Sunday, September 11, 2011

So I Talk To My NFL Diary (Week 1, 2011)...

"You can run, you can hide, but there's no escape."

11:25: I'm so pumped for the season to start I can't even stand myself. It's like the normal "why don't they freggin' kick off now" feeling you get right around 11:30, when you've already watched three hours of pregame and it's enough already, but this year, it's like times 50...seriously, I think the NFL lockout could have been a conspiracy because now I care about football even more, and like three months ago, there was really no definitive answer as to if they would play at all.

In any event, doing a live diary, which I admit is stolen from Bill Simmons...but I give him full credit for that, continue to love everything he does (dude, a bad QB draft? great is that?)...but I feel like real time articulation mixed with Parrot Bay and mango juice (I loooovvvveeee bodegas)...there's room for more of it. So away we go...

11:47: JFK is outstanding, but it's so close to non-fiction that you go away thinking "they still really don't know?" I have to say, Bin Laden, Whitey...Obama has three big moves left...JFK, 2Pac, and Biggie...if he figures that out, you have to have him go four more years. I'm telling you, they need to kick the games off at 12:00...dude, church is out right? Sorry, been awhile.

11:54: NFL Network in my opinion just murders ESPN in terms of the pre pre-game coverage. Here's the thing: when you put on NFL Network, you pretty much know what you're getting yourself into. Anything even somewhat non-football related (even the commercials) is the most unexpected thing you will find's football...all...the...time, which is great, because sometimes, I just wanna watch NFL replay real-time, or just watch football because it freggin' great. With ESPN, you have options...making NFL Countdown an hour's enough already. Seriously, throw me some Premier League, or the German soccer league that's supposed to be nasty that I've never seen (I know it's on FOX Soccer, but it's not in HD...and I know that's no excuse, but I'm gonna go ahead and use it anyway). I know, Sunday is supposed to be all about football, but I need an hour...maybe an hour and a half of pregame, one sad/inspirational story, and I'm good to go. Also, I gotta tell seems like Berman is going through the motions, and really, his wheelhouse right now is the "Fastest Three Minutes"...he's got a solid three minutes...the bookends of your sex life basically, and the Home Run least the first "back, back, back, back," and then it gets incredibly annoying. Hiring Rich Eisen to be the face of the network was brilliant...I mean how do you not love him running the 40 in dress shirt-pants-shoes at the Combine?

12:12: Okay, we're inside an hour, here's what I'm thinking today: Clearly Steelers/Ravens is top billing, but of course, I can't help but want to see Michael Vick...I'll be the first to admit that I can't stand another story about him or the Eagles because honestly, it's kind of been overdone this offseason. However, if you objectionably have to pay money to see anyone play, Vick is either #1 or #2 to whoever you love that you can't even look at objectionably (in my case, Tom F'ing Brady...I still don't want to say the F word here ("the big one, the F dash-dash-dash word"), but I'll say shit every now and again...think of this as taking the career timeline of FX or Comedy Central). Lots of talk about the Rams making a game of it. I can't help but think that they do. Call me crazy but I'm completely sold on Sam Bradford being a franchise QB. He just came out of the box and was at a higher progression than he probably had no business being at as a rookie. Also, he's using like the all-underrated team...even Steven Jackson is underrated and he's a star!

Philly's expectations are actually reachable, but the dream team stuff sometimes doesn't work unless you absolutely have total locker room control. Andy Reid is a fantastic coach, but this team will lose at some point, and when the playoffs roll around, Vick is not going to be able to win games on his own like he'll be able to in the regular season (yes, he's that good...I know I know, I'm one of them).

Love Amendola, love Bradford, love Jackson, love Lauranitis, and it looks like they have something in Lance Kendricks...the Rams are no joke, and if Kevin Kolb can be just "good," it will be a Cards/Rams two-horse race of "these teams would win anywhere from 5 to 12 games in another division, but will win at least 8 by playing in their division."

12:26: Okay, so that's pretty much all the pregame material I got...that was fairly painless right? Okay, going to get food because I don't wanna stray too too far from my house today...FOOTBALL IS BAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKKK (I know they played on Thursday, but it's really back when you got seven games going on at the same time, FantasyCast blasting out ever-changing colors and numbers (I'm definitely going to gush about my fantasy teams today, just a heads up...and you're pretty much gonna sit there and take it...sooooo...yeah)...seriously, it may be said like 10 trillion times knowing what today is, but GOD BLESS AMERICA BABY!!!

12:55: Absolutely perfect timing coming back. We're in countdown mode on RedZone (cable's F-You to Sunday Ticket), I've walked about an eighth of a mile today roughly, so there's the exercise (seriously, I'm no John Basedow, but I'm doing okay, and it's not brain surgery on how to get in shape...move and don't eat bad where's my fitness millions?...where are my infomercials?..."Have you heard about the don't eat bad shit and moving plan? Here's how to order"). One more thing before we actually get know, football...having a frozen pizza on hand at all times is a really good idea...they're cheap, the quality isn't as bad as it once was when D'giorno's was by far and away the best you could get...also, you can kind of get an asshole barometer in terms of the reaction to frozen if someone scoffs, it's like "well, you're kind of a douche huh?"

1:09: The 9/11 tributes have been great today, but they are such a downer. I mean we will always remember...especially today, but I can't watch too much of it. Having said that, the anthem singer in Chicago was amazing.

1:14: Matt Schaub got kind of screwed on an Andre Johnson tip of all people. This is worth noting because I'm starting him this week. You know what, rather than just elude to it and saying this guy's on my team, here's the two fantasy teams I have:

Breeze By Ya Like Tecmo Bo:

RB: Arian Foster, LeGarrette Blount, The Firm (Benjarvus Green-Ellis, and Associates), Woodhead, Tim Hightower
WR: Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker, Julio Jones
TE: Vernon Davis, Marcedes Lewis
D/ST: Jets (who I'll be dropping when they play the Pats...and if I don't get 'em again...oh well?)
K: Gostkowski

You Should Return Your Heisman Too Leinart:

QB: JAAAASSSSSHHHH Freeman, Kyle Orton (who I just picked up and I'm starting him this Freeman obviously, but the Lions are gonna be a of those game where you scrape and do anything to win, which may mean not doing well in fantasy basically)
RB: Jamaal Charles, Steven Jackson, LeGarrette Blount, Woodie, Daniel Thomas
WR: Mike Wallace, Mike Williams, Julio Jones, Danny Amendola, Jacoby Ford
TE: Marcedes Lewis, Jared Cook (Gamecock!)
D/ST: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Pats
K: Woooooooooo Succop (Game-F'ing-Cocks baby!!!)

So there's that...I know, nasty.

1:29: Indy has absolutely no idea what they're in for. They are gonna get someone nasty in the draft next year. Oh, and Texan receivers, feel free to not tip the ball every time Schaubie throws one in there...I mean I'm confident, but it's a little much.

1:31: How is it conscionable to start Luke McCown in Jacksonville...they trade up to get a QB in the first round, they cut Garrard...but Luke McCown is beating out a top 10 pick? Jeeeeessssssshhhhh...another team who is going to get someone nasty next year (at from what I've learned in recent history, probably will be a reach "with huge upside").

1:36: Cincy is starting Dalton...see Jacksonville, it can work...and he went in the second!

1:38: Wow Indy.

1:38: Ray Rice just scored. He actually was close to getting in before, but they reviewed it and spotted him at the 2. Oh, so apparently they're reviewing every TD? I guess this is kinda like the home run replay rule in baseball. I dunno takes a little of the guess-work away from the coaches and their staffs right? Don't they have like replay consultants? Isn't that what Tressel is doing in Indy once he comes back from suspension because of that whole thing at Ohio State?

1:54: I feel like Baltimore is going to fall asleep at the wheel with the lead against the Steelers. They're clearly outplaying them, but that's not a team to take your foot off the pedal with.

1:55: Not getting a lot of updates from Philly/STL...pretty sure it's still 14-7...that's a matchup that if played like 10 weeks from now, it's probably getting flexed in on Sunday night...oh I'm big on the Rams.

2:05: JAAASSSHHHHH just threw a pick. I have to tell you though, he is going to be nasty this year...but I totally sat him on both teams because I kinda knew what was coming...and I totally saw the Texans just destroying Indy today. So, a quick little pat on the back for that action.

2:09: Detroit was just in "no man's land" and managed to pull off a miracle TD throw to MegaTron (two guys I wish I had on one of my teams: Brady and Calvin Johnson). Is there any stat out there that shows any correlation for going for it on 4th down between the opponents 35-45 and having more success than punting? Besides the fact that you'll be labelled with having no balls and if you have just the shittiest defense ever, I'm not so sure punting isn't the best move at that point. Also, what happened to the emphasis on the coffin corner? That's a practicable maneuver that could potentially get your defense started inside the 5 without having to worry about cover men doing acrobatics to save the ball from entering the end zone.

2:36: Stafford is going simply bananas against the Tampa secondary. The Bucs have an improving pass rush, but they're going to have to become amazing quickly because if this is a sign of things to come, they are going to have a tough time with Drew Brees twice and Matty Ice twice.

2:40: Detroit just got called for mimicking a snap count on a field goal, giving Tampa a first down right at the end of the half. Two things: First, if the field goal is normally a silent count with the holder basically just yelling whenever he's ready, why try a snap count to throw them off? Second, how far can this penalty go? Can you imagine if they botched a call accusing the defense of that and it ended up costing them the game?

2:44: Baltimore just went up 29-7...I can feel the NyQuill about to set in...I'm not even a Steelers fan, but I would be so pissed if a team ran a fake extra point when they were up three TDs. They're having a little too much fun with the lead. Also, shouldn't every Baltimore/Pittsburgh game be played at night? I feel like that kind of adds another element to what is already most likely going to be a classic game.

3:06: Steven Jackson is out with apparently a pulled quad...2 rushes, 58 yards...I guess these are the prices you pay for going with someone with some questionable health issues.

3:08: The Chiefs are getting bombed at home with Buffalo on the doorstep again. The break-up of the Charlie Weis/Romeo Crennel duo kind of went under the radar in terms of significant offseason stories.

3:10: Scott Chandler...coming to a fantasy team near you.

3:35: So the Ravens eased off, but the Steelers seem to have taken it past the boiling point and are going ballistic like a robot whose CPU goes haywire, and the eyes turn red, and it just starts destroying everything in its path. They seem to be focused on being as chippy as is humanly possible instead of trying to win.

3:41: Despite Mike Vick doing a dance on them, the Rams are still in it as we get into the 4th. Unfortunately, everyone is dropping Bradford's passes, so they kinda have it in neutral.

3:41: Josh Freeman has returned after a bit of a scary situation involving his throwing shoulder being the middle of a ground/wicked big guy sandwich.

3:52: Six turnovers for Pittsburgh you know how that story ends.

3:54: It's totally pouring in Cleveland. I hate watching the impending doom that is bound to hit us either today or tomorrow. If I see that like the Phillies or the Indians are on, I usually tune over just to see what it's doing there so I know what I'm gonna be waking up to. I mean I could probably watch the news, but what's the point of that?

3:58: Seven turnovers.

3:58: Bradford just left the game holding his hand, Jackson and Amendola are out (Amendola has a dislocated elbow...that sounds horrifyingly painful, like somewhere in between a shoulder injury and being shot with a harpoon gun like at the end of Face/Off). Wow, the Rams are ravaged and it's Week 1.

4:03: 15 yards for LeGarette Blount today? Did he get hurt too? I mean my teams are still bad ass, but seriously, what's with that shit?

4:07: Tennessee was just driving in search of a winning field goal (which was abruptly put to rest just now with a JAX pick), but I mention this because Hasselbeck was going for a spike, and Tyson Alualu attempted to pick off the spike attempt by diving under the O-Line...I'm not sure what's more surprising: Seeing that, or the fact that I've never seen that before...I mean don't you think someone would have thought of that before the year 2011?

4:14: Cleveland/Cincinnati is under two minutes and sports a field goal spread, making it watchable for the first time today (actually, Peyton Hillis is really fun to watch).

4:15: Colt McCoy looks like a rookie against Cincy, this is not good because a.) it's Cincy, and b.) he's not a rookie (you could technically consider him one because he hasn't started for a full season, but he's played enough that he shouldn't be throwing the ball to his offensive lineman on 4th down because he's facing pressure.

4:19: Bold prediction: Carolina beats Arizona in the debut of Cam Newton (or at the very least do not get their asses totally kicked). I think 'Zona's just not that great, and the Cam effect will carry over for at least one game in the NFL.

4:21: Josh Freeman running the two-minute drill makes me remember why I like him so much. He does the classic sidearmed toss a la Favre for a first down. The Bucs just went over the 50 down a touch w/ 16 seconds left...dial up Mike Williams baby!

4:22: Second bold prediction (actually it's not too bold): The 'Skins take the G-Men out today. No Tuck, no Umenyiora (I just spelled that right without looking it up for the first time in my life)...I think Hightower will be alright too. Don't mess it up Rex!

4:27: Amazingly the Chargers continue to be the best team with the shittiest special teams unit in the history of the league. Percy Harvin goes 103 yards on the opening kickoff. No headaches for him means more headaches for anyone playing against him.

4:30: Trying to figure out who's going to replace Donovan McNabb after his time in Minny's up on their carousel of QBs who could conceivably have retired, then have one more good year, then become completely washed up...this of course assuming that I'm right about Christian Ponder really not doing all that well as a starter when his time comes.

4:55: Chad Pennington has resurfaced as a color man for FOX. One of the larger "what-ifs" of the past decade. He was the all-time leader in accuracy for a while (and just looked it up, and he's still #1)...if he doesn't get hurt, he could have been on a Matt Ryan/Matt Schaub/Joe Flacco level, which, while not sounding all that great, would have been a mega upgrade from where his career ended up at.

5:00: I unfortunately am coming to grips with the fact that I may lose at least one, probably both of my both cases, I had the better team on paper, and I know, the games aren't played on paper...but this one actually is, so I did my job...hopefully things work out better next week. Even Schaub didn't really have a great game and the Texans dominated Indy.

5:06: Tim Hightower may have found something here in DC. He seems like he's playing with a renewed vigor. Also, it's have to like being a runner in a system where seemingly everyone, no matter how big or not so big their name is, is getting 1,000 yards.

5:13: I've been really disappointed in the coverage of the games from a technical standpoint. This league makes billions of dollars, and four games so far have cut in and out, and I'm pretty sure you can't put that on RedZone because that channel is clear as a bell. Tighten it up FOX and CBS!

5:17: Thomas Davis just got a fumble recovery for the Panthers...I think the most interesting stat of the day is that Davis had missed 22 straight games before today with two ACL surgeries. That's impressive. This guy is a beast. Remember when he was at UGA? I know I do (nothing specific, just him being nasty really).

5:20: Joe Buck clearly is in the Jim Nantz "these guys are going to call the big games even though there's way more talented and more enthusiastic announcers out there" level, although at least Nantz is tolerable...Joe Buck? Not so much.

5:31: While it's only Week 1, Percy Harvin and Beanie Wells seem hellbent on making up for lost time. Really keep an eye on Harvin. The migraine thing killed his first two seasons, but he has looked just amazing when he's been healthy.

5:48: Haha, I'm calling for Alex Smith to go play action, which he does. Of course he doesn't go to Vernon Davis (yes fantasy, and yes, I know I'm losing), but rather, attempts to shorten his career by diving into two Seahawks in the end zone. It may not happen today, but Colin Kapernick is probably going to have a say in who starts for this team in the present and future. Really like him.

5:51: Cam Newton has like 200 yards and has figured out Steve Smith, while perhaps being completely insane, is still an absolute burner off of the line, esp. against a weak Card secondary.

6:00: Again, it's early, but the Mike Tolbert/Ryan Mathews combo has to be the best 1-2 in the league right now. Mathews can absolutely turn it on in open field, and Tolbert is like Bettis Lite.

6:03: While Newton continues to just bomb it to Steve Smith (the last catch is about to be overturned, and would have been for 42 yards, but I mean he's out of bounds by a half a step...and he's burned them for two deep TDs already...this could get record breaking), DeAngelo Williams? 5 yards.

6:07: I know the impending doom Giants fans are feeling right now.

6:12: It's really late to be bringing this one up, but SC/UGA was an epic slugfest (Isaiah Crowell was so good it was just frustrating we had no answer on how to stop him). If you were wondering when Jadevion Clowney was going to make an impact, that period of thought is over. He's a large man amongst grown kids. Melvin Ingram? Have you ever heard of a D-Tackle on the hands team? Unbelievable. Antonio Allen, I'm telling you...double A in the double A (All-American). ND/Michigan? Anytime the next day, when you hear "one of the greatest finishes of all time," and cannot in any way dismiss that fact...amazing.

6:23: The Newton passing meter reads 288 right now, 14 off the rookie Week 1 record by the unheard from Peyton Manning (again, dude today, wow Indy). The crowd in Zona, which is usually hyped, is totally silent. This is an interesting story that's developing (also I like when bold predictions work out...who wants to predict shit and not be right?)

6:33: Rex Grossman on the heels of 300 yards is almost as big as Newton. He's know...good. Ah good for dem! Ah good for dem!

6:35: Finally checked the Sox score. 9-1? Really? I didn't think it would get to the point where I thought I would get nervous...and I don't even know if I am nervous, but you can't help but be a little concerned. I mean five losses in a row and getting swept by a team that was so far in our rear view that I could care less what Tampa was doing like a month ago, now I'm hanging on every Devil Rays score...not an ideal situation I would say.

6:40: Greg Olsen all day.

6:40: I dunno if I'm going to keep this going through the Sunday night game...I think at some point, I might run out of semi-cleaver shit to say...I hope not, but I do want to throw that possibility out there. I've been googling (or is it googleing...googleing is okay I guess...kinda looks weird) LeGarrette Blount, and all we know is that he had five carries today, and in his previous starts, his low carry amount was gives Raheem?

6:47: Penalties that are stupid: 15 yards for going to the ground to celebrate (called on Cam Newton...and that's it...even though dudes have been doing it all day long), 15 yards for hitting anyone remotely hard...I'm telling you, penalties are not going to stop hard hits, and most of them are a part of the game (the absolute malicious like I want to literally knock your head off of your body hits...those are penalties). It sucks when guys get knocked out, and I understand the severity of post-concussion syndromes, but I feel like once you step in between those lines, you have to be aware of the fact that things could go south at any point. You're affecting games because of the things that naturally happen in said games, thus making it less of a game...ya dig?

6:54: Cam Newton: 331

6:55: Okay, Antrel Rolle just led with his head and went helmet to helmet on Fred Davis while he was on the ground...that's 15...that's the literal definition of unnecessary roughness...when you can touch a guy to get him down, and you lay into his head...probably a little unnecessary.

6:58: Fred Davis is finally breaking through. I love Chris Cooley, but Davis has to be #1 on that depth chart (I swear Troy Aikman literally just said the same thing...I dunno if he said "I love Chris Cooley" though.

6:59: In case I'm not here tonight, I do want to comment on Cowboys/Jets. First, I'm picking the Cowboys because I think they need this one to showcase that they are not the ugly stepsister to Philly in the East. Felix Jones has a monster first week. I still remain skeptical about him being an every down guy. I really want to see how much exposure they give DeMarco Murray in his first week. If they use the Jones/Murray combo correctly, Dallas could have a juggernaut on offenese.

7:05: Patrick Peterson is having a tremendous game. He just made a really slick move eluding a tackle on a punt return, then turned on the jets, then high-stepped, then realized he was about to get hit, then turned the jets on again for the score. Brandon LaFell, while not being the most marquee guy in the league, is still decent, and only got three catches.

7:10: The Vikes just lost on an offsides forced by a Philip Rivers hard count...ouch...then comes the new leader for stat of the day...Donovan McNabb: 39 yards passing...I swear I got all the numbers in there.

7:13: I love Rex Ryan, but if he thinks this game tonight is the most pressure-packed game he's had because of 9/11 and perhaps from facing his brother, you can see why he's lost two AFC Championship games. Again, I love Rex Ryan, and I'm sort of jealous that the Jets have him because he fits in there so well and I honestly didn't mind when the Jets totally sucked (and their fans couldn't be found unless they were at the draft booing), but this is just a regular season game. Yes, it will be emotional with all that's going on, but pressure-wise? You want to win them all, but you get to play next week win, lose, or draw, but the playoffs? Now that's some pressure there.

7:19: Okay now RedZone is shorting out...a message to you NFL: Get your shit together dog!

7:21: Carolina/Zona is enthralling...fourth down at the 6 for Carolina!

7:22: 'Zona with the time out, that lets me talk about Entourage, which is coming to a finale...finally. Seriously that show had the same formula for four consecutive years and I wouldn't watch it until I had absolutely exercised literally every other option I had for TV. The show had some great moments, but wow, it really got old. This is the show's shot to at least go out well...they can make that happen right? Oh, but before, a new Curb...that show and Louie have had possibly the best single seasons of comedy since the Seinfeld era. Outstanding.

7:27: Ted Ginn takes it to the house! Then, he runs by the cheerleaders who should be going nuts, and they're going through the motions...that was disappointing I have to say. This game continues to be close for some reason. The Niners have dominated...and they're playing against Tarvaris Jackson...this should be like a 20-point spread at least right now.

7:28: The 'Skins win, and the Panthers make it respectable (although they prob should have won that game...Mike Goodson ran a four yard pattern when they needed five). Hate him or love him, Cam Newton is the leading passer in the NFL for at least today (Brady might be up in those numbers...hopefully Orton for me in the league that I actually might have a chance to lose by less than 50)...Four, Hundred, Twenty, Freggin' Two Yards today.

7:31: Oh my God Ted Ginn!!! This is what we've been waiting for him to do since he busted out his rookie season. Wow, two consecutive returns (one kick, one punt) for touchdowns!

7:36: Finally gonna talk about the Pats for a little bit. Honestly, I'll be stunned if we win by less than 20. Unless Cameron Wake is able to be like Shang Tsung and just morph into different people's bodies, their D sucks for the most part (Vontae Davis and Karlos Dansby being exceptions). Let me lay it down like this: Anytime when by far the best offensive player you have is a tackle, and after Brandon Marshall, average at best? We should just smash them. I think orange jerseys are the only way Miami has a chance. It seems like when they rock those, they just play better for some reason.

7:41: T-Jack with another fumble. I think him and Donovan are 1-2 in bad QB draft rankings...where is JaMarcus Russell when you need him?

7:42: Well, I'm gonna eat, and after that, I dunno...I'll throw out some thoughts about the Boys/Jets and Curb and Entourage. See ya in a bit.

8:52: Ahhhhh, rising crust pizza. So good! Tellin' ya, frozen pizza is no joke. Speaking of no jokes, Dez Bryant is just an animal. And he's the punt returner? He's gotta be the biggest return man I've ever seen. Sad thing is, like Clay Matthews, I'll always associate him with a team who traded with the Pats to get him. There have been Kyle Bollers in that situation, but there have been Dez Bryants in that situation as well (speaking of the draft, without taking tiebreakers and common sense into account, the Pats would be drafting #1 overall with the Saints' pick...I'm just saying).

9:28: Splitting time between the game and Fletch and Fletch Lives. I see Dez has been shipped off to Revis Island. I guess that was bound to happen. The best of Hard Knocks was on today, and I couldn't help but continue to be spellbound as Antonio Cromartie attempted to name all his kids' names. He was solid through the first four, but you could see the gears turning right around the sixth one...I think he was just saying "my son" and "my daughter" instead of their actual names. Seriously, after like three, does it not dawn on you that you can have sex and not potentially be looking down the barrel of a paternity suit every time.

9:33: Cowboys are on the move. Clearly they are picking on Cromartie tonight, first with Dez, now with Miles Austin. The Cowboys are a nightmare to try and cover. The run attack has been good with Felix. We just had our first DeMarco sighting. Very surprised Choice is still the #2 back.

9:43: Defensive Player of The Year Nominees:
  1. DeMarcus Ware
  2. Ndamukong Suh
  3. Patrick Willis
  4. Jerod Mayo
  5. Lawrence Timmons
I can't see basically anyone else having a chance...maybe Mario Williams, a different Steeler perhaps? I don't know if Revis or Nnamdi will ever win one because the award is based purely on numbers, which they don't get because no one throws to them, so no numbers.

11:18: Tired and heavily distracted at this point. Just watched the last Entourage...again, bits and pieces were great (Johnny Drama's last line after Turtle says he's getting emotional: "Yeah me too...I hope I find something in Paris to f___"...classic), but overall, the show always felt rushed and things would just happen just so they could conveniently happen. How does the girl go from not really liking Vince to marrying him after one night...I mean I've had good nights, and I've thought "hmmm, we might have an interesting future together," but marriage? Haha, anyway it's finally over, we can all move on.

Curb was mostly brilliant, as it has been all year. I would say however that the finale and the invention episodes were the weakest, but even the weak ones were can't miss.

11:25: The Jets are in the middle of the two minute drill finding themselves tied up after a miraculous blocked punt that was returned for a TD. The Jets need to work on methods to help protect the Sanchize. He is getting harassed on every play, and it's only a matter of time before something bad happens.

11:28: Anthony Spencer just sacked Sanchez on 3rd down with a minute left. So, like I was saying, protection...

11:29: Watched the promo for next week's Sunday night game: Philly at Falcons need to rebound from today, where they didn't play terribly, but did manage to get their asses kicked by the Bears, and Philly?...well, if one week means anything, they'll be okay.

11:31: Romo gives the ball right back to the Jets...really? Dez didn't look like he was 100%...perhaps something happened? (I'm reading around...cramps maybe?). In any event, why even chance it throwing it anywhere near Revis? Also, if you for some reason do try it, don't throw a half-ass duck like that.

11:34: Nick Folk, former Cowboy (which was only mentioned by Al Michaels five times in the last 30, 40 seconds), nails a 50 yarder to put the Jets up for the first time.

11:36: Witten got called for a questionable pick on the defender, which sprung Miles Austin wide open across the middle...the worst I could say about that play was that it was "craftily done," but I wouldn't say illegal.

11:37: And now...the best stat of the day: Dallas has never...ever lost a game when leading by 2 TDs going into the 4th quarter...not once...never ever ever in the history of the franchise...that's amazing.

11:39: The wheels have come off the wagon for Dallas yet again in Week 1. Romo just botched the snap, has to throw it away w/ 3 seconds left. Rob Ryan looks like he's about to kill numerous amounts of, what a difference a few shows on HBO made when coming back to this game. Jets take it 27-24.

11:42: Alright, well, there's Week 1...that was actually fun...less grueling than it perhaps could have been...I just had to remember to actually write down what I was thinking...that was new, and kind of an adjustment (you'll see just giant blocks of time in between posts where I was just entranced...and then I looked down at my open computer, and it's like "ohhhhh, I should have probably noted some of the things I was saying for the last half hour huh?"). I have to say though, it's not like I was doing a whole lot else. Actually, it was a way to be somewhat productive when I would have been drinking and watching football anyway. Might as well write something too ya know? We'll see what happens next week (I dunno if I'll be around, we'll see), but I can almost assure you that this will not be the last NFL diary (otherwise, dating it in the title would have been kinda pointless). So, from world headquarters above a Haitian market, have a good night everyone. GO PATS! Later. Peace.


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