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September 21, 2009

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 28 comments

Two titles, in two different types of football, in two countries on opposite sides of the world. Ladies and gentlemen - Mr Tadgh Kennelly.

posted by owlhouse at 08:38 AM on September 21

I was sad no one hit the Jerrytron in Dallas last night. With all the hype about it, someone could have at least dinged it during warm ups. Amazing stadium. Nice way to spend (Dr. Evil voice) 1 BILLION DOLLARS. To bad they didnt get the matching QB

posted by Debo270 at 08:49 AM on September 21

Debo that is an excellent point about the QB. The stadium was quite amazing. I was criticized for saying Romo had a bad week in the opener. I saw some bad passes he threw last week that he got away with against Tampa. Those same type of passes he didn't get away with against the Giants. Funny how everyone says the Cowboys dominated the game. It is the W that counts. Speaking of W. he was sitting with Madden, no wonder there is a Madden curse and W. looked old. Have a good Monday all.

posted by soocher at 09:17 AM on September 21

I agree and i do remember last week when everyone was picking on you for your remarks about Romo. The Cowboys controlled the clock and the running game, but 9 times out of 10, the team that wins the turnover battle wins. 3 picks doent help the cause Tony and he was lucky to get away with only 3.

posted by Debo270 at 09:21 AM on September 21

I agree and i do remember last week when everyone was picking on you for your remarks about Romo. The Cowboys controlled the clock and the running game, but 9 times out of 10, the team that wins the turnover battle wins. 3 picks doent help the cause Tony and he was lucky to get away with only 3.

posted by Debo270 at 09:21 AM on September 21

I'm not clear on how Romo's week two proves that his week one performance was bad. If he's great in week three, will that make week one good again?

The Cowboys gained 251 yards on 29 carries last night and held the Giants to 97 yards rushing. That is a dominating performance without Romo's two terrible picks keeping the Giants in the game. (The third -- the Witten shoe-bounce -- was a fluke.)

posted by rcade at 09:55 AM on September 21

SNF showed a very cool look at the inside of the new Dallas video display. Multi stories high, with walkways, etc. Looked like a combo of the inside of a dirigible and a maximum security prison. It was humming like hell inside that thing too.

Jerry Jones doesn't miss a trick. He put a Dallas star on the top surface of the 'tron so it would show up on the overhead blimp shots. Pretty smart. He'd cattle brand a cloud if the shaft on his iron would reach that high.

I think I have Romo fatigue at this point. He's got enough ability and aptitude and his numbers are looking good, but there's something missing, and ill-advised or unexplainable stuff is almost guaranteed to happen at some point during a game. Call it Jake Plummer syndrome I guess. I'm losing interest in hanging in there to watch him play an entire game.

posted by beaverboard at 10:01 AM on September 21

I think he has been bad both weeks. he has put up decent numbers, but hasnt made the play when they need it. He just doesnt look sharp over all. the numbers dont always tell the story (well except for 3 picks)

posted by Debo270 at 10:07 AM on September 21

Yes the third was a fluke. I never said his week 1 was bad. I said I was disappointed and worried when they faced a better team on defense not in transition from one system to another. You can't argue with the numbers from week 1. I just said that it was over-hyped because they played against a bad team. He cost the team the game last night and admitted to it, for once. This is a no excuses year for Romo. *edit* well yes I did say bad week here, frustration from losing a game the Cowboys should have won
*Upon further review* I re-read my post from last week and said I was disappointed in Romo's week 1 performance and did not elaborate on it as much as would have liked, time constraints. I saw signs of bad things to come against better competition was my point last week and it came to fruition last night.

posted by soocher at 10:10 AM on September 21

On the subject of Quarterbacks, today in HISTORY!, Dan Marino and Ken O'Brien went all Drew Brees combining for 927 yards and ten touchdowns as the Jets won 51-45 in overtime in 1986, when a wide receiver with one eye caught a touchdown with 00:00 on the clock in the fourth quarter and then another in the extra period to win the game.

I now have to wait patiently for the end of November to point out that we detroyed the Jets in the return 45-3.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:14 AM on September 21

I had trouble watching Romo play an entire game too. His performance -- and his hangdog demeanor -- are a downer.

Looked like a combo of the inside of a dirigible and a maximum security prison.

I saw that too. The humming made me wonder what the heat's like inside Telemanjaro.

posted by rcade at 10:24 AM on September 21

I said I was disappointed and worried when they faced a better team on defense not in transition from one system to another.

And, the Bucs defense is bad, bad, and more bad. They were completely ineffective against an inexperienced Bills line starting two rookies.

posted by bperk at 10:38 AM on September 21

He'd cattle brand a cloud if the shaft on his iron would reach that high.

Maybe the big TV is Jerry's way of compensating for a "deficiency".

posted by THX-1138 at 11:15 AM on September 21

They were completely ineffective against an inexperienced Bills line starting two rookies.

If it makes you feel any better, the Pats' D was ineffective against them as well for 55 minutes in Week 1. On the other hand, the Pats' D kinda sucks.

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on September 21

Yeah, but the Patriots won. McKelvin would have to have made about 10 bad plays for the bumbling Bucs to have a chance.

posted by bperk at 11:53 AM on September 21

Twins vs Vikings - Potential conflicts like this are nothing new for the Twins, who have shared the Metrodome with the Vikings since 1982 and will move to their own ballpark next spring.

"It would certainly be a fitting way to end our time in the Metrodome," Twins president Dave St. Peter said of the potential hassle.

In the unlikely event that this does end in a tie, my guess is that MLB will just move the game to Milwaukee so that Bud can get a few extra dollars into his former team's coffers. It's how MLB screwed the Astros last year after hurricane Ike forced the Astros series with the Cubs to be moved and where MLB moved the Indians' season opener in 2007 due to snow, so why not move the tie breaker game to the house that Bud built?

posted by Demophon at 02:08 PM on September 21

Favre is not the only one who won't stay retired. Following a six-year absence from the National Hockey League, Fleury is trying to crack Calgary's lineup at the age of 41. Fleury had a goal and an assist in Sunday night's preseason Flames win over the Florida Panthers.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:42 PM on September 21

A member of the Buffalo Bills had his home robbed of $400,000 in stuff during yesterday's home opener.

posted by rcade at 03:57 PM on September 21

Don't like the opposition fans coming on the pitch? The best approach might not be to punch them.

posted by owlhouse at 05:10 PM on September 21

All I have to say about last night's game is F you, Wade Phillips. You and your last micro-second to freeze the kicker BS. Even if I didn't hate the Cowboys since 1971 I would've still been cheering for the Giants on that field goal.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:32 PM on September 21

The kick Phillips got waved off was nearly a miss.

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on September 21

Key line from rcade's linked article:

Police are investigating a theft from the home of Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner, who discovered about $400,000 worth of jewelry missing following Sunday's win against Tampa Bay.

Wanted for questioning:

Don't ask

posted by wfrazerjr at 06:12 PM on September 21

Tony Romo sucks again (still, always). Wade Phillips is a loser. Dallas has some unbelievable talent, but they are going nowhere with that type of leadership.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:03 PM on September 21

On the subject of Quarterbacks, today in HISTORY!, Dan Marino and Ken O'Brien went all Drew Brees combining for 927 yards and ten touchdowns as the Jets won 51-45 in overtime in 1986, when a wide receiver with one eye caught a touchdown with 00:00 on the clock in the fourth quarter

O'Brien to Jerome Barkum

and then another in the extra period to win the game.

O'Brien to Wesley Walker. Still one of the best games I've ever seen. I have the game on VHS if you're interested.

And don't feel bad, Mr. B, You guys took Pennington and went to the playoffs last year.

posted by cjets at 09:29 PM on September 21

O'Brien to Jerome Barkum

eh? All four of O'Brien's touchdown passes that day went to Walker.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:33 PM on September 21

Maybe the big TV is Jerry's way of compensating for a "deficiency".

I would think that a theory of this nature would already have numerous intances of evidence lined up, quite possibly enough to make a definitive case, even before the new stadium existed as a fired synapse in Jerry's brain.

posted by LionIndex at 12:04 AM on September 22

My mistake. Barkum caught the last second pass in 1981 to beat the Dolphins 16-15.

posted by cjets at 12:04 AM on September 22

That's good to hear. I thought my memories of 1986 were broken, (maybe I didn't buy that Duran Duran album after all).

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:26 AM on September 22

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