NFL Playoffs Open Thread

I guess we are rooting for the Colts over the Ravens.

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  1. 1
    Corner Stone says:

    Go #ChuckStrongs!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    or not

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    max says:

    WE might be, but I’M not!

    max
    [‘Go Ravens!’]

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    JPL says:

    Offensive Coach, Bruce Arians, is in the hospital with flu like symptoms. Hope he gets well soon and I don’t know how this will affect the Colts play calling. Seems like it’s the defensive coach that needs some help though.

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    Capt. Seaweed says:

    You guess wrong….

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    AS A BROWNS FAN HELL YEAH I AM ROOTING FOR THE COLTS!!!! The HATE never left. Oh BTW I want the Seahawks to smoke the ‘Skins. I want RW 3 to become a Seattle Legend, i am a convert to Wilsonism!

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    redshirt says:

    @JPL: This has to be a big negative impact for the Colts.

    That said, the Ravens are weakened. This is a battle to nominate the lamb for slaughter at the altar at Mile High.

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    Corner Stone says:

    #ChuckStrongs’ ball!

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    Corner Stone says:

    Did the ref just call them Indiana?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: White wife beats white fianceé. Advantage: Seahacks.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: How stuffed is that RW bandwagon these days?

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    JPL says:

    After Michael Oher was fined 10,000 for an illegal hit, I can no longer support the Ravens. Irony is dead to me. Of course, I never supported them anyway.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    I still remember the Baltimore Colts. It still seems weird they way they shuffled them around.

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    John Cole says:

    Ravens got jobbed on that fumble.

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    John Cole says:

    Refs are making up for that shite fumble call by allowing the Ravens to facemask at will.

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    Capt. Seaweed says:

    @Culture of Truth:
    For many (like myself) it’s worse.

    “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” opens with funereal footage of the Mayflower moving vans that Colts owner Robert Irsay hired to move the team from its Owings Mills training facility to Indianapolis on a wintry night in March 1984, leaving only the gray slush of betrayal in their wake. For Baltimore football fans (many of whom refuse to patronize Mayflower to this day), the images of the trucks in the snow are their Zapuder film, burned into memory but still horrifyingly gripping.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    As@Mr Stagger Lee: As a Baltimore fan there is no way I will ever root for Indianapolis. Like you said, the anger never left. Mayflower vans in the middle of the night. Fuck Irsay and the NFL. And give us back all the Unitas stuff. He never played for Indy.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Corner Stone: I would say six weeks ago or so, there were still a contingent in Seattle demanding that Matt Flynn be the starter, I am still am more of a Beast Mode and Skittles man, but yeah I guess I am sneaking on the bandwagon. I must say while the Browns will be on another rebuilding project next few years I will be a 12th man guy(Seattle version, not the original Texas A&M 12th man though I congratulate them on the Oklahoma Beat Down)

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    Joel says:

    I want Denver to have some sort of challenge, so go Ravens, I guess.

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    Joel says:

    I want Denver to have some sort of challenge, so go Ravens, I guess.

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

    @Culture of Truth: Ah, the teams of yesteryear… I, too, recall the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns, the Los Angeles Rams, the Houston Oilers…

    In baseball, do you recall the Washington Senators? I have a few baseball cards from the Seattle Pilots and Kansas City Athletics.

    Hockey and basketball have bounced teams all over the damn place. I can’t even keep track of the hockey moves anymore. What became of the Winnipeg Jets, for instance?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Not really a big Johnny Football fan but anytime Big Game Bob Stoops wraps both hands around his own neck and taps out I love it.
    I am also a big fan of Beast Mode. I find myself just randomly applying that term I love it so much.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Lots of moving around. My favorite Baltimore sports trivia. Both baseball and football teams were the Browns before they moved to B’more. Second favorite? The Yankees started out as the Baltimore Orioles.

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    burnspbesq says:

    What became of the Winnipeg Jets, for instance?

    IIRC, they became the Phoenix Coyotes. The current Winnipeg Jets were formerly the Atlanta Thrashers.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Go Ravens

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

    @Corner Stone: I still have nightmarish images of Earl Campbell running roughshod over the hapless Rams defensive backs.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i’d hate to see the ravens that weren’t inspired to make a deep playoff run by ray lewis’ moving retirement speech.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    If you have a subscription, Harper’s article on arena football

    Not to be missed if you watch NFL, AFL, college, any of it!

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    Thlayli says:

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

    What became of the Winnipeg Jets…?

    The old Winnipeg Jets are now the Phoenix Coyotes. The old Atlanta Thrashers are now the new Winnipeg Jets (the second former Atlanta team in western Canada).

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Baltimore would be a formidable team if it had an offense.

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    burnspbesq says:

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

    In baseball, do you recall the Washington Senators?

    Which ones, the Minnesota Twins or the Texas Rangers?

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    Soo says:

    Almost anyone over the Ravens, always. Plus I like Oliver Luck so I root for his kid. Nice little WVU connection right there. Would love to see Andrew in black and gold one day.

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

    @burnspbesq: The Senators became the Texas Rangers, if I am recalling correctly. I saw the Senators play the (then) California Angels. Big Frank Howard was still on the team. Of course, some BJers I am sure remember the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants (of baseball). As an Angels fan, I can remember how unhappy I was when the team traded my favorite player, shortstop Jim Fregosi, for some young punk pitcher named Nolan Ryan. I saw Ryan pitch for the Angels. The guy was genuinely awesome (a word I seldom use). I’m told I once saw Koufax pitch, but I am too young to truly recall it.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    leach just did beast mode. where dey skittles

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    Gogiggs says:

    The team stolen from Baltimore vs the team Baltimore stole, quite the choice.
    I just hope they don’t overlook the fact that this might be Ray Lewis’ final game. That really needs to be mentioned over and over and over and over.

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    gene108 says:

    Pulling for the Ravens, simply because I have friends and family in Baltimore, who are Ravens fans. Figure I’d support them.

    Also, I’m old enough to find it strange that the Colts are visiting Baltimore…strange days indeed…

    Pulling for the Seahawks, because as an NCSU alum, I want Wilson to do well and represent.

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    MattR says:

    @Gogiggs: After the way the NFL screwed over the city of Baltimore by choosing to expand in Jacksonville I cannot blame them for stealing a team to replace the Colts. (The NFL’s actions were particularly insulting when you consider how quickly they replaced the Browns in Cleveland.)

    @Joel: You don’t want to see Peyton Manning face his old team?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i think the only thing more annoying than the football equals violence zomfg trolls are the geography buffs that feel compelled to point out a team used to be x place before y place, like it fucking means anything. it wasn’t done to give your 10 year old self a giant sad and in 50 years it will be just as stunning and soulcrushing as the cleveland rams moving to los angeles.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @MattR: Jacksonville and Carolina both IIRC. And then jerked around by Bidwill shopping for a deal for the Cardinals. Not a good time.

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    MattR says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    Jacksonville and Carolina both IIRC.

    Yeah but Carolina has at least proven worthy of having a team. Jacksonville seems to have repeated attendance issues.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Go, Not-Ravens!

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    Raven says:

    Fuck the Packers.

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

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Reminiscing nostalgically = “a giant sad”? I think that the history of sports is an interesting element. Otherwise, why would we bother to argue over what team or player is better (comparing stats of the past)? Don’t you find great rivalries to be interesting (Dodgers/Giants, Red Sox/Yankees, Bears/Packers, Irish/Trojans)?

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    MikeJ says:

    Fuck the Mayflowers.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    Vive les Montreal Expos! Fuck you Washington Nationals, Jeffrey Loria and Bud Selig.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: I turned off the tv at half-time last night because the Vikings didn’t show up with or without a q.b.
    The papers made Green Bay sound like the team to beat. How could they know from last nights game because they did not have any competition.

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

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    And before the current Orioles were the St. Louis Browns, they were the Milwaukee Brewers.

    My favorite travelogue in professional North American sports is that of the Sacramento Kings, previously the Kansas City (and the Kansas City-Omaha) Kings, previously the Cincinnati Royals, and originally the Rochester Royals.

    There’s probably a joke about Doug J to be made at this point. I’ll leave it to someone else.

    @Raven:

    The Bears still suck.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

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

    Don’t you find great rivalries to be interesting (Dodgers/Giants, Red Sox/Yankees, Bears/Packers, Irish/Trojans)?

    yep, just yesterday i was kvetching about how there’ll never be another rivalry like the cleveland rams and boston shamrocks had back in ’36.

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

    @Raven:

    Didn’t the fence in left reach the Moon, though?

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: Max factor!

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    Raven says:

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

    “After all the fuss, the primary beneficiary of the park became Wally Moon, a middling left-handed hitter who became a local icon by gradually learning to inside-out fly balls over the left-field barrier like bunker shots onto a not-too-distant green.

    “I did improve as the season went along, being able to get the ball over that screen,” said Moon, who hit 37 of his “Moon Shots” at the Coliseum and only 12 on the road in his three seasons. “It had to have a little loft to be a home run. I peppered it early in the year for singles and doubles. I got a little better at it and was able to loft the ball a little better.”

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    krueger just beastmoded luck. hey ho skittles

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

    @Raven:

    Ha! Didn’t know that story!

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    Raven says:

    And then there was the Bert Bell Bowl. Look it up whippersnappers!

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    @Gogiggs:

    Yeah. It’s like yesterday, I kept wishing they would mention how Adrian Petersen recovered from his injury and nearly broke a rushing record.

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    Raven says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): You mean you didn’t know a bout Wally? I remember Snyder throwing a ball over the wall of the stadium from the field, that’s one hell of a toss.

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

    @Raven:

    Alex Karras hated that thing.

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    Raven says:

    I also walked up for tickets in the 84 Raiders-Steelers playoff game. There was a Steeler fan wearing a jersey and one of those hats with the fuck you finger on the brim. He was beaten badly by the Raider fans.

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

    @Raven: @zombie rotten mcdonald:

    I didn’t know about Wally Moon. Happy accident…

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    AxelFoley says:

    I guess we are rooting for the Colts over the Ravens.

    What do you mean “we”, white man?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    pitta skittled right into the beast zone.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @MattR:

    After the way the NFL screwed over the city of Baltimore by choosing to expand in Jacksonville I cannot blame them for stealing a team to replace the Colts.

    As a resident of the Los Angeles area, I find your whining about being dicked around with by the NFL amusing.

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    Raven says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Wow, that is amazing! The odd thing about the Raider game was that it was New Years Day. I was in LA for the Illini-UCLA Rose Bowl that was played on Monday, Jan 2. We decided 2 hours before the game to go over and see if we could get in.

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    Raven says:

    @Roger Moore: LA got what it deserved. . .nothing.

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    MattR says:

    @Roger Moore: As a resident of the New York City area, I find your belief that I was whining about Baltimore’s treatment to be amusing. The difference between the situations in Baltimore and LA is simply that the citizens of Baltimore had shown that they were willing to spend the money to bring in a team while those in LA were not.

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    Raven says:

    @MattR: That’s what I’m talkin bout!

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    Roger Moore says:

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

    Didn’t the fence in left reach the Moon, though?

    No, but Wally Moon reached the fence a lot.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Raven:

    Am I losing my mind? In the picture it looks like the right field is the one that is comically short.

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

    @Roger Moore:

    For the lack of an NFL team in LA, you can blame the infrastructure, the weather, the interest in the local college teams and the number of transplants in the area before you can blame the NFL. IMO.

    FWIW, I don’t think Atlanta would deserve another shot if they would somehow lose the Falcons, for the same reasons I don’t think LA really deserves another shot.

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    Raven says:

    @Mark S.: No, the height of that fence was short but look at the left field wall, it was a big net like on a driving range.

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    Raven says:

    Shit, I spelled Snider right and then changed it!

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    Anya says:

    Maureen Dowd’s contribution to the discusion on the “fiscal cliff”:

    fox-trotting in to save the day on the fiscal cliff as the “dancing partner” of McConnell, Biden seemed more like an indispensable partner to the detached president who loathes dealing with Congress — a capable, genial Captain Kirk balancing out Obama’s brilliant but rigid Spock.

    Will no one rid me of this tiresome political dilettante ? Is there any hostage we can exchange Maureen Dowd with? I despise her for being inane and shallow in her analysis; and for waisting a huge opportunity to use her valuable column for things that matter. Why must she be so idiotic.

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    Raven says:

    @Anya: I thought her wrap-up was pretty good.

    “Joe Biden has a valuable skill: He knows how to stoop to conquer. “

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    boldin beasted butler

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Now that’s a catch.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Raven:

    “Joe Biden has a valuable skill: He knows how to stoop to conquer. “

    that’s just her way of minimizing the greatest president ever.

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    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    It’s more that the Village Courtiers just do not accept that Obama is really the president. It’s like the Clinton era without Whitewater or the sexy stuff. They have no scandal of consequence so they do their psychological analysis of Obama in order to avoid talking about the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

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

    @Anya: You might be in the wrong thread here, Anya. There’s talk of beasts and skittles(?).

    But, yes, it would be great to see Dowd retire (along with Noonan, Kristol, and a dozen other over-paid chattering monkeys).

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    JPL says:

    Luck needs some luck….hahaha.. Ravens defense is good.

    also,too did I say the Raven’s defense is good.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    well this is over

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    graham beastmoded indiana

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    JPL says:

    @Anya: If you go to the opinion page on the NYTimes, try to read Kristof, Krugman, and Rosenthal. An occasional Gail Collins is okay.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @James E. Powell:

    It’s more that the Village Courtiers just do not accept that Obama is really the president.

    i know and it’s all so unfair for the most powerful man on earth.

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    Raven says:

    Obama doesn’t like to deal with dickheads, why did you think he’s not here?

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    JPL says:

    Although I have never been a Redskins fan, I must say that I hope they win this year. My friends parents have been to my house for xmas eve for decades and her Dad is lifelong fan. He’s 86 so this year, I’m cheering for him.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: omg, he doesn’t read Balloon Juice.. I am so disappointed.

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: You didn’t like the Diesel?

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    Thlayli says:

    @Raven:

    Lefty pitchers got creamed in that park, as you can tell by looking at it.

    People wonder how Sandy Koufax suddenly became a great pitcher the day Dodger Stadium opened. Well, not having that fence behind him is the main reason.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    Taunting? Your quarterback smells of elderberries?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JPL:

    Although I have never been a Redskins fan, I must say that I hope they win this year.

    i’m pretty ticked off that there’s only two quarterbacks of color in the playoffs and the nfl made them play each other. it’s almost as bad as the abuse obama gets.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: Lived in Dallas at the time when the Cowboys had a decent owner.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    tough day for the colts. bad Luck.

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    JPL says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: So all the q.b’s are albino’s except for two.. I must be color blind cuz I didn’t notice that.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JPL:

    Lived in Dallas at the time when the Cowboys had a decent owner.

    the cowboys have been dead to me since they moved from arlington to irving, changed ownership, stadium, management and players. they ain’t the cowboys i rooted against.

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    Raven says:

    I guess Lewis’s dance is something old dudes can’t get. I cannot imagine Butkus doing some shit like that.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Raven:

    I guess Lewis’s dance is something old dudes can’t get.

    meh, i’m as big a ray lewis fan as you are likely to find and i’m no fan of the clown antics passed off as ‘dance’.

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    Gogiggs says:

    Well, the Ravens won, so we’re looking at least one more week of people talking about the greatness of Ray Lewis and to be fair, he is pretty great. I mean, it’s been a whole decade since he helped murder anybody. That’s real leadership, there.

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    Anya says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Dead thread and all, but fuck you!

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

    @Anya: He got all pissy earlier because some of us dared talk about how sports involves history, noting that teams have relocated over the years. This is, evidently, a no-nostalgia zone. What-ev.

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    Anya says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): He can be amusing sometimes but he’s an asshole who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else most of the time. That can be tiresome.

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

    @Anya: I agree. I’ve commented in friendly fashion with him in other (political) threads. He’s busy dominating the new football thread with lots of comments about beast mode and skittles. I like football well enough, but I don’t know the current pop-culture lingo that all the cool guys apparently use on the subject. Oh, well, let it go….

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    Cermet says:

    @Gogiggs: Your asshole comment proves that you are as stupid as you are racist – because he’s black and refused to help the Cops he somehow is guilty of a crime that no one ever charged him with..

    Cole, you are a child – because the Steelers didn’t make it you hate the Ravens? I always root for the Steelers once the Ravens are out of it – grow up.

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    gogiggs says:

    @Cermet:
    1) Fuck you. 2)enh, I’m not racist at all, but everyone is at least a little stupid, including me. 3) Two people were murdered. This is not in question. Ray Lewis, at minimum, had the killers driven away from the scene in his limo and, in some accounts, did more. I think that qualifies as helping murder someone. Indeed, while he was never charged with the murders he was the only person convicted of anything in connection with the murders. So, again, he helped murder two people. There’s nothing stupid or racist about pointing this out.
    But, hey, if erasing his victims’ deaths from history and accusing strangers of racism helps you feel better about the fact that you’re willing to overlook murder in order to enjoy football, knock yourself out.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @gogiggs: No, fuck you, you motherfucking asshole. Fuck you with a rusty chainsaw.

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    gogiggs says:

    If you can’t argue with the message, insult the messenger.

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