Saturday, January 09, 2016

NFL Wildcard Saturday

Wow, Brian Hoyer was as bad as I have seen an NFL quarterback play in the playoffs. I couldn't believe they put him back in after the half. Except for the opening kickoff, KC looked as if they were on cruise control the entire game.

Cincy's defense looks NASTY. And McCarron looked pretty good in both games I saw him play. Given that defense, he doesn't even have to do all that much for the Bengals to win anyhow.



Blogger WATYF January 09, 2016 8:48 PM  

That game was an embarrassment.


Anonymous fish January 09, 2016 9:13 PM  


There's a place in the NFL for Brian Hoyer.......concessions.

Blogger Wayne January 09, 2016 9:35 PM  

Hoyer went to great lengths to demonstrate his ineffectiveness and the Texans threw in the towel at the end of the third quarter by putting him back in for the remainder of the game.

Blogger jwshell January 09, 2016 9:38 PM  

only problem was the Texans really didn't have a legit backup QB...unless you count Weeden...

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent January 09, 2016 9:50 PM  

After 6 quarters of football, the home team still has not scored. I don't know who that says more about....

Anonymous No asterisk here January 09, 2016 9:52 PM  

The Chiefs didn't look particularly strong considering how badly Houston wanted to give them that game, Pats would have closed it out by halftime with all of those gimmes, only one of the turnovers could even be credited to KC's defense. Hope the Chiefs come to Foxborough and give us an easy route to the AFCG.

Anonymous fish January 09, 2016 10:08 PM  

"Hoyer went to great lengths to demonstrate his ineffectiveness and the Texans threw in the towel at the end of the third quarter by putting him back in for the remainder of the game."

Threw in the towel? Did a Chiefs DB catch it?

Anonymous Jabari January 09, 2016 10:28 PM  

That was sick. (Bryant's TD catch)

Blogger SS January 09, 2016 10:38 PM  

Well Houston made it into the playoffs because they're in a division only rivaled in strength by the NFC east.

Cincinnati always has trouble with the Steelers and they don't have their ginger luck charm in at QB for this game either.

Anonymous Hosmer January 09, 2016 10:40 PM  

The Chiefs didn't look particularly strong considering

World Champs Bitchez!

Anonymous What A Relief January 09, 2016 10:53 PM  

Finally, a game with some good old fashioned personal hatred.


Blogger Michael Maier January 09, 2016 11:01 PM  

That Bryant catch is insane.

Anonymous YIH January 09, 2016 11:03 PM  

Roethlisberger is out. And Cincy just turned it over.

OpenID basementhomebrewer January 09, 2016 11:15 PM  

As a Cincinnatian , as you can see at this point they are incapable of winning a first round playoff game. That being said, never trust a ginger. They are doing better than they would have done with Dalton at the helm.

OpenID basementhomebrewer January 09, 2016 11:33 PM  

Holy crap! I have to not get too excited because they are fated to lose.

Blogger Michael Maier January 09, 2016 11:48 PM's animated play needs work. Not clear at all.

And dammit... Cinci needs a stop NOW. I want to hear all the Steeler fans bitching.

Anonymous Seriously January 09, 2016 11:55 PM  

The Apocalypse of Stupid

Anonymous YIH January 09, 2016 11:55 PM  

You were right.

Blogger Michael Maier January 09, 2016 11:56 PM  

How bad were those two Cinci penalties that gave Pitt the win?

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy January 09, 2016 11:57 PM  

Hahahahha! Burfict for MVP!!!!

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 12:00 AM  

KC goes to NE and PIT goes to DEN next week.

OpenID basementhomebrewer January 10, 2016 12:03 AM  

@17 I knew it. The Bengals are incapable of winning a playoff game. Even with possession of the ball and the lead on their opponents 35 with 1:30 left in the game they are incapable of winning. I knew that was the case. No matter how badly I wanted it to not be true. All it took was 1 play for me to be certain they were going to lose. I am an avid fan even though I know they will never win anything consequential.

Blogger E. Burke January 10, 2016 12:09 AM  

You'd think more coaches would emulate the Belichick formula. Those ghetto denizens play such a stupid game.

Anonymous WillBest January 10, 2016 12:18 AM  

Whatever they hopped Big Ben up is probably illegal in 49 states. And as nasty as that hit was, Brown will pass concussion protocol and be good to go next week.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2016 12:27 AM  

The burfict penalty was definitely a penalty. Jones' penalty was a weak call, but consistent with contact with a coach like earlier in the game. I like calling a penalty for contact with a coach but that was barely anything.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat January 10, 2016 12:28 AM  

Dammit, I just had to email my sister and apologize for being a Bengals fan. My soul burns from the pain of having to admit just how thuggish and stupid the Bengals were.

It's so bad that I'm done with the Bengals unless Mike Brown cleans house and sends some of those idiots (and several coaches) home.

Anonymous fish January 10, 2016 12:31 AM  

14. basementhomebrewer January 09, 2016 11:33 PM

Holy crap! I have to not get too excited because they are fated to lose.


Anonymous Randall January 10, 2016 12:32 AM  

Cincinnati deserved to lose that game. Poor Pacman was sobbing on the sideline after the loss.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy January 10, 2016 12:38 AM

Pacmans Instagram rant...

Blogger Kentucky Packrat January 10, 2016 12:40 AM

Already gone. Anyone have a screenshot? It needs to go viral if it's good enough.

Anonymous SDH January 10, 2016 12:51 AM  

Already gone. Anyone have a screenshot? It needs to go viral if it's good enough.

Blogger El Borak January 10, 2016 12:52 AM  

OT: The OODA Loop.

So anyway, I'm sitting in ALiCE training this week when our LEO instructor starts talking about OODA loops.

"Now the OODA loop was created by an Air Force colonel a few years back as a tactical approach to establishing your next action. How many of you folks have heard of the OODA loop?"

One hand goes up, followed by one eyebrow. Dude looks at me. So does the Army captain to my right.

"How do you know about the OODA loop?"

"From reading William Lind. Plus the #DreadIlk use Col. Boyd's concepts to calibrate 4GW tactics..."

"The Dread who?"

"Er, nothing. I read about OODA loops on the internet."

"I see. So for those who don't know what an OODA loop is. It stands for 'Observe, Orient, Decide, and React...'"

Almost gave away the whole damn ballgame because I was so excited to see OODA loops on a public college campus.

* ALiCE training is official permission to go on the offense against hostile intruders in what were formerly known as "gun-free" zones.

Blogger WATYF January 10, 2016 1:44 AM  

What a way to lose a game.

Blogger bob k. mando January 10, 2016 1:58 AM  


don't let Col Kratman hear you talk about OODA. he get's a bit irate about that.

how big did his eyes get when you name dropped Lind and Boyd?

i've got a soft spot for the Steelers ... but i'm pretty sure they're only going to meet the Bungles once this post season.

combine that with no bye week and the brutal game that just got played between those two teams AND being the visiting team next week at high altitude ... i see a big loss in the future.

otoh, Manning doesn't have any wheels. Steelers rush smashes Peyton, then harries Brock ... ?

Blogger El Borak January 10, 2016 2:18 AM  

how big did his eyes get when you name dropped Lind and Boyd?

They didn't get big, they got small. Squinty. The #DreadIlk line is 'based on a true story'. Which is not the same as 'based'. But I did mention Boyd by name and the respect (of Boyd, not me) was evident. The #DreadIlk are not the only people learning 4GW.*

Oh the times, they are a'changin'. In this particular state, one can carry concealed** w/o a permit. But the campuses still have an exemption that makes them sitting ducks, er "Gun Free Zones", until July 1 of 2017. While we await that glorious date we are moving from magic signs as a defense against evil to good guys with tools to do that job.

It is this change in attitude that brightens my day the most. In the past, victims waited patiently for death because that's what they were trained to do. Now we non-victims are being trained to swarm any threat. Will that work? Until we have a shooter situation, I cannot know.

But it was odd. After having been thru the training with us, our shooter in the last exercise was more concerned about what we were going to do to him when he burst thru the door than what he was going to do to us. Though he had his gun in the chest of one of us, he never pulled the trigger. That's a win in my book.

* plus, LEOs taught us how to make a simple bomb/IED using only 3 ingredients. I shit you not
** and open, though I'm not a huge fan of that

Anonymous Cowboys Fan January 10, 2016 4:17 AM  

@ 25 Don't forget ex-Cowboy Pacman Jones...and yes the stupid does burn. Hopefully Jerrel Wayne won't do something even dumber by bringing Johnny FF back to Texas to back up Romo.

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 5:19 AM  

My first thought on the first penalty was "how can they throw that flag in that situation?"

Then I watched it on review and I thought "how can that idiot hit the receiver at all, let alone in the head, AFTER the ball has already gone through his hands?"

The refs didn't want to throw the flag there, but the Bengals gave them no choice.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2016 7:33 AM  

> The refs didn't want to throw the flag there, but the Bengals gave them no choice.

Yeah, they were doing their best to let the teams play. Then Pacman had to go and lose it completely for the second penalty, which put the Steelers in easy field goal range.

I listened to the game driving home. It was an absolutely ridiculous finish. If you had submitted as the plot of a movie script, everyone would say it was to unbelievable.

Anonymous RC January 10, 2016 8:05 AM  

The Bungle's game was fascinating, so much talent destined to lose in any game with rules. Win with emotion, lose with emotion. I knew Burfict was a loose cannon but he was a real piece of work yesterday. The sack on Roethlisberger was legal but he was clearly trying to inflict injury. But that last penalty will be seared into the minds of Cincy fans for as long as Bryant's catch will be celebrated.

Anonymous RC January 10, 2016 8:11 AM  

@31 - Did he actually say "Observe, Orient, Decide, and React?" If so that's funny. And I love it when instructors know their material so well... some Air Force col from a "few years back."

Burfict's OODA Loop would be amusing no doubt.

Blogger El Borak January 10, 2016 8:29 AM  

Did he actually say "Observe, Orient, Decide, and React?"

No, he said it right, I typed it wrong.

Anonymous No asterisk here January 10, 2016 8:55 AM  

It blows my mind that anyone bets on the NFL after watching that jobbing by the refs last night.

Granted, if the Bungles weren't a team of retards they still would have won the game, but that hit on Bernard should have been a 30 yard penalty for spearing+unsportsmanlike, and how Jones got called for unsportsmanlike instead of Joey Porter is mind-boggling. I really hope the Donkeys have either payed up their dues to the ref association and/or choose out-dirtying the Stealers as their gameplan next week.

On a side note, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are a disgrace for not being knowledgeable enough to even know the rules of the game they are calling, particularly since leading with the helmet has been a point of emphasis for several seasons now.

Anonymous Ness1 January 10, 2016 10:02 AM  

The thuggish side of the game really came out, not good for the NFL.

Cincinnati is not a model city, and it really looked like the crowd might be a problem. Mustn't let the reality intrude on the game... the commentators sounded at times like it might.

Ben sure looked like he wanted to get out of there fast after the game.

One of these days maybe the NFL will find itself playing a game with an empty stadium too. Whose to say now...

Blogger bob k. mando January 10, 2016 10:09 AM  

someone says, "OODA".

Zeus, "Release the Kratman!"

Blogger bob k. mando January 10, 2016 10:20 AM  

34. El Borak January 10, 2016 2:18 AM
In the past, victims waited patiently for death because that's what they were trained to do. Now we non-victims are being trained to swarm any threat.

it's astounding to see that the 'shelter in place' training for Active Shooters comes from a misapplication of the SoCal driveby drug shootings protocol.

external threat + onsite police presence vs internal threat + police en route is no way to go through life, son.

double down on derp.

Blogger Unknown January 10, 2016 10:44 AM  

As a life long Bengals fan I can say that game topped the sum total of the 1990's in its breathtaking stupidity for ways to lose a football game.

Unfortunately I think this demonstrates that NFL has passed it's peak and will now decline into some sort of savage freakshow. There is no sportsmanship or anything good worth seeing in the game. Sure there are players who are all time greats playing today, but their contributions are overwhelmed by the type of thugs that were on display last night. It's only a matter of time before someone dies in an "legal but unfortunate collision", as the commentary crew described the hit that knocked out Bernard.

I watched the game with my 12 year old son last night. While it was easy to get caught up in the emotions of the moment, I had to explain to him that it was the worst of people on display. The crowd was just as bad as the teams on the field. No class.

Blogger frenchy January 10, 2016 11:47 AM  

@ 41.

He was a running with the ball. Helmet to helmet is allowed. Jones got called for UC because he walked up behind Porter and deliberately ran into him. Refs are more lenient with foul language, if there was any, than they are with deliberately walking into someone from behind and bumping them. It's like throwing a punch. A physical penalty will supersede a verbal one every time.

Blogger rcocean January 10, 2016 11:49 AM  

Well, I've never seen that before. The Bungles managed to lose in the dumbest way possible. First, as someone stated, you got the all with 95 seconds to go on the opponents 35. The No.1 priority is: Hang on to the football. Then, to lose 30 yards on a completely needless PF and bumping an official. Incredible.

Blogger frigger611 January 10, 2016 3:41 PM  

I am absolutely sick to my stomach. Been a Bengals fan since their inception and am just so tired. Burfict should have been ejected. Marvin Lewis should have been fired years ago, he cannot control his felons (players) because he sees the team as his personal mission to rescue thugs from themselves.

Such amazing talent. Absolutely wasted. Others here are right, you just knew deep down in your bones, while your screaming at the tv for the last 70 seconds of game "just don't do anything stupid!!!" But alas. It's Marvin's morons out there.

Even after the game Marvin seemed absolutely oblivious. And even if he knew the gravity, he'd do very little about it, other than meekly say "try to do better next time, son..." Sick.

Then they hand the Steelers (also thugs) the game on a silver platter.

I've been to a few games, it's a beautiful stadium and crowds have always been very respectful generally and mindful of the family environment. OK, so the Bungles are idiots, but let's not let the refs off the hook. They are not an infallible priestly class, though everybody pretends they are, I'm sick of that too. And when Gio Bernard was speared and went down limp and likely unconscious the refs DID NOT call it a penalty, and in fact awarded the ball to the Steelers.

That was disgusting. And that's the moment when the crowd got ugly too, and I've never seen that before. Felt like "the fix was in." I knew there'd be blood next time Steelers O came out.

I'm done with the Bengals and NFL until Marvin Lewis and his Missionary Exercise are ended, and somebody takes control of these awful officials.

Blogger rcocean January 10, 2016 6:13 PM  

Its hard to argue the Refs were against Bungles. Prior to their 30 yard penalty meltdown at games end, they'd been whistled for 49 yards in penalties vs. Pittsburg's 149.

Anonymous No asterisk here January 10, 2016 6:43 PM  


Not sure why this has become a Stealers homer talking point, leading with the crown of the helmet has been illegal for about 20 years, and a point of emphasis for 3 or 4.

It was a dirty cheap shot, and no one should be surprised when Shazier is fined and possibly suspended for a game during the next couple of days.

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