Seahawk Sunday Da Bears Win. Pats vs. Bolts Time

It’s unseasonably cold in Portland. Perfect weather to sit and watch Seattle and Chicago battle it out. The Bears currently have the lead at Soldier but Grossman just forgot to protect the rock. Is anyone else annoyed as I am by American Idol commercials? Audio mute does only part of the job. I need a video blur button. I do like the part in the Mastercard commercial where Bobby steams himself in the face while making Peyton’s latte. Anywhay, here are a few links I have been reading to pass the time during the multitude of commercials.

Alan Schwarz verifies that moving from the AL to AAAA ball is typically good for a pitcher’s ERAs, moving the other way, typically bad.

Mike Lupica says Roger Clemens shouldn’t be surprised that he’s part of and will stay part of the steroids conversation.

Meanwhile, Pete Abraham has posted a timeline of Klemens’ return.

Update:

Okay. Not a pretty game. Grossman’s numbers look decent but he made some horrible decisions. Fortunately for Chicago, Hasselback threw one of the most ridiculous interceptions I’ve ever seen in a long time.

Pats and Bolts just started. If you feel like talking about the game or anything else on this lazy Sunday, have at it.

114 comments… add one

  • ah yes. Shake it off, Bobby.
    Man, do I despise Peyton Manning, but his commercials are usually hilarious.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • For some reason, gerb, I thought you lived in NYC. Does it rain as much in Portland as in Seattle? I spent a month there one week – rained every frickin’ day. :)
    C’mon Chargers, kick some Boston arse!

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • The NFC stinks. Do Lovie Smith or Holmgren have any clue about the idea of field position or clock management?
    Now it’s time for the real league. Go Pats! (though this week I am not so confident…)

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • I don’t root for Mr. Brady (yeah, that’s my respect level) ever, but today, I need him to come through for me. I absolutely do not want this Charger team in the Super Bowl, and the alternative would be, cough, the Colts. Ugh.
    C’Mon Brady!!!
    Send Schotenloser home like the all-time choke artist that he is.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Gee, 3 championships in 5 years; reminds me of the dominance of a certain baseball team. Wait, that team won 4 in 5 though; silly me!

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Shawn Merriman and Barry Bonds, sitting in a tree…

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Not the start I was hoping for.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • LT is very scary.

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Andrews: No, I grew outside of Rochester and lived in Rochester for some time, but have been in Oregon for 10 the past ten years. It doesn’t rain in Portland quite as much in volume as its reputation would make you think, but it rains more frequently. I think last year we went through a stretch where it rained 59 out of 60 days last winter. The real wet time is from November through May. The rest of the year is actually quite nice.
    SF: Agreed. Not a pretty game at all. Neither team deserved to win that game, but I guess someone had to.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • except NE did it well below the salary cap.
    :)
    They’re the equivalent of the Royals winning the World Series every year.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • Shawn Merriman and Barry Bonds, sitting in a tree…
    –___________________________
    ….and out popped a baby named Jason Giambi.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Great tackle by Scott. Do the Chargers go for it?

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Brad: ha
    Brady about to take the field. Come on PATS!!!

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • C’Mon Tommy Boy! Work your hall of fame magic, man. Give me some of those great plays that involve players we’ve never heard of. Give me some of those falling backwards, nearly on the ground bullets to the checkdown man.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • gerb, I must say though, seattle is glorious in suuny weather.
    brad, nice rhyme. I don’t buy the royals analogy, though.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • I don’t buy the Royals analogy either. But the Pats do play on a slightly flatter playing field in the NFL than the Yankees do in MLB, whatever that’s worth.

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Chargers D looks tough right there. Pats with the quick punt, losing the early field position battle.

    SF January 14, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • sf, we actually agree on something. wow.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 4:58 pm
  • not counting bernie’s strummings…

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • Indeed, Seattle is spectacular. I prefer to live in Portland, and play a couple times a year in Seattle.
    Have to say that San Diego looks pretty sweet from that blimp cam. And the cheerleaders.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • So far LT has one big run outside, and his three runs up the middle have all been stuffed.
    Just an observation. The Chargers should go back outside with him.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • Looks like receivers on both teams forgot their stickum.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • The Pats are currently approx 17 million under the cap, only to be outdone by the Eagles. That’s the equivalent of the lowest teams (salary wise) in MLB. This puts them with the Royals, the Rays, the Pirates and others for comparisons sake.
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.askthecommish.com/salarycap/numbers.asp

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • The Chargers should go back outside with him
    ___________________________
    Which is what would happen if they were coached by someone who didn’t fold under the pressure every sinlge time, and lose his ability to coach the right way.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • The play clock operator is working his last game.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Brad, the salary cap is 102M, meaning that the difference between the top spenders and the Pats is roughly 20%. That is nothing like MLB, metric-wise. I understand your point, in some ways, that the Pats are among the thriftiest in the league, but the proportional spending difference in the NFL is totally different than in MLB, so it’s a false analogy for me.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • Brady is 11-1 in postseason play. Yep. That one loss sure was sweet though wasn’t it, SF?

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • oh come on. AG, you may be right about the playclock guy. ha.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • That loss cost the Pats a Super Bowl win, as far as I am concerned.
    Thanks, refs.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • not counting bernie’s strummings…

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • I’ve made the terrible mistake of forgetting that Connecticut does not sell beer on Sunday. I’m drinking coke and watching playoffs. ugh.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • sorry for the repost.
    brad, that’s an interesting chart, given that many of the more successful teams are among the thriftiest.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Jeez, what balance from Tomlinson.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • coke? that’s awful. close enough to ny for a half time run out?

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • Thanks, refs
    ______________
    Oh come on. The streak would have been three less if it weren’t for the refs anyhow. Just chalk it up to yet ANOTHER loss for big Bill to Shanny. It is strange the record they have against Denver. They don’t ever beat them.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Philip Rivers should not try to block Roosevelt Colvin that often.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Na, it’s like 40 minutes to the NY line. Too much for me.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • The streak would have been three less if it weren’t for the refs anyhow.
    I assume you are referring to the refs actually making the correct call versus the Raiders?
    Stupid rule, properly enforced, Brad. That’s different than the referees just completely ignoring the laws of physics on the Ben Watson-forced fumble, as last year.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Marty Schottenheimer is retarded.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • Is Maroney playing?!

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • Damn, bad throw from Brady. Should have been up 6 right there.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • Interesting: Pats had 4th and 1 from the 31, while the Chargers had 4th and 11 from the 31, and the Pats take the three points.
    We have the lead!

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • whatever makes you feel better, SF.
    What the hell is written on that guy’s head? Did anyone else see that?
    Someone morph me a beer.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • man, he’s a good back.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Interesting: Pats had 4th and 1 from the 31, while the Chargers had 4th and 11 from the 31, and the Pats take the three points.
    ___________________________________
    What’s interesting is how Marty is going to explain blowing this one when people point out to him these little lapses in judgement.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:28 pm
  • It doesn’t make me feel better, Brad. The three Lombardi trophies do. Along with knowing that, right after last year’s loss, the Broncos still had Jake Plummer as their QB. Shanahan is supposedly a genius, but what genius thinks that Jake Plummer is the ticket to the promised land, as Shanahan did for three seasons?
    (I have hated the Broncos since I was a tiny kid, by the way…)

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • gerb, do you play as in vacation in seattle, or play as in music? Just curious.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • looked like interference to me. i’ll take the freebie, though

    Anonymous January 14, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • At some point the field position battle that the Pats are losing is going to result in points for the Chargers.

    SF January 14, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • ALRIGHTY!! Way to go, Pats!

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:42 pm
  • he didn’t have control.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • the Broncos still had Jake Plummer as their QB.
    yeah, I wasn’t publicly happy about it either, but I kept rooting the way a fan does. That being said, those days are gone, and they now are in possesion of probably the best young QB in the NFL. yeah, I’m biased but who doesn’t love a kid who gets SEC player of the year – From VANDERBILT!?! Oh, and the best arm I’ve ever seen helps too.
    No worries, it’s only normal to not like the team your own team can’t ever beat.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:45 pm
  • ” Oh, and the best arm I’ve ever seen helps too.

    I was lucky enough to see Marino play in college. Even though Pitt beat the hell out of my alma mater, it was an awesome display. The arm by which all others are judged.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Alright, SD.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • too bad, tommy.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • I don’t know about the stongest arm, but he damn sure had the fastest release I’ve ever seen. I think the strongest arm I’ve ever seen was a young Drew Bledsoe or a college Ryan Leaf. Farve ranks right up there with Elway, but I don’t think either has anything on Cutler as far as pure ball velocity and distance.
    Brady pic. Great.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • That’s the kind of highlight reel I’m talking about! Woohooo.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Well, so much for that pipe dream.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • Maybe NE should have ponied up the money for Branch when they had the chance. As much as Brady does, he’s going to need help here, and a lot of it.

    Brad January 14, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • just checking in to say that LT is ridiculous.

    Nick-YF January 14, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • I don’t want to sound like I am jumping ship, but Tomlinson is just so darn good, it’s hard to see the Pats outscoring the Chargers by 12 points the rest of the way. Add in the Chargers D, well, this game is looking lost already.
    Hope the team has some halftime answers cooking, because otherwise we’re done here, and by a big margin.

    SF January 14, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • Holy smokes! I go to the kitchen to start the ol’ chef routine and the Pats score! Maybe I should stay there…

    SF January 14, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Masterful drive by Pats. Sh*t!

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • I hate to say it, but maybe Brady is worthy of those Jeter comparisons… :) :)

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Then again, no.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • Wow, am I watching an NFC game? Granted both teams have excellent defenses, but Brady is inaccurate, and San Diego is playing like a bunch of stubby-handed street thugs. Blech.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • brad, did you make that run out?
    Where the hell did everybody go? I took a shower today!

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • This is not the game I expected from either of these teams. Offensively, at least.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Don’t know about you Andrews, but I always forgets to remembers to turn on the water.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Gerb:
    I think it’s a combo of superb defenses matched with a bit of sloppiness. What has suprised me is Brady’s inaccuracy. He had fights with it all year, so I am not shocked, but today he looks quite off, more than even the usual. It might be the defense, of course.
    Man, LT is SO GOOD. Scary.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Wow, what a terrible play by Rivers.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Wow, what a great play to snag that softball from Rivers. And a face mask at the end of the play by the receiver. Fugly.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Schottenheimer’s playbook should have two plays in it at this point.
    1. Hand ball to Tomlinson and watch him do something spectacular.
    2. See play number 1.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Why was that NOT A FACEMASK!?!?!?!?!

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Gerb:
    You are far too wise to be an NFL offensive coordinator.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • God, that little pimp JZ is annoying. “I’m back” In my book that’s a threat. :)

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • That was totally a facemask.
    Cam Cameron has my beeper number. He never beeps.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • I really like watching football and blogging with youse guys, but it just makes me miss baseball that much more. *ag pines for the regular season*

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • It was a bad call, but his hand didn’t seem to be gripping the mask, imo.

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Not sure why the Patriots continue to incessantly throw it – 3rd and 2 is a tough down to run up the gut, particularly against this defense, but no screen plays, no draws. Not much deception in the Patriots’ offense today.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Andrews, agreed, it wasn’t flagrant but it was at least a 5-yarder.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • That looked like offensive pass interference, the definition of a pick, on that Gates catch.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • LT’s got more moves than me on dollar beer/taco night. *ick*.. sorry.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Now that was an amazing catch.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • And LT walks into the endzone to the left side.

    attackgerbil January 14, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • beautiful

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • That was terrible defense. And Rivers is really quite mediocre – a half decent defensive play would have rendered that throw the airy softness that it was. He’s quite lucky he’s got Antonio Gates and LT on his team.
    The Chargers seem to be total thugs, too – dumb personal fouls, headbutts, etc. I love Tomlinson, but the idiots around him are making it harder to root for them should they pull this out.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • But the bottom line is that the Patriots look like (and most definitely are) the lesser team, if not by a great margin.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Wow, unbelievably lucky play. Just unbelievable.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Why challenge that? What a waste by Schottenheimer.

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • “The Chargers seem to be total thugs, too”
    Doesn’t that apply to most teams in the NFL these days?

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Probably, Andrews. But some of them just act like thugs after the games. ;-)

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Gerb’s suggestion for the Chargers’ offense was right on. How can they not just hand it to LT and let him sweep outside EVERY TIME, at this point in the game?

    SF January 14, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • DEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF January 14, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Let’s go Colts!

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • What a miracle. I usually hate it when fans and players complain that the best team didn’t win, but in this case I have to think that applies.
    Except for the fact that Schottenheimer wasted a timeout on a ridiculous challenge, and the Chargers took some seriously dumb penalties, and turned the ball over at the worst times.
    Still, amazing, and it’s too bad for LT – he deserved better.
    GO PATS!!!!

    SF January 14, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Does anyone manage the clock better than NE? I pull for whoever is playing any team from boston, but you have to give credit where it’s due.
    Sh#t!!!

    Anonymous January 14, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • As far as the best team not winning: how about those sad arse cardinals? A travesty!

    Anonymous January 14, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • If you think about the absolutely STUPID challenge that Schottenheimer made on the interception/fumble, which cost the Chargers a time out, it may have cost them the AFC championship game. Really, that time out would have been majorly valuable during that last drive. It was an inexcusable mistake, to waste a time out at that point, on such a clear cut play.

    SF January 14, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • How fitting that if Peyton Manning wants to get the monkey off his back and finally get to a Super Bowl (let alone win one), he’ll have to beat his nemesis, New England.
    Of course, the big difference this time is the game will be played in the RCA Dome, not snowy, chilly New England.
    I’m sure the Colts wanted the Pats, enabling them to host the AFC Championship, and the chance to knock off the team that caused them so much disappointment in the past.
    Peter Abraham must have a smile on his face tonight.

    Whatever January 14, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • You’re completely right about Schottenheimer, SF. What the heck was he thinking? Panic, perhaps?

    Andrews January 14, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • “it may have cost them the AFC Championship game..”
    No doubt about that. With the chance for another play, they could have turned that 54 yard FG try into a 40 or 45 yarder or better.
    I don’t know if somebody upstairs told Schottenheimer it was worth a challenge or what, but the guy who fumbled surely knew he was still on his feet when he lost the ball.
    Schottenheimer could have checked with him, but whatever the case, it’s another boneheaded move by Schottenheimer that is so typical of him in the most critical situations.

    Whatever January 14, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • “I would never react in that way. I was very upset,” Tomlinson said. “When you go to the middle of our field and start doing the dance Shawne Merriman is known for, that is disrespectful. They showed no class and maybe that comes from the head coach.”
    Merriman, nicknamed “Lights Out,” did a spasmodic dance to celebrate each of his NFL-high 17 sacks.

    There is so much in this that is unintentionally ironic that it’s not even worth critiquing.

    SF January 14, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • I’m really late, but Yanks won theirs under the salary cap too! ;)

    Lar January 15, 2007, 12:40 am
  • On 4th down, he shouldn’t have caught the ball. Ah well..

    Lar January 15, 2007, 12:42 am
  • “I don’t know if somebody upstairs told Schottenheimer it was worth a challenge or what”
    Doubtful; Schottenheimer doesn’t wear a headset.

    Kazz January 15, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • correction: thinking back, he may have been at that time.

    Kazz January 15, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • Yeah, just saw some footage on Sportscenter, and at some point, Schottenheimer had a headset on, but anyway, for whatever reason he decided to review that play, it was indeed costly to lose that timeout.
    The big buzz today is that LaDainian Tomlinson is still pissed about the Pats rubbing it in after the game on the Chargers home turf, calling it classless, and suggesting that Belichick may be responsible for what LT called a bush league display by the Pats.

    Whatever January 15, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • …the patriots earned that celebration, and the chargers, particularly lt, sound like they have sour grapes…i’m no fan of the pats or brady, but after a year of having some folks question their ability to get back to the big one, they now look like the team to beat…i see no reason that they’re not celebrating another super bowl win in a few weeks…

    dc January 15, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Like I said a few comments ago, LT is angry that the Pats “disrespected” a dance (Shawne Merriman’s silly sack celebration) that itself is inherently disrespectful. Totally ludicrous.

    Anonymous January 15, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • That was me.

    SF January 15, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • i agree sf…the chargers are the biggest celebration “hams” in football from what i understand [maybe not lt, but he should be careful not to criticize something his own teammates do]…

    dc January 15, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • I have no idea what I’m talking about. I think the cover two means to make sure your fly is zipped. Therefore, I’m going to feel free to make some amateur observations and combine them with baseless speculations.
    Un-clued obs:
    1) LT is always about respect and class towards his teammates. He’s shown that multiple times this year, in the way he conducts himself when scoring, after a big play, receiving an personal accolade for which h immediately defers to his teammates role, etc.
    2) Schottenheimer’s “brilliant” game plan had Rivers throwing the ball more than LT carrying it?
    3) Bolts: what’s clock management?
    Baseless Specs:
    1) LT has been in a conundrum all year in that his “lead by example” behavior did not have impact on Merriman’s (and other Charger’s) ridiculous spectacles through the year, he can’t call out the bone-headed situational maneuvers by Schottenheimer last night, and he can’t call out the individual *horrible* mistakes by his teammates in key situations which led to…
    2) His frustration bubbling over causing him to lash out at the Pats on the field at the end of the game in lieu of saying what everyone else wanted to say in “MARTY? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?” Yes, the Pats showed disrespect (but to the victors goes the boogie down), which doesn’t matter as LT has now thrown himself into a non-defensible position by calling out the Patrilchicks.
    3) He was classy enough to say that the better team won yesterday (debatable; I’d say it’s the team with the FAR better coach, maybe that’s the same thing).
    4) Marty’s gone.
    5) Sure, it was a losing effort; watching LT is inspirational.

    attackgerbil January 15, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • I’m not much of a football fan, but I call bullshit on LT. Roid boy does a dance after every sack? That’s pathetic. That’s ASKING to be mocked when you’re beaten.
    He didn’t play all that well, did he? Maybe it had somethin’ to do with being off the ‘roids?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 16, 2007, 9:07 am

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