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By NB Staff | January 14, 2012 | 09:01
The NFL playoffs continue. Can the Niners beat the Saints? Can the Giants beat the Packers? Can the Texans beat the Ravens? And most importantly, can Tebow beat Brady?
Anything else sports-related you want to talk about?
Submitted by Tim Graham on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 9:15am.
Another WashPost sports columnist sticking up for Tebow:
Submitted by CommanderTaya on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:44am.
All my hopes for the Broncos! But.......Go Giants!
Submitted by ricklail on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:08am.
I can't stand the Rat Birds so GO TEXANS. GO 49er's GO PACKERS and GO BRONCOS
Submitted by bkeyser on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:57am.
Here's a "rat bird" wallpaper for your computer.
We're beef-eaters here in Bmore.
Submitted by ricklail on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 1:43pm.
My daughter's friend told me to call them that. She is originally from Penn but her folks now live in MD. She is a big Steelers fan. She'll be here for lunch tomorrow. Her husband is in Afghanistan and has no family here so we have kind of become her family.
Submitted by bkeyser on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 2:41pm.
often lovingly refer to the Ravens as Rat Birds, lol. I wonder if they know how we got the name Ravens in the first place. Please tell her I said congrats on losing to Denver, and I'm sure they're relieved they didn't have to come to Baltimore again this year! ;-)
Submitted by Boudin on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 3:14pm.
Allen Poe. 2 of my Brothers have season tickets. They are converted Redskin fans.
BTW Rick, you got it mostly wrong, Saints, Ravens, Giants, and Denver.
Submitted by bkeyser on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 11:25am.
Saints by 7, Patriots by 10, Ravens in a romp, and Green Bay in a squeaker.
Sorry Noel, I think the niners will be really tough next year, but they've unfortunately run into a buzzsaw in Drew Brees. As a Ravens fan, that's the one team I don't want to face if we make it to Indy. There's just no quit in them. Plus, Indy is a dome. That's probably the one big thing going for SanFran today; hopefully for them the weather will be lousy.
I'd love for Denver to beat New England tonight as that would mean the winner of the Ravens-Texans game hosts the AFC Championship, which means -sorry Texans fans- it'll be in Baltimore. But I think we'll have to go up to New England and whoop Lady's butt in Foxboro like we did two years ago.
Green Bay could have their hands full with the New York Football Giants as their defense seems to be peaking at the right time. They had a bloodbath last month, could be another one tomorrow afternoon.
Go Ravens! Be Relentless.
Submitted by Cool Arrow on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 11:32am.
You coulda' gone all day without posting that.
Submitted by bkeyser on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:00pm.
I thought about you as I was writing that. The good news for the Texans, they've got a pretty good future ahead of them. Indy, with or without Peyton, doesn't look like they'll be able to stand in their way and Tennessee is a perennial 8-8 team. As for the Ravens, we could be seeing the end of their near-term chances at a Super Bowl. So, out of sympathy, if you've got any pull at all, maybe tell your guys to just enjoy the atmosphere and start thinking about vacation; their time will come. ;-)
Submitted by Cool Arrow on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:15pm.
I was happy to see Kubiak let loose with his play calling last week. It was as though he realized this year is a better time than any to give TJ Yates some real playoff experience rather than trusting him to do no more than handoff, handoff, handoff, punt.
However it turns out, Houston has gone further than expected given the loss of Schaub, and we're happy about it.
Submitted by ricklail on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 2:40pm.
Just checked the weather for Green Bay. The frozen tundra is back. 14 tonight 31 for a high tomorrow. I think that is above normal for this time of the year.
2007 Lambeau Field -23 degrees. Packers-Giants for the NFC title. Giants win but Couglin gets frost burn.
Submitted by kilrod on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 1:12pm.
BK: Your sound and friendly comments notwithstanding perhaps you need one of these machines to assist you. (~:<
If an unborn child cannot trust you, why should I,??
Submitted by Dave. on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 2:48pm.
Vote for the American in November
Submitted by Cool Arrow on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 5:28pm.
If, for no other reason, than to avoid the inevitable whiny stories about a town that has rebuilt since George Bush blew up the levees on that fateful night.
Submitted by Boudin on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 5:37pm.
Saints stinking it up so far, 3 turnovers. 49'ers up 17-7
Submitted by Cool Arrow on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 6:20pm.
Saints into the locker room down by 3.
Submitted by Boudin on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 8:33pm.
Maybe next year the Saints will find someone who can cover folks like Calvin Johnson and Vernon Davis. Good grief,
Submitted by killa37 on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:22pm.
That was an exciting game, which is good, because the one that is on now is a wipe-out,and I've found other things to do. I like the Saints,and I've been a long-time Niner fan - although I haven't been following them all that much. But they put on a good performance today,and it was entertaining and close. Sorry for all you Saints fans. I'm still laying my odds on the Pack and the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Submitted by Dave. on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 8:27pm.
That way, Tebow is sure to win. :-)
Every team I have pulled for in the playoffs so far has lost.
Submitted by ricklail on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 8:25pm.
back to NO and watch the 49ers play next week, I hope the rest of the games are this good.
The clowns at Fox pre-game all picked the Steelers last week. this week they all picked the Pats. About evertime this season they all picked the same team they have lost. Hope that holds true tonight.
Submitted by Dave. on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 9:38pm.
Submitted by Dave. on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 9:53pm.
Tebow hasn't a chance if the Denver defense can't stop Tom Brady, and so far they haven't come close, as he has been picking them apart all night.
I think this one might just be over, because Denver is going to have to score 21 unanswered points just to get back in it.
Too bad, as I was hoping for a really exiting game.
Submitted by stratman on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:17pm.
Looking like the Cleveland Clowns. Dropped passes, fumbles, collapsing pockets from overwhelmed offensive line, quarterback getting crushed, absent defense, records being made against. Ugly.
If it weren't for Tebow I would be celebrating.
Submitted by Noel Sheppard on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:21pm.
Submitted by killa37 on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:24pm.
U NO DAT!!!
Submitted by Dave. on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:33pm.
And I think the Saints did pretty well given they had to fly all that way just to play in it.
Had it been played in N.O. the outcome would probably have been different, as the Saints are better indoors than out.
Glad to see the 49ers climb back up onto the planet after having fallen off of it nine years ago, as I was a huge fan back in the Montana/Young era as the Falcons were almost unwatchable back then.
Submitted by ricklail on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:43am.
I am 99.99% sure that the 49ers are pulling for the Giants today. If the New York football Giants win the game would be at Candlestick. They don't want to travel to the frozen tundra this time of the year. As we get later into winter it gets worse in Green Bay. Could be another ice bowl next Sunday.
Harbaugh is a magician. He basically has the same players that were there last season and has molded them into a championship team. Now that is leadership, something they don't have in DC and I don't mean the Deadskins. He needs to be named coach of the year.
Submitted by John Francroix Jr on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 9:09am.
Is there another NY Giants, other than the NFL Giants? Not sure what this whole NY football Giants things comes from, that is unless you're Chris Berman.
Are you Chris Berman?
Submitted by ricklail on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 10:40am.
I don't know where it comes from either. It has been around for a long time. I remember hearing it for the first time on an NFL films show of the Giants when Frank Gifford was there. Berman didn't make it up.
Submitted by bkeyser on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:44am.
Submitted by SickofLibs on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:57am.
In fact, you have to look far and wide to find a NY plate in the parking lot.
Submitted by John Francroix Jr on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:28pm.
I do know that the NY Giants (baseball) became the SF Giants (homosexual baseball), and that the NY (football) Giants refers to the NFL to clarify, but it's been 50 something years since. Seems like it could be retired. Just giving you a hard time, fella. These days it seems Boomer's the only one to use it, and I want to smash his head in anyway.
I also know that NY only has one football team and they're nowhere near NYC. New Jersey annexed that section of New York in the War of 1983, though even NJ knew it would be foolish to think they'd continue to exist had they changed the name to reflect the present stomping grounds.
Submitted by Free Stinker on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:54pm.
Yeah, NJ keeps winning those wars with New York.
We also let NY think they "Stole" the NBA Nets from us. LOL! You're welcome to them!
/// Sarah Palin Fan since July 11, 2007 ///
Submitted by Scuba Dude on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 7:09pm.
But I seem to be seeing the letters NY emblazoned on the sides of the Giants helmets not NJ. And funny how they are known as the New York Giants just like the Jets are the New York Jets.
Face it, New Jersey may have gotten the Statue of Liberty but New York got the Meadowlands. :-p
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 9:17pm.
How is it that the SF Giants are 'homosexual baseball'??? Have I missed something here - since I live out in the middle of the Pacific?? Was Willy Mays gay?? McCovey?? Any of the other Giant greats a little light in the loafers??? Didn't they win the World Series in 2010?? Or was that the 'GAY' World Series???
And you want to smash Berman's head in also???
Submitted by John Francroix Jr on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 9:25am.
It was a joke.
Submitted by ricklail on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:47am.
The Heels got their asses kicked by the Criminoles 90-57 yesterday in Tallahasse. I don't know what to make of this team. They play Canetucky tough lossing by one point and then go down to Free Shoes U and are embarassed.
Submitted by Dave. on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 5:28pm.
I don't know what play that zebra was reviewing behind the curtain, but it wasn't the same one I saw.
That was clearly a fumble, as the ball popped out well before he was down.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 5:34pm.
I'm a Pack fan, but I'm also a fan of good officiating - and I have to agree with you on that call. I dunno what they were looking at in the replay booth.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 6:15pm.
I'm not happy...............the Pack receivers have dropped 4 or 5 passes,and they've coughed up the ball 2 or 3 times, at least. And New York is playing a good game............plus that last Hail Mary was like a kick in the teeth.
Submitted by CommanderTaya on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 6:17pm.
Nice to know the "Hail Mary" still works. Go New York Football Giants! I certainly hope the moniker lives another 50 years.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 6:54pm.
If the Pack lose this game, they will have earned it.
Submitted by CommanderTaya on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:10pm.
but the Packers defeated themselves. San Francisco here we come!
Submitted by Dave. on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 7:33pm.
They can't do anything right.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 7:34pm.
It's a good thing that my other team, the 49'ers, won in a good one yesterday, because the Pack is stinking up their own stadium right now.
Submitted by Dave. on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:08pm.
This game really surprised me.
I knew it would be a good one, but I figured the Packers would ultimately win it by a couple of TDs.
Giants/49ers should be a great game.
Submitted by ricklail on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:16pm.
Submitted by Dave. on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:20pm.
LOL - Now you know how I felt last week.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:31pm.
You can't blame Rodgers, really - he played a pretty good game. How many drops?? How many fumbles?? And how was the Packer defense??? I don't like the Giants much, but they were the better team today.
Submitted by Scuba Dude on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 7:37pm.
My team never made it to the playoffs, (damn you Miami!!!) :-)
All I am hoping for is for someone to prevent the Patriots from getting to or winning the Super Bowl. I despise them as much as I do San Francisco. (sorry killa) ;-)
Submitted by Dave. on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:04pm.
It's almost as bad with the Falcons.
In the four years of the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era, the Falcons have made it to the playoffs three times, only to get blown out in the first game.
Submitted by ricklail on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:14pm.
It would be great if the Rat Birds won and the 49ers did too. Then it would be brother vs brother. Image the hype that would bring.
Submitted by killa37 on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:29pm.
No el problemo, Scoobie...........I was a major Niner fan back in the day - since I had no TV for years, and the only baseball or football games over here were west coast games on the radio, and it just happened to be when Montana was starting to put it all together. I followed them through the 80's and beyond, but, as you know, they sent through some lean years, and I didn't keep up with who was who. Hell, even now I"m not sure who they have, since they have gone through a lot of coaching changes in the past few years, but since they're in it, I'll be pulling for them.
The Pack killed themselves, plain and simple, and the Giants played well on their end. Story over.
My son is a MAJOR Pats guy - so we're pulling for a Niners-Pats Super Bowl.....................and I know that a lot of people seem to despise the Pats - I'm not up on all of the NFL gossip, so I don't know too much about that. I'm still trying to figure out why that fat loudmouth Rex Ryan is still coaching the Jets..........they've gotten WORSE every year he's been there!!! Which isn't a good result when you're predicting a Super Bowl win - before the friggin' season even starts!!!!!
Submitted by SickofLibs on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:34pm.
TWO onside kicks? LOL.
Submitted by bkeyser on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 9:26pm.
regarding my picks this weekend. I knew all along the Saints couldn't win in SanFran and the Packers were due for a let down. I just don't like to show off.
As for my Ravens- all I can say is I think SanFran got the better brother. At least he has the killer instinct. John Harbaugh is just too nice, too conservative for the NFL. He's holding back our talent. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron sux. No other way to say it. And Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who proclaimed from day one that our defense would be relentless, really went soft. It's not the players or the talent level; the game-planning has been atrocious and the unwillingness to deviate from it's failure in-game is inexplicable. In fact, it's only because the Ravens have so much talent, particularly on defense, that we're on to New England. No way we beat Brady playing at the level we played today, though.
If we lose next week, it's because we were out-coached. I wonder which former Ravens assistant coach will suddenly join the Patriots booth, this week...
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