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December 14, 2014

Week 15 Giants (5-9) 24 Washington (3-11) 13
I don’t know if NY’s defense would have gotten those 7 sacks if McCoy was able to remain on the field, but in the final analysis they did pretty well. However they had trouble with Griffin running the ball and allowed 238 passing yards and only 49 rushing yards. Manning threw the ball 34times with no INTs. Beckham had 12 catches for 143 yards and 3 TDs.
Jets (3-11) 16 Titans (2-12) 11
Tenn. had more total yards (342-277) largely due to passing yards (263-153). Geno was sacked 3 times but didn’t fumble or throw an INT. This was a physical game and wasn’t decided until the last minute.
Added Time
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us, “Daniel Engelbrecht, the German soccer player who collapsed during a match and underwent four heart surgeries in 16 months, not only returned to the Stuttgarter Kickers with a defibrillator in his chest but scored the winning goal against Wehen-Wiesbaden in the 90th minute.
“That was the greatest of feelings, and it’s probably the best day of my life,” Engelbrecht said. “It’s a story you couldn’t have scripted better. My first thought was always to just be able to return to the pitch. Everything else was really just wishful thinking — and now it’s gotten even better.”
Pretending To Be A Senator
The Sports Curmudgeon gave this good point, “When a US Senator gets up to speak, he/she usually begins by asking for unanimous consent to revise and extend his/her remarks after the fact. Setting aside for the moment the idea that Senators would be accountable for their words simply because they are among the first people to scream for “accountability” for everyone else when something goes awry, this just means they can go back and make it seem that they made no errors when they spoke. If I could have done that, I would have gotten a perfect score on my SAT exams…”
Giant/Jet ESPN Review
Dan Graziano on the Giants: “The win means nothing for their long-lost playoff chances. It hurts their standing in the draft. It might not be enough to save the jobs of coaches on the hot seat. But that macro perspective doesn’t exist or matter inside their locker room or on their practice field, where the players have been banging their heads against the wall for two months with nothing to show for it.”
Rich Cimini on the Jets: “Instead of suffering another meltdown, Smith did something that impressed his teammates and coach: He rallied. It turned out to be one of his better performances, the silver lining on a gray day that ended in heartbreaking fashion — an 87-yard touchdown by the Vikings in overtime. He has to do a better job in the red zone. The Jets were 0-for-5 in the red area, in part because of Smith. He was 2-of-5, with a sack, inside the Vikings’ 20. One incompletion was a drop by Jeff Cumberland in the end zone.
Smith also has to do a better job in crunch time. In the final two minutes of regulation and overtime, he completed only 2-of-5 for 33 yards, settling for a game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter after a first down at the Vikings’ 32.”
Different Levels Of Parity
As week 14 has ended we see that close to 20% of the NFL teams (Jets, Titans, J’ville, Oakland, Tampa) have a record of 2/11. The Washingtons have won 3. All of them have allowed between 346 and 356 poinnts. Do you think any of this group will try to position themselves to get the top draft spot?
QB Bermuda Triangle
Dan Daly wrote: “For whatever reason(s), there’s a Bermuda Triangle aspect to certain NFL records. They’re-10 just hard to break — harder than you’d think they’d be. Norm Van Brocklin’s record of 554 passing yards in a game, for instance, still stands 63 years later, even though the deck is increasingly stacked in favor of quarterbacks. And Johnny Unitas’ record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games wasn’t seriously threatened for more than half a century.
The latter record, now in the possession of the Saints’ Drew Brees (54), continues to prove elusive. The Patriots’ Tom Brady made it to 52 last season, only to be stopped by the Bengals on a rainy day in Cincinnati. And Sunday (12/7), the Broncos’ Peyton Manning had a 51-game run end against the Bills on a perfectly lovely day in Denver.
Dan Daly told us, “The definition of an athlete used to be: a guy who can do pretty much anything. And it just seems that, over time, NFL teams have asked their best athletes to do less and less.
In 1941, the single-platoon era, Bears Hall of Famer George McAfee scored a touchdown five different ways (run, catch, punt, kickoff, interception). He also threw for a score. A bit more recently — 1959 — the Cardinals’ Bobby Joe Conrad completed another kind of pentathlon, scoring two TDs rushing, three receiving, one punt returning, and booting six field goals and 30 extra points. (Too bad they didn’t have the two-point conversion back then.) He, too, threw for a score.
Raise your hand if you’d like to see somebody do either of those things again.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry sent this along, “Some sack-The NFL suspended Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for four games for using a banned performance enhancing substance.
Team officials figured something was amiss when he missed the quarterback and toppled the goal post.
Among the safeties on the Kansas football roster is junior Fish Smithson.
To no one’s surprise, he tends to bite on hook patterns.
Hawaii play­by­play broadcaster Robert Kekaula has apologized for signing off from a telecast at Fresno State with the words “Good night from the armpit of America.”
Coincidence? His player of the game was the right guard.”
Not Hardly Worth It
Chase Headley after 9 years in the majors, last year he had 661abs, .265 AVE, 16HR, 70 RBI, .756 OPS, while striking out 150 times. Do you think he’s worth those big bucks being talked about? I don’t- go with the kids.


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