NFL final preseason week: Open thread

posted at 12:00 pm on September 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The most wonderful season of the year has finally arrived, and no, it’s not the election season or Back To School, either.  The NFL opens its season on Thursday, when Brett Favre returns to the scene of his mugging in New Orleans to face the Super Bowl champion Saints.  After a magical season last year in which Favre took the Vikings to the brink of victory in the NFC Championship Game, the Saints blitzed and buried Favre in what most had figured would be his last game in uniform.  Favre returns to Viking purple one more time to see if his arm and his ankle has another season left, and whether he has enough magic to take Minnesota to a Super Bowl for the first time since Gerald Ford was preparing to leave the White House.

Normally, I’d make predictions for the week, but the rest of the league’s games start next weekend.  I’ll predict that Favre gets his revenge in New Orleans on Thursday in another close game, 31-28, but save the rest for next week.  Last year, I finished with a 61-35 record, which means …. exactly nothing for this season.

Instead of picks, let’s look at the top stories in the NFL for the final preseason week:

  • Matt Leinart crowed that he had outplayed his competition for the Arizona Cardinals’ starting QB position, but apparently Ken Whisenhunt disagreed.  The Cardinals released their former #1 draft pick instead, leaving Leinart looking like a fool and leaving him at the mercy of his former college coach.  If Pete Carroll leaves him on the waiver wire rather than picking Leinart up for the Seattle Seahawks, it’s hard to imagine anyone else taking a risk with Leinart.  Moral of the story: don’t issue ultimatums after riding a bench for three seasons.
  • Ben Roethlisberger had his six-game suspension cut down to four games, apparently a reward for good behavior and cooperation with the NFL on its how-not-to-embarrass-the-league seminar.  The Steelers have a QB problem that Leinart could actually solve, assuming Leinart didn’t think that he would move Big Ben to the Big Bench in week 6 after Pittsburgh’s bye week.  The Steelers have an aging but usually effective Charlie Batch on hand to fill Ben’s shoes, but Dennis Dixon could provide more fireworks … for good and ill.  Batch got hardly any reps, too, with Byron Leftwich assumed to be the backup until he got injured.
  • Miami dumps the Wildcat offense, or at least the QB that ran it.  Modern NFL fans cheer; wishbone offense aficionados pout.
  • The St. Louis Rams name their sacrificial Lamb, er, starting QB: Sam Bradford.  Now St. Louis fans (all three of them) have a new name to blame for the year.
  • If the Detroit Lions make final preseason moves in a forest, would anyone notice?  Hey, they did it in Detroit and no one noticed.

The Golden Domers won their first game of the season yesterday at home, dominating the Purdue Boilermakers in everything but the scoreboard in a sloppy effort, 23-12.  The Associated Press and its layers of fact-checkers and editors made sure to report that rookie “Noter Dame” head coach Brian Kelly got the game ball as a “momento.”  They eventually fixed the “Noter” but the “momento” is still live on the site.  Maybe they’ll fix that in uno memento ….


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wasn’t going to comment, but then you called out my rams. proud fan since 1985 (i was 11). watched every game at a sports bar in the 90s (second to only the bengals in losses that decade). have been horrible for the last five years. BUT. and this is a big BUT. how many super bowls have the vikings won? that would be zero, correct? oh, and yes, the rams had three of the most glorious offensive years in the history of football from ’99-’01 and they in fact do have a super bowl championship. and with kroenke and bradford and this being favre’s last year and only jackson to turn to in the future, i would start selling my viking stock immediately and buy rams stock while the price is right! (that was lame, but you get the meaning).

(this rant was addressed to the three rams fan in defense of our team!)

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM

no love loss for me re: leinart…see ya!

max hall looked pretty dang good last thursday night

cmsinaz on September 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Vikings will not win the Super Bowl. Take a close look at the Jets or the Ravens to win it this year.

Pelosi delende est on September 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I’ve hated the Rams ever since Georgia Frontiere ruined the team in order to justify moving them to St. Louis. I’m more of a Steelers fan than a Vikings fan anyway — and we have six championships and seven Super Bowl appearances. How many have the Rams had?

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

They eventually fixed the “Noter” but the “momento” is still live on the site. Maybe they’ll fix that in uno memento ….

Ahh… The Professional press, educated by the finest system of public schools and teachers in the world.

cobrakai99 on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Ed, you should make predictions with your head, not with your heart.

aunursa on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Go Jints – recover the glory!

Fuquay Steve on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I am pissed off at the Chargers. AJ Smith is actively trying to destroy the team. How the hell do you let LT go? Anyway, he has just made me a Jets fan. i still love the Chargers, but not as much as i did, until they fire that imbecile of manager.

He fights with everybody. Imagine getting a dinosaur like Patrick Crayton to replace Vincent Jackson, and a baby like Dombrowski to replace a pro-bowl left tackle like McNeill. I just hope Philip Rivers doesn’t get killed this yr. The idiot just gave Rivers a 90 million dollar contract, but is trying to pay the pro-bowl left tackle peanuts. After all the nonsense with O’Donnell and Angle, and I go over to watch the Chargers and relax, I still have to deal with imbeciles like AJ Smith.

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

aunursa on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I usually make them with a coin. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Ed… usually you are spot on but have you seen Brett Favre play this preseason? The Saint’s will be zeroing in on his ankle and I doubt that Favre finishes the game Thursday night. Saint’s in a rout 35-14.

Who Dat!

saltydogg14 on September 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Why anyone in the Steelers organization thought that Leftwich was going to remain healthy for more than 20 minute intervals is beyond me.

myrenovations on September 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Ed:

I’ve hated the Rams ever since Georgia Frontiere ruined the team in order to justify moving them to St. Louis.

As a 49ers fan, one of my most cherished memories is from a 1989 Monday night showdown between the 11-2 49ers and the 9-4 Rams. She had a gleeful expression with a 27-10 Rams lead early in the 4th quarter. In the final seconds with the 49ers clinching the 30-27 comback, she was caught on camera with the makeup running down her face from her tears.

aunursa on September 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Why anyone in the Steelers organization thought that Leftwich was going to remain healthy for more than 20 minute intervals is beyond me.

myrenovations on September 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Did you see the play. The Steelers O-line sucks. I think it was the center or left guard that ran into his knee. You can’t blame Leftwich for that. They need a QB who can run, cus their o-line sucks so much. I think Dixon is their best bet. Charlie Batch is so old…

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

If Pete Carroll leaves him on the waiver wire rather than picking Leinart up for the Seattle Seahawks, it’s hard to imagine anyone else taking a risk with Leinart. Moral of the story: don’t issue ultimatums after riding a bench for three seasons.

The Heisman Jinx strikes again.

cobrakai99 on September 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Bears look like they are heading to another disappointing season. bummer.

jbh45 on September 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Speaking of Leinart, yesterday, I was in a McDonald’s that was playing the Florida-Miami (OH) game yesterday. (Yes, I know. WTF? But it was a McDonald’s in SW Ohio that, along with Miami (OH) fall in Boehner’s district. How’s that for the political tie-in?). At any rate, I forget the network announcer’s name, but the color guys were Bob Griese and Chris Spielman–and those two guys ripped Leinart a new a**hole. Rarely have I heard such candor from TV commentators. It was hilarious.

BTW: Miami (OH) actually game Florida a game, the final score notwithstanding.

On the pro scene, Go Bears!

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM

The Redskins actually stand a good chance of doing something. As always, the much touted Cowboys will flop.

darwin on September 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM

With all the emphasis on Favre and the banged-up receiving corps, people are forgetting the power of the weapon that is Adrian Peterson. I believe he will get the fumbling under control, help to open up the passing game and help ensure that the Vikings’ offense is once again explosive.

On defense, the Vikings remain largely intact and are healthier with E.J. Henderson returning at middle linebacker.

Vikings take the crown this year.

calabrese on September 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Bears look like they are heading to another disappointing season. bummer.

jbh45 on September 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I grew up in the Chicagoland area in the hopeless late 1960s and 1970s. All we had was Sayers (absolutely electric before injury), Butkus, Dick Gordon, and, Walter Payton.

Forgettable QBs like Jack Concannon, Bobby Douglas, Virgil Carter (passable one season, I think), Bob Avellini.

Bring back the ’85 Bears!

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Sam Bradford has looked exceptionally good in the preseason. Whether he survives the season with this line is the question. Whether Dollar signs Kroenke keeps the team in STL or moves it back near his Malibu “other” home is another question.

flyoverland on September 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

oh, well then, never-mind. the rams have been so horrible over the last twenty years, i can only talk trash to teams that have zero championships, because the ’99-’01 seasons, and particularly the 2000 super bowl, is all we got.

but now there is bradford. and yes, georgia was a problem, and the la rams were much cooler than the st. louis rams (no offense to st. louis, but as hard as it is to believe now, the rams were once one of, if not THE glamour team in the nfl, but now there is kroenke and wal-mart money. so there is hope.

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Let’s the Irish are still unbeaten when I go see them at the new Giants Stadium against Navy in late October.

JammieWearingFool on September 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Debating whether to follow the Lions this year. Some years, I’m really into following them, draft and all, then I go cold turkey for a while. It’s just easier that way.

They’ll never be able to beat 0-16 though and that’s all I ever wanted out of them…

Canadian Infidel on September 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Ed… usually you are spot on but have you seen Brett Favre play this preseason? The Saint’s will be zeroing in on his ankle and I doubt that Favre finishes the game Thursday night. Saint’s in a rout 35-14.

Who Dat!

saltydogg14 on September 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Well, the Vikes also traded away their best backup QB to the Giants. If Favre goes down and Jackson replaces him,..there goes the season.

a capella on September 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Don’t think I wasn’t grinding my teeth during those Greatest Show On Turf seasons, either. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on September 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Well, the Vikes also traded away their best backup QB to the Giants.

Indeed, and I’m thrilled to have Rosenfels with the Giants. Eli’s an ironman but it’s nice to have a quality backup just in case.

JammieWearingFool on September 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I don’t care what the League says, the real opening day is Sunday. None of this “we stuck a game on Thursday to sell more time to beer and truck companies” nonsense.

Football is played on Sundays*, on natural grass, under an open sky, the way God and George Halas intended. :P

*(Okay, and Monday Night, too.)

irishspy on September 5, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I’m going to make some money this season. I’m taking the early line that the Lions will not win a single game. :-)

(From one of three Lions fans left in the UP)

Yoop on September 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

The Ravens will mop up the AFC North.

justinx0r on September 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

What? No mention of those overrated QB’s Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco?

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

The Ravens will mop up the AFC North.

justinx0r on September 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Hah. 9-7 at best. I’m thinking more like 8-8.

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Canadian Infidel on September 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Whoops. Had not seen your Lions comment before posting mine. I’m betting 0-16 anyway…

I used to think that if they could just beat the Packers on Thanksgiving Day my season was made. Then even that schedule changed.

Yoop on September 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Ronnie Brown (RB) runs the wildcat offense for Miami, Pat White never did… The wildcat is a power running attack, which GM’s in the league don’t quite grasp. With the exception of Tebow or Jafatarse Russell, QB’s are not strong enough to pull off the formation. There just needs to be enough threat that a pass will be thrown to an uncovered receiver, there is no need for a real QB…

phreshone on September 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The Ravens will mop up the AFC North.

justinx0r on September 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM
Hah. 9-7 at best. I’m thinking more like 8-8.

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Nope, the Bengals are way overrated and the Steelers will go 8-8 if they’re lucky. The Browns will always be horrible. The Ravens are obviously the most dominant team in the AFC and are in the top 5 (in the NFL) in most power rankings.

justinx0r on September 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Sam Bradford, University of Oklahoma, was named the starting quarterback of the Rams yesterday as his parents were in Norman for our game to help dedicate a display to our national award winners. Waiting for his Heisman statue to be finished and put in Heisman Park across from the stadium.

Norman and Oklahoma City area are becoming Rams territory as they just announced our sports radio station KREF here in Norman is going to carry all the Rams games. One local TV station has provided us all the preseason games including the last one shown after the Cowboys game. Would have rather seen the Rams game. Since Troy Aikman retired, the Cowboys have not been the same.

My son has been a Rams fan since he was little as we lived in SoCal in the early 80′s and now the whole family is rooting for the Rams and our second choice the Bengals since I grew up in Ohio and we lived there for several years in the late 80′s before being transferred to Texas and then Oklahoma.

GO RAMS!

PhiKapMom on September 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Favre took the Vikings to the brink…

Get used to it, we here in Wisconsin were.

WhoU4 on September 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

The wildcat is a power running attack, which GM’s in the league don’t quite grasp.
phreshone on September 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

man, if only these men who have been in football most, if not all of their lives, do nothing but eat, drink, and sleep the sport, and have reached the absolute pinnacle of success in their profession could have the wisdom of the internet message board fan, they might just make something of themselves. :)

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 1:10 PM

If the Bears don’t figure out how to pass block, Jay Cutler is going to look very, very bad. He has weaknesses of his own, but they need to give him some time.

O-Line is awful.

Jaibones on September 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

PhiKapMom on September 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM

well, that is two of the three. who’s the third?

truecon on September 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

WHO DAT!

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

49ers! Winning season please!

El_Terrible on September 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Jaibones on September 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Cutler’s ego and arrogance won’t tolerate spending Sunday afternoons flat on his back. He’ll sour.

a capella on September 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Nope, the Bengals are way overrated and the Steelers will go 8-8 if they’re lucky. The Browns will always be horrible. The Ravens are obviously the most dominant team in the AFC and are in the top 5 (in the NFL) in most power rankings.

justinx0r on September 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

You don’t know the Steelers. Did you read Peter King’s article?

8-8 is silly btw .

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM

If you don’t hate the viQueens you are not paying attention.
Let’s recap, shall we?

• Fifty years of failure… 50!!!!!
• NO wins in four (4!!!!) Super Bowls…
• no SB slot since 1977…

• The Original Whizzinator…
• the Love Boat on Minnetonka…
• ‘wrong way’ Marshall…
• the Herschel Walker trade…
• the Mike Tice ticket scalping agency…
• ‘perfect’ Gary Anderson MISSES…
• re-tread Packers kicker, receiver, O-coordinator, and QB – result?

NOTHING.
So yes, the Saints will beat them again – but then they do not deserve to EVER win.

EXIT QUESTION:
When they move to L.A., will the league let them keep the name and sissy logo?

HammerNH on September 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Did you see the play. The Steelers O-line sucks. I think it was the center or left guard that ran into his knee. You can’t blame Leftwich for that. They need a QB who can run, cus their o-line sucks so much. I think Dixon is their best bet. Charlie Batch is so old…

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Coming from a soccer guy I don’t give your football knowledge much credence.

/

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Perhaps the Steelers fans here can explain why they are such poor winners.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM

justinX

Standings in AFC last year

AFC EAST W L T PCT PF PA DIV CONF STREAK
y-New England 10 6 0 0.625 427 285 4-2 7-5 Lost 1
x-NY Jets 9 7 0 0.563 348 236 2-4 7-5 Won 2
Miami 7 9 0 0.438 360 390 4-2 5-7 Lost 3
Buffalo 6 10 0 0.375 258 326 2-4 4-8 Won 1

AFC NORTH W L T PCT PF PA DIV CONF STREAK
y-Cincinnati 10 6 0 0.625 305 291 6-0 7-5 Lost 1
x-Baltimore 9 7 0 0.563 391 261 3-3 7-5 Won 1
Pittsburgh 9 7 0 0.563 368 324 2-4 6-6 Won 3
Cleveland 5 11 0 0.313 245 375 1-5 5-7 Won 4

AFC SOUTH W L T PCT PF PA DIV CONF STREAK
z-Indianapolis 14 2 0 0.875 416 307 6-0 10-2 Lost 2
Houston 9 7 0 0.563 388 333 1-5 6-6 Won 4
Tennessee 8 8 0 0.500 354 402 2-4 4-8 Won 1
Jacksonville 7 9 0 0.438 290 380 3-3 6-6 Lost 4

AFC WEST W L T PCT PF PA DIV CONF STREAK
y-San Diego 13 3 0 0.813 454 320 5-1 9-3 Won 11
Denver 8 8 0 0.500 326 324 3-3 6-6 Lost 4
Oakland 5 11 0 0.313 197 379 2-4 4-8 Lost 2
Kansas City 4 12 0 0.250 294 424 2-4 3-9 Won 1

Nothing suggest the Birds are the most dominant team in the AFC. sshhhhhhh

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Nothing says America like chili cheese dip, cold beer, and NFL football.

hillbillyjim on September 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Perhaps the Steelers fans here can explain why they are such poor winners.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Sounds like someone is making shi* up.

True Bengal fan.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Except maybe fried chicken, cold beer and NASCAR.

hillbillyjim on September 5, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Nothing says America like chili cheese dip, cold beer, and NFL football.

hillbillyjim on September 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Except maybe fried chicken, cold beer and NASCAR.

hillbillyjim on September 5, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Maybe they should play an NFL game on the infield at a Nascar race.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

CW,

Nope. Not making anything up. It’s a generalization, to be sure, based on many, many years of watching many Steelers fans. Not a Bengals fan, sorry.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Yawn.

azkenreid on September 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Oh. My. God.

The mind reels at that thought.

BallisticBob on September 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Jerry Jones will do ‘whatever it takes’ to have his team play at home for the Super Bowl.

This is going to be an verrry interesting season for the Cowboys.

Peri Winkle on September 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM

OchoCinco! OchoCinco!

El_Terrible on September 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Look what I found on YouTube…

Catchy little tune, except the pictures need an update!

Seven Percent Solution on September 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Maybe they should play an NFL game on the infield at a Nascar race.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Manna from Heaven…

(Homer Simpson drool)

Seven Percent Solution on September 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Nope. Not making anything up. It’s a generalization, to be sure, based on many, many years of watching many Steelers fans. Not a Bengals fan, sorry.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Sorry I misread your Who Dat. You know with the gals’ idiotic who dey chant.

How about some specifics about Steelers’ fans. I suspect you are just jealous. That is usually the reason for such comments. You aren’t one of those haters who always tries to demean the Steelers history are you? If you are and wonder why you get a negative reaction I suggest you grow up.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:44 PM

OchoStinco! OchoStinco!

El_Terrible on September 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

FIFY

Can two monstrous egos get along. My bet -not after the season starts.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

CW,

No way. I have always respected the Steelers, their accomplishments, and the fact that they are one of the greatest NFL franchises.

I just call out poor sportsmanship whenever and wherever I encounter it, and my many years of experience observing Steelers fans leads me to the sad conclusion (and sweeping generalization) that many of them are poor winners.

Of course, it’s natural that they would not take kindly to being called out on it.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

FIFY

Can two monstrous egos get along. My bet -not after the season starts.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Haha. Terrell Owens ruins every team he goes to.

El_Terrible on September 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Haha. Terrell Owens ruins every team he goes to.

El_Terrible on September 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I am so glad that Danny ‘The Boy Owner’ Snyder didn’t go out and purchase T.O. There is some hope for a better day in DC.

Pelosi delende est on September 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Well, this is something new…I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel, with the Jets favored to win it all this year. I don’t think that’s happened for as long as I’ve lived and breathe and proudly worn the green and white.

New stadium (in all fairness it should be called “Jets Stadium”…let the Jints and fans see how it feels), new(ish) QB, new(ish) well-performing coach…and one tough division.

It will make the Superbowl that much more…savored.

JetBoy on September 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Maybe they should play an NFL game on the infield at a Nascar race.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Mind-bogglicious.

hillbillyjim on September 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Go Niners!

Left Coast Right Mind on September 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Favre had just about everything break his way last year. Don’t see it happening this time around. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers will continue to demonstrate why my beloved Packers saw fit to send ol’ number 4 away.

Mr. D on September 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Jerry Jones will do ‘whatever it takes’ to have his team play at home for the Super Bowl.

This is going to be an verrry interesting season for the Cowboys.

Peri Winkle on September 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Ha! Go Texans!!

cartooner on September 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Kevin Kolb led the NFC East QB’s in preseason passing yardage, in case you didn’t know. Just thought I’d toss that our there.

Akzed on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Perhaps the Steelers fans here can explain why they are such poor winners.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Whut? What in the world does that even mean? Poor winners?

I’ve been a Steelers fan ever since I was a kid and got to meet Franco, Terry and Mean Joe. I don’t recall at any time in the last 40 years of my being a Steelers fan that we were ever “sore winners”.

If anything, I think the opposite is true. Having to hear everybody cry about referees, injuries, blah, blah.

Steeler Nation is huge. You can’t go to a major city without at least one Steeler bar there. We’re the best traveling team in the NFL. Some away games are like homes games to us. With that many fervent fans, I’m sure you might have overheard someone make some kind of remark you didn’t like.

Or is it the mention of 6 Superbowl rings that makes us “sore winners”?

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Pelosi delende est on September 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Love the screen name!

Mr. D on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

go bengals

knob on September 5, 2010 at 2:16 PM

NFL snoozefest…

Wake me up when EuroCup starts.

Inanemergencydial on September 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Steeler Nation is huge. You can’t go to a major city without at least one Steeler bar there. We’re the best traveling team in the NFL. Some away games are like homes games to us. With that many fervent fans, I’m sure you might have overheard someone make some kind of remark you didn’t like.

Or is it the mention of 6 Superbowl rings that makes us “sore winners”?

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

All true — there are Steelers bars here in Minnesota. Steelers fans are undeniably loyal. I grew up in the hometown of Rocky Bleier and Steelers fans would come to see his boyhood home while he played for the Steelers. It’s definitely true that Steelers fans are a rare breed.

And congrats on the six rings. That’s means you guys are only halfway to the total of NFL championships of the Green Bay Packers.

Mr. D on September 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Of course, it’s natural that they would not take kindly to being called out on it.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Most are great winners. I have been to Steelers games in Indy and Cleveland and Steelers fans were classy and well bahaved while the Colts and Browns fans were great too.

Also, my point also was that Steeler fans tire of idiots trying to diminish their Super Bowl wins . Yes that gets annoying to some.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

That’s means you guys are only halfway to the total of NFL championships of the Green Bay Packers.

Mr. D on September 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Congrats to the Packers but you kid yourself if anyone in great numbers gives those pre-Super Bowl wins much weight. Ask the Browns.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

JetBoy on September 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Dude, somehow I get the feeling we are in for a sophomore slump.

What with the Revis situation and all, I’d approach this season with this advice ……. cautious optimism.

After all, we are Jet fans …..

Jerome Horwitz on September 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Browns History: (or is that Ravens?)

From Wiki:

League championships (8)
AAFC Championships (4)
1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
NFL Championships (4)
1950, 1954, 1955, 1964

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

After all, we are Jet fans …..

Jerome Horwitz on September 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I bet Revis signs this week.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Coming from a soccer guy I don’t give your football knowledge much credence.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM

So because I love soccer, I can’t know anything about football too. I doubt you know more than I do about most teams in the NFL. I am a huge Chargers fan, and I can tell you I haven’t missed a game in person or on TV/internet in the last 7 years, and that’s even with living in Boston.

Trust me, I will disgrace you if we have a battle about NFL knowledge.

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I bet Revis signs this week.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I don’t care when he signs ( well, I do hope it’s soon ), but he should have been in training camp on Day 1.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but what usually happens to players who miss all of training camp ??? It’s a word that starts with “I” and usually ends a players season.

Jerome Horwitz on September 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Trust me, I will disgrace you if we have a battle about NFL knowledge.

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Weird how you left out the / tag. Calm down.

Oh and Soccer is a joke.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

internet in the last 7 years

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The games are legally shown on the internet?

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Coming from a soccer guy I don’t give your football knowledge much credence.

/

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Soccer people are so sensitive. The only way to survive watching soccer is to keep reminding yourself that the NFL is on the way.

The last 5 games for our division leadin Columbus Crew:

Last Five Games
Thu, Aug 5 at Philadelphia W 2-1
Sat, Aug 14 at Real Salt Lake L 0-2
Sat, Aug 21 Colorado W 3-1
Sat, Aug 28 FC Dallas T 0-0
Sat, Sep 4 at DC United W 1-0

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

The games are legally shown on the internet?

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I don’t concern myself with questions of legality. Those are for the NFL legal dept.

I still wonder why you guys always feel the need to denigrate soccer at every opportunity. Did a soccer player steal ur GF or something? I just don’t get it.

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Last Five Games
Thu, Aug 5 at Philadelphia W 2-1
Sat, Aug 14 at Real Salt Lake L 0-2
Sat, Aug 21 Colorado W 3-1
Sat, Aug 28 FC Dallas T 0-0
Sat, Sep 4 at DC United W 1-0

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I do love how sensitive soccer fans are. Sooo easy to tweak.

I told you before I have enjoyed soccer games in the past. Nothing like a Saturday night at Crew Stadium with a brew and a brat. The best part is knowing when go to take a leak you won’t miss anything.

CWforFreedom on September 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I still wonder why you guys always feel the need to denigrate soccer at every opportunity. Did a soccer player steal ur GF or something? I just don’t get it.

Chudi on September 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM

The only reason I make fun of soccer is because most people don’t know what I’m talking about when I make fun of curling. Even though curling is the more exciting of the two sports.

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I don’t want to jinx anything, but what usually happens to players who miss all of training camp ??? It’s a word that starts with “I” and usually ends a players season.

Jerome Horwitz on September 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Well, that word that rhymes with min-churi is why Revis is holding out for this long. So far he’s not guaranteed $$$ if he gets injured. But yeah, I fully agree he should be at training camp, at least getting into shape no matter where he goes.

Ryan’s pinning too much on Revis signing as well. Offering to cancel practice so Derrelle and team can have a friggin’ meet and greet, as if it’s necessary. On top of the Revis situation, is the filming of “Hard knocks” on HBO. Put it all together under the banner of likely Superbowl contenders, and it very well could be a recipe for a huge letdown.

But THAT is what us Jets fans do best. We’ve certainly had a lot of practice for it.

JetBoy on September 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Ha! Go Texans!! // Woohoo! Of course, any game where Schaub is *not* injured is a win, imho.

cartooner on September 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

tkinTX on September 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Oops. That comment didn’t turn out right. Dang BlackBerry.

tkinTX on September 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Boise St. v. Virginia Tech

John the Libertarian on September 5, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I am an avid fan of the ONLY New York State NFL team, the Buffalo Bills.

That said, I’m looking forward to my team having the #1 pick of the 2011 draft.

:-(

Logic on September 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Looking forward to defending the title!

This is a new experience…!!!

The Saints fleur-de-lis hood ornament is still on my ’70s SaintsMobile & there it stays until at least February 2012 :-D

TWO DAT! ! !

cane_loader on September 5, 2010 at 5:57 PM

As someone who has watched the NFL religiously for almost 40 years, one thing I have learned is that the Cardinals almost always make the wrong the decision.

And I am a Cards fan.

Whisenhut is off his nut if he thinks he can get through the season with Derek Anderson and 2 rookies at QB.

Captain Kirock on September 5, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I am a Cards fan of 42 years, and I believe Whisenhunt was correct in letting go of Leinart. I really wanted him to succeed this year, but after watching him it was obvious that Leinart wasn’t up to the task. Whenever Leinart took the field it was like someone let the air out of the offense. I think Derek Anderson will do OK, and he seemed to be getting more comfortable with the offense. What really pleased me was watching Max Hall play. He took charge and led that offense down the field, something Leinart just couldn’t do. John Skelton did something similar in the first preseason game, but Hall seemed especially impressive. I think the Cards will do just fine with their quarterback lineup.

MeAlice on September 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Sorry AFC whiners, the hated Pats are going to win it.

I’m actually getting a good laugh at all the “Jets win the division talk”. It will be better when they wind up in 3rd…

::cue the 12 year olds with the cheater trash-talk::

But really, can’t wait for the season to start.

Was good to see the Irish open well, I wasn’t expecting much this year, but I like Kelly. Good things to come.

reaganaut on September 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Well, since you fancy yourself one of the gracious winner Steeler fans, then there’s no need for you to apologize for anything, is there. And don’t pretend you don’t know the difference between a gracious winner and a poor winner. It was an if-the-shoe-fits comment, which makes it interesting that you’d answer in the first place.

Btw, better luck next season.

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Since I don’t have my trainer or NFL guy as a source of info and general help, I am probably dumber than most here.

So I offer this good humor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0S2siAHTWo

And an excellent season to all.

IlikedAUH2O on September 5, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Christien on September 5, 2010 at 7:31 PM

So if someone responds to your asinine accusation, it makes the responder guilty? How ridiculous. Using your logic, this whole blog is filled with racist, uneducated simpletons who know nothing about politics, social justice, terrorism, etc.

I responded because you were impugning the dignity of a great franchise and it’s fans with a generalization. You tried to back pedal by saying you “call it out” when you witness it. But yet, you didn’t cite the specific example of a “poor winner” on this blog. Then you fell back into your generalization to justify your swipe at the Steelers franchise.

I’m assuming you’re a New Orleans fan from your previous post. I’m also assuming it would be okay for me to make a vast generalization and say all Saints fans are obnoxious due to my interaction with you?

Don’t be jealous. There was no case of anyone acting like a “poor winner” before your comment. You come across as a sore loser.

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

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