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davematt 08-09-2008 11:57 PM

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Originally posted by Benzhiyi
Duuuuuuuuuude, seriously: this is crackers. Red Sox - Yankees is a far more bitter rivalry than Pats - Jets. In fact it's probably the biggest in American sports. When you go to Boston you'll see that its people care way, WAY more about the Red Sox than they do any other of its sports teams, even with the recent success of the Pats and the Jets. Nothing can prepare you for how completely obsessed that city is with its baseball club. I know this'll sound hilarious coming from the guy who got his Pollards mixed up earlier, but you've really gotta do some proper research before you start making these statements as if they're facts. :D
This is true.

Red Sox and Yankee's despise eachother. You even get that feeling all the way over here on the west coast.

Just a shame that the most bitter rivalry in US sport is in Baseball; which IMO is the least enjoyable sport out of the Big 5 (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey & Soccer).

pauldrulez 09-09-2008 12:01 AM

As I have said, I dont really follow baseball, I follow NFL and soccer over there and have watched Sox-Yankees matches when I see that they are on and watch Celtics matches when I can find them.

I just dont like Baseball for some reason, I see it as rich mans softball but that may just be me and not really taking notice of the game.

And mixing up the Pollards is awful, even I knew that;)

(Mainly because Marcus was a TE with the Pats and was cut over the summer while I was on holiday I think) Prepares to be proven wrong.

But I am tired, you have ruined by sleep pattern over the past 2 months and now I am going to be back to college, so less posting for me (Yeah right).

Night All.

Packers and Broncos to win tonight ;) Weekend of Surprises.

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 12:02 AM

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Originally posted by jazman

I'll attempt my first review of the week tomorrow where I am sure I will prove my lack of knowledge compared to you guys ... but give it a go all the same I will ... :p

You know, I barely knew anything about football last year - the Superbowl XLI was my second ever superbowl - I had no idea what I was supposed to look out for, I had no idea whom to watch or even how the game was played.

Last year, I just subscribed to NFL Gameday on iTunes and watched it on my way to work - I listened to terminology, and worked out the positions.

But the GREATEST way you can really learn the game - IMHO - is by playing it yourself. On Madden NFL :D Honestly, I bought 08 last year, and 09 this year, and my learning curve has shot right up - I now know how to change the play at the line of scrimage, calling audibles and setting players in motion - and it's made my enjoyment of watching it so much more. I can see when a team is trying to blitz, I now know what the commentators are talking about when they talk about the QB and FB linking up - and I love it :love:

No harm in posting what you think - even if you don't quite understand what us idiots are talking about :p

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 12:05 AM

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Originally posted by pauldrulez
so less posting for me (Yeah right).

Please? :D

Seriously though Paul, I appreciate your input on this thread, but you need to think about posting a little less on here. You've pretty much flooded the thread with Patriots stuff - it's great that you're so passionate about it but it gets tiresome to read through all of your posts. I don't want to stick you on my ignore list because I think you're a very informative poster - but just cut down in quantity and work on your quality a little more?

Hope I don't come across as a tosspot for saying that. I don't mean to cause offence, mate.

Benzhiyi 09-09-2008 12:10 AM

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Funnily enough, Rob, I got into the NFL in exactly the same way - with Madden '92 on the Mega Drive.

I've still got it at my mum's, too.

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 12:10 AM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
Please? :D

Seriously though Paul, I appreciate your input on this thread, but you need to think about posting a little less on here. You've pretty much flooded the thread with Patriots stuff - it's great that you're so passionate about it but it gets tiresome to read through all of your posts. I don't want to stick you on my ignore list because I think you're a very informative poster - but just cut down in quantity and work on your quality a little more?

Hope I don't come across as a tosspot for saying that. I don't mean to cause offence, mate.


Tosspot!! :rolleyes:

:afro:

I don't think I've ever used the word tosspot before. Thank you for expanding my vocabulary Rob.

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 12:11 AM

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Originally posted by Benzhiyi
Funnily enough, Rob, I got into the NFL in exactly the same way - with Madden '92 on the Mega Drive.

I've still got it at my mum's, too.

:D
Quote:

Originally posted by Benzhiyi
Funnily enough, Rob, I got into the NFL in exactly the same way - with Madden '92 on the Mega Drive.

I've still got it at my mum's, too.

:D
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Originally posted by Benzhiyi
Funnily enough, Rob, I got into the NFL in exactly the same way - with Madden '92 on the Mega Drive.

I've still got it at my mum's, too.

:D

:hi:

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 12:14 AM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
Tosspot!! :rolleyes:

:afro:

I don't think I've ever used the word tosspot before. Thank you for expanding my vocabulary Rob.

The pleasure is all mine! :D

davematt 09-09-2008 12:17 AM

Will be working during the first installment of the Monday Night football double, but will be back in time to have a pizza & beer whilst watching the Raiders v Broncos game.

Been hearing some good things about the new Radiers RB Darren McFadden. Seems to have head a decent pre season.

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:46 AM

Good start from Peterson even if the game isn't great so far... how many Packers penalties? Not exactly helping Rodgers start!.

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 01:54 AM

Now the Vikings turn for all the penalties :)

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 02:44 AM

Bloody missed field goal... costing my fantasy team!

I need to Peterson to out-perfrom Driver to keep Strath off my back :D

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 02:45 AM

Oh, and what have I been saying all offseason about Tavaris Jackson? That's right, he's rubbish.

:D

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 03:02 AM

I have the second highest score in my league. And playing the guy with the best score :(

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:13 AM

Gotta love a punt returned for a TD

some great blocking helps of course

and no flag this time :D

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 03:29 AM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
I have the second highest score in my league. And playing the guy with the best score :(
I have the second highest currently and Strath has the third highest. Paul, our resident expert, has the lowest score :D

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 03:33 AM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
Paul, our resident expert, has the lowest score :D
Yes, but he probably has McFadden left! :p

And to be fair... he probably had Brady too.

What a homer ;)

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:36 AM

Was just thinking back to Wembley last year..... sigh....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/DSCF0428.jpg

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 03:36 AM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
Yes, but he probably has McFadden left! :p

And to be fair... he probably had Brady too.

What a homer ;)


He has no-one left! He had Brady... and Welker and Moss, too. He left Darren McF on the bench! And he "conducted" the draft, hey Paul ;)

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:37 AM

Urgh it was a horrible messy day

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/DSCF0435.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...e/DSCF0432.jpg

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:38 AM

Im bored btw :D

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 03:41 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
Im bored btw :D
You need a hobby, Steve.

Mine is sleeping. And reading this thread. And being a member of the Late Night Clique. And downloading ungodly amounts of porn. You get the picture.

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:57 AM

Oh im watching the game right now, I have a headache and a really bad back, so its pretty much all i can do right now :( why did I pick The Vikings +2.5 or whatever they were?!

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 03:59 AM

tavaris jackson will never be a good QB

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 04:01 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
tavaris jackson will never be a good QB
Pauldrulez will not be impressed with that comment :D

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 04:04 AM

Did you know that Minnesota means Cloudy Water in Sioux? I know, amazing :D The Viking's play looks murky :clown:

Hedgehog 09-09-2008 04:06 AM

Aren't the Raiders playing Denver tonight?

Hard to get excited so early in the season.

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 04:06 AM

I need to go to bed but i wanna see how that Money grabbing raider QB does

jlmatthews 09-09-2008 04:06 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
Oh im watching the game right now, I have a headache and a really bad back, so its pretty much all i can do right now :( why did I pick The Vikings +2.5 or whatever they were?!
Sorry to hear that Steve.

Oh, and I think you took the Viks and 2.5 because you were high.

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 04:11 AM

I wish I was high and then maybe I wouldnt be in pain! osteopath tomorrow will hopefully put my back together :)

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 04:15 AM

Vikings could still win... 2 mins left. Won't win by 2.5 points though ;)

AP got his TD to help my Fantasy team put a W on the board. :D

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 04:16 AM

140 points. Best in the league. I'm amazing.

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 04:17 AM

That's the end of that :D

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 04:17 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
tavaris jackson will never be a good QB
I wish I wasnt so right, he is such a :clown:

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 04:18 AM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
Vikings could still win... 2 mins left. Won't win by 2.5 points though ;)

AP got his TD to help my Fantasy team put a W on the board. :D

no they were +2.5, meaning GB were -2.5

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 04:18 AM

Tavaris Jackson is a tool. There was no-one near that pass. ESPN tried to blame Shiancoe for cutting his route short but it wasn't even close. Usain Bolt wouldn't have caught up with that ball!

Right, onto the next game now please ESPN...

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 04:19 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
no they were +2.5, meaning GB were -2.5
Oh sorry, I thought you meant Vikings had to win by more than 2.5, not lose by less than!

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 04:35 AM

Nice start from Cutler

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 04:41 AM

Just short, and they're going to go for it.

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 04:44 AM

Oh dear :D Tut tut, Russell :p

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 05:01 AM

I still find it incredible how easily baseball stadiums are turned into Football stadiums and vice versa

simple i know but still its interesting to me okkkkkkkkkkkkkk :D

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 05:02 AM

Steve, I agree. I find it fascinating. The thing that shocks me is that baseball fields are so big - it pretty much allows the NFL field to fit right into it.

I like the way the McAfee Coliseum is dug into the ground.

http://www.stadiumsofnfl.com/afc/mcafeemain2.jpg

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 05:07 AM

Broncos are now 5 yards from the end zone. Lovely pass from Cutler.

davematt 09-09-2008 05:17 AM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
Steve, I agree. I find it fascinating. The thing that shocks me is that baseball fields are so big - it pretty much allows the NFL field to fit right into it.

I like the way the McAfee Coliseum is dug into the ground.

http://www.stadiumsofnfl.com/afc/mcafeemain2.jpg

It is also capable of holding Soccer games; the Earthquakes have played their a few times this season. I was there for the Galaxy game and it just didnt feel right!

LLCOOLSTEVE 09-09-2008 05:21 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIukkv1Ko0U

Its also a bit like the Basketball to Ice Hockey Arenas

And it still staggers me how big the College stadiums are in the States

Id love to go to an Ohio State or Michigan game (well Not Michigan right now!)

davematt 09-09-2008 05:24 AM

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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIukkv1Ko0U

Its also a bit like the Basketball to Ice Hockey Arenas

And it still staggers me how big the College stadiums are in the States

Id love to go to an Ohio State or Michigan game (well Not Michigan right now!)

Agree. Last year I just couldnt believe my eyes when I watched a Ohio State game on TV. Its the fact that the stadium is a sell out every week that makes it even more staggering!

Chester 09-09-2008 05:31 AM

There is only one college stadium. Huskie Country

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q...ce_stadium.jpg

Hedgehog 09-09-2008 05:36 AM

Ermmmm.... January?

Chester 09-09-2008 05:37 AM

i'd be impressed if that was Seattle in January

RDSdaEAGLE 09-09-2008 06:13 AM

Raiders are being served.

Denver 24 Raiders 0.

Icy 09-09-2008 09:19 AM

Brady out for the season.

jazman 09-09-2008 09:39 AM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
You know, I barely knew anything about football last year - the Superbowl XLI was my second ever superbowl - I had no idea what I was supposed to look out for, I had no idea whom to watch or even how the game was played.

Last year, I just subscribed to NFL Gameday on iTunes and watched it on my way to work - I listened to terminology, and worked out the positions.

But the GREATEST way you can really learn the game - IMHO - is by playing it yourself. On Madden NFL :D Honestly, I bought 08 last year, and 09 this year, and my learning curve has shot right up - I now know how to change the play at the line of scrimage, calling audibles and setting players in motion - and it's made my enjoyment of watching it so much more. I can see when a team is trying to blitz, I now know what the commentators are talking about when they talk about the QB and FB linking up - and I love it :love:

No harm in posting what you think - even if you don't quite understand what us idiots are talking about :p

Nice one fella ... it's so addictive. I first got into the NFL when it first appeared on our screens over here (late 80s or early 90s?). Watched the covergae from the start when I was living with my parents. My and my old would sit up on a Sunday evening religiously, this is after we had picked our sides, me the Cowboys and my old man chose the 49ers. Made it much more interesting considering both teams were challenging around that time and both had great teams.

I've lost interest around 6-7 years ago and never really kept up with the NFL for some reason, no idea why. Maybe it's my age, but first cricket took more of an interest until last season when I caught the NFL opening week and was hooked again. I posed earlier that I hired Madden 08 on the PSP, and I totally agree with you, it's bizarre how much you can learn about the game just by playing that (season opener last night I beat the Giants 38-26 :D ). I 've just bought ti 08 version from eBay.

I will post my thoughts on the opening week of the season later on today .. please don't laugh (Saxon - time to prove how much of a tool I really am!) ;) :D

Strathclyde Eagle 09-09-2008 10:07 AM

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Originally posted by pauldrulez
But yeah, the Red Sox fans hate the Yankees, the Revs hate the Red Bulls and the Celtics hate the Knicks. But nothing is more extreme than the Jets fans hatred for the Patriots. And vice versa. I really should know this but I am incredibly tired and start college in the morning, why so little hatred between the Giants and the Pats, is it because they are in different conferences or am I just imagining it.
Judging by some of the responses on the BigSoccer boards when the USA Palace team beat the Red Bulls I think they hate everyone.
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Originally posted by saxoneagle
I need to Peterson to out-perfrom Driver to keep Strath off my back :D
:eek:
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Originally posted by saxoneagle
Oh, and what have I been saying all offseason about Tavaris Jackson? That's right, he's rubbish.

:D

The Metro tipster picked him to win on the road at 6/5 yesterday. That went well, looks about as good as their Jacksonville tip to win the Super Bowl. :clown:
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Originally posted by saxoneagle
140 points. Best in the league. I'm amazing.
:sob:

Seriously, nice work. :p
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Originally posted by LLCOOLSTEVE
I still find it incredible how easily baseball stadiums are turned into Football stadiums and vice versa

simple i know but still its interesting to me okkkkkkkkkkkkkk :D

In this day it shouldn't happen anymore.

(Counting down the days until we kick the Marlins out on the street.)

jazman 09-09-2008 12:30 PM

Well here goes, the view of week one from a UK NFL fan starting to find his feet again after a number of years absent viewing. To be honest, being a family man, it is difficult to feed the habit as much as I would like. Football being my first love followed by Cricket and then F1 and WRC. Then comes NFL, a poor relation in recent years in my mind. A sport that you all know by now I followed when the C4 coverage started in the early 90s over here. I chose the Cowboys. My old man chose the 49ers. The supporting began and we couldn't have chose two better teams in those days.

My return to NFL supporting was the first game of last season. I was hooked again. A season that promised to be something for the Cowboys, but ended up with Romo hooked up with one of the Simpsons and the team losing out to the Giants in the play offs. Close season, I turned my attention to checking out the Cowboys and what had been going on in years I'd missed out on. I had known from watching last season that the badly dubbed 'Americas Team' held the same kind of egos and star players now as they did with the likes of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvine.

So now we come on to this season. With the new (amazing) billion dollar stadium well on it's way to completion, the aim of Jerry Jones is to have the Lombardi Trophy on show when the Cowboys move there next season. And to be fair, not a lot had to be done to the team from last season. A few tidy additions here and there by the likes of Zak Thomas, Felix Jones and Adam 'Pacman' Jones to name but a few but with the latter being the biggest gamble.

The season opener started with the Giants hosting the Redskins on Thursday night. I caught glimpses of the game but not enough. In all honesty, after last season the Redskins looked like they may step up from play off losers last time around but in this match the Giants always looked in control and continuing where they left off.

The weekends matches were what it was all about. The coverage started here at 6pm, which I stress again, is a difficult time for me to just sit down with a beer and some snacks to watch until the early hours. But I kept in touch with the goings on. And there was a lot to take in. I'm not going to cover all the games here, only the ones that made me sit up and take notice. I'll start with my beloved Cowboys. A season that promises so much got off to the ideal start. I tuned into the game with the Cowboys in full control. One of the later games of the day, and from what I saw of the match, Felix Jones is going to be a star and will only compliment his RB partner in Marion Jones. What got me about Jones though wasn't just his normal position, it was that on the defence where his position extremely well. Watch out for him. Romo did what he does best while his pillow talking pal TO is the man when he has a smile on his face. Cleveland were no match. The Phillies will be a whole new ball game next week at the Texas Stadium and probably our first big test in divisional rivalry.

My sons adopted team, the Bears, shocked the Colts and could be one to watch as the season progresses. The Titans (one of teams I've taken a liking to for some reason) saw off the Jags while the Phillies ravaged a very poor Rams side. The Chargers lost out to the Panthers in an exciting match while the Pats will have to show what they are now made of without Brady even though they beat the Chiefs. I was hoping that last years Dolphins could turn things around and start with a win but that just wasn't to be with Favre throwing the usual bombs on his Jets offence to take the plaudits. A mention here for my old mans team the 49ers. What has happened to them? They could be fighting it out with the Rams this season for the number 1 draft pick for next. The Steelers and the Bills hit the +30s over the Texans and the Seahawks.

The Monday night match ups were intriguing. Was the Viking Peterson going to start after his knee injury in pre-season? Well he did, and didn't look all that worried about it from the little of the match I saw, however, Green Bay and Aaron Rogers saw them off while in the other match Detroit top scored over a struggling Raiders side.

Well, there it is as I saw and read it. Pick holes at will, but I admit my knowledge is no-where near you guys. This is simply a view from an 'amateur fan' which lacks stats but I hope you will agree shows some passion and a willing to learn more as the season continues to make up for it. Now back to Madden 08 .. :p

Neil 09-09-2008 01:16 PM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
Raiders are being served.

Denver 24 Raiders 0.

Yeah, thanks for that Rob....

:hmph:

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:21 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
Well here goes, the view of week one from a UK NFL fan starting to find his feet again after a number of years absent viewing. To be honest, being a family man, it is difficult to feed the habit as much as I would like. Football being my first love followed by Cricket and then F1 and WRC. Then comes NFL, a poor relation in recent years in my mind. A sport that you all know by now I followed when the C4 coverage started in the early 90s over here. I chose the Cowboys. My old man chose the 49ers. The supporting began and we couldn't have chose two better teams in those days.

My return to NFL supporting was the first game of last season. I was hooked again. A season that promised to be something for the Cowboys, but ended up with Romo hooked up with one of the Simpsons and the team losing out to the Giants in the play offs. Close season, I turned my attention to checking out the Cowboys and what had been going on in years I'd missed out on. I had known from watching last season that the badly dubbed 'Americas Team' held the same kind of egos and star players now as they did with the likes of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvine.

So now we come on to this season. With the new (amazing) billion dollar stadium well on it's way to completion, the aim of Jerry Jones is to have the Lombardi Trophy on show when the Cowboys move there next season. And to be fair, not a lot had to be done to the team from last season. A few tidy additions here and there by the likes of Zak Thomas, Felix Jones and Adam 'Pacman' Jones to name but a few but with the latter being the biggest gamble.

The season opener started with the Giants hosting the Redskins on Thursday night. I caught glimpses of the game but not enough. In all honesty, after last season the Redskins looked like they may step up from play off losers last time around but in this match the Giants always looked in control and continuing where they left off.

The weekends matches were what it was all about. The coverage started here at 6pm, which I stress again, is a difficult time for me to just sit down with a beer and some snacks to watch until the early hours. But I kept in touch with the goings on. And there was a lot to take in. I'm not going to cover all the games here, only the ones that made me sit up and take notice. I'll start with my beloved Cowboys. A season that promises so much got off to the ideal start. I tuned into the game with the Cowboys in full control. One of the later games of the day, and from what I saw of the match, Felix Jones is going to be a star and will only compliment his RB partner in Marion Jones. What got me about Jones though wasn't just his normal position, it was that on the defence where his position extremely well. Watch out for him. Romo did what he does best while his pillow talking pal TO is the man when he has a smile on his face. Cleveland were no match. The Phillies will be a whole new ball game next week at the Texas Stadium and probably our first big test in divisional rivalry.

My sons adopted team, the Bears, shocked the Colts and could be one to watch as the season progresses. The Titans (one of teams I've taken a liking to for some reason) saw off the Jags while the Phillies ravaged a very poor Rams side. The Chargers lost out to the Panthers in an exciting match while the Pats will have to show what they are now made of without Brady even though they beat the Chiefs. I was hoping that last years Dolphins could turn things around and start with a win but that just wasn't to be with Favre throwing the usual bombs on his Jets offence to take the plaudits. A mention here for my old mans team the 49ers. What has happened to them? They could be fighting it out with the Rams this season for the number 1 draft pick for next. The Steelers and the Bills hit the +30s over the Texans and the Seahawks.

The Monday night match ups were intriguing. Was the Viking Peterson going to start after his knee injury in pre-season? Well he did, and didn't look all that worried about it from the little of the match I saw, however, Green Bay and Aaron Rogers saw them off while in the other match Detroit top scored over a struggling Raiders side.

Well, there it is as I saw and read it. Pick holes at will, but I admit my knowledge is no-where near you guys. This is simply a view from an 'amateur fan' which lacks stats but I hope you will agree shows some passion and a willing to learn more as the season continues to make up for it. Now back to Madden 08 .. :p

Good summary. I always find it interesting to see how people got into the game, too. I was pretty much the same as you - followed on C4 for a while, then lost interest, then moved out here and picked it up again as the times are more accessible to watch.

Denver beat Oakland, not Detroit. And I didn't get the comment about Jones on defense - it doesn't help that you have, I think, 4 Jones on the roster including Felix, Marion and Adam. :)

jazman 09-09-2008 01:23 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
Good summary. I always find it interesting to see how people got into the game, too. I was pretty much the same as you - followed on C4 for a while, then lost interest, then moved out here and picked it up again as the times are more accessible to watch.

Denver beat Oakland, not Detroit. And I didn't get the comment about Jones on defense - it doesn't help that you have, I think, 4 Jones on the roster including Felix, Marion and Adam. :)

Thanks fella, I find it interesting as well.

Yes, oops. Typo there. I know it was late when watching it but I though Felix Jones (the RB) played on the defense a couple of times? Maybe I'm mistaken and they were talking about the Pacman ....

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:24 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle

The Metro tipster picked him to win on the road at 6/5 yesterday. That went well, looks about as good as their Jacksonville tip to win the Super Bowl. :clown:
He didn't get any better. Tavaris = no composure and not helped by sill play calling. Why not try more slants and short inside routes than letting him try to throw the killer ball all the time, which he blatantly can't.

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:sob:

Seriously, nice work. :p
I got a bit nervous when Rodgers hit Driver for the 50+ yard score which would've meant more throwing by the Vikes and less chances for AP. Ineligible downfield, I've never been so happy to hear it!

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In this day it shouldn't happen anymore.

(Counting down the days until we kick the Marlins out on the street.)
I've been to Oakland, not for a football game, and the stadiums just don't look right. While it is impressive to use it for both, I actually found it offputting last night seeing the diamond on the turf.

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:25 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
Thanks fella, I find it interesting as well.

Yes, oops. Typo there. I know it was late when watching it but I though Felix Jones (the RB) played on the defense a couple of times? Maybe I'm mistaken and they were talking about the Pacman ....


Maybe he did - I didn't watch all of it. It's very confusing though, keeping up with the Jones' :)

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:26 PM

Oh, and after Cutler's performance last night, I'd like to refer people back to my 3rd year QB summary posted a few days ago. I f*cking rule right now. :D:clown:

jazman 09-09-2008 01:28 PM

Are you Paul in disguise? ;)

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:37 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
1. No - Jets to win by 2 scores.

2. Flacco and Ryan will both have tough games, not because of the opposition, per se, but because they don't have any weapons to throw to. I'm backing both for a 1 TD, 2 pick match. I expect Ryan to finish on the losing side but the Baltimore D gives Flacco a chance to get a 1 in the win column.

3. Ryan Clady and Eddie Royal in Denver. I like the look of Denver this year (see also number 5). I don't think they'll run deep but they'll push the play-offs close and look to continue to build next year.

4. Toughest job in football right now? Maybe with high expectation but Rodgers isn't a rookie anymore. Sure, he hasn't started but he knows the coaches, he knows the offense and he knows the players around him. Even not rating Tavaris Jackson very highly, I think the Vikings would've won with him but if they are without him, Rodgers will lead the Packers to a win by a score.

5. Cutler for me. He has an improving OL around him, he has some good receivers and he looks composed in the pocket. The only downside? To the Broncos fans, he's not John Elway and until he has a ring he'll always carry that burden.

Croyle looks good but has a young team around him. He can't be judged on week 1, or early season at all, as the team needs to bed around him.

Leinart should be making a difference this year. He's not even starting. He didn't read the offense in pre-season and made numerous awful calls. Not bad ones, AWFUL. He's gone backwards and will forever be a backup if he's not careful. Anyone starting to think that a #10 pick might have been too high for him, despite him thinking he should've been higher?

Young needs to start throwing accurately. Vick might've been a total tool of the highest order but he could run AND throw. Tebow might run for 100 and throw for 200, Vince, but this is the NFL and your team would appreciate it if you started hitting targets.

Jackson is a safe option. He's growing into the role but in 12 starts last year he only threw 9 TD passes. That won't take the Vikings to a championship game.

Wow, I am good... ish.

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:38 PM

See #3. Eddie Royal in Denver. Had a great night.

jazman 09-09-2008 01:39 PM

I must check my fantasy team ...

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:40 PM

Did anyone see how Clady played for Denver?

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:40 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
I must check my fantasy team ...
You lost. See the Fantasy league thread.

jazman 09-09-2008 01:41 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
You lost. See the Fantasy league thread.
Great!

By the way, do you know what the 'GU' on the shirts are this season?

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 01:46 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
Great!

By the way, do you know what the 'GU' on the shirts are this season?

It is for Gene Upshaw, who died during off-season. They also have the badges on the field, too, along with his number, #63.

jazman 09-09-2008 01:47 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
It is for Gene Upshaw, who died during off-season. They also have the badges on the field, too, along with his number, #63.
:p Yes, makes sense now .... thanks

Strathclyde Eagle 09-09-2008 01:52 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
I've been to Oakland, not for a football game, and the stadiums just don't look right. While it is impressive to use it for both, I actually found it offputting last night seeing the diamond on the turf.
And which are the two fields which get the most complaints from the players? Miami and Oakland (which I'd say look better than Pittsburgh ever does, and than New England did when they tried to grow proper grass).
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Originally posted by jazman
Great!

By the way, do you know what the 'GU' on the shirts are this season?

Wondered myself but then Ben's Brady post reminded me: Gene Upshaw.

jazman 09-09-2008 01:57 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle
And which are the two fields which get the most complaints from the players? Miami and Oakland (which I'd say look better than Pittsburgh ever does, and than New England did when they tried to grow proper grass).
How about the 49ers? That used to be appalling at times ...

Strathclyde Eagle 09-09-2008 02:15 PM

Honestly can't remember the last time I saw a 49ers home game on TV. :(

The one I really remember was the Bears home play-off game with Seattle a few years ago. Wet, and the turf was a mess when the game was decided after OT.

Almost as bad as Wembley. :clown:

Can't find details of the latest Players Association survey on this. Google has failed me on this one I'm afraid.

Strathclyde Eagle 09-09-2008 02:18 PM

2006 survey

saxoneagle 09-09-2008 02:37 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
DET @ ATL - ATL :p
CIN @ BAL - BAL :p
SEA @ BUF - BUF :p
STL @ PHI - STL (and how right you were!)
JAC @ TEN - JAC
HOU @ PIT - PIT :p
TB @ NO - NO :p
KC @ NE - NE :p
NYJ @ MIA - NYJ :p
DAL @ CLE - DAL :p
CAR @ SD - SD
ARI @ SF - SF
CHI @ IND - IND

MIN @ GB - MIN
DEN @ OAK - DEN (points 38) :p

How did everyone else do?

jazman finised with 9 correct. Should get Chester to update the pool to add your nine in.

jazman 09-09-2008 02:44 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
jazman finised with 9 correct. Should get Chester to update the pool to add your nine in.
If he can do that would be awesome .... very pleasing start. Downhill from now on :D

Benzhiyi 09-09-2008 04:52 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
140 points. Best in the league. I'm amazing.
Ooooh. I got 138 in my Yahoo one, also top spot. See you next season. :p

AddiscombeEagle 09-09-2008 10:52 PM

Just spent the evening watching the Packers Vikings game on Sky +. Rogers did well, quite impressed.

pauldrulez 09-09-2008 11:00 PM

Right as RDS asked so nicely, I will tone down the Pats lovein despite Bradys injury.

Showing my fantasy prowess, I had Brady as my starting QB and left Brett Favre and Jay Cutler on the Bench along with Darren McFadden.

Aaron Rodgers impressive and he will hope to continue that to keep Favre away from the Wisconsin spotlight.

Didnt watch the whole match, but the Raiders look like they can run the ball down the other teams throat, like the Vikings, but both struggle with the ball in the air. As shown by the first 8 Raiders plays being runs and Russells first pass being offtarget.

elliott 09-09-2008 11:39 PM

Nate Burleson out for the year.

Unlucky Seattle!

pauldrulez 10-09-2008 12:38 AM

On that note elliot.

I have updated my blog.

http://patrioteagle.blogspot.com

Not on the Patriots feature as promised but a short look at something else.

Chester 10-09-2008 12:38 AM

Merriman out for the year as well after finally coming to his senses and having surgery on his knee

pauldrulez 10-09-2008 12:41 AM

That would be confirmed after my blog, could have done a bit on these two ligaments as well.

Latvian Eagle 10-09-2008 12:56 AM

What on Earth is going on with Vince Young?!

Sort yo act out boi!!!

Latvian Eagle 10-09-2008 01:09 AM

Is Flacco the permanent starter for Baltimore too?

I was under the impression Troy Smith was going to be, but then he was ill at the weekend!? :confused:

pauldrulez 10-09-2008 01:11 AM

They havent confirmed it yet. They have said Flacco is Week 2 starter but as far as I know, the rest of the season is unconfirmed.

jlmatthews 10-09-2008 01:17 AM

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Originally posted by jazman


My sons adopted team, the Bears

What a good kid. You should reward him.

:p

How old is your son? I might be able to find a Bears T-shirt to send his way if he'd be interested.

jlmatthews 10-09-2008 01:22 AM

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Originally posted by Latvian Eagle


I was under the impression Troy Smith was going to be, but then he was ill at the weekend!? :confused:

TS got some sort of illness over the offseason and lost like 30 pounds along with a lot of stamina. I'd say this was his only chance at an NFL starting job, too.

RDSdaEAGLE 10-09-2008 01:23 AM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
TS got some sort of illness over the offseason and lost like 30 pounds along with a lot of stamina. I'd say this was his only chance at an NFL starting job, too.
Sounds like diabetes, which is the exact same illness that Cutler suffered from, with similar symptoms. Although the ESPN Football Daily podcast I listen to said it was a virus of some sort.

saxoneagle 10-09-2008 01:27 AM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
Sounds like diabetes, which is the exact same illness that Cutler suffered from, with similar symptoms. Although the ESPN Football Daily podcast I listen to said it was a virus of some sort.
I'd heard it was viral, too.

Shame, cos I was there when he threw his first NFL TD against the Colts :D

Latvian Eagle 10-09-2008 01:39 AM

From the limited glimpses I saw of TS last season he actually looked like he had some decent ability. Obviously the fact he's only 6' is a disadvantage.

Hope he gets better soon! Both he and Flacco would be great competition for each other I think. Kyle Boller's days in the NFL are numbered I think!

jlmatthews 10-09-2008 01:54 AM

I have always felt like Boller is a capable QB in an incompetent offense. Ravens never have a good offense. They splash all their cash on the D.

I think Boller would be good in a West Coast style set up.

jazman 10-09-2008 10:13 AM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
What a good kid. You should reward him.

:p

How old is your son? I might be able to find a Bears T-shirt to send his way if he'd be interested.

He's 10 fella. That would be cool, he'd be well chuffed. I have never minded the Bears to be fair ... so I didn't berate him that much ...

My sister is a Dolphins fan and so is my daughter :D :D To be fair, for my sister it was all about Marino. My daughter just wante dto get involved last season when I asked my son ... :p

Strathclyde Eagle 10-09-2008 10:29 AM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
Sounds like diabetes, which is the exact same illness that Cutler suffered from, with similar symptoms. Although the ESPN Football Daily podcast I listen to said it was a virus of some sort.
Diabetes comes in many forms, as do viral illnesses.

To me this sounds like something more like Glandular Fever (which I'm only saying because I've had it and remember the symptoms).

elliott 10-09-2008 12:57 PM

Dolphins lose Donald Thomas (starting rookie RG) for the year and cut Boomer Grigsby.

jazman 10-09-2008 01:29 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle
Diabetes comes in many forms, as do viral illnesses.

To me this sounds like something more like Glandular Fever (which I'm only saying because I've had it and remember the symptoms).

I agree. I suffered from that and it's quite awful. Missed six weeks of school because of it ...

saxoneagle 10-09-2008 01:36 PM

I had glandular fever as well, at college. Had about 4 weeks off lazing around doing sweet F.A... it was pretty enjoyable... especially as my parents were at work so my girlfriend would come round to look after me. Needless, to say, she caught it too :D

jazman 10-09-2008 01:38 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
I had glandular fever as well, at college. Had about 4 weeks off lazing around doing sweet F.A... it was pretty enjoyable... especially as my parents were at work so my girlfriend would come round to look after me. Needless, to say, she caught it too :D
That's the thing though. It just looks like you're being lazy until the blood test come back ...

Edenbridge Eagle In Exile 10-09-2008 02:10 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
Well here goes, the view of week one from a UK NFL fan starting to find his feet again after a number of years absent viewing. To be honest, being a family man, it is difficult to feed the habit as much as I would like. Football being my first love followed by Cricket and then F1 and WRC. Then comes NFL, a poor relation in recent years in my mind. A sport that you all know by now I followed when the C4 coverage started in the early 90s over here. I chose the Cowboys. My old man chose the 49ers. The supporting began and we couldn't have chose two better teams in those days.

My return to NFL supporting was the first game of last season. I was hooked again. A season that promised to be something for the Cowboys, but ended up with Romo hooked up with one of the Simpsons and the team losing out to the Giants in the play offs. Close season, I turned my attention to checking out the Cowboys and what had been going on in years I'd missed out on. I had known from watching last season that the badly dubbed 'Americas Team' held the same kind of egos and star players now as they did with the likes of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvine.

So now we come on to this season. With the new (amazing) billion dollar stadium well on it's way to completion, the aim of Jerry Jones is to have the Lombardi Trophy on show when the Cowboys move there next season. And to be fair, not a lot had to be done to the team from last season. A few tidy additions here and there by the likes of Zak Thomas, Felix Jones and Adam 'Pacman' Jones to name but a few but with the latter being the biggest gamble.

The season opener started with the Giants hosting the Redskins on Thursday night. I caught glimpses of the game but not enough. In all honesty, after last season the Redskins looked like they may step up from play off losers last time around but in this match the Giants always looked in control and continuing where they left off.

The weekends matches were what it was all about. The coverage started here at 6pm, which I stress again, is a difficult time for me to just sit down with a beer and some snacks to watch until the early hours. But I kept in touch with the goings on. And there was a lot to take in. I'm not going to cover all the games here, only the ones that made me sit up and take notice. I'll start with my beloved Cowboys. A season that promises so much got off to the ideal start. I tuned into the game with the Cowboys in full control. One of the later games of the day, and from what I saw of the match, Felix Jones is going to be a star and will only compliment his RB partner in Marion Jones. What got me about Jones though wasn't just his normal position, it was that on the defence where his position extremely well. Watch out for him. Romo did what he does best while his pillow talking pal TO is the man when he has a smile on his face. Cleveland were no match. The Phillies will be a whole new ball game next week at the Texas Stadium and probably our first big test in divisional rivalry.

My sons adopted team, the Bears, shocked the Colts and could be one to watch as the season progresses. The Titans (one of teams I've taken a liking to for some reason) saw off the Jags while the Phillies ravaged a very poor Rams side. The Chargers lost out to the Panthers in an exciting match while the Pats will have to show what they are now made of without Brady even though they beat the Chiefs. I was hoping that last years Dolphins could turn things around and start with a win but that just wasn't to be with Favre throwing the usual bombs on his Jets offence to take the plaudits. A mention here for my old mans team the 49ers. What has happened to them? They could be fighting it out with the Rams this season for the number 1 draft pick for next. The Steelers and the Bills hit the +30s over the Texans and the Seahawks.

The Monday night match ups were intriguing. Was the Viking Peterson going to start after his knee injury in pre-season? Well he did, and didn't look all that worried about it from the little of the match I saw, however, Green Bay and Aaron Rogers saw them off while in the other match Detroit top scored over a struggling Raiders side.

Well, there it is as I saw and read it. Pick holes at will, but I admit my knowledge is no-where near you guys. This is simply a view from an 'amateur fan' which lacks stats but I hope you will agree shows some passion and a willing to learn more as the season continues to make up for it. Now back to Madden 08 .. :p

Could you please refer to my beloved team as the Eagles and not the Phillies Thanks EEIE (the Phillies are the neighbouring baseball team in Philly! :clown: )

PS I hate the Cowgirls and all that America's team b*****ks.................There I feel better now!!!!

PPS Am I the only one on here that supports the team with the same nickname as our beloved football team ?

:confused:


PPPS Anyone with an interest in google search "the 700 Level" :eek:

jazman 10-09-2008 02:21 PM

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Originally posted by Edenbridge Eagle In Exile
Could you please refer to my beloved team as the Eagles and not the Phillies Thanks EEIE (the Phillies are the neighbouring baseball team in Philly! :clown: )

PS I hate the Cowgirls and all that America's team b*****ks.................There I feel better now!!!!


As soon as you stop calling my team the Cowgirls ... ;)

That's what I said. Ludicrous nametag which the Press invented as far as I know ... maybe someone can correct me if thats not the case.

saxoneagle 10-09-2008 02:30 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are the NFL equivalent of Millwall. :D


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