The Emptywheel…It’s Now Sunday!…Football Rumble

[Okay, it is hard when you have to start on Thursday. So, here, for the second week in a row!….is repurposed Thursday Trash. Tear it up same as always. And Phred and I thank you for all the congratulations to the CheesePackers. Go Cards! Also, watch the damn video, Tab Benoit and Janiva Magness really rip it up]

Choose up yer sides, and do it now. Cause we are about to have a failure of communication (for those of you who know Cool Hand Luke), as Marcy’s Lions are hosting my beloved Cheeseheads tonight.

That is pretty much nuff said. But I am worried about Mr. Rodgers, who is decidedly not himself lately. A bad stretch? Sure. O-Line hurt? Yep. Running backs and receivers out and/or underperforming? Yep, very much that too. But it is MORE than that. Something is wrong. Not making excuses for him, but dude is too good to just suddenly have the happy feet, indecisiveness and aversion to contact. And the Cheese defense is suddenly like Swiss.

Eh well, on the other hand, the Kittehs are on a serious roll and lately looking like the team everybody thought was coming this year. Including the much maligned Matt Stafford. I have always thought Stafford to be a very capable QB on a team that didn’t hold up to what he could do. I still do, but the Lions are really starting to jell under new Coach/General Manager Martha Ford.

Music again tonight involves my old friend Janiva Magness because, other than Peterr, you all did not give her enough love last weekend. Shame on you. Granted, Janiva does nothing but play the washboard on this cut, but Tab Benoit had her there for a reason. Also, Tab Benoit fucking kicks ass and takes names. Give it a listen for some Creole from down on the bayou.

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
70 replies
  1. bmaz says:

    I honestly think that, right now, the Kittehs are just a better team.
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    Packers better get their heads out of their ass.

    • Petrocelli says:

      My intertoobz was glitchy Thursday night, I’ll repeat my $0.02 from that wild game.

      Wow! Tom Clements was a star QB in the Canadian Flutie League and the 2nd half Offensive schemes looked straight out of our playbooks.

      Just wow…what the heck is Michael Irvin wearing?

  2. phred says:

    Wowser.
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    What a finish.
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    Sorry EW, but this does make up a bit for Crosby’s missed FG as time expired in Lambeau a few weeks ago ; )
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    JohnT & bmaz, looking forward to the matchup next Thursday night… : ) Go Cards! ; )

  3. Jim White says:

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    Aaron Rodgers just wants his fans to calm down, yet again. He’s got this.
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    And for those of you who don’t think that was a legit facemask call on the penultimate play, I might agree with you. But it would have been a legit horsecollar call with the same penalty enforced.
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    Kittehs are continuing to get better and can legitimately talk about how good next year will be.

    • bloopie2 says:

      Noteworthy that facemask calls are not reviewable and must be made in a split second from a bit of a distance. Replays show the call was appropriate.
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      And agree that next year could well be better for the Lions. All they need is more girls involved (sop to EW).

  4. JohnT says:

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    (Still going Zapruder film)
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    IMHO, not a horsecollar. Maybe in an extreme technicality it could be, but using the same extreme logic, you can argue against it
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    https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/_jwKoVLK4oeUJ6d-apt4gmRX0Is=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/4322287/suckitlions.0.gif
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    No player shall grab the inside collar of the back or the side of the shoulder pads or jersey pads or jersey, and pull the runner toward the ground. This does not apply to a runner who is in the tackle box or to a quarterback who is in the pocket.

    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/15_2013_Player_Conduct.pdf

    I think, the first key word is “grab”. I guess it comes down to the definition of “grab”. What’s his name? Taylor? He doesn’t grab the collar but does catch the top edge of Rodgers shoulder pad with his fingertips. Is that “grabbing”? And the only reason Rodgers goes down, is because he’s ducking the other defender
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    You can prolly technically argue that that’s grabbing, but you can also technically argue that he’s still in the “tackle box”
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    Regardless the Packers get a win, but I don’t understand how a play isn’t reviewable that extends play past the clock running out
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    YMMV

    • GulfCoastPirate says:

      Baylor indeed. LOL.

      How about the Coogs? Word down here is we may be heading to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl. Either there or the Peach in Atlanta. I may even be out of this brace on my leg by then.

  5. GulfCoastPirate says:

    Long past time if you ask me. I can get out of it for local chores (in house or rehab) but when in public they still want me to wear it for ‘stability’. Plus I still have to use a walker although the rehab lady told me to bring a cane next week so I think they may be ready to let me get out of the walker.

    Yea, they had a great year. I think they hit a home run with Hermann as coach. They’re very quick and very disciplined. Not a lot of penalties and turnovers which is a good combination.

  6. Jim White says:

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    What a strange combination. The Gators got thoroughly trounced by Bama and yet miraculously covered the spread. One more game while stuck with a regressing Treon Harris as the QB. Would be very surprised if he doesn’t transfer after the year he’s had here.
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    At least we’re creeping ever closer to college baseball season, where it’s pretty certain the Gators will be #1 in all the preseason polls.

  7. prostratedragon says:

    What’s all this i hear about not enough love for Janiva Magness (and Tab Benwah and Louisiana music)? Here in AA-Ypsi they’ve practically owned the place for years, so folks should get with it. And how about that custom washboard!

    • bmaz says:

      Janiva is something. First met her back in about 1985. Great person, even greater voice.
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      Tab Benoit I came to know literally through stumbling on that track checking out some old Janiva stuff on You Tube. And, hooleee shit can that man play a Fender guitar. Wow.

  8. JohnT says:

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    Holy shit
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    These refs are either gamblers or are being blackmailed by gamblers
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    Russell Wilson gets breathed on, & there’s a personal foul. Teddy Bridgewater gets speared by a helmet & nothing
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    Even Stevie Wonder could see the Seahawks run into the Vikings punter, but not the refs at this game
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    Wow

  9. JohnT says:

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    Last comment, I swear
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    How blatant can u be?
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    I’m now convinced, these refs are either gamblers, or someone has pictures of them in bed w/ a live boy or dead woman

  10. scribe says:

    Beckham kicks the ball he just dropped, turning 4th and to into 4th and 7. Manning’s face imploding from the inner lemon-sucking.
    Beckham catches ball and makes first down..
    Getting interestinger.

      • Bay State Librul says:

        Murdoch is not an owner. Advertiser to the tune of $250 million yes (thru Fox).

        I checked on ex-Gov Duval Patrick – he does not work for Draft Kings (to my knowledge).
        If he did the Herald would be all over him.

        • scribe says:

          What about Fan Duel for Patrick? I’d heard he was touting for DFS.
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          Why is it OK for Kraft to own a piece of DFS, but the Rooney family has to split themselves up to keep the Steelers and their horse/card gaming operations?
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          Colts mugging Antonio Brown…. No flag. Thank you, King Roger, you f’g clown.

  11. scribe says:

    We could not evaluate whether Biebs has any skill at tackling, because he was so lame in pursuit.
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    That was a brutal Pick-6, and Gillette sounds like it’s Philly. Looks like the Iggles brought their boo birds with them; I thought it was only my fellow Stillers fans who travelled so well.

    • phred says:

      LOL, perfect quote, bmaz. Missed all but the 2nd half of the late games today, surprising results is putting it mildly…

  12. bmaz says:

    These refs in the Saints and Panthers game need to be brought up on RICO charges. Goodell has put the word out to make sure it is the Panthers who go undefeated, so his nemesis the Patriots do not.

  13. bmaz says:

    Guess Josh Norman’s hands on the back of the Saint’s receiver just didn’t count. What a load of shit.

  14. scribe says:

    Well, at least Obama didn’t put on a cardigan to tell us to turn out the lights when we leave the room and close the door because we’re not heating the whole damn neighborhood. Do you kids think I’m made of money?
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    Oh, wait. I’m channeling my dad, circa 1978.
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    I surfed over to the Maine game warden show on Animal Planet. The guy was catching a runaway domestic goose. More interesting.

    • bmaz says:

      I liked Carter’s speech!
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      And those times were tough, it was hard to find enough gas to siphon back then!

      • scribe says:

        I liked those days better, too. Beer was cheaper and I could drink more of it. I was younger and more flexible. You could hitchhike and not get killed. The opposite sex of my age were younger and more eager and AIDS and herpes were not even known to exist. The great protest chant was “we want pot, not paraquat”. And there was plenty of pot out there, too. The cops didn’t run you in or whack you for looking at them cross-eyed, let alone exercising your rights.
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        There still was disco – new disco – being produced, but the campaign to destroy disco was well on the way to victory. And most of the cars we had – 60s used cars – were better and more reliable than the stuff coming off the lines in Detroit.

  15. JohnT says:

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    Last, last comment
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    RE: the refs (not saying, but saying)
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    So, yesterday I filled out a 7 leg parlay card at Hardrock; normally I’ll only do 4, maybe 5, but I liked the matchups combined w/the spreads. And I was gonna go back to Harvey’s to fill out a teaser (another form of a parlay) card because I really liked the spreads on that teaser, and when I went back, they had the Vikings Seahawks game and the total, suspended and off the board
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    The reason for that, was that a lot, LOT, of heavy money was coming on the Seahawks, and the over, by the sharps. By heavy, I mean five figures (10, 20, 50k per bet … or more if they could get approved)
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    And one thing to keep in mind, is the oddsmakers, are math and statistics geeks. They’re in the business for the money, and the challenge, and when they set a line on a game, it’s not personal, it’s where the stats and the trends say it should be. Stats-wise the game I’m referring to should have come down a field goal or touchdown at the end of the game
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    But …
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    … there was an outlier to the sharps. Something that wasn’t obvious to the oddsmakers who have to operate in the light of day, and according to the law, and regulations, but this outlier was obvious to the “wiseguys”
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    I’m not saying the Seahawks shouldn’t have won, what I am saying, is someone desperately wanted to make sure it wasn’t even close

  16. Petrocelli says:

    Speaking of torture…Adam Levine and Nick Jonas will sing Frank Sinatra’s songs. This is clearly a provocation to all settled immigrants and those who love good music!

  17. Bay State Librul says:

    From the Guardian

    Taking a page from the College ranks?

    “Bill Belichick then ordered a bizarre drop-kick trick play on the kickoff. Instead of kicking off, Stephen Gostkowski flipped the ball to Nate Ebner, a former rugby player. He drop-kicked it over the first line of the Eagles return team, but Eagles special teams maven Seyi Ajirotutu retreated to dive on the football. Drop-kicks are legal on kickoffs, and Baylor and Minnesota tried similar kickoffs earlier this year.”

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