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Go For Two: Game of the Week – Packers versus Bears

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I am so excited for this Sunday’s game! Of course I would make this the game of the week!

Packers versus Bears! Sunday 4:25pm EST. Win and your in! It’s the best way to end the season. This is exactly what the NFL was hoping for when they scheduled all division games at the end of the season.

The rivalry began in 1921. It is the most played in all of the league with 187 regular and post season games between them (the longest rivalry is Pack/Lions). When Lovie Smith first got the head coaching gig at the Bears, he stated his first goal was to beat the Packers.

That’s exciting football if you ask me.

I know my team isn’t the best right now. However, I adore my team. There doesn’t seem to be an asshole in the bunch. Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji — I love them all.

Look at the Happy Holidays video posted on their website.

I hate the Bears.

Really? Jay Cutler? Honestly, I would hate it if he was my quarterback. He is such a douchepod. How can you a cheer a team on with him as your leader?

The Bears didn’t have a Happy Holidays video for their fans. Hmm. Doesn’t surprise me.

All their website had was a trailer for the upcoming game. I’m only sharing it here because I get to see Aaron Rodgers in the clip, and we all know we haven’t seen much of him lately.

Ok, enough of my diatribe about why I hate the Bears — but, truly … a Packer’s fan hating the Bears is kind of what makes the rivalry great.

The other win and your in game is the Cowboys versus Eagles. However, this game is not nearly as exciting with Romo on the bench due to a herniated disc.

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Go For Two: Game of the week

Who knew the kicker was so hot?

This is an impossible post to write. There are so many games this week with so many implications. It is too hard to pick. I mean, look at the NFC North. If Green Bay wins out, they go to the playoffs. They must win this game. The same goes for Chicago. They have to win if Green Bay wins. Lions have to hope for a total catastrophe on both the Packers and the Bears.

As for the NFC East — Philadelphia and Dallas are in hot pursuit of the division title. The next two weeks are must wins. It’s interesting how these two divisions, NFC North and East were pitted against each other this year and windup having the same necessities to go to the playoffs. Only the divisional winners will get in. Neither division will see wildcards come out of their divisions. This is what make December football great.

Staying with the NFC, probably the game of the week, although I am biased, is the Saints versus the Panthers. This game will decide who is the divisional winners and most definitely seeding in the NFC playoff race. I’m pretty pumped!

On to the AFC, the Patriots/Ravens game will be very interesting. The Patriots underperformed last week without Gronkowski. This is definitely not the time of year to be figuring out your game plan. You need to be playing your best football, not trying to come up with workarounds. I have been impressed with the Ravens as of late. My favorite part of the game the Ravens played against the Lions was when the kicker, Justin Tucker, kicked his 61 yard field goal, but not for the reasons you would think. It cracked me up to watch Joe Flacco wander around with his water in his hand, as if he didn’t have a care in the world. Like he had just got himself a nice afternoon coffee, and ho-hum, glances over his shoulder to find out if the kicker made the 3 points. As if it was an afterthought.

Kansas City against the Colts will be interesting too. The outcome could shake up the seeding. Now that I look at it again, if Miami beats the Bengals, and Baltimore loses, there could be a wildcard shake-up too.

See what I mean! It makes my head spin!

All I have to say is Go Green Bay! Matt Flynn … win one more for us so there can be a final showdown the following week against the Bears with Cobb and Rodgers back. That would be one for the ages! All we have to do is win this one!

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Go For Two: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Games Of The Week

Game of the Week:

Broncos v Patriots: Two AFC powerhouses are playing Sunday night. Denver looks fantastic. The Patriots have some weak spots. Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. That’s reason enough to watch. Denver will be hoping to get Welker back, but I think it is highly unlikely. Another big area of concern is that Peyton sat out practice. Maybe those injuries are catching up with him.

Good, almost The Game of the Week:

Colts v Cardinals: This game could actually be some really good football. The Colts are 7-3 and the Cards are 6-4. The Cardinals seemingly get lost in their division with the Niners, and Hawks, but they have a good record. They are one slot away from a wildcard spot. You better believe that San Francisco is keeping and eye on this game. This game intrigues me. I will be curious to see how this one plays out.

Good games of the week:

Steelers v Browns: Although both teams are 4-6, this should be a good game. Steelers are coming off of a win against the Lions and are looking to gain some momentum. This is a division rivalry. This also, sadly, could have playoff implications. 6 teams are 4-6 in the conference. One of the wildcard teams (if the playoffs started today) are 5-5. Really? FIVE and FIVE.

Cowboys v Giants: I hate the fact this division creates, even with their mediocrity, so much hype. However, the Eagles suddenly find themselves in first. The Cowboys are on shaky ground. The Giants have one four straight. If the Giants beat the Cowboys, they are tied in the division. Oh, lord.

Bad games of the week:

Bad, yes. But do they have some merit to keep your eye on the score …. debatable.

Bucs v Detroit: Only reason to watch this game is to see the magic that is Megatron. Secondly, with the Packers nearly lost to the playoffs due to their awful defense (yes, I’m absolutely giving a pass to Tolzien) this could be, gasp, the Lions year. Albeit, their year due to default. Look for the Lions to win so they can pull away from Chicago.

Ugly games of the week:

These games are so ugly. I mean, really.

Saints v Falcons: Saints 8-2 are so far and above better than the 2-8 Falcons.

Chargers v Chiefs: The 9-1 Chiefs with Alex Smith against division rival Chargers is gonna be such a bore fest. However, see the Chargers really try and win this one. Here’s why. The AFC has clear division winners save for this division. The Wildcard spots at this point are anyone’s chance.

Uh, oh – I think I might be fired.

Jaguars v Houston: No comment. Actually, I lied. Why play this game? Couldn’t they just flip a coin to see who wins and save everyone the hassle?

Titans v Raiders: Both are 4-6 and the Raiders have no hope in their division. Zero. Nadda. Again, I say flip a coin.

Vikings v Packers. Yes. I am putting my own team here. The Packers lost to the Giants. THE GIANTS. We have no defense. Honestly. I say let Rodgers fully heal up. Don’t rush him back. If you look at the teams that are heading into the playoffs, namely, the Saints, Seattle, and Niners … we can’t beat those teams. Not with our defense. I say scratch this year, fire Dom Capers, and start again. Yes. I said fire Dom Capers. I defense has been horrible for years. We tried drafting new defensive players. That hasn’t worked. We need to start looking up the food chain. We lost in 2011 in the playoffs because when our offense was slightly, slightly sluggish, our defense couldn’t help us out. It’s been like that for a few years now. You can be a good team without a great defense, but you can’t win Super Bowls. Now, this is football, and anything can happen, but at this point in the season, it looks lost. Unless we can somehow make it into the playoffs, Rodgers comes back, Cobb comes back, and our defense improves — we need to just regroup. I love my Packers and I love Rodgers. I say protect our franchise quarterback and fix things for next year.

Oh, back to my original point (did I have one?). This is an ugly game, because it’s too painful for Packers’ fans to watch us struggle to beat the  freaking Vikings. Although, I do think we can win this one, it ain’t gonna be pretty and fans will probably turn off their televisions with a bad taste in their mouth.

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Go For Two: Peyton Mannng Needs To Win The Super Bowl – His Life Depends On It

Here’s the thing. I think Peyton Manning needs to win the Super Bowl. In fact, I think it is a matter of life and death.

After last week’s game against the Chargers, Peyton hurt his right ankle again. According to an article by Eddie Pells, both ankles were sore prior to the Chargers game. In fact, the article states that Peyton Manning claimed his ankles felt like something out of the movie Misery.

That makes a lot of sense watching him during the Chargers game. On the play in question, Peyton got hit low by Corey Liuget. It was what I saw after that has me concerned about Peyton.

Naturally, People came rushing. However, Peyton physically pushed them aside, giving verbal and nonverbal communication that he would be fine and that he was going to play. He then proceeds to start yelling at the ref while he is hobbling around the field. The image of Peyton limping around, angry as all hell, and determined to play despite his mounting injuries gives me the impression that this man does not care about his body after football. His neck has got to be paper thin with all the neck surgeries he has had. I fear for Peyton if he takes too many more hits.

So perhaps if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl this year he will finally be able to retire — somewhat in one piece. He may need to get Cortisone injections, pain killers, and who knows what other medicine to get him there, but he may, literally, die trying.

Hopefully, if he does win the Super Bowl, he will heed my advice and retire … and not pull a Brett Favre.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 17

Week 17! There is no need to talk about players, or team personalities, it’s the time of the year of win or go home, win and get a bye, and still for the sorry few — playing for some trace amount of respect.

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Somehow, the Cowboys managed to do it again. They are like the annoying little brother you have to take everywhere with you, because Mom said so. Why, oh, why do the Cowboys have to be considered the game of the week! Why do they get the prime time slot? Ugh. It’s because it’s win or go home for the Cowboys. But if you don’t like the Cowboys, which a lot of people don’t, we have to watch this game. This is why a lot of us hate the Cowboys — because they are shoved down our throats. I know this is one football fan who hopes they do the latter, and GO HOME!

courtesy of totalpackers.comAlso, I like Washington. I like RGIII. He’s like Aaron Rodgers, you’re happy he’s your quarterback, not just because he is an exceptional athlete, but because you would want to hang out with the guy. Sorry Andrew Luck, you look like a psychopath. In fact, if I saw Mr. Luck walking on my side of the street, as a woman, I might cross over to the other side of the street as soon as I got a chance. Tony Romo, I wouldn’t cross over to the other side of the street if I saw you, I’d take the opportunity to punch you in your face and wipe away that stupid grin of yours. But I digress.

The real game of the week to watch is …

Packers at Vikings 4:25PM ET

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This game is important for a ton of reasons. It is crucial to multiple teams for seeding. If Green Bay wins, they are the second seed and get a bye. If the Pack loses, and the Niners win against the Cardinals, the Niners get the second seed. It’s important for Seattle, because if the Seahawks win, and the Packers and 49ers lose, then the Seahawks will actually get the first round bye. As for the Vikings, if they win, they are in, if they lose, they need help with the Bears, Giants, and Cowboys all losing.

This game is also critical to watch to see if Adrian Peterson breaks Dickerson’s record.

You know what? This is just simple math. This game is way more important than the stupid Cowboys.

Makes me hate the Cowboys even more.

Some other games to watch the scoreboard due to playoff implications.

Bears at Lions 1:00PM ET
Eagles at Giants 1:00PM ET
Rams at Seahawks 4:25PM ET
Dolphins at Patriots 4:25PM ET
Chiefs at Broncos 4:25PM ET
Cardinals at 49ers 4:25PM ET

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Eligible Receiver

Hey all,

Just started writing for a new blog called Eligible Receiver. It’s an all women blog about football for men and women. Click here to link to the website.

I’ve copied my article for you all to read.

The NFL will have a female ref!

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What? Shock, gasp, and awe. You are reading this right. The NFL has finally decided to break that proverbial glass ceiling and have a woman as a referee. Congratulations, Shannon Eastin! You have now achieved what so many true NFL fans have wanted all these years — to have a woman actually participate in the NFL, a woman in a role of respect and knowledge.

Originally reported by The Los Angeles Times, Shannon Eastin will be the referee this Thursday, August 9, 2012 for the Green Bay Packers versus San Diego Chargers preseason game.

I have yearned for something like this for so long. As a female fan of the NFL, I tire of seeing sportscasting as the only role for women in football. Even then, it seems a lot of the women sportscasters have no idea about the rules of the game, the history of the players they are interviewing, or the football news they are disseminating. Their job is to stand there, read a prompt card, and subtly move a stray, windblown hair away from their face. I would love a shot at an interview with Aaron Rodgers, to ask him real football questions. I was so annoyed by the end of Rodgers’ second year as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers when all the interview questions seemed to hover around Brett Favre. By the time the Packers where in the playoffs, Favre should have been a moot point. Aaron Rodgers, not Brett Favre, had brought them to the playoffs. Yet stupid, inappropriate questions were still being asked.

So thank you, NFL, for finally giving a woman a role in professional football that is dignified and shows that we are equals. Rules are rules. It doesn’t take a man to read a rule book. We don’t need more “pretty faces” standing on the sidelines. What we need, are more Shannon Eastins.

Here is a link that lists Eastin’s credentials as an official.

~M~

Great day of football

what a great day for football! 49ers won, which was exciting, however, the Lions had one of their worst displays of what could never be called professional football. Yuck. Terrible. That bodes well for our Thanksgiving day meeting. Go Pack go. But first, the Packers must beat the Vikings. One game at a time boys.