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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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My rationale for firing Dom Capers the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.

I’m not a fair-weather fan. I love my Packers. I have been a fan since 1996. So I don’t say this next statement lightly.

We need to fire Dom Capers.

I remember back to the 2011 season. Green Bay was undefeated. However, each week I kept saying the same thing. “One of these days our offense is going to have an off game, and we are going to lose because our defense is terrible.”

Sure enough that loss came against the Kansas City Chiefs lead by Kyle Orton. We went 15-1 that season and lost to the Giants in the divisional round (first week bye).

That season the offense put up sick numbers. It was special, impressive, and fun to watch. It was also, sadly, necessary.

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 9.47.29 PMIn 4 of those games our defense allowed over 30 points. In 2 other games the defense allowed 26 and 27 points. So 6/16 games our defense allowed big points.

In 2010 we allowed four games over 30. In the divisional game against San Francisco we allowed 45 points. We scored 31. If you had told me before that game that we would lose with 31 points I would have been shocked.

In the last strikingly bad defeat by the Detroit Lions I kept hearing, as I always do, that Dom capers is a defensive wizard. Really?

So I thought I would investigate why everyone called him a genius.

What I found was devastating. I have no idea why people would say that.

Here is Dom Capers record as a head coach:

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 9.57.51 PM7/8 seasons he had a losing record. His last head coaching job in 2005 with Houston he sported a 2-14 record. TWO WINS!

After that he was clearly fired.

In 2006 he went to Miami and was a special assistant to the head coach. The record of the Miami Dolphins? 6-10. In 2007 the Dolphins decided to make Capers the defensive coordinator. Uhm, okay? Want to know the record that year? 1-15.

I don’t know why we decided to make him our defensive coordinator in 2009. Wait, I know why. We were 21st in the league in defense.To be fair, in 2009 when he took over as the defensive coordinator, he had a great year. Green Bay’s defense improved to second in the league. In 2010, the defense finished the season 2nd in scoring defense, fifth in total defense, second in interceptions, and second in sacks.

Some possible reason other than Capers being the reason the defense was successful could be as follows. In 2009 we acquired B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. That was obviously HUGE! Keven Greene was also hired as the outside linebackers coach. That could be the reason.

However, two good years does not a pattern make. His pattern is one of loss. To call him a defensive genius just doesn’t even make sense. I know people hate math, I hate math, but as they say, numbers don’t lie.

I think his record proves that he should be removed from the Packers organization.

Lastly, screw Jeremy Ross for a punt return and a kickoff for a total of two touchdowns. Douchebag. All you did for the Packers was cost us (not alone) two games against the Niners.

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Good Luck Packers — Happy Thanksgiving

100_0255Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. This is one of my favorite holidays. It is truly about family and friends being together. Not religion. Not presents. Not Christmas trees. Not finding the right twinkle lights. It is about eating together. It’s about cooking together. It’s about watching football together.

My fondest memories of Thanksgiving revolve around being home in Detroit, Lions football, talking football with my dad, and my dad making way too much food.

He would make for three people the following:

  • Sauerkraut and Sausage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffed cabbage
  • Turkey
  • Homemade cranberry sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Cheese dip and crackers
  • Pickles, olives, radishes, celery, and carrot appetizer

This is for myself, him, anEmma Begging For Foodd my husband. He would then complain that I didn’t eat enough. Really, Dad? Really! Ughh.

I would often times sneak food to my dog Emma. Who would happily (for the both of us) be drooling with her head firmly pressed against my knee. As if I could forget that she was there.

My dad would complain, knowing I was feeding Emma. Then, later, while he would be cleaning dishes, I would see him feeding her scraps. Her body heavily leaning against his leg while he washed. He didn’t complain at all then. Sometimes, I would even sneak a glimpse of him smiling down at her.

I miss them both.

Some traditions can’t be continued. But, some, like Lions football, can. I look forward to my Lions/Packers game today. Not because I hope Matt Flynn will lead us to victory, but because it continues at least one tradition: Football.

Thank you NFL. You make it easier on days like today.

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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: Games of the week

Games to watch:

Lions at Bears:  With Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone it definitely adds intensity to this game. We don’t know how well Seneca Wallace will do. However, with all of the injuries and how high the competition is in this division, Green Bay can ill afford to fall behind even a game, certainly not two. Therefore, the stakes are high with this divisional game. Any chance the Lions or the Bears have in taking a lead will be critical to winning this division.

Eagles at Packers:  All eyes will be on Seneca Wallace. He performed poorly against the Bears. However, the defense didn’t do much to help limit the bleeding. The Packers put up 20 points without Rodgers … if the defense could have limited the scoring of a backup quarterback, they would have gotten the “W”. So this game against the Eagles isn’t just about losing Rodgers — it’s about the defense being able to help out what will inevitably be a struggling offense trying to figue out life after Rodgers.

Honorable mentions:

Panthers at 49ers: I like that Carolina fans have something to get behind this year. I really do. However, in the immortal words of Aretha Franklin “Ain’t No Way.” Seriously, Ain’t No Way the Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers, in San Francisco, with the Niners coming off a bye. R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Cam Newton and Steve Smith, but, it’s a “W” in the 49ers column.

Broncos at Chargers: I get it. Divisional game. So maybe some people will want to see this. However, it’s a 7-1 team against a Rivers led 4-4 team. Question for some will be how the team gets along without Fox. I think they will be just fine — especially with Peyton as quarterback.

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Go For Two: Dolphins versus Falcons

What’s the game of the week! Hmmm. Who should I pick to highlight …. ?

Uhh …. no one?

Week 3’s games are yawn producing. Giants versus Panthers? Meh. Rams versus Cowboys? Meh. Browns versus Vikings? Double meh.

I’m trying to be a better blogger, and not just pick the Packers versus Bengals because the Packers are my team. Although, they may be one of the only competitive games between two potential playoff contenders.

However, the game of the week is the 2-0 Miami Dolphins versus the 1-1 Atlanta Falcons.

Here’s why I am picking it as the game of the week.

The first point is easy. The Dolphins are 2-0. Yes. You read that right. The Miami Dolphins are 2-0. So far they have won against the Browns (meh), but they also played the Colts. That makes it a bit more interesting.

The AFC East looks just terrible. Not to say the Patriots won’t get their act together, but the rookie wide receivers weren’t the only problem with the Pats offense. Tom Brady looked messy, inaccurate. I can’t believe more people didn’t comment about the passes he threw behind players.

So all I am saying is that it’s worth watching the Dolphins to see how they look this year. How do they compare to the Patriots? Can the Dolphins win against a great team like the Atlanta Falcons?

This is the Dolphins chance to prove they can play with the big boys. They may have a chance this year, with the Jets and Geno Smith looking awful, and the Patriots looking like they have lost their veneer.

As always, go Pack.

On a side note, I want a taunting penalty on Marshawn Lynch. What a classless display walking into the end zone like that. Just highlights how adolescent the Seahawks behavior is.

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Go For Two: Playoffs! Green Bay at Niners

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Come on Matthews, I want the Packers to win!

GB at Niners 8:00PM ET

Okay, here’s the deal. I don’t want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don’t like the way that cookie might crumble.

Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn’t have to worry about the Viking’s quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I’m pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed — our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.

So, I know! Let’s play the third best team in total defense — the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let’s play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he’s a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.

Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won’t get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.

Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can’t decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.

As always, GO PACK!

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 14

Image courtesy of lokerjktWeek 14 is unique this time around in the NFL. Almost every single game has playoff implications. However, there is only one game in which the outcome  directly impacts each teams playoff conference and divisional standings. That game is the Vikings (6-6) versus the Bears (fifth seed 8-4). The Vikings are in a very hot race for the last NFC Wildcard spot — doing battle against the Bucs, Cowboys, and Redskins. Seattle should be very, very wary about holding onto the 6th seed, considering all these teams are banging on the door of that 6th seed spot.

With 4 games left, the NFC North is still wide open. Chicago and Green Bay have been playing flip-flop the last few weeks with who is the NFC North division winner, and who takes the 5th seed in the NFC. But, as I said, there are 4 games left. A lot can happen.

However, there is one game that will be the most watched game this week, and it’s not the Bears vs the Vikings. Each team playing has locked and loaded a playoff spot. This game very well could be the AFC Championship game. That game is …

Image courtesy of blog.chron.comThe Houston Texans (first seed 11-1) against the New England Patriots (second seed 9-3).

This game will be a preview to perhaps the AFC Championship game. The Patriots have tons of experience in the playoffs and Brady is rock solid as a quarterback. As for the Texans, with only one loss this season (to the Packers) they will be a tough team to beat. Arian Foster is amazing. This game will be amazing.

As for the rest of the games, there are plenty to keep your eye on. When I stated above, that the only game to watch with head to head implications was the Vikings versus the Bears, that was correct. However, almost every other game has playoff implications. I have highlighted only two more below, otherwise, I would have to list almost every other game.

courtesy of immfao.blogspot.comDallas vs Cincinnati — both teams are in the contest for wildcard spots in their respective conferences. Each team will be playing very, very hard. If there was one more game that I might say is a much watch, this would be it.

Titans vs Colts — the Colts are holding the 5th seed in the AFC now. However, Houston is the confirmed AFC South divisional winner. The Colts need to continue to win games to hold onto the Wildcard spot, especially since they have no chance at being their division winner. (I also picked this game because, even though I don’t mean to, I feel like I ignore the AFC a bit. So here you go)



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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~