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Go For Two: NFL Week 16 Games To Watch – Packers addition

Look. I’m not gonna lie to you. Losing last week sucked. It sucked so bad. We lost in every phase of the game. We lost spectacularly. A safety on the last drive of the game was the cherry on top.

It was a team loss. Aaron Rodgers made some pretty awful throws. Aaron was lucky he came out of that one with only 2 interceptions, there could have been at least 2 more on top of that. Receivers, I’m looking at you Davante Adams, didn’t even turn around for some of the passes. Jordy Nelson dropped one, which, that will happen, but it stings because it was such a big play. Just lay off Jordy you all. Special teams allowed a return for a TD and a blocked kick. Oh, and then there is my favorite defensive coordinator, Dom Capers. I want everyone who keeps trying to say the defense held the Bills to field goals to STFU. Oh, yay! The Bills didn’t get a touchdown. Yeah, well, you allowed four, FOUR field goals. There is nothing awesome-o about allowing four field goals. I’m not entirely sure who to blame for the safety. All I know is I’m sitting there like, put the whole game behind you, guys. It’s okay. We just need one touchdown — we can do this. Remember Miami. And …. plop, the ball is on the ground, in the end zone. Safety.

Wow.

There is a scenario where we do not make the playoffs. You gotta be kidding me.

That’s why, this week, the NFL Week 16 Games To Watch is a Packers addition. I know, I know — pretty selfish of me, but these are selfish times, thanks to our biting loss to Kyle Orton and my second least favorite defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. I hated seeing Jim Schwartz on the sidelines as the Bills defensive coordinator. It is entirely possible to just hate looking at someone’s face.

Philadelphia at Washington (Saturday 4:30PM EST): As a Packers fan, we need the Eagles to lose to Washington. That’s not necessarily off the table. The last time these two teams met, Washington only lost by 3. Kirk Cousins. He made 30 out of 48 passes and gained a total of 427 yards. My Michigan State alumni had three touchdowns and one interception. As we all know, Cousins tanked after that, but all I am saying, is it is in the realm of possibilities. So make it happen.

Lions at Bears (Sunday 1:00PM EST): Okay. We all saw MNF (more or less … okay, less. I only watched two plays and baby Cutlet got sacked two times in a row). This is a bit of a stretch; Bears need to win. However, if the Bears couldn’t turn it on for MNF after all the news came out about the internal team backstabbing, then I don’t know that they can. The Lions are the number 2 seed. They are going to turn it on. I’m hoping they get really big heads, think they have the game locked up, and a miracle happens. Maybe they all get a little chilly at the Bears stadium. Maybe Angelina Jolie visits Detroit and gives the team chickenpox? Look, I don’t want anyone seriously ill or anything, but maybe a catering company can cause the team to have food poisoning? Honestly, I’m desperate. I don’t see the football Gods sending a “W” on the wings of a dove down to Soldier Field. But I wish they would.

Colts at Cowboys (Sunday 4:25PM EST): Colts need to win. I don’t want our chances of going into the playoffs based on some random tie-breaking rule. Cowboys and Pack did not play a head to head game. The next rule is best record in conference. It may actually come down to best record in common games, the 3rd tie-breaking rule for the wild card. That is so sketchy, I don’t like it. Good luck, Luck. I root for the caveman on Sunday.

Seahawks at Cardinals (Sunday 8:30PM EST): This would be the game of the week for everyone watching football week 16. In particular, for the Packers, we need the Seahawks to lose. Anyone that is in playoff contention needs to lose. It will help with home-field advantage as well. Seahawks can taste home-field advantage. Everyone in the NFC playoff race does not want Seattle to get home field. It’s in everyone’s best interest if Seattle loses this game.

Of note, if the Cardinals win this game, it very well may happen that the Cards go to the Super Bowl at home. I’m not sure this happens with the 3rd string quarterback Lindley. The good news is, Stanton may be back in time for the playoffs. Which, at the beginning of the season, who would have thought having Drew Stanton as your quarterback in the Super Bowl would be a good thing?

Side note, yes. The Packers need to beat Tampa Bay on Sunday. I sure-as-shit hope that happens, cause if it didn’t …

~Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Diego. 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

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Go For Two: NFL Week 10 Games To Watch

Week 10! I feel like the season is going by so fast!

Week 9 had some interesting games. That does not mean that they were necessarily good games, just interesting.

First off, to the San Francisco 49ers …

BRANDON FRAISERYou guys got beat by the St. Louis Rams — couldn’t have happened to a more deserving team of douchebags. Kaepernick walked off the field like he wanted to kill someone for not simply allowing his team win. What a pompous tool.

4-4. God, I love it.

As for the rest of the week, meh. San Diego got their asses handed to them, which is always exciting.

Monday Night Football?

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Absolutely boring. They really, really need to do something about that. They need to start flexing the Monday night football games.

Then there was the game of the week, Denver versus New England. That ended up being so one sided I turned the game off. I didn’t want to see my beloved Peyton Manning lose in that fashion. It was hard to watch.

That’s about it for week 9.

Now for week 10.

Dolphins (5-3) at Lions (6-2): Dolphins have been on fire lately. They destroyed the Chargers last week and made them look like a little league team. As for the Lions, good news for them — Week 10 marks the glorious return of Calvin Johnson plus the Honolulu Blue are coming off a bye week. These two items should add up to success.

The Lions need to win this one. This is the start of a three game test for the Lions with Arizona and the Patriots to follow. Out of all of those games, this is the one that, at least on paper, is the most winnable.

I think the real way the Lions win this game is keeping Stafford under control, which won’t be hard to do now that Calvin is back. However, it is important to note that when Calvin is playing, Stafford seems to forget that he has other targets, namely Golden Tate. The Lions are still missing their tight ends which limits the blocking and the third option for the pass. Reggie Bush comes back this week, but I’m not so sure that even matters. He’s been less that spectacular this season.

The Lions have only faced one team, the Green Bay Packers, with a winning record. Therefore, let’s see what happens to the Lions when they face an actual opponent.

I think it’s the defense that wins this one.

Lions win.

Niners (4-4) at Saints (4-4): Ugh. I felt the need to pick a second game to watch this week, and, sadly, this will be it. It’s obvious I do not like the Niners. I also do not like the Saints. The real competition here is between Kaepernick and Sean Payton for who has the worst prissy, snotty-ass face of the game. It will be a tough, tough call.

sean payton blue steelI will also be forced to listen to Kaepernick at the line of scrimmage calling out plays like he is shitting a bear out of his ass. For the love of God, shut the fuck up.

Kaepernick also sounds like a petulant child in his post game conference this week. Here is the link I could find.

Both teams are not where they should be. Clearly though, the Saints are moving in the right direction where as the Niners are doing their best nose-dive. Niners need to be concerned as the Cardinals are running away with the NFC West division and the wildcard spots in the NFC will be very difficult to obtain this year. There will be a lot of movement in the NFC as the rest of the 2014 season shakes out and this game will for sure impact NFC wildcard playoffs.

The Saints have the number 2 offense and the Niners have the number 2 defense. As we’ve seen, defense wins games, but the Niners offense needs to step it up. I give the edge to the Saints.

Games I should care about?

Browns (5-3) at Bengals (5-2-1): I should care about this game. The AFC North is in a heated battle to see who will win the division. The Browns, who have been the worst-of-the-worst for long actually has a winning record. Yet, I just don’t care. I’m an NFC gal, and these two teams just don’t excite me. I’ve tried to get behind the Bengals for a few years now, but they always just seem so mediocre.

Bears (3-5) at Packers (5-3): I obviously care, but the rest of the world outside of Chicago and Green Bay do not. However, one has to be careful though with Chicago. On paper they still have a good team. You never know when the Bears might decide to show up. Also, it will be important to see how Aaron Rodgers hamstring does in this game. It will be noteworthy to see how he moves in the pocket and how he executes his throws — if he can go through the entire throwing motion.

Rams (3-5) at Cardinals (7-1): This is a division game, and while I give strong kuddos to the Rams for beating the Niners, this is still a 3-5 team playing a 7-1 team.

Ah, Jerry Jones …

Tony Romo suffered two separate transverse process fractures in his spine against the Washington Football Team. Not only did the Cowboys put him back in the game against Washington, they have now flown him across the pond to London for the Cowboys game against the Jaguars.

Fools Maleficent

What fools. That is your franchise quarterback. Protect him. You are playing the Jaguars. If you can’t beat the Jaguars with your backup quarterback you don’t deserve to go to the playoffs.

NFL.com states that Tony Romo made the trip to London but that “there will be some obvious discomfort he needs to play through.”

He has pain? No shit, Sherlock.

Jude Law

The Cowboys have a bye next week. If you had left him in Dallas you would have given Romo over two weeks to recuperate.

Idiots.

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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

Go For Two: NFL Week 8 Games To Watch

It’s week 8 — what games should we be watching?

Thursday 8:25PM EST – Chargers (5-2) at Broncos.(5-1): First off, like everyone else on the planet, due props to Peyton Manning. I have loved him since his first MasterCard commercial.

As for what the rest of the planet thinks of the Chargers being 5-2 …

That pretty much sums it up. The newly voted America’s team, the Broncos, against the team most likely to be voted America’s Meh team.

Let’s just think for one moment if the Chargers made it to the Super Bowl, would anyone even care? Wouldn’t you kinda secretly be rolling your eyes?

Fortunately, the Broncos will be standing in the Chargers way. This game is a big AFC showdown, even if it is only week 8. These two teams are in a battle for the AFC West. This game very well may define seeding for the AFC. I believe two teams will be coming out of the AFC West into the playoffs. This game will determine who gets what seed. Kansas City Chiefs aren’t done by any stretch of the imagination. They lost favor with fans, like me, when they lost 5 of their last 7 games last year. It takes a lot out a fan to get over that. It takes even more for a fan of the NFL who only casually watches a team, to suddenly have their interest peeked, to then get the rug pulled out from under them. I am so much less likely to give two shits about the Kansas City Chiefs because of their debacle last year. Yet, these three will be jockeying for wins in this division.

Sunday 1:00PM EST – Rams (2-4) at Chiefs (3-3): Yes, but only to look at the score as it flashes by on the ticker. The Rams are intriguing. Yes, they lost to the Vikings – ugh, but they were also kinda sorta in it against the Niners, Cowboys, and Eagles, despite losing those games. The Chiefs? Who cares.

Sunday 1:00PM EST – Eagles (5-1) at Cardinals (5-1): This game is weird for me. I really, really like the fact that the Seahawks are 3-3 and that the Niners aren’t the gods everyone thought they were. It thrills me to no end that the Arizona Cardinals are in the lead of the NFC West. It’s exciting that they are winning even though they have started three separate quarterbacks. I love Bruce Arians. The guy is awesome.

Ask me to watch the game … oooh, right. Uh, yeah. I don’t think so.

Sunday 8:30PM EST – Packers (5-2) at Saints (2-4): In the not so distant past, this game would have been the game of the week, which is probably why it is the Sunday night game. Two NFC powerhouses. Well, not anymore. All you had to do was watch the last 1:48 of the Lions/Saints game to watch Drew Brees look like utter hell. What happened to the Saints? One minute and forty-eights seconds for the Saints of the past would have been all the time they needed. Not this team.

Yet, you know you will keep your eye on this game out of respect for the past. You never know, and that’s, as they say, why they play the game.

What games are ridiculous for even being aired?

The Washington Football Team at Cowboys: Ah, the streak continues of worthless MNF games. Who cares? Washington is on their 3rd string QB. Jesus.

Dolphins at Jaguars: Really? I’d rather watch Better Off Dead. One, it’s an awesome movie. Two, it has John Cusack in it. Third, The Jaguars would be better off dead.

Better Off Dead Keys

Vikings at Buccaneers. Couldn’t they just air another great 80’s movie instead? How about Overboard. Now I’d much rather watch that than this game.

This is definitely what it would feel like to have to watch this game.

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NFL Preview: NFC North

Last season was interesting for the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was hurt in week 9. Oh joy for the Lions and the Bears! Still, no benefit to the Vikings, they are just shit.

The 2013 Lions were 7-5, having just beat the Packers in week 13. Their future looked bright. I mean, seriously. Rodgers is out, and with 4 games left, and one against the Vikings, they had the NFC North in the bag, right?

Wrong.

The Lions lost all four of their last games.

What will 2014 bring?

Let’s start with my favorite team.

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Go For Two: NFL Preview NFC West

First of all, wow has this division pulled itself out of the gutter in the last few years. Want to know what I think about that?

Who gives a shit.

San Francisco Niners

I live in San Francisco. There could not be worse fans here. That’s why it’s so hard to get behind this team. When I moved here in 2004, I was excited. What a storied history between the Green Bay Packers and the Niners. I thought, how great. When my team isn’t playing, I’ll go down to the local sports bar and watch with some Niners fans. Nope. There were none there. I asked some doctor friends of mine if there were a lot of Niners fans. They said no, pretty universally. The Niners sucked, so no need to watch. Wow. What faithful fans.

McTeagues on NFL Sunday  in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, they come out of the wood-works.

Stupid new fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco in general has gotten pretty douchey. I’m sure you have read all the articles about the Google buses, and the protests, and of 88 year old people being kicked out of their apartments because they have rent control at $800 a month for a 600sq ft apartment and the owners want to charge $3-4K. Yes, this is true. So a bunch of pimple-faced, too good to say hi to you on the street kids come into the city from San Jose and create all kinds of annoyances.

I say this because our football stadium just moved to Santa Clara, which is smack dab in the heart of Silicone Valley.

First of all, lets be realistic. The old stadium sucked. I went in October 2005 to save my beloved Peyton Manning when the Colts played the Niners. My seats sucked. There was a huge pillar in the way so that I couldn’t see anything. Thank God I didn’t wear my Colts hat, because someone would have killed me.

The fans were annoying, the stadium wasn’t accessible, my seats sucked, and it took forever to get there. Public transport was a joke.

The new stadium? Nothing has changed. Well, I think the seats are good.

Apparently, there was a soccer game there and people sat on the freeway or whatever the heck people call them here in San Francisco for hours. My friends left for the stadium 4 hours before a preseason game because of the rumors about the soccer game. Four hours!

Now there will be more Silicone Valley annoying fans, my friends seats, for a preseason game cost $170 a piece! He said some gaIMG_3679mes were upwards of $400! What the F!

New stadium pics:

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So all I have to say about the NFC West San Francisco 49ers is that when you see the game on tv, you are watching from a much, MUCH better seat.

What do I think about their year? They will be great, but people will be figuring out Kaepernick. Plus, they will have one less win this season since they don’t have to play my Green Bay Packers.

Seattle Seahawks:

What can I say about this team? They have a great QB in Russel Wilson. They secured their stars on defense, Sherman and Thomas. The offense still has running back Marshawn Lynch. I’m never clear if there are any star receivers for Seattle, but who am I to say anything? Seattle dominated Denver in the Super Bowl and I really don’t see much changing.

The NFC North pulled the NFC West rotational schedule, or whatever the hell they call it. All I know is the best team in the NFC North has to play the best team in the NFC West, and down the ratings chart. That’s why Green Bay pulled Seattle to play this year. Fine. Whatever. We have opened our season each year with a beyond difficult team, or last years Super Bowl winner. So yay us.

I don’t put much stock in the Fail Mary being a repeat issue for the opening game of the season. I’m pretty sure no one on the Green Bay team cares anymore. However, to note, it’s very hard to win in Seattle, due to the outstanding fans — lovingly called the 12th man.

The Fail Mary was played in Seattle, and we should have won. So I’m not as concerned for Green Bay when it comes to playing in Seattle against the 12th man. Our defense, save for our Julius Peppers acquisition, is pretty much the same. We still have Don Capers. So, forget about the 12th man. I’m worried about one man, Dom Capers and his distinct inability to manage a defense.

Here is the Seattle Seahawks depth chart.

Arizona Cardinals:

This is a good football team, lest people forget, they went 10-6 in a division with Seattle and San Francisco. I would not overlook this team this year. If I had to play them, and, do I? Wait, let me check … I don’t. I would count this game as a 50-50 chance. You don’t know what you are going to get.  Preparation for a game against the Cardinals is a necessity.

They have a skilled quarterback with Carson Palmer. I know, he’s old, but I’d rather have him than say Andy Dalton. They have a fantastic coach in Bruce Arians. That is no small thing. Larry Fitzgerald is still on the team, so that is a huge weapon. Newcomers in their second year now will be making the leap, like Mathieu.

I would keep my eye on this team if I were you. Poor Lions pulled the Cardinals. I wouldn’t want to play them.

St. Louis Rams:

Who?

Just kidding.

Every year we hear how this is their year. How they win a game or two in the beginning, and everyone gets fired up. Then they fizzle out. Last year was no different. However, a lot of the misery of the season can be bestowed on Sam Bradford and that horrific injury he sustained. I’m a nurse, and man, that looked ugly. It’s been a long road to recovery on his ACL.

Honestly, I don’t even know who else is on the Rams.

Here is a Rams depth chart, for all of us.

They went 7-9, 1-5 in the conference. Yikes. They were 3-3 for their first 6 games before losing Sam Bradford against the Panthers. So, having Sam Bradford back is not like getting Aaron Rodgers back from a collarbone injury. No miraculous season just by having him back.

The Vikings got the Rams. That may be an equally matched game.

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Outlining going good so far

So far the outlining is going good. this is such a fun stage to be in. When all the ideas are flowing. I think it’s good for my brain to get some different inputs going on.

It’s also hard trying to remember that the outline isn’t going to come all at once. There is a simmering process. A reflecting process. A time to think about how you want the book to flow. Plus, this is a bit challenging as I have to separate storylines going.

That’s a good point. I wonder if I should start with one story line first, and play that out, instead of trying to outline both at the same time. Do I start with the good or the bad? Hmm. The bad drives the plot line. Maybe I should write the bad first and then figure out how the good amplifies those negative feelings.

See what I mean? So much to think about!

Have any of you written dual storylines before where they need to sync up? How did you do it?

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Outlining will begin today

Image of someone’s screenplay

Today I will begin some mild outlining. It’s so exciting, starting a new book.

I have named three of the characters, and I still need to name the husband. I think on one of my therapeutic walks I will determine his name. Maybe that will be the way through this book — very small decisions here and there.

The other thing that was suggested to me was to make it a screenplay. That could be very interesting. I’ve never written a screenplay before. It might actually be a really good learning experience and it might be quite a bit less taxing on the back. It might be a nice way to reenter the novel writing, with a little bit less of the load.

I wonder if there is any good books out thee in regards to screenwriting — I mean, available on Audible. That way I could listen to it while I relax. I really do like Audible. It might be the best of both worlds.

Well, you never know until you give it a go. Either way I would like to try.

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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