• 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    1st to say…I’m still waffling on whom to root for.

    Seachickens and Whiners will be in contention for years to come, and I don’t want them to build a ‘dynasty’. I’m hoping they don’t win a SB until their QBs get that $100M contract. In an odd way, they too have a sort of window until that happens.

    On the other end, I sort of like that Billicheat/Brady haven’t won a SB since Spygate. It’s one of those asterisks like Marino (*No Superbowl rings) which tends to always pop up when discussing their legacy.

    In the same vein, I receive Schadenfreude from Peyton being a great “regular season QB” and the “playoff choker” tag he’s earning.

    Do I seem like a bitter petty man? Ya betcha!

    I only want ONE team to win the SB EVERY YEAR.

    HATE HATE HATE HATE

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I don’t see a dynasty in either SF or Seattle. Not because they aren’t great teams, but because dynasties get harder and harder to build every season. F/A pretty much hits that in the mouth every year. The list of examples is too long to list here.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Yeah, but “dynasty” always gets redefined.

        Used to be in reference to the Celtics and their like 11 titles, but now the bar is much lower. I already hear debates about the Pats being a “modern day dynasty”. The 9ers could have easily won the SB last year, might win it this year, and it’d be no surprise if they’d win 2 more in the next 5, and then “dynasty” will begin to get mentioned with the 9ers…AGAIN.

        Fuck that.

        NO SOUP FOR YOU, Seahawks, 9ers.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          I’ll cede the point on dynasties being redefined. Hadn’t looked at it that way. But I hate being wrong, so keep this between us.

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    this looks to be a great day of football. The “mens club” is meeting at the gradeschool gym to watch both games on the big screen with Chicago style dogs, pizza and all the shitty bud light and miller lite I can choke down for a scant 25.00
    There will be gambling, eating, drinking and a ton of business conducted today. Gotta love Mens Club.
    SF vs Seattle – I predict a SF victory but only if Kaepernick runs more than passes. He is not a great QB, he is a sick motherfucking athlete and the more he gets out of the pocket the better. If he tries to be a qb all is lost. If Wilson is not the recipient of some sort of D fueled momentum and game changing D play that sets up the Seattle O for a quick score they will lose.
    N.E vs Denver – two potent offenses and two bonified elite quarterbacks going head to head. Not fake elite qb’s but 2 of the 4 truly elite qb’s of our generation going head to head.
    Time to get this going.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      No NE / Denver prediction? tsk tsk…

      • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

        i just don’t know. I could see it going either way. I’ll say Patriots if they get that run game going.

        • Trac

          In my opinion, the Pats had the most impressive win last weekend. They controlled the game from top to bottom and blanked the Colts 14-0 in the 4th qtr.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    I’m going to once again pick Manning to make it happen today. I think Brady will have a good but not great game. I am NOT, however, going to predict a score. That got me in a little trouble last week.

    So, I’m guessing that it’s a Denver/San Fran Super Bowl. I don’t think Seattle can make do without Harvin.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      If you could consistently accurately predict NFL scores, you’d be a very rich man.

      • gpldan

        stock prices and commodity futures are also good, skill wise.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Before F/A – something I have a hard time keeping up with in terms of how it changes a team dynamic both in pickups and losses, I used to be fairly good at predicting each week’s matchups strictly in wins/losses. Now, I can’t for the life of me figure out a team with any consistency until about game 6 of the season.

        That all means I have a hard time keeping up,

    • Trac

      Meh. Seattle vs. N.E. There is a reason the S’kawks won their division, besides, Seattle is fresher and they are at home in the Dome and I just don’t see Bellicheat getting out foxed today.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        1 down….

        • Trac

          Yes and the Seahawks are down 9-0. I seem to have failed miserably.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            I dunno man…got the feeling it’s gonna be close by qtr 4.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            That game nearly qualified as bizarre. Congrats on yer Seattle pick. Something about the way the 1st half ended made me think it was going to tilt Seattle’s way, but nothing specific. Hence my reply earlier that I thought it would be close by quarter 4.
            Tip o’ the hat.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, Jeff, on a meta-blog tip, the “My Disqus” alert always seems to be red for me, no matter how many times I click on the responses (there aren’t even ‘blue’ ones that I can see).

    Maybe next week or in the offseason you can install a “clear all My Disqus” or “Mark all as read” yada yada, so that way we can all keep up with the new responses and not just ghost notifications.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t know what any of that means. Will email Noah.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Trust me, I was trying to explain it without sounding like an ass since I’m not a web developer lol

        Thanks. Hopefully, Noah can translate what I’m talking about.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My best guesses:

    First, Patriots continue to ground and pound. The best defense against a great QB is make him a spectator for a long as you can. I take New England plus the points which I don’t think will be needed .

    Second, I AM buying the theory that “Russell Wilson has not played well of late”. The philosphy has becaome, “He’s short, don’t let him get outside.” Also, the guys they acquired to be big receiving threats are in street clothes, again. Wilson couldn’t take advantage of a PLETHORA of turnovers by the Cardnials IN Seattle and couldn’t put the game out of reach against the SAINTS at home last week, I Reversing THAT trend against the 49ers doesn’t seem likely. Plus, if the Zebras decide that two fo the games top receivers, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, are exposing that what makes Richard Sherman and “The Legion of Boom” so “great” is “holding” or “llegal contact” on many pass plays, look out. Again, I’ll TAKE the points but I don’t think I’ll NEED the points.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Whiffed. Twice.

  • Trac

    Pats will want to get a quick score to set the tone.

  • gpldan

    Pats can’t win any individual 1-1 match ups – Donkeys just ball controlling them to death.

    • tobijohn

      Starting to look like a blowout. The worst the Patriots have been beaten this year was by the Bengals in Week 5 , 13-6, and that isn’t much of a beating in my book…

  • BerwynBomber

    Given the breathless media coverage leading up to this game, I’m guessing my opinion will be in the minority but I truly hope some new blood challenges Denver next year. Sick of the Peyton/Brady stranglehold on the AFC. This is a dog of a game.

    • gpldan

      The Super Bowl storyline is new blood vs old guard no matter how this pans out.

      • BerwynBomber

        True: but I was thinking of just the AFC itself. I’m not even convinced NE was that good of a team this year even if their record and stats back it up. More about Brady’s leadership and Belichick’s brilliance.

        • tobijohn

          They blew out the Steelers and Ravens but every other game they played, win or loss, was pretty close. A play here or there and anyone one of them could have gone the other way. They were a winning team for sure but not a dominating team…

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Yep.

    • Johnathan Wood

      the AFC is pretty weak. The NFC has a lot more good teams.

      But two teams I think could contend next year are CLE and HOU. They could follow the SF/SEA route if they can find a good QB in the draft. They both have loaded rosters everywhere else.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Cleveland?

        Next season?

        You are giving their management team an AWFUL lot of credit.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I dunno. I think the Zebras muddied the waters tonight.

  • tobijohn

    The NFC game, it’s not deciding who I want to win, it’s deciding who I want to lose…

    • SC Dave

      I get the sentiment, but NO WAY I wanted SF in another Super Bowl.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    I’m picking San Fran on gut feel, and because I like Harbaugh a lot more than I like Carroll.

    That said, I think Wilson is a better all-around QB than Kaepernick. So, it’s almost a coin-toss for me. But I’m hanging in with the San Fran call.

  • BerwynBomber

    The old-fashioned Walter/Marcus Allen type dive. You don’t see that much anymore.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Remember Sam “Bam” Cunningham?

      • BerwynBomber

        I remember the name. Was he a leaper too? Payton and Allen had the best I’ve ever seen. Both guys could really sky.

        • AlbertInTucson

          HE was a fullback who pre-dates Marcus and Walter. The airborne, goal line dive was his specialty at Southern Cal and then in New England (1973-82)

          • BerwynBomber

            Ah, cool. Yeah, you just don’t see many RBs do that anymore. I don’t know why. But was nice to see Gore’s back-up use it successfully for a TD.

  • BerwynBomber

    Marshawyn Lynch is building a decent resume for Canton one day. Love his all-purpose way of running.

    • SC Dave

      Um…. he has a way to go methinks.

  • tobijohn

    That was classy, no goofy end zone celebration, just firm handshakes all around with your teammates…

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Some one on twitter thought Lynch was going to hand out his business cards to his linemen.

  • My Bad Guys, My Bad…

    not many qb’s can get away with that play not being an intentional grounding call. Wilson is one of those few. Gamechanging no call.

    • SC Dave

      Brady did

  • tobijohn

    Jim Harbaugh looks like he’s walking a tightrope trying to stay on his side of the sideline…

  • johnnywad

    These defenses are fun to watch. Is there a single Bear that would start on D in this game?

    • tobijohn

      Tim Jennings?

      • johnnywad

        I don’t think so. Definitely not for Seattle

    • BerwynBomber

      Briggs when healthy. For Seattle and maybe SF. Jennings maybe for SF.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Brian Urlacher … oh, wait …..

  • tobijohn

    I need to find a compilation of those Direct TV ads…

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I’m positive someone on Youtube has compiled them.

  • johnnywad

    Briggs could start for the Niners now that Bowman has one knee

  • SC Dave

    At least Peyton won so there is someone to root for.

  • tobijohn

    Sherman might be a great CB but he’s a real fuck head..

    • johnnywad

      Beat me to it Tobi. What a piece of trash

    • BerwynBomber

      I wonder how much of it is an act, and let’s face it (if it is), it’s worked in drawing attention to his game. Doesn’t negate the entire d-bag element of it but some of his smack borders on WWF type stuff.

  • EnderWiggin

    The NFC game totally personified the entire season. Bad call, after bad call, after no call, repeat. I hate officials.

  • Shady

    I like that they still play defense in the NFC. I would love a safety like Cam Chancellor.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I would settle for the German Chancellor at Safety right about now.

      • Shady

        bang! bang!

      • AlbertInTucson

        NBC’s John Chancellor? Oh wait, he’s past away. Maybe that doesn’t matter?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I’d take Chancellor Palpatine at S too.

  • gpldan

    Well guys I said I would check out on a Broncos-Seahawks SB and I will. Be the first I skip in many a year. Might pop up here near draft day. Have fun all!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Oh, c’mon MAN. Offseasons are brutal enough without some of the regs.

      Like I told Irish…
      http://youtu.be/NpWAlvWNZj0

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        In a total heterosexual way though (NTTAWWT).

    • SC Dave

      Too bad, as the championship games were the ideal result.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Will you at least pop back in to give your review of “Monsters”? I’ve been curious as to your thoughts on that one.

      I recently picked up the “updated and revised” edition of Lew Freedman’s “Game of My LIfe”, and while there might be a nugget or 2 in there, it’s not worth the purchase price. Just my .02.

  • johnnywad

    I now have a rooting interest in the Super Bowl. I hope Peyton Manning makes a fool out of Richard Sherman. Fuck him. I’ve never hoped for a player to be injured until now.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, what a jackass. And definitely with you on Peyton and friends toasting him over and over.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Well, the law of avg caught up to Ole Butch.

    Denver completely dominated the Pats. I thought Bill and Brady could drop a porche motor into a bug, and burn an unsuspecting challenger. But their mickey-mousing ran out of schemes.

    The 9ers SHOULD have won that game. The refs totally jobbed them, IMO, but hey, a loss is a loss.

    Unless SEA gets a few turnovers, I don’t see how they beat Denver in the SB, but maybe I change my mind after some inj updates.

  • SC Dave

    Perfect football day. San Francisco and New England done!!

  • Shady

    It doesn’t happen a lot in the NFL, but the 2 best teams all season are going to meet in the Superbowl.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I dunno. I think the Zebras muddied the waters on that issue tonight.

      • Shady

        Regardless of how it occurred, the two #1 seeds made it to the dance. When was the last time that happened?

        • BerwynBomber

          NO/Indy a few years back. But you’re right. Doesn’t happen often.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hate to say the Zebras decided the nightacp but that clearly wrongper Mike Pereira “roughing/running into” call was huge.

    I’m tired of evrybody on the planet seeing the obvious except the guy in the striped shirt who is SUPPOSED to see it.

    And yet another “If it happened in the endzone it would have been reviewable but because it didn’t it’s not”.

    FIX that!

    And if they insist on erring on the side of caution when it comes to helmet to helet hits then they need to start review those as well because there are just TOO many being called that are NOT illegal hits.

    That ticky-tack roughing call just before the half was ridiculous especially when you consider the ball popped into the air and the DB has every right to make sure a second receiver doesn’t grab he rebound> It potentially cost the 49ers aat LEAST a FG attempt.

    On the other hand, Kapernick gacked it up on the throw towards Boldin that let Seattle eventually go up by 6 and he was just lucky his TD pass wasn’t another interception. Plus, Big Mouth Bolden had a couple of flat out drops early on.

    • BerwynBomber

      I would think the rules committee would address the Bowman play in the off-season.

      • Shady

        Talk about insult to injury.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Think Michael Bennett raised his stock just a bit?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Now @MikeSilver is taking a “no goat” approach. Give Cutler, Stafford OR PEYTON Kaepernick’s 3 4th quarter turnovers and….is there a goat?”

    Are you kidding? They’d be BBQing all 3. !

    • BerwynBomber

      Well, a) Kaep is not respected much for his passing ability (hence, low expectations), b) Seattle is one of the toughest Ds in the league, and c) he ran for over a hundred yards. Taken together those things might insulate him a bit from the criticism. And Cutler, Stafford and Peyton? Hell, what about Romo? He throws one of those 4thQ picks and he would be endlessly skewered.

  • Shady

    It’s noteworthy that in both games today, it was a defensive play that sealed the win. Terrance Knighton bullied Patriots pro-bowler Logan Mankins and terrorized HOFer Tom Brady, and Richard Sherman made one of the best defensive plays to end a game you’ll ever see. Defense is anything but dead.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Defense is anything but dead.”
      Despite the NFL’s best efforts to kill it?

      • Shady

        Yes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Here’s my problem with the 12th man thing. What the fuck does it mean? Shouldn’t they be the 47th man?”

    Sorry, Blogfather, but I think you’re reaching.

    I don’t see an issue with consdering the crowd and the noise it generates the equivalent of an additional or “12th man” on defense.

    If there IS an issue, I would cry foul for stealing the concept from texas A&M.

    • BerwynBomber

      Well said. I thought that might be a blogfather-has-been-drinking post. The 12th man on defense thing goes way back, I suspect, in terms of disrupting a visiting O’s ability to call plays, audible, etc.

      • AlbertInTucson

        So… “If you ‘tweet’, don’t drink. If You drink, don’t ‘Tweet’?”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Of course MY version of that goes

          “If you ‘Tweet’. , stop.”

  • Irish Sweetness

    Well, the QBs won through. Didn’t see the Pats game, did they only score one TD?

    • Shady

      Turns out Denver can play defense too. Terrance Knighton and Shaun Phillips came up huge for Denver today.

  • Shady

    This Super Bowl matchup should remind Manning of the 2006 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Great QB/receiver combo vs. great defense/running back combo. While the ’06 Bears had a better defense IMO, Seattle has a better QB and in Wilson. You’d think he’s going to have to be the difference maker if Seattle is going to beat Manning.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t think Seattle can out-gun old turtlehead, and by the looks of it, the Broncos had the answer to a fairly potent rushing attack by the Pats. I fear another Manning ring ….

      • BerwynBomber

        Well let’s hope this time he actually EARNS the SB MVP rather than is given the thing as some lifetime achievement award. Still pisses me off about our SB vs. Indy. Manning was very mediocre that day. Addai and Rhodes were the ones who killed us.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    I don’t know why there isn’t more wailing and gnashing of teeth over the fumble/recovery non-call. I comprehend the explanation, but damn………

    Yer 12th man tweet is odd, Jeff. Just odd.

    • Shady

      It was clearly ridiculous, but I guess it’s what we’ve been conditioned to with this league. If Seattle wouldn’t have decided to go for it and lose 10 yards on 4th down, the blown call would be THE story.

  • AlbertInTucson

    BTW, Did some “12th MAN” research:

    Texas A&M’s origination of THE 12th MAN goes back 1922 when, due to injuries, they actually called a player, who had not dressed for the game, out of the stands just in case they needed another body. The guy DID suit up, did not play but a legend was born.

    Also, the phrase was trademarked by Texas A&M and as a result of a lawsuit settlement, the Seahawks have paid a licensing fee for the use of it since 2006.

  • Trac

    Didn’t watch one snap this weekend. Just glad Seattle beat the whiners and I could have cared less about the AFC title game. I really hope the Bears decide to double down on defense from here on out as our boys will have NO chance to build a solid team without one. Signing Cliff Avril was huge for the Seahawks and I hope Emery will have the success on D that he’s had on offense from here on out. Too bad we don’t have their dome.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/seahawks-sherman-flips-post-game-interview-article-1.1584972
      That story there speaks to what Marshall seems to be doing with the receiving and ball-carrying corps, namely, camaraderie as well as improvement individually. Sherman’s “L.O.B.” reference specifically.

      We need a Sherman for our D now – one that is over-the-top committed to the team and individual performance as well.
      If you’d watched the Hawks/49ers, you’d have seen it “in play” so to speak. The Seahawks, in the 2nd half, drove on the ball like inmates who had rehearsed their rush on the yard for years.

      So, like you said, where does Emery find “that” guy, the one that brings them together and turns them into organized madmen?

      • Trac

        Yup. To me, when a team can have fun laying it all out on the field, the front office has done thier job. The trash talking doesn’t bother me. To the Victor goes the spoils.

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