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pauldrulez 05-02-2009 10:31 PM

Raiders, hmm.

For me, they will suck until Al Davis dies.

No offense to him, but they will.

Benzhiyi 05-02-2009 10:52 PM

What is your teams favourite play?
Pennington to Williams to Pennington to Cobbs downfield from the Wildcat.

The best play of the season?
That diving catch by Fitzgerald early against Atlanta. Cemented his status as the best receiver in football and showed everyone that the Cards were serious Super Bowl contenders.

League(not team) Moment of the season?
Well, the season turned on Brady's injury so I suppose it's that.

Team MVP?
Chad Pennington

League MVP?
Ben Roethlisberger

Superbowl 44 winner?
Baltimore Ravens

Runner-up?
Washington Redskins

Most improvement in a team in 09?
San Francisco 49ers

pauldrulez 05-02-2009 11:03 PM

Remember the ProBowl stories we talked about a month or so back, well this is legendary
Quote:

HONOLULU — In front of Jay Cutler was the clear-blue but chilly-watered swimming pool at the Ihilani resort.

The gang of Pro Bowl football players had been gathered around the tables, swapping stories, when suddenly the Broncos' quarterback had 300-pound Nick Mangold pushing from one side, 310-pound Kris Dielman holding the other and his cellphone swindled into the hands of a coy Peyton Manning.

Cutler's radar had gone up, but he never had a chance.

Splash!

"We gave him a Pro Bowl baptism," said Dielman, the star offensive guard of the rival San Diego Chargers.

Great fun. Big laughs. There was just one problem. Cutler is a Type 1 diabetic, and in his pocket was his blood-sugar monitor.

"That was a prank where I thought we were smart enough to get the cellphone out of his pocket," Dielman said. "But then, 'Oops.' "
The monitor was fried by the chlorinated water. Fortunately, Hawaii has drug stores, and after a few calls here and there, Cutler was well-equipped by lunchtime Wednesday.

"It was a bad audible on our part," Manning said. "I think we were thinking right, trying to get the cellphone. Then we realize, the guy gets insulin shots. We missed that."

Here in the island of warm breezes, soft sand and chilled lagoons, Cutler has been making friends. It's just that football friendships tend to include a few more hijinks than, say, relationships forged in a corporate office on the mainland.

After his Tuesday night dunking, Cutler had returned to the scene for Wednesday afternoon lunch.

"It's been great," Cutler said, his back to the Pacific Ocean and the warm sun. "All the guys have been good. Working with Peyton has been fun. Just to see what he does day to day, how he goes about it. He's such a professional."

No sooner had Cutler complimented Manning than guess who strode through the pool area, greeting guests at a table across the deck? Make no mistake, Peyton Manning knows how to work the room.

"He's the mayor here," Cutler said.

This is Cutler's first Pro Bowl appearance, which is one more than expected for a quarterback who has been starting for only two full seasons. He has made a favorable impression here, and not just poolside. During the first quarterback meeting with the Baltimore Ravens' and AFC coaching staff, the playing time rotation was revealed. Manning would start, Cutler would play next and veteran Kerry Collins would take a few series in the second half.

Coach John Harbaugh had even said Cutler would get most of the reps.

Cutler said hold on, here. Collins is 36, a 14-year NFL veteran invited to only his second Pro Bowl. Cutler insisted Collins play ahead of him.

"I thought it was a real nice gesture on his part," Collins said. "And I said to him, 'You were voted ahead of me and you should go.' And he said, 'No, no.' It was respectful, and I really appreciated it. I've enjoyed getting to know him. He's definitely a good guy to hang with."

At lunch Wednesday, Dielman pulled up a chair at Cutler's poolside table. Mr. Charger and Mr. Bronco. Aren't these guys supposed to dislike each other?

"He's like a lot of us, (we) play it up a little bit," Cutler said. "I wasn't sure how he was going to be because he's Philip's boy, but he's been great."

As the football nation knows, Cutler and Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers don't like each other. It must be the island.

"We're all out here in Hawaii having a good time," Dielman said. "We'll deal with that during the season. Jay's a good dude. Philip's a good dude. They're two competitors. That's what happens when you have two competitors going at each other."

Collins is here because Brett Favre first alternate Rivers passed on the trip. The way it has gone this week, Cutler and Rivers probably would have gotten along fine.

"I think we probably would have," Cutler said. "It's hard not to get along with people down here in this environment."

For the sake of the Broncos-Chargers rivalry, perhaps it was better Rivers isn't here.
:D :lux:

pauldrulez 05-02-2009 11:06 PM

ESPN (not the website, yet) are reporting that the New England Patriots have slapped the Franchise Tag on QB Matt Cassel.

Thats from a different website, but obviously I dont have ESPN on TV so perhaps someone can confirm???

pauldrulez 05-02-2009 11:07 PM

Ooh, the non-exclusive tag btw.

pauldrulez 05-02-2009 11:09 PM

On NFL Network as well now.

pauldrulez 05-02-2009 11:16 PM

Quote:

The New England Patriots announced today that they have utilized their 2009 franchise designation on quarterback Matt Cassel.

He becomes the first offensive player and just the fourth Patriot to be franchised by the team, joining Adam Vinatieri (2002 and 2005), Tebucky Jones (2003) and Asante Samuel (2007).

"Matt has been a pleasure to coach his entire career and last season in particular, when his years of hard work and commitment resulted in a most impressive performance," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick in a press release. "We look forward to working with Matt again in 2009."

Good joke with the last sentence Bill :p

If he's here I'm a Lions fan.

Strathclyde Eagle 05-02-2009 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pauldrulez
Remember the ProBowl stories we talked about a month or so back, well this is legendary

:D :lux:

As a husband of a diabetic I don't find that even slightly funny. Sorry to sound boring but they need that meter several times a day to make sure they're ok. My wife's chemist made a colossal mistake to do with my her blood sugar meter about a week and a half ago and I'm telling you that really wasn't a laughing matter. When you ask a diabetic, "What are your sugars?" you want a better answer than, "I don't know."

Incidentally I'd class Manning's comment about "insulin shots" as being ignorant and worse in terms of seriousness and stupidity than McNabb's comments regarding overtime rules in the event of a tie. Go and do a day's work for a diabetes charity rather than selling out to attend some kid's Bar Mitzvah, or at least put on a Parka before doing aeroplane impressions at the line of scrimmage.

(And... exhale!)

What is your teams favourite play?
Not sure it quite counts, but the final Jets play against us in week 17. Just because of what it meant when they didn't reach the end zone.

The best play of the season?
For pure comedy value, Dan Orlovsky. :D
Hate to say it, but for fun to watch Roscoe Parrish's week 1 return against the Seahawks was pretty good.

League(not team) Moment of the season?
In the era of parity, the Lions going 0-16 in week 17.

Team MVP?
Chad Pennington (lots of other great performers but without consistency at QB it goes for naught)

League MVP?
For all kinds of reasons, Matt Ryan

Superbowl 44 winner?
Baltimore Ravens

Runner-up?
Philadelphia Eagles

Most improvement in a team in 09?
Green Bay Packers

Strathclyde Eagle 06-02-2009 12:31 PM

Found the Lynn Swann catch (at about the 5:10 mark)


ardeo 06-02-2009 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strathclyde Eagle
Runner-up?
Philadelphia Eagles

Woohoo Eagles!!!

Paul - you could of added a most dissapointing in 2009 question as well! Although it would obviously be the Cowboys again :D

jazman 06-02-2009 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardeo
Woohoo Eagles!!!

Paul - you could of added a most dissapointing in 2009 question as well! Although it would obviously be the Cowboys again :D

I'd have said the Pats ... :o

jazman 06-02-2009 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardeo
Woohoo Eagles!!!

Paul - you could of added a most dissapointing in 2009 question as well! Although it would obviously be the Cowboys again :D

In all seriousness, I'd have said the Seahawks and to a certain extent the Redskins for showing so much promise early on but never really living up to that in the second half of the season.

ardeo 06-02-2009 01:33 PM

I was thinking Skins too, and Seattle's great home form went to pot.

For next season think Cardinals may well struggle next year, as there great season was only really based on a fantastic run of form through the playoffs.

jazman 06-02-2009 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardeo
I was thinking Skins too, and Seattle's great home form went to pot.

For next season think Cardinals may well struggle next year, as there great season was only really based on a fantastic run of form through the playoffs.

I can agree with what you are saying there. Question marks over whether Boldin will stay and the fact that Warner maybe retiring, is the backup QB Lineart (?) actually any good? A mediocre season at best for sure ...

Best I check the fixtures as I hear the Steelers have an 'easy' one next time around, if any list can be called easy ...

Edenbridge Eagle In Exile 06-02-2009 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzhiyi
What is your teams favourite play?
Pennington to Williams to Pennington to Cobbs downfield from the Wildcat.

The best play of the season?
That diving catch by Fitzgerald early against Atlanta. Cemented his status as the best receiver in football and showed everyone that the Cards were serious Super Bowl contenders.

League(not team) Moment of the season?
Well, the season turned on Brady's injury so I suppose it's that.

Team MVP?
Chad Pennington

League MVP?
Ben Roethlisberger

Superbowl 44 winner?
Baltimore Ravens

Runner-up?
Denver Broncos

Most improvement in a team in 09?
San Francisco 49ers

:confused: Am i missing something here? Has there been a channge in the rules to allow two AFC teams to compete in the Superbowl? :p :D

Edenbridge Eagle In Exile 06-02-2009 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardeo
Woohoo Eagles!!!

Paul - you could of added a most dissapointing in 2009 question as well! Although it would obviously be the Cowboys again :D

:D :D Sorry Jazman!! :p

Edenbridge Eagle In Exile 06-02-2009 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pauldrulez
What is your teams favourite play?
Matt Cassel to Randy Moss with 0 on the clock vs the Jets. Unbelievable throw and catch on 4th and 8 to take the game to OT.

The best play of the season?
Apart from the SB catch, the Wildcat formation vs the Patriots. The passing TD from Brown ripped the hearts out of every Patriot.

League(not team) Moment of the season?
Brady goes down. ;) It took this moment to bring parity (bar Detroit) to the NFL. But my other moment is Boldin being knocked out vs Jets.

Team MVP?
3-way tie: Wes Welker/Matt Cassel/Stephen Gostkowski

League MVP?
James Harrison

Superbowl 44 winner?
New England Patriots :S:

Runner-up?
Detro.... Minnesota Vikings

Most improvement in a team in 09?
Kansas City Chiefs

:D :p

jazman 06-02-2009 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Edenbridge Eagle In Exile
:confused: Am i missing something here? Has there been a channge in the rules to allow two AFC teams to compete in the Superbowl? :p :D

I had to really think about it when I did mine seeing as I've only recent lost my 'tool' tag ... ;)

jazman 06-02-2009 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Edenbridge Eagle In Exile
:D :D Sorry Jazman!! :p

No apology required, I was as disapointed as anyone ...

Edenbridge Eagle In Exile 06-02-2009 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jazman
I had to really think about it when I did mine seeing as I've only recent lost my 'tool' tag ... ;)

:D


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