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Go For Two: Early-season awards

Week 4 in the NFL. The season is starting to take shape. It’s becoming clearer who the good teams and who the God-awful teams are.

Therefore, this week I will be giving out some early-season awards.

So without further delay …

And the Emmy/Oscar/Espy goes to  …

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Go For Two: NFL week 2 games to watch

I’m not fat anymore!

First let me say I don’t know what is going on in a world where the Packers and the Bears are 0-1 and the Vikings and the Lions are 1-0.

This world is topsy-turvy.

Week 2 is a little early in the season to decide what “big” games to watch. It’s still anyone’s season, no matter what they tell you. However, some are still very intriguing.

What games should you keep your eye on for week 2 of the NFL?

 

 

Dolphins at Bills Sunday 1:00PM ET

The Dolphins and the Bills are 1-0. More importantly, Miami got that “W” by beating the Pats. I don’t care if it was only week one, that’s a big deal. Not only is it a win against the great Patriots, a win for the Dolphins, but a win for the Dolphins in their division. Huge.

The Dolphins had a pretty disappointing year last year. Not only did they go 8-8, but they had a huge scandal with Incognito. Week 2 will be a chance to show whether or not the win was a fluke. However, they do play the Bills, who are also in the AFC East division. If Miami comes out of this game with a 2-0 record overall and a 2-0 record in the division, that my friends is a very dynamic way to start off the season.

The Bills went 6-10 last season. The Patriots went 12-4. This AFC East division was all pretty even, save for the Patriots. That was an easy division champ win for the Patriots last year. The question after this game will be on if the Patriots will be challenged by their in-division opponents of the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills, or if, could it be, the Patriots aren’t that good this year?

I personally would never, ever count out Brady and Belichick.

Miami key players for those who don’t watch this division.

Buffalo Bills key players.

Of note,  EJ Manuel was drafted in the first round in 2013. He played college ball at FSU. On October 3rd against the Cleveland Browns, Manuel sprained his LCL. He missed 5 games of the season.

The rest of the games are kind of random now that I am looking at it. There are only 3 division games. Chiefs at Broncos and Steelers at Ravens. In fact, 8 games this week are AFC teams against NFC teams. Huh. I wonder why it’s like that?

I guess then teams I will keep an eye out for will be:

Has Jacksonville improved this year? They put the Eagles on their toes. How will the Jags fair against the Redskins? Pretty good I must imagine.

Cowboys. Wow. I will be keeping my eye on this game against the Titans as to see how Tony Romo will fair against a defense that isn’t as good as the Niners. This game will see if he and the rest of his offense are really just that bad, or if it was mostly due to the Niners.

Patriots at Vikings. I’ll really be keeping my eye on this game as the Vikings stomped all over the Rams in week one. However, simmer down Vikings fans. You beat the Rams without Sam Bradford. Let’s see how you do against the Pats before you try and claim the NFC North division title.

ESPN reports Cam Newton will play against the Lions

Lions at Panthers. Lions looked improved in their opener. Pudgy-bunny Matt Stafford lost some weight, gained an actual secondary receiver in Golden Tate, and looked to be more mobile. I’m a bit worried. However, they did play against the New York Football Giants, so again, simmer down. However, I reiterate, the Lions did look like they made actual improvements to the team, not just a lucky win.

Jets at Packers. Obviously I will be watching this one. Things I will be watching is how does Boykin do as a third receiver when he isn’t hanging out with Richard Sherman. Also, fuck Dom Capers and get your defense the fuck together. Stop a run. You will be facing this Jets offense. Get it the fuck together. As opposed to the Lions in our division, we did not look like we made any improvements to the things that plagued us last year. What was most annoying is it is the same stuff that plagued us the year before. Remember? We couldn’t seem to stop Kid-Kap and his running? Well, we can’t stop anyone on the run for the last few years and we haven’t made any real improvements to that.  Kaepernick, Lynch, Turner, Peterson … enjoy!

Chicago at Niners. Ah, two hated teams. I will be rooting for the Niners to trounce all over the Bears.

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Go For Two: Green Bay versus Seattle at 5:30 PM PST Thursday September 4th

Green Bay versus Seattle. The first game of the season. The most important for Green Bay.

Everyone will be watching.

What do you need to know?

First off, you need to know what time is the game on so you can have all of your requisite snacks ready. The Seattle versus Green Bay game is on NBC starting at 5:30 PM PST.

The last time these two teams met it changed the course of the 2012 season. At the time NFL referees were on a lockout in a labor dispute with the NFL. After the infamous Fail Mary, the two sides came to an agreement.

Pete Carroll was obnoxious in that game sealing my absolute dislike for him. That on top of his shading dealings at USC, the man is a sketchy at best.

 

Things to know about the Green Bay Packers:

The Green Bay Packers last won the Super Bowl in 2011. Many of the same people are on the team. Over the years since, GB has been plagued by devastating injuries, a horrible defensive coordinator, a horrible defense, and an Achilles Heel of an opponent in San Francisco. We made poor decisions in the 2013 off and preseason when it came to our backup QB situation, which was unfortunately immediately highlighted that very year with multiple Qb’s at the helm while Aaron Rodgers was healing from a broken collarbone.

We went 8-7-1 last season, which, considering the direness of our situation, was pretty spectacular. We still somehow made it into the playoffs (in large part to the utter self-destruction of the Lions and the mediocrity of the Bears), only to have to play, yes, you guessed it, stupid San Francisco.

Here’s what we did to fix the situation.

We used our first draft pick on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety. Okay. I like it.

We acquired some help from the Chicago Bears by getting Julius Peppers. That supposed to help free up Clay Matthews. Although, Peppers is fitted for a 4-3 defense, not a 3-4. That will be something to keep an eye on. Peppers is marketing as a chance for him to showcase his many skills that he hasn’t had a chance to show off. We shall see.

Chicago Bears gave Jay Cutler a huge contract. Yes, I’m counting this in the win category. I was relieved when the Bears took out McCown and put Jay Cutler back in last season when Cutler became healthy again. It’s one of the reasons we went to the playoffs and won our division. Can Jay Cutler be dangerous? Sure. Is he always? No. I’d much rather take my chances playing against Weeping Willow.

GB lost wide receiver James Jones. Who will emerge as the number three in our three wide receiver set?

Questions.

We need better special teams. It’d be nice to not start backed-up against our own end zone. It’d be nice to have a return guy. A confident, non-dropsey kind of player.

Our center is a rookie. Yikes. His name is Corey Linsley and he was a fifth round pick. He did not play in any of the preseason games.

Also, apparently, to replace Raji is Letroy Guion. I have no comment. Well, one. Shit. Good luck Dom Capers. Hope your genius starts kicking in now. I mean, in a 3-4 defense, you sort of need a good nose tackle.

 

Things to know about Seattle:

 

It’s very, very hard to repeat. Very, very few teams have been able to do it. The reason? Loss of teammates to other teams, cockiness, loss of coaching staff, and injuries.  In fact, the 8 Super Bowl winners prior to this Seattle team have not only failed to repeat, but failed to win a playoff game.

Russell Wilson is a great quarterback. This will be his third year in the league. He has a 101.2 passer rating, 7th overall last season. People don’t think he is an elite quarterback, but ask what the Bengals would do to have Russell Wilson, or the Jaguars, or the Dolphins …. the list goes on.

During the off season, Seattle did what they had to do and gave big contracts to two star defensive players, Thomas and Sherman. Sherman was an absolute necessity. Not only for his talent, but if that man didn’t get his pay day, I think there would have been HUGE locker room problems.

Percy Harvin made his presence known in the Super Bowl. He will be a huge target this season for Wilson, something that was not an option for the regular season as Harvin was hurt. He is listed as their number one receiver.

The loss of Golden Tate to Detroit takes away one of Wilson’s receivers. It will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate.  So far, Baldwin is listed as the number two receiver.

The nose tackle, Brandon Mebane will be dealing with rookie center Linsley. Yikes. No one wants a repeat of the Super Bowl’s missed snap for the Broncos.

All I have to say now is I can’t wait for game time!

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Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

 

 

Game of Thrones: NFL Edition — House Lannister

Last week at Eligible Receiver, we brought you GoT House Stark. Well, this week, it’s House Lannister.

This post contains every single spoiler known to man.

1. Tywin Lannister is … Bill Belichick.

One can not start the Lannister house off without beginning with the patriarch, Tywin Lannister. Tywin is cunning. He plays the game of thrones with expert precision. He takes no prisoners. He is not above breaking the rules. He will let anyone go if they do not serve his purpose — even his own family. Tywin sets up his own son, Tyrion. He uses Jaime’s love of Tyrion against him.

Belichick is ruthless. He doesn’t care who he lets go. Randy Moss? Gone. Okay, while we can see that one, what about one of their own? One they shouldn’t let go? One that even golden boy Brady doesn’t want to see let go? Yup. Bye-bye Wes Welker. Belichick plays for keeps. Belichick and the rules? Doesn’t matter. We all remember Spygate.

2. Jaimie Lannister is … Tom Brady.

Female perspective here, Jaime Lannister is hot. Tom Brady is hot. They are both extremely skilled in their position, Brady as a quarterback, Jaime as a warrior. Jaime questions his place in history, has he really been a good warrior in the Kingsguard. Brady questioned himself when he didn’t get picked high in the draft. People love and hate Jaime Lannister. The same can be said of Tom Brady.

3. Cersei Lannister is … Jerry Jones.

First off, yes, Cersei is gorgeous, and Jerry is not. However, Cersei is a highly skilled master manipulator. The same can be said for Jerry Jones. Really? America’s team? That alone is a great manipulation of the media. While both have lofty expectations and an abundant amount of ego, they never really come out on top, do they? The Cowboys are not exactly winners, and Cersei has lost quite a few family members, and the ones she wants gone, are still alive. They both are blindly ignorant to logic.

4. Joffrey Lannister is … Roger Goodell.

Joffrey is pure evil. He enjoys torturing people just to watch them suffer. He is juvenile, wicked, and petulant. Joffrey doesn’t listen to anybody, almost takes pride in it. Sound like a certain commissioner? I could list the numerous amount of things Goodell is at fault for. One, namely, the referee strike and the types of replacements that he allowed to ref games.

5. Tyrion Lannister is … Wes Welker.

Keeping it in the Patriots family, Wes Welker displays a lot of the characteristics of Tyrion. Small in stature, but big in heart. Both are often underestimated … both equally surprise. Both have a love hate relationship with their “father”. In this case Wes Welker with the patriarch Bill Belichick. Wes thought that he was part of the Patriots family, until, well, he wasn’t. Wes Welker (and Tom Brady for that matter) got a little too cocky with their status in the family, and Wes Welker was out the door. Tyrion is known for his wit, but sometimes, he overestimates himself, and that very wit gets him into some serious trouble. Both Tyrion and and Wes Welker should have known their place. Wes Welker found himself out of a job in the Patriots organization. Tyrion was warned to do what he was told, but could not help himself on judgement day, and went off on the people of King’s Landing and on his father. Yet, Tyrion, like Wes Welker, always find themselves on top. Wes Welker found himself with the very good Denver Broncos, and Tyrion, well, he found himself not dead and on a boat.

 

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***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Eligible Receiver Game of Thrones: NFL Edition

The Eligible Receiver gang currently has a new obsession aligning with the rest of the world. For those living under a rock, Game of Thrones is the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s novel series titled A Song of Ice and Fire. So of course, we felt it was our duty to recast the show using beloved and hated NFL characters.

Note: There will be no spoilers if you are caught up on season 3 of Game of Thrones, while trying not to have any season 2 spoilers. This is mostly based on character personalities and/or how they relate to playing style.

 

Lord Eddard Stark: 

The ever upstanding, loyal to a fault, Lord Eddard Stark is Super Dad, Archie Manning. The Manning family is NFL royalty, but they don’t have an official power. The cunning, ruthlessness, and power of House Lannister is lacking in House Stark.

Robb Stark 

I am sure you guessed it by now, but Robb Stark is everyone’s favorite Peyton Manning. Peyton is definitely more King of the AFC than King of the North, but either way his leadership and ability to win battles makes this a mighty fine casting.

Lady Catelyn Stark

Lady Catelyn Stark is a character that has had some success capturing Tyrion, while still making some extremely questionable decisions. Also, she could never did manage to get a hold of the North. The same holds true for Andy Reid. There has been much success throughout his coaching career, while still being sprinkled with intermittent failure.

Lady “Sad” Sansa Stark

So the Manning metaphor does not continue here and Sansa may get recast in a later edition. BUT there is one who is the saddest, mopiest little boy in the NFL: none other than Mr. Jay Cutler. He gets abused by everyone just like the lovely Sansa. I am certain Sansa hasn’t deserved her abuse and Cutler only deserves some of it.

Lady Arya Stark

Arya Stark is a tough, small, and often forgotten character. She has a great defense in The Hound, but still can fight and win her own battles. Russell Wilson is the perfect recast for Arya because of their similarities in character, action, and overall awesomeness.

Lord Brandon Stark 

Poor “Little Lord Stark” lost his legs, but he remains important(?) to the story due to his continued search for a tree. What is slightly less known that there is a third Manning brother, Cooper Manning. Cooper was a top ranked recruit headed to Ole Miss, but a spinal disease ended his football career. Poor other Stark/Manning. Cooper learned to walk again, so maybe there is hope for Bran. Their roles remain lesser known to GoT and football fans.

Jon Snow

*It wouldn’t be eligible receiver if there wasn’t a shirtless Stark in the mix.

Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned Stark, was sent to the Night’s Watch where he has both flourished and failed. People at the Wall love him or hate him and sometimes question his loyalty due to his Wildling girlfriend, Ygritte. The only appropriate recast of Jon Snow is Archie’s other son, Eli Manning. Despite a couple of Super Bowl rings, the Giants with Eli at the helm remain a bastardized NFL team due to the tough expectations from their fans. Eli constantly lets fans down, but has his moments just like Jon Snow.

 

This post was written by Jaqueline and shared by Madeline Fresco. The entire Eligible Receiver team had great fun figuring this all out, maybe too much. We are currently coming up with character equivalents from House Lannister. More good fun on it’s way.

 

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***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Eligible Receiver Go For Two: Week 6 game of the week

Water cooler topics are the ones that the most people will be talking about this week in football. Often times I like to highlight the game of the week. The game of the week is usually the one that has the most impact standings wise, or a game that is played between the two highest skilled teams that week.

This week that game is the Arizona Cardinals at the San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, the game most people will be talking about this week is the abysmal Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys. The reason is because of the disaster that is the NFC East. We’ve all heard about the interception that Romo threw against Denver. Yeah, yeah. We all know too that opponents essentially plan on the fact that Tony will make a mistake in the fourth quarter. However, let’s take this game independently from the rest. Oh, and let me reiterate how much I inherently hate Tony Romo. So when I say this, it’s not because I am a fan of his. My point is, throwing that interception did not lose the game for them. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards. 506! Five touchdowns. Manning, on the other hand, threw for 414 for 4 touchdowns. BOTH OF THEM THREW INTERCEPTIONS. The real issue here is the defense on both teams. Denver needs to figure out how to get their defense going. One of these days Denver is not going to just be able to put up more points that the opposing team. If Dallas can almost beat them, what happens when Denver plays …oh, wait. Denver’s schedule is so easy the NFL might as well give them the first seed right now.

The other reason the Washington/Cowboys game is so interesting is that the NFC East is so awful that it is absolutely within reason that the New York Football Giants are not out of the playoff race yet with a 0-5 record. As of right now, that is only 2 games behind the Cowboys. If Washington wins and the Cowboys lose, that will make their respective records 2-3 and 2-4. If the Eagles lose, that would make the Eagles 2-4. So even if the Giants lose and become 0-6, they are STILL in the playoff race.

That’s just bonkers.

As for the silly Cardinals versus 49ers, they can’t compete with that kind of weirdly tantalizing drama.

This weekend my eye will be on the NFC East battle.

As always, Go Pack.

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Go for Two: Water Cooler Topics For Thanksgiving Day

Image courtesy of letsplayballtickets.comThanksgiving football … such a time honored tradition. A tradition that is the most relevant in Detroit, which has hosted a turkey day game since 1934(with a small gap between 1939-1944).

I grew up in Detroit. I, strangely enough, have fond memories of driving to Pontiac on Thanksgiving to meet friends tailgating OUTSIDE in the parking lots surrounding the Pontiac Silverdome. I would have on a huge winter coat, thick gloves, and a scarf wrapped around not only my neck, but my chin too. I would chat with my friends and see my breath in the air. Then the best part. Someone would open their trunk, pull out a card table, and place a steaming hot turkey on it. I would pull out a sweet potato casserole, and other friends would pull out a list of side dishes that would make your mouth water.

Eating was always a challenge in and of itself. You had the option of trying to eat with gloved fingers, or as some dare-devil friend would try and do, pull off their gloves and try to eat their food before their fingers froze off in the bitter cold.

We would then pack it all up and head off to the stadium. Bellies full, excited to get out of the cold, and pumped to see a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Bonded together from navigating eating turkey in Michigan’s frigid winter air, we sometimes grab onto each other — trying not to slip on ice as we walked toward the Silverdome.

Ah. Then comfortably in our seats, with the best part of the experience behind us, we would then focus on the other time honored tradition of Lions football on Thanksgiving — the Lions losing.

Now that I live in San Francisco, I won’t be able to participate in the tailgating part of the tradition, but I will be able to experience the second part of the Lions Turkey Day tradition. From my comfy chair in my tiny San Francisco apartment, I’ll be able to watch the Lions lose their holiday football game.

Houston versus the Lions? Oh, man. This Thanksgiving for the Lions is gonna be ugly.

The football game you might actually want to watch is …

The Redskins at the Cowboys Turkey Day 4:15PM ET

Redskins are 4-6 and the Cowboys are 5-5. This game is important in the NFC for possible wildcard implications, but also within the NFC East division itself. The Giants are doing their typical November slump thing and with only being 6-4, this division is still up in the air.

As always LOSE COWBOYS

Image courtesy of Pop CrushPatriots at Jets Turkey Day 8:20PM ET

No one cares about this game. The Jets are horrible. The only reason people will watch this game is because they are on the couch and can’t get up because their bellies are too full. Those people will probably only watch 40% of this game because they will be napping from all the tryptophan coursing through their systems.

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