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    Thlayli says:

    On this week’s episode of everyone’s favorite sitcom, “J-E-T-S!”, Greg McElroy gets rewarded for his win last week by being inactivated.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Stiller D – best in the league!

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    Gravenstone says:

    What’s the over/under on Adrian Peterson gaining 300 yards today? 69 on the Vikes opening drive.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Gravenstone: He only had, what, four on the second drive? Fail.

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    de stijl says:

    I just noticed that when Adrian Peterson is wearing his helmet, he totally looks like Gabrielle Douglas.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Jesus fucking Christ what is WRONG with the Bears?! Why do they do this to me the second half of every season?!

    I mean, I think we’ll still make the playoffs (beating Arizona and Detroit to get to 10-6) but we’re so old and tired and banged up that we’ll almost certainly lose to the Packers or Giants or whoever we get in the first round. Fuck it all.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Pick your ridiculous stat of the first half of the Gophers’ season:

    1) 20 wins, 0 losses
    2) 114 goals scored
    3) 12 goals allowed
    4) 9 shorthanded goals
    5) 4 power play goals allowed
    6) Any of the various comparisons among 2) through 5)
    7) 4 different freshmen win WCHA Rookie of the Week (2 of whom have not been suspended for “academic issues”)
    8) No goalie other than Noora Räty has allowed a goal since October, 2010
    9) Räty has a .962 save percentage
    10) Amanda Kessel has 184 career points halfway through her junior season
    11) Average margin of victory is 5.1 goals
    12) Freshman Hannah Brandt is +42
    13) The perfect record broke the RPI calculation at US College Hockey Online and they have cobbled something together to provide an approximation for all the teams

    Edit: Almost forgot –
    14) Power play clicking at a 35.9% rate

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    Steeplejack says:

    Marv Albert is almost making me forget my hatred of Brent Musburger. The Ravens-Redskins game is good, but I keep wanting to mute it.

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    Zam says:

    I hate it but I have to cheer for the Vikings today. I feel dead on the inside.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Way late but you are correct that Ben Folds Five- The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is a perfect album.

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    RobertDSC-PowerMac 466 says:

    A co-worker had his sister pass away late last week. I’m rooting for his Steelers in his honor today. He’ll be out tomorrow and I’m covering for him.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: it appears that they need to work on their run defense a little.

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    Raven says:

    GO BEARZ! And how bout those Illini!!!!!!!

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    Maude says:

    @RobertDSC-PowerMac 466:
    It is hard when someone dies around the holidays. The feeling of loss persists for some years at holiday time.

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    Raven says:

    @Suffern ACE: Yea cuz this bum Peterson has only run for 1446 yards coming in to this game.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


    Worst possible time to run into him. And the fucking Packers next week.

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    Raven says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Same as it ever was in the Black and Blue. Meanwhile the Panthers are kicking the shit out of the Falcons. Maybe going with the princess to the garden club party won’t be so bad!

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    FridayNext says:

    So there are how many games going on right now? A dozen? I got exactly ONE on my digital cable line up of 200+ channels.

    Can’t wait until I can find a decent job and get a premium channel or two so I can actually watch more than just the local team, cuz the Eagles suck.

    Is the NFL only about premium channels now?

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    Raven says:

    @FridayNext: Nope, that’s the setup today, there are two games at 4-4:30.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    So will Johnny Manziel join Archie Griffin in winning two Heismans (maybe more) or will he be cursed? Being in the SEC will make it difficult for him.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Woodrowfan: Tackle Bengals!!! You have to tackle!!!

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    Skol Vikings! or is it Skol AD!

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    Corner Stone says:

    I have never seen so many drops in a game in the National Football League as going on here in Chargers v Stillers.
    No one on either side seems to be able to catch a damn thing. It’s like Raven at the beach!
    Who spiked their milk with the dropsy drops?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: KITTEH!! She was quite comfortable too!

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    Corner Stone says:

    That was the ugliest stutter move. Damn, Brown on Stillers CB just bit the dust.

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    22over7 says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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    Raven says:

    What a fucking stupid facemask by the bungles on Romo!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Can someone explain to me why the Jets a) decided to start Markey Mark after last week’s debacle, and b) why they DE-activated the guy (McElroy) who basically won the game for them last week?

    Sexy Rexy has really worn out his welcome, and managing the team like he’s got no fucking clue is not helping. Of course, the owner of the Jets (Romney moneyman Woody Johnson) is an idiot asshole, so we could have another year of this clown show next year, too.

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    Raven says:

    The Bears score and the idiot on the Redzone says “The Vikings EXTEND THEIR LEAD!

  33. 33
    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: Because no one gives a shit?

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    Corner Stone says:


    Sexy Rexy has really worn out his welcome, and managing the team like he’s got no fucking clue is not helping.

    I watched the press conf where Rex named Mark as the starter again. He just looked like a beaten man. I think he has completely quit on this team.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Nasty 4th down stop by the Chargers.

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    Raven says:

    Pick Bearz.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


    Can someone explain to me why the Jets

    Because they’re the Jets. This is much more normal for them. 2009-10 were the anomalies.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    The Chargers are on track right now. In order to blow a large halftime lead, they first have to get a large halftime lead.

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    Raven says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Maybe they can get untracked and control their own destiny?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I’d also say that the personnel this year really blows. Those years, at least they had a credible running back (Thomas Jones) and a better receiving corps. Granted, injuries have done them no favors, but coming out and saying that he thought this was his best team was ridiculous.

    Also, too, hiring Tony Sparano was idiotic. Kind of like the Iggles making their O-Line coach their defensive coordinator.

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    Waiting to see how the Panthers screw this one up. They have been rather creative at that this year.

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    Raven says:

    @Ben Cisco (onboard the Defiant): The Birds are sandbaggin em!

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    Raven says:

    Cam Newton is a great player and fucking idiot.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Raven: Sheltered and very immature. Reminds me a lot of Ryan Leaf.

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


    …and fucking idiot.

    University of Florida and Auburn. Nuff said.


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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: I never knew much about Leaf.

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    JWL says:

    @PsiFighter37: I predict his brother in Dallas will be looking for a new team this off season, too.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I have a question for any New York or New Jersey BJ’ers. Are the Giants the 2nd banana team in the Metro area despite winning more Super Bowls than the Jets? Considering the media coverage I see, you might as well have the Giants play in the Yale Bowl.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Raven: Big, strong, fantastic arm. Drafted second behind Peyton Manning in 1998. Not a great rookie year. Not mobile in anyway like Cam, but who is.
    He just imploded from the pressure and went full on nutjob over time.
    From the chatter I have read about Cam from other players he seems to have cheesed them off pretty bad. Now normally I’d say that’s due to Cam being so promising and having so much upside. But from observable reports and interviews it’s very clear he’s just not in the right mindset to lead a group of professional players.
    Just a bunch of really awful examples so far in his short career.

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    Off Colfax says:

    In other news, the Chargers have increased the lead that they’re going to blow in the 4th. Thank FSM that AJ Smith will no longer be allowed to hamstring my Bolts after this year.

    @Corner Stone: Ooooooooh. There are no greater insults than to be compared to Leaf. Worst QB ever drafted.

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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: Oh yea, he got popped. Kinda like Schlichter or Marinovich.

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    Raven says:

    @Off Colfax: Jeff George would argue.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Ever see the ESPN documentary on Todd Marinovich? Very eye opening to say the least.

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    Off Colfax says:

    @Raven: I’d argue right back. Jeff George had at least some instinct, but little ability to back it up. Leaf’s minimal instinct and talent were drowned out by an ego that made Brian Griese look like a shrinking violet by comparison.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Off Colfax:

    Worst QB ever drafted.

    Worst value ever drafted at QB so high? That’s a better argument.

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    Corner Stone says:

    That’s a really bad call by the refs in the Cowboys v Bengals game. Just turrble.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Yes, he played in that weird SC-Illini game that was supposed to be played in Moscow in the The Glasnost Bowl. The Illini were led my Jason Verduzco, his brother was my brother’s roommate at Sac State!

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    Corner Stone says:

    Charlie Batch! Charlie Batch! Charlie Batch!

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    Raven says:

    @Off Colfax: Jeff was just dumb as a brick.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: A cautionary tale for parents everywhere, if they would heed it.

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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: His old man was a fucking moron. Shit like that is what drove me out of running kids sports programs.

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    We’ve got at a minimum a new GM coming. A change (provided it is the right one) will do some good. I think Rivera maxed out as a coordinator.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I just don’t get these LeBron commercials.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Browns are comfortably ahead. This will be three wins in a row, barring a yacht falling on the team.

    Is this a sign of the apocalypse? I’m starting to think the people panicking over the Mayan calendar are right.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Yikes. Fake punt for a 1st by the Chargers.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: No no no! When the Browns are about to win the Super Bowl, God in his Steeler jersey will throw a meteor into the earth, like Bradshaw to Lynn Swann.(Or is it God in his Broncos #7 jersey will hurl that meteor) God hates Cleveland I am convinced of that. What did we in the Dawgpound do to offend Him? Don’t answer that.

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    Terrible non-call on ATL just now.

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


    I used to drink with a guy who was Marinovich’s cellmate. At that point- when they were doing time- Todd still didn’t care much for Marv.

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    Raven says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Yea, the show made it look like they made up and the old man had developed some awareness of what he had done.

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    Corner Stone says:

    OooOOooOOO, INT by da Chargers

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I think Mike Holmgren will be the Cowboys coach next year. It looks like they don’t care. Boy that Cowboys punter stinks on ice. I like it when Jerry Jones haz a sad.

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    Sayne says:

    Steelers vs Chargers. This sure is an Ackbar Special.

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    :50 left, up by 10. Do I dare?

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    Steeplejack says:

    Damn, Ravens-Redskins coming down to a two-point conversion try.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Steeplejack: And the ‘Skins make the conversion! Tie game!

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    Steeplejack says:

    RGIII out, Cousins comes in and throws a TD pass and then runs in the two-point conversion to tie the game 28-28 with 29 seconds left. Washington kicking off to Baltimore.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Steeplejack: Ooooooooverrrrrrrtiiiiiimme!

    (For obvious reasons, I’m an almost anyone but Ravens kind of gal.)

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    Joel says:

    I want this stupid Cowboys-Bengals game to end so that I can watch the Ravens-Redskins overtime.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Steeplejack: Now that’s a commercial with panache!
    But James going to a barber shop when I’m not sure he has any actual hair left, or when he’s driving through the streets in a four door Jeep.
    Not sure wtf he’s selling.

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    Corner Stone says:

    God I despise the fucking Cowboys. Just go away. You are not that good.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Redskins punt return!

    Already within FG range. And the Ravens have had their shot. Next score wins it.

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    Thlayli says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    The Jets get a lot of media because they’re such a freakshow. The Giants’ fanbase is bigger.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    I was sort of meh before, but now I want the ’Skins to win.

    ETA: And now a long punt return to the Ravens 25!

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    Suffern ACE says:

    What a time for the ravens special teams to lose it.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Well it looks like the demise of the Cowboys demise was greatly exaggerated. I wonder if Bengals coach Marvin Lerwis will be around next year?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Yeah, I don’t get those ads either.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    And the ‘Skins win it with the backup quarterback. RG3 is hurting bad.

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    Joel says:

    Ha ha, Ravens.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Not enough long-term traumatic brain injuries to excite the masses.

    15) In addition to being +5 on the penalty kill they are killing off penalties at 96%

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Steeplejack: They’re about how much fun it is to use the Galaxy Note II.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Joel: Ravens are old. Really old.

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    redshirt says:

    And yet the Jets win again. Has a suckier team ever had so many wins?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    I’ve already been sucked in by the “iCult” ads for the Galaxy S III. Last week I discovered a hairline crack on the camera lens of my Droid Incredible, which I am perfectly satisfied with, and my immediate, involuntary thought was: “Must get the S III!” I managed to stifle it, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

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    Schlemizel says:


    And it should be noted that they play in the division that has won the last 14 NCAA championships so they are doing this against the toughest competition of any team

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    Schlemizel says:


    Saint Timmy of Teabow strikes again?!

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


    Too late now, but: Change the channel!

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    Corner Stone says:

    How do you sprint balls out 97 yards and then still have the energy to do a backflip in the end zone?

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


    The Jets are, at the moment, 1 game out of a playoff spot, with the Steelers and Bengals losing. Amazing.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Looks like Giants/Saints will be fun, in a Keystone Kops sort of way.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Well it looks like NO Giants is going to be one of those sloppy 63-58 affairs.

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    Yutsano says:

    :: peeks at Seahacks game ::

    Yep, about as pathetic as I expected.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Schlemizel: The Red Menace comes through with a 3-1 win over the Fighting Whioux. The teams trade checking from behind majors and UND twice fails to count to five successfully.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    The LeBron James ads would make more sense if he were still playing for Cleveland. Because they’re basically “he’s still at home in his old neighborhood” ads, but, you know.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Hope RG3 can revive his RGKnee.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    North Dakota has never selected hockey players based on cognitive skills. I guess the ♀ are taking after the ♂

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Yutsano: To that young Cardinal
    who muffed that put the eternal words of John Heisman

    Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football”

    nuf ced.

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    redshirt says:

    QB controversy in Pittsburgh? Batch backers bray.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Lost to the Chargers?

    Call in the dogs and piss on the fire. The Steelers are done.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The really sad thing? They could totally melt down in the second half and lose this game. I’m gonna take a nap. That seemed to work good for the Apple Cup. :)

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    2liberal says:

    i think fining dockett $200K might have PO’d this team (the cardinals) into wondering why they are trying

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @2liberal: at the same time, what do you do if a player spits in the face of another player when he doesn’t like the play the coach calls?

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    Loneoak says:


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    Yutsano says:

    58-0?? Who did the Seachickens play today?

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    redshirt says:

    @Yutsano: LOL. The Patriots lost to Arizona earlier this year. D’oh!

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    @Yutsano: A group of men who claimed to be the professional football team from Arizona. Some suspect high school pranksters are somehow involved.

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: As a Vikings fan, all I can say is, HA ha!

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @S. cerevisiae: Both!

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