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partoftheproblem
  • From:USA

Date Posted:01-11-2014 03:11:42Copy HTML


I'll start: I'm still marveling at the 2014 performance of that Bumgarner kid. Do you realize that with his post-season innings he pitched 270 of them this year? Amazing, given what his contemporaries manage. I hope he stays healthy. I doubt that he will, what with those dangerous mechanics, but may he thrive for years to come. What a kid! What a pro! 

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  • From:USA

Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:01-12-2014 09:57:48Copy HTML

Okay, just a few comments on yesterday's games...and to make sure this thread doesn't get buried...

It really looks like Arizona is toast at this point. If Atlanta can take care of them so easily then it doesn't say much for the Cards as a real contendor. Seattle is now 1 game back, the niners two, but I doubt whether AZ wins even two more games this year.

SF plays the Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay-ders (Greg Papa's elongated TD call) this Sunday. If ever there were a must win game...at least it WON'T be a trap game.

My Steelers fucking again show up poorly in a crappy loss to NO, no reason for that shit, except that Ben hurt his throwing hand which doesn't bode well down the road (preparing excuses). Letting Blount go may have been a mistake since they now don't have anyone to pair with Leveon Bell, so that means teams can tee on Leveon when he's out there and play the secondary when he's not.

The Packers-Pats game was pretty good--Tom Brady should realize that if he doesn't win, Yaz won't comment on how cute he is, so he needs to get off the schtick.

The silly thing is I heard the announcer describe Aaron Rodgers as a first ballot HOF. That's stupid. ONE Superbowl??? And no real noise since then? That was idiotic.

The AFC North, except for the Bengals, did not perform yersterday, three of the four teams lost, good for Pittsburgh but makes it harder to think both WCs will come out of it.

And while I know that nobody is really a hoops fan--including myself--it would be remiss for me not to mention that the Warriors have won ten straight, and sit at a 14 - 2 record. That's pretty good for a team that has floundered for two decades in futility. They finally have a real superstar in Steff Curry, and are able to build around him very successfully, they just finished off a  5 - 0 road trip with a double digit win over Detroit, and, weak as Detroit really is, the reality is that any five game roadtrip, especially back east, is going to leave a tteam a little tired, so their strong showing even there attests to how good they've become.
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partoftheproblem Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #122
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:01-12-2014 10:25:33Copy HTML

. . . The silly thing is I heard the announcer describe Aaron Rodgers as a first ballot HOF. That's stupid. ONE Superbowl??? And no real noise since then? That was idiotic . . .

Mickey, Rodgers isn't a lock for the HOF yet, but he will be if he continues the excellent career he's having. Right now, there's no question he's the best QB in the league, and the main reason I've given up hope for a divisional title this year for my Lions. He throws lasers -- accurate lasers -- almost all the time (watch those pretty passes, and revel in their beauty!). And he runs both effectively and judiciously, a hugely important QB quality to possess in the pursuit of not getting seriously maimed. Right now in the NFL, he's in a class by himself, followed by Manning and Brady, followed by guys like Brees, Rivers, and Roethlisberger, followed by a bunch of guys (my young Mr. Stafford is still in this group), followed by the also-rans and the bottom-feeders.    

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partoftheproblem Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #123
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:01-12-2014 10:27:12Copy HTML

Oh, yeah: sorry about your Steelers. (Maybe time for a coaching change?)
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mickeyrat Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #124
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:02-12-2014 03:08:24Copy HTML

you know, I wondered that to myself this morning, POTP. I know it sounds sacrilegious, (edited to say, two days later because I'm anal, that the original spelling "sacriligious" didn't look right, really didn't feel like editing it at the time, checked it out and would have been wrong even if I DID edit it then since would have put the replacement 'e' after the 'r', as in sacreligious, when it really belongs after the 'l'. Booooo...my mind is going.) 

Anyway, the Steelers never fire a coach, but Tomlin doesn't seem to be able to keep the team steady. They're not as good as they've looked some games, but really not as bad as they've looked against NO and TB, two of the junk teams of the league. Any given Sunday is great, but there shouldn't be two such Sundays, IMIV, against two teams like those. ESPECIALLY at home against Drew out of the Superdome. The only consolation is that both those bad losses are NFC losses, so really won't affect any divisional tiebreakers, so they're still in pretty good shape, but a lot is going to depend on those next four weeks...including, I would hope, Tomlin's future.

On Rodgers, again we come up against the same divide we have over Manning. Neither has done enough in terms of wins in my book. But I wouldn't put Steve Young in the HOF either. On Rodgers, I'll agree, the jury is still out, but if he doesn't win another SB I don't see how he gets in the HOF. He's a competent QB, I'll give him that, and if he's playing the position itself to the highest calibre, good for him. But you know I think it takes more than just play at the position, given the role of the QB in today's NFL, so I just can't put him up there yet with Brady, or, for that matter, really, Big Ben. I don't put Brees up there either because it seems to me that he uses the Superdome as a crutch...in a way, though in much tougher conditions, Rodgers has a similar advantage at Lambeau. Both teams have to play in the same environment, yes, but, if you're used to that environment, that gives you an advantage a comparably skilled QB doesn't have.


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  • From:Norway

Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 02:08:44Copy HTML


TP week  9   ...  9-4
     week 10 ... 11-2          
     week 11 ...  6-8
     week 12 ... 11-4
     week 13 ...  6-10

------------------43-28
_______________________________

POTP week   9  ... 10-3
         week 10 ...  9-4
         week 11 ...  8-6
         week 12 ... 13-2
         week 13 ... 12-4

---------------------52-19
______________________________

Mickey week   9 ... 9-4
           week 10 ... 8-5
           week 11 ... 7-7
           week 12 ... 6-9
           week 13 ...11-5   (s/u)  I'll let you figure out your picks against the spread

---------------------41-30
________________________________

Easy  week  9 ... 8-5
        week 10 ... 9-4
        week 11 ... 8-6
        week 12 ...13-2
        week 13 ... 6-10

-------------------44-27


On any given Sunday   eh........ lol
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mickeyrat Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #126
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 07:22:06Copy HTML

Reply to mickeyrat
yo, EZ...

Straight up, I went 10 - 5, so am 34 and 21. Last week it just happened that both straight up and against the spread were the same so didn't matter.

Against the spread, 6 - 9. Now 17 - 25

BB, 2 - 2



10 - 6 this week, so getting up there, now 27 - 31. Still less than .500, though. Would like to get about .60 before the year is done, then I can get my own 800 number. (EIGHT hundred, fools, I didn't say NINE hundred.)

Best bets were only 2 - 2. Haven't won yet this year. Losing these, however, is like gaining money that I wasn't stupid enough to bet, so it's all good!

ahem. 45 - 37 should be the correct straight up. Not that I'm counting. :-)

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easyrider123 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #127
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 06:34:47Copy HTML

ahem. 45 - 37 should be the correct straight up. Not that I'm counting. :-)

ahem. That's an interesting total since there have been only 71 games played weeks 9 - 13. I am counting. ;-)


omaha!
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litman Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #128
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 06:45:04Copy HTML

   I am glad that the Seahawks are again playing at a high level.  It was painful to watch them play crap ball.  The looked as bad as the Steelers for the first few games.  But the Seahawks are only the second thing to me in sorts.  I support Gonzaga basketball and it looks like we may have a final four type of team.

  However next sat we find out just how good they are or aren't.  Gonzaga is ranked 9th and are playing Arizona ranked at number 3.  Should be a great game.

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  • From:Norway

Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 08:46:48Copy HTML

Lol lit, I attended UofI(Chicago Circle Campus) but for some reason became a Gonzaga/Mark Few fan since I watched them in the 1999 March Madness run.

I also pull for Michigan State/Tom Izzo every year 


The Seahawks are looking like they will be making a run at back to back SB rings. If the defensive unit stays healthy and Wilson and Lynch too, beast mode baby!
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partoftheproblem Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #130
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 10:15:01Copy HTML

EZ, my irrational optimism about the basketball Spartans fucks up my bracket every March. They're always good, but never as good as I want them to be (at least not since 2000). Do you root for the football Spartans, too? High hopes dashed this year. :-( 

Mickey, I seem to recall that you don't have a TV and therefore am not sure if you've ever seen any of the NFL Network's "Top Ten" series. It's a breezily superficial, snappily edited, taped show that focuses on such categories as "Top Ten Draft Busts", or "Top Ten End Zone Dances", or "Top Ten you Coaches Who Belonged in College", you name it. I love it because it helps me remember how football used to look and how it was played. (One -- probably the most obvious -- difference: earlier players were generally smaller. One common feature: it's always been really fucking violent.) And there are often some pretty funny zingers provided by sports media figures (most of whom make careers out of simply talking shit).

Anyway, last night's episode was "Top Ten Big Men", which featured respectively oversized players at various positions. (William "The Refrigerator" Perry, was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the list.) But #9 was Jerome Bettis -- The Bus. I always loved that guy. For a running back he was impossibly huge, but in the program's highlights of him on the field, you saw how impossibly nimble he could be, too. He wasn't Barry Sanders-good, or O.J. Simpson-good, or Marcus Allen-good, or even Emmitt Smith-good, but he lasted 13 years, which is accomplishment enough in the NFL crucible, and he was yet another reason to watch football. What fun it was to see him trample linebackers and defensive backs who stood in his way once he'd got up a head of steam!  I've always loved the fact that the Steelers won the Super Bowl in Detroit, his hometown. (I seem also to recall that your Big Ben played like a turd in that victory, yet one more arrow in the quiver of my contention that the number of Super Bowl victories a QB "has" is a highly overrated metric.) But, hell . . . If The Bus was comin' at you, look the fuck out.  

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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:03-12-2014 11:09:11Copy HTML

I do root for the Spartans in football too, for U. of Ill. too. But in college football I am always looking forward to Stanford vs USC, love Stanford and hate/love USC

The 'fridge' was big in 85, and I loved the guy but his size today would only be considered avg. 6'2" 335lbs. But that refrigerator could run an 11 sec. 100 yd dash and do a 360 basketball dunk on a regulation basket.

I have many great memories from '85. It also just cemented my long held belief that defenses win championships. Which is why I think if Seattle's defensive unit remains intact they are the best team going this year. JJ Watt needs help and if he gets it Houston will be a force next year.

The Bears? I really thought Cutler was going to have a career year. I'm at a loss, and truthfully I haven't been keeping abreast of the inner workings on the Bears as the season runs it's course.

This year I see Packers as the only threat to the Seahawks and figure they will meet in NFC title game

I see the Patriots and Broncos in the AFC title game

The best defense is the beast mode Seahawks, and they seem to reaching their peak right on schedule
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mickeyrat Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #132
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 07:15:27Copy HTML

Anyway, last night's episode was "Top Ten Big Men", which featured respectively oversized players at various positions. (William "The Refrigerator" Perry, was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the list.) But #9 was Jerome Bettis -- The Bus. I always loved that guy. For a running back he was impossibly huge, but in the program's highlights of him on the field, you saw how impossibly nimble he could be, too. He wasn't Barry Sanders-good, or O.J. Simpson-good, or Marcus Allen-good, or even Emmitt Smith-good, but he lasted 13 years, which is accomplishment enough in the NFL crucible, and he was yet another reason to watch football. What fun it was to see him trample linebackers and defensive backs who stood in his way once he'd got up a head of steam! I've always loved the fact that the Steelers won the Super Bowl in Detroit, his hometown. (I seem also to recall that your Big Ben played like a turd in that victory, yet one more arrow in the quiver of my contention that the number of Super Bowl victories a QB "has" is a highly overrated metric.) But, hell . . . If The Bus was comin' at you, look the fuck out.

I did too. Jerome had heart. Though he almost killed me when he fumbled on the 1 yard line with the Steelers ahead by 3, and gave Peyton a chance to drive down the field again with about 2 minutes to go, the FG went wide, or it would have been over for the Steelers. But it was that same heart that got that final first down that sealed the SB for them, so all was forgiven.

(I seem also to recall that your Big Ben played like a turd in that victory, yet one more arrow in the quiver of my contention that the number of Super Bowl victories a QB "has" is a highly overrated metric.)


Here's the thing often forgotten about that SB, though. While Ben didn't play well there, he played VERY well in the three games before that. The Steelers were the first WC team to play three road games to get to the SB. They took out Carson Palmer and beat the Bengals, in Cincy, then went on the road to beat Colts as the #1 seed, and then went into Denver and beat them with 3 tds in the first half.

It's not so much the matter of wins, as having proved yourself, Big Ben has more wins than Peyton because he's proved himself more often than Peyton. And but for a bonehead play in the SB, he could easily be three and oh in SBs, rather than 2 - 1, whereas nobody can say anything but that Peyton never had a chance last year after the first ten minutes.

That's what I meant by "making noise" in respect to Rogers. Had he been in the Conference Championship a couple of times since his superbowl win, if he had led the Packers to one divisional title after another, okay, that's to his credit. But if he's in and out of the playoffs, like Peyton and Steve Young was repeatedly, then to me that counts HEAVILY against HOF status, it is saying that you can't win when it counts the most.

ahem. That's an interesting total since there have been only 71 games played weeks 9 - 13. I am counting. ;-)


omaha!

lol. I plead idiocy. Added the 11 twice. Should be 45 - 26.

lol. You're killing me. Like MB, I raise my hands in surrender.

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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 02:28:20Copy HTML

Dallas @ Chicago - Dallas
Pittsburgh @ Cincy - Cincy
St.Louis @ Washington - St.Louis
New York Giants @ Tennessee - Tennessee
Carolina @ New Orleans - New Orleans
NY Jets @ Minnesota - Minnesota
Baltimore @ Miami - Baltimore
Indy @ Cleveland - Indy
Tampa Bay @ Detroit - Detroit
Houston @ Jacksonville - Houston
Buffalo @ Denver - Denver
KC @ Arizona - KC
Seattle @ Philly - Philly
San Fran @ Oakland - Niners
New England @ San Diego - New England
Atlanta @ Green Bay - Green Bay
mickeyrat Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #134
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 06:38:53Copy HTML

Date & Time Favorite Spread Underdog           S/U
12/4 8:25 ET Dallas* -4 At Chicago          DAL
12/7 1:00 ET At Miami -2.5 Baltimore          BAL
12/7 1:00 ET At Cincinnati -3 Pittsburgh         PIT
12/7 1:00 ET Indianapolis -3.5 At Cleveland       IND
12/7 1:00 ET Houston -5 At Jville              HOU
12/7 1:00 ET At Tennessee PK NY Giants           TEN
12/7 1:00 ET At New Orleans -9.5 Carolina*          NOS
12/7 1:00 ET At Detroit -9.5 Tampa Bay        DET
12/7 1:00 ET St. Louis* -2.5 At Washington    STL
12/7 1:00 ET At Minnesota -6 NY Jets               MIN
12/7 4:05 ET At Denver -9.5 Buffalo              DEN
12/7 4:05 ET At Arizona -1 Kansas City*    KCC
12/7 4:25 ET San Francisco -8 At Oakland         SFN
12/7 4:25 ET At Philadephia -1 Seattle                PHI
12/7 8:30 ET New England -3.5 At San Diego    SAN

Monday Night Football Point Spread
12/8 8:30 ET At Green Bay -12.5 Atlanta      GBP

So, my Steelers DEFINITELY need to beat Cincy this week...this is basically their season.

Seattle/Phi is the big game of the week. I think that Seattle is going to find that Chip Kelly's offense is a LOT quicker than San Fran's, so really do expect a pretty solid win by Phi.

I'm shocked, shocked, that the spread is so big for Denver. I picked Denver to win, but I will be surprised if Buffalo doesn't keep it close.

I'm also shocked that the spread is so narrow between AZ and KCC, I think this is the week everyone realizes that AZ was done when Carson went down.

I agree with EZ that if and when Houston gets some players other than Watt, they're going to be a decent team. But not there yet.

Dallas will have a good bounceback game. I'm so confident in fact I just changed a BB from Baltimore to Dallas, even though I'm pretty confident Baltimore will handle Miami.

Critical week for Steelers, Niners, AZ. We'll see.
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 07:07:18Copy HTML

I was tempted to pick the Steelers but they've been so inconsistent lately and Cincy has the home field, had to give a slight edge to the Bengals. Besides, I flipped a coin and Cincy still won.
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 10:47:06Copy HTML

I'm picking Chicago to surprise everyone tonight and send their hometown fans home happy. I'll put up my picks for the week before Sunday, too much on my plate right now. After last weeks travesty I'll need to be more analytical and less emotional with my picks. ;-)
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:04-12-2014 11:18:40Copy HTML

Thu., Dec. 4Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
Sun., Dec. 7Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
Sun., Dec. 7Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns
Sun., Dec. 7Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Sun., Dec. 7Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun., Dec. 7Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
Sun., Dec. 7Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun., Dec. 7New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings
Sun., Dec. 7New York Giants at Tennessee Titans
Sun., Dec. 7St. Louis Rams at Washington
Sun., Dec. 7Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos
Sun., Dec. 7Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals
Sun., Dec. 7San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders
Sun., Dec. 7Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun., Dec. 7New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
Mon., Dec. 8Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 06:01:09Copy HTML

yep, as I said, it was an 'EZ' bounceback win for the Cowgirls. 41 - 28. ;-)
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 06:12:42Copy HTML

Yup !@#$%^&*  leave Trestman there and replace most of the coaching staff, there's no good reason for such play with the talent they have on that team. I feel so bad for my brothers in Chicago, having to deal with this disgrace.


                
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 07:07:49Copy HTML

UCF

wins with a 50 plus

yard hail Mary against ECU

with 5 seconds left in the game

to share 1st place in the

conference.

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!





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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 02:17:36Copy HTML

Good game by the Cowboys, thought it would be a lot closer. Hopefully, they'll get some of that confidence back needed for the playoffs. Murray had a good day, not sure they can maintain that scoring frenzy.
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 07:12:35Copy HTML

Week 14

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago BearsThursday, December 4th, 2014 at 8:25pm ETBye Week:
none
Houston Texans at Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
New York Jets at Minnesota VikingsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
St. Louis Rams at Washington RedskinsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans SaintsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit LionsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Baltimore Ravens at Miami DolphinsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati BengalsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
New York Giants at Tennessee TitansSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland BrownsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Buffalo Bills at Denver BroncosSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:05pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona CardinalsSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:05pm ET
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:25pm ET
San Francisco 49ers at Oakland RaidersSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:25pm ET
New England Patriots at San Diego ChargersSunday, December 7th, 2014 at 8:30pm ET
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay PackersMonday, December 8th, 2014 at 8:30pm ET

I'm figuring the Browns for the upset this week. 

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partoftheproblem Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #143
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 09:30:27Copy HTML

EZ, you gotta give up on the Bears this year, man. Everyone shits all over Cutler, and God knows he too often disappoints (because, what an arm he has!), but the Bears don't stink because of Cutler -- they stink because that defense is horrible. (I didn't pick the Browns myself, but I'd like nothing more than to see them upset the Colts. Cold Great Lakes cities, baby!)  
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 09:53:12Copy HTML

Reply to partoftheproblem

EZ, you gotta give up on the Bears this year, man. Everyone shits all over Cutler, and God knows he too often disappoints (because, what an arm he has!), but the Bears don't stink because of Cutler -- they stink because that defense is horrible. (I didn't pick the Browns myself, but I'd like nothing more than to see them upset the Colts. Cold Great Lakes cities, baby!)  

Yes, that was the final wisp of hope gone last night. Don't get me wrong, I like, support and defend Cutler all the way. I have kept on hoping for the necessary team mates to allow him to flourish. There are so many times (believe it or not) that watching him throw is magnificent, he is able. The defensive unit makes me want to cry sometimes. Hey ever since I was a kid we were always 'The Monsters of the Midway' and that handle came about mainly from our defense and pounding the ball down the field on the ground.

The Bears defense has been pathetic, but the offensive unit hasn't been producing either and they have the horses....Marshall and Jeffrey wide outs and Bennett at TE, with Forte at running back. Those guys are pro bowl caliber and they're tall and fast, should be dominating! The O-line is only slightly better than average, but with those guys handling the ball they should be putting up 30 to 40 points a game. Thereby winning games by 3 to 10 points even allowing for their under construction defensive unit. IMO  I was really expecting to see the Bears fight for the NFC title this year, winning games with scores like 32 - 28 and there abouts all year. With the offense controlling the ball and scoring more, the defense would have given up less points as well. 

Was really expecting to see Cutler have a career year, especially after the way they were scoring the last half of last year. Then they added a few good defensive picks in the draft, and................

c'est la vie ........ now my support goes to the NFC Superbowl participant. Seahawks make it back to back if they stay healthy through their core

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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:05-12-2014 10:09:26Copy HTML

On the way to the Super Bowl, why not root for the Lions, who are still very much in the hunt?
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:06-12-2014 03:39:39Copy HTML

Actually I do root for them in the NFC north. I really can't stand the purple people eaters or the cheese heads. I can more relate to the Lions ......

NFC title game maybe.......Lions vs Seahawks would be exciting
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Re:New sports thread

Date Posted:06-12-2014 05:52:14Copy HTML

well, in the NFC, I'm rooting for the Lions all the way. And I hope, if they AREN'T playing my Steelers and win it all, they give Barry Sanders a ring!

Put Richard Sherman up against Megatron--see how much talking Richie does then.

I said I wasn't convinced of the Seahawks at the start of the year, and despite their record right now am still not convinced of them. I think their victory over the Niners was predicated more on Niner weaknesses than any Seattle strength. Per my above, I do think it will be interesting to see how they do against the Eagles...that will tell us I think the real story. As it stands, I think Detroit has enough of the right kind of offense, time-sustaining drives, to score points and keep Russell and Marshaun off the field.


I really can't stand the purple people eaters or the cheese heads. I can more relate to the Lions ......

I don't have a problem with the Vikings, have a soft spot for them in fact, 0 - 4 in the SB, including one loss to my Steelers, feel kind of bad Fran never got one ring, same for Jim Kelly, especially after that Scott Norwood missed FG.

But I did have a problem with the Packers, and while grudgingly recognizing Brett Favre as a very great qb, felt that he got cut a lot of slack by officials. And geez, you just think that with the quote historic tradition unquote they could come up with something a bit better than a freaking cheesehead as their equivalent, for example, to the Terrible Towel invented by the ever inventive Myron Cope of the Steelers.

Of ALL the sports commercials ever made, isn't Mean Joe Greene's Coke commercial still the most famous?
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OREGON VS ALABAMA




Oregon wins!


Marcus Mariota wins Heisman
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So, there will be some question as to who the top four college teams should be.

I agree that Alabama and Oregon are 1/2, but think Oregon should be top. Then Alabama. Then you've got two slots for three teams: Ohio State, Florida State or Baylor.

Florida State is undefeated. But they eked out the last five games or so...does it matter how well you win a game? One time I would say no, but consistently, you have to think there's at last as much luck in your wins as skill.

Some want to drop Florida State, but I doubt you can really drop an undefeated team. So that leaves Baylor or Ohio State as the final team. Probably, because the Big 10 is so popular, they'll throw a bone to Ohio State, fair in that OSU has had to go through three qbs to get where they are, that, I think, speaks to a solid foundation in the team itself that it can play consistently well despite three different qbs.

So if things shake out as I think, Alabama will probably play, and probably pretty easily beat, OSU, and Oregon will match up against Florida State...hell, the committee might like that just because you have last year's Heisman playing against this year's likely Heisman. Don't know who would win that one.
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I'm gonna stick with Florida St. for my druthers. They don't have the defense they had last year and two of their defensive starters went out with injuries last night against Georgia Tech...but they still found a way to win. And that's pretty much what they've been doing all year, sometimes in the wanning moments of the game. The only undefeated team in the elite ranks, they deserve the number #1 billing AND a shot at another national championship. The other teams want a shot at a national title, they should be forced to knock Florida St. off their perch.

As for the other 4 teams, they all have a legitimate claim to the the big dance, they all looked impressive down the stretch, I don't believe any one team is any more deserving than the other. Personally, I like Ohio St.

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