September 24th, 2012 at 8:51 PM ^

and I love rooting for Woodson, but I personally hate the Packers.  I'm torn because I need them to win for financial reasons but I want to see them lose as a Bears fan.


September 24th, 2012 at 8:56 PM ^

mostly because I've been making my roommates boyfriend watch a ton of NCAA with me. Kind of an odd feeling watching a game and having nothing invested in it. Even some random college game gets me to root against the SEC or against a school for some random reason ("I hate your most prominent economics professor, I hope the other team hangs 100 on you!").


September 24th, 2012 at 10:15 PM ^

gave me a few pangs of conscience when their football team failed to break their longstanding losing streak against Michigan in the RR era. [Unnamed Northwestern clarinet prof] is a total jerk so I don't mind his school's team losing, but I still give mad props to NU for landing Robert Marcellus after he was forced to retire from the Cleveland Orchestra.

Sadly, USC's top-notch clarinet program does not redeem their sleazy football program in the slightest.

I usually root for random NFL matchups along blue-red sectional lines, or according to various grudges (Death to the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Cowboys, 49ers, Texans, Saints, and Seahawks). Michigan players help tip the balance and redeem certain franchises to a degree, such as Braylon Edwards with the Seahawks, or David Baas with the Giants.


September 24th, 2012 at 9:00 PM ^

In the pregame highlights was a clip of Mike Smith trying to explain his problem with a call to a referee before dropping the challenge flag. The funny thing is that Smith seemed like he was prepared to have a reasoned discussion before the referee walked away, at which point the flag went down. I have a suspicion that it was something like:

"Oh, hello...I just  wanted to let you know that I had a problem with the call, and I was wondering if you  wouldn't be averse to....*ref walks off*....you know what? Eff it. Here it is. *drops challenge flag*"


September 24th, 2012 at 9:02 PM ^

Is probably the best beside the 49ers and Texans. Excellent front 7 plus big and physical secondary who can cover. Richard Sherman was a converted WR from Stanford and is playing at pro bowl level. If they can find a playmaking WR who can stretch the defense, they would be a very scary team.

On another note, 3 of the 5 best defense in the NFL comes from NFC west, a division that once was the worst but could be the toughest in the league


September 24th, 2012 at 9:12 PM ^

I have Jermichael Finley tonight, and my opponent has no one left to play.  I'm down by 0.76, and we get a half point per reception.  If he doesn't catch a single pass I'll flip.


September 24th, 2012 at 9:12 PM ^

I swear that, for a moment before that sack, Rodgers had this look that said, "Where are you going? Don't run away now!". That being said, Bruce Irvin is not a dude that you want to see in your personal space like that. 


September 24th, 2012 at 9:27 PM ^

I like Lynch's tenacity in trying to get just one more yard out of any given run. Each time basically, 3/4 of the Packers' defense is on him, grabbing him, shouting, "Oh, for Pete's sake, just go down!". 


September 24th, 2012 at 10:00 PM ^

Tramon Williams pointing at Woodson like it's his fault. Yeah, he should have been helping over the top, but Williams got burnt to a crisp on that bomb.


Edit: On the replay Seattle's TE runs a skinny post down the seam, clearing Woodson out. That touchdown was completely on Williams, and was a perfectly executed route by Tate.

BOX House

September 24th, 2012 at 9:51 PM ^

OK, I understand that the refs aren't doing the best of jobs, but I'm getting pretty weary of listening to announcers go on and on about them. They did it extensively during Sunday Night Football and Gruden will not stop tonight.


September 24th, 2012 at 9:54 PM ^

What Green Bay needs to do is just put the OL and a combination of TEs and FBs out there or anyone on offense who could possibly competently block, forget passing, and have Rodgers try to break off huge chunks of rushing yards. It would be so much simpler right now. 


September 24th, 2012 at 10:36 PM ^

"Personal foul....late hit on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer....10 yards from the spot of the foul....repeat second down..."

EDIT: Most definitely, 3rd and 37 had a fullback written all over it. 


September 24th, 2012 at 11:29 PM ^

The refs are completely deciding the outcome of this game. A late hit that wasn't to overturn an interception, then a pass interference that wasn't at all, and probably offensive interference to get them out of 3rd and a million.


September 24th, 2012 at 11:37 PM ^

Did anyone else think "Oregon" when they saw Seattle's uniforms?  This is the first I've seen of Seattle this year... maybe the unis are old news.


September 24th, 2012 at 11:51 PM ^

That is just an awful, awful call. I cannot believe they just gave that game to Seattle...Hey Goodell you might want to get on the phone and cut a deal with the real refs.


September 24th, 2012 at 11:52 PM ^

Now that the Browns are safely out of the playoff picture I can laugh at the randomness of the reffing.

My already transient interest in the NFL took another blow tonight.


September 24th, 2012 at 11:56 PM ^

This is some of the craziest sh*t...Can't believe what I just watched, referees aside.

P.S Take your anger towared these men out there offiiciating and gear it towared other people: The NFL, Owners, Referee's Union, etc....I'm sorry it sucks but these guys are trying, they just can't keep up.  Sh**ty situation all around.


Edit:  PLEASE PLEASE block this PAT and let the mayhem continue!!!


September 25th, 2012 at 12:06 AM ^

Yes, I can't argue with what you say.  I guess on a whole, this whole situation is not a good one.  These Refs. are in over their heads, it's been obvious from the get go.  I personally thought the bashing was over done, that the regular refs also made bad calls, and that they've done an okay job.  This isn't to say they've been great or that they should belong out there any given day becasue they're good at NFL refereeing.  But the fact they're forced to be out there sucks and their doing what they can, again, as a whole.  Blame the uppers for allowing this to happen, not the individuals over their heads on the field, trying to keep up with these NFL players.