As many of you know, the NFL is my true passion. I’m that guy who has a different game on two televisions, and one on my computer. The guy who’s in eight fantasy leagues, and treats the NFL Draft like it’s a holiday. Every Sunday, I’m going to try to post the 5 most significant things that I learned, (or think I learned) from the days games.
#1. For once, I was right.
About two years ago (January 7, 2012) I posted this on Facebook. “Anyone who thinks that Calvin Johnson WONT go down as the greatest receiver to ever play in the NFL, is never allowed to talk football with me again. #Megatron” A little harsh, I know. The response was a lot of Jerry Rice this and Jerry Rice that, and I get that. But after watching what I did today, I completely stand behind my comments. Let’s just put it in perspective: The season AFTER I said that, he sets the single season receiving record. If a year before that I knew that he was amazing, NFL coaches absolutely knew about him. This isn’t Victor Cruz coming out of nowhere. This is a player teams are game-planning around. A player they are double and even triple teaming, yet he still couldn’t be stopped. Now, a year later, a year when teams are game-planning for him even more, he goes off for 329 yards, in one game. Seven yards off of the record. And yes, I know its one game, but just watch that one game. Look at the amount of defenders around him, the attention that he draws. Honestly, the only comparison I can find is LeBron James. A physical freak, everyone knows what’s coming, yet nobody can stop it. Yes, next week he could go out and blow his knee and never come back to the form he’s at now, but barring injury, I don’t see anyway where he doesn’t break almost every receiving record know to man. Just watch the man play.
*I’d like to insert another comment I left on that Facebook post because honestly, I still to this day find that Dan Orlovzsky play hilarious. That play can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGs1VuT6FEw
“Agreed the game has changed. But the Lions have NO run game, he is always doubled, if not tripled, and STILL throws up numbers. He is doing it in the “year of the QB” in which defenses frequently are use to playing highly prolific offenses, and prepare for them on a week to week basis, yet puts up numbers better than any receiver on the “STUD QB” teams. And to reiterate CJ has but up those numbers with people like fucking Dan “I run out of the back of the end zone” Orlovzky starting in 47 of his career 76 games, and 10 with a rookie Stafford. Not even close to any QB Rice had. At most 19 career games with a good QB.”
#2. The Packers are smart. Very Smart.
This is based on one stat that I just found mind blowing. Of the players on the Green Bay Packers 53 man roster, three of them have played for a team other than the Packers. 3. Talk about home grown talent. The work they do in the draft is just utterly impressive. To have this successful of a team, comprised almost entirely of players drafted by them or undrafted rookie signings amazes me. There’s nothing more I can say about it.
#3. I hate London.
This is a picture of “Jaguars Fans” in London.
Go home London, you’re drunk.
#4. Dez Bryant is, well, Dez Bryant.
Earlier this week, for a split second, I though Dez had grown up a little. It seemed as if he was trying to avoid drama and extra chatter by clarifying his comments about Calvin Johnson. Boy was I wrong. After Matthew “Puffyface” Stafford scored the game winning TD on what was the most heads up play I had seen in awhile, the camera quickly switches to a six year old like Dez Bryant throwing a temper tantrum on the sideline. While I’m not sure what exactly he was mad about, I do know that when one of your team leaders i.e. Jason Witten is red in the face yelling at you, you’re probably not in the right.
#5. Penalties should be challengeable, at some level.
If anyone saw the “batting” call in the Patriots v. Dolphins game you know what I’m talking about. In no way, should that have been called. In case you missed it here’s a quick summary. Brady fumbles, Dolphins stone hand line man dives near it, tries to corral it in, fails miserably, ends up accidentally pushing the ball away, Patriots recover, zebras throw flag. The penalty was about a 30 yard swing, and an automatic 1st down, on what would’ve been a fourth down and long FG attempt. The Patriots went on to score a TD and the momentum of the game changed immensely. I have no rooting interest for either team, but I just couldn’t help but feel angry for Dolphins fans. A simple replay could have overturned that call, and potentially the game. I’m not saying that coaches should be able to challenge, but in blatant bad calls, there should be some kind of a review.