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2012-01-22 06:37:30 AM
If we're lucky the Russians will have an accident and launch an ICBM at Gillette Stadium. No matter who wins that game we all lose.

I only root for one team, so I'm not cheering for anybody today. That said, I do subscribe to the lesser of the evils theory, which puts me firmly in the camp of the Giants (gag).
 
2012-01-22 08:54:33 AM
I guess I'll root for the Ravens, if only to see a number of Steelers fans butthurt. God, I hate the Steelers. If the Patriots win, that's cool though.

If the Ravens win, then it would be kind of neat to have the 49ers win too and have the Harbaugh bowl. On the other hand, it'd be nice to have the Giants win and be a spoiler.

I don't really want Giants-Patriots, but any other combination would be great.

GO LIONS!
 
2012-01-22 09:15:06 AM
My hope for the possible Super Bowl match-ups in order:

Pats v. Giants
Pats v. 49ers
Ravens v. 49ers
Me v. an angry grizzly bear
The Puppy Bowl
The WNBA all-star game
Ravens v. Giants
 
2012-01-22 09:17:32 AM
i6.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-22 09:27:28 AM
i199.photobucket.com

\Wonder if they used Mark Henderson's tractor yesterday to clear the field....
 
2012-01-22 09:30:42 AM

TeddyBallGame: My hope for the possible Super Bowl match-ups in order:

Pats v. Giants
Pats v. 49ers
Ravens v. 49ers
Me v. an angry grizzly bear
The Puppy Bowl
The WNBA all-star game
Ravens v. Giants


farm3.staticflickr.com

What a Pats v. Giants superbowl might look like
 
2012-01-22 09:35:25 AM
Added bonus because I really, really don't like the Giants:
i199.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-22 09:45:27 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: If we're lucky the Russians will have an accident and launch an ICBM at Gillette Stadium. No matter who wins that game we all lose.

I only root for one team, so I'm not cheering for anybody today. That said, I do subscribe to the lesser of the evils theory, which puts me firmly in the camp of the Giants (gag).


I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???
 
2012-01-22 09:50:39 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???


It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.
 
2012-01-22 09:55:49 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???

It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.


More interesting is that if Balt makes it to the show and wins, Adolf owes me a Staubach Jersey. I think he's trying not to think about that too much.
 
2012-01-22 09:59:23 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???

It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.

More interesting is that if Balt makes it to the show and wins, Adolf owes me a Staubach Jersey. I think he's trying not to think about that too much.


Staubach? Really? The guy who couldn't keep the job due to the threat of Kevin Morton? Dude, go Dorsett.
 
2012-01-22 10:04:59 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???

It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.

More interesting is that if Balt makes it to the show and wins, Adolf owes me a Staubach Jersey. I think he's trying not to think about that too much.

Staubach? Really? The guy who couldn't keep the job due to the threat of Kevin Morton? Dude, go Dorsett.


I think you mean Craig Morton, but whatev...no, it's Staubach.........
 
2012-01-22 10:09:02 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???

It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.

More interesting is that if Balt makes it to the show and wins, Adolf owes me a Staubach Jersey. I think he's trying not to think about that too much.

Staubach? Really? The guy who couldn't keep the job due to the threat of Kevin Morton? Dude, go Dorsett.

I think you mean Craig Morton, but whatev...no, it's Staubach.........


I do, no idea where Kevin came from....
 
2012-01-22 10:10:19 AM
img148.imageshack.us
 
2012-01-22 10:22:28 AM
Is this the Tebow thread?
 
2012-01-22 10:22:55 AM
I had this detailed thing written up with my picks for today, chock full of statistics and probably wishful thinking, but in looking at it now it's just too long (that's what she said). So here's a much shorter version:

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots:
Well, duh, of course the Ravens fan is going to pick Baltimore here. The much shorter version is that while this game matches strength vs. strength (the Pats' offense vs. the Ravens defense), on the other side of things New England's defense is a much greater weakness than the Rice/Flacco offensive attack. Plus I of course have to keep my favorite statistic in here: Baltimore is 7-0 this season against playoff teams, while New England is 0-2 against playoff teams not called the Denver Broncos. Look for a healthy dose of Ray Rice/Ricky Williams here along with a few deep throws against the Patriots secondary, while Baltimore goes with man coverage and some creative blitz packages to slow down Sir Uggalot and his tight end connection. Final score: 27-23

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers:
While we all wanted to see a Saints/Packers rematch and the inevitable race to 100 combined points it would produce, this game is equally appealing in my opinion. On the one hand you have the steady & consistent 49ers, led by a strong defense and running game, while on the other there are the streaky (but white-hot) Giants and an explosive passing attack plus defense that can get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Again strength against strength, but the difference-maker to me is that San Fran's offense is just a little better (imo) than New York's D, and the Giants just seem a little more susceptible to the turnover. Harbaugh the Younger cements his claim to Coach of the Year honors with a 26-17 victory.

So yep, I'm going with Harbowl in the Super Bowl. Anyone wanna take a stab at my pick in that one?
 
2012-01-22 10:26:27 AM

Harv72b: I had this detailed thing written up with my picks for today, chock full of statistics and probably wishful thinking, but in looking at it now it's just too long (that's what she said). So here's a much shorter version:

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots:
Well, duh, of course the Ravens fan is going to pick Baltimore here. The much shorter version is that while this game matches strength vs. strength (the Pats' offense vs. the Ravens defense), on the other side of things New England's defense is a much greater weakness than the Rice/Flacco offensive attack. Plus I of course have to keep my favorite statistic in here: Baltimore is 7-0 this season against playoff teams, while New England is 0-2 against playoff teams not called the Denver Broncos. Look for a healthy dose of Ray Rice/Ricky Williams here along with a few deep throws against the Patriots secondary, while Baltimore goes with man coverage and some creative blitz packages to slow down Sir Uggalot and his tight end connection. Final score: 27-23

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers:
While we all wanted to see a Saints/Packers rematch and the inevitable race to 100 combined points it would produce, this game is equally appealing in my opinion. On the one hand you have the steady & consistent 49ers, led by a strong defense and running game, while on the other there are the streaky (but white-hot) Giants and an explosive passing attack plus defense that can get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Again strength against strength, but the difference-maker to me is that San Fran's offense is just a little better (imo) than New York's D, and the Giants just seem a little more susceptible to the turnover. Harbaugh the Younger cements his claim to Coach of the Year honors with a 26-17 victory.

So yep, I'm going with Harbowl in the Super Bowl. Anyone wanna take a stab at my pick in that one?


Tebow?
 
2012-01-22 10:28:01 AM

Harv72b: I had this detailed thing written up with my picks for today, chock full of statistics and probably wishful thinking, but in looking at it now it's just too long (that's what she said). So here's a much shorter version:

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots:
Well, duh, of course the Ravens fan is going to pick Baltimore here. The much shorter version is that while this game matches strength vs. strength (the Pats' offense vs. the Ravens defense), on the other side of things New England's defense is a much greater weakness than the Rice/Flacco offensive attack. Plus I of course have to keep my favorite statistic in here: Baltimore is 7-0 this season against playoff teams, while New England is 0-2 against playoff teams not called the Denver Broncos. Look for a healthy dose of Ray Rice/Ricky Williams here along with a few deep throws against the Patriots secondary, while Baltimore goes with man coverage and some creative blitz packages to slow down Sir Uggalot and his tight end connection. Final score: 27-23

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers:
While we all wanted to see a Saints/Packers rematch and the inevitable race to 100 combined points it would produce, this game is equally appealing in my opinion. On the one hand you have the steady & consistent 49ers, led by a strong defense and running game, while on the other there are the streaky (but white-hot) Giants and an explosive passing attack plus defense that can get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Again strength against strength, but the difference-maker to me is that San Fran's offense is just a little better (imo) than New York's D, and the Giants just seem a little more susceptible to the turnover. Harbaugh the Younger cements his claim to Coach of the Year honors with a 26-17 victory.

So yep, I'm going with Harbowl in the Super Bowl. Anyone wanna take a stab at my pick in that one?


The Steelers?
 
2012-01-22 10:29:42 AM
JoePa is dead. Oh look, breakfast is ready.........
 
2012-01-22 10:31:31 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Tebow?


Right now I'm picturing Harv sitting at the computer looking and sounding like Ned Flanders when Bart answered "Jesus."
 
2012-01-22 10:31:56 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: JoePa is dead.


Long live JayPa
 
2012-01-22 10:32:30 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: JoePa is dead. Oh look, breakfast is ready.........


Are we sure this time?
 
2012-01-22 10:34:42 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: JoePa is dead. Oh look, breakfast is ready.........

Are we sure this time?


Definitely, the hash browns are fully cooked and have a nice golden color.......
 
2012-01-22 10:36:07 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Definitely, the hash browns are fully cooked and have a nice golden color.......


Hash browns? You're making the doughnut I had for breakfast taste worse and worse....

\better not be any sausage or ham going on there, or I'm giving up
 
2012-01-22 10:36:13 AM

Don't know why so many 'experts' are saying this is the team the Patriots would want to face in a playoff game because it's a gimme win. The Baltimore D is nothing to take lightly. The Ravens also now have Bernard Pollard on their team, the guy who took out Brady back in 2008. Win or lose I'm expecting to see Brady on his butt a lot during the game.


And I hope the Niners win the NFC.

 
2012-01-22 10:37:36 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Definitely, the hash browns are fully cooked and have a nice golden color.......

Hash browns? You're making the doughnut I had for breakfast taste worse and worse....

\better not be any sausage or ham going on there, or I'm giving up


Hardwood bacon son, and some nice eggs over easy to complete the symphony. Fresh squeezed OJ and some French Roast Joe....I never go shallow on Sundays....
 
2012-01-22 10:38:05 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Definitely, the hash browns are fully cooked and have a nice golden color.......

Hash browns? You're making the doughnut I had for breakfast taste worse and worse....

\better not be any sausage or ham going on there, or I'm giving up


I've made Scotch eggs.
 
2012-01-22 10:39:56 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Definitely, the hash browns are fully cooked and have a nice golden color.......

Hash browns? You're making the doughnut I had for breakfast taste worse and worse....

\better not be any sausage or ham going on there, or I'm giving up

Hardwood bacon son, and some nice eggs over easy to complete the symphony. Fresh squeezed OJ and some French Roast Joe....I never go shallow on Sundays....


That sound you hear is my stomach rumbling.
 
2012-01-22 10:41:24 AM
This first game don't start until 2 cst, time for a nap and chores......already planning a very nice Pressure Cooker Pot Roast with pearl onions and mashed taters for later.....Sunday is all about having a game plan, and no hangover..
 
2012-01-22 11:07:16 AM
No arena football is all I ask.

Hope no one gets injured.
 
2012-01-22 11:41:34 AM

FriarReb98: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I would think you have a vested interest in NE today...???

It's amazing how much the manufactured hate between Pittsburgh and New England clouds their judgement. And it truly is manufactured, as far as I can tell, being a Patriots fan with my best friend being a Steeler fanatic.


Oh, I do have a vested interest in the Patriots today. One problem: the only team I hate more than the Patriots is the Ravens. It's like favoring puke over shiat.
 
2012-01-22 12:07:51 PM
I would be jaw-drop shocked if the Ravens won this one. I have been unusually calm during the build-up and my gut feeling is that the Ravens are going to be plucked and shredded.
That being said, I am pathetic at gambling.
 
2012-01-22 12:15:34 PM
I rarely post predictions. Frankly, I don't know the teams well enough. I am not a fan of any of the teams, but I have a sentimental spot for the Gaints (deceased friend, long story, maybe later).

The Earguy Hears....

Ravens/Pats
Line: Pats by 7 Over/under: 50
The Earguy Hears the Pats winning, beating the spread. Betting the OVER.

Giants/49ers
Line: 49ers by 2.5 Over/under 42
The Earguy Hears the Giants winning outright. Betting the UNDER

/really just wants two exciting entertaining games
 
2012-01-22 12:18:54 PM
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Going with Pats and Giants today. I want my Super Bowl XLII rematch, dammit!
 
2012-01-22 12:22:45 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Tebow?


Never bet against Tebow. He'll find a way.
 
2012-01-22 12:33:08 PM

Earguy: Ravens/Pats
Line: Pats by 7 Over/under: 50
The Earguy Hears the Pats winning, beating the spread. Betting the OVER.


Recent Pats/Ravens history:
2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20 (OT)
2009: Ravens 33, Pats 14 (playoffs); Pats 27, Ravens 21 (regular season)
2007: Pats 27, Ravens 24

You have to go all the way back to 2004 to find a game that New England won by more than 7, and only twice have they combined for more than 50 (the 2007 game above, and 1996 when the Ravens were in their first season of not being the Cleveland Browns).

Setting aside who'll actually win, if I were going to put money on the game then I'd take the Ravens at +7.
 
2012-01-22 12:36:23 PM

Harv72b: Earguy: Ravens/Pats
Line: Pats by 7 Over/under: 50
The Earguy Hears the Pats winning, beating the spread. Betting the OVER.

Recent Pats/Ravens history:
2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20 (OT)
2009: Ravens 33, Pats 14 (playoffs); Pats 27, Ravens 21 (regular season)
2007: Pats 27, Ravens 24

You have to go all the way back to 2004 to find a game that New England won by more than 7, and only twice have they combined for more than 50 (the 2007 game above, and 1996 when the Ravens were in their first season of not being the Cleveland Browns).

Setting aside who'll actually win, if I were going to put money on the game then I'd take the Ravens at +7.


Pulling out a gambler/bookie phrase when presented with history: "THEY'RE DUE!"
 
2012-01-22 12:37:44 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-22 12:37:59 PM

FriarReb98: Right now I'm picturing Harv sitting at the computer looking and sounding like Ned Flanders when Bart answered "Jesus."


I was actually typing out a faux news report on Goodell disqualifying every NFL team except the Broncos and pitting Tebow against retarded chimps in the Super Bowl, but then I figured out it wasn't that funny.
 
2012-01-22 12:39:53 PM

Earguy: Pulling out a gambler/bookie phrase when presented with history: "THEY'RE DUE!"


You bet on the Washington Generals?

www.anvari.org

I thought they were due!
 
2012-01-22 12:41:37 PM
Hello, you guys.

Keep it coming today, I COUNT ON YOU being my buds watching the games with me!
 
2012-01-22 12:42:32 PM
Niners. Been predicting them to be in the Superbowl for a while now. Here's to hoping it comes true today. I was at the Niners/Giants game earlier this year and that was GOOD!

Here's to hoping for another fantastic game :)
 
2012-01-22 12:43:12 PM
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Lesser of 2 evils, indeed, in the other game -- the Toilet Bowl 2012.
 
2012-01-22 12:45:49 PM

Harv72b: FriarReb98: Right now I'm picturing Harv sitting at the computer looking and sounding like Ned Flanders when Bart answered "Jesus."

I was actually typing out a faux news report on Goodell disqualifying every NFL team except the Broncos and pitting Tebow against retarded chimps in the Super Bowl, but then I figured out it wasn't that funny.


.....
Well, it was, a little bit :-)
 
2012-01-22 12:49:06 PM
Niners -1
 
2012-01-22 12:57:59 PM
i27.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-22 12:58:57 PM
one4theotherthumb.com
 
2012-01-22 01:00:54 PM

Harv72b: I had this detailed thing written up with my picks for today, chock full of statistics and probably wishful thinking, but in looking at it now it's just too long (that's what she said). So here's a much shorter version:

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots:
Well, duh, of course the Ravens fan is going to pick Baltimore here. The much shorter version is that while this game matches strength vs. strength (the Pats' offense vs. the Ravens defense), on the other side of things New England's defense is a much greater weakness than the Rice/Flacco offensive attack. Plus I of course have to keep my favorite statistic in here: Baltimore is 7-0 this season against playoff teams, while New England is 0-2 against playoff teams not called the Denver Broncos. Look for a healthy dose of Ray Rice/Ricky Williams here along with a few deep throws against the Patriots secondary, while Baltimore goes with man coverage and some creative blitz packages to slow down Sir Uggalot and his tight end connection. Final score: 27-23

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers:
While we all wanted to see a Saints/Packers rematch and the inevitable race to 100 combined points it would produce, this game is equally appealing in my opinion. On the one hand you have the steady & consistent 49ers, led by a strong defense and running game, while on the other there are the streaky (but white-hot) Giants and an explosive passing attack plus defense that can get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Again strength against strength, but the difference-maker to me is that San Fran's offense is just a little better (imo) than New York's D, and the Giants just seem a little more susceptible to the turnover. Harbaugh the Younger cements his claim to Coach of the Year honors with a 26-17 victory.

So yep, I'm going with Harbowl in the Super Bowl. Anyone wanna take a stab at my pick in that one?


.....
Once again, I enjoy reading your analysis. I would like to be reading it over a Waffle House breakfast, but, hey, this will do:-)
 
2012-01-22 01:02:48 PM

AKTurkey:


.....
Awww, don't make him cry again. It's too, too sad.
 
2012-01-22 01:08:09 PM

some.old.lady.: Once again, I enjoy reading your analysis. I would like to be reading it over a Waff ...


Other strange stat:

In their 3 lifetime meetings Tom Brady has a 70.7 QB rating with 4 TDs and 5 INTs in the games, while Joe Flacco holds a 86.5 with 4 TDs and 2 INTs.

/Disclaimer: In their lone win among those games, Tebow Flacco was 4/10 for 34 yards.
 
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