Sunday, February 20, 2011
Well this is fun. Living in California, if I even see someone with a green shirt on I throw up a high 5. Yesterday one of the Mexicans waiting for work outside home depot was wearing a packer hat and I went in for a bear hug. He's my pool guy now. I don't have a pool. My Mom bought championship gear. It's on the way. I've watched every video on NFL.com from the start of the playoffs until Matthews went on ELLEN at least 5 times. Some well over 20. I haven't spoken to anyone I know from Chicago and I think its well clear that I wont until after Labor Day. I just learned all the names on the Badger Basketball team. I've had season tickets since I was eleven. I know that the Badger Hockey team tied Minnesota tonight.
The Superbowl was fun. Rooting for Rodgers in that game was what I always imagined it would be like to root for Tom "sugar gumdrops" Brady. He wasn't losing. Either was I. I hit my halftime square and my Game square. I won 3 $20 bets on the game and I gave up the 3 points quickly. I won marijuana from a cook at work. I won 2 $5 bets on the color of the gatorade they dumped on Mccarthy. I lost on how long Christina Aguliera would hold "Brave" for in the Anthem. The over/under was 6.8 seconds. I went under like a complete tourist. I was paying excruciatingly close attention to the Anthem and neither I nor anyone in the room full of people I was watching with had any idea that she messed it up. USA.
I can't wait for next season. We're loaded. Greg Jennings just guaranteed that we are gonna go to Indianapolis next year on the NFL network just after he'd said that the Lions needed to draft defensive backs 'badly' in the "NFC North draft preview", with Solomon Wilcots and Warren (Met Simeon Rice once and asked him who the best athlete he ever played with was and he said Warren Sapp without hesitation) Sapp. Yyyyikes. Tone it down, Greg. But we are, and they do. Sapp said we needed a running back. Way off. No we don't. We're strong at running back. It's going to hurt to lose B. Jackson, which we will. Also, I think we'll probably lose James Jones. Those might be our biggest loses. Also AJ Hawk if he doesn't restructure. But no one we can't replace.
Im not going to pretend to know who'll be available for us at 32, but I've seen as many as 5 tackles predicted to go in the first round and in a year where we seemingly have depth and and players getting healthy at almost every position, I'd be in favor of grabbing another O-Tackle. Especially if theres quality at the top. Which it sounds like there is. Unfortunately the Bears need O-lineman and they'll be poaching right before us. Oh well.
Can we get Casey Matthews? How about that? Lets get these Matthew boys some walkie Talkies and hand grenades.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
As the regular season progressed and we ran low on ways to make the playoffs, I felt like if the Packers were somehow able to make it to the postseason and get Rodgers his first playoff win, the season would be salvaged. Then we could lose and regroup with Jermichael and his twitter account*. With so many injuries, I was certain that we didn't have the horses to make a run like this.
Then the Giants imploded, Jay Cutler retired, Cullen Jenkins got healthy, We hurt Desean Jackson, Matt "Ice Man" Ryan Leaf shit his pants, Dom Capers proved to have effectively maintained a rock solid Defensive scheme able to adapt to role players in places while being anchored by stars everywhere, Sam Shields and Tramon Williams took control of the matrix and started seeing the world in green numbers, and Aaron Rodgers established himself as one of the very few quarterbacks in the league with such a rare combination of athleticism and robot like attention to detail.
Also the bears, in typical bear fashion, made it to the NFC championship game with an atrocious offense. I predicted if we could make it passed Julius Peppers, AKA Da bridge troll, we'd win the Superbowl. I still feel that way. The Steelers might be mean and fast and have rings, but they do not have the longest strongest fastest best athlete in the league. Which is exactly what Peppers is. And in that NFC title game he executed, to perfection, what I can only describe as an all out assassination attempt. The lick he put directly on Aaron Rodgers chin was beautiful. If I was a Bear fan I would have loved it. It was exactly what they needed. They needed to take out Rodgers. And they tried. But what did Aaron Rodgers do? He stood up immediately and proceeded to win Poppa Bear's trophy at soldier fucking field.
Forgive me if I'm confident in the Packers going into this Superbowl. It'll be our first non-road game in 4 weeks. Rodgers wont have to contend with a hostile crowd. The stadium wont even be half filled with Steeler fans. I look forward to watching Rodgers shout and move guys around as much as he wants without worrying about crowd noise.
Also, people just accept that the Packers wont be able to run the ball on Pittsburgh. Why? We did on the Bears and I would argue that the Bears have a better front 7 than the Steelers. Statistically I think Chicago would have been the top team against the run if they hadn't gone up against 4 3rd string QB's (ie running teams). And we ran on the Bears. James Starks is a stud. He will start for us next year. He's got great instincts, incredible hands and he rarely, if ever, falls down in the back field (one of Ryan Grants slight flaws). I re-watched the NFC championship, and aside from that gorgeous opening drive, the thing that stood out the most was the play of James Starks. He had 22 carries for 74 yards and a td, with a long of 16. And he had a couple big runs called back on holding penalties. He'll be fine on Sunday and will also benefit from a less noisy environment. If we can loosen up those safeties, I don't think we'll be running all over them, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Starks go for 70 or 80 yards.
Finally, BJ is gonna destroy this back-up rookie center. Rapelesburger is fixin to get chased and pounded. I think they'll get deep on us once or twice. And if Mcarthy decides to take a knee with 5 minutes left we could get stung, but as superbowl champion Drew Brees put it, "if Green Bay plays their best game, and the Steelers play their best game, Green Bay wins." Sounds right. I'm glad I don't have money to bet or I'd jinx the shit out of the Packers this Sunday.
*On Jan. 19th @JermichaelF88 tweeted "I got alittle break so im going head to get a pedicure, to get these toes right.." So perhaps the twitter hubub might could may be unnecessary? Anyway, get y'all's toes right. IT'S THE DAMN SUPERBOWL!!