Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 4:47 pm

The NFL's Fab 11

OK, let me start out by saying that, yes, I am a homer. And I always will be. Being from Wisconsin, if you are not a Packers fan, you might as well be wearing a skunk on your head because nobody wants to talk to you. So even when the Packers record was 4-12 three years ago, if you asked me I would tell you that we were good enough to be in the Super Bowl. That's just what a homer does. But at the same time, I also know that nobody will ever go to the Super Bowl with a 4-12 record. I'm not stupid, just a homer.

Now this year, is different. The Packers are rated high on experts charts all over the country. Offensively and defensively, we are up near the top of everybody's lists. So this year I can say with confidence that we are good enough to go the distance. But of course, there are other teams out there that are also good enough and of course one of those "other teams" must be an AFC team. So, here is my list of 11 teams that I feel have a great shot at going to Dallas on that 1st Sunday in February....in no particular order either:

Indianapolis Colts - The Colts were 14-0 before they shut it down last season - and improved their offensive running game. But despite reaching the Super Bowl, Manning added fuel to his reputation as a playoff underacheiver in the loss to the Saints. I expect him to bounce back nicely though.

Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco isn't an elite QB yet, but the addition of wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, and TJ Houshmanzadeh could speed up the process. The defense's only weakness is the lack of a shutdown corner, though it could be a costly one.

Minnesota Vikings - Unless QB Brett Favre is over the hill, which is unlikely, the Vikings are the most talented team in the NFC. Still, the losses of receivers Sidney Rice until at least mid-season and third-down back Chester tayler to free agency could slow the offense.

Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys have the talent to reach the Super Bowl, but they couldn't protect QB Tony Romo last year and didn't do much to help the line. In addition, coach Wade Phillips has yet to show he can win in the playoffs.

Atlanta Falcons - If QB Matt Ryan continues his climb toward elite status in his 3rd season and free ageny cornerback Dunta Robinson solidifies a leaky secondary, the Falcons, badly banged up last season, could be the NFL's surprise team.

San Diego Chargers - The Chargers are the NFL's most talented team, but they've been playoff failures under coach Norv Turner. Those nasty contract disputes with Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, and Shawne Merriman can't help but be a negative influence.

New Orleans Saints - The Super Bowl jinx - 10 of the past 11 winners failed to reach the conference championship game the following season - won't be a factor. Repeating with a defense that used smoke and mirrors will be.

Green Bay Packers - It's easy to say that QB Aaron Rodgers has done everything but win the playoffs, but he put up 45 points against Arizona last January....and lost. Blame the NFL's #2 defense, which crumbled against elite QB's in 2009 and returns mostly the same personnel.

New York Jets - Believe it or not, the Jets' bandwagon is bigger than the Packers'. But not even coach Rex Ryan's swagger and the NFL's best defense will be enough if second-year QB Mark Sanchez doesn't reduce the costly interceptions.

Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers are still the Steelers, or at least they will be with Roethlisberger returns from a 4-game suspention. By then, they will be playing catch-up in the division race.

New England Patriots - QB Tom Brady must have a career year because the Patriots are without defensive line stalwarts Richard Seymour and Ty Warren and the receivers are shaky with Wes Welker coming off knee surgery and Randy Moss griping about his contract.
Posted on: May 7, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: May 7, 2010 10:12 am

5/7 - Lazy Joe's Caption Contest

Ok guys, the Lazy Joe contest is up and ready for dismantling. Have fun and don't forget about the theme and challenge points!!

Challenge Point: Best theme talking like a parent giving their child the "birds and the bees" talk

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NHL Second Round Playoffs

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Posted on: January 20, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 3:00 pm

1/20/10 - Lazy Joe's 'Computer Problem' Contest

Since Joe is having computer problem's today, I'll cover for him. Don't forget about the theme AND challenge points!! Anyways, go to it!! If Joe want's to judge these and include them in his points then I'm ok with that. Otherwise, I'll include them in my points. Joe?

Challenge Point: Best theme about viruses or STD's you think BuccinGator acquired when he was a pubescent teen (How'd I do Gator?)

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January scoreboard:
1) kmvenne - 4
2) River_Rat - 3
3) magicandbird - 2
3) D2Moo - 2
4) drewboyy - 1
4) BuccinGator - 1
4) Shuless Joe - 1
4) PSU1985 - 1
4) NFL-Solomon - 1

November winner: River_Rat
December winner: River_Rat

Posted on: January 13, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: January 13, 2010 11:17 am

Enough is Enough people!!!

I travel around this great website everyday and I see some great blogs and threads about some topics that need to be touched on all the time. But nowadays, it seems that everybody who is a Packer fan and their brother is posting about the supposed bad officiating in the Green Bay/Arizona playoff game last Sunday night. Man, I am almost embarrassed to say that I am a Packer fan after reading some of that pathetic drivel some people are posting. And at the risk of somebody saying that same thing about me, I just have to say this.....

....There is absolutely no way that anybody can know that the 2 "no-calls" in overtime would have changed the outcome of the game. Plain and simple. I will, however, give you this...

- The helmet-to-helmet was a call that should have been called. No question. That was completely missed.

- There was a facemask on the last play. No question. But it occured AFTER the fumble and BEFORE the recovery. I'm not an official so I don't know what the exact ruling should be. But it either should have been Packer ball plus 15 yards because there was a facemask on the play. Or it should have been Arizona ball minus 15 yards because the fumble occured before the facemask. Either way, the game is still tied and nobody knows what would have happened after that.

Now, you may not agree with me on this, or you might, that's totally up to you. But please, stop saying that the game was lost because of the officials. Those that are saying that are reaching blindly for an excuse. People are only remembering this because it was the last play of the game. Is everybody forgetting that on the 1st play of the game Rodgers threw a poor pass that was intercepted and resulted in a TD for AZ? What about Driver's fumble 3 plays later that allowed AZ 7 more points? What about our poor excuse for a defense allowing 51 points and 500+ yards? What about Rodgers over shooting Jennings on the 1st play in overtime? If Rodgers hits that pass, that would have been game changing. All of these things combined caused us to lose the game. And maybe, just maybe, getting those penalties called in our favor would have been game changing, but nobody will ever know. So stop pretending that you do.

Of course, I do wish the game would have ended with us atop the leaderboard and I probably wouldn't be writing this blog if we had won. But since it didn't happen that way we, as Packer fans, need to take Aaron Rodgers approach. He is not even talking about the "no-calls". He is pointing the finger at himself. He knows he could have done a little better. The defense certainly should be doing the same thing, if they aren't already. Game over.

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