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Stretch and yawn. Yawn and stretch.

By Kyle Bauer

Here we are. Finally the NFL season is about to end or rather….YAY IT’S SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!!

While I hate the NFL and only cover it on necessity, I have respect for the spectacle that is the Superbowl. When you think of it, there is a definitive beauty in that one game decides it all. No series needed here. The brutal nature of football sets up for ultimate drama.

The game is a celebration, a holiday. Unless the pending lockout of 2011 tanks the league, I can only see the Superbowl getting bigger, to the point where this will become a national holiday. It would sound ridiculous and bum a lot of pretentious people out but bottom line is that at least 90 million people will be watching this game in this country alone. With the Superbowl, people feel the need to party and be as indulgent as if it were New Years Eve. I don’t have the exact numbers but I’m going to make a guess and say a lot of people will be calling in tomorrow.

I plan on going to a Superbowl party where I am going to take it easy, but in all the prep for that, I dont really have time to create the post I should create for this momentous occasion. Seriously, today has almost a Christmas vibe to it. This game will validate the hype of the event that is the Superbowl in itself. The actual matchup seems to be simmering. Really, I dont understand why.

With all insistence, I keep having to warn people that this game will be close. Because of the Saints needing overtime against Minnesota despite getting five turnovers, many folks believe that the Colts will win easily. I think Peyton Manning might also have something to do with it. Maybe.

My argument for the Saints making it interesting, is found in the way so many pundits are putting them down. New Orleans forces turnovers. They will get pressure on Manning today, the proverbial brick wall in front of him will be crumbled. I am predicting multiple sacks for the Saints, the complete dissolution of the Colts running game and the formidable secondary, lead by the greatest safety of all time, Darren Sharper, will force a rare big interception.

New Orleans running game has become grossly undersold. The Saints have been getting into the end zone with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush through the playoffs. Drew Bress, who has not looked sharp in recent weeks he will be protected by the trio of running backs and an injured Dwight Freeney.

Ultimately, Peyton Manning’s ability to spread the ball around and the ascention of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, will be too much. My point is that while the Colts are going to win, this is going to be a damn good Superbowl. I can understand why people are predicting ‘PAIN’ for the Saints, especially when I have criticized New Orleans majority of the season, but I believe people are simply underestimating their running game and defense.

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Who am I actually rooting for though? Of course it’s the Colts. Sure, the city of New Orleans could use this fun lil band-aid but dammit, they already had a parade. Considering that they got alllllll dressed up in drag and danced around like they already won something is enough for me to suggest that karma is going to bite them in the same effect that it helped them get here. Am I suggesting a jinx? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure!

Tack onto that is the other faction of Saints fans. You know damn well who I am talking about. Our good friends in the Bayou swamps (I’m assuming) who will be blasting off televisions everywhere if the Saints win tonight.

This is dangerous. If the Saints win, rednecks will destroy their televisions and possibly create a destructive force almost as powerful as Katrina. They will put themselves into further debt having to buy new televisions, radios and most likely trucks. The celebratory muddin’ will be so fierce that even the biggest of tires may not stand a chance. Costco’s, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club’s will continue to get bigger and bigger from this trickle down effect causing many smaller companies and chains to go out of business. The global-economy crisis will grow, the margin between rich and poor will swell. Credit Card companies will be salivating.

Another business that will profit will be Aarons. No, not Rent-A-Center, they’re not the official rental center of NASCAR, Aarons is. They are sitting back in the shadows, waiting for Cletus to yell “WHO DAT!” and fire off his .45 into his TV and come in and rent a new 60 inch behemoth. No deposit needed. No credit needed. No interest until 2011. No problem.


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I have been fallowing the Saints for a good couple months now. Here it ends.

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Last night the Lions won the Superbowl.

By Kyle Bauer

From “The Real Deal on Headlines December 29th, 2009:

“I have been outspoken against the Minnesota Vikings all year long. I respect their defense and Sidney Rice, but otherwise, that team has many holes that can only be filled by unwarranted hype and slappiness. Yes, I am calling out Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson. OH HOW DARE I?!

It is tough to call out these players with what they have accomplished. We all know about Favre blah blah blah. The good has to be taken with the bad. The offense was shortened up and simplified in his favor. All Favre had to do was be a good game manager. As the season went on, we had seen the Vikings offense surprisingly open up, due mostly to the ascention of Vishante Shiancoe, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. That inflated Favres ego and the dynamic of this offense. Favre did a great job getting the ball to his receivers, but yes, I am going to say it, Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson would still have the Vikings in the playoffs. This offense goes as the offensive line goes, no matter who the quarterback is. Favre won them the game against the 49ers early in the season, but I think that is the only specific difference he has made. The offensive line has broken down exposing Favre and Peterson.

I cannot deny that Peterson is an elite running back in an age where they have become hard to find. If Jackson or Rosenfels were at the helm, he would have more carries, but in that instance he might have 10 fumbles instead of his league leading seven. I have always been weary of Peterson because of his inconsistency and a tendency to put the ball on the turf. Also he broke his collar-bone celebrating at Oklahoma. I will never trust a football player who injures himself celebrating.

Heres to Favre falling apart late in the season, like he does around this team every year (except 1997). Heres to the Vikings falling apart late in the season like they do every year (since 1977).”


It is funny how the hatred of one man, of one athlete, can bring an entire country together. Yes, hate brought the country and possibly people from all over the world for one purpose; to see Brett Favre fail.

Last night, the social medium that is Facebook was flourishing with anti-Favre activity. My ‘brothers’ publically rallied with me on every play. It was a proud yet confusing moment, since we are lead to believe that we as a society love Favre, that we as a society believe that Favre is warranted every little bit of hype tossed his way. Favre rarely gets bad publicity but he always causes controversy. He extorts a type of controversy that is self-fulfilling. Favre creates the news for him and because we hate him so much, he draws attention. We do not realize that in turn, we aid the Favre monster. Majority of the people hate him, but everyone knows who he is. That is why we get the “40 year old version.”

What I do not understand is the ass-kissing by the media and the seeming incapability of anyone to call it the way it is. I have been wrong about many, many things NFL this season but ultimately I was right about Favre. If I saw this coming, are you going to honestly tell me that Merrill Hodge, Mike Ditka, Troy Aikman, Tom Jackson, Terry Bradshaw, etc. couldnt?! We root so hard for Favre to fail because he has to hit the bottom in order for any analyst to acknowledge it. This could be a far-fetched assumption, but I am of the belief that this is because there is proverbial gun to their heads. The gun is held by the league and networks who know that Favre is a polarizing figure who will always draw attention no matter which way you stand in respect to his talents. With this instance, trying to influence the belief that Favre is better than he really is, or even the best ever, will make more people feel obligated to view the spectacle.

Do I think Brett Favre is an above average quarterback? Yes. Do I think Favre is a hall of famer? Very much so. But I also do not see him anywhere near the top five all-time or as a top five or ten, quarterback today. Favre was more a product of a system on the field and off. He is a manipulation of the media and to lesser extent ourselves, though it be unintentional.

I hope Lions fans enjoyed last night as much as I did. For me, last night was a seminal moment that will personally not be topped until the Lions win the Superbowl. Last night the Lions were playing the Vikings. The Packers were playing the Vikings. The Bears were playing the Vikings. The Buccaneers were playing the Vikings. Everyone was playing Brett Favre. Especially as a Lions fan with no past Superbowl to cling on to, this was it for me.

The drama in the game left me in a state of constant flux. When he was injured I initially laughed. Then the fear set in. If he leads them back on that bad ankle it will be my worst nightmare. For the rest of my life I would hear about Favre’s “heroic” performance. I also knew that this could cause him to falter and lead to his demise.

As Favre drove down the field with under a minute left my heart could not slow down. I kept trying to figure in my head how I was going to avoid watching ESPN and Fox Sports for the next three weeks and still do my radio show. Had Favre scored that touchdown, I may had been relegated to give up my budding sports radio career altogether.

I had to keep thinking back to January 21st, 2008.

The same emotions went through my head as I paced back and forth, gently pulling my hair. I was thinking that we already lucked out once and we are not going to luck out again. Favre is going to put a bow on this game. My mental dissention will begin and physically I may not be able to eat for days.

I raised my arms in celebration when the 12 men in the huddle occurred. This was desperate satisfaction knowing that Longwell now had a bit harder of an attempt in front of him. Still my stomach was sunk, hope was dwindled down to the fingertips of a Saints defensive linemen.  Never did I think it could happen again…

Post-gasp, I began to laugh uncontrollably. I began to point at a close up of Favre’s teary, red eyes as he slowly walked off the field, stunned with himself. I pointed with all the furiosity someone could point with, hoping that it be so sharp, Favre could see it, right in his grey, self-absorbed face. I continued to laugh so boisterously, hoping that it be so loud and hearty that Favre could hear it beneath his purple earplugs. I have a feeling I wasn’t the only person, who wanted it be known to Favre from their family room’s and bar’s across the country, that they were reveling in his failure.

The Icelandic celebration hymn Olsen Olsen by Sigur Ros played in my head as I danced while the contstant shot of Favre beside himself on the sidelines sat proudly like a photo I wanted to frame and let hang forever.


Examine the audio of Vikings play-by-play team Paul Allen and Pete Berchic….

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and then the reaction of these poor, poor Vikings fans.

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When you put you faith in the “gunslinger” this will happen. He will let you down. He will let you down because of karma. I believe in karma. When you hold multiple franchises hostage, inundate us with your selfish indecision and are given unwarranted praise because the media sold their soul to your soap opera of a career, it will come back on you. It came back on him last night. Now even Minnesota fans hate him too.  Such as his celebrity was self-fulfilled off the field, once again his fate was self-fulfilled on it.

“Ball don’t lie.”- Rasheed Wallace.


Did You Hear What Happened to Craig’s Boy?

By Mike Parsons

Here’s a clip of the Rece Davis/Mike Leach interview.

What I like about this clip:

If you pause the video at 1:20 and most likely just about anytime Rece Davis is on camera you’ll notice he has his teeth clenched and is squinting a hole through Mike Leach. 

 I have no idea what really happened that day at the practice compound; I can’t help but to crack a smile at everyone of Mike Leach’s unapologetic answers as they seems to visibly anger Rece Davis. My guess is that the folks at ESPN were expecting a status quo apology for locking their boy Craig’s precious little snow flake in a closet while his head had an ouchie. I have a feeling this is a case of  a fed up coach who may have been a bit  overzealous after having enough of a spoiled, entitled athlete’s aarogance and lack of work ethic on top of dealing with pushy parents trying to use their clout in an attempt to get their boy more playing time.

Of course this is all wild speculation but at this point in time I buy Mike Leach’s side of the story more than I buy Adam James’s, although i’m sure both are riddled with exagerations and falsehoods. Either way you have to admire Mike Leach’s Chutzpah; standing up to ESPN and not backing down in the face of Rece Davis’s death stare.

P.S. I can’t resist