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Jan 22

NFC and AFC Championship Games: Lisa’s Picks


A year ago, Vikings fans everywhere were picking up supplies for their NFCCG parties. Most Vikings fans thought we would win and go on to our first Super Bowl appearance since the 70′s. In the darkest corners of my brain, I knew that we would not win that game. In the way that I knew that we would pummel the Cowboys, my intuition told me that we wouldn’t be moving past the NFCCG. That nagging sense of doom made the game very tough to watch. Unfortunately, the sense of doom was well-founded.

This year, two of our divisional rivals are battling in the NFC Championship Game. What a terrible time for Vikings fans. I’d much rather see the Eagles and the Falcons battling for the NFC Championship. But a bird fight was not to be. Instead we have mammals who hibernate in the winter and people who pack crap. Gee, that sounds super exciting!

Here are my picks this week:

AFC

Jets vs Steelers: The Jets are angry. Very, very angry. Apparently that’s a great way for them to play because they certainly put the nay-sayers to shame last weekend when they beat the previously referenced “unbeatable” Patriots. After the game, Tigger Brady needed surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. Gee – didn’t #4 play with one of those and an avulsion fracture for most of the season? These newer models of QBs don’t seem as durable, do they. I don’t like either of these teams. In fact, the reality is that the Super Bowl Champion this year will be a team I hate… and we’ll be forced to watch all of those terrible commercials with their stupid fans jumping around as their damn team wins the game. Great! But I digress. Jets 28, Steelers 24.

NFC

Packers vs Bears: Sweet babies Odin & Thor. This is a horrendous turn of events. The last truly fabulous thing that happened in the NFC this year was the Seahawks beating the Saints. Let me marinade with that delicious outcome for a moment……… and I’m back. I’m back to the harsh reality that either the Packers or the Bears will be going to the Super Bowl this year. Personally, I can’t think of a team that deserves it less. Oh, well… maybe the Saints. But let’s look at the truth: The Bears played against back-up QBs for 37.5% of their games. That’s right: 6 times out of 16 games the Bears faced the aerial stylings of these elite QBs: Drew Stanton, Joe Webb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Clausen and Tyler Thigpen. Yes, indeed, you’re right – there are three THIRD string QBs in there. The Bears’ record in those games? 6-0. The Packers, of course, wouldn’t even be in the post season were it not for the officials awarding them a TD for a Quarless “catch” against the Vikings… that clearly was not a catch. In that same game, the officials ruled a Shiancoe TD a NON-TD, thereby handing the Packers the game… and then called on Monday to say, “Oops… you know that actually WAS a TD. Sorry boys!” So… if not for the horrendous officiating in that game, the Packers would NOT have made it to the post-season. Which is how it should have been. Bears 24, Packers 19.

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Jan 16

Sunday: A Mixed Bag for Air Travel


Sunday brought the interesting match ups of the Seahawks vs the Bears and the Jets vs the Patriots. It was a good day to watch the games and only give them half your attention – which is exactly what I did.

Seahawks vs Bears:

It was surprising that the Seahawks made it as far as they did. I don’t think anyone expected them to beat the Bears, and to that end, they did not. I had picked the Bears to win because I thought the weather would be on their side (based on what the weather has been in Minneapolis this week) and it was. Snow was falling pretty hard for part of the game. The Seachickens couldn’t keep up – even though I was secretly rooting for them. Hasselbeck looked like he normally does instead of the guy of the last 2 weeks. His receivers let him down several times… and Jay Cutler avoided playing like Jay Cutler, which is fortuitous for our NFC North rivals. The Bears will host the Packers next weekend in the NFC Championship Game. All I have to say about that is: BEAR DOWN!

Jets vs Patriots:

I think you’ll join me in expressing surprise that the Jets managed to pull out a victory against the Patriots. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots on that same field. To me, it looked like Tigger Brady never recovered his Bounce Bounce after the bye. He could not drive his team up and down the field at will as he usually does. Just yesterday every pundit in the world was predicting a Patriot’s victory… in the Super Bowl – because they were unbeatable. In waltzes the Jets…. and the Patriots get to sit the next 2 game out like 28 (Conference Championship Game) and 30 (Super Bowl) other teams are and will. Bet ya no one in Boston saw that coming!

So now we all wait to see who will win the AFC and the NFC. Will the Jets surprise the #2 seeded Steelers? Will the #6 seed in the NFC that shall remain nameless be the victor when they head to Soldier Field next week? Jeeeeezzzzz…. I hope not! But stay tuned – the Super Bowl contenders will emerge next weekend. I hope I do better with those picks than I did this last week!

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Jan 14

NFL Divisional Round: Lisa’s Picks


Last week saw some incredibly fun games (see: Colts’ loss, Saints’ loss). There were also some games – or one – that wasn’t so fun (see: Philadelphia’s loss). Damn those Packers. Boo. Will this weekend feature the NFC North or will the division get knocked out? Find out below! Well – you won’t find out – I don’t have ESP – but you’ll find out what I think at least.

Here are my picks this week:

SATURDAY

  • Ravens at Steelers: Joe Flacco vs Ben Roethlisberger in the land of Steel. The Ravens looked good against the Chiefs last weekend, but something tells me that the only way they could have looked better is if they had been playing the Seachickens. Oh… wait… that didn’t work out too well for those Aints! But I digress. This may not be the popular choice for this game, but I think the Steelers will be slow coming off their bye and I hear Troy Polamalu’s hair will be flat. Ravens 28, Steelers 21.
  • Packers at Falcons: Clay Matthews’ name is being brandied about for Defensive Player of the Year. I’ll be writing soon about how ridiculous it is to assume that he should win it. Yes, people, I will be backing up that analysis with actual STATS. That’s how you can tell I’m not a Packer fan. But I digress. We already know which QB is clutch between Rodgers and Ryan. Ryan may be alphabetically behind Rodgers, but he’s the better QB. Falcons 24, Packers 20.

SUNDAY

  • Seahawks at Bears: Oh, I do love me some Seachickens. They made my whole weekend last week. The Bears let the Packers win (or did they?) during week 17, when they should have been focusing on momentum. Now they’ve had a week off while the Seahawks are coming off a stunning upset with the momentum in their favor. If this game were being played in Seattle, I would pick the Seahawks without hesitation. Unfortunately, I think the Bears may have weather on their side. Damn snowmageddon. Bears 21, Seahawks 19.
  • Jets at Patriots: Oh dear Odin – the last time these two teams met, the Jets were blown out of the water. Let’s be honest – we know the Jets really have no business being in the play-offs. They’re there because the league was so mediocre this year – and they just happened to be less mediocre than others. They’re not making it past Tigger Brady and his Bounce Bounce aerial attack. Starting Sunday night, Rex Ryan can spend more time with that wife I hear he’s been neglecting. Patriots 38, Jets 17.

Those are my picks this week. Only 2 weeks left. May the best team win. As long as it’s not the Packers. Skol!

Vote for your own picks!

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Jan 09

Jets vs Colts: A Whole Lotta Meh…?


If you have been following me for a while, you’ll know that I don’t like Peyton Manning. Now, I’m not saying my dislike of him is rational. I can’t even articulate why I don’t like him. I don’t know if it stems from my time in Cincinnati, watching Bengals fans jump ship to suddenly become Colts fans because they were the hot team (fans I like to call “turncoats”) or if I truly do hate his forehead, instead of just mocking its size to have something snarky to say. Again, no idea.

But I did want the Colts to lose yesterday. Of course, I wanted the Jets to lose too after the Sal Alosi incident and the Hard Knocks show and the Rex Ryan & his wife foot-fetish scandal. Due to the way these games are played, both teams can’t lose. So I had to pick one I wanted to lose more – and I did, and they did. Indeed, the Colts will not be proceeding on to the divisional round next week.

That means no XLIV rematch, praise Odin. Frankly, neither the Colts nor the Jets looked like they even belonged in the post-season. Talk about 2 anemic offensive attacks. Aerial attacks mostly weren’t working, so both teams took to the ground. Joseph Addai would wind up and run forward, dragging defenders with him. LT, on the other hand, had a bit more finesse, actually waiting for holes to open and then cruising through.

Mark Sanchez could not get it together yesterday. He continually overthrew receivers. In fact, ol’ Rexy basically had to dial down the air attack in favor of the running game and the wild cat. I’m not sure that Mark Sanchez should be a starting QB in the NFL. I know he’s led his team to the post-season 2 years in a row, but he melts down a lot. The Jets might want to take a longer look at their QB situation.

Peyton Manning will be 35 when the 2011 season starts. He, too, melted down a lot this year. I wonder how much longer he’ll play. When he set a new NFL record earlier this season as the only player since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 to throw two pick-6s in 2 consecutive games, many announcers wondered aloud if Peyton’s skills were declining with age. He seemed to rally after a tough 4 game stretch, but it will be interesting to see what 2011 brings.

So the Colts are out and the Jets move on. I’m getting what I wished for. Now, I just need the Eagles to beat the Packers and I’ll be able to enjoy the post-season despite the Vikings not being in it.

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Dec 30

Jets Fined $100K For Shameful Sideline Antics


The NFL routinely fines players for on and off field conduct. If you’ve been following the Sal Alosi incident from several weeks back when the Jets played the Dolphins and Alosi instructed players for form a wall… and then couldn’t resist sticking his knee out to trip Nolan Carroll, risking serious injury to the defenseless player – you’ll be interested to note that the NFL has imposed a fine on the Jets organization itself.

The Jets suspended Alosi, their Head Coach of Strength Training, indefinitely after he admitted his actions and stated he’d take whatever punishment the organization and the NFL deemed appropriate.

Rex Ryan and the other assistant coaches denied any knowledge that Alosi was arranging the wall during the game. I didn’t buy it at the time and it now appears that the NFL agrees. The sad thing is, $100,000 is a drop in the bucket for an NFL franchise. Hopefully it’s large enough, however, to deter other teams from behaving similarly.

In case you missed it, here’s a video of Alosi’s shameful actions.

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Dec 29

Favre, Goodell & Sterger: The Decision


Brett Favre: One game left in his NFL career.

You would have to live under a rock and speak Sanskrit exclusively to not be aware of the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger drama that has been swirling around the Vikings’ starting QB since August of this year like a pesky tumbleweed buffeted about in the Dust Bowl during the longest drought of the 20th century.

I have studiously avoided making any comments about this situation until now, because I believe in the archaic legal concept of innocent until proven guilty. I also find little humor in the situation due to the impact to Deanna Favre and their daughters.

Today the NFL released a statement and fined Favre $50,000 – not for his alleged actions in 2008, but rather for his perceived lack of cooperation in the investigation. Let’s take a look at parts of the NFL’s statement.

Point 1: “On the basis of the evidence currently available to him, Commissioner Goodell could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct.”

  • This could mean one of several things. A) Based on the evidence, there was a reciprocal interest between the parties, negating the premise of harassment. B) The forensic investigation into the evidence provided could not tie together a pattern that Sterger and her lawyer insisted was there. Or C) The NFL policies in place today do not cover the type of conduct posited by the Sterger camp.

Point 2: “Commissioner Goodell also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger, and the NFL.”

  • This is an interesting statement. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a lawyer knows that you answer exactly what is being asked of you and you do not elaborate. I only know this because I’m studying for the LSAT, by the way. Favre surely sought counsel during this matter and therefore would have been told to be very specific and limited in his responses. Many pundits have interpreted this statement to mean that Favre lied. I don’t see it that way. I think he was following his lawyer’s advice.

Point 3: “The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger.”

  • Given what we’ve been told about the rigorous forensic investigation, I believe this is the key reason Favre was not punished for his alleged actions in 2008.

Point 4: “Our new training program on workplace conduct will help all of us to promote the right kind of environment for all employees and I intend to dedicate the fine I have imposed on Favre to help fund that training program.”

  • Let’s just hope that Goodell finds a name for the training program that doesn’t reference this whole episode in any way.

Let me end this, my only commentary on this issue, like this. I heard the voicemails that Favre has admitted to leaving. They indeed sounded like him. Personally, if I were married, I wouldn’t be reaching out to anyone with voicemails asking them to my hotel. I don’t judge Favre for this though because I’ve felt that since the media storm started, this is a personal matter, not a public matter. I felt that way because I thought it was fairly obvious that Sterger was seeking a cash payment for behavior that she did nothing to discourage, ergo removing the specter of workplace harassment and raising the probability of extortion.

I feel badly for Deanna and the children she & Brett have together. I follow Brittany on Twitter and know that she’s been subjected to some pretty horrendous verbal assaults during the last 5 months. Neither the daughters nor the wife deserve any further public humiliation. My hope is that now that the NFL has rendered a decision, we can stop hearing about this situation and that the Favre family can deal with the impacts of it privately and without public voyeurism.

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