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  1. 1
    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    I can’t handle the pressure!

  2. 2
    Steeplejack says:

    The only game I’ve got right now is Eagles-Redskins. Ugh. So ugh that I’m switching between it and women’s golf.

    Awaiting Colts-Patriots at 4:00 and (somewhat eagerly) awaiting Ravens-Steelers at 8:00.

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    Thanks John, Trying to make sense out of the middle east problem is over my head. Also, too Atlanta just scored so that’s good.

  4. 4
    different-church-lady says:


    Trying to make sense out of the middle east problem is over my head.

    It’s the most heated rivalry in the league.

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    freelancer says:

    Cards, Falcons. But I think I might go see Skyfall.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    and (somewhat eagerly) awaiting Ravens-Steelers at 8:00

    The first showdown of the two regular season Super Bowls.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I don’t follow either team in minute detail, so maybe you can tell me: is Baltimore too damaged by injuries, or is that balanced by Roethlisberger being out?

    Earlier I was worried about a Steelers rout; now I’m worried about two depleted teams stumbling through a snoozefest.

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    ThresherK says:

    My spouse wants to know why I’m so interested in watching a football game with a 55-yard line, all those people milling around before the snap, and something called “objectionable conduct”.

    Then I mention that the season wraps up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend, and that seems to go over pretty well.

    I’m figuring BC in the West, Montreal in the East.

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    koolearl says:

    Iggles…gack… ‘Nuff said

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    J. says:

    Any Jets fans here? Any chance the Jets will win one?

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    Live From Texas says:

    Webber blocks Alonso, but Hamilton dogs Vettel until the tire changes. If he can pull a lead there he holds it to the end, foiling Vettel and making everyone hold their breaths until Brazil. Discuss.

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    cathyx says:

    The middle east, is that Baltimore, Washington DC, and Tennessee?

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    The Dangerman says:

    I’m still recovering from yesterday; Trojans go down and Ducks go down. I was rooting for KSU, but it’s not like they lost a squeaker, so good riddance. I don’t see how USC takes out ND next week, so one team is set (and they will be drubbed by whomever they play).

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

    Jesus H. Christ, Mason Crosby! Make a fucking field goal!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Steeplejack: Ellerbe plays well in Ray Lewis’ position, no issues there. Jimmy Smith isn’t nearly as good as Ladarius Webb, so that one hurts. Haloti Ngata has been fighting injuries all season so there’s concern there.

    Aside from injuries, Flacco doesn’t seem to be as “mechanical” as someone who thinks they are an elite quarterback should be. The offense either seems to be completely ineffective or playing lucky.

    As far as the Steelers, they are only as good as Roethlisberger is able to improvise. He’s a single person game changer like no one else in the league. It can’t be good with him out.

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    Mark S. says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Probably Alabama. But the computers really love Florida. They may end up screwing this whole thing up.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @The Dangerman: Georgia or Bama is licking their chops.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Could there be a worse halftime broadcast than CBS?

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Mark S.:

    But the computers really love Florida. They may end up screwing this whole thing up.

    Florida has to find a way to win the SEC and it looks like they won’t even get a chance since Georgia beat them (I haven’t checked schedules to see who plays who in the SEC; I’m still getting over that UCLA might play Stanford two consecutive weeks, which is royally screwed up, but it is what it is).

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    Mark S. says:

    This is embarrassing to admit. It’s actually more embarrassing than the fact that I used to be a Republican. I am a Cowboys fan.

    And not a fair weather one. I do remember that fucking 1-15 season. But I might finally be over them. They are a poorly coached, hugely stupid team. And they are never going to change, because when Jerry Jones dies and goes to hell, one of his idiot sons is going to take over.

    I’d convert to Steelerism if it weren’t for Roethlisberger.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I hope vaunted Defensive Guru Wade Phillips decides to start double teaming Blackmon this half, at some point. The Jags have no one else on the outside.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Paul in KY:

    Georgia or Bama is licking their chops.

    Either will crush the Domers; we could have been saved from this unfortunate ending if Pitt hadn’t choked (or perhaps the Refs didn’t choke the end of ND/Stanford away). But, as with the last post, it is what it is. I can’t recall the last time I rooted for the Trojans (true blue Bruin here), but I’ll be doing so next week. If ND does go down and Stanford beats UCLA (thus closing the door on the Ducks), the BCS will be chaos.

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    Mark S. says:

    @The Dangerman:

    If Florida sits at home during the SEC championship and ends up ranked 3rd in the polls, it’s conceivable the computers could put them over the top.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Mark S.: LMFAO

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I want the Browns to win, I want this to be Jerry Jones reaction!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Thanks, that’s about what I figured in my vague, non-detailed way. Could turn out to be a good game just on the basis of pure spite.

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    some guy says:

    The Gators are at #6. hee indeedy

  29. 29
    Mark S. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Oh sure, laugh at my pain!

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    some guy says:

    @Mark S.:

    well, we beat the Aggies, and the Aggies beat the Tide, so that just makes sense, but only if Bama beats Georgia

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    vheidi says:

    @freelancer: Mr vheidi & I rarely go to the movies, and hadn’t seen the first 2 Craig Bonds, but we went to this last night. It’s brilliant, and as a commenter in another thread said, go before the spoilers proliferate.
    Football, meh

  32. 32
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @vheidi: I liked Craig in Casino Royale, meh to his 2nd one may have to rent that one again, I’ll give his 3rd a day in court, but I want to see Lincoln first.

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    John O says:

    @some guy: My favorite sports team rationalization, the ol’, “transitive property of sports!”

    Weirdly, I’m going to go for Notre Dame, who I can normally take or leave. I’m tired of the SEC being anointed every year.

  34. 34
    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    Go Steelers. Go Irish. Fuck USC. : )

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    huckster says:

    @Mark S.: Florida has to beat Florida State next week or this is all academic. Looking at them the past 2 weeks I’d say it’s a tall order.

  36. 36
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Will someone on the Cleveland Browns learn to goddam TACKLE!!!!

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    Sir Nose'D says:

    Unconfirmed sources say that Green Bay is planning to secede from the NFC north if the Lions win today.

  38. 38

    If you aren’t into football, the husband and I just saw “The Sessions.” What an amazing movie. Funny .. sad … poitgnant … all rolled into one. Bring a Kleenex or two, unless you’re Dick Cheney. And even he might need an extra supply of batteries for that thing where his heart used to be.

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    gene108 says:


    I watched it for a bit, but unlike most Eagle’s fans, who are raised to root for the Eagles from a young age, I realize as a transplant to the greater Philadelphia area what the Eagles need to play for is a high draft pick.

    They have some very good talent in place, but need to rebuild the offensive line. A good offensive line can cover up so many deficiencies in a QB, plus McCoy behind a top notch offensive line would be good.

  40. 40
    JPL says:

    Matt Ryan is not alert today…ugh! Arizona doesn’t have a qb and we still are having problems. This does not bode well for the future.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @gene108: Does Ed Rendell still do the Eagles’ postgame show?

  42. 42
    👽 Martin says:

    Watching Lewis Hamilton win in Austin. What a fantastic race and track. I may have to go next year.

  43. 43
    danielx says:

    The old order changeth, yielding place to new

    Colts and Patriots at 4:25….

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @J.: Pray to Juicebox Jesus and accept him as your personal savior.

    @Mr Stagger Lee:Best Godsdammed Coach/GM/Owner evah!

    @Sir Nose’D: If they lose to the Lions we will insist on it. Or at least witness protection. Names changed to protect the embarrassed.

    @Corner Stone: Yes, try to get through the one at Faux.

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    gene108 says:

    @JoyfulA: He does one of the local cable shows, I think. I don’t usually watch those shows.

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    JPL says:

    Ryan..5th interception..

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:


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    JPL says:

    After much frustration with the Atlanta game, I switched the channel to see Dallas pulling the hair of the Cleveland player. It appears that’s fair but he was called for horse collaring anyway. Jerry ain’t gonna be happy.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    That was a F—-N!!! stupid penalty Browns Secondary!!!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:


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    Keith says:

    Further reason to think God exists and loves me – Allen West fell behind another 242 votes due to the recount he asked for.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @👽 Martin: It was a great race – lots of passing (by F1 standards). You’re right – beautiful track, and loved the hats Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso wore on the podium

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    Legalize says:

    Who Duh!

  56. 56
    Yutsano says:

    @Keith: Excuse me a second…


    Okay, sorry, please continue.

  57. 57

    @freelancer: It was really good, but beware. 007 shows some grownup emotions.

    P.S.: Watch out for the Komodo Dragon.

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    @Keith: And how can they recount the votes in Florida?

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    Kathy says:

    @👽 Martin: I watched it too, vastly preferable to the disaster that is the Eagles. It looks like LeSean McCoy went out so draft picks and a new coach are the only things to look forward too.

    That being said, the F1 race was a lot of fun. A pass for the lead on the track, outstanding! Plus the championship will go down to the last race in Brazil, a great season.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Just One More Canuck: Nice to get two really evenly matched cars at the front. Would have preferred more pit strategy, though. Maybe well get different tires next year. Or a bit of rain. Love wet/dry races.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    That is why Pat Shurmur will be fired at the end of the season as well as Mike Holmgren(yeah resigned, but he was forced out)

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    JPL says:

    @Keith: According to the Palm Beach Post

    West’s camp, however, said it has no intention of conceding and that Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner “will have to take a look at these recounts,” West campaign manager Tim Edson said.


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    👽 Martin says:

    @Kathy: Maybe we’ll get another last turn pass in Brazil for the drivers championship.

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    CW in LA says:

    Looks like the refs are on the verge of getting their wish for the Cowpies to beat the browns.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Why would any MSNBC show invite a rep from Daily Caller to opine in a segment?
    This Boris Epshtyn clod is exactly like what you’d expect.

  66. 66
    Corner Stone says:

    What a fuckload comedy of errors in this Texans game.

  67. 67
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    Probably the only Rams fan here (hey, I grew up in So Cal and old habits die hard), but, man, the Rams are just a big ol’ pool of suck now!

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    JPL says:

    @Corner Stone: hmmm Atlanta won even though Matt Ryan seemed confused about which team he was playing for.

  69. 69
    burnspbesq says:

    In case anyone didn’t see it in the comments at LGM, here is the greatest college football haiku of all time.

    Rain in Oregon.
    A tree falls upon a duck.
    Red beanies rejoice.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @gene108: He used to be on a panel on a show immediately following the game. Rural men in Central Pennsylvania knew him as “celebrity sports fan” rather than “mayor of Philadelphia” when he first ran for governor.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @👽 Martin: Agreed on the pit strategy. If it were even a bit colder it would make the tire choices more interesting. The people in Austin did a fantastic job. Hopefully the organizers of the New Jersey race can get their act together for next year.

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    JWL says:

    @CW in LA: Boy, you’re not kidding. That personal foul call against the Browns that kept the game tying drive alive was unbelievably botched. It was as clean a hit as you’re ever going to see, albeit one where the wide receiver paid the piper.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: Just saw that score. Holy frijoles. Schaub ties with Warren Moon for 2nd most passing yards in a game, all-time.

  74. 74
    Corner Stone says:

    @FlipYrWhig: We won, but we made Chad Henne look good.
    Enough said.

  75. 75
    BillsFan says:

    Bills beat the dullfins Thursday night. Weekend is a raving success.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: My Iggles make everyone else look good. What a disaster. I heard the other day that the Phillies have won a game more recently than the Eagles. Yurk.

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    SFAW says:


    Any Jets fans here? Any chance the Jets will win one?

    Using my awesome/awful powers of prognostication, I predict the Jets will win one.

    Maybe even today.

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    PaulW says:

    I’m a Bucs fan and even I can’t believe they pulled out an honest-to-God last-minute OT win.

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    JPL says:

    The Colts need a few more players before they are contenders. IMO

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    Danny says:

    @JoyfulA: Yes, he is still on comcast sports net after the game. Little painful watching it the last few weeks though ray didinger is still the best nfl commentator

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    Kathy says:

    Those Steelers uniforms are a crime against fashion humanity.

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    Svensker says:

    I see the Steelers sent out the Tiggers. Rawr. Question is, where are Pooh and Piglet?

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    Jackie says:

    Did the Steelers evolve out of a club team at a honey factory?

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Where’s my Stiller thread Cole!

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