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Seahawks are NFL Champions...and Peyton Manning isn't
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL super bowl Peyton Manning

This was the most remarkable Super Bowl in my recent memory.  I mean, I feel like this should’ve been the score when the 16-0 Patriots faced off against the 9-7 Giants.  The first time the Patriots reached the Super Bowl in 1986, they scored the first 3 points of the game and the Bears just took control from there.  Super Bowl XXIV is not as close to my heart, but clearly a more dominant performance.  55-10 hurts.  The only thing that hurts more than losing the Super Bowl is showing up twice on the wrong end of the largest margin of victory list.  The Broncos lost that game 55-10, with another HOF quarterback in John Elway.

Did anyone have the game’s first points being scored on a safety on the first play of the game?  I know I was picking the Seahawks last week - I wouldn't have dared pick them this big.

You play 16 weeks to reach the playoffs.  You play 2 maybe 3 playoff games to reach the Super Bowl.  You wait 2 weeks for the game between the hype.  The build up.  And then, you get the Seahawks owning the Broncos like a JuCo team.  Russell Wilson is a class act, and there’s no reason in the world it shouldn’t be you.

I do the Seahawks a disservice in this column.  They were masterful.  Their only misstep in Super Bowl XLVIII was failing to convert a 4th and 1 with 5:20 left in the game.   There is nothing to add to the conversation – no last second drive.  No third quarter heroics.  They led from the time the game was 12 seconds old and didn’t look back from there.  The best quote of the night: "Seattle has scored on all 3 offensive possessions, and twice when they didn't have the ball."   Championship teams play to the last whistle – and up by 35 points with 3 minutes left, they still went after the ball.  The Seahawks earned this and they earned it big.

I have to admit.  I have waited on topics.  I figured I’d be writing about the Super Bowl, but frankly I thought I’d have more to say about the game.  What can I say about the game?  There’s nothing TO say about the game.  Really, to my mind it’s about Manning’s legacy.  There’s no shame in losing – there’s only one team that plays more than 16 games that finishes the season with a win.  There is shame, though, in having the career Manning has had, and being known as “The Best Regular Season Quarterback” to play the game. 

Brady started his career off like a supernova.  He’s been a great regular season quarterback.  Has won some post-season games, but has lost a couple of Super Bowls – to Manning’s brother, no less.  He’s lost a couple of Championship games to Peyton.  But he won 3 Super Bowls.  Manning has won once – and save that last 2 minutes of the AFC Championship, Brady would’ve won 4 – the AFC was beating the Bears that season. 

Brady’s lost 2 games he should’ve won.  Manning’s lost 2 games he should’ve won.  Thing is though, Brady won 1 he shouldn’t have and two more on top of it.  You can set all the individual records you want, up to and including a Super Bowl completion record.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t win.  I was absolutely convinced the Broncos could finish the season undefeated.  I believe Manning is a great QB.  But I drafted Wilson in my fantasy team. 

It’s faint praise to say Manning is the greatest regular season QB ever, but it’s true.  If there’s one game you have to win, you pick Manning.  I used to say I’d take Brady if I had to win a playoff game – I don’t know I would any more, but it wouldn’t be Manning.  For a guy whose had the career he has had, THAT is damning.    

I admit it.  I thought the Seahawks would be beating up on the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  The fact the Broncos beat the Pats handily says something, for sure.  But it says their defense was up to the task of Brady.  The fact the Seahawks destroyed the Broncos says their defense was up to the task of Manning, AND Wilson was up to the task of the Broncos defense. 

Seattle, your team has won the Super Bowl.  And I’m happy.  The only time I’ve been this happy with the result of a Super Bowl that wasn’t won by the Patriots was Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans over the Colts.  Peyton Manning loses the opportunity to burnish a HOF record, and we miss the opportunity to hear him tell the world he’s going to Omaha after winning the Super Bowl.  And you may have just witnessed the berth of the Tom Brady’s successor in Russell Wilson.  With the youngest team to win a Super Bowl, you can expect the Seahawks will be good for a good while.  America, get ready to hate the Seahawks, and get ready to start calling Peyton Manning “the best regular season quarterback.”

Best Quotes:

"The irony is that with the new marijuana laws, neither Seattle nor Denver fans will remember this game ."

"The big difference between Peyton Manning and Papa Johns is that Papa Johns delivers."

"On the bright side, the cannabis will keep the rioting to a minimum."

"Last beat down in Jersey this bad was when Gen. Washington invaded Trenton."

 
Does Defense ALWAYS Win Championships???
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Forty-Eight Peyton Manning Richard Sherman

 

This one is a toughie... 

 

It’s a flip of the coin... 

 

Go with the offensive Broncos...

 

Or like they say...

 

Defense wins championships... 

 

It’s so easy to pick Denver and its high scoring machine...

 

It’s the sexy pick...

 

Takes a lot more intestinal fortitude to pick Seattle...

 

And deep down inside...

 

You crave the defeat of the Seahawks, don’t you???

 

Gotta see it happen, right???

 

And even moreso...

 

Ya wanna see The Toast burn...

 

You rememeber The Toast, don’t you???

 

New York Giants defensive back (34) Elvis Patterson runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the 1986 NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Giants Stadium. The Giants defeated the 49ers 49-3.

 

Elvis “Toast” Patterson...

 

Got that nickname 'cus he got burned all the time...

 

And nothing would be sweeter than Knott’s Berry Farm preserves...

 

To see Richard Sherman burned...

 

Again...

 

And again...

 

And again...

 

It's all his big mouth's fault, isn't it???

 

Just tell that Richard Sherman to...

 

Shut the...

 

Front door...

 

I would probably root for Seattle if it weren’t for him...

 

No I wouldn’t...

 

I wanna see Peyton win another one...

 

Do you agree with me???

 

Is the feeling mutual???

 

I guess that would make it...

 

(Pun alert...)

 

Mutual for Omaha...

 

 

Holy Marlin Perkins, Batman!!!

 

And sometimes the heart says one thing...

 

And the head disagrees...

 

That’s the case here...

 

The heart is with Denver...

 

The head is with the old adage...

 

Defense wins championships...

 

Except in even numbered years...

 

When you can add the digits together...

 

And they equal seven...

 

At least I hope so...

 

But I really do believe Seattle will find a way...

 

Even though Manning has a clear cut advantage over Russell Wilson...

 

The experience factor...

 

The “I  have better receivers than you do” factor...

 

But I just can’t get away from that stupid old adage...

 

It keeps haunting...

 

And Seattle d-fence is clearly much better...

 

But you never know...

 

The Bronco defense could rise to the occasion...

 

After all...

 

They’re used to playing in snow and colder weather...

 

Not that Seattle plays in Miami...

 

It gets pretty rainy and cold there...

 

So maybe that will counter-balance the previous counter-balance...

 

But I do think Seattle will win...

 

And that Richard Sherman will get burned at least once...

 

But does that really matter...

 

Not really...

 

There’s only one thing that really matters...

 

Broncos 6, Seahawks 2...

 

And those, my friends...

 

Are my football pool numbers...

 

 

Who really cares, right???

 

Just as long as we win the pool and the commercials are entertaining...

 

 

 

Final Prediction...

 

Seattle 22, Denver 16...

 

And I will donate my winnings to charity...

 

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflecting on The Pats Season
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Super Bowl AFC NFC Broncos Patriots Manning Brady


This is a tale of two similar seasons 12 years removed. ?In January 2002, I watched the divisional round of the playoffs from a cruise ship leaving Miami. ?I watched an improbable Patriots win to advance to the AFC title game in Pittsburgh. I watched that game from Key West Florida. ?This year, I watched the divisional round just before leaving on vacation, and came home to watch the AFC title game. ?Both playoff runs were improbable ??if for different reasons. ?Both the 2001 and 2013 Patriots had fluky things happen to get to the #2 seed. ?Neither team was really expected to get there. ?The big difference ??the 2001 team had enough horses to make it over the finish line.

So, that Patriots fell short ??as it happens, very short ??this year. ?That said, there s no shame in losing the AFC title to the most prolific offense in NFL history with a team depleted as much by injury (Gronkowski,?WIlfork) as by apparent malfeasance (Hernandez). ?This is a team that completely overachieved this season, as I suggested in an earlier article. ?They won several games (Broncos, Texans, Browns) they had no business winning, and were lucky enough to pull out the #2 seed ??I m still not sure how that happened.

So here s my thing: it s easy to point to yet another big game loss and wonder if Brady has any more big game wins left in him, but over the last 12 years the Patriots have gone to 5 Super Bowls, 8 Championship Games. ?I can t think of a more impressive run, ever. ?As far as I m concerned, while I m disappointed my team lost, I m happy as hell that I got another week to watch them play this year, that they went as far as they did. ?Winning is great, but you also have to appreciate getting to the game. ?It?wasn t really that long ago that I was thrilled the Pats got to the playoffs, never mind really contesting the Super Bowl. ?

I was really giggling at the thought the Pats could play for another Super Bowl on Eli s home turf. ?Of course, if I m being completely candid, I honestly thought that it would be the NFC representative dancing under the confetti at the end of the day. ?Of course, in February 2002, I was convinced of the same. ?Anything really can happen.

Now, I cannot leave it there. ?The Broncos absolutely deserve to be in the title game. ?In fact, there was a point at which I was convinced they could go undefeated all season. ?Additionally, they showed they were the superior team Sunday. ?No doubt there. ?They controlled the ball for the entirety of the game; the offense truly had their will and the defense stifled the Patriots. ?Sure, the Patriots played a bad game, but in my opinion was a result of the Manning-led offense playing their game with precision and victimizing the Patriot defense. ?No doubt, the AFC is sending the best representative to the Meadowlands February 2.

The NFC game was the polar opposite of the AFC tilt.? Sloppy at times, a potentially fatal officiating error on a turnover on the goal line, obviated only by Marshawn Lynch failing to get a handle on a handoff.? In the end, the Seahawks put the game away with 22 seconds left in the game.? Consider that against the AFC game earlier.? Little doubt in my mind really, I think the ?Hawks are probably the best team in the league and are my pick for the Super Bowl Champion.? That said, Coach Carroll is going to have to keep the showboating and sloppy plays down ? a Peyton Manning led team will eat those mistakes for dinner.? Richard Sherman got the best of his opponent, and in his post game interview he was stuck on some disrespect by Crabtree and reaffirming his status as the best corner in the game.? C?mon man.? Buck up.? You won.? Lose the ego.? We?ll see if you?re the best in the game when you?re facing Manning in the Super Bowl.

Now, on a personal note, to make matters worse, the game comes on the heels of a really cold vacation week ??I know, complain about a week away ??but it was disappointing in that respect. ?And of course, I got myself locked out of my work email, so I m sure there s 1000 mails begging my attention. ?Sometimes being away for a week?isn t worth the backlog you come back to ??even with all the?prepwork?you do to avoid it. ?TO make matters even worse, I changed my voice mail with the very clear message ?I m not here, here s where you can get answers. ??And of course I come back to three voice messages from the same person saying they left a message the other day and?weren t sure why I?hadn t responded. ?Yeah, I have a new message for you the best part is that I have NO idea why they re calling me ??they ?would have been advised to follow up on my directions. ??File this:?NMP? ?Not My Problem.


Congratulations Denver and good luck February 2. ?I think you?re going to need it.

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Thanksgiving Gobble Gobble Gobble
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Brady Manning Andre Williams Thanksgiving

  

 Happy Thanksgiving Gabbers

As my Father in law has been known to say at every family gathering,

“Always take the time to count your blessings”

and he doesn’t mean just list them with a number but actually be thankful for each one and try to feature what life would be like with out each.

I’m posting this early, using the yougab time machine feature for this to post Thanksgiving morning so I can spend the time I need to help the lovely and vivacious Mrsharry get ready for family festivities, fun, food and frolic.

 Together with the family on Thanksgiving which is my favorite time of year.

This year it’s a small crowd at the harry’s with my Marine’s out in San Diego hosting about 10 of the single Marines with no family into their home for dinner and football.

My two oldest sons will be with the families of their significant others. It’s my Bride and son’s number 3 & 4 with their best girls, a couple of older neighbors and my Mom. After its to my brother and sister in laws for drinks, desert and football on a larger TV.

Sports thoughts:

So I guess Sunday nights classic legends NFL clash, Manning / Brady 14

finally and for once and for all ended the debate on who is the better QB

Manning (you mad bro?)is the better indoor QB (2-7 when the temp is 35 or colder)

And

Brady is the better outdoor QB (25-5 when the temp is 35 or colder)

And I’d be negligent if I didn’t add that Brady now has a 10-4 head to head record.

My first annual Oldharry Gobblers Award goes to:

 Boston College senior running back Andre Williams

The 6’ 220 lb RB Andre’s game log for this season is below

8/31            Villanova             23       114        1 TD

9/6             Wake Forrest       35       199        1 TD

9/14           USC                     17          33        0

9/28           Florida State        28        144        1 TD

10/5           Army                    30         262        5 TD’s

10/12         Clemson              24           60        0

11/2           Virginia Tech        33         166        2 TD’s

11/9          New Mexico State 30         295        2 TD’s

11/16       NC State                42         330        2 TD’s

11/23        Maryland               32          255        2 TD’s

 

Season totals                       320        2071       16         6.5 per car average

Amazing season and still has a game to go. Hasn’t been listed among the top Heisman Trophy candidates but would get my vote if I had one

 

And I’m sending this thanksgiving thank you to the honchos here at the Gab as well as to my fellow gabbers. Thank you for reading my dribble and thank you for the comments you take the time to write which makes this all worth while. Best to all of you and God bless.

 

 

I'm saying it right but it just doesn't sound familiar
Category: FEATURED
Tags: St Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox Peyton Manning Brady Belichick Koji

 

World Series beards

 

Eli’s Giants (1-6) won and Peyton’s Broncos (6-1) lost

Josh Freeman’s debut for the Vikings was very  Bradyesque on Monday night…

(that’s this years Brady and not the HOF Brady)

The Kansas City Chiefs are the last of the unbeaten at 7-0

Gronk finally suited up and played for the Patriots. 8 catches for 114 yards.

The Tigers and Dodgers are left to try to figure out what happened in series they were supposed to win.

Koji Uehara ALCS MVP

Bostons beloved mayor Mumbles Menino is hopeful the Red Sox will bring home the World Series Cup…like they did in 04 and 07…we knew it wouldn’t be long before he embarrassed an entire region.

The 97 win Cardinals and 97 win Red Sox are meeting in the WS

Game one will be in the books when this goes to press so the results may not be in.

The weather forecast is for cool showers, temps in the mid 40s at 8:07 EST

32 year old Adam Wainwright  19-9      2.94

Vs

29 year old Jon Lester            15-8       3.75

Thursday’s match up will most likely be an interesting matchup between guys at completely different stages in their careers

22 year old Mike Wacha vs 35 year old John Lackey

 Frosty Fenway will be in the low 40’s good for pitchers but not for hitters

The breaking news is that Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz 12-1 1.72

may not be back to full strength for his scheduled game 3 start in St Louis on Saturday. The Red Sox will probably move Jake Peavy up to this start and hope Clay can pitch on Sunday. If not then regular season 5th starter lefty Felix Dubrount 11-6 may get the game 4 start. Jon Lester has been great on full rest but pitching on 3 days rest isn't in his skill set.

Buchholz had an 80 game stay in the DL this season and even though he was 12-1 with the sub .200 era his durability has always been a question.

At 6'4" 188 lbs Clay has 95 heat but would rather work the black with his 91 two seam and a variety of cutter, slider, curve and change to keep opposing hitters off balance. He's usually sharp thru 4-5 but fades quickly and leaves the ball up in the zone.

 

NFL MVP watch:

Peyton has 25TD’s and 4 picks 2565 yards thru 7 games

On record breaking pace for 57 TD’s and 5,800 yards passing

 

NFL top 10

Kansas City 7-0

Denver 6-1

Seattle 6-1

San Francisco 5-2

New Orleans 5-1

Cincinnati   5-2

Indianapolis 5-2

Green Bay 4-2

New England 5-2

San Diego  4-3

 

new segment: He's got some splainin’ to do

Bill usually respectfully requests an explanation by the officials when he’s not sure of a call.

  Is it possible Brady struggles really are Belichick’s fault ?

We already know that Tommy can't throw the ball and catch it too…but some of those throws... nobody could catch. Where is the accuracy…where is the confidence.

The O line has been a sieve and Tom gets knocked down but he gets up again

Are the Patriots doomed by the injuries to Jerrod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Aqib Talib on defense leaving them with the likes of Chris Jones, Joe Valaino, Jamie Collins and Marquies Coles to hold down the fort?

The Patriots loss in OT vs the Jets via that controversial call on Chris Jones push of his teammate in violation of the new NFL

“don’t push your teammate into the opponents center rule”

sent jubilant Rex Ryan to the podium saying “ we got the break…about time we got the break” if Ryan bided his time and alerted the refs that the Pats were violating this rule than, hats off to the big dope. Rex finally got BB on this one. The Jets played well, took advantage of the Pats weaknesses and deserved to win.

Bill obviously had been ignoring the rule and didn’t expect to be caught. Arrogant and with no excuse Bill expected it to be treated like pass interference on a Hail Mary play…flags stay in pockets.

My take, it’s a rule and although it hasn’t been enforced prior to this play it’s still a rule and was violated and hence the 15 yards was the correct call.

It’s hard for this die hard fan to admit that the Pats are in a dog fight just to make the playoffs. Most teams and fans would be ecstatic to be 5-2 at this point but the Patriots spoiled fans aren’t used to this mediocrity. I arrogantly looked at the schedule before the season and said, 13-3 and a bye!

What do I know, I picked the Red Sox to finish 4th

 

Trivia question for today…From the ’04 championship Red Sox and Patriots teams, name the active roster players on today’s teams that were on those teams.  

 

One last thought,

Should Indianapolis change the city name to Allpeopleapolis ?

thanks for reading and commenting and enjoy the WS...go Sox

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