There Is Going To Be A Game Tonight

Some former New England Patriot QB is going back to Foxbvorough. No, it is not Jacoby Brissett. It’s the other guy.

Gronk is out with fractured ribs, which really sucks. But Antonio Brown is back from Covid, the Bucs are not without weapons on offense.

The football talkers are all gabbing about hoe Bill Bel will know how to defend Brady. And that may be true. But having had the opportunity to watch Bruce Arians a few years, he can game plan on offense pretty well too.

It will be interesting to watch.

The Cinci Bearcats took out the Domers, UK beat Florida and ASU trashed UCLA.

Weird week, and have at anything and everything.

59 replies
  1. Norskeflamethrower says:

    “There Is Going To Be A Game Tonight”

    Does anyone really care??!!! OMG, being a white American male can be embarrassing especially on Sundays.

    • bmaz says:

      Eh, games are good!

      And, while I don’t think they will win, Eureka’s Iggles are playing Mahomes and the Chefs really well.

      • Peterr says:

        The Iggles learned that trading FGs for TDs is not a good strategy.

        But both teams really scouted the other well, especially how their offense could exploit the other’s defense.

        Favorite play: Travis Kelce pretending to be confused as a decoy to draw the defense’s attention, setting up Mahomes to throw a shovel pass for a touchdown.

      • Eureka says:

        Three TDs called back, two on some plain bullshit. Chefs — Mahomey — are tough enough without the refs, too (I mean there’s plenty that’s on the Iggles but as has been noted no one is scared of our neophyte coaches — which adds to the, uh, imbalanced “officiating”. See also: “storylines”.). Big Red got his 100th win with a second team, only coach to do so IRCC. Got his cheesesteaks, too (and then some), he reported.

        I don’t think there were any punts the whole game.

        But the defense, man — have to worry about things we never had to worry about in recent years like getting run-gashed, 3rd down, red zone: stops they used to excel in. [I can’t figure out this Gannon guy, it’s like much of the worst of Schwartz — but not all, not getting blown over the top (knock on Sherwood Forest) — without the best of Schwartz.] That’s the part I’m most worried about them getting sorted out … and the downstream panic effects on the young offense. #rebuild life is rough

        ETA, now that I see you, Peterr: that inverse is the Iggles’ problem: their defense really did not exploit KC’s issues (the recent ones, anyway, until they got right) — if they were run-stoppers like days of old, Mahomes might have had some of those reckless recent passes they could have (__maybe__) done something about.

  2. rosalind says:

    and a few baseball games of note. best chaos scenario, via Molly Knight:

    Maximum MLB chaos cheat sheet:
    Yankees lose
    Red Sox lose
    Blue Jays win
    Mariners win
    Giants lose
    Dodgers win

  3. BobCon says:

    Glad to see Urban Meyer taking a break from the grind of coaching to experience another kind of grind.

  4. Savage Librarian says:

    Sports is way out of my league, but trash talk is something I can sink my teeth into. And that massive pigeon hawk sitting on the wires above my driveway this morning sure looked like she wanted to sink her beak into something, too. BBC (Baby Black Cat, though now an old man) stared at her, but he didn’t look like a match for whatever she had in mind. That sighting was a first for me, despite the menagerie of urban wildlife that visits regularly.

    It brought to mind the terrible tumble I took in the driveway a couple of months ago. I thought I broke my knee and toe. As I lay there stunned, I wondered if anyone on my well traveled street would notice. I certainly didn’t want any stray critters to take an interest. And I definitely did not want to have to go to a Covid infested hospital.

    Then I thought about Jack Kerouac’s “The Scripture of the Golden Eternity” where he talks about the “everlasting so” and “oneness with the universe of energy and form.” I breathed deeply a few times and gathered the wherewithal to sit up and then stand.

    Hobbling into the house, I saw a big lump on my knee (a hematoma?) and numerous abrasions equitably distributed on my appendages, but my head was lucky to have missed any damage. I bathed and went to bed early. When I awoke the following morning, blood had seeped through 3 layers of bandages and stained the sheets, but the lump was gone.

    The stigmata on both hands were still there, though. But it was Sunday. I thought maybe if I saw someone ambling down the street I could hold my hands up and say, “everlasting so” in honor of Kerouac. After almost 3 weeks, the large wound on my knee was finally almost closed. It seems that changing the bandage every day had helped. But it will probably be a few months before the scarring fades. I am certainly now better able to empathize more with folks who have had sports injuries.

    And, with respect to political injuries, I recommend Season 4 of Goliath (Billy Bob Thornton) for anyone who may be looking for lots of potty talk and a schadenfreude catharsis relative to Big Pharma (here’s looking at you Sinema and Manchin.)

    • Norskeflamthrower says:

      I don’t know where you live but the Merlin hawk (Pigeon hawk) has been replacing the Red-tailed hawk (Chicken hawk) around here for a long time…I just didn’t notice.

      As for injuries, if you want to bruise your sense of decency and self-respect go watch 30 seconds of the Viking/Browns game.

    • Leoghann says:

      I failed to comment when I first read this, but Saturday evening, as the sun set over the mountain, there was a pigeon hawk sitting on the wires across the side street. Around here, the red-tails are quite common; that big pigeon hawk was an unusual sight. I’m assuming it was there to peruse the rodent population that comes out in the early evening.

      • Joseph Andrews says:

        What is the evidence for your supposition that you ‘don’t think the Stillers were offside on that FG attempt’?

      • scribe says:

        They were not offside. The ball was moving and all their players, not just Haden, were moving at the same time.

        In other words, another iteration of shitty NFL officiating. Our turn to get hosed, like always.

        If you listened to Romo and friend and their officiating expert, not a one of them rose to defend the call. They all but came out and said the call was wrong but, hey, their kids need braces or something.

        I’m switching over to ESPN for Baseball Tonight. Fuck the NFL.

      • BobCon says:

        To be fair, at least half of the teams in the NFL would have ruined Mahomes.

        I’m pretty much convinced four out five teams never would have given Brady a chance even after a successful stint filling in for an injured starter.

        “We’re appreciative for Tom stepping in at a difficult time, but Jay Fiedler is our starter and we don’t see any reason to change….”

        • Peterr says:

          But to be fair, the Bears would have ruined him more than those other teams.

          Bears and QBs do not mix well. The attitude for generations (maybe since Sid Luckman) has been “Sure, you’ve got to have one, but we’ll take a great LB over a QB any day of the week and twice on Sundays.”

          • BobCon says:

            I think an interesting thought experiment is which teams would have not ruined him, but still failed to have done anything despite having him.

            i could easily see a parallel universe version of the Lions with Brady as QB replicating Matt Stafford and going 140-180 over 20 years with 80,000 yards passing, 3 playoff appearances and no wins

  5. Jharp says:

    Jacoby Brissett is my favorite NFL player.

    I really enjoyed him leading the Colts. Cool and calm and kept his mouth shut and did his job.

    And I think had he been a white guy he’d still be quarterbacking the Colts.

  6. Eureka says:

    What amazes me about Murray is how *fast* he looks on the run and how the defenders seems like deer in headlights.

    IDK the comps on real speeds // yardage gained and all that but other running QBs look so lumbery or slow in comparison (excepting Jackson, and I know Russ gets his yards, but Kyler has this sped-up video game look to him).

    • bmaz says:

      Murray has that ultra quick twitch thing going. Wilson has managed to stay alive, and I so hope Murray does too.

  7. Eureka says:

    Bucky Fucking Dent! Bowl incoming? The prospect might be more exciting than the Foxboro/ugh reunion. Nostalgia being the regret of what MLB has destroyed…

  8. Eureka says:

    Welp was gonna note that the perfect NE football weatha might give the Pats an edge but no dice.

    Oh. Call just overturned, Pats got it back. ?!?

    [^^ well, several minutes ago by now…]

    Anyway, don’t get how anyone could call this game a referendum on Brady vs. BillBel (unless somehow Pats pull out a win, and even then) when the teams are so unevenly matched at this point. To be fair it seems that type of talk has tamped.

    • Eureka says:

      Pats are doing alright with what must be an unfathomable weight on Jones, too. [If you could send your D-scheming down I-95 I’d love it, thanx.] The ‘GOAT come home’ is a lot.

      Nelly got that flag and I see the Green Goblin making some plays, too.

      • Bay State Librul says:

        They say that the Pats loss was a “moral victory”
        I think I’ve lost my ju ju’s .
        I can’t stand to look at Billy and now his son Steve.
        Corporate Kraft fucked around with Brady and as usual Brady came around with a big W.
        Rain and Gronk played a major role in the outcome.
        Belichick said it was a slam dunk going for the field goal since they were 2-9 in third down situations.
        A fucking 56 yard field goal attempt was a long shot.
        Conclusion: Brady has always had a shamrock up his arse and I miss him.

        • Epicurus says:

          I thought the success of Brady, Kraft, and Belichick was synergistic. Each sublimated his considerable talents for the good of the team and gained fame and fortune for himself, the others, and the team through that process.

          The Garappolo situation changed all that with each deciding to impose his own personal desires foremost. Given their egos I was surprised it lasted as long as it did.

          The great question after the break-up was whether the other parties could attain synergism without the others. Brady did, at least for one year, in the Tampa situation: Belichick and Kraft did not with Cam Newton and have not so far with all of this year’s draftees and free agent signings.

          Part of Belichick’s considerable talent has been his ability to coach other coaches who in turn coach players to be player-coaches. It is the basic reason they have been so good for so long in situational football. Two significant, hidden problems have been the loss of long-term coaches/assistants in the past few years to other teams or to retirement and who has replaced them. Flores, Scarnecchia, Judge, and Caserio are examples. It is extremely difficult to have to continue to replace excellent middle and upper level management people in any organization and maintain success. (I don’t think they have ever really replaced Scarnecchia and their O-Line suffers as a result.) Belichick’s hiring of his sons was nepotistic at its core as there would have been other, more talented individuals willing to coach for Belichick but he chose family over team. If Josh McDaniels goes who knows how Jones will fare.

          Good luck to the Patriots. I saw their games at Nickerson Field. But all good things come to an end, if not full circle.

          • bmaz says:

            None of it is easy. Bill Bel and the Pats deserve all the credit. Mac Jones looks like he may be really good long term. Brady and the Bucs barely eked out a win, and they do not look on their game yet. Was a pretty weird game. Pats may have lost, but still looked promising.

            • Badger Robert says:

              How did Brady look? In the highlights I saw, he looks OK. But Gronkowski looked significantly slower in previous games. It may take him awhile to heal those ribs.

              • Epicurus says:

                From Peter King’s column FMIA: ““What we did this week was look at games throughout the last 10 years of opposing elite-level quarterbacks,” Gabbert told me. “We looked at how Belichick played Denver and Peyton [Manning] back in 2013. We found this defense against the Vikings in 2018, sort of like a walk-around, a lot of DBs on the field. We picked games and tried to get as much knowledge as we could of what we could potentially see. It was fun. It was great. At least we felt prepared.”

                Gabbert, like Christensen, clapped back at my take that completing 52 percent with no TDs was an issue for Brady on this night. “He’s the best ever at mitigating risk in playing the quarterback position,” Gabbert said. “What he did tonight I thought was surgical. He knew where his issues could potentially be, he knew where to attack and when to attack, and there was a couple of big plays that got called back.”

        • Eureka says:

          OK It just broke my heart that you got but a kiss of the Shamrock shake…

          Right, also Gronk.

          [Last I saw they were not putting him on IR, leaving him available to roll in to the defenseless So. Phil. stadium in two weeks. Worry not, TB-squared fans, they, too, can have a ‘get right’ on us. (Preseason, this was my hunch ‘Eagles upset’ game. Before I saw how bad the new DC was. Speaking of tears of regret.)]

          The wealthy and powerful want to keep all that stuff concentrated in-house these days, to hell with sport. Kraft pal, longtime NE-fan, and Eagles owner Lurie has his son in some unspecified yet sprawling roles related to analytics and he was in on interviewing the coaching hires. YAY!

  9. Pete T says:

    Belated post.

    The Dolphins suck.



    But the Pack might be back and @bmaz might be looking at dusting off his in-storage cheese head.

  10. Eureka says:

    “”I’m not going to be Ben Simmons, I’m gonna get me this basket.” – Gator wrangler [FL via North Philly Man] Eugene Bozzi tells @CBS3Mornings [links to vid]”
    6:59 AM · Oct 4, 2021

    Even between Candace Buckner’s WaPo column ~ last week and this guy, I don’t think Simmons (his ilk) and his “clutch” representation are capable of feeling those quaint social-leveling emotions.

  11. Leoghann says:

    I suppose it’s because of my Baytown family roots, but in professional sports I follow all things Houston. Except for the Texans. As far as I’m concerned, Houston hasn’t had a pro football team since Bum Phillips left. It was fun to watch JJ Watt, but he would be amazing anywhere. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle called the Texans’ performance against the Bills “an embarrassment for the ages.”

  12. Eureka says:

    Sure, it’s still a game but per rules of omen the Bronx Bombers are (gonna be) out. Two Fridays ago people were yelling all “Bucky Dent” (prematurely) when Stanton beat the Green Monster. Then his first at-bat tonight he, announcers (prematurely) luxuriate thinking the same. Nope, nope.

    • scribe says:

      Give the broadcaster, Sterling, a break – he’s calling the game off a TV monitor. That’s corona’s fault. Watching at home I thought that ball was long gone, too, until it skimmed the wall on the way down.

      Still, FYS. They played to the back of their baseball card and that translates to “time to go back to the farm for the winter. Your season’s over.”

      • Eureka says:

        Couldn’t you feel those boos in your bones when they announced the visiting lineup (“Thanks for the many generations’ worth of memories”)? [You’re welcome, they are glorious.]

        The in-market team here managed to roster each MVP and Cy Young contenders and yet the farm might be fallow for seasons come.

        • scribe says:

          Sterling is like 82 years old and he’s been broadcasting the Yankees since the early 90s. Before that a lot of other sportscasting elsewhere.
          Waldman is probably pushing 80. She started off on Broadway back in the 60s. (Has a nice singing voice, too.)

          So, cut them a break.

          • Eureka says:

            I can’t tell if we’re having a misunderstanding here because of your second request to give them a break. So I’ll clarify my end.

            My reply had nothing to do with the call, but instead a different aspect of the game indexing the rivalry — and in any case my first comment wasn’t even a criticism (see “omen”), requiring a break.

            The comment on feeling the boos was from the POV of an unwelcome guest to Fenway, a Yankees fan. Thought you could relate. [Adding: Fenway was the first place I was trash-talked as a youth, “threatened”/ heckled for wearing a Yankees shirt.]

            [And back to origo, was the ball in or out: barring an excellent trajectory view, I trust nothing’s gone over that wall until I never see it again. That extra beat, however many milliseconds, is also an in-game tactical snafu waiting to happen on any day.]

            Speaking of reminiscence, what a memory tickle from bmaz’ re-tweet last night about the guy who “discovered Fernando” no last name required: Valenzuela!

            (A video from his complete game 4 @ 1981 WS, where the Dodgers went on to win the title over the started-3-0 Yanks, was one of the first results to pop up searching his name.)

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