Things are quiet at the empty nest oldharry household these days, work keeps me busy to pay the college bills for mrsharry and the youngest of the four youngharrys, My Marine Lance Corporal daughter is working for all of us keeping us safe.
So with my free time I hang with you, my Gab family.
thanks for reading and commenting.
It's February and the 2011 NFL season is over. This means the 2012 season has begun and with that comes the mock drafts
Pitchers and catchers report next week so this week I'm putting my initial prognostication.
I'll revisit this before the real draft after the combines, personal workouts, trades, free agent signings and retirements.
1. Indianapolis- a lot of needs here....this wasn't just a team with an injured QB. Indy won't pay Peyton 28 million and so this is a good place to start the rebuilding and fill the greatest need, QB pick- Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. STLouis- Offensive Line is the biggest need, and help is available, the pick- Matt Kalil, USC
3 Minnesota- Kalil would help but he's gone, but they have other needs, they take- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
4. Cleveland- biggest need QB and there is a good one available, the pick- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
5. Tampa Bay -they need a defensive play maker and find one in- MichaelBrockers, DT, LSU
6. Washington- many needs but they think they have a puzzle piece solved- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
7. Jacksonville- really could use a WR but they need help everywhare and can't pass on- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
8. Carolina- in need of defensive help and happy he's here at #8- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
9. Miami- needs a QB and hopes it will be Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning in free agency and take- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
10. Buffalo- needs a pass rusher and gets one high motor guy- CourtneyUpshaw, OLB, Alabama
11. Kansas City- needs O line help and a healthy Matt Cassell, the pick -Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
12. Seattle- would love a quality QB but with this slip they get to take a real play maker - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
13. Arizona -could use another fast WR or Offensive line help and they pick- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
14. Dallas- needs to revamp the secondary ,this guy helps -. Mark Barron S Alabama
15. Philadelphia- was loaded last season with just a few serious needs they get help at linebacker, the Eagles take- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
16. NYJets needs a LB that can cover NE's TE's how about- Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
17. Cincinnati -needs secondary help and and has two 1st round picks with this one they take- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
18. San Diego -seriously needs Offensive Line help and you can't get a new HC in the draft, the Chargers take this big guy -Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
19. Chicago, Da Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler need a WR and get one here- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
20. Tennessee- needs a defensive play maker -Nick Perry, DE, USC
21. Cincinnati -after picking a corner at #17 this is a bonus pick- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
22. Cleveland- getting Jenkins at #22 is a steal, the Patriots toy with trading up for this pick for this guy but in the end they don't- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
23. Detroit- could use a Left Tackle but this is a quality pick and a guy many thought would be gone at this point -Devon Still, DT, Penn State
24. Pittsburgh- needs to address both lines, the defense will benefit with this guy Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
25. Denver- they won the division but everyone knows they need help on both sides of the ball, this is some serious help on defense- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
26. Houston- needs good health and another WR and this is a potential jackpot- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
27. New England -needs a speedy WR many defensive backs and a pass rusher, they address the Dback situation here Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
28. Green Bay - wondered which CB the Patriots would take at #27, they don't lose on this one as Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
falls to them.
29. Baltimore- wants another chance before the defense gets too old, they pick- Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
30. San Francisco -was lacking a deep threat and and it cost them a trip to the SB today they get one- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
31. New England -still needs a speedy WR, a pass rusher and a slew of defensive backs. they go against conventional wisdom and don't trade down and pick- Coby Fleener from Stanford, TE at 6'6" 260 big, quick, fast and great hands, led the nation in TD's for a TE with 10. who needs WR's
32. NY Giants- The Champs can use this pick to further strengthen the SB winning defense- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Fair well to our buddy Third Stone, thank you for your friendship and the fine work you did hear at the Gab and beyond. may you rest in peace
why the Irish are number one...and I don't mean Notre Dame
So Murphy tells Sully that his wife is driving him to drink,
Sully replys, “my friend Murph, you are such a lucky man….my wife makes me walk!”
Two blondes, the driver locked the keys in the car.
One of the blondes tries to jimmy the window to get into the car while the the other one watches.
Finally the first blonde says "Darn, I can't get in the car!"
The other blond replies, "keep trying, it looks like it is going to rain and the top is down".
Don't look now, but just when you thought the demise of Tom and Bill was at hand....
To the rescue comes the NFL schedule makers.
The Pats had a relatively easy trip to the playoffs in '11 with the only team they beat on the way to a 15-4 record that finished above .500 were the Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game.
So you think the schedule should get tougher for 2012 after that cake?
not so fast.....
New England's Schedule 2012 includes in no particular order:
Lets start with the tough games, a rematch with the Ravens,
A visit from the San Francisco 49ers , and a visit from the Texans and that's about it.
the rest of the schedule for the AFC Champs and SB losers includes the likes of
Two games each with dysfunctional divisional foes: the Bills, Dolphins and Jets.
a visit from the TeBroncos,
A nice trip just before the mid season bye with the St Louis Rams in Jolly olde England.
A game each with the likes of the AFC South juggernauts Tennessee, Jacksonville and Indianapolis and with the NFC West Seattle and Arizona.
I can smell the faint sent of a 12-4 season while rebuilding the defense.
Belichick as usual has 4 picks in the first 63 of the draft, he'll probably have more by draft day. besides their own (31st and 63rd) they have the Saints first pick (27th) and Oaklands second (48th) they may just own the Raiders second round picks for the next fifty years or so.
take defensive backs Bill, and pass rushers…. with all 10 picks.
although BB could take some stud tight end just so the Jets don't get him
as I said.......gronk that laptop!
and a congratulations to the Giants, SB Champions.
thanks for reading and commenting, have a great day
I'm here not just to defend Tom Brady, but also to make sure people know, that Eric Wilbur, of the Boston Globe is a twat!
After Brady and the Patriots lost the "Super Bowl", Wilbur had THIS to say...
Did you read it? Go fucking read it!
Holy shit, does this guy got some serious personal issues with Brady or what!?! Fucking reads like a fan-boy goes psycho...
Now Brady has been taking heat for the safety on the opening possession...Let's be honest people...None of us have ever seen an intentional grounding call on a pass thrown 50 yards down field...It was a garbage call...But whatever, the Pats got past it, why can't you?
Then there was the dropped pass, late in the game by Wes Welker...Dude never drops passes...But people have been bashing Brady for where he threw it...Welker had to turn the other way and jump for it...He got his hands on hit, and should have had it...But Brady is taking heat for where he put it...If he would have thrown it towards the middle of the field, over Welker's right shoulder, the safety was coming, and would have blown Welker up...Try watching replays closely ass-hat!
Never mind the pass that hit Hernandez right in the hands on the last drive...Yet Brady is taking the shit...Did Wilbur and the other haters not watch the part of the game where Brady completed 16 passes in a row...Oh how we forget...
The defense played well, but nobody wants to mention how they caved on the Giants last drive...Fucking Manningham looks like an all-pro, all of the sudden...
Last I checked, Football was a team game, and there were plenty of mistakes made, by plenty of people...And there were plenty of good plays made by the Giants...Maybe give them some credit, instead of just pissing on Brady...
Wilbur, I don't know what your beef is with Tom Brady...Maybe he didn't give you an autograph...Maybe he didn't say hi to you...Maybe he just hates your shitty columns...No matter what it is, the fact that you get paid to cover sports is a disgrace...You're a Twat!
Gather round chil’ren and let the Bandit tell you a football tale. About 50 years ago, there was a man named Lamar Hunt he was a son of an Oil Baron and was a sports fan, so much so that he wanted to own a football team. He approached the one team that was in fairly dire financial straits the Chicago Cardinals (yes Chicago had two teams at one time). The Bidwell family was casting a longing eye to moving to St. Louis though and more or less rebuffed Hunt’s inquiries. With the NFL at the time showing no signs of expanding beyond its 12 teams, Hunt looked to be out of luck. Undaunted he recruited five other businessmen (they were call sportsmen at the time) to form what they called “The Foolish Club” Their aim was to create a new football league in cities that didn’t have them. At first the NFL was happy to lend a hand and even gave a copy of its league charter and rules for the new league to base itself from. With the addition of owners in New York and hotel magnate Barron Hilton creating a Los Angeles team the new christened American Football League looked ready to go. But the NFL seeing that the AFL was a viable threat moved quickly, expanding by two teams with one going to the would be owners of the Minnesota AFL franchise and putting another in Dallas in direct competition with Hunt’s team. The move nearly killed the AFL before its first game. But after finding owners in Oakland the AFL started with 8 teams in 1960. Its first game was between the Denver Broncos and the Boston Patriots. After showing its viability over their first five years, the AFL garnered a big TV contract with NBC in the mid-sixties and started a bidding war for players. It wasn’t uncommon to see top name players drafted by teams in both leagues. Joe Namath was drafted by the Cardinals, Gale Sayers by the Chiefs (Hunt’s team moved to Kansas City in 1963) but when Charlie Gogolak was signed by the Giants in 1965 after playing out his option in Buffalo the war for established players was on. And it got costly real fast. With one time Oakland Raiders GM Al Davis was named AFL Commissioner with the sole intent on a high priced bidding war with the NFL, peace had to be found. Leave it to Lamar Hunt and Cowboys GM Tex Schramm to broker a peace deal. When the deal was brought to NFL commish Pete Rozelle he was initially against it but when told that the NFL owners were going to go with it with or without him was at the forefront of getting the merger approved. The result of the merger would be a newly created championship game between the two league champions. Rozelle initially thought of calling it the Pro Bowl but the NFL’s All-Star game already had that title. So an unwieldy AFL-NFL World Championship Game title was used for the first two. Though some journalists were calling it the Super Bowl. Hunt coined that name from watching his children play with a Super Ball. Rozelle thought the term too slangy and not regal enough for a “World Series of Pro Football” Rozelle however couldn’t come up with another name and going forward from the third game the name was made official. After the first two games being blow outs by the Packers there was talk about reseeding the teams like a tournament, especially given that the Baltimore Colts were looking like a stone cold lock to throttle the AFL champ New York Jets, but led by their brash but talented QB Joe Namath the Jets turned the football world on its ear with a 16-7 upset win, add a 23-7 win by Chiefs over a supposedly superior Vikings team in the last AFL-NFL game and the AFL and Super Bowl had arrived. For many a player their career is defined by this game and there are legendary players who have never even got to this point while no-names sport the gaudy baubles that go to the winning team. “If it’s the ultimate game, why do they play it next year?” The famously withdrawn Cowboys RB Duane Thomas asked before the 6th Super Bowl. But he is one that proudly displays his Super Bowl Ring. The winners share is about $90K but it’s the championship ring, which to the man seems to be the overriding thing. 49ers reserve RB Johnny Davis summed it nicely saying “The money is nice but I’ll spend that, the ring is what lasts forever.”
Fast Facts about the Super Bowl after 46 games.
There has never been a shutout or overtime. The Dolphins 3 points in the 6th game and the Vikings 6 in the 9th game the lowest totals and the only time a team has been held without an offensive touchdown. The Patriots won two of their three Super Bowls on last second field goals to avert overtimes.
The two combatants have played in 12 of the past 26 Super Bowls (Giants 21, 25, 35, 42, 46) Patriots (20, 31, 36, 38, 39, 42 & 46)
This is the 5th Super Bowl Rematch (Mia-Was, Pit-Dal 3x, SF-Cin, Dal-Buffalo)
There have been a number of kickoff and interception returns for touchdowns, but never a punt return.
Super Bowl 46
NFC Champion New York Giants (12-7) vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) for the NFL Championship and the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 6:30 (NBC)
Favorite Patriots by 1½
Coaches NY: Tom Coughlin 81-57 in 8 seasons in New York 153-121 overall in 16 seasons in Jacksonville and New York 1-0 in Super Bowls
NE: Bill Belichick 153-58 in 12 seasons in New England 202-103 in 16 seasons with Cleveland and New England 3-1 in Super Bowls
How they got Here
New England: AFC #1 seed 13-3 AFC East Champions
Earned First Round bye as AFC’s top seed
Defeated AFC West Champion Denver Broncos 45-10 in Divisional Round
Defeated AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in Conference Championship
New York: NFC #4 seed 9-7 NFC East Champions
Defeated NFC Wild Card Atlanta Falcons 24-2 in Wild Card Round
Defeated NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers 37-20 in Divisional Round
Defeated NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in OT in Conference Championship
Fast Facts NE: Only the third team to reach the Super Bowl without beating a team with a winning record in the regular season (74 Steelers, 99 Rams who both won their respective Super Bowls) NY: Coach At 65, Tom Coughlin is oldest to coach a Super Bowl
Key Players: NE: Tom Brady 5235 Yds Passing 39 TDs, Rob Gronkowski 90 Rec 1327 17 Rec TD , Wes Welker 122 Rec 1569 yds, Vince Wilfork 52 Tackles 3.5 sacks Andre Carter 10.5 sacks, Jerrod Mayo 95 tackles
NY Eli Manning 4933 Yds Passing 29 TDs , Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz 82 Rec 1536 9Tds, Jason Pierre-Paul 16.5 sacks, Justin Tuck 5 Sacks 37 Tackles
Last Meeting (regular season) Giants won 24-20 in week 9, (Super Bowl) Giants beat Patriots 17-14)
When the Patriots Have the Ball
Without question, Tom Brady is the heart and soul of the Pats offense, his deft touch, strong arm and leadership are what makes the high powered offense run. The two tight end set is a real headache to plan for but with Gronkowski hobbled with a high ankle sprain a key cog is slowed. The fearless and dependable Welker seems to always make the clutch catch. The Pats have no real burner threats as the again Deion Branch and little used Chad Ochocinco have been little used. The Giants have a solid pass rush with the freakishly athletic Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and run clogger Osi Umenyiora providing push up front. The Giants will employ much of the same strategy that they did in their Super Bowl meeting four years ago. Hit Tom Brady as often as possible, knock him down make him as uncomfortable as possible
When the Giants have the Ball
Eli Manning has shed the “little brother” status and has stepped into his own as a bona fine big money quarterback. He doesn’t look the part to be sure, but time and time again he makes the big plays, hits the key throws and has become the indispensible part of the Giants offense. In any other year his nearly 5000 yards passing would be lionized and celebrated. But with the exploits of Rodgers, Brees and his counterpart Brady; Manning has toiled in the shadows. As many shadows as can be as a New York QB. But in the playoffs he has sparkled and with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw giving him a decent running complement, the Giants offense while not flashy can put points on the board. The Pats defense while much maligned bends deeply but doesn’t break often. Vince Wilfork is a dependable run clogger while Jerrod Mayo and Andre Carter have become solid defenders in their own right. It’s easy to point at the frightening amount of yardage the Pats defense gave up in the regular season at north of 400 yards a game. But in two postseason contests they have given up a more tolerable 325 yards per contest
Bill Belichick seems to keep coming up with a winning formula, aside from Brady you can shuffle players in and out and the Pats machine keeps rolling with it laconic almost brooding coach. A win here will only solidify his position as this generation’s best coach. Tom Coughlin always seems to be under fire for his job but unlike his preening grinning jeering Gotham coaching counterpart, can win the big games and steal the thunder.
The Final verdict
Contrary to the records this is a fairly even matchup. Both teams have big game quarterbacks who have won this before. Both are fairly veteran laden teams who have experienced the hubbub of footballs yearly Holy Grail, the question is which teams defense will step up. The Giants defense has been stellar over the playoff run but they have that tendency to turn in a snoozer in games you expect them to play big. The Pats defense hasn’t been that much to write home about themselves but seem to hold up just enough to allow Brady and the offense to cover the points. Conventional wisdom is playing up the Giants being the underdog again, but I’m not buying it. Manning is far from the wide-eyed QB he looked to be in the last Super Bowl matchup. Brady is looking to join a very exclusive fraternity with a fourth Super Bowl win. I’m seeing a tight duel between two of the league’s best QB’s against defenses that while serviceable can be strafed. Whoever gets last licks may take the hardware home. Flip a coin as this one is really too close to call but for some reason the Manning winning a trophy in the house his brother built seems a little too hokey and storybook. Just on straight gut my pick is…
It's been a long time since we had a blow-out "Super Bowl"...Well, it's time to end that...A bunch of the talking heads are getting on the Giants train..."They have a better defense."..."They're more balanced."..."Eli is playing great."...They're in love with the Giants....The Giants who barely won their shitty, overrated division...
Well screw that...The Patriots are going to roll...And when Eli goes bad, he goes really bad...And I think his hot streak is done...I'm looking for him to turn it over 3 times, to that Patriots bend but don't break defense, that everyone has been shitting on all year...
Brady is going to chuck it to everyone...Branch, Hernandez, Woodhead, big game for Welker...Gronk, big first half, while he's all shot up! Even the invisible man, Chad Ochocinco! And Ben Jarvis-Green-Ellis will have a nice game as well...
Patriots roll! Win by double digits!
Take the Pats, minus the points...Fuck, they'll win the coin toss too!