NFL Playoffs Open Thread

Whom are we rooting for?

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  1. 1
    schrodinger's cat says:

    Tunch dressed as a bumble bee.

  2. 2
    Amir Khalid says:

    Liverpool FC. Because this year they have about as good a chance of winning the Super Bowl as they do of winning the English Premier League.

  3. 3
    Geoduck says:

    Down with the Washington Racial Slurs.

  4. 4
    Earl says:

    GO…someone…

  5. 5
    Bighorn Ordovician Dolomite says:

    Skol Vikings!

  6. 6
    yam says:

    Da Pack, yah hey!

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Amir Khalid: C’mon you Spurs! Alas, without Harry Redknapp, I despair for their chances. They’re having a fine year, but it’s not hard to hit a rough patch and slip a few notches, knocking them out of Champions League contention……

  8. 8
    Redshift says:

    An end to the hockey lockout?

  9. 9
    BobS says:

    Go Lions! Oh, right…

  10. 10
    bk says:

    Houston/under; Packers/over

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    👽 Martin says:

    According to my mom, I should root for the Patriots and against anyone named Manning or the Jets.

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    The Dangerman says:

    For today, I guess I have to root for the Bengals since they haven’t done shit in years (decades? they had a chance a few years back until Palmer broke his leg early; I forget who they were playing, some team from the Northeast).

    As for Game 2, I’m just rooting for frostbite; WTF is the NFL doing putting the Texas game on early and the Green Bay game on late? Fucking sadists (and Houston has a dome IIRC; ridiculous). I guess I have to root for the Packers since they got boned out of a bye week.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @Redshift:

    Somebody cares?

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Comrade Jake: Yeah, at this point they should just disband the NHL and invent a new sport. They’ll never be profitable again – not with the costs sunk in arenas and players now. Try something new on ice, preferably involving harpoons.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Pack please. I need a reason to get up during these cold winter months.

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    John Cole says:

    @The Dangerman: It was the Steelers. Kimo von Oelhoffen was pushed into him and rolled up on his knee.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I willing be wearing my Charles Woodson jersey later. Does that answer the question?

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    Lord Baldrick says:

    Southampton FC. Big game next week @Villa. Come on you Saints!

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    Raven says:

    Whoo hoo, the Illini slap the shit out of #8 Ohio State after losing to 6-6 Purdue Thursday. Welcome to the road in the B1G!

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    Raven says:

    AJ Green!

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    👽 Martin says:

    @efgoldman: Yeah, that a little bit of what I had in mind (never saw the remake, though). Arenas aren’t large enough, and I don’t think we want to get into another round of taxpayer money for new arenas. So, the new sport needs to fit in the area of a current hockey rink – kind of what indoor soccer/football/lacrosse has done.

    Maybe harpoons in such a small space is a bad idea. How about we repurpose some of the non-lethal weaponry used by police – those beanbag guns and tasers would be cool. On ice.

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    PopeRatzo says:

    I’m rooting for the teams’ medical staffs. I’m tired of hearing about great athletes ending up brain damaged due to repeated concussions.

    Dave Duerson and Jim McMahon were two of my favorites and one has committed suicide because of the damage caused by concussions and the other can barely function due to early-stage dementia caused by repeated brain injury.

    Not worth it.

  23. 23
    Ted & Hellen says:

    For whom are we rooting.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @John Cole:

    It was the Steelers.

    Well, I was technically correct, that’s Northeast (and, yes, it was very much an accident). Was that the year the Seahawks got screwed in the Super Bowl (shamefully baiting Seattle fans here)?

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    Raven says:

    @PopeRatzo: Caused by fucking Charles Martin slamming him on his goddamn head.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Ted & Hellen:
    “Whom are we rooting for” is perfectly correct. You suck at grammar pedantry.

  27. 27
    2liberal says:

    since the Steelers are not playing, Mr Cole, I am counting on you to be pulling for the Patriots.

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    sweaver says:

    @Ted and Hellen:

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    The Dangerman says:

    @efgoldman:

    Just turrble.

    Another pet peeve; the “Who Gives A Shit” bowls should be back well prior to 1/1; I know ESPN needs filler, but, come on, there’s always Bowling or High School Cheerleading.

    ETA: Also, waiting for 1/7 to play the NC game is bullshit, too; remind me again how there can’t be playoffs because they are concerned about the “student athletes”

  30. 30
    Raven says:

    Corner Stone, whew ah you boy?

  31. 31
    rikyrah says:

    GO HOUSTON!!!

    GO MINNESOTA!!!

    GO BALTIMORE!!!

    GO WASHINGTON!!

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    Mo Kabani says:

    Go Vikings! Though I am sure they will get their asses kicked:-(

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @efgoldman: curling with mines?

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    MattF says:

    @The Dangerman: I swear to God that, in the very early days of ESPN, I saw a broadcast based on competitive potato digging.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @MattF:

    …in the very early days of ESPN…

    I recall those days; I figured there was no way that a channel like that could survive. Oops.

    ETA: I kinda miss all the Lumberjack events; those were kinda fun.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: WTF with the Buckeyes??
    Anyway I’ll go with the Seahawks, but my money will be a Denver-Green Bay Packers Super Bowl, with a Peyton 2nd Super Bowl Trophy. STONE COLD LEAD PIPE LOCK!

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    Suzanne says:

    @MattF: Some people just can’t enjoy a damn thing unless there’s a way to win at it. Those people generally suck at life.

  38. 38
    Suzanne says:

    @MattF: Some people just can’t enjoy a damn thing unless there’s a way to win at it. Those people generally suck at life.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @MattF: I do miss Australian Rules Football, when it was on there or do they call it Footy.

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    JenJen says:

    JJ Watt killed my Bengals last year and he’s doing it again. Gawd I hate the Texans.

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    Yutsano says:

    Seahacks. And the Socialists.

  42. 42
    Roger Moore says:

    @efgoldman:
    Bettman seems to think his job is to make people appreciate Bud Selig.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The Illini just took it too em, shot the lights out and seemed to get every bounce. Total opposite of Thursday night.

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    Steeplejack says:

    “Whom are we rooting for?”

    Ultimately the Falcons. Gotta be a NoVa homer for the Redskins and Ravens this weekend, but, truthfully, I’m not that invested in any of this weekend’s games. Just want them to be good. And I have to admit I’m looking forward to the Vikings-Packers rematch tonight. That could be epic.

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

    Anyone else really dig the Snorg Tees girl with the red T-shirt? (As a Rams fan, I don’t have much to cheer about at present. Go Snorg Girls!)

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    PaulW says:

    I’m rooting for the Tampa Bay Storm.

    …what, not Arena Football?

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    Joel says:

    Schaub is not an elite quarterback.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @efgoldman:

    …only some stones are mined…

    I think we need some crossover for maximum appeal; for example, the Curling House contains Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. Those would work for the harpooning possibility, too.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JenJen: there, there

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    JenJen says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Thanks, I’m much better now.

    @Roger Moore: Truth. And since Bettmqn is involved, I won’t believe the lockout is over until the first puck drops.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JenJen: we’re both rooting for the bengals, just for different reasons

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    scav says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Tunch dressed as a bumble bee.

    Christ, I’ve seen those at Iowa Homecoming games. In overalls, no less.

  54. 54
    JenJen says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: As a lifelong Bengals fan, it would not surprise me one bit if we end up losing to our ex-kicker.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    Eh, the Bungles I guess since I’m from Ohio and the Reds are not in Spring trainign yet. I live near DC now but I’ll cheer for the R*****ns when they get a less racist name. Or when hell freezes over..

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    Schlemizel says:

    Man, the US National Junior team played a heck of a game against Sweden to win the world Championship 3-1 around 10 AM Eastern this morning (games were in Ufa Russia). It was very close till the US got an empty netter. Canada apparently had no sense of pride & dropped the bronze game to Russia after a tough loss to the US in the semi.

    The family will gather around the TV to watch young men suffer repeated head trauma and internal organ damage from pain killer abuse tonight. Nominally I will ‘cheer’ for the Vikings and hope some sore head Packer fan does not decide to shoot the coaches dogs if they lose.

  57. 57
    Mike E says:

    @Woodrowfan: It’s not racist if they change their logo/mascot to a potato

  58. 58
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JenJen: I figure the bengals will bungle it somehow. It’s the dynamic I count on when the Ravens play ya. But the Texans have been on a downward slide and the Bengals can score. So I think the Bengals will win this one.

  59. 59
    JenJen says:

    @Schlemizel: LOVED every second of it! What a great young team. And Don Cherry has got to be apoplectic after the loss to the Russians.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @JenJen:

    Yeah but I am feeling guilty about the trollish content of my comment. Canada played great in a rather brutal game (since international players have moved on the the National Hoodlum League the amount of ugly has increased.

    And I am sure Packer fans are as decent as football fans everywhere

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Raven: Grocery store with a starving 8 yr old.
    I may be djangoiing Matt Schaub here real fucking shortly.

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  63. 63
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I’ll go for the Bengals in the ACF game. Figuring out who I should root for in the second game will take more energy that I have right now.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: If Texans win they go to Pats to play. So why do you give a damn about this game?

  65. 65
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone: I been hatin on the texans all season when they were leading. I can’t just turn it off because they suck now.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @MattF:

    If it’s almost a sport, it’s on the Ocho.

  67. 67
    negative 1 says:

    SEA! HAWKS! Can’t wait for Bam Bam Kam and the Legion of BOOM to lay out known republican RG3.

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    I’m a Niner fan so I’m hoping the Washington Native Americans knock off the only team I’m really afraid of, Seattle.

    And I generally root against any team from Texas because they killed our President in 1963.

  69. 69

    I’m a Niner fan so I’m hoping the Washington Native Americans knock off the only team I’m really afraid of, Seattle.

    And I generally root against any team from Texas because they killed our President in 1963.

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    Darkrose says:

    On one hand, I hate the Washington team’s name. But I love RGIII.

    I dislike Minnesota teams on general principle, especially when they keep Chicago teams out of the playoffs. But I adore Chris Kluwe.

    Also, too, Niners.

    At the end of the day, though, meh. Handegg. Pitchers and catchers report in a month.

  71. 71
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Now that was a stupid sit your ass on the bench and STFU move by the Bengals special team player.

  72. 72
    Raven says:

    I’m trying to fry plantains for the first time. I found the recipe fof the Versailles garlic chicken and decided to got the full route with black beans, rice and plantains.

  73. 73
    Schlemizel says:

    @Darkrose:

    Any team the Vikings could possibly keep out of the playoffs does not really deserve to be there in the first place!

    WTH happened to Da Beers this year? I thought they were going to knock off the packers?

  74. 74
    catclub says:

    “Whom are we rooting for, bitch?” makes it all perfectly cromulent.

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    JenJen says:

    These NBC announcers are total Houston homers. Assholes.

    @Schlemizel: It’s not effective smack-talk if you apologize for it immediately after! Any poutine-eating Canadian worth their salt would be giving us the business if we dropped the bronze medal game to the Russkies.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Looks like the Texans must have a blistering ass chewing in the locker room at half-time.

  77. 77
    mellowjohn says:

    85 days until white sox opening day!

  78. 78
    David Koch says:

    rooting for RG3 only because a black quarterback kissing his white fiance after winning the Super Bowl will cuz the teabaggers to explode.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @JenJen:

    Yeah, it was mostly the cheap shot at the fudge packers I felt bad about.

    I was on an American College hockey list-serve back in the 90’s & there was some Canadian kid talking a LOT of smack about the 94 Olympic team. I really unloaded on him after they lost to Sweden. He was back for 98 so it was pretty delirious when they lost that one to Czechoslovakia.

    But I’m old enough to remember how close the entire nation came to mass suicide when the Soviet Union came over and cleaned the NHL’s clock in the 70’s. If they want to claim that Canadian NHL players are the best in the world they still have to explain how Dave Shultz had a career when he skated on his ankles.

    Rewatching the Canada/Russia Bronze game and the NHL influence is painfully obvious. So much thuggery so many cheap shots.

  80. 80
    Steeplejack says:

    Uh-oh. Vikings QB Christian Ponder declared hors de combat, so untried backup Joe Webb will be starting tonight.

    Even worse, Al Michaels gave the report from Green Bay, which makes me fear he will be the announcer tonight. God save us!

    At least I have time to check for an alternate audio feed on Sirius or the Web.

  81. 81
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Even worse, Al Michaels gave the report from Green Bay, which makes me fear he will be the announcer tonight. God save us!

    no way, al michaels is the best announcer in the game, despite his rumored wingnuttiness.

  82. 82
    Raven says:

    @Steeplejack: Yea, NOW he’s out.

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    @The Dangerman: Why yes, that was the year. The “Stealers” got a few freebies that year, enough to make me glory in their shitty ass season this year and all the pain Rape-lisburger had to endure as well.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    And I generally root against any team from Texas because they killed our President in 1963.

    I thought that was a solo job?

  85. 85
    Corner Stone says:

    @JenJen:

    These NBC announcers are total Houston homers. Assholes.

    Mike Mayock? You’re out of your mind.

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    gwangung says:

    @David Koch:

    rooting for RG3 only because a black quarterback kissing his white fiance after winning the Super Bowl will cuz the teabaggers to explode.

    Oh, because for the Seahawks, it would be a black quarterback kissing his white wife?

  87. 87

    @Raven: True story, I went to school with him. Quite literally the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet – OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD.

    I was saddened but not shocked when he body-slammed McMahon.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Inter-cep-tion baby!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @gwangung:

    Oh, because for the Seahawks, it would be a black quarterback kissing his white wife?

    is that his wife or is he doing an episode of the muppet show?

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    Trinity says:

    Bengals.

    Husband is a Bengals fan.
    I am a Ravens fan.

    So far…we remain married…so far…

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    Corner Stone says:

    @gwangung: Good God. I’d sue to have that picture removed from the public sphere if I were her.

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    Sir Nose'D says:

    Packers.

    And my liver.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Denver, of course.

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

    @Corner Stone: What, you didn’t hear about the second defensive team by the grassy knoll?

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    ruemara says:

    I’m rooting for myself. I just got NAS 3T Drive for my network. All I need is name for my new storage baby. I’ve been skimping a long time to get this, and I’ll skimping a long time to pay it off. Name suggestions?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Denver, of course.

    Don’t make me despise you…

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    David Koch says:

    @gwangung: a black quarterback has a white wife? Jimmy the Greek must be rolling over in his gravy.

    “if blacks take over coaching jobs white women, like everybody wants them to, there’s not to be anything left for white people.”

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    You’re just baiting me, I know.

    By the way, great line here.

  99. 99
    David Koch says:

    @ruemara:

    All I need is name for my new storage baby.

    Call it the PornBank.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Raven:

    Well, they always hope until the last minute that physical therapy and illegal drugs will work their magic.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Srsly. (And I don’t think I have ever used that word on the Interwebs before.)

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Yutsano:

    Don’t make me despise you…

    Is rooting for Denver OK for those of us who grew up in Colorado and have been cheering for them since we were kids?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @ruemara:

    Ruemarapolis.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @ruemara: mem and skimpy

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    Yutsano says:

    @Roger Moore: Well I looked past it for a good friend from college. Plus I’m a pretty forgiving guy. This incidentally is also true for SG. I still reserve my right to spit in disgust however.

    @Steeplejack: Can’t we just blame the new wife? Maybe she wore him out last night or something.

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    ruemara says:

    No, no. SCIENCE or SCIENCE FICTION. Although the TerribleTerabite was on the table 5 minutes ago. Tesseraction? Logopolis. Kalimdor? BridgetoTerabitia?

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    max says:

    @Steeplejack: Ruemarapolis.

    Yeah. Ruemaristan! Ruemorovia,

    Ruetheday. For a bad 70’s flashback: Ruemours. (Ruewood Mara!)

    Ruepedin. Killedbyarue!

    Madame President.

    max
    [‘Is there someone other than the Ravens playing? Hey, the NHL is on strike so I can’t watch too much football.’]

  108. 108
    gene108 says:

    Dalton missed the go ahead TD. You can’t miss those and expect to win on the road.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Yutsano:

    Hey, I report, you decide.

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    JCT says:

    @Raven: Oh man, Versailles garlic chicken – grew up going there. My boy has only been living in LA since Sept and is already hooked.

    Congrats on the Illini! Just back from the AZ game, go Cats!

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    JenJen says:

    I want to break things off with you, Bengals. But we always keep getting back together.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @JenJen: I wouldn’t treat you like that.

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    22over7 says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Naked co-ed curling?

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    Comrade Jake says:

    So Ponder is out of a playoff game with a “bruised elbow”? #notTomBrady

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    mclaren says:

    Tau amylase plaque from chronic brain injury, giving rise to early Alzheimer’s.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Watching “To Have and To Have Not” on Turner Classic Movies.

    Bogie and baby.

    Marine gas was 28 cents a gallon.

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    MrSnrub says:

    I had hoped for the Bengals to win, but as a long time Denver fan, I’m happy to see Gary Kubiak do well. I’d like to see he Vikings win tonight.

    Tomorrow I’m rooting for the Colts (Peyton Manning vs the Colts in the playoffs would be fun), and the Seahawks.

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    Ron says:

    Rooting for the Packers right now, but if they can’t figure out how to stop A.P. it’s going to be a long night for them.

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    Bonnie says:

    Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    “Put your lips together and blow.”

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    Misterpuff says:

    Colts, Baby!

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    Oltrol says:

    @MrSnrub:
    ‘100 percent Utah, way to go!”

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    Steeplejack says:

    It does seem kind of weird that they have Minnesota-Green Bay as the night game. The frozen lunar hellscape would have been slightly less hellish in the afternoon.

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    EnfantTerrible says:

    Joe Webb??? Vikes are doomed. But there are worse teams to lose to than the Pack.

    I say this as a transplanted Minnesotan who lives in the Bay Area and can’t quite warm up to the 49ers. Or the Raiders. Not the Raiders, for sure.

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    Raven says:

    @JCT: Manhattan Beach store?

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    Raven says:

    @JCT: Did I tell you I was deep sea fishing with “The Edge” from the AZ Nat Champ team?

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    Steeplejack says:

    Movin’ upstairs to the newer thread.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @MrSnrub:

    Tomorrow I’m rooting for the Colts (Peyton Manning vs the Colts in the playoffs would be fun)

    More fun than one last chess match between PM and Ray Lewis? With Jim Caldwell calling plays from the visitors’s sideline? Doubt it.

    I was hoping the Bungles would pull it out this afternoon & sneak past the Nags–then with Poe’s Crows doing the necessary the AFCCG could have been an all-AFC North affair. Ah well. Forza i Corvi! Forza i porporoneri!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:

    Just pepperoni for me, thanks.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Sorry, Jen Jen and JSF. I’m sure my brothers are sad as well.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ron: They seem to be doing okay so far.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Texans. That is all.

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    Elie says:

    @Bonnie:

    I’m all over this game —

    I amm living in Northern VA right now for work. But my HOME is in the Northwest (Northwest WA). Seattle was screwed out of the superbowl a few years back from shit assed bad calls in the favor of the Stealers. They have a great team now with a great young quarterback and players. The Skins also have a great team and quarterback. Both have examplary leadership with their young quarterbacks. What more could one ask? I am sitting my ass down and hopefully enjoying a great game…

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    Elie says:

    Totally off topic but had the BEST time last night watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon — what a HOOT. Laughed my ass off — from the beautiful “scientist” who must have travelled with 5 trunks of clothes to the neoprene “monster” — it was great fun… The big MACHO weapon was the — ta-ta — Speargun carried by the big white guy. so big it had to be carried with two hands… Again — big laughs…

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    JCT says:

    @Raven: No – the one in Culver City near Motor Ave. Ack, I can taste that chicken. The two times I’ve visited my boy at UCLA he only wanted to go to Versailles or The Pantry.

    That is really cool, the Edge is a true Wildcat legend. We’ve gone to several of the home basketball games and I haven’t so much fun at a sports event since I was a college student. The fans are a blast. And of course that Gators game was the BEST.

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