Carolina by 8 - LOCK
Total score: 26 points
1st TD: Newton
Passing Yards: Newton
Rushing Yards: Anderson
Receiving Yards: Olsen
Sack: Von Miller
Contest Winner: cixelsyd
posted by cixelsyd at 04:29 PM on February 05
How Polybutadiene Made the Super Bowl What It Is
posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on February 05
First Barry Sanders now Calvin.
All time great talent, in my books the 2nd best receiver ever. Sad that he had to be so good that he positioned himself to be drafted by the Lions. Sadder that he decided in 2012 to be loyal to the organization and sign an extension when he could have played elsewhere.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on January 31
Well, the Patriots are not a ball control team. When they win it is because of their passing game racking up big numbers .. or because Pete Carroll is coaching their opposition. Hard to abandon that in a big game.
If the margin was less than 8 points Denver would have run different offensive plays rather than playing prevent offense in the 4th quarter. Denver did have success moving the ball when they needed to.
If they were to play again next week I'm certain the Patriots game plan would be the same with an expectation that the best players will make enough plays to win.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 AM on January 25
Kind of expected Manning to be the QB who had the rough game based upon his season and overall health. He was rock solid.
Probably the worst performance by Brady I've seen. He played scared.
Although the Patriots O line and receivers didn't rate much better.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:58 PM on January 24
Guess it was Blatt's fault for the lack of desire that LeBron and Irving have to co-exist. Must also be his fault that Kevin Love isn't capable of, or interested in, defending anyone.
I'm thinking Blatt must have attempted to tune up some of the Cavs "stars" after they played like a junior college team against the Warriors (and rightly so) and the "stars" were not happy about it.
Here I'd figured all available tires in Cleveland had already been burnt by the Browns.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:58 AM on January 23
Denver by 7 - Lock
Carolina by 6 - Lock
Pick the team with the most total yards. - Denver
Pick the team with the most turnovers - NE
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. - Brady
Pick the player with the most rushing yards. - CJ Anderson
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - Fitzgerald
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - DeMarcus Ware
Pick a player who will get an interception. - Kurt Coleman
posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on January 22
Together individually they will have competed a total of 32 times.
They will have appeared in 28 of the 50 Superbowls played.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on January 21
Tony Romo has been sacked twice exactly like Burfict tackled Roethlisberger
Interesting you bring that up. I was looking at some stats on roughing the passer penalties as a basis for my comments (opinions) and found that Romo can be grouped in with Ben, Newton et all for least supporting calls. Style wise he is similar to Brady, Brees yet he doesn't seem to get the same type of protection from the officials.
Perhaps he's just crafty enough to put himself into dangerous situations that his body type cannot tolerate.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:54 PM on January 19
I wouldn't expect him to. Ben and the Steelers just never get beat in street fight type contests. Harder he gets hit the better he is.
I don't have a huge issue with that hit.
The hit on Brown was brutal. Took an MVP candidate out of the playoffs, and also wasted what may be Cincy's only decent playoff opportunity in the past 20 years and for many years to come.
Worse yet took 2 solid teams out of contention for the AFC title.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:42 PM on January 19
Rules are applied "selectively" to differently QBs in the NFL - Ben, Wilson, Cam Newton, Kaepernick (?does he still play in the NFL) to name a few are players who are treated like any other position on the field probably because they are tough enough to both endure and occasionally deliver physical punishment.
If that hit was on Brady or Brees guaranteed Burfict gets 15 yards and possibly tossed from the game simply because of who they are.
Regardless it's hard to argue with the video evidence Etrigan presents above.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:09 PM on January 19
Prior to the Burfict assaults many considered Pittsburgh the team to beat in the AFC.
Would have been a great game with a reasonably healthy Brown and Ben.
Patriots typically scheme really well for playoff games. In previous match ups with Manning strategy has always been to force the run read and limit the damage Peyton inflicts and with much recent success. This time the Patriots biggest weakness (secondary) will benefit from the Broncos lack of stretch game unless Manning can turn the clock back a few years and hit a deep route or 2.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:10 PM on January 18
NoMich - I believe Mathieu is out for the season.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on January 15
Kansas City by 8
Arizona by 11 - LOCK
Carolina by 3
Denver by 9 - LOCK
QB: Palmer (AZ)
RB: Ware (KC)
RX: Fitzgerald (AZ)
INT: Eric Berry (KC)
posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 15
One of the dumber things to come out of the Bengals/Steelers game wasAdam Jones' insistence
posted by cixelsyd at 02:07 PM on January 15
Looking to win the first spot in the draft.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:01 AM on January 15
Well he landed in SF where personnel have been making their own decisions since the 49ers organization shit the bed on Harbaugh.
Free agents? The bay area is a great place to live but safe to say you won't be attracting any players with a burning desire to win a championship within the next 5 or 6 years during the rebuild / salvage.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:14 PM on January 14
It will be harder for Kelly to jettison talented players from the 49ers
Are you inferring this is because legendary football geniuses Jed York and Trent Baalke are maintaining personnel control or because all of the good players that had any means of bailing on the 49ers have already done so?
I'm setting the O/U for 2016 at 3 Wins.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:37 PM on January 14
the Minnesota attempt to challenge the spot of the ball early in 2nd quarter
I kind of figured it could only be a ploy to halt any momentum Seattle was gaining and to make the the Seattle offense stand around in the freezing cold during the review.
But I agree, there was no chance the call is overturned.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:15 PM on January 11
McCarron played well in the 4th quarter, but let's not forget how ineffective he was for the first three
But he was good in the 4th. Good enough to win.
Bengals haven't seen that in 4 Dalton playoff appearances.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:20 PM on January 11
Bengals have 2 problems to resolve going forward.
Their key players have proven once again they cannot handle the pressure of big games and self destruct. They can't count on Burfict and Jones in big moments.
Would suck to be Marvin Lewis .. do you leave these guys on the field knowing you are flirting with disaster or do you have to sit them when you need them most?
AJ McCarron was rock solid and continued to look like he is becoming a franchise QB.
Except they just gave Andy Dalton a huge contract and have committed to him until 2020.
By mid next season Cincy will be paying $15M avg per season to their backup QB for the next 4 seasons.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:00 AM on January 11
Hoyer is spectacularly bad.
Houston is spectacularly bad. Brutal, in fact.
Possibly the worst playoff team the NFL has ever seen.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:32 PM on January 09
49ers talking to Chip Kelly about coaching vacancy ...
Management and ownership have displayed great ability to run all of the good players on the roster out of town or into retirement. Don't know why they are looking to add a coach whose only strengths are in the same area.
Probably take a boatload of cash to get any decent coaching candidates to apply for the role which works in Kelly's favor.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:01 AM on January 08
KC by 7
Pittsburgh by 7 - LOCK
Seattle by 17 - LOCK
Green Bay by 3
QB YDS: Ben Roethlisberger
RB YDS: Adrian Peterson
RX YDS: Antonio Brown
SACK: JJ Watt
posted by cixelsyd at 06:21 PM on January 07
I consider 99.3% as unanimous.
Got to be the same dumb ass Yankee writers with the legacy agenda again.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:50 PM on January 06
49ers could have kept Harbaugh and in the process continued to field a competitive team and avoided a pile of defections and retirements of key talent.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:16 AM on January 04
Alabama has dominant offensive and defensive lines. Clemson secondary is leaky when opposing QBs are given any time. Unless Coker lays a humongous turd this one should be over before the half.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:46 PM on January 03
Atlanta by 7
N.Y. Jets by 7
Detroit by 7
Cincinnati by 14 - LOCK
Pittsburgh by 10
Washington by 3
Indianapolis by 3
New England by 7
Philadelphia by 4
Houston by 10
Denver by 3
Kansas City by 4
Arizona by 7
St. Louis by 11
Carolina by 8
Minnesota by 9 - 42
posted by cixelsyd at 09:24 PM on January 01
Kelly ran the show as if he'd already won 3 superbowls and everyone needed to worship his presence. He destroyed a team with a lot of potential.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:47 PM on December 30
Oakland by 4
Washington by 6
Carolina by 9
Buffalo by 3
Detroit by 10
Houston by 8
Kansas City by 7
Miami by 4
New England by 9
Tampa Bay by 4
Pittsburgh by 13 - LOCK
New Orleans by 2
Arizona by 8
Seattle by 4
Minnesota by 8
Denver by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 01:45 AM on December 24
St. Louis by 3
Dallas by 3
Houston by 7
Minnesota by 4
New England by 18 - LOCK
Carolina by 4
Buffalo by 6
Atlanta by 3
Kansas City by 13
Green Bay by 4
Seattle by 20
Pittsburgh by 7
Cincinnati by 8
Arizona by 11
Detroit by 6
posted by cixelsyd at 02:24 PM on December 16
Chicago by 4
Pittsburgh by 8
San Francisco by 3
Detroit by 5
N.Y. Jets by 8
Buffalo by 7
Indianapolis by 7
Seattle by 14 - LOCK
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 7
Houston by 6
N.Y. Giants by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 02:31 PM on December 09
At least 1 cup remains in Winnipeg ..
posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 AM on December 07
Green Bay by 9
Buffalo by 4
Chicago by 10 (LOCK)
Cincinnati by 7
Tennessee by 3
Seattle by 3
N.Y. Giants by 4
Oakland by 7
New England by 10
Carolina by 11
Pittsburgh by 9
Washington by 6
posted by cixelsyd at 01:08 PM on December 03
Price is a proven ace who can be counted on for 15 plus wins a season.
Stroman is a talented young pitcher with a whole lot of confidence and an arsenal of pitches. He needs to stay injury and substance free and the sky is the limit.
Jays lose a key piece on a squad built to win today.
Not sure Price is enough to turn around the Red Sox.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:22 PM on December 01
I also thought the Pats played remarkably well with the injuries they had on offense and on the road.
Refs made 6 calls against the Broncos for 46 yards and 5 calls against the Patriots for 47.
Hardly points to any obvious advantage and also results in a contest most fans are interested in: the players deciding the game and not the officials.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:40 PM on November 30
If the Patriots lose it's always officiating and Goodell ...
except that the Broncos had equally as many bad calls or no calls in that game.
Had absolutely nothing to do with the fact the Patriots were playing on the road without half of their offensive weapons against a pretty decent team, right?
posted by cixelsyd at 12:24 PM on November 30
Ottawa by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on November 26
Minnesota by 3
Cincinnati by 4
Tampa Bay by 3
N.Y. Jets by 5
N.Y. Giants by 9
Jacksonville by 2
New Orleans by 3
Arizona by 14 - LOCK
Seattle by 7
Denver by 4
Baltimore by 3
posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 PM on November 25
Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 AM on November 20
Tennessee by 4
Atlanta by 10
Oakland by 3
Miami by 7
Philadelphia by 11
Carolina by 9 (LOCK)
St. Louis by 4
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 14
Seattle by 13
Arizona by 10
New England by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on November 19
"We're building around James Harden and Dwight Howard," Morey said. "We know they're winners. We know we can win with them. I'm not concerned with them."
Guess management and ownership were on vacation and missed last year's playoffs.
Harden was easily reduced to a player the opponents wanted to possess and shoot (or turn over) the ball. Howard was better than usual but still carries the tag of someone without a burning desire to win.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:44 PM on November 18
But he did have to coach Dwight Howard.
Which makes him a bad coach .. until he gets an opportunity to coach a team that doesn't have Dwight Howard.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 18
J J Watt says the "Red Rifle" became a Red Ryder BB Gun, and Andy Dalton cries that Watt lacks integrity. Integrity?
Reflects badly on both of them.
Always thought Watt had more class than that. Maybe he just needs to avoid immediate post game interviews.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on November 17
Bengals looked like they were in playoff mode last night.
But then again, they were up against a playoff team
... the ... Texans ...
posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 17
What was the rule applied on the last Giants TD / no -TD?
Catch an control, 2 feet down in end zone before the ball was pried loose. It would seem that the ruling would be similar to that of a catch and control, 2 feet in before going out of bounds. Is the rule different if a receiver stays in bounds?
posted by cixelsyd at 04:06 PM on November 16
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 AM on November 12
Green Bay by 10
Philadelphia by 6
Pittsburgh by 5
Dallas by 8
New Orleans by 7
Baltimore by 6
N.Y. Giants by 6
Arizona by 5
Cincinnati by 11 - LOCK
posted by cixelsyd at 10:19 AM on November 12
Congrats to jags for winning by a converted touchdown ... or 7 missed field goals, not sure which.
And thanks again DrJ
posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on November 09
Cincinnati by 14
St. Louis by 8
New England by 21
New Orleans by 21
New York Jets by 8
Pittsburgh by 4
Atlanta by 21 - LOCK
Giants by 10
Philadelphia by 13
San Diego by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 PM on November 04
Toronto by 11
BC by 13
Montreal by 11
posted by cixelsyd at 09:54 AM on November 04
Not a long term solution but would be a huge upgrade on the current roster.
He can run routes and catch the ball, rarely below a 60% target to catch ratio ... and playing on a team with a QB who can't get him (or anyone else) the ball.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 AM on November 03
Panthers are really good for a team without any pro level wide receivers.
Carolina management is wasting a lot of great players in their prime by not filling that void.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:23 AM on November 03
Maybe we should set up a youcaring fundraiser for poor Steve to assist with the long term emotional therapy he requires.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:14 PM on November 01
quote about his high-and-tight opening pitch to Alcides Escobar:
Pretty easy for him to throw at the batters head when surrounded by his guys.
Got a batter who is honed in on the plate? A few inside pitches are in order.
Throwing at a batter's head on the first pitch is trash.
Time for a rule where the batter gets first base and the pitcher takes an early shower for that kind of crap.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:12 PM on October 31
I believe Toronto leans heavily to the unconventional market and AA recognized this and acted accordingly. It's the team ownership that doesn't appear to have a clue what direction to go and never fully empowers or trusts the people it hires.
I think Shapiro made a real bad move accepting a job in Toronto. He is also very good at what he does but his approach suits a conventional market where fans and ownership will buy into a longer term build strategy and support the team in the process.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:50 PM on October 29
BC by 9
Calgary by 17
Edmonton by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 29
New England by 3
Minnesota by 7
St. Louis by 7
Cincinnati by 10
San Diego by 9
Houston by 4
New York Jets by 7
Carolina by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 02:48 PM on October 29
Sounds as if the Jays had made up their minds early in the season that AA wasn't working out and were well into execution of their plan to head in a different direction when some of AA's moves started panning out.
Jays have made the decision to move forward with the changes rather than reconsider.
A huge gamble, as the team's success this year was largely due to AA's moves and much less to do with longer term development of the squad.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:41 PM on October 29
We all have our own opinions.
Genuine celebrations of big plays - Gibson, Carter, Papi are good examples - are awesome.
The bat flipping deal isn't genuine and is pure douche baggery.
It's not celebration. It's a pose.
And it shows no respect for the game or the opponent.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:45 PM on October 28
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