It's time once again to play that annual game: WORST TO FIRST.
Every year for like N years in a row where N is about 15 or so now, an NFL team went from last place in its division to first place the following year. Last year it was the Eagles.
So here are last year's last-place division teams. Which of these 9 (two tied in NFC South) will be a division WINNER this year?
Buffalo (AFC East, 6-10)
Cleveland Browns (AFC North, 4-12)
Houston Texans (AFC South, 2-14)
Oakland Raiders (AFC West ,4-12)
Washington Redskins (NFC East, 3-13)
Minnesota Vikings (NFC North, 5-10-1)
Tampa Bay Buckaneers (NFC South, 4-12)
Atlanta Falcons (NFC South, 4-12)
St. Louis Rams (NFC West, 7-9)
The media's trendy pick is Tampa Bay, but, I mean, THE QB, really?. The only one that looks remotely credible to me, on this list, is Atlanta, but their division (New Orleans and Carolina and, uh, Tampa Bay) is still stacked. Maybe they all knock each other off and the Falcons squeak ahead. I also might be tempted to pick the Texans, based on a previous body of work, but again, THE QB, plus they really stank last year.
In the ongoing effort to fill the stadium, students received the following email this afternoon:
This season, we are offering students the ability to purchase a limited number of single-game tickets for the 2014 season. Student Football Season Ticket Holders had priority access last week and can continue to take advantage of this offer.
Michigan vs. Appalachian State single-game tickets will be $20 each, while single-game tickets for the remaining five games will be $40 each (Penn State sold out during last week's Student Season Ticket Holder priority window) . All seats have an assigned location and will be located in the student section behind current Student Season Ticket Holders. Validation fees will be waived for single-game tickets purchased.
So I received the M Den's HTTV catalogue today and right on the first page was the disaster seen below.
Now the catalogue says nothing about it being the in game jersey but it is named: adidas 2014 Premier Navy #98 Night Game Football Jersey.
So does anyone now if this is a thing or not? If so, these could be up there with the MSU bumblebee jerseys.
Terry Richardson had some interesting things to say when speaking with GBW about the difference between this year and last year:
On Defensive scheme:
“We have a new scheme and a lot of in your face coverage"... “Last year we were a little bit conservative," he said. "We have talent... let’s use it. You put your best against our best and let’s ride out -- lets go get it. That is the mindset that our coaches have instilled in us for this season
On Roy Manning:
“This is his first year coaching corner, so we were a little nervous about him, but he is bringing it to us. Coach Manning is keeping us on top of our game. We are working hard. He is a trash talker, he doesn’t play around when it comes to teaching us. He told us I will take a pass interference call as long as you are aggressive. We like that.
On Team Chemistry:
“I will be honest with you... I have never felt that we were a complete team," Richardson admitted. "I felt like we were a team of solos. But this year it is not that way. The simple fact is we are tired of losing. Guys want to play and guys want to win, so we all came together. If you are a starter you are helping out the guy behind you -- not for him to take your spot, but because you really want him to succeed.
I am planning on taking the kids to their first football game at the big house (probably for the opener). It's been 20+ years since I've gone to a football game myself and was hoping people could share their advice to try and get the most out of the experience. I would really appreciate any insight on the following topics (or any suggestion for tha
- I’ll be coming in from the West side of the state. Any parking suggestions that would be walking distance to the stadium but also allow easy access to exit when it comes time to leave and head back West?
- How early should one arrive? Youngest kid is 8 so he might get bored just sitting around. Is there anything worth seeing by arriving early (i.e. does the band play, see the team arriving, etc.)? How early would those things typically happen.
- Is there a link of what you can and can’t bring? Can you bring seat cushions? If not, can you purchase them in the stadium?
- Looking for cheaper tickets (4 total) and would all need to be together. Any hints on what section or row to look for?
Any other suggestions would be welcome. Hoping the kids get as much enjoyment out of it as I did when I was younger. Anyone have 4 tickets they would like to sell to the App State opener?
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