NFL Open Thread by John Cole| December 7, 20141:13 pm| 48 CommentsThis post is in: SportsFacebookTweetEmailGo Steelers!
Alabama is going to be a very tough opponent but it should be a fun game to watch.
Texans are all but eliminated from the playoffs but they still seem to be playing hard for their coach. Good sign, and hopefully some fun games to watch down the final stretch.
I think JJ Watt may end this game early by personally devouring Blake Bortles.
On the college level, I’m pretty sure that TCU being left out if the playoff is just another sign of how oppressed Christians are in America
ok. I luv my Saints, but I don’t really follow football, so right now I’m watching video of Soul Train performances on YouTube. Do yourselves a favor, if you’ve never done so check the videos out.
Currently watching David Bowie performing Fame on Soul Train and it is grooving!
@lamh36: They suck
Nice to see Foster get some real estate. So smooth.
Hey, anybody hear anything about Betty Cracker’s dog’s injured tail?
(That’s an interesting sentence.)
They really do. It’s amazing to see.
Man, #50 for the Jags just ear-holed Andre Johnson.
How about those Buckeyes!
Thrilled to see The Ohio State University pull it off again.
I suppose they will be 10 point underdogs though.
Well, Fitzpatrick. Designed run for a TD Texans!
@jharp: Not only will they be 10pt dogs they will lose by 10!
@raven: yeah. I’m hearing bout it on my FB page. the fam ain’t happy with da Saints.
anyway, Reggie Bush during pre-game warm-ups today, wore a t shirt with the #ICantBreathe tagline on it.
first of all, much respect for wearing the shirt. Secondly. from a purely superficial perspective, but woo Lord, is he filling out that damn shirt or what???
When will the other bowls be announced?
BOOM! Goes the dynamite!
@jharp: opened as 10 underdogs, but that’s already dropped a half point, which means early action was on the Buckeyes
I think one of my favorite memes I’ve ever seen was an OSU one that said “no really, it’s a buckeye”
@JPL: The inaugural College Football Playoff pairings will be announced beginning at 11:30 a.m. Central on Sunday.
The four-team playoff field will be announced at 11:45 a.m. live on ESPN. The teams will face off in semifinal games at the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, with the winners playing for the national championship Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Live stream for the Playoff Selection Show is available via Watch ESPN.
Following the announcement and analysis of the playoff field, the full Top 25 rankings and pairings for the other playoff committee bowls will be announced at approximately 1:45 p.m. Those bowls are the Orange, Cotton, Fiesta and Peach.
After the College Football Playoff committee makes its bowl choices, the other bowl games will make their selections. Those team announcements will be made by the individual bowls and/or involved conferences and schools.
@JPL: next hour or so. I think there’s a bit of a lag as they figure out some of the mid level bowls
It’s kind of funny to see who used a microphone for their lip-sync and who didn’t. Bowie did, but when Al Green appeared with “Let’s Stay Together,” he didn’t bother.
In England, Morrissey was supposedly the first person to refuse to use a microphone to lip-sync on Top of the Pops when The Smiths made their first appearance with “This Charming Man.”
Amen. Thrown to the lions once again. It should also be noted that Baylor is a private Baptist university. So, the Christians are, as always, the victims of the godless infidels.
@raven: Thanks. I saw the selections. I just didn’t know when the lesser bowls would announce. GA should go someplace as well as Clemson.
My Clemson friend wants to go to Orlando.
@TriassicSands: especially since one of those godless public universities that got in has marijuana (it ain’t called the Devils weed for nothing) was its mascot
@JPL: Someplace? We are 9-3, the cutoff is 6-6.
Stupid fucking penalty. I’m not sure that should be called.
Alabama is a 9.5-point favorite over Ohio State, while the Ducks are favored by 8.5 over Florida State.
I’m actually a little surprised they didn’t try to put Oregon and OSU together in the Rose Bowl. And I suspect that both lines will get closer as the games draw near.
@Mnemosyne: Soul Train did start out doing LIVE performances, but it was much more costly to do so. So I believe a good but of the early singin was LIVE. But the cost of say using the while darn Love Orchestra of Barry White cost way too much for a little show like Soul Train was at the time.
Later shows were all lip synced. too bad though, the best performances for Soul Train were the LIVE one like Al Green.
Speaking of Al Green he’s one of the Kennedy Center Honors and I can’t wait to see who performs for his portion of the show
Finally got my flu shot. Wife saunters to the front of line each year (if there is a shortage) because she works in a healthcare facility.
And I heard a new-to-me rendition of “I’ll be home for Christmas”, male vocal over something akin to a New Orleans street band. Pretty cool. Seems like everything I can’t stand about coom’l radio is distilled to essence for the season, and that includes playing about 30 percent fewer selections than a decade ago. Am I imagining that?
Obligatory sport comment: The soccer team I have rooted for since before MLS was dreamt of is going for their first cup win today.
Somebody needs to tell the Texans D to freakin stay in their gott darn lanes.
Pearl Harbor day.
@raven: I’m just happy that they have a chance to prove their worth out on the field.
@Keith G: Did you just listen to Garry Patterson? Pure class.
CAR is just whuppin’ NO.
Browns D doing the heavy lifting, solid performance from running backs West, Crowell. A little sorry to see Tate gone.
Little leery of the Browns clock management though, where the hell did all the timeouts go?
@lamh36: #Cleveland Browns Johnson Bademosi protests death of #EricGarner today before the game.
Lot of guys doing that. Can’t wait for the St. Louis police meltdown.
[‘Why only four teams in the college playoffs anyways?’]
I loved Ben Tate on the Texans. He presents like a really big downhill runner but he has such great, quick feet. Really fun guy to watch in the Kubiak cut block zone running scheme.
Bucs just don’t have the talent on offense and too many gaps in the secondary to win any more games this season.
@jharp: I hope the Ducks kick the shit out of FSU and then lose to the Tide in the title game.
@PaulW: The Bucs are suffering the same fate as the early Roman Xtians — thrown to the Lions!
The Dolphins blew it all in the third quarter: now that’s the team I’ve come to know and despise.
That is what the Miami Hurricane fans said when they were favored by 13 in the 2003 National Championship game right before Ohio took them out to the woodshed.
And how can you root for any Alabama team? Are you not aware of what that entire state stands for?
I have a good buddy from Oregon rooting for the Ducks. I too wish them well.
And how can you root for anything Alabama?
Ohio will give them all they want.
Bengals bungle and Browns fall, and now the two teams I hate the most are 1/2 game out of the top in the AFC North. Gaia has a sense of humor most cruel, it cuts like the icy winds of December off Lake Erie. A perfect nightmare would be the Cowboys winning the NFC East, and a Broncos-Packers SB.
->Sticks a fork in the Browns and turns them over, looks like they are done.
@BruceFromOhio: Browns are done. Their defense can’t score 14 points for them every week.
Texans really needed Indy to drop this one, so that sucks.
Tree With Water
RIP the 49ers 2014 season- they were beat by the Raiders today and jee-zus they looked wretched. My primary concern is that owner Jed York is a chowderhead. It’s inexcusable trade rumors about Jim Harbaugh were headlines in the Bay Area while the Niners were still in contention, and the blame for it rests squarely on York’s shoulders. His “apology to the fans” for the Niners getting creamed by Seattle on Thanksgiving didn’t inspire confidence in his football judgement, either. I’m beginning to wonder if he might in fact be another Dan Snyder. Of course, that’s worse case scenario. The very worst.