Friendly Reminder (OR Yep, they still suck)

December 21, 2008

It seems to me that it’s been a while since I wrote a “Broncos Suck” post, and today seems to be an appropriate day.

Every year, it seems there’s an NFL division whose winner doesn’t really deserve to make the playoffs. This year, there are a couple, and one of them happens to be the AFC West.

The Broncos sit atop the division at an anemic 8-7. For the last couple weeks, they have needed to win just one game to put themselves out of reach of the equally anemic Chargers.

And yet…   not only have they not locked up one of the weakest divisions in the league, there’s a pretty decent chance they’ll lose it when they face the Chargers in San Diego next week.

Unfortunately, one of these two less than stellar team will make the playoffs. If it’s the Chargers, at least they’ll be on a roll of sorts (having won 4 straight)…  if it’s the Broncos, then at least they’ll have winning record.

Either way, a team with a better record (Pats, Jets, Dolphins, or Ravens) will stay home to watch the AFC West Champion get demolished on Wild Card weekend…

It really is unfortunate that each division gets to send a team to the playoffs, and that the AFC West Champ can’t just give up their spot to a team that doesn’t suck as much.

On the brighter side…  the playoffs are nearly here, which means we won’t have to deal with goofy NFL TV rules which keep us from watching games that matter.

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Football Thoughts (OR Uninformed sports babble)

September 28, 2008

I’ll admit… even though it’s been football season for about a month, I haven’t been paying too much attention, or making much of a point to watch most of the Sunday afternoon games. That doesn’t keep me, of course, from spouting uninformed opinions.

So, in watching the highlights from the day, here are some thoughts:

– Did Favre have a big day because the Jets were wearing yellow pants?

– I haven’t officially heard it, but I’m sure someone around here believed that the Broncos don’t suck. Can we now agree that this should-be-1-and-3 team isn’t very good?

– I was going to mention how strong the NFC East looks, but the Iggles just have up two big plays and a touchdown to Kyle Orton.

– Buffalo and Tennessee are undefeated. Are we in the twilight zone?

– Man, Al and John have truly lost it.

Happy Sunday!


Shocking! (OR Shocking, I tell you)

September 17, 2008

ESPN.com:

The Minnesota Vikings, with an 0-2 start to the season, are turning to veteran Gus Frerotte to bring them out of the hole.

Things must be bleak when you turn to Gus Frerotte to turn things around…


Odd (OR Falling Fast)

September 4, 2008

Changing gears for a moment…  I just caught this headline on ESPN.com:

Culpepper, unable to catch on as free agent, retires at age 31

Seriously? I know he wasn’t ever a “franchise” quarterback… but Dave and I have been commenting on the apparently lack of league wide depth at quarterback. Certainly, he’s good enough to start somewhere?

Only, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I did a quick look through team rosters to see if I could find a place for him, and it wasn’t easy.

Here are the teams that obviously don’t need a new starting QB (for whatever reason):

Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Broncos, Seahawks, Chargers, Bengals, Packers, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Saints.

That leaves:

Redskins, Bills, Dolphins, Cardnals, 49ers, Rams, Chiefs, Raiders, Bears, Ravens, Lions, Vikings, Falcons, Texans, Panthers, Buccaneers.

Now, let me preface the rest of this by saying that I haven’t been following the off season goings on at all.

So, of those remaining teams, here’s why I imagine they’re not interested:

Vikings, Raiders, Dolphins: You can’t go home again.
Redskins, Bills, Cardnals, Chiefs, Ravens, Texans: In the early years of a new QB, and you can’t make that sudden of a shift and expect the young guys to be worth anything.
49ers: Can’t bring themselves to admin the Alex Smith wasn’t worht a #1 pick.
Rams and Panthers: Still riding their mediocre QBs who got lucky once.
Bears: Wouldn’t know a good QB if he walked up and bit them on the ass. Also, can’t admit they’ve been riding a lost cause for  3 years.

Leaving:  Ravens, Lions, Bucs

Ravens: Already have 7 QBs listed on their roster (although, I’m sure that doesn’t reflect the last round of cuts) Still, you can’t really bring someone in so late in the game. Of course, had Boller not been injured, the Ravens would have been on the second list above.

Lions: Obviously believe that Jon Kitna is good enough to carry them until their new young guy is ready. And he’s only 4 years older that Culpepper.

Buccaneers: Grudun’s QB roulette continues, but with so many QB’s on the roster already it’s tough to add one…  not to mention the fact that Culpepper wouldn’t have prayer of running a West Coast offense successfully.

So, there you have it. Seems like Culpepper was a victim of circumstance as much as anything, with so many teams pinning hopes to younger players who may, or may not, be as successful as Culpepper has been.

Still, it seems odd.


It’s August (OR Less than a month to NFL season)

August 7, 2008

I’m pretty sure Dave and I indicated we’d talk sports on this here blog, to break on the political monotony. And, Just as the political season is in a lull, so too has the sports world been. FIrst, baseball doesn’t count, and I’m pretty sure you all weren’t nearly as interested in the Tour de France as I was…

And so, we’ve reached August. I’m pretty sure I saw an ad for a pre-season football game last weekend, which means football is almost back. Of course, this is all pre-amble to the obligitory comment about Brett Favre:

Is it this kind of indecision (retired or not) that has led Favre his record number of interceptions? This guy is worse than Roger Clemens. At least Clemens only need to pitch 5 innings of every 5th game, so he could get away with not really practicing or playing for half a season, and we didn’t have to hear about him every week (oh, wait.. nevermind).

So, he’s come back. Good for him. Maybe he’ll hang around a couple years (since, he’s probably good enough, considering the dearth of quality quarterbacks in the League). But, the next time he says he’s retired, he better stay that way.

Of course, playing for the Jets might make him wish he was retired. I think the Jets made a good move. Chad Pennington wasn’t going to work out for them in the short or near term (now, maybe he has some of his arm strength back so he won’t be throwing ducks all over the place, but I wouldn’t bank on it…    come to think of it, do we have any evidence that Jets receivers can catch a ball thrown as hard as Favre would throw it?). Getting Favre is a good move, as is Green Bay getting rid of him (if they let Favre linger too much longer, Aaron Rodgers would be retiring soon).

Anyway- now that Favre has found a home, can we stop talking about him now?