NFL Notes

While the Seattle upset was obviously a bit surprising, what made it especially more so was the fact they found themselves down 10-0 right away. It seemed to me they would be particularly ill equipped to play from behind…I really didn’t know Pete Carroll and Matt Hasselbeck had it in them. Two terrific performances Saturday. It wasn’t fun watching Hasselbeck after I chose Mark Sanchez over him as my second QB in a playoff fantasy league…I’m beginning to question whether Reggie Bush lacks durability…A defending Super Bowl champion hasn’t won a playoff game since 2004…When the Seahawks aren’t blown out, they are the best team in the NFL (8-0 in games decided by 14 points or fewer)…Saturday marked the first time Drew Brees wasn’t intercepted since Week 4, and he was only sacked once…As much as I praised coach Carroll earlier, his decision making at the end of the game was questionable. After calling two straight run plays for Marshawn Lynch (who didn’t pick up a first down), he then just kneeled the ball, and the game was over (New Orleans had only one timeout to begin with). I guess the runs ran a couple more seconds off the clock than a QB kneel, but was that really worth the risk of a fumble at midfield up just five points?...Speaking of Lynch, I’ve heard his 67-yard touchdown run called the best of the season, but come on, it was definitely the best run ever, right? I don’t want to be hyperbolic, and I guess a safer way of me saying it is “in my lifetime,” but I can’t even come up with a No. 2 to compare it to. If you had me name running backs who would produce “the best run ever,” I would have named at least 30 before Lynch in today’s NFL. Considering it happened in a close playoff game late in the fourth quarter, that only enhances such a sick run that produced a whopping eight broken tackles.

I had a vested interest in Oregon winning Monday night, but I’m guessing this guy was even more upset at the outcome.

You know when you go to some restaurants, and the waiter or waitress won’t write down any of your order, kind of just to prove how awesome their memory is? That always drives me nuts and convinces me our order will be messed up. Well, I can’t argue against eliminating the human element.

While it appears most online books have them lower, my friend who lives in Las Vegas alerted me today that “The M” had the Milwaukee Brewers at 40-1 to win the World Series. While future bets like this really aren’t that smart, I couldn’t help myself not to throw $50 on it. In comparison, the Nationals were 35/1, the Marlins 30/1 and the Padres 30/1. In fact, the only NL teams listed as bigger long shots were the Diamondbacks, Astros and Pirates!

I feel like I’ve somehow become something of a Peyton Manning apologist, and I understand some criticism is merited since he’s now just 9-10 during the postseason throughout his career, but he just completed 69.2 percent of his passes while getting 8.7 YPA while taking only one sack and not committing a turnover against a strong Jets’ defense with a depleted receiving corps (I know the great ones make the receivers and not vice-versa, but this statement holds even more true when you consider Reggie Wayne was also non-existent). That’s an awful Colts team, with a bottom-five coach in the league. This is like LeBron James and the Cavs, only playing in a far more team dependent sport (albeit the QB is disproportionately important)…Mark Sanchez was not good Saturday night…Why did Dominic Rhodes get more carries than Joseph Addai?...Adam Vinatieri is the man, no doubt about it…What was up with Rex Ryan’s eye? That must have been some halftime speech. Not sure why he didn’t call a timeout (he had all three remaining) when the Colts had the ball at their own 36-yard line on 1st-and-10 with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter, allowing Indy to run 32 seconds off the clock…Of course, that blunder pales in comparison to Jim Caldwell’s absolutely dumbfounding timeout called about a minute later, but that’s been criticized ad nauseam. But this should come as no surprise to those who have followed Caldwell, who also made one of the dumbest challenges earlier in the game when it was quite clear the punt went right through Santonio Holmes’ legs. Without question, Caldwell is one of the worst coaches in the NFL.

This guy (I feel like Jon Gruden) is 18 years old. Seriously. Meet Thapa Magar, the shortest man in the world.

This feel good story got sad fast.

This video probably deserves an even greater warning than NSFW. And while I acknowledge it’s horrible, and the woman should be locked up, I must admit, I have watched it a few too many times to claim I didn’t find it funny. I mean, the trance music is mesmerizing, and the woman’s expression throughout it all is just so crazy. And she makes it like a fireworks show, with the finale going all out, and why the random stills? There’s little doubt I’m going to hell.

The Chiefs’ second half Sunday was one of the worst two quarters played in the league this year. How can Jamaal Charles receive one single carry during that span, and Dwayne Bowe get zero targets all game? Unbelievable. Charles was .02 YPC away from breaking Jim Brown’s NFL record this season…While visiting some friends in USC back in college, late one night after leaving the bars we ran into Matt Cassel on some fraternity row. Somehow, my friend ended up betting him he’d beat him in a foot race, and after he smoked him twice (the second time he even gave Cassel a head start, just because), Cassel got extremely butt hurt and refused to pay up, so I can’t say I’m exactly shedding tears to see him fail so miserably when it matters most…As someone with rooting interest in the 49ers, I hope Jim Harbaugh is half as good a coach as his brother. This Ravens team is a bit hard to figure out, but they are clearly among the elite in the NFL.

You’ve got to admit “Boats N’ Hoes” was pretty good.

The Falcons deserve credit for taking care of business, and they don’t turn the ball over and have a good special teams, but for those who consider their season a bit lucky, let me flame the fire: opponents made just 15-of-23 field goals against them this season, which is 65.2 percent, nearly 10 percent lower than the next most beneficial team in the league. In comparison, the Chargers didn’t have a single missed field goal against them this year. Breaks.

I understand gas stations keep their refrigerator temperatures high to keep costs down, and maybe 50 percent of their clientele are commuters, but it’s extremely annoying either way. No one is buying a single soda (or juice or water) at such a place not to drink immediately. Seriously, they are all barely consumable. Someone tell the owners I’d be willing to pay higher gas prices for a colder drink on a road trip. That alone I assume would sway them to change their ways.

I’m a huge baseball guy coming off a season in which my Giants became World Champions, and it’s also probably my preferred fantasy sport, but this weekend proved football is the best sport in America. What ridiculously good games. You can’t beat it…DeSean Jackson is an unbelievably talented player and possibly the most explosive in the league, but it’s pretty crazy he finished with just 47 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns this year. He had the season’s most memorable play on special teams, his 22.5 yards-per-catch mark easily led the NFL, and he missed two games, so it’s not a knock. But he ultimately ended the season with just 49 receptions over 15 games…James Starks was impressive, especially when you consider the defense was more likely to key on the run whenever he was on the field…If it wasn’t clear before, Aaron Rodgers’ poor record in close games should 100 percent (or at least something close to it) fall on Mike McCarthy, who is absolutely horrible. Talk about playing not to win down the stretch (and also at halftime, when he allowed Green Bay to run the clock out with 20 seconds left at midfield with a timeout remaining). And what about Troy Aikman telling us that McCarthy told him he doesn’t measure success running the ball by YPC but instead by the number of carries. Huh? That’s like saying you should judge a hitter by RBI more than OPS (and yes, even the latter is rudimentary in this day and age)...Speaking of Rodgers, who I think is pretty safe to call the best player in the NFC by far (yet, he wasn’t even named to the Pro Bowl. And imagine if Jermichael Finley didn’t go down.), now has a 19:2 TD:INT ratio over the past eight games. And those numbers would look even better had James Jones not made such an egregious drop on a perfectly thrown ball on a sure would-be long touchdown Sunday


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