It’s funny how in 4 months of negotiations, nothing was able to get accomplished and both sides took a “we won’t compromise” stance. But it only takes 48 hours after the worst blown call in recent history to finally get a deal. I would like to be the first blog to congratulate the NFL for gaining your reputation back, and here’s hoping for a good rest of the season! Everybody’s been ranting about the refs since Sunday, but I want to be sure to get my 2 cents in as well. After Sunday’s game, I was prepared for a Ref Rant. Worst calls of the first 3 weeks. Giving the 49ers 2 extra challenges, giving the Seahawks a 4th timeout in Week 1, marching off a 27 yd Unsportmanlike Conduct penalty, somehow not calling a helmet to helmet hit on Heyward-Bey (he’s laying there unconscious for 11 minutes, gee, I wonder if that’s a penalty or not?), the tons of blatant fumbles that had to go in for review, the inconsistency of pass interference in every single game, the Saints fan ref almost getting to work the Saints game, and the guy who told LeShawn McCoy to do better because he was on his fantasy team! Not to mention the scrums and fights that occurred without the order of the normal refs. But the final play of Monday Night’s Game was the most bizarre ending I have ever seen! And I’ve been religiously watching football for 12 years. The fact that 2 refs simultaneously called 2 different outcomes (one Interception, one TD) is ridiculous, they didn’t even communicate about it. Golden Tate wasn’t even the one who caught the “Fail Mary,” in fact, you can even see his arm come off the ball after the “Inaccurate Reception” as he’s falling to the ground. You can blame the refs for misinterpreting the rule, but it even went to the replay booth and was not overturned. That’s the real travesty with this play/game. Thank god the real refs are back, but the last play called by the replacement refs will still live in people’s memories for years to come.
True Story behind Monday’s Game
Packers fans can complain all they want about the call going awry, but the entire game should not have come down to that one play anyway. First off, the Packers had the 2nd most prolific passing offense last year, their QB won an MVP. Are you telling me that you can’t get 2 yards on a 2 point conversion to make it 14-7 instead of 12-7? If you can’t get 2 yards, you don’t deserve to win. Second of all, you’re playing a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year, and you can only score 12 points? Atrocious is an understatement on how the Packer’s offensive line played. They gave up 8 sacks in the first half alone! The Packers were a Super Bowl favorite for a lot of people, there’s absolutely no reason to be in a position where the Seahawks can win it on only their second TD. The Packers need to take SOME accountability for that loss, any decent offense that night and this is a non-issue.
Instead of a flag in Seattle that says “12th Man,” they should throw up one that says ”13th Man,” since obviously the refs did more to win that game than the fans…
The 2nd Most Exciting Game Nobody Saw
After Week 1, FMQB talked about the amazing Vikings Jaguars game that nobody saw. Well Week 3 had another game that got shoved under the radar (I also only saw highlights). In a game between the Titans and Lions, there were 85 points scored and crazy plays all around. Nate Washington had the catch of the year, literally over the back of a Lions defender who came up looking around for the ball (it was in Washington’s hands 15 yds up the field at that point). There was Part 2 of the Music City Miracle, on a crazy punt return, lateral across the field, and an untouched Titan returning said punt for the TD. Then a Hail Mary on the last play by the Lions backup QB. The 4th and 1 debacle was kind of anti-climactic. If you look at that play, it’s like 3 Lions actually thought the ball was being hiked while the other 8 stand still. But overall, absolutely crazy game!
FMQB is Heading to Vegas!
FMQB’s Uncle and 1 of 7 faithful readers was heading to Las Vegas and wanted to do some sports betting. This is a win-win situation for me, as I get to show off my knowledge, and let’s face it, it’s not my money to lose!!! He wanted 3 to 4 upsets that could potentially win. I gave him Arizona (win), the underdog of the Cincinnati Washington game (was Cincinnati, and win), the Buccaneers (lost to the Cowboys, BUT they cover the spread), and the doozie of them all, the Seahawks over the Packers!
C’Mon Greg Schiano!
A week after the controversial move to dive at the legs of the Giants, the Buccaneers line of scrimmage again as Tony Romo kneeled to end the game. C’Mon Greg Schiano! Also, C’Mon NFL, how is this any different than the bounty stuff, how can you preach player safety and allow this to be ok?
Parity in the NFL:
Last years’ playoff teams are:
In the NFC, 5 of the 6 teams that made the playoffs would be out if the playoffs started today.
In the AFC, 3 of the 6 teams would be out.
Last years playoff teams are barely .500
Parity in the NFL #2:
For several years, the NFC West (Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals, 49ers) were essentially the laughing stock of the league. In a 5 year span, an 8-8 and a 7-9 team made it into the playoffs (both teams won their first game surprisingly). While the NFC East (Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Redskins) has traditionally been one of the toughest divisions to play in. Two of the last four Super Bowl Winners have come from this division, and each team has been in the playoffs in the last 3 years. But it seems to have switched, all of a sudden the NFC West is tearing it up, and even with three 2-1 teams in the NFC East, does anybody actually think the flaky play of the Cowboys and Eagles will last? The worm has turned.
Stat of the Week #1:
Among the Top 5 QB’s in Passer rating are Kevin Kolb, Andy Dalton, and Christian Ponder
Stat of the Week #2:
C.J. Spiller still leads the league with a whopping 9.2 yds per carry even with 3 full weeks of play
Stat of the Week #3:
Toby Gerhart leads all RB’s in fumbles, which he accrued in 4:42 of real game time
Stat of the Week #4:
The 2 teams that have scored the least amount of points also have 2 wins each. The team that has scored the most amount of points? Only 1 win. Shows what defense can do for you.
Stat of the Week #5:
The Packers have already lost the same amount of games they lost all of last year
Angry Stat of the Week #6:
After the Packers crazy loss on Monday night, the NFL offices had 70,000 voicemails when they came in Tuesday. That means that more people called the NFL than can fit into 16 different NFL Stadiums!!! On a side note: what massive server system must the NFL have to be able to store 70,000 voicemails?!?!
From here on out, the Green Bay Packers will be credited by FMQB with a Phantom Win. 2-1 is a pretty good start guys!!!
Like the Texans Need Help:
The Texans are atop most people’s power rankings as the best team in the league. Doesn’t help the rest of the league that they play in the worst division in football right now. They are already up 2 games in their division (after only 3 games), like they needed a headstart anyway. Welcome to home field advantage in the playoffs.
Eli Manning is on pace to break the passing yards record…Going to make an early prediction that Eli is this year’s MVP. Without Brees, Manning, Rodgers, or Brady putting up strong numbers, it’s Eli’s to lose. Wouldn’t be surprised if RGIII is in the mix though. Impressive for a rookie.
Quote of the Week #1:
“Once I heard that a deal was going to be made, I got so excited I got down on the floor and started doing pushups!” Ed Hochuli
Quote of the Week #2:
“The replacement refs affecting the outcome of the NFL games is bad enough, but once it starts messing with the outcome of fantasy football that’s where it crosses the line for me” FMQB
Quote of the Week #3:
“I want you to give me a few upsets I can bet on this week, and stay away from the Vikings” Uncle Mike…enough said
Quote of the Week #4:
“Yup” Aaron Rodgers (his answer to every question in the press conference)
Quote and Crazy Realization of the Week:
Down 31-11, FMQB said “With any other team, you would say ‘Wow the Broncos are horrible,’ but with Peyton Manning, you just feel like they’ll still be in the game.” Sure enough Manning scored 2 quick TD’s and had a shot to win the game. Crazy realization that happened two days later? Last year Tim Tebow did this countless times but pulled off the wins. Did John Elway just ditch the QB who would have finished off those comebacks?
Awesome Fantasy Stat of the Week:
During the Broncos last minute “Stanford Band” play, Eric Decker (my team) got credit for the first 13yds of the play while Demaryius Thomas got credited with a fumble when Tamme couldn’t handle his pitch (-2 for my opponent). That play was a 3 point swing in my favor! Still lost the matchup though…
Funniest Moment of Week 4:
The regular referees stepping out onto the field for last night’s game received a standing ovation, and hugs from the players.
By Week 6, the refs will make a judgement call that affects the outcome of a game, and everybody will want the replacement refs back…
*It has been 5 days since our last arrest…
Last 2 arrests have actually been Falcons