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Sunday, December 21, 2014

VPFL playoffs

74 Texas Chili Eaters
56 Bane Cornshuckers

54 RR Redbeards
50 Greenfield Grizzlies

Live by the Manning, die by the Manning. Both the defending champion and the regular season champion were upset, creating an opening for a shock return to the VPFL championship game by the dark horse Redbeards.

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Anonymous Daniel December 21, 2014 4:22 PM  

Blame me. I had two shots to take out the Redbeards and send myself to the playoffs...and left the winning points on the bench. All I had to do was put in Julio Jones on the last one. Doesn't matter, though. My team died of a Staff infection today.

Anonymous jm December 21, 2014 4:34 PM  

It was a good run for the Saints. A heck of a time to be a fan. But now it's time to get the paper bag out.

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 4:42 PM  

VPFL scoring update.. each team has two players left to play... the darkhorse Redbeards are currently ahead 63 - 21.

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 4:44 PM  

also... are there any vikings fans left that are not alcoholics?

Anonymous WaterBoy December 21, 2014 4:46 PM  

Woo-hoo, the Lions are headed to the playoffs!

My VP-AFL team, not so much -- they got Bogged down in the first round.

Blogger Guitar Man December 21, 2014 5:07 PM  

GRITTY effort by the beloved Pats.

Anonymous VD December 21, 2014 5:08 PM  

That was actually an entertaining Vikings loss. Ender was PISSED though. He did not like to see them come back, then give it away at the end like that.

Me, I want the higher draft pick....

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 5:16 PM  

having picked Asiata off the waivers and started him... I was quite pleased.

Blogger JartStar December 21, 2014 5:25 PM  

I'm quite pleased to have made it to the championship. Nate I got you twice during the regular season, but the day is yours.

Anonymous Daniel December 21, 2014 5:55 PM  

That was actually an entertaining Vikings loss.

You are a sick man, although I knew something was up when the Vikings laid off the Dolphins on their last TD drive to tie it.

Don't give it away to Miami and don't give it away to the Bills and Bridgewater would be something like 8-4 this year I think.

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 6:05 PM  

I dunno about bridgewater

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 6:27 PM  

does David Carr wear guyliner?

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 6:41 PM  

derek... not david... this gay looking Raiders chap...

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 7:29 PM  

well that's it. The last of the chili eaters have finished their games. Time for the victory cigar.

Anonymous Will Best December 21, 2014 7:46 PM  

Me, I want the higher draft pick....

Vikings better win next week. Bears have a shot at the 6th pick.

It blows my mind that the most meaningful game in week 17 is Pathners v. Falcons which will determine which sub 500 team gets the #4 seed in the NFC.

Anonymous Laz December 21, 2014 8:30 PM  

For the first time ever I rooted for the Redskins yesterday. I'm just hoping Romo will stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 8:40 PM  

Romo has been amazing this year. That is the truth.

Blogger Nate December 21, 2014 8:40 PM  

and actually... for the last few weeks... he's been the best QB in the NFL.

Anonymous Will Best December 21, 2014 9:29 PM  

Cardinals need to win so that the cowboys have nothing to play for next week, bench their starters, and let the redskins win.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 12:53 AM  

Nate December 21, 2014 8:40 PM
and actually... for the last few weeks... he's been the best QB in the NFL.




too bad he's not get enough to get paid Jay Cutler money.
#SomewhereInChi-townThere'sAGMThatNeedsFiring

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 12:56 AM  

Nate December 21, 2014 8:40 PM
and actually... for the last few weeks... he's been the best QB in the NFL.




too bad he's not get enough to get paid Jay Cutler money.
#SomewhereInChi-townThere'sAGMThatNeedsFiring

Blogger Vincent Castrillo December 22, 2014 1:31 AM  

Congrats Nate. Still have the 7th place double loser's consolation bracket left upfor grabs tomorrow night with VD's mailed in team. lol

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 8:32 AM  

"too bad he's not get enough to get paid Jay Cutler money."

its trendy to hate Jay.

personally I like the dude. He'd be a big upgrade for about 20 teams in the NFL right now.

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 8:33 AM  

but yes... chicago's GM needs firing. Badly. Him and the Jets GM are the worst.

Blogger Tank December 22, 2014 8:46 AM  

Greg Williams should be permanently banned from the NFL. His behavior is far more detrimental to the game than Rice's or Peterson's.

Anonymous Will Best December 22, 2014 11:17 AM  

My kneejerk is to fire Phil Emery for the sin of Marc Trestmen, but if I give Phil an honest assessment, I think he deserves a second chance to hire a HC.

1) His scout team wasn't in place until 2013, and he was forced to use Angelo's research for the 2012 draft. So he can be forgiven for his post 2nd round misses. Yes he missed on Shea McClellin but he hit on Jeffery. His 2013 draft was at least average, and his 2014 draft looks like it will be above average to a home run depending on how the players develop the next couple years.

2) He has been above average in Free Agency. Yes he has overpaid some players (Allen, Houston, Bushrod), but you have to do that in FA. Really if you ignore the Cutler contract, he hasn't embarrassed himself, and he has gotten a steal on a number of players. Ratliff, Willie Young, Josh McCown.

3) Why excuse the Cutler contract? Because I am not entirely sure it was his decision. I think Ownership monkey's around occasionally and it wouldn't surprise me to find this is one of them. Prior to the rookie pay scale the Bears were notorious for drafting talent in second tier football programs because they could be signed cheaper.

4) I am not entirely convinced Marc Trestmen's hiring was entirely Phil Emery's decision either. The last time the Bears hired a personality at HC was Ditka. It is reported that Bruce Arians was a tough sell to George & Ted.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 12:36 PM  

Nate December 22, 2014 8:32 AM
He'd be a big upgrade for about 20 teams in the NFL right now.




my comment has nothing to do with whether or not Jay is "better than some" NFL QBs. he's been starting since '07 and has NEVER ONCE been mistaken for 'league best'.

couple that with the fact that he's injury prone ( hasn't played a full season since 09 ) AND also a quintessential stats winning ( fantasy ) / game losing QB in the Culpecker / Jeff George mode and making him the highest paid passer in the league means somebody needs a double-tap in the face.


seriously, he's supposed to make more than Rogers, Brady and Manning? Wilson? i don't even follow NFL that closely and i don't think he belongs in the top 5. does he even belong in the top 10?

hell, in his prime, i'd take the Funky QB himself ( McMahon ) over Cutler any day. you can have your stats, i'll take wins.



Will Best December 22, 2014 11:17 AM
I think Ownership monkey's around occasionally and it wouldn't surprise me to find this is one of them.



this is a valid point. it's clear that the Bears front office problems ( the recent Kromer disaster being a prime example ) go well beyond personnel decisions.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 1:06 PM  

yeah, skimming over the QBR page, these are the guys i would have taken ahead of Cutler LAST year, without even thinking about it:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr

Rodgers
Peyton
Brady
Brees
Wilson
Luck
and probably Stafford

hell, i'd take Romo ahead of Cutler simply on the basis that you can expect him to play the whole season.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Romo#Career_Statistics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Cutler_%28American_football%29#Career_statistics

Anonymous Laz December 22, 2014 1:48 PM  

"hell, i'd take Romo ahead of Cutler simply on the basis that you can expect him to play the whole season."

Did you see how stiff he was on Sunday? If he didn't have a good line, I think Romo would be in a wheelchair.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 5:59 PM  

the point is, Romo will play hurt. Cutler won't.

also, the team will get behind Romo, where Cutler's team mates call him out in public for being a pansy. you can't expect the offensive line to give their all when they don't ( seem to ) respect him.

let's be clear, here: i consider Cutler to be, probably, on the upper side of the mid-tier QBs. it's not like i think he's a complete waste of time.

there's just no way in hell he should be the best paid quarterback in the league. there has never been any point in his career when anyone thought he was that good, or even that he might have that potential. i mean, Matt Leinart was drafted before Cutler.

in Jan 2014, after 8 years in the NFL ( the last four years of which he has not played a full season ), you think he's got the upside to justify a 'best in league' contract?

ridiculous. at the end of 2013, it was already clear that Cutler was in the back half of his career and that he was unlikely to be a starter all that much longer. seriously, you think he's going to start when he's 35? he's 31 now.

Anonymous Laz December 22, 2014 6:32 PM  

I'm not disagreeing with you. I was just pointing out that he looks one hit away from retirement.

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 7:08 PM  

"seriously, he's supposed to make more than Rogers, Brady and Manning? Wilson? i don't even follow NFL that closely and i don't think he belongs in the top 5. does he even belong in the top 10?"

So... you're blaming Cutler for not refusing to take the money Chicago offered him?

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 7:10 PM  

Also... saying you'd take Romo over him is kind of pointless... considering objectively speaking (I hate saying this because I hate the cowboys) Romo is the league MVP.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 22, 2014 7:57 PM  

Nate December 22, 2014 7:08 PM
So... you're blaming Cutler for not refusing to take the money Chicago offered him?



read more slowly, Nate.

i've said repeatedly, the major problem is in the front office. if they are that incompetent at player evaluation, a lot of people need firing. being shot at. something.

heck, if they offered me that contract, *i'd* sign it.

course, i'd also gather up the O-line and the backs and tell them that i knew that good protection can make even a schmuck QB look decent, that i was setting aside 40% of my pay to be split equally between all the guys responsible for protecting me with another 10% to be awarded for exceptional performance.



Nate December 22, 2014 7:10 PM
Also... saying you'd take Romo over him is kind of pointless... considering objectively speaking (I hate saying this because I hate the cowboys) Romo is the league MVP.



but Romo was NOT league MVP in Jan 2014 ... you know ... at the time when Cutler was getting his new bank busting contract.

Romo was ranked 11th by ESPN QBR and 12th by the NFL passer rating for the 2013 season, lower than the combined "Bears quarterbacks".

note that well, Cutler was QBR rated at 7th last year and i would still have taken Romo ahead of him. and i would have been right.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr/_/year/2013

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000304038/article/quarterback-index-yearend-rankings


man, this faux posting thing the Captcha does is annoying. this is like the 6th time i've tried to put this post up.

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 8:12 PM  

"note that well, Cutler was QBR rated at 7th last year and i would still have taken Romo ahead of him. and i would have been right."

Except Romo wasn't available. And Cutler was.

The bears front office wasn't getting to choose between Romo or Rogers or Manning and Jay. Jay was available. Lots of teams wanted him. Ya think Chicago is the only team making offers?

I doubt it.

Look I agree... They paid to much. Teams over pay for even decent QB free agents. And they clearly over paid for Cutler.

But don't sit here and act like Cutler is some can of corn. He's better than most NFL starters... and those guys don't come on the market very often. When they do.. bidding wars get crazy.

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 8:12 PM  

I would remind you the Titans actually offered Peyton Manning part ownership in the franchise.

Blogger Nate December 22, 2014 8:17 PM  

my team paid like 8 million for Micheal Oher. I know what its like to have a terrible front office ok?

Anonymous liljoe December 22, 2014 11:54 PM  

trying to keep law and order in the hellhole that is urban America

someone been watching too much Dick Wolf-produced television

Anonymous Will Best December 23, 2014 1:08 AM  

Ya think Chicago is the only team making offers?

Strictly speaking the Bears could have paid him 16.9 million this year under the franchise tag rather than sign him to a long term deal. And a deal was done before he hit free agency so any offer from other teams were the wink-wink-nudge-nudge kind.

seriously, he's supposed to make more than Rogers, Brady and Manning? Wilson?

A few points
1) Wilson is on a rookie contract. Sucks to be him, he will get paid.

2) Brady purposefully makes half what he could (11.4 mi/yr) because his wife makes 50 mil/yr more than him (lord knows how), and he would rather have good players around him

3) Stop putting stock in "highest paid QB". Cutler's deal was structured so he made 22.5 mil this year for cap purposes but its really a 3-yr 18 mil/yr deal with Bear options of (15, 16, 17.5, and 19.2 w/injury hedge) in years 4 thru 7.

4) Cutler's deal actually puts him 7th on an annualized basis behind (Rodgers, Ryan, Flacco, Brees, Peyton, and Kaepernick) and just above Romo and Stafford. Where Cutler really scored was landing Aaron Rodgers level guarantee which was a bit bizarre. But then the salary cap did jump 10 million from 2013 to 2014. And that is why he makes more than Rivers, Roethlisberger, and Eli. They all signed contracts a while back and all of their contracts are up at the end of 2015. So they too will be making more than Cutler. Well maybe not Eli the way he has been playing lately.

Also, don't question Cutler toughness. He has played with a rib injury. And Romo isn't going to play with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, MCL tear, or concussion either.

Anonymous Clay December 23, 2014 4:38 AM  

Nate December 21, 2014 8:40 PM
and actually... for the last few weeks... he's been the best QB in the NFL.

I remember the year you called me fool for taking Romo over Ryan....then, Romo got knocked out of the season, (basically), in the 5th game of the year. Think I may have had Witten, too, at the time.

Oh well, looks like a good season for you. Congrats.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 24, 2014 12:23 AM  

Nate December 22, 2014 8:17 PM
my team paid like 8 million for Micheal Oher. I know what its like to have a terrible front office ok?



i dunno. why do you spend so much time pretending to disagree with me? :3

in Jan 14, Cutler was a just barely top 10 QB who had been injured four seasons in a row and who had a penchant for losing games in spite of his gaudy ( http://youtu.be/RBYkGEmYwf4?t=24m15s, this video is a perfectly apropos pun ) statistics.


speaking of Jay's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, you know something? Cutler has failed to post a winning record for 5 of his 8 'full' pro seasons.



Will Best December 23, 2014 1:08 AM
And a deal was done before he hit free agency



exactly so. had there been an actual, you know, bidding war for Cutler you could maybe excuse this. if you squinted really hard.

but there was no bidding war. and no serious pressure. and no love from the fans for him. or from his team mates.

but, that's okay.

2014 has really shown me how disconnected from reality i am.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 24, 2014 12:24 AM  

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