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  1. 1
    var says:

    Go Bears.

  2. 2
    jibeaux says:

    What do you suggest I take an interest in, oh, 54 hours or so from now?

  3. 3
    jackmac says:

    B E A R S !!!!

  4. 4
    MikeJ says:

    Battle of the gay marriage initiative states starts at 1pm.

  5. 5
    cmorenc says:

    I could care less about NFL football, but since it brings such great joy and angst to many of you, especially John Cole, I say…carry on!

  6. 6
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Watching the Cincy-Denver game very entertaining, must be frustrating being a Bengal fan this season. Which team shows up on Sunday,the Bengals or their doppelgangers, the bungles, this week is the former.

  7. 7
    var says:

    OK, so the Red Dawn commercial is on. I loved the first movie when I was a kid because, well, I was a kid.

    But what on earth is the motivation for the Chinese to invade the Pacific Northwest? Is it some sort of repossession of the collateral behind the debt we owe to them? You would think they would still want to sell the cheap crap they send over here instead of having to deal with the piles of it we have.

    Also, do they know that the Pacific Northwest is just filled with a bunch of DFH, Microsoft, and espresso drive ins?

  8. 8
    The Pale Scot says:

    Go Big BLUE!!!!

  9. 9
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I wonder if the bears are going to set some sort of record: Right now they’re up 25 points with only 132 yards of passing.

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    MikeJ says:


    But what on earth is the motivation for the Chinese to invade the Pacific Northwest?

    The same as the motivation for the Cubans to paradrop troops into Colorado?

    Didn’t they change the baddies in the new movie to the Norks, so as not to piss off China?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @var: I heard that the villains were North Korea, because the Chinese scared the studio and the distribution company, telling them that the Chinese market will be closed to them if they did not change the plot. The movie I guess is nothing more wingnut wanking like that late lamented Atlas Shrugged II.

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    the Conster says:



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    Surreal American says:


    But what on earth is the motivation for the Chinese to invade the Pacific Northwest?

    Actually it’s North Koreans in the remake. No really, it is.

  14. 14
    MikeJ says:


    and espresso drive ins?

    *Bikini* espresso drive ins.

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    rlrr says:

    @Surreal American:

    It was Chinese, they changed them N. Koreans in post production.

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    Roger Moore says:


    But what on earth is the motivation for the Chinese to invade the Pacific Northwest?

    To provide target practice for American partisans and an excuse for a movie. Accepting the basic premise is part of willing suspension of disbelief.

  17. 17
    dedc79 says:

    Let’s go Giants!!!

  18. 18
    rlrr says:

    Because an economic basket case with population of 24 million could realistically invade a superpower with a population of 300 million…

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    Beth in VA says:

    Redskins losing. Should we Obamabots be worried per the streak that incumbents lose when Redskins lose?

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    Surreal American says:


    So I heard. For fear of losing the Chinese market. Ever feel that “irony” is a wholly inadequate term these days?

  21. 21
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Beth in VA:

    Depends, are you superstitious?

    The Browns are beating the Ravens last I checked, which has gotta be a sign of something or another.

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    rlrr says:

    North Koreans invading the United States is less realistic than moon Nazis taking over the world.

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    That was only the usual Browns’ 4th Quarter Tease.

  25. 25
    JWL says:

    I’m looking forward to watching Peyton Manning play in the (dome-less) winter cold of mile high Denver. “My neck is sore- must be a blizzard coming”.

  26. 26
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @James E. Powell:

    And it looks like I was wrong about the Bears, too. Ah well.

    (I did like the Titans going for the 2-point conversion, down 33 in the 4th quarter. Don’t stop believin!)

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    @var: My favorite invasion of America film was Chuck Norris’ “Invasion USA” when an army of stereotypes and bogeymen took over Florida by attacking churches and school buses. The whole gang was there. Russians, Cubans, Vietcong, Arabs.

  28. 28

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    I know it is a bit of a heresy, but I do not want my beloved Browns to win many games this year. They need the high picks more than they need wins.

  29. 29
    Thlayli says:

    The Bears’ defense was the day’s best offense.

    Also too, BIG BLUE!

  30. 30

    @Bob In Portland:

    My favorite was the ABC miniseries “Amerika”

    It was monumentally unrealistic, paranoid, and stupid.

    It was so bad that almost no one remembers it. Or maybe they just don’t want to remember it.

  31. 31
    Raven says:

    Da Berz

  32. 32
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Why would you have confidence that the Browns can competently execute a rebuilding plan?

  33. 33
    Joel says:

    I’m pissed at Tennessee for not benching Chris Johnson after his second fumble. I am playing against him this week and his garbage time points yielded bonanza for my opponent. Therefore, I’m rooting for Tennessee to lose every game from here to eternity.

  34. 34
    S. cerevisiae says:

    Adrian Peterson is still a beast but Ponder is going to have to step it up today.

  35. 35
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @James E. Powell: And maybe a new coaching staff, but this is getting tired for a true Browns fan, we in year 48 since the Browns won an NFL title, and that was pre-Super Bowl years. I wouold like to see the Browns win the Super Bowl before I shuffle off this mortal coil or a meteor hits the planet.

  36. 36
    jharp says:

    Colt’s game today an official got pissed and let out a Goddamn it with his mic on.

    And Andrew Luck was amazing on 3rd downs.

    Colt’s are getting pretty good pretty quickly.

  37. 37
    Eli-Victor Cruz-Manning says:

    Go GIANTS!

  38. 38
    Morbo says:

    Lions are back at .500 y’all.

  39. 39
    Batocchio says:

    A suggestion: schedule these posts ahead of time so that they’ll automatically publish for the early games.

    Also: Cobb! Rodgers!

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Beth in VA:

    Redskins losing. Should we Obamabots be worried per the streak that incumbents lose when Redskins lose?

    Not an incumbent/challenger thing, but a Democrat/Republican thing, iirc. It was put to lie when the Redskins beat the Packers in ’04, which should have led to a Kerry victory. As a Packers fan, that was my silver lining after the 28-14 loss.

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    MikeJ says:

    Ponder *that*, motherfucker.

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    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    I am not sure what a “true” Browns fan is.

    I’m pretty sure that they will get a new coaching staff for next year. New owner, new coach.

    There is a lot more talent on this team than there was three years ago. But it’s not showing up as wins.

  43. 43
    J. says:


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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:


    Also: Cobb! Rodgers!

    Also: Running game!

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    It is actually an incumbent/challenger thing. And the funny thing about ’04 was that the Skins lost, but the ‘incumbent’ party in terms of winning the popular vote last time also lost. Hmm…

  46. 46
    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    No, the Skins won that game, 28-14.

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    Yutsano says:

    @MikeJ: This is ponderous man, really ponderous. And am I the only one who gets squishy when pro QBs screw sports writers?

    Oh and before I forget (and before it’s too late): Challah please?

  48. 48
    Morbo says:

    Good old Steelers secondary loves them some cheap shots.

    ED: eh, it wasn’t that egregious; not a headshot and if Cruz had caught it that wouldn’t have been a penalty.

  49. 49
    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:


    You’d love ’em, too, if the refs had it in for your team week-in-and-week-out.


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    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    Also: Running game!

    Where the hell did THAT come from?

    Not complaining…..

  51. 51
    dedc79 says:

    Giants fan here, and even I can admit those were some bad calls by the refs on that last drive.

  52. 52
    burnspbesq says:

    If the Steelers didn’t commit so many egregious personal fouls, they wouldn’t get whistled for the borderline plays.

    The pass interference call was righteous.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Simms is in Jay Bilas mode, over-compensating so he won’t be accused of pro-his-former-team bias.

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    var says:

    @Surreal American:

    Oh my word. I cannot understand how you can make it North Koreans. Seriously, just junk the concept. North Korea has the population of Texas, most of whom are starving. And, to what end? To make more people worship at the image of Kim Il Sung?

    Beyond bizarre. Makes Atlas Shrugged look plausible.

  56. 56
    Morbo says:

    What? How was that not an incomplete pass?

  57. 57
    Ed in NJ says:


    Exactly. There is no doubt that the ball was loose. Except maybe in the Cole household.

    Go Big Blue. We need this one.

  58. 58
    Thlayli says:

    Cole must be screaming at the refs.

    I wasn’t expecting that fumble call to stand.

  59. 59
    MikeJ says:

    @var: I believe the “thinking” involved is “all those people look alike any way.”

  60. 60
    Ltshinysides says:

    Refs just gave giants14’points. Good job, guys!

  61. 61
    Gravenstone says:

    Anyone check on Cole yet over that “fumble”?

  62. 62
    Svensker says:

    I’m sorta a Giants fan, but that was some back to back bullshit. Stillers was robbed, big time.

  63. 63
    freemark says:

    That was definitely a forward pass. The pass interference call was bad too, but I give the refs a pass because at that speed it was hard to tell.

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    MikeJ says:

    Give that man some skittles.

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    JPL says:

    @Svensker: The refs think it is important for the Giants to win because of Sandy. The folks in NJ and NY need something to cheer for.
    ok…that was a bunch of crap and I admit it…

  66. 66
    Thlayli says:

    Weren’t all of yinz banned for life from complaining about refs’ calls after SB40?

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    Cermet says:

    The steelers QB has suffered FOUR SACKS already!? Is that an offensive line or an open door? I bet someone claims the refs will give the game to gaints due to the storm … oops, too late … lol.

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    Svensker says:

    Even the Giants’ radio announcers (I’m not in reach of video) are saying that some of these calls are really going against the Steelers.

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    Cermet says:

    @rlrr: Red Dawn Dud? No were as much fun to watch as Nazi’s from space! What’s not to like about something that is so over the top as moon nazi’s? North Koreans are real people being murdered by their own government, and the movie is a vehicle for rightwing thugs – can’t see the point of watching that stupid shit.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Too clever by half.

  71. 71
    1badbaba3 says:

    Not sure why you want to try and get your Kicker killed, but hey, Pittsburgh is one tough town.

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    JWL says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I watched a ton of Raider games during the ’70’s.

    I knew I was getting older when the Browns and Raiders squared off in their only playoff game against each other (1980?).

    The Browns were poised to win with a last second, chip shot field goal. To my pleasant surprise, I took the pending loss with true equanimity. No angst whatsoever. I thought: “Way to go, Raiders; never believed you’d get this far; it was a great season”.

    But then Brian Sipes dropped back to pass. In that instant, I remember thinking: “WTF is he doing”? I then immediately assumed that, unless someone was wide open in the end zone, he’d throw it 20 rows deep into seats.

    But Sipes didn’t, and the Raiders lived. Oakland went on to their second Super Bowl.

    Just thought I’d share a pleasant memory with you on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  73. 73


    Actually, having Texas invade Washington State would probably be more believable.

  74. 74
    salvage says:

    That was the stupidest play of the year.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @JWL: I remember that, it was Red Right 88 called by Sam Rutigliano. Other sad memories The Drive(that is the reason any coach who does Prevent Defenses should be put against the wall in front of a belt fed machine gun), The Fumble(damn you Earnest Byner!!! Still after 25 years! The dark time when there was no Browns football. Being a Cleveland Browns fan involves pain. But I’ll be with them, I can’t cheer the Stilllers, Bungles, that team in B-more. Thank God for the Buckeyes or else I would go into treatment.

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    MikeJ says:

    @zombie rotten mcdonald:

    Actually, having Texas invade Washington State would probably be more believable.

    You should hear Washingtonians complain about Californians.

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    karen marie says:

    Hey, John Cole, I hate to be a nitpicker but your blogroll needs updating. Avedon has moved but you’re still linking to the old address. I think there are others that needed to be weeded out as well but I don’t remember which ones.

    Glad I could be of help!

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    Billgerat says:

    @zombie rotten mcdonald:

    The Texans would melt away in the rain, and with temperatures in the 40-50’s here, they’d be shivering in the cold. Hell, anytime it gets below 60 in the South they have to put on woolen underwear.

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    Billgerat says:


    And rightly so.

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    JWL says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The Drive was a breakdown against a young and nimble J. Fuckin’ Elway. The Sipes call/performaance was stupidity epitomized.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @zombie rotten mcdonald:

    It was a gift from Arizona’s rotten run defense. They get after the QB, they’re pretty good in coverage, but the Cards cannot stop the run. The game was closer than it should have been- too fucking many dropped passes- but the ground game was where it should have been today.

    Don’t expect the same numbers in the near future, though. Even if Benson makes it back this year, the Packers will only run to keep their opponents’ defenses honest.

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    Ron says:

    I don’t know how anyone could think that PI call, unsportsmanlike call, or “fumble” was the correct call. Thankfully the Steelers beat the Giants, the refs, and themselves. (fake field goal? wtf?)

  83. 83
    Tim I says:

    Da Bears are back!!!! Of course, next week they have to play an actual NFL team. Hopefully that works out okay, but I don’t think they can count on getting 6 turnovers every week. Urlacher did a great service for old guys with no cartilage left in our knees.

  84. 84
    skinman says:

    Broncos! Broncos! Broncos!

    The past 12 years feel like a bad dream.

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