Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NFL Championship Game Reactions


  • I can't believe people are buying the injury reports on Jay Cutler surfacing the day after the pussiest (Brian Urlacher's words, not mine) performance we've seen in an NFL playoff game since LaDainian Tomlinson strapped on the Darth Vader suit and watched from the sideline while his QB limped around on a TORN ACL. A sprained MCL? Look, a sprain is the label given to non-injuries. Do you really think the Bears would release information saying he was any less injured than that? And to my knowledge, it is the Bears team doctors who are releasing the diagnosis. And how come I still haven't seen the play where the supposed injury took place? My next question is how are people surprised by this? Have they paid no attention to Cutler's history? Was the nation blind to what was so painfully obvious to me? Don't you love when a blog begins with so many questions, and yet, so few answers?
  • Here's an answer for ya: Jay Cutler is now the most hated player in the NFL (only Brett Favre could rival him and he retired, right?). Cutler almost blew up the phenomenon known as Twitter on Sunday as current and former NFL players couldn't wait to get their two cents in on how Sally a performance that was out of Cutler. And people were criticizing the players for lobbing up such insults from the comforts of their own home, but who would be more credible to critique his performance than current and former NFL players? In fact, the media are the ones that shouldn't be talking, most of whom have never played the game. Then they continue to flap their gums about how stupid Twitter is, another big misconception. This is exactly why Twitter rules. People of prestige giving their instant feedback on interesting topics surrounding the game? Sign me up.
  • So then I see that Maurice Jones-Drew was backtracking on what he said about Cutler (and I'm sure he wasn't the only one). Athletes apologizing for things they say are seriously lame. Just man up, own up to what you said, and move on. It's always the player's agent who is forcing the athlete's hand anyways because it's all about image. I say fuck image.
  • Well how about the team on the beneficial end of Jane Cutler's man-pon performance. Things played out perfectly for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. They won (in semi-embarrassing fashion) and are moving on to the Super Bowl. Already the focus of the national media has shifted from Aaron Rodgers to Ben Rapelisberger. With a week's worth of knob-slobbing, Rodgers played pretty poorly on Sunday. It's fair to say he was put on a pedestal. He won't face that kind of pressure in the Super Bowl. Oh, and also the fact that the Bears won't sniff the playoffs again with a skirt playing at quarterback.
  • Oh, was there another game played on Sunday? I didn't even get to the sensation that was Caleb Hanie, oh well. The AFC Championship was relatively uninteresting because the game lacked much drama. The thing that stood out most to me, though, was the Steelers decision to pass on 3rd and 6 with less than 2 minutes to play and the Jets out of timeouts. If they ran the ball, the Jets would've gotten the ball back inside their own 20 with about 1:10 left in the game in need of a touchdown. Let me just say that conventional wisdom tells you to run the ball in that situation and punt it away. It's a 40 second difference decision. The play call could've been for Big Ben to rollout and if anybody was open to throw it, and if not then to just take the sack to keep the clock moving. It just goes to show that the smartest move isn't always the best move or the right move. Sometimes it is necessary to go for the killshot ("it's a killshot").
  • I was pretty shocked to see the Green Bay Packers favored over the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Super Bowl. But Ike Taylor wasn't shocked. He claimed that everybody has wanted to see the Steelers lose since day one. In other words, nobody believed in them. I am so unbelievably tired of this cliche, that hearing it makes me want to puke. We can all thank the New England Patriots for this (who I will forever hate). Since their 2001 Super Bowl, nobody has ever believed in everybody. Just shutup.
  • My next point comes via my broseph. He brought up the point that R-Berger is always watching the game from the sideline instead of sitting on the bench, looking at game photos, or talking on the phone to his coaches. Coincidentally, Big Ben is the biggest "gamer" QB in the NFL, always intrusive with the flow of the game. I had never even considered this before, but it makes perfect sense. Why pretend like you're uninterested in what's happening in the game while there's zero chance that's the truth? Is it because Big Ben doesn't interfere with his coaches on the strategic side of the game, unlike Brady/Manning? Could this be the better approach? Remember, we could be talking about a QB who has already won more Super Bowls than Peyton, won as many Super Bowls as Brady, and could have won two since either of them won their last. As Mike Wilbon has consistently said, "If I had to pick a QB to win one game, I'm going with The Rapist Burger."
  • My concluding piece goes something like this....

His Dirkness

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