday. The whole issue wreaks of confusion, desperation and sadness. The Roger Clemens destruction parade is just crushing lives left and right...good for him...
  3. Deadspin - King of the Simmons Conspiracy. One of the more fascinating writers around is indeed Bill Simmons. For better or for worse, the guy's an entertaining writer (or at least he steals the good stuff) and does know a lot about Boston sports and the eras, much like I do about Philadelphia or perhaps others do about their respective home regions. But over the last year or so, Deadspin has surmised that a rift has grown between its elite non-specific writer and the WWL. The most recent one is indeed a total crock of shit by my estimation but not without its own value...that the ESPN Ombudsman has imposed some type of rulebook and Simmons is a bit perturbed if not concerned over it. His assertions are valid by my estimation but more importantly, for better or worse, Simmons is one of us. He is/was a blogger. A writer of his own volition and one that may have to play by ESPN's rules more so than is own. I'm essentially free to write what I want and so is any other blogger. To stifle Simmons is a dig at the blogosphere and proof that old media and new media are destine to keep clashing for years.
  4. Of Auburn and Racism. If you haven't heard, there's been ideas tossed around that race was the primary motivation behind not hiring Turner Gill and instead hiring Gene Chizik. Now, I'm confused by the whole thing myself, but it certainly wreaks of a little shit. Sir Charles's (an Auburn Alum) statements are certainly the most damning, but I think the outward theory that this hire was entirely racially motivated seems almost impossible. Maybe I'm wrong, but we've seen coordinators come out of no where to get hired before. With Chizik being a former Tiger coordinator himself, maybe Auburn had plans before the interview process even began? Or maybe they're just a bunch of rednecks?
  5. And then there's Joe Paterno. This man is going to die on the sidelines. I've been waiting (not anxiously...I'm not a weirdo) for the odd news break to claim that good ole JoePa (A Penn State folk hero, now) has died...during practice. You can't tell me this isn't going to happen. This guy is football. He loves the game. But more importantly, he loves his players and his college. He wants each and every one of them to life. And for that, this man should be revered.
  6. Its time for a playoff. When the BCS Bowls are named and Bowl season times, it means one more thing: Playoff talk. And while its been discussed ad nauseum, its still valid. If Division 1-AA (and Divisions 2 and 3), the NFL and the Arena league can do it, why can't D-1A? There's so many ways to go about it, so many ways to continue the old Bowl system regardless and so many ways to increase marketing and money making. I'd even argue that its actually more beneficial to the game, interest and to the money-hungry big conferences. So what is a Boise State wins 1 game over Oklahoma...the odds of them making it to a semi-final or final are still slim to none. And even if one game is a clunker as far as attendence of home fans (which I still doubt), don't forget the other 7 games for the first round!
  7. Goodbye to this shitty place. People rarely uttered a peep when they blew up the Vet, but why is Texas stadium being revered. The place is a shithole. It has a stupid hole in the roof and houses the Cowboys. Just blow the friggin' thing up already
  8. Mets swindled my Madoff. Considering all the charities ripped off by this guy, I don't feel too bad for the guy who owns the Mets. Sad part is, it didn't even effect their payroll; talk about financial stability. Me's thinks Wilpon is still oozing with cash
  9. Marshall Faulk, The Dallas Media, and Jason Garrett's free pass. And Marshall is right. While most local media outlets don't necessarily try to damage the team (or bite the hand that feeds), the Dallas media goes so far as to support the team. And that's disgusting. Its a fraudulent way to do business and only goes to enhance the bullshit that is "America's Team." What a crock of shit.
  10. And this one doesn't stink. RIP Sammy Baugh. And I mean this in the nicest way possible. Goodbye to one of the greats who changed the game it made it what it was today...even if he was a Redskin...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DSRTSV! 12/17/08

My fellow BNB cohorts provided the activity for today, while I was stunningly busy. Very stifling. I will put up the "10 things..." tomorrow in lieu of some links (I know, skipping two, I'm tired).

Anyways, Mike Van Ryn can't catch a break...

NFL Hot Seat 2008


It’s that time of the year!!! Just 2 weeks left of regular season football and that head coach hot seat is definitely warming up. This season we have plenty of candidates……one of them being Rod Marinelli, who COULD be fired because the Lions have lost every game this season.

AFC East

Eric Mangini (New York Jets) - Potentially on the hot seat if the Jets fail to make the post-season. For now I think he’s safe considering this is his 2nd season with a winning record with just 3 seasons under his belt.

Tony Sparano (Miami Dolphins) - Absolutely not, he is not on the hot seat.

Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) - See above.

Dick Jauron (Buffalo Bills) - I really don’t care that the Bills were dumb enough to give Mr. 7-9 a 3 year contract extension, his butt is burning. Remember the Bills were Super Bowl contenders after week 5? Now they’re out of post-season contention and are 0-5 in their division after HE called arguable one of the dumbest plays in Bills history. Only Jauron can think JP Losman can come through in the clutch and completely ignore his fully-functioning running game. Once upon a time the Bills we the dominant AFC team in the 90’s, now Jauron has got them getting no more than 7 wins every year.

AFC North

Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Why? They’re a Super Bowl contender.

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) - Nope.

Romeo Crennel (Cleveland Browns) - The 10-6 season was a facade, Crennel is on the hot seat. For a supposed defensive guru the Browns sure aren’t doing anything to try and get out of the bottom half of the league in any defensive category. I’m quite sure he and a good chunk of his staff are fired after this season.

Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals) - There’s a sinking ship and Marv is the captain. Throw him overboard!

AFC South

Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans) - Nope.

Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts) - He is on the way out anyway because he’s retiring so…….nope.

Gary Kubiak (Houston Texans) - A possible winning season for an expansion team means….nope.

Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville Jaguars) - There is way too much talent for this team to fail to string together back-to-back seasons. Del Rio has pretty much lost control of the team and it’s time to move in a new direction, in my opinion.

AFC West

Mike Shanahan (Denver Broncos) - As long as Pat Bowlen is owner then Shanahan is safe. Also, they’re probably going to win the division so…..nope.

Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers) - Norv Turner seriously destroys every team he coaches. Turner is a much better coordinator than a head coach, and his claim to fame last season was winning playoff games with Marty Schottenheimer’s team.

Tom Cable (Oakland Raiders) - He is an interim and he probably has no shot at being a permanent head coach.

Herm Edwards (Kansas City Chiefs) - As Carl Peterson goes, so does Herman Edwards. You play to win the game!!!! Too bad Herm doesn’t practice what he preaches.

NFC East

Tom Coughlin (New York Giants) - Nope.

Wade Phillips (Dallas Cowboys) - It is Jerry Jones, and he can pull the trigger. This was the team that was supposed to waltz into the Super Bowl and now they may end up missing the playoffs. By all means he is on the hot seat.

Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles) - This winning streak is all fine and dandy but it may all be for naught. I think it’s been made clear by the media and Eagles fans across the country that Walrus is in trouble.

Jim Zorn (Washington Redskins) - He is probably on the hot seat but I think it is totally unwarranted. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache on the other hand should be in trouble. What do you mean you don’t prepare for trick plays?

NFC North

Brad Childress (Minnesota Vikings) - He’s held off the hot seat for now with their great run to 1st place in the division. Of course if they somehow choke and lose the division (and the playoff spot) then I think he should be back on.

Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears) - I said “yes” earlier this year before I realized that offensive coordinator Ron Turner is not really good at his job. If something does not work over and over again (Jason McKie up the middle from the 1) then you should take it out of the playbook. Smith is fine, especially if they win the division.

Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers) - It’s obvious that the Packers are going to have to rebuild the front 4 of their defense so that they can stop collapsing towards the end of games. McCarthy should stay.

Rod Marinelli (Detroit Lions) - Take a wild guess.

NFC South

John Fox (Carolina Panthers) - Nope.

Jon Gruden (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Why am I tempted to say yes? If they don’t make the playoffs and lose out this would be the 6th season in a row in which they either fail to make the playoffs or lose their first playoff game when they do make it. It’s too close to call, I’m going to say he is not on the hot seat.

Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - Not a chance.

Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) - Not this year…

NFC West

Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona Cardinals) - HAHA!!! No.

Mike Singletary (San Francisco 49ers) - Bill Walsh called Singletary earlier this week and said he should be the new permanent head coach.

Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) - Lame duck coaches are not on the hot seat. Incompetent defensive coordinators (John “Off Coverage on 3rd and 1″ Marshall) SHOULD be.

Jim Haslett (St. Louis Rams) - He may be fired even though he is an interim. The Rams are actually playing worse than with Scott Linehan even with their 2 wins this season.

You’ve got 11 coaches on the hot seat. We will revisit this post when all of the firings and resignations have been made and see how accurate I am.

Steelers, Titans to Play for Home-Field Advantage

He has done it, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has taken his team to the playoffs for the second straight season after clinching the AFC North division and a first round bye with a controversial win over Pittsburgh's fiercest rival. The Baltimore Ravens are, of course, that fierce rival I just mentioned. Despite being down nearly all four quarters of the game, the 11-3 Steelers defeated the 9-5 Ravens, 13-9 this past Sunday in Baltimore. I will be one of the first to admit the refs blew the call on the lone touchdown of the game (with under a minute remaining). Wide receiver Santonio Holmes' feet were in the end zone, but the ball was not, which is the most important thing. The ball must break the plane and it didn't. But, nonetheless, the Steelers picked up their 11th win and yet another playoff appearance. Tomlin clinched his second playoff berth in his second season as an NFL head coach. Quite an accomplishment, if you ask me.

Both offenses in Pitt/Bal's matchup played horrificly, turning the ball over several times. Rookie Qb Joe Flacco looked cool under the pressure of the number one defense in the NFL, for a while anyway. It didn't take long for the front seven to rattle Flacco up, and he was picked off twice in the game, the second INT clinched the win for Pittsburgh in the 40-degree weather.

You can cry and complain all you want if your Baltimore, but that isn't going to change the outcome. The best thing for Baltimore is to move on and prepare for their Saturday night matchup with the playoff-hungry Dallas Cowboys. This game will make or break the season for both teams involved. We will get to see what Flacco is made of when he goes up against the NFL's sack leader, DeMarcus Ware, who is 3 1/2 sacks shy of Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22 1/2.

As for Pittsburgh, Coach Tomlin and his crew will be put to the test once again on Sunday, December 21st when the top-ranked defense will face off with the run-oriented offense of the Tennessee Titans. Head coach Jeff Fisher has made it his priority to play smash-mouth football--running the ball down the opponents throat and packing a mighty punch on defense. Tennessee's backfield consists of powerful running back, LenDale White and the elusive rookie Chris Johnson, who was selected to this year's AFC Pro Bowl roster. According to White, the explosive duo is the original smash and dash. In other words, White claims he came up with Carolina Panthers' RB's DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewarts nicknames of "Smash" and "Dash," and they stole the idea from him. Either way, the duo of the vet and the rookie will give Pittsburgh a run for their money, especially if Pittsburgh can't get their running game going early and often.

The winner of the heavily-anticipated game will likely determine the number one seed in the AFC playoffs. Meaning they are playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and will most likely play all their starters despite already being in the playoffs.

Yes, it is week 16 starting tomorrow night when the wild card hopeful Indianapolis Colts, 10-4, play their fifth out of the team's six divisional games, against the disappointed Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9). Peyton Manning is almost certain to have another big fantasy day on his way to leading the Colts to their 11th win and a playoff berth.

A Colts win would mean the Ravens, Dolphins, Jets and Pats (depending on week 16 outcomes) are all competing for the last playoff spot. Two of the four teams, all of which are having solid seasons, would be left out of the picture come January (since one of the three named AFC East teams would finish the season with the division title). Who will it be? Well, we have yet to find out if Matt Cassel is capable of leading the Pats to a snowy December win in Foxboro, and the Dolphins and Jets are both on hot streaks (MIA: won 7 of last 8, NYJ: won 7 of last 10), so I'm gonna say the AFC East division will come down to the Dolphins and Jets.

But, Baltimore has also been playing great on both sides of the ball and have won seven of their last nine games. My bold prediction is Indy wins fifth seed with win over Jacksonville, Baltimore wins sixth seed with an 11-5 record and Miami wins out to clinch the East with an 11-5 record.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DSRTSV! 12/16/08

If you didn't see it (or at least the highlights) you missed the awesome upset of Cleveland State over #11 Syracuse at the Buzzer. Here's another quick look at the insanity (Apologies for the quality, but apparently people at Cleveland State have never heard of a TV Tuner...they all just point a camcorder at the TV...I bet the folks at Syracuse have...and just chose not to)

Leftover Tuesday Daily "Linkin' Logs" (12/16/08)

Again, another Monday Night Bust. Now as an Eagles fan, I certainly take solace in the win, but I'll be honest; beyond the first quarter the game was uninteresting...especially to a national base. What it do do was assist in explaining the playoff scenarios, which essentially leave the top four something like this:
  1. Dallas Cowboys - Win out and they're in (Baltimore, @ Philadelphia). That being said, they certainly have the toughest remaining schedule, given that Baltimore most likely needs to win out as well to get in and Philadelphia is potentially playing for a birth of its own and/or pride in preventing the Cowboys fromg getting in
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Again, win out and they're in (San Diego, Oakland). Tampa faces the most interesting test. Oakland is a total slouch and easy game, while the San Diego game wreaks of potential upset given the way the Bucs have played the last two weeks. Still San Diego has to travel and the Buc defense is still fairly solid. They appear to have the easiest road into the playoffs
  3. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons technically need help to get in, and as state above, they also need to win out (@ Minnesota, St. Louis). Should either the Cowboys or Bucs falter once, the Falcons then move into position to claim a spot. The hitch is Minnesota (9-5) has a 1 game lead on Chicago (8-6) and also has the Giants in week 17. Should the Giants lose to Carolina and fall to 11-4, Minnesota has a chance to overtake the second seed and a bye by beating them (tying their record and having the head-to-head tie breaker). So Minnesota has plenty of incentive to win. Their running attack could crush Atlanta, but their quarterback (Tavaris Jackson), regardless of his four TD game, is still a huge question mark.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles are essentially in the same position as the Falcons and they also have two tough games that they must win (@ Washington, Dallas). Fortunately, by virtue of defeating Dallas in week 17, the Eagles move up (and everyone else) one spot. And therefore, they need one loss, by either Tampa or Atlanta to assume the 6th seed (and if both lose, the 5th). It may appear that they're in the worst position of the four, but its basically the same as Atlanta's and I'd argue the Cowboys is worse (they have the two toughest games by far).
  5. Chicago Bears - The most improbable of playoff births, Chicago needs tons of help and also must win out (Packers, @ Texans). Then they need three of the following four things to happen: A) Cowboys lose to both Baltimore and Philly, B) The Falcons to lose to Minnesota and and St. Louis, C) The Bucs to lose to San Diego and Oakland, or D) The Eagles to lose once to either Dallas or Washington. Of course, this can be alleviated by Minnesota losing out (Atlanta, New York Giants) and Chicago winning out, thus giving them a one game lead. I'd argue this is Chicago's best chance.
  6. New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins - Technically speaking, they both can get in contingent on winning out, but its almost impossible. They need four of the five teams above to lose out in order to get in and some other weird instances. Its essentially impossible.
In a nut shell, Tampa and Dallas have the easiest paths (i.e. control their own destiny), but Atlanta probably as a solid shot at the sixth seed. Philly needs some help and unless Minnesota loses out, I don't see Chicago getting in. Should be a fun two weeks...

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Special 40 Year Anniversary

That's right. Today December 15, 2008 is a special day. Because its the 40 year anniversary of another special day.

Date: December 15, 1968

Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA

Time: Halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles - Minnesota Vikings game with the Eagles spiraling towards a 2-12 season.

The stands were full of angst-ridden fans. Drunk, annoyed, frustrated and sitting through a pathetic, rainy, icey, wet halftime show featuring Santa Claus.

As the story goes, the original Santa was unavailable, so they found a replacement in the stands; a drunk Frank Olivo, a skinny Italian man who relished the opportunity to be on the field. Unfortunately, the fans would have none of it, as the Olivo-Santa proved to be an even poorer imitation of a more well-financed attempt. They lustily booed, and pelted him with whatever they could find, from hotdogs to snow balls.

But they we're booing Santa, they were booing the product, the team, the effort and the display. No different than booing a bad call or a bad effort (see Manny Ramirez). And so their fate was sealed. But don't let a Philadelphian fool you. Today's historical date may represent years of resentment in distaste, but Philadephians relish it. They love the fact that others resent them for it.

But the fact of the matter is that the paradigm of booing Santa exists today. The effort and product put forth in 1968 was something that would be booed today by annoyed Philly fans. It was and always will be about trying harder and doing more with less. Ricky Watters was Santa, Derrick Coleman was too, Bobby Clarke wasn't and Chase Utley certainly isn't either...


Browns @ Eagles Live Blog - 2nd Half

This is hilarious.

The Eagles were a few yards away from having another return for a TD allowed at the end of the half. The good news? In those 2 games they won.

Touchback for Akers. Lewis gains 2 on 1st down.....yawn. Where is Jerome Harrison? Lewis gains 2 again and Steve Heiden the tight end is hurt...does not look good. Edwards again!! Deep pass to midfield and he has 88 yards receiving. An end-around with Cribbs gains 6. Jamal Lewis gained 6 yards....did I type that right? I-formation and Lewis just gains 1......sigh. Oh look a dropped pass by the fullback.

"Poor Browns fans your team hasn't scored a touchdown in a month." - Tirico


Timeout called by Cleveland with 3rd and 9 coming up.

Temperature in Seattle: 27 degrees with a wind chill that brings it to the teens.

Temperature in Las Vegas: 36 degrees with a chance of snow.

Temperature in Philadelphia: 61 degrees with rain.


3rd and 9, another blitz and Dorsey is hit as he throws and Trent Cole is destroying Dorsey. Zastudil will punt it away....oh my the Browns are missing a player, but they'll take the delay of game but Philly declines it. Aaaand touchback.

Eagles 17 Browns 3 with 11:24 left in the 3rd

Eagles @ Redskins will be called by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

McNabb on a play-action finds DeSean Jackson for a gain of 7. No gain on 2nd down for Baskett. McNabb fires one to Jackson on a slant and gets the first down. Buckhalter gains 4.

The debate about wide receivers between Kornball and Jaws should be great.

Curtis picks up the first down and McNabb just keeps picking them apart. The problem I have with Jaws is he thinks we know nothing about football. Westbrook gets 3 before being tackled by Rogers. McNabb is under pressure and.....what a strike to Avant.

"They shouldn't even try to get in the red zone." - Kornheiser


A blitz by Cleveland and McNabb swings it to Westbrook for a gain of 3, the pass was deflected. A running back screen with Westbrook and he gains 6 and is a yard short of the first down. Holy crap they throw it on 3rd and 1......THEY MADE IT!!! HANK BASKETT!!! Of course Andy Reid is smiling because every pass turns him on. Eagles have it at the Browns 16, batted down by Shaun Rogers. Dan Klecko, like father, like son. He catches a pass as a fullback and gains 6 yards. It's 3rd and 4, shotgun formation. DOWN GOES MCNABB!! KAMERION WIMBLEY SACKS HIM!!!

Another wasted opportunity by the Eagles.

"At least they didn't come away with another interception. I thought Tony would come up with something like that." - Jaws

Akers hits one from 34!!!

Eagles 20 Browns 3 with 3:34 left in the 3rd

"You know you're old when you look at Dan Klecko and say 'I covered his father'." - Tony K

Shut up.

Akers is a touchback machine......

Dorsey is running for his life and throws it away. Stewart Bradley rips up Jamal Lewis on the screen. Justin said he sucked weeks ago......want to change that? It's 3rd and 11......behind Dinkins and incomplete, 3 and out. Tirico is just teasing Cleveland sports fans.

"There you go Cleveland fans there's something for you to smile about." - Tirico....a Syracuse alum talking about Cleveland State's win

Jackson returns the wobbler to the Browns 44....Eagles probably can put it away with a TD.

McNabb is under pressure again and throws it away. Westbrook goes nowhere on 2nd down. It's 3rd and 11 with McNabb out of the gun, it's Jason Avant and that was another brilliant throw. He gains YACs and makes Browns players miss for a gain of 24 to the Browns 22. Congrats to Jason Avant for a 100 yard receiving game. LJ Smith catches a pass so hard that he falls down...gain of 3. Another run for 3 more and that ends the quarter.

Eagles 20 Browns 3

Eagles face 3rd and 4, McNabb's pass is knocked down by McDonald. Another red zone possession gets no touchdown.

Akers....GOOD FROM 33!!!

Eagles 23 Browns 3

Cribbs returns one to the 30.....flag down and this game is starting to get boring. The Browns are running the football......oh goodness this team sucks. Cribbs in the Flash Package picks up a first down for a gain of 12. Dorsey's pass is incomplete and Gocan just shoved the receiver out of the way but the flag is picked up because the pass was behind the line of scrimmage. Dinkins gains 6 on 2nd and 10 before being wrapped up by 2 Eagles players. Donte Stallworth, the former Eagle gets the first down and then proceeds to get booed. Oh wait Santa Claus just showed up....:P

Dorsey throws it right to Stewart Bradley. That was one of the worst passes I've seen in this season. Looks like the Brown will make it a solid 4 games without a TD.

Sure why not let Buckhalter gain a bunch to the 9 yard line for 26 yards?

"I used to wear that helmet." - Jaws


11:14 left, Eagles 30 Browns 3.

Once upon a time the Browns were losing close games against the Broncos. Now they are the laughing stock of the league.

"Yeah, they go into meetings saying we're just three plays away from being 9-3. Yeah, and we're just some body hair away from being GQ cover models" - Tirico via Matmonster

Comment of the night.

Cribbs to the 30 and I just want to see the Browns get a TD at this point.

Cribbs in the Flash Package gets 1 yard. Even Cribbs is throwing incomplete passes at this point. Timeout Browns......

Dorsey is throwing now and throws ---- AN INCOMPLETE PASS!!! Can the Browns just fire the entire coaching staff and Phil Savage? Ball is downed at the 14 yard line and the Browns obviously packed it in.

The announcers are talking about Andy Reid, again.

Kevin Kolb is in the game and Kyle Eckel picks up 4 yards. McNabb threw for 290 yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT.

"2nd half, [McNabb] was strokin' it once again." - Jaws

Kolb is throwing and he's hit, Brandon McDonald picks it off......HE SCORES!!!!!!!!! THE BROWNS HAVE A TOUCHDOWN!!! REJOICE!!!!!!!!!

30-10 Browns with 9:11 left.

Demps brings it out to the 24 yard line as the Browns don't even want to onside kick it. Eckel gains 2 on 1st and 10, Eckel gains 2 more.

"Tony I need a favor, can I mention Favre?" - Tirico

Uh oh.

Okay so the Favre thing subsided quickly, scared me there......Kolb nearly throws another INT and what are they doing passing up by 20 points?

This is the first punt for the Eagles believe it or not, and Sav Rocca shanks it. Browns get the ball back looking for an offensive TD.

They're just ball-washing Reid now and it's annoying. Browns penalized for a false start.

A screen to Lewis for a couple of yards, and Jaws finally say what we've been thinking, and that is Marty Mornhinweg is calling the plays, not Reid. FUMBLE!!! Dorsey hops on it and they're just a comedy show at this point. Hansen drops a SURE interception on 3rd down.....the Browns suck.

There's still a football game and Kyle Eckel gets 5 yards and this game can't end soon enough. Eckel picks up a first down and the Eagles continue to drain the clock.

2:00 warning, Eagles 30 Browns 10

NOW THE BROWNS CALL TIMEOUT?!!!! WHAT?!! What a bunch of screwballs.

Fair catch at the 14 for Cribbs. Dorsey finds Edwards for a first down. Dorsey goes deep and that's incomplete intended for Stallworth. Dorsey throws it at the back of an Eagles defender.....ugh. The Eagles are blitzing on 3rd down and Quentin Demps gets his first career sack! 4th and 19 and Sheldon Brown drops an interception and that will do it.

Eagles kneel down and that will do it!! They clinch another win in their quest to make the post-season against all odds.

FINAL SCORE: Eagles 30 Browns 10

Good night everyone, thanks to all who participated in the first BNB live-blog, see you next week at my website for Packers @ Bears, and hopefully that game will be meaningful for Chicago.

Please visit this site as well as mine, won't you?

DSRTSV! 12/15/08

In case you haven't seen it, or want to watch it again, here's Santonio Holmes controversial game winning Touchdown. And I actually do agree with Petey on this one. Its probably a TD, but since it was ruled a spot on the (roughly) 6 inch line in should not have been overturned.

Then again, I still think the Steelers would have put it in regardless...sorry Ravens fans

Indisputable Evidence: Peter King is Still a Moron - MMBBQ (12/15/08)

Petey provides his insight on the play this weekend involving the Steelers and Ravens, his steps back from his Super Bowl picks (as recent as 2 weeks ago), and his Fine 15 is finely unreadable. Let's fire up the grill and get ready for another MMBBQ
The Giants and Titans don't look like Super Bowl locks anymore. And Jeff Fisher has some 'splainin' to do.
Rocket Science right there. Yes, consecutive losses for teams' with the two best records in the NFL has a way of doing that...
The most controversial play since ... well, since the Tuck Rule
Both these teams will most likely make the playoffs and both teams might actually be the best (and second best) in the conference and while this game had some bearing on playoff position and the season, its fairly hard to compare it to a game that involved the playoffs themselves and arguably the start of a dynasty...ok, ok, Walt Coleman was involved in both, so there's some commonality
The magnitude of the play can't be overstated. If the play is upheld, it's fourth-and-three-inches, and Mike Tomlin has the biggest call of his coaching career to make -- go for the touchdown to win the game, knowing he might end up turning it over on downs, or kick the gimme field goal and play for overtime. A Pittsburgh win would clinch the division title. A Baltimore win would tie the two mortal enemies with two weeks to go.
Again? Really? See above? I know its a big difference, but this game was all about the difference between the 2 and 5/6 seed in the playoffs...not loser goes home.

Look at what this team (the Steelers) has done since Week 4, all with Roethlisberger playing despite a wounded shoulder: Survived a 15-round fight with Baltimore at home to win 23-20 ... won a slightly less physical game at Jacksonville the next week, 26-21, beating the team that had beaten them twice in a month in Pittsburgh last winter ... lost to the Giants at home, in part because of long-snapper problems ... impaled the Redskins in Washington at a time when the Redskins had won six of seven ... played the only game they really wish they could take back, losing 24-20 to Indy on two Roethlisberger picks in the final five minutes ... had the strange 11-10 slugfest with San Diego ... won at Foxboro by 23 in a combo platter of Patriots mistakes and physical dominance ... got a gift against Dallas in a game the Cowboys absolutely had to have ... and won a game Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will never forget in one of the most physical games you'll ever see.

So the Steelers are 11-3. They've had their share of good fortune, but to be 11-3 against that schedule is to be 13-1 or 14-0 against most other schedules.

Or they can be 7-7 (or maybe 8-6) if all those plays start not going there way. What? I suppose you think they beat Philly in a game where the Eagles got real (reeeeaaalll) physical and owned Ben Roethlisberger? Or you blame the Giants loss on a bad snap, but forget the drive involved after said bad snap (and safety) which resulted in the win? Or the Cowboys game...ok, ya got me there.

The not so "Fine 15" - Where Petey gives us some head scratchers...

Let's review some highlights from Petey's Fine 15 during 11/23/08 , a mere three weeks ago...
1. New York Giants (10-1). Over the last four weeks, the Giants have scored 35, 36, 30 and 37, all against teams in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense -- Dallas (8), Philadelphia (6), Baltimore (2), Arizona (10). Not trying to be too gee-whiz here, but exactly who is going to stop this team?
Answer: Philadelphia and 10 defenses
2. New York Jets (8-3). Biggest day in the history of New Jersey sports: The Jets versus the Giants in Tampa ... WITH SPRINGSTEEN AT HALFTIME.
Bwahahahahahaha...Let's check Peter's 12/15 version:
"What? The Texans at No. 15 over the Jets and Cards, two division leaders? No question."
Yep, from #2 to lower than 15...
6. Philadelphia (7-5-1). I'll bet you $1,000 that Donovan McNabb howled uproariously over the T.O. hijinks last week. Several times.
Wait till the postgame quotes come out...then I'll give you my address Peter...

Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note...thus Suggesting Petey is a Moron

Friday afternoon, Montclair, N.J., four-way stop, and I'm at the western stop sign. I have the right of way. No car is at either the north or south stop sign, and a blue Maxima approaches the stop sign across from me. you're at a four-way stop and some dude is across from you...what, nothing about the weather? Was there a fucking glare too? And you have the right of way by what virtue? Being Peter King?
I know I'm at a dead stop because I have to shift the car back into first gear, which I do only when the car is stopped.
Ah...that's how you knew...

No? Okay, I gotta say it. Seriously, what the fuck? You knew you were at a dead stop because you had to shift the car into first gear (in order to go, I'm assuming?). Not because of something you weren't moving?

I proceed straight into the intersection, and the Maxima, which only slowed down and never came close to stopping, turns left, in front of me, with no signal. Now, we can count the traffic tickets right there on three fingers -- stopping at a stop sign, not signaling on a turn and I think there's also a statute about really ticking me off. So I lean on my horn and the guy driving the Maxima waves me off. Like: You didn't really expect me to stop there, did you?

Now, I'm not a DMV guru or anything but...I really couldn't find anything about failing to use turn signals being a "ticketable" offense (maybe there is?). And while rolling stops are indeed illegal, but about as common as "speeders" doing 60 in a 55..."Really ticking me off?" - Yeah nothing there.

But what I didn't get was, Peter claimed to have the right of way and claimed the guy moved right in front of him, but at no point mentioned which way he was going or even if he was signalling...
I'm a bit of a driving hypocrite because I do my share of law-breaking driving. But I've always thought that these municipalities struggling so mightily with reduced budgets could make big dough by simply posting unmarked police cars around town and pinching drivers for rolling through stop signs and going 43 in a 25-mph zone. It might even make people drive the way they're supposed to.
But the biggest travesty? Its a fucking traffic incident that happens...I'd guess a couple thousand times a day throughout this country...yeah, thousands. In fact I'm pretty sure I saw this happen twice today. If that's the most aggrevating thing to happen in the travels of a major sports columnist, then I'd imagine that's a damn fine week...ugh

The NFL has final say over the games flexed to Sunday night in Weeks 11 through 16 ... and the NFL has absolute say over the final Sunday night game of the year, in Week 17.

I preface this by acknowledging that I am employed by NBC, the beneficiary of the potential to change the late-season schedule, so you rightfully should look at this and say, "Of course King's going to empathize with the concept of flex scheduling and pay homage to powerful Lord Ebersol. It's helping to pay King's massively bloated salary.'' And you'd be right, sort of. So skip over the section if you don't want to read my propaganda about how good flex scheduling is for the football fan from Orono to Oxnard.

Mmmm...He pretty much said it all right there. Hmmm: Massively bloated salary? Propoganda? Yeah, pretty much all covered.

10 Things I Think Prove Peter is a Moron...
a. The excessive reverence for the Heisman Trophy by ESPN had me wretching up my pork chop Saturday night. Did Jesus win the Heisman? Moses? Abraham Lincoln?
That's not fair, it didn't exist until 1935...dick...
f. Why does every announcer say "football game'' instead of "game'' or "field'' or "player'' over and over and over in the same sound bite? We know the sport is football. Does Joe Buck say, "The Cubs are playing a heck of a baseball game on this baseball field?'' Does Mike Breen say, "This is a basketball game for the ages, and these basketball players out on that basketball floor will remember it forever?''
i. Best new uniforms in the league this year: the all-red jobs of the Texans. Bob McNair should make them Houston's home unis.
As in these? Ok...
3. I think you won't find me paying much attention to the Pro Bowl when the rosters are announced Tuesday afternoon. The game hasn't had meaning for a long time, but now, ever player wants to make the team and no team wants to play in the game. Too many players treat it as a nuisance, not an honor.
Mostly because it is...
b. I believe in Kyle Orton.
So, you're the one...
a. Why, oh why, if you're a politician in Illinois do you think you're getting away with anything big? Assuming this latest idiot goes to jail, that makes it four of the past eight Illinois governors who would have been imprisoned.
As opposed to North Dakotan politicians who think they can get away with anything?
b. Jim Carrey is the new Adam Sandler. He makes a gazillion dollars starring in movies we don't want to see.
And you write articles that suck ass but still get thousands of hits...
c. Except the remake of The Longest Yard, of course. The greatest movie of all time.
That can't be serious...
f. Coffeenerdness: Did an exclusive interview with Marv Albert last night about his coffee habits. Turns out he likes three double-tall cappuccinos a day, and doesn't mind drinking them at room temperature.
Really, I'd expect something with a little more dum cha...
g. I have to get a life now.
Hahahahaha. Point taken...

Browns @ Eagles Live Blog - 1st Half

The last time Ken Dorsey was good.

Alright let's get this party started!! If Philly loses this they are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention. Play nice in the comments and the game kicks off just 24 minutes from now.

Some thoughts about Sunday's action:

  • The Seahawks won against the Rams, who have Josh Brown. The former Seahawks kicker made a living off of game winning field goals the last 3 seasons.......but he decided to go after the money and his old team with a new kicker won it on a last second field goal. Oooh revenge!
  • Herman Edwards should be fired. I don't care if they are rebuilding, he has consistently proved he can no longer win in this league.
  • The Panthers should be in the Super Bowl if they beat the Giants.
  • Speaking of which, the Giants are in danger of losing their first round bye if they lose out. If the Vikings win their game and the Giants lose theirs, the Giants/Vikings will be for home field advantage.
  • JP Losman is awful.
  • The Lions are playing better football....but I see no wins so who cares?
  • Tony Romo was excellent last night, but the offensive line will kill him.

ESPN Picks:

Steve Young - Eagles
Emmitt Smith - Eagles
Stuart Scott - Eagles
Coach Ditka - Eagles
Keyshawn Johnson - Eagles
Cris Carter - Eagles
Tom Jackson - Eagles
Chris Berman - Eagles

Which means the Browns will probably win looking at their records on MNF.


"He could also bring that package that we love to talk about." - Ron Jaworski talking about Josh Cribbs

Jaws already starting off with innuendo.

"Overdone like a cold congealed cheesesteak." - Kornheiser

Here we go.....I'm irritated already.

Quentin Demps will receive and Demps gets to the 36 yard line to give the Eagles good field position as we get this thing going. McNabb goes out of the shotgun and Brent Celek gets a gain of 2 on the quick pass. Celek gives me bad memories....FIRE JOHN MARSHALL! Westbrook gets his first carry for a gain of 3 to the 41 to set up a 3rd and 5. McNabb is flushed out of the pocket and.....FIND JASON AVANT!! He stays in bounds and makes a great catch along the sidelines at the Browns 39. A Kevin Curtis sighting, a gain of 8. Westbrook will....bounce to the outside and gets to the 21 yard line for the first down!! He ran into a wall and then bounced back out. Correll Buckhalter is not injured for once and gets to the 17 yard line. A draw play for Westbrook gets them to the 14 yard line. Kinda funny that the Eagles are running the ball well as soon as they actually use it. What a concept!!

McNabb looks for CURTIS!!!!!!! TOUCHDOWN EAGLES!!!! An 8 play drive and that was so easy and balanced. Eric Wright was the man that got beat and the Eagles lead.

Eagles 7 Browns 0 with 10:45 left in the 1st quarter

Kevin Curtis, making all the white boy receivers happy. - 49er16


Why are they running the ball, everyone knows Donovan McNabb is only effective when you throw 70+ times a game - Justin

Absolutely! This is ludicrous from Reid. ;-)

Cribbs to return the ball to the 28 yard line, after Gocan brought him down. Ken Dorsey will be coming out to throw his interceptions.

Lewis picks up 4 up the middle on their first play. Cribbs takes the snap this time and picks up the first down and more on the misdirection to the 40. Dorsey's first pass is deflected but caught by Lawrence Vickers who has running room to the Eagles 39 for the first down. Of course on the next play they almost don't even get the handoff away and Lewis loses a yard. Here comes the blitz and Dorsey gets popped as he throws and BRAYLON EDWARDS MAKES A GREAT CATCH!!!! He beats Sheldon Brown and gains 28 to the Eagles 13. Lewis to the 9 yard line on 1st down. 2nd and 6, another blitz and Dorsey just throws it to the ground. It's 3rd and 6 out of the shotgun and Dorsey fires for of his hands. So when Kellen Winslow isn't dropping the ball, Dinkins does the job for him. Cleveland still looking for their first TD in a month.

Phil Dawson with the chippy......GOOD!

Eagles 7 Browns 3 with 6:48 left in the 1st

That was a typical Dorsey pass. A throw to the knees from 5 feet away. - 49er16

Or a Charlie Frye Hail Mary.

Demps breaks free!!! Down at his own 43 yard line!!! Commercial break.......ugh.

McNabb swings it out to Westbrook for a gain of 6 on 1st down. Tra Thomas jumps for the first penalty of the night. Westbrook gains 4 on 2nd and 9....3rd and 5 coming up. Jason Avant gets another first down, McNabb has not missed a pass. Why don't the Browns ever blitz? Westbrook gets 3 yards and Kornholio is going on and on about Andy Reid being pass-happy. McNabb is rushed and throws it way high of Jason Avant who was open.

"You won't see Aaron Rodgers pummeling McNabb." - Jaws

That's Shaun Rogers.......

On 3rd down McNabb gets a good block from Westbrook and finds DeSean Jackson who gets YACs and is down at the Browns 23!!! They cannot miss a beat right now. Buckhalter picks up 3 up the middle. McNabb has weeks to throw and LJ Smith makes a play!!! Hey!!! He caught the football and gets another first down to the 9. First and goal, Westbrook goes to the left side and is tackled at the 6. McNabb's pass is DEFLECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No one could catch that ball? NO ONE? Incomplete as two Cleveland Brown players blow a chance at an INT. McNabb is under pressure and rolls out for SMITH!!! Way too tall and the Browns hold.......oh goodness LJ Smith was wide open.

David Akers from 24.....GOOD!

Eagles 10 Browns 3 with :49 left in the 1st

Akers delivers a touchback and the Browns will start at the 20. Jamal Lewis continues to run into a pile and gains just 3. Final play of the first quarter sees Dorsey complete one to Edwards for a big gain to end the quarter.

Eagles 10 Browns 3

Jamal Lewis runs for no gain again to start the quarter. Flash Package FAIL! A loss of 4 and that was just terrible. BLITZ!! Dorsey throws it away and it's time to punt.

DeSean Jackson.....oops he goes nowhere. 10-3 with 13:21 left in the half.

Westbrook gets 3 on 1st down and then McNabb just throws a duck behind Brian on 2nd down. Pressure comes as McNabb's CURTIS!! Down at the 38 yard line and once again Westbrook picks up the block to give McNabb enough time to throw it. McNabb rolls out and Hank Baskett for no reason catches it on his ass and loses 3. It's 2nd and 13 and of course Baskett will catch one for 15 in what looks like a zone defense. Westbrook hits the hole hard off of the left side of the line and gets to midfield. Buckhalter gains 2 yards on 2nd down. Holy crap they used split backs and Buckhalter gains 14 on 3rd and short....where was this Eagles team all season long? McNabb fires a rifle down the middle and hits Jackson in the seam inside the 10!!! A fantastic throw and the Eagles are looking to open up their lead. Westbrook was stuffed initially, bounced to the outside and gains 2 as Rogers limps off the field and he may have a stinger.

2nd and goal, McNabb to the end zone!!! Incomplete....why didn't he run? Oh well, 3rd and goal. DeSean Jackson takes the snap on 3rd down and throws it......INTERCEPTED BY JONES IN THE END ZONE!!! What the heck is Andy Reid thinking running a trick play from the 4 yard line. It was a terrible pass and the Eagles are making it hard for themselves.

FIRE ANDY REID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"TK: "McNabb and Westbrook should have called themselves 'flash and dash' a long time ago and Lendale White wouldn't have anything to complain about".

Ummm. It's "Smash and Dash", Tony. Idiot." - Mal

Dorsey is under pressure and throws it incomplete.....Jamal Lewis continues to run into people and gain minimal yardage. The Eagles rush 6 and Dorsey fires it to Edwards who breaks a tackle and gets out of bounds at the 43. Lewis gains 4 yards and that's just a bunch for him tonight. Dorsey's pass is deflected by Dawkins and incomplete.

Dorsey fires.....INTERCEPTED!!!!!!!! ASANTE SAMUEL!!! PICK 6!!!! He jumped the route, the pass was intended for Stallworth and Samuel gets his first touchdown as an Eagle.

4:45 left in the 2nd quarter, Eagles 17 Browns 3

Good point by Tirico for realizing that Samuel pulled a DeSean Jackson. Not too bright are they?

"Just because it didn't work doesn't mean it was a bad play call"-Jaws, defending the trick play on the 4 yard line.

Sure, Jaws, sure, keep on defending your team, and making us actually AGREE with Dr. Kornheiser, who also thought it was a dumb decision. - Yet Another Idiot With a Music Blog

Jaws is uber-irritating tonight.

Wright returns it to the 26, Eagles up by 14.

Dorsey made a nice NFL type throw to Asante Samuel... - Justin

I chuckled reading that.

Browns begin their next disaster and Jamal Lewis got clocked behind the line but pushed forward for a gain of 2. More yards for Lewis......a whopping gain of 3. Trent Cole on the blitz......SACK!!! He just whiffs by Joe Thomas and Dorsey comes off the field limping a little bit. Eagles called timeout with 3:15 as Zastudil punts to Jackson, he runs backwards and loses 1 on the return.

Westbrook picks up 4 yards on first down and here comes the blitz and a sack by Willie McGinest!! The boo birds rain down on the former Patriot as we reach the 2 minute warning.

Eagles 17 Browns 3

"Why do the Dolphins keep winning?" - Tirico

Because they like scoring more points than the other team.

JACKSON!!! He catches it and runs to the Browns 41. McNabb looks deep to Avant and HE CATCHES IT!!! First down inside the 20 yard line and McNabb is just destroying them. Westbrook gains 7 on 1st down.

Timeout Eagles with :47 left.

2nd and 3 at the 10, CELEK TO THE 1!!! Clock at :25 and counting.

Westbrook up the middle and.....he does not get in as the refs took a while to make their call and the Eagles call timeout. 2nd and goal and what will the Eagles do??

They will go for the touchdown......


More wasted points and the half is over. FIRE ANDY REID!!

Entertaining and wild stuff, Eagles are dominating but they like to make games difficult.

Eagles 17 Browns 3 at the Half

Monday Night Live Blog - Browns vs. Eagles Pregame

A Bad News Bloggers first. We've never had a live blog and tonight that will be broken.

Good news is my internet is fine, bad news is I'm freezing and when I stepped outside for 1 hour (as in outside at the park) I swear the wind chill lowered the temperatures to the single digits.

Who: Browns @ Eagles

When: 8:40 PM ET


Network: ESPN

SSR's Prediction: Eagles 30 Browns 14

Feel free to make your picks or keep track of Monday Night Countdown quotes. I'll step out and be back at around 5:15 in the 1st half thread.

Terrell Owens Ruins Ed Werder's Career

Okay so everyone knows about all the drama and BS circulating around the Dallas Cowboys. NFL fans who are more in tune with what is going on have now heard the post game press conference where Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens attacks ESPN reporter Ed Werder. The clip bellow shows that maybe T.O. wasn't spewing randomness, the fans are taking his side.

Here is Ed Werder trying to do his thing, and one Dallas fan does his best to expose him for what he is worth. This is just funny.

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Shoe-Throwing Monday Daily "Linkin' Logs" (12/15/08)

It'll have to be an abbreviated version today, but I will post the MMBBQ later today.
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