Welcome to the 42nd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we’re mourning the loss of college football for a few months. At least we sent it out in style. Lots to get to this week…
Broncos fans will hate Phillip Rivers a whole lot more if he comes in to Denver and ends the Broncos season. (via bleacherreport.com)
The Broncos’ season starts now. The four pre-preseason games and 16 preseason games have taken us to opening day, Sunday, January 12th at 2:40 p.m. against the San Diego Chargers. Here we go.
The Broncos have the best record in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! and are playing at home against a third place team. They are double digit favorites. So why are so many fans so damn worried about this game?
Because we’ve seen this all before, and it didn’t go well.
The Broncos can not afford to take Chargers lightly. San Diego is the “hot team” in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! right now. They have won five in a row, including the win over the Broncos in Denver in week 15 (as double digit underdogs). They were seven point underdogs last week on the road in Cincinnati and won with ease. They’re scary.
There are plenty of similarities between this scenario and the one we saw last year. The 13-3 record. The one-seed. The Super Bowl favorites.
But when looking at last year’s Ravens compared to this year’s Chargers, there are plenty of differences. While the Chargers are the “hot team” this year, the Ravens lost four of five games heading into the playoffs last year. This year, the Chargers impressively beat the Broncos in Denver in week 15. Last year, the Broncos went in to Baltimore in week 15 and pounded the Ravens 34-17.
The Broncos should win this game. They should win it fairly easily. But what should happen, doesn’t always happen. The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! playoffs seem almost impossible to predict. Three road teams and three underdogs won last weekend.
The Chargers game plan will be to control the football and keep Peyton Manning on the sideline.
In the Broncos’ win over the Chargers in week 10, San Diego won the Time of Possession battle 38 minutes to 22 minutes. This didn’t matter because the Broncos scored quickly on most of their drives and went up 28-6 in the third quarter. In week 15 the Chargers had the same game plan but it yielded a much different result. The Chargers held the ball for 39 minutes and controlled the game from start to finish.
In last week’s win over Cincinnati, Phillip Rivers attempted only 16 passes, which is kind of absurd in today’s NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!. They ran the ball 44 times.
A couple factors make this game plan favorable for the Broncos.
First, Von Miller is more effective as a pass rusher than a run stopper. He is out for the year. So if the Chargers don’t throw ball much, it actually helps negate the loss of one of the Broncos’ best players. (If the Broncos and Patriots play in the AFC Championship, Miller’s absence will be much more noticeable.)
Second, Wes Welker is back. The control-the-ball game plan worked for the Chargers in week 15 because the Broncos struggled on third downs, converting only 2 of 9. Wes Welker didn’t play that week. As Manning’s go-to guy on third down, Welker should help keep the Broncos offense on the field this week.
So I suppose I’ll take the Broncos 34-23. But if I were in Vegas, I would keep my money in pocket. I don’t think anybody really knows what is going to happen in these games.
That’s part of the fun.
Douche of the week: Okay, this week’s douche should probably get her own post. Here is video number one, the original, which by my count generated almost 2 million views in one day.
Of course, the internet has some fun with this kind of thing. Several other videos popped up with different soundtracks, but this one was by far my favorite.
Please note the kid in the white shirt saying “kiss” right on cue with the song. Also the line “Don’t you ever say I just walked away” takes place when the crazy lady is refusing to “just walk away.” I bet I’ve watched that 50 times and laughed out loud each time. Wonderful, glorious stuff.
The most interesting aspect of this whole thing to me is the changing landscape of viral videos and the internet. The increase in cell phone videos and quality of these videos has led to the understanding (or lack thereof) that if you go nuts or act like a weirdo in public, it will probably be caught on video. This is nothing particularly new.
But with advances in social media (my dad posted this on Facebook for crying out loud) and various blogs and sports sites, videos like this don’t just become viral videos. They become their own stories.
In the day that this was posted, both the victim (I guess he’s the victim. He’s the dude that got kicked 50 times in the back) and the crazy lady were identified. The day after the whole thing happened!
Here’s the link to the guy’s side of the story in which he says, “When she kicked me, it left giant boot marks on my shirt. I’m not sure if the guy restraining her was her husband or not—they weren’t sitting right next to each other—but she was kicked out of the game and her two daughters were crying.”
And here’s the crazy redneck trashy mom’s side of the story. She was concerned that she upset Nick Saban. Also, she wasn’t drunk. Can’t make this stuff up. “I’m embarrassed. I love The Tide and I apologize to all the players and to Coach Saban and to the entire fan base. I’m sorry. Coach Saban’s going to say ‘those crazy fans don’t know how to act.’ And I wasn’t intoxicated either. I want people to know that. I’d had a couple of drinks, but I was not intoxicated.”
The flying ninja was identified in part because she posted something on Facebook (always a smart move) and some readers of a blog about the SEC saw it and emailed the information in to the website. And can you believe this Mother Of The Year candidate didn’t actually attend the University of Alabama?! That one’s a real shocker.
Just five or six years ago this nut job could have done this and it wouldn’t have been recorded. The lady would have been kicked out and the episode would be over. Or more recently, it would have been caught in a grainy twenty second clip and uploaded on the internet and not many people would have seen it. The victim’s account wouldn’t have been published online. The ninja certainly wouldn’t have been identified.
These days, it was caught on a phone in high definition, filmed horizontally (a crucial factor in this story), nicely edited, uploaded to YouTube, shared on every blog and Facebook post and tweet imaginable, and turned into what is probably the defining moment in her entire life. A moment that will follow her forever.
God bless the internet.
Stud of the week:
This week’s stud is the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! I can oftentimes poke fun at our country’s obsession with the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! and it certainly has its faults (blackout rules, the concussion crisis, denying the concussion crisis, etc.) but weekends like the one we just witnessed make it clear why the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! is king.
We started on Saturday afternoon with a matchup between the Chiefs and Colts. It turned out to be a 45-44 thriller. Shortly thereafter, the Saints and Eagles kicked off on a cold Saturday night in Philadelphia. The result was a 26-24 thriller. About 13 hours after that game ended, the Chargers and Bengals kicked off in Cinci. The seven point underdogs won by 17. Then, on Sunday afternoon, the 49ers and Packers played in freezing conditions. The result was a 23-20 thriller.
The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! is indeed king. And sometimes it is very clear why.
Tweet of the week:
Steve Gleason was live tweeting the Saints – Eagles game with his eyes. Gleason has been diagnosed with ALS and is now limited to a motorized wheelchair. Technology allows him to type with his eyes, which unbelievable and awesome. His inspirational work can be seen on his website here. Anyway, he tweeted out this gem Saturday night:
Tweet of (last) week:
I didn’t get to this in last week’s holiday post, but Kapri Bibbs surprised a whole bunch of people when he announced he would forgo his last two seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
Bibbs kind of came out of nowhere this season to turn into one of the nation’s most underrated players and breakout stars. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 31 touchdowns. The only other players in the history of college football in the 30 touchdown club are Monte Ball and Barry Sanders.
Anyway a lot of CSU fans were quick to voice their displeasure with Bibbs’ decision. Most felt he would have benefited from another year in the college ranks. I think a lot of this outlook is based on hurt feelings and selfishness. Nobody knows if Bibbs is making the right decision right now, but I do know that Bibbs did what he had to do and earned his shot at a big pay day. Maybe Bibbs would have benefited from another season at CSU, or maybe he would have gotten hurt never made a dollar off his talent and hard work. It’s important to remember that running backs are forced to have a different outlook than other positions. In the NFL, running backs have a very short shelf life and an increased risk of injury.
Obviously this a big blow for the 2014 Rams who will know lean more heavily on Donnell Alexander. On the other hand, having players (especially at skill positions) drafted, raises the national profile of Colorado State a little bit in the long term, big picture.
Another interesting side note with this: Four Colorado State Rams have a legitimate shot at getting drafted this year. Bibbs joins linebacker Shaquil Barrett, tight end Crockett Gillmore and center Weston Richburg as guys who should play on Sundays. This draft would mark the first time four CSU players were taken since 1996, according to the website drafthistory.com.
In other CSU news, multiple outlets are mentioning head coach Jim McElwain as a candidate for the open position at Louisville. McElwain served as offensive coordinator there for three years under John L. Smith. Let’s just say that would be a big blow to Rams fans. One thing to keep in mind, McElwain’s contract is structured with large buyout clauses should he leave early. If Louisville were to pry him away this season, they would have to pay CSU $3 million. Jack Graham is confident McElwain will stay.
What to watch the next seven days:
- I think some NFL games will be played this weekend.
- Tuesday nights are good for college basketball. #7 Baylor plays at #9 Iowa State tonight on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. Then #5 Michigan State hosts #3 Ohio State at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
- The Nuggets have turned into a train wreck, but they host Oklahoma City on Thursday night on TNT. Train wrecks can be fun to watch sometimes.
- It’s worth watching Colorado basketball these days. They’re good. They play twice on the road this week, at Washington State on Wednesday and at Washington on Sunday. They should win both.
Check out how close the Packers were to blocking the 49ers game winning field goal Sunday night. The ball literally went between this dudes arms!
And CBS Sports tweeted out this still shot:
via @cbssports / (USATSI)
Here’s one of the biggest hits of the weekend:
Unsuspecting old chubby guys are not as agile and coordinated as the players on the field.
John Kuhn didn’t quite make it:
Fox Sports One put together this cool year-end video:
Here’s a non sports video for all my readers who are country music fans:
And finally, this video from Proctor and Gamble about moms is pretty touching and awesome:
Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya next week.
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