The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Cards from Arizona

College football is done and over. I thought Clemson had a lot better chance against Bama than many did, mostly because of their quarterback, Deshaun Watson, and their defense. One of those was spot on, the latter, not so much. Irrespective, Alabama won fair and square in a fantastic game. Big hat tip to Tide QB Jake Coker, who proved to be calm and cool under big game status. He reminds me a little of Jim Harbaugh (and, seriously, I was personally present at Harbaugh’s last college game. Was in the Rose Bowl against ASU, and big Jim did not fare so well, but has had a hell of a career as a player and coach afterwards). Coker is a big kid, with a strong arm and huge heart. Coker might actually be a smart late round draft choice for an enterprising NFL team that could afford to try to groom him. I know Alabama QB’s have a bad name since Bart Starr and Joe Namath, but Coker seems to have something intangible.

Before we get down to the games, a word about David Bowie. Music, for better or worse, has always been a part of Trash Talk at Emptywheel. If you like it, many thanks, if not apologies. But a part it has always been. Because Trash has mostly been one of my duties here, you all usually get stuck with some music I select. Sorry about that.

I have been around a while (read: way too long chronologically) and, truly, have a pretty diverse range of likes in music. There has been everything from Charlie Pride and John Cash to Jimmy Hendrix and Be Bop Deluxe. And everything in between, here in Trash Talk. They are not particularly random selections, it is all music I have known and loved throughout my life. It is a very mixed bag, but I hope you enjoy it all as much as I do.

So….with a heavy heart, a bit of homage to David (Jones) Bowie. I almost did a standalone post on Bowie’s death, but I was pretty tied up in court this week, not to mention a few other things that consumed attention. But the sudden awareness of the loss of Bowie did indeed have a profound effect on me. David Bowie was never the number one band in the moving target of my rock fandom, but he was never very far off either. He was that good, that long, and in ever changing ways that made Bowie both unique and remarkable. There will always be music, but there will never be another Bowie. RIP Ziggy and David.

First up on the docket is the Chefs at Patriots. Edelman is back and ready to go full out. What does that mean, and will his foot hold up? Nobody knows. That was the early concern. But now it the bigger concern is Gronk. No, not the knee that has bee jabbered about, but his back. Gronk missed practice Thursday to get “treatment” at a local Boston hospital. Best bet that was for a serious epidural. Ouch. If Edelman and Gronk both play the full game and play well, then I will take the Pats. If not, then the Chefs may cook them. Alex Smith is not sexy, but he is scary good and consistent. And Andy Reid, while not maybe a game clock genius, is one heck of a coach overall.

The late game today is here in the cactus patch. Packers at Cards. I’m sure some sport will be made of my dual loyalties. I am a Cheesehead from very early in my childhood. It started when I read a book about a former Bear Bryant player by the name of Bart Starr and, about the same time, Lombardi and Green Bay drafted and featured an electrifying ASU player by the name of Travis Williams. Arizona had no pro football then, and still didn’t for a long time after the Cardinals plopped their carpetbags down here. The Cardinals were unlovable losers until they drafted Jake Plummer, another ASU hero. Jake the Snake was also electrifying. But the Cards were still the loser Cards until Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald brought some real game. Both should be in the Hall of Fame, and both will be I hope. Now, under the guidance of Michael Bidwell, son of Bill Bidwell, and a quite decent chap I know from his days as an AUSA in the District of Arizona, the Cardinals are really embraced by the city of Phoenix and the state.

It took a very long time, but the Cards are really ours now, as Jerry Colangelo’s teams, the Suns and Diamondbacks were from the start. The Packers have won and been everything to pro football, from its inception. They are Titletown incarnate. But there is something special about the current Cards of Bruce Arians, Fitz, Carson Palmer, Honeybadger and all the rest. It is pretty contagious. I think Rodgers and the Pack are WAY different than they were a few weeks ago when Arizona rolled them. This will be a hell of a game, but Go Cards!

The early game on Sunday is Seattle at Carolina. The Panthers have been the darling of the 2015 season, and Cam Newton has been simply spectacular. Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and the Carolina defense are better than even advertised. But the Squawks simply scare the hell out of me far more than the Panthers. We shall see what the Mode does, but the Seattle beast seams to be coming alive at just the right time. I’ll take the Squawks.

Lastly, the Steelers are gassing in the altitude at Mile High. Big Ben has a wounded clock arm, and Antonio Brown is out with the concussion the Bengals thugs claim didn’t happen. Bottom line, never count out the Stillers if Roethlisberger is on the field. But it is hard to see how the Steelers pull this off with an O-line that allowed the damage to Big Ben it did against the Bengals. Not to mention, of course, that Antonio Brown and D’Angelo Williams are out. Is it possible the Stillers overcome “against all odds”? You bet. But that is not my bet. I am betting on one last epic Peyton versus Major Tom battle for the AFC crown. But that is just me, the games speak for themselves.

So, that’s it. Music, of course, by Bowie. Suffragette City is one of the great rockers of all time. The overlaid guitar work by Mick Ronson is simply spectacular. Here’s a bit of trivia: There is a line in Suffragette City “Hey man, droogie don’t crash here, There’s only room for one and here she comes, here she comes”. Droogie is an homage to famed Brit author Anthony Burgess and his classic work A Clockwork Orange. The original book actually has a glossary with definitions for the liberal slang used throughout the book, and “droogie” is one of the more frequent terms used. It made it into the later (and, sadly, more famous) movie as well, but it really comes out in the book. Second fun fact: As quintessential a Bowie rocker as Suffragette City is, Bowie offered it to Mott the Hoople, but they took All the Young Dudes instead, which gave Mott new and continued life and, arguably, created their brand with the public. Bowie did so much for so many musicians over the years, his greatness is in all of them in addition to his own catalogue of work.

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.
104 replies
  1. Bay State Librul says:

    The word of the day: Uncertainty
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    For you golfers, SI has a bogey five story on Kevin Na. I used to caddy, but my golf did suck


    It is raining/snowing here but should be gone by Tea Time

  2. Peterr says:

    Last night the NFL Network broadcast a recreated broadcast of Super Bowl I between the Cheeseheads of the NFL and Chefs of the AFL. Both NBC and CBS broadcast the game (each had a contract with one of the leagues), and after it was over, both networks cleaned the tapes of the game and reused them to film soap operas.
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    NFL films spent ages to find partial copies of game films, and put together every play of the game. The broadcast last night was not like watching the game today, with announcers giving the play-by-play. It had some of that, but most often it had a three-split screen, with the game in one screen, interesting facts in a second (tickets ran $6-12), and a studio shot in the third. The studio folks — including various former players and coaches — would at times give a commentary of the play of the game, and at other times talk about some other aspect of the game. All in all, an interesting show.
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    My favorite moment was when they introduced Len Dawson, who quipped “We’re here to talk about Super Bowl IV, right?”
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    For this weekend’s games, put me down for the Chefs, the Donks (too many important injured Stillers), the Panthers, and . . . I have the opposite problem that bmaz has in picking the last game. As a Bears fan, rooting for The Cheese does not come easily; as a long-ago fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, rooting for the Arizona Bidwells comes even less easily. Yes, it’s a different Bidwell, but he’s still a Bidwell, and as St. Louis learned again this week, just because a city loves a team doesn’t mean the team loves them. Keep that in mind, bmaz. Anyway, back to the last pick . . . the Bidwells. I won’t be cheering them on, but I think they’ll shred the Cheese.
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    May my late grandmother, a seasonticket holder for both the Big Red and later for the St. Louis Rams, forgive me.

    • bmaz says:

      Hey, listen, Bill Bidwell is/was a strange duck. He quietly, and I mean intentionally privately, did a ton for various charities here from the second the Cardinals arrived. In a commendable way. I have personally talked to some nuns that think the world of him, and for good reason. But during that time, the team still sucked, and Bidwell was still a miser and craptastic as a sports franchise owner. The first 20 yrs or so of the Cardinals in Arizona made the Donald Sterling and the Clippers show look well run.
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      But that worm has really turned. And, again, Michael is not his father (seriously, Michael is a quite decent chap),and these Cards are not his father’s Cards. It is different now. I wish I had better words to describe it, but it really is different.

  3. Jim White says:

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    I would pull for the Chefs anyway, but since they are playing the Evil Empire, I’m all in on that game. I’ll also pull for the Cheeseheads but won’t mind how that game comes out either way. Tomorrow, I also don’t mind much whether it’s the Squawks or Cams, but will probably pull a bit for Newton. Of course, I have to also root against the serial rapist and for Ole Noodlearm.

    • Bay State Librul says:

      Trademark infringement, 15 yard penalty, according to the Judges

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      According to Yahoo Sports, “The “Evil Empire” phrase has long been associated with the New York Yankees. In fact, it was Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino who coined it back in 2002 after New York signed Jose Contreras out from underneath them. It wasn’t meant to be flattering, but it stuck, and in recent seasons we’ve even witnessed the Yankees beginning to embrace it by playing the Imperial March during home games.
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      Here’s what the judges had to say:

      The panel of judges sided with the Yankees, ruling that the Yankees are strongly associated with the phrase. Allowing anyone else to use the phrase exclusively would likely cause confusion, ruled the judge

        • Bay State Librul says:

          Good point.

          The lawyers will argue on a very narrow interpretation of evil empire — to wit, according to
          NPR, “Although President Ronald Reagan did not actually use the phrase “evil empire” in this June 8, 1982 speech, he described the collapse of global communism as inevitable.”

          They could use “Cheatin Pats”, I guess — see Scribe for his take?

            • Bay State Librul says:

              Yes and where is Scribe, hiding out near Pittsburg?

              My exact sentiments from Boston Barstool

              I’ve pretty much dedicated my entire life to fighting Deflategate. To Defending the Wall. My entire identity is now defined by Patriot football. So it’s safe to say the next month will be the most important month of my life. This isn’t just about a couple games. This isn’t just about winning our 5th Super Bowl. This is about vindication. This is about right and wrong and freedom and justice. This is about Roger Goodell having to hand us the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 7th in Santa Clara. There is literally nothing I’ve ever wanted more in my life than that singular moment. The moment when Goodell has to stand on the podium and get booed out of the Stadium by Pats fans and emasculated by TB12 and bow to the king. I need it more than I need air to breath. HERE WE GO!”


              Btw, Boston Barstool’s Website was just purchased for $10-15 Million (No Portnoy’s Complaint)

              • Peterr says:

                Dude. You need to get out more. Seriously.
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                Take a hike in a park, go for a boat ride, go for a long walk on the beach, FOIA the NSA, join someone’s NH presidential campaign crew, something.
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                Roger gets paid tens of millions of dollars to take all those boos, so the owners don’t have to, and he’ll gladly take them all, all the way to the bank.

                • Bay State Librul says:

                  I know. I’ve been mentally deranged for about seven months.
                  I run three miles a day, meditate, attend a Trappist monastery in Spencer, Ma, play poker,
                  Play fantasy football, baseball and hockey, and gamble, and read Thomas Merton.
                  Nothing helps, although a win against KC would ease the pain.

              • scribe says:

                If I told you where I’d been then you’d have a pretty good idea where I am.
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                In the early going, Biebs seeming to find lotsa holes in the Chefs’ D, and Gronk and Edelman catching balls and running.
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                My picks: Cheaters, Redbirds, Carolina and, ugh, Broncos. Brian Billick’s “Big Ben the Biggest ‘drama queen’ in the league” comment to the contrary notwithstanding, after the intentional injuries Cincinnati delivered last week, I don’t think the Stillers have the personnel to win. The filthy play of Burfict and PacMan Jones – playing not just with intent to injure, but actually causing injury – should get them banned from the League and get Marvin Lewis fired. As it is, they’ll need a police escort and some BatShields to protect against the rocks and bottles they’re likely to see, when they come to Pittsburgh next year. Assuming they’re still in the league.
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                For those saying “James Harrison” in response to those Bungholes and their unsportsmanlike play last week, do keep in mind that he has not been fined for a goddamn thing all year and, IIRC, not last year either. He adapted to the new rules. Burfict and PacMan didn’t give a shit about rules. Almost like they knew they were going to lose and figured they’d get their shots in regardless.
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                More trash later.
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                TD: Biebs to Gronk. That haze in Foxboro is not [synthetic] pot smoke, regardless of Chandler Jones’ fondest dreams.

  4. emptywheel says:

    Who I think will win: Chiefs, Cards, Squawks (in part bc Tillman is out), and Donkos.

    Obviously, I’d like to flip the AFC games and prolly would like to see Carolina win, but injuries being what they are …

  5. orionATL says:

    i am for the packers.

    i never learned how to read so i dont have to worry about balancing lots of info in my head.

    life is a crap shoot.

    the stock market is a crap shoot.

    pro football is a crap shoot (“on any given day….)

    fuck those facts.

    at the very bottom it’s a team sport built on emotion. whichever team got the best emots wins :))
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/sports/olympics/us-defeats-russia-in-shootout.html?_r=0
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Ice

    • bmaz says:

      “I never learned how to read” says the attorney who has been reading and commenting here since The Next Hurrah. Uh huh.

      • orionATL says:

        watch who you’re calling an attorney, bud.

        if i was an attorney not only would i have been docked and defrocked, but i’d have been writing comments from some jail cell.

  6. rosalind says:

    let’s see…
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    L.A. Rams & the to be named at a later date but for now still the “Chargers”
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    San Diego Raiders
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    busy week in “L.A. finally gets pro football again but won’t know what to do with it once it’s here.”
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    oh yeah. “Team Inglewood!” and Chefs/Cards/SEA/Mile High

    • Peterr says:

      What LA got was a combination of NFL media center and cathedral. The fact that there may be a football team or two inside is secondary.
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      And Kroenke got the pleasure of having all the owners bow down and worship his wisdom and vision, and thank him for it.

      • rosalind says:

        ayup. “Raj Mahal” is already taken (one of the nicknames for the new L.A. Cathedral spearheaded by the scandal-ridden formal Cardinal Roger Mahony) but I’m sure we can come up with something good for the other scandal-ridden Roger’s new Cathedral.

    • P J Evans says:

      The NFL apparently hasn’t learned from previous experience here. It isn’t going to be better this time, either.

  7. rosalind says:

    and my personal favorite David Bowie moment: sitting down close watching his amazing set at the 1996 Bridge School Benefit show. He was so loose and relaxed and lovin’ the setting. thanks to Pegi & Neil for including my favorite song of the night on the Bridge School Film release:
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  8. bloopie2 says:

    (No intention to detract from your great musical choice, but I’m going to toss this one in anyway.) I assume you’ve used it before, but Dobie Gray’s “In Crowd” came to mind yesterday: “Gotta have fun, spending cash, talking trash”. Since this is Trash Talk, does that mean we are the In Crowd? Hmm.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOWO–z1S8A
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    And of course there’s the sweet instrumental version by Ramsey Lewis.
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  9. Petrocelli says:

    Pats
    Cheezers
    Panthers
    Donkos

    Predicting a CheatHawks loss has nothing to do with me being a suffering 9ers fan…

    I want Bieber to win it all, and present Goodell with a deflated Football on the Podium

  10. JohnT says:

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    Take it with a grain of salt, but…
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    Cards
    Panthers
    Donks
    My head says Pats. My heart says Chefs. Magic eight ball says … Pats

  11. bloopie2 says:

    This AFC resident is sick and fucking tired of the goddamn fucking Patriots winning over and over again. Fuck you, go to hell, you assholes.

    • bloopie2 says:

      A bit hyperbolic there. Perhaps instead it’s appropriate to wish New England fifteen years of a shit football team after Brady retires. See how the other half lives.

      • bmaz says:

        Brady will never retire. He is going to kick the shit out of Roger Goodell so bad that Brady ends up commissioner of the NFL.

        • emptywheel says:

          BillBel needs to do some real workouts in the offseason or his ticker will give out and Brady’s not going to work for most other coaches (well, maybe McDaniels).

  12. scribe says:

    Yet another instance of Andy Reid’s crappy clock management killing his team. Just like when his Iggles lost to the Patsies in the Super Bowl after he pissed away a chance to win and the last 5 minutes of the game.

    • Peterr says:

      I missed the game because of work, but that was definitely the impression of the local sports radio callers after the game was over.

  13. scribe says:

    The CBS talking heads exclaim “How do they DO it?” as the ball ricochets into Edelman’s hands for a completion and first down.
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    Dummies. It’s Satan. This is what it looks like when someone sold their soul to Satan. The implausible, the impossible, and the improbable happen, and always fall the way of the guy who sold his soul.
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    Half of King Roger the Clown’s heartburn pair of AFC teams now in place. If (big IF) the Stillers win, that means the AFC representative in Super Bowl L will be a team that historically has given King Roger fits. Serves his pompous ass right.

    • emptywheel says:

      To be fair, when Coughlin was on the other sideline that kind of Satan’s luck went their way.

      Glad he’s gone.

      • scribe says:

        To be fair, when Coughlin was on the other sideline that kind of Satan’s luck went their way.

        Glad he’s gone.

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        While God is too pure to behold iniquity*, Satan respects no such rule. The Lord of Darkness is much like the Catholic Church in this regard: he plays a looong game and does things that might not immediately appear to benefit him but, in the long run always do. Satan picks and chooses favorites among those who sold their souls – no sense in making it easy for them – and dangles success just out of reach. Builds loyalty and fealty for use in future millennia. Also how he gets the hangers-on and such of those who’ve already sold out, to throw in on The Dark Side. Just remember all the teeth-gnashing and garment-rending in NE’s fandom when the G-men pulled off those impossible, implausible, improbable wins. D’ya think maybe, just maybe, after the G-men won, there were a few more Patsies fans than normal who went in for selling their souls to get that next Super Bowl, after the G-Men thwarted Cheatin’ Bill and his Cheating Cheaters? I do.
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        See? He increased the harvest and further swelled the number of the Damned just by picking one soul-seller over another for one simple pass reception. I mean, someone had to win and someone lose in those games, so why not manipulate a little just to up the harvest. The Horned guy’s got quotas to meet, too and he’s going to do what he has to do to make them.


        * Habbakuk 1:13

        • Bay State Librul says:

          Habbakuk be damned, you’ve been tipping some dark and stormy rum, Matey.
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          I was born in Salem MA, and my father lived in “Gallows Hill” This ain’t the doings of the “the Devil’s magic.” It’s Brady karma fighting Goodall’s witch hunt.
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  14. orionATL says:

    the patriots are a very good team, a complete team. end of analysis.

    anybody got a thought why smith kept throwing a bit too high all day on his longer passes ?

  15. phred says:

    Did I miss anything???
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    Sorry I’m late. So lets see, I picked the Chefs, the Cheesers, the Cams, and the Peytons.
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    Aside from my familial connection to the Chefs, I find myself unable to cheer for Trump’s QB, blech. Clearly, he didn’t need my support ; )
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    Nice tribute to Bowie, bmaz. While we’re at it, I’d like to add a fond farewell to Alan Rickman, one of my all time favorite actors (said by a person who hasn’t watch the Potter movies, go figure ; ) We lost them both much too young…

  16. sluggahjells says:

    Coker to Harbaugh

    LMAO, sigh. Otherwise, not bad, not bad at all. But you had to just make that one mulligan.

    • bmaz says:

      Oh, I did not equate them. Based on their respective performances in their bowl games, Coker is far superior. Harbaugh was horrible in the Rose Bowl, and his team got their asses kicked. Coker was superb, and his team won. So, you are right, I should not have intimated they were close to equal.

      • sluggahjells says:

        Harbaugh was just, you know, among the elite QBs in the nation, finished third in the Heisman vote that season and was a first round pick……Coker is not (and will not be) any of those things, but okay, you do you and see some little similarities and all, lol.

        • bmaz says:

          All I remember is seeing Harbaugh devastated and whining like a baby interception after interception after interception in the Rose Bowl. And I had a pretty damn good view of it from my seats on the 40 yard line. Were you even born yet??
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          I specifically commented that Coker showed a lot under pressure of a big game. Oh, and he didn’t whine like like that fat ass khaki prick Harbaugh. Elite QB? Heh, sure, against the lame Big-10, maybe. Until he ran into a Pac-10 team and got outplayed in every facet of the game by Jeff Van Raaphorst. It was simply delicious, and the full jerk of Harbaugh was on display. Came in all entitled, left with his ass kicked.

          • scribe says:

            Jeff Van Who?
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            In other news, there’s an asswhipping going on in Carolina. The ratings-activated siren built into the throne of King Roger the Clown is going nuts. Everyone is stepping away from the tube on an otherwise-lovely Sunday afternoon and taking care of business before the real game, later. I would expect something ref-wise to take place early in half #2 of the Carolina game so Seattle can make it interesting.

            • bmaz says:

              Total asswhipping. Unless Frank Reich is walking through that door, looks bleak for the Squawks. Though, to be fair, the Cheese looked like they had the Squawks last year, but it wasn’t this bad.

          • sluggahjells says:

            “I specifically commented that Coker showed a lot under pressure of a big game. Oh, and he didn’t whine like like that fat ass khaki prick Harbaugh. Elite QB? Heh, sure, against the lame Big-10, maybe. Until he ran into a Pac-10 team and got outplayed in every facet of the game by Jeff Van Raaphorst. It was simply delicious, and the full jerk of Harbaugh was on display. Came in all entitled, left with his ass kicked.”

            Don’t get blocked for a week now by Marcy with all that UM hard smack talk now.

            • bmaz says:

              Pretty sure my Pac-10.X disdain for the Big 10 has been well known for a decade or more. Heck, I didn’t even get banned after the Appalachian State debacle. And I probably should have….

  17. orionATL says:

    larry fitzgerald – what a great player. twelve years in the league. twelve years getting beat up every game. twelve years – and he still plays with fire.

  18. bmaz says:

    Stunning. But there is not a better guy for the moment than Larry Fitz.
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    What a game. And the Pack too. Shame one of those teams had to lose. Just wow.

    • emptywheel says:

      I confess that not even the signs of heroics from my beloved Spidey Fitz helped me stay up past that horrible pick Carson threw. So I missed all of Spidey’s late game heroics.

      But I’m glad to hear of them.

      • scribe says:

        I, too, missed the end of the game and only caught the heroics on the morning news. I would have marginally preferred the Pack (I just don’t like the Cards for some reason) but picked the Cards b/c I thought they had the better chance. Still, if there’s a guy you want to see win that game, it’s Spidey.
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        Spidey running his brains out the way he did.
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        Malcom Butler bawling his eyes out after making that INT and realizing he just won the Super Bowl for his team.
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        James Harrison, he of disposing of his sons’ participation trophies because they teach the wrong thing, making an INT and running it back the length of the field as time runs out, ultimately the winning score of the Super Bowl. And going straight to the workout room when the flight back home got back to Pittsburgh.
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        Character, desire, devotion and skill – stuff like that is why we watch football.

  19. Bitter Angry Drunk says:

    As a Minnesotan and a Vikings fan, the Packers lost and that’s not even what I’m geeked about. It’s a shame the Vikes couldn’t/didn’t find a way to pry Fitz (a Minny native if you didn’t know) from the post-Warner/pre-Arians Cardinals. After watching Blair Walsh give away the game last week and watching Palmer try to give it away tonight, it was so awesome to see someone thrive in the moment. Not surprising for Larry of course, but for all the great wide-outs in the league (Brown, Jones, OBJ), it’s not often you see a WR simply take over a game. But that’s what happened tonight. No one I want to see get a ring more than Larry By Gawd Fitzgerald.

    P.S. — Janis so did NOT catch that ball.

    • ex-PFC Chuck says:

      I don’t think you can lay the Vikings’ loss entirely on Walsh; he had an accomplice. While the vast majority of Vikings’ fans were face-palming immediately after the kick, I closely watched the slomo replay. The holder (Locke?) bobbled the snap and was late getting it on the ground. When Walsh’s foot hit the ball it was leaning 30 or more degrees to the left.

  20. felonious says:

    Bmaz, the Bowie woke me up better than the better than average coffee I am presently imbibing. For all the concerned analysis prior to the contest, the Patriots went out and laid another clinic on their opponent and with a cast of no names seem poised for another big game shot. Why Smith and Reed were content to fritter away the clock on their excruciating last scoring drive is subject for another day but up here in Cabot country we’re prepared to sweat out another championship game. Ashes to ashes, funk……….

  21. orionATL says:

    i’m happy.

    i saw two fine games, the last an adrenalin-rousing race to the wire.

    and i just too old now to be a one-team man :)

  22. bmaz says:

    Mile High looks cold, but surprisingly clean as a playing surface. That is probably good for Manning. He only has so much mobility, but it does not look like it will be made even worse by field conditions.
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    Steelers going with only Big Ben and Landry Jones on the active roster, even though they were expected to put Mike Vick on the roster as an insurance policy. Pittsburgh must feel good about Big Ben’s chances for not just playing, but finishing, the game. Kind of interesting.

  23. scribe says:

    And now the Battle of the Noodlearms.
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    One thing which has been overlooked in almost all the commentary I’ve seen is the exceptional performance of Steelers OL Villanueva. That’s Captain Villanueva to you, soldier. He’s a West Pointer, an Army Captain, won the Bronze Star in A’stan leading infantry, and has been the left side of the Stillers O-line, covering Ben’s blindside, since he broke into the lineup earlier this season. Started off as a rugger, BTW, EW. He’s got a big job ahead of him but he’s surely up to the task. And he’s actually bigger than Gronk.
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    I look for a lot of 3-yards-and-a-cloud of dust from the Steelers with a good bit of dip-and-dunk short passing. I don’t believe Ben’s up to airing it out more than once or twice so he’ll save that for special opportunities. The 2 backup RBs last week, 33 and 30 (I don’t even know their names….) played well. 30, one Steeler fan site said “played with exuberance like a kid who’d been told for months he’d be getting only coal in his stocking, waking up on Christmas and finding toys instead.” The backup WRs and TEs will play a huge role.
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    The thing about this Steeler team is they are evincing the one thing coaches strive for – they believe in themselves. And adversity is revealing their character, in spades.
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    As to those guys in Orange – who cares.

      • bmaz says:

        Yep. But you have to admit, there is something so right about Manning versus Brady for one last AFC Championship.

        • CTuttle says:

          It is very fitting that the AFC is another Bieber-Manning matchup, which once again has me pitted against my Patsy, born-and-bred, Better Half…!

          That GB/Card game had to be one for the ages, bmaz, I’m now rooting for Carson over Cam next weekend…!

          • bmaz says:

            I’d sure rather be playing it in the Big Toaster, but yeah. They have been the two best teams all year long in the NFC, and Carolina earned the home field fair and square. Am expecting to see the first half Panthers of today rather than the second half Panthers of today. It is a tall order. But these Cards are not the Cards of yesteryear. Carolina is a clear favorite, but we shall see.

  24. bmaz says:

    Nice touch by Noodlearm to give the final ball to Demaryious Thomas for his mother, who was seeing him play for the first time. Steelers were so tough, even with no Antonio Brown and a clearly hurt Big Ben. Total pros.

      • bmaz says:

        Well, you know, also, Arians, Palmer and Fitz are just chopped liver to such an extent we might as well just hand the trophy to Newton. I agree the Panthers look pretty good and are legit, but there are a couple of decent teams between Carolina and the championship yet.

  25. CTuttle says:

    I’m totally stoked that my Donkos won a clean, hard-fought game…! There were only2 three or four flags thrown, and Big Ben and the Stillers really gave it their all…! Only one turnover the entire game, but way too many dropped passes by the Donkos receivers…!

    Rodger’s ‘Hail Mary’ is on a par with Doug Flutie’s BC/MIA toss…! What a bunch of spectacular games this weekend…! ;-)

  26. scribe says:

    So it goes. We’re on to hockey, then baseball. While breaking King Roger the Clown’s balls any time the opportunity presents.

  27. scribe says:

    Tough counts for nothing when you’re at home watching the playoffs on TV.
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    Fuck Burfict. Fuck PacMan Jones. Fuck the Bungles. Fuck Marvin Lewis.

  28. orionATL says:

    the panthers were my team in this game.

    the panthers second half was unimpressive. coaching adjustments – defensive or offensive- at halftime are a major difference between good and great teams. seattle adjusted its defense to the previously successful panther offense.

    second half offense for panthers did not adjust. two more minutes in the game and the headlines might have read “meltdown”. i hope ron rivera and offensive staff are discussing that this am.

  29. quebecois says:

    Hey bmaz, in 84, I went to see Laurie Anderson’s show at the spectrum in Montreal. I was alone, my friends didn’t share my enthusiasm for her. Sat down at a table, four seats were reserved besides me. The show starts, Madame Anderson was out of this world, Michel Lemieux had concocted that delirious stage and light show. While the second song was being delivered, I feel the seat beside me filling up, never looked, was totally drawn in by the stage. Standing O, I feel someone leaning into my shoulder and hear “Wow.” instantly I placed the voice, turned around, Mister Bowie was looking at me with a boyish grin, knowing that he was blowing my mind. I started laughing, shook his hand, he asked me my name, he repeated it perfectly(that never happens with anglophones). Laurie was introducing Adrian Belew at that point, and I looked at David who was talking to his neighbour, and i shussed him with a smile. He liked that. As the show was going on, he’d elbow me when the lyrics or visuals were something else. By the end of the first set, we knocked our elbows together a few times, the guy was moved where I was moved. We talked a lot during intermission. When the show stared up again, Belew announced he was going to support Bowie in his next tour, and that he was in the room. They put a follow on David, and as he got up, he grabbed my elbow and lifted me up too. The guy was laughing his head off as I was freaking out about being in the spotlight. Rest of the show was more of the same, us being blown away by Laurie, banging elbows and saying twisted things that made us laugh. During the whole time, Bowie was taking notes. As the show ended, as I had to go work, I couldn’t join them to go see Madame Anderson, they invited me to Le Studio in Morin-Heights where he was recording an album, I also had to decline that. We shook hands, hugged, I left with a smile…

    • bmaz says:

      Holy jesus. Wow. That is killer. I wish I knew how to thank you properly for sharing that story.
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      Seriously, one of the most awesome things ever on this blog.

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