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Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Worst Team in the NFL

After a few days spent in Estes Park pondering my work life and spending a little quality, relaxed time with my future wife, I drove back today to watch a little football. The thing that most stood out to me this week--aside from Denver’s continuing odd mix of exceptional defense and subdued offense leading to wins taht aren’t exactly the height of entertainment (not that I’m complaining)--was that I was apparently wrong about the Oakland Raiders. That is, they aren’t the worst team in the league; that honor belongs to Arizona.

See, Arizona still had a chance to pull their season out of the ashes. Unfortunately for them, that chance was last week. This week the Cardinals proved that their breakdown last week is still rippling through the team. Their confidence is shot and their season is over.

The Cards are playing with a quarterback who has had his nerve severely shaken and whose backup is, very sadly, now only a reminder of how good he used to be. The offensive line is horrid, the defense inept, the special teams inconsistent. The Arizona Cardinals stepped up and snatched that “worst team in the league” label more convincingly than I would have guessed.

Congratulations to the Cards--it was a hardly fought “victory”. If you take my meaning.

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When you said “Worst Team in the NFL,” I thought you were talking about the Steelers.

on Oct 22 2006 @ 06:02 PM

Oh, there are some angry Steelers fans out there right now.

It is quite a change from last season, though, isn’t it?

on Oct 22 2006 @ 06:36 PM

At least we know that the Broncos suck*.  Sure, they’re 5-1, but it’s not like they’re victories over real teams like Chicago’s crushing of the Cardinals, or Indy’s win over the Texans, or Philly’s win over Tampa Bay**.  And of course they only count half as much at the end of the season as real wins.

Sure, they’ve given up only two touchdowns in 24 quarters and an OT, but those touchdowns were worth 12 points each, not 6 points like regular touchdowns. 

Oh, and Jake Plummer?  Just a flash in the pan.  Clearly, 37 wins in 49 games is statistically insignificant.

(Will the Broncos continue to win?  I don’t know, though I hope they do.  But I sure don’t understand the gloom in this town.)

* Just listen to AM950.

** It turns out that 62-yard field goals don’t actually count.  Check your morning paper for the amended score.

on Oct 23 2006 @ 09:06 AM

Yeah, it is kind of odd how gloomy this town is about a 5-1 team that has only allowed two touchdowns in 6 games. We’re kind of spoiled in this town when it comes to football and hockey (although that just balances our low expectations when it comes to baseball and basketball).

WIll they keep winning? Hell, who knows? I just know that I’m looking forward to watching the game this Sunday. Should be exciting.

on Oct 23 2006 @ 09:13 AM

Well, lets see how much better of a pocket passer Jake becomes now that Lepsis is gone for the year (sob!)

on Oct 23 2006 @ 03:52 PM

I just saw that--and I can’t help but think that Jake might find himself running a lot this year.

on Oct 23 2006 @ 05:06 PM

Future wife?

:D :D

Did I miss something, or was that a tiny announcement?  I thought for sure someone would have noticed in the comments, but it seems a small note mentioning “future wife” was trumped by sports wink

on Oct 23 2006 @ 06:13 PM

While I was not willing to expose my ignorance first, now that Rae has fallen on that grenade, I’ll come clean.  I saw that too, but I figured I was just not cool enough to have heard/read the announcement.  (It wouldn’t be the first time—or the 101st, sadly.)

So I take it the g-phrase is now the f-word?  8-)

My sincere congratulations to you both.

on Oct 23 2006 @ 11:02 PM

It’s true that there was no announcement (and won’t be an official one until she gets the ring she wants--ouch!). There has just been a subtle change in reference over the last few weeks.

I’ll all about subtle, you know.

on Oct 24 2006 @ 06:05 AM

well done

on Sep 10 2008 @ 07:15 AM

Thanks for taking the time to post such a detailed and informative article. It has given me a lot of inspiration and I look forward to more like this in the future.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 10:28 AM
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