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(ESPN)   Today's sign of the Apocalypse: The Sports Guy gives the Colts credit while crying in Tom Brady's rippling, oiled arms   (sports.espn.go.com) divider line 79
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2007-01-22 01:10:11 PM  
Never thought I'd read it. Never.
 
2007-01-22 01:56:42 PM  
Umm. He has given them credit quite a few times. He is the first one to admit that he is an idiot.
 
2007-01-22 02:00:21 PM  
There's also quite a bit of backhanded compliments and snark in that column, sir. Just saying.
 
2007-01-22 02:04:52 PM  
ooooohhhh robbieeeeee
 
2007-01-22 02:05:23 PM  
Well, given that after last year's defeat in the playoffs to the Broncos he blamed the whole thing on the officials, I'm surprised he didn't try to pin the whole game on that questionable roughing the passer call, rather than, oh, I don't know, maybe the fact that Reche Caldwell had Crisco all over his hands?
 
2007-01-22 02:11:30 PM  
robsul82: There's also quite a bit of backhanded compliments and snark in that column, sir. Just saying.

Of course there is. That's what Bill does, especially when writing about the Colts. Even more so after a huge loss. He even admits in the column that he spent 20 minutes making excuses of why the Pats lost. He doesn't hide behind the fact that he likes taking shots at the Colts. He even finishes off the column by taking a shot at his NE bias.

/Happy to see Peyton in The Game.
 
2007-01-22 03:33:43 PM  
tnpir,

But you would think that Reche, with those satellite like eyes, could guide the ball into his hands ever so gently. He can see the future with those eyes.

Seriously. What's up with those eyes?

And good luck to the Colts. Please destroy the Bears.
 
2007-01-22 03:34:56 PM  
I guess I read it a different way....

I thought he gave a bunch of excuses why the Patriots lost it and gave it away rather than Manning winning it.

"And the Patriots did just enough to blow the game - they couldn't run the ball in the second half and the defense wilted as the game went along, worn down from last week's slugfest in San Diego, the flu and a glaring lack of healthy bodies. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, cramped pass rushers were getting their legs massaged on the bench, random special teamers were playing key defensive positions "


"After Brady got picked on a desperation drive to end the game"

Why is Brady getting picked not important? Just a desperation drive?

HOMER plain and simple. Excuses Excuses!!
 
2007-01-22 03:37:59 PM  
pixistick: I thought he gave a bunch of excuses why the Patriots lost it and gave it away rather than Manning winning it.

This is exactly what got from the article, too.

It was about 95% excuses and perhaps 5% of praise for the other team.
 
2007-01-22 03:39:31 PM  
squidloe: And good luck to the Colts. Please destroy forgive the Bears when they crush you.

...fixed.
 
2007-01-22 03:52:41 PM  
God, he even compares the Colts to the Red Sox. HOMER!
 
2007-01-22 03:53:35 PM  
Bill Simmons will never make apologies for being a blatant homer. It's why he's different from every other sportswriter out there (up until the blog movement.) He writes from a fan's perspective, is often irreverant and humorous, and drives you completely nuts when he's talking about his guys. He'll never change, and that's why everyone, including the haters, will continue to read him.
 
2007-01-22 03:54:51 PM  
pixistick: HOMER plain and simple. Excuses Excuses!!

LowCarbPie: God, he even compares the Colts to the Red Sox. HOMER!

Does this somehow surprise you? I find it funny that people continue to find it shocking that a diehard Pats/Red Sox/Celtics fan wants--get this!--the Pats/Red Sox/Celtics to win!

Overall, thought it was a good article. Pats definitely had a chance to win the game, but let it go. And he gave credit to the Colts for winning it. I think that was his whole point: in the past the Colts never had the killer drive to seize victory, but they did yesterday.

/loved the game
//skins fan so I'm used to simply rooting for good games
 
2007-01-22 03:55:30 PM  
For him, I guess thats about as good as you can hope for. backhanded compliments and sliding in every Patriot's place on the depth chart before or after their name.
 
2007-01-22 03:58:21 PM  
From TFA:

in my notebook, I wrote down, "Gostkowski: WATERMELON BALLS"

Maybe he's TOO much of a Pats fan if he can't stop thinking about the 1st year kicker's balls...

/I stopped reading after that.
 
2007-01-22 03:58:51 PM  
Does this somehow surprise you? I find it funny that people continue to find it shocking that a diehard Pats/Red Sox/Celtics fan wants--get this!--the Pats/Red Sox/Celtics to win!

Actually it does. He is supposed to be a professional sports writer. Once this became his job and he was no longer "the boston sports guy" then he should act as such.

/see Phil Simms, Troy Aikman, even Peter Gammons is less homer than Simmons.
 
2007-01-22 03:59:29 PM  
Funny watching the Colts fans morph into the type of fans they accuse the Pats' faithful of being BEFORE they've actually won the whole thing.

I mean, Congratulations and all. It's just funny to me.

I've seen little other than congratulations from most Pats fans on the threads today and all you people can do is biatch about us. It's so cute!
 
2007-01-22 04:02:19 PM  
It's so cute!


You will never understand your smuggness with lines like that.

/not a colts fan
/not a pats fan
 
2007-01-22 04:06:53 PM  
pixistick

You will never understand your smugness with lines like that.


I did that on purpose, for effect. Relax. I even fixed your typo for ya!
 
2007-01-22 04:06:55 PM  
pixistick: Actually it does. He is supposed to be a professional sports writer. Once this became his job and he was no longer "the boston sports guy" then he should act as such.

Are you part of the Sportswriters Journalistic Justice Squad or something? I read his articles because of that different perspective. Clearly he's a popular columnist so others agree. I think stevie1der put it brilliantly, either way.
 
2007-01-22 04:09:29 PM  
I did that on purpose, for effect. Relax. I even fixed your typo for ya!

Actually you didn't. I forgot the i

I meant to say smugginess for effect as well.

Relax you say? hmm, no sir I don't like your tone, don't like it at all.
 
2007-01-22 04:10:13 PM  
Are you part of the Sportswriters Journalistic Justice Squad or something?

Badge number 345531 reporting as ordered!
 
2007-01-22 04:15:14 PM  
You know, if you think the Sports Guy is a homer asshat (which he is), you certainly have the option of NOT READING HIM.

It's not as if you don't know what you're going to get from him, at this point.
 
2007-01-22 04:16:10 PM  
...it was about 95% excuses and perhaps 5% of praise for the other team.

That was my impression, as well.

He refers to the "horsecrap roughing-the-passer call" many times. I wouldn't be surprised to see him reference it in a future column.
 
2007-01-22 04:20:25 PM  
Reche Caldwell, poor guy, he looks like he is being tansered for 4 hours straight, every game
 
2007-01-22 04:20:43 PM  
toonz: It's just funny to me.

I mean, Thanks and all. It's just that I find your tears are so yummy and sweet.

content.answers.com
 
2007-01-22 04:21:10 PM  
You know, if you think the Sports Guy is a homer asshat (which he is), you certainly have the option of NOT READING HIM.

It's not as if you don't know what you're going to get from him, at this point.


Actually it's the exact reason I stopped. This link is just a reminder of why I did.
 
2007-01-22 04:21:48 PM  
I like Simmons, but DJ Gallo's is way funnier

oh, and in response to this: "Actually it does. He is supposed to be a professional sports writer. Once this became his job and he was no longer "the boston sports guy" then he should act as such."

His column is more of a popular blog than anything. He's paid to do what he did that got him popular, and he probably has the most-read article on the site. So it seems as though SOMEthing's working.
 
2007-01-22 04:23:08 PM  
pixistick: He is supposed to be a professional sports writer

... on the comedic page of ESPN. Have you ever read Page 2? It's just people talking out of their ass. It's like a Patriots fan getting all bent out of shape because of DJ Gallo's article today about how "The Patriots will never win the Superbowl" (he basically took the Colts story of the last few years and inserted Patriots and their players/coach instead of Colts stuff. Hilarious.)

So I dunno why people expect Simmons to any different.
 
2007-01-22 04:24:49 PM  
what tears LowCarbPie?

Having had a few Championships in the last few years, I can live with the Colts getting their chance, but thanks for proving my point!
 
2007-01-22 04:30:29 PM  
toonz: I can live with the Colts getting their chance

Whatever gets you through the day, buddy. I know it stings a little, but rub some dirt on it.

/I imagine the Boston-area suicide hotlines were busy last night
 
2007-01-22 04:30:30 PM  
on the comedic page of ESPN. Have you ever read Page 2


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hill/070122
wow, that was really funny

and this was just hillarious
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=granderson/070122
 
2007-01-22 04:32:37 PM  
Yup, it also showcases writers not good enough to be on the main page and socio-political pieces.
 
2007-01-22 04:34:06 PM  
Credit? Simmons, Belichik, CBS - everyone under the sun was making excuses for the Pats before the game even started. "They had to fly across the country after beating SD", "They had the flu", "They were fatigued from a tough game against the Chargers". Boo-farkin-hoo.

And now Simmons and Pats fans wanna claim bad calls and their pre-concieved excuses for the loss. Screw them. They lost - move on and enjoy your 3 freakin' rings.
 
2007-01-22 04:35:58 PM  
HulkHands: So I dunno why people expect Simmons to any different.


I don't expect him to be any different. The only reason why I read Simmons is to laugh at(not with) him, for the most part. It's funny to watch him devote 20+ Paragraphs to being a whiny biatch. Stuff like "Backup Safety so and so" and "Backup LB so and so," that's just pathetic...and the "Horesecrap Roughing Call" was just the icing on sore loser cake.
 
2007-01-22 04:38:18 PM  
LowCarbPie
Whatever gets you through the day, buddy. I know it stings a little, but rub some dirt on it.

/I imagine the Boston-area suicide hotlines were busy last night


Oooooooh, burn! you totally win the eighth grade!

Pay attention Colts fans, this is the kind of retard you'll find yourself apologizing for if the winning continues.
 
2007-01-22 04:39:12 PM  
Yea, almost as bad as your GM whining about defensive holding calls before the game.

jely: They lost - move on and enjoy your 3 freakin' rings.

I will, because I certainly didn't expect them to get past the Chargers.
 
2007-01-22 04:42:29 PM  
jely
what HulkHands said
 
2007-01-22 04:43:52 PM  
HulkHands: I will, because I certainly didn't expect them to get past the Chargers.

Ahh yes, brave team that they were. Undermanned, outgunned, scrapping a team together with just the rag tag bunch of misfits they chose to pay. The cruel fate of dealing with circumstances created by your organization's own decisions.

/you will have to show me that "having your cake and eating it too" trick sometime.
 
2007-01-22 04:47:48 PM  
Dear Pats Fans,

You root for the Yankees of the NFL. Just FYI.

Love,
Everyone

/Roots for the Devil Rays of the NFL
 
2007-01-22 04:49:13 PM  
what IS the deal with that guy's (Caldwell) eyes?

i thought he was tweeked out on the ice or something, did his eyes do that for the entire season?

/see the future, funny stuff, squidloe
//seriously, WTF is UP with his EYES?
///What did you do to his eyes?
////Rosemary wants her baby back
 
2007-01-22 04:51:25 PM  
baorao
You assume I agree with their player policies.

I would have been angry at the higher-ups if they lost because they would have won with the players they could have gotten under the cap space they had. I'm still angry they didn't pay Branch, but after seeing him dance after catching a 6 yard reception on 2-and-8, I think they made the right decision.

Hopefully this loss will have them going after some good WRs and DBs.

I knew they would make the playoffs because of their easy schedule. I certainly did not expect them to be in position to be in the SuperBowl. I expected them to get past the Wild Card round, but not the Divisional round.

Ultimately, they made some choices and dug their own graves. Hopefully this will be a learning experience so they can continue to test the cap room and get as much talent as possible.

/were you part of the 100-man walkout to fire Millen that ended up looking like a mass bathroom break?
 
2007-01-22 04:51:55 PM  
There's a lot of candidates for "the Devil Rays of the NFL," which one is it?
 
2007-01-22 04:52:56 PM  
The Homer Tax: You root for the Yankees of the NFL. Just FYI.

Well, you just destroyed any credibility you had in sports discussion. Feel free to defend this position.

Like how the Patriots spend over cap every year, and on big-name free agents.
 
2007-01-22 05:01:18 PM  
Reche Caldwell looks like he does Acid; He always has that beleagured wide eyed look
 
2007-01-22 05:04:21 PM  
HulkHands: Hopefully this loss will have them going after some good WRs and DBs.

I knew they would make the playoffs because of their easy schedule. I certainly did not expect them to be in position to be in the SuperBowl. I expected them to get past the Wild Card round, but not the Divisional round.

Ultimately, they made some choices and dug their own graves. Hopefully this will be a learning experience so they can continue to test the cap room and get as much talent as possible.

/were you part of the 100-man walkout to fire Millen that ended up looking like a mass bathroom break?


Actually I haven't been to a Lions game since Barry Sanders retired. That's the only way I think they'll ever listen.

I actually think you're one of the more level headed NE fans. I just take exception to the excuse that the Patriots were in some way a weaker team this season because of anything but there own doing. Its a copout. It sounds like you weren't necessarily trying to make that point, but I just wanted to jump in make sure everyone remembered that Richard Seymour is the only top 12 pick because the Pats have been successful in the last few years and their dearth of talent at a few other positions is because of the way they choose to manage their roster, for better or worse. This wasn't the little engine that could New York Jets surprising everyone, including themselves, and making it to the AFC title game.
 
2007-01-22 05:04:41 PM  
Seriously, what is it with Reche Caldwell's eyes? I had to rewind the game to show my wife.

HulkHands- please go home. You are either a troll, don't read Simmons' column, or both.
 
2007-01-22 05:13:42 PM  
baorao

What, no update on the Bears-Lions Playoff wins since 1991?

No pictures of Steve Smith?

What's going on here?

/CROWN 'EM!
 
2007-01-22 05:15:30 PM  
"Well, you just destroyed any credibility you had in sports discussion. Feel free to defend this position.

Like how the Patriots spend over cap every year, and on big-name free agents."

Guess what, Pats fans? the only team that cares that the Yankees spend more than everyone else is the Red Sox, who spend more than everyone but the Yankees. Nobody hates them because they spend a lot of money buying overpriced free agents. People hated them because they won all the time. And the Yankees that won championships were less expensive teams...Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, ummm whoever the hell they had at LF and 2B...the championship teams were paid well but weren't an all-star team themselves.

People don't like the Pats because they keep winning and their annoying fans rub it in everyone's faces and the national media talks about how godlike Belichick and Brady are, much like they talked about how godlike Torre and Jeter were. The Patriots players that are somewhat likeable, like Troy Brown, who does everything for them, they treat like shiat, refusing to pay what he's probably worth to them, then having him do extra jobs for below average pay.

Boston fans need to get over their bullshiat persecution complex.
 
2007-01-22 05:19:03 PM  
Dear Pats fans,

I told you Reche Caldwell sucks and would one day break your heart.

Sincerely,
A Chargers fan
 
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