Quick Hits: Week 6

Sorry Ian Rapopport…best thing ever! Haha: http://i.imgur.com/POfcy.gif

Hey, New England: do you like apples?…Well, Seattle got a win. HOW ‘BOUT DEM APPLES??? Russell Wilson, I am sorry for doubting your ability to win.

This has been a crazy week, really only a snapshot of a crazy season. Somehow, teams who are supposed to win aren’t winning, and the ones that shouldn’t…well, they’re not either, but we’ve got some excellent football from units that were very underrated in the preseason. Let’s where the world of football and all that is effed up stands:

1) The 49ers are becoming the Chargers. Unlike San Diego, the 49ers have won games in dominant fashion, including pancaking the Bills and Jets in successive weeks. But they are inconsistent. Even at 4-2, it seems as though the Reds on the Bay are unreadable. The Giants crushed them 26-3, and Alex Smith and the offense couldn’t generate anything after hitting a field goal on their first drive. This is a team that won’t lose in successive weeks, but they are not immortal.

2) Vick and the Eagles are middle of the pack. Granted they live in a division that hoards broken dreams and empty hopes in their facilities’ basements, the Eagles look like a team going nowhere fast. Talent on paper doesn’t get you wins on paper, especially when your QB is so turnover-prone that I may actually invent a meter to gauge how much of a liability he is. I’m thinking of calling it, “Vick Fails per Hour”. One means a game is winnable. Anything above 10 is a lost cause. V/FPH, remember it. It’s going to be a thing.

3) How many times are the Jets going to play with our emotions? One week, they’re so bad, even the garbage men won’t pick up such smelly trash. The next, they’re rolling over teams. WHY? HOW? DAFUQ? Thinking about the fortunes of this team gives me an unnecessary migraine. How does Mark Sanchez go from broken boy-toy to a D-Cell battery so often? Seriously, New York, just decide on being crappy bottom-dwellers, let Tebow win your games for you, and the world will be at peace. It’s that simple, save us the irritation.

4) Ryan Tannehill is showing why he is just as good as the rest of his draft class. He’s knocking in the wins like a pro, and he’s doing it with style. This Dolphins team didn’t have a heartbeat in the preseason, and now pundits all over the inter-web are calling them the only other good team in the AFC East. I believe it. I don’t think they’ll be a wild-card team yet (even if they are, it would take a miracle to win, unless RT1 is Houdini resurrected in the form of a lucky-ass, 6′ 4″ man with one of the hottest wives in the NFL…just sayin’) but they are very good and have a leader to build around.

5) Is there a better bad team in the league than the Dallas Cowboys? This team is a tease. They play their little hearts out, make their fans feel that this really is the year week in and week out…and then take those hopes and dreams and shoot them into pestilential swamp when they’re highest. Seriously, guys? This team may have average talent, but a lot of these players have played better than this. The team is whittling away the valuable time that it has with veterans DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and Miles Austin. There isn’t a lot of talent here, but it’s not hard to see that even the littlest of hopes are already fading, if they haven’t already.

6) The Seahawks are showing why they’re legit. I can’t believe I missed that last 46-yard connection between Wilson and Rice for the winning TD. I caught it after having sushi between classes (which is a college student’s delight), but the feeling is always more euphoric live. Regardless, Seattle as a whole team should be feared by their upcoming opponents who still view them as a stepping stone. This team, who boast the Number 1 defense in the league, along with a rookie QB who has proven he can win in the fourth quarter, is primed and ready for the Sunday Night Lights (that’s right, pop culture reference NFL-afied, take that America). 

7) There is no clear Super Bowl favorite anymore. The Niners lost in Giant fashion (lame pun, I know, I have to keep myself awake here), the Patriots were killed by the stagnant Seahawks, Atlanta is barely winning against mediocre teams, and at the time of writing this, Houston is being backed up by a Green Bay team that has lost it’s shine in the first five weeks of the season. Only the Baltimore Ravens seem to be in a reasonably good position to take in some favoritism, but they’re D was rocked by injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. We may be getting to the point where we may need to add to the list of possibles. Any takers for the Chargers? That’s not funny, I’m actually totally serious right now.

8) How have we gone through the season so far without noticing how bad Jaguars are. Maybe it’s because after one whole season, we’re already use to it. Wrong of me to pick on them on a bye week? Tell it to the AFC South.

9) It’s not a foregone conclusion that the Falcons could, in fact, go 10-0. And yet, there would still be questions as to whether they’re good enough to win a playoff game or not. They’ve won against pretty bad teams, and it’s no secret that Atlanta can easily be knocked off their pedestal by any team coming around. If only they had a match-up against the Eagles…wait, they do! We’ll get to see if Michael Vick’s V/FPH, if it is high, is something that the Falcons can’t lose against. I say the Eagles’ pull another win out from Andy Reid’s…ya know…yuck, OK I can’t say that. Arneet’s V/FPH: 5. That’s not good.

10) This is the NFL, remember that. What I mean is, as the cliche goes, any team can win on any given Sunday. We’re two weeks from the halfway mark on the season, and there’s still a lot of football to play. The Texans and Falcons will not go undefeated, the Bills can still reach the playoffs, San Fran is still a good team, and the Chiefs are…well, one way or another, they’re screwed, that’s a given. My point is that we’ve still got 11 weeks, and a lot of good story lines to follow, so let’s not twist in our seats for a better view of the World Series on the big screen. The fun has only just begun.

Weekly Chat from Arneet and Will

October 8
depends does borderlands 2 count as busy?
hahaha…no. What’s your take on the Panthers?
trying to figure out where they’re headed is painful
well if your QB and WR are duking it out
then you’re really not gonna flourish
oh ironically it’s the sophomore slump
no one wanted it
but defenses have tuned to Newton
and the Panthers are not good enough Pass and Run Blockers to protect him
and so other defenses are just ending them
do they make it over .500?

i’m honestly going to say no
same, I keep hoping that Newton will grow up a bit and tune himself like a veteran, but he’s so childish and he plays the game like it’s all about him. Auburn spoiled him
So I’m thinking they underachieve and go 7-9
I reckon that’s being nice.
there’s a player in the NRL right now
Shaun Johnson
EXACTLY the same problem
he’s a selfish player
he has potential?
Oh acres of it
i’ll show you
check him put
he’s got so much potential but he squanders it with selfish play
now give me a second
holy s**t
yeah man he’s got it all
I reckon it’s the coach
you mean with shaun williams?
no Cam Newton
there’s a type of coach that allows too much of a player and lets him take control
not enough equality in the locker room, they’ve put him on a pedestal
you know who it sounds familiar to?
santonio holmes?
mike vick?
remember back i think it was 09 or 10 they sang his praises NON STOP
deep passer
quick decisions
now look at the guy
he can barely complete his own dinner
Yeah, he was good for like, one season at USC
yeah man it’s a joke
then all of a sudden he was a f*****g godsend for the jets
i totally agreed with your article
“oh we’re so lucky he FELL to us at number 5”
f**k that
i never thought i’d miss the guy
but omg he is just wasted on the Jets
What I figure is this:
If he supplanted Kyle Orton in Denver…
…why can’t he be an upgrade over Sanchez in New York?
oh preaching to the choir
Sanchez isn’t nearly the player Orton is
And I wouldn’t have Sanchez as more than a decent back up
he had a good start to his career going to the AFC Championship game twice, but it was riding on the back of a stalwart defense
he’d be the 3rd string on the Cardinals!
I’d take Skelton over him, for sure
Yeah Revis was in his prime
i’d take skelton with one arm over him
haha, the cards would have to if they had him with the way kolb is getting hit these days
but yeah, Tebow can make that offense look like it’s the niners run game
carrying these guys to the end
oh man he’s actually a good player
i mean he beat the steelers in OT in the playoffs
he throws terribly but the charisma he brings to the game actually puts points on the board
he runs his teams out of trouble
it’s an incredible power to have
im not sure there’s another player in the league like him
maybe RG3 one day, but not yet
…speaking of RG3, guess who’s not the top scoring fantasy player in our league now???
well Victor Cruz with a 23
that’s fine
i can live with it
pfft not for long
im the top scorer dude
ohhhh, for verrrrrry long
dude you wait
just need RG3 to come up against the Oakland Raiders
and i’ll be rolling in points
he’s concussed bro, we’ll see if they clear him first
well i’ve got Alex Smith for backup
so we’ll be good for a week off
who is another underrated player
not after this week
that offense if off the chi-zain
i know!
300 passing AND 300 rushng??? lock them in for the number 2 seed if Atlanta stays undefeated
oh Atlanta will burn out
i reckon they’ll go 14-2
their first loss is coming up
i can sense it
haha, they’ve got a soft schedule bro
especially considering how weak the NFC South is
same as the Texans
what a joke of a conference
the AFC is shit this year, it’s crazy
haha, who dafuq is Blaine Gabbert?
I like their uniforms though…
Blaine Gabbert is the worst QB in the NFL right now
worse than Sanchez
i suggest you save that title for…oh, idk, mike vick?
this guy is actually impossible to watch
good point but Mike Vick wins some games
Blaine Gabbert has Jones-Drew that he can lean on
he doesn’t
he has a promising new reciever
who he doesn’t throw to
and not because he chooses others
it’s because he physically can’t
he is incapable of the basics of QB play
you, sir, may have a new article on your hands
Vick v Gabbert for the Discont Double GET THE HELL OUT!
ok looking through the Falcons schedule
that’s bulls**t man
there’s a line between good play and downright cheating
and they’ve rigged that schedule
i’m positive
see what i’m saying???
dude that’s ridiculous
the Falcons can easily go 10, 11, even 12-0 with the way they’re playing
they’re probs playing like s**t
it’s just the other teams are that much worse
I suppose…do they have the seahawks?
don’t think so
because if both the falcons AND seahawks barely slid by the panthers, i’d like to see them head to head
…i guess we’ll have to wait for the playoffs
haha wishful thinking
i don’t think Seattle will surpass the Conference this year
too early for Wilson to get such accolades
right, but that D and Marshawn Lynch could make them the Jets from 09 and 10
think about it bro
if they open up the playbook, i know this kid is going to make people pay for doubting him and his size, including me
i’d never doubt a qb by size
but they are up against 49ers
and the Cards
i just don’t like their chances this year
the cards are the cards. with kolb getting hit like he is, seattle’s defense is going to blow them wide open
the niners…ill admit, they’re tough. But the hawks are different from the doormats they used to be
but dude Marshwan Lynch is gonna go NOWHERE against them
and Russell Wilson will be under enormous pressure
and he’s too inexpeienced to take it
I reckon they’re pretty identical that way
the only thing is that russell wilson has legs, unlike kolb
and kolb may be taller, but who passes well against our secondary these days anyways??
we’ve stuffed newton, rodgers, romo, skelton, and bradford
that’s not that bad a list if you think about it
yeah fair enough
well it’s a wait and see thing but i don’t think he’s got the mental capacity to dig himself out of a hole
idk, he’s a tough kid
he’s a Sagittarius
so am i
so hmm
tough call
we all are
that’s why I like him hahahaha
yeah man
same as Aaron Rodgers
and Philip Rivers
and DeSean Jackson
ugh, desean jackson
that muddles the list a bit
sure he’s not a cusp scorpio?
december 1
same as Terrell Owens
december 7
same as me
that’s a sadly muddled list
just like the sign
they go to war and fall out with people
and it’s all the same
haha, you lost me, but ok
i explain better in person
Mike Vick would have thrown another three interceptions and fumbled twice more by now
meh he’s mecurial
some days he’s awful
some days he
he’s good
i mean look at Peyton Manning
3 Int consecutively
true bro
Gabbert is worse than cancer
he doesn’t throw interceptions because he can’t throw close to the defence
he can barely throw over his own O-Line
they oughta go for Matt Barkely
Hell Justin Blackmon could throw to himself better
alright, i’ll be taking off now
loving the 8 am starts
laters man
see ya

The Enigma That Is Tebow

In many Hollywood films, there’s an unsung hero. There’s a singular character who, when it the time comes, steps up to the plate and helps to save the day. But “unsung” means they don’t get recognition. They are the sideshow to the real hero of the film who is expected, from the start, to be the savior of whatever situation they are trying to find a solution to.

Tim Tebow ain’t no unsung hero, fools.

Tebow is the, without a doubt, the most highly scrutinized and polarizing player in the NFL. There isn’t a soul out there in the league who doesn’t believe that, if Tebow jumps to the starting role in New York over Mark Suck-Cheese, he would be a winner all over again. The confidence, the swagger, and the ability to shake off criticism from every angle that Tim displays are traits not usually combined in one player. He is a vision and a representation of all that is required of a leader in an NFL locker room.

He inspires his teammates on both sides of the ball to be the best that they can be by example. He’s by far one of the worst quarterbacks in the league if you’re into looking at a traditional pocket passer for your team. But come game time, all that matters is that he can almost literally give 110% of himself to every play if it means winning the game. He’s by far one of the best tailbacks playing at the quarterback position. But come game time, he can make the right decision in a pinch, whether it’s by running or passing.

I’m just going to put this out on the table. Statistically, he may be one of the worst QB’s to ever win a playoff game (and that’s counting Tony Romo, who my fellow writer Will Hellrieglel bashed with such class down below).

Screw the stats, give him the damn ball!

Sanchez is not the future of this Jets franchise. And if he is, I’m going to be burning anything green in my closet for fear of seeing him wear it while shooting for GQ. He’s inconsistent in the regular season and cannot be trusted to hold the keys to an offense that boasts no real playmakers outside of TE Dustin Keller. You could make the argument that he’s better in the post season. But how’s about this to chew on: How much does it matter how well he plays in the post season if they can’t win more than eight games?

Tebow can win in the post season, too. And he did it with all of his flaws counting against him.

Here’s an idea: Maybe, just maybe, Rex Ryan should put a quarterback who can win games on either side of Week 17 into the starting role. WHAT A CRAZY THOUGHT. My mind has just been blown to bits by my own brilliance. You think the Jets would have taken a page out of the Denver Broncos history books by now! Kyle Orton was far more effective as the Broncos starter than Sanchez for New York before he was replaced by St. Tebow. Yet, despite his flaws, Tebow was more effective at winning games. So, if Sanchez is not nearly as good as Orton (who tossed a TD for Dallas in the fourth quarter on Monday) and can’t efficiently make this team better offensively, wouldn’t it be smart to go with someone who is a proven winner? Someone who has been known to be a straight-shooting, confidence-instilling teammate, especially in the clutch?

This logic is worthy of a goddamn Nobel Prize. And Tebow would probably wrench that away from me in the final voting anyways.

I’m just sayin’: Tebow Time is just around the corner.

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Rant about Romo

Hey Guys,

Yesterday I decided to watch the Cowboys v Bears game. I’m a loose supporter of the Dallas Cowboys and frankly I’m pissed off.

Tony Romo is the most over exaggerated quarterback I have ever witnessed. He has little to no skill at the QB position. I would almost, ALMOST, give a more elite quarterback listing to one Kevin Kolb. At least, he can win a game!

To put this in perspective, let’s break down Romo’s game against Chicago.

Quarter 1:
Probably his most productive quarter. No score just a nice total of 37 yards passing and a -7 yard sack which truely I can’t necessarily blame him for but jeez man throw the damn ball…wait on second thought, don’t!

Quarter 2:
In this quarter Tony threw a nice string of passes and a touchdown. Things were looking up for the Cowboys, but that’s the usual isn’t it? Tony Romo is never happy with an ‘easy’ game, throwing his first interception of the night out of a spectacular 5 picks (this one in particular a Tillman touchdown)! I don’t know why the Cowboys persist with this obvious losing QB.

Quarter 3:
Wow. This quarter is impressive for all the wrong reasons. Cutler throws a very impressive pass to Hester for a score to put some pressure on Romo to produce the game he is sometimes famed for (clutch when he sometimes is). However of course we are talking about the NFL’s favourite choker. He is so…not clutch. Throws to anyone but his own players. With Lance Briggs and Major Wright reaping the benefits in this quarter. Briggs of course ran 74 yards for a strong Defensive touchdown. Tony Romo has thrown more points for the opposing team…

Quarter 4:
Then we get to the fourth quarter. Well, Tony, take a bow. He throws a further two interceptions this quarter resulting in his retreat from the field and step forward Kyle Orton. Which to put insult to injury throws the final touchdown in the game and a two point conversion to boot. Romo is so bad he had to be substituted for the Cowboys to go anywhere, but backward…in garbage time!

I don’t care about his stats, I don’t care about his personality and I definitely don’t care about him. Tony Romo, leave the Cowboys. You’re making Dallas look worse than what they deserve to be. Eight interceptions in four weeks. Torrents of awful, AWFUL, losing seasons.

Romo, you suck!

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Week 4 Quick Hits (Pre-SNF)

Here’s what we’ve learned from Week 4 thus far:

1) Russell Wilson is inconsistent as a passer. The Seahawks need to realize that teams now have knowledge about Wilson that they didn’t before, and it’s going to keep hampering his development since they don’t open the playbook and allow him some freedom to learn to read defenses and call audibles. Wilson is a rookie, but he’s a big boy. Pete Carroll can ask more of him. If he can’t, then Matt Flynn should get his shot at the starting job again.

2) The Houston Texans are top notch. This team is nothing even closely resembling “the team of next year” that they’ve been labelled as for the past few seasons. The defense has carried over their dominant game from last year and have come out of the Mario Williams loss with J.J. Watt, who is proving to be the new bright spot on that line. Gary Kubiak is one of only a few head coaches left in the league who doesn’t dump the running game the moment it falters. He realizes the importance of using the run to set up the pass doesn’t just regard it as aging art. It helps to have Arian Foster as your running back, as it helps Matt Schaub to continue to be efficient. When WR Andre Johnson is benefiting from the run game, it’s a sign that you’ve found your identity. The Texans are looking like the Super Bowl favorites that I’ve had all hope for.

3) How are the Arizona Cardinals 4-0?! Seriously, this team came in with most analysts predicting a season under .500, and they’re dominating teams with a stifling defense and a quarterback who, since last season, looked like the second coming of George W. Bush if he was running an offense (decoded: that’s pretty crappy). I didn’t doubt the Cardinals ability, but certainly they’ve made the NFC West a much more competitive division. But…SERIOUSLY?! THE FREAKIN’ CARDINALS?? I’m going to go sign up for a straight-jacket.

4) It’s a great time to be Matt Ryan. Most experts were expecting Ryan to have a coming out last season with WR Julio Jones coming out of the draft to compliment WR Roddy White. He didn’t do enough to avoid a 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in the playoff last season. This season, however, even if he made breakfast with garden mulch, it would be the most beautiful crap the world had ever seen. Even if the rest of the season doesn’t quite match up this pace, Ryan should be considered the favorite to win the NFL MVP award. Imagine this team without him and running under someone like…Curtis Painter?

5) Tim Tebow will get his start barring one more bad game by Mark Sanchez. It was really only a matter of time. This is the start of the Jets’ realization that the team is better off with a QB who can barely throw and win, than a pretty-boy QB who can model in GQ looking like a complete turd and lose (frankly, only Tom Brady can pose for magazines. He’s not beautiful, but at least he wins). I fear that Tebow will be a journeyman quarterback if Sanchez starts doing well now. But frankly, Tebow inspires more confidence in his teammates than Marky-dork. I’m not just some impatient fan. Simply put, you know what you know. Tebow, despite his flaws, is a winner.

6) San Francisco is the most complete team in the NFC. It’s been 9 months since the 49ers proved their dominance by going to the NFC Championship Game, and from there the questions had begun to circle around about whether they could keep it up for more than just one season or flop and go 5-11. This year, they’ve started off by being one of the best all-around teams in the league. RB Frank Gore is still a power runner and a force in the offense. QB Alex Smith is moving away from the “game manager” title and towards simply being highly efficient and effective, avoiding turnovers and putting his team in a position to win every game. And that defense is still stifling as ever, shutting out the New York Jets (who put up the fight of a half-built jet). This is a testament to the blue-collar mentality that Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has implemented since last season. It’s a hard hitting, tough nosed team that doesn’t quit.

7) San Diego is…odd. They don’t seem to display…anything. If anything, they’re still a barely above-average team that’s had a fast start. Phillip Rivers is playing well, but he’s not scaring defenses like he used to. MVP chants used to fill Qualcomm Stadium. No more. The defense is tough to run against, but Falcons’ RB Michael Turner moved the ball efficiently on the ground. Plus, RB Ryan Mathews is seeming more and more like the main reason most Americans can’t afford basic health care. Being injured seems to be the only thing he’s consistent at. Until they can find a reliable back for that offense, the Chargers’ offense will be static, not really moving anywhere.

8) New Orleans isn’t good. There’s no getting around it. They suck. Hard. Losing to an emotional Green Bay Packers team the way that they did is admirable. Losing to the Panthers and the Chiefs is something other-worldly. Now we, as fans, realize how much Sean Payton means to that team. The defense is made of swiss cheese. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles ran wild against them last week for 233 yards and two touchdowns including a 91-yard touchdown run on 33 carries. Their offense isn’t bad, but it’s not winning games for them either. QB Drew Brees was supposed to be the on-field offensive coordinator, but he’s simply not creating a spark that the Saints direly need. If anyone predicted a sub-.500 record for this team, they’ll be partying hard on Bourbon Street with their winnings.

9) The Cleveland Browns are pretty decent. No, the Super Bowl is as far away from them as I am from asking the hot girl out who is sitting across the room from me at this cafe. Yeah, that’s like walking to Mars. But QB Brandon Weeden shows flashes of a rookie who can be one of the better players in the league one day soon. He managed the game against Baltimore well and kept his team competitive until the last play. And that’s what you want to see out of your leader. Plus, a Ravens offense that scored 44 points against the Cincinnati Bengals (who are not good, but hang with me for a sec) only scored 24 points against the Browns. That’s not a huge number considering the dreadful losses they’ve suffered at the hands of weaker teams in years’ past. There’s hope for this team. Not now, but in coming years. Stay tuned.

10) Speaking of the Bengals, how ’bout that O? Andy Dalton is not Tom Brady, but he’s making games easier to win for this team. Answering questions about his arm strength (or supposed lack thereof) with big throws to his WR on a weekly basis, the Big Red Gun is making a point in the NFL that he can win season-to-season. He has an OK running game backing him up, A.J. Green to pass to, but no proven second WR. Week to week that position changes starters, but he makes due with whomever, the mark of a reliable quarterback. This team is in good hands with Dalton at the helm, and sure it will take time for him to grow into a sustainable place as the leader of the offense, but he’s got a good start in his career to build on.

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Listen up, Goodell…

The interception-called-touchdown heard ’round the NFL. Green Bay 12, Seattle 14.

The game had been a defensive battle, Seattle sacking QB Aaron Rodgers 8 times in the first half. Green Bay found their groove in the second half and took the lead 12-7 in the fourth quarter. With just under a minute on the clock, the Seahawks were spottily moving down the field. And then came, the play.
Eight seconds left, fourth down and a few. Russell Wilson snaps and scrambles left, then lobs a pass up and into the left corner of the end zone. Seahawks WR Golden Tate and Packers DB M.D. Jennings, along with three other players from both sides, jump for the ball. The former two come down with it, falling to the ground with both of their hands wrapped around the ball.
Finally, in this moment, for this play, when the officials could have redeemed their reputations as incompetent scabs, the officials have finally decided a game. And not correctly.
Penalties littered the game with 100+ missed yards. Those penalties matter none at all now. Debate with small things like those are irrelevant with the game on the line. Any and all events before this play were leading up to this memorable moment: when it mattered, the officials messed up the one call they needed to get right.

M.D. Jennings had the ball.
On the play, one official called it a touchback, the other raised his hands for a touchdown. The head official made his way to the replay booth as the Seahawks’ sideline began their premature celebrations and the crowd boomed with noise. This was the play that the home crowd was hoping for, and seemingly they had gotten it. Some Packers were shouting at anyone within earshot hoping to God for some justice. Others were already shuffling to the sideline, just trying to wrap their heads around what had just occurred.
The official came back onto the field to report his ruling. A ruling that the NFL will come to regret with every day that passes without a deal with the NFLRA.
“After review, the ruling on the field stands. Touchdown.”
And the crowd goes wild.
This play was a decision ready to be discussed post-game, about whether the refs got it right or wrong. I’m happy as a jumping rabbit for my Seahawks coming out with the win. This is huge for a team that has been building an identity or toughness under former USC Head Coach Pete Carroll. The defense was stifling all game, and Marshawn Lynch was fighting for every yard like he was running with the bulls in Spain. This is exactly the team that Pete Carroll was looking to build in Seattle. And they were just as deserving of the win as Green Bay was with the way that they played tonight.
But the fact is that the NFL has caused one of the greatest sports travesties in history. This is not an overstatement: Roger Goodell and his negotiating staff have caused a team to actually lose a game.
Think about that. The commissioner, not the players or coaches, decided a game.
I know I advertise no politics, but when he decided that it was more important for the league to win a small percentage of money, compared to what the league is actually worth, he forced the politics to decide whether or not the Packers won or lost tonight.
You can’t even say it started when he suspended Saints players in the Bounty Scandal (whether he pulled those allegations out of his ass or not is not the question) because frankly the Saints were not the league’s most respectable team to begin with and they absolutely could have carried out a pay-to-hurt system.
It started when a bureaucrat with seemingly autocratic power over a billion-dollar industry believed the integrity of the game would not be affected by a few respectable men not getting the money they deserve. Roger Goodell is jumping butt-naked into a winter-cold creek of national hate.
I really feel for the Packers, I do, regardless of how I feel about Seattle winning such a close, nerve-wracking game. But it always feels better when the right team won. How do you know? You just do.

When teams work their asses off for several months, 2-3 times a day before the season to win games like these, they expect to win them when they do the right things. To have caught that pass in the waning seconds of the game, only to have his moment of glory snatched away from him by these old farts who vacated their bed pans for this, M.D. Jennings better be angry. He has every right, and he won’t be told off for it. This was his interception, and it was pulled from his fingers unjustly.

The NFL is suffering. Teams are suffering. And fans and analysts should be calling for Goodell’s head in 3…2…wait, they already have. BIG time.
This isn’t just a game anymore.
Here’s a message to YOU Roger Goodell:
If you continue to refuse the demands of the NFLRA, I warn you now: war will ensue. This is not about you. This is not about money. This not about ego, or leverage, or plain old power anymore.
It’s about everyone else.

I know y’all have opinions. Tweet us @aceing82, or comment down below. Let’s hear what the fans have to say.

Quick Thoughts

Some random thoughts on some or all of the games…depending on how productive I feel.

1) The 49ers are in no way the Super Bowl favorite after three weeks of football. Not because they lost to the Vikings, but because it’s only been three weeks of freaking football.

2) Christian Ponder looked good! He wasn’t perfect, but he was a leader.

3) The Bengals defense looks like the Saints’ from 2009: Not looking to make all the stops, just the ones that  win games.

4) Speaking of New Orleans, they’re 0-3. Hey, that’s my record with women this week!…Not sure if that really deserved an exclamation point.

5) Jake Locker is a wild card on his own. He’s fantastic one week, a liability the next (“liability”! That’s the word I wanted to used for Ponder, he wasn’t one of them things). Oh well, Tennessee: take what you get. Don’t switch back to Hasselbeck too quickly.

6) I’m not sure whether the Jets should be considered decent…or lucky…TEBOW. Let the record show, Tebow’s name actually came up on this blog. Oops, there it is again! Silly blogger, Tebow’s for running!

7) Randomly, I thought about Zoolander officiating a game: “Hey, you! In the helmet! You’re not too good-looking! I’m going to throw this yellow rag at you because you’re not good-looking, and it hurts my really, really, ridiculously good-looking face to look at yours!” *flashes Magnum at the camera, and all is forgotten*

8) This week was the first time since 2010 that there were three or more overtime games played in a single week.

9) Cardinals legit? The defense seems stifling by the box score. But despite the 3-0 start, somehow I still don’t believe that it will hold up. Korn-on-the-Kolb will falter soon, I know it!…I may be eating my words soon.

10) Will seems to think the Jets are a potential sleeper. Tweet your take on how wrong he is @aceing82. Scale of 1-10, a weird photo of you with a sign saying how fail the pick is, whatever works.

11) I also won a bet against Will in the Denver vs. Atlanta game. Just for the record. IN YOUR FACE! MUAHAHAHA.

12) There’s a chill blowing in New England. The chill of 1-2. HOW WILL THEY GET THEMSELVES OUT OF THAT?? Tom Brady is god, remember?

13) There’s more to this Rams team than just a transition to a new coaching staff. Sam Bradford seems to be maturing and is working out what he needs to do to be successful regardless of the system.

14) There isn’t a single team in this league who is at par with the Houston Texans. My Super Bowl pick is sticking to it strong!

15) There is no 15.

Any ideas for a topic that should be discussed? Tweet it to @aceing82 and we’ll do our best not to screw it up!

Officiating. Gotta be kidding me.

I know it’s not their faults, but the officiating for the Denver-Atlanta game was a disgrace. A complete and utter abomination of classic, mistake-free football.

I mean, taking 8 minutes to decide a fumble recovery/on-field bar fight? Even Phil Luckett would have had that sussed in a minute or two. And don’t even get me started on the longest first quarter ever. A friggin hour??? Now I have to say, get it together.

Peyton Manning on his knees in a “C’mon, seriously/?!”
moment from the game. Officiating was in the gutter
all game.

Now, needless to say, I’m not sure I could do even close to a decent job filling in the way these guys are holding up. You have to admit, it doesn’t look like a fun job to get right. At the end of the day, one side or the other will hate you, even when you make the right call.

But as a manager at the cafe I work at, it’s crucial to focus on the profitability of the business and not he said/she said. In the same way, referees (especially the scab ones) have to focus on the integrity of the game they’re deciding and not on what the coaches, players, and commentators say under their breath and right in their faces.

If you made a mistake calling an extra timeout, don’t hesitate to ask someone if that was the case. Don’t turn it into a double timeout trying to figure it out. If you made a mistake calling a fumble recovery, don’t hesitate to send it upstairs for further analysis. It’s easier to live with yourself and get the call right, than miss it and potentially change the fortunes of either or both teams.

Here’s to hoping that the league swallows their pride with these negotiations sooner rather than later.

Tweets from the game:

31m Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82
NFL officiating reaches new depths on MNF http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8393575/replacement-officials-poor-performance-steals-show-denver-broncos-atlanta-falcons

1h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

My fantasy team is starting to give me a headache… #frustrated #someonetradewithme #whydidntikeepcjspiller

6h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

Loving the human dressing room for Matt Ryan’s knee brace adjustment. #goodthinking #iwouldnthavethoughtofthat

7h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

Manning throws 3TD’s in the fourth quarter to lead Denver to a 28-27 comeback win…wouldn’t that be something, haha. #clutch #dreaming #nfl

7h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

This Atlanta defense could be one of the best this season. Looking good so far!

7h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

I wonder how much more competitive this game would have been with proper officiating. #wecanonlyimagine #nfl #whatcouldhavebeen

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

I’m sick to my stomach watching the officiating here. #DENvsATL

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

What a catch by Thomas! Inexperience? Ha!

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

@MikePereira let’s hope the next two and a half minutes don’t take another hour.

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

And now the no-huddle comes in. Way to be late to the game, Denver. #DENvsATL #finally

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

Mike Tirico says, “Matt Ryan is looking like Peyton Manning.” #offense #explosive #beautiful

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

Denver needs to let Peyton Manning do his thing, run the offense in no-huddle! At this point, it IS a dire sitch and no huddle would work

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

@AshleyMFox I’m not sure they ever gained the players respect from the start

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

What was supposed to be the most hyped game of the season is turning into a mess #ridiculous #seriously #gettingtiredofthis

8h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

There must be a record for “Longest Time Taken to Decide a Fumble”. This is embarassing. #cmonman

9h Arneet Singh ‏@aceing82

@MikePereira I wrote it in my blog how sick of this I am so, no, you’re not alone. http://aceing82.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/weeks-1-and-2-are-in-books-but-you.html

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Weeks 1 and 2 Are In The Books. But you already knew that.

It was a foregone conclusion that the 2012 NFL season would be one to watch. Of course, we knew there would be surprises and Week 2 turned in many more crazy decisions than Week 1’s “Symphony of Offense.” 

The Cardinals shocked the Patriots with a 20-18 stunner in Gillette Stadium on a missed field goal by New England’s kicker Stephen Gostkowski (say what?!). The Bears, Cowboys, and Lions were slapped with embarrassing losses to the Packers, my Seahawks, and the 49ers respectively, bringing them back down to Earth. 

Somehow, the friggin Eagles pulled another win out from their rears despite 4 turnovers against the Ravens and I’m starting to think that Andy Reid’s moustache is a hairy wizard (a feasible theory since he seems to refuse to shave it off). Jeff Fisher’s ‘stache worked it’s own ways on the Rams, who propelled themselves to the finish line against RG3 and the Redskins (just to be clear, the refs beat the Redskins as well).

And then Brandon Weeden threw less than 4 INT’s which was uncalled for. Mike Zimmer, defensive coordinator for the Bengals, probably took it easy on the poor soul. Thank GOD I didn’t have their defense on my fantasy team. I did have Andy Dalton, though, and I should have started him, but noooooooooo. Drew Brees will ALWAYS deliver, WON’T HE???

…But I digress.

Bad officiating, huge tables turning in free agency, and a new a breed of quarterbacks have started a firestorm of unpredictability in a league known for constant change. So why talk about just a couple of weeks gone by? Let’s talk about what’s going to end up playing into the fates of these teams.

First off, the quarterbacks.

Hey! QB’s don’t HAVE to be tall with big arms and concrete running shoes at 0.9 yards per carry anymore? SA-WEET! With defensive players becoming stronger and faster at such a quick rate, strict pocket passers seem to have become less and less desirable in the past 4 or 5 years. It was rare for a quarterback to possess the skill set to run with the ball before the 2000’s. It wasn’t until 2001 when the Atlanta Falcons drafted Michael Vick that the trend began to drastically implement itself into the position.

The tank that is Cam Newton. He is one of a new
breed of quarterbacks taking over the league.

Now more than ever, we’re seeing these newbies breaking all types of quarterback conventions. They need to be light on their feet, quick to reset outside of the pocket with the ability to throw on the run, and they are faster to release the ball than in the past. Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, RG3, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and even Matthew Stafford have proven that just being a kid with a gun for an arm is no longer talent enough. As the season goes on, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of these guys proving the evolution of the position as they pile on wins against quarterbacks obeying old-school conventions.

Now, free agency.

Peyton Manning. Haven’t we heard enough already? Point made, end of story. 

Williams should add a fierce edge to a pass rush
that has been lacking it for a while.

Let’s talk about the other guys, like Mario Williams! He’s…well, the Texans are better off without him thus far, and the Bills going 1-1 is a good sign. He’s the biggest free agent acquisition of the year besides what’s-his-face, and put next to Marcellus Dareus and Mark Anderson, they are supposed to be one of the most formidable D-Line’s in the NFL. Well, if they can stay healthy, unlike Fred Jackson and the injury bunch, sure! Why not? Personally, I think there are quite a few teams who could challenge that title, but let’s let the Bills have this one. It might be the only time they get to be the best at anything for more than the first 5 or 6 games (in my defense, I did predict the Bills would challenge for a wild-card spot this year).

Only one thing about this season is for certain though: if we end up relying on them for longer than we have to, the replacement referees will ruin the 2012 season.

Be honest, he looks pretty sweet in the black and white.
I’m sure if he messed up a call, Magnum would subdue
all of those in the stadium.

I’m seriously considering sending a letter to the NFL Head Offices telling them that they’re eggheads. The replacement refs aren’t setting off nuclear explosions around the league, but they’re certainly not doing us any favors. Basically, I’m not so desperate that if I had a choice I would call up Derek Zoolander and his buddies to pitch in. But I am frustrated, and I know you are, too.

Players, coaches, and even the referees themselves are concerned about the way the league is dealing with this, but until then I see no profit in the waiting period for these guys who have worked their hinds-quarters’ in the blistering sun for months to fulfill a life-long goal: to win the Super Bowl. It’s sad that this could be it: a possibility for many veterans that their last chance at a title is stunted by the idiocy of the league.

Maybe we should get these guys
to officiate.

But maybe I’m too pessimistic. Maybe the refs finally get it in the coming weeks and this becomes one of the fairest, most acclaimed season of football in officiating. Heck, maybe they win some Emmy’s.

Until I see some real improvement, I can only hope a deal gets done with the real zebras like Ed Hochuli soon. As much as I respect him, I’m tired of Mike Perreira telling us at home that a call was made wrong.

With all of this in mind, let’s hope the last 15 weeks of the season don’t eat away at our sanity. Barring the apocalypse (I’m ready for anything…and *knock on wood*), this may turn out to be an incredible season of football. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions, comments, ideas for posts, random thoughts about cheese, or discussion topics: comment or shoot me a tweet @aceing82!

Welcome to the show!

Welcome to “Let’s Forget The Politics!” My Name is Arneet Singh. I’ve been avid fan of the NFL since my hometown Seahawks went to the Super Bowl in 2005. I’ve created this website as an outlet to the ridiculous amount of politics that overtake the major NFL news headlines every day. So, this is to focus on what really matters: the teams and the players. And unlike other sites, I want YOU, my fellow fans, to comment and tweet me (@aceing82) when you get an idea for an article. By creating a space for everyone to post their ideas, predictions, and far-fetched NFL fantasies, the NFL won’t seem too big for anyone one fan. Everyone’s opinion matters…even you, Steelers fans…I’m still bitter about Super Bowl XL. Once again, welcome! And happy reading!