NFL Open Thread

So far, the refs have been jobbing Denver pretty solidly. They should ask for some lube at halftime if this crap keeps up.

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  1. 1
    Corner Stone says:

    Go Whoever Isn’t The Harbaughs!

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    The Dangerman says:

    It’s an all-star crew, but they missed that Pick 6 (I thought the pass interference on the Broncos was a good call). Was a really strange first 6 minutes or so of the game; perhaps everyone will settle now and play some football.

    ETA: Perhaps betting the under in this game was a bad call.

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    gene108 says:

    NCSU thumps Duke…my weekend is made :-)

    Go whoever…the important game ended well…

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    JPL says:

    Normally when you trip a player, wouldn’t that be pass interference? Well the announcers are okay with it and we know the announcers are always right.

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    billgerat says:

    Up in Seattle we’re pretty used to being jobbed by the refs.

    I hope the Denver Mannings smear the snot out of the Ravens.

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    JenJen says:

    GO BALTIMORE! I only say that because I want very badly to win my Pick ‘Em league and it would appear I’m the only one who picked the Ravens.

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    The Refs apparently can’t see white.

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    Corner Stone says:

    That was a heck of a throw Flacco made earlier. I thought he overthrew him but it took some air out at the end.

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    cathyx says:

    What does jobbing mean? Never heard of it.

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    Raven says:

    Nice stop and go.

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    Raven says:

    @cathyx: Really?

    “To be the victim of a conspiracy; to lose a seemingly fair contest because of deceit; to be guaranteed to lose. The term derives from the professional wrestling term “jobber”.”

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    billgerat says:


    It means getting snorked.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    I’m not thrilled with the officiating so far, but I’m not ready to go full WATB about it just yet because I don’t see the Broncos unable to overcome those calls this early.

    BTB, does this giant, orange foam finger make me look fat?

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    Bago says:

    You know that phrase “may your life be interesting”?

    Yeah. Walked in on my roommate’s corpse last night.

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    Jon says:

    Fuck right wing money giving Peyton Manning and his right wing pizza fascisti buttboy. Bob fucking Corker. He gives money to Bob fucking Corker!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Bago: Jaysus. I hope you mean that figuratively.

    If you mean it literally, how terrible and I am so sorry.

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    Raven says:

    @Jon: White NFL QB’s are rightwingers? Oh noze.

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    Roger Moore says:

    Wow. Sorry about your roommate, and I hope you’re doing OK, too.

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    Cacti says:

    Not a fan of either franchise, but I’ve found Peyton Manning insufferable since his days at Tennessee.

    0 national titles, 0 heismans, yet somehow gets a street named after him on campus.

    I used to love watching Florida beat him like a dirty throw rug.

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    cathyx says:

    @billgerat: I thought getting snorked means getting drunk.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Bago: What was it doing?

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    Napoleon says:

    And in more proof that Obama is a complete fucking incompetent in negotiating the Treasury Dept has said it will not mint coins to avoid the debt debacle. What a fucking moron. He he doesn’t want to do it fine, but what kind of half wit tells their opponents something like that up front.

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    Raven says:

    @Napoleon: Go away before I come down there and slap the fucking shit out of you.

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    Cacti says:


    And his DOJ prosecuted Aaron Swartz.

    He’s worse than Hitler.

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    The Dangerman says:


    Dude, it’s hand in the coat, not down the pants.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Flacco airing it out today.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @Jon: Unless they’re involved in some sort of dead-girl/live-boy scenario (or Ted Nugent style fuckwittery), I figure I gotta give high-profile entertainers (actors, musicians, athletes, etc.) a bit of slack or it’ll just be me and my Neil Young tracks.

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    Cacti says:

    @Corner Stone:

    “Good things happen when Joe Flacco airs it out.”

    -No one

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    Raven says:


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    Cacti says:


    suppose I should root for the Ravens, so the Pats would be at home next week

    I’d say root like hell for the birds.

    Denver has always been a tough venue for the Pats.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    If the refs are truly screwing the Broncos, I am sure some suits from the NFL will straighten them out, because the networks want a Brady-Manning AFC championship.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    That pass was some fine-assed needle threading.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Suck my tiny, shriveled, white dick. Wuffies have no shot if Kelly is healthy. And you damn well know it.

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    Oltrol says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I sure don’t, kinda sick of Pats.

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    @billgerat: You mean how they beat the Packers?

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    cathyx says:

    @billgerat: No wonder I don’t know what it means , it’s in the urban dictionary. I only have a suburban dictionary and it wasn’t in there.

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    Heliopause says:

    Treasury says they won’t do the Coin Trick. That means the Admin has specifically ruled out both of the end-run solutions around the debt ceiling. Good, I say. I’ve been thinking, if the world economy can be crashed by an abstract concept then maybe it ought to be crashed.

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    gene108 says:


    Know way to know it for sure. I’m sure he’d have helped.

    Right now I’m just going to savor your limp-dicked sorrow.

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    cathyx says:

    @efgoldman: It sounds lowfat at least.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Is it salted? Otherwise its not on the official Balloon Juice approved snack list.

    Considering you’re supposed to eat a whole bag, I think that qualifies as a meal, not just a snack.

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    Cacti says:


    Suck my tiny, shriveled, white dick. Wuffies have no shot if Kelly is healthy. And you damn well know it.

    Go to hell carolina! Devils and deacs, stand in line.

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    Cacti says:


    Treasury says they won’t do the Coin Trick. That means the Admin has specifically ruled out both of the end-run solutions around the debt ceiling. Good, I say. I’ve been thinking, if the world economy can be crashed by an abstract concept then maybe it ought to be crashed.

    If the Pugs want to shut it down, let them. Let them own their intransigence.

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    I agree. I prefer a direct and conclusive confrontation on the issue.

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    Raven says:

    Jacob Hester was an animal at LSU.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Also too Balto Blackbirds starting to show their age.

    The thin air probably isn’t helping, either.

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    billgerat says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    Those weren’t real refs that made that call. Talk to Mr. Goodell about that. The league got what they deserved by locking out the real refs.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    OMFG Comcast an emergency test in the middle of a fourth down play in the middle of the effing day! DIAFF twenty times already, you fawking salted-dick munchers.

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    Heliopause says:

    @James E. Powell:

    I’m a bit disturbed at how readily you agreed with me to crash the world economy.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:


    I’ve been thinking, if the world economy can be crashed by an abstract concept then maybe it ought to be crashed.

    Kthug is all antsy to know what the WH will do. What’s the plan!1?
    I’m sure the GOP would like to know as well, so I’m fine with Obama playing those cards close to the gravy stains.

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    Steelers Wheel says:

    It’s nice that the refs keep letting Seyton Manning into their conferences so that he can tell them how to make the call.

  53. 53

    Unrelated to football but since there’s no open thread: here’s a 1994 letter from ex-presidents Ford, Carter & Reagan to the House of Representatives calling for an assault weapons ban.

    Wonder how the Teanuts are gonna justify this?

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    Raven says:

    @Southern Beale: Hell, these weenies don’t give a shit about football.

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    Yutsano says:

    “But hold, give every man his due
    And every dog his day.”

    Fourteenth Trump

    By the national poet of Australia, AB Paterson.

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: Yea, hate these boring 21 to 21 at the half games. How do you stay awake?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @efgoldman: If Seattle and Green Bay wins, that will be a fun one. Are they fashioning goat horns for the Denver kicker? I wonder what motivation they gave the 49ers kicker?(speaking of which)

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Southern Beale:
    History’s greatest monster cancels out anything.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @efgoldman: 21-up at the half ain’t no snoozefest.

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    David Koch says:

    I blame obummer for the Broncos’ blown coverage.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The Falcon is fixin to open a can of whoop ass on the morrow!

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    Heliopause says:


    Does this mean I don’t get my Ryancare Voucher?

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    huckster says:

    @Cacti: Fuckin’A bubba!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Norv Turner will be the Offensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Well at least he can’t do any damage as a OC or can he?

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:


    Hey, that’s blogging.

    Huh? In Human, please?

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    Joel says:

    I’m just glad the game isn’t the total shitfest I was expecting it to be.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Heliopause: If you’re good you might get a cookie. But no healthcare for you.

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    David Koch says:

    I blame obummer for not using the bully pulpit to prevent this week’s BCS bowl debacle.

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    Raven says:

    God what a snooozeeee fest!

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    HinTN says:

    @Napoleon: The halfwit that wants to put the idiot Rs in a box.

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    billgerat says:


    Spoke too soon.

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    Raven says:

    @billgerat: Um, can you say. . .facetious.

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    Oltrol says:

    @Raven: Its lost here.

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: And Champ Bailey was supposed to own Smith. This, grasshopper, is why they play the game.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman: There could be, I guess, if Nancy had any talent.

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    Raven says:

    Bear fans wouldn’t be under the fucking stadium when they kicked off the second half!

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    Heliopause says:

    Sometimes a returner makes a good return and sometimes coverage is bad. The punt and kick return touchdowns were the latter. With all due respect to Holliday, running through gaps the size of the Bonneville salt flats isn’t the most difficult thing in the world.

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    billgerat says:


    You must have meant that the same way about the Falcon and that can of whoop ass.

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    Raven says:

    @billgerat: Hell no, look for Julio down by the goal line!!!

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    Raven says:

    @Heliopause: I have this really great picture of me in front of the big sign at the flats in 66!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Well the Falcons are due for a playoff win,(and Chris Clemons being out is going to hurt the Legion Of Boom)we will see if it will be this year, and yes many Seahawks fans are talking a little bit more smack than they should.

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    David Koch says:

    speaking of snooozeeee fest, Zero Dark Boring.

    Don’t waste your time, it was a bore. They include every extraneous detail and stretch every scene that it bloats the film to a running time of 2 hours and 36 minutes. Its as if the film had no editor and they left in every frame they filmed. By the 2 hour mark I started to fall asleep and had to actively try to stay awake.

    I was puzzled to why it received positive reviews, and wondered what they saw that made me so drowsy. So I went home and looked up Roger Ebert’s review, and he confirmed my view, saying, “There isn’t a whole lot of plot — basically, just that Maya thinks she is right, and she is.” That was it. No plot. Just one long scene after another stapled together, until it sunk of it’s own weight.

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: Bah. The one and only Bear game I got to go to in Soldier was Walter’s last game (lost to Seattle). They got the seat cleaned off but the snow was still in the aisles and under your feet and it was about 10 degrees. We bbq’d before the game and hung in the lot for a couple of hours after. of course, I was NOT sober in those days!

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Hate to see a Dawg get hurt but I’ll make an exception for this game.

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    Badmoodman says:

    I think things are being evened out by the officials.

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    Raven says:

    Ellerbee ain’t a bad Dawg neither, wait till Jarvis gets to the bigs.

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    @billgerat: Whatever, as a Niner fan I hate and fear the Seahawks. Hope they don’t wake up in Atlanta.

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    David Koch says:

    Did Baltimore hire Diebold to do the officiating?

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    Vanya says:

    Denver and Manning just got jobbed on that “fumble”. Although I’m sure Oakland fans will think the refs were correct this time, that sure looked like the tuck rule.

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    Raven says:

    @Vanya: I’m not a Denver or Raider fan and the call was correct.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    can we have a new football open thread. this one sucks

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    Hail Seyton says:

    Refs really want to determine the outcome of this one.

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    Hail Seyton says:

    Refs are adamant that they will decide this one.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    Good. Be afraid. VERY afraid.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    Holy shit!! (Flacco just launched a deep TD)

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    lol chikinburd says:

    Because when you think huge vertical passing attack, you think Joe Flacco.

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    Raven says:

    Yea, boring as a mofo.

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    Svensker says:

    Holy moly!

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    David Koch says:

    Did one of Obummer’s Droooooooones deliver that bomb?

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    Joel says:

    Manning face!

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    Legalize says:

    This game is bananas.

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    Raven says:


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    Wag says:


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    The Dangerman says:

    Rahim Moore, meet unemployment line.

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    JenJen says:

    Thank you, Gods of Football. WHAT A GAME

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    Badmoodman says:

    I played DB in college and that may have been the dumbest/worst coverage I’ve ever seen in that situation.

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    Raven says:

    Secondary play like that NO FUCKING body can bitch about the officials.

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    salvage says:

    WTF? It’s possible to get a touchdown in 30 seconds.

    Now I really want the Ravens win.

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    Raven says:

    @salvage: They did it right before the half as well.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Denver has evidently decided it has played enough football for one season and is packing it in.

    Goddamn Ravens.

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    weaselone says:

    Hmmm. Looks like playing too conservatively might actually be what costs the Broncos the game, not the refs.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    That’s why its great to have a running game, so you can run out the clock. Oh, wait!

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    Nerull says:

    Seriously? You have Payton Manning, 30 seconds, and two timeouts and you kneel??

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    Nerull says:

    They did tell the broncos this was the playoffs, right? I don’t think they’re aware.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Refs are still busy screwing the Broncos over. And these are supposed to be the best refs from the regular season? What a fucking joke.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    OK, I’m now officially pissed at the officials.

    Still doesn’t get Fox off the hook for running out the last 30 of regulation.

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    Raven says:

    Horseshit. His hand was under the goddamn ball. What fucking loser crybabies.

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    Raven says:

    There whiny bitches.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @Raven: I’m talkin’ ’bout the call against Bailey. The catch was a catch, & I didn’t understand where Dierdorf was coming from on expecting that call overturned.

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    Raven says:

    @Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn: They’ve been wrong all day.

    eta And I’m reacting to the torrent of whining about how the Broncos are being screwed. Cole started it.

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    Raven says:

    Pick 6 Packers!

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    eric k says:

    if they had called Stokley’s not a catch I think The Denver fans would have burned the place down

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    Gravenstone says:

    Pick six, see ya rook.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Oh btw Sam Shields of the Packers just intercepted a Kapernick
    pass for a touchdown

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Little slow on that.

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    Raven says:

    Denver fans want to bitch it should be about there secondary.

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    Raven says:

    Englerbert looks rattled

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    Oltrol says:

    @Raven: That’s for sure.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Yes the hazards of typing and watching the plus switching channels.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I got the PIP goin on.

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    Raven says:

    Rook redeems. . .but lose the antics.

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    Raven says:

    Well well well

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: More like Jack Armstrong, he didn’t take a knee.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    Double overtime. Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to stop biting the cats’ toenails.

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: UGH

    “Colin Kaepernick, the astounding young QB for the 49ers, is now being criticized for having so many tats on his arms — and they’re mostly Bible verses!”

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That was a real shit pass by Peyton. Something I’d expect Brett Favre to do, not him.

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    billgerat says:

    Well, there goes my hopes for a Manning-Wilson match up.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: Xin Loi mofos!

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    FridayNext says:


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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Well according to Leviticus that is a no no.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @PsiFighter37: How can anyone be surprised when Peyton Manning throws an interception during a pressure situation in the playoffs?

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    Raven says:

    @billgerat: We’ll take care of the second half of that tomorrow!

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    Cacti says:

    I knew if anyone could screw this game up it was Peyton Manning. Get the guy out of doors in the playoffs, and he wilts like a flower.

    Gator chomp for you Peyton.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Who’s he play for?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Raven: Not a Broncos fan (had to put up with the stinker that the Jets threw up this season), but I do think the refs had some stinkers.

    That said, the loss is all on Peyton…he’s gotta know his limitations at this point in his career. He can’t rocket it on the run like Aaron Rodgers can.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: And the Denver secondary.

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    Kathy says:

    Awesome Game! Not to complain or anything but we need a new thread for NFC game

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    Raven says:

    @Kathy: I don’t think anyone around here has the keys.

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    Joel says:

    I’m rooting for Randy.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Never thought I’d see Flacco outplay Manning, but there it was.

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    Kathy says:

    @Raven: sadly you are right. Anyone want an over/under on the length of this thread? I say over 300.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Enjoy the pizza, Peyton.

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    Eric says:

    Peyton is on the hook for the last pass, but Denver’s secondary should get the blame for the loss, simply inept

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Team YHWH!!!! They have a good head coach in Moses, I think his QB is Joshua. Old School ballers!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @efgoldman: Is there a bit of a smile coming from Eli? Sweet catch by Jones!

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Wasn’t it!

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    Nerull says:

    TIL yanking someone down by the face mask is incidental contact.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Much improved over that 3 and out shit, fellas.

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    Nerull says:

    Today I learned that yanking someone down by the face mask is incidental contact.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    You can’t muff punts like that in the playoffs…

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    Gravenstone says:

    Looks like Cobb will be back on punt returns next series…

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Where will Alex Smith be the QB, next year? At least he has a future unlike Tebow,did you see the diss that the Jags gave Baby Jesus?

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    Cermet says:

    Once more Cole acts out as a child – this thread should have been titled the Denver-Ravens Play-off but since the steelers lost out to the Ravens, once again Cole becomes a baby.

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    Dierderp says:

    The officiating was bad enough, but the hyperbole of Dierdorf was the worst crime against humanity ever, even including prehistory, when warlords worse than fifty Hitlers ate babies and gang-raped grandmothers to death every day. I switched it to spanish after he said a near one handed catch by a Raven was “a thing of beauty” .

    I guess it means something that everyone who hears him call a game is certain he hates their team, but I wonder why they think we want to hear his pathetic schtick.

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