NFL Playoffs Live-Blog: Titans @ Chargers, Pre-Game and 1st Half

Sunday, January 06, 2008


Vince Young with his long-time girlfriend, or so said the Big Lead's commenters from the thread where I got this photo.

And if the smug of Joe Buck wasn't enough for you today, we now get to listen to the slobbering of Jim Nantz and the black hole that is Phil Simms. Oof. And Simms is wearing an ugly shirt and tie combination, thus offending the fashion gods.

Did Shannon Sharpe just call them the "Timothy Titans"? - Mal

Emmitt Smith wishes he were as lucid as Shannon.

/Broncos fan

Over/Under on LT knob slobbering by Simms and Nantz in one half? I'll start it at 20. - SSReporters

Announcers don't verbally fellate running backs the way they do QBs. I'll take the under.

Why is Phil Simms dressed like Willy Wonka? - PM

Nantz is his personal Oompa Loompa. These next two are so good they have to go in. You all are on fire today:

If Shannon Sharpe and Emmitt Smith had a conversation:

Shannon: BLUBKEFEFLHBLBUSFUH TITANS LIBELBLEL!!!!

Emmitt: That may be true, but the Timothy, Tenasity, Tennessee Titans have played more better on the defense end than more than many of the other teams in the league. With Hal Aynesworth working that linear of scrimmage, they could be all over the uh....Chargers.

Shannon: BLUBBLFUBFLBU! - SSReporters

I rarely watch pre-game shows, so it's a total surprise to learn that the NFL Today has a GM. Does he worry about salary cap issues and try to make deals?

"CBS's Gus Johnson has been tearing up the minors and should deserve a shot in 2008. Said NFL Today show Charlie Casserly, "We are very close to invoking luxury tax penalties, so unless some of our aging veterans like Enberg and Criqui dont consider restructuring their deals, we may have be forced to disappoint the longtime fans of the NFL Today and let go two men whose contributions to the success of this franchise should be noted." - Gibbon Jockey

I'm still rolling over here. Let me get composed again to try and type properly. Bravo to both of you. I'm pretty sure Shannon is making names up on purpose now, and AA is correct, Eli looks like a complete herb.

Yeah...Mike Wallace interviewing Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes...that'll be some hard hitting journalism. I'd also like to note that Joe Buck announced to us that Dallas safety Roy Williams will be replacing Sean Taylor in the Pro Bowl, and that is a traveshamockery, as Williams has done nothing but suck and break his own rule about horse-collar tackling this season.

Of course, all four analysts picked the Chargers, which seems to be a no-brainer -- until you consider that this is a NORV!-coached team. If you see NORV! Face, drink, by the way.

Let's go over our rules. Drink for:

1) NORV! Face
2) Simms talks about his playing career
3) Nantz talks about the Masters
4) Tomlinson knob-slobbered by either announcer
5) Any Patriots references even though they're not playing
6) Ad for Roger Clemens' 60 Minutes softball interview tonight

I feel obligated to say this every time I live-blog a Chargers game: the powder-blue alternates should be the regular home unis. Dave Raymer kicks off to the non-Bengal Chris Henry, who gets out to the 38 yard line. Isn't it nice to see starting lineups? Hey, Fox, you can do this too -- it doesn't take much time.

That wasn't a formation on first down -- that was backyard football right there, Fucking line everyone up outside and throw. Antonio Cromartie knocks down the 2nd down pass to Justin Gage (who wears #12, that cannot be a coincidence.) Third and 10 -- VY slugs it to Ahmad Hall, on the screen and he gets 16 and a first down.

"Cromartie was in there bangin' hard." - Nantz (via Mal)

Body By LenDale bangs it out on the next two carries for nine yards and VY calls TO in Charger territory. 12 dudes in the huddle gets them a 5 yard penalty for 3rd and 6. VY scrambles for a first down anyway. Gage catches a pass at the 25 -- nice way not to drop it.

SSReporters alerts us to the presence of "Eddie Guns" Hochuli. He should be the ref for every big playoff game. The Titans are still pounding it down low. Ahmad Hall gets stopped by Quentin Jammer for no gain inside the 15. Eric Moulds brings in the VY slingshot at the 12. Shaun Phillips whacks VY on the 3rd down, and Rob Bironas is probably coming on to kick.

"35 field goals is the most made by any kicker this year, including four from 50 yards or more." - Nantz. All this tells me is that the Titans' red zone offense sucks. Kick is up and good, 3-0 Titans, but that lead isn't lasting too long.

Those cheerleaders are going to get soaked in that rain. - Mal

I hope this is an observation and not a complaint. San Diego has some of the hottest cheerleaders in the league. LDT up the middle for 2 yards to start after the kickoff. Rivers fumbles on 2nd down -- no O-line protection there -- and LDT has to fall on it to recover. Short pass to Buster Davis on 3rd down means three and out early. Mike Scifres punts to Chris Davis, who brings it back to about the 42.

Silly me. Talk about the Charger Girls without a link. Sheesh. Here you go. My favorite's Marlina. Yes, despite the fact that her profile says her favorite player is LDT, "because despite his outstanding athletic ability." I'm not looking for a brain here.

Chris Brown up for three yards on the first carry. VY gets pounded again on 2nd down, and his shoulder pad is still hanging out. VY ditches it on third down, and is slow to get up after getting waxed by Igor Olshansky (great, great name for a D-lineman.) Hentrich punts to Sproles, who fair catches at the 23 yard line.

Wow were the Chargers just celebrating VY being hurt? - AA
It sure sounded like the crowd was pretty excited about Vince Young getting hisself concussed. - Gibbon Jockey
You stay classy, San Diego. - PM

And Philip hasn't even started jawing yet. Rivers to Chambers for 5 yards, but it's canceled by a chop block on the O-lineman on Albert Haynesworth, who showed great restraint by not stomping his ass to the curb this year. Three yards on the next play for SD. Rivers then overthrows Antonio Gates, which is tough because Gates is 6'5". You really have to try hard to throw it over his head. 3rd and 18 to Brandon Manumaleuna, and he only gets nine. Here comes Scifres -- punts it 60+ yards and it's only returned for 8.

I will always cherish the image of MJD pwning Merriman this season. Classic. - PM


I know I put that video in last night's live blog, but let's watch that again.



Never gets old. Ever. Body By LenDale picks up the first down on 3rd and 1. VY hits Troupe across midfield for another 1st. Another rush for a couple more inside. BBL hits for seven more on the next play and is near the first down marker. Titans O-line is owning SD's defense on run blocking right now -- Ahmad Hall picks up the 1st down easily.

I really hated Saliva (the band) before everyone started using that dumbass song "Ladies and Gentlemen" in their promos, so that was agonizing.

Chris Brown gets four to start the second quarter on the ground. Another rush gets five more, then BBL gets the first down and more. He powers some more for 1 yard, and it's 2nd and 9 at the Chargers' 12. "Ball's out! -- ball pops into the air," says Nantz, and Shaun Phillips recovers the Chris Brown fumble.

I wish the wolf in this Jeep "Rock Me Gently" ad would eat everyone rather than sing along. Apparently some of you were expecting a Chris Brown fumble like Giants fans expect Eli picks.

"The hustle by Shawne Merriman -- and the fact that he's really big -- leads to the fumble." - PS. Yeah, no mention of Gigantosaurus' roiding. Rivers to Gates for the Bolts' first 1st down of the day. LDT carries for a couple, and a flag is picked up -- no penalty. Mention of Clemens interview tonight -- DRINK!

Rivers side-arms to Chambers for 30 yards over the top at the Titans 40.

"Chris Chambers has made a difference since he's been here." - PS. Ow, ow, ow. Stop hurting my brain. Yes, having a competent receiver will make a difference.

It's like someone has to remind NORV! a few minutes into every game that he has the best running back and the best tight end in the league. - Hanrahan

After that first down, a stuffed run and two incomplete passes by Rivers are going to bring Scifres back out again. We'd like to remind NORV! that LDT can catch the ball on a screen or two. Scifres pooches it to the Titans. BBL rushes for two, and then loses four by slipping on the screen pass yet still catching the ball. Chris Davis is knocked out before the first down marker -- oh, now they're calling it incomplete. Hentrich comes on.

Donnie Nickey just saved a really big return there because Darren Sproles looked like he was about to break it if he hadn't been tackled at the Titans 42.

Phil Rivers goes throwgasm on us -- and is struck by the luck of the Black Irish, as Cortland Finnegan picks him off in the end zone, getting position on Chris Chambers.

Ooh...Little Philip's getting pissy with his fellow players.

S2N,

Obviously, Merriman has only received injections of lidocaine and B-12.

Sincerely,
Roger Clemens

p.s.: Remember the children! - PM

+1 to you. Apparently no one on either side of the ball is capable of catching it when they are on offense. Can someone tell me that these aren't NFC teams we're watching? Hentrich punts to Sproles, ball back at midfield again. LDT gets three on the carry. Vanden Bosch nearly sacks Rivers again on 2nd down.

"Vanden Bosch wasn't quite able to finish him off." - JN. FATALITY!

Rivers hits Vincent Jackson, who goes to the Titans 26. Gates loses a yard on the short pass, and takes some time getting up. He's back on the ground.

Rivers is so weak....he could be Eli 2.0. - AA
This is how bad Eli and Rivers have been: they were traded for one another, and no one can really decide who got screwed on that deal. - PM

At least Eli's now won a playoff game. PM also advises us that Nantz pimped the Masters, everyone sip your tasty beverage. Rivers airs it out to Chambers after Gates gets carted off, and it's knocked away in the end zone by Michael Griffin. Good play by Griffin. Kicker Nate Kaeding is on for a 44 yarder -- and it's no good. That was a wounded duck.

CBS seems to cover the NFL a HELLUVA lot better than FOX because they only need 2 people talking during the game, not the 4 FOX gives us, or the 5 ESPN gives us. - SSReporters

Nantz and Simms suck up all the air time. Who could get a word in edgewise, anyway? I suppose it's better in a sense, but still....

Anyway, the Titans are working it down the field, and we have some NORV! Face looking down and dour in his cap. SLAINTE!!!

I agree with SSR on this one: Young's throwing motion is nice, if side-armed, it's what you expect from a 6'5" guy who was probably taller than most of the people he was throwing to. He had to adjust it somehow. I just hate this because it reads like Tennessee is looking to get just close enough for Bironas to kick a field goal, and that's boring as hell.

Unless NORV! is scribbling "give the ball to Tomlinson more" on his note pad, it's not gonna help him. Bironas' 44-yarder is good, and we'll go to the half 6-0, Titans. Blech. See you in the next thread.

157 Comments:

....Now we can see how much Norv Turner's presence can screw up a playoff team.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:04:00 PM  

haha what the FUCK is Phil Simms wearing...that shirt is WAY to red and looks awful on him, wow what a way to start a bad game...

GusJohnsonForGod said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:04:00 PM  

And Shannon Sharpe has spoken English!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

Bit of a rough night, never made it up to real-time in 1st game, but i'm back and ready to go for the 2nd game!

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

Did Shannon Sharpe just call them the "Timothy Titans"?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:07:00 PM  

Haha Tim Titans.

Jan 6, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

Why is Phil Simms dressed like Willy Wonka?

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

Over/Under on LT knob slobbering by Simms and Nantz in one half?

I'll start it at 20.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:09:00 PM  

Do we have a drinking game for this game?

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:10:00 PM  

Casserly doesn't look so dumb now taking Mario Williams #1 overall before he left the Texans.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

If Shannon Sharpe and Emmitt Smith had a conversation:

Shannon: BLUBKEFEFLHBLBUSFUH TITANS LIBELBLEL!!!!

Emmitt: That may be true, but the Timothy, Tenasity, Tennessee Titans have played more better on the defense end than more than many of the other teams in the league. With Hal Aynesworth working that linear of scrimmage, they could be all over the uh....Chargers.

Shannon: BLUBBLFUBFLBU!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

Every time Phil Simms mentions his playing career, take a drink; every time Jim Nantz mentions The Masters, do a shot.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:12:00 PM  

Smitty, how about this...

Take a drink for every LT knob slobbering comment.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

Even though they aren't playing today, wonder what the count will be on Patriots comments and/or references today.

"You know that LT is good, but by god I bet Tom Brady would be an excellent RB as well."

Yea, What Would Brady Do?

jd said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

SS Reporters - That was a killer. I'm crying here.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

Chad Pennington back with the Jets?!

In other news: The sun rises in the east.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

You're welcome Mal.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:16:00 PM  

I rarely watch pre-game shows, so it's a total surprise to learn that the NFL Today has a GM. Does he worry about salary cap issues and try to make deals?

"CBS's Gus Johnson has been tearing up the minors and should deserve a shot in 2008. Said NFL Today show Charlie Casserly, "We are very close to invoking luxury tax penalties, so unless some of our aging veterans like Enberg and Criqui dont consider restructuring their deals, we may have be forced to disappoint the longtime fans of the NFL Today and let go two men whose contributions to the success of this franchise should be noted."

Gibbon Jockey said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:17:00 PM  

Good drinking games all around

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:17:00 PM  

"What does this mean to you?" - Sam Ryan on Eli's first playoff win.

Me: Nothing, I wanted to lose this game so badly so I could go to one of those hip nightclubs they have here.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:18:00 PM  

Who did Sam Ryan not sleep with to get stuck doing the post-game interview to a game CBS didn't even cover?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:19:00 PM  

Eli Manning is such a herb it blows my mind. He can't win a Super Bowl ever looking like that can he?

Also, a small preview of tomorrow's AA.....Bill Cowher on CBS Women's Basketball coverage.

Jan 6, 2008, 4:20:00 PM  

Shalwn Alexander?

Shannon Sharpe needs a translator.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:20:00 PM  

I think Shannon just said that they were the Greeneville Packers.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:21:00 PM  

If Shannon Sharpe and Emmitt Smith were on a sports edition of Jeopardy:


Shannon: BLUBUDDUHC for $400 Alex SDFDh!!

Alex: This team plays at the University of Phoenix stadium.

Emmitt: What is are the Phoenix Suns?

Shannon: BLUGBFBHG WHAT IS TELHHE ARIZONAVILLE CARDINALS?

This goes on for 15 minutes before Sean Connery answers the question correctly.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

Based on these losers picks - Titans are a shoe in.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:25:00 PM  

Add another to the drinking game... chug/shot for every Clemens interview commercial.

Matthew said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:25:00 PM  

Roger the Dodger Clemens has the full-on puppydog eyes going in his 60 Minutes piece. What a crock. I hope no one falls for the crocodile tears. That man lugs a load of bullshit that could fertilize the Sinai.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:26:00 PM  

Why do we advertise the news? (Seattle KIRO 7)

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:26:00 PM  

Norv Turner in HD is what Neal Armstrong must've seen when he stepped onto the moon. Holy freaking craterface.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:27:00 PM  

Roy Williams in the PB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!! Even Dallas fans should be pissed off.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:29:00 PM  

Jeff Fisher v. Norv Turner

I've gotta go with Fisher.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:29:00 PM  

A real beaut from Nantz:

"Jacksonville advancening into the playoffs.."

Shannon is starting to wear off on the whole crew.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:31:00 PM  

Did Nantz just say "advancining".

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:31:00 PM  

Mal,
yes, yes he did.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:33:00 PM  

Wait....why did Jim and Phil just switch positions???

Jan 6, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

And so it goes - surprisingly I was able to hear the commentary over the deafening noise of Simms outfit, but the first fucking words - good god please don't make it this bad all game:

Nantz: "My partner's always talking about all the intensity, all the excitement come playoff time, what is the difference this time of year?"

Simms: "Well, Jim, I think the word is excitement."

The question made no sense(i know what Nantz was getting at about the difference in time of year not between excitement and intensity) and the answer made no sense. What the hell?

Gibbon Jockey said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

I'd say Simms got dressed in the dark, but I'm pretty sure that shirts is infrared.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:35:00 PM  

"Cromaritie was in there bangin' hard." - Nantz

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:36:00 PM  

"Cromaritie was in there bangin' hard." - Nantz

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:36:00 PM  

Did Nantz and Simms switch chairs?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:37:00 PM  

For the Madden '08 players out there, when you start a franchise, trade for Eric Weddle. He's a stud in the game..not that he's a bad player in reall football, but Madden must love him.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:38:00 PM  

Nantz off to a wonderful start as far as grammar and innuendos go.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:39:00 PM  

over/under on combined fumbles by Lendale White and Chris Brown?

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

Eddie Guns!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

Nice run by Vince.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:41:00 PM  

pm...680.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:41:00 PM  

What, praytell, my dear Mr. Nantz, is Eric Moulds' career "decorated" with?

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:45:00 PM  

"vince running has slowed down the Charger pass rush" - Simms

Followed by VY being flushed out of the pocket and having to throw the ball away. Nice call by the loser in the red shirt.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:46:00 PM  

"Side-armed it" - JN. Ahhh, every VY throw is a side-arm Jim.

Matthew said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:46:00 PM  

PM - decorated with certificates of participation and losses in the super bowl.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:47:00 PM  

Those cheerleaders are going to get soaked in that rain.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:49:00 PM  

mal,

from your lips to God's ears...

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:50:00 PM  

An all star "Survivor"??? Why don't we send Roy Williams there instead of to the Pro Bowl.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:51:00 PM  

protectining?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:52:00 PM  

Mal, it's time for cheerleaders to wear t-shirts right?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:54:00 PM  

I think they call Nantz' look in that photo "Blue Steel"

Anonymous said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:56:00 PM  

Thin, white t-shirts.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:56:00 PM  

Vince doesn't like checkdowns.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

And that's how the Titans season ends.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

Wow were the Chargers just celebrating VY being hurt?

Jan 6, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

Could the all powerful Ed Hochuli reach down and heal Vince Young, please?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

Man, Olshansky really slammed his ass down.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:59:00 PM  

It sure sounded like the crowd was pretty excited about Vince Young getting hisself concussed.

Gibbon Jockey said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:59:00 PM  

Wow. I think you're right, AA. You stay classy, San Diego.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:59:00 PM  

Or not...Vince is fine. That offensive line is crap.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 4:59:00 PM  

The Chargers - especially Merriman - are whiners and classless. He cried like a baby last year when the Pats made fun of his stupid sack dance. He cried again when Hartsock knocked him on his A$$ the last time these two met.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:00:00 PM  

I will always cherish the image of MJD pwning Merriman this season. Classic.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:01:00 PM  

Bonus drinking game:

Drink for every mention of the announcers (Welcome back, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms).

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:02:00 PM  

I realize that VY has been sucking all year, but I've seen at least 3 missed blocks this game so far that he's been forced to dodge or run from. I really have to think some of this is the line.

Brave Sir Robin said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:04:00 PM  

Kirk Herbstreit says USC could beat both of these teams.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:04:00 PM  

Philip is the opposite of Eli....he throws too high.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:04:00 PM  

The Titans 0-line has been pretty good this year. They have a center (Mawae) and a guard (Olson) out today.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

Lendale hasn't fumbled yet.....tape?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:06:00 PM  

White should've cut to the outside and that was going to be a monster gain.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:08:00 PM  

Hello- I just found your website while googling "wful annincers" at the tip of a friend. The impetus for my search?
I just turned on the AFC wild card game to see and hear Phil Simms. Ugh!
I am a Patriots fan (who was a season ticket holder through every freezing gane when they were 2-14), and I enjoy watching their games on Sundays. It could be argued that in the last six years or so, they have been among the very eliite NFL teams. Marquee matchups many weeks. A big TV draw, to be sure.
Yet it seems "Pheel Seeems" has been assigned the Patriots beat. He has done so many of their games one would think CBS hates New Englanders. Three hours every Sunday listening for a sign that his voice is finally going to change....three hours enduring his staccato blurting of guttural grunts between disjointed phrases resembling Tuscaloosa English....three hours of sentences with four subjects and no predicate, or four of each....three hours of looking over at my high school son with bemusement and asking, "what'd he just say???"....three hours of fingernails on a chalkboard.
OK, his partner, Jiim Nantz is a polished talking head, and, despite the remnants of his Texas accent, is pretty easy to listen to. But Simms....OMG!!!! Stick a drill bit in my ear!!!
Why doesn't CBS send him to do Miami-Houston games?? Small audiences who grew up thinking Jethro and Ellie-Mae Clampitt were just like family??? Peeps who have a prayer at understanding him--- possibly even tolerating him?
Maybe move him over to NASCAR. Or rodeo.
OK, this isn't about the poor me syndrome. I would turn down the volume and listen on the radio, but for the 5 second delay.

critter said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:09:00 PM  

That was a painful quarter to watch....I guess the thrilling games from yesterday have set my expectations a bit too high.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:10:00 PM  

Critter - if you write that much you have to start it with something like "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"...

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:11:00 PM  

Critter, nice post, teach your friend how to spell.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:12:00 PM  

Perhaps the VY injury dance lit a fire under the "Timothy" O-line. They're really getting a good push on this drive.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:12:00 PM  

Does Chris Brown just not see the hole open in front of him or does he just not care? Frickin' huge hole open for the cutback and he slams into the ass of the RG.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  

Critter,

If CBS hates Patriots fans, they're just joining with the forces of light and all that is good.

Brave Sir Robin said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  

43 min left in Nov's Career?

Anonymous said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:15:00 PM  

And that's fumble #1.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

$%#^&$ Chris Brown.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

careful Sir Robin. Don't arouse the vicious Chicken of Bristol....

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

In case anyone cares, I picked Timothy.

http://ssreporters.wordpress.com/2008/01/04/mookies-playoff-picks/

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

ssreporters- sorry for the novella, but you don't know my pain.
Spell???

critter said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

FUMBLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi Critter....your rants impress me, I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Good to have you.

Jan 6, 2008, 5:17:00 PM  

HA HA!

Knew Chris Brown had one in him.

Dammit.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:17:00 PM  

Dave Letterman = Not funny.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:18:00 PM  

what a terrible turnover!
10 points could have been insurmountable for a Norv(!) coached team

Sam said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:18:00 PM  

I can't stand Brown. If you platoon - put in Chris (not the felon) Henry.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

Critter, it's okay, I'm just picky as far as spelling and grammar goes.

My pain would involve living in Seattle and getting non-stop Z-team production crews and announcers for Seahawks games.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

That fumble flew further than some of Vince Young's throws.

PM,

I have personally soiled myself just thinking about it.

Brave Sir Robin said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:20:00 PM  

How do you pick up a flag for holding?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:21:00 PM  

It's like someone has to remind NORV! a few minutes into every game that he has the best running back and the best tight end in the league.

Hanrahan said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:21:00 PM  

Bryant Gumbel says Tomlinson got stoned.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

ssreporters,

try living in Chicago and getting Stockton and Baldinger every week.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

When does the first Rivers pick come?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:23:00 PM  

Good job SD, come up with a turnover, move the ball, stall as you inch near field goal range.

Lame.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

"Well they did change field position"-Jim Nantz grasping for straws after San Diego stalls again

Sam said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

S2N,

Obviously, Merriman has only received injections of lidocaine and B-12.

Sincerely,
Roger Clemens

p.s.: Remember the children!

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

Can the Timoty Titans send Chris Brown to the locker room for an IV from a Doctor Kevorkian?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:25:00 PM  

"Scifres, an expert at pooch punting and punting the ball inside the 20."- JN

Tell me Jim, how does one become an expert in the are of pooch punting.

Hanrahan said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:25:00 PM  

pm,

We've gotten Chris Rose, Chris Myers, Jason Sehorn, Terry Donahue, and Sam Rosen as part of this lame ass package.

I'm waiting for someone from Green Bay to say the same thing about Kenny Albert, Goose and Daryl Johnston...

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:26:00 PM  

This is a disaster. No one knows how to hold on to the ball for the Titans?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:27:00 PM  

And they are dropping the football...with gloves on!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:28:00 PM  

Nantz was about to go bats^&* if Sproles scored.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:29:00 PM  

Cortland Finnegan!!! And Nantz is pissed off.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:30:00 PM  

well there's the first pick for Rivers, whoever was wondering

Sam said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:30:00 PM  

How was a team that is coached by Norv and has Rivers at QB a 10 point favorite in a playoff game? Nice toss Rivers - you looked like Garcia in the last game.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

ARRGGHHH!! Run the football Titans!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:32:00 PM  

Ain't it good?
Ain't it right?
That you are with me,
here tonight.
Body's swayin' in time.
Rock me gently, rock me slowly.
Take it easy , don't you know?
- Andy Kim

I believe that's the third time they've shown that commercial.

Hanrahan said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

Simms is not seriously trying to defend that throw by Rivers is he? Is he?

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

Rivers needs to shut his mouth. He talks trash last week and is mouthing at his teammates when he makes a sucky throw. Loser.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

Why the hell are there 2 Titan receivers in the same area?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

Don't worry, if SD wins, Rivers will get his ass torched by Indy.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

How do people get excited over a ball going into a hole?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

LT's line: 5 carries three yards. Zero receptions. Norv, I hope it doesn't dawn on you until the post game news conference that you have the reigning MVP on your team. What a dork.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:36:00 PM  

Rivers is so weak....he could be Eli 2.0.

Jan 6, 2008, 5:36:00 PM  

That would be a Nantz Master's Moment (tm). Drink up gents.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:36:00 PM  

Rivers....what?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

This is how bad Eli and Rivers have been: they were traded for one another, and no one can really decide who got screwed on that deal.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

You may want to defend there.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:39:00 PM  

Gates is hurt...uh oh.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

Notice none of the Titans are celebrating Gates' injury.

"It's not good" - Simms. Is that a medical opinion?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:41:00 PM  

What's with the towel completely over the head?

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

CBS seems to cover the NFL a HELLUVA lot better than FOX because they only need 2 people talking during the game, not the 4 FOX gives us, or the 5 ESPN gives us.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

Well, I don't know about everyone else, but I'm ready for a steady diet of Manumaleuna.

Hanrahan said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

Nate Kaeding, Mr. Clutch in the playoffs. Ask the Jets, Patriots, and now the Titans.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:44:00 PM  

Ew. That was one nasty kick.

Anonymous said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:44:00 PM  

nice shot, tin cup. this is easily the worst game of this weekend's slate.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

To paraphrase MJD from last year: Gates probably couldn't spell his name after that hit even if you gave him G-A-T-E

Also, Is there some kind of hurricane coming in that grabbed that last field goal kick? Jesus, it looked like Dawson's kick in the snowbowl

Brave Sir Robin said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

Can they just air the exciting parts later tonight and re-air the Steelers game?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

SS - I don't mind the sideline reporters as long as they are good and/or hot (i.e., Bernstein, Andrews, Dales).

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

Did Kaeding kick that or did VY throw it?

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

Any live-blog plans tomorrow for LSU/Ohio State AA? Or will you abstain from talking about the greatness of Thom Brennaman?

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

I have a great story about Kaeding being dragged out of a bar in San Antonio after iowa's alamo bowl win his soph season.

Either way, i'm back, hopefully to stay, have company over so it's been hard to be on here...

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:49:00 PM  

Can we go to a band shot instead of that dude.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:49:00 PM  

Do tell Smitty....

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:50:00 PM  

That's gotta be coming back. Chris Brown runs into his own guy...it's not his day.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:50:00 PM  

If Chris Brown ran with his head up, he might not find himself up the ass of his linemen so often.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:51:00 PM  

Young has one of the nicest throwing motions IMHO.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:52:00 PM  

Well, Kaeding basically won the game for iowa, hitting a field goal with under a minute left in the game. That night, on the riverwalk, i was going into a bar, as Kaeding was being literally dragged out by a couple of the O-lineman. As in, he couldn't stand or walk, an o-lineman on each arm, his feet just dragging behind him, eyes rolled back into his head.

We had been in the bar all week, and it was a pro-iowa bar. Apparently, everyone there was buying him shots because of him winning the game. Keep in mind that it was a) 10pm, and b) at the time Kaeding was 19.

Good times...

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

This game is so boring, the Titans aren't even interested in scoring a touchdown.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:54:00 PM  

and obviously he's still hungover...

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

Was Kaeding taking notes on that? Nice half, Norv.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

6-0 at the half, barn burner. And they are booing, well it's Norv!

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

The fans aren't booing, they are chanting "Marty, Marty,Marty".

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

smitty - I watched plenty of Hawkeye games, driving an hour to get a fix from my tiny Div III school. Sounds about right to me.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 6, 2008, 5:59:00 PM  

And Shannon Sharpe butchers whatever language he speaks.

ssreporters said...
Jan 6, 2008, 6:00:00 PM  

This game is so boring, even the drinking games are boring.

pm said...
Jan 6, 2008, 6:02:00 PM  

My roommate in college worked on the video crew for iowa football. It was great for seeing cool ish and hearing great stories.

He 'hired' me to work the iowa-duke basketball game in the united center in Chicago the week of my 21st as a b-day, and all we did was walk around the stadium with all access passes. It was awesome.

Smitty Lite said...
Jan 6, 2008, 6:02:00 PM  

"deven rutches for sinx yads won't cud it" - Shannon Sharpe.

Mal said...
Jan 6, 2008, 6:03:00 PM  

I can't get over Timothy Titans.

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Jan 8, 2008, 10:47:00 AM  

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