February 3, 2013

Interdimensional Football League Championship: Lankhmar 10 Nasheen 6

Congratulations to the Champion Lankhmar Thieves, defeating the Bel Dames in a nail biter, 10-6.




Front Office Championship, 2010

played in Lankhmar

62 degrees, fair, 4 mph wind


Nasheen Bel Dames0330-6
Lankhmar Thieves7003-10

Scoring Summary
1Q: 06:56 LAN - Herman Caldwell 2 run (Jimmy Vaughn extra point)
2Q: 13:44 NAS - Victor Walters 37 field goal
3Q: 04:23 NAS - Victor Walters 31 field goal
4Q: 05:56 LAN - Jimmy Vaughn 34 field goal

Team StatisticsNASLAN
Record13-715-4
First Downs1216
- by Rushing36
- by Passing89
- by Penalty11
Total Net Yards235279
- Offensive Plays4863
- Yards per Play4.904.43
Net Rushing Yards86105
- Rushing Attempts2334
- Yards per Rush3.743.09
Net Passing Yards149174
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt22 - 15 - 129 - 20 - 0
- Gross Passing Yards164174
- Sacks/Yards Lost3/150/0
- Yards per Pass Play5.966.00
Fumbles/Lost2/12/1
3rd Down Conversions2/107/16
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down5.65.1
4th Down Conversions0/00/0
Penalties/Yards6/452/15
Punt Returns/Yards0/02/20
Kick Returns/Yards3/663/64
Interception Ret./Yards0/01/11
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits12
- Red Zone TDs/FGs0/11/1
Avg. Drive StartOWN 28OWN 35
Time of Possession26:5533:05

Drive Charts

Nasheen Bel Dames
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:001:46OWN 393-3Punt
16:481:59OWN 2334Punt
12:514:14OWN 10970Field Goal
211:095:04OWN 6839Punt
26:051:27OPP 31310Interception
21:081:08OWN 20215Half
311:231:29OWN 203-2Punt
37:203:05OWN 28558Field Goal
31:421:53OWN 2135Punt
48:051:11OWN 374-6Punt
45:493:34OWN 40620Fumble
Lankhmar Thieves
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
113:146:26OWN 191281Touchdown
14:491:58OWN 4138Punt
213:372:28OWN 4239Punt
24:383:30OWN 22937Punt
315:003:37OWN 27631Punt
39:542:34OWN 40639Missed FG
34:152:33OWN 2539Punt
414:496:44OWN 161254Missed FG
46:541:05OPP 1730Field Goal
42:152:15OWN 40616Punt

Game MVP: Jessie Kerney, Lankhmar Thieves

Rushing Statistics

NasheenAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
John Hancuff11302.73800
Skip Franco7365.141110
Christian Thornton4205.00800
Oscar Russell100.00000
LankhmarAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Herman Caldwell20733.651011
Wayne Conway7152.141210
Jessie Kerney4174.25900
Andrew Rohlfing100.00000
Claude Bernard100.00000
Patrick Jordan100.00000

Passing Statistics

NasheenAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Skip Franco22151643/15054171.0
LankhmarAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Jessie Kerney29201740/0026084.6

Receiving Statistics

NasheenCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Johnny Alderson56459.0016180
RB John Hancuff567515.0059540
WR Jimmy Battle33299.6728150
FB Rick Seale22157.506150
WR Cary Hoetger0100.00000
WR Norman Branch0100.00000
TE Arnie Waldrop0100.00000
WR Jerry Reid0200.00000
LankhmarCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Fernando Torres8119511.8834220
WR Patrick Jordan810526.500260
FB Andrew Rohlfing34206.674110
TE Kim Coleman1277.00070
WR Rufus Iannaccone0100.00000
WR Dale Carr0100.00000

Interception Statistics

NasheenIntsYardsAvgTD
LankhmarIntsYardsAvgTD
OLB Clarence Croxton11111.000

Fumble Statistics

NasheenFumbRecovForceTD
Skip Franco1000
John Hancuff1000
Calvin Harper0100
Arnie Waldrop0100
Nate Haayer0010
Emmanuel Ryder0010
LankhmarFumbRecovForceTD
Fernando Torres1000
Dale Carr1000
Kim Coleman0100
Howie Czyz0100
Mickey Larimer0010
Marty Watkins0010

Punting Statistics

NasheenPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Ted Findorff622136.833.5613
LankhmarPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Glen Holliday624140.233.5453

Kicking Statistics

NasheenFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Victor Walters2/20/00/0370/0
LankhmarFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Jimmy Vaughn1/30/10/0341/1

Punt Return Statistics

NasheenRetYardsAvgTD
LankhmarRetYardsAvgTD
Dale Carr22010.00

Kick Return Statistics

NasheenRetYardsAvgTD
Jeffrey Beyer24422.00
John Hancuff12222.00
LankhmarRetYardsAvgTD
Dale Carr36421.30

Defensive Statistics

NasheenTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
OLB Walt Hazeltine750.02610
ILB Shawn Shapiro600.02520
S Shaun Gunn510.02825
CB Nate Haayer500.03125
DE Dana Dudzik410.02516
DT Nicky Harmon400.02621
DT Kenneth St. John310.02119
OLB Kurt Brooks310.02222
S Max Williamson300.01411
CB Jeffrey Beyer210.01418
S Jackie Deese210.02321
S Chad Doyle210.01014
DE Rondell Skae110.02921
CB Barry Mahoney110.03126
WR Cary Hoetger10---------
OLB Ken Adrine100.085
DT Ronald Knopf100.0107
DT Brady Walker100.088
ILB Warren Dotson100.099
LankhmarTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
S Monty Hudson900.02120
CB Jake Troupe410.02121
S Mickey Larimer400.01116
DE Lonnie Harper300.055
OLB Clarence Croxton300.01316
ILB Marty Watkins231.02225
DT Josh Perez201.078
S Nolan Canfield220.01313
CB Bart Collier220.01622
S Stan Salinger210.066
ILB Myron Hardin200.044
DE Austin Willis121.02022
DE Jeff Patton110.02120
CB Johnny Izzard100.01210
OLB B.J. Conger100.036
OLB Blake Cox100.0109
DE Al Benton010.037
CB Howie Czyz010.01514
DT Bernie Kelly010.01916

Pass Rush Statistics

NasheenSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DE Rondell Skae0.010021
DE Amos Kirk0.002013
LankhmarSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
ILB Marty Watkins1.000025
DE Austin Willis1.000022
DT Josh Perez1.00008
DT Bernie Kelly0.000116

Pass Defense Statistics

NasheenCaughtDefnsdIntrcp<

Posted by Jvstin at 7:52 PM

Interdimensional Football League II ,Week 17 Standings

Week 17 Results










































AC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Melnibone Dragons970.5633142716-64-2
Hendrake Hellmaidens970.5633082317-53-3
Malaz City Bridgeburners970.5632692636-63-3
Amber Royals4120.2502302924-82-4
AC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Ironhall Blades970.5633032647-54-2
Dhamsawaat Ghuls781.4692883135-6-13-2-1
Rhosgobel Rabbits691.4062083045-6-13-2-1
Minas Morgul Nazgul3130.1882253603-91-5
AC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Jhaine Sevens1231.7813802149-2-14-1-1
Andovar Griffins (WC)1231.7813922449-2-13-2-1
Camorr Bastards880.5002713245-71-5
Calderon Legions790.4382423114-83-3
AC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Lankhmar Thieves1240.7503652389-35-1
Londun Cold Mages (WC)970.5633132588-44-2
Khalakovo Airships970.5633353136-63-3
Tanelorn Champions3130.1881633081-110-6
NC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Chaos Station Raiders880.5003302727-54-2
Ringworld Engineers880.5003003326-63-3
Arrakis Fremen790.4383452916-63-3
Mars Sandsailors4120.2501903184-82-4
NC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Babylon 5 Starfuries1240.7503462218-44-2
Nasheen Bel Dames (WC)1060.6252792658-43-3
Gallifrey Time Lords880.5002592697-54-2
Caprica Buccaneers5110.3132153254-81-5
NC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Coruscant Senators1240.7503422589-33-3
Orion Slavers (WC)1150.6883592798-43-3
Tschai Dirdir880.5003692945-73-3
Terra Marines6100.3752763494-83-3
NC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Trantor Generals1150.6883772928-45-1
Chasm City Conjoiners970.5633192636-64-2
Barrayar Vor5110.3132143414-82-4
Ahnenhoon Engines2140.1251453942-101-5

Posted by Jvstin at 10:14 AM

December 24, 2012

Front Office Football Interdimensional League Championship: Ninavel 20 B-5 14

Congratulations to the Ninavel Blood Mages, FOF Interdimensional League Champions, defeating the Babylon-5 Starfuries 20-14.

In a surprise, Left Guard Kirk Wooden was named Most Valuable Player, his blocking providing key protection for Quarterback Erik Galyon as well as the Ninavel rushing attack.


Front Office Championship, 2012

58 degrees, fair, 7 mph wind

Ninavel Blood Mages10370-20
Babylon 5 Starfuries0770-14

Scoring Summary
1Q: 08:12 NIN - Cornell Coles 6 pass from Erik Galyon (Britt Evans extra point)
1Q: 03:17 NIN - Britt Evans 38 field goal
2Q: 09:16 NIN - Britt Evans 36 field goal
2Q: 00:17 B-5 - Darrell Hughes 7 pass from Howard Shumate (Chad Fremont extra point)
3Q: 13:33 NIN - Russell Dawkins 35 pass from Erik Galyon (Britt Evans extra point)
3Q: 04:00 B-5 - Darrell Hughes 29 pass from Howard Shumate (Chad Fremont extra point)

Team StatisticsNINB-5
Record15-413-7
First Downs1619
- by Rushing82
- by Passing815
- by Penalty02
Total Net Yards355313
- Offensive Plays6780
- Yards per Play5.303.91
Net Rushing Yards14145
- Rushing Attempts3316
- Yards per Rush4.272.81
Net Passing Yards214268
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt33 - 17 - 264 - 29 - 3
- Gross Passing Yards222268
- Sacks/Yards Lost1/80/0
- Yards per Pass Play6.294.19
Fumbles/Lost2/01/0
3rd Down Conversions1/135/18
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down8.88.7
4th Down Conversions0/00/2
Penalties/Yards6/785/30
Punt Returns/Yards4/216/31
Kick Returns/Yards3/911/21
Interception Ret./Yards3/172/2
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits31
- Red Zone TDs/FGs1/11/0
Avg. Drive StartOWN 37OWN 25
Time of Possession31:2728:33

Posted by Jvstin at 8:27 PM

November 17, 2012

IFL Conference Championships

In two hardfought games, Babylon 5 edged past Caprica with a last second field goal 15-13.

In the meantime, using the new NFL overtime rules, Minas Morgul took a 20-17 lead in overtime only for Ninavel to roar back with a touchdown drive and the win, 23-20.

Conference Finals, Fantasy

played in Minas Morgul, TX

67 degrees, fair, 6 mph wind


Ninavel Blood Mages031406-23
Minas Morgul Nazgul070103-20

Scoring Summary
2Q: 07:54 NIN - Britt Evans 33 field goal
2Q: 02:13 MIN - Blake Kirwan 6 pass from Sammie Franz (Kent McGahee extra point)
3Q: 06:26 NIN - Roman Rincon 4 run (Britt Evans extra point)
3Q: 03:04 NIN - Adam Philyaw 19 pass from Erik Galyon (Britt Evans extra point)
4Q: 04:19 MIN - Randal Reynolds 10 pass from Sammie Franz (Kent McGahee extra point)
4Q: 00:15 MIN - Kent McGahee 19 field goal
OT: 12:40 MIN - Kent McGahee 53 field goal
OT: 08:32 NIN - Roman Rincon 42 run

Team StatisticsNINMIN
Record14-414-4
First Downs2418
- by Rushing113
- by Passing1315
- by Penalty00
Total Net Yards426305
- Offensive Plays8357
- Yards per Play5.135.35
Net Rushing Yards20971
- Rushing Attempts4116
- Yards per Rush5.104.44
Net Passing Yards217234
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt42 - 27 - 139 - 23 - 1
- Gross Passing Yards217247
- Sacks/Yards Lost0/02/13
- Yards per Pass Play5.175.71
Fumbles/Lost1/13/1
3rd Down Conversions13/215/12
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down7.46.5
4th Down Conversions0/00/0
Penalties/Yards4/301/10
Punt Returns/Yards2/84/40
Kick Returns/Yards2/485/109
Interception Ret./Yards1/91/12
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits33
- Red Zone TDs/FGs2/12/1
Avg. Drive StartOWN 29OWN 32
Time of Possession41:4724:58

Drive Charts

Ninavel Blood Mages
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
19:553:57OWN 20835Punt
14:472:30OWN 42526Missed FG
214:196:32OWN 421342Field Goal
22:061:45OWN 20618Punt
315:008:43OWN 211779Touchdown
34:521:56OPP 41441Touchdown
415:001:30OWN 2030Punt
411:543:13OWN 20844Fumble
48:152:22OWN 2037Punt
44:103:08OWN 20824Punt
40:100:10OWN 3710Interception
OT112:334:18OWN 20780Touchdown
Minas Morgul Nazgul
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:005:05OWN 30926Punt
15:581:11OWN 163-5Punt
12:172:58OWN 39619Fumble
27:475:41OWN 241076Touchdown
20:210:21OWN 2210Half
36:171:25OWN 412-1Interception
32:562:56OWN 33421Punt
413:301:36OWN 3236Punt
48:410:26OWN 4630Punt
45:531:43OWN 37663Touchdown
41:020:52OWN 33565Field Goal
OT115:002:27OWN 39525Field Goal

Game MVP: Howie Tate, Ninavel Blood Mages

Rushing Statistics

NinavelAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Jeremy Meyer18834.611920
Roman Rincon18985.444212
Erik Galyon4276.751010
Hardy Portilla111.00100
Minas MorgulAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Blake Kirwan8445.501620
Jamie Biddle6162.67800
Sammie Franz2115.50600

Passing Statistics

NinavelAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Erik Galyon42272170/0119175.2
Minas MorgulAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Sammie Franz39232472/13237184.0

Receiving Statistics

NinavelCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Cornell Coles7148011.435170
WR Leland Starks612396.5011130
WR Russell Dawkins44246.00090
FB Hardy Portilla44256.2517170
WR Adam Philyaw333712.333191
TE David Vance2431.50130
RB Jeremy Meyer1199.00090
Minas MorgulCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Kent Mickell815577.132140
WR Chuck Ellison597715.4045370
RB Blake Kirwan45389.5020141
TE Rod Gerhardt344414.6712180
WR Randal Reynolds22168.000101
FB Cornelius Wolfe111515.0012150
WR Ty James0100.00000

Interception Statistics

NinavelIntsYardsAvgTD
CB Daryl Cote199.000
Minas MorgulIntsYardsAvgTD
CB Luther Mugford11212.000

Fumble Statistics

NinavelFumbRecovForceTD
Jeremy Meyer1000
Ernest Klingensmith0100
Howie Tate0020
Rick Kemp0010
Minas MorgulFumbRecovForceTD
Sammie Franz2000
Ty James1100
Bucky Henson0100
J.B. Bridges0100
Peter Heintz0010

Punting Statistics

NinavelPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Grady Perry521643.235.2482
Minas MorgulPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Henry Garcia524148.234.6541

Kicking Statistics

NinavelFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Britt Evans1/20/10/0332/2
Minas MorgulFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Kent McGahee2/21/11/1532/2

Punt Return Statistics

NinavelRetYardsAvgTD
Cornell Coles284.00
Minas MorgulRetYardsAvgTD
Ty James44010.00

Kick Return Statistics

NinavelRetYardsAvgTD
Leland Starks12626.00
Levon Hein12222.00
Minas MorgulRetYardsAvgTD
Randal Reynolds36822.70
Ty James24120.50

Defensive Statistics

NinavelTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
ILB Kevin Connell640.01439
DT Bernard Ordonez610.01534
OLB Howie Tate532.01532
OLB Broderick Hirshberg500.0612
S Desmond Stugg420.01333
DE Roderick Levine210.01427
CB Emmitt Wilcox210.01331
S J.T. Buckner210.01229
DE Rick Hamernik200.01428
CB Rick Kemp120.01338
DT Otis Grace100.01117
RB Jeremy Meyer10---------
TE David Vance10---------
CB Daryl Cote100.01132
CB Freddie Lazer100.0519
S Ernest Klingensmith100.0828
Minas MorgulTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
S Skip Battle740.03337
CB Darnell Cooper720.02626
ILB Kenny Leftwich710.02021
ILB Peter Heintz610.02728
CB Ben Putnicki600.03336
S Herb Curran530.03432
CB Luther Mugford510.03235
DE Ike Carpenter420.03032
CB Marco Carl330.01516
OLB Britt Hoover320.01217
DT Tim Garcia220.03023
OLB Peter Ofodile210.0117
OLB Darrell Spolane200.02120
DE Edwin Hammond130.03230
DT Bucky Henson120.02826
DE Mo Hartman100.0109
WR Kent Mickell10---------
DE J.B. Bridges100.01618
DT Leslie Walsh100.01119
S Bruce Stephens100.02024

Pass Rush Statistics

NinavelSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
OLB Howie Tate2.000032
DT Bernard Ordonez0.001034
DE Rick Hamernik0.001028
ILB Kevin Connell0.001039
DE Roderick Levine0.001027
Minas MorgulSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DT Bucky Henson0.003126
ILB Kenny Leftwich0.001121
Posted by Jvstin at 6:54 PM

November 4, 2012

IFL Week 17: End of the Regular Season Standings

The End of the Regular Season for the Interdimensional Football League:

Year One Standings











































AC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Ninavel Blood Mages1240.7503702878-45-1
y-Amber Royals1150.6883242739-34-2
Hendrake Hellmaidens790.4383253055-72-4
Melnibone Dragons4120.2502913232-101-5
AC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Minas Morgul Nazgul1330.81339525011-16-0
Adrilankha Firebirds790.4383013225-72-4
Dhamsawaat Ghuls6100.3752913035-72-4
Gondor Stewards3130.1882444183-92-4
AC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Singapore Three Ghosts1150.6884002829-35-1
Calderon Legions880.5002862997-53-3
Iaja Vinearts5110.3131933284-83-3
Andovar Griffins3130.1881683572-101-5
AC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Lankhmar Thieves1150.6883502738-43-3
y-Gotham Rogues970.5633193017-54-2
Khalakovo Airships970.5633953245-72-4
Tanelorn Champions880.5003213106-63-3
NC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Los Angeles Replicants1060.6254032807-54-2
Mars Sandsailors1060.6253323246-63-3
Ringworld Engineers970.5633623017-54-2
Arrakis Fremen4120.2502163612-101-5
NC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Caprica Buccaneers1141.71936327210-1-15-0-1
y-Babylon 5 Starfuries1060.6253262817-52-4
Gallifrey Time Lords691.4062743056-5-13-2-1
Nasheen Bel Dames5110.3132422913-91-5
NC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Tschai Dirdir1240.7503302778-44-2
y-Romulus War Eagles1060.6253672638-44-2
Coruscant Senators880.5002802995-72-4
Persephone Duelists790.4382533195-72-4
NC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
x-Sprawl Hackers970.5633362797-53-3
Chasm City Conjoiners880.5002582707-54-2
Barrayar Vor5110.3132383303-92-4
Trantor Generals4120.2501763224-83-3

Posted by Jvstin at 11:12 AM

September 27, 2012

Interdimensional Football League ,Week 4 Standings

Week Four Standings...

AC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Ninavel Blood Mages4001.000120763-02-0
Amber Royals310.75096813-12-1
Hendrake Hellmaidens220.50096761-10-1
Melnibone Dragons040.000661060-30-2
AC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Dhamsawaat Ghuls4001.00075533-01-0
Minas Morgul Nazgul220.50099761-11-0
Adrilankha Firebirds130.25070850-30-2
Gondor Stewards130.250641121-20-0
AC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Singapore Three Ghosts220.50075752-12-1
Calderon Legions220.50092772-12-1
Iaja Vinearts130.25034601-31-2
Andovar Griffins130.250581031-31-2
AC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Gotham Rogues3001.00089452-01-0
Khalakovo Airships310.750125792-10-0
Lankhmar Thieves310.75086631-10-0
Tanelorn Champions130.25062760-20-1
NC NorthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Mars Sandsailors210.66772621-11-0
Ringworld Engineers220.50092822-22-0
Los Angeles Replicants220.50099671-21-1
Arrakis Fremen130.250561031-30-3
NC SouthWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Babylon 5 Starfuries4001.000100594-02-0
Caprica Buccaneers111.50068650-0-10-0-1
Nasheen Bel Dames220.50049641-20-1
Gallifrey Time Lords031.12568930-2-10-1-1
NC EastWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Tschai Dirdir310.75069552-11-1
Romulus War Eagles310.75075642-00-0
Coruscant Senators210.66757642-01-0
Persephone Duelists130.25056691-20-1
NC WestWLTPctPFPAConfDiv
Trantor Generals220.50032662-12-0
Barrayar Vor220.50078751-11-1
Sprawl Hackers130.25078951-20-1
Chasm City Conjoiners040.00039690-20-1
Posted by Jvstin at 5:43 PM

September 26, 2012

Babylon-5 27 Gallifrey 14



Week 4, 2010

played in Babylon 5

82 degrees, fair, 4 mph wind


Gallifrey Time Lords0707-14
Babylon 5 Starfuries7776-27

Scoring Summary
1Q: 06:29 B-5 - Lamont Roberson 3 pass from Howard Shumate (Chad Fremont extra point)
2Q: 14:55 GAL - Freddie Toniolo 22 fumble return (Kelly Alcott extra point)
2Q: 06:39 B-5 - Buddy Epperson 16 run (Chad Fremont extra point)
3Q: 08:38 B-5 - Levon Hughes 9 run (Chad Fremont extra point)
4Q: 05:28 B-5 - Chad Fremont 49 field goal
4Q: 02:40 B-5 - Chad Fremont 27 field goal
4Q: 01:09 GAL - Kurt Doyle 18 pass from Sam Barrett (Kelly Alcott extra point)

Team StatisticsGALB-5
Record0-3-14-0
First Downs1316
- by Rushing15
- by Passing1211
- by Penalty00
Total Net Yards211283
- Offensive Plays6365
- Yards per Play3.354.35
Net Rushing Yards38101
- Rushing Attempts2236
- Yards per Rush1.732.81
Net Passing Yards173182
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt37 - 17 - 127 - 18 - 0
- Gross Passing Yards208194
- Sacks/Yards Lost4/352/12
- Yards per Pass Play4.226.28
Fumbles/Lost2/11/1
3rd Down Conversions3/164/15
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down11.910.3
4th Down Conversions1/20/0
Penalties/Yards7/484/35
Punt Returns/Yards4/383/32
Kick Returns/Yards5/902/57
Interception Ret./Yards0/01/0
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits24
- Red Zone TDs/FGs1/03/1
Avg. Drive StartOWN 24OWN 40
Time of Possession25:3934:21

Drive Charts

Gallifrey Time Lords
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
113:032:00OWN 133-1Punt
16:232:34OWN 3239Punt
11:411:46OWN 4438Punt
212:293:52OWN 33842Fumble
26:231:20OWN 1233Punt
22:582:20OWN 40932Missed FG
315:001:34OWN 203-3Punt
310:351:09OWN 203-15Interception
38:293:26OWN 27730Punt
32:101:09OWN 2733Punt
414:361:15OWN 831Punt
411:431:26OWN 263-15Punt
45:230:59OWN 1840Downs
42:331:33OWN 18882Touchdown
Babylon 5 Starfuries
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:001:57OWN 34415Punt
111:034:40OWN 37863Touchdown
13:492:08OWN 738Punt
214:550:08OWN 2012Fumble
214:472:18OWN 313-4Punt
28:372:14OWN 38562Touchdown
25:032:05OWN 32539Missed FG
20:380:38OWN 3512Half
313:262:51OWN 45515Punt
39:260:57OPP 929Touchdown
35:032:53OWN 20612Punt
31:011:25OWN 30515Punt
413:211:38OWN 373-2Punt
410:174:54OWN 43825Field Goal
44:241:51OPP 1838Field Goal
41:001:00OPP 413-6Game

Game MVP: Howard Shumate, Babylon 5 Starfuries

Rushing Statistics

GallifreyAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Al Glover940.44700
David Alabaso561.20300
Blake McNeil3134.33700
Winfred Toefield273.50500
Harris Winslett166.00600
Lamont Strickland133.00300
Damon Deforne1-1-1.00-100
Babylon 5AttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Buddy Epperson16553.441621
Levon Hughes15402.671411
Tyrone Vaughn382.67400
Howard Shumate2-2-1.00-100

Passing Statistics

GallifreyAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Blake McNeil31141644/35035148.3
Sam Barrett63440/01180113.9
Babylon 5AttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Howard Shumate27181942/12126099.9

Receiving Statistics

GallifreyCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Harris Winslett495914.7515200
WR Jim Sweeney4127318.251350
FB Winfred Toefield35113.67750
RB David Alabaso22199.5010120
TE Lewis Shelton111515.003150
RB Al Glover1333.00030
WR Kurt Doyle131818.007181
TE Cedric Clark111010.000100
TE Dwayne Gardner0100.00000
Babylon 5CatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Lamont Roberson576813.608261
FB Tyrone Vaughn343511.6724180
RB Levon Hughes34217.00780
WR Nick Fisk34248.004120
WR Steven Westbrook232613.008210
TE Amos Gossett111818.000180
RB Buddy Epperson1322.00420
WR Joel Jefferson0100.00000

Interception Statistics

GallifreyIntsYardsAvgTD
Babylon 5IntsYardsAvgTD
OLB Heath Johnston100.000

Fumble Statistics

GallifreyFumbRecovForceTD
Blake McNeil1000
David Alabaso1000
Freddie Toniolo0101
Eric Coleman0100
Rickey Fryer0010
Babylon 5FumbRecovForceTD
Buddy Epperson1000
David Folsom0100
Claude Shannon0010
Amos Boyd0010

Punting Statistics

GallifreyPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Kenny Brady944749.741.7582
Babylon 5PuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Reggie Shea732246.037.7555

Kicking Statistics

GallifreyFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Kelly Alcott0/10/10/002/2
Babylon 5FGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Chad Fremont2/31/20/0493/3

Punt Return Statistics

GallifreyRetYardsAvgTD
Al Glover4389.50
Babylon 5RetYardsAvgTD
Buddy Epperson33210.70

Kick Return Statistics

GallifreyRetYardsAvgTD
Kurt Doyle59018.00
Babylon 5RetYardsAvgTD
Henry Rodriguez25728.50

Defensive Statistics

GallifreyTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
S Rickey Fryer1340.03629
ILB Dominic Hardy620.03325
OLB A.J. Dunlap520.02820
DE Riddick Marquardt410.52218
DE Myron Burchett311.02212
S Leon Moss300.0167
CB Marvin Owens220.0917
OLB Marty Hickman220.01912
CB Freddie Toniolo210.0810
ILB Eddie Pannell200.085
DT Dennis Fargas200.01912
DE Kelvin Van Pelt120.52122
CB Danny Blanchard120.02816
ILB Matt Kirk110.034
OLB T.J. Frederick110.089
FB Winfred Toefield10---------
DT Ronnie Flynn100.02320
CB K.C. Finley100.02726
WR Jim Sweeney10---------
S Kendrick Kingsley030.02324
DT Vincent Gay020.03428
Babylon 5TackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
OLB Heath Johnston701.02241
S Carlton Connell601.02035
ILB David Folsom610.02028
OLB Dean Borgerson410.0810
S Ethan Robinson320.01831
CB Emmitt Hatcher300.01730
DE Neal Haber211.51430
DE Spencer Craig200.51216
CB Henry Rodriguez220.01023
DE Irving Lynn
Posted by Jvstin at 5:07 AM

September 24, 2012

Khalakovo 30 Barrayar 22 (example game from the Interdimensional League)



Week 2

played in Khalakovo

40 degrees, fair, 6 mph wind


Barrayar Vor7708-22
Khalakovo Airships020010-30

Scoring Summary
1Q: 06:09 BAR - Sam Walters 3 run (Kim Maier extra point)
2Q: 11:55 BAR - Quentin Turner 15 pass from Don Whittenburg (Kim Maier extra point)
2Q: 06:04 KHA - Jonathan Fisher 22 field goal
2Q: 05:23 KHA - Ernie Edwards 7 pass from Rusty Miller (Jonathan Fisher extra point)
2Q: 03:09 KHA - Sammie Lachance 37 pass from Rusty Miller (Jonathan Fisher extra point)
2Q: 00:07 KHA - Jonathan Fisher 39 field goal
4Q: 12:54 KHA - Tracy Borders 9 pass from Rusty Miller (Jonathan Fisher extra point)
4Q: 02:24 KHA - Jonathan Fisher 36 field goal
4Q: 00:12 BAR - Quentin Turner 6 pass from Don Whittenburg (Don Whittenburg pass to Shane Wolf for conversion)

Team StatisticsBARKHA
Record1-11-1
First Downs2017
- by Rushing35
- by Passing1710
- by Penalty02
Total Net Yards312319
- Offensive Plays6255
- Yards per Play5.035.80
Net Rushing Yards67115
- Rushing Attempts1830
- Yards per Rush3.723.83
Net Passing Yards245204
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt41 - 27 - 224 - 17 - 0
- Gross Passing Yards263211
- Sacks/Yards Lost3/181/7
- Yards per Pass Play5.578.16
Fumbles/Lost3/02/1
3rd Down Conversions4/117/14
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down9.14.2
4th Down Conversions1/10/0
Penalties/Yards2/201/15
Punt Returns/Yards4/83/67
Kick Returns/Yards6/1444/96
Interception Ret./Yards0/02/40
2pt Conversions1/10/0
Red Zone Visits33
- Red Zone TDs/FGs3/01/2
Avg. Drive StartOWN 26OWN 39
Time of Possession27:4432:16

Drive Charts

Barrayar Vor
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:003:23OWN 17536Punt
111:145:12OWN 47953Touchdown
13:431:37OWN 938Punt
11:194:30OWN 131287Touchdown
25:590:36OWN 3310Interception
25:152:06OWN 3435Punt
22:521:55OWN 25511Punt
20:020:02OWN 201-1Half
39:132:12OWN 28434Interception
35:391:27OWN 2137Punt
412:433:45OWN 26615Punt
42:192:17OWN 431057Touchdown
Khalakovo Airships
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
111:370:23OWN 2030Punt
16:022:19OWN 3537Punt
12:060:47OWN 3237Punt
211:495:50OWN 33862Field Goal
25:230:08OPP 717Touchdown
23:090:17OPP 37137Touchdown
20:570:55OWN 34244Field Goal
315:005:47OWN 33946Missed FG
37:011:22OWN 253-4Punt
34:126:29OWN 331267Touchdown
48:586:39OWN 301151Field Goal

Game MVP: Rusty Miller, Khalakovo Airships

Rushing Statistics

BarrayarAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Don Whittenburg7324.571010
Sam Walters6203.33701
Shane Wolf4133.25700
Walter Nixon122.00200
KhalakovoAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
Roderick Dodge22753.411410
Tracy Borders8405.00800

Passing Statistics

BarrayarAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Don Whittenburg41272633/18228279.6
KhalakovoAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Rusty Miller24172111/73370137.3

Receiving Statistics

BarrayarCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Quentin Turner81110713.389262
RB Shane Wolf67335.501780
TE Lionel Joyner34279.003130
WR K.C. Bryant35289.330130
WR Eugene Blair344314.3333280
RB Sam Walters121515.007150
WR Kenny Boerigter1266.00060
FB Walter Nixon11-3-3.000-30
WR Gilbert Zastudil1377.00070
TE Paul Atkins0200.00000
KhalakovoCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Sammie Lachance579018.0031371
WR Richie Bronson35217.000150
TE Ernie Edwards234221.0031351
RB Roderick Dodge222412.0020240
RB Tracy Borders22199.5014101
WR Ronnie McPike1277.00070
FB Ray Givens1111.00010
TE Dan Browning1177.00070
WR Marcus Singleton0100.00000

Interception Statistics

BarrayarIntsYardsAvgTD
KhalakovoIntsYardsAvgTD
OLB Pat Cesario100.000
S Rob Pasquarella14040.000

Fumble Statistics

BarrayarFumbRecovForceTD
Shane Wolf2000
Sam Walters1000
Wesley Chiodo0100
Quentin Turner0100
Lionel Joyner0100
Eugene Blair0100
Kenny Boerigter0010
Julio McSorley0010
KhalakovoFumbRecovForceTD
Ronnie McPike2000
Marcus Singleton0100
Pat Cesario0010
Benjamin Ellard0010
Devin Prescott0010

Punting Statistics

BarrayarPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Oscar Newman626143.529.3512
KhalakovoPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Corey Helmuth419649.047.0633

Kicking Statistics

BarrayarFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Kim Maier0/00/00/002/2
KhalakovoFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Jonathan Fisher3/40/00/0393/3

Punt Return Statistics

BarrayarRetYardsAvgTD
Shane Wolf482.00
KhalakovoRetYardsAvgTD
Ike Girardi36722.30

Kick Return Statistics

BarrayarRetYardsAvgTD
Ricardo Littleton614424.00
KhalakovoRetYardsAvgTD
Ronnie McPike49624.00

Defensive Statistics

BarrayarTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
DE Clay Moore711.02318
S Kenny Guagliardo620.02821
ILB Joel Rhodes450.02620
CB Ricardo Littleton400.02622
S Rusty Mallon320.02621
OLB Donald Tougas310.01615
CB Vince Sugita210.01720
OLB Victor Neeley210.0188
CB Richard Silvers210.078
DT Wesley Chiodo200.01717
OLB Maurice Harden200.043
CB Henry Miasek200.074
DE Frank Johannson130.02821
DT Steve Collette120.098
CB Johnny Stopek110.02521
DT Carlton Clemons100.01613
T Shaun Johnstone10---------
RB Sam Walters10---------
DT Trent Rosow100.0138
S Allen McArthur100.088
KhalakovoTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
OLB Devin Prescott801.0932
ILB Anthony Maticic510.01426
ILB Marco Fertwagner500.0418
CB Alex Scukanec410.01539
S Rob Pasquarella400.01241
CB Wayne Chipokas330.01844
S Johnnie Karluk300.01637
DE Joe Hall300.0717
OLB B.J. Albright210.51234
CB Clifton Wooden220.01534
OLB Pat Cesario210.01115
DT Kris Terrell200.01632
DE Randall Crawford100.51127
DE Omar Terry030.51533
DE Charles Stoermer010.5311
S Everett Swindler020.01330

Pass Rush Statistics

BarrayarSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DE Clay Moore1.011018
DE Frank Jo

Posted by Jvstin at 7:00 PM

September 23, 2012

Front Office Football Interdimensional League 2012 Preseason

Front Office Football Interdimensional League 2012
Season One Week O

AC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Hendrake 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Amber 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Melnibone 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Ninavel 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

AC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Adrilankha 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Gondor 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Minas Morgul 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Dhamsawaat 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

AC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Andovar 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Calderon 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Singapore Three 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Iaja 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

AC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Lankhmar 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Gotham 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Khalakovo 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Tanelorn 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

NC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Ringworld 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Mars 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Arrakis 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

NC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Gallifrey 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Caprica 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Babylon 5 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Nasheen 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

NC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Romulus 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Coruscant 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Tschai 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Persephone 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

NC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div
Chasm City 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Sprawl 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Barrayar 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0
Trantor 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

Posted by Jvstin at 3:21 PM

January 7, 2012

NFL Playoff Predictions 2011

As the wild card game round of the NFL is set to begin, its time for me to make some useless predictions for who is going to win the Super Bowl. I don't have a particularly good record. :)

Anyway, my predictions (home team in bold)

Wild Card Round

Saints over Lions (Saints are far too good)
Giants over Falcons (a bit of optimism, see?!)

Steelers over Broncos (sorry, Colorado friends)
Bengals over Texans (Poor Texans, with a QB they might go places)

Divisional Round

Packers over Giants (and so it comes crashing down)
Saints over Niners (I don't think the Niners are playoff tested, and here they fall)

Patriots over Bengals (Quelle Surprise)
Ravens over Steelers (A bruising matchup!)

Conference Championship

Packers over Saints in a shootout--or a 10-7 game if its snowy and cold

Ravens over Patriots. Wishful thinking, maybe.

Super Bowl

Packers repeat as Super Bowl Champions over the Ravens.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:47 AM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2011

NY Giants 29 Philadelphia 16

I told my friend Scott before the game that we couldn't beat a bunch of boy scouts...

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011092505/2011/REG3/giants@eagles

Well, I guess the Eagles were boy scouts this week. I'm amazed. The Giants are battered and beat, but pulled out a win.

I'll take it!

Posted by Jvstin at 6:34 PM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2011

NYG 28 St. Louis 16

A very sloppy win from the boys in Blue, and they did nothing after the third quarter, but a win is a win is a win.

Nicks may not be the second coming, but he's got some talent.

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011091900/2011/REG2/rams@giants

Posted by Jvstin at 5:45 AM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2011

NFL 2011: Washington 28 NYG 14

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011091108/2011/REG1/giants@redskins

As George R R Martin said, when you lose to the mighty Rex Grossman, things are not going well. And its only week one!

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2011

2010 NFL Season--Championship Round

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/45/super-bowl-matchup?module=HP_cp3

And so the matchup is set. Titledown versus Steelertown. The Jets Namath Curse kicked in at the beginning, spotting Pittsburgh a 24-0 lead that they couldn't climb out of, even if they did try. The Packers outlasted three quarterbacks from Chicago, even if they played rather sloppily.

Pittsburgh versus Green Bay. A matchup full of NFL history and tradition, and two pretty darned good teams. I am hoping for another exciting Superbowl. I remember the bad days of the late 80's and the early to mid 90's when Superbowls were mostly blowouts. We've been lucky the last few years. Here's hoping that streak continues.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:07 AM | Comments (0)

January 17, 2011

2010 NFL Season--Divisional Round

Deliriously happy with this week's results!

No, I have not joined the Jets bandwagon and will not do so. However, the fact that the Jets knocked off the Patriots is a Good Thing. I no longer have any root-against teams that would spoil watching the Super Bowl.

From the perspective of My Friends The Olsons™, it was even better than that, as the Packers after a slow start dismantled the hapless Atlanta Falcons. With the Patriots gone, and only the Bears in their way, the Packers might now be the Super Bowl favorite. I certainly would rank them ahead of the Jets or the Steelers...

And I fully expect as per the Namath Curse, that the Jets will screw up the AFC Championship game again, and lose to Pittsburgh next week.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:04 AM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2011

2010 NFL Season--Wildcard weekend

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011010800/2010/POST18/jets@colts

Well, I didn't expect the Jets, in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game, to actually beat the Colts, but the 17-16 victory says otherwise.

In other news, the highly favored Saints lost to the 7-9 division winning Seahawks in Seattle. So not only is Seattle the first losing-season team ever in the NFl playoffs, its the first to win a game, too. Scott's Packers knocked out one of the two teams I do NOT want in the SB-the Eagles. And the Ravens rolled.

I find myself rooting for the Jets next week. Not to get on their bandwagon--but to hope they knock the Patriots out of the playoffs...

Posted by Jvstin at 5:08 AM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2010

Green Bay 45 NYG 17

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010122611/2010/REG16/giants@packers

And that, my friends, is the season for the Giants. The loss of the Eagles to the Vikings means the Bears have little to play for, and so the unlikely combination of a Giants win against the Skins and the Packers losing to the Bears, the only way the Giants make the playoffs now, is now virtually impossible.

The Jets lost but still are skidding into the playoffs.

Maybe before the Sun burns out, we'll get a Subway series Super Bowl, but its certainly not this year.

I suspect that in a reversal of recent times, this year is going to be a Super Bowl Blowout--with the New England Patriots taking home another crown. Enjoy it, Belicheat.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM | Comments (0)

December 20, 2010

Philadelphia 38 NYG 31

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010121906/2010/REG15/eagles@giants

I still don't believe it.

Are the Giants cursed to have a Joe Pisarcik like loss in every generation? Up 31-10 with 8 minutes to go...and to blow it?

Unbelievable.

In other news, this household had a rule of zero with the Saints and the Packers also falling...but neither of those were nearly as spectacular.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:55 AM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2010

NYG 21 Minnesota 3

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010121301/2010/REG14/giants@vikings

The game was a day late and a Favre short (his record streak is now at an end), but the Giants finally played the Vikings--and won. I am concerned about Bradshaw's injury in the fourth quarter, but the 1-2 punch of them running got the game done. I was less happy with Eli's two picks.

That sort of play is not going to give them a chance against the Eagles, whom the Giants (again) face next.

And as far as the Jets...it does seem the Namath Curse and 1986 is in full swing, as the Jets lost again.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:55 AM | Comments (0)

December 7, 2010

Mirror Universe Post NE 45 NYJ 3

(NB: This post came from the mirror universe, where I am a Jets, not a Giants fan)

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010120600/2010/REG13/jets@patriots

Arrrgh!

The Namath Curse strikes again. For a moment, I believed that the 9-2 record was not a repeat of the '86 fiasco, when we started 10-1 and then skidded to 10-6. I dared to hope.

I should not have dared. 3 Interceptions, and the unstoppable Tom Brady later, we lost 45-3 to the Patriots. No patsies today, that's for sure.

Next up for Gang Green is Miami. We usually fight them hard, so maybe they will be a cure that ails us. If we lose to Miami...I will be convinced the crash and burn phase is in full mode.

In other news, the Giants seem to be bouncing back from their loss to the Eagles a couple of weeks ago, with a strong win over the Redskins.

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010120504/2010/REG13/redskins@giants

Granted, it is only the Redskins. The Giants are still only the second best team in NYC. We'll see if Favre can beat them again next week when they come up here to Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:04 AM | Comments (0)

November 29, 2010

NYG 24 Jacksonville 20

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010112800/2010/REG12/jaguars@giants

Honestly, I was ready to write another "Arrgh" at halftime...but the Giants
somehow managed a rally and scored late to pull ahead. Mr Boss' touchdown made up for him screwing up a touchdown in the first half because of a holding call.

I still don't think the Giants are going anywhere, but the fact that the Eagles and Redskins both lost is a good thing from their playoff perspective. On the other hand, the other Manning brother had one of his worst nights as San Diego spanked the Colts last night.

Next up is another divisional game--the Redskins. It would be nice to rise to the challenge. If the Vikings can beat the Redskins...the Giants should beat them handily too.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:58 AM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2010

Philadelphia 27 NYG 17

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010112113/2010/REG11/giants@eagles

And so the Giants season is over. That might sound fatalistic, but I remember 2009, and other years that started promising, only to turn into a mess.

If we get to 8-8, it will be a miracle.

Too damn bad.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 15, 2010

November 8, 2010

Football: NYG 41 Seattle 7

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010110708/2010/REG9/giants@seahawks

Woohoo!

The Giants uncharacteristically steamrolled an opponent following their bye week. The Boys in Blue usually play flat or worse following the bye, but not this time. All of the facets of the team functioned on all cylinders.

The Giants are being touted as one of the best teams in the NFC. How long that will last, I don't know. On the other hand, the Olson Household is happy because we had the rule of three--blowouts. Scott's Packers (to my delight) devastated Dallas 45-7, and Felicia's Saints "only" won by 34-3 over the Panthers.

Next up for the Giants is the shellacked and shellshocked Cowboys. Can they do better than the Packers did this week? We shall see.

In other news, the Jets nearly lost to the Lions (chortle). A 3 point OT win over the Lions does not impress...

Posted by Jvstin at 5:06 AM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2010

Football: NYG 41 Dal 35

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010102500/2010/REG7/giants@cowboys

It can't possibly last.

But the NY Giants managed to knock off the Cowboys last night in Dallas, taking command of the NFC East and making the favored Cowboys 1-5. It couldn't happen to a worse arch-rival. I had my severe doubts the Giants could actually pull it off. Eli did throw 3 picks and Dallas looked, early, as if they were going to rout the Giants.

Fortunately, the Giants showed resilience and pulled ahead by halftime and never looked back.

Scary as it may sound, both the Giants and the Jest...Jets must be considered among the best NFL teams at this point in the season. The Giants get a well deserved bye this coming week.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:04 AM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2010

Football: NYG 28 Detroit 20

The rule of two this weekend...

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010101705/2010/REG6/lions@giants

Well, the Giants once again managed *not* to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

But our special teams--oy! Not so special, and its going to cost us down the road if we can't have at least an average time with kicking, punting and field goals. I dread the day that it costs us dearly.

The third-string QB from Detroit nearly beat us. I am not sure if that's a lack of heart on the Giants side, a surplus on the Lions, or a combination of the two. Next up are the Cowboys. Hopefully we can put a steak in their heart and not allow them back in the NFC East race.

In other news, as I said above, it was a "rule of two" here in the Olson household. Scott's Packers lost in OT again, much to his frustration. Felicia's Saints finally showed the pre-season Super Bowl winner promise we've been expecting. Can it last?


Oh, and for my brother, yes, the Jets beat the Broncos. But that pass interference call---I think it was arguable either way. But they do, for the moment, have the best record in the AFC.

Which only means their inevitable fall will be even greater, this time. But at least they can't start losing next week, since they have a bye.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2010

Football: NY Giants 34 Houston 10

This kid the Giants have, Mr. Nicks, he's a keeper.

Once again, the Eli to Hakeem combination did the other team in. Eli did throw two picks, but since this week was a "Rule of One" (Scott's Packers lost, as did Fe's Saints), I am not going to complain too much about a game the Giants managed to win by three touchdowns. No, sir!

In other news, as I thought, the "mighty" undefeated Chiefs are undefeated no more, although Indianapolis should have beaten them more soundly than they did. Dallas players arrogance cost them the game, and the Lions escape the winless column by beating the Rams like a drum.

I just can't figure out this season. The Packers are broken, the Saints sloppy, the Colts beatable...who really is a good time in this league? The Falcons?! Maybe if the Jets knock off the Vikings, they might catapult themselves to the first rank...oh, who am I kidding? This is the Jets.

Next week, the Giants have those no longer winless Lions (and then its Dallas). I hope the Giants don't try to look past Detroit...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM | Comments (1)

October 4, 2010

Football: NY Giants 17 Chicago 3

Well, it was ugly, again.

This time, though, the other team was far worse. The NY Giants set a record for first-half sacks with nine, and not only knocked Jay Cutler out of the game, but his backup as well.

On the Giants side of the ball, they missed field goals, and once again had too many turnovers. If the "Monsters of the Midway" had not been even more inept, the Giants should not have won that game. The Giants, despite their defense, was only up 3-0 at halftime. One decent pass by Cutler or punt return by Hester would have erased that...

Still, a win is a win, and My Friends The Olsons™ and I got the "Rule of Three" this weekend, as both the Pack and the Saints won, too.

In other football news, the Jets looked decent against the Bills. The Steelers lost in the final minute...

And the only undefeated team in the NFL now is...the Kansas City Chiefs?!?!

They play the Colts next week, who have to be hopping mad that the Jags beat them in the final minute.

Well, I guess there *won't* be any undefeated teams by Columbus Day. When is the last time that happened in the NFL?

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September 27, 2010

Tennessee 29 NYG 10

As the Fifth down put it.

The Giants outgained the Titans by the length of two football fields on Sunday, 471 yards to 271.

Thus concludes the good news.

Everything else was awful for the Boys in Blue. Personal Fouls (6!?!?) More and more turnovers--the Giants now lead the league in turning the ball over. Stupid decisions (Eli, why did you throw that ball into the end zone?). Missed field goals.

Absolutely awful.

In other news, the Saints FG kicker might find himself on the waiver wire soon after missing that chip shot FG in OT that cost them the game. The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0(!), the Cowboys have risen from the dead (Sorry, Texans, Midnight has struck), the rusty Charlie Batch brought the Steelers another win, my co-workers will breathe a sigh of relief that the Vikings won, and finally the Jets beat the Dolphins without either team getting to 40 points. Whatever happened to tradition? :)

Next up for the Giants is a Sunday night game against Chicago. Can we get any worse?? Stay tuned.

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September 20, 2010

NFL Week Two: Indianapolis 38 NYG 14

From sloppiness to incompetence...

Okay, who replaced the Giants with Folgers Crystals last night? If the game against the Panthers was a case of sloppiness, this was worse. This was incompetence. The Giants couldn't stop the run or the pass, Eli lost two fumbles (one for a touchdown!).

It was as bad as my Madden outings this weekend, when Scott beat me twice (Packers over Giants, and San Diego over Pittsburgh).

Scott is happy the Packers won, and the Vikings lost. Felicia's Saints play the Niners tonight.

Otherwise, I am surprised the Jets managed to beat the Patriots. Next week, the Texas Bowl has an 2-0 team facing an 0-2 team. The surprise is that the Texans are 2-0, and the Cowboys who are 0-2...

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September 13, 2010

NFL Week One: NYG 31 Carolina 18

Well, the first game in the season of Big Blue is in the record books...

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010091206/2010/REG1/panthers@giants

A very sloppy game. The Giants should not have had this much trouble with an anemic Panthers squad. I kept expecting them to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Too many tipped balls(I don't know whether to blame Eli, the receivers, or both). Still, a win is a win, and I will take it.

What is wrong, though, is this bizarre and stupid rule that cost the Lions the go-ahead score in their game with the Bears. Even though I sort of understand the rule now (about as much as I understand the equally arcane Infield Fly Rule in Baseball). I just think its a dumb and stupid rule that needs to be changed.

The NFL is lucky this didn't happen to someone or some team which is higher profile. Can you imagine the uproar, say, if Peyton Manning's pass to one of his receivers, on a go ahead score in the playoffs, was denied because of this rule? Or the New York papers if this happened to the Jets or Giants? The sports sections would have a field day, and there would even be an editorial or two.

Change it, NFL. You unfairly denied a game to the Lions because of this. You don't want a playoff game or a Super Bowl decided on this bad rule.

Soapbox rant over.

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September 8, 2010

NFL 2010 Predictions

With the NFL regular season starting tomorrow, its time for some predictions...

Last year was a magic one for the Saints.

Can they repeat?

Yes.

Will they repeat?

No. Repeating in this modern NFL is difficult to impossible. You can be competitive over multiple years, but multiple bites at the Super Bowl apple are another matter entirely.


My top teams:

NFC:

Saints--they *are* the Champions
Packers--Scarily dangerous on offense; Their defense may be the only thing to stop them from winning it all
Vikings--Favre gives them another shot at it all. Will they perform?
Cowboys--The East is there (much to my unhappiness) unless the Eagles grab it instead.

AFC:
Colts--Perennial contenders. Methodical and dangerous. My SB pick
Chargers--Perennial Playoff flameouts
Bengals--Palmer has lots of weapons. I like them more than the Ravens.
New York Jets--I think they'll take their division but nothing more.

So...Super Bowl XLV? I think Peyton will get a ring up on his brother and he will beat the Packers to do it.


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April 1, 2010

Giants versus Jets!

Via my brother:

The first football game in the new Meadowlands Stadium will be between the owners of the $1.6 billion facility.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the Giants and Jets will play the first game Aug. 16 when they meet Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Cincinnati Bengals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game to open the NFL's preseason schedule in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 8.

Carolina will play at Baltimore on Thursday night, Aug. 12, then the Jets and Giants meet the following Monday before the rest of the league gets into action later in the week.

Super Bowl champion New Orleans opens the preseason at New England. The date is still to be determined.

The Jets and Giants traditionally play the second-to-last preseason game against each other, but with the new stadium both teams wanted to be the first to play in it.

The Giants will play the first regular season game in the new Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 12. The Jets will open their regular season with the first Monday night game at the new stadium.

I wish I could be there for the preseason game to open the stadium.

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March 25, 2010

Bracketology

Not quite a book review, but a pair of book recommendations for the March Madness season

The Final Four of Everything

and

The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything


Mark Reiter knows what makes many of us tick in March. Even for those of us who don't really care about Basketball, there is something appealing about the idea of a bracketed tournament. The best of the best across the country compete head to head, looking to go to the next round. Upsets! Dark horses! Powerhouses! It's heady stuff.

Suvudu, for example, is doing brackets of "cage matches" between fantasy characters.

anyway, Mark Reiter takes these concept in his two books, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything and The Final Four of Everything. He takes on all sorts of subjects in these two books, setting up brackets and letting them duke it out. It would be enough if we had Reiter's opinions on, say, the best NY Athletes, but Reiter takes his concept to the next level and gets experts to do and fill out how the brackets will go. So, in the aforementioned example, he has sportswriter George Vecsey do brackets for the best NY athletes. (Babe Ruth wins out in the final against Jackie Robinson). Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak takes on Supreme Court decisions. Time science editor Jeffrey Kluger does a set of brackets on astronauts. And so forth.

Both books are filled with delicious fun that encourage reading and debating at the dinner table, or wherever, and are eminently suited to the March Madness season.


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February 8, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010020700/2009/POST22/saints@colts

A couple of days ago, I made a Super Bowl prediction.

The Indianapolis Colts are a machine. Vanilla, straightforward. Implacable. They are all business (although in his commercials, Peyton does let his hair down) and telegraph what they do. Its just damned hard to STOP it.

They also adjust well. The Jets had them on the ropes, and the Colts adjustments turned a Jets lead into a near-rout by the Colts

The New Orleans Saints are gunslingers. Gamblers. Party-loving. Risk taking, try it and see if it works approach. Its a risky strategy that has proven dividends. They also seem lucky, charmed, as witness the Vikings game. Luck is a big factor in football.

This, however, is the Super Bowl. As boring as it might be, I think the Colts Machine will survive whatever the Saints throw at them, and pull ahead by the end of the 3rd Quarter and win.

Prediction: Another win for the AFC. Indianapolis 31 New Orleans 17


Well, the Colts WERE a machine. The Saints WERE risky--the 4th and goal attempt toward the end of the 2nd Quarter. The onside kick to start the second half!

And well, I did get the score right. However, I had the teams wrong. Even if the Colts were better on paper, the Saints won the game. A very entertaining game, even if after the first quarter I thought it might be a rout for the Colts.

Congratulations to the new America's Team. Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints.

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February 5, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV Prediction

Since I've done so well this far with predictions, I might as well go for broke and make a Super Bowl Prediction.

These are two high scoring teams with very different philosophies.

The Indianapolis Colts are a machine. Vanilla, straightforward. Implacable. They are all business (although in his commercials, Peyton does let his hair down) and telegraph what they do. Its just damned hard to STOP it.

They also adjust well. The Jets had them on the ropes, and the Colts adjustments turned a Jets lead into a near-rout by the Colts

The New Orleans Saints are gunslingers. Gamblers. Party-loving. Risk taking, try it and see if it works approach. Its a risky strategy that has proven dividends. They also seem lucky, charmed, as witness the Vikings game. Luck is a big factor in football.

This, however, is the Super Bowl. As boring as it might be, I think the Colts Machine will survive whatever the Saints throw at them, and pull ahead by the end of the 3rd Quarter and win.

Prediction: Another win for the AFC. Indianapolis 31 New Orleans 17


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January 18, 2010

2009 Playoffs: Saints,Colts...Vikings and Jets?!

Okay, so my playoff predictions for the Superbowl are shot.

I admit my mistaken predictions. The Saints winning--that wasn't really out of the line for my prediction. The Colts winning--well I did say the Ravens weren't Superbowl bound.

The Cowboys (thank God) on the other hand, disproved half of my Superbowl pick in definitive fashion. I thought, with their successful December, that the house that Jerry built now had a team that could make a run--and they did run, all right. They ran into the Purple Buzzsaw. Zzzzzzap!

As far as the Jest....err, Jets, that I didn't see coming. Even with three minutes left in the game, I expected the Jets to screw it up somehow. (And in that 4th down and 1 call at the end of the game, I expected the Jets to get stuffed and give the Chargers the ball with a good chance to tie or win).

So now the Vikings travel to New Orleans and the Jets go to Indianapolis. The Saints were in the Championship game three years ago (being spanked by the Bears then), but this is the first time they have ever hosted the NFC Championship. The Vikings were last in the NFC Championship in the 2000 season...the infamous 41-0 loss to my beloved NY Giants.

The Jets haven't been to the AFC Championship since the 1998 season (when they actually had the defending Superbowl champion Broncos on the ropes before they screwed it up and lost, Jets style), the Colts were there last in the 2006 season, when they beat the Patsies and won the Superbowl.

Onward toward the Championship games for this year!


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January 5, 2010

Giants Opponents for 2010

The great thing about the National Football League is that as soon as the season is completed, teams know who they'll play the next season.

Giants Opponents for 2010:

Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Carolina

Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle

I will have to see if my friend Kevin will take me to (another!) Giants-Vikings game next year...


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January 4, 2010

Minnesota 44 NYG 7 and my NFL Predictions

Well, I went to see the Giants-Vikings game in person with my former Fed co worker and still friend Kevin Pachl (he has season tickets to the Vikings).

The 44-7 rout was much more fun for him than it was for me. I tried to take a few pictures...


Eli drops back to Pass
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A picture from the romp of the Vikings over my Giants on Sunday

Anyway, with that out of the way, its time for my predictions for the upcoming NFL Playoffs!

Finishing strong is important, and getting that bye week is a mixed blessing. With that in mind, I think that the Vikings will revert to form sometime during the playoffs and crap out, the Saints will continue their skid, and (Heaven help us), the Dallas Cowboys will emerge to win the NFC Championship.

The AFC side is even wilder. I don't trust the Colts not to underachieve again. The Patriots will hopefully get beaten by SOMEONE, and the Jets, Bengals, and Ravens can all be had. So I am going to go with the "sexy pick" of the San Diego Chargers to represent the AFC, and take home its first ever Super Bowl victory.

San Diego 27 Dallas 21

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December 28, 2009

The last Giants game to be played at Giants stadium...

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/giants-open-thread-the-door-slams-closed/

The last Giants game to be played at Giants stadium was an utter disaster, a 41-9 loss to the Panthers that ended the Giants playoff hopes.

Bah, humbug.

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December 14, 2009

Philadelphia 45 NYG 38

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009121313/2009/REG14/eagles@giants

Once again, its one step forward (beating the Cowboys) and two steps back (losing to the Eagles after the Cows lost *again* this weekend to the Chargers). A win could have put the Giants in the driver's seat in the NFC East.

Now, the Eagles have the tiebreakers over us and, if the Cowboys continue to form (please, let the Saints turn them into Hamburger Helper!), will be the NFC East champions. It would take the Cowboys sliding past us for us to get into the playoffs as a wildcard at this point. We need to sweep our games (Washington, Carolina and the mighty Vikings). One hopes the Vikings are resting their starters...

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December 6, 2009

NYG 31 Dallas 24 and the rest of my weekend

And my beloved Giants show some life, as they beat (and thus sweep) the Cowboys, 31-24 today.

I watched this at the Olsons, having spent the weekend with them in gaming D&D on Saturday, doing some photography with Felicia in the early afternoon, and then watching the end of the Saints-Redskins, the Giants game, some "Dogs 101", and some of the "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" special on the Discovery channel.

D&D went well, we reached the end of a storyline with the D&D, and we'll resume for a while at the very least with Exalted before returning to it. I've not GMed live in a while, and I am overdue for a chance at a hand at the tiller!

Photography was a mixed bag, we took Dani, our friend Katie, and her kids to Como Park's conservatory and had them pose amongst the plants in the greenhouse. Felicia's camera did not like the heat and humidity but I think I got some decent shots.

The Giants never made it easy, and really, two big plays made the difference in the game, but we'll take the win. Romo had high numbers of passes and yards, but it was in the end, all for naught, and that's what counts for me.

So the Giants win was a pretty nice star in the firmament of my pretty good weekend. What feels even better is the opportunity to go back to work tomorrow.

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November 21, 2009

Ireland versus France, and the Fifth Down game

Soccer World In Uproar: Ireland Demands Rematch With France

French soccer ... er, football ... player Thierry Henry "has admitted handling a ball before a crucial goal that sent his team to the World Cup at the expense of Ireland." Henry's touch, by the way, is known now as "the Hand of Gaul" -- a nice homage to the "Hand of God" score by Argentina's Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup quarter final against England. Henry didn't score the French goal in Wednesday's match 1-1, but one of his teammates did soon after. The Irish argue that play should have stopped when Henry's hand touched the ball.

As it so happens, the FIFA has decided that there will NOT be a rematch. The result cannot be changed.

This reminds me of the infamous college football game between Colorado and Missouriin the 1990 college football season when the Buffaloes, thanks to an error, got a "fifth down" at the end of the game (on which, they scored and won the game). Even more egregiously, this win allowed the Buffaloes to share the National Championship this year.

So, Missouri Tigers fans can sympathize with Ireland this week, especially if France goes deep into the playoffs at the World Cup this year.

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November 20, 2009

Football AND SF, what could be better?

One of the many things on my RSS feed is a football column, the Fifth Down, from the NY Times. They have a variety of things to fill the week, but today is "matchup day", when Mike Tanier looks forward to Sunday's games and how the teams stack up.

Imagine my delight, when reading todays column, when I came across this entry:

49ers (4-5) at Packers (5-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Line: Packers by 6 1/2

The college coach Jeff Tedford drew inspiration from Isaac Asimov, programming Aaron Rodgers and others (Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, A.J. Feeley) with the Three Rules of Quarterbotics. Rule 1: Always hold the football directly under the chinstrap. Rule 2: Methodically read the defense, dumping to a running back if nothing else is open. Rule 3: Obey Rules 1 and 2 at all costs, even if it means washing out of the N.F.L. Pro scouts grew suspicious of Tedford's automatons four years ago, opting instead for spread-option freewheelers like Alex Smith.

Rodgers abandoned Asimov for Philip K. Dick: like Roy Batty in "Blade Runner," he rejected his programming. Rodgers is now the dangerous loose cannon, and Smith (drafted first in the 2005 while Rodgers sweated for the cameras and tumbled to No. 24) is trying to outgun him while chafing against a system that doesn't maximize his limited talents. Smith found an origami swan in his locker after practice this week. It cannot be a good sign.

Football AND SF. What could be better?!

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October 18, 2009

New Orleans 48 NYG 27

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009101804/2009/REG6/giants@saints
And so my beloved Giants lose their first game of the season, and decisively, too. Crap game all around for the Boys in Blue.

Darn it.

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September 7, 2009

Tyree released by the Giants

Via George R. R. Martin...

David Tyree has been released by the Giants.

Excelsior, David. You will forever reside in my memory, and have my respect and gratitude, because of THIS:


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April 14, 2009

2009 Giants Schedule Announced

The NYG Schedule for 2009:

1 Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Washington Redskins FOX 4:15 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 20 at Dallas Cowboys NBC 8:20 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX 1 p.m.
4 Sun, Oct. 4 at Kansas City Chiefs FOX 1 p.m.
5 Sun, Oct. 11 vs. Oakland Raiders CBS 1 p.m.
6 Sun, Oct. 18 at New Orleans Saints FOX 1 p.m.
7 Sun, Oct. 25 vs. Arizona Cardinals NBC 8:20 p.m.
8 Sun, Nov. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles FOX 4:15 p.m.
9 Sun, Nov. 8 vs. San Diego Chargers CBS 4:15 p.m.
10 Bye
11 Sun, Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons FOX 1 p.m.
12 Thu, Nov. 26 at Denver Broncos NFLN 8:20 p.m.
13 Sun, Dec. 6 vs. Dallas Cowboys FOX 4:15 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 13 vs. Philadelphia Eagles NBC 8:20 p.m.
15 Mon, Dec. 21 at Washington Redskins ESPN 8:30 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 27 vs. Carolina Panthers FOX 1 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 3 at Minnesota Vikings FOX 1 p.m.

The Giants do NOT get the last game at Giants Stadium (boo, hiss!). The Jets hosting the Bengals will be the last game hosted at Giants Stadium, barring any home playoff games.

Also, note that the Giants are AGAIN playing the Vikings, in Minnesota. If I can afford it, I think might buy myself a ticket...

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February 2, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won their sixth Super Bowl in dramatic fashion with their 27-23 win over the underdog Arizona Cardinals.

Three things killed the Cardinals:

1. At the end of the first half, Warner and the Cardinals, down 10-7. were at the goal line and threatening to tie or take the lead. Warner threw an interception which went back a Super Bowl record 100 yards for Pittsburgh to take a 17-7 lead.

2. Even given #2, Arizona battled back to a 23-20 lead with less than three minutes remaining. But they couldn't hold that lead , when Big Ben and MVP Santonio Holmes went on a game winning TD drive (the second straight year a last minute TD drive decided the game).

3. Arizona made crucial penalties, a record 11 penalties for 106 yards. Sloppy play that killed their chances.

One other note--this was the most "pass wacky" Super Bowl I have ever seen from both sides. From a purist point of view, it was horrifying. I have to admit that it probably made it for it being more entertaining though.

Congrats, Pittsburgh! You're the first team to get to six Super Bowl wins. Unfortunately, Kurt Warner is now the first QB in Super Bowl History to *lose* the Super Bowl with two *different* teams.

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January 27, 2009

My Super Bowl XLIII Pick...

Now that we are in the home stretch of the Super Bowl week(s) its time for
me to make my Super Bowl Pick.

First, let me say that I would pay money to see the scenario envisioned by Gregg Easterbrook., where he once again suggests that Kurt Warner is an alien, the Cardinals could win the Super Bowl with him, and he will be beamed aboard a starcruiser after he gets the Lombardi trophy.

*That* would be cool. I have to admit that even without the alien trappings, the idea of a Cardinals Superbowl win would be one of the most improbable events in 43 Super Bowls. It would be a Super Bowl win for the ages--the year after my Giants made one for the ages by beating the Patriots. Can we be lucky two years in a row??

Unfortunately, I think the "two weeks off" is going to cool the red hot Cardinals, and we'll get a plodding victory by the Steelers. It won't be anywhere near as entertaining as one might hope.

Pittsburgh 24 Arizona 16

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January 18, 2009

Football: Another sign of the Apocalypse...

The people who do that Rapture Ready website had better increase the Rapture Index.

Why?

The Hapless Arizona Cardinals are going to the Superbowl after a wild 32-25 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Back when he played for the St. Louis Rams, Gregg Easterbrook jokingly referred to Kurt Warner as a Space Alien. As a graybeard, leading the improbable Arizona Cardinals to their first ever Superbowl (and their first championship game of any kind since 1948), maybe there is something to that...

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January 11, 2009

Philadelphia 23 NYG 11

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=54461&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter

As Swiper the Fox says, "Oh, man!"

2 interceptions, 2 missed field goals and 0 touchdowns were a recipe for failure.

Now, these Eagles are going to go into the desert against the Arizona Cardinals for an NFC Championship game unthinkable a few weeks ago.

It looks like this year's Eagles are last year's Giants.

(And baring a miracle, it looks like the miracle Chargers have ended their run in Pittsburgh, which will set up the Steelers hosting the Ravens for the AFC Championship game). Which means that the Championship games this year have a #4 hosting a #6 seed (Arizona and Philadelphia), and a #2 hosting a #5 (Pittsburgh and Baltimore).


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January 4, 2009

NFL: Wildcard Weekend

Four games this weekend:

PHI 26 Minnesota 14: Minnesota played a decent first half, but couldn't in the end keep up with the Eagles. Nuts! This means that the dangerous Eagles go to play the rubber game against my Giants next. (The season series is 1-1)

Baltimore 27 Miami 9: The result I expected but not the method. Miami, very good at avoiding takeaways this year, had 5 against the Ravens. It uncomfortably reminds me of a certain Super Bowl between the Ravens and the Giants. As a reward for beating the Fish, the Ravens travel to Tennessee and face the Titans.

San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT). I didn't see this coming. I'm gobsmacked. I predicted that the Colts would beat the Bolts and then next week, the Steelers. Instead, despite an injured Tomlinson, the Bolts managed a win. Just like last year, when they were unlikely victors over the (then) Super Bowl Champions, the Bolts are overachieving at just the right time. As a reward for knocking off the Colts, the Chargers get a trip to face the Steelers. I bet the fans in Pittsburgh root for foul weather.

Arizona 30 Atlanta 24 Defense wins championships, but offense can win you some games (along with, despite the score, a decent amount of defense) The Cardinals win a home playoff game for the first time in over 60 years. The Cardinals as a result of this once in a lifetime occasion get to visit the Carolina Panthers .

I'm nervous about my Giants (division rivalries skew these games something fierce. The Giants are a better team on paper, but paper counts for squat in a game like this.). Besides that, I think that the Chargers have a chance against the Steelers--they only lost by one point earlier in the year against them. Weather will be a factor. The Ravens and Titans? Well, the Titans are much better (although their game earlier this year was close)--but if Collins sees those Ravens jerseys and has a Super Bowl flashback and throws picks like he did when he wore Blue...the Ravens could beat Tennessee. And finally, I think Arizona's magical mystery tour ends here. Carolina should be able to shut down Arizona. Earlier this year, Carolina came from behind to beat Arizona in the second half. I am going to *root* for the Cardinals, since I like the Giants chances against them over Carolina.

I do think its a bit unusual that the divisional matchups this year are all pairs that played in the regular season--and had close games. (The Giants and Eagles games were both decided by less than a touchdown).

I hope this leads to an interesting weekend next week--and a successful one for my Giants.

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January 3, 2009

NFL Playoff Predictions 2008-9

http://projects.nytimes.com/nfl2009/bracket/763942

The NY Times has a neat little applet where you can put your predictions for the entire NFL playoffs. You can even share these predictions with others.

Yes, I think that my Giants will in the end fail to repeat, but click on the link above to see how else I think the playoffs will spool out. The deadline for you yourself to play is 3 pm today EST.

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December 29, 2008

GB 31 Detroit 21

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=29772&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter&week=REG17

Why, gentle reader you may ask, am I blogging about the GB-Detroit game rather than the Giants loss (boo, hiss) to the Vikings?

Why, because the Lions made history. Last year, we had a team have a perfect regular season--the New England Patriots. (Who are not going to the playoffs this year. Joy!).

This year, we also have a team with a perfect regular season--perfect in the sense that for the first time since going to 16 games, a team has lost every game. That team is the hapless Detroit Lions.

So we congratulate the Lions for their singular haplessness. However, they still have one more NFL futility record that is not yet theirs! In 1976, their inaugural year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14, the only other team in the Modern Era to go winless. However, in 1977, that same team started the next season 0-12 before finally winning, for a total losing streak of 26 games.

So, the Lions still have to lose their first 11 games next year to break *that* record.

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December 22, 2008

NYG 34 Carolina 28 (OT)

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=29759&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2008&week=REG16&override=true

How the Giants pulled out a win, I'll never quite know. It was a tight game, and even without Burress, the Giants got what they needed from the running game.

Home Field Advantage is a huge thing, but its hardly a "done deal". I recall last year a team which won three road games at Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the coldest game in NFL history in Green Bay, knocking off all of those teams to get to the Super Bowl.

I wonder what the name of that team was? ;)

So, Home Field Advantage is nice, but its only the start.

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December 15, 2008

Dallas 20 NYG 8

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=29750&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter

I wonder who will go to the Superbowl this year.

It's not going to be, alas, the New York Giants.

Frak.

Thanks a lot, Plexico.

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December 8, 2008

Philadelphia 20 NYG 13

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=29727&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter

Philadelphia 20 NYG 13

Arrgh! The distraction of the Burress fiasco has infected my Giants with dropped passes, lousy play, and a loss. ]

The Jets lost too--to the less than threatening 49ers. Not a good NY sports day/

The only bright side to Sunday was that the Cowboys lost too, so the Giants backed into their division title. Still, we need at least a first round bye, if not home field advantage, in order to get a chance at a second Super Bowl visit.

Next up IS the Cowboys. Will getting up for our big rival be enough to straighten the ship? I sure hope so, but I know my Giants history...

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December 1, 2008

NYG 23 Washington 7

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=29714&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter

Aside from the inane insanity of the Burress situation, I have little to complain about this week. Beating up on a division rival is always a good thing.

The Redskins stuffed the run, and Manning made them pay for it. I have to admit, many of the Giants teams of old (save for the Simms era) wouldn't have a good counter to it. Manning (even though he had a pick) provides that extra dimension.

Next up is another tough match--another divisional matchup, the Eagles. I am not fooled by their record. Any connoisseur of Football knows the danger divisional opponents, of any record, provide a team. And the Eagles *also* have a tough rush defense, too.

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November 30, 2008

Plaxico Burress Shoots Himself Accidentally

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/sports/football/30burress.html?_r=1&hp

Giants receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh while at a Manhattan nightclub early Saturday, hours after he was deemed unfit to play in Sunday's game at Washington because of a hamstring strain in the same leg.

Idiot.

I think Couglin will blow a gasket if the Giants lose to the Redskins thanks to this sort of distraction and circus. He might blow a gasket anyway.


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November 25, 2008

That Fair Catch Kick attempt in the Giants-Ari game

I didn't know what to make of it, so I didn't really mention the free kick attempt by Arizona in the Giants-Arizona game. So I did a little research...

At the end of the first half, after the Giants punted with a few seconds to go in the half, Arizona called for a fair catch.

After a fair catch, an NFL team has the right to take a free kick from the line of scrimmage on the next play. If the kick goes through the uprights, the kicking team scores 3 points. It is also known as a "free kick field goal."

Basically, the difference between a free kick and a field goal is that it has to be after a fair catch, there is no snap, the defense has to be 10 yards back of the attempt, and the kicker cannot use a tee.

The Cardinals missed the attempt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_catch_kick

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November 24, 2008

NYG 37 Arizona 29

NYG 37 ARI 29

Who are you and what have you done with my NY Giants?

Despite phantom Pass Interference calls which drove me mad (ask the Olsons!), another good performance from the defending Superbowl Champions. This is a post-Superbowl year, guys. You usually have no business being on the north side of a winning season, to say nothing of arguably being the best team in football. I'll say that again. The Giants are arguably the best team in football. As far as the other great team in football, the Titans...

Have I gone in the Wayback machine to 1986, when both the Giants and Jets started off great? The Jets knocked off the previously unbeaten Titans preventing the Thanksgiving matchup of a 11-0 team with a 0-11 team (they are playing the Lions). It would have been the first time a 11-0 team faced a 0-11 one.

Back in 1986, the Giants went straight to the Superbowl; Jets went from 10-1 to 10-6,. and if not for being unable to beat Cleveland in double overtime, might have gotten at least to the championship game, if not to the Superbowl, too?

This is all a lovely dream and I am expecting a couple of teams to ruin it yet. But right now, its a good time to be a Giants fan...or a Jets fan, God help them.

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August 7, 2008

Be Careful, Brett, what you wish for...

From Green Bay to Broadway - Favre Is a Jet - NYTimes.com

Brett Favre, who ostensibly retired at the end of last season, is now back in the NFL...and has been traded to the hapless NY Jets.

Be careful what you wish for Brett, you just might get it.

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July 22, 2008

Giants Trade Shockey to the Saints

Saints acquire Shockey from Giants - NFL - SI.com

This news just makes me want to chair dance!!

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April 14, 2008

Foul Ball

Red Sox Fan Foiled in Attempt to Curse Yanks : NPR
A Red Sox loving Construction worker tried to bury a Sox jersey at the construction site of the new Yankees Stadium. Perhaps its just silly superstition but the Yankees took it seriously.

Foul Ball, Red Sox Fan! No Ceremonial Magic allowed!

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February 3, 2008

Super Bowl XLII: New York 17 NE 14

New York 17 New England 14

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January 21, 2008

NYG 23 GB 20 (sudden death overtime)

Frak (and in a good way).

I never saw this coming. After playing a bit of Universalis with the IndieGamers, I went over to My Friends the Olsons™ to watch the game, fully expecting my Giants to be sacrificial lambs for Favre and the Frozen Tundra.

Even after a 6-0 lead from my Giants, I figured GB was just waiting to dominate. After GB took a 7-6 lead, and a 10-6 lead, I was doom and gloom going into halftime.

The second half, the Packers were just a little flatter and the see saw battles was a wondrous thing to watch. 13-10 NY. 17-13 GB. 20-17 NYG. When GB tied the game at 20, and the Giants drove down for what would have been a winning FG at the end of regulation, I let myself believe for a few moments.

And when the Giants missed the FG and the game went into OT, I figured GB would right their ship and the Giants dream was over. And GB got the coin toss, and the ball, and started to drive...

And then the interception, and the Giants marched, I was on tenterhooks. The field goal was long and when it passed over the crossbar with yards to spare, I was deliriously happy.

And now the Giants face the Patriots, who they gave a run for the money at the end of the regular season. I don't give the Giants much chance...but you really never know. I never thought they could beat the Cowboys, or the Packers.

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January 18, 2008

Giants versus Packers: Historical Perspective

The Giants and Packers haven't played each other in the playoffs in 35 years and the Packers have almost always won the contests when they did play in the playoffs. A recap of the history:

Jan. 20 2008 - NFC Championship ?????

Dec. 30, 1962 - NFL Championship - Green Bay 16, N.Y. Giants 7

Dec. 31, 1961 - NFL Championship - Green Bay 37, N.Y. Giants 0

Dec. 17, 1944 - NFL Championship - Green Bay 14, N.Y. Giants 7

Dec. 10, 1939 - NFL Championship - Green Bay 27, N.Y. Giants 0

Dec. 11, 1938 - NFL Championship - N.Y. Giants 23, Green Bay 17

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December 29, 2007

New England 38 NYG 35

They had a substantial 28-16 lead, but in the end the NYG couldn't keep it up, and fell to the first NFL 16-0 regular season team, the New England Patriots.

Now its on to the playoffs for both teams, with the Patriots now a prohibitive favorite to make it 19-0 and a Super Bowl win. However, as tonight's game proved--it won't necessarily be a cakewalk for Belichick and his team.

The first victory of the season for the Patriots was at Giants Stadium, 38-14 over the Jets, and now their 16th is at the same place, 38-35 over the Giants.

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December 17, 2007

Washington 22 NYG 10

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?season=2007&week=REG15&game_id=29417

Arrgh!
It's true.

If the Giants continue their swoon and lose next week to Buffalo, they could miss the playoffs after starting with a 9-4 record.

These last few years, the Giants and their collapses at the end of the season have made me feel like Charlie Brown and the frakking football.

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October 29, 2007

The Curse is Dead

Curse of the Bambino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I think its safe to say, with its second World series *sweep* in four years, that the Curse of the Bambino is gone from the Red Sox.
Congratulations to the World Series winning Boston Red Sox.

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October 1, 2007

The Mets Lose the Division

The Mets failure to win the division puts them in the history books as one of the worst late-season collapses in baseball history:


Historic collapses

The largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later). Date of largest lead is listed:

Date Team Lead
9/12/07 New York Mets 7.0
9/1/38 Pittsburgh Pirates 7.0
9/6/34 New York Giants 7.0
9/4/95 California Angels 6.5
9/20/64 Philadelphia Phillies 6.5
9/8/51 Brooklyn Dodgers 6.5

The Dodgers of 1951 lost their division of course, to the Giants, in the "Shot heard around the world.". It was memorialized, in many other places, in a MASH episode.

(And what many people forget is that those same Giants ultimately lost the World Series to the Yankees, 4 games to 2)


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September 25, 2007

Help me populate a F/SF football league

One of the games I play is the stat based computer game Front Office Football.

Its a lot of fun, even if its mostly numbers. There is no joystick control a la Madden or its rivals. On the other hand the career mode is deep. You can play year after year of a league of your making and i have done so.

It occurred to me today that I could have fun starting a new league, with a draft for imaginary teams. I briefly flirted with world cities without teams, and then a better idea struck me, one that *you* can help me with.

2 Conferences, 16 teams in each conference. With a little creativity, I can change city names and locations and make imaginary places. And since I could start with a draft so that all teams started equal...

Well, I could have 32 teams taken from fantasy and science fiction.

Where you can help me is with suggestions. Site in a world plus a name for the team would be great.

For example:

The Babylon 5 Starfuries
The Amber Royals
The Traken Keepers

I open the floor for suggestions. Help Populate my league!

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September 19, 2007

Fantasy Football and real Football

The fantasy that's ruining football - Los Angeles Times

Via the NPR Blog, a link to an column by David Zirin, who argues that the individualisitic orientation of Fantasy Football threatens to distort the game of football itself.

He has a point.

Consider if a QB for a team throws 3 TDs and no Ints in a losing effort. Fans of the team are going to be upset; however those who have the QB as a fantasy player are going to be pumping their fists.

Reading between the lines, its clear that Zirin is concerned that the fantasy fans are going to outnumber the real fans, or at the very least devalue the team spirit of football. While one player can and does make or break a game, really, football is a team effort, where 11 people have to execute on every play.

Just seeing if your Running back, on a team you don't even follow, has 100 yards rushing is against the spirit of watching the game. In playing Front Office Football at home, I want my team to win, not just have pretty stats.

And so it is with my beloved Giants. Eli could have a 120 passer rating for all I care, but if the Giants can't win, I am going to be unhappy.

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September 14, 2007

NFL fines Belichick, strips Patriots of draft pick

NFL fines Belichick, strips Patriots of draft pick

A camera was confiscated from Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella while he was on the New York Jets' sideline during New England's 38-14 win last Sunday at Giants Stadium

A clear violation of league rules, NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell has fined Belichick $500,000 (the maximum under league rules), has fined the team itself an additional $250,000 and the team will lose a draft pick. Most likely, if the Patriots go to the playoffs, they will lose a first round choice. If they should happen to fail to make the playoffs, they will lose a second and third round pick instead.

I think, even if Belichick wasn't suspended, that this is a tough but fair penalty for these shenangians.

On a sidenote, I have to say that the Patriots opponent this weekend, the San Diego Chargers, have to be salivating. With the Patriots in such disarray this weekend, this is a golden opportunity to grab a win if they can rise to the occasion.

.

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September 10, 2007

Dallas 45 NYG 35

NFL Game Center: Game Recap - New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys - 2007 1


A wild opening to the 2007 Giants Season, with a 45-35 loss to the hated Cowboys. Due to a late injury, Manning was on the sidelines at the end, unable to bring the Giants back after Romo and company struck them one last time.

This is the most combined points ever scored in a Giants-Cowboys game.

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September 8, 2007

Football Frontier

Solecismic Software: Home of Front Office Football

The good people at Solecismic Software, makers of Front Office Football, now have a general news and information site for real football, college and professional. Its called Football Frontier. With ratings, predictions and stats, I look forward to the same quality in the website that they do in their simulation.

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September 7, 2007

Indianapolis 41 New Orleans 10

NFL Game Center: Game Recap - New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts - 2007 1

Are you ready for some football?

Clearly, in the second half of the game last night, the Colts were, and the Saints weren't. The Colts broke open a 10-10 halftime tie to show, perhaps, that they haven't lost a step since winning the Superbowl earlier this year.

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August 20, 2007

Preseason: NYG 13 Baltimore 12

Game Recap

The very definition of a pyrrhic victory. We lost a number of players to injury, including Will Demps, in the already weak secondary.

My funny feeling about how bad this season is going to be is just getting more and more prophetic.

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August 13, 2007

Preseason: Carolina 24 NYG 21

NFL.com - Carolina at New York Game Recap


I know it's just the pre-season, but this was just plain ugly, un NYG like defense.

It could be a real long season for the Boys in Blue.


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August 8, 2007

756

Whatever you think of him and the allegations of steroid abuse, Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run, surpassing Hank Aaron's record, on Tuesday, August 6th, 2008.

I'm not a big baseball fan except in certain circumstances, so I am not that excited about the record either way. I am glad that it happened in a home game for the Giants, and so he heard cheers rather than the boos which have surrounded him on his quest to beat the record.

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April 11, 2007

NYG Schedule for 2007

2007 Schedule

Sep 9 @Dallas 8:15pm
Sep 16 Green Bay 1:00pm
Sep 23 @Washington 4:15pm
Sep 30 Philadelphia 8:15pm
Oct 7 N.Y. Jets 1:00pm
Oct 15 @Atlanta 8:30pm
Oct 21 San Francisco 1:00pm
Oct 28 @Miami (London) 1:00pm
Week 9 BYE
Nov 11 Dallas 4:15pm
Nov 18 @Detroit 4:15pm
Nov 25 Minnesota 1:00pm
Dec 2 @Chicago 4:15pm
Dec 9 @Philadelphia 1:00pm
Dec 16 Washington 8:15pm
Dec 23 @Buffalo 1:00pm
Dec 29 New England 8:15pm

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February 25, 2007

Giants versus Dolphins...in London!

On October 28th 2007, the NY Giants will be playing the Miami Dolphins...at Wembley Stadium in London.

It's slated as one of the away games for the Giants.

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February 5, 2007

Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17

GameCenter: Recap - SuperBowl.com - Official website of Super Bowl XLI

I was right...for one quarter.

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts, who overcame the first ever opening kickoff returned for a touchdown, and a sloppy game with a first quarter 14-6 Chicago lead to win their first Super Bowl in my lifetime, 29-17 over the Bears.

It was a sloppy, messy, and for that ,entertaining game. Despite their woes outside the first quarter, the Bears hung tough until the fourth quarter, when the Colts finally overcame the weather, and used the Bears own woes, to win.


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February 3, 2007

Super Bowl XLI Prediction

Yes, I finally have decided to give my prediction. And I've decided to vote my fears rather than my hopes.

I *hope* that Peyton Manning gets his Super Bowl Ring. So many great players have missed their chance--Dan Marino, Barry Sanders, Warren Moon, Tiki Barber. Manning deserves a shot at getting a ring, just like Elway and Favre did.

With that said...the weather could undo Manning's plans. If it is rainy and windy like the weather forecasters say it might be in Miami, that plays into the Bears hands. A sloppy, ground game where a single special teams play or defensive maneuver makes the difference is the sort of game that the Bears can and would win.

So let's go out on a limb and say that it will all break that way...and the Bears win 24-20.

NB: If the Bears do not keep Manning on his heels early, like, say, the Patriots did to the Rams and Kurt Warner a few years back, Manning will make them pay and pay badly. If the Colts can get to 30 points, they'll win this game.


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January 7, 2007

NFC Wildcard Round: Philadelphia 23 NYG 20

GameCenter: Recap - SuperBowl.com - Official website of Super Bowl XLI

And so, after a promising 6-2 start, the Giants season, and the career of Tiki Barber, are at an end.


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January 2, 2007

Football Predictions for the 2006 Playoffs

My brother asked for them, so I will deliver.

My predictions for the 2006 NFL Playoffs

The NFC is wide open.

The Bears certainly look beatable even as the #1 seed, and the rest of the teams each have weaknesses, from the Saints all the way down to the Giants. This year's NFC representative could be a matter of blind luck and a hot streak than consistency.

So I am going to go on a limb, and say that the Eagles will beat the Giants, go into New Orleans and knock off the Saints and then upset the Bears (who will squash the Cowboys-beating Seahawks) to get to the Super Bowl.


The AFC has a surplus of decent teams, but again, all of these teams can be had for one reason or another.

I hate to do it, but I am going to go with coaching. I can't pick San Diego or the Indianapolis "Paul could run for a 100 yards in a game on them" Colts.

So I see the Patriots knocking off the Jets and the Colts surviving the Chiefs. In the divisional playoffs, the Chargers will shut down the Patsies, and the Ravens will beat the Colts. In the Championship game, the Ravens will exploit Schottenheimer's Curse and use it to propel themselves to their second Super Bowl.

I think we're in for another low scoring game between the Eagles and the Ravens.

The Bird Bowl will go to the Ravens, 24-17

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December 31, 2006

And the Giants reach 8-8

I've been avoiding talking about the Giants, ever since their 6-2 season went really south. They've limped to 8-8 in Tiki's last regular-season game, and yet again, the Giants nearly gave this game away. If not for Tiki's two long touchdown runs, they would have.

Its very unlikely that they will miss the playoffs, the combination of events needed for the Packers in their stead are unlikely at best.

But I love playoff scenarios. In order for the Giants not to get their playoff spot:

Packers clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over NY Giants if all of the following occur:
ARI win, DET win, MIA win, MIN win, SF win, CAR loss, HOU loss, TB loss.

If Green Bay and NY Giants end up tied in strength of victory, then tie will be decided by best strength of schedule.

It could happen and weirder things have happened in the NFL. Heck, in an episode of the show "Coach" (the last season, I believe), Coach's NFL team unexpectedly made the playoffs on the last day of the season because of a series of improbable victories and upsets.

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December 3, 2006

Dallas 23 NYG 20

NFL.com - GameCenter : Game Stats

And the Giants lose a fourth straight game and now are completely and utterly in a free fall.

I think the season is heading toward being a lost one.

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November 27, 2006

Tennessee 24 NYG 21

NFL.com - New York at Tennessee Game Recap

And the Giants, mired by injuries and mediocre play, continue to sink.

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November 6, 2006

NYG 14 Houston 10

NFL.com - Houston at New York Game Recap

An ugly game, one that the Giants should have won by more than 4 points (upset minded bettors probably made a bundle off the bookies on this one!).

Still, this was a bad day for good teams, with the Falcons falling, the Patriots falling, and most pertinently, the previously undefeated Bears fell to the lowly Dolphins (echoes of 1985).

And those newly imperfect Bears are the Giants next opponent, in the featured Sunday Night game. Its going to be tough, the Bears have got to be riled and pissed. If the Giants can beat them, though, then my boys can arguably seat themselves as the best team in the NFC...


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October 16, 2006

NYG 27 Atlanta 14

NFL.com - New York at Atlanta Game Recap

I didn't get to see this game but I am very proud of my Giants. After early turnovers and a horrible busted blocking 90 yard run by Warrick Dunn to make it 14-3 Falcons, the Giants stayed focused and used the running game to catch up and dominate the rest of the game.

Tiki Tiki Tiki!


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September 24, 2006

Seattle 42, NYG 30

NFL.com - New York at Seattle Game Recap

The less said about this debacle, the better. The game was nowhere near as close as the final score.

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September 17, 2006

NYG 30 Philadelphia 24 (OT)

NFL.com - New York at Philadelphia Game Recap

A stunning 17 point fourth quarter comeback was capped by a TD in overtime to give my boys in blue their first win of the season. I admit that I thought their goose was well and cooked, but they rose to the challenge and pulled out the victory.

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September 11, 2006

Indianapolis 26 NYG 21

NFL.com - Indianapolis at New York Game Recap

When you make mistakes when down only a few points against one of the best teams in the league, its very very difficult to win. A missed field goal, a fumble, and a missed field goal sunk my boys in blue.

And so the season begins.

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September 1, 2006

(Pre-Season) NYG 31 NE 23

NFL.com - New England at New York Game Recap

Again, this is the end of the preseason and the game doesn't "count", but the last time the Boys in Blue had a perfect preseason, was their Super Bowl winning year in 1990.


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May 5, 2006

Kevin Drum Agrees with Easterbrook...

The Washington Monthly

...about Football, that is. Kevin Drum agrees that football coaches don't go for it on fourth down anywhere near the statistical odds suggest, as Gregg Easterbrook has been crowing for years.

They are both right of course, although the analysis Drum cites doesn't take into account the time left in the game, or in the half. Even so, coaches in the NFL are often way too conservative in opponent's territory, especially with the emphasis these days on offense over defense. Those fraidy cat punts which net 10 yards often have the yardage they gain erased in a couple of plays by the other team.

The forty yard line of the opposing team seems to be the sweet spot for going for it no matter what, unless its fourth and forever, unless you have a Morten-Andersen esque kicker who can kick 57 yard field goals consistently.

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April 6, 2006

Giants Schedule 2006

NFL.com - New York Giants Team Schedule

Its a rough road, starting with games against Indianapolis, Philly and Seattle.

This could be a bad year for my boys in blue.

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March 29, 2006

Giants versus Colts Opening Weekend 2006


Broncos-Chiefs to open NFL Network broadcasts
(March 27, 2006) -- The NFL announced its 2006 Kickoff Weekend nationally televised schedule -- including a Monday night doubleheader -- and its Thanksgiving Day national TV tripleheader.

In a tradition instituted in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year. This Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers will oppose the Miami Dolphins as NBC rejoins the NFL's TV family for the first time since 1997. The game will feature a quarterback matchup of Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and the Dolphins' Daunte Culpepper, acquired recently from Minnesota in a trade.


Fans won't have to wait long to see the anticipated 'Manning Bowl'.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, the FOX national doubleheader game at 4:15 p.m. ET will feature the Dallas Cowboys at the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished 12-4 and earned a playoff spot last season

The Sunday night primetime game (8:15 p.m. ET) on NBC can be called the "Manning Bowl" and it will be a history-maker. The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts will visit the NFC East titlist New York Giants. It will be a matchup of quarterback brothers -- the Colts' 30-year-old Peyton Manning against his sibling, 25-year-old Eli Manning of the Giants. It will be the first time in NFL history that brothers will start at quarterback against each other.

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February 5, 2006

Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh 21 Seattle 10

So I was wrong, so very wrong.

Bill Cowher and Jerome Bettis get a long-awaited Super Bowl Victory, winning 21-10 over the Seattle Seahawks.

Some notes:

Pittsburgh won on three plays, really: The long pass on 3rd down that got them close to the goal line to punch it in; The 75 yard rushing play (a Super Bowl record!) by Parker, and the gadget play TD pass by Randle-El.

Seattle kept shooting themselves in the foot. Honestly, Pittsburgh did too with the big interception on Ben Roethlisberger by the Seahawks, just when it looked like Pittsburgh was going to put the game away. However, Pittsburgh recovered from their mistakes. Seattle could not and did not.

Pittsburgh is now only one of three teams, with SF and Dallas, to win five Super Bowls.

This was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in 30 years (31 total points), and Pittsburgh won with the lowest winning score since Super Bowl X, when Pittsburgh beat Dallas 21-17.

For the second consecutive year, a WR has won the MVP Award. Last year it was Deion Branch of the Patriots, and this year Heinz Ward got it. He deserved it because two of the three big plays for the Steelers had him as the receiver. He had a big run on a reverse that was for naught since it immediately was followed by the other Roethlisberger interception.

Its sad, though, that Bettis is now retiring--but he retiring on top, as a Super Bowl Champion.

Congradulations to Pittsburgh.


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January 23, 2006

The Two Jakes

GameCenter: Recap - Pittsburgh 34 Denver 17

GameCenter: Recap - Seattle 34 Carolina 14

No, not the sequel to Chinatown, but the two Championship games this weekend in the NFL featured the fall of two Jake quarterbacks.

On the AFC side, Jake "The Snake" Plummer could not escape the crushing Pittsburgh defensea s the Steelers break their horrible streak in AFC Championship games (1-4 under Bill Cowher, many of those with them as favorites) with a 34-17 thrashing of Jake's Denver Broncos

On the NFC side, Jake Delhomme looked even worse as Seattle completely dominated the other Jake's Panthers 34-14. The final score, if anything, understates the dominance of Seattle, since one of Carolina's touchdowns was on a late garbage time touchdown, and the other was a on a punt return TD which was originally, and should have been, called back on a penalty.

So, the official BJS prediction for the Super Bowl?

I think that the Bus finally will break down, as the opportunistic and dominant Seattle Seahawks will give Holmgren his first Super Bowl victory since his days with Favre and the Packers, 31-17.

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January 8, 2006

2005 Wildcard Round: Carolina 23 NYG 0

GameCenter: Recap - SuperBowl.com - Official website of Super Bowl XL

And so my Giants end their season not on a bang, but a whimper, one of the most inept playoff performances in their storied history.

The Panthers rightly believed that shutting down Barber was the key to unraveling the Giants, and it worked. It worked like a charm.

Well, I would have been happy at the beginning of the season with a 9-7 record, so an 11-5, division title season is nothing to sneeze at. I just hope Manning straightens up and flies right next year.

I really hope we don't need a new quarterback. We paid too much for him as it is.

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December 26, 2005

The end of Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football on ABC

Tonight is the 555th episode of Monday Night Football on ABC.

It's also the last. Next season, it moves to ESPN, and the era of it on free TV gone.

The first MNF game was the Cleveland Browns versus the New York Jets.

This last MNF game is the New England Patriots versus...the New York Jets.

(Keep this in mind, it will be in future editions of Trivial Pursuit: What NFL franchise was both in the first and last Monday Night Football game?)

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December 25, 2005

Baltimore 30 Minnesota 23

Baltimore gives the Giants a Christmas Present!

By beating the Minnesota Vikings, the Baltimore Ravens have given the NY Giants and their fans a Christmas present--a playoff berth. The Giants can do no worse now than a wildcard, and thus will make the postseason. A division title is still assured with a victory against Oakland next week, but at least a playoff berth is assured no matter what.

Thank you, Baltimore.

Posted by Jvstin at 11:07 PM

December 24, 2005

Washington 35 NYG 20

Washington 35 NYG 20

Crash and burn. I was so afraid of this, after Washington dismantled the Cows last week.

The Giants can still win the NFC East next week by beating Oakland in Oakland. But dreams of a first round bye are dead, and I don't like the Giants chances in the playoffs against the likes of the Panthers/Bucs, Seahawks and Bears. But we shall see.

For the Giants to lose next week and then lose the NFC East title and the playoffs entirely would be the worst indignity.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:22 PM

December 19, 2005

NYG 27 Kansas City 17

NFL.com - Kansas City at New York Game Recap

A game that I thought they were going to lose for sure, but my Giants have made it to the 10 win plateau this year, something else I didn't expect. (I would have been expecting 8-8 this year, frankly).

I still don't like Manning's inconsistency and tendency to throw picks, especially at the worst possible time (there was a near-interception this game that was tailor made to fit that bill). But what can one say except Tiki, Tiki, Tiki? Breaking the Giants single-game rushing record? The most yards out of a single running back since 2003? Sure, a lot of it was Kansas City not being able to tackle to save their lives, but Barber has to get SOME credit.

Now, the Giants are a win away from the division title...and if they win both of their games and Chicago or Carolina falter, they will get the first round bye they need to have any chance at the NFC Championship.

Posted by Jvstin at 6:32 AM

November 29, 2005

Seattle 24 NYG 21 OT

NFL.com - GameCenter : Game Stats

Yes, BJS and SSS.N in general have been down the last few days, but now we are back.

And, in typical, ulcer inducing fashion, my boys had three chances to win the game against the Seahawks (at the end of reg, and two in OT), and could not seal the deal.

As Master Yoda says, "Now, things are worse."

Posted by Jvstin at 4:41 AM

November 21, 2005

NYG 27 Philadelphia 17

NFL.com - Philadelphia at New York Game Recap

After last week's disaster, my boys in blue stepped up and performed well enough. The Eagles always play us tough, tough enough to make the game tight throughout.

But, still, a win is a win is a win.

Posted by Jvstin at 1:39 PM

November 1, 2005

NYG 36 Washington 0

NFL.com - Washington at New York Game Recap

The sendoff to the late Wellington Mara was, in the end, a rout of the Redskins. Sure, neither team's quarterbacking was any good...but, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki was all the Giants needed.

And with the Broncos winning, for a week at least, my beloved Boys in Blue are all alone in first in the NFC East.

Whodathought?

Posted by Jvstin at 11:16 AM

October 27, 2005

Another year, another World Series curse broken

White Sox win first World Series since 1917 - Baseball - MSNBC.com

Last year, the Red Sox ended their World Series curse with a sweep of the Cardinals.

This year, the White Sox, who have not gone to the World series since 1959, and not won since the Black Sox scandal back in 1919, have swept the Astros.

Four very different games and wins for the Sox, too. A compleat and dominant victory.

Maybe next year, Cubs fans will get their own relief at long last, too.


Posted by Jvstin at 4:48 AM

October 25, 2005

Rest in Peace, Wellington Mara

NFL.com - New York Giants Team News


Wellington Mara, co-owner of the NY Giants for 70 years, has passed away.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:16 PM

October 23, 2005

NYG 24 Denver 23

NFL.com - Denver at New York Game Recap

Aka, Who are you and what have you done with my New York Giants?!?

A Game winning touchdown drive running the two minute offense--against the Denver Broncos?

I thought they were toast after missing a field goal and getting intercepted in two consecutive drives in the 4th quarter, but in the end, they managed to come back and win it.

And despite all of that, winning isn't everything, its the only thing.


Posted by Jvstin at 7:42 PM

October 16, 2005

Dallas 16 NYG 13 (OT)

NFL.com - New York at Dallas Game Recap

Sloppy! Very very sloppy play by the Boys in Blue. I was quite disappointed in that, as much as the loss.

Too many turnovers.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:36 PM

October 3, 2005

NYG 44 St. Louis 24

NFL.com - St. Louis at New York Game Recap

Pass Defense was non existent (442 yards for the Rams' Bulger!), but Run Defense, a good outing by the offense, and no turnovers made for a good day for my boys in blue.

A good way to go into the Bye week, on an up note. I just hope they won't come out flat against Parcells' Cowboys!

Posted by Jvstin at 1:35 PM

September 26, 2005

San Diego 45, NYG 23

NFL.com - New York at San Diego Game Recap

And after two very good games, this time the Giants fell flat.

We got close...but San Diego turned it up in the second half, and then it wasn't even close.

0-2 teams can be hungry, and San Diego had good reason to hate Manning and the Giants (since the Chargers had, a couple of years ago, wanted to draft Manning but he said he wouldn't play there).

But it was the Giants defense (especially the running defense, oy!) which really didn't play today.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:49 AM

February 16, 2005

NHL Iced out

MSNBC - ICED OUT: NHL cancels entire season

Its now official. For the first time in modern North American sports history, a major professional sports league has canceled its entire season thanks to a labor dispute. Worse than when baseball ended its season prematurely (without a world series), worse than the shortened NFL seasons thanks to labor disputes, worse than the NHL's own last labor dispute, this is unprecedented.

I don't watch hockey, its not my thing. But I feel sort of sad for the loss all the same.

As for me, I'm on sports hiatus for the most part, since Football season is now over.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:47 PM

January 24, 2005

And its the I-95 Superbowl...

GameCenter: Recap - SuperBowl.com - Official website of Super Bowl XXXIX


Yesterday, the Patriots routed the Steelers in convincing fashion, and the Eagles, on their 4th consecutive NFC Championship game, finally met a team they could beat...the Atlanta Falcons.

So we have the Eagles versus the Patriots for all the marbles, in two weeks. I predicted at the beginning of the playoffs that the Patriots would beat the Eagles.

Well, at least i have the teams right. We shall see if the Patriots can knock off their biggest foe yet. They've shut down Manning, dismantled the running attack and defense of Pittsburgh...but now they face McNabb and the Eagles own formidable team.

I hope for a good game. I will be in NYC that weekend and might see the game with friends.

Superbowls are best seen in company.


Posted by Jvstin at 3:25 PM

January 15, 2005

Two lost chances

GameCenter: Recap - SuperBowl.com - Official website of Super Bowl XXXIX

The Jets proved that they are truly cursed, missing not just one, but TWO game-winning field goals, in their valiant but ultimately unsuccessful game against the Steelers.

Of course, one might argue the Steelers should never have let the Jets stay so close, but one might say that about the Chargers last week.

Still, though, the Colts or the Patriots (depending on who wins tomorrow) just might be able to knock off the Steelers, if the Jets were able to keep them so close.

Posted by Jvstin at 11:38 PM

January 10, 2005

Wild Card Weekend

MSNBC Sports Scoreboard

WC Weekend lived up to its name this year, as three upsets by visiting teams was paired with yet another magnificent performance by Manning and co. in the other matchup.

Thrills! Chills! Upsets! Next week will bring things back to Earth; traditionally, the bye rested home teams exterminate the winners of Wild Card Weekend.

But, as usual, we shall see. Maybe the Colts CAN score outdoors. Maybe the Eagles can be had by Culpepper and Moss. Maybe the bad luck of the Jets will fall into abeyance another week.

Only the games themselves will tell.

Posted by Jvstin at 1:59 PM

January 4, 2005

End of the Regular Season

NFL.com - NFL News

And my not so mighty Giants, end up 6-10 for the year. Not the worst in the league, but a definite downer after starting 5-2.

Tiki, at least, won the yards from scrimmage title, with nearly 2100 yards in total offense. He IS the Giants offense, and if they only had something besides him, the Giants might actually be feared. Someday.

Now, the playoffs.

My prediction for the Super Bowl? As you will recall at the beginning of the season, I predicted the Colts over the Seahawks.

The Seahawks don't look so mighty (even if they are in the playoffs), and the Colts have no defense.

So...my pick: New England over Philadelphia. We'll see how my prediction holds up, or doesn't.


Posted by Jvstin at 9:38 AM

December 28, 2004

My favorite time of the football year

NFL.com - NFL News

Aside from the Super Bowl itself is right now, when teams are jockeying for playoff spots, and sometimes you need an advanced math degree to figure out all the probabilities of who might and might not get into the playoffs.

This was satirized in an episode of the TV show Coach (the later episodes, when he coached a pro football team). At the end of the season, he headed home to Minnesota, confident his team had not made the playoffs, alas, but a weird concatenation of teams winning and losing gave his team a playoff berth.

I love it when that happens. This year is relatively straightforward, by comparison. My Giants are long since eliminated, of course.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:53 AM

December 26, 2004

Rest in Peace, Reggie White

NFL.com - NFL News

Reggie White, one time NFL sack leader, rival to the immortal Lawrence Taylor, has passed away.

He was only 43 years old, and was playing for Carolina only 4 years ago. And he played for the Packers, too. But I will remember him always as a Philadelphia Eagle, the counterpart and nemesis to my own Giants' Lawrence Taylor.

But a great player, nevertheless. Rest in Peace, and may you play in those fields in the sky, with Johnny Unitas and Walter Payton shuddering in fear as you rip through the OL like tissue paper...


Posted by Jvstin at 1:24 PM

December 24, 2004

One Pro Bowl selectee for Big Blue

NFL.com - Probowl

It doesn't take a genius to guess that its none other than Tiki Barber. Responsible for half of the team's offensive output, fumble as much as he does (this year less so), he IS the heart and soul of Big Blue. If anyone was going to get on the Pro Bowl Team from the Giants...it should have been him and I am happy for him.

Ahman Green and Shawn Alexander are the other two RB's for the NFC side, both equally good choices.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:42 PM

December 20, 2004

Classy show at the end of the Baltimore-Indy game

MSNBC - Manning 1 shy of TD record as Colts win

The Colts won, and yes, Manning did throw one TD pass, putting him at 47 compared to the record of 48, but it is the class he showed at the end of the game which is important.

Near to the end of the game, the Colts, with the lead, intercepted a pass from Baltimore and ran it back to near the Baltimore goal line. With little time left, all Indy had to do was run the clock out--or they could try and pad Manning's stats by trying to tack on more points.

Manning took a knee twice to end the game. I think its the right decision. The game is not in the end about stats, its about winning or losing.

What if Manning had tried to go for the record and, heavens forbid, been sacked and injured on the play, bad enough to miss the rest of the season and the playoffs? What then?

There are still two more weeks for Manning and his record. And unless something catastrophic happens, he will break Marino's old mark. Neither the Chargers nor the Broncos have the Ravens tough defense to limit Manning's golden arm.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:17 PM

December 13, 2004

Baltimore 37 NYG 14

NFL.com - New York at Baltimore Game Recap

Ugly.

And the referees didn't help, either. I never knew that a referee could and should listen to a coach and an "offensive consultant" long enough to throw a penalty long after the fact. But that's what happened, when the Ravens talked a referee into a questionable intentional grounding call against the Giants.

Even with that, though, the Giants once again were pitiful. I don't blame Eli, even if the Giants managed their only offensive score after he was yanked.

That 8-8 that I was hoping for after Strahan and Washingtong were lost is just about out of reach, now.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:54 AM

December 6, 2004

Washington 31, NYG 7

NFL.com - New York at Washington Game Recap

An even uglier loss for my boys than last week, where at least they showed some fight against the Eagles.

This time, they just rolled over and died. It reminded me a lot of the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, all the way to the point of ONLY scoring on a kickoff return.

Yesterday was an ugly day all around while watching football at the Olsons--we all lost, and the Packers and Giants in a horrendous fashion.

At least the brats and burgers Scott made were good.


Posted by Jvstin at 5:54 AM

November 29, 2004

Philadelphia 27, NYG 6

NFL.com - Philadelphia at New York Game Recap

Lesson from yesterday's game:

Your team is only as effective as your offensive and defensive lines. Without one, you are in trouble.

Without both...you are almost surely doomed.

8-8 might be optimistic at this point for my boys in blue. Putting a rookie quarterback behind that OL is a recipe for disaster. They couldn't stop any blitz Philly threw at them.

They did decently in the first half, and should have had a lead instead of field goals, but they simply couldn't keep it up.

:Sigh:


Posted by Jvstin at 2:13 PM

November 14, 2004

Arizona 17 NYG 14

NFL.com - New York at Arizona Game Recap

An even more horrible outing for my boys in Blue, shooting themselves in the foot as they lost to the lowly Cardinals.

The loss of Washington and Strahan has taken all wind and momentum out of this team.

Sad.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:39 PM

November 9, 2004

End to end, its the end of the run

MSNBC - Giants' Strahan out for rest of year

The title of the article belies the fact that, while the Giants lost superstar Strahan for the year after being injured for the year, they also lost their OTHER defensive end, Keith Washington, for the rest of the year.

The Giants defensive line is now obliterated. If, from this point, the Giants can manage to go .500 for the rest of the year, it will be a miracle.

Damn. Damn. Damn!

Posted by Jvstin at 5:01 AM

November 7, 2004

Chicago 28 NYG 21

NFL.com - Chicago at New York Game Recap

An ugly, ugly, ugly game on both sides, but most especially by my Giants. They played worse than the Vikings did last week. Their offensive line was non existent. Turnovers and penalties were endless.

It was painful to watch it with Scott at the Olsons. Very painful.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 PM

November 1, 2004

NYG 34 Minnesota 13

NFL.com - New York at Minnesota Game Recap

And I was there as the Giants upended the Vikings at home for the third straight year.

It was my first ever live NFL game, and aural issues aside (I wound up with a headache from all the noise), it was a lot of fun.

Seeing the game live is far different than seeing it on the couch. Granted, my seat wasn't great, in the lower reaches of an endzone seat, but when the teams came close to my endzone...it was amazing.

I'd like to make it a tradition of seeing *a* game a year. Not that I am going to turn into a Vikings fan, but the experience of a game is something worth having.

But next time, I bring earplugs.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:11 AM

October 31, 2004

Redskins and the Presidential Race

MSNBC -Election to be Decided by the Packers-Skins Game?

Apparently, there is a trend going on with the Washington Redskins. If they win their last home game before the presidential election, the incumbent party stays in power. If they lose, so does the party. It's a streak over 17 games, and six decades.

So...if Green Bay wins, John Kerry will win. If the Redskins beat them, "W" will pull off the victory.

Well, these streaks are amusing...but they are really statistical flukes, aren't they?

At least, I'm sure my friend Scott, both a vowed Republican AND a Green Bay fan, thinks so.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:06 AM

October 28, 2004

Hell Freezes Over

Population: One: Win

Maybe it was the Lunar Eclipse, maybe it was fate, and maybe there never really was a curse.

But the World Champions of Baseball are the Boston Red Sox, their first World Series Victory since the First World War.

No more talk about Curse of the Bambino, ok? Even if they don't win again for a while?

Posted by Jvstin at 4:59 AM

October 24, 2004

Game One of the 2004 WS

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Box Score. Boston 11, St. Louis 9

And Boston comes out of the game winning a slugfest.

I can see ERAs are going to be rather high if this keeps up in the series.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:46 AM

October 21, 2004

Bambino Curse to be lifted?

MSNBC - Damon powers Red Sox into World Series

Coming back from a 3-0 series deficit, the Boston Red Sox have done the unthinkable, and beaten the NY Yankees to go to the world series.

No team in Baseball playoff history had ever come back from a 3-0 series to win it.

Of course, if the Red Sox go on to lose the World Series, then one could say that the Curse still holds. After all, the Red Sox have BEEN in the World Series since 1918...they just have never won it.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:04 AM

October 17, 2004

Hurricane Relief, NFL Style

NFL.com - NFL Hurricane Relief Drive

If you visit the linked page on NFL.Com, the NFL (along with the Weather Channel) pledges to donate a $1 to Hurricane Relief, up to a cap of $100,000.

I think its worth a click to make sure they hit that cap, don't you?


Posted by Jvstin at 4:49 PM

October 4, 2004

NYG 14 Green Bay 7

An old fashioned win for the Giants over the Packers yesterday.

Even though the Giants missed three field goals--the wind was really bad, and the placekicker was incompetent at best--missing all of them the exact same way. And a key interception at the goal line kept the Giants scoreless in the first half even though they had dominated in every other respect. Tiki didn't fumble, ran hard, and the Giants played good defense. I can't really fault them for biting on Brett's TD pass. I never saw it coming either.

At 3-1, my Giants are in far better shape than I could have hoped. At 1-3, Green Bay is in turmoil, Brett injured in a second consecutive game.

And the Jest are 3-0. Football seasons are always surprising. Always.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:17 AM

September 30, 2004

80th Season

A fact that I wasn't quite aware of until i read it today...but this is my beloved New York Giants 80th Season.

There aren't many teams still around that are older--one of the few exceptions are their opponent on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers, who are in their 83rd season.

Many of those teams from that era no longer exist, though. Heck, there was even a team in my hometown of Staten Island.

Happy Birthday, NYG!

Posted by Jvstin at 1:57 PM

September 29, 2004

Pass Interference

There is only one penalty in football without a set amount of yardage assigned to it.

It is the infamous Defensive Pass Interference Call.

Troy Aikman, on NFL.Com tangentially talks about this in his article about his dislike of Instant Replay. But I think I like his idea on Pass Interference better.

Make every Defensive Pass Interference Call 15 yards and an automatic first down. Its too unbalancing as it currently is written, with no limit on yardage.

Think, theoretically, you can have a 99 yard DPI call--if the line of scrimmage is at the one and the DPI is called at the opposing end zone. Okay, that's nearly impossible because no one has that much arm strength, but my point is, DPI can put too much fortune and luck of the draw of referees into the game. Football isn't perfect.

And besides, Scott pointed out to me that Hail Mary calls almost NEVER get DPI calls, even if there is clearly lots of contact and a "scrum" in the end zone on every one. Why? If it was called often, then Hail Mary plays would be far more used--unfair to the defense side of the ball.

So, make every DPI a 15 yard call, automatic first down. (Of course, Half the Distance to the Goal would apply as usual in red zone situations).


Posted by Jvstin at 12:38 PM

September 20, 2004

NYG 20 Washington 14

Hurrah, hurray! The Giants are not going to go winless this year!
Uncharacteristic, though, for a Joe Gibbs led club to make so many mistakes and commit so many turnovers.

And the "Jest", to speak of the other NY team, are 2-0. Not what I would have expected either...

Posted by Jvstin at 11:20 AM

September 9, 2004

Football!

And the 2004 NFL Season kicks off tonight, with an AFC Championship game rematch on tap--the Indianapolis Colts against the New England Patriots.

I don't know that the Patsies can repeat as Super Bowl Champions (sorry, Deb!), but they certainly have a good chance at it. They have stiff competition within their conference--perhaps this is the Colts year at last, or perhaps Kansas City can keep their opponents to under 35 points a game and thus win...Denver needs a running game, and maybe the Bengals will actually make the playoffs this time.

And then there are the Seahawks, the aging Packers, and even the Vikings (if they would shut up and actually play).

My very premature and likely wrong Super Bowl Pick?

Manning gets his ring, as the Colts will knock off the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in a happy day for Indianapolis this coming January.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:19 PM

September 1, 2004

Worst loss in team history

There is a lot of cheering outside of Gotham this morning.

The Yankees were beaten by the Indians last night...by their worst margin ever. 22-0.

It's the worst loss by any team in the majors in over 25 years.

Ouch.

I never, by the way, realized how much the rest of the country despises the Yankees, until I moved out of NY. Heck, Mets fans could take a bit of instruction in Yankees-hating from people beyond the NYC area.

It's the Steinbrenner Factor, in most cases.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:21 AM

May 19, 2004

Unit's perfect game

Baseball is not my sport, but even I have to sit up and take notice when Randy "Big Unit" Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher in history to fan 27 batters, 13 of them struck out. No walks, no errors.

A perfect game. At age 40.

Bravo.


Posted by Jvstin at 5:28 AM

April 25, 2004

Giants coming to play the Vikings

Even bigger for me than the news that the Giants traded with the San Diego Chargers to get Eli Manning, the player drafted #1 in the NFL Draft (and hopefully a QB to match his brother Peyton) is the news that the Vikings schedule this year has an important (to me) home game on Halloween...

The Vikings are going to host the Giants.

I want a ticket. And since the Giants are *not* the Packers or Bears, who are their big rivals, I think I can manage the opportunity. I just have to manage to afford it...

But I'd love to finally go to a football game.

Posted by Jvstin at 10:19 AM

April 7, 2004

Double NCAA Champions

I don't follow basketball, but I have to be impressed with the University of Connecticut, having won the NCAA Basketball Championship for both its men's team (which torched Georgia State in its final) and now the women's (beating Tennessee). This is the first time a Division I school has managed this feat.

The women's team has now won three straight NCAA basketball championships and the men's team has won its second in six years.

The conclusion is inevitable. No matter what your gender, if you can play hoops, then Uconn is the place to be.

Here in Minnesota, the excitement was pretty high this year because the women's team had its best outing ever, getting to the Final Four (and being beaten by eventual champion Uconn).

Posted by Jvstin at 8:54 AM

January 30, 2004

Super Bowl Preview and Prediction

You knew it was coming. My views and predictions on
Super Bowl XXXVIII

The Place: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

The Matchup:

For the AFC:

New England Patriots.

How they got here:

Immovable object stops the irresistable force, as the Patriots stopped MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Strengths:
Defense, Defense, Defense. Plus, playoff experience, having won the Super Bowl two years ago. They know exactly what they are in for.

Weaknesses:
Not the greatest offense on the planet.

For the NFC:

The Carolina Panthers

How they got here:
Shutting down the Philadelphia Eagles on the road.

Strengths:
Defense and a good running game led by Steven Davis. Good special teams.

Weaknesses:
Besides Davis, the offense is lackluster. Delhomme is not yet proven to win games, but hasn't lost them either.


--------
In a matchup of two great defenses, who do you choose?

The Panthers shut down the Cowboys, the Rams and the Eagles.

The Patriots stopped TWO MVP Quarterbacks in beating the Titans and Colts.

Both Coaches are defensive masterminds.

The Patriots might have a slightly better passing game, the Panthers have a somewhat better running game.

Paul's Law:

When teams are close in one facet of the "Trinity" (Offense-Defense-Special Teams), then the game will be decided by one of the other two aspects.

Look for either a big offensive play or special teams play to be the icebreaker that puts one of the teams on top. And that team will be...


The New England Patriots.

Two years ago, in the best Super Bowl ever, and the second biggest upset in Super Bowl History, the New England Patriots stunned the world by knocking off the St. Louis Rams. Sunday, they will get another Super Bowl ring as they declaw the Carolina Panthers in a game that will probably bore a fair number of people, since its going to be a game of field position and maneuverings. In chess terms, this game is going to be a positional battle.

Either team, really, can win this. This is literally one of those Super Bowls where a single drive, or a single play will decide it. I do not think it will be like the blowout last year. I'd be shocked if either team wins by more than 10 points.

New England 20, Carolina 16.


Posted by Jvstin at 9:28 AM

December 29, 2003

Playoff time

Yeah, I know I haven't blogged about Football in a while, but then, the collapse of the Giants, the end of the Fossel era, etc, has stilled my tongue.

Time to make up for it...

What a wild weekend!

Playoff scenarios are always fun. "Team X gets in if Teams Y and Z lose, but Team K must win. Or Teams Y wins, Z loses, and K loses."

The improbability of such scenarios is compounded when weird things happen in games.

Thanks to a concatenation of events, the last playoff spot came down to Minnesota and Green Bay. Only the division title winner was going to get in, because the Seahawks won, and Dallas Lost.

Green Bay won its game, but then had to look at Minnesota. If Minnesota could hold a 17-6 lead with 3 minutes left to the Cardinals (the wimpy Cardinals), they and not Green Bay, would go to the playoffs.

Somehow, the Cardinals scored a touchdown. Kicked and recovered an onside kick. Drove somehow down the field, but it was 4th down, only a couple of seconds left, 25 yards to the end zone.

An unheralded QB managed to just get the ball to an unheralded receiver...and the Cardinals won. And so the Minnesota Vikings, starting the season 6-0, finish 9-7...and out of the playoffs.

The Playoff Teams look like this:

NFC:

Philadelphia
St. Louis
Carolina
Green Bay

Seattle
Dallas

AFC:

New England
Kansas City
Indianapolis
Baltimore

Denver
Tennessee.


And, let's look back, people, at the beginning of the season, and my Predictions:


2003 NFL Predictions
Although the season technically started last night with the Jets' loss, herein lies my picks for the NFL 2003 season...

Tampa Bay will not repeat.

TRUE

I proposed my theory of Franchise Quarterbacks and Repeats earlier. Brad Johnson is good enough to get the Bucs a Super Bowl Ring. He's not good enough to get them a consecutive second.

NFC:

East:
The Giants never put two good years in a row anymore, so by default, the Eagles will take the division. I think it's their time anyway.

TRUE

North:
Besides the Packers, who else is there? Green Bay will pad their win total with games against the Bears and Lions. It will help them get fairly deep into the playoffs.

No one, really, although the Pack squeezed in. TRUE

South:
Until Vick went down, Atlanta was a "sexy" pick to unseat the Bucs. I don't think the Saints have enough horses, although they'll get a wildcard out of the deal. Bucs take the division, but definitely not homefield advantage. If Atlanta comes back from Vick's injury, they could take the second wildcard.

Wrong. Carolina took it in a walk.

West:
San Francisco makes the playoffs, upsets the Giants...and the coach gets fired. Imagine what would have happened if Mariucci had gone 3-13 instead? With such turmoil, the Niners will slip. If Warner can stay healthy, the Rams have a good chance to take this division back for themselves. Seattle is not a factor, and Arizona is a perpetual joke.

Right on the Rams, wrong on Seattle. The Niners did slip.

Conference Championship: Eagles stop the high octane Rams on a cold January day in Philadelphia.

This could still happen!!

AFC:

East:
Until Pennington went down, ANY of these teams were a legitimate threat to win the division. Now, its just the other three in contention. I am going to roll the dice and say...New England. Miami takes a wildcard.

Miami just missed the wildcard. New England took the division

North:
The Bruiser division. Are the Steelers better now that the Kordell experiment is finally over, and is the Bus out of gas? I think, scarily enough, that the Browns are going to squeak out a division title over the Steelers and Ravens. The Bengals are doormats, as usual.

Wrong on the brownies. Ravens squeaked out a title over the Bengals!

South:
A much stronger division, with the Titans and the Colts, and possibly the aging Jaguars. Of course there are the Texans, too. Patched up and hopefully not as beat up, McNair and Eddie George outrun the Colts and take the division, and homefield advantage. Colts take a wildcard.

Reversed this. Colts squeaked out over Tennessee

West:
Last year it was the "aging heroes" ride of the Raiders? Can they do it again this year? Denver has the hot-and-cold Plummer as QB, Kansas City is tantalizingly close to respectability (if only they could play defense!) and the Chargers always fold after a good start. I am going to pick Kansas City, figuring they can outscore their way to at least a Division title.

Dead on correct!

Conference Championship: The Titans get a home conference championship for a change, and the magic of Tom Brady is not enough for the Pats to overcome McNair.

Well, New England has Home field advantage, and the Titans are only a Wildcard team...


Superbowl XXXVIII: Tennessee 27, Philadelphia 17


We shall see. I was pretty accurate this time around, but let's see what happens in the playoffs...



Posted by Jvstin at 3:53 PM

December 17, 2003

Bye bye Fossel

Jim Fossel, with my beloved Giants at a awful 4-10 with two games to go, has announced he will part ways with the team at the end of the season.


Too bad.

He will leave the Giants as one of the few Giants coaches with a lifetime winning record even if they lose the last two games. (Parcells is the only other modern coach in Giants History to leave with a winning record, before that you have to go back to the 60's.)

Bad luck has plagued the team lately, dating back to that playoff loss to SF last year.

I will miss Fossel. He was finally letting the offense finally loosen up. For far too long, calling him Fossil was an apt and apporpriate pun.


C'est La Vie.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:59 PM

November 26, 2003

TMQ has returned

Readers back on the old incarnation of my blog will remember the fact that ESPN.com dropped Gregg Easterbrook's "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" Column after he said some really stupid things having nothing to do with that column or football at all, about the hierarchy of Disney.

Well, the ball has bounced again, and TMQ has returned--this time it is on NFL.com

I only found this by purest luck looking at the NFL.com homepage.


Yes, Gregg is an ass in his other columns, but he understands football. Huzzah!


Posted by Jvstin at 3:14 PM

October 20, 2003

Last weekend adventures

Last weekend was a bit odd for me, since it was the first weekend that I wasn't moving stuff from Scott's house to my matchbox, or getting something for the matchbox, or whatever.

So, I found myself at an unusual amount of liberty, since I now have a car.

So, Saturday I went and saw a movie. Yeah, alone, after all my movie buddy is still in Florida awaiting the birth of the adopted baby-to-be. I saw "Runaway Jury", even though Grisham and law thrillers are not my usual genre by a long shot.

Did I like it? Yes, although I could see a few holes in the plot, and I thought that the structure of the groups of characters were not all equal. It has a very good cast--Hoffman, Hackman, Weisz (the female lead in the Mummy movies), Cusack (aka, he who I would pick to play me in a story of my life), and even a cameo by the guy from the Practice (or was from the Practice, anyway). The plot revolves around a trial of gun manufacturers, jury picking and tampering, bribery, corruption, ethics and morals. And of course the "big secret at the end" that one side is racing to uncover before time runs out.

Besides that, I wandered over to Borders, and also Best Buy. At the latter I found something I'd only heard of and not seen--and picked that up instead of my intended purchase of the Matrix Reloaded: A Cd-rom set of every National Geographic add-in map up to the year 1999. One of my favorite things about NGO is the maps that come in every other issue or so, and this Cd-rom has all of the ones from the previous century. Best of all, it was just $20 Sweet!

On Sunday, I decided to do the male-bonding thing with Scott. I came over, put a new experimental recipe for sausage chili in the crockpot, and we watched football (with a little Good Eats thrown in as well). I'll mention the Sausage Chili in more detail in an entry of its own.

Football was a disappointment--as Scott pointed out, we went "1 for 3" today--the Packers lost to the Rams, the Giants unbelievably lost to the Eagles on a punt return in the final minute, but Felicia's Saints won and won big. It was good to spend time with Scott, anyhow, and I think he appreciated the company.

But it was a fun weekend. Next weekend, assuming I don't get wrapped up in something else, I think I am going to go a little further afield and really begin exploring the metro area. Museums, culture, parks, and more await...and its much more practical to do this with a car of my own.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:41 AM

October 18, 2003

No more TMQ?

Calpundit: ESPN Strikes Back

Gregg Easterbrook has been saying some controversial, and stupid things as of late. The whole "No doesn't always mean No" idiocy. And his column about Jews and movie violence.

Apparently, Disney, in the form of his employer at ESPN, has decided to can him. Not only that, but in possibly a fit of pique, have erased all of his TMQ columns. They are gone. All of them.

I can see if Disney wants him canned, but to erase him so thoroughly...Kevin Drum uses the word "Stalinesque". It's a good one. "1984ish" might be another. There's a latter day Winston Smith, dutifully erasing every TMQ column, or reference to TMQ, that ever existed on ESPN's website.

Only Google cached versions remain.

He brought it on himself, sure, and its disheartening and depressing. But his imbecilic political comments aside, I LIKED his football stuff, even though its gotten more self-indulgent ever since it left Slate. The likelihood of it showing up somewhere else in the future, though, are pretty damn slim. And that's a shame.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:50 PM

October 17, 2003

Baseball Curses

Game 7 gem: Yanks top BoSox in 11

With the collapse of the Red Sox last night, the curses striking the Red Sox and the Cubs have finished their grisly work for another year.

I guess, though, that a Red Sox-Cubs World Series would have been one of the signs of the Apocalypse, anyway.

Posted by Jvstin at 6:50 AM

September 29, 2003

"No risk, no reward"

Okay, I am hardly a Houston Texans fan, nor likely to be one. (Sorry Ginger!) However, I was surprised and amazed by the "roll the dice" approach of the Head Coach at the end of the game yesterday against the Jaguars.

The Score is 20-17, Jacksonville. You have the ball on their 1 yard line with two seconds on the clock, 3rd down. Conventional wisdom says you (try) and kick the field goal to tie, and go into overtime.

Dom Capers decided to go for it. For the unfootball inclined, there is no way to try a play, have it fail and then kick the field goal in under two seconds. So, if he failed here, the Texans were going to lose.

David Carr took a QB keeper and got across the goal line. Texans win, no overtime needed, Jacksonville (likely getting ready for an overtime session) stunned and amazed.

As was I.

In less happy football news, the Jets lost to the Dallas Cowboys. No surprise...but now Bill Parcells' Cowboys, by beating both the Giants and the Jets at Giants Stadium, have a better record in Giants Stadium this year than either the Giants or the Jets.

Even more of a coincidence, Dallas will play Bill Parcells' OTHER team in his resume, the New England Patriots, at New England Nov 16th.

Posted by Jvstin at 10:30 AM

September 26, 2003

Overtime

Ron Borges on NBCsports.com (part of MSNBC) argues for changing the OT rule so that both teams' offense have a chance at the ball during overtime...

I disagree, strongly.

His analogies are bad, to begin with. Baseball is constructed so that it is played in innings, one for each team. So the fact that a home team in extra innings always gets a shot at winning the game is fine and dandy. And Soccer doesn't play "real" overtime--penalty kicks don't count. And he is conveniently forgetting hockey, which is as sudden death as football.

And then there is my "three-legged stool" of football--offense, defense and special teams. It's not just about offense. Sure, for most people watching the offenses might be entertaining and they are the source of almost all the points, but they are not the entire sport. Play all three aspects of the damn game, and if you can't make a go of them, well then you don't deserve a victory.

Now, I could get behind a "NBA style" overtime change--play an entire 5th quarter, start to finish. Whoever has the most points, wins. That would be fair and balanced, and if the score is still tied at the end of OT...then its a tie game, just as it normally is now (except for playoffs of course).

But this silly nonsense of "both offenses getting the ball" is a clumsy idea at best, and at worst a slap in the face to two-thirds of what football is all about.

Posted by Jvstin at 1:34 PM

September 15, 2003

The Two out of Three rule

There is a theory about NFL games that I espouse, and I call it the "Two out of Three Rule."

Basically, it says that out of the three areas of Offense, Defense and Special Teams, if you are better in two of the three areas, you will win that particular game.

Offense and Defense are easy to see, but Special Teams--the kicking game, returns as well as kicks, are the one people forget. You *can* win a game with Special Teams and Defense.

The Panthers upset of Tampa Bay is proof positive. Not only did Carolina kick four field goals and play great defense, but they blocked the extra point at the end of the game that would have given TB the win. The result was a tie game, overtime, and Carolina going on to winning it. And last week, Carolina blocked two kicks (a punt for a safety, and a FG) to help preserve their win.

Admittedly its not *easy* to win with this combination, but it does work. Even on Super Bowl champions.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:37 AM

September 5, 2003

2003 NFL Predictions

Although the season technically started last night with the Jets' loss, herein lies my picks for the NFL 2003 season...

Tampa Bay will not repeat.

I proposed my theory of Franchise Quarterbacks and Repeats earlier. Brad Johnson is good enough to get the Bucs a Super Bowl Ring. He's not good enough to get them a consecutive second.

NFC:

East:
The Giants never put two good years in a row anymore, so by default, the Eagles will take the division. I think it's their time anyway.

North:
Besides the Packers, who else is there? Green Bay will pad their win total with games against the Bears and Lions. It will help them get fairly deep into the playoffs.

South:
Until Vick went down, Atlanta was a "sexy" pick to unseat the Bucs. I don't think the Saints have enough horses, although they'll get a wildcard out of the deal. Bucs take the division, but definitely not homefield advantage. If Atlanta comes back from Vick's injury, they could take the second wildcard.

West:
San Francisco makes the playoffs, upsets the Giants...and the coach gets fired. Imagine what would have happened if Mariucci had gone 3-13 instead? With such turmoil, the Niners will slip. If Warner can stay healthy, the Rams have a good chance to take this division back for themselves. Seattle is not a factor, and Arizona is a perpetual joke.

Conference Championship: Eagles stop the high octane Rams on a cold January day in Philadelphia.

AFC:

East:
Until Pennington went down, ANY of these teams were a legitimate threat to win the division. Now, its just the other three in contention. I am going to roll the dice and say...New England. Miami takes a wildcard.

North:
The Bruiser division. Are the Steelers better now that the Kordell experiment is finally over, and is the Bus out of gas? I think, scarily enough, that the Browns are going to squeak out a division title over the Steelers and Ravens. The Bengals are doormats, as usual.

South:
A much stronger division, with the Titans and the Colts, and possibly the aging Jaguars. Of course there are the Texans, too. Patched up and hopefully not as beat up, McNair and Eddie George outrun the Colts and take the division, and homefield advantage. Colts take a wildcard.

West:
Last year it was the "aging heroes" ride of the Raiders? Can they do it again this year? Denver has the hot-and-cold Plummer as QB, Kansas City is tantalizingly close to respectability (if only they could play defense!) and the Chargers always fold after a good start. I am going to pick Kansas City, figuring they can outscore their way to at least a Division title.

Conference Championship: The Titans get a home conference championship for a change, and the magic of Tom Brady is not enough for the Pats to overcome McNair.


Superbowl XXXVIII: Tennessee 27, Philadelphia 17

Posted by Jvstin at 7:55 AM

August 24, 2003

That loud cry you heard was from Giants Stadium

Pennington will miss at least 12 weeks, Jets say


So much for going back to the playoffs this year for Gang-green. Testaverde is getting a little too old for this.

It's twice as bad as what happened to the Falcons and Michael Vick.

Injuries stink but they are part of the game, part of the risk, but I don't have to like them.

In one of the old computer football games, way back when (Front Page Sports Football), my older brother and I created a custom team, and tuckerized ourselves onto our individual team.

On week one of the season, Greg's alter-ego suffered a Career Ending Injury. He and I were so aghast and shocked at the bad luck, that we never did finish that season. Subsequent editions of the game did address the question of too many injuries.

I miss FPS Football. It was less arcade-like than the Madden franchise (still going strong) but it was fun to play the games themselves as well as managing the team.

Posted by Jvstin at 3:00 PM

August 19, 2003

Franchise Quarterback Theory

I've got a theory about repeating NFL champions, and Franchise Quarterbacks, that is to say, Quarterbacks who are of elite, star level...

It's simply this. Sure, "Defense wins Championships". You can win a Super Bowl with a good Defense and an average Quarterback. Or a Quarterback who is having a very good single year.

But to repeat as Super Bowl champion takes having a "franchise" Quarterback...the kind of Quarterback that are at the top of the game, year after year.

Why? Simple. One year wonders are fine and dandy. No one can quite expect the sudden skill of a Tom Brady. Or a defense like the Ravens, or the Buccaneers of recent years.

All of those, however, fall in a repeat bid. Coaches are ready for the antics of an formerly unknown entity. Defenses can be "gamed". And when this sort of stuff happens, it takes a leader to get a Super Bowl Champion back to the Championship game. A Franchise QB.

Kurt Warner (although St. Louis lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots, they did get back there in their second year). Brett Favre (ditto, losing to John Elway). John Elway. Troy Aikman. Steve Young and Joe Montana. Those are the kinds of Quarterbacks who make a repeat possible.

Thus, I think as good as the Bucs defense is, without a franchise QB, they will not make the Super Bowl this year. Somewhere, perhaps in the playoffs, they will fall.

Posted by Jvstin at 1:58 PM

August 2, 2003

Football is back, and some things never change

Bucs look Super again to beat Jets

Some things never do change. Here we are at the beginning of the exhibition season, and the Jets already are in a hole.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, still looks good. Could it be that we might have a defending champion worth its salt for a change?

Football is back, and I am excited. There's no danger of me becoming a Vikings fan, though, the anti-Vikings sentiment in this household is roughly equivalent to Anti-Dallas and Anti-Philadephia sentiment in New Yawk.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:59 PM

January 5, 2003

Giant Disappointment Oh the thrill

Giant Disappointment

Oh the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. To have a big lead and blow it...and yet have a chance to kick a field goal at the end to win...and have the play fall apart. The Giants season ends not in a bang, but a whimper.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:45 PM

January 4, 2003

41-0 First shutout in NY

41-0

First shutout in NY Jets post-season history! They turned the Colts into ponies.

The Jets will probably play AT the Raiders next (assuming the Browns lose to Pittsburgh).

Tomorrow...the Giants take on the 49ers in San Francisco. The other game, for those who could care less and likely skipped this entry, are the Falcons
at the Packers. I know Scott and Felicia are rooting for the latter of course.

Yes, I live in California, but I can still root for my old home teams, can't I? And yes I do remember that the Giants punished the Vikings a couple of years
ago in the NFC championship, and then lost badly in the Super Bowl. And the Raiders are much tougher than the Colts, especially in their "Black Hole"

Posted by Jvstin at 6:31 PM

December 29, 2002

Watching the Packers-Jets game, they

Watching the Packers-Jets game, they had a shot in the stands of some "cheeseheads" which the announcer said "apparently made their way from Wisconsin to New Jersey"

I just hope the cheeseheads find their way out again of the morass that New Jersey can be.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:20 PM