September 16, 2008
Last night during the Eagles/Cowboys MNF game a stat was put up on the screen that Donovan McNabb is 1 of 7 QBs in NFL history to throw for 25,000 yards and run for 2,500 yards. They threw it out there and moved on. Evan txt’d me because he was upset they didn’t list the others. The txt included his guesses for the other members of that select group. He needed me to verify the results. Some of them were a little more difficult that I had expected.
September 16, 2008
I didnâ€™t get to watch too much NFL action this weekend. The late games were at halftime when I returned from Syracuse. I heard the first half of the Patriots/Jets game on Sirius in the car. The Jets announcers are terrible as a team. It didnâ€™t even sound like they were in the same booth. The color analyst would talk slowly, paying no attention to the next play starting. The announcer was solid and had to keep interrupting is partner. Quite hilarious if you get the chance. I watched the crazy end of the Broncos/Chargers, which will be discussed below. The Sunday Night game was replaced by the Phillies finishing their sweep of the Brewers. Of course I watched the Eagles/Cowboys. Did you see that national anthem? I thought it was terrible but I didnâ€™t think they would have realized it in the stadium, until I heard the boos. Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll hear all day about those unpatriotic Cowboys fans.
Matt: I too thought her version of the National Anthem wasn’t that great. And then at the end, came the boos. Kathleen and I looked at each other and were like, “They seriously can’t be booing her, can they?” I just figured the Eagles came out on the field or something else happened that brought on the booing. We need confirmation of what they were booing exactly.
Mike: Is that stadium falling apart? What did the democrats do? I missed the first 3 quarters, CBS didnâ€™t flip it on for me until the Pats/Jets game ended. Apparently there was an obvious blown call against the Chargers but the replay booth wasnâ€™t working. Also, the game clock was busted. Cutler fell apart with a pick and a â€˜fumbleâ€™ in the 4th quarter. Iâ€™m still not clear what happened on the call on the fumble. Hochuli blew the while accidently? I donâ€™t think he had looked at the replay before announcing to the crowd that he had screwed up. Now the NFL is going to look into changing the rule so that something similar can be avoided. Why are all these rule changes, which have been obviously needed to be changed for years, not dealt with until a disaster like this?
Matt: I only got see the highlights and the ensuing controversy. Hochuli, behind the play, blew the whistle to call the play dead. I don’t believe it was an accidental, inadvertent whistle. He called it dead because he either felt it was an incomplete pass, or because of this talk about protecting a QB following a fumble like that I am led to believe. Aside from the blown call, it must suck to be a Chargers fan right now, losing two games in a row at the end. Cutler looks really good. He should be a lock for the Pro Bowl this year.
Ahad: The Chargers got hosed. Cutler clearly fumbled and it cost the Chargers the game. I was a little surprised to see Denver go for two at the end, but it didnâ€™t really matter since they should have lost the game anyway. After the game, Cutler even said it was a fumble. Did anyone notice that his jacket looked about 2 sizes too big?
Mike: We talked about the Chargers coming back but not getting the win above. The Lions came all the way back on the Packers, before the Packers got hot again. The Colts came back from being down 15-0 to win 18-15. The Saints were up 24-15 going to the 4th but lost to the Redskins 29-24. The Bears were up 17-3, only to lose to the Panthers 20-17. Even Seattle was up 17-6 but lost to San Fran in OT 33-30. The Jags seemed to be ahead the whole time but lost to the Bills 20-16. Just watching the scores early it looked like a crazy day with a ton games not going the way I expected. Especially the early games. By the end most things corrected themselves. Yesterday I saw a bit of NFL Netâ€™s NFL Replay, which does highlights across the league in chronological order. So itâ€™s like watching the cut-ins from the day, only in condensed form. I didnâ€™t get to watch the whole thing but I like the idea and it would have been perfect for this week.
Matt: I do like this idea for the NFL Replay. I didn’t realized they did that. I thought they just replayed the games in semi-condensed form. There were several comebacks this weekend indeed, but I really only got to see the Seahawks game. They haven’t looked all that good. I can’t believe the rash of WR injuries they are having. It’s ridiculous.
Ahad: Are defenses not up to speed yet? I donâ€™t think I have seen this many comebacks in a long time. I will have to checkout this NFL Netâ€™s Replay. It sounds like this could take up a lot of my time at work on Mondays.
Mike: So close. Itâ€™s still a loss, so it has to be someoneâ€™s fault. McNabb had two bad handoffs that led to fumbles, including one on the drive that could have secured the win. DeSean Jackson, besides his bonehead play dropping the ball before getting into the endzone, dropped a few passes. One early one would have been a TD, instead it was a FG. The Eagles had to settle for field goals too often in that game. Do the Cowboys practice tackling by the facemask? It was only called half the time. I think itâ€™s safe to say these are the top two teams in the NFC. Eagles fans should be bigger fans of the Cowboys opponents than usual this season. Home field could be huge if it comes down to the NFC Championship Game.
Matt: Great game. McNabb looked stellar. I am not sure I have ever seen him play as well as he did. On the topic of DeSean Jackson, I have to ask the question: if the Cowboys had recovered the ball after Jackson threw it (which I was flipping out about urging someone to go pick it up), would that have changed the outcome of the result? I feel like it would have been the same thing as the Hochuli gaffe. Since the officials signaled a touchdown, that is the same thing as a dead ball whistle. Would it have been given to the Cowboys or would the Eagles still have received it at the 1? I was also shocked about the amount of facemasks in the game too. But it seemed like everytime it was Westbrook. I figured he had some sort of special helmet that encouraged it. The NFC East is going to be even tougher this year. I think the Giants and Packers round out the other top teams in the conference.
Ahad: Very disappointing loss. They should have won this game. The defense let me down. No way the Cowboys should have scored that many points. DeSean needs to hold onto the ball. I saw a clip of him doing a flip in the Army HS All-American Game where he came up a yard short. New rule for him, after a TD you must hand the ball directly to the referee. After gets that down, then we can adjust accordingly. I will give the Cowboys credit. Their offense looked good and the defense tightened up in the second half. It looks like these two teams will be fighting it out for the division and maybe the NFC.
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|Bills @ Jaguars||Bills||Jaguars||Jaguars||Bills|
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|Patriots @ Jets||Patriots||Jets||Patriots||Jets|
|Eagles @ Cowboys||Cowboys||Cowboys||Eagles||Eagles|
September 12, 2008
Colts @ Vikings, Sunday 1pm
Mike: Wasn’t Chicago supposed to be terrible and they easily took out the Colts? I haven’t seen Peyton, so I’m not sure how bad he looked. The Vikings looked good against the Packers, just not good enough to win. Pick: Vikings
Matt: Chicago ran roughshod over the Colts last week, and you can expect more of the same from the Vikings. The loss of Ed Johnson will further affect the defensive line’s play. However, I can’t see the Colts going out and losing this game. The Metrodome is a very noisy stadium, and I think Peyton, with his experience, will pull this game out. Tarvaris Jackson’s inexperience will again show. Pick: Colts
Ahad: Waiving Ed Johnson will hurt the Colts run defense and by now everyone should know that I am a huge Adrian Peterson fan. I believe this game will come down the quarterback play. No one can disagree that the Colts have the edge in this department. Pick: Colts
Evan: I don’t have much analysis on this game. Peyton doesn’t lose 2 in a row. Pick: Colts
Bills @ Jaguars, Sunday 1pm
Mike: I was not on the Bills bandwagon coming into the season. Is it time to get on? With Brady going down things are looking good for them. The Jags’ was a popular bandwagon but they lost to the Titans. After all the Vince Young talk this week I had forgotten that the Titans won that game. Pick: Bills
Matt: The Bills played great last week in all phases of the game, and the Jaguars were a mess. I can’t see the Jags playing back to back bad games, but the Bills will be ready. They will come back down to earth for a little bit anyways. I like the Jags at home. Pick: Jaguars
Ahad: The Jags are tough to beat at home. This team will be ready to play after a bad game last week. I donâ€™t see the Bills putting together a string of good games. Pick: Jaguars
Evan: I’m actually a little excited to watch this game on tv. Everyone in Florida was in a bit of shock after the Jags lost last week. I’ve been waiting for the Bills to re-emerge since the Jim Kelly days. I think this is the year. Pick: Bills
Saints @ Redskins, Sunday 1pm
Mike: The Saints will be without Marques Colston for a few weeks. He wasn’t a huge part of their win last week against the Bucs. I didn’t see the Redskins loss to the Giants, but I can’t image it was a very pretty game. Pick: Saints
Matt: This game probably won’t be very close. The Redskins were awful last week, and Jason Campbell still needs a few more weeks to adjust to Jim Zorn’s new offense. Pick: Saints
Ahad: The Redskins played like dogs last week. Jason Campbell looked lost on the field. This will be a good game for the Saints to display their offensive adjustments due to Colstonâ€™s injury. Pick: Saints
Evan: Saints win one for Colston. Pick: Saints
Patriots @ Jets, Sunday 4:15pm
Mike: That Patriots game last week tells me nothing about this team. They were shocked that Brady was out. The fact that they held it together to win tells me enough about this team. Either outcome will lead to storylines that I don’t care to listen to: Cassel saves the season or Farve is still the greatest ever. Pick: Patriots
Matt: The Patriots held it together last week … barely. And let’s remember they were playing the Chiefs. There is no love lost between these two teams. It will be a tough game on both sides of the ball. I give Favre the edge over Cassell, but slightly, taking into account Favre’s penchant for giving the ball away. Pick: Jets
Ahad: I am getting tired of hearing about Bradyâ€™s injury. He got hurt and everyone has to move to on. The NFL season will not be lost because of Bradyâ€™s injury. I think the Pats will actually have a balanced offense. Pick: Patriots
Evan: I’m going with the “what goes around comes around” philosophy on this. I hate Belichek and most Patriot fans. I’m a Favre guy. He gets it done. Pick: J-E-T-S JETS!
Eagles @ Cowboys, Monday 8:30pm
Mike: Both teams looked good last week and blew out their opponents. The Browns are a better team than the Rams, but did you expect the Eagles to go out and put up 100 points? Would that have made the performances equal? I think the Cowboys will be pumped by the home opener and get out quickly but not pull away. It will be close to the end and I will be struggling to keep my eyes open. I still have to go … Pick: Cowboys
Matt: Both teams looked very good last week, and the Eagles always give the Cowboys trouble, especially at home over the past few years. If Jessica Simpson is present, I will take the Eagles. If she isn’t there, I will take the Cowboys. Actually, I just think the Cowboys are the better team all around. Pick: Cowboys in a close one.
Ahad: This should be the best game of the week. Both teams played well last week and are looking to keep the momentum going. I hope Jessica will be in attendance, because that can only help the Eagles. Pick: Eagles in a close one.
Evan: I hope I can stay awake the whole game. I will be watching it at a sports bar that has all you can eat wings and yeungling (wing and yeung). This is set up too perfectly for the Cowboys to make a statement, so I’m going to pick the team I’m rooting for. Pick: Eagles
September 9, 2008
Back again today with the same cast. Evan, Ahad, and Matt join me for a look at the topics on our mind from the first week of the NFL season.
Evan: I enjoyed seeing the Eagles score. I would have enjoyed it more had I been able to watch the game.
Ahad: Who would have thought that Greg Lewis would have 100 yards receiving? The true question is, are the Rams really this bad? My biggest concern is now we have to hear how great the fans think the Eagles are and how the Super Bowl is ours to lose. Letâ€™s keep everything in perspective.
Matt: I didn’t get to see any of the Eagles game (had to put up with the lame Seahawks effort), but they looked impressive from the highlights and stats. If your statement is true about the fans, let’s temper their enthusiasm until they pass their true litmus test next Monday night. I felt that the Cowboys were just as impressive against a better Cleveland team.
Mike: Itâ€™s too early to put too much on one game. I expect some huge swings the first few weeks. Last year the Cowboys won big in the first matchup but in the second game the Eagles shut down the Cowboys O in Dallas. So I would not be shocked by what looks like a dominating effort by the Cowboys at home. I would say expect the Eagles to win Week 17, but that game might not matter for one or both teams. I think it will be close, I’m just saying I wouldn’t be shocked if the Cowboys got out quickly.
Brady & the Pats
Evan: Really glad I didn’t get pinned with Brady in fantasy. I think Buffalo wins the AFC East and the Jets win the wild card.
Ahad: Do the Patriots bring in Daunte Cullpepper? That would make for an interesting story.
Matt: I did get pinned with Brady in fantasy, and I have been scrambling today for a new QB (although I do already have Favre). Looks like Culpepper retired a few days too soon. In addition, I heard some people talk about how as an NFL fan, you should feel bad or upset about the loss of Brady. Quite frankly, I could care less (aside from the state of my fantasy team). Sure, it is not going to be the same in the AFC without Brady. Perhaps, whoever comes out of the AFC or AFC East for that matter will require an asterisk denoting sans Brady. But the Patriots got what was coming to them. Their luck and good fortunate, in my opinion, had to come to an end.
Mike: Brady isnâ€™t the whole team. Moss and Welker didnâ€™t get hurt. We have no idea what to expect out of Cassel, but he has been on the team for the past three seasons. While heâ€™s gotten little playing time, he knows the system. Brady wasnâ€™t expected to do anything when Bledsoe went down. One other point: I donâ€™t see how anyone calls that a cheap hit. Belichick doesnâ€™t want people to like him does he? When asked if it was a cheap hit all he said was that his players are told to hit above the knee.
Adding Games to the Season/Shortening the Pre-Season
Mike: Peter King says there should not be extra games because it would lead to too many more injuries. No extra games because of too many injuries?? Why not shorten the season back to 14 games if that is a concern? What kind of reasoning is that? How about this â€¦ try and figure out why so many people are getting injured and then figure out how to protect them. If the QB has to come out in some sort of Pillow Suit, so be it. The owners arenâ€™t thinking about the injuries. Itâ€™s the revenue. If they add two games to the season they can buy new limbs for the extra 4 guys on their team that will get hurt.
Evan:Â I am in favor of adding a couple of more games to the season for two reasons:
1) The Super Bowl can be pushed back a couple of weeks to the 3rd Sunday in Feb, that way the the Monday after the Super Bowl will be President’s Day, which most people have off of work.
2) It shortens the break between when football ends and baseball begins
Ahad: I am in favor of shortening the preseason. Most of your starters donâ€™t play in the last preseason game anyway. I understand that the preseason is used to evaluate your depth (rookies, free agents, veterans that havenâ€™t played much), but that can still be accomplished with fewer preseason games. Another factor into this is the cost.Â It is my understanding that preseason games cost just much as the regular season. I may be wrong, it happens very once in awhile.
Matt: I expressed my opinion on this one yesterday. To follow up on what Ahad said, I have read that the preseason games cost no different than the regular season. It is an issue because most fans pay to see their team’s star players, and that often doesn’t happen in the preseason. So not as many fans are attending the preseason games anymore, so that equals less revenue. Adding more regular season games would counter their losses. Anyways, my vote would be for maintaining the regular season as is, and shortening the preseason by a game or two.
Gene Upshaw Patch
Mike:Could it be any larger? As Kornheiser said last night, he made the players a ton of money. So while I may not know enough about him, the players are in favor of honoring him the entire season. Patches are getting out of hand. The Rams had two on their jerseys (the other was for their former owner). If there arenâ€™t any limits set on this teams are going to wind up not wanting to offend anyone and everyone will get a patch. If all patches are only worn for one game I think that makes it special for that one day.
Evan: Patches?Â We don’t need no stinkin’ patches.Â Seriously, 1 game, 1 patch, then end it.
Ahad: Patches should be worn for one game only.Â Isnâ€™t the giant logo on the field enough?
Matt: Just for my own clarification, the patches were intended to only be worn this past weekend, correct? And the logo stays on the fields all season? A question I have is how is it decided to put a patch on a jersey or a number on a helmet? I would have thought that the helmet is a team only thing, but I recall last year everyone had the #21 for Sean Taylor on the back of their helmets.
Update (9/9): According to this on nfl.com the patches will be on the jerseys for the entire season and the field logo was only for Week 1. -Mike
Mike: The Eagles/Rams game was lucky enough to have Siragusa as the sideline reporter. Not a good start to any season. Next week the Eagles are on MNF, but if they wind up winning a few that might mean more Buck/Aikman coverage. There really is no winning as an NFC team. Are things better on CBS?
Ahad: Goose is brutal.Â I put him on the same level as the Sarge on the Phillies broadcasts. You think he could have something insightful to say, but then he opens his mouth and it is all over. Did anyone see him after the promo for the new show â€œHole in the wallâ€ or whatever it is called? Watching him try and contort his body to match that tape outline was ridiculous. That is 30 seconds of life I will never have back.
Matt: I would take Siragusa on the sideline over a game covered by Andre Ware and/or Pam Ward anyday.
MNF Score Bug
Mike: Iâ€™m very particular when it comes to my score bugs. It seems so simple but every channel tries too hard and it winds up taking away from the game. Last year, MNFâ€™s was simple. Just the needed facts at the bottom, in the center of the screen. This year they decided to just cover up the bottom 20% of the screen with solid colors. The sides of this strip are never used. So itâ€™s just blocking the screen for no particular reason.
Evan: The score bug has no effect on me. I know Mike has always gotten his panties in a twist over the score bug, but I never pay attention to it.
Ahad: I understand where Mike is coming from. He sprung for the big HDTV and wants to get the most bang for his buck. I notice it, but it doesnâ€™t bother me as much. I care more about announcers than the score bug.
Matt: I didn’t really notice it myself. I will have to pay more attention this weekend. It has never really been an issue with me.
Aaron Rodgers Lambeau Leap
Mike: Weak effort. The crowd didnâ€™t seem to be clamoring for it, although that may have been from the sound I heard during the broadcast. When he jumped, he barely got up into the crowd. This should be his focus in practice this week.
Evan: I thought it was appropriate. If he didn’t do it after his first TD, the question would be when he would do it.Â He would then have to come up with some kind of rationale as to why he decided to do the Leap after that particular TD as opposed to any of his previous ones. It’s about setting a precedent.
Ahad: I didnâ€™t see it. From what I hear it was sub-par. If you are going to be the leader of your team, it applies to every aspect of the team. Time for him to step it up.
Matt: I was more impressed with the ferocity with which he spiked the ball. I felt that it was also appropriate, a sort of proper vindication for him. I do feel the Lambeau Leap is more appropriate for longer touchdowns though. It kind of seemed awkward after a half yard QB sneak.
Matt: Under some of the rules, couldn’t the Lambeau Leap be considered excessive celebration? TO was flagged for briefly touching his knee to the ground during his ‘sprinter’ celebration. What about when a player drops to his knee in prayer following a touchdown? I need some clarification!
September 7, 2008
The Eagles are about to kick off their season. I’m going to watch but I can’t say I’ve been anxiously awaiting the game. Usually I’m all set for the Eagles and NFL season. I just don’t have the excitement this year. Is there something wrong with me?
If I pay attention to TV and online it seems that everyone is going crazy with anticipation of the new season. I guess I don’t know any of these people. I usually set up a fantasy league for my friends. I shared my lack of excitement and that I wasn’t feeling it from everyone else. I was willing to set it up again this season if I was misreading the lack of interest. It took two weeks before anyone even mentioned that they wanted to play. A few more people had mild interest so I quickly set up the league and we drafted last weekend. That’s my only team this year.
Trying to find reasons for my lack of excitement …
Phillies – They’re still in it. In fact, yesterday’s game was rained out so Game 1 of a double-header with the Mets starts at 2:15. I’ll be flipping between the two games to start. Not sure if one will win out over the other.
College Football – I usually spend my entire Saturday watching college football. By Sunday I’m about all footballed out. I’ll watch the Eagles and that’s it.
No roommates – I watched my most NFL in college. If there was a game on, my roommates would have it on. I’d sit down, hang out, and watch. I’d enjoy watching the games. However, on my own I usually find myself doing other things rather than watching non-Eagles games.
Olympics – The Olympics took place as the preseason was getting started. Took some of my attention away. Not that I care about the preseason but that’s about the time I start reading and watching the previews.
ESPN – I despise ESPN more and more each day. I dislike all of their football analysts so I don’t sit through watching them. You can’t avoid all the NFL talk, just like NBA talk during the basketball season. I’m more likely to put on ESPNews just for highlights than watch SportsCenter.
Election – During election season there is a ton to read and watch. I can’t remember how the election changed my view of the football season in 2004. There was a lot of excitement going into that NFL season. The Eagles were expected to go to the Super Bowl and did. I think I started excited for the season but was sidetracked in October by the Red Sox and the election. I always blamed my poor grades that semester on the Red Sox, I guess I should have been blaming the election too. That election has already been the source of enough problems.
September 5, 2008
I loved the whole Ocho Cinco thing Chad Johnson did last year. It was just a goofy thing that the NFL overreacted too, as they tend to do. If they wouldn’t have said anything it would have just gone away. Now Chad Johnson has changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco so that he can put Ocho Cinco on his jersey. This is old news. Still, I was very happy to see this when I checked on my fantasy team this morning …
I have still been searching for a team name. In honor of Mr. Ocho Cinco, I’ve gone with Mike Siete. Not quite as catchy. Had I known I would have picked a different baseball number 10 years ago.
October 21, 2007
I don’t know what took so long to think of this. Bandwagon Jumping really didn’t work for what I was going for. I’ve had Lists for years, so it makes perfect sense. There are many lists. When someone crosses me, they are threatened with being put on The List. But there can be good lists as well. You can have a list for just about anything. For now, we’ll keep it simple: Good and Bad.
MAC OS X Leopard
This will be my first new OS release since being a Mac user. I’ve been excited for OS releases before. Windows 95 and XP being the most notable. The release of Leopard is a little different. An OS is a big change and its not something you want to screw up. So I try to wait until its out for a little while to make sure every computer it touches isn’t bursting into flames. Apple is doing such an amazing job marketing this thing that I’m strongly considering pre-ordering. The biggest hurdle is how ridiculous it is to pre-order an OS. Video games, movies, DVDs, sure. But not software and especially not an OS. I think I’m going to wait a few days. I’m not going to be around for the weekend of the release. When I get back on Sunday or Monday I’ll read up and what people have been going through. If everything seems to be going alright then I’ll swing by the Apple Store one day.
While we’re on the subject of Apple … I decided to order the new Apple Keyboard a few weeks ago and I’m loving the purchase. I previously had the old Apple Keyboard with Bluetooth. The Bluetooth was beginning to act strange, telling me my batteries were dead when I had just charged them. Instead of going through all the trouble of figuring out what was wrong I just ordered the new one, which had just been released. I had gone to the Apple Store and played around with one right after they came out and really liked the feel. The keys are more like a laptop keyboard. It took a little while to get completely used to but now I love it. The only way I’d improve it would be to have some sort of indication on the function keys so I can find them without looking. I went with the wired version because the wireless one doesn’t have a numeric keypad.
This week Andre Ware and Brian Baldinger were the color analysts for my college and NFL games this week. If you just listened to Ware you’d be shocked to learn that PSU is a good team and won the game. He spent the entire game talking up Hardy, the Indiana WR. It was so bad a friend of mine had to call and vent about how horrible it was. Baldinger was his usual self. Actually, while Baldy really bothered me during today’s Eagles game, thinking again about Ware makes Baldy look great. One note on Baldy, I think he has positioned himself perfectly to step in for Madden when the time comes. They both have a similar style and even sound a little alike, if you can imagine what Madden might have sounded like 30 years ago. Take a listen next game.
October 31, 2006
Down in Fort Myers we had 3 football teams tied for first in the division. I was wondering how they would sort this out. It turns out two teams played for 1 quarter last night, and the winner of that quarter played the third team for another quarter. Can you imagine if they did this in college football? Is this better than going to the 5th tiebreaker of points scored/points against, etc…? It is technically being played on the field, but only for a quarter. I haven’t made up my mind about this. I know that Mike could solve this problem write now with his triangular football field idea.