My Football Jerseys

I own eight football jerseys. It seems that no matter which one I wear, I always get at least one comment about them. Whether it’s one of the older ones I wear to work, or one of my newer ones that I’ll wear out and about, someone always feels the need to say something about them to me. When out in public, it’s usually some comment about the team I’m wearing. Either they really like them, or it’s a cacophony of “Your team sucks!”

The people at work however, comment about something else. They comment on the amount of teams that I have a jersey for. All of my college jerseys are for the same team. It’s all about my Ohio State Buckeyes. I have four Ohio State jerseys. My NFL jerseys are a different story.

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More Pity

I did a blog a while ago about feeling sorry for someone who really doesn’t need or deserve my pity (Dave Grohl). Now, I feel compelled to do another one. This time, I’m feeling sorry for Eli Manning. I know what you’re thinking: How can you feel sorry for Eli? His team just won the Super Bowl and he was just named as the Super Bowl MVP for the second time. He’s on top of the world right now.

The reason I feel sorry for Eli came to me as I watched him on Letterman Monday night. When the interview first started, it was all about the game and his team. Towards the end, the interview turned, as it always does, to questions about his brother Peyton. This annoyed me. I know that the fate of Peyton will be the biggest story of NFL’s offseason, but Eli and the Giants just won the Super Bowl. Couldn’t Dave leave Peyton out of it just once? Obviously not. Then I started thinking about all the pre-Super Bowl interviews that Eli did. Half of the questions he was asked were about Peyton’s health and his future with the Colts.

I know a little about this. twindaddy and I are only a year apart, so when we were younger, I usually had the same teachers he had the previous year. At the beginning of each year, I was bombarded with, “Aren’t you twindaddy’s brother?” We also spent some time working together at Hellmart. There were many times when I was called by his name by managers and fellow employees. Even after he had left, I was still getting called his name. It got to the point where I just went along with it, because I was tired of correcting people.

My experiences are nothing compared to what Eli has to endure, however. The more I think about it, the more I realize that no matter what Eli does for the rest of his career, he will still always be asked questions about Peyton. Eli could win every game, MVP award, and Super Bowl for the next 5 years, and he’ll still be asked questions about his older brother.

I know Eli will never say this, so I’ll say it for him: STOP ASKING ME QUESTIONS ABOUT MY BROTHER, YOU ASSHOLES!!

Week 8 Thoughts

* While he might be able to pull one out against the winless Dolphins, against a good team like the Lions, Tim Tebow looked lost. He was 18 for 39 passing with one interception and 3 fumbles. Be careful what you wish for Denver fans, cause you just got it.

* The Panthers are pissing me off. They should’ve been able to beat the Vikings. Cam put up good numbers again, and didn’t throw a pick, but he lost 2 fumbles. Also, our kicker missed an easy 31 yard field goal attempt that would have sent the game into overtime.

* Both the Giants and Ravens looked like crap in the first half of their games against teams they should have owned. They were able to pull out wins, Ravens over the Cardinals and Giants over the Dolphins, but the games should never have been that close. The Dolphins will probably be firing their head coach within the next few weeks, if not sooner.

* Congrats to the Rams for getting their first win of the season by shocking the New Orleans Saints. Steven Jackson looked like a beast.

* The Colts got killed again. Pack for Indy, Andrew Luck.

* DeMarcus Ware had 4 sacks, but those were the only 4 plays that the Cowboys were able to stop the Eagles, who scored on their first 6 possessions and ended up winning 34-7.

* Buffalo looked good again as they shut out the Redskins 23-0. The Bills also gave Ryan Fitzpatrick a 6 year extension during the week. I bet the Redskins are wishing they had a quarterback right about now.

* The fuckin Patriots lost,which is always great. Fuck the Patriots.

* With the exception of his 2 interception throws, which were both horrible, Andy Dalton and the Bengals looked good, beating the Seahawks 34-12. If it’s not there, Andy, don’t try to force it to Green. He’s a beast, but even he can’t protect you from every bad throw.

NFL Week 1 Review

Since it’s impossible to watch every game during the week (unless that’s your job), most of what I’m about to say is based on stats and highlights. I’m not going to go over every game, just certain things that caught my attention.

Green Bay vs New Orleans: The Packers still look like the champions. They played a pretty good game in all phases. I’ve heard some people claim that their defense looked weak, but most defenses don’t look all that good against Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The scary part? As good as Aaron Rodgers is playing, he looks like he’s getting better every game.

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore: The Ravens made the Steelers look bad. Very bad. The Ravens defense, which is getting older but is still pretty good, forced 7 turnovers. Big Ben threw 3 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles. The question now is “Are the Ravens really that good, or did Ben just have a really bad game?”

Atlanta vs Chicago: I did watch half of this game (I was flipping back and forth between this and the Bengals game), and while Cutler did have some good numbers, it was only because of his receivers that he did. The touchdown pass to Forte is a good example. Forte caught the ball maybe 5 yards from the line of scrimmage and did the rest of the work on his way to a 56 yard touchdown, aided by one of the worst tackle attempts I’ve ever seen. During the offseason, Atlanta tried to upgrade its defense, but apparently it wasn’t nearly enough because they looked terrible. Chicago’s offense isn’t nearly as good as the Falcons made them look.

Indianapolis vs. Houston: The only thing that can be said about this game is the Colts are completely screwed until Manning comes back.

Buffalo vs Kansas City: KC’s offense looked like crap and Buffalo’s looked awesome. This was an outcome that nobody saw coming. There might have been people out there that picked the Bills to win, but nobody thought that they’d put a 34 point butt-kicking on them. I hope Buffalo can keep this up all year, if only so they beat the Patriots and Jets.

Carolina vs Arizona: Cam Newton put up huge numbers in this game. That only happened for, what I believe, two reasons. One, the Cardinals stacked the box to stop the run. Two, their defense isn’t all that good anyways, and they traded away their best secondary player to get Kevin Kolb. I’m predicting that those numbers will go down big time next week as the Panthers are playing the Packers.

That’s all I can think of right now. What stood out to you in Week 1 of the NFL season?

NFL Wild Card Weekend

The NFL playoffs began on Saturday, and the first game was a shocker. It was a result that almost nobody saw coming. That game was one of the great things about the NFL: you never know what’s going to happen. Here’s my take on the four games from this weekend.

Seahawks 41- Saints 36: Like I said, almost nobody gave the Seahawks a chance in this game, and who could blame them? The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to make it into the playoffs with a losing record at 7-9. All 9 of the games they lost, they lost by over 15 points. All during the week, they didn’t even know who their starting quarterback would be, because Matt Hasselbeck was getting over an injury. Even with all of that, they still managed to go out onto the field and beat the defending Super Bowl champions. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought they’d get demolished. I’m not a huge Pete Carroll fan, but I have to give him credit for having his team ready, and for having them believe that they had a chance to win. The MVP of this game has to be Matt Hasselbeck who threw for 4 TDs, although Marshawn Lynch deserves a mention for that awesome run he made, breaking 6 tackles, including a statement stiffarm that threw a defender 5 yards.

Jets 17 – Colts 16: I didn’t watch as much of this game as I wanted to, because I was busy punting Ewoks. When I turned this game back on, it was 14-13 Jets with about 4 minutes left to go in the game. The Colts drove down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 16-14 with a minute left on the clock. The Colts special teams then let the rest of the team down by allowing a 40 kickoff return, allowing the Jets good field position. The Jets were then able to drive down the field and kick the game winning field goal as time expired. I thought the Colts were going to win this game. The Jets were starting to falter down the stretch, which started when they got destroyed by the Patriots. The MVP of this game would be LT. He ran for 84 yards and 2 TDs.

Ravens 30 – Chiefs 7: After the first quarter, this actually looked like a game. The Chiefs were up 7-3 and they looked like they were up to the task of challenging the Ravens. Then they just fell apart. The Ravens rolled off 27 straight points to end the game. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell looked lost after the first quarter, throwing 3 picks and getting sacked 3 times. I know that Baltimore’s defense does that to a lot of teams, but this to me, looked more like Cassell choking than Baltimore’s D throwing their game plan off track. The MVP of this game is Todd Heap. He didn’t have any touchdowns, but every time the Ravens needed a big reception on 3rd down, they went to Heap. He kept their drives going by catching 10 passes for 108 yards.

Packers 21 – Eagles 16: This was a good game. One of the deciding factors, in my opinion, is when DeShaun Jackson was out of the game for a quarter with a knee injury. He wasn’t the same for the rest of the game. Normally, defenders can’t keep up with him, but they had no trouble after he came back into the game. He only had 2 catches the whole game. James Starks, a 6th round pick by the Packers, ran for 123 yards, giving balance to their offense for probably the first time since Ryan Grant went down with a season ending injury. Vick also injured his ankle late in the game and didn’t look like he did during the regular season afterwards. Vick ended the game with a bad interception in the end zone with 30 seconds left in the game. The MVP is either Starks or Aaron Rodgers, who threw 3 TDs. Before this game, “experts” were knocking Rodgers for not having won a playoff game yet. His only playoff game so far was a 51-45 loss to the Cardinals last year. Rodgers played great in that game, throwing 4 TDs. It’s not his fault that his defense gave up that many points. He didn’t lose that game, his defense did. Leave Aaron Rodgers alone. He’s played like a top 5 NFL quarterback since he’s taken over for Brett Favre.