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November 13, 2012

SportsFilter: The Tuesday 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 - 21 comments

Overnight dispatch from the NFL's Diplomatic Mission stationed in Western Pennsylvania regarding the injury to Roethlisberger:

"You obviously worry about it because that's your starting quarterback, you want to see him out there," Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison said. "But at the same point in time you've got a guy, two guys that are behind him can do the job just as well if not better."

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 AM on November 13

Which is amazing, given Jon Gruden said Roethlisberger was the best QB in the league. Unless that was just hyperbole due to the fact he was in the game Gruden was watching.

posted by yerfatma at 09:04 AM on November 13

given Jon Gruden said Roethlisberger was the best QB in the league.

Sounds like it wasn't just quarterbacks who suffered head injuries this weekend...

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on November 13

Best QB in the league? Not.

One of the best in a big game situation? You bet.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:07 AM on November 13

Unless that was just hyperbole due to the fact he was in the game Gruden was watching

He He. That must have been your voice in my head saying that as Chuckie lionized Ben.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:22 AM on November 13

Quick poll: Who is the best QB in the NFL right now?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on November 13

Let's all vote for Philip Rivers to help grease the skids.

Norv "went off" at a reporter after the latest Chargers' loss. Norv's version of "going off" sounded like Fred Armisen's character giving traffic directions on Saturday Night Live's "The Californians".

posted by beaverboard at 11:53 AM on November 13

Quick poll: Who is the best QB in the NFL right now?

Quick answers:

Career: Peyton Manning
Single season: Tom Brady
This season: Matt Ryan
Must win next game: Aaron Rodgers
Must win next playoff game: Eli Manning

Note: I might have missed someone obvious.

posted by grum@work at 02:37 PM on November 13

Note: I might have missed someone obvious.

Irrelevant moment or game: Ryan Fitzpatrick.

posted by dfleming at 03:37 PM on November 13

Most Career Coverage At ESPN: Tim Tebow

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:47 PM on November 13

Norv "went off" at a reporter after the latest Chargers' loss. Norv's version of "going off" sounded like Fred Armisen's character giving traffic directions on Saturday Night Live's "The Californians".

I think Norv's exit at the end of the season is pretty much a fait accompli at this point, and I'll be happy about it just because I won't have to listen to his mealy-mouthed press conferences any more, but I really, really dread seeing what washed-up retread the ownership brings in to replace him.

posted by LionIndex at 03:48 PM on November 13

Best quarterback in NFL right now: Aaron Rodgers

posted by dyams at 04:45 PM on November 13

Right...I knew I missed one:

Meaningless game: Matt Flynn

posted by grum@work at 06:09 PM on November 13

"I'd rather take my girlfriend's mother to the garden centre than go to this game."

In the FA Cup, the pairing of MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon has some history.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on November 13

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand is deciding whether or not Man United should have him.

Personally, I've yet to decide whether Scarlett Johannson or Maggie Gyllenhaal should have me.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on November 13

Owl, your options have slimmed a bit.

I just signed an agreement to become Ms. Johansson's biographer.

posted by beaverboard at 10:45 PM on November 13

Just avoid email.

You can get her to post in the Locker Room instead. No-one goes there.

posted by owlhouse at 12:36 AM on November 14

Co-ed locker rooms can be a bit intimidating.

posted by dyams at 06:01 AM on November 14

How Turner even got hired in SD is still incomprehensible to me. He's an awesome coordinator and terrible head coach, but apparently can mesmerize GMs with blarney about how this time it'll be different.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:32 PM on November 14

And Turner was brought in to replace Schottenheimer, when the whole problem with Schottenheimer was that even though he'd built the team up into a contender that would reliably play a consistent, decent game during the regular season, he couldn't win a playoff game. Prior to Schottenheimer, the Chargers had mostly taken chances on promoting college coaches and NFL coordinators to the top spot and gotten burned, so I kind of understand their aversion to doing that again, but trading Schottenheimer for Turner didn't even make any sense at the time.

posted by LionIndex at 02:18 PM on November 14

Previous thread two years ago on the (unfulfilled) prospect of a MK Dons - AFC Wimbledon cup tie. The same feelings apply now that it's a reality: many AFC fans won't travel to Milton Keynes, and AFC has officially requested that Franchise FC drop "Dons" from its name.

posted by etagloh at 02:52 PM on November 14

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