Dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind. (Photo credit: The Huffington Post)
The first time we did these retrospectives a few years ago, Nate and I made it a point to stay away from covering our favorite teams.
After all, if you couldn’t go to the Footbawl Blog for unbiased retrospectives, what meaning would life have anymore? You’d just be wandering around the streets slack jawed, possibly without pants, bumping into strangers and belting out indiscernible cries of anguish. But then we figured “fuck it, being a homer is great”.
It was a strange year for the Packers. They entered the year without a lot of buzz, thanks to ESPN’s preemptive coronation that the 49ers and the Seahawks were the only NFC teams worth talking about (even a broken clock….) but ended up on the pundits’ radar after a 5-2 start. Then there was the Aaron Rodgers injury, which I still have a hard time talking about without becoming just a tad emotional. After that, everything was different.
Get out your Kleenex, this is the 2013 Green Bay Packers retrospective. Continue reading
“They told me if the Texans didn’t make the playoffs we’d be fine.”
If the Bengals had a season like this a few years ago it would have been considered a major success.
Unfortunately, due to the very nature of time itself, it is not “a few years ago”. It is right now. And right now the Bengals and their fans have to feel a little frustrated. After losing in the wild card round the two previous years on the road, a division title and a home playoff game seemed to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Well, that doctor should be sued for malpractice because their first round performance against the Chargers was even more dreadful than the last few seasons’ playoff losses.
The roster is still young and talented, but windows in the NFL tend to close faster than you’d think. Despite all their talent, this will still be a team that enters next season as an oxymoron: a defending division champ with an inferiority complex to most of the teams in their division.
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One day Tom Coughlin will have his very own bust in Canton. He’ll be able to wax poetically about overcoming adversity in two dramatic Super Bowl victories.
In all likelihood Eli Manning will have one as well. His reputation as one of the best clutch quarterbacks of his generation and those same two Super Bowl victories will most likely sway voters one day.
Please let Eli’s hall of fame bust look like this (photo credit: dailynexus.com)
But right now, they’re in trouble. Continue reading
Most analysts have theorized that the “legacies” (begin eye rolling now) of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have taken a hit over the last decade or so.
“Was someone talking about legacy?”
After all, they won three Super Bowls in four years in the early 2000’s and haven’t won one since. Oh, the horror! They have lost two Super Bowls and (gasp!) two AFC Championship games recently. The futility is staggering! I would argue that this time period has only enhanced my appreciation for the duo, and the team in general. Continue reading
NFL general managers throw millions of dollars around every year, and make decisions that affect teams in the most scrutinized and popular sports league in the country.
So of course it makes sense that they should spend their lives perpetually terrified about media attention.
Missouri defensive end and SEC co defensive player of the year Michael Sam came out as a gay man on Sunday night, which caused all the right people to say all the right things publicly. But general managers couldn’t wait to anonymously speculate about how much his draft stock will plummet.
“That will break a tie against that player,” a former general manager said. “Every time. Unless he’s Superman. Why? Not that they’re against gay people. It’s more that some players are going to look at you upside down. Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the media is going to show up, from Good Housekeeping to the Today show. A general manager is going to ask, ‘Why are we going to do that to ourselves?’”
That’s a good point. I’m sure those same general managers feel the same way about the circus that is Super Bowl media day. I mean, why even bother making it to the big game if reporters are going to ask a bunch of scary questions?
If no one in the league has an issue with an openly gay player, the media circus would die off after a few weeks because everyone would be on the same page and not feed the controversy. But I doubt that’s true. What general managers are really afraid of is that some of their players are shitty people, and without strong leadership on the team (which to be frank seems to be a rare thing in the modern day NFL) it would turn into a mess and further expose the nasty underbelly of NFL locker rooms.
So the next time you hear someone say that drafting or signing someone isn’t a good idea because of the distraction it causes, write down their name on a list labeled: “liars”.