Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

NFL Rule Changes

20 Mar

In football today, the NFL owners voted to get rid of the “tuck rule”. This is good news because it was nonsensical. Basically, if a quarterback was going to throw the ball, but then decided not to, and the defense knocked it out of his hands, instead of being ruled a fumble (which it obviously was), it was called an incomplete pass. Most fans had never heard of the rule until it was used (in the Patriot’s favor) during Tom Brady’s initial playoff run in a game against the Raiders. Now, it will be a fumble. Yay for common sense.

2013 SuperBowl

04 Feb

We hosted a Dim Sum SuperBowl party yesterday. The food and the company were excellent. Sadly, our entire house was rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, or at least for Colin Kaepernick. Which means that the first half had us cringing, the opening play of the second half had our heads hanging in despair, and that we laughed like school children when the announcers said the Ravens players were confused by the lights going out.

After the power outage, the 49ers played much more like themselves, but it wasn’t enough to overcome.

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, 2013 SuperBowl Champions.

Weekend Sports News

07 Jan

It was a good weekend for sports I love. In hockey news, there will be hockey this year, as the owners and players of the NHL announced a preliminary agreement before the deadline to cancel the season. In football news, the Seahawks (local team) won their playoff games.

It was hard to watch the injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He is a talented young man with, hopefully, years of playing ahead of him. But after a weak start, the Seahawks played great defense and got their offense moving. Can’t wait to see them next weekend against Atlanta.

Fantasy Monday Night Football

18 Sep

We had a bad weekend, fantasy football wise. Our main running back left his game early with an injury, and it just never picked up. We came into Monday Night Football needing 58 points to even tie. Even with our quarterback, kicker, and defense playing, that’s not super likely. Except that last week, our QB and Kicker got 54 points all on their own, so there’s hope, right?

I am typing this with a little over 3 minutes still left in the game. We need 15 points to tie our fantasy game, 16 to win. It’s possible, but not probable.

Replacement Refs

17 Sep

We all know I am a football fan, and that I tend pt prefer the “violent” sports (hockey, roller derby, etc), but I also believe that you can make these games safer for the players without losing the spirit of the competition. The NFL says they believe in player safety, as well, and yet…

I don’t know much about the labor dispute with the regular NFL refs. What I do know is that the NFL chose to lock them out, necessitating bringing in replacement refs, and that, sadly, player safety has been one of the things sacrificed by that decision.

My Fantasy Football Draft

04 Sep

Tonight is the draft for our fantasy football league. Very last minute, as the first game of the regular season is tomorrow night. Last year, we pretty much dominated in the “regular” season, but fell off in our league’s playoffs. This year, I want to win! (Yes, I’m strangely competitive about this.) I’ve done my research. I’ve got a draft strategy. My spreadsheets are color coded. If I can get near as lucky with my draft picks this year as last year, I should be good.

C technically is the co-owner of our team, but really, it’s all about me.

Tebow vs Brady

15 Dec

I’ve long been able to ignore football games between two teams I dislike. Back in January 1990, I threw an anti-Superbowl party. I shunned one of the greatest QB matchups ever- Montana vs Elway –because I did not like the teams.

This weekend, the Broncos play the Patriots- Tebow vs Brady. As a Raiders fan, I dislike both teams, but I am finding myself hoping the Pats win. (And yes, it’s killing me.) But my dislike of the Broncos is older, and I’m really tired of hearing about Tebow. He’s obviously a good leader, but he’s not a great QB.

Ode to Al Davis, Asshole – RIP

17 Oct

I am a Raiders fan. I have been a Raiders fan ever since my older brother became one 25 or more years ago. I had no idea who Al Davis was, no real idea about football, just that we hated the Broncos, and the Raiders hated the Broncos, so we loved the Raiders.

It’s really perfect logic for a Raiders fan.

The NFL wouldn’t be what it is today without Al Davis, and part of that is precisely because the man was an ass. “Just Win, Baby” isn’t the motto of a “nice guy.” And, you know what, that’s okay.

Only 3-0 Team in our Fantasy Football League

26 Sep

I don’t live in the market where my favorite football team plays, but I do live in the same time zone, so if the local team is playing, I can guarantee that I will not see my team play.

Fantasy football means that I don’t just care about one or two games a week. I care about a lot of them- either because I have a player in the game or my opponent does. It also makes it easier to convince the husband he should put up with me watching football all day on Sunday, because suddenly, he cares, too.


09 Sep

NFL football is back! And I have Aaron Rodgers on my fantasy team, so I’m one happy camper. I know football is violent. I happen to like violent sports- roller derby, ice hockey and football. But at the same time, all of these sports can be played with finesses, with minimal violence, and those games are the best.

Definitely happy with the opening game of the season- very few penalties, great plays on both sides of the ball, and well, Aaron Rodgers is blowing up the fantasy score!

I predict a very good year for fantasy football in my house.

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